It’s Monday morning, it’s January – we’re guessing you might need a bit of cheering up.
You might not be able to go on holiday this afternoon (although we’d recommend starting here if you do fancy booking one), but you can easily get your travel fix just by sitting at your desk.
We’ve rounded up some of the best travel blogs to read in 2014 that are guaranteed to keep you entertained. So bookmark them, follow them on Twitter, drop them a line – you might even get a few ideas for your next trip.
1. Fleeting Life
Christina doesn’t like staying in one place for too long and has been travelling and blogging for over 14 months now. In 2013, the quirky writer visited Brazil, Costa Rica, Ireland, Madrid and New York, and will be globetrotting again this year around Europe.
She already has Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany and Croatia on her to-do list, while she’s currently in the process of planning trips to Australia and Jordan.
Her HipCity – City Guides are definitely worth checking out, providing great advice on everything from nightlife and music to authentic eating.
2. A Dangerous Business
Named after a famous J.R.R. Tolkien quote, A Dangerous Business was created by Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fan, Amanda, who caught the travel bug in 2005 after a trip to New Zealand.
Having been to more than 30 countries on four different continents, it’s fair to say that Amanda really knows her stuff.
Currently in Hong Kong, this Ohio girl has recently been in London and is set to enjoy plenty more adventures in 2014.
3. Just One Way Ticket
2014 is going to be another action-packed year for Sabrina, creator of Just One Way Ticket.
While this Berlin girl is currently in the Philippines, she’s already scheduled her travel plans for most of the year with trips to Seoul, Tokyo, Thailand, Italy and Turkey in the works.
Her witty, honest and informative posts are certainly worth reading and will have you coming back to her site time and time again.
4. My View from the Middle Seat
A self-confessed D.I.N.K (Double Income, No Kids), Christina at ‘My View from the Middle Seat’ has visited some of the most amazing places on the planet.
If it’s authentic photographs you’re looking for, this is the place for you – check out her best images of 2013, which might help you conjure up some travel inspiration.
Specialising in the Caribbean, the US and Canada, Christina provides comments on the good, the bad, the ugly and the fabulous world of travel. Her plans for the year are still developing but she’s already got San Diego, Phoenix and Vermont in the diary between now and March for a great mix of sun and snow!
5. Suitcase Stories
Relatively new to the travel scene, Michael and Nicole are a couple who began Suitcase Stories back in March 2012.
Since then, they’ve visited several places in Europe, South America, and most of North America, creating a handy guide for each destination.
After travelling 45,500 miles in their first year, boarding 22 flights and taking 6,445 photos in the process, the jet-setting couple will be packing their bags to places such as Hawaii, Japan, Florida, Mexico and Dominican Republic in the coming year.
For more blogs, Twitter accounts, and Pinterest boards to follow, have a look at our other travel community roundups.
Have you got a travel blog? Give us a shout and tell us where you’re going this year.