Continuing the HoliDaze monthly awards for the Best New Travel Blogs, I proudly present to you the May 2014 edition.
Travel news and views from wanderers, nomads and those who are paid to know
This blog started out a few months ago as a university project by my buddy Andy Parsons, a good Twitter friend of mine and an amazing photographer. Already the site has evolved into a very well-written and informative fresh take on traveling and I anticipate it will continue on long past the days of being a mere project. If you want to find out where to eat in Paris or read a nice article about how beautiful Barcelona is, you might consider looking somewhere more mainstream. However if you want to find out more information about places that are overlooked by the bulk of tourists or find out how long-term travelers have become successful digital nomads, well then this is the site for you!
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One couple, one year, one world travel blog
I’ll be honest here, I was hesitant to add 42nd Class to this list. Not because of the quality of their blog or anything like that, but rather because Cassie and Oren are on a one year adventure and I fear that once this year is done, they will stop blogging. However Cassie is a certified ESL teacher and Oren has his pilots license so there is no reason why they cannot pursue work abroad and continue their adventure. My only hope is that by providing them with the support that they deserve we can help this become a reality! 😉
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It’s All About Serendipity
Just barely edging in before the one-year cutoff is Contented Traveller, a blog by Paula and Gorden that is celebrating their one year blogiversary this month. I love this blog because of their nonchalant travel style and belief that whatever will be, will be. They also embrace connecting with locals, something I am a firm advocate of. The Contented Traveller offers a lot of travel information, advice, and tips on Europe and Asia. as well as in interesting series called “Outside My Front Door” where fellow bloggers share, well, what’s outside their front door 😉
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Baskets Life Travel
Wherever The Ball Takes Us
I’ll admit it, Baskets Life had me captivated from the brief but amazingly heartfelt opening biography on their. (I won’t stoop to using any basketball puns and save us both the embarrassment.) Stacey did a complete 180 after meeting the man who would become her husband. She closed her business, sold everything she owned, and completely — and I say this with love — became the most quintessential embodiment of someone abandoning the “American Dream.” Now she, her husband, kids and German Shepard Duke all live as a professional traveling family in Europe.
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Travel Memoirs Of A Dutch World-Citizen
Why migrate when you can milgrate? Or in other words follow Milene along on her adventures around the globe, primarily South America. I appreciate the honesty and complete candor in her writings, and although she does not publish as frequently as some authors do, I find that a tad refreshing. There is no need to write a post every day or every other day, but rather only when you have something worthy to share 🙂
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From UK days out to swimming in thermal pools in Iceland…
This insightful blog follows a nomadic family of five in search of the unusual and is a blast to read — both for those considering family travel and others looking for a fresh take on new locations. Although the blog layout itself is rather bland (forgive me, just continuing with the blatant honesty that is prevalent throughout my blog) the content is far more rewarding. So far their posts mostly document traveling around Europe and North America (except for one post on North Korea about a trip before they started a family) but even so I’m hooked and looking forward to seeing what adventures lie ahead for them 🙂
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Which is your favorite?
Previous Editions January / February 2014 March 2014 April 2014
14 thoughts on “The Best New Travel Blogs Of May 2014”
Thank you for including us, we are delighted that we made the cut… just. We appreciate what you have written about us. Best regards, Paula and Gordon
You are most welcome Paula and Gordon, it was my pleasure to add you to the list. I’ve been reading a lot of your blog posts these last few days and have really enjoyed them. Keep up the good work your second blogiversary will be here before you know it 😉
Thank you so much for including me, I really appreciate it! Great to be featured here 🙂
You are most welcome! Although I am a solo traveler, I always admire the families that can successfully travel the world. As such a big cheers to y’all, keep up the great work! BTW, I really enjoyed your Mass Games post, I think that was the first one I ever read from your blog. Seeing that firsthand has been a life goal of mine! Oh and as a final side note, if you ever want to give your site a facelift then let me know. Web design is what I do on the side to help support my nomadic lifestyle and I’m always helping out fellow bloggers 🙂 (shameless plug complete, my apologies!)
Thank you so much for including me I’m super excited!
You are most welcome Stacey. Speaking of, I completely forgot to email you regarding what we had discussed on Twitter — I’ve been a bit busy, to say the least. Will drop you a line later this week. In the meantime, have fun on the road and best wishes! 🙂
Cool blogs you got there. I’m definitely checking each of them.
Thanks, they are definitely some of my favorite new finds and I am very much looking forward to seeing what adventures they get themselves into 😉
Getting the foot set in the blogging world is very difficult these days so you deserve a big thank you from us – ‘the newcomers’ 🙂
definitely sharing this!
It is Marta, and that is exactly why I am happy to help 🙂 Everyone is always interviewing the professional bloggers and sharing the long-time travel blogs, yet few opportunities like this exist for newbie travel bloggers. As such, what started as a one-time post has evolved into a monthly series here at the HoliDaze. Some of the people in months past have already seen large boosts in site traffic, readership/engagement, and other opportunities.
Speaking of, how old is your blog? I only see four posts so I am assuming it is still rather new 🙂
Hi Derek. Thanks for the quick reply. Yes my blog is a newborn – just 3 months old, so it definitely crossed my mind to apply for the June’s selection! I am working on some new posts, so you are going to hear from me soon! 😀
Thank you for including The Travelling Times. Appreciate it. Hope people like the site and I hope to add more content to it very soon!
Great post idea! Have been searching for new travel blogs recently, which I guess is what led me here 🙂
Appreciate you stopping by, I’m always on the hunt for new blogs as well (as you might have noticed). Will have to give yours a read. Thanks for checking mine out, best wishes 🙂