As someone who loves to write – specifically blog posts – it’s pretty obvious that I also love to read other blogger’s work. I personally think that blogs are the best way to get a full and honest review of things. Whether it be travel, restaurants, clothing or makeup brands, I feel like when you go on yelp or read the reviews on sephora.com, it’s only the people who had either a fantastic experience or a dreadful one. You don’t get to hear about the people that had just a mediocre experience. Or the people who had a good but could’ve-been-better experience. Another reason that I prefer bloggers over random yelp reviewers is because they have gained my trust. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely bloggers that just say everything is great in an attempt to sell you things. I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the bloggers that aren’t afraid to tell you when they don’t like something. Not like getting on their page and ranting about a specific brand – that’s a little much. I mean the ones that aren’t afraid to admit when something that they tried was simply mediocre. The other thing that helps me trust a blogger is when they write about interests and lifestyles that are similar to my own. For example, I know that mom bloggers will probably not have the same interests as me for the most part because I don’t have kids and don’t really need to know the best brand for diaper bags. But for someone that has kids, mom bloggers are a super helpful resource. I love travel bloggers because I love to travel. My favorite way to brainstorm ideas for a trip is to simply browse through blogs about certain destinations and travel hacks. I know that the writer has been there, will share the ups and downs and straight up average parts of their experiences and that helps me to make a better decision. I put together a list of my favorite travel bloggers to check out if you’re thinking about planning a trip in the near future. These bloggers, I have found, have similar interests and travel styles to me and help me to create itineraries, decide on places to stay, when to go, etc.
Helene In Between – Helene is a blogger, originally from Dallas, who moved to Germany with her husband, Michael, to fulfill their dream of traveling full time. She writes about everything from how she obtained a visa and is able to continue working while living abroad to her guides to various European cities that she travels to. She also has very real and relatable posts that advise her readers on tackling challenges abroad such as medical care and finding housing. What I especially like about Helene is that she also offers support to other bloggers on how to start blogging and how to create instagram strategies. She found a great way to live out her dreams and is helping others to do the same while giving some great European travel recommendations.
Disney Tourist Blog – Of course there is a Disney blog on here, do you know me at all. Disney Tourist Blog is run by Tom Bricker. Tom and his wife, Sarah, travel to Disney Parks around the world a lot and have advice on pretty much everything that you can think of. From what parks to prioritize, when to go, and what hotels to stay at, I routinely follow his posts even though I am a seasoned Disney traveler myself. One of the most helpful things that his blog has given me is the early predictions on ride openings and free dining. He releases the information on free dining the second it goes live – something that is extremely helpful in saving money on your trip. You can see my post on how to do Disney on a budget for more information on this. Tom is also very good at talking about Disney with a blunt sense of humor and openness. He is very good at explaining each of his opinions and isn’t afraid to admit when an experience was disappointing. Overall, a fantastic resource for anyone looking for Disney travel recommendations whether it’s your first trip or you’ve gone twice a year for two decades.
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Couple’s Coordinates – Alex and Michael Gallagher are also expats from the US who moved to Italy and frequently travel around the world. I particularly like their posts because they most often talk about couple’s travel – which is how Nick and I travel most often. They offer great advice on the best things to do in several countries around the world from Italy to Singapore to Peru and more. I also enjoy their very honest advice on traveling as a couple. They are very real about how to handle arguments on trips and talk about the importance of compromising. They also recommend alone time on vacations, which is something that I myself would never have thought of while traveling with someone else. I recognize that not everyone is into couple’s travel for various reasons, so if you prefer solo travel – particularly for women – The Blonde Abroad is also a great resource.
When reading travel blogs, especially the blogs above that I have come to trust, I get a much better picture of the best cities to go to and the best activities to prioritize. Bloggers are not afraid to discuss their average trips and they also are honest about the mistakes that they make while traveling. I have personally learned how to avoid several travel mistakes from bloggers that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. What about you? Do you have any favorite travel blogs that I didn’t list above? Let me know in the comments below!
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