I have said it before, I LOVE reading blogs. I have read them for about 12 years now, and they tend to be my first port of call when I am researching something. I would be devastated if some of my favourite UK travel bloggers stopped writing their blogs. Is that a little dramatic? Ok, maybe. I would get over it pretty quick, but I would miss reading their posts, so I feel a little over dramatisation is needed okaayayyyy?
Just too clarify, these bloggers do not write only UK travel. Just in case you were wondering. They are travel bloggers that call the UK their home.
Although I binge read travel blogs, travel and lifestyle blogs tend to be my favourite genre. I like travel content to be mixed with the occasional bit of their actual life! Maybe it is because you get a bit more of a feel for the person behind the blog when there are a few non travel, non review type posts? I am not sure. I just find I pull towards a mix for the most part. I like to read a blog where I can feel the personality of the person writing. I’m also a big fan of food and travel blogs, so I may well do another post with my favourites in that category!
Travel blogs have always been my escapism. I retreat to those sites when I need a little inspo for a trip, or armchair travel. If you have been in my corner of the internet a while, you may well know, travel is my passion. I suppose that is no surprise I read about it…a lot! ! I love writing travel, reading travel, and of course doing (is that even the right terminology) travel. The following are my go-to’s. Since blog traffic has taken a hit during the Covid 19 pandemic, (travel blogs in particular), I wanted to share the love for some of my favourites. Feel free to share your own fave’s in the comments. I am always looking for new blogs to read!
UK Travel Bloggers I Always Read
Travel writing blogs;
I thought I would start with a few of my favourite, purely travel blogs. This selection are blogs that have almost all of their content, dedicated to travel. Although as I said, travel and lifestyle blogs tend to be my favourites, I do check in with and stalk the following travel writing blogs on a regular basis…..
I absolutely love following Ellie. She was actually the first travel blogger I ever met too! I of course adore her total love and immersion in travel. But I also admire her as a person. She had a dream of making travel her full time job, took a leap of faith and made it happen! I have massive respect for that. Ellie is a full time travel blogger, its how she earns her living. But I never, ever question her genuine and continued love of travel. It always feels authentic, and that she is excited by the countries she visits. It is not a “country ticking” exercise for Ellie. She has a genuine desire to immerse herself in the place and the culture she is in. She travels slowly and with purpose. Her recent trip to Pakistan blew me away and opened my eyes to a whole new area to consider in my own travel.
Her honesty is never compromised and if she feels something has not met her expectations, then she tells it like it is. Press trip or not! Her current nomadic life reminds me of how I started my own travel journey in my teens. Just wandering from country to country, going where the wind blew us, and knowing how lucky we were to be experiencing it all. If you like authentic, say it like it is travel sharing, Ellie is your girl.
I only discovered this blog by Arianwen last year. I have been popping across to binge read since then! Arianwen is a journalist, so as you would expect, her writing is amazing. Informative, full of details, but still very personable. Although very professional, I still get a feel for the personality behind the blog. I love how this blog covers sustainable tourism in a totally non preachy way, and wildlife care features too! Arianwen visits some really inspiring destinations, and always does interesting things. She is a bit of an adventure seeker, and relaxing beach style holidays are not really her thing! A great, easy read blog that takes you on an adventure.
Rachel’s blog is a fairly new blog to me. I have been reading it for about a year or so now. From the very first post I read, (about Burgh Island in Devon), I knew she had similar taste in travel to me. Champagne on Arrival is a blog about affordable luxury travel. It is not about astronomically expensive places to stay, or status. It is about finding places that are a little more fancy, but in the realms of possibility! They also tend to be more independent or smaller chains. I prefer that too. She has introduced me to, and left me craving, a visit to Oman! I always enjoy Rachel’s posts.
I love this blog. Written by Doctor-turned-writer Abi, this is a blog packed full of travel inspiration. Abi is passionate about more authentic and sustainable travel, and immersing yourself in the culture of a destination. Abi is extremely well travelled, yet it is not about “collecting countries” for her. She has a genuine and excited passion for travel, which I enjoy reading. Incredibly full and detailed posts, you will be able to find pretty much anything you want to know, travel wise, on this blog.
UK Travel Bloggers that are not only travel content
Travel and Lifestyle blogs
Sam is my wildlife warrior hero. She is one of my fellow World Animal Protection ambassadors, and is so knowledgeable when it comes to wildlife tourism etc. Sam works as a veterinary nurse by day, and travels out to volunteer her skills with animal protection charities overseas, on a regular basis. I have interviewed Sam on the blog before, (you can read it here, Wildlife Tourism Educator) and she inspires me so much. Sam’s blog is an informative and authentic mix of overseas travel, wildlife tourism issues and London lifestyle. Her visit to Japan was absolutely stunning! I always love reading Sam’s blog. I also love that she uses her time and extensive training to help our wildlife. Sam is just a beautiful heart and soul and I adore her.
Ok, these ladies are the travel bloggers that make me want to visit everywhere they go. They write beautifully! It was actually listening to their podcast that gave me the encouragement to write my blog. They made me understand you do not have to travel full time, or be on eleventy million press trips, to write a travel blog! These girls literally pull me in to where ever it is that they are visiting, with their story telling. It feels like I am stepping into the pages of a very British written novel when I read their travel tales, and I LOVE it. Whimsical, romantic and descriptive, I look forward to curling up on a Sunday afternoon, cup of tea in hand, to catch up with Clare and Laura. It is through their blog that my own travel wish list, especially UK travel, has grown in destinations considerably. Always inspiring, always a pleasure to read. Clare and Laura do not write their blog as much now, but there is plenty of content there to indulge in. I just love their blog.
Abbi is a fellow vegan, and sustainable living advocate. It is through Abbi that I extended my passion for growing vegetables! We have regular nerd chats about our veggies…. Abbi is passionate about living and travelling in a more sustainable way. She makes me want to be, and do better. I always love the way Abbi travels, and she inspires me to seek out the most sustainable accommodation I can. Her travel post’s always make me feel huge wanderlust, and I love her informal, yet very informative style of writing. Her coverage and photos of her trip to South Africa have fuelled my desire to visit even more! I love Abbi’s say it like it is approach to everything. The way she lives her life, very consciously and respectful to our planet, is so admirable. She rocks!
Now this blog probably has the least travel content, but I just can’t not include it. It is probably the most aesthetic, and pretty blog that I read. It makes me feel calm. Is that weird? Lou, the author of Little Green Shed writes about a large range of topics, but I am captivated by her blog. Lots of comprehensive European City guides, UK stays and wish list wanderings, with beautiful photography to match. Lou’s tagline is “actively encouraging you to live a full and splendid life”. That resonates with me fully as that is exactly why I write my blog! The Little Green Shed is not a traditional travel blog, but so enjoyable and I blog I get lost in on a regular basis.
And finally – More Uk Travel Bloggers to note
I couldn’t finish this post without a little nod to the following bloggers too! It is why I am rubbish at these sorts of posts. My lists just go on and on……..
Lauretta – Home and Horizon – Although Lauretta has moved away a little from travel content, she still has informative and great travel articles on there! I catch up with Lauretta’s blog all the time.
Binny – Binny’s Food and travel – As the title may suggest, Binny write’s a lot of restaurant reviews alongside her travel content. She is also another fellow Wildlife warrior though, and I learn a lot about the plight of our wildlife on Binny’s blog.
Melis – Melis Living – Melis does not write her blog so much these days, as she is incredibly busy with her life! But, I love her blog and her chatty style of writing makes me feel like I am having a natter with a mate!
Charlie – Where Charlie Wanders – Charlie has made me fall in love with Norfolk. Her exploring of her home county has me craving a Norfolk road trip. Although she travels to all kinds of destinations and her posts are always so informative.
So, there we have it. A little round up of the uk travel bloggers I visit on a regular basis. I tend to read blogs that show me their personality too. Not just a “professional” travel itinerary or guide. I can read a travel brochure for that. As a classic over sharer myself, I like to feel like I am chatting with a mate when I read a blog. Does that make sense? I read a lot of blogs, so this is in no way a comprehensive list. I have tried to just share some of the more travel focused ones. As I mentioned, I might do a post on my favourite food and travel bloggers next. What do you think?
I would love to hear of any travel blogs that you read and love. I am always looking for new blogs to read! I can never get enough of travel reads. Even more so right now when we are all restricted!
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