The ultimate list of the best backpacking blogs to follow in 2018…
The internet is literally filled with travel bloggers. These days, travel blogs offer some of the world’s most up to date information for backpackers planning epic adventure travels around the world. Many of the big names in the travel blogging game won’t be new to you, there was once a time when there were so few travel blogs around that these guys have effectively held a monopoly for a while now.
That’s why I’ve made it my mission to introduce you to some of the best backpacking blogs you may never have heard of. These guys are all real backpackers, they haven’t sold out on their sites to score a free night in a hotel, and many of these wonderful people are backpackers I’ve shared a beer, a memorable evening or a business idea or two with over the last few years…
If you’re looking for some fresh backpacker blogs to follow, check out…
1. Nina at Persian Gypsy
I first met Nina in January 2016 and we ended up hitchhiking all over Iran together… Nina is an Iranian nomad on a mission to beat tough visa rules and visit as many far flung corners of the world as she can. She takes stunning photos of wild remote places in Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Bhutan. In 2019, she’s going to be launching Persian Gypsy tours and taking a group of adventurous backpackers on an incredible journey around Iran (I’ll be there to help out too!). If you’re interested in finding out more, contact her over Instagram.
2. Mon and Dyl at Honeymoon Backpackers
I love these guys. And they love each other, that’s your ‘awwwww’ moment. Mon and Dyl, two impossibly good looking Australians, are on around the world broke backpacker style honeymoon – in that they rarely have a dime between them. They’ve worked the bar scene, picked up gigs running hostels, trimmed weed till their fingers bled and learnt how to travel the world, in style, on a budget. Last time I saw these guys, we ended up lounging out under the stars off our tits on MDMA talking about matching tattoos – the tats didn’t happen, yet. For tips and tricks aimed at backpackers on a honeymoon, check out their kickass blog.
3. Aiden at Freeborn Aiden
I first met Aiden in Venezuela when I quit coke and gave him my last supplies so he could continue his threesome in the room next door. Aiden is, like me, fascinated with more edgy countries and he is the absolute expert on Venezuela. His writing is ballsy and he leaves little to the imagination. Freeborn Aiden is hands down one of my favourite backpacker blogs to keep tabs on. Recently Aiden and I drove a multicoloured rickshaw across India and in 2018 Aiden is joining TBB Adventure Tours as our Pakistani expedition leader.
4. Alice at Teacake Travels
I’ve had a bit of an adventure-crush on Alice for a while now. Alice’s blog is very open, something I admire tremendously. She writes about what is important to her. Last year, she backpacked across Bangladesh (a country I would love to go to!) and then drove a car from the UK to Mongolia for a laugh (and a good cause). As far as fearless female adventurers go, she’s one of the best around and her backpacking blog, Teacake Travels, is packed to bursting with amusing tales of woe and romance.
5. Aaron Radcliffe at Nomads Nation
One of the top emerging travel blogs for backpackers – Aaron’s Nomads Nation is looking to make a change by creating a life of travel and freedom! Me and Aaron have been working together on a top secret project for about a year now and I’m honoured to call him my best mate and a true inspiration.
He’s an expert in travel hacking with credit cards and is also experimenting with different ways to make income while travelling. Check out his post on The Two Nomad Commandments). If you’re planning on travelling the world and never want to go home, Nomads Nation is the backpacking blog for you – check it out for heaps of tips and tricks for creating a digital nomad lifestyle and keep your eyes peeled for mine and Aaron’s joint project, launching soon!
6. Jeremy at Travel Freak
A big inspiration for myself and other backpackers hitting the road with an injury or illness, Jeremy had been backpacking across the world for years before he fell ill with Lyme disease, an incredible challenge which he took on with admirable tenacity. His travel blog, Travel Freak, is one of the best online resources for backpackers around and his honest, no bullshit, how to guides and personal stories keep me coming back for more.
7. Tom and Anna at Adventure in You
I’ve got a lot of love for these guys, once I crashed on their floor whilst traveling around The Philippines. They knew I was coming and left a joint out especially, now that’s hospitality! Since then they have grown into titans of the blogging world and are absolutely killing it online with their blog. This year, they plan on making the transition to vanlife, which I’m pretty fucking jealous about, so stay tuned for plenty of epic journeys at Adventure in You.
8. Hannah and Adam at Getting Stamped
OK, I’ll level with you – Hannah and Adam are more flashpackers than backpackers but fuck, I love these guys and every time I want to daydream about what it would be like to do some luxury travelling, these are the guys I turn to. Hannah and Adam are exceptionally lovely people and exceptionally talented videographers, check out some of their truly inspiring and beautiful videos for plenty of epic wanderlust ideas…
9. Taiss and Rob at Together to Wherever
Taiss and Rob are two very lovely people indeed and one of my favourite couples to smoke up, drink down or party on sideways (does that sound weird?) with. These guys sold all their shit and moved to Thailand where they met me – joy! – and then continued upon their adventures around the world, building an online business along the way (they’re kind of a big deal), exploring Japan, Jordan, Israel, Eastern Europe and Bali. For a hefty dose of digital nomad inspiration and gorgeous travel photos, check out their blog.
10. Crystal at Castaway with Crystal
One of the most fearless Aussies I’ve ever met (and that’s saying something), Crystal has been gallivanting all over the globe on extreme budget adventures with the help of Couchsurfing and hitchhiking for a few years now. She focusses on budget tips and real adventures for backpackers wanting to get off the beaten path and she even comes with special bonus moves -such as never ending headstand skills…
11. Sebastian at Between Distances
Between Distances is all about Seb’s insanely colourful experiences travelling and living abroad. His stories range from Death Metal shows in squat houses to drinking with shady characters in Eastern Europe to exploring the abandoned Soviet military bases that dot the areas around Berlin. I find his stuff particularly interesting because he does a lot of urbex and I love urbex!
12. Jamie Campbell at Gaijin Crew
And so there you have it amigos, plenty of inspiration for you to plan out your next backpacking adventure around the world… Share this post and help these epic backpacking travel bloggers destroy the Monopoly once and for all!