Tuesday, May 26, 2009

12 World Travelers on Twitter (You Need to Follow)

As a kid, I remember being eternally excited by the Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom series, which went all around the world to study and film animals. The journeys were so sweeping in their grandeur, the narratives so eloquent in their presentation. Today, I get my "global fix" from viewing shows like The Amazing Race, as well as the great work of Travel Channel personalities like the lovable Samantha Brown, the ultra cool Dhani Jones, and the comical Anthony Bourdain.

And, I also get my "global fix" from reading the work of international travelers on Twitter who illustrate our world in a very bold and enlightening way. Below are 11 World Travelers on Twitter who do just that. Enjoy:

Audrey & Daniel have been all over the world, and have chronicled it in their award-winning travelogue UncorneredMarket. Their global exploration has yielded great human stories, travel photography and street food reportage. In fact, their pictures of Asian mountain ranges (which can be seen here) is nothing short of breathtaking.

Karen & Eric's fantastic Trans-America journey has gone more than 4 Years, and over 200,000 miles, through North, Central & South America. Their travels have produced awe-inspiring pictures, and amazing insights. It's hard not being impressed with their cool travelogue: TransAmericas.com.

When Steven Roll is not doing legal editing at a Washington DC-area publishing firm, he maintains Travelojos, a great blog about his numerous travels throughout Mexico and Latin America. His passion for great food becomes evident. This picture of him above is priceless - he's having too much fun!

In 2008, Christine Gilbert walked away from a major Fortune 500 Company to become a freelance writer - working and traveling to cities around the world. It's truly a great story. Her travels have taken her to 13 countries and over 20 cities. Her aptly titled blog, AlmostFearless, is a great read. It has some great links to other travel blogs.

Craig Martin, an award-winning co-host of a popular IndieTravelPodcast that he operates with his wife Linda. A connoisseur of wine and coffee, Craig has traveled to 5 continents. But, he gets major kudos for living in New Zealand, where the Lord of the Rings movies were shot.

Julie Schwietert Collazo is managing editor of Matador Travel. Her travel stories make for great reading, including one about what she learned from reading John Steinbeck's Travels With Charley. See her work on Collazoprojects, which she runs with Francisco Collazo, her partner in "life, love, and business." The pictures from her travels are awesome.

His cool blog, The Carey Adventures, has some great pictures from his travels all over the globe: Ireland, Peru, Nepal, among many other countries. He loves back country traveling in the "mountains and woods of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia," as well as the sandstone marvels throughout the state of Utah.

Based in Argentina, Leigh Shulman left Brooklyn, NY to travel the world. She is the inspiring editor of Matador Life, and a noted visual artist. Her travelogue, The Future is Red, is filled with great images and insights from her travels. Her pictures of San Pedro de Atacama are smokin' hot!

Nick Rowlands was leading tours around Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan from 2005-2008. But now he's a freelance writer, and editor of the impending tour guide The Croc. Cairo, Egypt is the source of his inspiration as he continually plans his next adventure. His many travels are documented on his Trazzers page.

Andrew Hickey, a self-described hotel nerd and pizza snob, has a great blog, The Brooklyn Nomad. For years he wrote travel stories and shorts for media outlets, and then branched out on his own. He is @CheapOair's Manager of Social Media, and is a blogger for Oyster Hotels.


  1. Good list. I love travel, so now I have 10 more pages to look at.

  2. I was aware of the two couples that lead your list. In fact, I read their websites. But now I have more pages to view. Thanks.

  3. Wow-- thanks! I'm in some seriously good company here! :)

  4. I'm flattered to be included on a list of such travel twitter luminaries, all of whom add such value to the twitterverse. Thankyou! Nick.

  5. Your support and motivation really does mean a lot to us, especially after a long and tiring day of chicken bus rides and miscommunications. Thanks for having us lead off this fantastic list of Twitter travelers!

  6. Thanks for helping discover some new names I wasn't familiar with.

  7. What a sweet list of great people and I know them well from the internet!

    We have been traveling the world as a family since 2006. 29 countries, 4 continents, over 76,000 miles ( most overland) & over 2.5 million views of our soultravelers3 youtube channel so far!

    We are having so much fun that we have no plans on stopping. In fact, we are off for 7 straight months of traveling as I write this... in our small RV. We do green, slow travel & use every means of transportion from cargo ships to camels!

    We live large on just 25K a year and want other families to know that it is easier, cheaper and more enriching than most realize.

    We are on twitter as soultravelers3 and most places on the internet as we find ourselves traveling the web2.0 world as we travel the real world and it has added so much to our journey which we never expected.

    Always great to meet people with a passion for travel!