Favorite Blogs

 

Travel Blogs

 

The world is full of travel blogs. I tend to gravitate towards blogs that have a strong personal narrative and great photography. These are the travel blogs I read regularly. This list is subject to change with my reading habits.

 

 

Around the World ‘L’ – Lillie is an American teacher and travel blogger who has been sharing her adventures for almost 10 years!

 

Black & Abroad – This website, founded by American writers Kent and Eric, is dedicated to dedicated to redefining world experiences for the modern black traveler.

 

Brown Girls Fly – Chelle and Chrystal are two American sisters whose blog focuses on domestic and international travel from a self-described “melanin-infused” perspective.

 

Camels & Chocolate – Kristen is a Nashville-based American journalist who focuses on lifestyle and travel

 

Everything Everywhere – Gary is an American travel blogger & podcaster who has traveled full-time since 2007.

 

Girl Gone Travel – Carol is an American travel and food blogger whose been blogging for nearly ten years across multiple website and platforms.

 

Hecktic Travels – Pat and Darlene are a Canadian couple who have traveled full-time and blogging since 2009.

 

Jaunting Jen – Jen is nomadic teacher, currently posted in Arizona, who writes about history and nature.

 

Jungles in Paris – Jungles in Paris is a gorgeous online travel magazine focusing on unique stories.

 

Legal Nomads – Jodi is a Canadian writer and full-time traveler who focuses on food. She has been traveling full-time since 2008.

 

Mags on the Move – Maggie is an American travel blogger based in Florida. Her blog is about weird moments and awkward encounters, which means it’s basically perfect.

 

Melting Butter – Melting Butter is an online travel magazine focusing on international hot spots.

 

My Normal Gay Life – Jose is an American writer based in North Carolina. He focuses on travel inspiration for the LGTB community, and he often writes about his adventures as a married gay American.

 

Neverending Footsteps – Lauren in a British writer who has traveled full-time since 2011. Beyond her travel destinations, she also focuses on traveling with anxiety.

 

Out with Ryan – Ryan is a Canadian writer who focuses on gay-friendly travel and gaycation inspiration. He also has a hilarious YouTube channel.

 

Rachel Travels – Rachel is an American writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She focuses on solo travel for women of color.

 

The Fourth Continent – Tanny is a Greenland-based Australian writer who focuses on life in family Greenland.

 

The Road to Wanderland – Jo is a British digital nomad who camps out in new places for months at a time and has been on the road full-time for over two years.

 

 

Travel Yourself – Cailin is a Canadian travel blogger, vlogger, and avid snapchatter who has been running her own travel tv show and youtube channel for over eight years.

 

travelingmitch – A travel blog which follows the adventures and advice of Canadian travel blogger Christopher Mitchell, who has visited 70+ countries and counting.

 

Trip & Trail – Chris is a Greek writer and photographer based out of Cyprus, whose writing focuses on hiking and adventure travel, but he also will cover culture, cuisine, and photography of the locations he visits.

 

Why Wait to See the World – Steph and Megan are American writers posted in Europe. They write about travel for millenials, with a focus on overcoming obstacles and practical information for budgeting and planning.

 

 

Personal Finance Blogs

 

The number one question I get about being able to travel full-time is “How can you afford it?” While I’ve been really blessed to have a six-figure sales career, I wasn’t fulfilled. On top of this, I made some poor decisions in my early twenties and then ignored them for years, hurting my credit. These blogs helped me fix my credit, go from living paycheck to paycheck to being able to save for a year’s worth of travel while increasing my retirement savings, and how to create a workable travel budget.

 

Budgets are Sexy – J. Money is a finance writer and podcaster who focuses on making personal finance accessible and cool.

 

Get Rich Slowly – J.D. and co. write about personal finance decisions with an eye towards small, achievable goals.

 

I Will Teach You to Be Rich – Ramit is a New York Times’ bestselling personal finance author who focuses on the income-generation side of personal finance.

 

Nerdwallet – A cohort of writers who focus on personal finance tools and hacks.

 

The Frugalwoods – The Frugalwoods are a couple who save 70% of their income and live lives of extreme frugality on a homestead in rural Vermont. Fun fact: they are former classmates of mine so I can vouch 100% for their taste in basketball teams.

 

The Simple Dollar – Trent’s blog started as a blog about his personal journey from financial meltdown to prosperity. The blog is now owned by a media company with multiple contributors.

 

Young Finances – LaTisha focuses on personal finances for millennials, especially those in their early twenties starting their careers.

 

 

 

Happiness & Lifestyle Blogs

 

Choosing to live the best version of your life doesn’t just happen. It takes mindfulness and decisiveness. These blogs cover various topics that have helped me formulate a life and career that are personally fulfilling versus simply fulfilling expectations.

 

Gretchen Rubins – Gretchen is a New York Times’ bestselling author and podcaster who focuses on happiness. Her book changed my life.

 

Penelope Trunk – Penelope is a writer and coach who focuses on career advice.

 

Unclutterer – Jacki & co. write about organization. This blog helped me reconsider my relationship to stuff and go from hoarder to minimalist to now super minimalist.

 

Zen Habits – Leo writes about simplicity and mindfulness. Honestly, most of this goes way too far for me. But the stuff that resonates really sticks.

 

 

 

Marketing & Writing Blogs

 

These are the blogs I turn to for advice and pressure on upping my social media and marketing game for both this blog and in my social media consulting. A lot of these are by marketing software companies-don’t let that scare you. They are at the forefront of their industry and produce amazing and valuable content.

 

Buffer – the social media blog by the folks who created Buffer, the social media scheduler

 

CoSchedule – an awesome social media and content creation blog by the creators of the CoSchedule social media and blog organization platform.

 

Fascinate – Sally writes about branding. Her book Fascinate changed my life. This blog is extra content around the same theories.

 

HubSpot Marketing Blog – A first class marketing blog by the HubSpot software company.

 

Moz – A great SEO and online marketing blog by Moz software.

 

ProBlogger – A blog about going from hobby blogger to professional.

 

Travel Blog Success – The great blog about travel blogging by the folks who run Travel Blog Success. I am a member of TBS and their courses have been a huge help to me.

 

Without Bullshit – Josh writes about a myriad of topics, but his central theme is how to improve your business writing.

 

Updated December 3, 2017