If you love travelling, and you like writing too, this is a dream job for you, and you can make some great money doing this.
So, this blog is for Internet newbies and people who want to start a blog, and also for travelling newbies, who don’t know how to make money travelling – how to travel free.
What is this article about?
- I will show you how to start a Travel blog.
- I will show you how to monetize a Travel blog.
- I will show you the best platform and the best themes for your Travel Blog.
- I will show you how to travel free sometimes.
So, I hope you will find this article really helpful, and if you have any questions contact me for details.
What is a Travel blog and why should I start it?
Basically, travel blog is a diary written by people who travel all around the world.
So, if your plan is to start travelling, or if you already visited some places, you should start your blog, for sure.
But, I am afraid that no one will ever read my blog?
If you want to start your blog but you are afraid that you will never have any readers, you shouldn’t be afraid, believe me.
There are lot of people who are just like you, people who are ready to travel the world, maybe someone is just looking for a cool places to go, or they are looking for a Hotel reviews, and all of them are going to visit your blog if you have great stories and reviews.
Can I make any money from my blog?
Of course, you can even make so much money that you can cover your travel expenses, and there are lot of Travel bloggers with 5 and 6 figures income from their blog.
5 Types Of Blog Posts that will Attract Visitors!
As a Travel blogger you should write amazing posts that will attract your visitors, and I will show you few best post types that will attract visitors on your Travel Blog.
- Hotel Reviews
If you visit some country and you stay in some nice hotel, be sure that you make nice and long review of that hotel.
Every Hotel, Car agency and Bus agency are probably listed in some of the online affiliate Travel services.
One of the best services for Travel affiliates is TripAdvisor, you can check their affiliate program here.
If you don’t know what is affiliate program, it’s basically site where you send someone to buy something and you get some %% from what they pay something to that site.
And TripAdvisor is really large site and almost every Hotel and Travel agency are listed on their site.
But how to make money with this?
So when you for example stay in some for example: “AdrianHotel in Croatia”, you write review about that hotel, what you think about it, Pros and Cons, is it clean or not, rate their food, etc..
Next thing you have to do is to find that hotel on Tripadvisor and only thing that you have to do is to take Affiliate link of that hotel and paste it in your blog article.
And at the end of your review you put this link and send your readers to this hotel on Tripadvisor, and if someone book this hotel for like 5 nights and they pay 500$ for that, you will get 50% of that price.
Yes, 50% of what they pay is what you get, amazing.
So basically you can send million visitors there, and if they like that hotel they will book it.
Even if they book another hotel or anything on Tripadvisor you will get your commission, whatever they pay on TripAdvisor, 50% of that is yours.
- Review of city-country-place that you have visited
When you visit some city, or country, or state, or any other place, you should write nice big review of that place.
Take as many photos as you can, choose 10-20 best photos and upload them in your post, describe best buildings in that city, nice rivers, Pros and Cons of that place, and tell your readers what do you think about overall trip to that place.
If you stay in some hotel in that city, don’t write about everything in one post, make another post with review of that hotel.
There are probably thousands of people who are looking for nice review of that place because they want to visit it.
Use some jokes, don’t keep your readers on distance, let them feel that trip with you, let them feel rivers, buildings, forest, grass, show them everything.
- Video posts
Video is one of the best things that you can give to your readers, it will fire them in second, and if it’s a great video, they will want to visit that place for sure.
Make video of everything, if you go to safari, if you climb mountains, or if you go fishing, there is someone who will absolutely love it.
Upload videos on Youtube and post them on your blog, so people from Youtube will easily find your blog.
Make lists for everything, readers are attracted to these posts, and they will share list posts 40% more than regular posts on Social media networks.
So, make post like this: 4 Best Hotels in Canada, or: 4 Most Amazing Rivers in UK..
You can make list of everything, you just need an inspiration.
Search through other Travel blogs and post similar lists.
90% of people who are going to travel in some foreign country will try their kitchen for sure, and it’s up to you to tell them either it’s good or not to try some meals, so they will know what to eat when they get there.
Make review of every food that you try, people love this.
Post photos of your meals, and describe them really well so readers will be able to connect to you and if you explain how does it taste in details, they will be able to taste it with you.
Tip on how to get free food in restaurants if you are a blogger:
Go to restaurant owner and offer them review and linking to their restaurant in exchange of free lunch or dinner.
80% of them will say yes if you have some nice looking blog and lot of followers and readers.
That mention will bring them lot of money, and a lot of good feedback.
I don’t have domain and hosting for my blog!
It’s fine, you can read my article with tutorial on: HOW TO BUY HOSTING AND GET FREE DOMAIN FOR MY SITE!
This is a-z tutorial with photos of step by step Bluehost hosting installation.
If you buy Bluehost Hosting you will get free domain for your website.
How to choose a domain for my website?
– You should choose some .com domain so make some domain with Travel word in it, or Travelling, or some other word related to Travelling so it’s easier for people to remember it and it’s better looking.
For example: AdrianTraveller, TravellingforLife, WorldTraveller, TravelReviews…
Is it hard to start a blog and how much does it cost?
It’s really easy and even a kids could set it up in few minutes.
Only thing that you have to do is to buy a hosting, and go to your hosting panel, install WordPress in one click and that’s it.
After that you have to buy some Theme (design) for your blog.
So your blog will cost you: 100$ for hosting and 40$ for Theme = 140$ (average).
Best WordPress Themes for a Travel Blog
Theme is one of the most important things for your blog, because design and content will keep visitors and attract new visitors.
Don’t ever download nulled theme, buy theme, it’s like 40-50$ but you are safe.
With nulled theme it’s not safe to run your a blog, you can read why is that so.
So I will show you few best themes for a Travel Blog.
Insight theme is theme from WPZoom, and it comes with amazing ZOOM Framework.
This theme is really perfect for Travel blog, and also for your readers, because it’s Responsive & Retina Ready so you will get more readers from mobile phones.
Design of this theme is amazing, it comes with 3 Color Schemes and simple but important Dynamic Homepage Builder.
You will also get a Visual Customizer so you will be able to adjust all colors on your own.
Theme is also SEO Friendly and it’s Easy to translate on your language.
Travelista is one of the best themes for Travel blogs.
This is one great blog theme and you will get 8 types of blog layouts with it.
On the homepage you will get nice featured slider and you will be able to choose a custom background image or color.
Also you will be able to choose different layouts for each post or page, so you can customize your blog 100%.
You will get 15 Custom widgets, all really handy and helpful for everyone.
There are 9 Post formats in this theme: Standard, Gallery, Link, Quote, Video, Image, Status, Audio and Aside.
Theme is also responsive and retina ready.
This theme is on my list, but it’s really special theme, why?
Because this theme comes with amazing 26+ different layouts and demos, so you can basically make whatever you want with this theme.
You will get 14 widgets and 10 shortcodes, and you will use them alot, belive me.
Also you can use 5 Post Formats: Standard, Video, Image, Gallery and Music Format, so you can publish any type of media and any type of article on your blog.
Theme also comes with nice Next&Prev Post option, and cool Related posts plugin.
Two more great things about this theme are Responsive Design and awesome Featured Slider.
This theme is great looking on every mobile platform, and it has Fully Responsive Layout.
Also it’s Retina Ready and Built On Bootstrap 3, also nice thing is that it’s 100% Ready For Translation and it comes with 600+ Google Fonts.
Theme is great, it’s sold more than 220 times from last update before 3 months.
I used it on my blogs and this is one of the best themes ever made for Travel blog.