Which travel blogs are actually worth reading?

By Andrea Bennett
May 05, 2009
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A new blog may be born every 7.4 minutes, according to search engine Technorati, but which travel blogs are actually worth reading?The best on-line travel diaries include a mix of tips, breaking news, and (of course) juicy personal tidbits. In the end, that's what reading someone else's journal is all about. Here, a few of our favorites.

  • BootsnAllwww.bootblog.com
  • BEST FEATURES Writing is superior: this is a highly literate collection of travel journals. Members are generally responsive, creating a "classic" blog community feel. Insiders in more than 100 countries are available to answer trip-planning questions.
  • CAVEAT No mapping function, and you must bookmark the site; postings take you outside it.
  • Fodor'swww.fodors.com/blog
  • BEST FEATURES Written by Fodor's editors. Offers updated guidebook entries and news. Many useful links to other travel sites, including restaurant blogs, search engines, and in-flight mags.
  • CAVEAT Organized only by date. Search function scans the entire Fodor's site, not just the blogs.
  • IgoUgowww.igougo.com
  • BEST FEATURES One of the largest on-line travel communities (350,000 members and 4,000 destinations at last count). Entries are organized and searchable by destination, interest, member, or keyword. Won a Webby for best travel site.
  • CAVEAT Though editors post their picks, the huge number of member blogs makes it hard to sort through them.
  • VirtualTouristwww.virtualtourist.com
  • BEST FEATURES Great for those seeking practical advice; newest entries are organized into categories—tip, discussion, and comment. Othersections include "off the beaten path," "warnings or dangers," and "members living here."
  • CAVEAT Ads on the site are nearly indistinguishable from content.
  • World Humwww.worldhum.com
  • BEST FEATURES More like an on-line travel magazine. Writers submit stories, which are then vetted by the editors. No "What I did on my summer vacation" reports. A comprehensive list of links to newspaper travel sections and travel bookstores.
  • CAVEAT No search function: stories are organized by date only.
  • TravelBlogwww.travelblog.org
  • BEST FEATURES Enjoyable mix of hostel-hopping backpackers and professionals taking a year off; good for people who like to live vicariously through those who actually hitchhike across Europe. Readers can post comments. No pop-ups.
  • CAVEAT Entries are rich in poetic asides, but look elsewhere for practical travel info.
  • TravelPodwww.travelpod.com
  • BEST FEATURES Dispatches from bloggers in 192 countries are sortable by place, popularity, keywords, or newest post. Bloggers "pin" a map so you can follow their progress. Readers rate entries; TravelPod editors pick favorites, too.
  • CAVEAT Plenty of soap-boxing: "Not all who wander are lost."