Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017

“Yer man’s a buck eejit so he is” – My mate from Belfast (and his Da)

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017

Back in the day, I used to run a “best Northern Irish travel blogs” series on a previous incarnation of my travels. When I quit that travel blog in 2016, the ill-fated “Don’t Stop Living”, I was 100% sure that this series was confirmed to Leon Trotsky’s “dustbin of history”. But here, under the latest moniker and a passionate flow of words, inspired by Poland, this is actually the fifth year in a row I will have compiled a “Best Northern Irish Travel Blogs” list. This time, there are only 5 that I bother reading any more and there are no rules – I just pick the 5 that I like the most. Apologies for that, but it’s just the way it has been for the last year. Gareth McAuley headers or not…

The Ill-fated "Don't Stop Living" platform bit more dust particles than Freddie Mercury.

The Ill-fated “Don’t Stop Living” platform bit more dust particles than Freddie Mercury.

This is partly due to the fact that one of the other so called “travel blogs” on a previous list started messaging my Mum, contacting my best friends pretending to be a “friend of mine” and poaching my travel mates and travel contacts in an attempt to increase their own obscure popularity. As if anyone cares about being popular. Honesty is all that ever matters, which is why these are the best five Northern Irish travel blogs in the world. Move over, “Gordon GuruGod”, these are the only blogs the Ulster tourists bother reading. Niall McGinn ate more than you for breakfast…

Banks…Best!

1.Ikimasho – https://ikimasho.net/
No list of best Northern Irish (or Irish or Japanese) travel blogs should be permitted to omit Egli’s adventure. Justin Egli, a Bangorian living in Tokyo writes about local cafes, pieces of wood, paper with paint on it and he has even covered wacaday republics and 5 star hotels. Pure lunacy from the Bangor boy, who I met back in 2015 on a double return to our hometown.

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017

Comes From – Bangor, NORTHERN IRELAND
Lives in – Tokyo, JAPAN
Read Stuff like – https://ikimasho.net/2016/12/22/winter-sun-at-canal-cafe-iidabashi/
Buck Eeejitry level (randomness/lunacy) – 9/10

2.Life in a Rucksack – http://lifeinarucksack.com/
Abbi Morrison relocated to England after touring a lot of the world and living in New Zealand for a few years. Her latest travels to Europe, Africa and remote parts of England continue to excite. I was going to say that her travel blog is the most sensible on the list but then I started reading about the fact that she once stayed in a hostel made of shipping containers and drank a CATpucino in a crazy cat cafe in Milan, I kid you not! We must all be cut from the same coin of lunacy in the six counties.

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017 - Morrison does Life in a Rucksack

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017 – Morrison does Life in a Rucksack

Comes From – Coleraine, NORTHERN IRELAND
Lives in – Southern ENGLAND
Read Stuff like – http://lifeinarucksack.com/sleeping-in-a-shipping-container-in-brazil-tetris-container-hostel/

Buck Eejitry level (randomness/lunacy) – 6/10

3.Live Less Ordinary – http://live-less-ordinary.com/
Allan Wilson may have grown a beard and lived in caravans this year, but his blog still stands out waiting for Santa to arrive. The archival material on his time living in Thailand and travelling all over Asia still rank as one of the best travel blogs on South East Asia you can read. Get lost amongst his archives and live in a way that is of a lower level than normal than you expected!

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017 - Wilson does Live Less Ordinary

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017 – Wilson does Live Less Ordinary

Comes from – Bangor, NORTHERN IRELAND
Lives in – it could be Bangkok, THAILAND but I am never sure.
Read Stuff like – http://live-less-ordinary.com/top-50-foods-of-asia-asian-food/
Buck Eejitry level (randomness/lunacy) – 7/10

4.Chisinau EVS – https://lauramccoyblog.wordpress.com/
Laura McCoy does us proud. She is also a brand new entry, having started this cool blog in September 2016. With writings on her recent crazy adventure into Comrat in Gagauzia, the Chisinau, EVS site delves deep into two countries that don’t exist (Transnistria and Gagauzia) and one that is barely ever written about (the Republic of Moldova). I love her first post, it’s raw and real and reminds me of my early backpacking days. What’s also great is that Laura doesn’t have hundreds of posts to trawl through, so you can easily follow her story. One thing though Laura – it would be nice if you started a Facebook Page for your travels.

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017 – McCoy does Chisinau EVS

Author – Laura McCoy
Comes From – Lurgan, NORTHERN IRELAND
Lives in – Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Read Stuff like – https://lauramccoyblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/comratкомратkomrat/

Buck Eejitry level (randomness/lunacy) – 6/10

5.Northern Irishman in Poland – http://www.northernirishmaninpoland.com/
This wacaday adventure that you currently read is easily an Ulster Top 5, because it’s as real as a Norman Whiteside World Cup free kick. Despite suffering from depression and experiencing “fake friends” who lie, Jonny managed to pick himself up, start a new project and a new life in Poland. Expect him to “whackpack through micronations you never heard of” in Polish countryside with a tin of Harp sometime soon.

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017 - Blair does Northern Irishman in Poland

Top 5 Northern Irish Travel Blogs 2017 – Blair does Northern Irishman in Poland

Author – Jonny Blair
Comes From – Bangor, NORTHERN IRELAND
Lives in – Warszawa, POLAND
Read Stuff like – http://www.northernirishmaninpoland.com/smieszne-historie-o-pilce-noznej-w-polsce-on-the-kazimierz-deyna-pilgrimage-tour-in-starogard-gdanski-polands-george-best/

Buck Eejitry level (randomness/lunacy) – 9/10

That’s it for another year! Enjoy reading fellow Northern Irishmen and women and if God spares us, we’ll meet again in 2018.

Safe travels.

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