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“Hey friends! Heading to Helsinki and can’t wait to hear your tips on where to eat, stay and play…”
How often do you see posts like this on your Facebook feed? Maybe my friends are particularly travel-obsessed, but I see them all the time. In fact, I post them pretty dang often myself!
Or, as a blogger, I belong to several blogging groups, where, if it’s within the rules, I often post queries like, “Who’s been to Brunei? Please post links to your blog posts below!” That’s actually a great system for getting straight to the blog posts I might struggle to pick out of Google search results, but it’s not really a solution available to the general public – and I’m sure there are plenty of bloggers who aren’t replying to my queries.
Travelade was designed to curate the web’s best content on the magical island nation of Iceland – and, eventually, beyond.
In addition to blog posts and articles by top travel publications and prolific bloggers, Travelade publishes Travelade Originals, penned by their staff of travel-loving locals. (Are you a blogger who’s been to Iceland? You can submit your own articles for possible inclusion – mine are in there too!) There are also reviews of tours offered by high-quality, pre-screened operators, which you can purchase directly through the site. The team behind Travelade has worked at Linkedin and several other startups and tech ventures, making them well versed in the social media world.
Reminiscent of Pinterest, Travelade allows you to search for topics based on a series of flavor filters such as “Hidden Gems,” “Extreme Adventures,” “Foodies,” “Urban Explorers,” and my personal favorite “You Can’t Make This Up.”
Those categories will then be broken down into even more specific sub-groups, if you really want to dig deep into a particular topic, like camping in the Budget Friendly flavor. You save your favorite stories to Your WanderList, where you can reference them at a glance on the road.
The Best of Iceland
As my long-time readers know, I fell in love with Iceland on a seven day 2012 trip. Iceland was the darling of the travel world even back then, and so one might assume I’d exhausted my own attention span for Iceland-related content. Yet I lost myself in the addictive articles Travelade kept recommending! Here a few of my favorites that had me itching to book a return trip:
• 6 Destinations in Iceland Where You Can Guarantee a Great Instagram Shot: A cheat sheet of the most photogenic spots in a country where you can’t seem to point a camera in the wrong direction? Yes please!
• The Best 5k Running Routes in Downtown Reykjavik: I’m always trying to fit in some fitness when I travel, so I loved this guide to Reykjavik’s most scenic running routes. Too cold to be outside? Another Travelade Original tackled the country’s best gyms.
• Surf Guide: Iceland: Am I willing to brave the cold waters? No. Am I fascinated by those who do? Yes. I would love to chat up an Icelandic surfer on my next trip!
• Inside The Volcano: One of the top tours that’s on my list for a return trip to Iceland
• Tourist Trap or Must-See? Debating Iceland’s Blue Lagoon: I loved hearing both sides of an experience that I definitely filed under “must see.”
• Iceland Airwaves Survival Guide: Iceland + a festival? No surprise, it’s on my list.
• Icelandic Movies to Watch During Your Trip: As a certified cine-phile, I love watching local films while on the road!
Heading to Iceland? Clearly, I can’t recommend Travelade highly enough to discover personalized recommendations of original and curated content. I only wish it was available for more destinations (am I the only one who finds Google to be a terrible tool for finding great blog content?)
And I might just be in luck – Travelade does plan to expand around the world, eventually.
Seeing how popular of a destination Iceland has become, I have had my hesitating moments of wondering if I ever will go back. That’s a pretty wild thought considering I’ve always ranked Iceland as one of my top five favorite countries in the world! Our family vacation there was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken.
And my time on Travelade opened my eyes to the fact that there are still a million hidden gems in that tiny country that are waiting to be discovered! I hope I don’t have to wait till long until I get to search for a few of them, again.
Have you been to Iceland? Are you planning a trip there? What resources did you use to plan?