Why write a travel blog? It’s a question I often ask myself. After all, it is a hassle, setting up a website and producing content. Posting often and with suitable photos often seems like too much bother. We ditched everything to travel, including working long hours, which for me meant missing out on my family. I have two little boys who won’t stay little forever. I am in no rush to replace one job with another. Hassle aside there are great reasons for writing a blog.
Why I Write a Travel Blog
A Lifetime of Memories
Perhaps you won’t ever stop travelling but sooner or later you will want to show and share with family, loved ones or fellow travellers. This is where a blog really comes into its own. Unlike a diary, which may not appeal to anyone besides the writer, a blog will be a series of post about different subjects and places. The reader can scroll through the titles and read the ones relevant to them. I know some of my readers will read each post. Some love the Asian posts and others prefer the American ones. If people are about to go travelling and you have written a post on that destination that is what they will want to read. As long as you keep paying for your domain name and hosting, the blog will be there forever, costing little and hopefully, making a small profit through advertising.
Entertaining Family and Friends While on the Road
Writing a travel blog is a great way to keep all those back home in the loop. No more sending group emails. This is the main reason I write a travel blog. With friends and family scattered across the world and with various amounts of social media interaction the blog allows people to access it when it suits them. With photos attached it is better than any chain email you could send. From a readers point of view it is, in my opinion, a better way to keep informed about the adventures happening.
Make a Fortune With a Travel Blog
The big question everyone asks is can you make money from a blog?
Simply put, yes you can, I haven’t as yet, but personally know people who do, I’m married to one. My wife writes World Travel Family blog. Some claim that blogging is a get rich quick scheme, thers, like my wife’s favourite, Penelope Trunk, say the money just ain’t gonna happen. Well, we do OK out of the blogs, but I have to say my wife puts in a LOT of hours, she enjoys it, it’s her idea of fun and she’s determined to make it work. I’m probably not dedicated enough
The biggest single factor is the time it takes. At least a year to build up a base and get the volume of traffic that is necessary to attract advertisers. Social media presence also takes time to build to complement the blog and grow viewing figures. Even if you are going to make it a financial success don’t put that deposit down on the shiny new car just yet. The money isn’t six figure salary stuff.
Luckily travelling Asia doesn’t require that sort of money, so it can, just about, pay for your travel once the income starts. Be prepared for the down times where the money may dry up for months, there is no regular salary in this industry.
The final word of advice, be prepared for a lot of hard work. Like anything you get what you put into it. Blogs especially so.
A Good Travel Blog Brings Freebies
A good, well written, travel blog will get famils for various attractions. A famil is a free visit to a chosen location, theme parks, hotels, aquariums, almost anywhere that tourists visit. Working in hospitality in Queensland, I was no stranger to this scene, but the blogs are bringing us non-location dependent famils around the globe. Of course, it’s not really free, there is a lot of work and long hours involved, my wife turns down a lot of offers these days. Don’t start a blog if you’re just looking for free stuff, you have to love what you do to build it up to that level.
People are much more likely to try something if they read great reviews from a blogger they trust who has been there recently. An advert just stuck on a website won’t have that same appeal as first-hand information We have been very successful with this on our travels. Certain places are more open to the idea than others and it pays to approach the more social-media-aware companies.
Lots of reasons to keep a blog, luckily not many against. I love being able to write about what we have seen and done. Sharing our travels only highlights and enhances what we are doing and we’re learning new skills in the process.
I’ve always been really bad at English, school didn’t do much for me. Through blogging it’s improving, slowly and I have a whole new set of technical skills, that’s a great reason too.
Want to see what we have coming up? It’s huge, unique and amazing and would never have happened if we hadn’t taken those first baby-steps into the world of blogging.
If you’d like to start a blog of any sort, you can find a simple guide to getting started in blogging here.
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