Not so long ago, the world was a big mysterious place. People barely new other people from neighboring cities, let alone other countries. Then the internet came into being. Slowly and slowly the world became smaller and smaller, until all that was left was a global village. As a consequence, business patterns changed, some businesses became bankrupt while others had to go through massive lay-offs. Many magazines and newspapers closed down their print versions after heavy losses, as readers shifted to a new source for their news and reading interests. Redundancies started and many people became jobless.
From all this change, arose a new opportunity for people who liked to travel and write. What used to be Travel Logs have now become travel blogs. Travel logs used to be printed, quarterly at the most. Travel blogs on the other hand are updated much more regularly. The world is the audience and hence even some very niche topics can have a huge following.
But, there are some very important questions that need to be answered. Like the one which we have made our topic. What are some of the fundamental things that need to be kept in mind? What if you want to share something which you like? Will others like it? What do the famous travel bloggers do?
There are no set principles, and no guarantee. However, there are some common things which will improve the overall quality of output. So, if you are a new travel blogger or just someone who is struggling to get proper attention for your blog, we are sure that the following tips from some famous travel bloggers will help you out.
Jason Biondo from Trekeffect:
“Sometimes, pictures cannot describe the beauty, smell and feel of the place you’re visiting. That’s why you need to use the right words or adjectives to describe everything you have seen and experienced in your trips. That way, your readers will get a deeper insight of the place you’re visiting, which in turn could result to better a CTA response. I think this why Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor have been so successful.”
Trekeffect.com brings you interesting things to do if you plan on traversing the world. Their posts are full of things that you can do in different cities.
Patrick Smith from askthepilot:
“My tip is pretty simple: if you’re an independent blogger, get yourself a proofreader. It needn’t be a professional, but it’s highly helpful to have somebody look over your writing before it goes live. I can proofread my own material three times over, but typos and grammar mistakes always will sneak through. Clean prose helps a blog appear and feel more professional.”
Askthepilot.com is a blog about air travel written from a pilot’s perspective. Patrick Smith has an interesting writing style that often uses satire to great advantage.
“My advice for blog expert is to photograph EVERYTHING. Our attention spans are so short these days that sometimes a photo will jolt us back into the article so we keep reading. Summarize, any post more than 500 words is asking for a lot from the reader. And add some facts. While our attention spans are short, we still love learning information we can then talk about over drinks… ‘oh did you know LAX is the 5th busiest airport in the world’?”
localsonly.com is a blog maintained by the owners of the show by the same name. Posts are often related to the background of their travels and some more insight into the whole show.
Lance & Laura Longwell from Travel Addicts:
“Lots of travel bloggers will tell you there is only one right way to blog. You need to do some things in a very specific way. Some will tell you that you have to quit your job to be a real blogger. However, we’ve always believed that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to blogging. The only “right” way is your way.”
Traveladdicts.net is a blog which is captures the best moments of Lance and Laura Longwell. They have visited all the US States, as well as 55 countries across the continents. Each post contains some exquisite photographs and a story to boost.
Anthony from The Travel Tart:
“My tip is about working with brands such as tourism boards, airlines and hotels. I’ve found that the best content created when working in collaboration with such brands comes from having a good relationship with the brand contacts, and making sure there are agreed requirements that the blogger sticks to and/or exceeds. For me, this has created repeat business/experiences which then flow on into other opportunities.”
thetraveltart.com is a travel blog which brings you the funny, weird, and offbeat things about travel, always keeping things in the lighter shades of fun.
We have set you up with some tips from around the globe, which seem to suggest what we were thinking: the most important thing is to stay original and focus on quality. So, what are you waiting for, take the step and move towards making your own blog. Who knows someday you will be the one giving advice.