No-one loves a blogger round up like the easyJet holidays blog team, and with so many amazing blogs out there the team were hard pushed to pick just 10 (so we didn't!).
With 2012 almost upon us all, we used it as an excuse to squeeze in a couple of extra blogs and bloggers worth a look for city break and holiday ideas in 2012.
From plain and simple travel blogs, to those who've successfully carved themselves out a niche - here are your Top blogs to watch in 2012:
Blogging can sometimes be a thankless task, here at the easyJet holidays blog we'd like to recognise your success in 2011, and looking forward to watching you build upon it.
So if you're featured in this list please feel free to take the Expert blogger badge, simply add the text inside the box to your site, and show it off anywhere you like! (...and Tweet @easyJetholidays if you're having any trouble)
Featured in May's Top Travel Blogs was Design Destinations (www.designdestinations.org). Marrying blogger Susan’s fascination of design and architecture with her passion for travel, and the outcome is an inspiring read. When she comes across things of intrigue that evoke emotion she shares her insight and thoughts, read if you like great photographic and quirky sights.
48houradventure.com (www.48houradventure.com) is a fantastic blog with a great concept behind it. If you want to see many of the world’s greatest cities and famous destinations but time is too tight to allow you to do it, then follow Justin on his 48houradventures, he’ll tell you how to see the best cities and sights in no more than a weekend. Check out his 48 hour Adventure in Toulouse guest post.
The blog team are big fans of Arttrav.com (www.arttrav.com) as it gives a great honest insight to Italian life and life in Florence from an expat. Featured in April's Top Travel Blogs for her piece on urban hiking in Florence, blogger and journalist Alexandra has been writing her blog for over seven years, which means it covers pretty much everything you could want to know about visiting Florence. Find out about anything and everything, from where to find some of the best Aperitivo spots and write ups of upcoming exhibitions to where to get WiFi in the city and information on the state of the public loos.
Read this blog if you love food and Paris. Lost in Cheeseland (www.lostincheeseland.com) is brilliantly written and presented by Lindsey, an expat from the US. The photography and food samples are simply to die for and enough to inspire anyone to travel to the French capital. Check out her Franco File Fridays for interviews with influential Parisian writers, bloggers and note-worthies. Lindsey was first featured in the June edition of Top Travel blogs and is also included in the easyJet holidays blog Ultimate Paris bloggers list.
Turkish Travel Blog (turkishtravelblog.com) is hugely popular blog about all things Turkey - she was featured in the Top Travel blogs list for July. Natalie, the blog's author, brings you tips for travelling to the country, destination write ups, insight into Turkey’s culture and traditions and much, much more. Follow her as she travels her way through the vast country. It’s a fantastic resource if you are thinking about visiting Turkey and want to know more about culture and life in the diverse country.
My Postcard From... (www.mypostcardfrom.com) is a real travel lovers travel blog, Paul has been travelling in some form or another for nearly 10 years and has a terrific load of stories to tell as a result. The team chose him as one of their Top Travel blogs in June for his post about the surprising highlights of his visit to Lanzarote.
Matt of LandLopers (www.landlopers.com) shares his stories of discovery and adventure as he sets out to give a different angle on travel blogging. Less backpacker style, more normal guy wanting to get the most out of his travel time – take a read for the lessons he’s learnt along the way and including Getting naked in Marrakech.
EuroTripTips' Marie-Eve knows Europe like no-one else (www.eurotriptips.com). If you want the inside track on what to do in a particular country then there’s a good chance she’s already been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. In 2011 she also tracked down the village where her ancestors lived, Vallieres, in France – talk about being a savvy traveller. Look out for her in 2012, as her bucket list for the year includes visiting Sweden and road-tripping through Normandy. Check out her guest post about what to do with 24 hours in Rome and the first post we featured about a 48 trip to Prague.
As featured in September's Top Travel Blogs I Prefer Paris (www.ipreferparis.net) is fashion-savvy site that combines photography and tips on the hottest places to go in Paris, this should be your go-to guide for the capital of French style. Whether he’s reporting on Metro posters, the Christmas window display at Hermes or reviewing the latest books and restaurants, Richard certainly knows his stuff. He’s also interviewed superstars like Raquel Welch, fashion legend Diane Pernet and J. Alexander of America’s Next Top Model to find out why they love the city.
The blogosphere is full of married or partnered travel teams, but one of the best is Photito, by Spencer and Vibeke (photito.wordpress.com). They explore the world, together with their two young children, and are part of Lonely Planet’s Blogsherpas collection which features the top wanderlust bloggers. On their site you’ll find honest reports of how child-friendly a destination is, as well as great advice on buying a travel guide or becoming a travel journalist. You’ll soon be hooked by the Weird and wonderful world of Family travel.
Sherry Ott of Ottsworld is determined to see the world (www.ottsworld.com). Follow her journey via this addictive website and you’ll soon get the travel bug. This year she’s tracked down Chinatown in Hawaii, participated in a 10,000 mile Mongol Rally for charity that saw her drive from the UK to Mongolia, and spent some down time getting to know Spain. What began as a career break in 2006 is now a way of life as she wanders bravely across the globe.
Big Blue Marble (bbmexplorer.com) explorer Rob Atherton is a long-time friend to the blog team, having guest posted on a number of occasions, lending his insight about activities and ideas for things to see in both Jordan and Egypt. Expect to see more exciting and wildly diverse blog posts from around the world from Rob.