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Ten Travel Blogs That Have Inspired Me the Most

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When I started my blog, I had no idea what I was doing. I just wrote a few stories about my travels and threw it in a WordPress theme. I’ve been making countless improvements since, many of which were inspired by other bloggers.

As a way of saying “thanks!” to those who inspired me, I’ve decided to make a list of the ten travel blogs that have inspired me the most. I’ll also mention what it is that has inspired me.

So here they are, in no particular order:


Christa Thompson – The Fairytale Traveler

Christa Thompson

The Fairytale Traveler tells stories about legends, folklore and mythology. In her own words, she “explores everything from castles to headstones, from the forests to the seas, and places where legends of monsters and princesses hundreds of years past are still told.”

I really like this theme; it’s exciting and fun. Her site is very nicely designed. She has beautiful in-post galleries that showcase her outstanding pictures.


Matt Kepness – Nomadic Matt

Matt Kepnes

If you ask me: who do you think is the biggest expert on travel, my answer would probably be Matt. This guy has a massive amount of travel advice on his blog as well as a ton of useful resources, many of which I ended up using. If you google a few travel related terms, there is a very good chance you’ll find his blog.

Matt has managed to make a living out of his blog, which is something many bloggers aspire, but not very many accomplish. He’s done a remarkable job and he definitely set the example for others out there. He also wrote a book, How To Travel the World on $50 per Day. It’s a good read, check it out!


Kiersten Rich – The Blonde Abroad

Kiersten Rich

When you take a look at Kiersten’s blog, you’ll notice that it’s really well put together. Lots of eye-catchers just want to make you click and explore. Her site looks fun. Her stories are fun to read and she has some great videos.

I think she has a killer brand and she does a very good job with the branding. She publishes destination guides, videos and giveaways all with her Blonde Abroad logo. On The Yacht Week, she brought her own branded flag, what a great idea!


Alexandra Kovacova – Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler

Alexandra Kovacova

What I like most about Alexandra’s blog is that she really opens up and shows her readers her real self by writing about very private subjects. Examples are a very touching post she wrote about her brother (who sadly committed suicide), her past relationships and what her ideal man looks like.

As a reader you feel like you get to know her on a personal level, which is really cool. It takes courage to open up like she does.


Samuel Jeffery – Nomadic Samuel

Samuel Jeffery

What struck me about Samuel was that he never started a career to escape from. He started traveling right out of uni, getting by on teaching English. Samuel writing style appeals to me, the way he writes makes me want to read more. He’s been an inspiration to me to work on my own writing skills.

My favorite section on his site is the quirky travel tales. Really fun to read!


Alexandra Baackes – Alex in Wanderland

Alexandra Baackes

I started following Alex when she was doing her dive master course in the Gili Islands, Indonesia. I share her passion for diving, and really enjoyed reading her posts about diving and the ones she wrote about the dive master course. In fact, I’ve now decided to do the course myself in 2014!

She wrote a concluding post about her experience, a good read for anyone who is thinking about doing a divemaster course.

Dave and Deb – The Planet D

Dave and Debb

Dave and Deb’s blog is one of the first ones I started following. I find their blog a great inspiration to find new destinations to travel to. The Planet D also features a ton of amazing pictures. I’ve learned quite a bit about photography from reading the posts in the photography tips section.

The PlanetD featured my first ever guest-post, which I was very excited about. I actually was a little surprised that they accepted it since I was so new to blogging!


Mervz Marasigan – Pinoy Adventurista

Mervz Marasigan

If you’re looking to travel to The Philippines, you have to check out Pinoy Adventurista. This guy has literally been everywhere in this country and he has documented every single detail. And when I say everywhere, I really mean everywhere: he’s recently completed his challenge to visit every single of the 80 provinces in the Philippines.

As this archipelago in Asia is one of my favorite countries to visit, I’ve checked out his blog for inspiration several times. After reading his story about the zip-line in Butuan, I immediately took a plane from Cebu to experience this exciting attraction myself!


Turner Barr – Around the World in 80 jobs

Turner Barr

Turner has come up with the coolest way ever to travel the world: by working the most random jobs you can think off.During his travels, he’s been a Gluhwein Sommelier, a Khao San Road Street Tout and an Elephant Volunteer. Hilarious, right?

If you’re looking to travel and make some $$$, Turner’s site is obviously the place to go to!


Jodi Ettenberg – Legal Nomads

Jodi Ettenberg

Jodi’s blog was one of the first ones I came across when I started blogging. Her background is very similar to mine. She left the corporate world to travel and started a blog to share her experiences with friends & family, planning to go back to law after her travels. This never happened, and she now runs one of the most established and appreciated travel blogs.

Jodi has written a book, The Food Traveler’s Handbook, in which she describes how travelers can experience the world through food, particularly in developing countries.


Do you follow any other bloggers? Who are your favorites? Comment below!

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24 thoughts on “Ten Travel Blogs That Have Inspired Me the Most

By Navid Moazzez on 11 October 2013

Hey Jasper,

Awesome post! Really inspiring to learn more about the travel bloggers that inspired you the most. They all have great stories and amazing blogs…I even found some new ones here to check out, thanks 🙂

Keep up the great work!

– Navid

By Renee - RambleCrunch on 11 October 2013

Great post, Jasper, thanks. I love Jodi’s blog and am familiar with most of the others but several are surprises. Heading over now to check out the writing on Nomadic Samuel…

By Jasper Ribbers on 11 October 2013

Cheers Renee! You’ll like Samuels blog, he has a good sense of humor

By Deb on 11 October 2013

Thanks for including us, great list! You’re post on the Great Wall on our blog was great, we were very happy to have you contribute! Cheers.

By Jasper Ribbers on 12 October 2013

Thanks for stopping by Deb! You guys are really setting an example with your blog and I’m sure it’s an inspiration to many.

By Turner on 11 October 2013

Thanks for the include on this fine list of kind fellows. Keep at it man. Good meeting you.

By Christa Thompson on 11 October 2013

Well done Jasper! What an honor to be next to such great writers and bloggers. Thank you. I can agree with you, I really LOVE Dave and Deb. They are dead on with their advice. You should be on someone’s list for totally awesome e-books. Guys, this guy killed it with his e-book. You should check it out!

By Jasper Ribbers on 12 October 2013

Thanks Christa you really deserve to be on this list, I’m really impressed what you’ve accomplished in such a short time.

By Christa Thompson on 2 November 2013

Thank you Jasper. Blogging, especially travel blogging takes a lot of hard work. It’s a constant 24 hour / 7-day a week commitment. Building relationships with awesome people like yourself really makes all the hard work worth it. Thanks again Jasper, it means a lot 🙂

By Ryan Biddulph on 13 October 2013

Hi Jasper,

Fab list! I am networking more with travel bloggers these days. My blog is about living the lifestyle and since I have been traveling the world for over 30 months, makes sense.

Thanks buddy!

By Jasper Ribbers on 13 October 2013

Hey man thanks for stopping by! Always good to meet fellow nomads 🙂

By Micamyx|Senyorita on 13 October 2013

Nice list! I met Samuel, Alex and Mervs in person. They’re all nice and sincere people 😀

By Jasper Ribbers on 13 October 2013

Great! I’d like to meet them at some point. I’ve met Turner, Matt and Christa so far.

By Francis Balgos on 13 October 2013

Nice one!
Very diverse, and I follow some of these blogger too.:)

By Crazy sexy fun traveler on 15 October 2013

So SWEET of you Jasper to include me. Really appreciate you appreciating my personal approach 🙂

By Samuel Jeffery on 16 October 2013

This is such a huge honor to be included on this list Jasper 🙂 Best blogging wishes to you in the future.

By Pinoy Adventurista on 18 October 2013

Thank you so much Jasper for including me on this awesome list! 🙂 It’s my honor to be listed by you! Cheers! Hope you visit us again here in the Philippines! 🙂

By Jasper Ribbers on 18 October 2013

I certainly will and I’ll check out your blog to find some cool places to go to 🙂

By Kiersten on 21 January 2014

Thanks so much for including me! xo 🙂

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