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How To Start a Travel Blog

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So you want to start a travel blog? Do you love to travel and want to document your adventures? Good news is that you’ve already got the the passion so the next step is easy creating the blog. This post is going to give you some advice and tips, but be warned growing and maintaining a blog  is a lot of hard work.

It's not as easy as it looks and let me be honest with you, it will test you in ways you wouldn’t think of and will teach you how to have patience/perseverance, handle rejection, sometimes even inflict some fear or anxiety. It can even get the best of the strongest people. But before I scare you off I will mention the two most critical things from my experience: consistency and patience.

How To Start a Travel Blog
Here is a checklist of things to do to get your travel blog started:

1. Brainstorm a short, but sweet name

  • Make sure you can buy the domain and get related social handles like Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Snapchat etc.
  • Names like "my super awesome travel adventure life about where I have traveled in the world woman" will not be remembered or interesting enough for people to want to click on
  • Try to keep it to less than 3 words and make sure it's something meaningful to you and your content
  • Start brainstorming ideas on a simple pen and paper
  • Ask your friends, family, or significant other
  • The origin of my name “Global Fashion Gal” came from a simple conversation with my mother based on my desire for traveling and love of fashion. It’s also relatively short and is relevant to my content.

2. Pick a Blogging Platform

  • I'm currently using blogger mostly due to the popularity when I began blogging. If I could choose a new blogging platform today it would be between Ghost, Wordpress or Medium. This is due to the fact that blogger has been relatively neglected by Google over the past few years, and these other sites offer a much more modern approach and have a wide collection of themes, plugins and support.
  • It's very easy to sign up and there's even a spot to buy your domain with just you blog name without the platform name after it.

3. Install a theme and customize it to your personality

  • My very first few themes were ones provided by Blogger and then I used my little coding knowledge at the time to customize it. Don’t worry about this too much at the beginning - content is what makes a blog and what good is a “pretty site” if the content is useless.
  • Looking back on my first design makes me wonder what I was even thinking. But I realize that the look and feel is not the most critical part of a successful blog.
  • I would recommend looking at getting a template for starting out. There are literally thousands of  templates you can get for free or buy for a nominal fee. My current template is free and it suits my blog at it’s current stage. I found it on

4. Creating Content Related to Your Niche

  • It’s very important that you write content that is relevant to your particular niche and you focus on providing value to your reader. Whether that’s traveling the world on a budget, a foodie review guide, luxury travel, solo travel, couple travel, adventure travel, etc. It’s important to stick to that.
  • For example, my niche is following your heart and unique things to do while traveling
  • Take the time to make drafts, proofread, and list facts. I often ask for an outside opinion on the structure, ideas, photos even grammar! It’s important to ensure your content is high quality - at the end of the day content is everything.

5. Take Good Quality Photos

  • You don’t need to be a professional photographer with thousands of dollars of equipment to take photos suitable for you blog. Everybody starts somewhere and to start with focus on having relevant imagery (preferably taken by yourself).
  • Try to only add images that extend the content itself or enhance the experience in some way.
  • I mostly use a Canon 70D DSLR with 2 lenses: Tamron 17- 50mm f/2.8 Lens and a Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens. I occasionally use a point and shoot camera such as the Canon g7x. However there are so many bloggers (and even vloggers) that simply use a modern iPhone or smartphone.
  • Get comfortable with using Adobe Lightroom to enhance and tweak your photos to make them even more appealing
  • I recommend doing some research on Lightroom presets that can help you quickly add a nice touch to your photos. Or if you don’t want to spend money, or prefer editing on the go VSCO is a really good option.

Alright, you have a blog and some posts up. Now what?

6. Share Your Posts on Social Media

  • Sign up for every social media account that you can. Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Bloglovin, etc. follow other accounts similar to yours and promote every time you post a blog post. Don’t simply use these accounts for spamming people however, try and share some unique content on each and use these short intros to add value so the reader is enticed to click through to your site to read more
  • If your post has a lot of imagery or is suitable for a Pinterest board, go ahead and pin it to relevant boards, you can also request to submit to other larger groups to get more exposure to your content
  • Make sure your images all have alt tags so they can show up on image searches and you can get traffic from that.
  • Reach out to relevant companies or other influencers in your industry and share your content with them by means of a collaboration, sponsorship or just some helpful advice.

I hope this post made things easier for you for starting your own travel blog. I would love to check yours out! If you'd like me to see your travel posts, use the #globalfashiongal on your Instagram photos and maybe I'll feature yours on my blog or YouTube channel.

Thanks for reading and I hope you guys have a wonderful day!

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