Top Luxury Travel Bloggers to Follow

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Some of us prefer the finer things in life. That’s why we work hard all week, that’s why we budget, and we save – to treat ourselves regularly to upscale clothes, cars, houses, and especially vacations. As with most things, you get what you pay for when you go abroad. If you try for a cut rate, second hand vacation you probably will not be happy with the results. If you’re the type of person who spares no expense (and has the financial means to do so) then you travel in the lap of luxury – the finest meals, the highest thread count and the most exclusive itineraries. 

There are many travelers who would agree with your “high end” philosophy and who have become quite the experts at seeing the world in such a way. For those of you who prefer to experience the best of the best at a given vacation destination – or those who just want to see how the other half lives – check out this list of our favorite luxury travel bloggers to follow in 2015:

A Luxury Travel Blog

“A Luxury Travel Blog is like no other travel blog.

It focuses on the finer aspects of travel and serves as a gateway for the discerning traveller, providing information on the most luxurious hotels and resorts, the finest restaurants and news from within the luxury travel industry, to name just a few.

The blog is brought to you by Dr. Paul Johnson (pictured right on an expedition with Land Rover, travelling from Kathmandu, Nepal to New Delhi, India) – a member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association – and a team of more than 400 writers and guest bloggers.

Paul has worked in the travel industry for more than 25 years and has travelled extensively, from his home in Kendal, Cumbria (UK) to places all over the world. He is also a Director of The Dedicated Partnership Ltd., an online tourism marketing company with a client base that includes some of the finest hotels in the world.

On account of this, A Luxury Travel Blog has grown to be one the most popular travel blogs in the world – if notthe most popular – serving more than 250,000 unique visitors per month, and with more than 475,000 followers on Twitter and over 245,000 on Facebook (figures updated March 2015).

If you would like to contact Paul, please use this contact page.”

Amy West Travel

“Jacksonville, FL based Amy West is the creator of amywesttravel.com, a travel and lifestyle brand including TV show “Like Love Want Need”. New Zealand, China, Malta, Germany, and Brazil all find pins on Amy’s world map amongst other exotic destinations she’s visited. As a travel and lifestyle expert Amy writes for USA Today’s 10Best.com and regularly appears as a guest on several media outlets including WJXT News 4 Jax Morning show, WJCT NPR Radio show “First Coast Connect”, and Jacksonville Moms Blog. Amy has also been seen in Jacksonville Magazine, Florida Travel and Life, and American Baby magazine. Look for Amy on “Amy West Travel the Blog” where she posts reviews on her exciting adventures.”

Bon Vivant

“Bon Vivant is London’s leading luxury travel advisory and concierge service. The Bon Vivant Journal is a place to note our travels, share our musings, hot new tips and the most recent must-see, do, go-to places to have caught our imagination; the very best hotels, restaurants and bars across the world. Welcome to the world of Bon Vivant.

Visit the blog at http://www.bonvivant.co.uk/journal/ and follow the founder Emyr Thomas on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BonVivantLiving or on Instagram at https://instagram.com/bonvivantlondon/

Carmen’s Luxury Travel

“My friends refer to me as the “Travel Channel”.

Like most of us, I worked in the corporate world.  International travel was an unknown to me.

This started to change in 1999, I decided at the last minute to join my grandmother and aunt on a trip to Europe. It changed my life. I had a new view of the world. WOW, it hit me that I was living my life in just one corner of the world but that I had family and interests that were worldwide.  But back then, despite the tease of tasting different foods and seeing the great sites of the world, I didn’t have the time or means to travel.

I got bitten by the travel bug.

Fast forward a decade, my life has changed in a number of ways. I remarried and have two step kids, plus my daughter from a previous marriage. I have a lot more opportunity to travel. I still have a sense of wonder and thrill with each trip we take. We travel sometimes as a family, sometimes as a couple, and sometimes I visit family (in Tenerife, Spain) alone.

Where do we go that everyone will have a good time? Hmmm..

We all work hard for the finer things in life. Nothing is more deserved than a proper vacation. No schedule, no meetings, no errands or clients to deal with, just complete bliss. I’ve been around the world, traveling to the most luxurious places, finding the perfect spots to unwind. Whether I’m with my family, my girlfriends, my husband, I’ve found a fabulous experience to suite them all.  Here you will find the best destinations travel for luxury, culture, shopping, and those once in a lifetime experiences that leave life long memories.”

Holy Smithereens

Holy Smithereens offers travel ideas for the luxurious adventurer. If you are one to indulge in travel yet be up at the call of a good adventure, then stay , relax and have a browse. Don’t forget the mojito 🙂

Inside the Travel Lab

“Hi, I’m Abi, a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Here I write about unusual journeys, thoughtful luxury and how you can see the world through different eyes.” 

Kara Franker

“A lifestyle writer and travel blogger, Kara Franker covers the glitz and glam — lavish hotels, stylish designs, food + cocktails, luxury real estate and not-to-miss events. A former NFL cheerleader turned lawyer, Kara ditched the courtroom for the opportunity to write and travel. A self-proclaimed beach addict, she resides in Miami with her husband and two schnauzers.”

Luxury Travel Mom

“Kim-Marie Evans is a freelance writer specializing in luxury and family travel. She has traveled the world with her four children to places as glamorous as the south of France and as challenging as Rwanda. She is the travel writer for Greenwich Magazine and her work has appeared in print in all of the Moffly Publications and WAG Magazine. She is the Features Editor for TravelingMom.com, the Family Travel Blogger for Exclusive Resorts, one of the select Snowmamas writing for Park City Mountain Resort and a regular contributor to Preferred Family and Ciao Bambino. Her travel advice has been featured on air on CBS’s “Live from the Couch” and in various national news segments. She is also part of “Katie’s Crew” blogging for KatieCouric.com. And no, she does not have a team of nannies, or even one for that matter…but if you’re offering…”

Mrs O. Around the World

“Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Mrs. O is now permanently based in the beautiful English countryside, near Henley-on-Thames, in the UK. With a degree in Business Studies and a Henley Business School MBA, Ana Silva O’Reilly developed her career in strategic marketing management as Marketing Director for Portugal, Spain and Turkey with global commercial real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield. She is also a New York University alumni (NYU), having graduated from its Social Media Strategy & Execution course in 2011 & 2013.

An avid traveller, Mrs. O is also a good daughter, who does as she is told, religiously following her mother’s mottos: “if you are leaving home, it has to be to a better place” or “i love camping… in 5 star hotels”.

Join Mrs. O on her travels. All the posts are there because she wants them to be… not easy to buy the love! If comissioned by a third party, Mrs. O will make this very clear and will always be honest. If it wasn’t good enough for her… you will know.

With over 30,000 pageviews a month and 15,000 unique visitors (monthly), Mrs. O Around the World has been shortlisted numerous times as one of the key global luxury travel bloggers. She has a very engaged audience through various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), from countries such as the UK, USA, Canada, Continental Europe (Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany) and Australia and Brazil, to mention a few.”

The Luxury Editor

The Luxury Editor provides guidance on the best places to go for luxury experiences and luxury escapes.

The Style Traveller

“This blog is a fashion editor’s insider guide to some of the world’s coolest hang outs and great places to shop, eat, sleep, drink and party when on your travels.

And of course, coming from a fashion girl, it’s filled with tips and advice on what to wear when you’re there, what to pack and a secret address book of the best places to shop when you reach your destination, from urban shopping areas to beachside flea markets.

Every place featured has been visited and experienced by me personally. If it’s not right for a StyleTraveller it doesn’t make the edit.

I’m not trying to be the lonely planet guide, I’d just like to share some of the amazing gems I discover when I get sent here, there and everywhere in the name of fashion.

So come and join me on my travels…”

The Travelista

“The Travelista Blog now documents both my professional and personal travels. I blog about the destinations I visit, top travel tips, tried-and-tested recommendations and my lowdown on some of the best luxury hotels worldwide. I also love passing on knowledge to other aspiring bloggers, so I also write the occasional post packed with blogging advice too.

I chose to call my blog The Travelista to reflect my identity of a glamorous and jet-setting female that other travellers would aspire to be like.  It also injects new life into the overused term ‘fashionista’, suggesting that women can be just as savvy up about travel as they can fashion. I enjoy shopping as much as the next girl, but I’d take countries over clothes any day, which is why I am The Travelista.”

Velvet Escape

“I’m Keith Jenkins and I’m based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For a decade I had a very successful career in corporate and investment banking.  Like many, despite my success, my career had begun to feel empty.  Through circumstances I was able to leave and take time for myself, never anticipating that the collapse of the financial sector in 2008 would end my chosen career.

Not one to allow circumstances to get me down for long, I have created an entirely new career for myself, following my passions for travel and writing in a way that I’d never realised was possible before. I wrote about my transition in my (free) ebook ‘Travelations‘ and spoke about it at my TEDxTalk titled “Passion. Empowerment. Social Media” in November 2012.

Velvet‘ is the context I’ve chosen for my new ventures:  soft, plush, rich …some would say sexy.  When you run your hand over velvet you know there is a certain depth and richness to it; you know you are alive.

In December 2008, I launched the Velvet Escape luxury travel blog. My aim with this blog is to convey my enthusiasm about the places I’ve visited through my experiences and photography. I hope to inspire people to travel, to stimulate their curiosity about the world we live in and foster an open mind that is receptive to different perspectives and new ideas. And to do all that in style! In this sense, Velvet Escape is a luxury travel blog but it goes beyond staying in five-star hotels or eating in Michelin-star restaurants. To me, it’s about the experience and what we gain from it. This is my definition of luxury travel.

Velvet Escape has since become a multiple award-winning travel blog and has been featured by the likes of The New York Times, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveler. Please see the Mediapage for a full list of awards, interviews and media mentions.

Follow Velvet Escape on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.”

World of Wanderlust

“World of Wanderlust is an established travel blog with a mission to inspire, intrigue and inform readers to travel to more places, more often.

Brooke Saward, the founding editor of WorldOfWanderlust.com (WOW) began blogging in December 2012 as a way of documenting her travels. Soon after, the WOW community was born.

For a small project that began out of a passion for exploring and a love for sharing images / stories, the brand has quickly evolved within the first few years. Now, there is a small team of 5 writers behind the site to keep readers up-to-date with current travel trends, emerging destinations, and new products on the market.

WOW partners with travel and lifestyle brands that share the same ethos – to encourage young people to get out there and explore our world, and to value experiences.

World of Wanderlust aims to inspire and encourage readers from across the globe to travel further distances, seek new experiences, and to understand our world through travel.”