The top 13 travel bloggers of 2013

Which travel bloggers are worth following in 2013?

After narrowing your nominations down to 26 finalists, I put it to a vote.

Here are the top 13 in alphabetical order:

Camels and Chocolate
Classe Tourist
Digital Nomad
The Flying Pinto
Go Big or Go Home
Go Visit Hawaii
Johnny Jet
Journeywoman
My View From The Middle Seat
The Perrin Post
Solo Traveler
SoulTravelers3
Wandering Earl

As usual, the polling wasn’t without a little drama. About a day before the poll closed, we had a suspicious surge of votes and there were multiple allegations of ballot-box stuffing. It led to the disqualification of one of the candidates, unfortunately.

All of these travel blogs are worthy of being bookmarked in 2013, and I hope you’ll read every one.

My sincerest congratulation to the top 13 vote-getters.

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. Read more of Christopher's articles here.

98 thoughts on “The top 13 travel bloggers of 2013

  • December 6, 2012 at 11:06 am
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    Yay! I love reading those blogs. Congratulations to everyone who won. My top three favorites are – Camels & Chocolate, Classe Touriste and Wandering Earl.

    All the best,
    Jam
    http://icosnap.com/

  • December 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm
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    +1 for wondering Earl! – Legend in my opinion, great list, a few I’ve not heard of and will make sure I check them out.

    Thanks,
    Paul

  • January 4, 2013 at 5:43 am
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    We are really surprised and honored to be voted as one of the top 13 blogs in 2013! We’re a family into our 7th year of non-stop world travel and blogging on $23/day pp, so spend most of our time unplugged these days and we were in China when this took place.

    Thanks Chris, and the amazing folks who nominated and voted for us! Congrats to all the winners!

    I wrote about it here- http://www.soultravelers3.com/2013/01/top-travel-bloggers-of-2013-soultravelers3-wins-.html#more

    Keep up your good work Chris and give those cute kids a hug from us!

  • January 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm
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    Interesting list you’ve put together. I know a few but am surprised by the rest which i haven’t heard of.

  • February 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm
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    I recently came across a few of these on http://apointd.com . My vote would have been for Calsse Tourist. Pretty solid group though!

  • February 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm
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    Hi Chris,

    Thanks so much for including me on this list. It’s a real honor.

    I saw you speak in Florida three years ago and was inspired. Making this list counts more than any other.

    Kind regards,

    Janice

  • March 4, 2013 at 11:34 am
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    I was cruising tumblr recently and came across an entertaining blog that caught my attention and might be worth a casual read for your readers that enjoy travel/adventure type of stuff. It is http://www.lureofthehorizon.tumblr.com. I have enjoyed the blogs on your top 13 list. Thank you!

  • March 13, 2013 at 5:49 am
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    all these blogs do the one thing I hate, there too busy, adds jumping out at you from everywhere so much clutter it immediately deters me from reading the probably really good content.

  • March 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm
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    I love Wandering Earl although I’m honestly a little surprised at these choices as most of them I’ve never heard of or when I go to their sites they’re not very attractive. Will definitely read them though.

  • March 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm
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    I had read Solo Traveler and one thing I learn from Janice is that be brave enough to conquer what you ought to fear,being alone.Thanks for having this list.

    Sedona Trail

  • March 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm
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  • April 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm
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    One thing I am curious about………what makes a travel blogger the BEST. I have yet in my 25 years of travel met one person that has traveled to as many places as I have. I even disbelieve the travel books such as Fodors or Lonely Planet. They say certain things about places that are just not true. Do these people actually visit these destinations, or do they just read about them online and come up with their own conclusion. I have been to all 7 continents and 109 countries to date, and the lack of knowledge I find of them before I visit is amazing. As for Janice, I have read through your blog here and there, I like what your mission was and still is. I started my journeys for the same reason I think, My wife passed in 2006 and I spent the next 3 years in 59 different countries. It was my own solo travel adventure. I learned a lot about myself and others on this journey. I must say, yours is one of the only blogs that I truly believe in and would ever read. Too many folks write blogs on their experience and this usually consists of a 3 month journey to Europe……Reallllllyyyy!!!!! Come on people, we need those who have gone and seen and done the things we only hear about, not the ones that pretend they have done it. Kudos to you Janice. Would love to speak to you further about your travels, will email you on your blog!

  • April 17, 2013 at 11:26 am
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    This is an awesome list. Tough to pick just one!

  • April 18, 2013 at 12:25 am
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    That all great blog…Natural photos were…
    I got best blog list…

    Thanks for sharing….

  • April 21, 2013 at 9:34 am
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    I nominate SeniorCitizenLocalWeb as it has over 1,000 pages of travel information for all ages.

  • May 4, 2013 at 3:46 am
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  • May 18, 2013 at 6:31 am
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  • May 19, 2013 at 3:59 am
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  • May 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm
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  • May 23, 2013 at 1:55 am
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  • May 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm
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    My favorite on the list is Classe Tourist. I follow them on Bloglovin. I try to blog about my travels, but since I can’t travel constantly like the pros up there, I can only do this: http://meandmycarryon.com
    =o) But thanks for introducing me to the others, especially Wandering Earl.
    -Camden

  • May 28, 2013 at 11:58 am
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  • May 31, 2013 at 5:12 am
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    Nice list mate! All worthy travel blogs worth a mention :)

  • June 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm
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  • June 12, 2013 at 3:53 am
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  • June 13, 2013 at 4:22 am
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    Another great and informative article,i definitely would look forward to your next blog.I really appreciate the way you share some of your experience in traveling.

  • June 17, 2013 at 9:32 am
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    I have wandered about in the first 3 blogs on your list and I have to say that they are very enjoyable. Thanks for the list.

  • June 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm
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  • June 27, 2013 at 1:10 am
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  • July 2, 2013 at 10:32 am
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    My absolutely favorite is among these :) I need to check out the others asap

  • July 16, 2013 at 11:24 pm
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    Perfect! This is just what I needed. Classe Tourist is definitely among the best one out there. Beautiful photography, perfect design. :)

  • July 19, 2013 at 6:42 am
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  • July 19, 2013 at 6:43 am
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    Interesting list you’ve put together. I know a few but am surprised by the rest which i haven’t heard of..

  • July 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm
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  • August 7, 2013 at 4:49 am
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  • August 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm
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    These are my top blogs! …especially wandering earl! thanks for sharing these bloggers on your site!

  • August 31, 2013 at 2:27 am
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  • September 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm
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    Great List! I see a couple of my favorite travel blogs up there. A good travel blog should tell you how to travel comfortably and conveniently.

  • September 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm
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    Try mine – I don’t monetize or use advertising at all. My blog is just to share travel stories, nothing more! It’s my baby! :) downthewrabbithole.blogspot.com

  • October 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm
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    Great list!

    I’ll bookmark and reference this list when needed. I definitely like the variety of travel blogs with some that emphasize photography and others that tend to gravitate more toward a text heavy and journalistic format. Unique and a variety of ways to present content always adds an added layer of texture to the travel blogosphere.

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  • October 23, 2013 at 4:53 am
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    yeah i love some blogs among 13 but other are also in my favorite list.hope that it will come in next time..

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  • November 6, 2013 at 4:13 am
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  • November 21, 2013 at 1:27 am
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    Hallo
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  • December 17, 2013 at 5:37 am
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    hello

  • December 22, 2013 at 11:30 am
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    Congrats to all those that have made the list. Always interesting reading a new blog, as there were a few I was unaware of.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 5:48 am
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    Thanks for sharing these list. They all are excellent blogs.

    Thanks
    Burlada

  • May 20, 2014 at 1:49 am
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    Thanx for info.
    I have seen your blog its very nice, well design and very informatics

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