If you’re a fan of travel blogs, I have good news for you: these next travel blogs are not only blogs, they’re books, too! From print versions to eBooks (free and paying) and from vivid travel adventures to clever travel advice or pure photography… 23 bloggers, their blogs and their books.
1. Savannah Grace
Blogger Savannah Grace, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, was 14 when she was pulled out of school to travel the world before returning home 4 years later to graduate from high school. Now 24, she writes about her family’s travels: the ‘Sihpromatum’ series. ‘I Grew My Boobs in China’ takes you through China and Mongolia (the first of 80 countries visited). Nibbling roasted duck tongues in China and being stranded in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert are just two experiences that contribute to Savannah’s exploration of new cultures and to the process of adapting to the world around her. The second book (published Sept 2014) takes you to Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, through Western China and Tibet, and finally, to watch the sun rise over Mount Everest in Nepal.
2. Danny Breslin
Danny is a blogger and writer from the West Midlands. His book ‘Me & Gus on the roof of the world’ is the true story of a journey he took from Nepal to China across the Himalayan mountain range and how it all went totally wrong… A tale of altitude sickness, daring escape attempts, organ harvesting Tibetan Gangsters, facing a Chinese Army firing squad and some of the world’s most dangerous toilets!
3. Andrew Boland
Andrew Boland is an avid blogger, traveller and backpacker from Australia. He first started travelling in 1999 when he embarked on his first round-the-world adventure on his own. Since then he has visited some 69 countries and in 2011 he wrote his first eBook series ‘Dhaka to Dakar’ in three volumes, detailing an epic journey from Bangladesh to Senegal. In 2013, he began publishing the ‘Short Journeys’ range, a mixture of travel anecdotes, travel tips and photos from some of the places he has been. In 2014 he published ‘Backpacking basics’, about how to plan your budget for a backpacking adventure, how to keep costs down etc., along with tips for surviving hostels and the pros and cons of staying in one.
4. Brooke Saward
Brooke Saward has been traveling since the age of thirteen and has since turned her love for travel into a full time career. She launched het blog World of Wanderlust in December 2012 and has written three books since. The Solo Travel guidebook is designed as a go-to guidebook for anyone planning their first solo overseas adventure. It’s filled with ideas and inspiration, encouragement, tales from a year-long solo adventure, and tried and tested travel tips.
5. Jeremy Jones
Jeremy founded the Living the Dream blog in 2008 to plan a long-term trip around the world. Since the start he has traveled to more than 67 countries and 5 continents. His book ‘The Long-Term Traveler’s Guide’ (eBook & print version) is an ultimate planning resource for all those looking to cut loose from the standard path and head out to see the world for weeks, months, or years on end. Topics include making the decision to go, developing your itinerary, saving for the trip, acquiring visas, packing, finding your style on the road, managing money on the road, finding the best food, navigating the world overland, and many more. In the meantime Jeremy continues to write for his Living the dream blog, along with Angie (who has been on one long-term trip of 465 days along with Jeremy) and the Morgans, a family of six who started traveling the world for a year in December 2014.
6. Matthew Kepnes
After a trip to Thailand in 2005, Matt – who grew up in Boston – decided to quit his job, finish his MBA and head off into the world. Ever since he has been running the award winning budget travel site, Nomadic Matt, teaching his followers how to travel the world on a budget. Along with his blog he wrote several books, including guides to several cities in the world. In his updated book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, Matt reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel.
7. Nicole Connolly & Michael Wright
Michael and Nicole have been traveling the globe non-stop for 2 years. They take care of people’s homes while they are away, and in exchange, they live there completely rent free and usually very luxurious.In February 2013 they launched the Suitcase Stories travelblog to show that you do not need to be a millionaire to travel in style and they now have complied their years of experience into a book, ‘House Sitting | A Travelers Guide’, in which they explain exactly how to become a sitter and how to travel the world on the cheap.
8. Jennifer Turnbull & Matthew Houde
Jennifer and Matthew are originally from Boston. Ten years ago the couple went on holiday to Costa Rica, fell in love with the country’s friendly culture and beautiful natural environment and returned for visits year after year. In 2013, after years of planning, they took a leap of faith and left their lives in Boston behind for a chance to travel, write, and explore. Costa Rica Intineraries is their second eBook and in it you’ll find the best of Costa Rica in ten customized itineraries. Simply pick an itinerary based on your interests (e.g., wildlife, beaches, family travel) to discover where to visit in one or two weeks.
9. Tom Allen
Tom is a blogger from England. Since 2006 he’s been going on bicycle adventures to places like Sudan, Iran, Yemen, Syria, the Arctic, Ethiopia, Armenia and Mongolia. On his blog he shares stories, ideas, news and knowledge on the subject of modern-day bicycle travel. He has written two books, including ‘Janapar’. In the book he tells the story of a 3½ year bicycle journey across three continents. And then Tom meets Tenny, a feisty Iranian-Armenian girl with dreams of her own, and hits a crossroad. Should he give up his grand plan for the girl he loves, or cycle off and risk missing out on the greatest adventure of them all? Japanar is a also a feature-length documentary film.
10. Michela Fantinel
Michela was born and raised in Italy. At the age of 20, she started travelling on her own, fell in love with Australia and started her ‘Rocky Travel blog’ for budget-conscious solo and independent travellers who want to discover Australia on their own. Her eBook helps you to create your Australia Itinerary in seven days and save hours of wading through the abundance of information on the internet. It also helps balance your time frame with the places you want to see and the distances you have to travel.
11. Véronique Autphenne & Paige Totaro
Belgium with Kids is a collaborative blog involving nine people: Paige Totaro and her family of four, and Véronique Autphenne and her family of five. Véronique was born in Antwerp, Belgium, Paige is a red-blooded American. Their eBook Brussels with Kids is an information-packed guide to family-friendly locales in Brussels, detailed side trips to Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp. Discover more than 200 points of interest, restaurants, playgrounds and day trips the whole family can enjoy.
12. Jamie Bowlby-Whiting
As a child who suffered from crippling and irrational fears, Jamie was not the typical candidate to start hitchhiking alone through Europe. Yet at the age of 25, tired of a mundane life involving routines and comfort, he gave up everything and put his trust in the goodness of strangers. He shares his adventures through his blog, Great Big Scary World and has now written a book about his life and his fears, too. Available as paperback & eBook.
13. Katja Presnal
Katja is originally from Paimio, Finland, but has been living in Germany, in different states in the USA and in Sweden for the past 10 years. Her blog Skimbaco Lifestyle grew into an online magazine that offers inspiration and ideas to enjoy a stylish and luxurious life with a budget. Her easy-to-read eBook will help you to learn to use Instagram effectively as a travel guide.
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14. Craig Cross
Craig Cross is the guy behind ‘London Drummerboy’, a big blog about London, where he visits lots of different events and attractions going on around town, watches a few shows, and even stays at a few posh hotels. He has spent the last few years checking out all the best London landmarks, galleries, museums, bus rides and boat journeys, so he can compile them all into one big book.
15. Kirsty Henderson
Kirsty is orginally from Canada but hasn’t lived there since 2001. She’s funding her life of wandering through earnings from the internet, and that’s what her blog Nerdy Nomad is about. With her eBook ‘The Underground Guide to International Volunteering’, she introduced travellers to the wonders of volunteering abroad, helping them break away from the usual backpacker trail, get involved with local communities around the world, and make a difference in people’s lives in a variety of ways.
16. Shaun Robertson
He wrote two inspirational eBooks on why one should travel the world, how to prepare to do so, and how to make the most of your time away. The first one (Travelers Roots: Growing a Richer you Through a 6 Month+ Trip Around the World) is about getting in the right mindset to backpack the globe for an extended period. The second eBook (To The Ends Of The Earth: Making The Most Out of Your Two Weeks+ Annual Leave) is about pushing you away from the ‘normal’ vacation and doing something different, something lasting, something more.
Download link – free for now, but you’ll have to pay for the updated versions in the near future!
17. Carlo Cretaro & Florence Murphy
Carlo and Florence are a happy-go-lucky couple from the North West of Ireland. Their love for life and thirst for travel and adventure made them second guess their path in living a ‘normal life’. The results of this second-guessing saw them quit their 9-5’s in 2012 and pursue a life of full-time travel where their blog, online businesses and enjoying life is their top priorities. Their eBook gives you a bullet-proof system for saving money on accommodation while you travel the world using your travel blog.
18. Victoria de Maio
Victoria is an American living in California, with her heart always in Italy. Her blog Postcardz from Victoria is a result of her love for Italy, all things Italian, and sincere desire to help others have a truly fabulous trip to Italy. In addition she also wrote an eBook, sharing practical no-nonsense travel tips and insights as well as her own experiences from a personal and light-hearted point-of-view on her travel blog, PostcardZ from Victoria. Needless to say, her favorite subject is Italy!
19. Judith Works
Do you want to know what it is really like to live the expatriate life in Rome? Judith Works (who left Oregon behind to work for the United Nations in Rome) tells you all about it in her eBook Coins in the fountain. How to cope with a sinking sailboat, an auto accident with the military police or your Italian neighbors entering your apartment in the middle of the night… Part memoir, part travelogue to off-beat sites in Rome and elsewhere, you will be amused and intrigued with the stories of food, friends and adventures.
20. Agness Walewinder & Cez Krol
Agness and Cez are two best friends from Poland. They call themselves tramps, because they’ve been living without a permanent home and for under 25 bucks a day, since 2011. While travelling the world, they blog about their adventures at etramping. Their eBook does exactly what the title says: it helps you build audience, improve your rankings and earn some money with your travel blog.
21. Ronald Robbins
Ronald resigned from his 9-5 job at a ripe age of 19 to become a modern day digital nomad. He travels the world non-stop and blogs about it at Active Planet Travels. His eBook ‘Get up, get set & Travel’ shows you how to travel on a budget, along with additional tips & tricks he personally uses while living a constant life of travel. Learn how to find cheap flights, find cheap accommodation, earn money and much more.
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22. by Gary Arndt – Everything Everywhere
Gary Arndt (from Wisconsin) started his travel blog ‘Everything Everywhere’ long before the name ‘blog’ was used. In 2010, his blog was named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 25 Blogs in the World in 2010. He launched an eBook with 100 of his favorite Travel Photos taken during his last 5 years of traveling around the world.
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23. Matt Long – Landlopers
Matt blogs about luxury adventure travel around the world. He shares reviews and tips for everyone from the novice to the pro traveler. His eBook is a collection of his favorite travel photos.
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Are you a travel blogger too and did you also write a book? Let me know and I’ll add you to the list!