It has been over a year since I started travel writing.  My blog is still far from what I want it to be, mostly because I do not spend nearly enough time working on it.  Today, I started making a year plan to bring Honeymoon Always to a place where I want it to be.  In the past year, I’ve become acquainted with such a great group of travel bloggers who inspire me to keep going and improving.

While there are tons of bloggers who have been an inspiration or have helped along the way, here are my favorite travel bloggers.

Amy & Nathan

I found Amy and Nathan’s blog, The Two Drifters, early on.  I came across one of their post about marriage and it instantly struck a chord with me.  From there, I read through several posts and became a fan. What drew me to Two Drifters is the balance of typical blog posts you would expect from a couples travel blog, like Romantic Things to do in San Fransisco or interviews of other travel writers, mixed with more personal posts about their own relationship like what Amy learned in the first 4 months of marriage or her experience of seeking reassurance in her relationship.

My hope is to reach the same balance of varied content that will both give travel tips and inspiration but also showcase our love for travel and how it improves our relationship. Also, I can’t mention the Two Drifters without mentioning their beautiful Instagram profile.

Alexa Meisler

If I could snap my fingers & transport myself, I’d be back in Puerto Penasco, Mexico @Vidanta Mayan Palace lounging At the beach with this gorgeous view of the Sea of Cortez. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #PUERTPENASCO #PenascoTWA #MayanPalace #seaofcortez ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• . . . #visitmexico #mexico #exploringtheglobe #wanderlusting #worldwonder #ig_great_pics #worldbestshot_ig #adventure_time #adventureseeker #beautifulmoment #blogtravel #vacationlife #wanderluster #bd_features #dailytriphack #igs_world #inspiredtravels #wonderful_Places #worldbestshot_ig #quietthechaos #instavacation #passportlife #picoftheday #mustseeepic #familytraveler #ladiesgoneglobal

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I first came across Alexa when I found her podcast about travel writing. Through the Break Into Travel Writing podcast and blog, Alexa has been able to help tons of people on their path to becoming travel writers.  Travel writing or blogging is always changing and she keeps up with it by interviewing experts.  Her podcast helped bridge my gap in the knowledge I needed to understand the relationship between a writer and the destinations they visit. Additionally, her travel blog, 52 Perfect Days stands as an example of what a successful travel blog looks like today.

Nomadic Matt

Today I went looking for the lemurs of Madagascar. Well, turns out they were looking for me too! Besties for life now!

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Having a site like Nomadic Matt is the ultimate goal.  Actually, a site with 10% of the traffic Matt gets would be great! Matt is an expert digital marketer and provides tons of value for his readers looking to travel better, longer and cheaper. I hope to provide the same thing for my readers looking to plan a honeymoon or vacation as a couple.

I briefly met Matt once at one of the events he has hosted in Austin.  Matt’s travel style is most like mine when I was single and still resonates with me.  I love maximizing credit card points, using frequent flyer miles and getting a great deal on hotels or flights, but also spending when its worth it. Matt may be one of the top travel bloggers online, but he is very approachable and down to earth.

Dave and Deb

I became a fan of Dave & Deb’s blog, the Planet D as I come across their articles when I was doing research and trying to find things to do when traveling myself. I remember planning my trip to Ireland mostly based on their articles and it worked out perfectly. I think our travel style is very similar to theirs, full of adventure, making them a perfect blog for me to follow.

Caz and Craig Makepeace

 

Howdy from the top of America. Well, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States. Today we drove to the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, and at 6,288.2 ft it is the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. The Mt Washington Auto Road is America’s first manmade attraction, and it was a little scary driving up as you’re right near the edge of the mountain, but the views are spectacular. And it was freezing at the summit too – very windy – as Mount Washington holds the record for the highest wind speed ever recorded by man at 231 miles per hour in 1932. Wear your layers!!! What’s the highest peak you have been to in the US? #AmericaUnplugged #FamilyTravel #MountWashington . . . . . . . . . . #NewHampshire #travelwithkids #NH #NE #NewEngland #fallroadtrip #MTWashington #explorenh #explorenewhampshire #visitnh #visitnewhampshire #visittheusa @visittheusa #newenglandroadtrip #usaroadtrip #roadtripusa #mountains

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I love the Y Travel Blog.  For Caz and Craig “life is about accumulating memories, not just possessions” and I could not agree more. I find the transparency in sharing their travels and thoughts with their audience inspirational and a breath of fresh air. So many travelers only show the picture-perfect moments when they tell their true stories. Make sure you sign up for their email list to keep up to date on their latest adventures.

Traveling with kids in tow isn’t always easy, but they pull it off and always seem to be up for an adventure.  I don’t have kids and still haven’t been brave enough to be completely location independent, but hope to one day to travel full time like them.

Megan & Michael Jerrard

Megan and Micheal are a traveling couple who maintain separate blogs.  I am more familiar with Mapping Megan, which really encompasses all types of travel styles from luxury to budget and ecotourism to romantic travel.  What’s impressive to me is even though she covers a bit of everything, it still comes across as authentic and real.

Megan also contributes to the travel blogging community by running several Facebook groups where we collaborate together and I really appreciate the time she puts into that.

If you are going to start a blog, look to the pros first to get the inspiration to make something great.  This blog is still pretty lame, but if I just get my act together and put it the time, I hope to help others in this fun travel blogger community we have.

My goals to be more like my blogger friends:

  • Provide the in-depth valuable information like Nomadic Matt and Deb and Dave, but focused on people planning a honeymoon.
  • Give my blog personality by sharing more of our story and about us like Amy, Nathan, Caz and Craig
  • Always give back to the blogging community like Megan and Alexa.