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Top 20 Urban Travel Bloggers – 2014

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Life is all about balance and holidays are just the same. A bit of downtime spent relaxing on a far off shore or cosying up in a quiet cottage in the depths of the countryside are great ways to recharge the batteries. But what about appealing to your sense of urban adventure?

We’ve scoured the web to find inspiring urban travel bloggers who’ll bring out your inner culture vulture. From hidden gems to popular city hotspots, these bloggers have got it covered.

Urban Travel Blog

With contributions from professional and amateur travel writers from around the world, this collective blog has compiled over 50 city guides full of hot tips for their favourite breaks, from Amsterdam to Yerevan. They report on urban trends, eco-tourism, nightlife and more. @UrbanTravelBlog

Travelling Ted

Ted Nelson is an outdoor adventure travel writer and blogger. Ted chronicles his adventures hiking, canoeing and skiing in the United States and around the world. He also reports on the cultural side of travel; meeting people from around the world, eating their food and learning about their history. He aims to inspire others and provides tips for budding travellers. @travelingted

Jetting Around

Pola of Jetting Around is a Chicago-based blogger originally from Krakow, Poland. Travelling and ‘jetting around’ since the age of three and blogging since July 2010, Pola’s posts range from off-the-beaten-track experiences to exploring cities and their cultures. @jettingaround

Urban Swank

Based in Houston, Texas, Urban Swank is a lifestyle blog providing a new perspective on all things related to food, fashion, beauty, travel and entertainment. From restaurant reviews to the latest travel trends, Urban Swank have got it covered. The blog was founded by Shanna Jones and Felice Sloan in September 2011. @UrbanSwank

WildJunket

Wild Junket is written by husband and wife team, Nellie and Alberto. They’ve been travelling around the world since 2003, experiencing over 70 countries on seven continents. Wild Junket’s focus is on adventure travel, inspiring others to get off the conventional trail and seek out extraordinary experiences.  @WildJunket

Adventurous Kate

At age 26, Kate quit her day job to travel the world alone and spent six months in South East Asia. She turned her blog into a full-time business and today travels full time. Kate goes “anywhere that sounds wacky, beautiful or interesting”. Her goal is to show other travellers that they too can see the world alone; easily, safely and adventurously. @adventurouskate

GlobalGrasshopper

Becky and Gray are the UK-based duo behind global magazine and resource for independent travellers: Global Grasshopper. They’re joined by a team of “self-confessed travel snobs” and are on a mission to discover the world’s most underrated and beautiful places. @globalgrasshopr

Travels of Adam

Adam quit his job as a graphic designer in 2010 and embarked on a trip around the world for over 15 months. He visited places such as North Africa, the Middle East, India and South East Asia. Travels of Adam explores the world from the “quirky to the amazing”.  @travelsofadam

As We Travel

As We Travel is a comprehensive travel site full of the latest advice, city guides and videos from around the world for first-time travellers to well-seasoned enthusiasts. Founded in 2010, As We Travel have blogged from over 45 countries and is one of the top ranked blogs in the industry. @AsWeTravel

Continental Breakfast Travel

Travelling to Europe on a budget? Continental Breakfast Travel documents cheap, part-time travel. The brains behind the blog, John Pilkington, has travelled extensively throughout Europe. His aim is to visit every country in Europe before his 30th birthday (9 May 2020). Join John on his adventures and “read posts about my own personal experiences, including advice, guidance or simply a story or two”.  @jpilkington09

The Quirky Traveller

The Quirky Traveller Blog is packed full of articles about interesting places to see and do in the UK and abroad. Culture vultures will enjoy the added history, art and literature aspect and foodies will appreciate the reviews of cuisine from all over the globe.  @quirkytraveller

Wild About Travel

Travel addict Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel in 2009. With a passion for adventure, the outdoors, art and culture, Simon’s posts are an inspiring read. Her articles are illustrated with impressive photographs of the many places she’s visited on her travels.  @1step2theleft

501 Places

501 Places was recently listed in The Times list of 50 Travel Websites You Can’t Live Without. Even more recently, it was listed in the Independent’s 50 Best Travel Websites. 501 Places is a collection of travel articles, photos and opinions written with a dry wit and an engaging flair. @andyjarosz

Velvet Escape

Amsterdam based blogger Keith Jenkins shares his enthusiasm for travel through his writing and photography. Velvet Escape is a multiple award-winning travel blog and has been featured by The New York Times, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveller, to name but a few. @velvetescape

Vicky Flip Flop Travels

This blog is aimed at those who want to make the most of their annual leave and weekends by travelling. From days out in London to two-week itineraries for some of the most popular long-haul destinations, Vicky Flip Flop Travels blogs about it all.  @VickyFlipFlop

The Travel Hack

The Travel Hack is all about stylish yet affordable adventures such as hiking in the mountains followed by a luxurious day in a spa. Travelling in style doesn’t have to mean 5* glamour: affordable luxury and unusual experiences are the order of the day at The Travel Hack. @TheTravelHack

Hecktic Travels

Pete and Dalene Heck, a Canadian couple with a passion for adventure, are the 2014 National Geographic Travelers of the Year. Their blog is all about getting the most out of life, enjoying every moment and embracing new travel experiences. @HeckticTravels

Twenty-something Travel

Twenty-Something Travel believe “that your twenties are some of the most valuable and transformative years to travel the world”. Their blog aims to encourage other twenty-somethings to find a lust for adventure and offers practical advice, tips and guidance. @20sTravel

Urban Backpacker

If you’re looking for artful travel reviews of hidden budget gems to five-star destinations, Urban Backpacker has them. They aim to help you plan your own travels and review hotels, restaurants, shopping and “fun things to do” in cities all over the world. @RochelleCarr

Caroline in the City 

Caroline’s blog is all about throwing caution to the wind and following your passion for adventure, even if it seems scary at first. She aims to help others who might have concerns about taking the plunge by offering an insight into her own experiences and giving practical advice. @cairinthecity

Welcome to my diary of a homeowner!

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Holiday homeowner, Rowena, will be regularly sharing her experiences with us on managing and running a holiday let. Read on to find out more about her and why she decided to invest in a holiday home. 

As both a journalist and a holiday home owner I was absolutely delighted when the team at Holiday Lettings approached me to write a regular blog about my experiences of letting my holiday property in Cyprus. I’ll be writing about topics and issues that affect holiday home owners and I’ll also keep you up to date with our successes – and our trials and tribulations too! It’s good for us holiday homeowners to share tips and advice so please let me know what you think, if there is anything you would like me to write about in particular or if you wish to share any views and experiences.

A bit about me: back in 2007 when the economy was still thriving my other half and I took the plunge and bought an off-plan property in Cyprus. To say we had a few hiccups along the way is probably a bit of an understatement, but five years on we find ourselves the proud owners of our very own place in the sun. Although when I say our very own, that’s of course not strictly true – we share it with our guests too!

We bought the property with the idea of looking for a long-term investment, but if truth be known we really bought it because we fell in love with the area and the concept. And we haven’t been disappointed, it’s everything we had hoped it to be and although there are many times when I wonder why we did it, I just have to look at our photos and it instantly takes me back there – to our little slice of paradise.

We finally took ownership of our holiday home in August 2010 – a newly developed townhouse on a small resort called Anarita Chorio, set next to the beautiful Cypriot countryside and close to the Med. Our initial thoughts were to look for a long-term tenant but unfortunately we didn’t have much interest and the returns from long-term lets were unlikely to cover our costs, let alone our mortgage.

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So we had a rethink and as such we went back to Cyprus in March 2011 and set up our home for holiday lets. Our sole intention was to create an environment that would be friendly and welcoming to all our guests, we wanted them to feel that our home was their home and the perfect base for them to relax and enjoy their holiday. This is my ad – I hope you like it!

We’ve tried various ways of getting bookings – some more successful than others! We’ve found that holidaylettings.co.uk has delivered many enquiries and is our main source for rentals. 2012 was the first full year since we’ve marketed the property and we’ve managed to get quite a few bookings with guests telling us that they’re planning to return, which is always rewarding. With that in mind we’re very much looking forward to the new year ahead!

All the best,

Rowena

Using blogs to market your holiday home

A blog is a form of online diary (originating from web log). Think about having your own blog where you can prominently display your quicklink and document your experiences as a holiday home owner.

You don’t have to be a computer expert – there are plenty of templates available on the internet, such as Blogger and WordPress. All you need to do is think of a name and create your content.

In order for your blog to be effective, you need to attract readers. Before you start telling people about it, make sure you have already published several entries. As with Twitter, if all people see is an empty page, they’re not likely to visit it again, even if you have great content later on. Add new content regularly to avoid the risk of losing readers as time goes on. If you also use Twitter, invite your readers to follow you there as well.

Get into the habit of visiting and commenting on other people’s blogs. Once you’ve established some good content, find blogs written by people you want to attract. Most people invite readers to comment on their posts and you can often embed a link to your own blog in your profile name – if you don’t have a blog then add your quicklink instead.