The Top 50 Travel Blogs (2nd Quarter: 2012)

Monday, October 1, 2012

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Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 2nd quarter (April – June) of 2012 ranked by visitor traffic.

There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa scores, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, estimated traffic, inbound Google links and even subjective design criteria.

My intention was to create the most objective and accurate list of the most popular travel blogs. Therefore, this list is based solely on the number of visitors a travel blog receives. To read more about how this list was put together, please read below.

Top 50 Travel Blogs (Q2: 2012)

1 Nomadic Matt
2 Go Nomad
3 Delicious Baby
4 Family On Bikes
5 Wandering Earl
6 Wild Junket
7 Europe Up Close
8 Legal Nomads
9 Go Backpacking
10 The Vacation Gals
11 Adventurous Kate
12 Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
13 Twenty-Something Travel
14 Migrationology
15 Traveling Mom
16 Art Of Backpacking
17 Imperatortravel
18 Amateur Traveler
19 Ordinary Traveler
20 The Expeditioner
21 Medellin Living
22 Wandering Educators
23 A Little Adrift
24 Travel Mamas
25 Travels With A Nine Year Old
26 Heather On Her Travels
27 Turkish Travel Blog
28 Leave Your Daily Hell
29 A Luxury Travel Blog
30 Nomadic Notes
31 BreatheDreamGo
32 Four Jandals
33 2 Backpackers
34 Euro Trip Tips
35 Budget Travel Adventures
36 Mai Travel Site
37 The Professional Hobo
38 Have Baby Will Travel
39 Kaleidoscopic Wandering
40 Albany Kid
41 Travelogged
42 Around The World L
43 Man On The Lam
44 Runaway Juno
45 Finding the Universe
46 Grown-Up Travel Guide
47 Maiden Voyage
48 Get In The Hot Spot
49 Inspiring Travellers
50 Living the Dream RTW


Methodology

I reached out to a large sampling of travel bloggers and asked that they provide me with a screenshot of their Google Analytics page reflecting their site’s visitor statistics over a three-month period (April – June) of 2012. The reasoning behind this method was that I wanted to obtain a rolling average to compensate for monthly spikes that may have occurred. Further, utilizing Google Analytics as the uniform measure of traffic helped to ensure uniformity of data across all sampling.

Of course, due to this method of collecting data, only those site owners that submitted their statistics were included for consideration in the rankings. Those that did not submit were not considered. Further, in an effort to maximize the number of participants and to protect specific traffic numbers that some site owners regard as sensitive and private, I agreed to keep all specific data confidential and not include those numbers in the rankings.

Why This Metric?

Simple, it’s the most accurate, best picture of a site’s traffic. As everyone knows, Alexa is not very accurate and can be easily manipulated. Inbound links are a great sign of SEO, but just because a site does well with Google doesn’t mean it has a lot of visitors. Twitter followers are great, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into site readers.

Quite simply, unique visitors is the one metric that most accurately reflects a site’s readership.

Who Cares?

I understand that just because a site gets the most number of unique visitors doesn’t mean it’s the highest quality site. There are plenty of excellently written, well-designed, engaging sites that may not have high traffic numbers.

My intention was not to create a list of the best, or the most useful, or the most professional travel blogs. I simply wanted to create the most accurate list of the most visited blogs. Just as the movie weekend box office results are reported every week, I simply wanted to create an unbiased, objective list of the most visited travel blogs for research purposes.

Finally, I hope this list will serve as a useful guide and a good starting point for travelers and readers around the world looking to explore the vibrant and eclectic travel blogging community, and expose them to some great travel blogs that they otherwise may not be reading.

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If you are a travel blogger who would like to be considered for inclusion in the third quarter list (July – September), please e-mail me a screenshot of your Google Analytics page reflecting your site’s overall traffic from July 1 – September 30 to: Matt.Stabile@TheExpeditioner.com.

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