Please nominate your favorite travel blogging personality

Who’s your favorite travel blogger?

After voting on the top 12 Twitter personalities of 2012, let’s turn our attention to the people whose long-form writing, photography and videos captivate us.

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You know who they are. Here’s your chance to tell the world.

The rules are pretty simple: To qualify, you have to be a travel blogger, and you have to be a real person, not a garden ornament or someone with a nom de plume. Writing teams of two are OK, but any more is considered a group-written blog. You can nominate yourself if you want.

(Since I am not a travel blogger, I don’t qualify for this list.)

I’ll collect candidates next week and select the top 24 based on the number of nominations. Then I’ll put it to a vote. The top 12 will make my list of the 12 bloggers to follow in 2012.

You can follow the progress of the poll right here or on Twitter — I’m at @elliottdotorg. Feel free to nominate someone in the comments or by emailing me directly.

So who are the top bloggers?

I’m often referred to this list. The top five that qualify are:

1. Nomadic Matt
2. Everything Everywhere
3. Almost Fearless
4. Uncornered Market
5. Delicious Baby

Here’s another list that uses a different methodology. Again, I’ve weeded out the group-written blogs and those that don’t qualify for the voting:

1. Peter Greenberg
2. Nomadic Matt
3. Europe Up Close
4. Everything Everywhere
5. Wild Junket

Here’s another list that’s frequently cited. Again, I’ve listed the top five that qualify.

1. Nomadic Matt
2. Everything Everywhere
3. Fluent in 3 Months
4. Everything Everywhere
5. Canada’s Adventure Couple

OK, that’s a lot to review! I’ll post the finalists next Friday and put it up to a vote. The top 12 bloggers to follow in 2012 list will be published on Dec. 16.

Good luck, everyone.

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46 thoughts on “Please nominate your favorite travel blogging personality

  1. Everywhereist, redux. Hilarious, completely unfettered personality, and writes beautifully.

    Chris, defining what a top blogger is for you and/or this poll would be cool and make this more than a popularity contest. We all know that popular isn’t always best, I mean, have you turned on a television lately?

  2. Where is Sheila Beal?? Shes the world’s expert on Hawaii vacations. I guess you just need to check out govisithawaii.com for yourself to see what I am talking about. She is unstoppable when it comes to blogging about those islands.

  3. Another vote for Sheila at Go Visit Hawaii!  Not only does she provide great information on the site, but her response to her readers’ comments is invaluable!

  4. I love govisithawaii.com — I always consult this blog site before traveling to the Islands.  =)   Lots of great information!!

  5. Checkout Sheila Beal of GoVisitHawaii.com Makes me wish I was in Hawaii even though I already live at the beach!

  6. Pam Mandel and the Everywhereist should be on this list. Are you familiar with Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads or Matt Long of Landlopers? And don’t rule out inspirational types such as the NVRguys (novacationrequired.com). I love their pieces. 

  7. Oops, forgot Janice Waugh of Solo Traveler (solotravelerblog.com). She’s done a great job of building resources for single travelers. 

  8. deliciousbaby.com is my go to site before i plan my vacations.  lots of great resources and even her followers have great tidbits in the comments.

  9. I’m hoping to build on the momentum from getting a #FF shout-out from @AwayisHome today! I’m Traci from “Go BIG or Go Home,” a quirky family travel blog. I chronicle what happens when my small-town family visits the “world’s largest”…whatever! @GoBIG_GoHome.

  10. My vote is going to Sheila Beal (GoVisitHawaii.com). The amount of information that she has on it can easily make any first time visitor feel like a local.  From the time that you land until it’s time to head back to reality her blog can help you plan your vacation perfectly. 

  11. I’m a relatively new travel blogger and writer, working on honing my skills, so I spend a good deal of time trying to learn from the experts. I’m grateful for the inspiration from the following travel bloggers: Delicious Baby, Mother of All Trips, Hole In The Donut, Inside The Travel Lab, Legal Nomads, NY City Mama, Camels & Chocolate, Minnemom, Go Big or Go Home, and Travel with Teen and Tweens.

    And if the rules of this contest allowed it, I would put The Vacation Gals, Travel Mamas, and Wanderlust and Lipstick right at the top of this list!

  12. I nominate me, myself, and I.  I’ve always liked myself though, although lately I’ve been more partial to me.  O;-)

  13. I love Life Off Track at http://ourlifeofftrack.wordpress.com/about/
    This is a true story about how Nellu and Molly Mazilu quit their jobs and took their savings on the trip of a lifetime.  They took the risk I think we all would love take. You can follow them around the world.  The writting is excellent and you get a good laugh.  The pictures are amazing.  You feel like you are going on the journey with them.

  14. Life off Track Nellu and Molly Mazilu. Nellu is wry, Moly is sweet and the two together are always pitch perfect. 

  15. Molly & Nellu Mazilu. their stories about visited places around the world are fascinating and educational.

  16. The amount of information that she has on it can quickly make any first-time guest experience like a regional.  From time that you area until it’s a chance to return to simple fact her site can help you strategy your trip completely.
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