As travel blogs have exploded across the web detailing holidays and travel to just about every corner of the earth they have grown into an excellent resource for any traveller. Today’s travel blogs are well written and extremely professional: they include in depth destination guides, travel advice and tips for getting from A to B and what to do when there. Bloggers take us deeper than a simple brochure or travel guide can. We get to see the real colour and flavour of a country, both the good and the bad.
At HomeAway we like to follow travel blogs too, but every year a flurry of new travel bloggers come to the fore. So we keep our ear to the ground and every year compile our list of the top 10 travel blogs we like to follow, well done to those who made this year’s list.
Each year brings a new flurry of travel blogs to the fore. Whilst some are established bloggers who have now found their feet, others are just starting out on their journey. So each year it gets a little more difficult to decide which you should follow. Travel tips and ideas often come best when they are from actual travellers. Their blogs are vibrant, interesting and often very colourful. They show the reality of travel, both the good and the bad. Travel bloggers share each destination with us and we can get a glimpse of the culture, attractions and cuisine of somewhere exotic and new all from the comfort of our living room.
This year, HomeAway.co.uk is proud to be sponsoring the Best Family Travel Blog category in the 2012 MAD (‘Mum And Dad’) Blog Awards – the UK’s biggest awards for parenting blogs. The MADs celebrate the diversity and excellent talent to be found among the writers, who blog on everything from pregnancy, to family life, photography, crafts, food, homes, travel, fashion and more, and who all provide daily inspiration and entertainment to their readers.
So, if you haven’t checked them out already, take a look and get inspiration for your holidays from this year’s Family Travel Blog finalists below. Then you can vote for your favourite at: http://www.the-mads.com/vote.htm. The final winner will be announced at the award ceremony in September – we’ll keep you posted!
Emma, an English stay-at-home mum previously based in Denmark – now lives in Bavaria writing A Bavarian Sojourn. Lead by poetic titles and a charming diary-like form, she writes about how her young family is settling in to her new country, as well as recipes, traditions, and festivals. In the midst of blogging on life in Bavaria, her “Silent Sunday” features a piece of her own original photography, once a week.
Victoria and Steve were inspired to take their children out of school for nine whole months. The family of five from London decided to start their own blog, It’s A Small World After All, to journal how they creatively travel the world on a budget. From travel insights and holiday photos, to 101 Things To Do With Bamboo – Victoria and Steve have put together an enjoyable and inspiring travel blog.
Jennifer Howze, the Times’ former Alpha Mummy blogger is a journalist, and co-founder of BritMums. She calls on her experience living in New York, Paris, and London to write Jenography. Jennifer shares her voice on a thoroughly insightful blog, covering a vast list of destinations in the UK, US, Europe, and International, as well as UK Fun and Days Out. Among travel writing, she also specialises in lifestyle, and parenting.
Cathy is expecting her first baby soon and blogs at Mummy Travels. She writes a thoroughly enjoyable and informative travel blog, as she tries to work out how to be a mum and cling on to normal life at the same time. Cathy brings all sorts to her readers – from adventures and travel experiences, to “useful paraphernalia” and valuable advice.
Trish records her travel memories in Mum’s Gone To… – a blog inspired by her hand written travel diaries. It began with her first trip to Iceland in 2007, and has since continually flown-off with her husband and teenage son, from Canada to Cyprus, Barcelona to Berlin. As she adds blog-miles to her growing list of destinations, she never forgets to show her love for music theatre!