TOP 100 Travel Sites


Top 100 Independent Travel Blogs and Websites: Volume 41

We’re Back… with some Changes

Fist of all, I apologize for the delay in updating this list.  I think it’s been nearly four months since I did an update.  The truth is that I’ve been insanely busy.  Between my travel magazine, Brendan’s Adventures, my new Youtube travel video channel, and the fact that I’m travelling through West Africa where access to the internet isn’t exactly on every corner, well, let’s just say keeping up has been a struggle.

Still, I know how important this list is to some of you so I’ve made sure that I set aside a couple days aside to do the update it again.  It really does take me at least a day to do the update.  Luckily this time I had some help from one of my staff members at the magazine who ran all the Alexa score for me which allowed me to focus on the list.

I’ve made some slight changes to the list but nothing major.  For next month I’m hoping to work in some sort of social media score and get rid of the Alexa score all together.

What Changes were Made?

The truth is that most of the changes won’t be seen here on the top of the list but at the bottom.

  • I decided to chop out any site with an alexa score under 1,000,000.  If your site has an alexa score worse than 1,000,000 please assume it has been cut from the math, and feel free to submit again when your blog or website surpasses that mark again.
  • Alexa Score has a slightly lower impact on the scores
  • Again, I’m hoping to phase out, or at least weaken, the alexa score in the future and possibly work in some sort of social media score.

About the Rankings

If you’re new to the rankings you can find out how I score the sites here.  And if you’re interesting in submitting your site you can check the guidelines here.
There are about 400 sites still in the math.

On to the Rankings

Below are this week’s rankings.  I have excluded where everyone was last update because of the length of time between updates.  There are a tonne of new sites on the list they have been marked with a couple **s next to their rank.
Enjoy! There are some wonderful travel sites here:
1Ytravel Blog92.4175869121
2Uncornered Market91.9063394683
3Land Lopers91.5239263804
4Nomadic Matt91.4243353783
5Everything Everywhere91.3865030675
6The Planet D91.0887525562
7Fox Nomad90.4883435583
8Wild Junket90.0973415133
9Go Nomad89.5811860941
10Bacon is Magic88.4351738241
11Wandering Earl88.3415132924
12Hecktic Travels88.1775051125
13Go Backpacking88.0752556237
14Adventurous Kate87.9950920245
15Beers and Beans87.9411042945
1620s Something Travel87.6104294479
17Trans-Americas Journey87.5501022495
18Ott’s World87.4032719836
19Velvet Escape87.1014314928
20Green Globe Travel87.0486707566
21Hole in the Donut87.0126789366
22Wandering Educators86.9946830266
23Go See Write86.8703476483
24The Travel Dudes86.6797546012
25Over Yonderlust86.5676891616
26Nomadic Samuel86.3288343558
27Almost Fearless86.2527607362
28Art of Backpacking85.9190184049
29Legal Nomads85.8257668712
30Wandering Trader85.5059304703
31Traveling Canucks85.3942740286
32Dangerous Business85.3766871166
332 Backpackers85.2339468303
34Ordinary Traveler85.0789366053
35Wild About Travel85.0298568507
36Neverending Voyage84.6650306748
37Chris Around the World84.5235173824
38My Destination84.4310838446
39Johnny Vagabond83.7889570552
40Inspiring Travelers83.4879345603
41Around the World “L”83.4830265849
42Globe Trotter Girls83.0118609407
43Four Jandals82.9505112474
44Finding the Universe82.6658486708
45Ali’s Adventures82.5447852761
46Inside the Travel Lab82.5137014315
47As We Travel82.4384458078
48Travels of Adam82.4245398773
49That Backpacker82.3149284254
50Travel with a Mate81.8290388548
52The Aussie Nomad81.7218813906
55**Sophie’s World81.318609407
56Travel O Cafe81.0429447853
57Our Oyster81.0208588957
58Just Travelous80.9848670757
60The Travel Chica80.8654396728
61**Stop Having a Boring Life80.7934560327
62Turkish Travel Blog80.6560327198
63**Champagne Living80.563599182
65A Little Adrift80.3173824131
66Indie Travel Podcast80.2642126789
67Grounded Traveler80.199795501
68No Vacation Required79.9492842536
69Don’t Ever Look Back79.9263803681
70Wanderlust and Lipstick79.8196319018
71My Beautiful Adventures79.6687116564
72Travel Wonders of the World79.500204499
75The Vacation Gals79.1582822086
76Man on the Lam79.0961145194
77Nomadic Chick79.0147239264
78Neverending Footsteps79.0069529652
79**For 91 Days78.7533742331
80The Adventures of D78.7042944785
81**Teaching Traveling!78.6421267894
82**Overlander TV78.5357873211
83Budget Travel Adventures78.3926380368
84What’s Dave Doing?78.1619631902
85Longest Way Home77.8413087935
86Ken Kaminesky77.7611451943
87**Monkeys and Mountains77.7055214724
88Travels with a Nine Year Old77.6948875256
90Off Track Planet77.5574642127
91Fevered Mutterings77.5445807771
92**Travel Sex Life77.5443762781
93Travel Yourself77.2057259714
94**Will Peach77.1329243354
95Solo Traveler Blog76.863803681
96Runaway Jane76.7476482618
97**Amateur Traveler76.736196319
98Delicious Baby76.6920245399
99Nerdy Nomad76.5758691207
100Runaway Juno76.5750511247


  1. Wahoo! You have made it Brendan. I hope and I’m sure you paid scant attention to the hate mail. I think you make this really fair (and I’m not just saying that because we rank so highly) Even if I was way down the list, I would still show my utmost gratitude to you for all the hard work and time you put into doing this each week. You make it clear what the criteria is and I’m always thinking about what I can do to improve our site to rank high in each category.
    I think because you evaluate content it makes this ranking very credible. Content is King. Good content brings in traffic and keeps your readers coming back.

    Anyway I’m super stoked and cannot believe that we are sitting at number 4 beneath some outstanding blogs.
    Thank you once again. This is fun

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  2. I’m still amazed how much time you put into this. It must suck up a good part of the day each week. Keep it up. Keep that hate mail flowing!

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  3. thanks again for all the work you put in to this. I HOPE to have to make you work some some more this week. Going to try to add some SmugMug photo galleries up. Hope to, that is. Thanks again for all you do.

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  4. Can not believe someone sent you hate mail. That really signifies that they have lost the plot and should step away from the keyboard till they get it back again.

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  5. Just wanted to add my thanks for the work you are doing here Brendan. This is a great way to keep up with what various travel blogs are doing on a weekly basis and to come in touch with new folks.

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  6. Woohoo Stoked to have made the list! :)

    I can’t imagine the work you have to do to keep up with this! I think I speak for all of us when I say thank you for your hard work.

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  7. This is such a solid list and such a great resource for us newbie travel bloggers. I can honestly say that I’ve visited each and every site and truly enjoy them. So glad to see that Where is Jenny has joined the ranks. She’s absolutely worthy and it’s come just in time for her fantabulous RTW!

    This has got to be one bear of a task and I’m delivering a big cyber curtsy to you! :)

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  8. Brendan, awesome job doing this! If you ever visit Malaysia, let me know and I’ll buy you rounds and rounds of beer! So allocate 2 days for this.


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    • Hahah… David… I very well may take you up on that!

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  9. Thanks for including us on your list. All of the 100 blogs on the list are incredible and unique in their own ways. It is difficult to put a number on all of them. We appreciate being a part of the amazing community. Great work and we always find a new blog to follow when we look down the list.

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  10. Thank you so much for including me on your very comprehensive list. I am definitely in good company and am honored to be listed.

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  11. Hey Brendan,

    Wow, excellent job compiling this list; it must take a lot of time each week!! And good to see TP being listed as a newbie ;) In fairness though; do we really deserve to be listed? I wouldn’t really call the main TP site a blog, though we do occasionally blog at . Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to seem ungrateful, because it’s GREAT to be listed, but I also really don’t want to wrongfully be taking some blogger’s spot.

    Anyway, thanks for introducing me to some great new blogs around the way!!


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    • Sam… the list isn’t about blogs! It’s called “The Top100 Independent Travel Sites” No one ever called it a blog list!! :) Welcome to the list!

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  12. uh oh – i’m slipping!! eek! I am still totally impressed that you pull this off every week! Now if I could just talk to someone over at Alexa. :)

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  13. So wait, do I actually have to work harder to claw my way back on to the list?? Dammit. Would a sponsorship package get me a higher ranking? ;)

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    • Hahaha… God I would love a sponsor! lol… and it might work, whatever link I put in the sponsor’s window has been getting about 25 clicks a week! That might boost your Alexa score. lol

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  14. Wow. This is so impressive. I am really enjoying exploring your site, which I only just discovered recently, thanks to Barbara at HoleintheDonut, so this is the first time I’ve seen this list. I cannot for the life of me imagine how you do it. I know about a half of these blogs/sites I think, and have trouble trying to read them on a regular basis, so imagining doing that and then compiling a list leaves me gobsmacked! ………… and now I have to explore the ones I don’t already know too! Since my own travel must be mostly vicarious at the moment (if you ignore the fact I am an ex-pat, of course) I am so enjoying seeing the world through the eyes of others! Well done and thanks!

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    • Thanks for your comment. Yes, putting together the list is definitely work at times. But I get to read some great articles in the process! Hope you continue to enjoy the site!

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  15. Thanks for making this list – you’ve filled my rss reader to overflowing with new blogs to follow. I’m going to click right over and add my little blog to your process.

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  16. Congratulations to everyone on the list — your determination and hard work has paid off!
    Thanks for the research Brendan.

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  17. Is it wrong that one of my goals is to make the list? :P

    Just how long does it take for your alexa score to go up anyhow?


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  18. Thanks so much for your hard work & for including us! Great blogs from hard working peeps!

    I think we are the only family on your list that has been world traveling/blogging non-stop into our 5th year now, so that is pretty thrilling. Half the time we seem to be in locations with no or horrible internet, so between the travel & roadschooling, just getting up a post can be quite the gauntlet. ;) Can’t imagine adding the work of this list.

    One tiny tweak? We are Soultravelers3 and looks like you forgot the 3.

    Thanks so much!

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  19. HAAHAH, Brendan, absolutely love the shout-out. Thanks man. B well, Phil

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  20. Awesome list! Great to see someone putting the effort into compiling an old school directory list. Reminds me of the interwebs back in the 90′s.

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  21. You put all this work into this list every week, and people send you hate mail? That’s just so wrong.

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  22. If your list ever includes travel video sites, maybe take a gander at Tripfilms! Totally agree with this 100 and great work Brendan!

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    • I include anything travel onto this site!! I’ll add you to the math for next week!!

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  23. Keep up the great work everyone…and thanks again to Brendan for compiling the list!

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  24. Thanks Brendan! It seems like most everyone is doing well!

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  25. This is a goldmine for any traveller. It’s also an ever elusive target for us to strive for!

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  26. I’m glad I stayed on the list, thanks! You’re cracking me up with your beauty pageant cat fight with Keith!

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  27. I’m off to vote – hope you’ve got your fake tan ready and that you’re manicured up to the hilt!

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  28. this week, after 4 months my site was cut from the math! :( I do update my website every week, but not all updates are shown on the blog page. Anyhow I feel it’s a pity because of the valuable contribution rocky australia travel guide constantly gives to indepedent travellers. Hope to see my site back on the list sometimes in the next future! :) Happy Holidays and thanks for your great work!

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    • Hi Michela… I’m sure you’ll be back sooner rather than later… your site is a great resource! Happy holidays

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  29. Hi i am Anny. I was looking around the web for inspiration — sort of a boost to get me back into writing —
    and your blog, here gave me tons of it. Stoked I stumbled into it.
    Looking forward to keeping up with your posts.

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  30. Happy holidays to each and everyone of these great travel bloggers ~
    Such a great source of travel info, fun & inspiration!
    Thanks Brendan for pulling it all together :)

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  31. Great list — hope to be on it in 2011 (must get A game on!). Thanks for pulling together such a thoughtful and objective list. Definitely check out…also my friend @AndiPerullo ‘s travel blog too.


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    • You guys crushed it this week…

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  32. Awesome list! Thanks! We love being included with so many great travel sites.

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  33. Is my blog one of the ones for consideration? Just curious if I am still on the list to be considered. It doesn’t really matter because I am unveiling a brand new blog in the next two weeks anyways! :)

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    • No Jeremy, I actually tossed your blog out because of the ending of that love story… lol. Ya, the site is still in the math. Let me know when the new one flies

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  34. Great list Brendan. Looks like I’ve got some reading to do ;)

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  35. nice list man… been following most of them too :-)

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  36. awesome list! I love finding new travel blogs, and now i’ve got almost 100 to explore… there goes my productivity for the week.

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  37. Thanks for the update Brendan and the tour looks awesome. I checked it out and would love to do something like that – have fun!

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  38. Yay!! I’m so stoked to be on the list finally! And determined to stay there (and move up). Thanks again Brendan for all the work you do on this. Cheers!

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  39. Sweeet. Psyched to be in such good company. B well, Phil

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  40. Great list. Really helps me find content to tweet and Facebook about. Thanks for promoting the competition.



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  41. Oh dear. Looks like I’ve got some work to do. Thanks Brendan! Your list is going to keep me reading for the rest of the cold Canadian winter…:>)

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  42. I’m always looking for new travel blogs to follow. This is a great list. I know what I’ll be doing over the next few days.

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  43. Yay Travelated made some big moves! Thanks Brendan.

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  44. Hah! down to #50. All because I update once a week. It’s all good and great work as usual Brendan :) I always wonder how you manage the time to do this.


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  45. Hooray, hooray. We’ve finally crept into the lovely company of the top 100. Thanks for the inclusion! :)

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  46. I am so excited to have made the top 100! Yippee!! Thanks, Brendan!

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  47. Great idea – first time I’ve come across this site. How do add my site for consideration?

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  48. WOW! We are so excited! We haven’t even launched our new website yet! We have loads of new content on the way. Thanks for including us on this list! Woo Hoo!

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  49. Hey Brendan!
    Awesome site you have created and great for the people like us (me really) that come across it! I have now been sitting here for about 1 hour going through your top 100 and there are not just amazing sites on there but the people as well!
    I am a newbie to it all but have my own ‘lil site-
    (and that is yep…as in Well travelled)

    Check it out and if anyone has any suggestions…feel free to let me know!

    Thankyou for inspiring others!

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  50. Thanks for the update Brendan! A lot of work here, much appreciated!

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    • It’s a good goal! Best of luck!

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  51. Quite an interesting list! I was glad to see some familiar faces I currently follow as well discovering a few gems.

    Nice work!

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  52. I’m sure my tiny blog doesn’t belong on the list, but I wonder how much improvement I would need to get close.

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    • Only one way to find out Erik!! Submit it!

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  53. Kudos to you for all of your ventures. My blog is by far not ready for submission, but it is my goal to learn, build, then submit. Thank you!

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  54. excellent post, Brendan!! Fantastic collection. Thank you for sharing it with us. Actually we read lots of them everyday, and of course, yours, is in our top.
    @TACARegional team :)

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  55. excellent post, Brendan!! Fantastic collection. Thank you for sharing it with us. Actually we read lots of them everyday, and of course, yours, is in our top.
    @TACARegional team

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  56. Hi all,
    Great idea putting this list together. We’d also like to be thown in with all the others above. OE Travel Blogs offers unbiased travel reviews and advice from like minded travellers that have been there and done that! First hand reviews and advice, passionate travellers sharing their experiences and recommendations. OE stands for Overseas Experience. Visit and see what where talking about.

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  57. Well done mate. Excellant information. Out of all the research i have done found yours to be in top 10 in relevence.
    Thank you

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  58. Great list, i will now proceed to follow, like, add and subscribe to those i’m not already…. and when i crack the 1 million mark i’ll let you know… just another million to go!

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  59. Great list you made there. Hoping for a inclusion in the next edition. ^^

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  60. Making this list is my new goal! Love it, wish there were more hours in the day to read them al!

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  61. Awesome list Brendan. Definitely read most (if not all of those blogs) at the moment. Well worth the effort. Love following along and will see how we get on in the future.

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  62. looking forward to make it in this list one day….

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  63. Just got here from Nomadic Samuel’s site; look forward to the next update.

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    • If the internet starts smartening up the update should come in the next couple days Sam. Thanks for stopping in!

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  64. Seems to me that its females and couples that have all the advantages when it comes to travel blogging. Its a cruel world out there!

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  65. Wonderful list! I do love some of the blogs on there. As We Travel is pretty hot, nice videos. Other than that, Nomadic Samuel is one of my favorite travel blogs. India is his best subject and mexico isn’t far behind!

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  66. Thanks for the list Brendan – bit of bedtime reading for me there :) @Holgs – not sure about female bloggers having the advantage in travel blogging, I suspect it’s more likely that there are more of us…

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  67. Not all are blog sites, check out our website. I’ve been through alot of these blogs and there are alot of interesting reads out there with great advice. Thanks for listing some good ones.

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    • Dean, I state clearly that these don’t have to be blogs mate. “Best travel websites”

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  68. I just love the bit where you encouraged us to ‘burn our jockstraps’. I am with you brendan. Let’s get the word out there.

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  69. Love the list. Since I’m a newby, I’m really checking out how to do this travel-website thing right and taking notes! I love Solo Traveler Blog. I hope to be on your list one day!

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  70. It was really great to see such a great list of travel bloggers

    I really like few of them and good to see that really a good work has been done to collect all these sties


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  71. What a great huge list. Travel blogs is one of my interest to visit because I love to know more about different places. I will check this out and thanks a lot for the huge list.

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  72. Nice list, but comparing your being ignored by the online travel community to the oppression women have faced throughout all of human history is ludicrous. Maybe you should take some time off of you travel writing and touch up on you history, dude.

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    • Haha Elizabeth… I suppose that you missed the sarcasm involved?

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    • Dave – Click the links, they’ll take you to the blog’s page with links to the specific travel blog.

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  73. Haha Brendan…then you should probably stick to travel writing, as satire is not your forte. Cheers!

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    • Hahaha, thanks Elizabeth.

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  74. Okay seriously, what the hell does a guy have to do to get on your damm list. We tell you that you have a nice smile, your photos are all pretty… we read YOUR blog all the time… how much lower need we sink Brendan??? :)

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  75. Great list. Thank you for sharing. Our site has been around some time but we have a lot of media in addition to our blog. Our Alexa ranking is moving up nicely so I look forward to being included on an upcoming list. :)

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  76. Great list Brendan, looking forward to seeing how our newbie blog gets ranked?

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  77. We all know the large travel blogs, but, so many niche travel sites are overlooked. It is great to see you highlighting a handful of your favourites, given I believe that most of these niche travel sites are a better read than some of the ‘canned’ efforts by some, but not all, of the larger sites. I think more website owners should include a section of their favourite blogs and/or travel sites.

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  78. This is a good list Brendan.Most of these bloggers love travelling and their passion shows in their articles.They cant wait to tell their adventures.

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  79. Thanks for taking the time to compile this list. I am just starting out on the road of travel blogging. It’s interesting to see that many of the higher ranked blogs, at least to my eyes (old though they may be), contain content that is quite inferior to some lower down the list. Hmm….

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  80. Thanks very much for putting this list together! I just started blogging a couple of months ago and this will be very helpful for me to see who else is out there and to be inspired by others’ experiences & websites. Thanks again!

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  81. Great list! I’ve visited a lot of these sites and they are fantastic, worth of their top 100 spot

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  82. I’ve read a few your post before but never commented. Thanks for the information.

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  83. Interesting update. There are some new sites I hadn’t previously known about before. That is the beauty of this list though. Always something new!

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  84. Excellent list! There is such a wealth of travel stories and information here. I’ll never get any work done now!

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  85. Fantastic list, the only problem is that I’m not on it ;)
    One day… until then I keep dreaming…
    Keep up the good work, Brendan!

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  86. Oo gosh, what an update :) Just dropped by to see if this was still going – thanks for the effort (and for shifting me up around 50 places!)

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  87. Excellent list! I could spend hours going through these blogs! Good job!

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  88. wow.. It’s a great list.. Really thanks for u..

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  89. This is very good list .

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  90. Great list! I’m constantly coming back to check it out.

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  91. Excellent list of travel blogs here. Very comprehensive. To be honest this is perhaps the best list ever compiled. I need to save this page and look at some of the blogs. It’s going to take a while. Well done for this awesome compilation Brandon. By the way, I am sending you an email and I think I meet the criteria for inclusion. Kindly consider it.

    Best wishes

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  92. Its a nice post. I too wanted to be part of this list. Thanks

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  93. Would love to connect up with you sometime! Drop us a line when you’re in or near Denver!

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  94. Great work.Thanks for the information

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  95. First time I’ve seen the list Brendan and aiming to break into it next time! Jonny

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  96. Great information! Thank you very much for your kind co-operation, which is fruitful for me.
    We are Responsible Trekking Tour Company base in Nepal, specialize for Trekking , Tour Travel in Nepal, Nepal Hiking and others Outdoor Activities including, Peak Climbing, Expedition, Adventure Trekking, Rafting, Tibet and Bhutan Tour by Ecologically, Culturally and Socio- economically way”, throughout life time experience professional Sherpa Guide, potter and other staff.

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  97. I recognise some of those sites and there is certain a lot more I want to check out. My site is fairly new but I hope to be able to submit to get included on your list soon!

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  98. Great list, a lot of very interesting blogs that I didn’t know about. Thanks for putting this together :)

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  99. Great list! I’d find something useful from the list mate.

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  100. See you on the next one!

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  101. Great list of travel blogs!
    im particularly like Nomadic Samuel & Nomadic Matt

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