The Top 50 Travel Blogs (4th Quarter: 2012)

Monday, February 4, 2013


Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 4th quarter (October – December) 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 (Q4: 2012)


1 Go Nomad +3
2 Wild Junket 0
3 Migrationology +6
4 Y Travel Blog +4
5 Delicious Baby n/a
6 Go Backpacking +1
7 A Luxury Travel Blog +14
8 Wandering Earl –5
9 Family On Bikes –3
10 OttsWorld +1
11 The Vacation Gals +1
12 Adventurous Kate +1
13 Never Ending Voyage +2
14 Legal Nomads +3
15 Traveling Canucks –1
16 Leave Your Daily Hell +12
17 Green Global Travel n/a
18 2 Backpackers +20
19 Art Of Backpacking +1
20 Twenty-Something Travel -1
21 Women On The Road n/a
22 Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel –4
23 Field Trips with Sue +12
24 Imperator Travel +5
25 Finding The Universe +9
26 Travel Mamas –2
27 A Little Adrift +12
28 Monkeys & Mountains +12
29 Wandering Educators +1
30 Around The World L –7
31 Globo Treks +6
32 Grown-Up Travel Guide +9
33 Turkish Travel Blog –11
34 Ordinary Traveler –24
35 Heather On Her Travels –8
36 Amateur Traveler –5
37 The Expeditioner –5
38 InACents –22
39 Medellin Living –14
40 Travel Wonders of the World –7
41 Four Jandals –5
42 My Yatra Diary n/a
43 Breathe Dream Go n/a
44 Never-Ending Footsteps –1
45 Brendan’s Adventures 0
46 Man On The Lam +1
47 Albany Kid n/a
48 Nomadic Notes +1
49 Budget Travel Adventures –1
50 Adventures By Daddy n/a


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 third quarter 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 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.


If you are a travel blogger who would like to be considered for inclusion in the 1st-quarter of 2013 list, please e-mail me a screenshot of your Google Analytics page reflecting your site’s overall traffic from January 1 – March 31 to:


The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2012)

By Matt Stabile



Matt Stabile Bio PictureMatt Stabile is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Expeditioner. The Expeditioner began in 2008 and is headquartered in New York City. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos or contact him at any time at (@TheExpeditioner)

  • Gert

    Good article, nice list. Next time you do this, will you consider taking the new travel blog in consideration aswell?

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  • Lisa Niver Rajna

    Matt, Thanks for the great list. I read one of your books and am ready for another one! Loved David Farley’s piece. Lisa

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  • Hope to make it up there soon! ;-)

  • It would be good to get a range of how many visitors they are getting. Are we talking 1000’s, 10,000’s, 100,000’s for the quarter? Also, is a site like Gadling not considered a blog? Maybe I missed it but I did not see how you defined travel blog? What about sites that are about one place for travelers? Or are these strictly people that write about travel experiences? Thanks for this list.

    • TheExpeditioner

      Hi Duke,

      While I’ve promised not to give any hard numbers out (including ranges), I do agree that I could be clearer about what a “travel blog” is. I have basically included any site that does travel narratives/news, and have only excluded primarily booking/travel planning sites whose narrative/editorial focus is not primary.

      So in other words, Gadling would be included if they wanted to submit their numbers to me (although I doubt AOL would do that), and I would not include CheapoAir or Expedia’s travel blog, but I do include all travel blogs, online travel magazines, and travel photoblogs. It seems slightly subjective, but I’m trying to be as open as possible without watering down the list too much.

  • Good list with some familiar names and some new discoveries for me. I regularly read- My Yatra diary Congrats Arti

  • Leyla at Women on the Road

    Thanks Matt – I’m glad to be part of the group!

  • It’s a wonderful feeling and a huge honor to see my blog up there with the best. Thanks for putting up the list Matt! :)

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