Jul 29, 2011

Blog Notes: Travel Edition

Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests.   And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day. This week my focus is on travel blogs. My focus, in general, is on travel these days. I’ve got a big trip planned for the second week of August. Researching and writing about these blogs has helped me avoid what might have otherwise been hours of daydreaming. (Just kidding, boss!) But then again, it’s summer. This is the time to travel.  This is the time to hit the road. This is the time to, let’s say, fly to Vancouver and drive with two of your friends down the coast to San Francisco, if for no other reason than none of you have done so before. So with that in mind, let’s buckle up, lift our tray tables and enjoy this brief roundup of some of the best travel blogs I’ve seen lately.

The Middle Seat evokes that horrible feeling of sitting in an overcrowded flight, doesn’t it? Luckily, there are blogs like this to help travelers avoid further aggravation. The Middle Seat is written by the Wall Street Journal’s travel editor. And if that’s not enough to speak to the man’s credentials, he’s got a mantle’s worth of awards to his name as well.  This isn’t the blog to pitch about cruises and beaches. This is the blog should probably pitched serious airline policy news. Check out the full review here.

Jaunted is a great travel blog.  But before you think it’s all maps and airline policy, take note of the “What Would it Be Like if Lady Gaga Was a Flight Attendant” post. These guys are serious about travel, but maybe not too serious.  And maybe that’s a good thing. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d maybe look for something that touches on event-based travel with a sprinkle of pop culture.  Check out the full review here.

Gadling is among the top travel blogs out there. The site transitions between lighthearted videos of Brits in a Walmart to an examination of how weather patterns (and volcanoes!) might affect air travel. Basically, if it’s got ANYTHING to do with travel, it’s probably on their site.  If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for something that sits at the intersection of travel and news. Check out the full review here.

The Cranky Flier could really be any one of us, right? Cramped seats, delays, pat-downs. Flying’s not always that much fun. Luckily, there’s a great blog to help you navigated the sometimes troubled waters of travel. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d keep in mind that the author has been in the travel industry for most of his life.  And I’d also take a look at his ethics page. Check out the full review here.

Lonely Planet is more than just a series of travel books. It’s also a great blog offering up to the minute news, quirky stories and other tales from the road. (And it’s also got a great origin story!) On the site they help direct travelers with tips, bargains and shared experiences. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d keep in mind this brand is hugely respected and won’t just publish anything that’s tossed their way.  Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations.

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