10 Travel Blogs To Watch In 2012

After reflecting upon my 2011 in the last post, I thought I would take this opportunity, and first post of the new year, to focus on others. With that in mind I wanted to share a bit link love, and list some of the travel bloggers I think will do well in 2012. Some may already be established, and others not so much, but with the travel industry paying attention to bloggers more than ever in 2011, I feel in 2012 we all have room for growth. I see 2012 as a year that travel bloggers as a whole will continue to progress into new, uncharted territory for our industry.

(Please note: this list is in no particular order)

Raising Miro

I always love it when I find people who travel with their kids. It’s always been my opinion that travel is the best form of education for children, but seeing other people out there doing it really proves that it’s actually possible… which always results in an inspiring read.

I think what I loved most about Raising Miro though, is that the focus point is so very much on how Lainie raises her son Miro as they travel. So many blogs you read these days are purely personal, about one single person as they travel the world, but you can see here through every post how much Lainies world clearly revolves around her son, and the love they clearly have for one another. You can’t help but be drawn in by it.

This blog has only just recently came to my attention towards the end of 2011. I look forward to seeing how it progresses in 2012.

Go Mexico Guide

Go Mexico Guide formed in 2010, and has already shot into the top ranks of the travel blogging industry. With it’s founder shifting focus from seeking out freelance work to building up this website in the latter half of 2011, I see 2012 being a year that Go Mexico Guide continues progress, and add to the growing breadth of useful information and advice on travel in Mexico.

The Budget Traveller

Kash Bhattacharya is already a major player in the travel blogging industry, and has been for some time. You’ll see him regularly speaking at travel blogging conferences, and working with major companies such as Easy Jet, and Bmi Baby.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting cash in Edinburgh, and use his successful Europebudgetguide.com regularly for budget travel advice in Europe. That is why I know his latest blog, BudgetTraveller.org will be just as successful in 2012!

Never Ending Voyage

Simon and Erin’s blog Never Ending Voyage is already very established in the travel blogging industry. Why I listed them in this list is quite simply because of the rate in which they shot into some of the top travel blogging ranks in 2011. I feel shows great signs for 2012.

With their web design and development business along side their blog, the are earning a living as they go along on their Never Ending Voyage. This is a blog you may find interesting if you, like Simon and Erin, are trying to carve a career out of being a digital nomad.

Four Jandals

Four Jandals is a blog run by Cole and Adele, an adventure seeking couple from New Zealand. They did an epic 18,000 km trip across Canada, spent 10 months living in North America, and count Samoa and Scotland on the list of places they have visited. You’ll like this blog a lot if you want to hear about action packed adventure… a lot! Also, isn’t Jandals just the best name for flip flops ever?

Notes From Spain

I spent 3 months living in Spain in 2011 as part of my travels, and during that time I used Notes From Spain quite a lot. Run by Ben and Mariana, Notes From Spain has already scooped a Lonely Planet Award, and has been featured in publication such as the Guardian and the New York Times. I can only see good things for this site in 2012.

Nomadic Samuel

Nomadic Samuel has burst onto the travel blogging scene at a fast pace in 2011, already making it into many Top 100 lists. If he keeps going at this rate, I can 2012 being a fantastic year! A lot of this rise I feel has to do with the fantastic travel photography available on this blog.

Travelllll.com (technically this is a super blog!)

What happens when you get a group of successful, established, travel bloggers together, and put them all together to create one travel blogging news site and resource? You get Travelllll.com! I must admit, when I first came across this site in 2011, I couldn’t understand the name choice. Now I think it’s rather genius!

Travelllll.com is essentially a super blog, and combined project by some of the most influential people in our industry. It has shot into the top ranks of travel blogs in unprecedented time, and is by far the best place to get any travel blogging specific news in my opinion.

Backpack Forever

I love the whole idea of Backpack Forever! The blog describes itself as “a community of backpackers working together turning travel experiences into extra income.” The idea is that if you share your travel advice on the site, you’ll receive 100% of the profits from the advertising. Whether that turns into a fruitful income or not for people who share on the site, I don’t know, but it’s certainly an interesting idea, and one I’ll be watching closely in 2012.

Fearful Adventurer

Torre DeRoche has an incredible story. That’s probably why she’s ended up with a book deal, off the back of a deal she made to sell the movie rights of her Pacific Island story. With her book due to be published in the near future, it looks like it’s going to be a big year for Torre. I won’t ruin the story by going into on here. You should check out her blog, Fearful Adventurer, and buy her book when it comes out too! 🙂

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24 Responses to “10 Travel Blogs To Watch In 2012”

  1. Thanks so much for the mention! I’m honoured. My book won’t be out until 2013, so 2012 will be spent in nervous anticipation. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  2. Abby says:

    Raising Miro sounds great — I’m going to check it out. Nomadic Samuel has definitely been a force!! Bummed that Torre’s book won’t be out for another year!

  3. Erin says:

    Thanks for including us Jane! We met Lainie and Miro in Colombia and they are both very inspiring. They travel slowly and really get to know a community, and Miro is a very mature 12 year old.

  4. I’m honored to be included with such great company here 🙂 I’m certainly familiar with most of these blogs but I’ve yet to check out Raising Miro and I’m excited to do so now. Happy new year to everybody and best wishes with travel and blogging in 2012!

  5. Great list. We just discovered Raising Miro last week, but love the concept and execution. We’ve been fans of Nomadic Samuel and Four Jandals for a while now, but look forward to checking out some of the others on your list an hopefully getting to know more bloggers better in 2012.

  6. I like it when people do “best blog” posts and I am both aware of a bunch of them (8 on this great list) and… I get to discover a few new ones. So cool. Great list and keep up the good work yourself!

  7. Laura says:

    Thanks for including me Jane! You’ve put together a great list and it’s an honor to be a part of it. Happy New Year and all the best in 2012!

  8. Adam Pervez says:

    Hi Jane,

    Great list. Hopefully I can be in contention for it next year! 🙂

    Best of luck for 2012!

  9. Great list of bloggers! I’m a big fan of Fearful Adventurer. I like that you included a few newbies too.

  10. Thanks for the list. Only was familiar with one of these blogs.

  11. Great list – several I haven’t seen before. Best to all in 2012!

  12. Jenna says:

    There are so many blogs out there that I love seeing people’s choices since it introduces me to new ones. I already enjoy Never Ending Voyage, Travelllll, and Nomadic Samuel. I discovered Raising Miro just recently, and Torre’s writing is so engaging!

  13. Ayngelina says:

    Thanks for the tips, there were a few I didn’t know here.

  14. Tran says:

    Nice to be among such great company. Thanks for including us!!

  15. Ah, thank you so much for the sweet mention! We are honored and Miro just laughed and said “Yes!! Mom!! Your world DOES revolve around me!” So true.
    🙂 We are so excited to discover a few new blogs here. Thank you once again for the lovely mention.

    Much love & light to you and your readers and a prosperous 2012!

  16. Culture-ist says:

    Thanks for the list! There’s a couple we visit pretty regularly, however some others that are new to us. Look forward to discovering some great blogs and meeting new travel folks in 2012!

  17. Kirsten says:

    Great list! I already knew about, and love, travelllll, Raising Miro and Kash’s site – but there are a few I didn’t know on this list. Always great to discover new sites to read.

  18. Wrabbit007 says:

    I am constantly perusing travel blogs for inspiration, ideas, and plain ol’ entertaining stories! I haven’t seen ANY of these blogs before – a heartfelt thanks for finding some unique sites that should prove to be very interesting! My goal is build my own travel blog in such a fashion – check it out: downthewrabbithole.blogspot.com

  19. Agreed great list. Hopefully our blog will continue to grow in 2012 as we just started our RTW. It sure is hard work keeping up w/ a travel blog WHILE traveling on the road. Hope everyone has a great year!

  20. ‘Raising Miro’ was the only blog I wasn’t familiar with and I’m loving it, really inspirational. I was never sure about raising children on the road but these guys seem really happy and well balanced. Great list of blogs!

  21. Nice list, thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  22. John King says:

    Just found your website Jane. Great stuff!

  23. Christy says:

    Thanks for the list. I don’t know a lot of the newer blogs, so I’m stoked when I see blogs I haven’t heard of. I’m a big fan of Torre’s blog!

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