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My Favorite Travel Blogs

It’s been assembled! If you are looking for inspiration to start traveling the world, what better way than to see how others did it! This page is a gathering of the most enthralling, informative, eye-catching, hilarious, and inspiring travel blogs the world has ever known. Or at least they are my favorites. These individuals have fought through the gauntlet to chase their dreams of travel with such badassitude that it’ll make you want to kick yourself in the ass for not traveling sooner.

*List updated February, 2019 — Ongoing changes will come to this list.*

Have a travel blog or have a favorite one you read? Make sure to comment below and share!

FAVORITES 

A DANGEROUS BUSINESS
A small-town Ohio girl trying to balance a “normal” life of job, friends and family with an unquenchable lust for travel. Met Amanda at TBEX in Toronto and again for a beer in Thailand. Her articles make travel seem even more magical.

AUSSIE ON THE ROAD
Chris and his magnificent ginger beard are drinking, romancing, and teaching their way around the world trying to have a life less ordinary. I haven’t had the pleasure to meet this red-bearded fellow yet, but his articles are funny and inspirational.

BE MY TRAVEL MUSE
Kristin is a former investment banker who sold everything and bid the life she knew goodbye in favor of adventuring around the world! It was awesome to finally meet Kristen in Chiang Mai for a big Chang beer after fighting an insane rain storm.

CANDICE DOES THE WORLD
Candice Walsh is a Professional Experience Collector and full-time inventor of new job titles that don’t make much sense. After reading her blog forever, a group of us met to take on Canada on a crazy road trip from her hometown in Newfoundland. [icon type=”suitcase”][/column]

GETTING STAMPED
Hannah & Adam  an American couple who decided the normal life was just too normal. They packed into a backpack to travel the globe. We all have hung out on multiple occasions in TBEX and Thailand and doing battle together during Songkran in Thailand!

LAND LOPERS
Matt is a typical Gen-X professional who has a passion for all things travel and his site brings a unique perspective. He’s an intelligent writer whom I’ve met at TBEX and had the pleasure of slamming beers back with.

LEAH TRAVELS
With a severe case of wanderlust, Leah lives by the motto, “Life’s too short to live with a someday mentality.” She’s a southern gal with a killer smile and a fun luxury blog. I ran into her finally at TBEX and all I can say is she’s awesome.

NOMADIC SAMUEL
Look for the man with the red hair and a camera in hand. A travel blogger and YouTuber who has been globe-trotting for almost a decade. I have yet to meet him, but his photos are phenomenal and he is always creating new travel videos.

KEEP CALM AND TRAVEL
Clelia is a feisty Italian blogger and traveler with a big focus on Sardinia. She wants to show you that no matter what your age is, or your budget, or your status — you can travel and live your life on your own terms.[/column]

STOP HAVING A BORING LIFE
An account of his life after he liquidated everything to travel the world indefinitely and find a new home in his favorite places on earth. Rob is a cool cat who I was able to run into while attending TBEX, and is always posting great travel content. [icon type=”smile-o”][/column]

THAT BACKPACKER
Audrey is the girl who wants more stamps on her passport. She’s slowly but surely working her way around the world, usually in search of markets, street food, jungles and beaches. Her articles are in depth and extensive, and photos are great![/column]

THE HOLIDAZE
A hopeless travel addict and permanent nomad, Derek quit his IT job to travel the world way back in March of 2009. Derek is an awesome guy and great blogger who I have traveled with in the past, and completed the Rickshaw Run April 2015!

WILD JUNKET
Nellie is a professional travel writer and editor with an eye for adventure and a love for the unknown. Her travel blog has a focus on adventure travel, created to inspire others to get off the conventional trail and seek out extraordinary experiences.

ANGLO ITALIAN FOLLOW US
Dale and Franca are an Angloitalian couple who’ve travelled the world since 2012. Follow them as they travel the world and share everything we experience and learn about slow & budget travel along the way, with a huge focus on vegan travel and housesitting.

REGULAR READS

Lola’s Travels — Hoping to push her exploration to new limits and go places she hasn’t been before. All with a feather boa!

Mallory On Travel — Modern day adventurist and ex-adrenalin junkie. Now getting kicks from culture and cocktails.

Mellyboo Project — Melissa is a Canadian gal with a mission to live on her own terms and exploring every last inch of the world.

Never-Ending Footsteps — Lauren is a twenty-something girl who is travelling around the world forever using Never Ending Footsteps to write about how not to travel.

Nomadic American — Heather, a twenty-something Marylander, is traveling her way around China while teaching English.

Off the Path Travel Story — Alex is a traveler who believes in the value of going off the path while contributing to local economies & engaging in responsible tourism.

Pack Your Passport — Beverly has been living, working, and traveling round the world since 2010! Showing you how to, just don’t forget to pack your passport!

Reclaiming My Future — Toni is learning how to change her life & become happy through travel. In taking her journey, she hopes to inspire you to take yours.

Rexy Adventures — Rexy tells you his Edventures on his travels round the world and backpacking in Britain.

Spark Punk — Zak’s first foray into human flight was at age of six. He fell like a rock, but his head remained in the clouds. He’s been brainstorming since.

Tribologist — Jim has lived in South Korea for 2 year, and traveled extensively throughout the world, providing you tips so you can too!

Wanderista — Ex-beauty/fashion editor who left her job and life in New York to travel the world: 11 months, 20 countries, zero regrets. So far.

Where in the World is Nina — Nina Ragusa is a girl from Florida who always knew she wanted to see the world growing up. Now, she lives the epitome of a nomadic expat lifestyle, having visited 35+ countries.

Yomadic — After flipping a coin for a corporate lifestyle or life of travel, Nate is using every cent to travel the planet in it’s entirety, giving you the raw experience.

YTravel Blog — Caz, Craig, and family are all about helping YOU to get inspired and get informed to go travel, and travel more often.[/column]

Psst!

Still need a nudge (or shove) in the right direction on how to start traveling? Make sure to check out my guide to 5 Simple Steps to Become a World Traveler.

What are some of your favorite travel blogs? Have a blog, share below and let’s swap!

Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market: Sights, Sounds, and Smells.

Everything sizzles and pops around you. Steam floats into the night sky like aromatic clouds carrying scrumptious smells of marvelous treats like various meats, or grilled vegetables, or spicy soups — all to the song from a lute; cracked leather-like fingers pluck the instrument, that long necked worn cherry-colored lute called the sueng, releasing a melody of ting-tang-tong-tang-ting to add sweet soundtracks amongst the chitter-chatter of the throngs.

Here and there and everywhere  is food porn galore. From spicy papaya salad to buttered garlic bread, pork balls and chicken balls (not testes) to kababs with zesty yogurt — everything your tantalized taste buds can salivate over.

Needle and thread dive in and out of colorful fabrics with a delicate urgency under soft yellow light as young and old create intricate gifts before your eyes. Maybe you’re looking for a poncho, or a scarf, or a hat — whatever it may be, it can be found as far as the eye can see.

This is the Sunday walking street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Once you enter Ratchadamnoen Road; near Thapae Gate cutting through the center of Old Town, you are lost in the ebb and flow of the Thai and tourist slow moving river. And there is almost no turning back — though you probably won’t want to anyway.

Do what I call the Chiang Mai Market Shuffle: right foot slides forward two inches, left foot slides forward two inches, rock your body one way to glance at trinkets, rock the other way to fiend over drool-worthy food, and repeat. It’s packed in the market so you’ll have to do a little shuffle.

The Chiang Mai night market is a place bursting with people, but this river of buying and selling is a treasure trove of Thai and exotic street food and hand-made arts and crafts.  Much of it that is rarely found cheaper or of better quality than here. There is a reason why even Thai people fight the current of bodies to shop here.

Photo of crowds in the Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market in Thailand.

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The Chiang Mai Sunday night walking street is definitely a busy place, but one of my favorite things in the city to do each weekend.

HOW TO GET THERE

The Sunday night walking street market is located directly across the from the Thapae gate on the eastern side of Chiang Mai, the entry into the old town. The stands begin to pop up in late afternoon and around dusk, and begins to get overly packed around 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

WHAT TO BRING

Make sure to come on an empty stomach and with smaller bills — many of the vendors cannot break 500 baht and 1000 baht notes. You will also be walking for quite a bit so wear comfortable shoes. Since the market is teeming with people, bring a back that has secure zippers and straps so you can keep your belongings safe.

WHERE TO STAY

Since the walking street market is in the heart of old town, most of the available hostels in hotels are close by and within walking distance. During peak season, Chiang Mai accommodation can fill up fast so make sure to book your hotel or hostel a few days in advance.

Have you ever been to the Chiang Mai Night Market? 

 

Working Holiday in Australia – My Final Thoughts

Australia Hiking in Wilsons Promontory PosterG’day mate! Or however you’d say that to a lady is Aussie slang. I’ve now been in Australia since June 2015 on a working holiday which makes it around 8 months since I arrived, and though I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, it’s a pretty rad country. After my arrival, I went straight into work mode spending my days job hunting on foot or online. The last thing I wanted to do after embarking on another trip is to jump back into the “normal” grind, having only spent a depressingly short 4 months away from it.My normal cycle is travel from 6-9 months, return to the United States to work and save, and head out on another big trip. This time it was more short lived than previous years, and after spending a higher amount on the Rickshaw Run, I was left with an empty wallet. So, I followed some signs given by the universe and flew down unda’ to replenish the coffers.

 

This was the big fault in my trip to Australia.

I came here with the sole purpose to make money, and only days after arrival I let the urge to make fast money consume me. I need the money to keep traveling, but at the same time, I’m still in a different country. That’s not quite how I’ve treated it for the past 8 months, and as I close in to my next big adventure, I’m realizing just how little I’ve seen of Australia. I will be most likely departing Australia in May only to have seen Melbourne and parts of the state of Victoria.

To be blunt, I haven’t had much of a desire to see many other Australian cities. I’ve written about how countries like Australia and the even my home country the United States are beautiful, but I’m in love with ancient cities of countries such as Italy and Hungary. Modern cities shimmering with skyscrapers and bustling with business suits just don’t connect with my soul. That’s why the places I’ve seen in Australia that I’ve truly loved were the ones away from the city and in the wild. Places like the Grampians National Park and Wilsons Promontory fed my wild spirit. Driving the Great Ocean Road made me hungry again for the unfolding horizons. I really have no interest in visiting Sydney besides just the reason of saying I did. I can’t come to Australia and not go there, right?
Wilsons Promontory Sitting Victoria Australia

Otherwise, there hasn’t been much that has called to me here. I find myself waiting tables and overly stressed and tiring of the city and the commute. I’ve been becoming more and more short fused, allowing myself to hold on to negative things from that day of work when I’m used to breathing frustrations away and never thinking about them again. That is with out a doubt connected to me doing a job I despise for money, waiting tables that is, but it’s also because I can’t help but dream of returning to Europe which is a part of my travel plans for 2016.

I feel I grow more disconnected the longer I stay, where I’d rather hole up in my room than have a chat with a stranger or a beer with a friend. Sometimes I lay in bed and think, “am I living?” but when I’m hiking in the mountains here I know, “this is living”. I should just go off and travel around Australia’s amazing national parks then, right? This has been an idea tickling my brain ever since I arrived, and as much as I try to live without the “what if woes”, a trip like that would put me back to square one with savings and I wouldn’t be able to travel much around Europe.

Standing on a rock in Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne Australia.

After only being able to spend 2 months around Europe in 2014, I dream everyday of exploring it more. And Australia is so damn expensive. It pays well to work here, but a day out in the city dining and having a couple of drinks can cost you $100 or more. A rental car to explore for a couple of days paired with petrol is about $300. Buying a van to tour around the country with can run $2,000-$4,000 not including petrol, and though costs can be split between friends, it’s still a budget breaker and most need to work again after a big road trip here.

That’s the kicker. Most people I’ve met in Melbourne have told me about their crazy road trips around Australia, but most have either done one and gone to do farm work to save more after running out of money, or have road tripped after doing farm work or another job and after must get a job again. But all of those people, from the UK to Canada to Europe, have a second year visa to pad that timeframe with. Americans on the other hand have strictly 1 year with no extension, and coming here with no money and trying to do a road trip or travel extensively is unrealistic unless I was planning on returning right back to the US after to work.

That is something I don’t want to do.

Working in Melbourne and waiting tables has taken a big toll this time around, and it’s got to be the last time I ever do this again. So does that mean my trip to Australia has been a sack of kangaroo poo? No. Australia has had its rad moments, like those mentioned where I saw the jaw-dropping and diverse natural beauty that has me drooling over Mother Nature, or in the amazing people I have met here that have become close friends. Those are the things that have made working in a city in a job that doesn’t cater to my creativity bearable, and this trip worthwhile. And who knows, maybe some of the experiences I’ve had here led me to an upcoming amazing opportunity that I’ll be announcing soon. An opportunity which will hopefully pave the way for my escape from the world of waiting tables and waiting for the next adventure.

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The beautiful Whiskey Bay. I love whiskey…

Australia, or Melbourne in my experience, is a great place to live and work in that is funky and creative and artistic. It is a place one can live in and pursue creative endeavors and make a good enough living. Problem for me is that Melbourne is a great place to settle down and do these things, to have a base here where one might swap time between bartending and painting ongoing out with friends, but I’m not ready to settle.

Here, it’s hard to do all of these things and save up for traveling abroad. Most people I meet that are the creative types have lived here for years and are pursuing their passions. They love it. I just don’t love Melbourne enough to think I’d rather spend my money on nights out and short road trips instead of 6 months around Europe. In Australia you pretty much have to choose to become a bit of a hermit and put your savings away, or be social and explore and break even. And that’s how it in in the United States for myself, so maybe that’s why I have such a disconnect.

So, as my time here approaches the end I have come to terms with the fact that I won’t be seeing much of Australia, and I’m okay with that. I don’t feel like it was a mistake coming here, and in ways has helped me grow. In these last couple of months, I will be focusing on taking some smaller 2 day trips on days off like one to Sydney just for the hell-of-it and hopefully to Tasmania. But that big road trip I’d truly love to do across the country will have to come at a later date where I save solely for that. Maybe in a year or two I’ll return and spend a few months exploring Australia. It’s just not going to happen this time around.

Australia Articles

Before I leave Australia, I will make it a point to get the most out of Melbourne and Victoria as well, so I will be using this page to post articles related to Australia here. Below you’ll find some of the adventures that I’ve already had, but make sure to subscribe to my newsletter I’ll be starting again to know when more go live!
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Camping in the Grampians National Park
3 Days exploring the sandstone peaks, stunning valleys, and diverse landscape of this National Park. Some of the best camping I’ve experienced.

Encounters with Deadly Animals Australia

Australia is often the butt of the “everything can kill you” joke, but it’s semi-true. As I was on a beach, I encountered one of the world’s deadliest creatures.

Exploring Melbourne Street Art by Night

Melbourne is a city famous for its street art and graffiti scene, but everything transforms at night from the artwork to personalities. Come see for yourself!

What are your Thoughts?

The Old Man of the Forest

JOURNAL ENTRY — “Old Man of the Forest” Sherbrooke Forest in Dandenong National Park, Victoria Australia Thursday the 19th of February 2016 ]

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he centuries of change show through his wrinkles — a face once full of youthful scruff and colorful foolishness. Long ago the sun shone on his face just for him, vibrancy of life rooted deep inside. Decades passed, and so too the wild nature in his face. Standing, ever lonely and ever watching, as the world around grows neglectful of nature. Mister Morose, the old grump of a stump, watches as young and old alike no longer sit beneath the shade with him and listen to the breathing of the earth, but stare into static nothingness. Where did your mossy beard go? What of your wild dancing limbs in the wind? And your stories of nights beneath the infinite universe lit only by the sparkles of forever dying stars?