One Girl One World
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These travel bloggers have caught my eye and are set to reach great heights in 2016. Their blogs offer a unique perspective and they come from all walks of life.

Meet my picks for top 10 bloggers to watch in 2016! 

1. The Minority Nomad

The Minority Nomad Erick Prince
The Minority Nomad Erick Prince

Erick Prince is a former US Air Force Aerospace Engineer, photographer and world traveler on a quest to become the first African American to visit every country in the world. How amazing is that?! His blog tackles heavy issues like sexuality, race, and poverty all while informing others on how to travel as extensively as he has. He’s a blogging veteran, but if you haven’t come across his blog yet, it’s a must visit! Not to mention he has some amazing photos!

2. Jay On Life 

Travel Blogger Jay On Life
Jay On Life

Jay is a travel blogger living with polio, but she doesn’t let it define her or hold her back! She shows that traveling is possible for anyone, no mater the disability, race, or where you were born! She is originally from Nigeria but moved to London at a young age and has since traveled through the USA, Canada and Jamaica, couchsurfing a lot of the way. She once said “The desire to travel will mean that you will do what it takes to see as much of the world as you possibly can, boundaries be damned,” and I couldn’t agree more.

3. The Blog Abroad

Gloria Atanmo of The Blog Abroad
Gloria Atanmo of The Blog Abroad

Everyone knows Gloria, whether they realize if or not. If you’ve kept track of viral Huffington Post articles this year, then you would have noticed “Stop Asking Me How I Afford To Travel,” which received over 42,000 social media shares. Yep, that’s her! Quirky, sassy, original and altogether endearing, Glo is the type of person you watch that makes you think you’re already friends!

4. The Cultural Xplorer

Travel blogger The Cultural Xplorer
The Cultural Xplorer

Enter into a world of #foodporn, #awesomehotels, and #bloggerinterviews. The Cultural Xplorer is all about the “how” in travel. If you want to visit a place and Chanel has been there, then you can count on her to give you great advice! Be it a hotel review, a restaurant suggestion in a cool neighborhood or a food tour, she’s got you covered. She recently went to Cuba and I can’t wait to put her guide to use!

5. The Sophisticated Life

Nadeen White of The Sophisticated Life
Nadeen White of The Sophisticated Life

Look to Nadeen to indulge in the sophisticated side of wanderlust. Her blogs title says it all! From glamping in Yosemite to wine tasting in Napa Valley, her blog is where you’ll find posts about the finer things in life. Even if you can’t afford luxury travel or you’re more of a backpacker, its a great blog to have in your bookmarks for that “someday” trip. She recently went on honeymoon in Turks and Caicos and it looked fabulous!

6. O Christine

Olivia Christine of travel blog O Christine
Olivia Christine of O Christine

Olivia Christine is a blogger and yoga instructor who left a successful job in the corporate world to search for happiness and purpose. This may sound like a familiar story, but her journey is unique because she was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis at 16-years-old. She’s an inspiration to anyone who may face incredible odds, and she shows us that travel is truly possible if we desire it!

7. Go Drift Away

Kyle Bernard of Go Drift Away
Kyle Bernard of Go Drift Away

Kyle was born in Trinidad, but raised in Montreal, Canada. He recently spent a year abroad traveling through Asia, and his blog offers tips on everything from how to score cheap flights to how to use technology to enhance your travels. I also have to admit, it’s fun reading about a male perspective on solo travel!

8. She Dreams of Travel

Jessica Poitevien of She Dreams of Travel
Jessica Poitevien of She Dreams of Travel

9. One Girl One World

One Girl One World
Francesca Murray of One Girl One World

Perhaps you’ve heard of this one 2016 is set to be a big year for One Girl One World, as it reaches it’s two year anniversary and branches out into it’s own guidebook franchise, starting with a much-anticipated guide to the French island of Martinique. The motto? “Do it afraid!” because fear should never be an excuse not to live your dreams.

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