Best travel blogs, 12 websites of Christmas
Christmas is fast approaching and its a perfect excuse to share our favourite online travel sites. In the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, we have our 12 travel websites of Christmas. In the first of four posts we start with what we think are the best travel blogs.
There are a whole lot of travel blogs out there and its hard making a selection that is anything less than a personal judgement. Travel blogs are a strange concept, keeping up with an inspirational travel blog week in week out whilst anchored firmly to an office would only drive us mad with envy. I've chosen these because they are a little provocative and get you thinking. It isn't a coincidence that these are all written by experienced journalists and travel writers.
Benji's Blog: Benji is just 25, yet has somehow managed to notch up writing for The Guardian, The New York Times and have several TV appearances under his belt (thanks in no small part to his perfectly timed twit-trips just as the whole twitter hype broke). Showing strong signs of being the next Simon Calder, all he needs now is a couple of high profile BA ticket ripping stunts to his name. On his blog Benji writes some very thought provoking pieces on the bleeding edge of travel trends and the media industry in general.
Cool travel guide: I must admit, I'm not a huge fan of the name. For me, travel really should be totally unaffected by the cool factor, however I am a fan of the content. Lara (the author) has written more guide books than I have read. There are posts about the latest travel trends, but the most interesting and insightful for me are when she gets on to the debate between consumer review and expert opinion
Travel blather: This isn't going to be of interest to everybody as it focuses primarily on the travel writing industry. But given most of us do tend to read a guide book or two it is interesting to understand a little of what goes on behind the scenes. Some fierce debates ensue around writer's pay, how bloggers will ever make a decent living from all their hard work and editorial transparency (when was the last time you saw a negative article in the pages of the broadsheet travel sections?). Travel blather must rank among the most commented on blogs online, regularly attracting long heated arguments in the comments section.
Keep an eye out for part 2 which will look at our favourite travel planning sites.