Are you planning a cross-country trip, overseas vacation or island cruise event? A travel blog is a good way to document your adventures and share them with your friends and family. You can create a travel blog for free, and who knows where it could lead?
Many popular travel blogs started with someone’s desire to document their travels through photos and stories. Whether you want to earn money from your blog or simply keep your loved ones updated, it’s easy to get started.
If you’re not particularly creative or tech-savvy, starting your own blog can seem complicated. However, it’s easy to build a blog on a free blogging platform. Here are three things to consider as you set up your blog.
1. Are You Technical Enough?
These days, you don’t need a lot of technical skills to start a travel blog. Most casual bloggers start out with a free blogging service like Blogger or WordPress. With a free platform, the blog service hosts your blog for free. Your web address contains your blog’s name as well as the host company’s name.
Free blog services give you a simple template that you can customize. Editing software allows you to write and publish posts, photos, videos and other content. Banner ads will also appear on your blog, but you can usually remove them for a small fee.
A free blog can be up and running in a matter of minutes or hours. If you have bigger plans, you can self-host your blog. Setting up a self-hosted blog is challenging and costs a fee, but hosting companies offer technical assistance. Websites like Travel Blog Success offer courses and support for travel bloggers.
2. Do You Have Enough Time?
Blogging can be very time-consuming if you don’t have a plan. Many travel bloggers write their posts when they visit an Internet café to check email or social media. Downtime is a good time to write and publish blog content, and it can help you relax before your next big adventure.
3. What Do You Want to Say?
Does a full-fledged blog sound like too much work? Tumblr may be a better option. Tumblr is a free micro-blogging service that users describe as a cross between Twitter and a blog. The platform is easy to set up and use, and it’s ideal for first-time bloggers. You can share your travel photos, videos, blog posts and more.
If you want to build your blog quickly, blog prolifically. This will help you develop your writing voice, and you will learn what resonates with your readers. Your travel blog may die when you’re not traveling, and that’s okay. The next time you take a trip or go on an extended vacation, just pick up where you left off.
As a new travel blogger, it’s best to blog for yourself and your family and friends. If other readers find your blog online and enjoy reading about your adventures, consider this icing on the cake.