1. Quirky Wanderer

    “Travel for me was an escape earlier but now it’s the best source of learning I can ever get. It’s an exchange, between places and me. People and me. Stories and me.” Divsi Gupta shares her adventures around the world at The Quirky Wanderer. Her doors of photographs are especially stunning.

    Exploration
  2. Joy the Baker

    New Orleans-based author and baker Joy Wilson has been spreading her love of pastry for years through cookbooks, classes, and her WordPress-powered website.

    Cooking
  3. Gap Year

    Gapyear.com is an online community for backpackers and gap year travelers. Search for trip advice, travel inspiration, jobs, tours, and volunteering ideas.

    Exploration
  4. Hunting Dinosaurs in Central Africa

    At Contingent Magazine, Edward Guimont dives deep into the 19th century, and tells the story of the strange European quest to find living dinosaurs in Africa.

    Animals
  5. The Huntswoman

    Brianne Huntsman’s lifestyle blog is also a political act, because art and fashion are political. “If you’re a plus size babe looking to create a fabulous and luxe wardrobe, who also wants to kick ass in her career – this space is for you!”

    Fashion
  6. Crutches and Spice

    “Disabled. Loud. Proud.” Imani Barbarin writes from the perspective of a black woman with cerebral palsy. On her blog, Crutches and Spice, she shares her thoughts about the world around her and the life she and others live daily.

    Diversity
  7. #OptOutside

    REI Co-op started a movement for people to reconnect outdoors over the holidays. They now close on Black Friday — one of the most popular shopping days of the year — and on their blog invite America to #OptOutside with them.

    Inspiration
  8. BBC America

    BBCAmerica.com allows fans to get caught up on all their favorite BBC America shows, including full episodes of Top Gear, Doctor Who, Luther, The Last Kingdom, and Orphan Black.

    Animals
  9. Let Me Show You the World

    Iman Sultan explores the rich storytelling traditions that gave the world Aladdin — but that have been all but erased in the blockbuster Disney versions.

    Culture
  10. Cooking