I’m really excited to announce that I’m going to be working with TrekAmerica over the next few weeks on their latest competition. They’re giving away one of their awesome tours and it’s open to anyone with a love for travel blogging. You can find out more about the prize and how to enter here.
TrekAmerica saw that I’m a travel blogging fanatic and have asked me to be one of the judges for the competition. Yey!
One of the purposes of the competition is to show how great travel blogging can be so I’ve decided to put together a series of travel blogging tips to help any newbie bloggers out there.
My first post in the series is about why I think everyone should keep a travel blog.*
I genuinely believe that everyone should write a travel blog to document your trips. One of my favourite things about blogging is reading about my past adventures and each old post brings back so many amazing memories.
You don’t need to write lengthy essays everyday or be a world-class photographer, you just need a passion and a pen. OK, and maybe a laptop and an internet connection and a camera too.
*This isn’t a post about how to make money as a travel blogger or how to quit your job and travel the world yadda yadda yadda. This is about having a love for travel and a love for blogging. If you want to make some money while you’re travelling, blogging isn’t the place for you.
Why I think you should start a travel blog
Record your memories
I don’t know about you but some of the best memories I ever make are while I’m travelling. I don’t want to forget these incredible times and my blog has become one huge memory bank.
A blog is a place to store your thoughts and memories online in a place where they can never be lost (provided you backup and regularly update!) You don’t even need to make your blog public, it can be your private online journal.
You do more
When you know that people are reading about what you’re doing you want to provide them with something exciting to read. We all love a lazy day on the beach but we’d rather read about your experience swimming with sharks, exploring a new area or discovering a hidden lagoon. Blogging makes you get up and do something that is worth writing about.
You take it all in
When you know you’ll be writing a blog post about your day you start paying attention to every little detail. You listen a little closer to your guide, you ask for names and dates, you photograph everything and you start to notice the little details that make a place special and unique.
You remember more
Writing about a place and studying your own photos helps a memory stick in your mind and you find you you’ll remember it in years to come. I find that if I don’t blog about a place I can barely remember it a few years later but writing everything down helps it to stick in my memory.
You can be a great resource
When was the last time you booked something without Googling it first? Before booking hotels, flights, tours or even visiting a whole new country I like to read as much as I can beforehand and often turn to blogs first.
When you write a blog you become a trustworthy and unbiased source of information. You may not even realise how much knowledge you have until you start blogging about it. The best thing about a blog is that your readers can contact you and ask for a recommendation or for some reassurance.
You can meet awesome bloggers
There is a huge travel blogging community who are friendly, welcoming and will share your love for travel. I’ve met some of my closest friends through travel blogging and it’s great to have people who you can chat to about travel without boring them to death. You’ll also have a network of friends who are among the most-travelled people in the world which is perfect when you’re looking for some holiday inspiration!
You can keep your family and friends up to date with your journeys
Facebook pictures are a great way to let your friends and family know what you’re up to and reassure them (and show-off) that you’re having a great time but photos only tell part of the story. A blog is a great way to tell everyone what you’re up to in one go without sending lots of repetitive emails.
Blogging can lead to new opportunities
As I said above, it’s unlikely you’ll make your fortune through travel blogging but it can lead to other possibilities. All of the ‘real jobs’ I’ve had have been because of my travel blog. When I was a journalism student my blog helped me to stand out in a very competitive crowd and I ended up learning so much about social media that it eventually became my full-time career.
If you’re thinking about starting a travel blog but you aren’t sure how, keep your eyes peeled for the next few blogs in this travel blogging series where I’ll be sharing my tips.
Can you think of any other reasons why it’s great to have a travel blog?