Travel blogging in a time without travel
A guest post by Lucy Miranda.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” – Saint Augustine
Of all the professions that exist in the world, the one profession that interests people the most is writing.
It is true that writing opens up worlds in a way that no other profession can. And it is for this very reason so many people take an affirmative liking towards it. With the rise and popularity of the internet, writers have got an opportunity to reach the masses.
With writing articles in the form of informal diary entries, writers can reach thousands of readers almost instantly. Informal diary type entries which are written on almost any and every topic are known as blogs, and those writers who excel in this form of writing are known as bloggers.
How travel blogging started
Over the past few years, bloggers have spread their wings and gone on to write about things that matter. Starting off with poetry to talking about real life incidents which influence them the most.
Slowly and gradually came a stage when they started writing about their journeys and trips that they took during holidays and break time. This trend is something that has emerged to stay in the long run.
With a large percentage of online travel and tourism companies hiring bloggers who talk essentially about travel, travel blogging is a trend that has quickly become not only popular, but very effective to influence more people to travel and see new places.
The one other reason why travel blogging has increased is because in reality who in the world would not like to travel? Very rarely do you actually ever come across people who would ever say that travelling is something that they prefer not to do.
Why travel blogging is difficult now
There are always certain instances that displace the very means of travelling. In 2020, when the world was welcoming the New Year, headlines spoke of a deadly virus that was going to put every form of travelling to a complete halt. As we all know, a large portion of the globe has been put in a complete lockdown bringing to a standstill all major flights, buses and railways as well.
But does this sudden cease in travel put travel blogging to an end? Absolutely not! Many of us sitting at home may be wondering how people can write travel blogs when in fact there is no travelling taking place?
Most people think travel bloggers need to travel all around the year. However the real picture is somewhat different. People with full time jobs who probably travel just once in a year can also become full time travel bloggers. Confused? Well, let us bring some clarity on how this can be done.
Save content for the travel-less days
Believe it or not, most travel bloggers begin their travel blogs just before they have any travel plans. It could be a year long stint of studying overseas, or a world trip that can give you material, photos and content.
But more than often, once these trips end, the travel blogs tend to dry up. In these cases, you save some content and plan in a way so you have enough material for your travel blog, even for the time duration when you actually are not travelling.
Rather than sharing a large dump of content all at once, time and schedule your posts so there is always something for the readers to look forward to.
Travel blogs don’t always mean YOU
Most of the time travel bloggers make the mistake that travel blogs mean writing and sharing information from their own personal travel histories.
This doesn’t have to be true. Most travel bloggers who are doing well also post general content on their travel blogs. Such as covering articles which speak of tips to note before going on a mountaineering trip, or even something like dos and don’ts before heading out on a wildlife safari.
The important thing to keep in mind is that keeping a travel blog doesn’t necessarily mean uploading travel stories about your travel escapades.
Make your blog picture worthy
If you travel, then it is understood you would be taking a lot of pictures. This means you can keep your travel blog live even when you are not travelling by scheduling posts with a collage of your scenic travel photos.
Your blog needn’t only consist of written material. Give your readers a pleasant break by supplying colourful and breathtaking images instead.
Be the immaculate storyteller
Let’s face it, people love stories, and reading your travel blog gives them a chance to rekindle this love. Since you probably haven’t got enough material around travel for your blog, why not post a story?
Indirectly it could even be about something silly and careless which happened on your last trip. Or of an adventure that took place the last time you travelled. As long as it is interesting and appeals to your readers, it deserves a spot in your travel blog.
Ask for contribution articles
Holidays are the best time to explore your love for travelling. Needless to say, there will be a dozen other writers who share the same interest and passion for travelling and writing.
So why not ask other fellow travel bloggers to contribute and share their stories as well. This will give your blog a new level of freshness. It also gives you a chance to reconnect with fellow travel bloggers and learn from their experience as well.
How are you travel blogging nowadays?
It may not be possible to travel, but as a blogger you take on the challenge to maintain and work on your travel blogging. You need to do everything you can to make sure that no matter what, your travel blog is up and running. These are some tips that you can keep in mind during the troubled times right now, to give your travel blog its everlasting connection with its readers.
About the author
Lucy Miranda is a freelance writer and editor at GoDissertationHelp, that provides dissertation writing services. She is devoted to her family, work and friends. Lucy is a News Enthusiast and a Bookworm. She loves swimming and dancing too. She is interested in educational, marketing and blogging issues. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter.
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