One of the hardest things about travel blogging is that you’re so busy travelling you don’t have time to blog. You may notice a lot of the full time travel bloggers travel very slowly and will schedule in a couple of days each week to do nothing but work on their blog.
This is lovely if you’re a full time blogger but what happens when you have a full time job AND a travel blog? You may only be going away for a week or two so the last thing you want to do is waste precious holiday time in your hotel room as you write your posts. You come home and have a busy week in work and, before you know it, two weeks have passed and you still haven’t written anything from your trip. Then a month has passed and your memories get fuzzy and writing up the details becomes a slow and tedious task.
Travel blogging is meant to be fun, not a chore!
I get so many emails from readers asking for travel blogging tips to help streamline the process and making writing posts quicker and easier.
Over the years, I’ve developed some strategies to make travel blogging easier when I’m actually on the road. This is basically a guide to travel blogging when you don’t have any time to blog!
All blogs are different but I find the posts published quickly after a trip are received much better than the posts written months later. If readers have followed a journey on social media then they want to read all about it pretty quickly. If you capture their attention on Instagram but don’t write about a trip for another 3 months then they will probably forget you ever went.
So here are my travel blogging tips to make blogging easier while you’re actually travelling…
Research before you go
If you research your destination and plan a rough itinerary before you go then you’ll probably have an idea of what you’d like to feature on your blog. When you know what you’re going to blog about you can get all the photos you need, speak to the right people, get the right quotes and make sure you really pay attention. This will make it much easier to write your posts.
You’ve also got to be flexible as you never know what you’re going to stumble across.
It’s also good to know what you won’t blog about as it’s sometimes really nice to sit back and relax without thinking about taking photos!
Write your blog posts as quickly as possible…
…but don’t press publish just yet.
I find writing my blog posts while everything is still fresh in my mind is so much easier then if I wait a few weeks. Descriptions come to me quickly and I can remember names and places and little details like what I ate and where I went.
If I leave it too long I need to double check facts by Googling them and it takes forever to get anything written.
I do think it’s important to wait a couple of days (or possibly weeks) before you publish a blog post. This means you’ll come back to it with fresh eyes and it’s easier to spot your own mistakes (something I’m terrible at!) Sometimes I’ll find my memories have settled and I can improve the post but I’m always really glad I’ve got the core facts down before I forget them.
Done is better than perfect
I know this is a debatable statement, especially for all the perfectionists out there, but I’m a firm believer that done is better than perfect. If you’re waiting for your blog posts to be perfect then you’re never going to get them published.
Take a notepad and pen EVERYWHERE
Or if you’re the kind of person to take notes in your phone – use your phone. I’m a bit old fashioned and prefer to put pen to paper.
Top tip: I find that people think I’m being rude if I start typing away on my phone while they’re talking to me, whereas if I use a notepad they think I’m being professional.
I make notes of everything from blog post ideas to quotes to facts and figures or interesting things I stumble across. I also take photos of street names and menus to help me remember names and spellings.
Take a million billion photos
As a travel blogger you can NEVER have too many photos. Even if you don’t use all your photos they can help jog your memory of what you did while you were away.
Use your travel time to blog
I love relaxing on the plane with a G&T and a good film but I usually use my journey to blog.
One of the best blog trips I ever took was my first trip to Iceland. My return journey was filled with delays and it took about 10 hours to get home. It was a nightmare for everyone else but I used the time to write up my posts. By the time we got home I’d edited all my photos, edited a short video and written up five blog posts! (If I sound a little smug, it’s because this has never happened since. I’m never normally so efficient.)
If you’re tired or distracted by lots of noise do something mundane like photo editing and resizing. It’s way easier to get a blog post uploaded and finished if your photos are ready to go.
Don’t do too much work while you travel
You’re on holiday, you should be out enjoying yourself and experiencing your destination. You’re also going to annoy anyone you’re travelling with as they won’t want to sit in a hotel room watching you blog.
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Do you have any more tips to help with travel blogging while you’re actually travelling?