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Author Loraine Balita-Centeno
COVID-19 means traveling is off the table, but you can still enjoy the travel experience from the comfort of your home thanks to these blogs.
The Switzerland Tourism Authority released a video aptly called “Dream Now, Travel Later.” It’s a very short snippet showing breathtaking sites in this tiny landlocked country. Just like the country’s most famous export, it induces bittersweet emotions in many who have a penchant for travel. So, why don’t you heed Switzerland’s advice while you’re on self-isolation? Amidst orders to stay home, that’s the most travel bugs can do anyway. While you’re waiting for borders to open to travel again, which may take some time, here are a few travel blogs you can follow during this lockdown so you, along with others, can dream now and travel later.
10. Practical Wanderlust
Practical Wanderlust was created by a couple with incredible travel goals! The blog was started by a couple named Lia and Jeremy who, three years ago, quit their jobs, put their stuff in storage, and went on a year-long honeymoon. It was a disaster according to the couple, so they decided to write about their travel mishaps to save other couples from going through the same misadventures. The blog is very vibrant and colorful, and the posts are simple yet descriptive. It’s like talking to your favorite friends who are crazy about travel and are so excited to share stories about their misadventures.
9. Solo Traveler
Solo Traveler is the best resource for those who like to travel on their own. If you’re a travel junkie who loves marching to the beat of your own drum, this is the blog you should follow. It includes tips for solo travel in different places, the best places to stay for those traveling alone, and even ways to make money while traveling. They have an extensive collection of posts and each post is very detailed with lots of useful information.
Cookiesound features some of the most breathtaking travel photography in the blogosphere! It’s by a mother-daughter duo who travel the world and document what they experience through pictures and stories that offer straightforward reviews about different places. They write interesting stories, but what the creators of the blog are most famous for are their travel photos that are too gorgeous for words. They will make you feel like you are right there, feet dipped in the powdery white sand, or sitting on a tree branch overlooking the mountains.
7. The Poor Traveler
The Poor Traveler is one of the best budget travel blogs out there. Posts are detailed and will have everything a budget traveler will need to know to go around a city or a country. From booking the cheapest plane tickets to scoring the most affordable accommodation, the duo behind this blog has got budget travel down pat. Posts are so detailed you can print them out and carry with your passport; it has all the details you need to survive in another country using limited resources.
Rice/Potato is a quirky blog that offers one of the most honest and straightforward travel advice if you are planning to go around Thailand. It’s by a travel duo named Etty and Chris and features off the beaten path Thai travel experiences as well as a few travel pieces about other countries in Asia. Their goal is to offer an alternative to the generic “10 Things To Do in Bangkok” articles and talk more about what they call “our” Thailand. From 80-year-old breakfast shops to hidden speakeasies sans the crowd, they’ll take you places around their neighborhood tourist books don’t always talk about.
5. 12 Hrs
It’s a unique travel blog, one with an interesting concept that caters to those who don’t have the luxury of spending a few days in an area. 12 Hrs features 12-hour-long itineraries and fits the best experiences a place has to offer in a short and packed schedule. Perfect for when you’re on a business trip to another country and want to do a little bit of traveling before going home. The blog’s design is very minimalistic with lots of white space and clean typography with a carefully curated collection of travel photos. Their gorgeous food shots can rival those in major glossies.
It’s the adventure travel blog for baby boomers! LifePart2 is a retirement travel blog for boomers who feel like life is too short to be spent staying in one place. Travel duo Sarah and Jon encourage baby boomers to travel more and go on more retirement adventures through their stories about climbing the H Island in Ushuaia in Argentina, going on a Viking river cruise around Europe, and many others. They will make you feel that there are lots of adventures waiting after retirement.
3. The Adventure Junkies
The Adventure Junkies, as the name suggests, is an online resource for those who love outdoor adventure. They have tips and advice for people who would love to go scuba diving, kayaking, mountain climbing, or skiing. The site is very well organized, which makes it so easy to navigate You’ll find the information you need in seconds. Topics are organized according to activities. There are articles about decompression sickness and nitrogen narcosis under the scuba diving category and best ski bindings and ski goggles to use under the snow sports category. Tips are very practical and useful; they are not just for pros but for beginners as well.
2. Girl Eat World
If you love traveling and discovering cultures through each country’s gastronomic treasures, then you have to meet Melissa through her blog Girl Eat World. After getting a lot of traction through her Instagram account, she decided to go into blogging in 2015. Her posts, like others, are about travel, but her posts are more about food items and meals to try. She takes readers to food festivals and her favorite places to eat and shop. She gives a lot of restaurant suggestions and gives a rundown of food items to try.
1. Travel For Wildlife
Published by zoologist Cristina Garcia and her wildlife photographer husband Hal Brindley, Travel For Wildlife is a blog that promotes responsible wildlife tourism and wildlife conservation. They offer tips on the best places to stay but also give tourists an insight into ecotourism and facts about sustainable wildlife tourism. It’s a wildlife travel blog but is also an interesting resource for kids who want to learn more about animals. They have beautiful photos of animals as well as illustrations for little kids to see.
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