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Back in the olden days of blogging, there was the concept of the “blogroll”. This was usually off to the side, and it listed the various other blogs that they enjoyed or followed. That concept doesn’t seem as popular in Web 2.0, but I thought it was worth a post to talk about some of the other travel-related blogs that I enjoy.
There are 2 websites that I like to think of as “consolidators” – each of them has a group of bloggers that write for them, and these sites aggregate them and display them. If you don’t have much time, these sites are a quick way to scan the travel-related news quickly. One downside is that when breaking news hits, a lot of times you’ll see multiple posts all about the same thing
Boarding Area – This is the one that I came across first and I believe is more popular – it seems to have the blogs on it that I think of as more popular anyways.
First2Board – Another aggregator that has a lot of good blogs.
I find that most bloggers all talk about the same stuff (probably even myself included). The only reason that I decided to create (yet another) blog is that I found that there were very few blogs focused on families (and none for larger families). And it’s true, that most blogs have their “niche” but really for the most part they have a lot of similar content about trip reports, the basic concepts of how to do it, etc. For lack of a better word, I separate some of the blogs that I’ve found that offer something different.
- Frequent Miler – Frequent Miler does a lot of work on the generating points side of things – figuring out tips and tricks on how to take advantage of deals that are out there to get points. This fits right into my personality – I also enjoy “working” the system. Last March he did what he called “Million Mile Madness” – where he set a goal to generate 1,000,000 points in a single month (and he did it). He is part of Boarding Area
- Milenomics – Part of First2Board – I’ve borrowed a few posts from some of the ideas that he came up with, including the idea of having a demand schedule, as well as the importance of accounting for the TIME that you spend either accruing points or on mileage runs, or waiting in the airport.
- Travel is Free – as far as I know he is not part of any other site, but he’s got a ton of information again on “tricking out” the system. Lots of great ways to get extra trips on United, as well as good information on how to rack up tons of points with the IHG hotel brand.
- Mommy Points – She is probably the most popular of the “family” bloggers. Like I mentioned earlier, many of the travel blogs out there are written by single people, or couples with no kids. And that’s fine, but it’s just a fact that most people don’t travel like that, which is the reason I decided to start a blog focusing on travel with larger families. Mommy Points I believe has one child, who is younger, so it’s still not exactly the same, but I do appreciate a lot of the family-focused posts.
Other blogs I like
I don’t mean to just say that those are the only blogs that talk about different things – there are actually quite a few blogs that I enjoy reading. I just find that if your list gets too long, then it makes it hard to read or look at.
So I wanted to call out a few other blogs that I like – Frugal Travel Guy (where I first learned the ropes), View from the Wing, Points & Pixie Dust, Hack My Trip, The Deal Mommy, Canadian Kilometers, Deals We Like, Loyalty Traveler.
What about it? Any other blogs out there that I should be reading?