11 travel blogs you should bookmark in 2011

Which 11 travel blogs should you bookmark next year?

To answer that question, I consulted my feed reader to find out which travel sites I visit most frequently. It’s a methodology I used for last year’s list, too.

Update: Here’s a list of 12 travel bloggers worth following in 2012 and 12 travel Twitter personalities you should follow in 2012.

(Related: Here are the best new travel blogs of 2011. I’ve also just launched a new travel blog of my own called Away is Home that’s worth checking out.)

This list shouldn’t be confused with my definitive list of travel blogs I like, although I happen to like all of these blogs. (That list is on the left side of this page — see “Friends”.) Nor should it be mistaken for your favorites.

By the way, if you’re not signed up for my RSS feed, you can do that right here.

Here we go:

1. Tnooz

This blog covers the intersection between travel and technology, and it does it very well. Many trends that affect travelers originate here, so you have to pay attention to what Tnooz is covering if you’re a consumer advocate. And even if you’re just a consumer.

2. Professor Sabena’s Blog

Timothy O’Neil-Dunne, a.k.a. “Professor Sabena” is a consultant with T2 Impact. I may not agree with everything he writes, but it turns out that I read everything he writes. You should, too.

3. Intelligent Travel

Even if I had no connection at all with National Geographic Traveler (I’m the magazine’s reader advocate) I would still read this blog all the time. Post for post, it is without question the top destination and news blog out there. It grabs your attention with National Geographic-caliber photography and keeps it with compelling stories.

Related story:   Airlines want you to love them again. Good luck with that!

4. Pauline Frommer’s Daily Briefing

I really like Pauline’s insightful mix of consumer news and destination coverage. She’s definitely worth following.

5. The TSA Blog

I don’t like many of TSA’s current policies, but I do like its blog. Their resident “Blogger Bob” doesn’t back down from a debate, even when he’s on the wrong side, which he frequently is. It can’t be easy, but at least there is a dialog, thanks to this site.

6. Consumer Traveler

I co-founded this site, which may be why I’m always reading it. Although I don’t edit it any longer, it has some of the best and brightest travel commenters in the business. Oh, and that flight attendant who wrote those hilarious columns for the site years ago? A little birdie told me he’s making a comeback in 2011.

7. The Fast Lane

If you fly, drive or cruise, you need to bookmark this blog from the Transportation Department.

8. Sky Talk

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s air travel blog remains one of the best, and according to my RSS reader, one of the best-read by yours truly.

9. Alaska TravelGram

I’ve been a longtime fan of Scott McMurren’s newsletter and radio show, but in the last year, his blog has come into its own with original posts and commentary. If you aren’t signed up, you should be.

10. Aviation Queen

Listen up, class. Auntie Benét will now teach us about the airline industry.

11. Today in the Sky

USA Today’s air travel blog remains a must-read. It often points to the most signifiant air travel news of the day.

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Which travel blogs do you follow?

(Photo: Vj fiks/Flickr Creative Commons)

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or check out his adventures on his family adventure travel site. Contact him at chris@elliott.org.

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    I’d love to check them all out, but I’m a slow reader.I also have a life between flights, so, I’ll save them for when I’m housebound.

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  • I could read travel blogs all day long! I love travelling…and travel blogs help me discover places to travel to.
    Thank you for this list…I wasn’t familiar with most of them. I do agree that Intelligent Travel is constantly an awesome read.

  • Thanks for giving the selection of these amazing blogs of travelling. It helps me a lot…Good effort…

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  • thanks dude and keep it up I got the most intresting things related to travel. 

  • When on long trips, I like to set aside days where I have no plans at all. That way, if I want to sit around and do nothing, I can relax and enjoy it without feeling guilty. As a general rule of thumb, for every two weeks that I am traveling, I have at least one day that I set aside and don’t plan anything. It’s good to rest and relax too!Absolutely nothing wrong with planning! I tend to plan a lot. Have some trips where you plan and some where you are more spontaneous. My next trip is completely unplanned except for the dates that I am traveling.

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  • We would love to be added on a future list maybe. We have been traveling now for a little over a year. So far we have been for 91 days in Oviedo, Savannah, Buenos Aires and Bolivia. We are currently in Palermo, Sicily.

    Our blog: http://for91days.com/

  • Joeg

    Nice list. I’ve been to several of these, but some are new and fun to check out. Another I would add to the list is http://www.52perfectdays.com/.

  • Quarkythoughts

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  • Its not exactly a blog, but I love http://www.vmap.com for browsing the map and watching travel videos about those places.  Its great if you’re a visual person like I am, and like to see where things are.

  • Great list of travel blogs, good work and thanks for posting the information.

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    Hi,Im jimmerson I Definitely  check out most of the blogs you have and they’re cool! I wish mine will be one day included on your list. Its http://traveltheglobenow.blogspot.com/

  • So interesting list ty :)

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    Mexico is full of luxury hotels…all major American chains are represented and more. Just google search for wherever you want to go. I have a blog on Mexico, check it out…


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    I’ve never heard of these blogs, I will surely put them to good use in my favourites. 
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  • Wow, I wouldn’t read any of those. Mind-numbing content and not, in the technical term, ‘blogs’. They’re mainly just corporate stuff. Nope. No thanks.

  • Happy New Year and thanks for the List. 

  • Nilanjan Banerjee

    Thanks for this list. It’s too good and I also like it. There is a another blog which I like it is http://www.travelhotelbooking.net/blog/.

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  • This is a great list mate. I will sure get use of it. 

  • I liked several of the travel blogs. thanks for your list!

  • CJ

    Nice list!  I’d also check out http://gtfotravel.com, too! Pauline Frommer’s is a great one, though, too

  • That’s a looong flight for such a short time!!

  • thanks for the list chris its amazing list 

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  • Laurix86

    Now we have a new one, that will be the best of 2012…



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  • susanus

    This seems interested.  I just read Today in Sky. Found good and meaningful information about airlines and travel schemes and modes. I love traveling in sky. So sound great for me. Thanks for sharing the bookmarked I am looking forward to read these.

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  • There’s heaps out there to check out in all sorts of niches!

  • Feel free to check out mine which is about the funny, offbeat, and weird aspects of world travel today – The Travel Tart! http://www.thetraveltart.com

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  • Suman Aryal

    Wonderful list ! I have been check out all of them and bookmarked, thank you for your post. Please check out http://www.nepalguidetrek.com/

  • Kaira

    There’s another blog as well, its called http://www.hoteltrip.com/travelblogs/ and it features many interesting articles! Should check it out.

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