Ten Travel Bloggers to Watch in 2013

Woman on Tropical Beach with Laptop ComputerProvided the conspiracy theories are wrong and that December 2012 won’t, in fact, prove to be the end of existence as we know it, there’s a lot to look forward to in terms of travel editorial over the coming year. As more and more travel bloggers crop up around the globe, the calibre of both written and photographic content continues to blossom; full of dazzling images, useful tips and insider itinerary suggestions, these blogs certainly help keep the flame of travel inspiration burning bright. To help sort through all the overwhelming travel guides continually becoming available online, we present to you our top 10 picks to follow going forward into 2013:

Inside the Travel Lab 

A former doctor, Abi King has truly found her calling as the alchemist of her online travel lab. Full of amazing photos, insightful reflections and fabulous writing, we can’t help but get lost in her storytelling whenever we visit the site (which makes for some VERY unproductive workdays). From street art in the Grenadines to a Maldives safari, she evokes a fascinating world beyond the tourist traps that we simply adore exploring along with her.

Backpacker Becki

Backpacker Becki (Rebecca Enright) meets with the locals on one of her recent adventures in Nepal.

Backpacker Becki

Also known as Rebecca Enright, Backpacker Becki produces a solo female travel blog full of quirky travel observations – really, why are there so many topless men in Beijing?! Never one to shy away from adventure, this upbeat Brit cheerfully recounts her travel experiences –both good and bad – with a sense of humour and an open mind. When we chatted with Becki earlier this year, she urged women not to be afraid to hit the road alone: “Solo female travel is a big thing now and shouldn’t be seen as a scary option. Sure, you might have to watch your back a bit more and be careful, but that applies everywhere, even at home.”

Monkeys and Mountains

A Canadian with a penchant for monkeys and – you guessed it – mountains, Laurel Robbins’ blog is not only a great outdoor adventure resource, but it’s also a handy expat guide. An expat herself (she now lives in Germany), Robbins’ counsels fellow emigrants on relevant topics including coping with loneliness, learning a new language and celebrating holidays away from family. As an expat myself (I’m a Canadian now living in Australia), her advice has certainly been much appreciated!

Stop Having a Boring Life

The title of the blog alone is enough to incite inspiration. The tagline is even better – “You’ll never know unless you go.” Featuring a solo female section, videos and tips, Rob, the blog’s host, is always honest, always interesting and always engaging.

Santiago, Guatemala

This amazing image of Guatemala is just one of many stunning photos on the Beers and Beans Pinterest page.

Beer and Beans

Randy and Beth are a travelling couple – she’s a professional photographer, he’s a professional journalist – who are a match made in blogger heaven. From international cuisine to travel tips to giveaways to in-depth destination profiles, this dynamic duo have got the travelling stratosphere covered. And if you’re a Pinterest buff, be sure to check out their page which has swiftly become one of the most followed travel accounts on the social media platform – and for good reason.

Nomadic Chick

There’s no denying that Jeannie Mark, a.k.a. the Nomadic Chick, is one brave traveller – in fact, it was her post on running with the bulls in Pamplona this past July that really made us sit up and take notice. Proving that solo travel can be done at any age, at any point in life, Ms. Mark motivates her readers to face and overcome their fears – and we’re certainly willing to take the leap along with her. Bonus: She’s one of the few travel bloggers out there who actually provides her Skype details and welcomes online chats with readers.

Hecktic Travels

This nomadic married couple openly discusses issues ranging from coping with grief while abroad to the pain of leaving friends and family behind to pursue wanderlust. Touching and truthful, it’s a must-read for anyone currently journeying the globe.

Traveling Canucks

Married and with baby in tow, Nicole and Cameron Wears aim to demonstrate that anyone, regardless of their situation or travel style, can experience amazing adventures around the globe. Unlike most travel bloggers, the duo are grounded to one spot – they own a home in Vancouver and have a fairly regular work routine- but have simply chosen to make travel a priority. It’s a comforting philosophy for those of us who aren’t quite ready to sell all our possessions and live out of a backpack just yet!

Y Travel Blog

This traveling family of four roam the globe as well as their home country of Australia with contagious enthusiasm. Full of great family-friendly advice and suggestions, the blog helps readers organize and plan out their trips step-by-step – from finding affordable accommodation to planning vacation budgets. A Godsend for working parents looking to arrange a family escape with as little aggravation as possible.

Havasu Falls in Arizona

One of the impressive shots captured by photographer duo Ordinary Traveler.

Ordinary Traveler

Christy Woodrow and Scott Calafiore are two professional photographers who have journeyed around the world together since 2006. Their travel blog, OrdinaryTraveler.com, is full of the stunning pictures they’ve captured along their adventures – from dazzling city landscapes to breathtaking action shots, this pair knows exactly what it takes to capture a magical moment. And if you’re heading to San Diego and want to know where to grab some grub, the pair has also recently launched a city food blog.

35 Responses to Ten Travel Bloggers to Watch in 2013

  1. Cam & Nicole says:

    Thanks for the mention! It’s great to be included with such a great group!

  2. You’re very welcome! We love your blog!

  3. The Guy says:

    Sounds like some great reads to come for 2013. Thanks for giving us the leads.

  4. yTravelBlog says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for including us in this list. I love all the other blogs on this list as well and completely agree that they are worth following

  5. Laurel says:

    Thank you so much for including me in this list, I’m honored and a big fan of the other blogs listed as well.  You made my week!  Thank you!

  6. Rob says:

    Thanks for being included on this great list.

    Appreciate it and looking forward to an amazing 2013!

  7. Randy Kalp says:

    Wow, thank you so much! We are huge fans of all of the other blogs mentioned and are honored to be listed along side of them. 🙂

  8. bajajulio says:

    ALL  great blogs.  Big fan of “Ordinary Traveler”  and now will follow the rest.  Good Job and thanks for the top notch list.

  9. bajajulio says:

    All great blogs.  Big fan of “Ordinary Traveler”  and now will follow the rest.  Good Job and thanks for the top notch list.

  10. Thank you so much for the mention! I’m a fan of the rest of these blogs as well. Here’s to a great 2013!

  11. Nomadic Chick says:

    Not sure if running with the bulls should inspire adventure or fear. 🙂  Thanks for including me with a stellar group of people. 🙂

  12. Some of my favourite blogs are on this list, including Backpacker Becki and YTravel Blog (helps that they’re all just as nice in person as online!)

    Now all that’s left to do it ring in 2013 ^_^

  13. Abi says:

    Thank you for the mention!

  14. Amazing….So exciting to discover these blogs!

  15. TheHikeHouse says:

    Traveling is the greatest experience a person should enjoy, I also enjoy reading most of the blog about a persons travel experience,great way to share.

  16. Jeffrey Bustos says:

    I love reading Stop Having a Boring Life. Been reading traveling blogs ever since I started couchsurfing two years ago. I also love reading Backpacker Becki, I wish my adventures were as fun. I am currently planning my trip to argentina and found this nifty little blog blondieisgonnatrip.tumblr.com . Thanks for the other, will def. check them out

  17. hillsidesedona says:

    A wonderful article. Makes the point clearly and truthfully.Having read some blogs about travel is like you’re also a part of that trip.

  18. A great list of travel blogs. I find getting information from real
    people about travel destinations around the world is the best way to
    find the hidden secrets of any place, and the best place to start
    finding this information is the travel blogs.

  19. India Tours says:

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  20. Hi there, we chose our top 10 list for a number of different reasons ranging from quality of photos to writing style. We’ll definitely keep you in mind for next year’s list.

  21. cheap accommodation brisbane says:

    Amazing….So exciting to discover these blogs!Nice blog.


  22. Marti Ingram says:

    Very curious to explore the “Backpacker Becki” blog now – sounds right up my alley! Thanks for the great list. Would love for you to check out my blog too – it’s a labor of love for me! downthewrabbithole.blogspot.com

  23. We agree – stay tuned!

  24. Backpacker says:

    very nice and useful list, some of them I’m following for myself.
    I would like to add one more to the list

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