Many of us dream of starting our own travel blog. We see some individuals exploring far-off destinations with a smile on their face and all they have to do is share their experiences with the world. Sounds like the perfect life, right?
With this in mind, you may be tempted to start your own travel blog. However, before you book the next flight to another side of the world, here are several tips you need to know that can help you make the best start.
Define Your Audience
The first thing, before you start writing anything, is to realise who your audience is going to be. You could be writing for backpackers, couples, adults or any niche you can think of.
By defining the niche you’re writing for, it will make it so much easier for you to write your blogs. With this information, you’ll be able to use the right language, the right sentence structure and the right format.
Choosing Your Name
The name of your travel blog is one of the most important aspects of your travel blog. You need to decide this, even before you start hosting your blog. The name needs to be catchy, easy to remember and look good in your reader’s URL!
Consider that your blog name is your brand name and this is how the majority of your followers will remember you by.
Edward T. Sturgis, a travel blogger for BoomEssays, shares his experience;
List ten words that describe you and use a thesaurus!”
Get the Right Equipment
Just with anything in life, you’re going to need the right tools for the job. For a travel blogger, this could include a few things. Firstly, you’re going to want a device that you can write on. This could be a tablet, a laptop or a mix between the two. You’re going to want also to be able to access, edit and upload to your blog using this device.
You’re also going to want a semi-decent camera, perfect for capturing all those beautiful travelling snaps. HD-video recording is also highly recommended. The final highly advised piece of equipment is a Wi-Fi dongle.
Not all hostels and hotels will have a reliable internet connection so with a PAYG dongle; you can be sure that you’ll have internet everywhere.
Proofreading & Perfecting Your Blogs
If you were to read a blog that was full of spelling mistakes, typos, grammatical errors and was just plain difficult to read, the chances are that you’d go back and never visit the website again. This is the same for your travel blog.
Whether you’re setting up pages, writing blogs or top-ten destination lists, always proofread, fact-check and perfect your content so it’s the best it can be. For a travel blogger, this can be a long, time-consuming and painful task.
To help make this process easier, try using online tools and resources, such as:
- State Of Writing & ViaWriting: These sites feature many writing guides that you can use if you need some help.
- Essayroo & UkWritings: Use these tools to proofread your blog content before it goes live. This type of tools is recommended by The Huffington Post.
- Easy Word Counter: Use this tool to keep your writing to a manageable length.
- Assignment Help: This site can put you in touch with professional editors when you need them.
- SimpleGrad & MyWritingWay: Useful writing blogs you may use to improve writing style.
Internet users don’t read travel blogs because they want to hear about the facts of the destination or the generic recalled content of a travel agent. Instead, they want to read about amazing personal experiences that will inspire them to go travelling themselves.
This means sharing your experiences and your memories with your followers as though you’re telling them a story about your travel adventures.
Always remember, there’s always time in life to sit down and write a blog about your travel experiences. On the other hand, your travelling time may be limited. Although your blog might be a priority, don’t let it hinder or even ruin your experience. Have fun!