The Lonely Planet Best Travel Blog List Revealed

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Nov 19

Abigail King and Lonely Planet Trailblazers

Inside the Travel Lab named as one of the world’s best travel blogs: the start of a new partnership with the world’s biggest travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet names Inside the Travel Lab as one of the best travel blogs in the world

Back when I was young(er), Lonely Planet was the name in travel. That white circle on the ocean-deep blue travelled with me as I made my way around the world, guiding, nudging, encouraging, sometimes discouraging, informing and, more times than I’d like to admit, serving as the basis of a pillow or an anchor to help me dry my crumpled, handwashed clothes.

Well, a lot has changed since then: for the world at large, for Lonely Planet and for me.

Travel Beyond Backpacking

Today we have phones and apps and Google Maps. I no longer backpack, and, as it turns out, neither, exclusively, do they.

The technology of travel has changed more than many of us could have foreseen and yet the fundamentals of it all remain the same. Great experiences unfold when you travel from A to B and then on a little bit more, dabbling and dancing with all the other letters of the alphabet you care to find.

And so, today, I’m really, genuinely excited to let you know about a new partnership, nay an honour, between Inside the Travel Lab and the team at Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet’s Best Travel Blogs

Lonely Planet have been following the digital blogging landscape for some time and while they run an inclusive Pathfinders project for all enthusiasts to join, they wanted to single out and showcase the best travel blogs they could find.

They’ve called these creatives Trailblazers and, if you haven’t guessed by the way this article is going, Inside the Travel Lab has been named as one of the global list of seven.

What does that mean?

Well, if nothing else, it means they’re not embarrassed to be seen with us in public ;-)

It should mean more work, more partnerships and the chance to work from within the decidedly inspirational Lonely Planet London offices:

Lonely Planet London Office

In their words:

Our Trailblazers have proven themselves to be pioneers in the blogger and travel influencer sphere, demonstrating best practices and impeccable professionalism. Their writing, photography and videography is top notch and aligns with Lonely Planet’s message. Just like Lonely Planet, our Trailblazers encourage their audiences to explore every day.

Emma Sparks, Deputy Editor

Abigail King Lonely Planet Trailblazer

But it’s worth taking the time to write about what this partnership with Lonely Planet is NOT and to clear up a few misconceptions I’ve had a few of you ask.

So, does that mean you only say nice things about Lonely Planet now?

No, not at all. As ever, as always, we keep editorial control on Inside the Travel Lab, which means that we always have the right to say and publish what we like (you know, within the relevant laws of the land.)

Or to put it another way, I’m not saying that I think Lonely Planet are great because I’m working with them. I’m working with them because I think that Lonely Planet are great.

So, does that mean you’ll be writing guidebooks now?

No (at least that’s not the plan for now, but never say never.) While Lonely Planet is the world’s biggest guidebook publisher, they do plenty of other things as well. Things like publish magazines, run social media channels, print inspirational books about travel and broadcast professional travel videos.

I’ve already been involved in most of those activities (I should perhaps share more links around here!) and I hope that now I’ll be doing even more.
What Lonely Planet does

So, does that mean you can’t work with other travel publishers?

No, not at all.

Wait a minute. Isn’t Lonely Planet for backpackers? Don’t you write about luxury travel and haven’t you just had a baby? How does that work?

Like many of us, Lonely Planet definitely started out backpacking. But, over the years, they’ve also developed aching bones and a growing appreciation for the finer things in life. They’ve also launched Lonely Planet Kids, directly aimed at the younger-than-backpacker generation.

So, as far as I understand it, they’re interested in the content creation (uch, that phrase) that I can deliver because of the way I travel, not in spite of it.

Inside the Travel Lab a Lonely Planet Trailblazer

Any other thoughts or questions?

Alright then! Let me hand you a digital glass of champagne and let’s celebrate!

It’s been a long road – and as those of you who have been here from the beginning will know, it hasn’t always been easy. So it’s important to enjoy the good times as and when they roll into town!

Happy travelling everyone – and don’t forget to check out the other Trailblazers:



Lonely Planet reveals its 7 best travel blogs in the world and recommends these great travel websites for their inspiration, practical advice and sense of community.

About the Author

Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more. Find out more.

  • This is fabulous news, Abby. Congratulations!! and well deserved.

    • Abi King says:

      Thank you so much – exciting times and lovely to hear those kind words.

  • Jeff Whyte says:

    Congrats. Always nice when hard work is recognized right!

    • Abi King says:

      Yes, a wonderful confidence boost after a LOT of hard work. Thank you!

  • Lola says:

    Congratulations Abi!!

    • Abi King says:

      Thanks so much Lola! What a lot of highs and lows over these past few years. Have loved watching your career develop from afar too. All success well deserved!

  • Tripeur says:

    That’s a great share Abi King, and As a business traveler, I do really like your blog, compiled with amazing stunning pictures. And I like the way you present an article is awesome. Keep up the work.

  • ranu says:

    This is fabulous news…

  • Great blog Abi! We really love your post about Austria – one of our top destinations :) All the best!

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