As a blogger and a copywriter, I find that one of the best ways to get better at my trade is to read. From novels and non-fiction books to website copy, marketing campaigns and blogs, reading helps me to write. It gives me ideas, inspires me and motivates me to be better.
I’ve always loved reading (and writing for that matter). Growing up surrounded by books, I often slept with a tower of half-read books at the bottom of my bed. I loved English Literature class at school and was always delighted when I got to bring a new book home to review. I am, in the true definition of the term, a bookworm.
Amazing advancements in technology over the last two decades have led to the creation of entirely new careers that didn’t even exist 20-30 years ago. And one of those is blogging. This opens up a completely new realm of content, giving me more opportunities to read and learn from those gifted at communication.
And so, I think it’s time I shared my favourite top 10 blogs and the people behind them who inspire me with their words. Not all of them are travel blogs, some focus on lifestyle content, and quite a few of them write about minimalism and living a simple life. I hope, from this list, you find something new to read that will entertain, educate and spark your own creativity.
My top 10 blogs (in no particular order):
I don’t claim to be a minimalist in any sense of the word, but I do love reading blogs that encourage me to live a simple life and declutter, and that’s exactly what Courtney Carver of Be More With Less inspires people to do. In the world we live in, people are rated as successful by how busy and jam-packed their lives are but Courtney writes about getting back to basics and really living. The way Courtney writes really gets under my skin and makes me think about what matters and what I want from life. That’s got to be a good thing, right?
If you’re looking for travel inspiration, fab photography and laugh out loud girl talk, this is the travel blog for you. As one of my favourite travel bloggers, I always look forward to reading Christina’s posts as she has me chuckling to myself every time. Not only does Christina take great photos and write in a way that makes you feel like your chatting to a friend over coffee, but she also provides so much value when it comes to in-depth travel tips and kick-ass blogging advice.
The Iron You is the health food blog of triathlete, Ironman and food enthusiast, Mike, who uses his digital space to share healthy recipes that don’t compromise on looks or taste. Not a single boring salad or dull diet in sight, Mike’s recipes will have you reaching for the gluten-free flour, vegan and paleo-friendly ingredients to create flavoursome recipes that bring out the healthier version of you. Guilt-free chocolate cake anyone?
As one of my absolute favourite blogs, I can’t recommend it enough. Cait’s blog focuses on living a simple life and minimising the baggage we carry around with us, whether that comes in the form of debt, bad diets, drinking or anxiety. Cait’s story is truly inspiring as she explains how she went from being in thousands of dollars worth of debt to turning her life around and becoming a more mindful consumer.
Travelettes is a travel blog/community written and created by a group of female travellers, photographers and digital nomads who aim to encourage young women to travel more frequently. With contributors from all corners of the world, Travelettes delivers a wide range of travel tips and stories from a variety of perspectives, meaning there is something for everyone.
Another fantastic platform designed to inspire people to own less and experience more. Living intentionally and avoiding needless consumerism is the key to living a better quality life and discovering your passions, and Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist addresses this in a truly thought-provoking way.
The Travel Hack, written by Monica Stott and her team of bloggers, focuses on travel throughout the UK and Europe, both with and without her two children. Monica seems really down-to-earth and this is one of the main reasons I like this blog so much. It’s easy to read about someone’s life and adventures when you can relate to them that bit more.
Camille and her Austin-based team post so regularly over at camillestyles.com that I can barely keep up with new posts as they arrive! This stylish blog covers everything from wellness and healthy living to beauty, interiors and entertaining, while also throwing in some travel content along the way too! If you want to live a more stylish life, this is the place to come for inspiration.
As the world’s authority on all things travel-related, Matt has earned himself quite the reputation and following. I love how he covers topics that are so important to me, such as animal abuse in the tourism industry and solo female travel. Matt creates his own guidebooks for a variety of destinations around the world and on his site, you’ll be able to access travel forums that provide great travel tips and advice.
While Jennifer doesn’t post that often at the moment (she has just become a mother), when she does post, I’m always excited to read her latest thoughts. Her blog centres around designing a life you love, living intentionally and reevaluating your life choices. Check it out!
Well, there you go! Those are my top 10 blog recommendations. I hope you find some inspiration from this list, or at the very least, discover some interesting new reading material.