Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 (so far) by Social Media Shares

Posted by - September 10, 2015 | Category: Library

Facebook Post -- MOTL Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 Welcome to the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts published during the first half of 2015 as shared on Social Media! As a follow-up to the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Media Shares, I wanted to curate a list of travel blog posts that did well during the first half of 2015. I canvassed as many travel bloggers as I could reach via email, Facebook, and Twitter — I even wrote a post soliciting submissions. With over 300 entries received ranging from lists to photo essays to food to long reads, I tabled the results using Share Tally to come up with the Top 100. Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 Collage

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 few 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 September 4th & 5th, 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 July 30 to August 15, 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 Q1/Q2 2015, there will be another list of Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of  2015 which will be launched in January 2016. 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, Lonely Planet, Daily Mail, LifeHacker, corporate blogs, etc.)
  • Articles covering topics pertaining to digital nomadism, blogging, dating, and social media.

escapes vintage compass Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 (so far) by Social Media Shares

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1. Europe by Train: Five Great One-Week Rail Trip Routes

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares europe by train

http://www.ontheluce.com/2015/04/22/europe-by-train-one-week-routes/

Lucy Dodsworth from On The Luce scored some big numbers with her custom itinerary suggestions for rail trips through Europe, taking the first place position by a landslide. It was the most Stumbled post of the year so far, and the ninth most Pinned post on this list. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs of 2015  On The Luce  Europe by Train One Week Routes

Total Shares: 126376


2. 20 Less Known Travel Quotes to Inspire You to See the World

Manonthelam Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far -- Less known travel quotes

http://www.theygetaround.com/20-lessor-known-travel-quotes-to-inspire-you-to-see-the-world/

Steve and Lexi’s curated collection of little known travel quotes from around the web was the most popular travel blog post on Pinterest so far this year — planting their site They Get Around firmly in second place. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs of 2015  They Get Around  20 Less Known Travel Quotes To Inspire You To See The World

Total Shares: 82069


3. Visiting the Abandoned PA Turnpike Near Breezewood, Pennsylvania

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  Abandoned PA Turnpike Rays Hill Tunnel

http://uncoveringpa.com/abandoned-pa-turnpike

Jim Cheney has the highest number of posts on the list. Eight of the top 100 articles are from his site Uncovering PA, proving that locally-focused niche sites are clearly in demand. This post on exploring an abandoned turnpike in Pennsylvania was the most shared, most liked, and most commented travel blog post on Facebook on this list. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs of 2015  Uncovering PA  Visiting the Abandoned PA Turnpike Near Breezewood Pennsylvania

Total: 65050


4. 100 Places to See in Europe Before you die: Part 5

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  Places to see in Europe1

http://truenomads.com/2015/05/places-to-visit-in-europe-5/

Justin Carmack from True Nomads seems to have the formula down. He has four posts in the Top 10, and six posts in total in the Top 100. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs of 2015  True Nomads  100 Places to See in Europe Before you Die Part 5

Total Shares: 58767


5. Boracay — the worst tourist trap in the Philippines

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  Boracay

http://annaeverywhere.com/boracay

Posts on the Philippines always tend to do well on this list, and even though Anna Lisa Lysakowska’s article on her site Anna Everywhere takes a decidedly anti-Boracay stance, it was the second most popular travel blog post on Facebook this year. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015 so far  Boracay  the worst tourist trap in the Philippines

Total Shares: 42568


6. 100 Places to See in Europe Before You Die: Part 7

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  Places to see in Europe3

http://truenomads.com/2015/06/100-places-to-see-in-europe7/

True Nomads second post in the top 10 is a continuation of Justin’s popular places to see in Europe before you die series. Man On The Lam Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by social media shares -- Top 100 places to see in Europe Before you die part 7

Total Shares: 34192


7.  You’re My Boss: 10 Filming Locations in Batanes

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  Youre My Boss Star Cinema

http://www.thepoortraveler.net/2015/04/youre-my-boss-shooting-locations-batanes/

Yoshke Dimen from The Poor Traveler showcases sites in Batanes, The Philippines from the movie You’re My Boss, a film he also co-wrote. Helam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  The Poor Traveler  You re My Boss 10 Filming Locations in Batanes

Total Shares: 32351


8. TIE: 100 Places to See in Europe Before You Die: Part 4

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  Places to see in Europe

http://truenomads.com/2015/05/best-places-to-visit-in-europe-4/

Another one from Justin’s Europe series on his site True Nomads. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  True Nomads  100 Places to See in Europe Before You Die Part 4

Total Shares: 29329


8. TIE: 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Malaysia

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  10 Reasons why you should never visit Malaysia

http://thetravelmanuel.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-never-visit-malaysia/

South African natives Vaughan and Lauren Manuel McShane had the fourth most popular post on Facebook with their tongue-in-cheek take on visiting Malaysia on their site The Travel Manuel. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  The Travel Manuel  10 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Malaysia

Total Shares: 29329


10: 10 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Guatemala

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  10 reasons to visit Guatemala

http://truenomads.com/2015/01/10-reasons-travel-guatemala/

Justin from True Nomads did well on Facebook with this homage to Guatemala. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  True Nomads  10 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Guatemala

Total Shares: 26065


11. Ultimate List of Extreme Activities in the Philippines

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  flying plane

http://twomonkeystravelgroup.com/2015/02/extreme-activities-in-the-philippines/

Karl Marty Balingit’s guest post detailing adventure sports in the Philippines on Two Monkeys Travel Group just missed out on the Top 10. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  Two Monkeys Travel Group  Ultimate List of Extreme Activities in the Philippines

Total Shares: 23980


12. 14 Places to Visit in Turkey in 2015

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  Prettiest Places to Visit in Turkey

http://turkishtravelblog.com/beautiful-places-to-visit-in-turkey/

Natalie Sayin’s passion for all things Turkey shines through in this round-up on here site Turkish Travel Blog of places to visit in 2015. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  Turkish Travel Blog  14 Places to Visit in Turkey in 2015

Total Shares: 23375


13. Why You Need to Visit Matera Now

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  Visit Matera

http://www.2foodtrippers.com/why-visit-matera-now/

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch’s exploration of Matera, Italy performed swimmingly on Stumbleupon for their site 2 Food Trippers. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  2 Food Trippers  Why You Need to Visit Matera Now

Total Shares: 21742


14. 50 Cool Things to Do in New York City

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  50 Cool Things to Do in NYC 683x1024

http://acruisingcouple.com/2015/03/50-cool-things-to-do-in-new-york-city/

Dan and Casey from A Cruising Couple followed up on last year’s 50 Cool Things to Do in Paris success with this rundown on must-do activities in the Big Apple. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  A Cruising Couple  50 Cool Things to Do in New York City

Total Shares: 20454


15. Oslo is Totally Cool

Man On The Lam Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by social media shares  Oslo A Dangerous Business

http://www.dangerous-business.com/2015/06/72-hours-in-oslo-norway/

Amanda Williams from A Dangerous Business has three posts in the Top 100. Her highest ranking one is this tribute to Oslo. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  A Dangerous Business  Oslo is Totally Cool

Total Shares: 20414


16. The Dubai Desert Trip: Anything but a safari

Man On The Lam  Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by Social Media Shares  Dubai Desert Revati

http://www.different-doors.com/the-dubai-desert/

Indian couple Revati and Charles Victor from Different Doors showcase some beautiful photography with the Dubai desert as the backdrop in this post. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  Different Doors  The Dubai Desert Trip Anything but a safari

Total Shares: 18406


17.  10 Awesome Pennsylvania Waterfalls for People Who Hate Hiking

Man On The Lam Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by social media shares  PA waterfalls for people hate hiking

http://uncoveringpa.com/easy-to-reach-pennsylvania-waterfalls

Jim Cheney’s second post in the Top 100 offers readers of his site Uncovering PA some stellar waterfalls in Pennsylvania for folks who hate hiking. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  Uncovering PA  10 Awesome Pennsylvania Waterfalls for People Who Hate Hiking

Total Shares: 18234


18. A German Fairy Tale Come to Life: Exploring Rothenburg

Man On The Lam Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by social media shares  Rothenburg

http://landlopers.com/2015/05/11/rothenburg

This ode to Rothenburg went gangbusters on Facebook for my pal Matt Long from LandLopers. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  LandLopers  A German Fairy Tale Come to Life Exploring Rothenburg

Total Shares: 16541


19. I Traveled to Cuba! Here are the First Gorgeous Photos.

Man On The Lam Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by social media shares  I travelled to Cuba

http://www.aroundtheworldl.com/2015/01/24/cuba-travel-trinidad/

Cuba has never looked prettier. Lillie Marshall from Around the World L shares some photos from her trip to Trinidad, Cuba. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  Around the World L  I Traveled to Cuba Here are the First Gorgeous Photos

Total Shares: 15881


20. 25 Things to Do in Amsterdam

Man On The Lam Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2015 so far by social media shares  Ever in Transit amsterdam crop

http://www.everintransit.com/things-to-do-in-amsterdam/

Who knew there was a floating cat shelter in Amsterdam? Cassie Kifer shares that and 24 other activities in the city on her site Ever in Transit. Manonthelam s TOP 100 Travel Blogs Posts of 2015  Ever in Transit  25 Things to Do in Amsterdam

Total Shares: 15565


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50 comments - add one
  1. I have bookmarked this post. Some great articles here but I do think sometimes the posts that are interesting aren’t necessary the most shared, just the writers that have a real passion for their subject.

  2. This post is the reason I went and looked at StumbleUpon. Hahah so many social media apps out there, holy. Cool to see how viral some posts get though. I hope one day something I write reaches numbers like these.

  3. Some fabulous posts here – looks like I’ve got some serious reading to do! Feeling silly that I haven’t read nearly half of these popular posts – going to get my blog read on!

    Thanks!

  4. Oh! Such a huge list. I patiently read some of them and really good blogs. Social media is no doubt a revolutionary platform where people share their experiences and those who don’t have any, also relish others.

    What I like and notice that most of these blogs have extraordinary photographs that capture that imagination of readers.

  5. Wow! You’ve done your homework here. I am saving a few of these articles to read in full as they look very interesting! Great list!

  6. Wow what a list! Thank you so much for putting this together. I must say I am a little surprised by some of these topics for being in the top 100. But good job to everyone on there!

  7. So happy to see my friend and travel inspiration Jim Cheney on this list – and more than once! He was a huge help when we visited Harrisburg and his passion for Pennsylvania really comes through.

  8. What an excellent list!!! I can only imagine the amount of work it took to put this great resource together, respect:-)

    I also LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog design! It is really the coolest blog I have seen. Keep up the good work, looking forward to your next list!

    Cheers, Lotte

    1. Hi Marcin — thanks for your comment. The submission form clearly stated that only English language submissions would be considered, but you are right — it doesn’t actually say that on this page. 🙂

      I wish I had the bandwidth to include all languages, but it’s just little old me here, and it is a LOT of work. 🙂

  9. This is incredible! What an awesome resource for bloggers – and of course any avid blog readers – to catch up on the year that was. There’s more than a couple of bloggers/posts on the list that I haven’t come across before either… And who doesn’t like finding fresh bloggers to adore? Thank you!

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