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Nomadic Matt

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Matt’s one of the top travel blogs out there, and with good reason, Matt’s post always has useful information on budget travel, travel tips, and links to killer deals. Matt has traveled for over four years now, and his stories from the road just keep getting better and better.

Matt’s also my mentor. He has helped me build my niche and site. He also has given me insight on being a great travel blogger. I’ve gotten to know Matt over the last few months and I can honestly say that he’s a great guy. All this comes out in his writing, but even more so when talking to him. His feedback is always helpful, kept me on the right course, and you can tell he truly wants to see his students succeed.

Active Backpacker

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If you’re not reading Active Backpacker, you need to start. Tom just completed a year living in Europe and his blog brought to light many great places I need to visit. However, Cinemagraphs are my new favorite thing at Active Backpacker. Tom’s doing something completely innovative in travel blogging and I think it could really take off.

What are Cinemagraphs you ask? A recent commenter compared them to the moving posters you see in the Harry Potter movies, and I have to agree. Check out the Cinema graphs at Active Backpacker.

One Giant Step

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Gillian’s blog follows her and Jason journeys throughout the world as she experiences one adventure after another. They recently made the switch from taking extended trips to being full-time travelers. Gillian’s passion for traveling really comes out through her writing. It will be an interesting and entertaining ride to see what the future has in store for them.

She also just started a side project, The Global Book Shelf which aims to connect travelers to a world of stories.

Further Bound

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In just 18 months, Hannah went from being 15k in debt to having an extra 15k to travel the world. Her blog has motivated me to save more and to work harder to make my dream my reality. Her and her boyfriend just started their long-term travels by moving to Goa, India, where they are immersing themselves in the culture, taking in all the sights, sounds, and experiences of the country, and living the type of life I envy.

Hannah’s blog is well written, informative, and motivational as well as just a great read. She does a great job of relating her dreams and feelings and I cannot wait to read all the random adventures that are going to happen throughout the coming year.

Hannah just started a rickshaw run with Sarah, from Sarah Somewhere, and Kim from So Many Places, which is a journey you’ll want to keep an eye on.

Expert Vagabond

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The best thing about Matthew’s site is the pictures. He’s a suburb photographer. I really like his style, and It’s unbelievable how much color he can capture in his pictures. Matthew always seems to capture the setting and mood of an environment perfectly. He also has some great blog post and interviews.

You should also check out his Best Of section and read about some of his humorous stories.

There you have it! My top 5 favorite travel blogs of 2012. Do you read these blogs? What were some of your favorite bloggers and blog post of 2012? Let your vioce be heard in the comments below. Happy New Years, and may 2013 bring you some epic travels!

Unti

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