Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Media Shares

Posted by - February 24, 2015 | Category: Library

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!

Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Media Shares -- Man On The Lam

But first, the fine print (don’t you hate it when folks do that?)

How is this list different?

There are a few sites that maintain regular lists of Top Travel Blogs, but this is the first list devoted to social sharing performance of individual travel blog articles.

How are the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts by Social Shares measured?

This list uses Share Tally to determine the social popularity of each post. Metrics used include Facebook (Likes, Shares, and Comments), Twitter, Pinterest , Google+, StumbleUpon (Stumbles, Likes, and Lists), LinkedIn, Reddit, and Buffer. (Note: Reddit was removed from the final chart tally since none of the Top 100 Travel Blog posts had any shares on Reddit.)

All social media numbers were pulled from Share Tally over a 24-hour period on February 16 & 17, 2015.

Note that this list does not include page views from Google Analytics as a factor.

Consideration for inclusion was by voluntary opt-in using a Google Form during the submission period from January 21 to February 1, 2015.

If you are a travel blogger who did not get a chance to submit an article for consideration for the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014, there will be another list of Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of Q1/Q2 2015 which will be launched in July 2015. Add your name to this form if you are interested, and you’ll receive an email reminder when submissions open.

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

Best Countries for Backpacking Map  Runaway Guide  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Sharing

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.

Best Countries for Backpacking Map  Runaway Guide  Top Travel Blog Social Shares of 2014

Total Shares: 312118


2. The 13 Best Hostels in Europe

The 13 Best Hostels in Europe  Europe Trip Tips  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014

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.

Best Hostels in Europe  Euro Trip Tips  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 211708


3. 20 Photos of the Philippines that will Make You Pack Your Bags and Go

20 Photos of the Philippines that will make you pack your bags and go  Just One Way Ticket  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014

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.

20 photos of the Philippines that will make you pack your bags and go  Just OneWay TIcket  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 measured by social shares

Total Shares: 137428


4. 13 Beaches Near Manila (and How to Get There)

13 Awesome Beaches Near Manila  Philippine Beaches  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

13 Awesome Beaches near Manila and How to Get There  Philippine Beaches  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by social shares

Total Shares: 96287


5. The Budget Travel Guide to Batanes, Philippines

The Budget Travel Guide to Batanes Philippines  Poor Traveler  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014

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.

The Budget Travel Guide to Batanes Philippines  The Poor Traveler  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 94100


6. My Favourite Europe Travel Apps

My Favourite Europe Travel Apps  Euro Trips Tips  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by social sharing

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.

Favourite Europe Travel Apps  Euro Trip Tips  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 67159


7. Interview: Jimmy Nelson Photographs Vanishing Tribes in “Before They Pass Away”

Interview JImmy Nelson Vanishing Tribes Before They Pass Away  Green Global Travel  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Media Shares

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.

Interview Jimmy Nelson Photographs Vanishing Tribes in Before They Pass Away  Green Global Travel  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014

Total Shares: 50236


8. 20 Trips to Take in Your 20s

20 Trips to Take in Your 20s  The Blonde Abroad  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

20 Trips to take in your 20 s  THe Blonde Abroad  Top Travel BLog posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 49700


9. Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas for Canadians?

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.

Working Holiday Visa for Canadians  GLobal Goose Travel  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by social shares

Total Shares: 49248


10. 10 Safest Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

10 Safest Destinations for Solo Female Travelers  The Blonde Abroad  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Soical Shares

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.

10 Safest Destinations for solo female travellers  The Blonde Abroad  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014

Total Shares: 42166


11. 2013: A Year in Photography

2013 A Year in Photography  Everything Everywhere  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

2013 a year in photos  Everything Everywhere  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 42061


12. Can You Believe The Size of This Hole in the Ground?

Can You Believe the Size of This Hole in the Ground  Around the World L  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

Giant Hole in India  Around the World L  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 35568


13. A Food Walking Tour in Dublin

A Food Walking Tour in Dublin  Travel Yourself  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

A food walking tour of  Dublin  travel yourself  top travel blog posts of 2014 by social shares

Total Shares: 34921


14. Walking Safaris with Africa on Foot in South Africa

Africa on Foot Walking Safaris with Africa On Foot in South Africa  Travel Yourself  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

Walking safari Africa on foot  travel yourself  top 100 travel blog posts  of 2014 by social shares

Total Shares: 31622


15. What to Pack: 3 Months in Europe (Fall/Winter)

What to Pack  3 Months in Europe  Fall Winter  Megano Travels  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Megan’s packing guide for colder climes in Europe did exceptionally well on Pinterest in 2014 for her site Meganotravels.

What to Pack 3 Months in Europe Fall Winter  Megano Travels  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 30993


16. 12 Reasons Your Next Trip Should be to Bulgaria

12 reasons your next trip should be to Bulgaria  BackPacker Org  The Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 via Social Media

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.)

12 Reasons to Visit Sofia Bulgaria sights  BackPacker org  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 30970


17. The Best of Ireland: An A to Z Guide

The Best of Ireland an A to Z Guide  Wandering Educators  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Media Shares

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. Best of Ireland guide  wandering educators  top travel blog posts of  2014 by social shares

Total Shares: 30859


 18. 50 Signs You’re a Backpacker at Heart

50 Signs You re a Backpacker at Heart  True Nomads  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

Signs You re a Backpacker  True Nomads  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 28999


19. Travel Croatia: Plitvice Lakes National Park UNESCO Site

Travel Croatia Plitvice National Park UNESCO Site  Chasing The Donkey  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

Plitvice national park unesco site  Chasing the Donkey  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 28926


20. 10 of the Most Wheelchair Accessible Beaches in the World

10 of the Most Wheelchair Accessible Beaches in the World  Curb Free with Cory Lee  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.”

The Most Wheelchair Accessible Beaches in the World  Curb Free with Cory Lee  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 28874


21. 16 Cruise Hacks & Tips That Everyone Should Know

16 Cruise Hacks  Tips That Everyone Should Know  Cruise Fever  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

16 Cruise Hacks and Tips that everyone should know  Cruise Fever  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014

Total Shares: 25378


22. Caminito Del Rey: Spain’s Most Dangerous Hike

Caminito Del Rey Spain s Most Dangerous Hike  Expert Vagabond  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

Caminito del Rey  Expert Vagabond  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 22361


23. Top 10+ Misconceptions About Guam

Top 10+ Common Misconceptions about GUAM  The World is a Book  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

ABOUT Guam Misconceptions  The World is a Book  Top Travel Blog Posts by Social Shares

Total Shares: 22273


24. The World’s Best Road Trips for Your World Travel Bucket List

The World s Best Road Trips for Your World Travel Bucket List  Green Global Travel  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Media

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.

World s best road trips  a world travel guide  green global  travel  top travel blog posts of 2014 by social shares

Total Shares: 22178


25. Nordic Conversations are Different

Nordic Conversations are Different  Virtual Wayfarer  The Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

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.

Nordic Conversations are Different  Virtual Wayfarer  Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares

Total Shares: 21197


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83 comments - add one
  1. Thanks for putting this together, Raymond. It’s interesting to see which posts do well on each social site. I think you should do one that excludes StumbleUpon. 😉

    1. Christy, I was surprised to see so many shares from Stumble Upon! I must admit I have the Stumble Upon envy as I never figured out how to get shares from that platform!!

      1. We used to get a lot of shares from there, but stopped using it a couple of years ago because we didn’t see the value in it. If you are getting shares on other platforms, I would continue to focus on those!

    2. Christy, I totally agree! I couldn’t figure out how to sort the columns so that I could see the data other ways… StumbleUpon is a mystery to me too, and I’m shocked how much it contributed to the results!

  2. Thanks so much for including my post about the secret erotic art of Pompeii and Herculaneum. I was fascinated to see how others promoted their articles, and especially how effectively some are using Pinterest!

  3. The tension was building as I was scrolling through the pages, much like it does every time I go through a top 100 travel blog list to see if I am included. Usually this exercise ends in depression, futility, desperation, exasperation, and any other word expressing disappointment when due to some clerical error I am not listed. TONIGHT is different. I will drink in celebration knowing I am 95.

    1. LOL — I know that feeling Ted. That’s actually part of the reason why I created this list. There are a ton of great travel blogs out there that don’t make the cut for some of those other lists, but sometimes, even the little guy strikes content gold, like you did with your article. Good work good sir!

  4. Oh wow, I am so stocked. I must admit I am feeling a little greedy scooping up 5 spots. Congrats to all, and I cant wait to see what happens this year. Thanks for taking the time to collate such a massive task!

  5. Thanks for putting together such a fantastic list! It’s an honor to be in such great company. It’s also really neat to see how everyone does something different to play to their strengths.

  6. Great list! I’m so happy to be part of it! And actually surprised that (as you pointed out) I was on top for G+ and Linkedin! I love these platforms and it clearly shows!

    Great reads, a lot about Croatia, that was a nice surprise!

  7. Thanks for pulling this together, Raymond! I know it was a ton of work for you and I really appreciate you including my posts!

    Also, I’ve gotta go to the Philippines 🙂

  8. Hey Raymond, that’s amazing! Never thought I’d be at number 1!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

    I’ve got a lot of plans to improve the map coming soon!
    I have 25 more travel experts who have already ranked countries. I’m also going to include a daily backpacker budget by country.

    Thank again!
    Cheers,
    Leif

  9. I love this post for many reasons. 1 – a great place to find some great content. 2 – looking at how people use social media and 3 – I get to see that the post I submitted came close! :))
    I also see you put a lot of work into this. Thank you!

  10. Thanks for the inclusion Raymond! What a great round up of fabulous content. It’s interesting to see what kind of posts work for to encourage sharing and which social networks generate a lot of traffic. I didn’t think I’d make the list so this was a nice surprise.

    1. Thanks Adelina. I found it interesting for me as well — I spend a lot of time focusing on Facebook and Twitter but it appears that StumbleUpon and Pinterest are the top two social platforms for sharing.

  11. Hi Raymond,

    Well done!

    I need to give The Blond Abroad props for being mentioned twice on this list. No small accomplishment.

    I see big numbers in titles, awesome images and fab branding at play here.

    Great job everybody!

    Ryan

  12. Wow, I love that you compiled a list of the top travel blog posts from last year! One of my favorite things about using social media is seeing pictures of places around the world. My bucket list is filled with places I want to visit and things I want to see and do.
    What factors were considered when choosing the best countries for backpacking? I’ve used travel services in the past to book my trips, but I have never used hostiles or slept on the beach like so many do. Is it pretty safe to backpack in most of the countries you outlined on the map?

    1. Hi Haley — Leif at The Runaway Guide compiled the Best Countries for Backpacking Map. If you click through to the post he goes into some pretty great detail about how he came up with the numbers. 🙂

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