It seems like everyone nowadays has a blog, or a vlog, or a channel, or whatever. If you are remotely interesting or talented, or even if you are just a fun and bubbly person, you should shout it out to the world. Assuming you are reading these lines, you probably like to travel. Maybe you’ve been toying with this idea for a while now – “Hey, I like travelling, I go to cool places, I have nice pics, I have interesting stories, maybe I should start a blog?”. If this is something that passes your mind, or even if this is the first time the idea sounds appealing to you, here are our finest tips on how to become a travel blogger.
#1: Bring Your Own Voice
Chances are every tip had already been given or written about in the great blogosphere, and every new cool spot had been spotted. So what should you do in order to be unique and interesting so people want to read your blog? The one thing that differentiates you from the rest of the world is, well, you. Tell YOUR stories. Share YOUR experience. Post YOUR pictures. If you are a frequent traveler, you can keep the story of your journey in the form of an online journal, documenting every step of your trip. No matter what it is, just make sure it is yours, that it is authentic and genuine.
#2: Bring Your Expertise
Everyone has something they are really good at, or really passionate about. Talk about what you do best, talk about what you know. People trust experts, so be authoritative in the subjects you cover on your blog. You can’t really specialize in travelling, that’s far too large of a subject to cover. Are you really good at travelling on a budget? Make that your uniqueness. Maybe you are travelling with kids and became a super-traveler on that field? Or maybe you just traveled to this specific place many times or even lived there for a while and know the ins and outs of this place? Emphasize your strong suits.
#3: Be Easy on the Eyes
Travelling is a highly visual field. Think about it: what makes you want to pack up and go somewhere more than a picture of a gorgeous vista? Since the visual part is crucial in these matters, and nobody likes to look at a poor or outdated design, make sure you invest in a nice setting for your blog. There’s no second chance for a first impression, and most people will decide whether they trust your site or not in the first few seconds, so make an effort.
#4: Go Local
What if you can’t afford traveling and blogging about it all day long and all over the world? If you are serious about blogging and you want to make it as a source of income, you can start by blogging local. Who else knows your area better than you? You can recommend places to go, restaurants, hotels and other main attractions. It is a great way to start building your reputation, build connections, create your expertise and authority.
#5: Get the Word Out
You can have the best blog in the world and still get no comments, share or any activity. Why? Because it’s not just about the blog, it’s also about getting the blog out there. There are literally millions of ways to learn how to promote your blog – social media channels, PR, SEO techniques. All these are important if you want to be seen. Hire a specialist, take a free or a paid class, do whatever you need to in order to grasp the basics of content promotion. Then get your blog out to the world and start sharing!