Certainly, we are living in an era where office work is for those who don’t feel courageous enough to take the first step towards adventure.
Not only we can check thousands of inspiring stories about people who ditched their “formal” jobs to pursue their passions, getting monetary gratification while at the same time enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle. But we can also find some of those examples among our social acquaintances.
Who doesn’t know someone who quit its job to venture into entrepreneurship? Well, the gates towards exciting career paths are way much open than what it used to be ten years ago.
Blogging is now considered as a profitable way to make a living. It’s not just about pouring your life through text but also market your blog the best way possible. So why not combine this approach while getting familiarized with countless different cultures and breathtaking views?
That’s certainly what drives travellers to become travel bloggers these days. And we are going to teach you how can you choose that path on your own.
1. Identify Your Goals
Like every business or career to follow, you don’t simply wake up one morning and decide your lifestyle is proving you no-good. Thus quitting your job and getting a cab to the airport.
The process of becoming a travel blogger is a slow one, as not only you need to feel the drive to leave everything behind but also bear the consequences of such a carefree lifestyle.
For starters, a good sum is required for making all these experiences a reality, and besides plane tickets, airport fares, booking hotels, and anything else that might come across your mind right now, you also need to keep a backup fund in case something goes wrong.
And by wrong label an accident, a delayed flight, personal issues, etc. Whatever that can refrain you from being in a constant-travel basis, thus making money out of it.
Then, probably you have been thinking about this possibility for quite a long time, though not consciously. You need to have that little spark within you. Plus a trigger to make you switch that traditional mindset for a life of unexpectedness.
If your aim is to become a professional travel blogger, start by making a list of the places you would like to visit, then cross that list with your current savings and see which destination suits you better in both money and what you would like to experience.
Not because you set off for adventure it means you are going to be earning thousands per month. You need to learn your way for gaining popularity. So keeping your feet in touch with the ground will give you more guarantees than headaches.
2. Learn the Basics
Now that you are picking this career path it’s time to learn what makes travel blogging a profitable business.
The first step you need to consider for making this adventure a reality is to think about your audience.
The money will certainly come later, but if you do not take the time to come up with quality content that may catch the interest of readers all over the world. Then you will discover the end of your journey quicker than expected.
Use the internet to your benefit and do a proper search of what users thrive to learn about different cultures.
Reddit, Tumblr, blogs… There are countless sources of information; even Quora questions prove to be helpful.
Then, it’s not all about writing “what you felt when you visited that exciting new place at…” – Blog posts can be as rich and versatile as giving tips to people on how to use gear, how to improve the quality of their photos, how to get the best fees for booking a hotel, what and where to eat when travelling on a budget, etc.
Use your imagination for coming up with compelling content that will help you build an audience.
Guest posting is also a plus, as it helps us to grow our blog’s name by writing posts at authority sites whose traffic can influence ours.
Of course, you would have to build a name prior to trying to reach top sites. So start with those you consider you can aim, and after getting good referrals, go for the bigger fishes.
You need to be consistent, publishing quality content as if it was another section of your blog, sharing your guest posts and reviews, plus also interacting with your followers.
In case you desire to expand your revenues, there are also some extra aids that make that goal a possibility. The first one is through a YouTube Channel – monetized of course. That also will increase the audience you are currently getting at your site.
Another valid approach is to take enough time to build an online course based on your experiences: what does a travel blogger needs? How to make….?
There are countless possibilities, and for many people, the subscription-model in which these courses are often offered makes room for a great new source of income.
3. Resources to Consider
Because it’s not just writing, there are several other things you need to consider prior to walking the success road for your blog.
You need to have a proper education in digital marketing to rank up your blog among search engines, thus learning about SEO, Social Media Marketing, and how to professionally manage a blog is a must.
Best resources to consider online happen to be some online courses by respected educators as could be Udemy, Lynda, or Elite Blog Academy (pretty expensive but worth the investment).
Next, you need to consider the platform you are using for your blog. The easiest, user-friendly, way to go is via WordPress, to which you can also buy a blog template in case you don’t have enough budget to pay the services of a graphic designer.
A must-have feature to add to your site is right-clicked protection, as people could download your pictures without permission otherwise.
Though you cannot keep your content safe in Social Media – remember that you can download Instagram photos through third-party apps, and Facebook natively allows you to do it as well – however, the image quality of those photos wouldn’t be as high as the ones you can have on your very blog due upload compression applied to the pictures.
Since you are also a curious mix between a traveller and a photographer, cameras become a necessity. Take your time and consider open-box offers while making a trip abroad if you cannot afford camera prices where you live.
As a rule, any DSLR camera with an 18-55mm lens would work for most scenarios, though you might need a 70-200mm lens for some spectacular close-up photos of very distant places, and if you can save some bucks for a 14mm wide-angle lens, you won’t regret that investment.
Carry your gear in a high-quality backpack; it’s part of the investment to make.
A tablet or a very lightweight laptop should also be in your backpack so you can process the images captured and make blog posts on the go.
Finally, if you consider getting a drone, there’s a cheap alternative that DJI released not so long ago: DJI Spark.
Becoming a travel blogger requires not only a good amount of knowledge but also creativity and dedication. You need to be ready to flow among the trends and learn what your readers would like to see next; in the end, that will also broaden your understanding of what life is all about. Good luck!