Why you should write a travel blog

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.

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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!

Blogging turns you into one of those weirdos who places your food next to a candle and takes pictures of it.  Image source: Alicia from http://mylifeuntethered.com/

Blogging turns you into one of those weirdos who places your food next to a candle and takes pictures of it.
Image source: Alicia from http://mylifeuntethered.com/

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?

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I'm Monica, aka The Travel Hack. I'm a travel addict in search of stylish adventures that won't break the bank. I love nothing more than exploring new countries, meeting new people and sharing my stories with the world.

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  1. Jules on February 11

    Great post and so true! Completely agree with all your points!
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  2. Lela on February 11

    For pretty much every reason you listed, I LOVE TRAVEL BLOGGING haha.

    Congratulations on becoming a judge, lovely :)

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  3. Completely agree! The main reason that I started blogging was because I love writing and I thought, if nothing else, it’s a great log of my memories to look back on in the future – all the rest is a great bonus! :)
    Shikha (whywasteannualleave) recently posted..Locking down your love in Salzburg, AustriaMy Profile

  4. Amy | Club Narwhal on February 11

    This is so on point, especially (at least for me) remembering more. If it’s not written down, I totally forget things so I love to write about my adventures in blog form. Because, you know, pictures!
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  5. Very nice post! I started travel blogging because I love to experience new things, and I wanted to share that love for the new with other people who are like me: We love to see the world, but we like having a home base to return to.
    Chris – Part Time Vagabond recently posted..Lessons Learned from my trip to Austin, Texas: Part 3 – LodgingMy Profile

  6. Chris on February 11

    I really agree with all your points – looking forward to your next post, might learn something!
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  7. Angela on February 11

    Travel blogs are awesome because they document something so special. So special you might not even realize it at the time but when you read it back it blows your mind. True story, happened to me!
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  8. Shailesh jangra on February 12

    Love to write about travel blogs. I have near about 3-4 good blogs and with this I get to know what is going now a days. What a traveler thinks about my country. I share my experience with this blog and put my feedback on others blogs.
    Because of these now I have a no. of friends outside from my country and they advise me what to do and what to not. Now I can take benefit from their experiences.
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  9. PurpleTravelKate on February 12

    I like to see travel blogging as a continuation of my sketchbook/notebook that I used to carry everywhere when I first started wandering.

    Nice post!
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    • TheTravelHack Author on February 13

      That sketchbook/notebook sounds like it must be a great read! When I get time I still keep a random jumble of thoughts and words like I did when I first started travelling but if I blogged that it would bore most people to tears!

  10. Amy on February 12

    Agree! Very motivational post there. I’m a n00bie, but everyone’s got to start somewhere, and glad I did :)

  11. I am 1 week of celebrating my first anniversary with Tropical Nomad and I have to say that starting a travel blog was one of the best things I have ever done and regret not starting years earlier as I was 3 years traveling before I started. It has done many things from get me into photography and video, opened doors to freelancing gigs, free hotels, extra money from working with advertisers and basically helped me create a location independent lifestyle. If you are traveling, no harm to start a blog!

    BUT ~~~~ There are so so so so so many travel blogs ~~~~

    This makes it important to create your own unique angle and write about not just travel imo. 5 things to do in Rome post is complete bs.. Make it your own voice.

    Create controversy, question everything, call out shady tourism, do interesting stuff and get good with a camera :)
    Adam Finan @ Tropical Nomad recently posted..Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai – Idiot Tourism in ThailandMy Profile

    • TheTravelHack Author on February 13

      Congratulations on your first anniversary!
      I totally agree about finding a unique voice but this post wasn’t intended for people who want to promote their blogs to the world and get read by thousands. I meant it more as post to inspire anyone and everyone to write a blog. Most people won’t blog to get free hotels, earn more and get freelance work, most people blog to record their memories.

  12. You have captured some of the best reasons to keep a travel blog! I am only about 5 months into it, but I have found that it makes me more aware of the small details when I travel (many of which I would have overlooked otherwise). Also, the ability to retain your memories is key! In the moment, I always assume I will remember, but writing down my experiences is a great refresher when I look back years down the line!
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  13. Sherrie on February 16

    Absolutely agree! I started my travel blog a year ago (just realised I missed its first birthday…!!!), and while in Europe last year, I loved being able to update and share memories and information with my family and friends. This is the longest I’ve ever kept a blog – so far so good! Totally worth my time and money :)
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  15. Offonalittleadventure on February 26

    Amazing post, I am fresh to the travel blogging scene and need all the help I can get and any advice.
    I just wanted to share tips and places with other travelers because I really struggled organising little parts of my trip and I was so nervous before I finally took the steps and left so hopefully someone is reading it.

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  16. Offonalittleadventure on February 26

    Does anyone have any advice on what sites to use to self host? I am just using google blogger but I am having a nightmare with adding on certain things to my page? I want to add links and pictures etc.

    Can anyone help?


    • TheTravelHack Author on February 26

      Hi. You should be able to add links and pictures in Blogspot. I recommend using self-hosted WordPress but this can be a little fiddly and complicated so it can be best to use blogspot at first to get to grips with blogging and the move over to self-hosted when you’re comfortable with it.

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  18. mike on March 23

    great article! just started one myself, found one of the greatest benefits to be having a spot to look back and remember things as well as an easy place to share stories and pictures with my family.

    • TheTravelHack Author on March 24

      Definitely agree. A blog is a great place to store memories!

  19. Josh on March 26

    What an advocate for travel blogging you are! And you’re absolutely right: either all or a combination of those reasons are why we all start doing it. For me, I have still only met 3 other bloggers in person, after a year and a half of blogging! And 2 of them were before I even started blogging, who inspired me to start! However, one thing the world doesn’t need is another backpacker in Thailand blog…

    • TheTravelHack Author on March 27

      It makes such a difference once you start meeting up with other bloggers so you can share ideas. I love going for geeky drinks with bloggers to chat about the geeky stuff my other friends aren’t interested in.

      And with the backpacker blog, it sounds like someone read Gary Arnt’s latest post! I’m not talking about blogging to make money here or to blog as a business, I’m talking about blogging as a place to store your memories and inspire you to do more. So if you want to go backpacking in Thailand, blog all about it because there are thousands of people a few months behind you who want to do the same thing.

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