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Top 8 Best Blogs On Adventure Travel

When I am not climbing mountains or exploring new destinations, I spend much of my free time reading about adventure. While I am always looking to read the next great book on adventure or the latest addition of Outside Magazine or National Geographic, over the years I have found myself increasingly interested in following the adventure blogs of real life explorers.

Listed below are my Top 8 Best Blogs on Adventure Travel. Each of them are written by individuals who have a gift for storytelling, a thirst for exploration and the courage to blaze their own path through life!

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Reading their travel blog sites has helped me to keep motivated, and inspires me to plan my own new epic adventures.

The Top 8 Best Blogs On Adventure Travel

  1. The Expert Vagabond – Matthew Karsten
  2. Alison’s Adventures – Alison Teal
  3. Alastair Humphreys
  4. Andrew Skurka
  5. Eric Larsen Explore – Eric Larsen
  6. Section Hiker – Philip Werner
  7. Wild Junket – Nellie Huang
  8. SoCal Hiker – Jeff Hester

1. The Expert Vagabond – Matthew Karsten

The Expert Vagabond

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As stated on his site, the definition of a vagabond is “wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic” and this perfectly sums up Karsten’s life. At the age of 29 Matthew quit his job, sold his possessions and headed out on the road. Karsten has traveled across the globe for five years while travel blogging to share his adventures with the world and he doesn’t have any plans to slow down. The Expert Vagabond is living proof that it is possible to live an adventurous life and follow your dreams.

2. Alison’s Adventures – Alison Teal

Alison Teal

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Continuously on the go, nothing can stop this worldwide adventurer who is dubbed “The Female Indiana Jones”. Whether she is surfing in Hawaii, exploring the ancient city of Petra, or backpacking through Indonesia, Alison Teal, through her adventures teaches people to follow their dreams while also showing the beauty of the world for all of us to see. Alison’s Adventures is one of the best adventure travel blogs on the web.

3. Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys

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This British adventurer who coined the term ‘micro adventure’ advocates that people don’t need to go across the world to find adventure, but can actually find it closer to home. Although Humphreys has written a best selling book on micro adventures which you can check out HERE, this doesn’t stop him from continuously testing the boundaries of global exploration. Nominated as a National Geographic Adventurer in 2012, Humphreys has crossed Iceland by foot and pack raft, rowed across the Atlantic ocean, and cycled round the world for four years. This adventure travel blog is a must for anyone who loves to explore!

4. Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka

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Described by National Geographic as “one of the best traveled and fastest hikers on the planet”, Andrew Skurka has made a name for himself by hiking super human distances across rugged terrain. One example is his 7,775-mile, eleven month sea-to-sea route expedition. The sea-to-sea route connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the United States.

Being awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2007, Skurka has perfected the art of moving fast and lightly through the mountains, and has actually published a gear guide on the subject titled “The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail” which you can find HERE.

5. Eric Larsen Explore – Eric Larsen

Eric Larsen

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The best way to describe explorer Eric Larsen is that he LOVES the cold. The seasoned polar explorer has skied to both the North and South Pole, and after summiting Mount Everest in October of 2010 Eric became the first person to reach the three poles in a 365 day period. He also uses his expeditions as a platform to create awareness on the effects of climate change on the earth.

I first saw Eric speak in 2014 at the REI Adventure Store in New York City and have been following this polar explorers’ adventures ever since.

6. Section Hiker – Philip Werner

Philip Werner

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Whenever I have a question on gear, backpacking skills, or a trail I am about to hike I always check out the Section Hiker blog. Section Hiker is an encyclopedia of information and is one of my go-to resources on the web for anything hiking related. The blog is penned by Philip Werner, who is an accomplished adventurer and has completed notable adventures such as the 272 mile long trail in Vermont and two coast-to-coast backpacking trips across the Scottish highlands.

A few year’s ago I was looking for help with an Appalachian trail hike and I was able to find everything that I needed on the Section Hiker blog.

7. Wild Junket – Nellie Huang

Wild Junket

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Professional adventure traveller Nellie Huang has been traveling the world since 2003 and documenting her journeys in the adventure blog, Wild Junket. With over ninety countries under her belt, regardless of whether she is climbing active volcanos in Guatemala, scuba diving in Borneo or exploring the Silk Road, Nellie is always in search of her next great adventure.

8. SoCal Hiker – Jeff Hester

SoCal Hiker

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The SoCal hiker blog was created by Jeff Hester and is an excellent resource of trails for those who live in the Southern California area. Many of the blog posts are written as detailed guides with trail descriptions and photos to help you navigate. For those who are interested in hiking the John Muir trail, there is one of the most comprehensive guides that I have seen, which will help you plan your adventure. Anyone that loves to explore the mountains, the SoCal Hiker is one of the best travel blog sites on the web.

We hope that you have enjoyed our post on the 8 Best Blogs on Adventure Travel. If you would like to learn more about our adventures click HERE or if you have a favorite blog on adventure travel we would love to hear about it just shoot us an email at

I look forward to seeing you on the trail!

Jeff Bonaldi
Founder & CEO
The Explorer’s Passage

About Jeff Bonaldi

Jeff Bonaldi is the Founder and CEO of The Explorer’s Passage, an adventure travel company. His mission is to provide travelers with the opportunity to transform their lives and the planet through the power of adventure.

For the latest, follow Jeff on Instagram and learn more about him HERE .

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How to Find an Adventure

If so, following are a few things to help you find it.

With so many incredible options available it’s good to take a systematic approach that will save you time and help you find your adventure dream come true.

So, how to find an adventure?

First, we’ll cover some things for you to consider when choosing an adventure, then I’ll get more specific with some lists of adventure activities to get you thinking.

Here are three factors to look at when evaluating the adventure travel activities that will be the the best fit for you.

– The risk involved
– The skills needed and physical factors
– The fun factor

How to find an adventure

How to find an adventure

How to find an adventure

When wondering how to find an adventure that suits you, consider the below factors.

The risks of the adventure

When some people think of adventure travel experiences they get visions of paragliding around the Swiss Alps or swimming with sharks in the Bahamas. Yes, those activities have a certain amount of risk involved.

However, an adventure doesn’t have to be dangerous in order for you to have the time of your life. Walking and cultural tours are very popular, and you can find them all over the world. Wildlife watching is an incredible adventure and you can do it from the comfort of a boat (whale watching) or you can kick it up a notch and go to the Australian Outback or the Galapagos Islands.

Generally speaking, the higher the risk, the more adrenaline you get. So, if your middle name is “Danger,” and you love an adrenaline rush, you’re going to have to embrace the risks involved.

So ask yourself this question: How much risk are you willing to take on?

The skill and physical factors

Fortunately, many adventure activities come with training wheels.

For instance, if you want to try skydiving, you don’t have to jump out of a perfectly good airplane all by yourself. You can connect (literally) to an expert and let them guide you through the experience while you focus on the fun of it.

White water rafting runs have several grades of difficulty, trekking routes vary in their length (and the terrain) and many other popular adventure travel experiences offer a range in the degree of difficulty to suit most people.

If you’re in great shape, and have the experience needed, you can head off to Paarl Rock in South Africa for some grade-A rock climbing. However, even if you’re not the athletic type you can find thrilling adventures like zipline canopy tours, horseback riding and flying adventures that are sure to get your heart pumping.

The point is this: Don’t let a lack of expertise, or great physical conditioning, get in the way of adventure. You can try something that interests you in a safe environment and then pursue it on your own if you find you have the passion for it.

The fun factor

So, what do you like doing most? Will it be adventure on land, on (or in) the water or would you like to get airborne? It’s time to start narrowing down your options.

Here are some lists of the most popular adventure travel experiences out there.

Land adventures

  • Backpacking (read our tips for backpacking in Australia)
  • Bicycling (check out our adventure of cycling the Baltic Sea Route in Denmark)
  • Bird watching (go bird watching in Costa Rica)
  • Camel riding
  • Camping (here’s how to do sustainable camping)
  • Cultural holidays (like diving into the Spanish culture in Costa Brava)
  • Dog sledding
  • Eco tours (check out these EcoTourism destinations in Colombia)
  • Hiking (try hiking The Path of Gods in Italy – check out our video below)

  • Horseback riding
  • Jungle exploring (try take on the Amazon Challenge)
  • Motorcycling (check out our guide to backpacking by motorbike)
  • Mountain biking (how about mountain biking in Morocco or joining an active biking holiday in Denmark)

  • Mountain climbing (like tackling the Everest Base Camp trek)
  • Orienteering
  • Rock climbing
  • Rogaining
  • Safaris (go on an Okavango Delta safari)
  • Snowmobiling (you can do this in Yellowstone National Park in winter)
  • Snow skiing (learn cross-country skiing in St. Johann in Tirol)

  • Survival skills training
  • Trekking (go responsible trekking in Nepal or Gorilla trekking in Uganda)
  • Walking Tours
  • Wilderness training
  • Wildlife watching
  • Windsurfing (go windsurfing in Tarifa)

Water adventures

  • Canoeing
  • Fishing (here’s where to go trout and salmon fishing in North America)
  • Sailing (check out these top sailing spots around the South Coast of England)
  • Scuba diving (go scuba diving in Thailand)
  • Sea kayaking

  • Snorkeling (what what snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef or snorkeling in Costa Rica)
  • Surfing (visit the surfers paradise of Sayulita in Mexico or check out these other destinations for surfing holidays)
  • White water rafting

Air adventures

Before you make your final decision there are a few more things to think about.

Ask yourself some basic questions.

– How much time do you have?
– How much money are you willing to spend?

If you’re short on time and/or money then look to stay close to home. If you’re going to plan a great adventure you don’t want to rush it. Overseas adventure travel experiences are great, but for many of us there are fun and exciting excursions within easy driving distance as well. A quick search on Google using the name of the activity and a location should get you some quick and easy results to check out.

What interests you most?

Do you enjoy physical adventures? Then think about these: Hiking and trekking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, windsurfing, sea kayaking, scuba diving and paragliding.

If you’re looking for something a little less physical, and more mentally stimulating, then try these: walking tours, cultural tours, wildlife watching and eco tours.

For those looking for exotic exploits consider jungle exploring, flying adventures, camel and elephant riding, safaris, dog sledding and bungee jumping. You can also do a number of things in an exotic location like India, Thailand, Nepal, Brazil, China or the Galapagos Islands.

Luxury adventure travel experiences are extremely popular for those with the disposable income, and there are plenty of luxury accommodations for each of the following: safaris, golf vacations, cruises, resorts and spas (yes, some consider these an adventure), villas in exotic locations and romantic getaways.

If you’ve got family adventure travel on your mind then here’s a short list for you: bicycle tours, camping, fishing, nature trips, white water rafting, eco tours, wildlife watching and zipline canopy tours.

As Andre Gide once said,

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.”

So, now it’s up to you. Discover yourself in the adventures you choose to pursue.


I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences I had whilst traveling. You’re in a certain place and a fellow traveler, or a local, tip you off on a little-known beach, bar or accommodation. Great travel tips from other travelers or locals always add something special to our travels. That was the inspiration for Travel Dudes.




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