Top 100 Travel Blogs For Serious Wanderlust in 2017

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The world’s best travel blogs reveal their top destination tips and must-have packing list items

top 100 travel blogMy name is Asher Fergusson. My team and I have spent 100s of hours putting together this comprehensive travel resource for you.

Here’s how it works:

1) Below you will find a list of the top 100 travel blogs in the world. I’ve also listed 150 other highly commended, must-read blogs for each destination.

2) Blogs are sorted by their rank & by the country they cover most. This makes it easy to find travel tips relevant to you.

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Top 100 travel blogs to follow in 2017

Click the blog name and you’ll scroll down to their top destination tips


nomadic matt1. Nomadic Matt
Most Blogged Country: Thailand
expertvagabond2. Expert Vagabond
Most Blogged Country: Mexico

The Planet D3. The Planet D
Most Blogged Country: Canada
migrationology4. Migrationology
Most Blogged Country: Thailand

A Luxury Travel Blog5. A Luxury Travel Blog
Most Blogged Country: UK
the blonde abroad6. The Blonde Abroad
Most Blogged Country: Iceland

y travel blog7. y Travel Blog
Most Blogged Country: Australia
Young Adventuress8. Young Adventuress
Most Blogged Country: Spain

Adventurous Kate9. Adventurous Kate
Most Blogged Country: France
The Savvy Backpacker10. The Savvy Backpacker
Most Blogged Region: Europe

Bucket List Journey11. Bucket List Journey
Most Blogged Country: Japan
LandLopers12. LandLopers
Most Blogged Country: USA

Upgraded Points13. Upgraded Points
Most Blogged Country: UK
Be My Travel Muse14. Be My Travel Muse
Most Blogged Country: Thailand

Budget Your Trip15. Budget Your Trip
Most Blogged Country: Thailand
365 Atlanta Family16. 365 Atlanta Family
Most Blogged Country: USA

Wandering Trader17. Wandering Trader
Most Blogged Country: Colombia
Javi the Frog’s Travel Blog18. Javi the Frog’s Travel Blog
Most Blogged Country: Costa Rica

Goats on the Road19. Goats on the Road
Most Blogged Country: Colombia
Hand Luggage Only20. Hand Luggage Only
Most Blogged Country: UK

Uncornered Market21. Uncornered Market
Most Blogged Country: Kyrgyzstan
Travel Dudes22. Travel Dudes
Most Blogged Region: Europe

Our Awesome Planet23. Our Awesome Planet
Most Blogged Country: Philippines
WildJunket24. WildJunket
Most Blogged Country: Madagascar

OneStep4Ward25. OneStep4Ward
Most Blogged Country: Thailand
The Expeditioner26. The Expeditioner
Most Blogged Country: France

The Poor Traveler27. The Poor Traveler
Most Blogged Country: Philippines
Travel Mamas28. Travel Mamas
Most Blogged Country: USA

Bacon is Magic29. Bacon is Magic
Most Blogged Country: Italy
Getting Stamped30. Getting Stamped
Most Blogged Country: Thailand

GloboTreks31. GloboTreks
Most Blogged Country: Iceland
Local Adventurer32. Local Adventurer
Most Blogged Country: USA

Backpack ME33. Backpack ME
Most Blogged Country: Portugal
migrationology34. Travel With Bender
Most Blogged Country: Indonesia

Finding the Universe35. Finding the Universe
Most Blogged Country: UK
Time Travel Turtle36. Time Travel Turtle
Most Blogged Country: Japan

Chasing the Donkey37. Chasing the Donkey
Most Blogged Country: Croatia
Independent Travel Cats38. Independent Travel Cats
Most Blogged Country: USA

Hippie in Heels39. Hippie in Heels
Most Blogged Country: India
Where’s Sharon Family40. Where’s Sharon Family
Most Blogged Country: Malaysia

Nerd Nomads41. Nerd Nomads
Most Blogged Country: Japan
Europe Up Close42. Europe Up Close
Most Blogged Country: France

I am Aileen43. I am Aileen
Most Blogged Country: Japan
travelFREAK44. travelFREAK
Most Blogged Country: China

Out of Town Blog45. Out of Town Blog
Most Blogged Country: Philippines
Global Grasshopper46. Global Grasshopper
Most Blogged Country: Italy

Bruised Passports47. Bruised Passports
Most Blogged Country: Iceland
Inside the Travel Lab48. Inside the Travel Lab
Most Blogged Country: Spain

David’s Been Here49. David’s Been Here
Most Blogged Country: Balkans
One World 36550. One World 365
Most Blogged Country: Australia

Nomadic Boys51. Nomadic Boys
Most Blogged Country: Japan
Nomad is Beautiful52. Nomad is Beautiful
Most Blogged Region: SE Asia

NOMADasaurus53. NOMADasaurus
Most Blogged Country: Vietnam
Jessie on a Journey54. Jessie on a Journey
Most Blogged Country: USA (NYC)

Monkeys & Mountains55. Monkeys & Mountains
Most Blogged Country: Germany
The Vacation Gals56. The Vacation Gals
Most Blogged Country: USA

The Fairytale Traveler57. The Fairytale Traveler
Most Blogged Country: Ireland
Trip and Travel Blog58. Trip and Travel Blog
Most Blogged Country: Greece

Women on the Road59. Women on the Road
Most Blogged Country: France
SaltaConmigo60. SaltaConmigo
Most Blogged Country: Italy

Camels & Chocolate61. Camels & Chocolate
Most Blogged Country: USA
Never Stop Traveling62. Never Stop Traveling
Most Blogged Country: Italy

Dave’s Travel Corner63. Dave’s Travel Corner
Most Blogged Country: USA
Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler64. Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler
Most Blogged Country: Mexico

Indiana Jo65. Indiana Jo
Most Blogged Country: Italy
Solo Traveler66. Solo Traveler
Most Blogged Country: UK

Mapping Megan67. Mapping Megan
Most Blogged Country: Australia
The Professional Hobo68. The Professional Hobo
Most Blogged Country: Peru

Love and Road69. Love and Road
Most Blogged Country: Thailand
Will Fly for Food70. Will Fly for Food
Most Blogged Country: Japan

Wandering Educators71. Wandering Educators
Most Blogged Country: Ireland
We3Travel72. We3Travel
Most Blogged Country: Iceland

Divergent Travelers73. Divergent Travelers
Most Blogged Country: New Zealand
Travel Babbo74. Travel Babbo
Most Blogged Country: Italy

Journalist On The Run75. Journalist On The Run
Most Blogged Country: South Africa
Living the Dream76. Living the Dream
Most Blogged Country: Easter Island

This Battered Suitcase77. This Battered Suitcase
Most Blogged Country: UK
Don’t Forget To Move78. Don’t Forget To Move
Most Blogged Country: Cuba

Hole in the Donut79. Hole in the Donut
Most Blogged Country: Nepal
Flashpacker Family80. Flashpacker Family
Most Blogged Country: USA

Along Dusty Roads81. Along Dusty Roads
Most Blogged Country: Colombia
Asher Fergusson82. Asher Fergusson
Most Blogged Country: India

I Am Ella83. I Am Ella
Most Blogged Country: Croatia
Amateur Traveler84. Amateur Traveler
Most Blogged Country: USA

A Brit & A Southerner85. A Brit & A Southerner
Most Blogged Country: USA
Blogger at Large86. Blogger at Large
Most Blogged Country: New Zealand

Living Yoga87. Living Yoga
Most Blogged Country: India
Bren On The Road88. Bren On The Road
Most Blogged Country: Philippines

Contented Traveller89. Contented Traveller
Most Blogged Country: Japan
We Blog The World90. We Blog The World
Most Blogged Region: Europe

Emily Luxton Travels91. Emily Luxton Travels
Most Blogged Country: Colombia
HoneyTrek92. HoneyTrek
Most Blogged Country: New Zealand

Velvet Escape93. Velvet Escape
Most Blogged Country: Spain
Backpacker Banter94. Backpacker Banter
Most Blogged Country: Australia

Costa Rica Escapes95. Costa Rica Escapes
Most Blogged Country: Costa Rica
Wonderful Wanderings96. Wonderful Wanderings
Most Blogged Country: Belgium

Hopscotch the Globe97. Hopscotch the Globe
Most Blogged Country: India
Go Green Travel Green98. Go Green Travel Green
Most Blogged Country: USA

The Crowded Planet99. The Crowded Planet
Most Blogged Country: Italy
Adventure in You100. Adventure in You
Most Blogged Country: Thailand


A detailed methodology used to objectively rank the blogs is explained at the very bottom of the page.


 

SECTION 1

North America

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Top 23 United States Travel Blogs

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quote iconNot all those who wander are lost.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring



LandLopers by Matt Long

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Washington, DC is famous for its museums, but to really understand the city spend time in the neighborhoods. Adam’s Morgan, Dupont and others are the real heart of the city.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I always bring a travel power strip for all of my electronic gadgets.


365 Atlanta Family by Lesli Peterson

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Skip the tourist attractions, and adventure into our National and State Parks. They are affordable, and uniquely make up what is beautiful about America. Many also offer accommodations – both luxurious and inexpensive options! Try rock climbing and an adobe overnight at Joshua Tree National Park on the west coast, or hiking and waterfall seeking with a stay at Belle Meade Farm near the east coast jewel of Shenandoah National Park.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A DSLR …not just my phone. There is nothing as wonderful as looking back at the memories we made on vacation. Yes, it can be a hassle…especially if you’re hiking or if you have other luggage (like kids) to cart around. But looking back at high-quality photos is always worth the effort. My tip? First, enjoy the moment without thinking about the camera. Take in the view, and then take I the faces of your travel companions who are soaking in the wonder. Only once you’ve filled your soul with the moment should you pause to take a photo.


Travel Mamas by Colleen Lanin

Most blogged about destination?
United States (California)

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Don’t try to squeeze it all into one trip! California is huge and deserves to be savored. California vacation destinations vary from beach towns to big cities, National Parks, ski slopes, wine country, amusement parks and beyond. Plan your trip to focus on one region of California instead. Focus on Southern California’s San Diego for its famous zoo, family-friendly activities and surfing waves. You could easily add on a few days at Disneyland or Los Angeles from there. Or plan a Northern California trip to San Francisco for a city break combined with a visit up to Napa for wine-tasting or down to Monterey for its famous aquarium and Carmel-by-the-Sea for its darling, walkable downtown. Once you’ve been to Cali, you’ll want to plan future trips, for sure!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
“Can I say my book? “”The Travel Mamas‘ Guide”” gives tips for parents so they can travel with babies and young children…and stay sane!

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Local Adventurer by Jacob Fu

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
It’s a big country and you can spend a whole year exploring just one city (seriously, we move to a new city every year). Don’t try to see everything at once, but get to know the charm of each area you explore, then come back and explore a new spot!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Camera – we always love capturing photos and video to share our travel experiences with others.


Independent Travel Cats by Jessica Norah

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Go beyond the major cities and Disney parks to see part of the rest of the country. There are breathtaking national parks, fun mid-sized cities, and charming rural towns to explore.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Duct tape – you never know when you’ll need it to tape, attach, or repair something quickly while on the go from luggage to shoes.
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Jessie on a Journey by Jessica Fiesta

Most blogged about destination?
United States (New York City)

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Many first-time visitors to NYC want to see a Broadway show. Instead of paying full price or waiting on the TKTS Booth line, you can download TodayTix app to get big discounts on last-minute unsold seats right on your phone!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
hidden-pocketsClever Travel Companion Pickpocket-Proof Garments! They have hidden pockets, so thieves never even know you’re carrying cash. I also love the garments — which range from pants to underwear to shirts and beyond — when I don’t want to use a purse!
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The Vacation Gals by Jennifer Miner

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
The United States is, obviously, a big country. All of England fits comfortably in just the state of California, for example. My friends from London don’t even try to see all of California in one vacation; travelers will have a better time experiencing one part of the United States per trip than if they rush around with a multi-state check list. New York City, the National Parks in Utah, coastal California…all of these are worth their own dedicated visit.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I never leave the house without sunblock, even when I’m staying in town. I can’t recommend one brand over another, as sunblock should be rated by its SPF. I prefer to use sunblock with an SPF of at least 50.


Camels & Chocolate by Kristin Luna

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
The United States is a massive country that takes many of its residents a lifetime to see. If you’re coming to America for the first time, pick one micro-region to explore for a couple weeks and don’t be overly ambitious—distances within the US can be deceiving. I so often see first-timers from, say, Europe try to cram NYC, DC, Florida and California all into a two-week trip, which is just nuts as they’re spread out thousands of miles. Instead, prioritize your regions and pick the one you’re most excited about—whether the West Coast or the Southeast or the Eastern seaboard—to focus on, then when you come back the next time, move onto region #2 and so forth. The easiest way to get around the US is by car, so if you’re visiting a more rugged area like our national parks, fine-tune your driving skills, particularly if you’re accustomed to driving on the left side of the road, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I never leave home without my Lo & Sons OMG bag. It’s perfect for carrying my laptop, camera equipment and other carry-on essentials!


Dave’s travel corner by davd levart

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
try not to see it all, it is a huge county with an incredible amount of diversity. Try to mix in both a combination of national parks/rural countryside with some of the bigger cities. for visitors to california, yosemite, the 395 high dessert corridor and lake tahoe are must visits. Cities – put Los Angeles and San Francisco on your travel itinerary.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My phone – for two reasons 1. communication and 2. google maps


Flashpacker Family by Bethaney Davies

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Get a car and road trip as much of America as you can. Every state is different, there is so much to do and see in the US, and it’s surprisingly affordable.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Packing Cubes! The best travel invention ever to keep your luggage organised.
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Amateur Traveler by Chris Christensen

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
The cities of the U.S. are great, but it is the National Parks that offer some of the most amazing experiences. So skip NYC, skip Hollywood and visit Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite. You won’t regret it. Lesser known but also great parks include Bryce Canyon, Volcanos and Everglades. Every state but one (Deleware) has some park in the the National Park System.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Smart phone. It is my communicator, navigator, translator, and entertainer.


A Brit and A Southerner by Chris & Heather Boothman

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Be prepared to road trip around the United States to fully appreciate the beauty within this country. There is more to the US than just New York City or Florida! Head to the myriad of National Parks for an amazing plethora of natural beauty, particularly “The Mighty 5” in Utah that are spectacular.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Zero Grid packing cubes! We always thought that packing cubes were pointless and did the opposite of save space. How wrong were we?? On our recent round the world trip, we used Zero Grid’s packing cubes and they are awesome! Great way to stay organized on the road.
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Go Green Travel Green by Dawn Head

Most blogged about destination?
United States

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Stay in an environment friendly hotel: there are plenty of these available and you can find most of them online. These hotels’ commitment varies however, so you need to do some research to determine just how eco-friendly the place is. Stay in hotels that support and use recycled bottles and participates in recycling programs. You can find this information on the hotel’s website or you can ask them.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Fruit Infused Water Bottle Fresh, refreshing drinks that are actually healthy. Yes, please! Learn about the best fruit infused water bottles and why they are awesome. I never knew what a difference owning a fruit infused water bottle would make! Prior to owning one, I thought that I could just put some fruit in my glass or reusable water bottle if I wanted some extra flavor. I had been “off” of diet soda for over a year and had (unfortunately) switched to vitamin water and also started adding those sugar-free powders into my water for flavoring. But when I finally stopped to think about all the chemicals I was adding unnecessarily to my body, I never bought them again.


Highly Commended (Also, must-read blogs!)

Below are 10 other highly commended USA travel blogs worth checking out:

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Top 7 Canada Travel Blogs

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quote iconThousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”
~ John Muir, Our National Parks


The Planet D by Dave and Deb Bouskil

Most blogged about destination?
Canada

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Be prepared, Canada is huge, you can’t see it all. Choose one destination to explore. If you want to travel the East Coast, stay on the East Coast or if you want to go west, just focus on the West like Alberta and British Columbia. There’s too much to see to try and stop at all the cities in the country.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
We always bring a Belkin Mini Surge protector. We can charge several items at once. It has three outlets, two USB chargers and it’s a surge protector so it keeps our electronics safe.


Highly Commended (Also, must-read blogs!)

Below are 6 other highly commended Canada travel blogs worth checking out:

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Top 5 Mexico Travel Blogs

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quote iconThese paintings say Mexico is an ancient thing that will still go on forever telling its own story in slabs of color leaves and fruits in a history without shame.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

 


Expert Vagabond by Matt Karsten

Most blogged about destination?
Mexico

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
If you want to spend less money on food, consider eating at taco stands instead of dining at restaurants. It might not be a Michelin star dinner, but I guarantee they’ll be tasty and safe. Keep an eye out for stands with the most people, they’re usually the best.

If you’re flying from the US, book a domestic flight to San Diego, then cross the border to Tijuana and fly low-cost Mexican carrier to Cancun or Merida in order to avoid international fees. Mexican airlines are safe, comfortable and much better than US budget carries like Spirit or Frontier.


Crazy sexy fun traveler by Alexandra Kovacova

Most blogged about destination?
Mexico

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Please, do not be scared of visiting Mexico. Obviously, there are some places you should avoid, but overall it’s my favorite country out of more than 52 I’ve visited. If you have enough time, visit more Mexican states as each state is vey unique in many ways and you would miss a lot if you just visited one place thinking that’s the real Mexico. Aw, and try nachos with guacamole. I mean who does not like guacamole? Agua de Jamaica, the national cold hibiscus water is also a must.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I always travel with a bottle of 100% organic cold-pressed coconut oil. I use it for almost everything, instead of 90% of my cosmetics. I use it instead of toothpaste, body lotion, after shave, hair balm, hand cream, face cream, mouth oil pulling, sunbathing etc. Coconut oil is honestly awesome for many things so I don’t need to travel with many bottles of different cosmetics, but one.

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~ 3 Other Highly Commended Mexico Blogs ~

Roaming Around the World by John Widmer

Most blogged about destination?
Mexico

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Go explore outside of Mexico’s famed resort towns! Sure, Cancun has its place and boasts some incredible beaches, but there’s so much more to Mexico than its highly-touristed destinations. We find that outside of the big resort areas the food is better, the people are friendlier, the culture is authentic, and the prices are way lower. There’s so much more to Mexico than its beautiful coastline. You can find historic towns, massive volcanos, ancient Mayan ruins, blue waterfalls, lush jungles, and some of the highest mountains in North America. Go explore this wonderful paradise!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
When traveling, it seems there are never enough power outlets in a hotel to keep all the phones, cameras, and laptops charged. This travel multi-outlet fixes this oh-so-common travel problem. This compact gadget turns one outlet into three, plus two USB ports, and also acts as a surge protector to keep your devices from getting fried. We don’t leave home without it!

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Luggage and Lipstick by Patti Morrow

Most blogged about destination?
Mexico

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Mexico is my favorite country because of the amazing diversity of things to do and for the outrageously tasty culinary choices. Yes, the tacos are so much better there, but also make sure your try mole, pozole, tamales, ceviche, chilaquiles, and even chapulines (toasted grasshoppers!). Don’t be afraid to try street food – it’s among the most delicious. Just be sure to watch the food being prepared so you can see that it’s clean, fresh, and hot.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Portable water filtration system. It’s important to stay hydrated and free from bacteria, as well as protect the environment.
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AWOL Americans by Deidre Mize

Most blogged about destination?
Mexico

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Mexico is an enormous country with rich cultures and traditions, varying ecosystems and delicious food. Do not be afraid to step away from the resort or popular tourist destinations and explore. There is a fantastic bus system that is affordable and will take you from coast to coast with lots of in between places to stop and see, including colonial towns in the mountains, obscure coastal communities and major cosmopolitan cities. We cannot emphasize enough that Mexico and the majority of people here are warm, welcoming and kind.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
We started traveling with way too much ‘necessary’ stuff that we eventually figured out wasn’t so necessary after all. Over the years we have shed almost all of our possessions except some clothes, our laptops and our dive gear. But the one (actually) two things that we absolutely cannot do without are high quality, comfortable shoes. The best way to explore Mexico is on foot, so we invested in two pairs – flip flops for warmer climates and a closed toe walking shoe for the colder climates of Mexico (and make no mistake, there are parts of Mexico that do get snow).


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Top 5 Costa Rica Travel Blogs

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quote iconIn the rain forest, no niche lies unused. No emptiness goes unfilled. In a million vest pockets, a million life-forms quietly tick. No other place on earth feels so lush.”
~ Diane Ackerman, The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds


Javi the Frog’s Travel Blog by Javier Navajas

Most blogged about destination?
Costa Rica

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is stunning and distinctive, and you’ll be surrounded by an ecotourists’ dream – over 3,000 animal and plant species. You can go hiking at high altitudes in the forest, and enjoy your time outside of the forest in the small village just outside the entrance. The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is often overshadowed by its neighbor (see above), but it shouldn’t be written off. As the underdog, this forest reserve sees less foot traffic; it’s the spot that is less touristy. You can get all of the same amazing experiences as you can at Monteverde, but you can do so with less people around.


Costa Rica Escapes by John Rabenau

Most blogged about destination?
Costa Rica

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Work with a professional. Traveling abroad, especially to less-developed countries, can provide a number of unforeseen obstacles. When you’re traveling with your family, especially, you want each day to go as smoothly as possible. Knowing details about transportation, currency, where to go/avoid, etc…is key to a great experience. Due to our multiple decades of experience with Costa Rica travel, we’re able to plan vacations and adventurous excursions that will be a breeze and focus on the good times!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A daypack and/or backpack! This item will be used daily, so it’s critical to have on your Costa Rica vacation!


~ 3 Other Highly Commended Costa Rica Blogs ~

Costa Rica Travel Blog by Nikki Solano

Most blogged about destination?
Costa Rica

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Strive for the goldilocks of efficient and worthwhile Costa Rica travel: an experience that is not too “tourist-trap” and not too “off the beaten path”, but is juuuuust right. To accomplish this, a) skip the all-inclusive resort and organized group country tours in favor of your own DIY Costa Rica trip, and b) offset your self-directed vacation by participating in guided day tours to key attractions to ensure you do and see as much as possible—on your own terms—backed by the knowledge and experience of a local “Tico”. Pura vida!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A woman’s urinating aid, an empty water bottle with a securable top, and a small package of tissues. Lady travelers, you know what I’m talking about; when nature calls during travel (often times during a lengthy hike or when the only bathroom around is too dirty to touch), we find ourselves in a greater predicament than our male travel companions. Sure, binoculars, closed-toe hiking shoes, and a rain poncho are additional important items to pack for a Costa Rica vacation, but as an undeniable reality of travel, most would admit: when you gotta go, you gotta go. Sense the urgency? Travel prepared.

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Uneven Sidewalks by Landon Carlson

Most blogged about destination?
Costa Rica

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Don’t wait for the dry season to visit Costa Rica with the rest of the tourists. Come visit when it’s wet and green – way more beautiful and intimate! Bring your umbrella, you’ll dry out soon enough!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I love my hybrid swim trunks – They are fun to hike in and dry out quick when I need to look presentable in town or at a restaurant. Plus, they’re small and lightweight in my pack if I’m not wearing them.

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Happy Coconuts Travel Blog by Kari Silcox

Most blogged about destination?
Costa Rica

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Do your research! Costa Rica may appear to be small, but it can take over a day to drive from one end of the country to the other. Deciding where to focus your time will help you decide which airport to fly into, and you can go from there. You can read about my favorite parts of Costa Rica, that you should not miss on your trip, on my travel blog.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I never leave home without my hammock. Swinging between two palm trees while admiring the ocean is where I come up with all my best ideas and inspiration. A hammock is a portable bed, a portable swing, a portable happy place. It is all I need in life.
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Top 7 Caribbean Travel Blogs

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quote iconIn his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Don’t Forget To Move by Christine Williams

Most blogged about destination?
Cuba

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Our #1 tip is to try and get off the beaten track. Even if you just stray a couple blocks from the main drag in Old Havana you’ll get a much better taste of the ‘real’ Cuba and get a chance to chat with locals!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
One thing we NEVER travel without is our packing cells. These use small zip bags to organize all of the clothes and gadgets in our backpack. I don’t know how we ever traveled without these. They make packing and unpacking so much easier!
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~ 6 Other Highly Commended Caribbean Blogs ~

Wanderlusters by Charli Moore

Most blogged about destination?
Caribbean (Nevis)

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Boasting a unique island charm unlike any of its neighbours Nevis is the paradise island few have discovered. While you’re never likely to run into crowds of tourists, prices rise during peak season so booking your escape between early April and the end of May can reduce the cost of your stay.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My Panasonic Lumix GH4. There’s nothing better than returning home with beautiful photography from your trip, not only to fill your social media galleries but also to cherish in years to come.
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Stride Travel Blog by Samantha Scott

Most blogged about destination?
Caribbean (Cuba)

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Cuba has a slightly odd, and very confusing, dual currency system. As a foreigner, Americans need to exchange US dollars to Cuban Convertible Pesos, also knows as a CUC. The exchange rate is 1:1, however, because of less-than-friendly historical relations between the US and Cuba, Americans only are charged a 10% ‘penalty’ when exchanging money, plus a standard commission of around 3%. To get around these fees and save some money, some American travelers bring Euros or British pounds to exchange instead of US dollars.

When visiting Cuba, choose a reputable tour company that has been operating trips to the country for a long time. They will be better equipped to show you around and will be familiar with the best places to go for photo ops, meals, and accommodation. This is especially important given the recent surge in interest for travel to Cuba.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I like to bring a small travel towel with me, especially for visiting developing countries. They’re light weight, don’t take up much room, and are helpful for long flights and layovers.

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Two Scots Abroad by Gemma Armit

Most blogged about destination?
Caribbean (Cuba)

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Plan! Cuba is stunning country full of salsa and mystery but it is also the hardest country we’ve backpacked around. Know before you go: Cuban currency and what to take to exchange, how to get around (print off the bus timetables for all routes), scams to avoid (check out our popular post!) Then you can kick back and enjoy the ride (in a classic car in Havana?)

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
The LBD! I’m all about a basic black dress to wear with sandals and sunnies by day then a bit of bling at night.


52 Perfect Days by Alexa Meisler

Most blogged about destination?
Caribbean (Aruba)

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Aruba, is a small Dutch Caribbean island located a few miles north of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. Aruba is famous for it’s white-sand beaches, temperate climate and because it’s located just below the hurricane belt, the climate is dry, and they have very little rain. On one side of the island you’ll find gorgeous white sand beaches and crystal clear water. The other side of the island you find rugged and rocky terrain, black sand beaches, caves, natural bridges and pools as well as rough surf.

My #1 tip is to make sure you make it to the north side of the island and explore the natural pools and bridges. Here are 52 more reasons to visit Aruba.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Snorkel Gear! If you want to explore the island on your own, bring snorkel gear instead of renting it on the island. It will save a lot of money and it also allows you to snorkel throughout your trip. The water is so clear on most of the island, you will want to check out the beautiful tropical fish and coral. ”

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Carmen’s Luxury Travel by Carmen Edelson

Most blogged about destination?
Caribbean (Cuba)

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Cuba is a gloriously interesting destination but it is not yet a reliably luxury destination. Cuba has a range of budget and luxury hotels but is still a country in transition. It’s a country with deep economic problems which still has a very broken infrastructure for basic supplies. To be specific, you should always carry your own toilet paper and be careful in drinking local water or eating vegetables. And be prepared for odd inconveniences. We were having lunch in one of the finer restaurants in Havana but it turns out their coffee machine was broken and so they couldn’t serve coffee.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I can’t travel without my MacBook anywhere. As a travel writer, I like that I can edit pictures and text so easily and most importantly, it weighs only two pounds. It’s compact so it fits very easily in a briefcase or a carry on bag.
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Travel Intense by Michaela Urban & Eric Vohr

Most blogged about destination?
Panama

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Do a unique combination of cultural exploration and natural beauty by visiting both the authentic old quarter of Panama City (Casco Viejo) as well as the undiscovered island paradise of Bocas del Toro (especially Bastimentos Island is a dream come true). We recommend staying in some of the beautiful and locally operated accommodations as this way you support people that are having a positive effect on the local community and economy.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
We will never ever again leave on any of our travels without our 6-in-1 multi usb charger! It charges iphones and many other mobile phones, GoPro cameras, ebook readers, portable speakers, cameras and so much more. No more cable salad and way lighter than bringing individual charging cables. An item every serious traveler needs!

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quote iconFew romances can ever surpass that of the granite citadel on top of the beetling precipices of Machu Picchu, the crown of Inca Land.”
~ Hiram Bingham


Wanderingtrader by marcello arrambide

Most blogged about destination?
Colombia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
I would let people know that it is safe…. but United States safe. Meaning that when you go to Colombia don’t completely put your guard down. It’s important to understand that it’s still a developing country and that there is still a lot of petty crime.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Smartphone…. don’t really need anything else. Can work, take pictures, keep in touch, do everything on a cell phone.


Goats On The Road by Dariece & Nick

Most blogged about destination?
Colombia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Don’t be afraid. There used to be so much bad press surrounding Colombia and although there are areas of the country that you need to be more mindful of your belongings and your personal safety, it’s not as bad as you think. If you’re too paranoid, you’ll miss out on meeting the locals and having amazing experiences! The people of Colombia are very welcoming and warm. We spent 6 weeks travelling here and have nothing but positive things to say about the country. Another tip is to learn some Spanish before you come. There are some good apps such as DuoLingo to help with the learning process.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?

Our favourite piece of travel gear is our backpacks. You’ll want to have a sturdy pack that will withstand being thrown underneath buses, but will be comfortable enough to wear while trekking. We both have Osprey Farpoint 55 packs, and love them.
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Tourist 2 Townie by Gareth Leonard

Most blogged about destination?
Brazil

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Be Smart. When it comes to Brazil, you will have one of the most amazing travel experiences if you are aware of your surroundings at all times, and attempt to learn the language.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
DJI Phantom 4 Drone. I bought this beauty before my trip to Australia and the visual results were absolutely incredible!
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The Professional Hobo by Nora Dunn

Most blogged about destination?
Peru

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
I spent over two years (on and off) based in the Sacred Valley of Peru, nestled in the Andes mountains at over 10,000 feet above sea level. I would suggest that anybody visiting the area give themselves some time to adjust to the altitude, as well as the peaceful way of life. I met too many people who had crammed itineraries and had to move on before they were ready. It’s a magical place that will take you by surprise if you keep your options open!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Being at such a high altitude means huge temperature difference in one day! So layers are essential, including a nice warm jacket that packs up small.

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Along Dusty Roads by Andrew & Emily

Most blogged about destination?
Colombia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
You announce to friends and family that you’re off to Colombia, and instead of sharing in your excitement, you are treated to rumblings and mumblings, questioning your sanity for going somewhere so unsafe. Unfortunately, it appears that not everyone knows that Colombia is well and truly back on the map, and that for the most part it is a safe destination for visitors to South America, and probably it’s very best as well! So don’t be scared, be happy that you’re heading to one of our favourite countries!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A Swiss-Army knife is a travel tool that will never go out of fashion or stop being useful, especially for anyone on a long-term backpacking trip. Forget the Bear Grylls version of gutting your hand-caught fish, this has actually been used more for eyebrow plucking, as a multi-purpose hostel kitchen utensil, cutting up a plastic bottle to make cocktail cups on a secluded island, trimming a straggly beard and, of course, as a portable bottle opener.

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Emily Luxton Travels by Emily Luxton

Most blogged about destination?
Colombia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
My #1 tip for anyone visiting Colombia is to learn a little Spanish beforehand, and keep on learning while you’re there. Very few people speak English, so it can be hard to get around without some basic conversational Spanish. More than that, it’s so much more polite to at least attempt to order in the local language first – even if you have to resort to pointing and mime after that. A “gracias” and a smile will go a long way!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My Water-to-Go bottle – I take it everywhere with me. It has a filter in the cap which filters water from any source (except seawater) into clean drinking water. It even filters out the bad taste. Saves me so much money on bottled water, and cuts down on wasted plastic, especially in countries where no recycling exists. Readers of my blog can get a 15% discount by using my promo code ELUX15 when they direct from Water-to-Go.
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Top 4 All Europe Travel Blogs

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quote iconSoon nostalgia will be another name for Europe.”
~ Angela Carter


The Savvy Backpacker by James and Susan Feess

Most blogged about destination?
Europe

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Your budget for backpacking in Europe is usually the most important factor when planning your travels. Unfortunately, planning is very confusing because it is so difficult to know how much you’re actually going to spend.

As a general rule of thumb, plan on budgeting between 50€-70€/day for Western Europe and around 30€-50€/day for Eastern Europe.


Travel Dudes by Melvin Böcher

Most blogged about destination?
Europe

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
No matter where you travel in Europe, it’s good to be prepared for your trip, but do not book all in advance, maybe the first 1-2 nights. From there on try to stay spontaneous and flexible and see what happens. For many destinations that works, unless you travel to the very popular places, which are usually the big cities. There you should book your room far in advance.

Get lost when in you are in a new destination and wander around. Walk more than usual. You will then have experiences which you will never forget… and to 99% in a positive way. :)

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
The adapter! All the electronic stuff is worthless if you can’t charge it! Then I love my sunglasses and I never leave them at home, even if it’s cloudy. Think positive… there is always the sun behind the clouds! 😉


We Blog The World by Renee Blodgett

Most blogged about destination?
Europe

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
As for a favorite destination, I have far too many, so it’s so hard to select a top one or even a top few. As for memorable wow moments that make me re-think who I am and my role on this planet, then it would be hats off to Iceland, South Africa, Thailand, Fiji, the Adirondacks in upstate New York, India, Cornwall in western England and Ecuador, not necessarily in that order. Regardless of where you land, the same advice is true. Be present when you arrive and stay present throughout your journey, for it is through staying present with the people around you and the soil that you stand on, where you will be truly transformed, on the road and….at home. It is in these quiet moments where your internal voice tells you what you need to know. When truly connected to the nature and people around you, the cultural nuances around you will add to that voice. Alas, let magic happen!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My Canon 7D is the one gadget I never leave home without regardless of the trip and on some trips and I always pack some specialty tea bags I know I’ll never get on a plane or most hotels.


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Fotostrasse by Marcela Faé

Most blogged about destination?
Europe

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Berlin is not an easy city like paris or london. it was destroyed a bunch of times and suffered a lot during the last few decades. Berlin is raw and demands a high level of knowledge to fully understand what is going on. this for me is what makes me in love with this city here. I think that, beyond the ridiculous amount of museums and galleries this city has to offer, to just walk around the east and west to see the signs of history is a must and berlin demands also a day tour and a nightlife tour, of course.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My lovely camera! I think that you gotta have something to document the enormous amount of information berlin will put in your face 24/7. I use the canon 5d but feel free to use whatever you feel more comfortable. I have several reviews on fotostrasse.com if you need help.
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Top 11 UK Travel Blogs

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quote iconSir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
~ Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3


A Luxury Travel Blog by Paul Johnson

Most blogged about destination?
United Kingdom

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Look beyond London. Too many visitors to the UK visit London and see little else, but there is so much more to explore beyond the capital – particularly in the more rural areas – be it the beautiful English Lake District, the beautiful coastlines of Cornwall, Northumberland and Pembrokeshire, or the mountains and island of Scotland.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
ASUS Zenbook. It’s a powerful but lightweight machine – extremely portable and perfect for travel.
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Upgraded Points by Alex Miller

Most blogged about destination?
United Kingdom

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Behind the famous “Oxford Street” in London (which is definitely a must-see!), there is a charming location that only a handful of tourists will ever visit called Charlotte Street. It’s 1/10 as busy as Oxford Street even though it’s only a stones throw away and you’ll love the cute eateries, coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Almost everyone there are locals too.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Buying a high quality, comfortable eye-mask was one of my best travel purchases. This particular ones feels good on your face and completely wraps around your head, thus sealing out all of the light.
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Hand Luggage Only by Lloyd & Yaya

Most blogged about destination?
United Kingdom

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Make sure to visit some of the beautiful villages and national parks outside of London. So many first time visitors drop into London (and stay only here). Take the train, rent a car or ramble across some areas of outstanding natural beauty.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A good pair of walking shoes!


Finding the Universe by Laurence Norah

Most blogged about destination?
United Kingdom

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Get out of London! For sure, London is an epic city, but so many people come to the UK and only visit the capital, when there is so much more to see. Pop along to the Cotswolds, take in the dreaming spires of Oxford, visit Stonehenge or even make your way up to Edinburgh. Wherever you go, just remember there’s more to the UK than one city.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
As a professional photographer I always bring my dSLR. Currently I’m shooting with a full-frame Canon dSLR, the 6D, which is my favourite full frame travel camera.
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Solo Traveler by Janice Waugh

Most blogged about destination?
United Kingdom

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
For any destination, my number one tip is to take the first day slow. Watch how the place works. Sit on a park and watch. Near a bus stop and watch. In a cafe and, of course, watch. You’ll learn a lot and because you’re not moving, you are more likely to get into conversation with a local. Do so whenever possible and get their recommendations for what to do.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Two pairs of really great shoes. Shoes that I love and are super comfortable because I walk a lot!


This Battered Suitcase by Brenna Holeman

Most blogged about destination?
United Kingdom

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
If you’re visiting London, don’t get sucked into the idea that you have to take the underground (the tube) everywhere. While it is an extensive network, you’ll see FAR more of the city if you walk. Most major sightseeing spots are within walking distance of each other, and the beauty of London is in its small details, the ones you only see if you’re actually walking around, not underground. Not only that, you save money by walking. And don’t worry – London does actually get quite a bit of sun, despite the stereotypes.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Other than the obvious clothing and camera, I’ve recently realised that bringing a small first aid kid with all of your essential medicine is really handy. After getting sick far too many times on my travels and then having to find a local pharmacy, I now travel with a small bag of medicine I know works well for me (i.e. painkillers, stomach medicine, bandages, etc). It sounds simple, but I used to forget to pack this all the time, and I paid for it.


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Top 10 France Travel Blogs

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quote iconIf you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
~ Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast


Adventurous Kate by Kate McCulley

Most blogged about destination?
France

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
The French have a reputation for being rude. It’s more accurate to say that they are formal and minimize interaction with strangers. Don’t expect to talk to them like you would with someone in America. To be polite in France is to keep your distance rather than pal up, to keep a neutral expression rather than a wide grin, and to only speak when necessary.

Always say, “Bonjour, monsieur,” or “Bonjour, madame,” whenever you enter a shop or restaurant. In France, this is basic manners and something that children are taught at a young age. Failing to do this may earn you rude treatment in return. Say, “Au revoir,” when you leave, too.


The Expeditioner by Matt Stabile

Most blogged about destination?
France

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
I would say that when you visit France, you should leave your misconceptions at home and bring your appetite. The people there are great, the food is amazing, and don’t be afraid to leave Paris. It’s a large country with tons of things to see everywhere around it.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
At this point my iPhone is my number one accessory since it’s been able to reduce what I bring to a minimum. Not only is it my computer, but it’s my main camera, my note taker, and my main communication device — which in the past meant taking multiple bulk items.


Europe Up Close by Maria Haase

Most blogged about destination?
France

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Experience the real France, not just Paris. Go to a small village, rent an apartment or house and feel the joie de vivre, the joy of life, that makes a trip to France so compelling in the first place. Travel off the beaten path and you will be rewarded with amazing memories, a hint of adventure and a true connection with the country and its people. Try the local cuisine and the fabulous wines. Keep it simple and have a picnic. This is what France is all about!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Packing cubes are a game changer! I love them, because even if I hop from hotel to hotel, I can keep my suitcase organized. It also trims down on packing time. I can now pack my bags for a two week trip to Europe in less than 20 minutes. Pretty sweet, right? This is my favorite set of Packing Cubes, because they have breathable fabric and come in various colors. Perfect when you travel with your partner, friends or kids => everyone gets to choose their own color!

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Women on the Road by Leyla Giray Alyanak

Most blogged about destination?
France

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Beware of schedules and opening times. There’s not much all-day eating, and most shops are closed Sundays – and often Mondays, with museums are closed Tuesdays. And if I can sneak in another tip – always say ‘Bonjour’ or ‘Bonsoir’ (good morning or evening) when you walk into a place. It’s common courtesy.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
An LED flashlight is essential to my safety. To make sure it’s at hand, I place it in my shoe at night in case of emergency or fire. During the day I clip it to my bag.
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Top 2 Germany Travel Blogs

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quote iconThe world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
~ Augustine of Hippo


Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel by Laurel Robbins

Most blogged about destination?
Germany

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
When you visit Germany by all means visit the cities, but also make time to visit smaller medieval towns and villages. One of my top recommendations is Bamberg. It’s the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany and a visit here feels like you’ve stepped into a time machine back into the middle ages.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A small massage ball. These don’t take up much room and provide relief for tired feet after walking on cobblestone streets or for aching shoulders after carrying a heavy pack.
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Indefinite Adventure by Sam Wood

Most blogged about destination?
Germany

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
If you’re planning a trip to Berlin, don’t be put off by the stereotype of Germany as an expensive country: Berlin is very affordable! In fact, it may be one of Europe’s cheapest capital cities with great food for under €5 a meal. Of course, like in any city in the world, you can go crazy and spend thousands, but your money really can go further than you think in Berlin.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I always travel with earplugs, as my sleep is very important to me. This is especially true when I travel, when I want to be awake and alert during the day to be able to make the most of my destination. Having earplugs with me, even if I don’t use them, gives me the peace of mind that I know I’ll be able to sleep well even if I’m in a less than silent place!


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Top 13 Italy Travel Blogs

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quote iconYou may have the universe if I may have Italy”
~ Giuseppe Verdi


Bacon is Magic by Ayngelina Brogan

Most blogged about destination?
Italy

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Try to get beyond Rome/Florence/Venice, there are lesser known areas like Umbria and Modena that are cheaper, more interesting and have less crowds.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Packing cubes! No matter if you travel with a backpack or suitcase packing cubes help you stay organized.


Global Grasshopper by Becky Moore

Most blogged about destination?
Italy

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
When searching for good restaurants serving the most delicious Italian food, always, always stay away from the tourist zones and head off down the backstreets. Whether you’re visiting Venice or Lake Garda (and all the cities in between!) the best places to dine out will always be located away from the major tourist areas. Some will also have lots of locals, including long queues, but it will be definitely worth the wait!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
As a blogger it’s essential to always stay connected wherever I maybe roaming so I always make sure I have a roaming Wi-Fi hotspot . This stylish retro one is my favourite because it looks good too! As long I’m somewhere I can receive a signal it saves me countless hours trying to search out Wi-Fi hotspots and would recommend it to any frequent traveller.
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SaltaConmigo by Sara Amata

Most blogged about destination?
Italy

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
If it’s the first time you visit Italy, try to focus in one city/area, you’ll regret to have spent just two days in Rome or one in Florence. Don’t try to visit all the country if you don’t have enough time. By the way, try to eat the typical regional food of the area you visit: Italian food is not all about pizza and spaghetti bolognese!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
For long trips, I alway bring a microfiber towel with me: it dries quickly and it occupies less space in the baggage, it’s perfect! And, in general, I never forget portable power banks for my mobile, you never know when you’ll be able to charge it.

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Never Stop Traveling by Jim Ferri

Most blogged about destination?
Italy

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Get lost! Whether you’re in a city or the countryside get an idea of where you want to go and then just wander aimlessly. You’ll have the greatest experiences and meet the greatest people and you’ll never have a bad experience since nothing is planned. Stop in shops and markets and ask what are the good things to see in the area, or where’s a good restaurant, etc. You’ll be away from all the tourists and you’ll meet some great people and likely have a great experiences. It’s never failed me, although it does drive some of my traveling companions crazy!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Well, I really have two. The second is a cashmere cardigan (zip-up) for use on the plane or anywhere, really. It’s lightweight and warm. But the #1 item is Germ-X hand Sanitizing wipes with aloe moisturizer. I’ve tried many different kinds all over the world and these are the best for size (6″ X 8″), durability, and quality. They not only can sanitize your hands but in a pinch you can use them in lieu of a shower (I’ve heard of people on UN projects doing this, as I have). They also cool you down when it’s really hot.
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Indiana Jo by Jo Fitzsimons

Most blogged about destination?
Italy

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Order coffee (café, which is an espresso) at the bar and drink it standing. It will cost €1 instead of €5 and that’s how the locals do it.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My Kindle. A million books in my bag in one device. I can tolerate any travel delays with a book to get me by.
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Travel Babbo by Eric Stoen

Most blogged about destination?
Italy

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Italy gets overrun by tourists, especially during the summer. If you want it to yourself, head out before sunrise and then watch the sun come up over amazing sites. Whether you’re in Venice, Florence or Rome, there are very few people out early – one of the benefits to the late-night culture. It’s the best time to really be able to appreciate the art and architecture and feel the history.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
We don’t travel without blue painter’s tape. It’s good for making sure sunscreen stays closed, for wrapping fragile things, for marking water bottles, for small repairs and so much more.


The Crowded Planet by Margherita Ragg

Most blogged about destination?
Italy

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
I recommend skipping the super touristy cities like Venice, Rome and Florence and heading instead to places like Naples, Milan, Genoa, Puglia or Sicily. I also recommend travelling around the country because it’s very diverse – from top to bottom, you’ll move from snowcapped mountains to an sunny beaches, sometimes even in winter! And naturally, EAT! Food is delicious everywhere!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I travel with carry on only, even for months, so often I need to wash my clothes! The Scrubba washbag is always in my backpack – it’s a drybag that can be used to was your clothes quickly and easily!
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Top 9 Spain Travel Blogs

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quote iconThe real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
~ Marcel Proust


Young Adventuress by Liz Carlson

Most blogged about destination?
Spain

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Córdoba, an amazing city to visit normally, comes alive in May. For the entire month there are festivals after festivals, leaving little time for boredom. Living here last year, I marked the days off on my calendar until the first festival, cruces, when giant flower crosses are placed around the city’s churches, complete with temporary bars and flamenco music. Typical Spain. Then comes the patio flower festival, where I raced around the city, visiting all of the usually secret interior patios of houses that are opened to the public. For 10 days the entire city smells like flowers, mixed with the orange blossoms on the trees. But Córdoba saves the best for last with its annual fair or feria. A giant illuminated structure mimicking Córdoba’s famous mosque-cathedral is set up along with hundreds of public tents filled with locals in traditional flamenco dresses and suits who stomp and clap sevillanas with visitors from dawn til dusk.


Inside the Travel Lab by Abigail King

Most blogged about destination?
Spain

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Forget the beach and venture out beyond the big cities for a great cultural adventure.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My iPhone – camera, hotel reservations, maps, translations, calculator all in one!


Velvet Escape by Keith Jenkins

Most blogged about destination?
Spain

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Barcelona and Madrid are the top destinations but if possible, include a nearby town/region in your itinerary, like Costa Brava (north of Barcelona) or Toledo/Segovia (near Madrid). If you have more time, check out other amazing cities in Spain such as Seville, Granada, San Sebastian/Bilbao or Valencia. One tip: Don’t cram your itinerary. Instead, take it slow as you explore (best by foot), visit a few attractions, then sit at a square (for a drink/meal) and watch the world go by.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I always have this universal power adapter by Swiss Travel Products with me!
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Top 11 Iceland Travel Blogs

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quote iconIf the solar winds have stirred far off in the velvety night then showers of light – gold and violet, rose and green – paint the sky.”
~ Kathleen Valentine, Each Angel Burns: A Novel


The Blonde Abroad by Kiersten Rich

Most blogged about destination?
Iceland

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Iceland has so many things to do and see, so it is east to fill up a 3 day, 5 day or week-long itinerary! If you have some time, my biggest recommendation would be to drive Iceland’s Golden Circle so you can see the diversity of sights Iceland has to offer.

Iceland is a land of fire and ice—and it’s the natural sights that will leave you breathless. Renting a car is the easiest and most efficient way to explore outside of the city, so if you are able to, do it!


GloboTreks by Norbert Figueroa

Most blogged about destination?
Iceland

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Know where you want to go and create a rough plan to fit them on your trip, but keep it loose as you’ll discover so many other beautiful places you’ll want to go to, yet never imagined they existed. Flexibility, and a sense of adventure, is key to explore the best of Iceland (and any country).

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My iPhone. Keeps me connected, entertained, and I pretty much manage everything with it.


Bruised Passports by Savi & Vid

Most blogged about destination?
Iceland

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Rent a car to drive the epic Iceland Ring Road, and take your time soaking in the sights that you encounter along your way.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Packing cubes


We3Travel by Tamara Gruber

Most blogged about destination?
Iceland

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Plan your visit at least 6-12 months in advance. Unless you plan on camping, hotels book up very early! They are building 16 new hotels in the country but right now, demand outpaces supply, even in the off season. Another common misconception is that it is cheap. While it may be inexpensive to get to Iceland, finding lodging and food is just the opposite.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I love my Bose Earbud Noise cancelling headphones for planes and for sleeping in noisy areas. They are small and light and charge pretty quickly.
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Top 3 Portugal Travel Blogs

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quote iconTravel brings power and love back into your life.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi


Backpack ME by Ashray & Zara

Most blogged about destination?
Portugal

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
One of the best ways to explore Portugal is via its food – so make sure you come hungry! Like anywhere else, Portuguese dishes tell the story of the land and its people. But the difference is that, in Portugal, eating well and drinking plenty just happens to be the best ice-breaker to make friends with locals!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
We are fans of light travel. The less stuff you carry around, the more flexibility of movement you are likely to enjoy. As such, we adore our Osprey Meridian hybrid backpacks. They have plenty of space and can be carried on your shoulders like a regular backpack, but also rolled around so that you do not strain your body.
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Tripper by Sandra Henriques Gajjar

Most blogged about destination?
Portugal

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
I believe Portugal is one of the best cultural tourism destinations in Europe. It has amazing weather, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a cuisine that mixes all of the cultural influences picked up from the Romans, the Moors, the former colonies in Africa and India. Arrive knowing some basics like the language (please, don’t speak Spanish with the Portuguese), currency, time zone, a list of must-sees, but toss the travel guide book.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Comfortable shoes because I don’t know of any place in this country that doesn’t have at least one street or one square with “calçada portuguesa”, the white-and-black patterned cobblestones that everyone raves about in Portugal.


Portugalist by James Cave

Most blogged about destination?
Portugal

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Most people that visit Portugal come to one of the cities (Lisbon or Porto, usually) or to the beaches in the Algarve. Very few people go inland and explore rural Portugal, but this is probably one of the country’s most interesting parts. Here, you’ll find a way of life that’s still traditional and relatively untouched by tourism. A part of Portugal where many people still wear traditional dress and where you’ll often see a farmer driving his tractor, the trailer loaded with veg to sell at the market and his wife sitting on top of it all.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I couldn’t live without my Kindle. Having it saves so much space and weight compared with traditional books.
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Top 4 Ireland Travel Blogs

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quote iconRocks in my path? I keep them all. With them I shall build my castle.”
~ Nemo Nox


The Fairytale Traveler by Christa Thompson

Most blogged about destination?
Ireland

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Rent a car and explore the natural landscapes and villages on your own! There’s more beauty than meets the eye on any site or magazine. You will never see everything these destinations have to offer unless you open your schedule and hit the road.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I love this jacket and always bring it to both of these places. It packs up small but gives loads of warmth in the unpredictable climates there.
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Wandering Educators by Jessie Voigts

Most blogged about destination?
Ireland

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Be open to new experiences and be prepared to talk with strangers – Irish people are among the friendliest in the world. You’ll make new friends and have plenty of craic (good times)! In Ireland, no one is a stranger.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A waterproof jacket


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Midlife at the Oasis by Lois Alter Mark

Most blogged about destination?
Ireland

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Hang out at the pubs even if you don’t drink. The Irish people are the friendliest in the world, and getting to know them is such a treat. Learn “Danny Boy” before you go, and you will be welcomed like a family member! Oh, and bring an empty suitcase to fill with gorgeous hand woven blankets from Avoca.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
As an avid reader, I never travel without my Kindle Paperwhite. It’s filled with dozens of books and magazines but takes up no space. Plus, the glare-free screen makes it easy to read on the beach.
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Guidester by Jack Baumann

Most blogged about destination?
Ireland

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
You can not see Ireland in 7 days. Although Ireland is a small country, do not try to squeeze in too much on a several day trip. You need least 12+ days to even hit the major cities and sights around the country.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Copy of passport, ID, and credit cards. Keep these copies in your backpack or shoe so if you loose your passport or ID you will at least have a copy of them to use.

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Top 18 Other Europe Travel Blogs

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quote iconI wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.”
~ Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy


Uncornered Market by Daniel Noll

Most blogged about destination?
Kyrgyzstan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Spend as much time in the mountains and in yurts as possible. Kyrgyzstan is over 90% mountainous, and they are stunning. Also, the Kyrgyz nomadic culture is very special, so take advantage of Community Based Tourism services to stay with shepherds and local families in yurts. As English is still not very prevalent, try to learn the Cyrillic alphabet and a few words in Russian to get around.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Ear plugs. A good night’s sleep on the road is golden. And, whether you’re in a city with street noises or in the countryside with rooster and other animal noises, having a pair of good quality ear plugs will make sleeping so much easier and better.


Chasing the Donkey by SJ Begonja

Most blogged about destination?
Croatia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Spend some time sailing the Adriatic Sea. The Croatian coast is simply stunning and something everyone needs to experience at least once. The waters are crystal clear with over a 1000 islands which have been inhabited since ancient times. You’ll also find national and nature parks and you can also visit the great cities of Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
This is quite boring but I swear by packing cubes. They save me so much time and stress because they keep everything organised. I love how I can get to what I need quickly and efficiently without having to claw through everything in my bag.


David’s Been Here by David Hoffman

Most blogged about destination?
Balkans

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
The Balkan countries are way more affordable than western Europe and I find them to be full of history, beautiful landscapes, and great food! Expect people to be very welcoming. Most of the time it’s not an act for tourists at all, but because hospitality is engrained in the culture there. They will offer you more food, wine, and ready to guide you if you’re lost or need a recommendation.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My #1 travel item is my iPhone 7+ because it allows me to capture incredible photos and videos in the palm of my hand. I can also take care of emails, banking and my social medias from anywhere in the world.


Trip and Travel Blog by Endri Hasanaj

Most blogged about destination?
Greece

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Take it slow and make sure to visit at least a couple of islands the first time visiting. Don’t try to visit everything but instead focus on the most beautiful parts.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
#1, Especially if visiting Greece, is sunscreen or sunglasses. They will prevent any damage to your skin which will make the trip all the more enjoyable!
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I Am Ella by Ella Dvornik

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Most blogged about destination?
Croatia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Avoid super touristic areas if you want to have really good food. Best food is where others can’t find it!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I travel with hand luggage, and i always choose my clothes in same colours. For example beige and black. I pack in 3’s. 3 pants, 3 shirts, 3 sweaters, 3 shoes. That way everything will go with everything due to colour combination and i can combine them to make lots of outfits. Best thing I don’t have to bring a lot but because they are in same colours so everything matches. Saves me time and space :smiley: best tip ever trust me!! Also i roll my clothes to fit more things!


Wonderful Wanderings by Sofie Couwenbergh

Most blogged about destination?
Belgium

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Prepare for rain and know that there’s more to see than just Brussels and Brugesè

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I always bring at least one Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube. These babies are so handy for organizing your clothes and they’re great as laundry bags too.
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Top 13 Africa Travel Blogs

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quote iconYou know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”
~ Karen Blixen, Out of Africa


WildJunket by Nellie Huang

Most blogged about destination?
Madagascar

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Be prepared for really bad roads. Only 4% of the country’s road is paved. It takes 4 hours to cover just 100km of terrain. But come with an open mind and Madagascar will surely win you over.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Eagle Creek packing cubes that help me organize all my stuff and make them so compact and lightweight.
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Journalist On The Run by Janet Newenham

Most blogged about destination?
South Africa

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
The best way to see South Africa is by doing a road trip. Be sure to get off the coastal routes and explore the more remote inland towns and villages. A road trip from Cape Town all the way to Durban, stopping off to surf in Jeffreys Bay, bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge and go hiking in the Amathole Mountains, is one you will never forget! Also eat as much braai as possible, it’s the South African equivalent of a BBQ!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My number one packing item would be a bag for all my chargers. I like to keep them all in separate pockets so they don’t get tangled and are easily accessible. It also makes it easier to check that I have everything before moving on to my next destination. Leaving behind a camera or phone charger when you are a travel blogger is a massive pain and cause a lot of stress.


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Top 14 India Travel Blogs

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quote iconThe important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


Hippie in Heels by Rachel Jones

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
To come with NO expectations. India can be shocking but if you come here thinking you’ll find “peace” and become more “spiritual” you might be bummed out by the chaos, noise, and pollution. India is magical, but you might not see it if you come here expecting too much. You should read a lot to prepare before you visit and think hard about where you want to go as the biggest mistake people make is trying to see too much, too fast. India looks small on a map, but with traffic and bad infrastructure, it takes AGES to get places.
 
What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I take my Kindle. Cannot live without it! I only like the Kindle Paperwhite, the most basic and cheap version. The others are more like tabs and you can’t see the words well on the beach.
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India Travel Tips by Asher Fergusson

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Exclusively eat piping hot, freshly cooked food from respectable restaurants. Only drink bottled water from brands like Bisleri, Kinley and Aquafina. Be prepared to face extreme pollution. Go with an open heart and mind and relaxed attitude to the cultural differences.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My passport pouch. I’ve found it to be the best way to keep my valuables safe including my passport, credit cards, ID and cash. Since it’s concealed under my shirt it’s difficult for pick pockets to get access without me knowing. In India I’ve had beggars put their hands in my pocket looking for money but there wasn’t anything there! :)


Living Yoga by Yogi Aaron

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
When visiting India, go with an open heart. India has so much to offer and give. The people are warm and tender. Shed your expectations and stay present to all of that is happening. My business partner came with me once to India and made a comment, “The smell of humanity is very present here.” India has everything to give. You only need to stay open to receive.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I always pack light. My friends are mortified when they see how light I pack. No matter how long my journey is for, I ONLY ever bring one carry on luggage. Even if it is for one week or one month. Packing light gives me the freedom of movement without the stress of worrying about losing anything. I also experience mobility and lightness during my journeys.


Hopscotch the Globe by Kristen Sarah

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
You need to go in with a very open mind. India is an intense but very special place. Give it time to really see the real magic.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Coconut Oil! You can use it for so many things. I use it on my skin for moisturizer and leave in my hair overnight to keep it healthy and strong. I put it in my coffee or in smoothies. I also use it as chapstick (and it tastes delicious)!


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Top 5 China Travel Blogs

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quote iconEverything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
~ Confucius


Travel FREAK by Jeremy Foster

Most blogged about destination?
China

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Expect NOTHING. Prepare to have your world flipped upside down. Culturally, China is backwards to almost everything you’ve ever known. Prepare to live uncomfortably, and learn to embrace it. It will be the best journey you’ve ever been on.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
This UE Roll bluetooth speaker: It’s waterproof and shockproof, plus it’s light and remarkably easy to pack or carry. The sound is so good, not only do I use it on the beach or when I’m hiking, but I use it to jam out to tunes (or listen to podcasts) in the shower every morning!
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Adventures Around Asia by Richelle Gamlam

Most blogged about destination?
China

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Get off the beaten path! So many people come to China and only see Beijing, Shanghai and maybe Xi’an, but there’s so much more to China than just the Bund and Tiananmen Square. I’m a huge fan of finding rugged sections of the Great Wall, eating where the locals eat, and heading into rural Sichuan and Yunnan province. China is a huge country and you’re missing out if you only stick to the most touristy destinations!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I’m a huge fan of packing cubes. They save my life when I’m traveling with a backpack!
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Victor’s Travels by Victor Eekhof

Most blogged about destination?
China

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
When it comes to China, you will have to get over your Westernerness (is that a word?) first before you can truly can enjoy the country. Yes, there will be many things you will consider weird, funny or downright disgusting, but once you get pas the point of getting frustrated about it you will be able to discover the beautiful side of the country’s people, nature and culture.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I absolutely love my Amazon Kindle. I used to haul around with a stack of Lonely Planets, especially the Australia and South East Asia ones were bricks that must have weighed 2 kilos alone! Now I have it all on my nifty little device, together with a load of other books that always keep me excited on dull bus rides. The battery lasts about 8 weeks (!) when used half an hour a day, which is great when you’re in remote places!
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Travel to be Alive by Jessica Lancia

Most blogged about destination?
China

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
China is a beautiful country, often underrated by travelers and backpackers. It offers a variety of different but incredible landscapes: you can lost yourself in one of its big cities and rediscover it in one of its monasteries. You can reach the peace in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, or trek the mind-blowing peaks of the Himalayas. Being China such a big country, one of the best tips to visit it is to well plan the itinerary and travel around with a phrasebook (essential in some places) in order to don’t waste time and be able to get the most out of your journey.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My #1 packing list item to bring on my travels is definitely my GoPro! Pictures and videos are a great way to make memories last forever and I really can’t imagine a trip without my camera. Plus, the GoPro is lightweight, easy to use, waterproof and takes awesome shots!


The Travelling Colognian by Vanessa Schade

Most blogged about destination?
China

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
I absolutely love Beijing although I know that this city can be a bit daunting for a China first timer. My favourite temple is the Lama Temple, also called Yonghe Gong. I also love to get lost in the Hutongs, the old quarters of Beijing. The new Summer Palace (Yíhéyuán) and the old Summer Palace (Yuánmíng Yuán) are great places for longer or shorter walks and if you don’t only follow the main routes or if you go there in the early afternoon it can be a very peaceful experience and it’s great to relax.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My DSLR camera. I never leave my home country without it because besides writing and travelling photography is one of my biggest passions.


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Top 14 Thailand Travel Blogs

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quote iconThis is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
~ 14th Dalai Lama


Nomadic Matt by Matt Kepnes

Most blogged about destination?
Thailand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
The easiest way to save money in Thailand is to simply live like a local. Take local buses, eat street food, and drink local beer. The average Thai lives on a less than 7,750 THB per month in Bangkok, and on even less in the country side. If you stay at cheap guesthouses and eat street food, you can spend as little as 335 THB per day.

Speaking of street food, don’t be afraid to eat it. It’s safe — sometimes it’s even safer than restaurant food. If it wasn’t, Thai people wouldn’t be packed in the food stalls each day. You’ll find the best of Thailand’s food on the street and it will cost you a fraction of what you pay at a restaurant.


Migrationology by Mark Wiens

Most blogged about destination?
Thailand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Explore local Thai food as much as you can. Through food is where you’ll have the most rewarding and memorable Thailand travel experiences.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A universal power plug adapter so you don’t need to worry about the type of plug in any country you visit.
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bemytravelmuse.com by kristin addis

Most blogged about destination?
Thailand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Go in willing to eat, travel, and experience as much as you can the way that locals do. Eat the delicious street food, go to local parts of town, and take the local busses and trains. Immerse yourself.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A packing cube. It saves so much space!


Budget Your Trip by Bryan Tighe

Most blogged about destination?
Thailand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Look for off-the-beaten path destinations in Thailand, especially because this country is SO heavily visited by tourists. Many of Thailand’s popular destinations have become tourist traps, so do your research to find the more authentic and local destinations.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A travel surge protector, because you need to charge so many things (camera, laptop, etc.) and the plugs in hostels and hotels are often limited.
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Getting Stamped by Hannah & Adam Lukaszewicz

Most blogged about destination?
Thailand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Spend at least 2 weeks in Thailand there are so many amazing islands to visit and you can’t skip Bangkok. Be open to trying all the found you’ll find new favorite Thai dishes you never heard of.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Packing cubes! Packing cubes will change the way your travel life. I can’t imagine traveling without them. They keep me organized and I know where everything is. I recommend the Eagle Creek brand they are durable and have lasted me over 4 years already. I suggest getting several colors one for pants, one for shirts, etc.
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OneStep4Ward by johnny ward

Most blogged about destination?
Thailand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Forget organising yourself before you come! Thailand is pretty developed these days, you don’t need to bring any foreign currency, just use the ATMs, you don’t need to stress about what clothes etc, there are a million and one shopping malls. Oh, and Bangkok is an international city, if you wanna go and party in the city centre, flips flops and vests won’t cut it, just like your home capital! Dress nice and enjoy!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
MacBook, gotta keep the money coming in!


Love and Road by Robson Cadore

Most blogged about destination?
Thailand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Be open minded and ready to be surprised. Thailand goes beyond the stunning beaches. The kindness of Thai people is something out of this world. Even with the language barrier they will do their best to help you out. Stunning temples are easy to find all around the country, the ones in Chiang Mai are my favorites. Don’t miss the Silver Temple!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
There is one thing that I don’t travel with, my Iphone6. Need a map? It’s there, Translate some crazy language? Done.Take a picture or record a video? Done. To be honest I don’t remember when was the last time I used to make a phone call but all the other features are used on daily basis.
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Adventure in You by Anna Faustino

Most blogged about destination?
Thailand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Although you don’t have to plan everything down to a tee, we recommend researching beforehand to give you a rough idea of what to see and do. Pinterest is a great tool for doing this! Also, download a few relevant apps beforehand to help make your travels easier.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Packing cubes have changed the way we travel! Its something we can’t live without and is definitely worth getting.
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Top 9 Japan Travel Blogs

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quote iconA mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


Bucket List Journey by Annette White

Most blogged about destination?
Japan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Many places in Japan require that you remove your shoes before entering.Typically if you see a mat at the entrance with pairs of shoes next to it, that means it’s proper etiquette for you to leaves yours at the front door.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I always pack an external battery charger for my cell phone that is large enough to give it at least one full charge. I never want to be without my Iphone’s notepad and camera!


Time Travel Turtle by Michael Turtle

Most blogged about destination?
Japan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Eat as much as you can. Japan has a reputation as an expensive country but the food can be really cheap. There’s also much more than just sushi and ramen. So go into restaurants that look scary and try something new and you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
The language barrier can be a bit scary in Japan but the good news is that Japanese people are very friendly and the language is actually quite easy to speak because there are no tones and no emphasis. Grab a phrasebook and it’ll take you a long way!
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Nerd Nomads by Maria Wulff Hauglann

Most blogged about destination?
Japan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Buy a Japan Railway Pass if you plan to travel around the country. It can save you a lot of money and give you almost unlimited use of Japans great railway.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
For Japan, an ethernet cable as a lot of Japanese hotels don`t have wifi only wired internet.


I am Aileen by Aileen Adalid

Most blogged about destination?
Japan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Japan is a treasure trove filled with a huge array of wonderful destinations, so if you’re planning to explore not only Tokyo but the rest of the country’s prefectures, make sure to avail a JR (Japan Rail) Pass. Train fares in Japan can get insanely expensive so in order to save up on such a cost, a JR Pass is vital. After all, it’s a benefit only given to tourists so go and make full use of it! (For example, for ony $250, you get to use any JR line in Japan for 7 days and that already includes several shinkansen or high-speed bullet trains).

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Staying connected online is necessary for me when I travel. This is not only because I work online but also because having an internet connection helps me navigate around a new city easier (example: Google Maps, Google Translate, etc.) So if I want to have WiFi whenever and wherever, I always make sure that I have a pocket WiFi with me and I’ve been a supporter of Tep Wireless for years now. It has been such a huge help for me in so many of my travels!
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Nomadic Boys by Stefan Arestis

Most blogged about destination?
Japan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
We advise all visitors to Japan to buy a Rail pass before arriving. It will give you unlimited travel all around the country and save you a lot of money. Passes are only available to foreigners and can only be bought outside of Japan so buy it online before you arrive there.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Our #1 item is all our electronics, specifically our laptops. As we work online we are completely dependent on our laptops for everything and have all our notes, documents etc there. Stefan uses a MacBook Air and Sébastien a windows PC- always a source of conflict between us which is better…!


Will Fly for Food by JB Macatulad

Most blogged about destination?
Japan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Always be respectful when you’re in Japan. Being respectful is of the utmost importance to the Japanese so make sure that you’re always courteous and thankful. Keep your voice down in the subway and be sure to observe their customs. In short, be mindful of others and never act like you’re entitled to anything.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My trusty Canon DSLR. I have a GoPro and drone as well but my DSLR is still my favorite piece of equipment when traveling. Before a trip, I inspect the body, lenses, and memory cards to make sure that everything is working properly. If not, then I send it to the shop right away. I bring 2 lenses with me on every trip – a 10-18mm for walking around and a 50mm f/1.4 for food photography.


Contented Traveller by Paula McInerney

Most blogged about destination?
Japan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Embrace the similarities and differences. Learn from a different culture to your own, through the people, the history, the food, and the lifestyle. Do some homework before you visit Japan so that you have an understanding of the etiquette that the Japanese live by. Have an onsen, get a volunteer tour guide to share some of the things about Japan that will give you a better understanding. And …. read our blog :)

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My computer is my job, and my life, as I write daily for our site and for freelance sites to capture to feelings and impressions of the day. My husband is probably not considered a packing list item, but he just edges out my Macair.
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~ 2 Other Highly Commended Japan Blogs ~

Susan Shain by Susan Shain

Most blogged about destination?
Japan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Japan’s not as expensive as you think it is. Avoid eating at fancy restaurants — instead opting for ramen shops, izukayas and sushi bars — and when it comes to lodging, try Couchsurfing, Airbnb or ryokans (traditional guesthouses).

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Your ski gear and an empty stomach :)


The Travel Tester by Nienke Krook

Most blogged about destination?
Japan

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
If you’d like to see as much of Japan in a short time and on a limited budget, I can recommend getting the Japan Rail pass. You can only apply for this pass in your own country and with it, you can hop on most high-speed bullet trains all around the country. Places not to miss besides Tokyo are Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima, Hakone, Nikko and Kamakura!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I always bring a dry sack on my travels, where I can keep my electronics and important documents safe from water and sand during outdoor activities, but also to just protect them from heavy rain in the city. You can get them in your outdoor store, or online.
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Top 2 Malaysia Travel Blogs

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quote iconTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
~ Mark Twain


Where’s Sharon Family Travel Blog by Sharon Gourlay

Most blogged about destination?
Malaysia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Try as much food as possible! The food in Malaysia is unbelievable, definitely some of the best in the world. Thanks to its mix of Malays, Chinese and Indians, there is fabulous food available in each of these cuisines as well as many more. Hawker centres are a fun, easy and cost effective way to try out lots of food.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A good backpack – I love my Kelty Redwing. Whenever I don’t travel with a good backpack, I always regret it. It’s so important to have a backpack which is comfortable and where it’s easy to access your stuff. I particularly like this backpack as it holds a lot but is still small enough to be able to take on planes as carry on only luggage.

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~ 1 Other Highly Commended Malaysia Blog ~

Traveling Thru History by Erin Tracy

Most blogged about destination?
Malaysia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Malaysian people are so kind and helpful. Even so, be on your guard. Pickpockets and snatch thieves are very common. Wear your purse across your body, don’t put things in your back pocket, and if you’re driving, don’t put things on the seats or carry expensive things in your lap. On the train, keep your belongings securely on your lap. When interacting with others, be aware that most Muslims don’t touch persons of the opposite gender unless they are family. Only shake hands with someone of the opposite gender if they offer their hand first. Also be aware that it is considered rude to give or accept things with your left hand. Always use the right.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
The first thing that always goes on my packing list is my camera and extra batteries. There are always so many fascinating things to see when traveling and I want to capture every bit of it. My favorite camera is my Canon 5D Mark II, but I also like to use my Olympus TG-870 waterproof camera when snorkeling. My boyfriend prefers his Canon 7D Mark II and his Olympus TG-4 waterproof camera. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to just take it all in and not worry so much about trying to get the perfect shot.
Canon 5D Mark II
Olympus TG-870
Canon D Mark II
Olympus TG-4

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Top 5 Philippines Travel Blogs

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quote iconTo awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”
~ Freya Stark


Our Awesome Planet by Anton Diaz

Most blogged about destination?
Philippines

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
The best way to really experience the Philippines is to eat together with a local and experience the true hospitality of the Filipinos.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
The 360 camera. There are travel moments that is only best immortalized with a 360 photo specially when you are amidst the grandeur of a majestic moment or when you are in the center of an awesome experience that only a 360 video can capture.


The Poor Traveler by Yoshke Dimen and Vins Carlos

Most blogged about destination?
Philippines

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
If you’re flying to the Philippines, chances are you’ll find yourself in Manila, which is the most usual gateway to the islands. Whether you’re spending a night in the capital or switching terminals, always make time allowance for the traffic. The traffic situation in Manila can get pretty bad especially during rush hour.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A health pack. We usually bring a pack that contains all our medical needs including meds (for motion sickness, diarrhea, and allergies among others), band-aids, and a print out of insurance docs for easy reference.


Out of Town Blog by Melo Villareal

Most blogged about destination?
Philippines

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Plan your trip ahead. Select your destinations depending on your preferred activities. Maximize your stay in a specific island (or nearby islands) since the Philippines is an archipelago, it may be costly to revisit an island just in case you want to go back. Visit the Philippines during summer and avoid the typhoon and rainy season to maximize your time in the islands.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Bring few shirts, light pants and shorts and don’t forget to bring the chargers for your favorite gadgets!


Brenontheroad by Brendan Lee

Most blogged about destination?
Philippines

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Really make an effort to explore the food in the Philippines. The food isn’t as accessible and presentable as it is in places like nearby Thailand and Malaysia, but the food culture in the Philippines is very rich and closely connected to their way of life. Understanding Filipino food is your window to understanding the Filipino people, their values and their culture.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Bring a Kindle! Or a lot of music. I traveled extensively in the country and the Filipino transport system is rather dismal, to put it bluntly. Almost all of my buses, boats and flights were delayed, and this equaled a lot of sitting around bus stations and airports, so it’s important to have something to keep yourself occupied!


~ 1 Other Highly Commended Philippines Blog ~

Lipa Lipa by Simona Stanescu

Most blogged about destination?
Philippines

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Just enjoy all the amazing landscapes that the Philippines have to offer! Really! I know that the food is not necessarily the best, roads can be bad and you need to fly or take a boat in order to get from one place to another. But really, really, Palawan island in the Philippines is just amazing!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My phone! I just love my Samsung phone and it gets me in and out of a lot of trouble! And I think is kinda obvious why! With my phone I can do my job, take pictures, get in touch with people, you already know all the beautiful advantages that technology has! And if I would have to choose a 2nd one, that would be my external battery for my phone!
And I am not even (that much) the kind of person that is glued to the phone! Honestly :P


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Top 2 Vietnam Travel Blogs

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quote iconA journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
~ Tim Cahill


NOMADasaurus by Jarryd Salem

Most blogged about destination?
Vietnam

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Go with an open mind and an open heart. The locals have moved forward since the tragic war and now happily welcome travellers. That being said it’s important to learn about the history, which will give you a deeper understanding of just how resilient and courageous the Vietnamese are. And when you mix their wonderful attitudes with the breathtaking scenery you’ll realise why Vietnam is one of the most amazing places in the world.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
We never travel without a Leatherman multi purpose tool. We’ve used ours to chop firewood, fix motorbikes, cut fruit, repair our backpacks and a whole range of other things. Our Leatherman Charge TTI is over 10 years old now and still going strong!
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~ 1 Other Highly Commended Vietnam Blog ~

vickyflipfloptravels.com by Victoria Philpott

Most blogged about destination?
Vietnam

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Go on a food tour on your first night so you can make the most of all the great food there. It can be a bit overwhelming when you first arrive and can’t decipher the signs, this will help you to experiment!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
This bag helps me to stay organised and keep all my tech safe!
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Top 2 Nepal Travel Blogs

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quote iconClimb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”
~ John Muir


Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel by Barbara Weibel

Most blogged about destination?
Nepal

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Beware of local NGO’s and “voluntourism” agencies. With no government oversight of these agencies, anyone can slap up a shingle overnight and claim to be an NGO. They claim to help those in need, but in most cases the donations they collect from well-meaning tourists end up in the pockets of administrators. Orphanages are especially guilty. They convince parents in poor, rural areas to give up their children by promising to educate them. In many, if not most cases, the parents never see the children again, and the NGO’s grow rich through what amounts to human trafficking.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
As a photographer, I wouldn’t think of traveling without my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera. To that I add an Olympus M.Zuiko digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens, which is my walk-around lens.
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~ 1 Other Highly Commended Nepal Blog ~

Melissa Findley by Melissa Findley

Most blogged about destination?
Nepal

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
“Nepal is a dream, where life is more intense and vivid. Step off the typical tourist trail and venture deep into the Himalayas. The Scared Nepalese culture permeates every inch of this land, seemingly touching everything in its path… including you. Trek through the verdant midland and into Mountain Villages, where you have a chance to meet with the locals. Be awe-inspired, deeply moved and humbled by the beauty of Mother Nature with soaring views along alpine terrains, meadows, rhododendron forest and wild, rugged mountains.

In the Himalaya, you can never be sure of getting where you want to be, whether in body or spirit. The mountains are full of surprises and politics and changes of plan, but then, that’s the essence of travel. If you knew everything about a place before getting there, why would you go? – Jeremy Schmidt.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
All you need is your camera and an open heart.

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Top 3 Indonesia Travel Blogs

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quote iconWe travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”
~ Anais Nin


Travel With Bender by Josh Bender

Most blogged about destination?
Indonesia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
The first time you visit Bali, the culture shock can quickly set in. So remember to read as much as you can about the local customs so you know what to expect. I also suggest exploring the whole island. Too many tourists just hang out in Kuta. So take a taxi ride to Uluwatu or Ubud. It’s such a beautiful island, one part is never enough.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Every time I walk out the door in a foreign country I pick up my Tep Wireless internet hotspot. It’s my lifeline to the outside world, and it’s so easy to use. Just press 1 button to turn it on and I get an unlimited Internet connection that can be shared with up to 5 devices (great for travelling with friends or family).
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~ 2 Other Highly Commended Indonesia Blogs ~

WanderWithJo by Jyotsna Ramani

Most blogged about destination?
Indonesia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Most Indonesians don’t know English so learn a little bit of the local language – Bahasa Indonesia – especially if you are headed to smaller cities. In Jakarta and Bali you will have absolutely no issues conversing in English but if you want to explore the prettiest parts of the country you will have to get away from bigger cities, which means learning some common phrases will help you a lot. Also, download google translate as you will need it on daily basis.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My folding rain jacket by North Face. It is easy to carry and it can come in handy anytime – mostly when a downpour is anticipated.


Travel Cake by Sarah Van den Daele

Most blogged about destination?
Indonesia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
My main tip for Indonesia travel would be: dare to explore the lesser known islands! Most travellers stick to the most common ones: Java, Bali and Lombok. Don’t get me wrong, they are absolutely worth visiting, however, exploring the lesser known Indonesian islands is what will truly make your trip mind-blowing. Combine a popular island with a lesser known one and you’re golden.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
First, my trusted DSLR. I never travel without my camera! For me, photography and travel go hand in hand. Any other items, I could always purchase along the way, if necessary. Coming in a close second; sticky tape! I know it sounds a bit odd, but you wouldn’t believe how often tape has had my back in those unfortunate travel situations.

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Top 9 Other Asia Travel Blogs

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quote iconDo the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
~ Laozi


Nomad is Beautiful by Ivana Greslikova & Gianni Bianchini

Most blogged about destination?
Southeast Asia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Do your deep research before you jump into an exotic adventure like visiting indigenous hill tribes or any animal attractions (elephant riding, snake farms, petting a tiger). Be aware of the fact that these activities exploit locals, as well as animals, and that we as travellers should be more mindful when supporting any tour operator abroad.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
We work online, so #1 item we bring with us anywhere we go are our laptops. We use MacBook Air 13 inch which serves us very well for writing, editing pictures, and short travel clips.
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~ 9 Other Highly Commended Asia Blogs ~

Peanuts or Preztels Travel by Josh & Liz Wilson

Most blogged about destination?
Hong Kong

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Don’t be worried about traveling to Hong Kong as a couple or as a solo traveler. Hong Kong is a great destination for all ages to explore. Don’t spend all your time in the city. Hong Kong has amazing beaches and islands that need to be explored.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
For us it would have be our packing cubes. We backpacked around Asia for nearly 3 years and would not have made it without our packing cubes in our backpacks. We will never travel without them.


Once in a Lifetime Journey by Mar Pages

Most blogged about destination?
Singapore

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Watch the sunset from the rooftop of the marina barrage, the views over the city skyline as the sun goes down are unforgettable

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Biore face sunscreen. It comes in a small pot that I can easily fit in my handbag and it is non greasy and can be used under the make up. It gives my skin a silky touch and protects me from the sun in all my city and beach breaks.
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Global helps wap by Paul Farrugia

Most blogged about destination?
Sri Lanka

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Most people imagine Sri Lanka as mini India which is understandable, but in our minds it is mini Africa as the wildlife is spectacular. When you visit for the first time, head out to the National Parks to see that wildlife for yourselves.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
If you want to see all the wildlife I mentioned then you will need a decent pair of binoculars. The Nikon Akulan binoculars are great value and will help you see those animals in close up.
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Two Wandering Soles by Katie Diederichs

Most blogged about destination?
South Korea

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
To save tons of money on transportation, book your Japan Rail Pass ahead of time. It basically pays for itself and your able to experience the famous bullet trains.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
We never leave home without our packing cubes. We use them to store our clothes, toiletries and other gear. They save us so much time and they help keep our bags organized.

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Around the World in KT Days by Katie McGrain

Most blogged about destination?
South Korea

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Learn how to read hangul!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A jump rope! It is the quickest and easiest way to get an awesome workout + it works as a clothes line if you need to dry your clothes! Limm Jump Rope – Perfect for All Experience Levels, Cardio, Cross Fitness & More – Easily Adjustable – Best Exercise for Weight-Loss & Health – Start Enjoying The Comfort Today!
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Easy Planet Travel by Dominique Lessard

Most blogged about destination?
Sri Lanka

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Bring your own sunscreen, because theirs aren’t nearly as effective as North American brands, and the sun is very strong in Sri Lanka. And be prepared to eat delicious food! Meals can be a little spicy though, but you can always ask for non-spicy food, and they offer Western style food for the picky eaters!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A Wi-Fi hotspot (I really like Skyroam), because wi-fi abroad isn’t always good and there’s nothing more frustrating than a bad Internet connection, especially when we want to keep in touch with our family back home.


Tammy & Chris on the move by Tammy Lowe

Most blogged about destination?
Cambodia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Spend some time with the incredibly friendly locals

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
I always take an Icebreaker merino wool top wherever I go. It keeps you cool when it is hot and warm when it is cold. It is a must have travel item for me.
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Deafinitely Wanderlust by Stacey Valle

Most blogged about destination?
South Korea

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
If you are lost in South Korea, don’t be afraid to ask locals for help! Korean people will be happy to do their best to help you, even if some do not know English. You’ll find so many kind people there! Even if you lost something (such as a wallet) at the train station, store, etc. They will return it to you or turn it in at the lost & found or police station. So, don’t be afraid to approach them to help you!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Definitely a tough one to pick, but #1 item to bring on to our travel is a phone! It is not only because it is to contact with family and friends, facebooking and whatnots. It is because we need to screenshots some words, places, etc. to communicate with locals since my travel buddy and I are both Deaf. For example, I would screenshot an image, such as of a pig and gesture “no” to communicate with restaurant employees that I do not want pork. A phone is a tool for me to communicate with locals since it is not only a language barrier that I need to face but communication barrier as well.


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Top 18 Australia Travel Blogs

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quote iconWe are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb


Y Travel Blog by Caz and Craig Makepeace

Most blogged about destination?
Australia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Australia is expensive, yes, and you might have to save up more money than for other destinations, but if it’s the destination that appeals to you the most and you find value in what it has to offer regardless of the cost, come on down.

If you want to explore Australia, and there’s certainly a lot to see and do, then find a way to make it happen. It’s an amazing country to road trip and at the end of the day it’s all about accumulating lifelong memories!


One World 365 by Paul Edwards

Most blogged about destination?
Australia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Ayers Rock might seem like a rock in the middle of nowhere but you should definitely add it to your itinerary. There are lots of independent travel options and overland/camping tours available all year round. Seeing sunrise over Ayers Rock will be one of the most incredible things you will experience in Australia.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
There are so many things we could recommend to take traveling but our top item would be a good camera! You will look back in years to come and get to see all the amazing places you went and the people you met along the way.
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Mapping Megan by Megan Jerrard

Most blogged about destination?
Australia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Pack warm clothes – at least 1 warm jacket and/or 1 sweater (“jumper” as Australians call it). It’s amazing how many tourists visit Australia believing that it’s always summer here, though in most parts of the country we actually experience all four seasons. And trust me when I say that winter gets incredibly cold!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
The Go Pillow … lets me travel with my pillow from home, but rolls it into a compact case so you can travel lightly. No more restless nights on crappy hotel pillows or long haul flights!


Backpacker Banter by Chris Stevens

Most blogged about destination?
Australia

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Make sure you don’t under estimate the size of the country! Trying to cram in Sydney to Cairns in 2 weeks isn’t feasible, so research the locations and distances between destinations!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
A GoPro! You’ll want it to capture all your adventures – from snorkelling and surfing to skydiving and street markets!
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Highly Commended (Also, must-read blogs!)

Below are 14 other highly commended Australia travel blogs worth checking out:

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Top New Zealand Travel Blogs

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quote icon“In dividing the light, things are seen. And we notice ourselves.” “
~ John Allison


Divergent Travelers by Lina & David Stock

Most blogged about destination?
New Zealand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Plan enough time on your first visit to enjoy both the North and South Island. New Zealand is incredibly diverse and even 2 weeks is a stretch to get the highlights of both islands completed. Above all, do not leave without experiencing the Tongariro Crossing, one of the best day hikes in the world, to pass by the foot of the famous ‘Mount Doom’ featured in the Lord of the Rings movies.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
We never leave home without our GoPro. Despite the fact that we carry professional camera equipment, we love this small, compact camera and find that we use it a lot to capture quick moments and, of course, plenty of our adventures when it’s not possible to have our big cameras.
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Blogger at Large by Megan Singleton

Most blogged about destination?
New Zealand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
New Zealand is bigger than most people think! It’s the size of the UK or California, so spending a week here isn’t long enough. My best tip for first timers is to self drive and take two (or even three weeks) in the South Island and 10 days to two weeks in the North. If you don’t have that time, come back again!

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Good shoes – and they don’t have to be ugly hiking boots! As with all travel, you walk a lot more than you think you will, so I would suggest bringing a good shoe/boot you can wear all day to walk streets and parks, out to glaciers, around boiling mud and on hiking trails, and a nice pair of shoes/boots to wear when you go out at night.


HoneyTrek by Mike & Anne Howard

Most blogged about destination?
New Zealand

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
If you visit New Zealand, and love the outdoors, you MUST rent a campervan. It may seem expensive, but it will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life. You will have complete freedom to hike, dine, and sleep wherever you wish. Freedom camping is very accepted in NZ so there is no need to ride the tourist bus loop (unless, of course, you are more into partying than nature)

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
There is NO doubt, our SteriPEN has been with us for the last 1,854 days we’ve been on the road!!! This UV-light water purifier allows us to make our own water in every single country we visit (51 and counting), and we have not consumed a *single* plastic water bottle (we don’t even drink the free ones at the hotel/bus/etc) since April of 2012. Not using bottled water saves us approx. $2,000 annually, and prevents over 1,000 plastic bottles per year from ending up in landfills and oceans. The Freedom SteriPEN (our fav) is on sale right now for $49 on Amazon
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Highly Commended (Also, must-read blogs!)

Below are 4 other highly commended New Zealand travel blogs worth checking out:


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Top 5 Pacific Island Travel Blogs

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quote iconIf you aim your spear at two fish, both will escape.”
~ Tahitian Proverb


Living the Dream by Jeremy Jones

Most blogged about destination?
Easter Island

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Book your trip to Easter Island well in advance. There are limited flights to and from the country each day (1-2 max) and they are always full. As such, flight prices go on a sliding scale that rise drastically as you get closer to the day of departure. Flights from Santiago have been as low as $550 round trip and go upwards of $2,000 round trip for last minute sales.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Extra memory cards for sure. You never know how many photos you’re going to take on a trip, and being protected with extra memory cards (and even a separate travel hard drive and online backup service) goes a long way to ensuring your photos are safe!


~ 3 Other Highly Commended Pacific Island Blogs ~

Global Girl Travels by Jessica Peterson

Most blogged about destination?
Guam

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Go south. The southern end of Guam is rural, mountainous, and culturally rich. It’s where the locals live as they have for decades, fishing, farming, swimming, and playing.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
Swim shoes! Guam is an island surrounded by pristine turquoise waters. Coral rocks are sharp so you’ll need water shoes to protect your feet.
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Holy Smithereens by Jean Carmela Lim

Most blogged about destination?
Tahiti

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Don’t just go to Bora-Bora! Tahiti has 117 other islands ,each of them are uniquely beautiful. For first timers I would recommend Moorea for landscape and local life.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
My running shoes so I don’t have an excuse not to work out!


Just Chasing Rabbits by Jennifer Campbell

Most blogged about destination?
United States (Hawaii)

What’s your #1 tip for first timers visiting there?
Never assume you know what the weather will be like, especially in an area where the terrain and geography can change drastically from one region to another. For example, you may think “tropical” when thinking of Hawaii, but the higher altitudes can give you quite a chill! I can remember shivering on the island of Oahu while watching Mt. Kilauea erupt. None of that volcano heat reached me at all! Be sure to research weather and temperatures before you pack or be prepared to buy a few extra pieces for your wardrobe.

What’s your #1 packing list item and why?
“Without a doubt, I can not travel without my camera! I use a Canon 70D, and, while I have a few lenses, the most useful is the 18-135mm. It will usually meet all of my needs from landscapes to food images. Taking photos should enhance your travel experience. Allow it to let you see people, places, and objects in new ways. When you return home, use the images to get lost in that place, that moment, once again.
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Methodology explained

I contacted over 700 of the worlds best travel blogs to see if they would like to be featured as a top 100 travel blog. I received an overwhelming response with over 250 blogs replying with their top tips and #1 packing list items.

The rankings were determined by using 7 different metrics generated by respected 3rd party tools that I believe give the most accurate way to measure the quality of a travel blog without having access to their website analytics and reading every article on their site.

Here are the metrics I used:

1) SEMrush traffic value (2x Weight)

SEMrush is one of the best ways to see how well a site ranks in Google and how valuable their traffic is. I believe this is one of the best measurements of the quality of a travel blog’s content at helping the user get answers to their questions. Also, it’s a metric that is next to impossible to fake. Therefore I gave it 2x weight.

2) SimilarWeb total traffic (1.5x Weight)

SimilarWeb is known for being the most accurate 3rd party tool for measuring a website’s traffic. I believe this is a better way of measuring everyone’s traffic even than getting a Google Analytics screenshot (some other top blogger lists use this method) because those numbers and graphs can easily be fudged using “inspect element” to change the code. I weighted this metric 1.5 times.

3) Ahrefs Global SEO Rank (1x Weight)

Ahrefs has become the #1 SEO tool on the Internet. Their global ranking score is a good indication of the SEO strength and quality of a website. I gave this metric a full weight.

4) Facebook Likes (0.25x Weight)

The number of Facebook likes is a good indication of how popular a site is but the problem is that “likes” can be easily bought for very little money. Therefore I only weighted this metric 0.25 times.

5) Facebook “People Talking About This” (0.5x Weight)

The “people talking about this” is a much better way to see how popular a Facebook page really is and cannot be bought as easily. I weighted this metric 0.5 times.

6) Twitter Followers (0.25x Weight)

The number of Twitter followers is another good indication of how popular a site is but again it is very easy to buy followers for pennies. So I also gave this metric a 0.25.

7) Twitter Klout Score (0.5x Weight)

The Klout score of a Twitter page is a much better way to see how much “clout” the account has. I gave this metric a 0.5 weight.

Conclusion

Firstly, this page was a labor of love. My team and I spent 100s of hours putting the content together!

My goal was to create an objectively ranked list of the best and most useful travel blogs in the world. I believe that this was achieved based on the quality of the sites you see above. Each and every one of them deserves a thorough read.

Furthermore, the highly commended blogs who didn’t quite make the top 100 are also absolutely worth reading. And the top 100 travel blogs better stay on their A game because these other blogs are rising fast! :)

Lastly, my hope is that this page will serve as a resource for anyone traveling to any destination in the world. What better way to stir up wanderlust than to read the accounts of the world’s best travel blogs!?

Affiliate Disclosure

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Top 100 Travel Blogs for Serious Wanderlust in 2017

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