13 Travel Blogs to Read in 2013
I don’t really do whole resolution thing (I don’t like setting myself up to fail…). So, in lieu of posting a list of things I should probably do but won’t ever get around to, I’ve decided to make a list related to something I’m good at- reading blogs (probably part of the reason I never get around to those resolutions). It’s a new year which means it is the perfect time to update your reader with some new travel blogs and I’ve made a list of my 13 favorite travel blogs to read in 2013 to help you get started. Some of these are old favorites, while others are newer blogs I’ve recently discovered. One thing they all have in common, though, is that these are all blogs that inspire me. They make me want to travel more and become a better storyteller, a better photographer, and a better traveler. Oh, and they all happen to be written by women in their 20s. I guess I have a blog type.
Without further ado, the 13 travel blogs you should read in 2013:
1. Expat Edna Edna is an American serial expat currently living in the beautiful city of Paris. She’s a sports journalist and her work has led her to some very interesting places (Azerbaijan, for one). She even got to work at the London Olympics and was kind enough to take all of her jealous readers behind the scenes. I enjoy Edna’s blog because she’s a fellow 20something addicted to not just travel, but living abroad. She’s also a fellow foodie and her series “The 5 Best Things I Ate In” always has me drooling.
2. Ashley Abroad Ashley’s blog is one of the newest additions to my reader, and has quickly become a blog that I look forward to reading. Ashley is another American living in Paris, and I can relate to her stories about being an au pair in Europe. I was lucky enough to meet Ashley for lunch last week (she’s a fellow Michigander, that should be enough to make you click over!) and besides being a talented blogger she’s a sweetheart who shares a lot of the same views on life that I do. Plus, she has a lot of super cool travel plans in the works for 2013!
3. That Backpacker Audrey is a fellow English teacher in Korea who writes about both life in Korea (her series on “Engrish” is especially funny) and her travels outside the country and outside of Asia. Her posts on South America and Cuba have given me a serious case of wanderlust, and I was nodding along to some of her misadventures in Europe. Like me, Audrey is getting ready to leave Korea and embark on a long term backpacking trip, so 2013 is a wonderful time to start following That Backpacker!
4. Alex in Wanderland For anyone who reads a lot of travel blogs, Alex’s has probably been on your radar for a long time. And for good reason. Her stunning photography makes me want to go places (Hawaii) and do things (skydive) I had never before considered. Originally from the US, Alex has worked as an underwater photographer in Thailand and is an avid scuba diver. She’s about to head back abroad after a brief sojourn in the United States, and I can’t wait to follow along on her adventures this year.
5. Curiosity Travels Another English teacher in Korea, Jessica’s blog is another relative newcomer to the scene. Curiosity Travels is a great resource for anyone looking to teach or live in Korea. The combination of practical tips, narratives, and photo essays keep me interested. Like both Audrey and I, Jessica is almost done teaching in Korea and in less than 2 months she’ll be heading to India, the first stop on her Asian adventure.
6. Pack Your Passport Beverley’s blog was one that inspired me to originally start blogging. She’s an English girl who, like me, has an addiction to living abroad. She spent time living in Australia, and now she’s giving New Zealand a try. Her travels down under, especially her camper van road trips, had me seriously considering a post-Korea move to Australia. One of my favorite parts of Beverley’s blog is her candidness and ability to open up with her readers. She recently posted about her tough decision to change her 2013 plans. Whatever they are, I know I will be following!
7. Wayfaring Amanda Besides having the best name ever, Amanda has a pretty great blog. This recent college grad originally drew me in with her detailed posts about the Philippines, my first stop on my post-Korea trip, and has kept me reading ever since. Amanda has recently returned to the United States, and I can’t wait to see what adventures her future holds.
8. Kaleena’s Kaleidoscope Kaleena’s blog is another new find. Similar to me, her blog was created due to the ever more common “quarter life crisis”. This twenty-something American has a good reason to blog- she has already been to nearly 20 countries and is headed to Korea to teach English in 2013. I’m excited to see a newbies perspective on Korea in 2013.
9. Camels & Chocolate Kristin’s blog was one of the first travel blogs that I started reading regularly. She’s a travel journalist and her assignments (and person travel) have taken her to some extremely interesting locales. This year she spent a semester aboard the MSS Expedition as part of the Semester at Sea staff, which had me itching to be an undergrad looking to study abroad again. Kristin’s also an incredibly talented photographer, avid reader, and bourbon drinker. That should be enough to sell you.
10. C’est Christine C’est Christine is an old standby. A blog that I know I can always turn for travel inspiration. Christine has lived in France and Australia, travelled Southeast Asia and the United States, and most recently moved to Manhattan. “Fixed life envy” is a term coined by Christine and it very accurately describes how I feel about her current life. Yoga, rooftop drinks, beautiful sunsets from the top of the Empire State Building- reading about Christine’s life in NYC is just as exciting as reading about her life abroad. Oh, and don’t worry, she still manages to travel quite a bit!
11. Paper Planes Alana used to blog at Wanderlust & Lipstick and just recently started her own blog. She currently lives in Thailand, and it’s interesting to see how life as an expat is different (and similar!) in Southeast Asia. Alana is currently planning her next move (aren’t we all!) and until then I’ll be eagerly awaiting her photos and accounts from trips around Thailand and Southeast Asia.
12. Brooke vs. the World Brooke is an American expat living in Australia who has done an extensive amount of world traveling. I’m not really sure how she does it all, also running Her Packing List and contributing to a variety of other sites, but I’m happy she does! Brooke taught English in Ukraine has traveled through a lot of countries in the area that aren’t frequently blogged about. Brooke recently became a permanent resident of Australia and I’m sure has a lot more awesome things coming her way in 2013!
13. Seoul Searching And last but not least, another blog about Korea! Mimsie is a super talented photographer and spent a lot of 2012 working with the Korean Tourism Organization, writing and blogging about some lesser known aspects of Korea. Unlike the other bloggers in Korea I’ve listed, Mimsie isn’t leaving (as far as I know) Korea in the next few months. Thus, Seoul Searching will be the blog I turn to for a glimpse at the place I’ve called home for the past two years.
Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who has followed, read, commented, or retweeted anything from Farsickness in 2012! I hope you follow along on the adventures that 2013 will bring.
Do you read any of these blogs? What are your must read blogs for 2013?