13.09.2007 -17 °C
TravelBlogs.com: The best of the best in travel blogging.
Earlier this year when I had only just started working for Travellerspoint, people used to ask me what, exactly, Travellerspoint is all about...
"So it's like a travel agency, right?"
"Uh, no, not really. We're a travel community."
"Basically, people come on and talk about their trips. They load their photos, start blogs..."
And then, invariably, the question: "What are blogs?"
The rise of blogging
Thankfully, I don't get asked that question too often any more. More and more people are reading blogs - and many are having a crack at starting their own. Technorati is the internet's biggest blog search engine and currently tracks over 100 million blogs. Knowing the definition of "blog" a year ago might have made you a geek; now it's household terminology.
Many people start a blog because they're going on a trip and need a way to keep their family and friends updated. Blogs are fun and unique tool: travellers can incorporate photos and videos, include a map to show where they have been - and all their entries are bundled together into a single place.
Most of these travel blogs are written exclusively for family and friends. But some seek to be interesting to anyone - close friends and complete strangers.
Bringing you TravelBlogs.com
This week, we are launching TravelBlogs.com, which is designed to be a hub of the internet's best blogs. Besides listing the coolest blogs out there, TravelBlogs also features the best entries, so you can really find the best of the best.
Think of it as a cross between a travel magazine and a directory of blogs.
We've got the ball rolling with 13 great blogs. Of course, we're always looking to add more, so if you have any ideas, find out how to suggest new blogs.
For now, here's what is being featured on TravelBlogs at the moment:
- Girl Solo in Arabia
A modern-day traveller takes on the task of replicating an epic journey in the Middle East, journeyed over 7 centuries ago by a famous Moroccan scholar.
- The Daily Transit
A bicycle trip around the fictional land of Cascadia: known by everyone else as northern California, the Oregon coast and western Washington.
- Conor's Midly Thrilling Tales
Conor Grennan is living in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he runs a home for trafficked children.
- One Week Job
Follow a young Canadian with an ambitious plan: to work 52 jobs in 52 weeks.
- Bird Year
Birds, birds, birds. And then a few more. Malkolm Boothroyd is a 15-year old bird-lover on a year-long cycling adventure through North America with his parents.
- On the Trans-Siberian Railway
Paul Willis is on a 6,500 mile journey from London to Tokyo - by train.
- Randall Wood
An evocative blog about travels throughout Africa.
- Wandering Dave
A self-confessed raconteur looping around North America in a year-long, 15,000 mile road-trip.
- Pickled Eel
Random tales from a Sydney-based blogger, who finds plenty of opportunities to head overseas.
- Kiwis Don't Fly!
Dave Kidd is an adventurous Kiwi with a simple plan: to get from Dublin to Sydney without setting foot in a plane.
- Greg Wesson's Esoteric Globe
A business traveller with a penchant for fine beers and finely crafted tales of life on the road.
Nathan Richards is the charming host of Ubertramp. He is currently on the road in Morocco.
- Travelling Right, Travelling Light
Jacquie and Lloyd are a couple of travellers on a Round the World trip.
Check out TravelBlogs.com and start enjoying the wealth of great travel writing out there.