The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)


The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)

Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 3rd quarter (July – September) of 2013 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 (Q3: 2013)

 

1 Nomadic Matt n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
2 Y Travel Blog -1 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
3 A Luxury Travel Blog -1 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
4 Adventurous Kate +4 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
5 Wandering Trader n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
6 Go Backpacking +3 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
7 Never Ending Voyage +7 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
8 Twenty-Something Travel +3 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
9 Legal Nomads +4 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
10 OttsWorld +2 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
11 Leave Your Daily Hell -1 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
12 Imperator Travel +3 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
13 Travels Of Adam n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
14 Solo Traveler n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
15 The Vacation Gals +1 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
16 Just One Way Ticket n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
17 Green Global Travel n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
18 Travel Mamas -1 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
19 The Expeditioner +13 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
20 The Professional Hobo n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
21 Ordinary Traveler –3 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
22 Have Baby Will Travel +4 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
23 InACents –1 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
24 2 Backpackers –1 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
25 Family On Bikes n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
26 Traveling Canucks –2 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
27 Finding The Universe –4 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
28 A Little Adrift +9 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
29 That Backpacker +5 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
30 Around The World L +6 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
31 Medellin Living –2 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
32 Never Ending Footsteps +12 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
33 Alex In Wanderland +15 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
34 Turkish Travel Blog –13 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
35 Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel –13 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
36 Escape Artistes -8 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
37 Brendan’s Adventures –7 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
38 Yomadic –7 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
39 Wandering Educators –12 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
40 ETramping n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
41 Runaway Juno n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
42 Monkeys & Mountains +7 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
43 Inspiring Travellers –4 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
44 Travel O Cafe n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
45 Nomadic Notes –3 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
46 Adventures By Daddy n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
47 Heather On Her Travels –4 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
48 Grown-Up Travel Guide n/a The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
49 My Yatra Diary –11 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)
50 Changes In Longitude –17 The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013) The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)


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 the most recent quarter. 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 a high 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 2013 4th quarter list, please e-mail me a screenshot of your Google Analytics page reflecting your site’s overall traffic from October 1 – December 31 to: Matt.Stabile@TheExpeditioner.com.

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Click Here to Read the Complete Past Lists of The Top 50 Travel Blogs

By Matt Stabile

The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at TheExpeditioner.com. (@TheExpeditioner)



Published on October 20, 2013

  • http://www.nomadtravellers.com/ Nomad Travellers

    We probably have still a long way to go, but first or later, you’ll see us in that list :)

  • http://Www.distantvisionsofcurry.com/ Spencer

    take a look at our site. Even though it’s not for the masses, it’s still a crowd pleaser. http://www.distantvisionsofcurry.com

  • Justin @ True Nomads

    I’ll see you on the next one! Does 2500-3500 uniques a day get me on there? ;)

  • http://www.iammariza.com/ @iamMariza

    Cool! Thanks for the list! :)

  • Traveling Foodist

    Not to be nitpicky, but if you didn’t want to create a list of “top blogs” just those “most visited,” why is this entitled “the top 50 travel blogs”? Perhaps “the most visited 50 travel blogs” would fit more into your stated mission and be a fairer representation?

    • MattStabile

      Well I suppose the most accurate title would be: “The Top 50 Travel Blogs As Ranked By Unique Monthly Visitors On A Quarterly Basis,” but I’m a little worried about how that rolls off the tongue.

      But seriously, I get what you’re saying, but to be fair, the metric that I’m using to justify the title is clearly explained in the opening paragraph before I even get to the listings, so I don’t think there should be much confusion.

      • Traveling Foodist

        It’s still disingenuous and contradicts your stated objective to leave it titled “top” travel blogs.

        • MattStabile

          Well look, I understand your position, but given that the definition of “top” as: “highest in position, rank, or degree,” I see little reason to back up your statement that I’m being disingenuous. But as I said, I understand your argument, I just happen not to agree, but I thank you for your input, as my goal for this list from the beginning was to create an unbiased list, which included input from the blogging community.

  • http://tielandtothailand.com/ Chris&Angela TielandtoThailand

    Solid list. Thanks for the motivation.

  • Kle

    working on it….:) Keepcalmandtravel.com

  • Mo

    Interesting Article, Would love to be part of it one day!! cheers for the share :)

  • http://www.justonewayticket.com/ Sab | JustOneWayTicket.com

    OH MY GOSH!! I just bumped my head because I was jumping in my bed! Thank you!!!!!!

  • http://www.travelocafe.com/ Laura @ Travelocafe

    Thanks, Matt! You made my day! :)

  • Rebecca Chant

    One day I’ll make this list!!
    My adventure starts next week!
    http://www.lost-in-spice.com