Blogging has become not only an enjoyable hobby for many people but also a brilliant source of income. One of the things that a lot of people think about when starting a blog is what niche they might fit into. Simply put, a niche is a particular area or category into which the blog fits.
One of the most popular types of blog is the travel blog. It is no surprise that many bloggers turn to this topic, since it is something that a lot of people are going to take an interest in.
As well as being an interesting read for the blog’s audience, a travel blog can have a lot of benefits for the creator. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the reasons why you should think about starting a travel blog of your own.
1. Make money
Starting a blog is a pretty simple thing to do, especially when you have the necessary know-how and one of the biggest incentives is to make money. Whilst making money in the early stages of a blog isn’t a dead cert, there are definitely ways in which you can work your way towards a steady income from your blog.
One of the advantages of writing a travel blog is that travel companies, and I am talking about everything from hotels to transport and food to flights, are super keen to offer quality travel bloggers deals when it comes to reviewing their product or service. Picture the scene, you are on a sunny beach, being served luxury cocktails and you are being paid to do this!
It is not uncommon for travel companies to pay bloggers to review what they have to offer, especially those who have a big following. It’s advertising for them and an income for you! And this is not the only way to make money from travel blogging, some of the other ways could be;
affiliate marketing.advertising.charging for a product of your own such as eBooks or print-out guides.
2. Free stuff!
Who doesn’t love a free gift? I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t and I’m pretty certain that you could say the same. Bloggers from across all niches are often offered free stuff, and travel blogging is no different.
Similar to the money-making aspect of blogging, free stuff can come in many shapes and forms. You might be offered a free stay in a hotel in exchange for a review, or perhaps you will be given free airline tickets. It is very common for companies to target successful blogs by offering them free products or services in exchange for a featured article on the blog.
Once you have established a good relationship with a company, you are likely to find that repeat offers will come your way. The more you can grow your audience, the more likely companies are to contact you for reviews.
3. Broaden your horizons
If you are going to start travel blogging, one of the first things you need to do is travel. Nobody wants to read a travel blog written by someone who doesn’t actually leave the comfort of their own home.
If you are someone who has always wanted to see the world, then what better way than using blogging as a way to get out there. If you are super confident that travel blogging is going to take off as a career, this can be even more of a motivation. You will be getting out into the world and experiencing everything it has to offer. And on top of that you get to share this with the world.
Which moves us on to our next point.
4. Sharing is caring
For many people, blogging is a creative outlet, but for others it is a way of sharing their lives with the rest of the world. If you are already a seasoned traveller, you may have found yourself wishing that you could show other people the things that you are seeing and doing whilst out in the world.
Travel blogging gives you the opportunity to involve you following in everything you get up to.
Picture yourself at the top of a mountain, by the beach or in a luxury boutique on a French street, chances are that not many other people would have experienced these things. Your readers will love the feeling of being able to join you on your travels and you will love the feeling of being able to take them to places they might not otherwise be able to go.
5. Expand your skillset
As with any new career or hobby, travel blogging can give you the chance to begin learning new skills. For the most part, people who start a blog have some sort of passion for writing, but this may quite often be their main skill.
Once you start a travel blog, you will be required to put other skills to use in the creation of your blog. As we know, blogging takes place online and so a good knowledge of the internet and how to use technology is something that a good blogger needs to know. If you are not overly confident in your tech abilities, travel blogging will give you the opportunity to learn more about this.
Another skill that plays an important part in travel blogging, or indeed any sort of blogging is photography and photo editing. No blog is complete without some high-quality images, whether you take them yourself or simply edit photos taken by someone else, this is certainly a skill that you are going to need to develop (no pun intended.)
Managing the marketing side of your blog is something that many bloggers have little knowledge about when starting out, so this is the chance to add yet another string to your bow.
If you are keen to learn new skills or improve the ones you already have then travel blogging is a great way to do that.
6. Add to your writing portfolio
If you are someone who is looking to build a career in writing then travel blogging is a great place to start, or to add to your existing portfolio. Writing a blog can be extremely different to other styles of writing and so can encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to how you write. Blogging can also be a great place to start for those who are just dipping their toes into the writing world.
Of course, for those looking to carve out a career in writing, having a blog can provide an excellent list of articles, written by you to share with prospective employers or clients. The more experience you have in the field, the better you will become at it and the more sought after your work will be.
Not only that but the act of writing a blog gives you practice, and what does practice make? Perfect!
7. It’s fun!
Many people have a hobby and for a lot of those people, it is blogging. If you decide to start a travel blog, you are giving yourself the chance to take some real enjoyment from it, and I don’t just mean from the actual traveling.
Travel blogging allows you to really access your creativity, from the writing style to the layout of the photographs, you will have to really engage your brain and get your creative juices flowing. This can be a very enjoyable experience.
Once you see the final result, there will be an undeniable sense of satisfaction and it is likely that the buzz from the comments you will no doubt receive, will give you even more of a confidence boost.
Mental health experts claim that journalling is one of the best things you can do to keep your mind healthy, and blogging is essentially a form of this. Keeping your mind active, happy and healthy will add to the feeling of fun that travel blogging can bring.
It would appear that travel blogging has a lot of perks for anyone looking for a new venture in writing and travel. Whether you are looking for that experience of seeing the world, and being able to share it with a lot of people or whether you are looking to make an income from travel blogging, there is a way to do this.
It might seem, at first like a scary task, not knowing where to begin or what tools you might need and in order to start a travel blog you may need a few pointers. That is where our ‘Start a travel blog’ video course can help you. By accessing this, you will find yourself well on your way to becoming the next big thing in the travel blogging world.
Travel blogging can no doubt be a very good potential source of income, if you are willing to invest the time and effort that it requires. But with the added bonus of being able to explore the world in the process, it makes for an exciting career.
Why not get started today with our free video course, what have you got to lose? There is certainly much that you might gain, that is for sure.