Welcome to the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 as shared on Social Media!
I wanted to curate a list of travel blog posts that did well last year, and thought since so many PR companies and tourism boards are placing more and more emphasis on social media, I figured that would be a good place to start. I canvassed as many travel bloggers as I could reach via email, Facebook, and Twitter — I even wrote a post soliciting submissions. The result was pretty overwhelming, and I received almost 500 submissions.
From “listicles” to long reads, and from food to photography, the articles that made the list of most shared travel blog posts of 2014 all have one thing in common — they’ll make you want to pack your bags and go! Somewhere. Anywhere! So without further ado…here we go!
But first, the fine print (don’t you hate it when folks do that?)
How is this list different?
How are the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts by Social Shares measured?
What is excluded from this list?
- Non-independent travel site articles (e.g. Huffington Post, CNN, BBC, LP, Daily Mail, LifeHacker, etc.)
- Articles covering topics pertaining to digital nomadism, blogging, dating, and social media.
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1. Best Countries for Budget Backpacking Map
Leif from The Runaway Guide knocked it out of the ball park with this post. Eleven world travel experts ranked every country in the world based on safety, cheapness, and friendliness, and the resulting article comes in at number one on the list of Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 as measured by social shares. Leif’s article was also the most Stumbled travel blog post on this list.
Total Shares: 312118
2. The 13 Best Hostels in Europe
Marie-Eve Vallieres from Euro Trip Tips is doing something right — she’s got two posts in the Top 10. The first is a rundown on her favourite hostels in Europe, which did particularly well on StumbleUpon and Pinterest.
Total Shares: 211708
3. 20 Photos of the Philippines that will Make You Pack Your Bags and Go
They’re calling it “The Philippines Bump” (and by “they” I mean other travel bloggers.) Posts about the Philippines tend to soar on social media powered by the clout of the Filipino community. This article from Sabrina at Just One Way Ticket is one of three posts about the Philippines in the Top 10, and one of eight total posts in the Top 100. Sabina’s article was also the most shared travel blog post on Facebook for 2014 from all articles submitted.
Total Shares: 137428
4. 13 Beaches Near Manila (and How to Get There)
Yoske Dimen has been a busy chap — he’s also got two posts in the Top 10. The first is a detailed article on his site Philippine Beaches on how to get to beaches around Manila, and what not to miss while you’re there.
Total Shares: 96287
5. The Budget Travel Guide to Batanes, Philippines
The second post from Yoshke on his other site — The Poor Traveler — is a detailed guide to Batanes, Philippines and includes a budget breakdown, sample itinerary, and budget accommodation options.
Total Shares: 94100
6. My Favourite Europe Travel Apps
Marie-Eve’s second post in the Top 10 from her site Euro Trip Tips is a run-down of her Top 10 favourite iPhone travel apps for travellers to Europe.
Total Shares: 67159
7. Interview: Jimmy Nelson Photographs Vanishing Tribes in “Before They Pass Away”
With stunning photos of disappearing indigenous tribes around the globe, it’s easy to see why Bret Love’s interview with photographer Jimmy Nelson on Green Global Travel was so popular.
Total Shares: 50236
8. 20 Trips to Take in Your 20s
Kiersten Rich and her site The Blonde Abroad basically ruled Pinterest in 2014. This article was the most Pinned travel blog post of 2014 from almost 500 articles submitted. She also holds the distinction of being one of three people who have two posts in the Top 10.
Total Shares: 49700
9. Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas for Canadians?
Proving that information-heavy posts are always in demand (this one’s over 5000 words), Kelly Dunning’s post about working holiday visas for Canadians on Global Goose fared particularly well with information-hungry Facebookers.
Total Shares: 49248
10. 10 Safest Destinations for Solo Female Travelers
The second post from Kiersten at The Blonde Abroad in the Top 10 touched on a topic that received a lot of mainstream media coverage in 2014 — safety for solo female travelers. It was also the second most Pinned travel blog article of the year.
Total Shares: 42166
11. 2013: A Year in Photography
Travel blogging veteran Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere showcases his fantastic photography with this round-up post. Great full-screen images made this one a favourite for StumbleUpon users.
Total Shares: 42061
12. Can You Believe The Size of This Hole in the Ground?
Lille Marshall from Around the World L proves you can absolutely write about nothing (in this case, a hole), and make it big. Seriously — a great title coupled some great pics made this post a fave with StumbleUpon users.
Total Shares: 35568
13. A Food Walking Tour in Dublin
The highest ranking food post on this list, and one of four posts in the Top 100 from Travel Yourself, fellow Canadian Cailin O’Neil serves up a tasty tour of culinary Dublin.
Total Shares: 34921
14. Walking Safaris with Africa on Foot in South Africa
Cailin’s second post in the Top 20 was another popular StumbleUpon staple. If only my own post about Africa on Foot had done as well.
Total Shares: 31622
15. What to Pack: 3 Months in Europe (Fall/Winter)
Megan’s packing guide for colder climes in Europe did exceptionally well on Pinterest in 2014 for her site Meganotravels.
Total Shares: 30993
16. 12 Reasons Your Next Trip Should be to Bulgaria
Steve Haenisch from Back-Packer.org shares his love of the city of Sofia and the rest of Bulgaria. (Nazdrave means “cheers” in Bulgarian by the way. I think.)
Total Shares: 30970
17. The Best of Ireland: An A to Z Guide
Dr. Jesse Voights’ guide to Ireland shows just how much extensive information her site Wandering Educators actually has — you could spend days reading the articles linked in this A to Z guide.
Total Shares: 30859
18. 50 Signs You’re a Backpacker at Heart
Ahhh visa runs and flip-flop tan lines. Justin from True Nomads hit a nerve with backpackers on Facebook with these signs you’re a backpacker at heart.
Total Shares: 28999
19. Travel Croatia: Plitvice Lakes National Park UNESCO Site
Aussie expat and Croatian local SJ holds the distinction of having the most number of articles among the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 — she’s got a total of five on the list. The highest ranking article from her site Chasing the Donkey is this extensive guide to Plitvice Lakes National Park by guest writer Sammi Egan.
Total Shares: 28926
20. 10 of the Most Wheelchair Accessible Beaches in the World
Curb Free with Cory Lee explores travel from a wheelchair user’s perspective, and this comment on Cory’s post about accessible beaches pretty much sums it all up:
“So much more useful, for so many people, than the usual top ten tweet.”
Total Shares: 28874
21. 16 Cruise Hacks & Tips That Everyone Should Know
Ben Souza from Cruise Fever shares some great tips for folks heading off on a cruise, like how to avoid ATM fees using his ingenious onboard casino hack.
Total Shares: 25378
22. Caminito Del Rey: Spain’s Most Dangerous Hike
This one’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Matthew Karsten’s post on his site Expert Vagabond about a 350-foot high hike on a trail that is literally falling apart will have you developing a severe case of acrophobia. Check out the video linked in the article to get the full vertigo effect.
Total Shares: 22361
23. Top 10+ Misconceptions About Guam
Mary from The World is a Book tackles some hilarious misconceptions about Guam, the island “Where America’s Day Begins.” Like this one for example — “Do you wear/own a coconut bra and/or grass skirt?” A great, informative read about a little-visited island.
Total Shares: 22273
24. The World’s Best Road Trips for Your World Travel Bucket List
The second appearance from Green Global Travel on this list has Brett and Mary Love inspiring folks to get their motors running with these spectacular road trips.
Total Shares: 22178
25. Nordic Conversations are Different
Alex Berger from Virtual Wayfarer weighs in on the not-so-subtle difference between Nordic and American conversations in this sharp, intelligent post. It’ll have you thinking about (or even rethinking) your own habits in conversation.
Total Shares: 21197