In need of some travel advice for 2020? If you’re looking for inspiration, itinerates, trips and tricks or maybe just some wanderlust then you need to start reading travel blogs. In this article, luggage shippers My Baggage cover our favourite ten travel bloggers that you need to follow in 2020., from solo female writers, couple bloggers, LGBTQ+ bloggers and those who venture to unusual destinations, these blogs have it all! Your bucket list won’t know what hit it!
Nomadic Matt is the most popular travel blogger out there. The blog has been going for over 11 years and Matt has helped people plan and travel for less to locations all around the world. The savvy traveller has visited over 100 countries and uses his experience to write for publications such as the New York Times, BBC and National Geographic. He also released a best-selling book on how to travel the world on only $50 a day.
If you’re considering a destination, Matt has done it. He is a fountain of knowledge on budget, backpacking travel and will have a variety of content options to help you get planning, from blogs to vlogs or Instagram stories. One of the differences between Matt’s blog and other popular blogs is that he does not write sponsored posts and provides information and experience on places he’s paid to travel to, so you don’t have to worry about unrealistic content.
Hand Luggage Only
Hand Luggage Only is a blog created by two university friends, Yaya and Lloyd. These guys dreamt up the blog while studying at the University of Cambridge and have since used it to fuel their desire to travel the world. Their blog doesn’t just cover destination guides but also gives information on food, photo tips and travel hacks. Catch them on Instagram sharing trip highlights or read about their culinary adventures on Pinterest, from getting the best ice cream in Italy to their guides to the best restaurants in London.
Lost with Purpose
This blog is written by Alex, an American with Pilipino heritage who left the east coast to explore the world in 2013. She travels to many destinations as a solo female and her guides include practical information for travelling to countries were female travellers are not common, such as Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Her funny reviews and real-life stories give you a no-frills experience of travelling in a place where women often don’t tread alone. If you don’t want to read her blog posts, check out her Instagram, where you can follow her honest review destination by destination, with no sponsored ads insight.
The Everywhereist is a travel blog ran by Geraldine DeRuiter. Known for her public speaking and writing, in this blog she documents her travels with her husband, whose business takes him around the world. Instead of a practical blog offering generic advice and destination guides, this blog is more of a personal account of travel, that will inspire you to set off on some adventures of your own. In 2017 she released her first book which documents her journey called, ‘All over the place: Adventures in travel, true love and petty theft.’ She is currently based in Seattle and uses Twitter as her social media network of choice, amassing over 100K followers.
YTravelBlog is a family-run travel blog following the lives of Caroline & Craig Makepeace and their two daughters Kalyra and Savannah. Their blog focussing on travelling fulltime as a family whilst home-schooling their daughters. They cover budget family travel and inspiration for any families wishing to ditch the daily grind and try a new adventure. They have lived in five countries so far and have travelled to over 53! Their blog is the perfect inspiration for any wanderlust parents who think that a life of travel is not suitable for their family. Their travel blogging work is so acclaimed that it saw them secure a US green card, which the family has used to base themselves in Raleigh, North Carolina.
View from the Wing
This blog is aimed at giving practical advice to frequent fliers. From the best credit cards to how to make the most out of your air miles. It is not for backpackers or anyone looking for budget travel advice, this is a one-stop-shop for anyone who must travel for work and wants to make the most out of it. The blog is written by Gary Leff, a Finance Director at a university research centre in the USA, along with this blog he also has another insiderflyer.com where frequent fliers can chat and swap tips and stories.
Stuck in Customs
Stuck in Customs is the blog from professional photographer Trey Ratcliff. His blog offers award-winning shots of his travels and has been named the number one travel photography blog online. He has spoken at Ted talks, written a book and still finds time to showcase his travels through his photography portfolio. He has over 75K subscribers on YouTube and 4.4 million on Pinterest. If travel photography is your thing, Stuck in Customs is king.
Luggage and Lipstick
Luggage and Lipstick is a blog written by baby-boomer Patti who decided to take the leap and travel the world. She’s a self-confessed adrenaline junkie who has so far travelled to over 60 countries solo. If you’re looking for adventure inspiration and to travel off the beaten path, then Patti’s blog is for you. This blog shows that you’re never too old to pack your bags and start exploring. Catch up with Patti on her blog, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The Globetrotter Guys
This blog is the only on our list to focus on LGBTQ+ travel. Ran by gay couple Sion and Ben, they cover everything you’d ever need to know about the gay travel scene and how to travel as an openly gay couple. Their mission is to break down barriers around travel for members of the LGBTQ+ community and inspire them to travel like them. They also do a great job of celebrating LGBTQ+ life around the world, from Pride Parades in Cape Town and Belize to local gay stories in Panama. In 2019 they were named the best LGBT Travel Blog by Teletext Holidays. Follow their travels via their popular Instagram and Pinterest accounts.
If you are in the mood to try some different destinations that no one will have heard of, then follow the Unusual Traveller. Christian is a Norwegian native who spends his time exploring places that many folks don’t venture. From Iraq, Syria to Papa New Guinea, he’s visited over 97 countries and offers handy advice on visas, safety and getting around these hard to navigate countries. Read his blog to wanderlust, practical information and just a completely different point of view, that will have you adding Moldova, Iran and Pakistan to your bucket list.