We all love to read a good blog, especially when its about uncovering the worlds best kept travel secrets. Sourcing insiders tips and living travel experiences through others – dreaming that it will one day be us trekking with minority tribes and jumping around with locals at a fascinating festival. The below 8 bloggers are our top 8 picks of who to follow for 2016. They each have their own unique style of travel that they focus on whether it be solo travel, photography or the empty-nesters now fondly or (unfondly) known as the ‘SKIS’.
With a slogan ‘You’ve Worked Hard. You’ve Earned it. Just Travel’ it makes all of us stop and say to ourselves “Yes… thats right. I have worked hard,” followed immediately by you researching where you can go on your next jaunt. This blog is aimed at the active traveller and those with financial freedom to splurge on well deserved creature comforts. The Contented Traveller is all about unique places to stay and left of centre travel experiences to enhance your journey.
Created by travellers for travellers, this fascinating blog is all about sharing adventures, advice and photography. Aimed at the adventurous traveller who likes to inspire others, you can learn about how you can help local communities whether you are visiting or doing some armchair travel, discover how to explore your own backyard and most importantly, where to move to if Donald Trump becomes the next President in the USA.
6. A Pair of Boots & a Backpack
A fantastically personal blog, about a traveller who classifies herself as clumsy. I can definitely relate to many of her stories. Read about Kristen’s adventures and misadventures including breaking her legs whilst chasing a bus in the Arctic! A great light hearted blog with some fascinating experiences and fantastic photography to support it.
Addicted to all things water related (even if its frozen), Chantae Was Here is a wonderfully inspiring blog about a girl who can’t keep still. Chantae, with ever itchy feet, explores the world sharing her journal of adventures whilst encouraging others to explore beyond their front door. She encourages you to realise that ordinary people can have extraordinary experience even if you are not rolling in cash or a hard core adventure junky.
I have to say, that Polkadot Passport is one to watch. Nicole is a 21 year old aussie who has visited 30 countries in only two years. Armed with a camera and and a way with words, this wanderluster focusses on inspiring others to get out and explore the world. Travel hacks, inspirational photography and destination guides are Nicole’s core focuses.
Love photography and wish you could be better at it? Well here is the blog for you! Inspirational photos with tips and tricks to capture colours perfectly, understand your camera, how to master wide angle photography and how to shoot in various light (dusk, underwater, evening) are just a taste of what’s on offer. Follow Lisa’s life through a lens as she snaps photos of perfection on her own exotic travels whilst you fine tune your camera skills, then give her a run for her money!
Raw, natural beauty, fascinating cultures and off beat exploration is what is at the core of Travels with Nina. Aimed to inspire readers to be courageous in their travels, Nina offers an extensive range of destination guides, exotic retreats and property reviews, as well as intriguing interviews of other travellers, all with the angled mission to urge travellers to follow a different path in their style of travel.
Focusing on independent and solo travel, Kate travels the world writing about her adventures. She shares her tips on how rewarding travelling on your own (especially as a woman) can be. Whilst she often travels on a budget, Kate focusses on sharing with travellers how to get the maximum value out of your travels. Her blog is wonderfully honest from sharing how she makes money as a blogger, through to her worst travel moments.
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This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.
Suggested preparation : At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake aerobic exercise (this may include jogging, cycling or fast walking) for 30 minutes, three times a week. It is also advised to walk on variable terrain and in variable weather conditions. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week is recommended and for adventures which involve paddling and kayaking, it is important to gain confidence and rhythm rather than speed prior to departure.
This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake 45mins – 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week. Some potential exercises that could be beneficial include hill walking with a backpack on over variable terrain and weather conditions, as well as running and cycling dependent on the activity you plan on undertaking.
This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges such as variable weather conditions, accommodation as well as facilities. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour. You must have confidence in your own ability and be in good physical condition. Includes extended periods of endurance.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 to 4 months of strenuous exercise, four times a week. When preparing for treks it would be beneficial to participate in hill walks with a weighted day pack (approximately 5-8 kg) once a week for aerobic fitness and strengthening of leg muscles. It is also important to do this on variable terrain to prepare for challenging adventures. When preparing for cycling adventures, regular bike riding (at least 4 to 5 times a week for 1-4 hours is essential). It is also important to cycle on uneven surfaces or even participate in other aerobic exercises such as running or swimming to build up strength and stamina. Altitude may also be a factor in these tours.
This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other extreme adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (may sometimes be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high attitude levels and may require technical equipment.
Suggested preparation: It is important to note that physical fitness should be an ongoing activity, commencing around 5-6 months prior to departure, or even before if you have no prior fitness. Exercise should focus on building maximum endurance and stamina. Four to five hard sessions of 40-60 mins per week should be completed and can include exercises such as going to the gym, running, swimming or cycling to focus on building aerobic stamina. It could also be beneficial to prepare by hiking on rough terrain, in extreme weather conditions or partake in altitude training.