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Inspiration In A Nutshell – 2016’s Favorite Blogs

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Inspired by all those inspiring (my highschool teacher would have marked this unpretty double wording but hell, stylistic analyzing times are over!) end of year roundups of blogs and posts and websites and shops and instagram pictures – I decided to add my own mustard. My German friends will understand that. The dictionary says, you English speaking guys say “put my two cents in”. Is that correct? Well, you’ll guess what I mean.*

Here we go with the first edition of my new Inspiration In A Nutshell (I adore this expression) blog series. Every now and then, I’ll present you a number of my favorite posts in whatever way travel related (I know, couldn’t have put it more specific).

May it be a delicious put-together of local food in Ulaanbaatar, inspirational talk about personal travel stories, experienced recommendations of useful travel gadgets, the tales of a passionate Carribean love affair, a photography documentation of the Base Camp track, best tips and tricks of travel blogging, another list of must do’s, confessions, why-to-go’s. Anything I find worth sharing but would probably cost me your subscription if I posted them all. Except my parent’s of course. Who recently signed up to Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest when I told them I easily lose 500 followers a month. Hey, so I’ll never get under 2, that’s something, isn’t it?

Anyway, let’s start! Since it’s the first edition coming together with end of the year, and since I’m only just starting to jump into this whole blogging business – this is gonna be a roundup of my year’s favorite blogs instead of particular posts. Be warned for potential emotional touches. It’s Christmas for heaven’s sake.

A reindeer for my favorite blogs!

A random reindeer for my favorite blogs!

Inspiration In A Nutshell – My Favorite Blogs of 2016

McVagabonds

I can doubtlessly say that my most surprising and favorite discovery has been Susan’s McVagabonds. She once so eloquently said to me “reading your blog is like following an inner dialogue”. It’s so peculiar how two people how are as far away to know each other as possible connect over reading each other’s elaborating of countless travel experiences and wandering thoughts. That whole thing has started by us commenting on each other’s posts without ever messaging. Now we’re grabbing some German Glühwein by the end of the week – oh God, I love fate. What I like so dearly about the blog is the fun, the wit, the honesty, and the authentic feeling of reading from someone who has found her true voice. Giving you the feeling you’d actually be there as well.

Journalist On The Run

The business of starting a blog is a tough one. Next to finding your way through the infinite WordPress maze, think about what you wanna write and how often, how to use SEO and social media and promote your blog… What, you need to promote? It’s not like someone reads your article, falls in love with you, shares it all over the world and you go viral in a week?
– Well. Marketing is a whole mystery in itself. There’s this 80:20 rule of promotion : actual writing, which I don’t agree on, but anyway. Janet of Journalist On The Run has been one of my main inspirations this year and has taught me so so much. Without her guidance I’d still sit at my window waiting for free traveling opportunities. Her solo adventures and her way of following her path (the last one #CorkToCapeTown), of honest posts (why that trip didn’t work out in the end) and great courage, is a big part of what has kept me running during the grey autumn days.

Vrouw op reis

About two years ago, my direction of more independent and adventurous travel increased, and I started doing so by roadtripping and couchsurfing my way through Sweden and Finland. Kim has been my first host and introduced me to a whole new lifestyle I immediately was fascinated of. She is this inspiring woman who was hitchhiking from the Netherlands to Iran and further, who dares to look behind scenes, and manages to keep laughing although the police had just taken her passport and was gone. Who follows her dreams instead of society rules and confidently finds a way to make that work.

Breifne Earley

It’s one thing to follow posts of a blog you like, but another if you get a glance behind the scenes and observe someone’s development and passion. Breifne, author of “Pedal the Planet”, and I both participated in a blogger challenge to work on how to finally make one’s enthusiastic writings heard in the wide web. While we all proceeded with the challenges and were able to find a little success here and there, I feel that Breifne has been one of the most determined participants. He kept helping and sharing his tips with us, while his own social media accounts as well as his private ambitions seem to go through the roof – and hell, he earned it!

Brown Gal Trekker

I haven’t discovered this one until pretty late this year. You can imagine how many tons and tons of blogs I’ve read during the last months, but I gotta say that many become more and more alike. I try to see the people behind, I honestly do, but often I don’t succeed. However, with Brown Gal Trekker I have found a passionate, honest, confident woman talking about her mountain love and the ways she wants to share this with the rest of the world. She talke about her challenging journey and how it has led her to her own freedom, has founded an enterprise and a non-profit-organization and stands up for equality – nothing but an absolutely impressive woman!.

Nomadic Boys

Need a laugh and some uplifting stories? This gay travel blog by Stefan and Sebastien will brighten your day, no matter whether you’re straight, gay, bi, somewhere in between or somewhere completely else. They’re able to tell their stories with such delightful yet modest humor and heart-warming romance, that regardless how dark the times and how grey the weather, you’ll find those rose-colored glasses again. And who wouldn’t enjoy detailed insights into gay Tango lessons in Uruguay or gay sauna adverts?

100 cobbled Roads

If you read Punita’s texts, you’ll get the feeling of being right there, smelling the salty ocean’s air or hearing the exotic tunes of a mild Portoguese evening or feeling the rough surface of ancient stones in a historic middle eastern village. She takes you onto her very own journey of how she has found her path and is confidently following her dreams, with such great storytelling skills and eloquence, that I unnoticed lose half an hour just clicking through her website…

Happy to Wander

A free-spirited, happy, and pretty untypical blog. This fellow Christina has got me started on my own first blog series (that still is in work – is there ever gonna be a point of having enough time to write?). Her hilarious and yet immensely helpful Blogtoberfest was one inspiring bowl containing a lot of inspiration, a brilliant marketing move and her personal story of finding her own voice (and hell, she’s got a funny one!). Dreamer, adventurer, geek, and still fashionable traveler, she’s always a good choice of satisfying an urge of wanderlust.

And now what?

Now? I’ll keep an eye out for inspiration, of course! So as to relieve you of fighting your way through the travelblog jungle to find those outside-the-box attitudes and writers of passion instead of sponsored-traveling-opportunity-hunters.

Got some suggestions? Have some pure inspiration up your sleeves that waits to be shared? Let me know which eloquent tales have made you smile! So we can all come together in a happy dance ????


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Inspiration in a nutshell - my favorite blogs of 2016

 

*if you scrolled down now because you couldn’t guess –  sorry mate, that’s as clear as it gets. It’s a grey cold dark rainy December day, and my patience in explaining figures of speech is currently as bright as my non existing desk lamp.

 

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Angelique
    December 23, 2016 at 2:23 am

    I haven’t head of these other blogs you’ve listed, but I’m always looking for inspiration. It’s also always nice when another blogger gives your blog some love. Good job!

    • Reply
      Christina
      January 11, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Yay, thanks heaps!!

  • Reply
    shayan Naveed
    December 21, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Those are really good and inspirational blogs indeed. My first blogger that inspired me was Alex in Wanderland. Her blog is amazing.
    Looking forward to more of your posts like this.

    • Reply
      Christina
      January 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for the tip, I’m definitely gonna check it out 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa
    December 20, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I enjoy following other bloggers/blogs, always inspirational. I’ll have to check out a few you have on your list. Happy blogging and most of all enjoy doing it!

    • Reply
      Christina
      January 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks heaps, I’m happy to hear so! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kerri
    December 19, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Always interesting to see what other bloggers rate as a good blog or their fave blog. Many I know on here.

    • Reply
      Christina
      January 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Great to hear you know some of them already – they really deserve it!

  • Reply
    Meg
    December 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for supporting the blogging community. I’ve found it to be such a loving family! I’m with you – I love reading Brown Gal Trekker. She’s a pretty awesome lady! I’ve book marked this page for when I need a fresh voice to read.

    • Reply
      Christina
      January 11, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Very happy to hear so! I love the constant exchange with fellow bloggers, and how everybody is helping each other out!

  • Reply
    TravelingDreads
    December 19, 2016 at 11:08 am

    You post definitely makes me want to check out these sources of inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing. A great idea to write a post on this, share the love and support our fellow bloggers 🙂

    • Reply
      Christina
      January 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks a bunch, I totally agree and love these kind of posts from other bloggers, too haha.

  • Reply
    Suz
    December 19, 2016 at 9:26 am

    First, thank you for putting your two cents out there. And adding your mustard. I like that saying, I think I’ll try to use it too. I haven’t read all of these, but I’m already in new-love with some of them thanks to you!

    Also, thank you for including me on this list!! Just so you know, you’re quite inspirational too! Your blog is definitely one of my favorites!

    • Reply
      Christina
      December 19, 2016 at 10:45 am

      *shrieking with my still non-existent voice* thanks Susan! That makes me so happy to hear! I’ll wait for the day we meet again and debate over mustard…

      • Reply
        Suz
        December 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm

        Hopefully it’ll be sooner than we expect! I’m still feeling the happies from our pasta making dinner. I hope your last week at work went well! And that you have a safe journey home!

        I just wanted to let you know that my post for Liebster Award went live… And of course I had to include you. As I mentioned, I know it’s a super busy time with the holidays, so no worries if you can’t accept it. I just wanted to make sure I was telling everyone that I can about your blog!

        • Reply
          Christina
          January 11, 2017 at 6:49 pm

          Thanks again Suz, although this is coming quite late haha. I still tell people about our pasta adventure and am really happy we enjoy reading each other so much 🙂 Always a little light when traveling long-term alone. All the best to you on your way home!

  • Reply
    Hayley
    December 19, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Great list, I follow lots of these blogs too!

    • Reply
      Christina
      December 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Great to hear, they truly deserve it. Thanks 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathy (from walkaboutwanderer.com)
    December 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Thanks for your list of bloggers to check out. As a fellow blogger I love discovering new blogs. I will be sure to check out your recommendations.

    • Reply
      Christina
      December 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Cool, I hope you’ll be inspired by them as well! Thanks a lot!

  • Reply
    Rhiannon
    December 19, 2016 at 1:04 am

    This is such a lovely idea for a post! Ending the year by spreading the love ☺️ Most of the blogs you mentioned are completely new to me so I’m excited to check those out when I get a few minutes!
    May I also say that I absolute adore your style of writing! I found myself giggling away at times and now kind of just want to fall into a big black hole full of your posts and not emerge for some time.

    • Reply
      Christina
      December 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

      AAAAAAW thanks Rhiannon! Your words let me jump up and do a happy dance! I find the fight of finding (that was a lot of ‘fi’s…) your own voice quite difficult, the balance of thinking I wanna be myself but I also don’t wanna write a whole chaotic mess nobody can follow anymore, and neither sound like simply a lonely planet guide… well. The happier I am that I apparently succeeded here 🙂
      Also, of course, very happy to hear I could inspire to let you check out some of the blogs I mentioned!

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    Katie
    December 18, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Hey! What an interesting idea for a blog post, we will have to give Breifne and Nomadic boys a look at. The internet is such a great place to inspire and help people, perhaps one day we can be on your list!

    • Reply
      Christina
      December 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Hi Katie, well I’ll for sure check out your blog! I already find your cycling trip with an MSR tent (I did exactly the same thing) very appealing haha. And I’m glad I could inspire you to give a look at theirs, they truly deserve it!

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    Anna
    December 18, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    This is such a lovely idea – I really enjoyed reading about your connection with these bloggers and their stories! It’s very sweet 🙂 Some of the blogs are familiar to me, and I can’t agree more that they deserve more readers!

    • Reply
      Christina
      December 19, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Thanks heaps for the kind words 🙂 I mean we’re so many out there all trying to be heard, and sharing some love for those I connected with (oh basically we’re a big family, aren’t we?), seems like a good thing to do haha.

  • Reply
    neha
    December 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    A very nice list. Some of them are our favorites too 🙂

    • Reply
      Christina
      December 19, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Glad to hear those people’s potential reach others too!

  • Reply
    Doro
    December 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I’m already reading a few of these blogs regularly (really liked Blogtoberfest too!), but have discovered a few new ones. New reading material, yay 🙂

    • Reply
      Christina
      December 19, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Cool! Well, you have been one of the inspirations for me to set up my own review series, so a big thanks goes to you 🙂

  • Reply
    Sandy N Vyjay
    December 16, 2016 at 8:51 am

    We also follow some of the blogs that are there in list. All inspiring stuff. Love the way that each traveler and blogger is unique.

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    Janet
    December 15, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Lovely post and thank for including me! x

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    Swati & Sam (The tales of a traveler )
    December 15, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Apart from 100cobbled roads .. have not read any blogs. Thanks you so much for sharing some interesting blogs, am gonna bookmark the other blogs for future read 🙂

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      Christina
      December 15, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Yay! Happy I could pass on some inspiration from these cool people 🙂

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    Stefan
    December 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Christina – thank you so very much for featuring us! We are extremely touched 🙂
    xxxxx

    • Reply
      Christina
      December 15, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Really happy to hear! 🙂 Happy traveling to you!

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