How To Start A Travel Blog: A Step By Step Guide

Starting a Travel Blog

How To Start A Travel Blog

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Travel blogging has given me the freedom to travel the world for the past 6 years. Want to start your own? This detailed guide will show you exactly how to start a travel blog.

Already have a blog? Make sure to read my more advanced post about the secrets of professional travel blogging.

I’ve been working as a professional travel blogger for the past 6 years, and earn six figures annually from blogging. So I regularly receive tons of email asking for tips about how to start a travel blog.

I know, I get it. Seeing constant photos from my adventures in your Facebook or Instagram feeds makes it look like a dream job.

After all, I get paid to travel the world! I admit it’s a pretty sweet gig.

But travel blogging isn’t as easy as it looks. Far from it. I rarely share the huge amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into making this lifestyle possible.

It’s taken me years to learn how to become a professional blogger. So today I wanted to share a useful guide for how to get started travel blogging.

How to Start a Travel Blog

10 Simple Steps to Start Your Travel Blog

How To Start A Travel Blog

Starting your very first travel blog is actually pretty easy. If you follow my guide, you can have your own blog up and run today. Now keep in mind the following advice is for those who are prepared to take travel blogging seriously, as some of these steps require spending money.

If you just want to blog as a hobby, you can always start a simple travel blog for family & friends on WordPress.com. It’s totally free! However if you’re interested in making a living with travel blogging like I do, keep reading.

What Should You Call Your Travel Blog?

What Should You Call Your Blog?

1: Pick A Good Travel Blog Name

My first travel blog was called YearAroundTheWorld.com. Do you see the obvious problem with that domain name? Well, I didn’t, not until 3 months later. I was backpacking through Central America, blogging about my experiences and having a great time — when I suddenly decided I wanted to travel for longer than a year. Shit! What do I do now?

Make It Short & Memorable

Your travel blog domain name should be relatively short, easy to type, easy to spell, easy to remember, and easy to share. I recommend brainstorming by writing down a bunch of words you think will best describe your blog.

Adventure? Food? Culture? South America? What do you want to write about? Who are you? What is your passion? Write everything down and start playing with different combinations of words. Try using a thesaurus. Ask your friends for advice & suggestions.

Avoid Hyphens & Numbers

This can be difficult to do these days, but it helps to avoid using hyphens or numbers in your domain name because otherwise you’ll be forced to explain it to someone. For example:

POTENTIAL READER: “You have a blog? Cool! Where do I find it?”

YOU: “Oh, it’s called expert hyphen vagabond the number 100 dot com.”

As you can see, this type of domain isn’t the greatest for word-of-mouth marketing, which happens to be the best kind of promotion.

Avoid Overused Words

Avoid trademarked company names or words that may be overused in the industry. Sure, you can pick something like Nomadic Bob, Adventurous Wendy, or Wandering Clarence. But domain names like that won’t stand out very much in the travel blogging niche because those ideas have already been taken by others who are more established than you.

You’ll have better luck in the long-run with something more original.

Think Long-Term

Think good & hard about choosing your travel blog’s domain name, because changing it later on isn’t easy (or fun). Be careful not to pigeonhole yourself either.

If you call your blog Twenty-Something Travel like my friend Steph (sorry Steph!), what happens when you turn 30? Branding yourself correctly is pretty important in the business of travel blogging.

I was thinking long-term when I eventually changed my travel blog’s name to ExpertVagabond.com because at 3 months in I was hardly an expert.

Yet I was passionate about becoming a professional travel blogger, and knew eventually this would be perfect. I’d just have to grow into my new name!

Hosting Your Travel Blog

Your Blog is Hosted on Servers

2: Choose Hosting For Your Blog

What the heck is hosting? It’s not as confusing as it sounds. Most websites need to “rent” space on the internet. A place to store all your blog’s data, files, and photos so that people around the world can easily access it when they type in your domain name.

Hosting can be pretty cheap. I recommend new travel blogs get hosting with BlueHost. They offer quality hosting for a low price ($6.95 per month for 12 months) and customer service is good too.

Plus they give you a free domain name!

Personally, I use WP Engine these days. But it’s not cheap. I pay over $200 per month for my hosting plan. When you reach a certain level of website traffic, it’s totally worth it.

However if you are just starting out, BlueHost is a better value.

Part 1 – Click on the green button that says “get started now.”

Hosting a Travel Blog

Part 2 – Pick a plan.

Hosting a Travel Blog

Part 3 – Check to see if your blog name (domain name) is available.

Hosting a Travel Blog

Part 4 – Add Extra Features

Most of these you don’t need. However I do recommend Domain Privacy Protection. Otherwise, anyone can look up who owns your site, giving them access to your mailing address, email, and phone number. It’s worth the extra few bucks to block that from happening.

Hosting a Travel Blog

3: Install Free WordPress Software

You’ll want to set up a self-hosted WordPress account. This means the WordPress software resides on your hosting company’s servers, not on a free WordPress.com account. What’s the difference?

  • Your website is “MyTravelBlog.com” rather than “MyTravelBlog.WordPress.com”
  • You own your data and have full control
  • You can sell advertising on your site
  • You can install plugins & custom themes
  • You can use Google Analytics tracking (important)

Yes, you want to use WordPress too. Not Blogspot, not Blogger, not anything else. WordPress is the king of blogging, and probably always will be. Most professionals use WordPress, even major brands like the BBC & Katy Perry. Installing WordPress with your BlueHost Account is super easy.

Click through the simple installation process on your BlueHost cPanel. When it asks you where you’d like to install it, choose your new domain (ex: http://MyTravelBlog.com).

Once installed, you’ll be able to log into the WordPress dashboard with your new username and password. Welcome to the club! You now have a travel blog. That wasn’t too hard, was it? But wait, there’s more!

Starting a Travel Blog

4: Learn How To Use WordPress

Feeling intimidated about WordPress? Don’t worry. Because WordPress is the industry standard when it comes to blogging platforms, and has been for years, there are TONS of useful tutorials online that will teach you anything you need to know.

Here are a few of my favorite WordPress training resources:

Basically, spend a weekend learning how to use your dashboard, how to tweak your site’s settings, how to post an article, etc. You’ll get the hang of everything with practice.

If you have any questions about setting up your WordPress blog that isn’t covered in the tutorials, simply type your question into Google and you’re sure to find an answer because WordPress is such a popular platform for blogging!

5: Get A Professional Blog Theme

Your new WordPress blog comes with a couple standard “themes”, or designs for your site. While this is ok for playing around in the beginning, if you want to take this seriously and eventually make money with your travel blog, you should buy a premium design.

Professional blog themes cost between $25-$80, and they’ll greatly improve the look and functionality of your site.

I’ve changed themes a few times over the years, but the current one I’m using is called WP Prosperity. I’ve also tweaked the design a lot using my background in web-design, customizing how it looks & acts. Another great place to buy blog theme designs is a marketplace called ThemeTrust.

Many professional themes provide a support forum where you can ask questions about customization, and someone will help you get the look you’re after using CSS/HTML coding. Or, you can hire a designer through Upwork to do custom design work on your site.

You may also want to have a cool logo created. I used a site called 99 Designs for mine. A professional logo really makes your site and brand stand out from the thousands of other travel blogs online.

Travel Blogging How To

Some of My Travel Blog Plugins

6: Download Some Useful Plugins

You can think of WordPress plugins as third-party apps for your website. They give your blog additional features. Most plugins are free, some you have to pay for. You can download new plugins in the “plugin” section of your WordPress Dashboard.

Here’s my recommended list of plugins to install with your travel blog.

  • Akismet – Protects your blog from spammers leaving comments on your posts. Not perfect, but probably the best one out there.
  • Yoast SEO – Very important plugin for optimizing your articles for Google search, plus integrating Google Sitemaps and Analytics.
  • Easy Social Share Buttons – Nice social media sharing buttons for your articles.
  • WPtouch – Makes your travel blog mobile friendly.
  • WP-Optimize – Helps you to keep your WordPress database clean and healthy.

There are others of course, but these will get you started.

Travel Blogging Social Media

7: Important First Steps

Create An About Page

One of the first things you should do on your blog is to create an about page. This is one of the most highly trafficked pages on any travel blog, because it tells people who you are, gives your background, and explains why someone should follow you. Keep it fun and personable. Let your readers know who you are!

Embrace Social Media

If you want to build a successful travel blog, posting regularly to social media is important. Learning how to master social media is huge topic, one that I cover more here: Secrets Of Professional Travel Blogging

To begin, sign up for all the most popular platforms, and keep your social media username the same if possible. Otherwise, people will get confused.

Write Your First Post

This can be about anything really. For example, tell people why you are starting a travel blog. Maybe share what you’re packing for an upcoming trip. Or if you just returned from a vacation, share some of your best highlights from the journey!

Whatever the topic is, writing a post will help you understand how to publish images, headers, and all the other formatting that comes with publishing on WordPress.

Starting a Travel Blog

8: Enroll In A Travel Blogging Course

No, this isn’t a requirement to building a travel blog. But like anything in life, if you want to get good at something, investing time & money to be trained by professionals works wonders.

When people ask me for travel blogging tips, my first recommendation is to join a specialized blogging course like one of these:

Why? Because becoming a professional travel blogger, as in someone who makes money with this, is far more difficult than it looks.

You need to learn how to build an audience. You need to learn how to use social media. You need to learn how to market yourself. You need to learn how to work with brands. You need to learn how to implement SEO.

Learn From The Best

Can you learn everything on your own? Sure. But let me tell you from personal experience, it takes a long, long time. As in years. With plenty of frustrations & wasted effort along the way.

Learning exactly what works, and what doesn’t, from professional travel bloggers who are making it work, is HUGELY helpful.

I can’t explain SEO or affiliate marketing to you in an email. Fortunately there are lessons dedicated to mastering these topics (and more) on Travel Blog Success and Superstar Blogging.

Each course also has a very helpful community where top travel bloggers chime in with answers to your questions every week. Investing in professional education up-front will save you so much time & money in the long-term.

Travel Blogging

9: What Should You Write About?

Now it’s time to begin creating content for your travel blog. When you first start out, I recommend publishing new articles at least 1-2 times per week. But remember, quality is more important than quantity!

Take your time to craft excellent, useful blog posts that have impact. You want your articles to inspire wanderlust, but they should include plenty of actionable tips too.

Share your favorite (or not so favorite) parts of a country. Give tips for fun things to do, share your crazy travel stories, show-off your beautiful images in photo essays, create a short video tour, or give food recommendations.

Try writing about different topics to find your voice, and see what kinds of posts actually resonate with readers. For example, road trip guides do really well on my site, but I didn’t discover that until later. You need to experiment!

Need some ideas? Here are some of my most popular blog posts.

What If You’re Not Traveling Now?

Are you still planning your travels? Well, you can write about that too. Share different ways you are saving money for travel or maybe a bucket list of activities you want to try.

However my favorite strategy is to write about what you know.

As an example, let’s say you live in Richmond, Virginia. Maybe you don’t think it’s an interesting city to write about, yet there are thousands of people looking for travel tips about Richmond every day.

Share what you know with them! Help these people have a great trip, and they will become regular readers.

TripAdvisor recommends 225 things to do in Richmond. That’s easily a year’s worth of blog posts right there.

Network With Other Bloggers

Remember to read other travel blogs for inspiration and ideas, and leave thoughtful comments on their articles. Link to other people’s blog posts from your site when appropriate. Become an active member of the travel blogging community.

10: Making Money With Your Blog

At first, your only readers will be family and friends. But that’s ok! We all started like that. To begin making money with your travel blog, you need to have a larger audience than just family and friends.

The more traffic your blog receives, the more money you can make with it. It takes time to build an audience and grow traffic. Don’t focus on making money right away, focus on building your audience.

However, you can start earning income early with Affiliate Programs like Amazon.com and Booking.com. Another option is showing display ads with Google Adsense.

Remember, all of these income streams grow only when your audience grows. So that should be your first priority moving forward!

For additional ways to earn income from your travel blog, please read: This Is How I Get Paid To Travel The World

Good Luck!

Travel blogging isn’t as easy as it looks, and you shouldn’t expect to see any large benefits from it for at least a year, probably longer.

That’s one full year of blogging on a regular basis, paying for everything yourself, and putting in at least 10 hours a week (most professional bloggers work 30+).

Yes, it’s a dream job, but travel blogging is still a job that requires hard work. Creating a successful travel blog won’t happen overnight either.

But no risk, no reward! Good luck, and happy travel blogging. ★

READ NEXT: Professional Travel Blogger Secrets

Have any questions about how to start a travel blog? What about other suggestions? Drop me a message in the comments below!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

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327 Comments

  1. Hi! I really enjoyed your article and wanted to thank you… it’s been a great help to us in starting our blog. Without you, we wouldn’t have even known where to begin. It was extremely informative.
    Safe travels!

  2. Hi! It was nice reading your post.You have a flair for writing.I can see that while reading your post.The best line l liked in your post was ” Nothing is impossible if you want to achieve it with your determination and hard work.I’m an ex Air Force Officer who is a travel freak too.Would definitely start a Travel blog soon but after gaining some technical knowledge.No point start without an aim in your mind.Just joined Google local guides as a hobby to give my honest reviews on places,so that travellers like me don’t visit a place with over enthusiasm and later feel kind of dejected after visiting the place,as some reviews over rate the place giving very less actual details about the place.So right now l’m into giving honest reviews about a place l personally visited to facilitate travellers.Sorry for sharing my ideas with you,but felt like ,so did it.GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR FUTURE ENDEVOURS.Enjoyed reading your post.Thanks for sharing so much of information.Loved reading your post.
    Warm Regards!
    Sameenasanjay.

  3. I have started my travel blogging. I have been only 5 countries now, but I have a dream to travel as many countries as I can.

    It is obviously hard earning good cash from blogging, specially from travel blog. Needs more detail oriented and accurate info in every post.

    Your article is a great help for me too.

  4. Firstly I want to tell you inspired me so much. Thanks so much for giving this info.
    Need your help!!
    Still i am not traveling now but planning about travel the world.
    I confused about domain name. Please tell me what kind of domain name you think?

  5. Hi Matthew!

    Thank you for sharing your very informative post. Its just what I need. I am in the process of building my travel blog.

  6. Hello
    Great article!! Very helpful
    But I still have a doubt. I already started with WordPress by selecting my blogname. Now is it ok to go back to bluehost and register same blog name?

  7. Hi Matthew,

    Great post! I am constantly traveling, so I decided to document my travels by starting a blog. I’ve been doing my best to post articles regularly. But I still don’t get many readers.

    I read the part about making money, and that excites me! It means I will be able to travel MORE! :D

    However, I have a question. You mentioned that I can start making money with affiliates. But before that, you said I should wait until i have more traffic. Hahaha look at me… I’m talking as if your article was intended for me! But it sure felt like it when I was reading it!

    So the question. I don’t need much traffic to start with affiliates?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Tara! You don’t need more traffic to “start” with affiliate marketing, however you won’t earn much until you are receiving regular traffic. But you can definitely begin recommending products/services you use yourself with affiliate links right now.

  8. Thanks for the informations.
    We are written a travelblog to Sinne 8 Monte and use your advice. But we have not so much traffic, thats why we have not earned money out of it. How long time needs a blog to be worthwhile? What Do you think?

  9. Hello Matthew,
    I have a quick Q about subscriptions, if you wouldn’t mind? I’m travelling in South/Central America and I’ finally managed to organise myself enough to start up blog about “the brain on travel”. I’ve read that getting a membership plug-in is a good idea. I have a free account with WordPress.com and the only subscription service is a free plugin as as part of Jetpack. I’ve heard that Aweber or Optinmonster are good for growing an email list. But they are pricey for novice bloggers. Are they really necessary? Why would they be any better than a more simple subscribe button?
    Thanks so much for this post and your time.
    Kind regards, Donné

  10. Wow, I’m impressed! I like the information you shared and of course the photos! You’re a real professional and it’s really nice of you to share all these tips. I’ve downloaded your guides and ca’t wait to read them. I love travelling and wanted to learn how to start a blog and I’ve just landed in the right place. Thank you so much!

  11. Matthew, I found your article before a midlife Australian walkabout that I am on right now. I followed most of your steps to set up a travel blog for my family and friends but I am enjoying it so much I wonder if you might have time to peek at it. I live in an area that would be very amenable to a travel blog. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to you.

  12. Fantastic advice, and thanks for posting. A down in the weeds question: if you already have a free blog page on wordpress, is it possible to port that content to a paid host?

  13. Thank Matthew for such a detailed and information filled post on starting a blog. I’ve always been confused about web hosting and which one to pick so this really helps. I’m still learning about the plugin and themes and I plan to start with one and maybe switch once i’m more confident with using it. Any favourites you might want to recommend for a travel blog with equal pictures and writing?

  14. Thank you so much for sharing this knowledgeable information and giving us tips on how to start a travel blog. I personally love travelling and going out different places. These tips are really helpful for all those people who love traveling. The things you shared has inspired me so much that now it seems to not to be a difficult thing for the 9 to 5 job people. Thanks a lot

  15. 9.a Just Start. Start by writing stuff you think might be helpful to people.
    9.b Don’t let quality be why you don’t start, the more you write the better it will get.
    9.c Always keep 9.a in mind.

  16. Hey Mathew!
    I am planning to start a travel blog. But I was in a constant dilemma of what platform should I choose. Though after reading your post, I got all the answers. It’s an absolute answer to all the questions that might cross the mind of a beginner.
    Thanks a ton!

  17. Thank you so much for publishing this! I’m considering starting a travel blog. Monetizing it is not the main goal, but of course it would help. But the main reason is right about what I love. I already have a website (wordpress based) where I publish my pictures and I would like to transform this site into a travel blog. My dilemma is: what language should I write it in? English would reach more people, but Portuguese being the language my family and part of my friends speak would help build the starting audience. And writing in both languages it’s not a realistic goal. What do you think?

  18. Hi Matthew.

    INSPIRED! to say the least. I’ve got a family though, so Travel Blogging is not for me. Maybe at a smaller scale or one day when my kid has grown into an adult.

    Cheers Anton

  19. Hello,
    Thanks so much for this article.if you can please help me with 2 things
    1) is both child and Parents WP Prosperity we need to buy? and are you currently using these platform? as I see the article was written some time back.
    2) After we buy WP prosperity , how do we link it with WP press.. can you Please share the link for that

  20. Hello Matthew,

    As you say, travelling around the world is a dream job. Speaking for myself, I’m grateful that professional bloggers like you use their knowledge and experience to also share tips for people like us to succeed or, at least, to show us the right way to do it.

    Thank you so much for your advise and I hope that the travel blogs community keep growing. At the end, they are the ones that takes us to unknown places!

  21. Hi Mathew,

    Good day I was intrested in running a travwebsite and had a wish to learn and earn money. I bought travel blog pack from warrior forum but all that after uploaded on to site looks older and none with my affiliate links. The seller says I have to sign up with affiliate programmes. But I applied on CJ but got rejected.

    However can you guide me to have some 3-4 posts and build from there. I am from india.

    Look forward to your support.

    Best Regards,
    Madhu.

  22. Hello, thank you for all of your helpful tips. I am in the planning stages and this article was very helpful. I wondered what amount of money you recommend starting out with when you begin your adventures? I know it depends on what part of the world you go to, but just curious of your thoughts on the minimum to have when you leave. I know you mentioned you saved $7000, but I wasn’t sure if that was all you had, or that is what you saved from cutting those expenses from your life. Thanks for your help!

  23. Thank you so much for this very useful article! For the ones who would like to create a travel blog very easily, for my 14-months world tour last year i used the platform https://travelmap.net It’s is very intuitive and easy to use! Your blog is centered around an interactive map which is pretty cool :) Our friends and family loved it!

  24. Thanks for sharing this great information and especially about being realistic with your expectations. Too many people make things sound easy and I appreciate your sharing that this kind of endeavor takes effort (like anything else worthwhile!). Happy travels!

  25. Hi Thanks for this article it is really inspirational and also helpful for new bloggers in my experience I want to try for sure, Traveling is my passion and with my bf is what we mostly do, I will follow each one of your tips hopefully I can be as good as you :) Thanks

  26. This is simply my treasure!! It’s been like a month that I’m reading this wonderful article and following it step by step, word by word. The result is the birth of my first travel blog. I’m sure many people would be inspired as I was to do great job!

    Thank you so much

  27. Wow wow thank you sooooo much for all these great tips. I am reading your blog and see all the possibilities. My bf and I are thinking more and more to leave Montreal and cold winter to go somewhere hot and where we can live in flip flop 365 days. We looooove traveling and want start a blog. My bf writes beautifully and love to tell stories. So, here we go. You will hear from us through you blog soon i am sure. Thx so much again for your help!!

  28. Thanks for sharing this great article! Its extremely helpful. I have been toying with the idea of starting a travel blog too but is it possible to carryon with the 9 to 5 job and also pursue this part time? I know it must take a lot of time and effort but is it feasible, just wondering?

  29. Great article! I followed this to get my own travel blog started. Still figuring things out, but on the way. Grateful there are experts like you who are willing to share!

  30. Thanks a lot for that! Especially the last part. I have been starting my own travel blog as well since a couple months.

    And I actually see now how hard it is and how much work you have to put into this.

    I try to apply everything you just said except coaching. Do not have the money atm. But I love the grind anyway and I am in for the long run. So hopefully it will work one day. Just like yours.

    1. Hi Christian, glad you enjoyed the article. I get the impression that people don’t think blogging is work, but the reality is it’s just as much work as any other profession. If not more. Working for yourself is never easy — but I wouldn’t trade it for anything either!

  31. Matt, thanks for the great guide! However, on your advice I signed up for Bluehost and… it sucks :-( It’s really slow, I’ve found the interface very buggy and support is minimal/hard to access. After I had already gone with Bluehost I started reading more and saw many bloggers recommend Siteground as a much better alternative. I feel like I made a huge mistake in my hosting choice, but I’m hesitant to move everything over.

    1. Sorry to hear that Melissa! I’ve heard rumors that Bluehost has gone downhill a bit as it grew larger, I’ll check out SiteGround and possibly update my recommendation.

      For basic budget hosting on a shared server, the quality is going to be pretty similar between companies. If you want the best, you’ll have to pay for it. I’m using WP-Engine and love them — however it’s quite a bit more expensive.

  32. I was planning to start my traveling blog, but I was wondering how can I start. After reading your precious post, Now I think I have learned a lot now I will take the step. Thanks for sharing such an informative post.

  33. I’ve always wanted to travel. Italy was my first dream destination, but that has since expanded to Europe and the rest of the world. Great article on travel blogging, thanks for the good ideas. However, I am stuck on choosing a name for my future travel blog. I found your blog by accident, I think, or rather I don’t remember what I was actually looking for when I found your blog.

  34. HI,
    Thanks for posting this article. It was a great read. I haven’t started a travel blog yet but it is an idea I have been considering for a while now. This information was very helpful, thanks.

  35. Thanks for the advice on how to start a blog. I always dreamed of being a blogger and I wish I’d be able to do so with the tips you’ve shared. Your travels and blogs are really inspiring! Keep up the good work!

  36. hi,
    I have just started blog. there is number comes in mid of the domain. Please suggest me should I use or not?

  37. This article was honestly a life saver. My SO and I are embarking on our first attempt at long term travel this year and I have been endlessly reading up on how to start a travel blog. Originally I thought it would be a great way to keep our family and friends back home in the loop and give us something great to look back on and remember our travels. However the more I read about how to start a successful travel blog, and the more I realize that with dedication and (obviously) some creative talent, blogging could open to doors to travel as a profession. The prospect of not having to return to a 9-5 job upon return from our “once in a lifetime” trip, and instead, turning our whole lives into a once in a lifetime trip is becoming more and more of an end goal as the days pass.

    I would love to hear back from you, and maybe throw my domain name past you to hear your opinion!

    Thank you for such an informative, honest, encouraging article.

    -Jacqueline.

    1. Location independent living is a dream for many! Including myself. The freedom to work from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection, is changing the world. Blogging is one path to achieving it, but there are many others also. None are going to be easy though, otherwise everyone would be quitting their jobs to start a blog.

  38. Hi Matthew, amazing article, and very helpful information. Actually, I am starting my blog this weekend, I have many info that I would like to share as a travel blogger. I have been travel guide with a travel agency, I lived in Dallas, Fort Worth, Miami, Panama City, Colombia and visited half of the world and I know that I can make it. I would love to turn my self into a professional travel blogger, and tell people the best way of enjoying the world by travelling.

    I am documenting everything this weekend and I will send you the link for my blog. I hope to have you on one of my first readers. You encouraged me more to go on this dream. I am PR professional and worked in my career in travel, hotels, resorts and many other destinations promotions and I know I will have great stories to tell form the past and start building new ones as a blogger.

    Thanks again and may be somewhere, in this travel blogger world we will be able to meet and exchange stories and pics.

  39. Excellent and well-written tips! I’d love to be a professional blogger and it’s always interesting and helpful to read how others have made it and how they make their money. Thanks for sharing! :)

  40. Much Thanks for this blog post. I really appreciate your work that made things very easy for all those who are looking forward to starting a travel blog, and I’m one of them :)

  41. Thanks so much Matt! This is really helpful and easy to follow. I appreciate your work. I know it’s not as easy as it looks but it’s certainly better than an office job! Kudos to you. Keep inspiring others while exploring the world!

  42. Hi Matthew,

    Love your information. Great site, thank you for taking the time to share. I’m in somewhat of a unique situation. First, like so many great people on here, I love to travel. I traveled to all seven continents in four years from 2009 to 2012. Lived in the UK between high school and college. Want to travel the world permanently. Finances are good with steady income of roughly $2100 USD a month for life and a very large savings as a cushion. No family or debt. Recently, a friend of mine told me since I was going everywhere anyways that I should monetize my travel. I had thought of getting a GoPro and mounting it to a helmet and downloading the high points of a 15 minute video daily on YouTube. Am planning on simply renting an apartment in a country for a couple of months each time and when I’ve seen everything then move onto the next country and so on and so on…Is it better to go this route or do the blog or both?? Figured I would start in Greece or Turkey, then move onto Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, before heading up into Northern Europe. Then to Middle East etc, you get the idea. Trying to get a game plan in place before I start next year. You can email me directly if its easier.

    Best,
    Drew

  43. Hi everyone,

    First of all thank you Mathew Karsten for your information on how to set up a blog. Great inspiration and very useful tips. I have a quick question – I’ve already got a domain and a website. Can I run my blog purely from my website or do I need to add WordPress in the game? I am fairly new to blogging and not sure which is best. Thanks a lot for taking time to read this comment. If anyone else has any ideas please share them with me.

    1. If you already have a website and a blog, it does not matter whether it’s built on WordPress or not. Your next main concern is building your audience from scratch with the hopes of monetizing your blog in the future. I believe Matthew is recommending WordPress for those who are completely new to blogging in general. I could be wrong, though.

  44. I am in the process of starting a travel blog, so this was extremely helpful. I really appreciate all of this great information. Thank you!

  45. Thank you for sharing this. We are currently in the process of making our own blog after travelling the world for 14 months. Your tips are very useful and it is comforting to know that it does take time to build an audience. You have a great point though, the content needs to be of good quality so thanks for that tip. Keep up the good work!

  46. Amazing tips, thank you! We’re a new travel blog, 9 months in, still working on the content, it sure is hard work! I notice you use Snapchat, do you see any promotional benefits with it or is it primarily for fun? We find we never have mobile internet on a backpacker budget!

  47. Hi Matthew
    I jus read your article and find it really really helpful and very interesting, but I’m still not sure about the hosting thing. What makes the actual difference between a normal account on wordpress and a hosted one (except for the domain name)?
    How come people are more likely to find my blog if it’st hosted?
    Maybe I just missed something while reading your article because I’m not a native English speaker. :)
    But I would really appreciate your reply.
    Thank you in advance!
    Ramona

  48. Hi, my eight year old daughter and I have just digested your helpful step by step guide. We are flying to Montreal in a couple of weeks and she is considering setting up her own blog to share with classmates and family. We have several trips and experiences that she also wants to recount. It’s wonderful to see the world through the eyes of an inquisitive child. However as a parent I am slightly confused/concerned about privacy and safety. Instagram, Facebook etc are off limits but could you direct us to somewhere that could guide us through this thorny subject, or offer your own advice? Many thanks, Family Hughes

  49. This was a really useful article. However, I was just wondering how I can maintain a travel blog when I’m on a part-time income and honestly don’t have the means to travel MUCH (once a year, if I’m lucky). All I want in life is to travel, but I feel like my blog won’t be at all successful if I’m not going anywhere.

    I took into consideration your point about writing about my home town but honestly, I live in a crap town in England that people either haven’t heard of, or have heard of for all the wrong reasons.

    Do you have any ideas as to how I can combat this and get my blog going anyway?

    LOVE this blog by the way, it’s definitely going onto my reading list.

    1. Kayleigh, I truly understand your situation. However, everyplace has a history and digging and finding that past and richness of it will cause everyone’s spirits to lift and generate new visitors and encourage the area to better things. Don’t let your circumstances weigh you down. Fly above and stretch your wings for the greatness you are longing for.

    2. Hi Kayleigh,
      I would totally encourage you to follow your dream of travel blogging. You are right, it does take money to travel but you are at a huge advantage of living so close to Europe where there are so many cheap flights between the UK and almost anywhere. Also, if that is also out of your budget, take advantage of the fact that you live on a relatively small island, steeped in culture and history that is fascinating to those of us who live elsewhere. If you think your town is dull, get on a bus, train or drive to the closest town you feel you could write about. It won’ be as far as you think and it will at least provide you with a starting place. Once the money comes in, you can travel further a field… Good luck!

    3. Kayleigh, I belive you a right person who can make a positive change on how the rest of the world see the crap town you live in. As many people either haven’t heard of of it, or have heard of for all the wrong reasons. Just be positive about your town and start blogging good things about it!

    4. Yes! Some great advice here guys, thanks for chiming in. Why not write about England? Take some weekend trips nearby? But the reality is that travel DOES cost some money, so before you start, it’s wise to figure out how to improve your financial situation.

      Before I started traveling, I spent over a year working 2 jobs, sometimes 7 days a week, to save money. Before I made any purchase, I asked myself, do I really need this? Could I be using this money for travel instead?

      Maybe to find another job, you’ll have to get some additional education or training first. I don’t know your situation. But there are always steps you can take to move towards your goals. You just have to learn what they are, and start taking action.

  50. I really enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for this helpful article. I started my own travel blog and have written an article about my adventures in Ireland! You are welcome to drop by and check it out :)

    Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

  51. Hii Mr. Matthew Kartsten,

    I have been thinking for start my own travel blog since last 1 year for enhancing my own knowledge and to inspire me for travel more. I have completed my travel & tourism course after graduation and i have gained good knowledge from it but travel world is infinite, i still wanna more so this will keep me activated for my passion and will support to achieve my goals and fulfill my all desired trips in my life. after reading your blog i have got inspired to start my own blog very soon, i have traveled in last 1 year only but still more to go. Thank you for sharing very useful information.

  52. Hi Matthew,

    Nice post! I’m looking to try and take my blog (www.fattestwhitestsurfer.com) more seriously this year – I really enjoy writing and my readers say they like my writing style.

    Do you have a bit more informtaion on how you use the affiliate program at Booking.com with your blog? I actually book most of the hotels for my trips there so would seem to fit well with my articles. I checked out your paid to travel the world post but it doesn’t elaborate on this.

    Would also love any tips you might have to improve my blog or get more readers there!

    Thanks

  53. Hi Matthew,
    Great article ! I have been wanting to kick start my blog (Travel & Lifestyle) but I am not getting anywhere.. actually I am kinda loss and don’t know how to get it started. After reading this, I am really motivated to start doing it. I literally took notes from this article ! haha !
    Now I am going to spend some time going through the rest of your blog and get myself even more inspired.
    Thank you for this great article, really appreciate it !

  54. I intend to travel around India and Aisa for a year minimum and hope to write a blog about it. I want a catchy blog name but am stumped! I’m an almost 55-year-old Irish Mammy and will be traveling alone. Any ideas for a blog name? I think the fact that I’m leaving home so late to travel could be good in a name but just can’t think of anything!

    1. If it’s not too late…..I think you already mentioned a great name for your blog: oldirishmammy.com! Sweety, I just turned 55 and have spent the last 5 years visiting 70 countries and won’t stop til I drop! Travel on sister!!!

  55. Wow.Really it’s really awesome.I loved your article.I want to open a travel blog site but i don’t know how to start with.I searched a lot but i don’t get any useful information.After read your blog i can say now i get my answer and i will surely follow your steps to open the blog site.Thanks for sharing such a useful information

  56. Thanks Matt for these wonderful tips and tricks on making a travel blog and how to get it going. Just the thing we needed at this point of time. We (me and my husband duo) have also decided to put our experience into a blog that would cover travel, food, lifestyle and political news about India . It would be great if you could visit and give us some feedback and suggestions on how to improve. Do let us know in case you need any help on your travel to India or Delhi.. we’d be glad to help :)

  57. Hey, thanks so much for all the advice. We have put a bunch of it into action with our new travel blog.

    Myself and my wife are currently 3 months into a 18 month world tour that should see us travel through 30+ countries and 7 continents. We are a new website, but are generating content fast. We would love it if you could consider featuring us on your site, as it could really help get things moving.

    1. Hey Michael! My advice is to focus on quality over quantity. For every article you write on your travel blog, spend as much time as possible making it the best it can be. See what’s already out there, and make yours better.

      While I highly recommend guest posting to help build your audience, unfortunately I don’t offer guest posts here. Just a personal decision. I have no interest in becoming the Huffington Post of travel. :-)

  58. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge with travel blogs! I really enjoy reading your blog when i have some time learning about travel blogs! thanks for sharing this to me..

  59. Hey Matt,

    We are just starting off with out blog and this article was incredibly helpful! I have followed your steps to start our site but am confused when asked to connect to a wordpress.com account for the JetPack in order to download some of the plug-ins you mentioned. I wasn’t sure I should connect since I read in your comments that WordPress.org vs WordPress.com is very different.

  60. Thank you so much for your blog, it is so useful and full of useful content. We have started a blog and your tips and advice has really helped us. Thank you so much Matthew!

  61. Thanks for the great advice, feeling really positive about my new travel blog! It’s going to be a long journey, but it’s great to look back on my year and a half of travels.

    Hoping to help people with advice, tips and tricks of where and what to see in the world.

    Happy blogging everyone!

  62. Thank you for the great tips! Hubby and I just started blogging and as you said its really is hard work. Your post helps us to manage our expectations of a fledging blog. To great travels cheers!

  63. Thank you for the awesome article, and for sharing your knowledge and experience. There’s a lot of great tips for any aspiring travel blogger to take away. I’ve recently started my own blog and while it’s not exactly travel related, there will be a lot of useful information and ideas on things to do around the UK.

  64. Great article! Thanks for writing it. I love this article. I’ll definitely use these tips to improve my blog. Providing good quality all the time–and building an audience is the most difficult of all. Can you provide more tips on how to build your audience and sustain it?
    Thank you for all the info.

  65. Thanks for the tips!
    I would really love to get to know the travel blogger community more, anyone in Ecuador right now? I’m really happy about every tip how the travel El continente and what to visit there after I get back from the Galapagos.

  66. Thanks for sharing your knowledge generously! :)

    Just a question regarding hosting: Will Bluehost be good to try for a year? I heard WP Engine is a thing of beauty but it’s costly for beginners. Meanwhile, I’m using GoDaddy which is on the cheap end. Should I make the shift to Bluehost before I encounter probs with GoDaddy in the near future?

    Thanks in advance for your time!

    1. Bluehost is a great disappointment for me. It’s so slow. Let me know if you tried it and it worked ok for you. I would appreciate on honest feedback.

  67. Thank you for this usefull tips. My best friend and I just started a blog and we can really use this tips. We were hesitating to pay for a full name (without the wordpress) and after reading this we will maybe invest in our own name !

  68. Hey Matt!
    I came across your article and is very very stimulating. I would love to tie together my passion of travel and culture with a job. I already lived in 4 different continents and saw/lived in tons of cities. Let’s say I am not new to travel and I think I am ok at giving what travelers want/need. Of course the world is big so there are millions of things I still need to see. I have also been a travel agent for a couple of years now so I also know a bit about the travel industry and all. Due to traveling so much I also have some contacts scattered around. I have some money on the side so my plan would be to drop everything and dedicate a whole year into it. Do you think I could start to make a living in about 12 months? Main source of income are ads in the blog right? I would make a travel plan and visit something like 2 countries in 3 continents during the year (1 common and 1 less common) to talk about. Now, if travel is nothing new blogging and SEO are! Do you have any tip you want to share? How does my plan sound?

    1. Sounds like a good plan to me Davide, but I can’t predict how it will turn out for you. There are just too many factors. Will you get external media coverage? Will you educate yourself in SEO? Will you spend time networking? How’s your photography?

      There is a lot involved in professional blogging that goes on behind the scenes. Some people get the hang of it, and enjoy it, others don’t.

  69. Hello Matt! Just stumbled across this post and I just started traveling recently and lovin’ it, thus this might also be a good tool to document travel posts other than food posts!

  70. This was extremely helpful and encouraging. I’ve just began my blog. I feel my timing at finding you was impeccable. Thank you for all the info.

  71. Thank you so much for this blog! It’s now what I needed. I’ve been travelling for a while, other than for no reason really thinking about writing a blog, until a week ago. I’ll absolutely use these tips to get better my blog.

  72. I have always dreamed about traveling/ adventuring until one day it happened, I saved money and I left. Now I really want to write about my experiences, I didn’t know how to start, what to write, even tho I read a lot of blogs. Now I have a better idea, I hope one day I will be blogging a lot.
    Thanks for a great article

  73. Hi – great website and articles. I have a couple of questions:

    1) If I set up to be hosted through BlueHost, are there any additional costs to using WordPress (other than buying fancier themes)? e.g. is there a further cost to using Google Analytics?

    2) have you ever tried Weebly and if so, why would you recommend wordpress over weebly?

    1. Hi Dave! No additional costs to use WordPress. It’s free. You just need to pay for a hosting account with BlueHost. I’ve never used Weebly, but there are many start-up competitors to WordPress like that these days, however none are as big, well-known, or customizable as WordPress is.

      It’s like the difference between using Google or Yahoo. Some people may use Yahoo, but Google is king.

  74. It’s really a very nice and helpful article. I got so many ideas through it. Now I am working on them. I wish to learn more from your posts in future.

  75. Hi Matt,
    Great article. I am in the process of starting my own travel blog geared towards traveling with my family (wife and kids). My question involves your logo and your cartoony figure in it. Did you design this or did someone else? If you paid to have this designed may I ask who did it? And how much they charged? I also see you have little figure on website tab of yourself. How did you do that?

    I have an idea of having something similar done (cartoon like) of me and my family on one of our adventures to use as a logo but I don’t know where to get that done. Any help would be appreciated greatly!

    Thanks!
    Jimmy

  76. Such a good post! So much information to reflect on, especially where to host your blog.
    I am just starting to write mine, it will be about traveling with a child. We’ve been traveling with our little daughter for 10 months already and still going. Unfortunately there is not much info on internet about traveling with a baby, so I decided to start one and Goooood it is so much work! :)
    You make me want to switch to wordpress.org and now i see all the benefits of it however I feel it would be much harder to take care of it on the road, especially when internet is a luxury. For instance now, i cant even change the theme on my blog :D internet is too weak and it has been like that for the past 3 months of our trip.
    But once we settle down somewhere for a while with good connection, I m planning to go through your article again so thank you very much for this valuable info! And one more thing, your instagram pictures are fabulous!

    1. Yeah it can be tough to get work done with a weak connection. I try to schedual a few weeks of hardcore work when I know I’ll have strong internet. Happy you like my photos in Instagram! Good luck with your travel blog about family travel Liliia!

  77. Hello Matthew,
    I’m a beginner graphic designer and just getting into web development. I just started creating my website which will serve as an online GD portfolio and where I also want to sell art prints, but I was also thinking of starting a blog where I would like to talk about arts but also about traveling end exploring (my dream is to travel as an artist).

    Now would it be acceptable to have a blog talking about those subjects on my website? or should I create a separate website for my blog?

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience,

    Claire Vautour

  78. Hello, I just recently started looking into becoming a travel blogger. I’m currently a senior in high school but have plans to spend anywhere from 3 days to a month in a given place as often as possible and document it. However doing so isn’t my first passion. I will have a full time job that allows for time off often.

    I love traveling and the idea of blogging about it, but I would appreciate a honest answer on if I’ll make money off it. Mainly just out of curiosity. I don’t wish to live off only that but I like the idea of the extra income. It would be considered a second job.

    I would be traveling 5-8, 3 day trips and 1 month long trip a year. I am serious about this as more than a hobby but would like an honest, offend-me-please type answer on if that frequency would allow to be more than a hobby.

  79. Hello Matthew,

    I am currently in the process of building my own travel niche blog (I will share the link when everything is set up) and read up on various blogs how to do it. What I am missing in all of them is the hint about legal matters (copyright, terms, disclaimer – as you have it in you footer). Of course the applicable laws depend on the hosting location of your blog. For example if your blog is hosted within the European Union, you need to have a cookie policy disclaimer. In addition to that if it is hosted for example within Germany, you need to have an imprint, privacy policy and declaration how you handle any collected data (and those things are handled extremely strictly in Germany, even for hobby bloggers apparently. Not having all this put in place upfront can trigger huge fines). Luckily I am not hosting my blog in Germany but still need to identify and defuse the legal pitfalls (and that is why I am not yet promoting my blog).
    Do you know of any wordpress plugins which insert all the standardized legal texts automatically into the blog? Or just a website where I can find legal disclaimers valid for various hosting locations would be cool as well.

    Greetings from Poland,
    Dennis
    (PS: Come to Wroclaw this year. It is one of the two European Capitals of Culture 2016)

  80. Hi! I love your blog. I’ve thought about starting my own traveling blog with my husband. However, we travel only 3-4 times/year, but we do a lot of local tourism in Texas. Is this even possible to start a blog? Or do you need to be a full time traveler in order to have a successful blog?

    1. Hi Chris! No you don’t have to be a full-time traveler to run a blog. Local specific travel blogs can do well too. Just try to be the best resource possible about that area.

  81. Thanks for the great article! I already started my travel blog before reading this, but it is a great reminder to just write and see where the writing takes you, but in the comments, I also read someone bring up the point about actually treating it like a business! Completely accurate and something I am probably the most nervous about!

    Signed up to subscribe! Thanks for the great information!

  82. This article is a great help for travel bloggers like us who are trying to get started. We are doing most of the things that you suggested here, we started 20 days back. Some days, particularly when we post something interesting the traffic flow increases, at others, it drops to almost insignificant number. The amount of returning users is low (20%) and there hasn’t been a single subscription so far. So, that is the part that I want to focus and build on. If you could guide me a little on this area specifically, it would be a great help

    1. Twenty days? Don’t worry about traffic numbers yet Neha. It’s way to early for that.

      In fact, I’d recommend completely ignoring Google Analytics until you’re 6 months in. Just keep pumping out quality articles that will entertain or help people, and learn as much as you can about promoting them.

      Give more than you take. Leave thoughtful comments on other blogger’s articles, share them on social media, visit a travel blogger conference like TBEX and grow your network. Pitch articles to larger websites like Huffington Post, Medium, etc. Study what makes articles go viral, and try to make your own.

  83. Thanks Matt, this was exactly what I needed to read! I realize I’m coming a little late to the game here but thats not going to stop me. I also realize you are probably far too busy to sit down with every 20 something who wants to be a travel blogger because they don’t know what to do with their lives haha but I would love to bounce a couple things off you if you have a minute. If not I completely understand but you never know if you don’t ask right?? You should have my email address as it was required to comment so I do hope to hear from you!! Thanks! :)

  84. I am new to personally blogging but not very new to whole environment.
    I have a question, why every top ranked bloggers advertising “Travel blog success”? I know there is an affiliate program for each member so don’t tell me it’s completely unbiased.
    I know its a lot of work to get all the info in same place in organised manner i get it, but i don’t get it when all the travel bloggers to promote it like its a must have. After all everyone made it before TBS and many more will make it without their material. Why can’t i find a realistic review on the program for what exactly it is? I think I will pretty much disagree with commenters and in my opinion all just being nice to get noticed…. I am just being honest. Please don’t advertise it for beginners as its essential. It’s more and more sounding like a pyramid scheme, sorry.

    1. Hey Inga, I completely understand, but there is a TON of information, frankly way too much to convey in a single blog post or in a reply to the hundreds of emails I receive asking the same questions over and over again.

      The course is an easy way to point people to all that information. I want to help readers learn how to build a travel blog, but I don’t have the time to put together a 20,000 word handbook explaining it all in detail. Nor do I want to. The guys at TBS have already done that for me. Plus they run a forum that answers ongoing questions/future changes.

      You can certainly build a travel blog without joining the course. Just like you can teach yourself how to play the guitar. Professional lessons just help make that process faster. Hope that helps explain it!

  85. Hello Matt!
    thanks for the encouragement. I went through your post and i found confirmation of my thoughts. Awesome.
    I am almost ready to launch my own blog but I am scare to death to publish it. I feel like I will be walking naked in central park. :) I probably need to have more posts to load before going live though. Unfortunately with a regular job to sustain my travels and life it’s difficult to post regularly. this is why i prefer to have more material ready before going live. Are you still in Playa by the way? it would be cool if we could meet! safe travels

    1. Glad you found it helpful Isabella! I’d recommend launching it sooner rather than later. Then slowly grow your content from there. I’ll be back in Playa this summer if you’re around.

      1. thanks I will, by June it’s going to be live! Great if you will be back in summer! I ‘ll be here for sure. Would be nice to meet up. Hasta pronto! :)

  86. I love this article. I really wish I’d had your expert advice when I started my website a few years ago! But now I want to start blog on my website, not sure what should I use folder or subdomain?

  87. Hey Matthew, this was helpful for one of my follower and I thought of sharing the feedback. Although, he did have a lot of related questions, which I’m sure your future blog posts will cover. Thanks and keep sharing :)

  88. Hey Matt, thanks for your tips. I started blogging now by myself about my travel experience, living in Australia as a German girl and beautiful pictures. Thanks for the motivation.

  89. First of all, let me tell you what an incredible blog series on Iceland! I am planning my vacation next month in Iceland and your blog posts helped me tremendously, be it golden circle or ring road drive. While I was on those posts, I saw under more resources that you actually have an article on ‘how to start a blog’. So thank-you for writing on this topic! I started my travel blog last summer and the biggest challenge so far has been how to technically manage the blog and not so much writing the content. I see that you suggest having one’s own hosting platform however I was able to pay and get my own domain from wordpress without the “.wordpress.com” suffix. Should I still consider hosting separately? What themes in wordpress do you recommend to new travel bloggers?

  90. Thank you for this great post and amazing tips! It’s been very useful for us before we started, especially since there are no useful guides for starters like this in Turkish. :) We are also travel bloggers from Turkey and wanted to say thank you.

    Greetings from Istanbul!

  91. Great article about the 101s of starting a Travelblog. Very helpful info. We can’t wait to start implementing your tips to our blog and hope to see results to follow.

  92. Thanks MATTHEW KARSTEN,

    I have just started my own travel blog on wordpress. Its really very easy while starting but about the content part its quite tough. But I will give my best and work hard on it. Thanks for making life easy of all beginners like us thanks.

  93. Are you saying to make sure to use wordpress.org and not wordpress.com?

    I know you can add custom domains to either, but not sure of many other differences (other than the ones listed in this article.)

    1. Yes. There is a big difference. Who is actually hosting your website. With WordPress.org software, YOU host your own blog. You download software and install on your own web server. You have complete control, and can do anything you want with the site. That is not the case with WordPress.com — they impose restrictions. It’s hosted on their servers, not yours.

      Like the difference between owning your own house or renting someone else’s.

  94. With so many travel blogs, many people are writing similar things about the same places. These days one should consider investing into advertising to hit the ground running.

  95. I’m starting a travel blog and it’s not easy. But when you know SEO and you have expertise in blogging I think everything can happen faster. We need audience and with SEO it’s really possible in my opinion!

    1. Even if you know a lot about SEO, it takes time. One of the most important factors is the age of a site — if you blog regularly for a few years you’ll rank much higher than those just starting out.

  96. Everything seems pretty straightforward here, but I guess the main problem is to find the much needed time to blog when you are traveling. It’s not easy to sit down and write your blog posts when you know that everyone else in the hotel you are staying at is partying and having a good time!

    1. So true Cleo! If you treat travel blogging as a real business and work your butt off, you won’t have the time/energy to go out every night of the week. It’s a huge filter. Only those who truly treat blogging seriously will succeed.

  97. Thank u so much for this post. Before reading this post I just had a idea in my mind that I didn’t even share with anyone but now I am totally excited and ready to make it come true.

  98. Quite useful tips on starting a travel blog. I had a domain name with a hyphen and free hosting on blogger the first year (rookie mistake). Then I realized my mistake bought a new domain name, hosting and theme to go with my blog.

  99. Fantastic post! I found the step-by-step instructions and screenshots to be super helpful. I just made the big switch from WordPress.com to self-hosting this week. Thanks so much!

  100. Thanks for the tips! I recently started a blog about adventures in San Diego (where I currently live), and my current and future travels so I am always looking for tips! Your blog on Iceland was super helpful too since I’m going to drive the Ring Road in 2 months!

  101. Greetings from Panama City, Panama! Just read your article about theft in Casco Viejo… and it was very timely for me, because I was just having a mojito on a rooftop bar in Casco last night. I’m also supporting my travels by writing, doing some web design, and Google AdWords management. My main reason for coming down was to help a friend of mine start his locally sourced grocery store here in the city, but it’s quickly becoming a lesson in the limits of my Spanish knowledge. Hopefully, by the end of my three months here I’ll be able to express my thoughts with locals a little more coherently.This is my first time traveling internationally and working from my laptop. You can bet I’ll be guarding my computer like a hawk with an egg from now on…

    Your blog has inspired me to take up writing again (I was a creative writing major at the University of Montana a lifetime ago). So, thanks! I plan on releasing regular blogs for the rest of my time here. Cheers from one wandering gringo to another! :)

  102. Hey Matthew! This article is so awesome that decided to create a travel blog myself! It’s only 3 days old but we all have to start somewhere right?

    Just wanted to thank you for sharing this with all of us!

  103. Hello Matt,
    What kind of name do you suggest would be better? Something creative, some crosswords like vantastic travelers, freedomesia etc or something realistic like travelinginavan? I wan the blog to be easy to find, even suggested in search results and found by mistake. But i don’t know how a search engine works and what is more relevant the name, the content or the numbers of readers that a blog already has. Please let me know what is your advice.
    P.s. Amazing blog, i love your photos :D

    1. Hey Oana! I think it’s better to keep it simple & memorable. Out of your choices, I like “traveling in a van”. Even with a word like “vagabond”, people still sometimes screw up the spelling to “vegabond”, or don’t know what the word means.

      It’s best to not confuse them, and people are easily confused.

  104. Hello Matthew!
    First of all congratulations on your awesome blog, I’ve learned a lot just from reading it and I’m already planning on taking my very first trip as soon as I’m done with college. I have a question that’s not related specifically to this article though, which camera do you use? Your shots are great!

    Regards from Mexico,
    Roman.

  105. Hi Matt,
    I absolutely enjoy reading your post. Great insights on the industry. I have been traveling for 20 years and I am a teacher. I recently left the classroom to travel with my family and “mobile schooling” my children. My upcoming website will focus on traveling while teaching on the road. What do you suggest my first blog post should consist of? Should I discuss how I got to this point in my life or should I just begin to write about life on the road?

  106. Hey Matt! I’m trying to start up my blog, but have run into a problem. The name I really want to use isn’t available as a .com name (or .org). Should I go with a .net (or other?) address, or go with another name? Thanks, and keep on rockin’!

  107. Hi Matt

    I started my travel blog a little bit late – as I have been traveling nonstop since 2011. I have tons of amazing photos that are buried deep in my personal instagram account.

    I noticed that you have only around 500 instagram posts, which are very well thought out. Now that I want to start a blog, I am wondering if I should start a NEW branded instagram account (@apirateslife), and re-use the most relevant of my 1,654 posts with a “purpose” and strategy in mind, or if I should just continue to use my personal account (@rickerrr) which has 1,000 followers and 1,600 posts, but re-post old content to the same audience?

    Thoughts are appreciated! Thanks Matt!

    1. Hi Rick! My advice is to just re-name/re-brand your existing Instagram account. Instagram allows you to change the username. Then, concentrate on only posting your very best images, even if you’ve already posted some of them in the past. I occasionally re-post old images if they’ve done really well.

  108. Hi Matt,
    I am a new reader of yours. Thank you for this article. I am sure I will be ripping through your other articles in the near future :)

    We have recently started a travel blog. To make it easy to build an audience, we have decided on concentrate only on the Indian travellers (we are from India). The number of people travelling in India is at an inflection point right now. Is it a good strategy? Did you focus on global audience from the beginning?

    1. Hello ruchika. Nehul jain dis side from chandigarh. Wats ur travel blog name as i m very much interested into travelling since a long time. Can v get in touch on fb or whatspp as i too love to travel around india as n when i get d chance. Hope to get a reply from u.

  109. Hi Matt I came across your article and found it very helpful but my question is how can I write a 1st blog entry or several about travel if I haven’t done any traveling yet? When I say I’m at step one I truly am at step one into turning my dreams of travel into reality. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks! :)

    1. Hey Jon! Maybe write about your goal to start traveling more? Or take some short trips nearby where you live? Museums? National parks? World Heritage sites? There is always something to write about. What do people travel to your area for?

  110. Hi, Matthew –

    Great article! Thank you. Getting ready to spend six weeks moving around the African continent and would like to keep family & friends updated. Trying to determine best way to: a) access blog through particular device (trying to determine what is the best to travel with – iPad, laptop, etc.), b) best way to upload photos from my DSLR, and c) relative ease of finding Internet Cafes (with WiFi) on the road.

    Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    – John

    1. Hey John, wifi is pretty easy to find these days, but it really depends on where you are. Rural Africa might be more difficult. You should have no problem in cities though.

      As for what device to bring, it depends on how serious you want to take blogging. While it’s possible to update a blog with just a tablet, it’s not as fast or convenient as having an actual laptop. There are more options for editing photos and typing out articles using a laptop. If you’re worried about weight, maybe a Macbook Air?

      I don’t know any serious professional bloggers who get by using just a tablet.

  111. Truly inspiring.. Matt i just started following you from few weeks. I am completely inspired by you and made my decision to have my own travel blog. I am travelling from last 3 years but never think of writing it. Your advice will be seriously very helpful for me and i think for others also.

    Rakesh P

  112. Matt, what plugin are you using for the right bar and your social media buttons?

    I’ve been trying to find a good social media button in the side bar for a while now. Would really appreciate your thoughts.

    Thanks,
    Chris

  113. Awesome article Matthew, Thanks for sharing all your great info with us. After 2 years of travel in India me and my friends have started writing a blog which explores the southern parts of India. Movingshoe.com.

    Any suggestions from the “travel king” is much appreciated!

  114. Thanks Matt for this great post & so true with all your tips on starting a travel blog. The name is very important & once bloggers start using that name for all their travels – it creates content on the URL which certainly don’t want to loose in changing the name. For me branding is very important – it helps for people to know about my disability & all your tips are certainly great to know I’m following the right path. Thanks once again for sharing your tips – Best Abhs

  115. thank you soo much for sharing this tips, i’hv been blogging since quite some time and now would love to explore the world …. a laptop with a internet connection is all you need … thank you for inspiring me !!

  116. We are at the end of a full year around the world adventure. Finishing up in Mexico because the food is so good and everything is cheaper here than in Sydney. I started our blog in October before we left and we still don’t have an audience. I almost gave up in June but love recording all that we are done. When we get home I can’t imagine not continuing with the blog because there are so many more stories to share. I wish i had of read your article 12 months ago. So many others stop after the hosting but you have talked about the social marketing side that is equally important. Thanks for this information and for not saying that it is easy because it is not. Take care Christie

  117. Matt,

    I just had to say, reading a lot of your articles REALLY inspired me. At this point, you are probably my idol. I’m 22, and so far I have been all over the Netherlands and to Paris, France for a brief time. Ever since then, I’ve been addicted to traveling and I am destined to figure out a way to travel all over. Maybe even being gutsy, and dropping a lot of things just as you did, and possibly just see where life takes me. (Perhaps working along the way to receive food/shelter)? Still thinking things out and gonna save.
    I’ve now started my own travel blog, and I know I have a lot to learn!

    Thanks for truly being an inspiration.
    And if you’re in Mexico, you should take some pictures of the beautiful cenotes there!

    -Michelle

    1. Hey Michelle! Glad you enjoyed this article about starting a travel blog. Yes I’ll be in Mexico for the winter, working hard on my own blog. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from moving around so you can really focus on the business side of blogging.

      I plan to go scuba diving & swimming in many cenotes! In fact I wrote a post about my last cenote adventure here.

  118. Great advice. All details are here. Step by step. Once just has to follow to get to the goal. Thanks for the work of putting this together. I can recommend it to friends that keep asking me about “the whole blogging thing”.

  119. Hi Matt, thanks for a great post. Although I don’t really get chance to travel enough to create a travel blog, I was wondering if it would be an idea to create a travel blog on other people’s travels and allow them to share and contribute their adventures? Possibly collect a few adventure stories from family and friends? As a seasoned traveller would love to hear your thoughts Matthew.
    Thanks
    Dave

  120. Thank you for the insight into this new world of blogging. I have found this blog a great source of information. At this time I only have a wordpress.com free account that I am using to learn a few of the ropes. However in the next month I will be following your advice and switching to a Bluehost account. I am not planning on traveling until 2017. My plan is to start my blog now and hopefully know enough by the time I leave to start making a little money, or at least have some followers. I am willing to invest some time and money into it to start and see how it goes. I have many things to learn and do in the next two years, that is going to be my source of topics along with my past travels.

    Thanks again for the great blog

  121. I really liked your article. It’s crisp, concise and very informative. You have not minced your words anywhere. Its really a hard work to keep running the blog. I have started blogging this year on July.. I write about various stuffs like my musings, travel logs, poetry. But travel stories are my favorite ones, as i love travelling.

  122. Hi! First and only article I feel I need to read to start! I’m leaving in 4 days for 8 months to Europe (first time!) and am really excited to tell all about it! My question: what do you write about when you are back at home? Thanks in advance!

  123. I really enjoyed your article – I have read a few guides and this one is the simplest and best. With regard to blog names I really don’t know if mine is a great one or a rubbish one – because you have to visit my site to understand the name. It is about a VW Bay that used to be an ambulance – hence SickBayDays.com and my travels in it.

  124. I’ve started a blog last March this year and since then I’ve been following your blog. It is harder than I thought. Providing good quality all the time–and building an audience is the most difficult of all. Can you provide more tips on how to build your audience and sustain it?

  125. I just started my travel blog ( goseastheday.com ) in the past couple of weeks and your blog post was the best advice I found online! Although not much time has past, I am already seeing success and am very happy with where I am at so far. I couldn’t have done it without you!! Thanks so much!

  126. So interesting! I’m chaperoning my professor husband’s Global Business class “Amsterdam to the Alps,” the first in a series of trips we are planning. Social media is my responsibility and although making money is not the point, I certainly believe optimization can be critical in the promotion, acceptance, and reputation of the class.
    This may be a whole new area of travel blogging!
    Thanks for your help!

  127. You can say that I’ve been blogging and traveling for over 16 years now. As a member and contributor of one of the largest sources (1.3 million users) of unbiased, user-generated travel content in the world, I’ve written and reviewed over 3500 related travel tips about 40 countries in 6 different continents. Recently, after spending plenty of time on Instagram, I wondered why I hadn’t started my own blogging sooner. I already have the bones to venture out and start my own blogging site, but how do I even begin my journey? First, start by searching on how to best start your own blogging, which lead me to your very informative guide.

    Thank you so much for helping me find the tools that I need to get me started on what I hope to be a prosperous venture.

    1. Wow Jaye, that’s a ton of content. Which reminds me of something I’m passionate about. Why publish that content on someone else’s website when you could be growing your own brand?

      Don’t get me wrong, there are good reasons for guest posting and writing for other outlets from time to time, but you should really be working for yourself if possible. Save the best stuff for your travel blog.

  128. Nice post! I’m from Brazil and I started blogging this year, showing people how beautiful is our country. Most of my posts are from Santa Catarina, south of Brazil. Thanks for sharing your experience, your are such a good blogger! Congrats!!

  129. Hey! thanks again for all the great tips! i just joined travel blog success, i am leaving in a week for as long as i can!
    And very grateful for discovering couchsurfing.com through your site, it will make my trip to India much smoother and less expansive, i already changed my plan from 2 months to 6 months and just graduated last wednesday from a 120h TEFL so i can teach in Thailand for up to a year after India, then Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam…
    Martin P
    P.s I have wanted to do this for close to 30 years now and reading about people already traveling for a long time is very encouraging.Thanks for the inspiration!

  130. I have been travelling for almost two years now, but never thought of starting a travel blog. I was scared with all the technicalities involved in designing and setting up the blog. If that was not enough all these terms SEO, backlinking, Social Media etc. kept me away from starting my own blog, until one fine day I came across this post of yours. This clarified lot of doubts. One, setting up the blog is not difficult, second, running the blog will require tons of work and equal tons of patience. Needless to say that you have motivated me enough. I have now finished with setting up of blog, following your step-by-step guide, and it has also gone live last week. Of course, it still requires lot of fine tuning which I will be working upon in the next few days. I hope the blog works out. Thank you Matthew for being a virtual guru.

  131. I’m so thrilled there are people like you who are willing to share these kind of things for free. I would probably skip a lot of things if I wasn’t following your travel blog and some other top blogs while starting my own.

    Keep up a good work and from time to time write more these kind of articles cause they are really helpful.

    Greetings from Croatia,
    Anca

  132. Thank you so much for this article. Finally took the leap and joined the overwhelming but nonetheless amazing world of travel blogging and your articles have given me some direction and useful tips. Hopefully, I get to be successful or just have fun and meet interesting people in the process. Thanks again, and definitely keeping my eye on this blog. :)

  133. Thanks for a great article. I have been traveling for about 3 years and started blogging about my travels about 2 years ago. I blog on travelpod and even when you google for my blog it is hard to find. I am thinking of going a bit more professional, beyond friends and family. Do you know if I can set up a blog on the wordpress software before paying for a host? I don’t know if my little netbook will be able to perform setting up my new blog. Thanks

  134. Hey Matt I am an inspiring Traveler. I didn’t think Travel blogging was a job. I just always wanted to travel and blog and blog it on like youtube and my own personal blog (that i didn’t start yet) I was just looking at ways i can get paid to travel because thats what i want to do with my life and came across your blog and I must say I am inspired. I’m planning my first Solo trip for feb of 2016 and that gives me plenty of time get my blog started. I just wanted to say thank you because of you I know now that I can do something I always wanted to do and call it a job. Thank you so much. I look forward to reading all of you other blogs.

    — Your Newest Subscriber/Fan/Best Friend

  135. Thanks Matthew for this great and informative post. I am opening a word file and taking notes while reading. Thanks Man

  136. Hey Matt! Thanks for writing this post, I’ve been following you for a while now and really appreciate how open and honest you are with your audience!

  137. Thank you for this. There are a lot of helpful start up ideas out there but I like the way you laid it out there. Very direct and sharing personal experience.
    I am in the planning stages and nearing my trip departure date soon and getting so nervous…I am quitting my job to follow my dream of traveling and still have to meet my quota for savings. I like the idea of writing about my prep work and things before I leave. So thanks for inspiring me to start sooner than later.
    Cheers and happy trails.

  138. Just re-read this – it’s SO useful. You’re officially my favourite person right now. A bit of a weird question for you… I’m a writer by trade and am currently trying to get back into magazine freelancing AND get into blogging, simultaneously. Is that a really bad idea? I can’t figure out which is the best route to go down or if I should carry on trying to do both… Your wisdom is greatly appreciated… Rach

    1. Sure I’d say that’s a good idea. Magazine freelancing will actually pay bills, blogging takes a while before any income rolls in. I have many friends who balance them both. Some who’ve been able to quit or reduce freelancing when the blog took off.

  139. I tried to add the plug-ins you recommended, but WordPress is saying it is only allowed in .org and not .com, which is what I have. Do you use dot org then?

    This is such a helpful post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  140. Great article! However I was wondering at what time you finally felt like an “expert vagabond” (emphasis on expert ;)) and what you did write about before? I would feel dumb giving people advice at this stage I am currently on (so I’m also sticking to my friends & family so far) but don’t want to wait until I feel being wiser, so I stick to personal experiences so far.
    Would be happy to get some advice! :)

    1. After 6 months of travel I felt pretty confident to start sharing advice. The problem I see many travel bloggers making is they are comparing themselves to other travel bloggers. Don’t write for bloggers, write for the average person who knows less than you! Personal experiences are important too.

      1. Ah thank you, actually you’re right… I mean if I compare myself to you, I definitely suck in giving advices, but my average-travelling friends already started to approach me a couple of times to get some advice on cheap air fares and stuff. So I’ll keep going! :)

  141. You got it all pretty much covered. I am already blogging in the travel niche, but to be honest it is quite difficult to be original without spending some money for a good camera, money to travel here and there, etc etc.

  142. Instead of using wordpress.com, what do you think about “wix.com”?

    I just started creating my blog but I’m using wix and am not sure whether I should switch over to wordpress or not.

    1. There are all kinds of competitors to WordPress out there. Use whatever you want, but know that most people end up switching to WordPress eventually. It’s not going anywhere, and it’s what most professionals use.

  143. Wow, I searched Google for too long for this information before stumbling across your blog. This is exactly what I was looking for: a detailed, informative article about starting a blog. I followed the steps you outlined (including your links to Bluehost) as I created my first travel blog. Your blog is inspiring, especially to a “wannabe” travel blogger. Now off to read your other posts on this topic…

    1. We’ve all been there Carly… time & consistency is honestly the biggest factor. Produce great content on a consistent basis and people will start spreading the word. Starting with your family!

  144. Great tips, Matthew. My friend and I are just starting out, and it’s definitely not as easy as it looks. There are a lot of travel bloggers out there providing great advice and resources. We don’t want to have similar posts, so research is key (and something I enjoy doing, huzzah!) in providing original content!

    Going to check out Travel Blog Success!

  145. Hi there. Loved your feature. I just began my blog a few months ago. I began it on WordPress, and I have the premium plan, so my domain name is thegraziegirl.com. I pay a charge yearly. But, have I done this backwards? I keep hearing about domain hosting, like you suggest here, but I’ve created my blog first. Should I still get a host?

  146. Thanks for the ideas . What is probably also important but missing is a breakdown of what to do on different types of blogs , I mean there are photo blogs , others are video blogs etc

  147. Thanks for all the great information!

    When i saw the price of Travel Blog Success I gasped a little. But you are right, it is an investment. And I know how much work it all is (so much work) going to wait for a coupon code and then sign up.

    Thanks!

  148. Hi Matthew, Very interesting read I must say! have only recently started my travel blog and realise I have a long way to go. My husband and I are early 50’s, and plan to travel from next year, but I decided to start my blog now to get it going. I am adding blogs from our recent trip, but will add others this year from where we live (New Zealand) but also on up and coming trips. Many thanks for your inspiring website and advice.

  149. hi man
    thanks about your information i have a question! i think that traveling without friends is hard and i am tired in most of the time because i think that i am alone! may u guide me is that true?and what do i do for this problem!?thanks
    sadeq from iran
    be happy

      1. I read your blog and recommendations it was very inspiring thanks a lot. I was traveling around for more than 3 decades, but just like anybody else, since last month I decide to blog and hey maybe get started my own business as a free man living on the planet guess anybody has a fair chance to do so and any start is not easy but I am quite certain that I follow your advice. I gave up my job, flat, etc, and have my tickets and travel gear ready in two weeks start and I am sure I`ll visit your blog for more inspiration. Tell me if I can help any how in return. So long all the best Matt.

  150. A good place to begin your travel blog is writing about your local town/city or region. Many blogs make it look so easy but it can take many hours for just one article. It is a good way to see if you actually enjoy doing the research, write, edit and use photography with your articles. And you often already are familiar with the place where you live and have an income so you don;t have to depend on your blog or other activities to make money.

    Getting familiar with blogging software etc also tkaes time and you don’t want to do this when you’re travelling.

  151. I just thought of starting blogging and have came across this. Very inspiring!
    Now, let me start mine from scratch and let’s take it from there. Kudos, Matthew!

  152. Very detailed guide and a valuable resource for newbie bloggers. I am looking forward to your next article on this topic.

  153. Awesome tips, Matthew. Hands down, the best article so far. I don’t know why I didn’t stumble across it sooner, since I’ve read so many in the past. I need to switch from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.

    I was travelling for about a year before I got interested in blogging. Do you think it’s wise to write about past experiences and stories? Or will this confuse readers as to what you’re doing at the moment. Also the memories of mine may be a bit foggy. Thanks!

  154. What an incredible resource. This is by far THE most informative article on starting your own CAREER in travel blogging that I’ve come across to date. I love that you take the time to interact with every person that posts on here. I’m sure your schedule leaves little to no time for that, and it’s impressive that you make the time.

    Visually this page is impressive. I’ve got a Masters in Creative Writing and I’ve been trying to think of ways to use my degree to bring in an income while I spend my time writing my screenplays, which brings a much MUCH slower return on my investment. I’ve spent the last two years traveling all over the US, part of that was on the Pacific Crest Trail, and people have been asking why I haven’t written a book or at least blogged about it. I always laugh, because they have no idea how much work goes into a blog, and I’m not one for doing things if they’re not going to be done right. Suddenly I looked up and realized that I was just traveling and no longer writing (YIKES).

    Your article is refreshing, well organized and the visuals are much appreciated. I’m looking forward to receiving your monthly emails.

    Thanks again,

    Stephanie

  155. Thank you Matthew for this post, it has inspired me to bite the bullet and start my journey as a travel blogger with my own unique (I hope!) spin.

    You mention blogging about current and future travels. What about (distant) past? I have been traveling all over the world since 1998 (!) but never published anything about those trips, though I’d love to do so now. Is this accepted/encouraged/frowned-upon within the community?

  156. Great article! I just recently started thinking seriously about backpacking solo for a few months, and your blog has really helped me. My original thought has just been saving up a decent amount of money and set a budget for the trip, but reading travel blogs really makes me want to think further and not settle for a few months.

    I do want to start a blog, much for my own and family’s sake, but also for sharing my adventures. I’m also a hobby photographer, so I really want to share my photos. I just keep dwelling on one thing: which language should I write in? I’m from Norway where the travel blogs are many but no one really stands out, but I’m still thinking about writing in english to reach a wider audience and so that people I meet can read about my journey without language barriers. What do you recommend? I guess it’s a really stupid worry, but I just can’t make up my mind. I guess it’s easier to get lost in all the international travel blogs, but also a possibility to really make it too.

    If I didn’t already state so: love your blog, and I definitely will be coming back for more :-)

  157. Excellent article, thanks for all the tips! I just started doing the whole “social media” thing a few weeks ago. I’m currently on tumblr, twitter, and trover (I found out about trover through your site) and my blog is on wordpress. I decided to go with the name “Next Stop Earth”, the one I originally had picked out (which I can’t remember now) was taken. I haven’t purchased a domain name yet, I’m currently concentrating on building content and followers right now and when the time is right I’m going to move to my own domain name, forward the traffic, and keep it going. Right now I’m writing about past travels and local spots, as per your advice I’m working on a few personal Top 10 lists related to travel. Please check out my site if you have a moment and any advice, comments, criticisms you have I will gladly take. This is my dream, so I’m doing everything I can to make it happen!

  158. Very helpful tips! Thanks Matthew! My partner and I met while traveling and decided to stay together as we plot our next adventures together. We just started our blog so this post is very helpful. Found your blog when I was researching about travel blog success. Will definitely add yours to our list! Happy trails. Anna and Tom

  159. Great tips–and you’re right about having patience. About 18 months into my blog, all that effort is starting to pay off! I lucked out with the name; Ardent Camper began as a tent camping blog, but when my husband and I joined the community of young, working full-time RVers last year, the name simply started referring to a new kind of camping.

      1. Thanks! It’s great that you interface with your readers, too. Once you gain a visitorship, that’s part of what really helps build and maintain a rapport. I’m sure that connection is what has helped successful blogs like yours do so well. Thanks for being communicative!

  160. I found you blog about a 3 weeks ago and have been envious of your lifestyle. Opens my eyes to the face that you actually have to do a lot of work though! I have a Tumblr with about 10k followers so if I ever do muster up the courage to drop everything and travel the world, the transition might be easier. Keep up the awesome posts though!

  161. Great guide and very good point about names in particular!

    My own site is called “Camping With Style”, and in June 2014 that seemed like a great idea, but by October though, when it was too cold here in the UK to camp I quickly saw a problem!

    I am instead planning to transition to “Wander And Be Curious” to give me much more leeway so I can cover predominantly camping and glamping in the summer, and all broader aspects of the outdoors and adventure travel when it’s too cold to camp.

    I’m a professional marketer and really thought long and hard about my name initially, not long enough though! I can’t stress how important getting this bit right, first time is, it will save you a whole heap of hassle in the long run. It’s good to have a niche, but make sure it’s not a seasonal niche! :)

  162. Thank you for this step by step guide. I used it and am in the process of working out the details and plan to start blogging very soon. I am new to all social media so I have A LOT to learn and every little bit helps.

  163. This is such a great post! Really easy to follow, step-by-step guide ideal for all of us would-be travel bloggers! I’ve just started a wordpress.com site and am thinking about investing in a domain name, so it’s really useful to know what I need to think about once I’ve got one!

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  165. Great tips, wish I would’ve had this post when I started. I’m glad you mention how much work it is behind the scenes as many people just think is taking photos and publishing then online. My biggest challenge has been seo, I actually invested in a professional to help me out. Looking forward to your posts.

  166. Great article! Thanks for writing it. It’s always encouraging/inspiring to read about bloggers who have stuck with it to get to the point you’re at :) Congrats!

  167. This is so helpful; thank you! I have a blog already but it’s about travel+feminism+cycling and I’d like to start a more travel-specific one. Well, cycle-travelling to be precise! I only have mine through wordpress too (although I pay for the name without wordpress in the title) and hosting scares the bejesus out of me, so thank you for the careful breakdown. I’ve had a name knocking around my head for a while so I think I’ll get on it tonight.

    That said, a question: do you rate something short and snappy over something original/memorable? If you had to choose (since it’s so tough now; all the good names are gone!) which would you pick?

    Thank you so much :)

  168. Thank you so much for the post! Its just what I needed. I’ve been traveling for a while, but never really thought about writing a blog, until a week ago lol. I’ll definitely use these tips to improve my blog.

    1. Will keep at it in some form until I no longer enjoy it, but can’t see that happening anytime soon. I find myself slowing down a bit these days, however I’m always still excited to visit new places & share them.

  169. Hi Matt,
    Thanks a lot for the advice, I’ve been holding off buying a decent theme for my WordPress site until my readership picks up. Do you think a changing a blog’s theme to a paid one directly relates to an increase in traffic or is content still king?

    1. I think a strong design keeps people interested in reading & exploring more of your site. Usability is key too, must be clean, simple, and easy to navigate. First-impressions are pretty important — especially when we all have such short internet attention spans!

  170. Thanks for writing this article! It’s always good to get this type of advice from someone whose been doing it for a while. As someone who I just starting out seems to me 2 major things you need are good content, not just want you want to talk about but what ppl are searching for and engaging with your target audience! Looking forward to reading the advanced tips!

    1. Very true Nigel! Content that helps other people is important. For example, even if you’re writing a narrative travel story, including useful tips about how readers can enjoy a similar experience is key.

      1. Thank You Matthew Karsten for your simple truth that adds up to say nothing is easy. So is, starting a travel blog which is very hard work. Thank you for sharing it with us in simple language. Happy travelling.