A lot of people at the moment are keen to become travel bloggers, and it’s pretty easy to appreciate why that might be. It is clearly a kind of work that has a lot of huge benefits to it, especially if you are someone who has a love of travel and you want to turn that into an actual paying career. The truth is that it is perfectly possible to do this, and as long as you approach it in the right way you should find that becoming a travel blogger is actually a relatively easy thing to do.
In this post, we are going to take you through the major steps that you need to take to make sure that you are becoming a travel blogger. As long as you go through these in turn, you will be able to turn your love of travel, and your skill with writing, into a full time career that actually pays well. Let’s take a look at how it works.
Don’t Quit The Day Job Yet
Although you can make money as a travel blogger, don’t be confused: it can and probably will take some time until you are making a decent amount from it. You won’t be able to make your main income from travel blogging right away, and nor should you expect to. If you are hoping to rely on it right away, then think again, and you will want to make sure that you have something to fall back on. All that is not to be negative, but just to make sure that you are being safe and not doing anything that could jeopardize you.
However, as long as you have that in mind, you should be able to start making money as a travel blogger if you follow the remainder of the tips in this article, and it could pay off sooner than you think, especially if you work hard at it and you stay focused.
Start At Home
The easiest and most affordable way to start writing about travel is to write about your home area. It’s probably the place you know best in the world, and yet it is likely that someone in the world will be thinking about visiting there and need a travel guide that they can rely on in order to make it as enjoyable as possible. So it’s well worth writing some travel guides and pieces on the place where you live, as it gives you the chance to hone your writing skills without having to pay to travel somewhere distant and exotic.
Of course, if you have the option to do that, then that’s great, but it is still often a good idea to get your teeth-cutting done on your home turf. The great thing here is that you can write as much as you like about your local area, and you should be able to gain the necessary skills this way, as well as start to get some interest from readers.
Travel & Record
Once you are ready to start traveling and writing about it, it’s important to make sure that you are recording the experience as closely as you possibly can. Doing that is the single best way to ensure that you are able to remember the salient points and points of interest that you see along the way. There are a lot of ways to record what you see – writing itself is obviously a major one, and you might want to write a journal entry each night to help keep it fresh in your mind for when you do the write-up on your return. But you might also want to think about taking photographs, and that’s a whole area in its own right that you need to think about getting right.
To do this, you will want to make sure that you have the necessary equipment, though it doesn’t necessarily have to be anything expensive. However, if you want to make your blogs better, you will find that having photographs that are high-quality and interesting can actually help a great deal. So treat yourself to a DSLR, and maybe even learn more about getting a drone if you think that you will be able to take that with you. As long as you get good photos, you are going to improve your blog entries greatly.
Learn To Blog
Blogging is a skill in its own right, and it’s important that you treat it as such if you want to be successful as a travel blogger. It is a distinct set of skills from writing itself, and you need to make sure that you are aware of this and that you are keen to learn to blog as best as you can. Of course, much of it you will pick up along the way, but you are going to have to make sure that you are learning about it beforehand as well if you want to get it right.
That will include how to set up a domain, write posts and publish them, how to schedule your posts and what you can do to make the blog more readable, scannable and searchable. All of that is really important as part of building your career in travel blogging, so be sure not to dismiss them as mere details. They really matter.
Start To Gain Readers
Of course, it’s all about gaining readers, so you will want to make sure that you are doing all you can to start to get as many readers as possible from the first. There are many ways to do this, such as marketing your blog through the various official channels and making sure that you are using social media to boost traffic, while also focusing on your SEO. If you can do all that, your blog is going to become more popular in no time, and you will find that you are much more likely to gain the readers you need when you need them. Your career awaits.
What other ways can you become a travel blogger? Let me know in the comments below!