This is what it looks like when we plan a trip at Fathom HQ.
And now, we are proud to present 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2014, the followup to our original list of the 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites, our all-time runaway hit.
Fathom has three missions: To help you indulge your love of travel, whether you're on the road or staying home. To narrow down endless options (hotels, sites, destinations) to those that are special. And to share the best travel stories.
These sites help us deliver all of the above, through their hotel intelligence, off-road adventures, great writing, and serious travel porn.
We'll be collecting stories and dispatches from these amazing travelers regularly throughout the year. We're thrilled to get to know them better, and we hope you are, too.
What we love: Founder and editor-in-chief Ben Pundole is an industry insider (Schrager Hotels, Groucho Club) who debriefs travel junkies (designers and jetsetters) on the coolest hotels around the world.
Ben travels for the same reasons as Kerouac: Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry!
What we love: Foster Huntington and his crew have racked up over 80,000 miles around the States catching waves and sunrises in his camper van since 2011. The spirit of Americana is captured perfectly through his indie lens (just check out his Instagram feed).
What we love: It's a thrill-seeker's ultimate field guide — everything from a list of the most intense ski trails to a photo journal of a 233-mile run through the American Southwest — plus the gear you need to do it all.
Steve travels for the uncertainty, for filling in the blank spaces, and for challenging what he thinks he knows.
What we love: Ruby Nichols exposes the creative pockets of cities like Austin, Brooklyn, and LA, by interviewing makers, creators, and artists, and getting their recommendations on neighborhood shops, restaurants, and sites.
What we love: Beth and Randy Kalp are big on slow travel; their big, bold site is filled with pictorial essays, useful photography tips, and recommendations on neat places to stay, play, and volunteer around the globe.
What we love: David De Vleeschauwer and Debbie Pappyn seek out hard-to-reach places like Antarctica and North Korea. David takes amazing photos; Debbie's one-a-day photo blog captures beautiful snippets of life on the go.
David travels for the high emotions, mad food, and rooms with a view.
What we love: We travel for the new but we always want to understand the old. Context Travel is our go-to for guided tours around the world, and their blog delivers the same insights and cultural understanding.
Petulia travels for the pleasure of meeting new cultures and learning from them.
What we love: Stylish blogger Ashley Muir Bruhn makes adventuring (around NY, California, beyond) with a three-year-old look effortless and fun. There's a heavy emphasis on design products, style tips, and kitchen how-tos.
What we love: The quirky, easily navigable website layout breaks down popular cities (Milan, Istanbul, Amsterdam) into three sections — think, play, sleep — with indie events, cool happenings, and boutique hotels made into bite-size descriptions.
Co-founders Rachael Antony and Laurence Billiet travel for the eyes, the stomach, and the mind.
What we love: Philly native Lindsey Tramuta puts a lot of TLC into her long-format photo features on neighborhood sites, patisseries, cafes, and boulangeries around Paris, where she's been living for the last seven years.
Lindsey travels for the food, stories, and adventures.
What we love: Mumbai is a chaotic, colorful, pulsing city and someone needs to make sense of it all. The newsy website takes a fresh look at the latest and greatest in food, culture, fashion, and news.
Nayantara travels mainly for the wildlife, food, and views.
What we love: A welcome departure from straight travel reporting, founder Porter Fox and his team focus on the art of literary travel writing, featuring long-form narratives of places and moments in history.
What we love: It's a beautiful family portrait of Adam and Emily Harteau and their daughter Colette as they drive through South America and USA in their trusty caravan. Every photo renews our passion for wandering.
What we love: Katie Parla's obsessive dispatches on Roman delicacies routinely have our mouths watering. Posts are quick and to the point, but range from the politics of pizza to Italian beer festivals to interviews with chefs, urban gardeners, and artisans.
What we love: A roster of talented photographers relay the essence of a place through portraiture, landscape, and mini library shoots — delivering travel narratives over the course of several beautiful images.
Editor-in-chief Emily Nathan travels forthe ghost of Isla Negra (Pablo Neruda's house of collections overlooking the Pacific), which compels her to add to her own shell and miniature landscape painting collections.
What we love: The online magazine provides a much-needed voice in war-torn regions and conflict zones around the world by reporting on art, music, poetry, literature, and film from those areas. An excellent resource for broadening horizons.
Founder Bhakti Shringarpure travels for that dull ache of discomfort and exile because it is always followed by a resounding epiphany, one that inadvertently changes you.