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How to Start a Travel Website

Travel is one of the most exciting things anyone can do.  From getting to see the world to understanding the differences and likenesses of communities far and wide: it’s important to write down as much as you can.

What do you do with everything you’ve written down, though?  And can this writing help you support future traveling?

These are the top tips for creating a travel website and why it’s important to follow through.

Consider Your Niche

Every blog and author should have a niche that sets them apart.  For some, this could be traveling while you’re a new parent, and for others, it can be traveling while LGBT+ or traveling alone as a young woman, but it all depends on what attributes would make you stand out the most.  A niche will capture viewers specifically for what sets you apart and will give you the opportunity to gain massive viewership quickly.

Decide Where You’re Hosting It

Where you host your blog matters, don’t go for Tumblr since it’s a dying website, and although you should cross-post on Instagram: it shouldn’t be the only place you post your travel updates.  Instead, look for a website that’s free to host on that may eventually offer ways to gain income when you build an audience.

Figure Out How Often You’ll Travel

How often can you travel?  The more you travel, the more content you can make.  Unfortunately, travel is expensive, so it might be a good idea to plan ahead for at least two trips a year.  These trips can give you months of content, even if they’re just a couple of weeks long because you can deep-dive into the local culture, food, entertainment, where you stay, and what experiences you have while you’re there.  

Decide on Possible Advertisement

When you’re starting a travel blog, you may think it’s too early to consider advertising: but good planning will allow the advertisement to feel entirely natural when it finally comes.  This could mean including signs on the sides of your blog that spaces are open to an advertisement or even adding ‘products of the week’ at the bottom of your blog so that people are prepared to eventually see paid products there.  It’s hard to live off writing without these ads, so make sure you follow through.

Write Your Content

Writing is the most important part of any travel blog.  Take your time to write your content and edit thoroughly.  Typos and writing mistakes will put off readers and make them click away without returning.  Because of this, it might be a good idea to consider hiring an editor or proofreader who can double-check your blog entries before you post them.  This will protect you from posting silly mistakes and will give your blog a more professional feeling.

Every Travel Blog is Different!

Whether this is your first travel blog or you’re starting from scratch after your first one flopped, it’s important to remember that every blog is a new start!  Try some of these tips, and give yourself the best chance at success.

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