Top 50 Travel Blogs 2010

In 2009 I researched a created a list of the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world. I thought that it was that time of year to do it again.

There are many reasons for creating a list such as this. The first, and the most important, while my own blog has expanded and grown I don’t have all the answers. The sheer number of blogs are growing at an alarming rate but it can be difficult to know who to trust and follow. Below are some of the best and largest blogs in the world and among them I hope that if my own blog can’t help you, you’ll find the advice and inspiration among these.

The other reason I created this list again is for other travel bloggers. New travel blogs appear everyday. While it may seem gratifying to check your stats everyday or see how you do on weekly lists, there is no value in it long term. Businesses hold AGM’s once a year to report performance and I feel blogging should be the same.

I keep these lists objective. While some of the blogs may boast high stats due to the editors talent for building traffic or a strong social media strategy, one thing is evident. Content is of the utmost important. So if you have a blog or are starting one take a look at the blogs below. They are successful for a reason so have a look and see why. I’ve put a little bonus at the end too!

Things to note:

– Over 150 travel blogs were researched in the creation of this list.
– I used many criteria including; Alexa and Technorati ranking, RSS membership and incoming links.
– Only websites that are still currently being updated have been included.
– I can appreciate that some great websites may have been missed, so my apologies for that. The internet is a big place! Feel free to comment with any suggestions.

1. Gadling
2. Nomadic Matt
3. Everything Everywhere
4. Almost Fearless
5. Brave New Traveler
6. Upgrade: Travel Better
7. Intelligent Travel Blog
8. Bootsnall
9. Uncornered Market
10. Travel Rants Blog

11. Jaunted
12. World Hum
13. Indie Travel Podcast
14. The Perrin Post Travel Blog
15. Vagabondish
16. Elliot.org
17. Europe a la Carte Blog
18. A Luxury Travel Blog
19. Delicious Baby
20. Europe Up Close

21. The Planetd
22. The Cheapest Destinations Blog
23. The Cranky Flier
24. Ottsworld
25. Heather on her Travels
26. Vagablogging
27. Brilliant Trips
28. Wanderlust and Lipstick
29. Mice Chat
30. Go Backpacking

31. Boarding Area
32. FoXnoMad
33. Hole In The Donut
34. Briefcase to Backpack
35. SoulTravelers3
36. Traveling Mamas
37. Vacations Blog
38. Rick Steves: Blog Gone Europe
39. Lifecruiser
40. My Several Worlds

41. Travel Wires
42. Travelogged
43. 501 Places
44. Two Backpackers
45. Go Galavanting
46. Solo Traveler Blog
47. Nomadic Notes
48. Go Green Travel Green
49. Two Go Round The World
50. Nerds Eye View

I believe that a Top 50 like this should be kept objective. That being said I am entitled to my own opinions and so I wanted to feature some bonus sites. Even though they didn’t make the Top 50 these are some of my personal favourites from the last year. I have either met the writers in person or through the power of social media got to know and share their journeys quite well.

32 Comments

  • Gary Arndt

    October 19, 2010

    This is just the Invesp.com list with some sites taken out.

  • Ali

    October 19, 2010

    Aw thanks for including me in the bonus section!

  • Adventurous Kate

    October 19, 2010

    Many thanks for the inclusion! 🙂

  • Amanda

    October 19, 2010

    Thanks for including me, even if it is just in the bonus section. Bonuses are my favorite anyway! 🙂 I appreciate it.

  • Terri Fogarty

    October 19, 2010

    Thanks for including EuropeUpClose on your list.!
    Great list, BTW.

  • Gap Year Escape

    October 19, 2010

    Gary – Did you look at the whole list? I will admit that I did use list such as these to aid in my research. Also with statistical data you’re going to get similar results, especially at the top. However, to say it’s the same with a few sites taken out is unwarranted. Number 50 on my list is Nerds Eye View and on theres it is 90. That means I must have “taken out” 40 sites, that’s more than just a few.
    Anyway I don’t wish to take away from the fact that these bloggers do what they do well and it should be celebrated.

  • Kirsten Alana

    October 19, 2010

    pretty great list! some I didn’t even know about, so I will enjoy visiting these.

  • Gary Arndt

    October 19, 2010

    Actually, using the Invesp list isn’t the problem here. What I think is a bigger deal is committing the same mistakes they do in lumping together corporate sites with independent travel blogs.

    While I know the definition of a ‘blog’ can be very vague, I’d contend that anyone who is being paid to write by a company is fundamentally playing a different game from those who run their own sites. I’d include in that group: Gadling, Jaunted, World Hum, BootsnAll, Matador, Rick Steves, Wendy Perrin (Conde Nast), UpTake and USA Today.

    The only reason why Invesp doesn’t rank many of the corporate sites higher is because they don’t have data, or because they are only evaluating a single domain, not all the domains for company. Matador and BootsnAll especially, have their traffic spread over multiple domains.

    Whenever someone makes a list of blogs, it always pains me to see the corporate sites listed along side the independent blogs. I’m sure anyone on that list could get a bigger audience were they to get paid to do nothing but produce content and was promoted by a larger website.

  • Dave and Deb

    October 19, 2010

    Thanks for putting us on your list. We always appreciate a shout out:) And

  • Andrew

    October 19, 2010

    Gary is just mad because Gadling knocked him down to number three. =)

  • Michael Hodson

    October 19, 2010

    Good list — hope to make the 2001 one.

  • Michael Hodson

    October 19, 2010

    Whoops — the 2011 one. Perhaps if I have fewer typos….

  • Andy Jarosz

    October 19, 2010

    Thanks for including me Amar – always appreciated.

  • pam

    October 19, 2010

    I’m number 50! I’m number 50! Heh. Thanks.

    I also (dammit!) think Gary has an excellent point. Putting tiny me in a bucket with Intelligent Travel begs the question about what you’re looking for, exactly. Maybe this list is really “Our Favorites at Gap Year Escape.” I also think these lists should be broken out into corporate vs. independent and solo vs. group categories.

    That doesn’t mean I’m not flattered. I am, and thank you.

  • Ant Stone

    October 19, 2010

    I agree with Gary. Lists like that are so dilute they’re barely worth compiling. Where does the line stop? You could lump in the BBC, or Huffington Post or any of the corporate heavyweights.

    What these lists do highlight however, is how strong some of the independent travel blogs are in the market, and kudos to those people.

  • Daniel N.

    October 19, 2010

    Is there also a reason why my previous comment (posted more than 12h ago) did not show up?
    Maybe not interested in having a debate with photobloggers?

  • Gap Year Escape

    October 19, 2010

    Daniel – I welcome the debate but erm, you never commented on my blog 12 hours ago? I’ve got nothing in my wordpress.

  • Gap Year Escape

    October 19, 2010

    I didn’t think when I compiled this it would cause quite so much of stir.

    Right well to answer some of the comments left here. Does anyone have a better list that they wish to share? Feel free to post it. I’d quite like to see a clear cut system of ranking blogs, hell any website for that matter. My Alexa ranking is good and my Compete one sucks. What does that tell you?

    Some of the comments left here seem to be quite negative. I didn’t have this last year, Gary even put the 2009 list and also one my twitter list on his media page.

    You’re all entitled to your opinions and I have my own. I can understand the whole group/solo corporate/independent debate. I’m not saying my list is gospel. It’s my interpretation and many people across the web have their own.

    Take the comment from Kirsten Alana “pretty great list! some I didn’t even know about, so I will enjoy visiting these.”

    There we go, at least one person found something they hadn’t discovered before. I feel my work is done.

    It’s meant as a resouce, look at the sites or don’t. That’s up to you. Personally, as a traveller if it’s an independent blog or written by a team of paid writers I don’t care. Aslong as the content is good, it made me laugh, gave me information or inspired me. That’s all that matters.

    Anyway that’s my opinion on the matter.

  • Barbara Weibel

    October 19, 2010

    Thank you SO much for including Hole In The Donut on your top 50 list. I’m really passionate about being a full-time traveler focusing on articles and photos about different cultures around the world, so I’m gratified for the recognition.

  • Lifecruiser Travel Blog

    October 19, 2010

    Congratulations everyone for having such fabulous blogs – even you that didn’t end up in this list 🙂

    Thanks x millions for including our travel blog into this impressive Top 50 travel blogs list again. It made our day.

    We truly feel honored to be mentioned among all those wonderful travel blogs!

    …and I see a couple of new ones on the bonus list that I don’t think I’ve visited before, so I’m off to them now!

  • Daniel N.

    October 20, 2010

    Oh, I dd comment and even sent it twice (and got a warning saying it’s a duplicate, weird..).

    Anyway, I was saying it’s a good list with many I already follow.
    However, I would also like to see more Photo Blogs included in these kind of lists, as we photobloggers feel kind of left out from the “Travel Blogging World”.
    Travel Photography is also an essential contribution to the travel industry.
    Unfortunately most travel blogs today tend to repeat the same tips and reviews and popularity is often based on friendships and networking (not always content).

    Just my opinion anyway!
    Cheers!

  • Andi

    October 20, 2010

    Sorry for all of the negative comments you’re getting, but I suppose not everyone will always see eye to eye. Nonetheless, I appreciate your shout-out. Big hugs from Easter Island (I never want to leave this place)!!!!!!!!

  • Hi. Probably a pointless exercise … but anyway. TOP means nothing; simply catering to the masses.

    And usually, the lame armchair travelers – the one’s who make wonderful lists across the web – but rarely get off the sofa, and always obsess about empty internet scores.

    I never expect to be included – please don’t – and avoid social media and hype so I can quietly get on with the joy of real traveling … with the need for acclaim and praise.

    Regards – Michael Robert Powell
    – AKA the candy trail … a nomad across the planet, since 1988

  • Jeff

    October 27, 2010

    Thanks for Career Break Secrets in your favorites list. I just want to inspire people to break out and get out and see the world. So, thanks for helping highlight us. All the best.

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  • Raj

    November 25, 2010

    Great list. Travelers will surely love it…

  • Grand

    November 26, 2010

    What a list!
    Very usuful to me. Thanks.
    Grand
    Thailand

  • walking tours italy

    December 7, 2010

    Your travel blogs list is really very important and useful for us thanks for sharing it with us ……..

  • greg urbano

    December 12, 2010

    nice list, time to browse!

  • David @ Malaysia Asia

    December 22, 2010

    Thanks for sharing this list and I hope to make it in the mentions next year 🙂

    David

  • Toshalivalyou

    March 23, 2013

    Best list of travel blogs. Thanks for it. Its very helpful……

  • Tas sekolah Anak

    October 28, 2013

    Thanks… Nice list and nice blog. I will share this post.

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