Before we discuss tips for becoming a travel blogger I want to share what a fun journey awaits you.
But first…..PS…..I deleted all 4000 words and completely rewrote this blog post on March 27th, 2021.
Being fully committed to travel blogging the right way unlocks a life of fun, fascination and freedom for you. My wife Kelli and I are spending 3 months in Panama by the Pacific Ocean. I hear howler monkeys in the forest beside the home every morning. Afternoon dips in the Pacific Ocean refresh the body, mind and soul.
My home office view makes for an inspired snapshot:
Blogging while you circle the globe feels freeing. Imagine the experience of living in places like Fiji, Bali and Costa Rica for months at a time?
Travel blogging is worth the trade off of working generously, patiently and persistently for years. Being a full time travel blogger requires substantial work on your part. Picture yourself opening a corner store to visualize the time and energy commitment required to go pro. Before turning a substantial profit you work 8-10 hour days – or longer – for months or even years. Becoming a professional travel blogger requires years of generous work spanning 1000s of hours.
Tips for Becoming a Travel Blogger
Knowing this basic truth grounds you in reality. Insane expectations based on setting ridiculous timelines vanish. Rather than being harsh or depressing, knowing the work and time you need to put into travel blogging to go pro should feel peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable. Take your time, learn how to blog the right way and have fun helping people learn more about the world and its fascinating locations.
Follow these tips for becoming a travel blogger.
1: Make Sure You Love Traveling
You better love traveling or else your career will flop.
Sometimes folks see the glittery benefits of circling the globe and getting paid without knowing what traveling involves. Changing time zones, suffering through jet lag, dealing with language barriers and embracing cultural differences challenge even passionate bloggers with a yen for circling the globe.
I love traveling but feel completely jet-lagged after flying to the Middle East. The 8 hour time difference levels me; I suffered through 2 months of jet lag during my trip to Oman. Passion fuels me during these uncomfortable stretches.
Love travel. Enjoy this gig. Being passionate about circling the globe lets your love shine through your blog posts. Energized travel bloggers rise to the top because the work-travel is the reward. Success feels like extra. Embody this attitude to lay a granite-like foundation for your travel blogging career.
2: Make Sure You Love Observing and Recording Travels
Do you love observing your travels? Most travel bloggers do not think about observing and recording travels. Spending time on a beach does not instantly dictate the words into your WordPress backoffice. Observing, remembering and recording travels transmits your thoughts for readers to enjoy.
Practice observing your day. Take your time. Recording experiences connects you with readers. Travel blogging is sharing. Sharing experiences demands you to observe your travels mindfully, patiently and persistently.
Folks; observing and remember your travel experiences seems to be a skill developed over a sustained period of time. I possess a strong memory but needed to hone my powers of observation before remembering even the tiniest details of my travel experiences.
Be present. Take notes, if need be. Observe and record your travel experiences mentally to find the fuel for your travel stories.
3: Make Sure You Love Writing Stories About Your Travels
At the end of the day, being incredibly passionate about writing seems to be a powerful difference maker separating top travel bloggers from everyone else.
Leaders blog for years before going pro. Holding an intense love for writing stories about your travels fuels this long, sometimes challenging journey. Passion sustains you. Enjoying the writing game carries you through fear, cuts like a knife through discomfort and pulls you above, below, around or through blogging obstacles.
I woke up at 5 AM in Panama today a bit tired. Insomnia visited me. After creating content for 13 years I sometimes feel less than enthusiastic in moments. But my love for writing influenced me to completely erase this old blog post, re-write the post and re-publish the post in a matter of hours. If you love writing stories about traveling you will run laps around far less passionate travel bloggers in the game for money, free trips and free hotel rooms.
4: Monetize through Multiple Income Streams
Monetize your blog through multiple income streams like:
- affiliate marketing
- writing and selling eBooks
- offering consulting services
- advertising revenue
to increase travel blogging income.
Do not make the common travel blogger error of monetizing through 1-2 channels – namely sponsored post and ad revenue – and getting burned during dry spells or flat out droughts.
New travel bloggers often depend solely on sponsored post and ad revenue as their sole 2 income channels. But no business pays for advertising space on a blog with no readers. What happens? Travel bloggers quit because no money flowed to them from businesses not willing to advertise on blogs with no readers.
Start affiliate marketing. Sell other folk’s products and services. Slowly but surely increase your new blogger income by leveraging other entrepreneur’s offerings. Write eBooks about traveling. Convert your eBook to audio book. Convert your eBook to paperback.
Open multiple income streams to steadily boost your blogging income through a range of dependable channels.
Have you checked out my eBooks for making money through your blog?
As of this post publish date, some travel bloggers warn you not to travel for fear of the dominant global headline since March 2020. But human beings seem not designed to spend 2, 5 or 10 years offering virtual tours through their blogs while sitting in their home.
A decent number of countries opened their doors months ago. Some nations require a rapid test. Other countries like Mexico invite everyone with open arms, sans test. Kelli and I got our rapid tests to enter Panama. Two ladies quickly scanned our printout, nodded and we added Panama to our travel list.
Travel bloggers need to travel for content to publish. One only builds a readership to a certain point by sharing virtual tours. Get back in the world. Enjoy traveling. Life waits for no one. Travel waits for no one. Either you travel to enjoy the world or you sit at home. Everything is on you and your willingness to face, feel and release your fears.
6: Publish In-Depth Resources
In-depth resources detailing your travels seem to perform best for top travel bloggers.
Publish long-form content to develop your authority. Google prefers 2000 plus words per post but most readers also enjoy thorough posts, too, compared to 600 to 1000 word per post, short-form content.
Add as many details to your posts as possible. Detailed posts resonate with readers wanting to learn more about locations, tips and reasons aligned with traveling. Readers deeply enjoyed my Panama City blog post because a few claimed my post satiated their queries about the city better than anything they saw on Google.
Be generous. Give away as much valuable content as possible. Cover topics by drilling down into critical details to please both Google and your readers. Being thorough lays the foundation for a prospering travel blog monetizing campaign.
7: Speed Up Your Blog
As a rule, travel bloggers use images, advertisements and HD videos liberally. Heavy pictures slow your blog’s load time. Adding a big number of heavy images slows down your blog even more. Toss in HD videos to slow down your blog more than a snail trudging through molasses on a cold winter day.
However, embedding dynamic advertisements in addition to using heavy images makes your blog load absurdly slowly. Diminishing the user experience lessens traffic and profits potential. Few readers have patience enough to wait for painfully slow load times.
Consider investing in:
- a VPS or some form of premium hosting to handle your blog traffic
- a CDN for quicker loading images
- a lightweight premium theme
Invest money to speed up your blog. Quick-loading blogs appease both Google and readers. I rarely have ample patience to wait 15 seconds for a blog post to load. Imagine less patient readers who close out your travel blog after 5 seconds of loading?
Speed things up to accelerate your travel blogging success.
8: Study Top Travel Bloggers Closely
Established, professional travel bloggers like Nomadic Matt clue you in to how to succeed online. Pay close attention to him and other top pros to better understand what it takes to become a professional travel blogger.
For example, note how Matt emphasizes blogging with SEO in mind. Many of his blog posts dominate page 1 of Google for highly competitive travel search terms. Follow his lead to position yourself to succeed online. Observe pros to figure out how to blog the right way.
More importantly, pro travel bloggers teach you what not to do. Avoid years of failure. Leapfrog over struggles. Never surround yourself solely with new travel bloggers. Beginner bloggers cannot teach you how to succeed because newbies have no blogging experience.
Follow pros. Watch them closely. Blaze your unique travel blogging trail but learn from top pros how to succeed so you can succeed, too.
9: Be Honest
For whatever reason, travel bloggers deeply fear sharing less glamorous or even nightmarish aspects of traveling. In most cases, travel bloggers intend to convey a perfect image of self and travel to maintain some glowing reputation.
Hiding the truth about yourself and your travels forms an energetic anchor of fear holding you and your travel blog back. Note Nomadic Matt above; he blogs in honest fashion even if his genuine approach ruffle feathers. He became highly successful because his integrity shines in a largely fake, less than genuine travel blogging niche
Scrap the Infinity pool shots, bikini clad selfies and perfect travel blogger persona for a little bit. Share a selfie right after waking up from a jet lagged evening. Discuss the challenges travelers face in certain spots. Brace readers for less enjoyable aspects of circling the globe.
I portray traveling in honest fashion because I share:
- upsides and downsides of travel
- some of my funny, wild and nightmarish travel experiences
- the benefits and struggles of being a traveling blogger
Be genuine to gain credibility. Travel blogging attracts ample fakers who want to convey a flawless brand solely to make money. Genuine types run circles around the masses of traveling bloggers who withhold the truth because humans gravitate toward truth and away from people who hide the truth.
10: Negotiate Or Fixed Price?
Some travel bloggers negotiate sponsored post and advertisement prices.
Other travel bloggers only offered fixed pricing for sponsored post and advertisements.
Do what you feel clear on to prosper through these channels.
I never got clear on bargaining. I do not work in a Middle Eastern Souq. Offering solely fixed pricing for ads and sponsored posts banished tire kickers and bargain seekers from my email inbox to make room for prospering clients. Refusing to barter simply emitted a posturing vibe met favorably by resonant, posturing clients.
Do what feels good to you. Negotiating may feel fun, freeing and enjoyable to you. Negotiate if you feel clear on negotiating. Perhaps doing a pricing dance feels like a fun game. Go this route to enjoy the ride and to prosper.
But if offering fixed pricing feels good simply take that route to experience the greatest travel blogging success.
11: Invest Money in Blogging Resources
Invest money in blogging resources.
Access proven guides to help you succeed online.
Pro bloggers publish resources to pack their most helpful content into effective formatting. Investing money in professional blogger resources saves your:
to do what you need to do to succeed. Versus spinning your blogging wheels for days, weeks, months or years you simply buy resources to begin doing what works, right now. Oodles of travel bloggers begin blogging sans pro resource in hand. Most struggle, fail and quit because not learning how to be a travel blogger from a pro usually guarantees you never become a travel blogger.
However, investing money in your travel blogging education positions you to succeed because you learn how to go pro from pro travel bloggers.
12: Network with Pro Travel Bloggers
Network with professional travel bloggers.
Learn from pros. Bond with leaders. Observe how pro travel blogging buddies expand your reach by promoting you.
Help travel bloggers. Retweet their posts. Share their posts on Facebook. Comment genuinely on their blog. Buy their eBooks. Invest in their courses. Allow your generosity to make you stand out.
Eventually, as you increase your blogging skills, blogging friendships form.
Organically, pro blogging buddies tend to:
- promote you via social media
- promote you via their blog
- endorse you
increasing your blog traffic and profits. However, developing skills and bonding with top pro travel bloggers requires a generous time and energy investment on your part. Pros do not endorse travel bloggers lightly.
I landed a feature on Entrepreneur only after creating and connecting for a long time. My pro travel blogger buddy network put me on the radar screen of contributors from world renowned sites. Building this network took a while but the benefits of networking far outweigh the work, time and energy commitment to networking.
13: Be Patient and Persistent
Be patient and persistent to become a professional travel blogger.
Travel blogging requires multiple skills to master.
- an observer
- a writer
- an entrepreneur
demands your patience because developing even a single skill consumes ample time and energy. Building multiple skills simultaneously feels confusing if not overwhelming sometimes. Enter patience.
Be patient to remove heavy attachments to money outcomes. Earning your first penny travel blogging requires studying, learning, observation, practice and detachment. See the journey through. Good things take time and generous effort.
Being persistent means doing simple things over years. I publish simple posts solving reader problems. I focus mainly on blogging tips but also publish travel posts, too. Simply solving reader problems via plain posts over the course of years fostered a persistent streak in me.
No travel blogger goes pro overnight. Patient, persistent bloggers who publish helpful content, connect with pros and monetize effectively go pro over years.
Create and connect. Becoming a successful travel blogger gets easier if you follow these two rock solid fundamentals.
Each tip above fits into creating and connecting. Create helpful content. Connect with pro travel bloggers and readers.
Become a professional travel blogger by sticking to the basics.
Do you want to become a professional travel blogger?
Have you succeeded or failed?
What tips can you add to this list?