It seems everywhere we turn, people are posting 2014 round-ups. We figured we would jump on the bandwagon with a few of our preferred blogs. Not all of these are well-known, and not all of them are strictly travel related, but they reflect our diverse interests, passions, and sources of inspiration.
With our busy schedules, the unfortunate truth is that we don’t have a lot of time to read. We spend a lot of energy on Outbound, at our day jobs (or two), and trying to set aside time to disconnect from the digital world. Those blogs that do make their way into our busy lives have done so because they have something special to offer, something that truly speaks to us.
That said, one of our New Years resolutions is to set aside more time to read. There is so much amazing content out there, and we want to really dig deep and get to know the community, even more than we already do.
If your resolution looks like ours, and you’re looking for some new blogs to follow, we highly recommend checking out those listed below (in no particular order).
An Australian expat living in Croatia, SJ is basically living my dream (me being Jessi — Tara’s dream is a bit to the west, in Sicily). I’m fairly obsessed with the country, and her posts are funny, topical, and give readers a great insight into what everyday life in Croatia is like. From old superstitions to popular curse words, she covers the ins and outs of surviving in this gorgeous country. As an added bonus, she also recommended my current Croatian instructor to me, whom I absolutely love!
A diverse blog that touches on a variety of topics beyond travel, including fashion, human rights, literature, and DIY projects, Caitlin’s writing is refreshing and unique. Whether she’s talking about her experiences volunteering in Africa or teaching you what the heck is happening on the hockey rink, her stories are engaging and enlightening, and her passion always shines through.
Marie and Josh are more than two of our closest friends – they’re a daily inspiration to our own travel dreams. After selling their house and moving into a fifth-wheel RV, they’re gearing up to travel around the country with their home-on-wheels, taking their jobs (and pets!) with them. Make sure to follow them as they hit the road in January, so you can keep up to date with their (mis)adventures!
Have you ever wondered how new dinosaurs are found and described? Or what a lungfish brain looks like? Hankering how to read and write science? Whether you’re an academic paleontologist or an interested layperson who loves fossils, the trio behind the Integrative Paleontologists will give you some truly cool information to gnaw upon. The blog is run through the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a science publisher on the forefront of public access to scientific research. That means people won’t have to pay to access scientific info, and as educators and science geeks, that is fine by us!
The Clymb may be a commercial website, but its blog is top-notch. It never fails to draw us in, with exciting headlines and engaging stories written by a slew of talented writers. They claim to inspire “human-powered adventures,” and the stories they feature never cease to inspire. It helps that their products are great, but it really is the story-telling that draws us back to these guys, again and again. We love reading about some of our favorite activities, from hiking to climbing to skiing, and those that we hope to someday try.
This is another place that is all about the storytelling. A collaboration of writers, photographers, and explorers, Passion Passport is an avenue through which meaningful experiences can be recorded and shared. They feature profound stories, and regularly offer competitions (with some pretty nice prizes!), seeking out powerful narratives that resonate with adventurers from around the world. Make sure to check out Jessi’s story, Stari Most, which was featured on their site.
These are just a few of the sites that have, and continue to, inspire us. We hope that you take the time to check them out and maybe even add a blog or two to your feed.
What are your favorite blogs of 2014?