Best Travel Blogs: Tales of Adventure, Foreign Lands and Hangovers Endured


The best travel blogs make you jealous, hopefully enough to get up off the chaise longue and go do some adventuring. Then blog about it yourself!

You might be a product of the Facebook/Twitter generation and think blogs a bit old-hat, so 2006. But for those with a concentration span greater than 140 characters, a blog becomes more than a platform for travel bragging rights. It’s a repository of memories and images that capture and convey snippets of life on the road, a personal travelogue to share with friends and family. So flex some literary muscle and blog your adventures!

Here’s a brief selection of the best travel blogs I’m currently enjoying and few pointers on how to create your own.


The Big Africa Cycle

This is the kind of blog I like; good writing and photographs covering a real adventure in the making. The intrepid Peter Gostelow is cycling from England to South Africa in support of The Against Malaria Foundation. Clean blog design and real-time route maps make for an interactive read.


The Adventurists Blog

I like The Adventurists. Rambunctious in attitude, The Adventurists organise mad-cap, and in their own words, ‘ill-considered’ adventures for those of us who like to drive completely unsuitable vehicles in locations they really weren’t designed for. Sounds good to me. Their blog details the trials, tribulations and follies of all who undertake their rallies; whether driving an aging Mini Cooper from Europe to Mongolia or a tuk-tuk the length of India. Inspiring stuff.


Johnny Vagabond

Wes Nations is travelling around the world; he’s on a tight budget, likes off-the-beaten track travel, has a witty turn of phrase and is a dab hand with a camera. All-in-all his blog is great reading. I’ll be keeping tabs on Wes’ globe roaming adventure for as long as he keeps blogging. One of the best travel blogs I’ve read in a while. Nice work.


Blogger

Blogger has been around for a while. They were pretty much first on the scene offering free on-line blogging software and have been owned by Google since 2002. I first created my travel blog in 2006 using Blogger. It has an easy to use, intuitive interface that doesn’t bamboozle me with thousands of options. There are built in template options to achieve different looks and if you have a penchant for dabbling in HTML there’s a facility to edit the existing code.

Sometimes I did find it awkward placing images within text, however I have noticed they’ve made this more user friendly. A toolbar now appears next to the image being placed showing image size and position options.

All-in-all Blogger offers simple, free and easy to use blogging for the masses.


Wordpress

Wordpress has quickly become one of the most popular blogging platforms available. To get started you’ll need to download the latest version of Wordpress and install it on a web-host. Wordpress guide you through this process and recommend a few vetted hosting providers to choose from. Although the process is fairly straight forward, you can also choose Wordpress’ ready to use hosting.

My first impressions of the ‘dashboard’ workspace are that of a very logical and clear layout, especially with the ability to personalise it. A host of tools and tasks are arranged clearly to make typing and editing posts very easy. I’m really impressed with inclusion of a spell-checker within their text editor and the ability to flip between ‘visual’ and HTML view when typing. Quick access to new themes/appearances and the ability easily moderate comments and feedback gives the user a thorough and clear overview of their blog.

Overall, for a free blogging package it is very slick and very hard to beat. Definitely one to check out.


Travelpod

Aimed squarely at travellers since its inception in 1997, it integrates a simply to use text blogging tool, image and video upload facilities. A travel map illustrates global meanderings to visually prove your adventure worthiness to the masses. Social network links enables sharing blog posts through Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.

The dashboard/work space is uncluttered and clean making it easy to use and navigate. Like Worpress, Travelpod has a spell check (great for me!) and again the ability to edit HTML.

It doesn’t have the flexibility and customisation options built into the likes of Blogger and Wordpress, however Travelpod focuses on providing a simple blogging experience with the ability to link into a broader community of fellow travellers using Travelpod.

Worth a look if you’re not one to be preoccupied and bothered with the customisation and aesthetic tweaks offered by Travelpod’s counterparts.


I hope this brief selection travel blogs and blogging tools has kick-started a desire to record and broadcast your own adventures. Doing so will inspire others, and allow you to look back in years to come at amazing journeys and experiences had. So, get blogging and join the ranks of the world’s best travel blogs.


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