My Favourite Blogs

Where to go, what to eat and how to survive in the wilderness (because why not.)

A Broken Backpack

A Broken Backpack is a travel website is full of useful travel themed tips and ideas. But I particularly enjoy reading the blog. Written by Melissa, the website’s Canadian owner, she covers her own travel experiences (including her very interesting time in Indonesia) as well as writing about the best travel destinations around the world. Her blog seems very authentic and is a joy to read, as well as being eclectic enough to have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for the explorers in your life, travel ideas or just want to read some interesting travel stories then this is the blog for you.

For aspiring writers, this is a must-visit website. Joanna Penn, who herself is a New York Times best selling author, has an complete glutton of resources on her website. She has a number of writing courses that give you expert insight into writing anything from short stories to novels. Joanna also hosts an excellent podcast, she is incredibly positive and always informative and she gives you the confidence needed to become a writer, as well as the tools to make the dream happen. The Creative Penn is stacked full of information and resources, and her blog is no different. She writes about a wonderful variety of topics, from new writing technologies to author websites, and plenty of expert guest bloggers feature too. The Creative Penn is undoubtedly the best website for aspiring writers.


Andie Mitchell

Andie’s recipes are inspired by her own incredible weight loss journey. She understands that in life balance is key and she designs her recipes with that in mind. If you couldn’t tell by the professional website and expert photography, maybe the fact that Andie is a New York Times best selling author will convince you that she’s the real deal, and she really knows what she’s talking about. My wife and I have tried so many of her recipes that to list my favourites would take up the rest of this blog. So I’ve picked a few of the best and put them below, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Your taste-buds and your waist-line will thank you.

Quick Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage

Slow Cooker Tikka Masala

Lighter Baked Chicken Parmesan


How Sweet Eats has so many recipes that if you can’t find one that you enjoy then I’m afraid you may never find a recipe you enjoy. To give you an idea of how many recipes Jessica has created, she has 44 categories, not 44 recipes, 44 categories. It’s as overwhelming as it is exciting. One of those categories is bacon. So in honour of my love of bacon here are my two favourite bacon recipes from How Sweet Eats. (And check out her brand-new cook book!)

Caramelized Shallot Bacon Gravy (I mean c’mon!)

White Pizza with Spinach and Bacon

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Self-reliance Outfitters

Most people don’t know this about me, but I’m fascinated by survival and wilderness exploration (and I collect knives). So I’m going to completely mix it up and share with you my favourite survival themed blog. I have read a lot of blogs in this genre, and to be honest it’s hard to find one that doesn’t have a far-right agenda, or is primarily focused on prepping for the end of the world. The Self-Reliance Outfitters Survival Blog is a fascinating read, they cover every topic from how to start fires, how to forage and the best survival knives to take with you. One day hopefully I’ll be able to take myself off into the wilderness with as little as possible and just spend some quality time with mother nature. But work and responsibilities are currently an incessant and unyielding burden.

Probably a safe bet to take survival advice from a guy who stabs his knife into a log.

Probably a safe bet to take survival advice from a guy who stabs his knife into a log.

If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

I’ve added this blog as a favourite of mine because I have had the privilege of trying Haley’s baking first hand. It’s actually silly how tasty it is, her recipes are no different. Because of that mind-altering experience, my wife and I now often use Haley as the measuring stick of baking greatness. My wife might be baking something that looks a little suspect, or baking something I don’t normally eat and all she’ll have to say is “It’s a Haley recipe” and I’m completely convinced of its inevitable deliciousness. I’ve put two of my favourite recipes below, but honestly just try any of her recipes and I’m sure you’ll be happy.

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake