13 Tips for Becoming a Travel Blogger

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  March 28, 2021 blogging tips ๐Ÿ•‘ 11 minutes read
tips for becoming a travel blogger

Mount Cook, South Island, New Zealand.

 

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:

 

Pedasi, Panama

 

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.ย  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?

 

5: Travel!

 

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.

 

Travel!

 

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.

 

High Peaks Wilderness Region Blueberry Cobbles Trail New Russia New York

High Peaks Wilderness Region Blueberry Cobbles Trail New Russia New York

 

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:

 

 

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:

 

  • time
  • energy
  • focus

 

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.

 

Sunset, Savusavu Bay, Fiji

Sunset, Savusavu Bay, Fiji

 

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.

 

Being:

 

  • 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.

 

Conclusion

 

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.

 

Your Turn

 

Do you want to become a professional travel blogger?

 

Have you succeeded or failed?

 

What tips can you add to this list?

  1. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 10:17 am

    So guys, do you have any tips to add to this list?

    How did you become a full time blogger?

    Or are you working your way towards become a full timer?

  2. kelli says:
    at 10:28 am

    Hey Ryan
    I literally laughed out loud at so many things you wrote here, especially the nut story. That really was hysterical. I agree wholeheartedly with all your tips. I think it is especially poignant to remind people not to make sponsored posts and ads your sole aim. While a well-read travel blog can really clean up nicely with these revenue streams-hotel, gear, travel companies and what have you–that can take a bit.

    I also like the tip about traveling in areas that are less expensive for the moment. It is easy to let our ego get the best of us, and feel the urge to go as many places as possible, especially if you are travel blogging. And there are certain areas of the world where even budget travel is going to run you some decent coin.

    You have a gift my friend…

  3. Will Hatton says:
    at 10:39 am

    Awesome article Ryan! Some really great points in here, Triberr especially has been unbelievably useful for me over the last few months! I definitely think your right, if we’re going to survive; we sure as hell have to diversify our incomes! You’ve given me a lot to think about which I shall now act upon promptly, kind of like the time I backed into a parked BMW… Now all I have to do is keep on truckin’, put in the time, make the investment and see the fruits of m labour pay off, heck – maybe one day I’ll even OWN a BMW!

    All the best!

    Will

  4. Don Purdum says:
    at 11:07 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Wow, that’s one of the funniest stories I’ve read in a while…

    “I felt like the paradise version of Mr. Planters.”

    I would have loved to seen the poor ladies face the first time she wondered where the nuts were coming from, lol… I can just picture it in my mind.

    The art of storytelling… as a travel blogger that would be massively important. You have to be able to paint the picture of how someplace would be ideal for me as a travel to visit. What’s the experience? What’s the fun? What’s the landscape like? How is it appealing?

    Different blogs deal with storytelling in different ways, as there are also different types of storytellers. The key is to find how you like to create the story and allow it to be uniquely you!

    Letting go of the things that are holding you back are so important to being able to break free in the future. It’s amazing how much we don’t realize that we are even holding onto sometimes. If the past isn’t serving you, then let it go!

    Also, I really appreciated your mention! As you said, the reality is that for our us to grow online we have to figure out how to align with others who can help us. That means connecting with people who serve the same audience we do but in a different way and then really get to know them and serve them.

    It’s always amazing to me how people want to grow their online influence but fail to realize that collaboration and community is how it’s done. Start thinking of others and they will start thinking about you. If you want something, then give it and watch how much it returns.

    Great post Ryan. I appreciated the chuckles along your journey!

    ~ Don Purdum

  5. Carol Amato says:
    at 11:13 am

    Hi, Ryan,

    My takeaway was โ€˜willing to embrace uncomfortable momentsโ€™ which is a great reminder of the article I wrote for Adrienne last week. I need to daily, if not hourly, do thisโ€ฆ if to achieve goals set for this year.

    Funny nut story. So all they did was play possum?

    Yeah, mindset is absolutely everything and where it starts. I make a habit of surrounding myself with positive โ€œcan-doโ€ people, and it makes all the difference in the world. No mediocre masterminds for me where everyone is on the same level bellyaching about where they want to be and how they are struggling to get there. No way! Thatโ€™s not a โ€˜masterโ€™-mindโ€ฆ

    Sorry, that was off topic. LOL

    I can definitely relate to the โ€œholding patternโ€ of when you and Kelli were circling to landโ€ฆ Many times in 2013 and even 2014 things came up in my life, beyond my control, that put some of my business goals in a โ€˜holding patternโ€™ – but there was nothing I could do but be flexible and adjust. Thatโ€™s a win, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the mention, Ryan, and I certainly enjoyed having you as a guest writer for my blog.

    Hope you have a wonderful rest of the day.

    หœCarol

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:18 am

      Carol yep they played possum, strange right? It was pretty funny. You’re doing such an inspiring job that I know you’re breaking out of any holding pattern fast. Thanks so much!

  6. Bob says:
    at 11:28 am

    Ryan, I agree you have to learn the art of story telling, and you do it well. My problem is I’ve been told I tell a pretty good story but sometimes it just doesn’t relate that well when I write. I’m working on it, it will get there. Like you, I look for places where my ,money goes farther. Accommodations eat up a big part of that but with all the options out there it doesn’t have to be. I usually rent a condo wherever I am because I can buy food at the market and cook which also helps. Keep the great articles and tips coming I love em.

  7. Sue Anne Dunlevie says:
    at 12:17 pm

    Hi, Ryan,

    Even after reading the entire post, I can still see you, Don and Adrienne dressed like Greek soldiers and doing battle!

    I’m heading over to check out the house sitting gigs now – maybe that will get my brain to picture something different ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the great post.
    Sue

  8. Renard Moreau says:
    at 2:50 pm

    [ Laughs ] Great pointers as always; but I am not going to stalk any travel bloggers, because I would be busy writing; instead, I would send out an invitation for them to stalk me.

  9. donna merrill says:
    at 4:23 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    I can’t get the picture out of my mind of peanuts pouring down on the woman on that plane. he he he You are a great story-teller and being a blogger from paradise have paved the way for others to follow in your footsteps. Oh the stories you share! They are so much fun.

    Although I’m in my own little paradise under a few feet of snow, I do live the laptop lifestyle and you have given very important ways to do so.

    Meditate: One must take time every day to get in touch with themselves and clear their mind. It is a daily practice I do too. It helps with centering and balance.

    And as a blogger, one must do something more than their blog. Yes, writing an ebbook or anything else is a must do to stand out of the crowd!!!

    As you know, David and I have been kicking out digital products. We spend most of our time doing that and also engaging with our customers and lists.

    You can blog for years, but until you come out with your very own product, then we are talking business. That part of this post is my best take away because I have seen the results just in the past year.

    Just like you kicking out your books, we are kicking out digital products and maybe we will join up with you and your lovely wife one day. But I have to get hypnotized first because I have a bug phobia. I do…big tropical bugs keep me away from warm climates. Ahhh…yet another thing I have to work on.

    Thanks for this fab share!

    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:54 pm

      Donna love the comment! Oh and I reckon you guys got SO much snow. I was thinking about you up there. Appreciate the comment as always!

  10. Adrienne says:
    at 9:12 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    The nut story was great and I’m sure like anyone else that lady was just surprised that they were raining on her head but I would hope not all pissed off. Stuff happens right and I think we’ve all been there.

    You are right about the story telling and boy do you do it well. You’ve lived some great stories though plus you’re just a great writer. The way you’re able to spin things is great. I really enjoy reading your posts.

    Now as far as me, Don, and you fighting off barbarians with swords and spears, I’m trying to visualize that one myself. I agree though, that would be a darn funny sight. I’m sure Phillip could come up with something.

    I like your schedule that you follow everyday. I know for myself it’s very important to stay focused and on the right tract. Having the right mindset is the only thing that will take you far. I applaud you for having learned that and doing as well as you are. You’ve also got Kelli there teaching you so I’m jealous. Boy does she know her stuff.

    Great share again Ryan and I thank you for the mentions. I’m still laughing about us fighting barbarians… Love to see that one!

    Have a great week and thanks again.

    ~Adrienne

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:53 pm

      Hahah Adrienne I thought you’d like it ๐Ÿ˜‰ And you are staying on track because your star is growing every day. Thanks so much Adrienne!

  11. Deborah Tutnauer says:
    at 2:12 pm

    Mindset and falling nuts!

    As in – pay attention to what you think and what you think about what you think or you might lose your marbles!

    Truth be told, though 12 of the tips are so vitally important – the mindset one could be the straw that broke the camels back no matter how well you incorporate the other 12. Funny how people just don’t want to go there. It’s hard to get uncomfortable, but that is in fact where you success is waiting for you – outside the comfort zone.

    I personally do not want to be a travel blogger. Though I have not traveled quite as extensively as you and Kelli, Ryan, I have traveled a lot. At this stage in my life I love the occasional adventure and the homebody thing. We’ve traveled enough that my 13 year old daughter is loving being home and the structure of school (a very outside-the-box alternative one!), violin, dance and of course friendship and BOYS!

    I’m good with that. I’m an entrepreneur business success blogger in the way that you are travel blogger. I aim to compel my readers to explore their perceptions, beliefs, stories and sticking points. It’s the inner roadways that I write about. And as you so powerfully explained, it’s those inner machinations that can make or break your business success, whether as a blogger or another type of venture.

    Great article Ryan! Thank you.

    Deborah

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:19 am

      Deborah awesome analogy! So true; if we do the inner work we can see the outer success. Much appreciated Deborah, thanks so much for the fab comment!

  12. Barbara Charles says:
    at 3:08 pm

    Hi Ryah,

    So I thought when I found out you live chose by, I’d get to meet ya! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But a travel blogger’s got to do what a travel blogger’s got to do, right? First – Wow! Impressive and so on point for so many things I don’t know where to start. But I’ll tell you what I like best. What is OPOS? Obscure Product Offering Syndrome.
    LOL! Hysterical, but oh so true.

    The one thing I notice as I’ve been visting a lot of blogs lately are these rather obscure products. And now I know I’m on t he right track. I’ve have a product but the product is more toward the middle of a ‘lesson’ instead of in the intro. Not sure you know what that means, but it means, there’s other info I need to introduce to the blogger first before I put this obscure product out there. Bottom line is that’s what I resonated with today. (All the other stuff too, but that’s what impressed me because it tells me I’m doing it right.) Getting things in order, updating my template, meeting and commenting on other posts – I’m doing it all with the hopes of improvement on my blog. Although I don’t want to be a travel blogger ๐Ÿ˜‰ (got kids and family I don’t want to be away from, I do want to be a successful blogger.

    No I’m not a full time travel blogger, yet! Got some work to do, starting out with the many resources and blogs to check out that you recommended.

    Funny story with the nuts raining down! ha! But there might have been some fighting up in the air if I’d been that woman! sorry. ๐Ÿ™ But funny when sitting here reading it!

    Anyway, be safe in your travels. See you in the blogosphere.

    Barbara

    Keep ’em coming

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:18 am

      Barbara you’re on the right track for sure! Yep, we’re almost out the door now ;)…but would love meeting up with you when we return. Thanks so muchfor reading!

  13. David Lee says:
    at 5:23 pm

    Nice article Ryan! It certainly is hard work to create a successful travel blog but I still feel it’s worth it for those who are passionate about travel and sharing their experiences with others. The nut story was really hilarious and I really enjoyed reading it!/ Thanks

  14. JP says:
    at 5:52 pm

    Fantastic article Ryan! Excellent advise and great prose too. But I must say, you have to take better care of your nuts my friend lol.

    Always look forward to reading your posts!

  15. Ben Drake says:
    at 1:29 am

    Ryan,

    Such a laugh reading about the flight from Sydney to Bali with the nuts and change flying everywhere. Thanks for the wonderful laugh man, awesome article.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Ben

  16. viinod says:
    at 2:09 am

    Hey I mean your life is early cool, how do you manage to do this…or you are always on your shoes… rocking…

  17. Anna says:
    at 4:54 am

    Another awesome post full of good tips (and good stories), Ryan! I suppose I can be considered a travel blogger, but I’m not too sure anymore if it’s really my thing… though I do want to run a successful blog. But about what? I guess I’m still trying to figure it out. I guess I just want to write about life in general. So I’m not sure if I can just narrow my blog down to a specific niche, and write about only a few specific topics. ๐Ÿ™‚
    As always, I agree that mindset is the most important, and also probably the hardest to work on!

  18. vino says:
    at 1:48 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    First of all I want to congrajulate you and Kelly.You both make a great couple. Next coming to your post…your post is simply rocking as usual. Who hates travel??..Everyone loves travelling and exploring new places.Becoming a full time travel blogger is just amazing..Apart from money flow or something related to earning money..another important thing one can get is freeing ourself from stress.Thanks for this post on good info about becoming a travel blogger

  19. Kim Willis says:
    at 1:10 am

    As someone who has been tripping around Asia for the last 15 months (almost) I can relate Ryan. Such fun. I especially loved the point you made about ‘trashing your brand’. I remember what you were doing previously and it’s now quite obvious that trashing your previous brand was a smart thing to do. Power to you.

  20. Richard Martin says:
    at 4:46 am

    Loving the stories Ryan.

    I especially liked this line though: it *pays* to travel to places where your net worth jumps 5 to 10 times as soon as you land at the airport.

    That’s awesome. And the comparison between paying $650 in Chiang Mai and $2500 in NJ highlights the huge differences in living costs and standards one can achieve just by hopping from one paradise to another.

    Keep up the stellar work.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:43 am

      Richard much appreciated!! That difference of currency makes ALL the difference. Have a fab weekend dude!

  21. Hassan says:
    at 7:22 am

    Incredible post Ryan!

    Not only were your all of your points insanely educational, they were a treat to read, plenty of LOL moments.

    You mentioned writing 6,000 words or more daily.

    Any tips on how one could work up to that !?

  22. Janessa Alexus says:
    at 10:47 pm

    great Post and have nice Journey if anyone want Travel :p But it is Very Awsome Tips to all blogger
    Thanks for Share your Experience.keep up it

  23. Dave Cole says:
    at 10:05 am

    Excellent post, Ryan! Starting off the day with some attention to your mind and body are so key to a strong push in the hours that come. Your posts have been a good reminder that a solid foundation every morning is necessary to a successful day.

  24. eBook Bisnes Online says:
    at 11:53 am

    Hi Ryan, I love your blog. I think you should meet Mark Wein. You can visit his blog at “http://migrationology.com/”. You both have the same passion.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Paula McInerney says:
    at 7:27 am

    So much valuable information that my head is swimming, which may be akin to a nut shower. You are a story teller so that has made it that much easier to read, but also you are sharing so much. I will be returning to this again and again.

  26. Jackson Nwachukwu says:
    at 9:16 am

    Hey Ryan,

    Guess it’s my first time on your blog this blog? I am glad I made it back and this time on this awesome and mind blowing article.

    You are indeed a great story teller Ryan and incorporating this in your article is what makes you not just a great writer but a super blogger!

    I am really inspired today Ryan, what a post! I am only wondering how much time you must have put into this writing because it’s worth the read.

    I really enjoyed the reading Ryan.

    Have a wonderful week ahead my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Jackson

  27. Sylviane Nuccio says:
    at 9:25 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Another great piece you have here.

    For sure, you need to be a story teller to be able to be a good blogger. I’m so glad you said that, because it’s just totally true.

    Of course, the mindset is very important. As matter of fact if your mind set is not on success, there is no way one can succeed at anything at all.

    I see people whose mindset in at the level of the ground everyday, and I tell ya, it’s not pretty.

    I am myself going to embark on my own adventure soon and I may need some tips from you and Kelli. Can I email you if I have questions popping up?

    I’m glad you are able to continue the adventure more than ever.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:03 am

      Sylviane yes please do! Would love to offer any travel advice that we can. Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Nisha Pandey says:
    at 12:58 am

    Hey Ryan,

    Wonderful and inspiring post.

    I just learned something great here. Who wants to become a travel blogger, they must need your post really.

    You said right, learning the art of story telling is very important and first part in travel blogging.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful tips. Enjoy your day!

  29. Anna @ shenANNAgans says:
    at 1:06 am

    Hey Ryan, Wow… thank you for finding my blog, I’ve been reading up on your amazing tips and posts to creating a successful blog for weeks now. It has sent me into my cave to do some serious mulling. Feeling a bit stuck actually, guess my desire to free me, is not stronger than my fear of doing uncomfortable things. That’s a worry! Anyways, Ill be back. Hope your move to sunshiney Bali went or is going swell!
    PS: Love your stories, laughed till I cried I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. ndinsmore1@gmail.com says:
    at 6:47 am

    Hi Ryan,

    I have always hated those mannequins! Since I was a child they freaked my out, even those images are making me feel ill.

    You do have a great gift for telling story. Even when I started reading I was thinking “where is this going”. But I didn’t click away because it was a interesting story and easy to visualize.

    I really recommend The Unlimited Power Hour and believe everyone can benefit from having their own unique rituals for starting their day positivity. I like to think of my goals and briefly meditate. I’m still a beginner so I’m not quite at the 30 minute mark yet. 10-15 minutes is enough for me!

    Networking is super important and a great tip for newbie bloggers. Blogging just doesn’t work without networking and meeting new people.

    Lastly your references to ‘getting comfortable, being uncomfortable’ is a MUST. If you can’t embrace being uncomfortable the best option is the stay in the 9-5

    Another great mammoth post

    Thanks

    Naomi

  31. Will Tang says:
    at 3:57 pm

    Awesome read Ryan! Thanks for the shout out in this piece. We’re all just trying to make it work and it’s thanks to you bloggers like you that we keep learning and our heads on straight.

    Keep up the awesome work and if you ever want to chat about blogging or whatever just give me a shout at Travel Blog Breakthrough!

  32. PJ Zafra says:
    at 9:30 pm

    Such an awesome post my friend! I love how you’re literally living and embracing your passions. It’s amazing what your blog has turned into. Keep it up buddy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your tips right here.

  33. Dariece says:
    at 12:17 am

    I swear I commented on this before…but I guess not! Better late than never ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks so much for the shout-out Ryan – and for calling us young Goats and not too old ones! lol.

    I definitely agree that it’s important to have a variety of income streams. Even if we’re not making money, if we’re not spending it, that’s a great way to keep some money in the bank. House sitting, couchsurfing, sponsored trips/tours, etc. are great ways to keep money in your pocket.

    Write, Write, Write…you’re right, right right! Something that we’ve been finding hard to do at the moment. Having a sort of work/travel balance issue going on at the moment. We want to see all of Mexico and haven’t been putting enough time into the site. Starting tomorrow (seriously) we are getting back on track ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers Ryan, great article.
    Dariece

  34. Amit Kumar says:
    at 6:14 am

    Hii Ryan,

    You are the best Example of “Full Time Travel Blogger”. Whenever any one ask me about the experience of travel blogger, your smiling face comes on my mind first and i answer them Travel Blogger have great life and full with enjoyment/new experiences.

    But yes, to be a full time Travel Blogger these above mentioned points are needed. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Shannon says:
    at 6:14 am

    Ryan, spot on and HILARIOUS. I want to add that people need to find their own voice–and you do that by…wait for it…writing more, blogging more, talking aloud more. All of this helps with the storytelling and creative aspect of writing. Hell, I need to storytell more on my own blog–that starts this week. Thanks for the inspiration and morning funnies!

  36. Andrew Warner says:
    at 12:42 pm

    Hey Ryan

    Great and funny post here. Your story was hilarious with the plane and the turbulence and the peanuts, etc.

    FYI, this mannequins are freaking scary. Wow. They can give Chucky a run for his money.

    Thanks for the mention as well. I like a lot of the points you raised in this post … although I’ll probably never be a travel blogger, you still provided some excellent tips. For instance, story telling.

    That’s an artform that’s so difficult to perfect but if you do it right, you can capture the imagination of many through your posts. I’ve been working on that for a while now and I plan to incorporate more stories in my posts. Also your point about not relying on those things for money is valid … and should be for any kind of blogging.

    You have to have multiple streams of income these days to really have the life you want … because you never know if/when one of them could dry up.

    Excellent post here again.

    – Andrew

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:30 pm

      Andrew you’re doing great dude! And hey, Chucky really has nothing on ’em lol…..thanks so much!

  37. Raspal Seni says:
    at 3:36 am

    Hey man Ryan,

    I collapsed ….

    *Muttering to himself with half-open eyes*

    Am I already in paradise? Or, am I dreaming?

      • Raspal Seni says:
        at 11:35 pm

        Well, how do you write such long blog posts and still are able to comment on all the blogs that exist?

        You sure seem to have more than one body, and several hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 5:48 am

        Tele-porting Raspal, tele-porting ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. SJ says:
    at 4:15 pm

    *head spinning* so much info! I need to bookmark this and come back with fresh eyes tomorrow and a cuppa. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

  39. Lisa Niver says:
    at 11:11 am

    Ryan, Thanks for sharing your insights and stories. AND for all your comments lately on my site!
    Happy & Safe Travels,
    Lisa Niver
    We Said Go Travel

  40. Arsie Organo Jr says:
    at 12:51 pm

    I haven’t really considered building a travel niche blog site. Well, it doesn’t mean that I will not make one in the future. So thanks for these wonderful tips as they will serve as my guide.

  41. Julie Syl Kalungi says:
    at 5:05 pm

    Well what can I say, I had to wipe away tears of laughter, I hadnt laughed this hard all week. You do have a gift Ryan and I have missed reading your blog for a while! Currently I add a travel blog post once a month to my blogs. I am considering starting a blog solely on travel outside our my brand but linked! Thank you for this gold dust…I shall refer to it often, its great for also other blogging niches!

  42. Jean | Holy Smithereens says:
    at 3:38 pm

    “Nuts on the plane!!!” I’d rather nuts than snakes. Ryan, I may have only discovered your blog of late but your enthusiasm is infectious. I can see how on first glance others may perceive you to be ‘all over the place’ but I see it as passion bursting at the seams. Keep it up!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:06 pm

      Jean, thanks much! That’s a neat way to put it. Hope my passion is spreading far and wide. Those nuts, those nuts…lol….

  43. Shoma Abhyankar says:
    at 3:34 pm

    I think I absolutely need somebody like you to twist my ears and show me my faults in blogging about my travels… I am definitely doing lot of things wrong… Thanks for such wonderful article…

  44. Anthony Gaenzle says:
    at 8:04 pm

    First, I canโ€™t believe you wrote 4000 words and completely trashed it! May those words rest in piece. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Second, being a travel blogger would 100% be my ideal career. But with little ones, it would be tough. I guess I could start local and maybe do a โ€œStay-cationโ€ travel blog!

    This is all great advice. Iโ€™d imagine having a travel blog could be freeing and fun, but you have to learn to keep it that way and not make it too serious and lose the joy.

    Excellent advice throughout for aspiring travel bloggers.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:15 pm

      Haha yes Anthony, I deep-sixed those suckers LOL. The stay-cation, local idea sounds brilliant! Especially with the little ones, you can visit local spots while maintaining stability with your family life. I totally dig that idea.

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