Crafting a well written travel blog is an art form. Capturing the essence of the trip so others may live vicariously is no easy feat. Most travel blogs have their own focus whether it is local cuisine, photography or a unique means of travel; these particular focal points are what make one blog more attractive to their readership base than another blog. Below is a list of the 15 best travel blogs of 2009 that will continue to be fruitful reading sources well into 2010.
1. White on Rice Couple
Dianne and Todd’s blog combines a passion for photo, food, garden and travel. The daily crack section of their blog is frequently updated with parts of their photo blog that contains images from around the world. With the easy to use recipe index, your taste buds will be tempted to make your own exotic creations and maybe even join Dianne and Todd on their culinary tours in Southern California.
2. Gadling powered by Visa and AOL travel
From budget to adventure travel, this blog has it all and will tempt you to travel as well as provide entertainment. With smartly crafted article titles such as “How to tell a true dive bar from a fake”, this blog may become your favorite procrastination.
3. Intelligent Traveler by National Geographic
Following National Geographic’s mission, this blog serves to educate and tempt future world travelers. The blog consists of a consortium of writers all over the world who focus on cultural events that are unique to each city as well as offering tips for sustainable travel practices.
4. Stuck in Customs
Trey Ratcliff’s photos are stunning and will become addictive. Luckily for you, Ratcliff updates his page daily which is perfect for desktop backgrounds. Ratcliff’s photos have graced the walls of the Smithsonian, been represented by Getty and featured on the BBC. With around 350,000 views per month, it is considered #1 Travel Photography Blog.
5. Chubby Hubby: Whining, Dining and Marriage
Chubby Hubby’s photos are incredible and may tempt you to quit your job tomorrow and buy a ticket to whatever exotic location he may be exploring. Aside from the excellent recipes, the posts will inspire a more adventurous foodie in all who read it.
6. The Lost Girls
This is a girl power type of travel blog that chronicles the adventures ofHolly Corbett, Jennifer Baggett, and Amanda Pressner, three New Yorkers who left in 2006 and don’t seem to be coming back any time soon. This blog is aimed at a female readership, more specifically, “Lost Girls” which are defined on the site as girls in their 20s and 30s who are traveling as a means of learning about themselves.
7. Almost Fearless
A voice of honesty comes through in this blog. Christine Gilbert was a manger for a fortune 500 company who quit her job in July 2008 and has been traveling the world since. Her site also offers tips for others who are thinking of following in her footsteps and becoming a fulltime traveler.
8. Family on Bikes
The Vogel family has been on the go since 2008 and will continue to be for another year! They are on an epic bicycle trip traversing the Pan-American Highway from Alaska to Argentina. Their goal is to give their children a tangible education. The blog chronicles the adventures of traveling with children.
9. Sugar, Tea and a Dream
Many travel blogs are focused on international travel; however Debby Lee has made 2009 a domestic travel year. Sugar, Tea and a Dream is affiliated with Wanderlust and Lipstick, your destination for women’s travel which is a hub of travel blogs devoted to women’s travel needs.
The elitist blog about everything luxurious from fashion to food, this travel blog is comprised of a team of writers from around the world. Readers may enjoy joining the Vagablond family which operates like a social networking site. Joining the Vagablond family allows users to make friends, write comments, track comments and join groups.
11. The Traveler’s Lunchbox
The way this blog is written, it feels as if you are sitting there with her when it is happening. Somewhere in a warm kitchen she is cooking you a delicious feast explaining to you the process and history of all of the ingredients. The age old saying “you are what you eat” seems to be the thought process behind this lovely blog. Delicious recipes are included.
12. Chris Around the World
Written by the former travel editor of USA TODAY, Chris Gray Faust’s blog covers a range of topics from travel tips to hilarious travel escapes. Her professional experience is palpable in that her articles are well crafted, have a particular point of view and most importantly, are always attention grabbing.
Be sure to check out both her segment titled “5 Reasons” which details why a particular location is a must see and articles tagged “2009 Travel in Review”.
13. The Longest Way Home
The writer is 33-years-old and has been traveling for over 5 years on his search to find “home”. Like clockwork, he provides a daily photograph and uploads videos of his travels. Aside from tracking his adventures, he provides insightful tips for travelers ranging from advice for those living overseas to how to prepare for long term travel plans. After looking at the site, you may notice the identity of the author seems to be a mystery and you are correct. The author wants the page to not be solely about himself, in his own words he maintains he wants “The Longest Way Home be about the Idea, the Journey and the Task” and less about himself.
14. Black Hills Travel Blog
This blog is specific to the Black Hills, a mountain range running through western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming and is written by a crew of avid mountain climbers and locals that cover events, regional culture and hiking trips. This is not a typical travel blog in that it isn’t written by newcomers to the region but rather by the experts. Reading Black Hills Travel Blog provides the same regional wisdom you would expect to hear from a caring friend.
15. Upgrade: Travel Better
This blog is written by the genius mind of Mark Ashley who is on the quest to travel frugally but in a luxurious way. The blog’s motto is what most people dream of when they travel, “Living the first class life, at coach prices.” It should be noted that this is a strictly travel advice blog.