Traversing the blogosphere can be as rewarding as trekking the globe—if you know where to go. Here are, in no particular order, 10 travel blogs that are worth a stopover:
1. World Hum
The online travel magazine’s blog offers an up-to-the-minute roundup of travel news and features, from the essential to the essentially offbeat.
2. Different Directions
If you had a young, irreverent Brit for a best friend, he might give you some unique Euro travel tips. If you had three, they might start this blog.
3. The Window Seat
Updated daily, a rotating roster of writers allows a variety of perspectives on traveling and destinations—with the common denominators of passion and humor. You’ll see IgoUgo editors posting here from time to time; if you check it out, we think you’ll find that any bias is merited.
Tricked-out treasure maps with themes like sushi, arcades, and vinyl records suggest walking tours in the world’s trendiest urban playgrounds, including New York, Berlin, and Sydney.
5. Brave New Traveler
BNT is quite the prodigy: less than a year old and already skilled at using videos, lists, and “Best of the Week” features to champion an admirable it’s-about-the-journey ethos.
6. Where the Hell Is Matt?
Matt says people describe him as “that guy who dances on the Internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I'll send you the link. It's funny." The footloose traveler’s blog is funny too, and full of candid observations and photos from around the world.
7. Intelligent Travel
A balanced mix of mini travel memoirs and essential news captured us; the appealing, plugged-in voices of the National Geographic Traveler bloggers keep us going back for more.
8. The Lost Girls
Three New Yorkers chucked city life to embark on an around-the-world trip and invited us to vicariously tag along. Their journey wrapped this week, but half the fun will be reading about how they readjust to life as we know it.
9. Rick Steves: Blog Gone Europe
Public television staple Steves offers up a real-time look at the taping of his show in Europe this summer. Going behind the scenes of anything is illuminating, but the real surprise here is that the Alps nut has a sense of humor.
10. The Cool Hunter
While it’s tempting to hate this photo journal because it’s beautiful, it’s more beneficial to gather the Hunter’s finds for future reference. Two recent favorites: a hotel in a former Rolls-Royce showroom and another with its own airport lounge.