I have hopped on the New Year’s band wagon and am posting about my favorite travel blogs. But since I have a business specializing in travel research and I post daily on Facebook from other blogs, it is probably not a surprise to learn that I love to read about travel. And I regularly follow just under 100 blogs (in fact if anyone can recommend one or two I can make it an even 100)…so I thought I would share a few of my favorite websites and resources:
Nomadic Matt is one of the most famous and iconic travel bloggers out there today. He is a bestselling author and has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, National Geographic, Huffington Post and other reputable media outlets. He post’s regularly about a variety of destinations and subjects. However, one of the things I like most are his interviews and facebook posts which introduce me to other sites and resources.
The Points Guy takes some getting used to. At the beginning it feels like nothing more than one stop shopping for advertisements. However, he is on top of all airline sales and after reading some of his advice, I signed up for the AAdvantage card and earned 40,000 free miles. I am cautious so I don’t sign up for many programs and will probably only do one at a time to make sure I keep my finances in check. But he has expanded my worldview and perspective on opportunities out there.
I am still a little old school and I always start out planning a trip by consulting a Lonely Planet book and TripAdvisor. They are definitely not my only sources and they are not the Bible, but they do provide a fantastic overview and a place to start when thinking about a new place. In fact, these are always my first resources if traveling somewhere new. I like Lonely Planet for their information about a city or country and the main tourist sights, but because of the lag time between prints and the limitations of the authors to stay or eat at every place, I almost never use them to pick hotels or restaurants. TripAdvisor is a great place to start for food and lodging; however, never take one review as gospel (you really need to look at it from an aggregate point of view) and just because you can’t find a review on TripAdvisor doesn’t mean it is not any good, it just means it hasn’t been reviewed and may not be frequented by a lot of travelers. So if you read a blog, or better yet, get a personally recommendation, check it out even if you can’t find a TripAdvisor review!
Conde Nast Traveler is more high end than your typical travel blog or website. But this is where dreams are made. They write about a wide variety of destinations and they have great ideas for that one “special” activity on a trip.
NY Times Travel section – need I say more? Their facebook posts are one of my favorite. I always stop what I am doing to read about 36 hours somewhere fabulous.
Never Ending Footsteps – I hesitate to put this on my list and I don’t read every post as they sometimes start to run together and all seem the same. But Loren feels very relatable and personable and reminds me that it is ok when things don’t work out. I did read and enjoy her book.
Atlas Obscura is a recent discovery for me. From their own website: “In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper,or the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.”
But of course – some shameless plugging…I have tried to make Life Kinetic Travel unique. I have tried to make it what I am looking for when I start researching a new trip. I want something comprehensive to start that gives me a feel for a place but also has some off the wall options and some personality. My goal is for it to be useful, authentic, practical, passionate, trustworthy, and personable. Inspiration to live a life in motion – Life Kinetic!