The best travel blogs in Belgium

Summer’s almost here and we’re eagerly anticipating those much much much deserved holidays. So that’s why we’ll be dedicating the entire month of June to all things travel. We kick off the series today with a selection of what we consider to be Belgium’s most outstanding travel blogs, all created by true voyage passion-istas who are just dying to share their tips and tricks for excellent trips with the rest of us. From the terribly stylish Classetouriste and the adventurous ego tripper to kids-focussed Enfants bienvenues and affordable-luxury-travel spotters bart.travel, there’s a getaway idea in here for everyone. So get reading, and don’t forget to pack sunscreen and unplug all your electrics.

For style: Classetouriste

 

The best travel blogs in Belgium

With 14 countries under their belts and more than 41, 000 km flown or sailed only in 2012, Antwerp-based travel writer Debbie Pappyn and photographer David De Vleeschauwer are still counting. Not content with just being the creative minds behind stylish travel blog Classetouriste, they’re also on the payroll of a number of magazines and newspapers like Belgian daily De Morgen and internationally renowned publications like The New York Times and Wallpaper. Debbie and David’s blog is not a simple travel guide, but a place where you can find out all about their travel experiences all over the world, from skiing in the Norwegian fjords to gorilla watching in Rwanda – stories that attract about 350 hits a day. Classetouriste stands out not only for its quality photos and reveiws of the world’s sharpest and most beautifully designed hotels; what sets it apart is its inclusion of such unlikely destinations as North Korea, non-obvious treasures like Vanuatu or the lesser travelled paths of the Faroe islands.

www.classetouriste.be

For adventure and originality: ego tripper

 

The best travel blogs in Belgium

Antwerp journalist Sebastiaan Bedaux (31) is a veritable travel addict, a devotion he’s fostered ever since his first trip to Paris about ten years ago. His blog ‘ego tripper’, an expression ironically based on the notion of the traveller as an ego-tourist (globetrotters “who head for increasingly obscure locales, not for the experience but for the bragging rights of having been somewhere exotic and difficult”) is evidence of his deep passion for discovering the world whether as a low-budget backpacker or, less often, as a lucky luxury hotel guest. “Memories tend to fade a bit and by writing them down I’m trying to preserve them” Sebastiaan says. And about 3,000 visitors a week are interested in reading all about them. His site also includes useful travel tips, photographs, travel gadgets and more. We particularly like the blog’s eclecticism and the personal, informal writing style salted with a dose of humour.

www.theegotripper.com

For luxury on a budget: travel.bart

 

The best travel blogs in Belgium

If you’re looking to visit high-end destinations while sejourning in top of the range hotels without stressing out your bank account, Brussels-based Bart Lapers, event photographer, I.T. Pro and travel consultant, is your man. His “thing” is finding the best deals for those who like to travel the exclusive way. Luckily, he’s generously decided to share his knowledge with the rest of us mere mortals not attuned to the ins and outs of tweaking hotel and airline loyalty programs. If you want to travel like a king and stay in deluxe rooms and royal suites, travel.bart will tell you how to do it with limited means, from Venice and Warsaw to Bangkok and Mumbai. You’ll have to get into the vernacular, though: newbies will be confronted with talk of Priority Club Platinum members, Flydays and Starwood Preferred Guest points, a whole new lingo of the luxury tripper.

www.travel.bart.la

For kids and families: enfants bienvenus

 

The best travel blogs in Belgium

Enfants bienvenus is a French-language blog run by a Belgian family with two kids of their own. The mother is a writer and editor, while the father is a linguist and entrepreneur. Their site aims to seek out everything kiddie-friendly, from restaurants and museums where children won’t easily be bored, to child-friendly city trips and all kinds of other activities. Enfants bienvenus introduces fishing in Norway as well as countless destinations in Belgium, France, the US, Denmark and Italy, keeping the needs of the little ones in mind all the way. All of the blog’s recommendations have been tried out by the family themselves and so the articles thankfully contain a lot of hands-on practical advice. It’s a website that’s dedicated to discovering the world with the kids in tow, a very useful how-to for parents who feel the same.

www.enfantsbienvenus.be