So you love to travel? Then make the most of your passion by channeling it into a travel blog.
Blogging is a great way to write about what you love most … and maybe even make a bit of money while you’re at it. If you’re ready to create your own blog, you’ll need to think about a few things first.
Here are four tips for starting your own travel blog.
1. Determine why you want to do it
If you’re serious about starting a travel blog, determine why first. Have you always had the travel bug? Do you love to share your vacation stories with friends and family? Can you offer some valuable travel tips that can help others?
Spend a little time thinking about your reasons. That way, if you find yourself wondering later why you’re dedicating so many hours to your blog — the average person may spend 5 to 40 hours a week blogging — you can refer back to your initial reasons.
2. Choose an appropriate platform
Once you know why, it’s time to choose the platform. You have many different blogging sites to choose from, from Blogger to WordPress and everything in between.
It’s essential to choose the best platform for your specific needs. Whether you plan on posting pictures from your road trip across the US, selling ad space, or making the most of SEO options, you’ll need to find an appropriate place to do it.
3. Write what you know
They key to maintining a blog is to write what you know. There’s no sense posting about attractions in New Zealand when you know more about Cape Town accommodations.
So use your own experiences in each commentary you post. A well-written piece about your latest trip to South Africa, for instance, will be far more interesting to your readers.>Why? Because you actually have something unique and interesting to share! Describe where you stayed, the places you ate, and the things you did. This will give your blog personality, and provide useful information as well.
4. Come up with a good niche and name
The next big step is coming up with a niche and name for your blog. There are tons of generic travel blogs out there. If you want yours to stand out, find a niche.
Do you love traveling to exotic places? Are you all about visiting the most luxurious destinations? Make that focus explicit and clear in your blog. Unique blogs are more likely to find an audience … and see that audience grow.
After you have your blog niche down pat, you’ll need to come up with a memorable title. This will help you start your travel blog the right way!