As we kick off another awesome year, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite travel bloggers that we enjoy following and our favorite posts from them in 2013. Bringing us along on their amazing adventures as they explore the world on their own, here are some of our Top Solo Travel Blogs. We also asked them to share what they are looking forward to most in 2014. Be sure to check them out!
Our Favorite post of 2013: 12 Reasons to take a Scenic River Cruise in Europe
As far as 2014 goes — I usually visit 20 countries a year and in 2014 I hope I add at least five new ones and visit the remaining U.S. States on my list. Happy New Year!
Our Favorite Post of 2013: How to Pack for a Cruise
Unlike many travel bloggers, I have a home base, a house, a husband and a dog all in the Nashville area, so my travel schedule these days is shorter domestic jaunts rather than long-term international. I never really know where I’m going to be when, as I’m often called by magazines (I work in print journalism) to go on last-minute assignments with a short turnaround and always try to make myself available for such contract work. But at the moment, I’m out in Southern California for 10 days to work on a TEDx event with Semester at Sea, an organization with whom I’ve been heavily involved these past few years. I also have quite a few destination weddings that I’m in or attending in 2014 (Austin, Denver, New York City) and the accompanying bachelorette weekends (Savannah, Napa). Of course, as always, I’ll try to squeeze every last experience out of every one of these trips that I can and tack on some additional time (in San Francisco, for one, and maybe a few days on the slopes while in Colorado).
I’m hoping to make it out to Montana with a group of my travel blogging buds in late spring, as well, and the biggest vacation on the docket is 3.5 weeks in Europe with my family in June to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday. We’ll start in Italy, then cruise on down to Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia on a tall ship, then wrap up the trip with a few days in Rome and a week in Sicily, where he was previously stationed for three years in the U.S. Navy. That takes care of the first half of the year, and I’m excited to see where the second half will find me!
Our Favorite Post of 2013: 30 Things to Do Before Turning 30
One of the things I’m most excited about in 2014 is learning Spanish in Seville. I’m taking a course with the Clic Language School for one month and hope to improve my Spanish skills — plus spend some time exploring southern Spain.
I’ll be blogging for the 4 weeks I’m in Seville learning Spanish. Read all about my adventures here: http://myspanishstory.travelsofadam.com
Our Favorite Post of 2013: Is Australia a Value Destination?
I’m really looking forward to exploring more of my own country, the US, in 2014. I’ve always wanted to explore the southern US in depth and hope to do so on a road trip from New Orleans to Charleston. So excited for the food!
Our Favorite Post for 2013: A Recap of my Wander Across Mexico Tour
2014 will be the year that I expand my Wandering Earl Tours project by leading 7 or 8 small group tours to various countries around the world. And in between each of these trips, I plan to explore Central Asia and Africa while also working on new ways to help as many people as possible realize that long-term travel can be achieved.
Our Favorite Post for 2013: 14 Ways to Work and Travel the World (From someone who has actually done them)
I am not sure where 2014 will bring me, it will be hard to top last year with volunteering with elephants, investigating behind the scenes at Tiger Temple, going to battle with a multi-national and now finishing up Operation Save Santa in the Philippines. I am not sure where I will land, but the new year will bring with it a lot more video content for my web series coming up and maybe some Latin-y. I am open for any suggestions to your readers. Cheers
Our Favorite Post from 2013: 10 Ways Living Abroad Changed Me for the Better
I’m kicking off 2014 with a motorcycle tour around Colombia, South America. In fact, I’m here now, wandering over the mountains, through coffee plantations, drinking amazing wine and ocean views. It’s amazing! And with this start to 2014, I already know it’s going to be a great year. Also on the horizon are trips to Steamboat, Colorado; Nashville, San Francisco and a road trip around Alaska and Oregon (where I’m from). Somehow in the middle of all that will be a heavy load of graduate school, and that’s fun too! I hope you all have exciting plans for 2014 as well. Happy New Year!
Aim to Travel
Our Favorite Post from 2013: Backpacking Through Europe Highlights and Whats Next?
I plan to move to Colorado by the start of 2014 and spend the rest of ski season there setting up Summit Visual Productions and shooting demo reels for marketing. Summit Visual Productions is a videography company that will produce high definition video of families on the ski trips. SVP will service the resorts of Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin. After ski season, I’ll be heading to Central and South America for a few months. I’ll start in Guatemala to spend a month doing volunteer work for the Integral Heart Foundation. From there, I plan to head to Peru and Brazil for sure with hopes of also visiting Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, and Bolivia. When I get back in August, I will be heading back to Colorado for the rest of the year while planning my next big trip to either Africa or Australia and Asia.
Our Favorite Post from 2013: From the Road: Borjoni – Tbilisi Train
2013 was truly spectacular! I took off for my biggest adventure ever! I have spent 5 month traveling in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Iran. Iran was my best trip ever! I have never before visited such an amazing country. Met such wonderful people.
Plans for 2014? To be frank I find making plans difficult. Those who knows me a bit are aware of how I roll. I jump on the plan 3 days after buying tickets. And exactly 3 days and one hour after taking a decision. But even such a helpless planer as me have dreams. I dream about visiting Pakistan and Madagascar. I’m tremendously looking forward to make it happen in 2014!
** All photos were kindly provided by these wonderful bloggers.
We would like to thank all of these busy travelers bloggers for sharing their stories with us! Be sure to check out their solo travel blogs during 2014 so that you can follow along with their adventures too. We wish them all the best in the coming year.