Spring break? Travel blogs help you pack your bags.
Whether you’re planning a trip around the world or just doing some armchair traveling, travel blogs are great for inspiration and recommendations.
In the northern hemisphere, spring is just around the corner — that time when a young blogger succumbs to wanderlust.
If you’re planning a spring break or just want to travel vicariously, blogs can help you pick a destination, plan your itinerary, and even help you choose a book or two to pass the time on the plane (or train, or bus, or boat). Here are a few of our faves:
Ellis Goes on Holiday
Ellis Goes on Holiday is a one-stop shop for all your budget globetrotting needs. This young Brit caught the travel bug young and has been making his way around the world ever since. Need to find the best burger in New Zealand? Scope out hotels in Singapore? Figure out how to break the ice with your hostel-mates? Check, check, and mate.
Ellis Goes on Holiday covers every place from Laos to Morocco to Belgium to Honduras, and every travel detail. Use his music, movie, and book recommendations to top up your tablets and Kindles for long trips, his meals for backpackers to keep from busting your budget, and his bag-packing tips to travel light.
Lady on a Rock
Looking for a more active (and colder) vacation? Look no further than Lady on a Rock. Christy, a fifth-grade teacher and 25-year hiking veteran from Oregon, decided to hike the 2600-mile Pacific Coast Trail. She’s completed 1800 miles — from Mexico to Oregon — and is branching out, completing the Continental Divide and John Muir Trails and hiking across Scotland.
Her site, Lady on a Rock, is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in hiking and climbing in the western US. Maps, detailed trail journals, and gear recommendations help you plan your next excursion, and desktop wallpaper made from her trip photos will keep you motivated between treks.
roam & home
Chicago’s Karen Valentine is eating her way around the world, and she shares it all with us on roam & home. From Chicago to China to Colombia to the Czech Republic (and lots of other places that don’t start with the letter “C”), she travels in style, finding the best eats, quirkiest neighborhoods, and can’t-miss sights.
Along with plenty of tips on what to eat, where to stay, and what to see, she’ll help you find the perfect travel bag, and her well-curated blogroll and list of travel resources will answer any question she can’t.
George School Voices
Of course, travel can be about more than fun in the sun and a great meal. The high school students from the George School teach us to combine holidays with helping.
For their spring break, they’ve fanned out around the world — Nicaragua, France, the US, South Africa — to meet up with local students and engage in community service projects. The students chronicle their experiences on George School Voices.
Whether your next vacation is a cruise, a hike across Mongolia, a family trip to EuroDisney, or a weekend in Buenos Aires, there’s a blogger who’s been there and written about it. Browse the Travel topic in the Reader or search for a specific location to build a virtual travel guide, or just click through some posts for a fast, free armchair vacation.