Top Travel Influencers 2021
We all like to travel, but there are some who are so passionate about it, that they have made it a core part of their life and career. We have compiled a list of 20 of the top travel Influencers and bloggers in India, in no particular order. Some of the key criteria we have used includes
- Blog Moz Rank
- Blog Traffic
- Content Quality
- Social Media Following
- Alexa Rank
- Expertise & Frequency of Blogging
A Fashion & Textile Designer by profession, Bhushavali started her blog – ‘My Travelogue‘ due to her strong nomadic spirit that took her on many adventures. Though she lives in London at the moment, she loves traveling to places away from the crowded city and visits India quite often. She ventures to places where many people don’t go and ends up finding new places along roads less traveled. Her area of interest in travel lies in everything, especially Heritage tours with a bit of adventure.
At the mere age of 23, Shivya quit her corporate job with the Singapore Tourism Board to start her very own Travel Blog – ‘The Shooting Star‘ that inspires her to step out of her comfort zone and discover the world. In 2011, she took a 2-month sabbatical from work and traveled to Europe followed by the mighty Himalayas of India. In those two months, she experienced life like never before and decided to quit her job. She has traveled across parts of Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Central America and the Indian subcontinent. Shivya has been featured by many reputed publications like National Geographic, The Hindu, Huffington Post and has also won numerous Blogging awards which makes her one of India’s most wanted Influencers in the travel segment!
Mridula Dwivedi started her blog – ‘Travel Tales from India‘ in June 2005. Within a few months of the launch, her travel blog found a mention on BBC, The Guardian, and was also featured in a National Geographic Skoda Yeti Video. She quit her job as a professor in early 2015 so that she could focus on her blog. Her life has been a blast ever since. From Para-Sailing in Goa to Trekking in the Himalayas, she has done it all. As a top travel influencer, she has worked hand-in-hand with many Tourism Boards in Asia and has also been invited by many Travel Brands for all-inclusive sponsored trips due to her travel expertise.
After running the Rat race and conquering the corner Office, Prasad realized that he has worked too long and now is the time to start traveling for good. His blog – ‘Desi Traveler‘ is listed as one of the top travel blogs in India and if one goes through the blog, you will realize it is not just about the places he has visited, but it is about the places he has discovered from a family perspective. Prasad is your regular everyday traveler who visits different places with family like most Indians. They go to beaches, mountains, tourists, foreign countries, and the so called offbeat places. At times he does write about his solo travels but there too the focus is to write something that people can enjoy together as a family. Prasad also shares stories and travel tips that will help one connect with the local people of the region. So the next time you are planning a family vacation, you know which blog to check out!
Revati and Charles are married advertising professionals by day and amateur chefs by night. But in their free time, they do manage to squeeze in a bit of Travel and Photography somewhere along the way. Their blog – ‘Different Doors’ is not just any regular travel guide. Revati and Charles try to stick to writing on experiences that are uncommon. They spend a lot of time researching, talking to people, and getting lots of info from locals so that their readers get to open Different Doors! Their love for cooking makes them visit places and try their hand at local cuisine. While Charles’ favorite city is Barcelona, Revati has always been head over heels in love with Paris.
Mariellen is an award-winning professional travel writer based in Toronto and Delhi. She launched ‘BreatheDreamGo‘ in August 2009 inspired by her extensive travels in India. After losing both her parents and feeling depressed she felt a compelling desire to go to India for six months and master the art of Yoga. She has been traveling back and forth to India since 2005. Her favorite places are Bundi in Rajasthan and Kumaon in Uttarakhand. She has published her very own book “Songs of India”. Mariellen was an ambassador for Emirates Airlines and has also worked closely with the Indian Tourism Board.
Rachel is an American ex-pat who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches of Goa two years ago to start her blog – ‘Hippie in Heels’. Rachel gives advice on the other 24 countries she has been to but mainly focuses on all the secret trendy places in India. From being pickpocketed in Barcelona, losing luggage in Athens, finding a boyfriend at a bar, catching dengue fever in the Himalayas, and getting head-butted by a cow in Varanasi, she’s been through it all! If you are heading to India, you can find everything you need to know on her site which has become the go-to site on India travel!
Pickyourtrail is a unique travel platform that allows you to customize your entire holiday, right from the number of days, to the places you want to visit the places you want to stay in. The Pickyourtrail blog is the ultimate travel resource for every intrepid traveler. Along with stunning images of some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, the blog also includes how-to guides and important information every person should know before embarking on the holiday of a lifetime. So if you’re planning a trip to any destination in the world, from packages to Europe to holidays in New Zealand, make sure you check out their blog for important tips!
A Chennai blogger, Shrinidhe Hande works as a Business Analyst with an MNC and pursues blogging as a hobby. He started blogging in May 2006 by writing simple thoughts, analyses & reviews. Slowly the blog traffic picked up and he started focusing more on travel and automobile. It has been close to 10 years now and he gets an average of 1000 visitors to his blog every day. He has worked with many brands such as Tata Nano, Thailand, and Singapore Tourism Board. Hande has also given speeches on the relevance of blogging at reputed Universities all over India.
Born and raised in Patna, the capital of Bihar (India) first started traveling around in her own State to get to know its history, people, and culture. After marriage, her husband used to travel for conferences, and sometimes he used to take her along to foreign countries, where she would go site seeing while her husband was attending seminars. It slowly occurred to her that she needs to advise people about India and this is when she started the blog – ‘ShaluSharma.com’ in 2012. Her aim was to provide genuine, no fluff information about traveling to India, its people, culture, travel tips, what to buy and everything about India. In the beginning, most of Shalu’s readers were from India itself but now the top visitors are from the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.
A vagabond by heart – Lakshmi believes that a rolling stone actually gathers moss. After 15 years of sitting beside a desk, she decided to pack her bags and explore the world. She has covered five continents and been to over 25 countries. She has been blogging about all her adventures since 2005 and she has won several accolades including winning the Indibloggies -India’s best travel blog of the year in 2008. Lakshmi has worked as a key influencer with brands like Thomas Cook, Lufthansa, Lenovo, Nokia Lumia, Revlon India, Airbnb, Mahindra Adventure, Active Holidays, Cuponation, Indigo Airlines, Lenovo among others. She is also a columnist with The Hindu, one of the widely read national newspaper in India.
Sankara has been traveling across the world since he left his 8-year old corporate sales and marketing career 6 years ago. He is passionate about de-mystifying the world of travel for Indians and the output of that is ‘Be on the road’ which came into existence in Aug 2009. In the last 3 and a half years, it has gone from a personal blog to a travel-oriented website that specializes in ‘Travel in India’ and that has also become his full-time job. Sankara is at home when he is on his Royal Enfield exploring places, forests, wildlife, cuisines, cultures, languages, and its history. Sankara is an ardent wildlife enthusiast and is aspiring to be a great author one day.
Madhu is an interior designer who has an immense passion for travel. She is one of those people who just cannot imagine her life without travel. She started her blog – ‘The Urge to Wander’ hoping to convey some of that passion and to inspire people to spread their wings. With a host of exciting virtual explorations accompanied by compelling cultural perspectives and back-stories, the blog is aimed at independent travelers looking for more from a destination beyond cookie-cutter itineraries.
For Siddhartha, his award-winning travel blog- ‘The Wanderer’ happened by chance. He decided to pen his stories while toying with ideas to spend the evening at Almora in the Himalayas. He is a simple guy with a regular full-time job. His undying urge to travel and know more about people and their culture first made him a weekend traveler. His blog- The Wanderer is voted as one of the top blogs of India by many national and international travel sites like Thrillophilia – Top 25 Indian Travel Bloggers, Holidify – The Ultimate List of the Top Travel Bloggers in India You Must Know, and many more. Siddartha has been featured in India’s top newspapers like The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, and has also worked with many Travel brands due to his amazing photography skills which one can check out on his Instagram profile.
Neelima traveled to Ladakh in 2008 and that trip turned her into a hopeless and incurable travel addict. She has been traveling in India since 2008 and is her dream that by the time she turns 30, she would have set foot in all States and Union Territories of India. From the remote forests of Andaman and Chhattisgarh to the border areas of Nagaland and Kashmir, she’s seen it all! You can find her blog – ‘The Wandering Soul’s Wander Tales’ filled with her stories and photo essays.
Ajay Jain’s blog – ‘Kunzum’ has served as an important guide for travelers planning journeys in India and some international destinations too. Kunzum is a high altitude pass in the Lahaul Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh which was the inspiration behind the brand. His journey started in 2007 and his blog has crossed many milestones. His unique style of writing peppered with anecdotes and high-quality photographs have won the site a great fan following. Ajay has also started Kunzum Café in Delhi, a place where travel-minded come together as a community and sip on some chai while networking.
Rutavi is one blogger who has done crazy travel like no one else! She has been on an Auto Rickshaw Run from Jaisalmer to Shillong, stayed for months on Lakshadweep island, and has climbed to the Mt. Everest base camp with NDTV! She loves exploring new places, meeting new people, learning their stories, and venturing into the unknown. She created ‘Photokatha‘ which means Photo Stories where various travelers share their experiences of travel. She runs various campaigns with tourism boards & hotels as a consultant. One of her major achievements was Kerala Blog Express where 27 international bloggers traveled for 15 days in various parts of Kerala to experience the culture of the state.
Anuradha is a consultant in the Business Innovation profession. She has been blogging for eight years now and as of today writes three blogs regularly, one of which is her travel blog ‘IndiTales’. At the moment Hyderabad is home to her, but this is the 14th city to be called so. Extremely multitalented, she has written the book “The Mouse Charmers” which has been very well received and has made it to the Limca Book of records. Having a father who was a part of the Defence force, she has seen quite a bit of India. She has a passion for walking tours since there is no better way to engage with a place. Her overall mission is to spotlight the incredible heritage of India and generate more jobs in India’s tourism sector.
For Ankita blogging came by chance. Extremely fed up with her 9 to 5 job, she went for An All India Road Trip with her brother and then quit a month later to start her blog ‘Anki on the Move’. Her blog contains stories about people behind Adventure Sports and their experiences, Travel meetups, Travelling on a budget, and various other topics out of her personal life. She has been awarded as the Best Travel Writer by GCC, best Sports Writer by Indi blogger, and have also been featured on Fox Traveler.
‘The Tales of a Traveler’ was created by the couple in October 2013 to document their travel stories and inspire people to explore the beautiful world. In their blog, they share the best of a luxury stay, offbeat locations, weekend getaways, restaurant reviews, and travel tips to plan vacations while having a full-time job. What their audience genuinely appreciate it for their list of countries for visa-free travel on Indian passport and steps on a visa application for different countries.
Travelers from Mumbai, Sandeepa is an Electronics Engineer while Chetan has a background in Advertising. Their love for travel and nature was one of the reasons they were drawn to each other. Their first trip together was their honeymoon to Coorg. They suddenly decided to quit their jobs and sell their house in order to travel. Their photos have so far been featured in National Geographic, Yahoo Travel, and many more publications. They have started their world tour and according to their latest updates are having a blast in South America.
And so there you have it, the Top 20 Travel Influencers for you to follow in 2016! Don’t you just feel like packing your bags and leaving on a plane after reading this blog post? Sigh, if only all of us had some courage like these guys to go on an unknown adventure!
P.S: If your favorite Travel Blogger isn’t included in this blog post please let us know! Tell us in the comment section below who is your favorite travel blogger and why?