It’s hard to fathom my site is close to celebrating its first birthday. In a sense it feels as though I’ve been blogging for an eternity but at the same time it’s as though I just started. It’s been an emotional roller-coaster ride of a year filled with drop dead lows and epic highs. I’ve been grateful for the immense support I’ve received from my loyal fan base and fellow travel bloggers along with family and friends. Ever since I’ve been tracking the best travel blogs I’ve noticed certain sites emerging as future stalwarts in the industry. I’d like to highlight four in particular. Some of these travel sites have already cracked the Top 100 Travel Blogs list whereas others are just on the cusp. The following is a list of two travel sites that I feel are trending upwards and are going to be massively successful in the course of time. Remember folks, you heard it here first 😛 In no particular order:
Finding The Universe
There are a lot of seriously talented travel photographers. I’m constantly blown away by some of the photos I see on other travel sites and I’ve noticed certain bloggers in particular who have really advanced their photography skills in recent months; however, when it comes to Laurence Norah, he’s in a league of his own. If there are a handful of travel sites with elite level photography he’s in the upper echelon of that tier. One of the most popular posts on my site recently was his amazing Australia Photo Essay. His site is hardly a one trick pony offering up travel advice, blogging tips and riveting narrative. His blog is on the verge of cracking the Top 100 Travel Sites and I fully expect to not only see him on there soon but to enjoy watching him climb the ranks. Discover Laurence’s Finding the Universe and if you don’t feel addicted after a short while I’ll have to check your pulse for you.
Maybe the worst kept secret on the internet is that I’m no longer Mr. Solo Backpacker extraordinaire. For a guy who relishes the opportunity to travel alone it takes a special lady to keep me distracted. Audrey’s not only my girlfriend but also one heck of a talented travel blogger. Her stories are typically quirky delicious and she has a knack for finding off-the-beaten track destinations. Based in South Korea currently she’s recently dished out what is like to be living and working in Korea as an ESL teacher. Her site is rapidly gaining popularity and I’m excited to be hitting the road with her on an extended around the world adventure early next year. We’re in the process of creating several new sites together but for the time being check out her flagship That Backpacker.
You guys are a sweet couple! Always be happy!
Wow, your’s girlfriend is a pretty girl. I wanna have a girl friend like Audrey lol 🙂 A sweet couple.
Great recommendations! Already read the first one. Will check the other 3!
Good to see somebody giving back to the travel community, and keeping it healthy by sharing travel bloggers entering the market. Love the diversity your choices, showing how travel is a viable option for all. No matter what your motivation. If it wasn’t for travel blogs, I’d still be stuck behind a desk and not enjoying an around the trip. Thanks Samuel.
You’re welcome! I think it’s important to highlight those who are emerging and passionate about blogging.
thanks for this travel tips
great list. fingers crossed i make it on some kind of ‘blogs to watch’ list some day. in the meantime, true confessions…I AM MADLY IN LOVE WITH WILL PEACH!
I’m sure you will make it soon! Take a # w/ regards to Will Peach. I think he’s got a line that extends around several corners 😛
That Will Peach…yeah…there are no words.
None, none at all.
Love them all. Apart from Will Peach of course. He is just a tosser. But only because he choose you over me 😉
Damn Cole. There was me blowing up a doll with your face on it. Pop. It’s ruined now.
Story of my life.
You can still blow up my face on your doll 😛
I had no idea you and Audrey were dating! How did I miss that? Congratulations 🙂 And four awesome blogs on your list!
It’s only been for several months now so all is forgiven 😛
I don’t think anyone should approve sites which promote sex tourism like sites from the last mentioned guy.
Sorry Marina but you should really go back and look at the articles on the site you are questioning.
I just recently discovered Will Peach for the first time after reading his hilarious post mocking TBEX.
Congrats on your change of facebook status with Audrey. She is beautiful.
Thanks Ted! I’m a lucky guy 🙂
The picture of Will in the field of sheep never fails to make me laugh.
I have seen them on twitter and followed a few of them already. Impressive! Like you said in this post Sam, I am also captivated by the photo essay of Laurence.
Congrats to the new four who will be my inspiration as a travel blogger too.
Cheers from the Philippines 🙂
Thanks, I’m inspired by their work as well 🙂
Oh, I love hearing about travel bloggers dating other travel bloggers — yay for you and Audrey! Except it’s really unfair to combine that sort of blogging talent, don’t you think? You two are not allowed to help each other with your sites 🙂
Thanks! LOL, I’m more of a liability than anything else. We are currently working on a new site that will hopefully launch soon.
Thanks Ellen 🙂
Couldn’t be more well-deserved — these are all some of my new favs as well!
That’s great to hear Abby 🙂
Just did an interview with Will Peach. That is one crazy (but awesome) guy! http://nomadiknation.com/interview-travel-sex-life-editor-will-peach/
Just read your interview. Props Ashlea. I too look forward to having more edgy blogs emerge on people’s radars. Will Peach can’t be the only irreverent rockstar trashing hotel rooms.
What a guy!
love hearing about new travel blogs to check out! Thanks for the list!!
You’re very welcome!
Nice of you to promote these great blogs. I’m enjoying them as well as yours. And I agree – – Laurence Norah’s photography is incredible! Wish I had even half his talent.
He’s a talented man behind the lens 🙂
Very cool list! It’s always exciting to see the rise of emerging sites fired by blazing ambition and passionate hard work!
They’re definitely passionate about what they do!
Thanks so much for including us on this list, Samuel. Not only am I a big fan of both Laurence and Will’s sites, but I was just chatting with Mary about how they (and you) are people I could actually see myself having a BLAST hanging out with. I was unaware of your lovely lady until very recently, so I’ll have to go check her site out now. If only we could set Will up with a wonderful woman (or fella, or sheep if that’s his thing), we could have a great 8-person press trip ready and assembled for rocking some DMO’s world! Just the thought of the trouble we’d get into makes me grin…
Oh man, I’d love to meet up with all of you. The 8 person press trip would be a blast and then some.
Let’s work on hooking up Will. I think he’ll find a nice sheep one of these days 😛
Oo, thanks for your excessively kind words Samuel, and including me in such a fine and exclusive list! I noticed I appeared on the top 100 radar this update.. I’m going to crack it next time round!
You’re welcome! I’m gunning for you to make a big splash on the next update 🙂