How to become a Travel Blogger

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What do they do?

Looking for a career where you get paid to travel? Yeah, there’s a job for that…

Travel Bloggers are freelance writers who travel around the world and put together stories about their experiences.

Usually, they’ll publish what they write on their own blogs, vlogs and websites. However, some Travel Bloggers may also blog about their trips on other sites, contributing regular stories in a similar way to a traditional Travel Writer.

For many Travel Bloggers, their work also includes some form of photography, which helps add to the overall experience and sense of personal style.

Typical responsibilities for a Travel Blogger may include:

  • Arranging trips and organising accommodation
  • Contacting hotels and resorts to offer reviews
  • Reaching out to companies to advertise on the site
  • Writing, editing and uploading blog posts
  • Responding to comments and building followers
  • Offering tips and advice to people looking to visit new places
  • Travelling to the next destination
Is it right for me?

To become a Travel Blogger, you’ll need to be happy travelling to all sorts of destinations, using various different methods of transport. If your idea of wanderlust is a day out on the Woolwich Ferry, this may not be the career for you.

You’ll also need to be comfortable with your own company, often having to work on your own, sometimes for weeks or months at a time. Even if you meet new people along the way, it can be a pretty lonely place when you’re off the beaten track.

Additionally, as most Travel Bloggers make money through running ads on their own site, excellent sales and self-promotion skills, not to mention some basic knowledge of coding, will be similarly essential.

Other key skills for a Travel Blogger include:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Imagination, and a passion for seeing new places
  • Self-motivation and organisational skills
  • Business acumen
  • Tech and photography skills
  • Adaptability, and good awareness
  • A strong constitution
What's it really like?

I initially started blogging as a bit of a diary, writing down everywhere I went while travelling on my gap year. But after building up a bit of a following, and badgering a few local businesses for promotion, I quickly worked out it was a great way to make money – and bag some great freebies. You’ve got to be open to all sorts of new experiences being a Travel Blogger, whether it’s the luxury, or slumming it in hostels (guess which one is more likely). My advice for anyone looking to get into it would be to get an idea of how you’re going to make money first, and blog later. That’s the only way you’ll ever be profitable and be able to keep doing it. And secondly? You’ve always got to know where your towel is…

Get qualified

You won’t need any specific qualifications in order to become a Travel Blogger. However, undertaking blogging-specific courses is essential for learning the business side of the industry, as well as learning how to turn your hobby into a career.

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