Web Travel Journals and Blogs
Babylon Travel Magazine.
"Now for the introductions. My name is Lisa and I'm
a New Zealander who met a Brazilian photographer, Andre, in Turkey. Now, a
few years later, we’re living in Brazil, Sao Paulo to be more specific.
We're enthusiastic & independent travellers wanting to develop a website
full of personal travel adventures."
"The ultimate resource for the independent
"It's a network of city-based storytelling sites,
tying real people in real cities all over the world together with a thread
of personal stories.
"Travel writing, information, photography, audio and
video with a point of view."
Ed's Gone South.
Travels in South America.
"On this site you’ll find
my journey, details on
and other relevant and not-so-relevant information. The
goal of this journey is to take each day as it comes, make
my dollars last, and get there when I get there. As John
Lennon said, 'Life is what happens when you’re busy making
Four On Tour.
"Our planned trip will take us from
our home country of England, in particular Birmingham to
Canada. On the way we hope to go through Russia, Mongolia,
China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand,
Malaysia, and Singapore. All of this will be done by
travelling by train and bus."
"The GoNOMAD NETWORK is a community of independent
and alternative travelers and businesses dedicated to sustainable and
responsible tourism. Membership is free and all registered site visitors
become members of the GoNOMAD TRAVELER NETWORK, while all listing
businesses are members of the GoNOMAD BUSINESS NETWORK."
"Polly Letofsky, 42-year-old woman of
steel, will complete her five-year mission to be the first
woman to walk around the world in August 2004. She's
fulfilled a life-long goal, all for the purpose of raising
awareness and funds for breast cancer."
"The thoughts and photos of a
"Travel and reading about it…life’s GreatestEscapes!
Plan the trip of a lifetime or simply find your adventure between the
pages of our books and webzine. GreatestEscapes.com Publishing is devoted
to the very finest in travel writing, inspiring the wanderlust of our
readers rather than simply giving them a list of sights, restaurants and
The Literary Trips series published by GreatestEscapes.com Publishing is
aimed squarely at those who have become fascinated with a place by a
favorite author, and who are as sick of packaged tours as they are weak
writing. Equally appropriate in an armchair as in a loaded-down backpack
or Gucci bag, the books are meant above all to contain highly-engaging
stories, written by some of the best travel writers in the business. They
furthermore serve to provide readers with the tools required to visit some
key landmarks and emulate the wanderings of favorite authors.
GreatestEscapes.com Publishing also publishes a monthly web zine filled
with tales of travel across the globe. It contains not only great writing,
but also useful, up-to-date information for travelers planning trips and
the opportunity to provide feedback. As a progressive, multimedia
publisher, GreatestEscapes.com has a finger on the pulse of a thriving
adventurous and literary-minded travel community."
"I, Andy the HoboTraveler.com left
on a vacation to Mexico, then shortly there after
returned. Slowly starting I traveled south to Central
America and to South America. Made a short trip to Europe.
Approximately 2 years into my travels I started a
newsletter and have written over 137 issues at this
juncture. (As of January 2004)
Around the time of the first issue, and located in Panama
I started the pages of HoboTraveler.com. It is slowly
evolved into a Backpacker search engine. I have visited
North America, Central America, Europe, Iraq, India, and
"IgoUgo is a unique community of travel enthusiasts
sharing experiences through travel journals and photos. Our guides harness
the power of word of mouth to provide the best travel information, the
most inspiring stories, and the most useful tips on the web. This is how
we've built such a reliable network of travel providers and community
"The ultimate travel portal."
Journal of African Travel Writing
"The Journal of African Travel-Writing (ISSN
1085-9527) is a semi-annual print journal presenting and analyzing
accounts of past and contemporary African travel. Its specific aim is to
explore Africa as a site of narrative; its general aim is to publish good
writing that invites and rewards the reader's attention. JATW publishes
scholarly articles (literary, historical, and sociological critiques are
of particular interest to the editors), true narratives, primary
materials, fiction, poetry, reviews, and other written artifacts related
to African travel. Contributors are writers, scholars, and travellers
"The premier travel resource for women."
Khao San Road
"www.khaosanroad.com is THE jungle drum for travellers in Thailand and
Southeast Asia. Each article printed has either be sent to us by a
traveller on the road or inspried by a traveller's interest. We do not
print information we think people need, rather we wait for people to tell
us what they want..."
"Kinetic Travel Network ([K]tn) is an online
magazine and travelers' network for those who view travel not only as a
means of physical movement but also as philosophical, cultural, and
spiritual movement. [K]tn is dedicated to bringing tales of adventure,
mayhem, and meditation from across the globe to a community of travelers
who are on the lookout for eye-popping experiences.
The magazine promotes journeying beyond the typical tourist excursion and
scratching beneath the surface of any destination or activity. Want to
know about the roots of the Samba School Parade in Rio de Janeiro? An
expansive tour of New York’s Alphabet City? An exploration of murals and
graffiti in Mexico City or San Francisco? The skinny on the club scene in
Slovenia? [K]tn explores these plus an ever growing number of topics that
will fascinate those travelling to another continent or looking for
something different at home.
[K]tn is produced for and by a community of inquisitive and
non-traditional travelers. If you feel a kinship with this community, we
invite you to visit our site and contribute to the diversity of its
"Literary Traveler is dedicated to the exploration
of the literary imagination. We hope to bring you inspiring, informative
articles about writers, creative artists, and the places that they lived
and traveled. The site has been featured in The New York Times, and The
Venice... and Beyond.
"Nan McElroy, in-Italy travel concierge and author of "Italy: Instructions for Use"
details daily life in her new home of Venice. From the
decision to become an ex-pat, to getting the required
papers, falling in love with the bells of the Campanile to
chatting with shopkeepers, Nan shares her adventures and
the everyday with readers."
Notes From the Road
"Notes from the Road is a project in experimental
travel writing. We are a non-commercial site here for your entertainment.
Because Notes from the Road is a travel site, not a travel guide site, we
do not try to provide our readers with all-encompassing information on
what to see and do around the world. For independent travelers, that sort
of information is easy to come by on a number of excellent sites and
books. Notes from the Road is about subjective travel; the kind of real
world of random things and real people."
"Our site focuses on environmental news and travel
around the globe. Updated several times a month, Planeta.com provides a
diversity of information, written by those working in the field - travel
providers, government leaders, academics, environmentalists and travelers!
You will find a diversity of opinions expressed on this site. News and a
plethora of links online showcase environmental conservation efforts.
Feature articles provide author contact information and resource guides
provide networking tools. Readers can contact travel companies, language
schools or environmental groups directly."
"Salon is a general online publication with a travel
writing section containing hundreds of travel articles."
"Slow Travelers is a community of people who like to
travel and experience new places. This web site is a place for us to talk
to each other, answer questions about this type of travel and collect
Tales From a Small Planet
"Tales from a Small Planet's mission is to enrich
and share the experience of living abroad through literature, humor and
the arts, as well as by providing information and education on what it is
really like to live in a foreign country and how to cope with the
challenges that may come along."
"Travel Intelligence, founded by AA Gill, Philip
Marsden, Jamie Dunford Wood and 70 top travel writers and one of only five
travel websites worldwide short listed for a prestigious Webby Award in
2002, is a specialist travel publishing company and hotel consultancy. In
addition to publishing top quality travel writing, both online and in its
newsletters and anthologies, TI offers help finding and booking unique
hotels and hideaways of character, as recommended by writers and
"From places to visit to films to
see to books to read, lists of things to do 'before you
die' are certainly nothing new. One that I stumbled upon
for the first time recently, however, was a list of the
'50 things to eat before you die', compiled via a poll of
BBC viewers and aired as a television show back in 2004
(which somehow I missed at the time). I was prepared for
some oddities and questionable inclusions, but I wasn't
quite prepared for how flabbergasted I would actually be
at the things chosen by the British public as the
gastronomic highlights of their life: the list's contents
range from the absurdly general (fresh fish) to
unflinchingly specific (Moreton Bay Bugs), and seem to
contain several items for no other reason than to satisfy
a need for something weird, e.g. guinea pig, alligator and
reindeer. Vagueness seems to be its most pervasive flaw,
with Chinese food, curry, pasta and sandwiches all having
made the top twenty! And in case I were still looking for
things to criticize, I could point out how culturally
unbalanced the whole thing is, but it probably isn't worth
the effort (and in fact I doubt there are many of these
lists that aren't).
It did get me thinking, however. Realizing that I have so
far managed 44 of these 50 (can you guess what I haven't
eaten? answers are at the bottom!), I then started to
imagine what would be on my list, if I were to make one
based on my experience, and from there it was only natural
to start wondering what would be on other food-minded
people's lists. And as the curiosity grew, an idea took
shape. What if I tried to actually compile a list, a
bigger, better list, and one that is far more trustworthy
and relevant for those of us who spend inordinate amounts
of our time pondering, planning, preparing, reading about
and traveling in search of food; a list as long as it
needs to be, and as diverse in terms of geography and
cultural preference as possible? And more importantly,
where could I find enough passionate, well-traveled
foodies to flesh out this list with their infallible good
taste and culinary expertise? Why, in the food blogosphere,
I am therefore announcing the creation of a 'joint
project' (I know memes have gotten a little tiresome to
many bloggers - yes, including me! - which is why I'm not
calling it one ;) to create a list of food bloggers' top
picks for things you've eaten and think that everyone
should eat at least once before they die. Think of it as
kind of a global food guide, which can enrich and inform
our travels and perhaps even clue us into things closer to
home that we've somehow overlooked. And although it will
probably be too long for any one person to dream of
completing, I hope it will give us all some small inkling
of how many more edible treasures there still are out
there, and how much there still is to experience..."
"Madelyn Miller is a food, wine and
travel writer who contributes to 12 Publications with a
combined circulation of several million.
She was dubbed "THE TRAVEL LADY" at KDFW-TV, the Dallas
Fox Station, where she frequently gives travel tips and
advice. She was so well known, that she decided to use
that name when she founded Travellady.com which now has
over 150 contributors on six continents."
"Independent travel on the Internet."
"TrekShare enables the traveler to plan, create, and
publish trips online. Whether you call it a vacation, trek, or journey, we
will prepare you, guide you through, and wrap your memories up in a
"Trip Lit is an e-zine showcasing travel writing
from up-and-coming writers as well as pictorial essays from
photojournalists. Most of our contributors are new writers trying to get
published or professionals exploring a new genre, but we welcome
submissions from people in any occupation—as long as they share our love
of literature and travel."
"An uncommon guide to the art of long-term travel."
"Vagabonding is a round-the- world
travelogue created by Mike Pugh, an optimist from Chicago.
Mike traveled on his own through Asia and East Africa from
October 2002 – November 2003 and updated this site from
"Real travelers - real people."