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Off Assignment It’s a platform for reflective travel writing. With travel media getting more and more commercial, it’s nice to have a place where professionals can get into the real stories inherent in a foreign encounter. It’s retro and forward-thinking in the right ways.
Fresh Off the Grid This is the work of Megan McDuffie and Michael Van Vliet as they share their life on the road (in an old Ford Focus) along with fantastic guides and recipes that cater to backpackers, road-trippers, and campers. The site proves that outdoor cooking can go way beyond just burgers.
Carnets de Traverse The people behind the site travel in a very interesting and genuine way, combining secret addresses with beautiful destinations, usually skipping the obvious places. The photography has evolved a lot; the essence of a place is captured very well. Note that it’s in French, but the Instagram feed is bi-lingual.
Scandinavia Standard This site covers cool culture, events, and design in Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, and Norway. There are posts on the best local designers, stores, restaurants, and hangouts mainly in major cities, and also articles on quirky local customs. It’s the ultimate resource for all things Scandi.
Meraviglia Paper : Whether in the founder’s backyard in Northern Italy or a sidewalk in sunny California, the people behind this site manage to pinpoint the most soulful places and portray them in a low-key, intimate way. Impeccable taste looks effortless.
Lost With Purpose Alex and Sebastiaan visit lesser-known regions of the world and tell vivid stories about their experiences. Their images are incredible and the stories shared in their captions are moving.
This Is the Place I Was Telling You About From global city guides and features on great restaurants and shops, to gorgeous self-portraits in exotic settings, Texan natives Marcus and R’el send readers on virtual vacations through stunning photography and unique storytelling. Plus, in our overly saturated digital world, it’s even more special that they mostly shoot film.
Landcruising Adventures Karin-Marijke and Coen share their overland adventures through gorgeous photography and eloquent and informative writing.
Culinary Backstreets Short, focused articles give terrific background on the culture and people of a country. On a recent trip to Portugal, their reccommendations lead directly to a great ginjinha bar and Goan restaurant, among other local spots.
Jungles in Paris It’s tricky to combine great photography with truly interesting stories from the road. These are stories told from the heart, by passionate travelers for passionate travelers.
Roads & Kingdoms The wonderfully diverse selection of travelogues, exposés, and thought-pieces reveal the quirks, secrets, and controversies of the world. Expect a different perspective on travel — and for your curiosity to be sparked.
Roam Magazine The new online travel magazine from travel photographer Annapurna Mellor and her writer sister Athena has inspired trips to a little-visited town in Egypt on the border of Libya, an open-air laundry in the slums of Mumbai, and the streets of a provincial town in Western Russia. The photography is always breathtaking, the writing is intelligent and considered, and every story is a beautiful portrayal of the destination, celebrating interesting travelers and their journeys across the world.
Tiny Atlas Quarterly : Few websites feature pictures as gorgeous as Tiny Atlas Quarterly. Their stories transport you to different places, introduce you to interesting people, and more often than not present a fresh perspective. What else to love? Their playful and inventive illustrations.
Petite Passport Pauline Egge of Petite Passport is all quality over quantity; every recommendation is thoughtful and considered. She has a great Northern European design aesthetic too.
Huckberry Journal It’s beautifully designed and well written. The mix of historic and current adventure stories make for living a better life outdoors. The in-depth interviews and recipes are on point.
Our Wild Abandon The duo behind Our Wild Abandon have been on the road since 2013. The way they travel and the stories they tell paint a picture of an America you don’t usually see on travel blogs.
Travelfish For travel in Southeast Asia, Travelfish is intelligent, frequently updated, and comprehensive, with everything from street food to luxury hotel reviews. They cover popular spots (Chiang Mai) as well as places travelers might not think to go (Sumba, Indonesia).
Melting Butter While TAQ is more focused on personal experiences and visual perspectives, Melting Butter is a great resource for people who are looking specifically for the the new, the delicious, and the design-y in a fast, easy, and stylish way.
Legal Nomads Jodi Ettenberg’s personal narratives and photography provide the perfect escape. Engaging and informative, Jodi’s blog posts and in-depth guides keep readers coming back for more of her adventures and advice. Check out her typographic food map series.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith When it comes to booking great hotels, it can’t be beat. They have the best collection of unique and boutique lodging around the globe, and never fail to make an experience incredibly special and customized.
Camels and Chocolate Kristin Luna isn’t just a talented writer and photographer, she’s a free spirit with an infectious curiosity for other cultures and traditions. And that comes across instantly on her blog. She updates frequently and has traveled extensively around the world, but her best discoveries are found in the American South and Latin America.
A Cup of Jo: Her mix of content makes travel feel relaxed and effortless. City guides are written by locals and feel like intimate neighborhood portraits, filled with can’t-miss shops, restaurants, and activities. Other travel-related posts provide practical tips for everything from flying with a baby to how to choose a honeymoon destination. In the mix are Joanna’s personal reflections, like pictures from family vacations to Palm Springs and England, and her two sons even have their very own guide to NYC on the blog.
Cereal City Guides Here is a beautiful and intelligent way of approaching and appreciating travel. Cereal promotes the kind of travel that makes you slow down, explore a place with intimacy, and attempt to understand from a local’s point of view.The subdued design and thoughtful photos make us appreciate the little places: a glove shop in Antwerp, or a letterpress studio in Bath.
Postcards from Yonder The really sweet, funny, and creative couple are Fathom contributors who have been recording traveling since 2015. Kevin takes the photographs and Katie has a great eye for detail. They both have a great sense of humor (read this hilarious and helpful Thai language guide). They keep no travel secret a secret — for example, they wrote a step-by-step guide (with links and phone numbers) to scoring stunning hand-block print textiles in Jaipur.