10 Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2019
In this day and age of digital nomads, travelistas who have left behind the world of desks and Pret lunches to blaze across the continents documenting their finds for followers, there is an ever-growing rise of luxury vagabonds who are seeking out authentic experiences. Travel blogs offer a personal and enriching window into places to dream about and book that ticket to, inspired by the likes of our favourite bloggers for 2019.
1). Matcha Japan
An invaluable guide for any traveller to Japan who wants to go deeper into the heart of its culture, Matcha Japan is a brilliantly curated insider glimpse into this sometimes inscrutable but always captivating land. From cherry blossom forecasts to the best fish restaurants in Fukushima and esoteric festivals - explore sides of Japan largely unseen by tourists and set your Instagram alight with the colours and sights only this guide will lead you to.
2). Breathe Dream Go
Canadian journalist Mariellen Ward started one of the first travel blogs about India way back in 2005. She is still going strong as a trusted and colourful insight into the most intriguing hidden gems across the subcontinent. Currently based in the temple town of Rishikesh, Ward also writes about places we love such as Nepal, Japan and Bhutan.
3). A Luxury Travel Blog
With a wide-ranging amount of high quality content from some of the best travel writers (over 600 contributors including our own James Jayasundera) out there, A Luxury Travel Blog is one of our go-to portals for the latest news, upcoming launches and happenings in the world of discerning travel. Voted one of the best travel blogs in the world, this is a trustworthy and original platform to delve into everything of interest to the sophisticated and curious traveller.
4). Lucy Will Show You
Paris resident Lucy Freedman, an ambassador for Maison Veuve Clicquot and interior designer of the Rosewood Jumby Bay, has a faultless eye for the beautiful, the less-discovered and the freshest hotspots waiting to be discovered across the globe. From sunsets at Vietnam’s Amanoi to architecture walks in Provence, LWSY is right on the pulse of what is exciting and now in the travel and design scenes.
Get lost with Lotus-eating travel journalist Megan Lambert on horseback through desert forts of Jaisalmer, meditate in Ubud and spend an afternoon wine tasting in the vineyards of the Western Cape - HotelMeAStory is a sun-drenched frolic through the eyes of a true travel lover and gifted storyteller (also the imagery is unfailingly delicious).
6). The Incidental Tourist
From ocean-conscious festivals in Cape Town and tree-planting in Zambia to the wild horses of the African outback and vlogging through the villages of Vietnam, ‘Travel Writer, Beauty Seeker, Earth Advocate’ Dawn Jorgenson’s enlightening blog is a love song to her native South Africa but also further afield. She travels the world highlighting eco-activist projects, environmentally-friendly destinations and other delights.
7). Culture Trip
Tap into this unrivalled network of travel bloggers, photographers, journalists and plain old adventurers at the Culture Trip. Be spun stories about everything that makes life interesting, from the only LGBTQ museum of New York to brunch spots in Notting Hill, tips on solo travel in China and Indonesia’s literary festival - we love the eclectic and informed scope of the content as well as the easy to navigate ‘search by destination’ homepage.
8). FT’s How to Spend It Travel Section
Not strictly a blog but a stand-out collection of insider and sharply-curated travel stories, from 24 hours in Mumbai’s new Soho House outpost to tracking snow leopards in the Himalayas, Cambodia’s jungle camps and moonlit concerts in Palermo palazzos - HTSI Travel is one of our go-to resources for all that is happening and fabulous across the globe in culture and travel.
9). Asian Wanderlust
Bringing you the best of Asia in one blog, Asian Wanderlust is both prolific and high-quality in its frequently-updated posts that jet between temples of Bali to boat journeys on the mighty Mekong River of Southeast Asia and the seaside idylls of Vietnam. Explore the myriad secrets of Asia through the many superb guides, reviews and spellbinding tales.
Any foodies with wanderlust will love the dynamic and wide ranging vlogs of Bangkok-based Mark Wiens which garner millions of views. Whether it is testing the street food of Karachi, hot springs and octopus and plum wine Kaiseki at Japanese ryokans or the night dishes of Chiang Mai, Wiens’ passion for the authentic, earthy and colourful creates a video blog that is a magic carpet ride of taste around the world - the more bizarre and tantalising the better!