What If I told you you can be a travel blogger without announcing it to the entire planet? Did I just blow your mind?
In case you’re wondering how to do it, I’ll provide you with some helpful suggestions.
To start off, most people don’t really care if you’re a travel blogger.
Screaming about your travels into their ear doesn’t help much either.
When you travel and experience something new, it’s normal to want to share that with the world.
But when you’re marching around with a $10,000 dollar camera, a Mac-book, and a smug expression, not many people want to listen to what you have to say.
The stereotypical travel blogger is kind of like a Starbucks’s Hipster.
They somehow always manage to look like they haven’t showered in years.
And what’s with the ripped up rucksack they carry around full of clothes and Apple products?
These travel bloggers visit other countries – don’t do anything special – and use their high-tech cameras to take pictures of food.
When they get home, they write about their amazing time, upload the food pics, and hit publish.
Rinse and repeat.
But hey, at least they’re not begging on the streets asking locals to support their journey around the world.
Yeah that’s a thing – I saw it with my own eyes in Tokyo!
I think the official term is “Beg-Packers” and they’re a disgrace.
Just my two cents, if you can’t afford to travel… maybe don’t travel?
Let’s get back on point here.
Why are You Traveling?
Are you traveling for the sole purpose of finding content to write about?
Or do you just want something cool to share on social media?
We all have friends who travel to a city for one day, take a million pictures, and share them all over social media with hashtags like #wanderlust and #ILoveTravel.
Did you actually do anything in that city or did you just go there to take pictures?
I think traveling should be an education experience for yourself, a chance to learn something new about a different country and culture.
But most people travel just to tell their friends that they travel.
I mean, think of the Facebook likes!
Planning to be a Travel Blogger?
There are millions of travel blogs out there and most of them die out in a few months.
The main challenge you’ll face when making a travel blog is making money.
Most people have no idea how to make money from blogging in general.
The easiest way is to promote something as an affiliate or offer a service.
For example, I make money online as a writer and editor, and I also promote different products as an affiliate.
Use your website as a platform to advertise something and you should be able to make some cash.
Assuming you write the kind of articles people want to read, of course.
What Type of Travel Articles do People Want to Read?
The age old question.
Before writing an article, ask yourself this question: how does it help my readers?
For example, if you found yourself struggling with something in a specific country, like transportation, I would like to hear how you solved that problem.
I would also like to know what to expect when I first arrive in a country, first impressions matter.
When I arrived in Tokyo my first impressions were the cool dry weather and the stillness. But I also noticed not many signs are in English and very few menus are in English too.
You don’t need to gush about how amazing a country is, especially if you have only been there for a couple days.
Long story short, from my experience, the type of articles people want to read are the ones that provide a solution to a problem.
In a Nutshell:
Feeling the urge to tell someone you’re a travel blogger? Hold on!
Before you upload a thousand pictures to social media, take the time to ask yourself: does anyone really care?
Chances are not many people do!
And that doesn’t matter.
What matters is what you learned and experienced on your own.
Good luck and I wish you the best.
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