There are few things in life that are sweeter than travel…actually, there might not be anything sweeter.
Traveling’s all about breaking down the barriers and walls that confine us in our monotony—can you tell that I’m a little bitter? I haven’t traveled in a while—it’s about being free and exploring new places as well as exploring one’s self.
And it’s in this sweet spot that travel blogs fit into. Whether it’s a sense of vicariousness or a taste-test of what may or is out there, travel blogs offer much more than a few hundred words and a couple of photos. They give the viewer a chance to dip their toes in the water and get a taste of what it’s like to be somewhere unknown and unexplored by them.
What most travel blogs should do is to inform you of the intricacies and nuances of what it’s like to be in someplace new. A good travel blog will take you places within their words without you having to spend a dime. And if you decide on making a travel blog and can’t get people to take the journey with you, then maybe you should try another hobby, like knitting or sewing or something that doesn’t involve decent storytelling.
But before you can begin at making a notable and worthwhile travel blog, there are a few things you must do first:
Find your website
It’s important to decide early on what kind of website you want to host your blog on. While there are countless sites to do so, some sites offer users more control than other sites do.
Most bloggers seem to gravitate to WordPress due to the amount of control they get of their website. Whether you choose the basic plan (which is free), or the premium option (which is paid for), rest assured that you can create a website that you can be proud of.
And by all means, WordPress is not the end all, as there are also sites like Squarespace, Blogger, and Tumblr available to people, but it is a place to start.
Create your voice
Okay, so now that you’ve got your website sorted out and (hopefully) have traveled quite a bit and have something ready that’s worth blogging about, your newest and biggest set of headaches comes from trying to set yourself apart from all the other hundreds of thousands of travel blogs available on the web.
You have to ask yourself, honestly, “how can I be different?” This may be the ultimate reason why you do or don’t see a year with your blog. You must constantly be asking yourself what you can do to improve; otherwise, what’s the point of even starting?
And this is where most travel blogs fall short. Like I said before, there is a natural gravitation by people towards travel blogs, especially the ones that are well presented and written. People are willing to return to a blog so long as their sojourn trip there is worth it. If you can’t provide the average viewer with a reason to come back, then you might as well kiss away your dreams of becoming a notable travel blogger.
It is imperative that, when or if you decide on creating a travel blog, you develop a voice for yourself. Finding a website is grand, as is travelling a lot, but your downfall lies in your ability to present your content in a way that is adorned by most (if not all). While this may be difficult at first, a good place to begin is with a deep reflection of yourself: what are some of your other passions, and how can you incorporate them to make your blog more unique? I’ve always said that the golden rule to blogging is always this, “Find your voice.”
The rest will take care of itself.
If you are looking for some inspiration, visit Soultravelers3’s blog. The three Santa Cruz natives (mom, dad, and “nina”) travel around the world and blog about their experience. It is very thorough and well written and there seems to be something for everyone there. Go ahead and take a look and see how you might incorporate some of their methods to your own.