There are many UK travel bloggers covering almost every country in the world. They range from budget travel to luxury, from solo travel to traveling with a family, and everything else in between. One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of talent and something that they have in common is that their blogs feature some of their best tips and tricks to traveling the world and how to get the most out of your trip to Japan. So, here’s a list of our favorite UK travel bloggers.
Here are the 11 UK travel blogs to check out for tips about traveling in the land of the rising sun.
Globalhelpswap focuses on responsible, local and authentic travel and was set up by Paul and Karen who live in London. In 2010 they embarked on an 18-month life-changing adventure together, traveling from London to Asia without taking a plane. Their original goal was to promote free volunteering around the world, but they discovered a lot of them to be rather dark, involving unskilled builders, trafficked children and many more. They wanted to make sure that volunteering projects were properly vetted to make sure they were helping everyone involved.
Paul and Karen then discovered that their favorite memories were created when they were spending time with locals or being involved in activities with people who were genuinely passionate about protecting some aspects of the world, be it people, animals or the environment. Due to this, their mission is to show the world that responsible travel can be easier than one might think. They state that Japan is one of their favorite countries to visit, having visited three times in the last nine years.
Emily Luxton grew up in a small seaside town on the south coast of England. She loves to explore wherever she is, chatting with locals and, most importantly, savor a place through its food. She’s been awarded Travel Blogger of the Year four times in the last three years and now does travel blogging full time. Emily prefers taking her time on her travels, getting to know the place and its people, which is known as deep travel. It means forming a deeper connection with everyone and everything that she comes in contact with instead of ticking off the top tourist attractions for the sake of it, trying to gain an understanding of the world as much as possible. Her blog features some of the best off-the-beaten-path destinations in Japan.
This stylish travel blog was the brainchild of London-based journalist, Jaillan Yehia. She has been traveling from an early age and is well-practiced in all things luxury. The blog is dedicated to sharing the lesser-known hotspots from around the world and was set up in 2012. She writes about luxury travel, gourmet breaks, and spa getaways while also being the Travel Editor of East Kent Lifestyle Magazine and having her own column in The Travel Trade Gazette. Jaillan loves helping people experience places she’s been to and gets a kick out of sharing the shortcuts to get there. She wrote about what it’s like traveling in Japan post-tsunami.
VickyFlipFlop Travels was created by Vicky, who has worked in the travel industry since 2011, and is one of the most popular blogs. Her story began when her ex broke up with her which then led to her quitting her job to travel the world. She wants to encourage people to take the plunge and challenge your comfort zone. She set up her blog to inspire people to travel to places that they wouldn’t have thought to before and is an avid festival goer and enjoys the connection she gets with people when attending festivals all over the world. While on her five-week trip to Japan, she covers everything from staying in a capsule hotel to nine of the weirdest things to do in Tokyo. She also has written reflectively on how she would see Japan differently on her next visit.
Wanderlust Chloe is a top UK travel blogger with a passion for food, adventure, style, luxury and memorable moments. Chloe started her career in radio back in the UK working on one of the most popular breakfast shows, Heart FM. After this, she spent a few years working in the music industry and then decided to go off in search of an adventure. The blog started in 2014 and by 2017 she was shooting big video projects in Hawaii and New Orleans for companies such as Lonely Planet. She launched the blog with the purpose of sharing stories, tips, and photos that hope to inspire people to go out and have their own adventure. Chloe has visited the beautiful countryside of Wakayama and spent time in the bustling cosmopolitan cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo.
Hand Luggage Only was born in 2014 and created when Yaya and Lloyd were at university. It’s one of the few UK travel blogs that’s run by men. The pair started writing blog posts and using photos that they had already edited to create the website. Their blog is known for its stunning pictures and fun writing style. They’re avid food bloggers with a specific enthusiasm for all things cake. They’ve recently traveled extensively through Japan and published articles on some of the more off-the-beaten-track cities such as Kanazawa and Hakusan in Ishikawa Prefecture.
The Travel Hack is a stylish adventure blog created by Monica Stott who began blogging back in 2009. This UK travel blog is all about affordable adventures and weekend breaks. Monica loves the stylish side of travel, staying in nice hotels and eating in unusual restaurants, but she isn’t all about 5-star glamour, but affordable luxury and unique experiences. Since becoming the mother of two young boys, her travel style has changed slightly to include memorable family experiences. She focuses on getting as much out of every travel experience as possible, hoping for you to get more for your money. Her visit to Japan included tours of Wakayama, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima and on her blog, you can find more information and tips about why they’re the place to visit right now.
Travel with Kat was set up by Kathryn Burrington who was born and lives in West Sussex. It’s her personal blog that she started in 2011 and it’s where she shares her passion for discovering new countries, cultures, and cuisines. She is a wonderful travel photographer, having her work published in many national and international publications. On her trips to Japan, Kat has taken an interest in Japanese food, blogging about the best (and worst) things to eat in Japan, along with giving useful information on Japanese etiquette and some of the most Instagrammable spots during autumn.
The Luxury Columnist is one of the UK’s top three luxury blogs as ranked by Vuelio. It focuses on cool experiences and features the coolest hidden gems you could imagine. It was set up by Suze who found her passion for photography while living in France and scored jobs with some of the best photographers and has a flair for fashion. She’s a luxury travel, fashion, and food blogger. The articles published on her trip to Japan feature the best ways to experience traditional culture in Tokyo, an example three day itinerary for first-time visitors in Tokyo and the top things to do in Oita along with covering other destinations and featuring some of the best Japanese foods and exclusive restaurants.
This Battered Suitcase founder, Brenna Holeman, is technically Canadian, but moved to the UK in 2013, so that’s long enough in my eyes to be counted in the UK travel bloggers list. She also lived in Japan, having moved there to teach English and, on her blog, you can find long-form narratives, love letters to Japan and a three-part series on one of the most beloved Japanese foods, KitKat’s. Brenna also has a love for whiskey that knows no bounds, which is why it’s not surprising that she got on well while in Japan. She has been blogging for 16 years about living and traveling abroad and is passionate about creating content about travel and empowering women.
Could you travel on $10 a day? This was the goal of Will Hatton, the man behind The Broke Backpacker, who has been backpacking and couchsurfing his way across the world since he was 18, often “surviving on crackers and kindness.” His passion for traveling was sparked when he started traveling across Asia, starting in India, with a budget of $50 per week. He believes that the true value of traveling is being forced out of your comfort zone, so you have the chance to evolve and learn, while having amazing adventures along the way.
This UK travel blog covers tips about traveling on a budget and has guides to various countries across the world. Readers can even hear about his truly epic love story that began in an unlikely place -- in Iran, on Tinder of all places! Read his blog for insights into the best beaches in Okinawa; itineraries for Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Hakone; and, of course, an ultimate guide to backpacking in Japan.
So, there you have it, a list of our top 11 UK travel and food bloggers who feature Japan on their websites. This list gives us a good idea of why Japan is one of the best and most popular places in the world to visit. One thing is clear, that this group of men and women varying in age, background, and stage in life want to connect with others and encourage them to go out and explore the world, experience new cultures and try new foods. These digital nomads enjoy sharing their adventures and misadventures, along with their tips and tricks to making the most out of wherever you choose to visit. If you’re looking for adventure, luxury or giving back they cover it all and they all have positive things to say about Japan, so go and check them out.
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