The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2014)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 3rd quarter (July — September) of 2014 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: 2014)

 

1 Nomadic Matt
2 Our Awesome Planet +1
3 Y Travel Blog +2
4 A Luxury Travel Blog –2
5 Migrationology +2
6 Pinoy Adventurista NEW
7 Adventurous Kate +2
8 Young Adventuress +3
9 GoNOMAD Travel +9
10 Twenty-Something Travel +2
11 Expert Vagabond +2
12 The Poor Traveler –4
13 Leave Your Daily Hell +8
14 Go Backpacking
15 Wandering Trader –5
16 True Nomads NEW
17 Travel Dudes –1
18 The Savvy Backpacker –3
19 Imperator Travel
20 Cheapest Destinations Blog NEW
21 Never Ending Voyage +3
22 Have Baby Will Travel +8
23 Never Ending Footsteps NEW
24 Time Travel Turtle +7
25 Legal Nomads –3
26 The Vacation Gals –3
27 One Step 4Ward
28 Alex In Wanderland +20
29 Bucket List Journey +15
30 Travel Mamas –1
31 That Backpacker +5
32 Travels of Adam +4
33 The Expeditioner +1
34 Keep Calm And Travel NEW
35 Medellin Living +6
36 Map Happy +3
37 Wild Junket –12
38 Goats On The Road NEW
39 Just One Way Ticket –11
40 Virtual Wayfarer NEW
41 Dream Euro Trip NEW
42 ETramping –5
43 A Montrealer Abroad NEW
44 Ordinary Traveler –6
45 Hippie In Heels NEW
46 Finding The Universe –13
47 A Little Adrift –5
48 Turkish Travel Blog NEW
49 Brendan’s Adventures
50 Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel NEW


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 2014 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@TheExpeditioner.com.

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