After my son was born, I started looking around for information about traveling with babies and young kids. I was surprised at how little practical advice was available. Most advice focused on things like staying at expensive hotels with childcare programs or buying lots of travel toys. The detailed, practical advice I needed (for example how to lug a carseat through the airport) was passed around mostly by word of mouth.
After I started this blog, I was disappointed that it was so difficult was to find other women who were writing about similar experiences. Most of the big travel blogs seemed to be written by young single men, and while they had wonderful stories to tell, there is an element that is missing for me. That lack of female voices and stories is surprising given that women make over 80% of household spending decisions and, according to Forbes are also "the prime movers in American travel, driving 70 percent of all leisure travel spending and 80 percent of corporate travel bookings"
At BlogHer, I met other women who blog about travel topics that impact them, topics like girl getaways, female business travel, solo travel as a woman, food related travel, and more. I also met people from bigger sites, like Uptake and sponsors like Disney, SeaWorld and HIlton, who were looking for a community of women travel bloggers and having a tough time finding it. As a starting place, I agreed to pull together a list of women who blog about travel. I hope we'll do more in the coming months to build a tighter knit community.
I hope my readers will enjoy this list too. It's a great place to find out about new writers who just might be blogging about something that really speaks to you!Women Travel Bloggers
- Wendy Perrin's blog at Conde Nast Traveler The Perrin Post is always a great resource for travelers want straightforward, pragmatic advice. Because Wendy has two kids, many of her blog posts feature her best advice for traveling with kids.
- Pam Mandel is the Travel Editor for Blog Her and also has her own blog, Nerds Eye View. She is a freelance writer and a guide book author. She's also a great person to follow if you are more interested in down-to-earth travel and deeply connecting with your destination than in luxury hotels. She just started the Nerds Eye View Travelblogger's Forum to give us all a place to connect! Pam also wants you to know that she is really interested in talking with other travelbloggers about their work and always reachable via her website.
- Liz Lewis blogs on Write To Travel about travel writing and and Traveling The Green Way about green travel. She is also a contributor to the Perceptive Travel Blog
- MaryJo is a Flight Attendant who gives her advice at TheFlyAwayCafe and The Seattle Traveler
- Fiona Ashley and others started TravelMuse, a new site that offers travel inspiration, planning and booking. You can also check out the Travel Muse Blog
- Kelly Goodman shares her travel addiction and beautiful pictures on Travellious
- Debbie Dubrow (me) writes at DeliciousBaby about traveling with young kids. Twitter @deliciousbaby
- Sheila Scarborough writes about Family Travel at BootsnAll. I always enjoy reading her ideas for fun and interesting things that families can do together in different destinations and enjoy following her on Twitter @sheilas
- Gudrun and Pat blog for Uptake and also want travel writers to know that they can add their tweets to the Twitter Travel List (the T-List) on Join The Travel Twitterati, and add their blogs to a Travel RSS feed on TravelBlogUpdates. You can add your blog to Uptake's Travel Blog Search by sending email to gudrunATuptakeDOTcom and patATuptakeDOTcom
- Jamie at TravelSavvyMom shares her tips and ideas for traveling with kids both in the US and internationally.
- Amber is a former adventure travel writer who blogs at CrazyBloggingCanuck and MileHighMamas. I love her humorous take on family travel
- "Jeanne D'Arc" writes (and posts video) at SoulTravelers3 about her ongoing around-the-world adventure with her husband and young daughter.
- Rachel and Fran are the lead editors and writers of TravelsWithChild a group travel blog about local, long-distance, and international travel with kids.
- Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick blogs at Wanderlust and Lipstick and The Seattle PI Her site also hosts blogs by many other women travelers
- Kim Mance and Katy Quissell recently launched an online travel magazine for women called Galavanting. The magazine also has a blog called A View from a Broad.
- Beth (DesertMama) and her friends blog at TravelingMamas about family travel, solo travel, and girl getaways.
- Erica Rogers Dublin of SeeJaneFly blogs about, and provide city guides for women business travelers. Twitter @janeflys
- Hope Schmid and Ann Fritz of The Jet Set Girls blog about "Girl Getaways" and plan to launch a set of travel guides that will help you plan your own getaway. Twitter: @jetsetgirls
- "k.a.t.calvin" writes a travel blog for women and especially African-American women at BAPworld.com
- Karen Bryan blogs on Europe a la Carte about seeing the real Europe on a budget.
- Jessica Spiegel writes for the Italy Logue on BootsnAll and is also a photographer
- Nancy Brown blogs on What A Trip about her travels around Northern California. She is also a contributor to Uptake. Twitter: @NancydBrown
- Anna's blog at MommyPoppins is the unpretentious parents' guide to getting more out of NYC with kids
- Jacy blogs on B5 Media's EuropeString about traveling Europe on a budget
- Shane blogs about the city of Tokyo at The Tokyo Traveler
- "Minnemom" at Travels With Children blogs about her own trips in the midwest with her four kids.
- Christine's South Africa Travel Blog includes (among other things) a section on family friendly things to do.
- Dominique's new blog MidwestGuest is about things to do in the Midwest
- JamJama, which means "Gibberish" in Egyptian is about one woman's year as a student in Alexandria, Egypt
- Adventures in Cascadia, written by Suzanne Johnson, is about food, travel, and family life the Pacific Northwest
- "poetloverrebelspy" blogs about no-budget travel at Less than a Shoestring
- Kimberly and Elizabeth write at Go Green Travel Green
- Kristain of londonelicious provides London restaurant recommendations from an American girl who likes food. And London. But not cooking. She also covers other international cities as her wallet permits. Twitter @kristainlondon
- Sara Rosso blogs at Ms Adventures In Italy about her stomach and the world. She includes food, recipes and travel in and out of the Bel Paese
- Kristin Amico blogs at Offbeat Eating blogs about eating in different cities (and at home) Twitter: @offbeat_eating
- Lynda Balslev of Taste Food blogs about traveling, cooking, and eating
- Candy Harrington of Barrier-Free Travel blogs about accessible travel -- travel for people with mobility disabilities, from slow walkers to wheelchair-users.
- Natalie shares her travel stories and tips at Travelgrrl34
- Claudine blogs at vacation-tip and hosts a blog carnival called Destinations
- Shaula is sharing stories and tips from her open-ended, indefinite US cross country road trip at Mileometer
- Rebecca shares stories about her life as a flight attendant at Gezginim-Gezginim