The New Year prompts travel bloggers to talk about their predictions for the upcoming year, their highs and lows of 2010 and their favourite travel bloggers.
Whilst I could write a long list of travel blogs that are considered authority figures in the blogosphere for the sake of numbers and popularity, I’d rather write a bit more in depth about three travel blogs in particular that got me laughing in the past year.
I love to laugh and that’s what makes me return to a blog. I’m a simple soul, make me giggle, and you’re halfway there. The three bloggers below aren’t afraid to poke fun at themselves and the world of travel.
Mr Hawkins has had me in hysterics with his cynicism and his dry wit. Any blogger who writes on his ‘About Me’ page “I was born, then I went to school for a long time, then I got a job. And now I travel for fun instead of being an adult and saving for retirement” is going to grab my attention.
The great thing about Nick is he doesn’t take himself too seriously, and whilst I myself have been afraid to poke fun at the travel blogging world, Nick went ahead and kicked it in the balls with his recent blog post “Thoughts about Travel Bloggers”. Just as funny was his post entitled “Obnoxious titles of blog posts on travel blogs”. Nick Hawkins is quite honest about the fact that he doesn’t really like travel blogs and that makes me admire him because he isn’t afraid to say what he thinks.
Hawkins doesn’t just tweet random links on Twitter like some robot either, he engages in conversation with people in between criticizing travel tweeps and making sarcastic but funny comments. My favourite Tweet of today- “If I organized an anti-TBEX travel tweetup where we drink and cause trouble, who’s in?”
I’m a Brit, I get nervous when there’s too much positivity and gushing and ass kissing on the internet. I like a good cynic. If I’m around a happy American for too long, I need to balance it out with a good old moan.
In short, the Where is Hawkins blog tells you what sucks and what’s awesome. Now I think I’ve praised you enough Mr. Hawkins… I’m starting to sound like some travel blog stalker, so on to someone else.
Trail of Ants has a great title, because it doesn’t contain the word “nomad”. Why does everyone feel the need to copy each other and the use the word “nomad” in the title of their blog? Trail of Ants is well written and every detail of the site, even down to the footer, is written with a sense of humour. It’s a good-looking site and every feature is well designed. He created a novel way to link exchange with his “T-bag travel blog directory” where you can get ‘dunked’.
The author, Ant Stone, has a knack with words, injecting humour with an air of superiority to make his travel blog different from any other. My favourite posts of his from this year are “10 of the Most Misused Words on Travel Blogs” (and I’m guilty of using them!) and his review of the Trans Mongolian railway, in which he concludes “The Trans-Mongolian Railway is boring”.
I hadn’t read the blog of Rob Bloggeries, Lloyd Lancaster III, whatever name he likes to go by these days, until I met him in Lagos, Portugal. I can’t remember much in my drunken haze from the past summer, but I think I first met him when he walked into the beach bar where I was working and ordered a Mojito. I assume that’s how I met him, because in the following days I made this crazy dude hundreds of Mojitos and pretended I didn’t know him when he got kicked out of bars.
Rob reminded me of a mad scientist, a crazy Canadian drunk mad scientist but with an air of intelligence and genius. It surprised me that Rob had a travel blog because he was cool and I tend to find that bloggers are (sorry guys) a little bit nerdy. The title of his blog “Stop Having a Boring Life” is blunt, honest and in your face, just like its author. Rob’s blog is an honest travelogue, avoiding the top ten lists, travel tips and repetitive advice on how to monetize your travel blog.
His blog is an account of pretty much every day of his not-so-boring life in countries around the world. It’s a bunch of ramblings and thoughts, written as if it came straight out of his mouth…you’ll find no airy fairy travel writing here. Rob’s blog is an uncensored account of the people he meets, the things he gets up to and how much everything costs.
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