Take off for a dream destination. Tour a museum or hike a scenic trail. Take lots of pics and notes. Relax on a hotel-quality mattress or cuddle into a down bag as insects serenade outside. Do these moments sound inviting? Perhaps you should start a travel blog! If you are just starting out on your writing journey, practice by grabbing a journal and let it flow until you are ready to share your words with the world. As a thank you for reaching 500 views, then 600 views only a week later, I want to give back to the community of Adventurers with this special & informational post. YOU ARE APPRECIATED! Join the community & subscribe to this blog or just be the FIRST to read upcoming stories such as “16 States in 16 Days”, coming soon! Until then, let’s learn how to start a blog of your very own!
Why start a travel blog?
The tide of travel blogging is rising and for good reason. Affiliate marketing . . . Google AdWords and external sponsorship make travel blogging a promising way to fund trips and, for some, even create a fun, new means of making a living. Many are tired of being inside but don’t know where to start or where to go, another great reason to share your adventures.
Do you dream of traveling on a regular basis and sharing your experiences? Maybe even making a bit of income? Me, too. So I decided to take the leap and you, too, can learn how to launch your own travel blog.
I’ll get you started. After that, the sky’s the limit. Create a plan, a theme and release your unique website. Begin exploring the globe as a virtual tour guide. The experience of being an entertainer/educator is highly rewarding and the student taking flight is AMAZING, so share your story in the comments below!
Monetize your site, if you could use some extra cash. Recommend products and services, schedule helpful ads to assist readers. Travel blogs can earn a bit of profit to help support expenses. Blogs can lead to books and seminars, if you’re ambitious. Maybe even a TV show like those hosted by travel celebs like Samantha Brown or Rick Steves. Travelers are dreamers and dreams can come true with careful planning and persistence.
So if you’re like me and want to leave the daily grind behind for a new lifestyle more suitable to your wandering spirit, why not go for it.
My history – could yours be similar?
I worked 10 years for the government as an analyst and hated being inside when the world outside was passing me by. I decided to switch careers and studied for two years to earn my Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Development & Design. I returned to school but graduated during 2020, when options were limited and the world was in crisis. We each have our struggle to get to where we want to be, I don’t want to give the impression the path here was an easy transition. I knew I needed a change, I was just afraid. Could it be that you are, too? More on the day I quit and what happened afterward, check out my video on how I became a streamer and let’s get back to travel blogging!
Planning the spirit of your travel blog
Planning ahead is the key to a seamless journey. Planning is also the key to longevity when it comes to blogging. Yet it only takes a few minutes to get started once you know where you are going. What types of trips will you take? What’s different about the way you travel? What’s a title that will get you noticed? These are some questions to ask yourself when planning your blog. There are a few key details that really help when traveling on a road trip, as well as a few inexpensive ways to save LOTS of money in the long run…but that is for another post on another day! Here is at least how to get you started travel blogging.
Here are the simple steps to starting a travel blog that will take you places:
- Register the title. This will also be your URL. Your blog’s title shouldn’t be too long, but it must be memorable. People should be able to tell what your blog is about from the title.
- Select a theme. Choose a style that fits your topic. Personalize the home page with text and photos.
- Prepare an opening post, featuring an attention grabbing illustration. Keep search engine optimization (SEO) in mind, when composing both the text and title. Use keywords in your title and several times in the text. It’s not rocket science, but this will help people interested in the topic find you.
- Click publish.
WordPress offers free sites, but upgrading provides perks that will be useful down the road, if you are serious about success. You may want to upgrade your domain name from yourblog.wordpress.com to your own domain name.
The most important rules for success are to:
- Blog on a regular basis: monthly, weekly, daily – whatever frequency you can maintain. The more often the faster your list of followers will grow, but frequency shouldn’t be pursued at the expense of quality.
- Create content that’s helpful and entertaining.
- Gain free followers by socializing and if desired, by investing in marketing. Making intelligent comments on the blogs of others with similar interests, or trading guest posts, helps both your blog and the ones you visit. Formal marketing plans are an option also.
Bonus tip: Blog well for a brand and you may earn a free trip. Business, especially in the blogging world, is all about relationships.
Travel blogging is about building trust and camaraderie
Tell your story. Be personal. Make people want to travel with you. Feature the happenings from trips that are most touching. The little things others overlook. Passion is contagious. If your love for new horizons comes through in your writing, others will want to join in your adventures. Today virtually. Perhaps in a few years as part of a tour group if that’s in your plans. Who know where travel blogging will lead you?
Go for it!
Now that you know the basics. It’s time to take the first step on the journey to becoming a killer travel blogger. Follow me at ThereGoesSaraRose.com for updates on my trips and for more helpful information like this.