This week my Millennial son stated “I don’t understand the purpose of travel bloggers. After all, any travel information I need I can get on Yelp.” Ouch!! This son never fails to spark introspection. Quickly, off the cuff, I tried to justify my blogging venture.
I discovered several years ago that the Millennials base their lives on Yelp (let that be a word to the wise business owner). But what does a travel blog offer that goes beyond a Yelp review? To find some answers I thought I would look to some of the travel bloggers I follow and respect. In contrast to Yelp, their blogs focus on topics that encourage and support every style of traveler to go learn things. They are master storytellers, professional photographers and modern day explorers. These are Travel Bloggers with purpose.
Let’s Go Learn Things about the purpose of Travel Bloggers….
Surprises and Gems Around Every Corner
Theresa Carter Goodrich at The Local Tourist has been blogging about Chicago since 2002. She is a published author with the Two Lane Gems book series, now in its second volume.
I love her style of slow serendipitous travel. We share the philosophy that travel and exploration can be near or far, so keep your eyes open for opportunities.
Did someone say “Road Trip”…
David and Angela Essington at Dang Travelers are based out of the Chicago suburbs. They are travel entrepreneurs with the ability to take long treks. Who among us hasn’t imagined taking off to explore from the open road. Some of their trips include the Historic Route 66, the Ultimate New England Road Trip, and a Deep Dive into the Deep South.
She’s Not from Around Here
Kylie Neuhaus of Between England & Iowa describes her niche this way:
“a British girl, with an American husband, blogging about the USA visa process, expat life and active travel in the American Midwest and beyond!”
Her blog is fascinating to follow as she struggles to adjust to American life in Dubuque, IA. Many of her travels are in Europe, and I know she misses it terribly. Kylie has a faithful following of fellow expats and realistic travelers. She is a refreshing contrast to the mass of Millennials with their glitzy, phony Instagram lives.
Stop and Laugh Along the Way…
Sage Scott at the Everyday Wanderer writes of the value of family travel. She and her family live in Kansas City. Sage has a great sense of humor in her writing and an open attitude of sharing with other bloggers. There is a fun extra on her blog called Postcards where bloggers create and share an actual postcard from their travels. They are wonderful little glimpses of places to visit and…yes learn things.
Lisa and Tim Trudell at The Walking Tourists are based in Omaha, NE. They focus heavily on local Midwest tourism. What I love about their blog is their teamwork. Lisa manages the behind-the-scenes work of a blog business and Tim does the writing and photography. I traveled briefly with these two and they make a great pair. Tim is a great observer of life and discovers wonderful nuggets of the human condition.
Embrace Small Towns…
Lara Dunning takes us on a journey through small towns with extraordinary experiences. She is based in Washington State and finds some spectacular spots at Small Town Washington and Beyond. My Pacific Northwest Bucket list is bulging thanks to Lara.
The Nest is Empty, Let’s Play…
Suzanne Stavert at Adventures of Empty-Nesters is in Pasadena, CA. Her blog is my inspiration. She trends towards high-end travel, with reviews of beautiful restaurants and hotels. Suzanne writes with a zest for life and adventure. She shares amazing experiences from Italy, Spain, Thailand and most recently Iceland. The overall feel of her blog is one of joy and excitement for each new phase of life.
Let’s Hike …
Leigh Wilson is the active/dog friendly travel blogger behind Campfires and Concierges. She is based in Tucson, AZ and we share a passion for the mountains and deserts of the Southwest.
No compilation of travel bloggers would be complete without food. Travel bloggers embrace discovering new cultures. The best way to experience cultures is through the food. Lisa Lubin an emmy-winning Photojournalist shares her experience at Slow Travel. Eat Locally.
What is the Purpose of Travel Bloggers?
To answer my son’s question, I believe that travel bloggers are about discovering new ideas. Yelp gives you reviews but not new ideas and experiences. Travel bloggers introduce you to places, activities and adventures you didn’t even know existed. Travel bloggers are storytellers. We all need stories to expand our horizons. The truth is we won’t each be able to visit every destination, but we can certainly learn about places and people through travel bloggers stories. Take some time to learn from these 10 travel bloggers.