I don’t do this often enough. Usually I’m tooting my own horn, or at least the horn of a destination or event. Today is a day to give back, to highlight 6 of my favorite travel bloggers. Each of these writers has inspired me and my development of Todd’s Wanderings in a different way. I’m also proud to call them my friends. Well, friends that I’ve never met face to face. But friends that I talk to more often than my friends back home thanks to the addictive power of twitter, facebook and RSS feeds.
OK, OK, friends might be too strong a word, but what else do you call an obsessive compulsion to read everything about someone on the internet, check out where they are day in and day out, and spy on their conversations with others in the bushes of a comment box? For those of you humming “Stalker” to yourselves, pipe down, and take a walk…but not before checking out these fantastic wandering word smiths who have a wonderful zeal for life and freedom.
Warning: you won’t be able to read through these sites without being infected by wanderlust.
I can’t say enough about Earl and his thoughtful blog Wandering Earl. We have a strangely similar life as Earl has been on the road for over 10 years as well. He writes with a sense of purpose and timing that makes you desperate to get to the end of his articles but sad when you do. One post you will love is The Day US Customs Found a Bullet in My Pocket. Earl makes his living as he goes along, through is blog and recently his fist e-book. If you’re looking to earn money and travel, Earl, a 5 year veteran of the cruise ship industry, gives you the lowdown on How to Get a Job on a Cruise Ship.
Where do I even begin to start with Juno? The creator of Runaway Juno, she is by far one of the nicest travel bloggers, or human beings, that you will ever meet. She was one of my first friends on twitter (yes, I tweet!!) and has shown nothing but enthusiasm for Todd’s Wanderings, my life, and my love of strong drinks. She has a wit and charm about her that you just can’t fake and amazingly it comes through loud and clear in her writing.
Want to find out how beloved she is by the online travel world? Just take a peek into her Juno-go-round, a round the world trip based solely on her hoards of twitter friends.
The Planet D
As Canada’s self proclaimed, but no less true, adventure couple, Dave and Deb are on an amazing journey to make a living out of travel, blogging, and promotion. This power couple and authors of The Planet D are friendly, warm, extremely productive, and are proof positive that travel blogging can be a career. Between Dave’s amazing photography and Deb’s insightful prose you’ll discover a whole new world of not only travel but also what it takes to run a full time blog.
I draw a ton of inspiration from these two. If you don’t believe me go check them out. At the moment they’re in Fiji on a press trip enjoying adventure sports (and I’m sure a nice cocktail or two) on the tourism department’s dime. Go on, join them for Fiji Waterfall Fun.
y Travel Blog
Caz and Craig are another traveling blogging couple and the brains and brawn behind the widely popular y Travel Blog. I’ll let you decide which is which! I’m running out of adjectives and superlatives to describe everyone so I’ll just give you the honest lowdown. Caz and Craig have been on the road for over 10 years and share a wealth of advice, tips and strategies for traveling the world. Helpful, considerate and focused on community are just a few of the things anyone would say about them. They are particularly good at engaging with their readers so be warned, you might spend a few hours on their site once you meet these nice travelers.
Go ahead, jump into their lives and brains a bit with their thoughtful post A Curious Case of Living.
Hole in the Donut Travels
If you’re looking for descriptive, riveting writing about far flung cultures around the world than Barbara and Hole in the Donut is for you. Barbara quit her successful but unsatisfying 70 hour per week job to travel the world and capture different cultures in writing and photography. She currently spends 10 months of the year on the road and the other 2 back in the US dreaming and plotting her next steps. Despite having a hectic travel schedule and successful blog (i.e. lots of time spent responding to her hoards of fans) she has always found time to write me and give encouragement. She is living proof that a travel writing career is possible, that it’s rewarding, and that she probably spends more than 70 hours a week working…but at least it’s fun
Follow on her most recent adventure searching for Wild Rhinos in Nepal.
Trail of Ants
Ant Stone is by far one of the most elegant writers in the travel blogging community. Trail of Ants is full of wit, irony and a dash or possibly even a splash of genuine insight. I have to admit that I don’t know Ant nearly was well as the others above, but this is more to do with my own shyness. Being grammatically challenged and possessing a mere five shooter of vocabulary, the machine gun efficiency of Ant’s literary minded prose intimidates me. But I’ll do my best to describe him in a manner befitting his awesomeness.
His writing is nothing short of great and his blog is simply incredible. Each time I visit I find another stunning photograph or insight that I’m sure everyone would agree is just about the best thing they saw on the internet that week. His writing is so unbelievable. I nearly died the first time I read his amazing prose. Not only is it awesome, but its really cheap too, I mean you don’t even have to pay anything to be a part of the millions of readers who follow this expert travel writer.
If you are still with me and wondering why I just threw up all over your screen you’ll enjoy reading Ant’s post on 10 of the Most Misused Words in Travel Blogs. Please don’t search for them on Todd’s Wanderings as I’m afraid you will overload the system with all of the results.
Have other travel blogs you love, leave a comment and share them with the world. Or at least my Mom…I think she still reads my writings.