5 Top UK Travel Blogs

Reading travel blogs is definitely one of my favourite pastimes. I just love being transported to another part of the world for those few minutes, discovering new destinations and hearing others amazing travel experiences.

Each month I will be selecting my 5 favourite UK Travel blogs of the moment, the ones that really stuck out for me in terms of great photography, awesome tips and advice and blog layout and usability…so here goes!

 1. Hand Luggage Only

Hand Luggage Only - Travel, Food & Home Blog

What’s The Story?

I absolutely love the story behind this blog. It was born in 2014 when two Cambridge University friends were chatting in their college room about sharing their travel stories with other travellers across the globe. Lloyd and Yaya are two young and travellers with an excitable flair that’s truly infectious as you scour through their pages.

Hand Luggage Only

What will I find?

A very well put together blog with a modern aesthetic of black and white. You will find an endless list of destination guides, travel tips, beautiful photography (and photography tips) along with food reviews! We really couldn’t ask for much more from the boys!

Palm Trees Blue Sky
Photo Credit: Hand Luggage Only

Recommended Read

I’ve always wanted to visit Florence and reading this post makes me want to make it happen sooner rather than later! Some beautiful photography here to enjoy too…

27 Things To See, Eat and Do on a Long Weekend in Florence!

Follow Lloyd and Yaya on their adventures here:

Website | Facebook | Instagram


 2. Mary Hop

Mary Kalymnou - Mary Hop Blog

What’s The Story?

Mary really does transport you to a life of luxury for the duration of your visit to her very glamorous looking website adorned with gold accents and fashionable frocks!

After developing the bug for travel while working as a VIP flight attendant, Mary launched Mary Hop in 2013 so she could share her passions, tips and secrets with others. Mary constantly seeks comfort and luxury wherever she travels, which quickly becomes apparent while browsing her blog’s beautifully curated pages.

Hungary _ A Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Blog by Mary Kalymnou

What will I find?

Luxurious travel recommendations, great holiday destinations, delicious food reviews plus a bit of high-end fashion, beauty and shopping thrown in for good measure. What more could a girl want?

Recommended Read

Having fallen in love with Croatia last year while visiting Hvar and Split, I am keen to explore what else this country has to offer. Dubrovnik is next on the list!

Road Trip – Montenegro to Croatia 

Mary Hop - Croatia St Bastian Church

Follow Mary on her luxury journeys:

Website | Instagram | Facebook


3. The Travel Hack

The Travel Hack

What’s The Story?

Founded by Monica Scott in 2009, Travel Hack has grown to an extent that it now has a whole team of bloggers on board tapping away daily to bring some great adventure travel advice to those looking for more than just a budget hostel crawl.

What will I find?

A blog all about adventure travel and affordable luxury…sounds right up our street! Our favourite part is definitely the ‘Weekender’ section which features some really great city break guides.

Recommended Read

I loved this Mini Guide to Amsterdam.

A Mini Guide to Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canal
Photo Credit: Travel Hack

Follow Monica:

Website | Instagram | Facebook


4. Passport Stamps

What’s The Story?

Set up by Helen Wright, Passport Stamps is now an established Travel Blog with its own team of writers and set of awards! Holiday loving Helen has worked as a freelance lifestyle journalist for eleven years, writing for impressive titles such as National Geographic Traveller and the Daily Mail (amongst many others!).

In summary, from the lady herself:

“What gets me the most excited when I’m on holiday are the things I can’t wait to rush home and tell my friends and family about! That’s the reason I set up this site”

Italy Venice
Photo Credit: Passport Stamps

What will I find?

A really cool, quirky and clutter-free website (complete with adorable illustrations), that’s very easy to navigate with its three key sections; Destinations, Get Inspired and the Blog. ‘Destinations’ covers a good selection of countries worldwide as well as a few beautiful places in England thrown in. The ‘Get Inspired’ section does exactly what it says on the tin, covering mini breaks, party places, staycations, festivals and much more!

Recommended Read

I’ve always found Cuba extremely intriguing, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading Helen’s post covering her visit:

A View of Havana Cuba

Photo Credit: Passport Stamps

Follow Passport Stamps:

Website | Instagram | Twitter


5. Emily Luxton Travels

emily luxon

What’s the story?

When Emily was just 16, she knew she wanted to be a travel writer. Many years later after, a lot of self-doubt and the gift of a travel writing book from a friend, Emily launched her blog. The blog is going from strength to strength, winning numerous awards and allowing Emily to leave her full-time job and blog/travel full-time.

Photo Credit: Emily Luxon
Koh Lanta Sunset | Photo Credit: Emily Luxon

What will I find?

A really clean and slick site focused on the more adventurous end of the travel spectrum. The blog includes plenty of destination guides that will keep you engrossed for hours as well as packing tips and hotel reviews ranging from luxury to budget hostels. Emily also has some great foodie trip recommendations!

Recommended Read

I loved this post on travelling solo, I can totally relate as I personally have never travelled solo as I have the exact same fears. She’s definitely a brave lady! (She’s also quite hilarious as I’ve discovered since following her on instagram!)

Solo Travel Fears

Solo Travel

Follow Emily:

Website | Instagram | Facebook

If you have any favourite Travel bloggers you’d like to share with us, I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment or drop me an email to [email protected]

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19 thoughts on “5 Top UK Travel Blogs

  1. Olivia Thristan

    I love Emily Luxton her blog is fabulous, I haven’t read any of the others but I think I really should 🙂


  2. Sarahjane

    I really want to start travelling more will so have to give these blogs a read 🙂


  3. Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)

    Travel blog (and Vlogs!) are my favourite blogs to read and follow! They’re so very inspiring and I love hearing about different parts of the world, I’ll certainly check these out. I’ve read Passport stamps and I think I’m following there blog 🙂 Great round up, thank you for sharing. x x


  4. Corinne

    I’ve not actually heard of any of these, I’ll have to check them out I love finding new bloggers!

    Corinne x


  5. Rhian Westbury

    I actually only follow two of these travel bloggers so I am off to have a nosy as I love reading travel posts x


  6. Anosa

    Though all of these are new to me I am loving the round up and can’t wait to check them out as I am a weekend traveler blogger too


  7. Rachel

    I dont think I have ever come across any of these, but what a fabulous range of bloggers who are so different yet from within the same category x


  8. Ting

    Thanks for this post – I’ve discovered new people to internet stalk now whilst envious of their wonderful travels!


  9. Stephen

    I havent come across any of these, so it is nice to find another niche to read.


  10. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    I absolutely love travelling myself but I tend to stay away from travel blogs until I have a holiday booked. Otherwise all I want to do is book more holidays. Each of these sound really different!


  11. Dean of Little Steps

    I do love discovering new blogs. Will check them out one by one 🙂


  12. Laura - dear bear and beany

    I haven’t come across these blogs before, off to take a look 🙂


  13. Fashion and Style Police

    Wow thanks for introducing these other blogs. Off to check them out.


  14. Ana De- Jesus

    Mary Hop sounds amazing I like that she does a mixture of travel and style. Emily sounds good too and I like that she is now blogging full time.


  15. Eliana

    Amazing selection! I love travelling myself but I find it very difficult with kids and a low budget… but these bloggers and their stories looked great. What about a selection of “family travel bloggers with a low-budget”? 😀


    1. DFTP

      Haha I feel your pain Eliana! Check out some of the deals on our site, we only post bargain deals 😉 And if you’re ever looking for anything in particular, just shout, I’m always happy to help 🙂


  16. Harriet from Toby & Roo

    Oh this is great! I love a good travel blog, and as we’re going away in September I need all the extra help I can get! H x


  17. Mudpie Fridays

    I’ve not come across by of these so will definitely be checking them out – great idea for a post. Sounds like Enilys dreams came true! Shows there’s hope for us all :).


  18. Hannah Budding Smiles

    I love reading travel blogs, one day I’ll transfer all of my old travel journals on to a blog. These all sound great, fantastic variety sk something for everyone xx


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