Who We Follow

“Downtown” is a state of mind, not a spot on the map. In every corner of the world, these bloggers uncover exciting destinations and attractions. Their posts inspire us to leave our comfort zones and explore new foods, cultures and experiences.

Looking for a sweet escape? Visit these travel blogs for ideas and inspiration.

Travel & Adventure

Belize Adventure – Discover Belize’s natural beauty with tips from an adventurous local.

Budget Travel Adventures – Travel essays and interviews with experts who know how to stretch a dollar.

Butterfly Diary – A beauty expert and global citizen writes about New York City and the world.

EuroTravelogue – Photo journal featuring beautiful destinations around the world, with an emphasis on Europe.

Everything Everywhere – Follow Gary Arndt as he travels around the world, continuously, since 2007.

Expert Vagabond – The blog of a solo adventure traveler who left his job in 2010 to explore the world.

Go Mad Nomad – Stories and advice from and for independent travelers.

GotSaga – A worldwide community of people with a passion for traveling and cultural diversity.

Jack and Jill – A couple leaves their jobs to travel the world, starting with a one-way ticket to Colombia.

Jeanine Barone – A travel journalist uncovering hidden treasures from Malta to Malaysia.

Jeff Titelius – Twitter’s greatest advocate for Mt. Dora, Florida– and an expert on international travel.

Craving adventure? Get practical advice from independent travelers.

Journey Woman – The leading website for female travelers and a great source of practical advice.

Lee Abbamonte – Blog chronicling the adventures of the youngest American to visit every country in the world.

LeslieTravel – A round-the-world traveler finds adventure in New York City and beyond.

Lonely Planet – Leading travel website. Search here for destination info and advice from other travelers.

Memoirs of a Travel and Food Addict – Travel blog with an emphasis on food and culture.

Mr. Philadelphia – The official blogger of the Independence Visitor Center uncovers Philly’s hottest attractions.

Nomadic Samuel – Tales of worldwide adventure with a humorous twist.

Offbeat Travel – Blog focusing on unusual and offbeat destinations.

Ordinary Traveler – Amazing photos from two globe-trotting bloggers who are also photographers & surfers.

Roy Marvelous – Hilarious cartoons and offbeat insights from a traveling nomad (and cruise ship worker).

Runaway Juno – Everyone’s favorite South Korean backpacker and travel blogger.

Santa Fe Travelers – Explore this charming city’s museums, restaurants and historical attractions.

Scene by Laurie – A New Yorker writes about her home town and world travels.

Smiling Faces Travel Photos – Inspiring pics of upbeat, smiling faces from around the world.

Solo Traveler– A traveler shares her experiences, as well as safety tips and skills for the solo traveler.

Spunky Girl Monologues – A solo female traveler quits her job to travel around the world.

Suzy Guese – A redhead with a fiery temperament and a passion for travel.

The Aussie Nomad – Follow the adventures of a late 20s career breaker from Australia.

The Expeditioner – Online travel magazine with a sense of humor.

The Longest Way Home – A guy traveling the word in search of a place called home.

Travel Dudes – A community for travelers, by travelers.

Travel Reportage – Italian traveler Giulia shares her experiences in Egypt and other exciting destinations.

Traveling Canucks – An adventurous Canadian couple that quit their jobs to travel around the world.

Traveling Savage – Tales of a round-the-world traveler.

Traveling Ted – Chicago’s premier outdoor adventurer– and a cross-country ski addict.

Velvet Escape – A corporate banker-turned-writer explores exciting destinations around the world.

Searching for the perfect meal? These food bloggers have great suggestions!

Wandering Aramean – Expert tips for frequent fliers from a confirmed travel addict.

Wandering Trader – A day trader traveling around the world.

Wild Junket – Stories of globe trekking and adventure, from Hong Kong to Mexico and beyond.

World Out There – Local experts share tips for visiting destinations around the world.



A Lil’ Fat Monkey – Food blog with great photos and a comic book style.

Commune Tested, City Approved – Vegan recipes and tips from Portland Press Herald’s “Natural Foodie” blogger.

CC Food Travel – Malaysian food and travel blog with the best food photography on the web!

I Am the Witch – Mei Yee is an adventurous eater and traveler from Malaysia.


Arts & Culture

G Train Salon – A Brooklyn-based curator writes about emerging artists in New York City.

Independent Media Magazine – Reviews of the latest restaurants, bands, movies and NYC events.

Project Dominion – Photographer and graphic artist into haunting self-portraits.

Tattfoo – Social sculpture artist focused on sustainability and urban agriculture.

About the Author

I'm a New Yorker with a passion for travel and art. I founded DowntownTraveler.com after returning from a year-long backpacking trip around the world. Find me on Twitter at @leslietravel.