How to Choose a Unique Travel Blog Name You Love

I know it sounds dramatic, but choosing a travel blog name you love is one of the most important (and most difficult) parts of starting your blogging journey.

It is a pain in the butt to change your blog’s name once it is established, so you want to take your time and choose the right name from the start.

This is a decision you do not want to rush!

I’m in a lot of blogging Facebook groups, and it is rare for there to be a day where I don’t see someone asking for helping changing their travel blog name.

Even if you don’t know if you’re going to keep blogging or not, you need to put some thought and effort into choosing your travel blog name.

I had no intention of blogging and only signed up to Bluehost to learn how to use the backside of a website in the hopes of starting a career in the communication field.

Lucky for me I happened to choose a blog name that I still love to this day, but not everybody is as lucky as I am!

This post isn’t going to give you a bunch of travel blog ideas to choose from. You’re going to have to be creative and come up with your own name!

This article is centred around giving you the core information you need to know in order to choose a good travel blog name that won’t make you cry out in regret a year down the road.

Stick to the guidelines in this post, and you’ll come up with an amazing travel blog name that you’ll love for years to come!

Travel blogging mistakes to avoid at all costs

Choose Your Niche Before Your Travel Blog Name

Gone are the days where you can be a general travel blogger and be widely successful.

For new bloggers breaking into the business, you need to niche down and specialize in one topic.

That doesn’t mean you can only write about that topic, but the focus of your blog should be as narrow as possible.

For example, there are people who only write about Texas or Disney World or Hitchhiking.

Know your expertise and stick to it!

I made the mistake of being too general when I first started my blog. It was difficult to get any traction because Google didn’t know what I was an expert at.

I narrowed my focus to solo travel and wrote a bunch of articles about travelling alone.

Google started to like me more and drive more traffic to my site!

Of course, I have lots of other content on my site, but I make sure I don’t go more than three posts without publishing an article related to solo travel.

The reason choosing your niche before your travel blog name is so important is you want your name to match your site as much as possible.

You don’t want to name your blog Erica Does Disney if the main focus of your blog ends up being the United Kingdom.

Google won’t understand what is going on!

Take some time and imagine what you want to write about for many years to come. Then choose your name!

You can also go with something more generic (like my blog’s name). That way your blog will match your niche even if you switch it up and go a different direction partway through your journey.

Profitable travel blog niches

Avoid Names Similar to Established, Popular Travel Bloggers

You may think it is a genius idea to pick a travel blog name similar to one of the biggest travel bloggers out there.

But it isn’t.

People will either forget about you and only recall the popular blogger’s name. Or they will be trying to find the popular blogger and get frustrated when they stumble on your blog rather than the blog they want.

For example, you’ll want to avoid anything too similar to the Blonde Abroad or Nomadic Matt.

Everybody knows those bloggers. They’ll be looking for those bloggers when they search similar terms.

You want to think of some unique travel blog names that make you stand out a bit from the crowd.

Because let me tell you that the travel blogging world is crowded (but there is always room for more!).

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Choose a Name that Will Grow with You

I kind of touched on this in the first point, but you don’t want to choose a travel blog name that can’t grow with you.

That is the main issue I see when people are seeking advice on how to change their domain name.

Names like Brianna Boozes Abroad or Travelling at Twenty probably won’t be something that grows with you and your content five or ten years down the road.

You want to choose a travel blog name that works well with your niche but doesn’t pigeon hole you too much.

Something generic works as well!

One of my favourite explanations of why they chose their name is Flying the Nest. They’re a travel vlogging couple on YouTube who chose a name that could grow with them as they lived their life.

They started as broke twenty somethings, then luxury travellers, and now they document their life as a family.

That is a name chosen very well!

So, don’t be short-sighted when you come up with travel blog name ideas. Consider what life could look like five years down the road.

As hard as that is to imagine!

And go from there.

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Make Sure the Domain Name and Socials are Available

Do not fall in love with a travel blog name until you’ve made sure it is available!

You do not want to get pumped about a potential name, start fantasizing about it, and then be let down when you discover the domain is already taken.

Or the domain could be free, but the name is already used on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

That’s no good either!

As soon as you think of a potential travel blog name, go to Name Cheap and see if it is available.

If the domain is available, do a little dance of joy, and then head over to various social media platforms and see if the handle you want is available.

You want your handles and domain to match across the board.

Or at least as much as possible.

For example, I’m Travels with Erica everywhere but Instagram where I’m travelswith_erica.

That is close enough that it won’t confuse your audience.

However, if your domain is Travels with Erica, your Facebook is Erica Travels, and your Instagram is Erica Travels the World, it doesn’t make sense.

Branding is important!

You want your audience to recognize and notice you within seconds. Keep your brand as similar as possible across all platforms.

I’m sorry to tell you, but if you can’t get the same or very similar handle across all platforms, it is better to move on from that name and keep thinking of unique travel blog names you might like.

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Keep it Short and Sweet

Short and memorable are the keys to coming up with good travel blog name ideas.

You don’t want a super long name that is hard to remember. Two to three short(ish) words is perfect!

Funny story.

I first started a travel blog in 2015 (that quickly died after one post) called Tripping Through the World. That’s way too long and kind of funny to look back on now!

When choosing the words that make up your travel blog name, I suggest using simple words that most people will understand.

People from all over the world will read your posts.

A lot of people have English as a second language and may not understand some of the larger or more obscure English words.

If someone doesn’t understand your name, there is a zero percent chance of them remembering it!

I like to suggest that people keep their blog names under 15 characters.

That should be enough room to succinctly describe the purpose of your blog without the length of your name getting out of control.

I didn’t know about the short and sweet rule when I first started blogging. I’m lucky that I chose something on the shorter end of the spectrum, but it could have gone the other way too.

Learn from me and make sure you choose a short blog name on purpose not just by mistake.

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Avoid Numbers and Misspellings

It may seem like a cute idea to purposefully misspell a travel-related word in your domain name, but it isn’t.

People will probably think you don’t know how to spell or that you’re trying to be funny. But they won’t find it charming.

I don’t like it when words are misspelled on purpose in blog names or titles. I know a lot of people feel the same way about it too.

It is best to stick to a traditional spelling of the name and play it safe.

The exception is when you’re using words that are spelled differently in different countries.

I’m Canadian, so I spell travelling with two “l”s. Americans spell traveling with one “l”.

That’s a cultural difference, so you can go with either one.

Some people say you should always spell words the American way because there is a strong likelihood that most of your readers will be American.

I don’t abide by that rule and spell things the way we spell them in Canada.

I’m pretty sure people are bright enough to pick up on the fact that travelling and traveling are the same thing. πŸ˜‰

Numbers are a different story.

I hate when people put numbers in their travel blog name.

Whether they are spelled out or in numerical form, it doesn’t matter. They both aren’t the best choice.

They look silly in the domain name when they are numerical and take up too much space when they are spelled out.

Just leave the awkward spellings and numbers out of your domain name, and your readers will thank you for it.

You’ll probably be thankful for it down the road as well.

People tend to outgrow those sort of things pretty quickly.

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Consider Google and SEO

This is a super underrated tip that not enough people are talking about.

Google loves it when you tell them exactly what you’re about.

What better way to please the Google gods than considering Search Engine Optimization (SEO) when coming up with unique travel blog name ideas?!

None. There are no better ways to please the Google gods.

This isn’t completely necessary, but it can help more than you think.

Especially if you have a niche webiste.

Something like Disney Trippers is a great example!

There is zero confusion surrounding what the site is about.

Alternatively, you could include the word travel in your name like I did.

Anything to point Google in the right direction is a win.

If you’re not quite sure or don’t want to commit to being solely a travel blogger, then you can always go with your name.

That is a very popular approach, and it ensures your blog will grow with you as you grow.

As a reader, I tend to click more quickly to a article written by a blog with a travel-related name. It build immediate trust.

Just some food for thought. πŸ™‚

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How to Get a Domain Name

Okay. So, by now you probably have a million blog name ideas swirling around in your head, and you’re ready to start claiming the perfect name.

The problem is you don’t know where to start or where to get your domain name from.

Worry not!

I’ve purchased a ton of domain names and have done it the right and wrong way.

I’m sharing my best tips, so you can get your domain name from the right source and for a fair price.

Getting a Domain from Your Hosting Provider

You can purchase your domain name through pretty much every hosting provider out there.

Many like Green Geeks and Bluehost even offer a free domain name for the first year you use their service!

Getting your domain name through your hosting provider is one of the most popular ways to get your domain name.

It is easy and straightforward.

Plus nearly every influencer recommends you get your domain name through your hosting provider, so it must be the best way to get it right?

Perhaps. But not necessarily.

There are some downsides to getting your domain name through your hosting provider that you need to be aware of.

First, hosting providers normally charge at least 50% more (and sometimes twice as much) as using an independent hosting provider.

They know a lot of their customers are new to blogging or aren’t the most tech savvy, so they can jack up the prices.

Second, having your hosting and domain with the same company creates a bit of a tricky situation if you ever want to switch hosting providers.

I’ve never had this experience because I buy my domain names through Namcheap, but I’ve heard horror stories about people having to fight with their host to allow them to change providers and take the hosting and domain name from a single company.

It is always best not to have all your eggs in one basket.

Separating your hosting from the company you purchase your domain through is just a smart business move.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t get your domain name through your hosting, but you should be aware of the pros and cons of making that decision.

Not enough people are talking about the downside to getting your domain name through your hosting provider.

I just want to make sure you have all the information, so you can make the best choice for you.

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Getting a Domain from Someone Else

The other option you have is to purchase your domain name from a company other than your hosting provider.

This is what I do and what I personally think is best practice.

My favourite place to purchase domain names is through Namecheap.

They have super affordable prices, a great user interface, and helpful customer service staff if you ever have an issue.

If you decide to purchase your domain through Namecheap, don’t get sucked into buying upgrades before you checkout.

You don’t need to purchase an SSL certificate or an advanced DNS.

You only need to purchase the domain, and you’re good to go!

Once you’ve purchased your domain, you simply need to enter the custom DNS from your hosting provider, and your domain name will automatically be linked to your hosting provider.

If that sentence freaked you out, know that it is incredibly easy to link them. You just need to copy and paste two strings of number your hosting provider gives you into Namecheap, and you’re set.

I’m a huge advocate for getting your domain from a third-party domain provider like Namecheap.

I like the separation between my hosting provider and my domain provider.

It gives me the freedom to switch providers without a hitch if I choose to.

And it saves me some money every year because Namecheap has the best prices I’ve ever seen for domain names!

The Best Way to Get Your Domain

I think the best way to approach getting a domain name for your travel blog is to mix both methods we talked about above.

If you’re new to blogging and have never purchased hosting before, I suggest taking advantage of getting a domain name free for the first year.

Who doesn’t love free stuff?!

I would keep my domain name with my hosting provider for the first 11 or so months and then transfer it over to Namecheap.

It is super easy to transfer your domain to Namecheap, so it isn’t a hassle to change your domain name provider.

I think this combination method because it is the most affordable.

When you start your first blog, you don’t know if blogging is the right path for you. You may or may not have much capital to invest in your blog, so saving a few dollars on a domain name helps.

I originally had my domain name with Bluehost for the first two years I had my domain.

I wish I had known about Namecheap and how easy it was to transfer my domain name before my domain renewed with Bluehost.

The amount they charged was almost three times was Namecheap charges me per year.

It is 100% worth the effort to switch to Namecheap (or a similar service) before your domain renews with your hosting provider!

But it is also definitely worth it to get the first year of your domain name for free through your hosting provider.

You kind of have to know how to strategically play the game to get the best bang for your buck. πŸ™‚

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My Hosting Provider Recommendation

A ton of bloggers recommend Bluehost as the best hosting provider for new bloggers.

Probably because it is one of the best known hosting providers and offers a nice affiliate commission.

Bluehost is the hosting provider I started Travels with Erica on. They’re a great hosting provider and super intuitive to use.

I really enjoyed my time with Bluehost and would not hesitate to recommend them to new bloggers.

However, they are not my favourite hosting provider.

I love Green Geeks and recommend them to all my friends and family member who are considering starting a blog.

Green Geeks is just as easy as Bluehost to use, are less expensive, and come with more features.

They offer free nightly website backups and a free caching plugin with each hosting plan. Even the cheapest hosting plan comes with these perks!

And for those who don’t know what a caching plugin is, it is an essential plugin for any blog. It helps speed up your website, which helps you rank better in Google.

I used to pay over $40USD per year for a caching plugin, so the fact that Green Geeks includes one for free is incredible!

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I love, love, love Green Geeks and host all my websites with them now.

I don’t ever plan on switching, and they have won my heart over.

Oh!

I forgot to mention that they are the most eco-friendly hosting provider on the market! They go above and beyond to be as clean as possible.

They donate the equivalent to 300% of the energy they use to a carbon offset charity.

What is there not to love about them?!

One more bonus: if you use my link to purchase your hosting, they will plant a tree in your honour!

It doesn’t get better than that!

Staying Internet Safe as a Travel Blogger

I love that you’re starting on your journey to becoming a travel blogger.

It was one of the best decisions of my life, and I hope it is one of your best decisions too!

One really important aspect of blogging that not enough people are talking about is that you need to take you internet safety seriously.

Especially when you travel.

Your business is online, and it would be devastating if something were to ever happen to it.

And that is a very real possibility when you connect to public wifi networks.

As travellers and freelancers often do!

Using a public wifi network puts you and your personal online data at serious risk of being hacked and having your data stolen.

And, yes, public wifi networks with a password on them are not safe! Anybody can access the password and hack your information.

This includes your banking information, access to your blog, and all your social media accounts.

Being unsafe on the internet is truly one of the biggest threats to any online business.

The only way you can protect yourself is by installing a VPN on all your devices.

A VPN essentially puts a forcefield around your devices.

It makes using public wifi networks just as safe as using your home wifi network where you’re the only person who knows the password.

If there is one investment that I 100% think is essential and worth making at the start of your blogging journey, it is getting a reliable VPN subscription and installing it on every single device you use.

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of VPNs over my years of travel and running a digital business.

To be honest, most of them are junk.

They slow down your devices so much that they essentially make your device unusable. I normally end up turning off my VPN and exposing myself to being hacked because they are so slow.

And that totally defeats the purpose! And is a waste of money.

All my frustrations with VPNs ended when I discovered NordVPN.

They are the fastest VPN on the market, and they are they only VPN I don’t find frustrating to use.

Seriously. I’ve wanted to throw my laptop against a wall in frustration before because my internet connection was so slow.

That’s not the case with NordVPN!

The fact that NordVPN is the fastest and most reliable VPN on the market is why I recommend them to you.

As both a travel lover and a digital entrepreneur.

I don’t plan on ever switching from NordVPN. I trust them with my personal information 100% and know everything is safe under their protection.

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel and start blogging, you can afford to protect your online information.

There are no excuses!

Conclusion

I hope this post helped point you in the right direction, and you’re inspired to come up with unique travel blog name ideas that suit you and your unique perspective on travel and the world!

Coming up with a travel blog name is hard.

Like really hard!

It is an extremely important part of your online presence, and you want to make sure you get it right.

Don’t rush it.

Take your time, sit on names you like for a few days, and figure out what resonates best with you.

If you’re struggling to come up with a travel bog name, try using a name generator.

I’ve used them in the past to come up with blog names.

They don’t work perfectly, but I find they help spark inspiration and come up with some pretty cool travel blog name ideas.

No matter what travel blog name you choose, I know it will be amazing!

There are so many possibilities out, and I know you’ll find the perfect name for you.

And once you have your name, the fun really begins!

You sign up with a hosting provider, build your blog, and start sharing your knowledge and passion with the world.

Travel blogging is an amazing journey.

It is a lot of work, but if you’re passionate about it, it doesn’t feel like it.

I know you’ll be an amazing travel blogger. The market isn’t too saturated. Your voice is different and ready to be heard.

I can’t wait to read your blog! Feel free to share a link in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to check it out. πŸ™‚

Travel Blog Ideas, so You Never Run Out of Content!

There is hardly anything worse than running out of travel blog ideas while you’re at home and struggling to find anything to write about on your blog!

I’m writing this in May 2021. 14 months in COVID lockdown and 16 months since I travelled anywhere, so I know the pain!

The thing is you have to continue writing and coming up with travel blog ideas and posts if you want your blog to continue to grow and be profitable.

You can’t only write and publish blogs when you’re on the road exploring.

You need to keep publishing even when you’re at home, and even when it seems like you’ve written about literally everything and anything you can think of.

Today I’m sharing my list of travel blog ideas, so you can get inspiration of what to write about when you feel completely lost and like you don’t have a creative bone in your body.

I know the feeling and pain and want to help you avoid it!

These travel blog ideas are just a starting point.

Gain inspiration from them and turn them into your own blog posts.

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Destination Specific Travel Blog Ideas

These types of post will probably be the bread and butter of your blog.

You share all your top tips and tricks about a specific destination and help people plan their trip there.

Keywords related to these types of articles are pretty competitive so take some time to find hidden gems that are low competition.

This will help you be more successful and gain more traffic.

  • 10 free things to do in (city)
  • Overrated things to do in (city)
  • Best vegan restaurants in (city)
  • Where to stay in (city)
  • Where to stay in (specific neighbourhood in city)
  • Two week itinerary for (country)
  • How much two weeks in (country) cost me
  • Souvenirs to buy in
  • Tips for using public transportation in (city)
  • How to travel from (city a) to (city b)
  • Dress code in (country)
  • Tourist scams in (country) to be aware of
  • 10 traditional (country) foods you have to try
  • 10 common phrases you need to learn before visiting (country)

Here are a few examples:

Dress code in Taiwan

Best Hotels Near Taipei Main Station

How to Travel from Seoul to Busan

10 Cultural Things to do in Gyeongju

Seoul, South Korea

Blog Posts All About Travel Tips

You would be surprised how many people search generic travel tips rather than tips about a specific destination.

I know you’re an experienced traveller but thing back to when you first started travelling and all the questions and uncertainty you had.

You can be that expert who helps guide new travellers into becoming experienced travellers.

These types of posts bring so much value, and you should definitely have a few of them on your blog!

  • How to book your first trip with credit card points
  • Tips for flying alone with a toddler
  • Airport hacks
  • How to access airport lounges for free
  • 10 unconventional travel tips
  • Travel tips for introverts
  • How to decide if solo travel is right for you
  • 10 tips for surviving van life as a woman
  • How to become a travel hacker
  • How to stay in hotels for free
  • Tips for never getting bored on a long bus ride

Here are a few examples:

Tips for flying alone

Tips for eating alone at a restaurant

How to breeze through airport security

Eating alone

Share Your Best Planning Tips

This subsection is similar to the last one, but it has to do with the pre-departure side of travel rather than tips for when you’re actually travelling.

People love to be prepared and know what to expect when they travel, and these types of blog posts are Googled all the time!

  • How to apply to the NEXUS program
  • How to change your name on your passport
  • Tips for completing a international visa application
  • What to pack in your carry-on luggage
  • What can and can’t be brought through airport security
  • How to save money on rental car insurance
  • How to choose a travel insurance provider
  • Review of your favourite luggage
  • Packing tips and tricks
  • How to keep your home safe when travelling
  • Travel apps everybody needs on their phone
  • Common questions asked by custom agents

Here are a few examples:

Tips for planning your first solo trip

Things nobody tells you about solo travel

Is Skyroam worth it?

Travel Blog Ideas for Photography and Social Media

Photography and social media travel tips are huge, and people are always searching them.

Everybody wants to learn how to take the best photos and how to grow a social media following.

If this is something you know a lot about, you should definitely share you secrets with your audience!

  • How to pose in travel photos
  • 10 tips for taking photos of yourself as a solo traveller
  • Best Instagram captions for (city)
  • Best cameras for travel lovers
  • Top Instagram presets for travel addicts
  • Affordable cameras for travel lovers
  • What’s in my camera bag
  • How to grow your travel Instagram
  • Start a travel blog in 7 easy steps
  • Learn how to start a travel YouTube channel
  • Best camera bags for women
  • Tips for feeling comfortable taking photos alone

Here are a few examples:

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Write Travel Content About Specific Times of Year

Just yesterday I was Googling best places to visit in September, and it was not the first time I’ve Googled something like that.

In fact, it is often one of the first things I Google when I start planning a trip!

Posts about travel during a specific time of year kill it and get a ton of views.

The problem is that you have to be an expert and done a lot of travelling to have enough knowledge to put together a good post.

You can also make it a collab post and ask other bloggers for their suggestions. That’s the way I would do it if I were to write these types of posts.

  • Best countries to visit in (month)
  • Worst countries to visit in (month)
  • Best time to visit (country)
  • What to pack when visiting (city) in (month)
  • Things to do in (city) in (month)
  • Festivals in (city) in (month)
  • When is the rainy season in (country)
  • Weather in (city) in (month)
  • Best places to go for Christmas
  • How to book a cheap spring break trip
  • Best Christmas markets in Europe
Taipei 101

Inspirational Travel Blog Ideas

People love reading inspirational stories on the internet.

A lot of travel blog gurus tell you to only write informative content, but I think sprinkling in a little bit of your personal story goes a long way in building trust with you audience.

I wouldn’t write a lot of inspirational travel stories, but it doesn’t hurt to have a few on your website!

  • Lessons learned from visiting (x) number of countries
  • The hardest part of being a solo female traveller
  • Every time I was scammed or robbed while travelling
  • How I met my best friend while travelling in (city)
  • Write about the funniest thing that happened to you while travelling
  • Quotes to inspire wanderlust
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Two REALLY Important Things to Consider When Coming Up with Travel Blog Ideas

Becoming a successful travel blogger isn’t quite as easy as picking a topic from my list of travel blog ideas and writing a random post about it.

I wish it were that easy, but it isn’t.

You need to know how to make the Google gods happy, and the two most important things you need to do that are a fast blog and strong SEO.

You Need a Fast Blog

When I first started blogging, I kind of dismissed people who kept saying that you need a fast blog.

I thought my Bluehost blog was fast enough as is, and I didn’t need to do anything to speed it up.

Fast forward to about a year into blogging when I didn’t have much traction and decided to start taking blog speed seriously.

I bought the Make Traffic Happen blog speed ebook, which doesn’t seem to be available anymore and implemented the steps in the book to boost my site speed.

Well.

Let me tell you that speeding up my site made a surprisingly huge difference for my blog.

It was probably a combination of taking SEO more seriously (more on that later) and speeding up my site, but I started seeing a lot more organic traffic coming to my site.

It was like the lightbulb turned on in my head, and I unlocked the door to getting traffic to my site.

Blog speed isn’t the be all end all when it comes to getting traffic from Google, but it is far more important than you think.

Please don’t ignore it!

Nowadays, I use Green Geeks as my hosting provider.

They are one of the fastest hosting providers out there and include a complimentary caching plugin to all their customers.

Plus they are the most environmentally friendly hosting provider out there!

If you haven’t already started your blog or are looking to switch hosting providers, I highly recommend Green Geeks.

I’m so happy I switch from Bluehost to them and have no plans of ever leaving them!

Learn how to start a blog on Green Geeks in just 30 seconds!

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Make Search Engine Optimization (SEO) a Priority from Day One

If I could go back and change just one thing about my blogging journey it would be taking SEO seriously from day one.

The sad part is that I took an SEO course at the beginning of my blogging journey and still didn’t recognize how important it was until my second year of blogging.

SEO means writing in a way that the Google bots can find and rank your content.

This doesn’t mean you write robotically though!

Your content should first and foremost be for your audience, but you always need to have SEO and making Google happy at the back of your mind.

The reason I’m bringing this up in this particular article has to do with keywords.

Finding the right keywords to target and write blog posts about is one of the most important aspects of blogging.

You need to target keywords that you have a short of ranking for.

If you’re brand new to blogging, you’re never going to rank for the keyword things to do in London.

There is too much competition, and you post will get lost in the deep darkness of the web, and nobody will ever read your post.

It is essential that you know how to find keywords that you can actually rank for and write posts about that.

I go into more depth about it in my SEO for travel bloggers post so be sure to give that a read!

SEO for travel bloggers

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A Lecture About Internet Safety

Okay. I know this has nothing to do with coming up with travel blog ideas, but I couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to remind you that it is essential to be internet safe.

Especially when you’re on the road.

Travellers are reliant on public wifi networks, and it is so easy for someone who wants to to attack your computer or phone and steal your personal information.

You do not need your banking information stolen while your’e on the road.

The need to be internet safe while travelling is even more important for people who make their money online.

You may have personal and private information on your computer that would be a disaster if it was stolen or you could lose access to your blog.

Yikes! Now you see why keeping people internet safe is a passion of mine!

The only way you can keep your online data safe while using a public wifi network is being installing a VPN on your devices.

And, yes, even if a hotel wifi network has a password attached to it doesn’t mean it isn’t a public wifi network. It is, and you’re still at risk.

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my years of travel and hated most of them.

In fact, I hated all of them until I started using NordVPN.

It is the only VPN I’ve used that doesn’t slow my devices down to such a slow speed that I give up using the VPN and risk my devices to potential exposure and hacking.

NordVPN is the fastest VPN on the market, which is why I recommend it to travellers. You barely notice there is a VPN on your devices, and you don’t get frustrated with the speed on your devices when using it.

Another perk is that you can cloak your location and make it look like you’re in a different country than where you actually are.

This is great for countries like China where the internet is limited.

Or when you’ve run out of things to watch on Netflix and want to explore another country’s Netflix library. I recommend South Korean Netflix. That have an amazing catalogue.

A NordVPN subscription allows you to protect up to six devices, so you can protect all your devices for one low price.

Seriously! The price of a subscription per month is less than the cost of a single latte at Starbucks!

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data with a VPN.

Conclusion

So, there you have it! My top travel blog ideas, so you never run out of content ideas while you’re at home and not travelling.

I hope you’re inspired to go out and write a bunch of new blog posts and help people be better travellers and explore the world!

But don’t forget about the technical stuff like SEO, blog speed, and internet safety.

I know it is easy to do when you’re excited about writing, but you need to keep them in the back of your mind!

My hope is that your mind is buzzing right now.

Full of ideas and inspiration and new travel blog ideas to keep your blog full of content until you’re able to hit the road and explore again!

It may seem like there is nothing to write about at times, but I promise there are countless blog post ideas you can bring to life on your blog!

How to Quickly Start a Blog on Green Geeks

A lot of bloggers suggest new bloggers use Bluehost as their hosting provider because they offer a one-click WordPress installation. That was good advice then, but now Bluehost is facing fierce competition from Green Geeks.

Green Geeks recently launched their Quick Launch Wizard tool that allows you to start your blog and install WordPress in seconds.

A tool like this was the one piece missing from Green Geeks in the past, and I’m over the moon they introduced it!

You can now install WordPress and start your blog in about thirty seconds flat!

With the introduction of the Quick Launch Wizard tool, Green Geeks is firmly cemented as the best hosting provider in my opinion.

You get:

  • The most environmentally friendly hosting on the planet
  • A complimentary caching plugin
  • An extremely fast website
  • Some of the industry’s best website uptime
  • Free nightly backups
  • The ability to install WordPress without navigating through the c-panel

All that for extremely low prices.

I honestly don’t know how they’re able to offer all of that for such a low price!

Today, I’m going to walk you through how to quickly create your blog and install WordPress with Green Geeks.

Spoiler: it is really easy!

Rookie travel blogging mistakes to avoid

Step One: Choosing Your Domain Name

Okay. Technically this step needs to happen no matter who your hosting provider is, but it is a very important step!

You have to live with the blog name you choose for the rest of your blog’s life.

(Unless you go through the painful process of changing your entire brand and the behind the scenes hassle that comes with that. I don’t recommend it!)

Here are a few tips to help you choose the right name:

  • Using your name is always a safe bet
  • Make sure it is relevant to the topic you write about
  • Keep it short and sweet
  • Avoid anything that sounds too similar to the big bloggers in your niche

It can be hard to choose the perfect blog name.

I like using the free tool Namelix to get some ideas for potential names.

You simply enter in a few words you want to use, and it spits out website name suggestions. I’ve never had it come up with the perfect blog name, but it has helped turn my brain in the right direction.

I would never have come up with my second blog’s name without Namelix!

Once you have the perfect domain name, enter it into Green Geeks, and you can start the process of starting your blog!

Green Geeks provides a free domain name for your first year with them.

I suggest taking advantage of that offer and then deciding if you want to keep your domain with them or move it to a different domain provider

I personally prefer to keep all my domain names with Namecheap, but you can keep it with Green Geeks if that is what works best for you!

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Start a blog on Green Geeks

Step Two: Installing WordPress with the Quick Launch Wizard Tool

After you select your domain name, enter your personal information, and pay for your hosting, you will be directed to the following page:

Start a blog on Green Geeks

This is where the easy part starts!

Assuming you’re a brand new bloggers and are starting from scratch, you’re going to click the “Start a New Website” button.

From there, you will be directed to this page:

Start a blog on Green Geeks

Most of you lovely people are going to only need to install WordPress when starting your blog.

You may want to add WooCommerce if you choose to sell a product once you’re established, and it is easy to add to your website after the fact.

So, if you’re just looking to start a blog, select “WordPress”, and you will be redirected to this page:

Start a blog on Green Geeks

This is where you need to select one of the free WordPress themes Green Geeks offers.

I suggest sticking with the default theme in the top left-hand corner.

You don’t have to worry too much about choosing the perfect theme at this stage of the game.

It is incredibly easy to swap out themes in WordPress whenever you want.

I personally manually change my theme to Twenty Seventeen in the backend of WordPress because I use Thrive Architect to manually build out all my website.

Underneath the themes, there are a few optional plugins you can choose to have automatically installed.

I recommend you not installing any of them. The only option you want to keep as pre-installed on your WordPress is the Litespeed Cache plugin, which in on the very bottom underneath all the other plugins I don’t think you need to install.

Just like changing your theme, it is super easy to install plugins after you’ve installed WordPress.

Customizing your plugins is always the best choice, and even if you end up wanting one of the plugins Green Geeks suggests, it takes less than 30 seconds to install it in WordPress later.

After that, all you have to do is click “Create My Website”, and you’ll get this lovely big, green check mark once it is complete.

Start a blog on Green Geeks

WordPress will be installed on your site, and you’re ready to start playing around and creating the blog of your dreams!

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Conclusion

Yup. I promise you it is that easy!

No more fumbling around the c-panel (or having to Google what a c-panel is if you’re a brand new blogger).

You can create your site and install WordPress in less than a minute!

But the work doesn’t stop there.

Installing WordPress is just the first step. You still have to customize your theme (a.k.a. make your site look pretty), install your favourite plugins, and write your content.

Your blog won’t be ready to be launched to the world after installing WordPress. But the Quick Launch Wizard takes away a lot of the technical hassle of creating a site and installing WordPress.

Once WordPress is on your site, the fun and creativity begins!

SEO for Travel Bloggers (The Secret to Success)

There is no way around it. Becoming a successful travel blogger is hard work, and you won’t be an overnight success (sorry!). The best way to be successful is focussing on SEO for travel bloggers.

SEO for travel bloggers is pretty much the same as SEO for any other niche with a few notable exceptions.

Travel blogging is one of the most saturated and difficult markets to break into, and the people who are most successful are the ones that prioritize SEO over anything and everything else.

It takes a little longer to grow your blog when SEO is your main priority, but your success is bound to last longer and be more reliable compared to people who go viral and don’t give a hoot about SEO for travel bloggers.

SEO helps Google (and other search engines) find your content and show it to people who are searching a particular query. There are certain things you need to do to make the Google gods happy and show your content to views, and that is where SEO comes in. The better you are at creating SEO-friendly content, the more likely your content is to be shown to the right audience by Google. And, thus, the more traffic you get to your site and the more successful you become.

A lot of people neglect SEO because it isn’t as easy as just writing whatever and however you want.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t write however or whatever you want, but you should make whatever you write as SEO-friendly as possible.

Google SEO also takes a long time to work, and people tend to get frustrated.

Trust me.

If you follow the system and have a solid understanding of SEO for travel bloggers, you will start seeing results.

It isn’t easy, but it is worth it!

Let’s Quickly Chat About What SEO Is

Before we get into the top SEO for travel blogger tips, we need to have a chit chat about what exactly SEO is.

I’m going to guess you’ve heard of the term before since you’ve most likely Googled SEO for travel bloggers or something similar, so I’m not going to go into too much depth on this topic.

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.

It essentially means you’re writing a blog post in a way the Google bots like, so you can rank your post on page one of Google.

This doesn’t mean you stop writing for your reader though!

The reader comes first and Google comes second.

Everything you write should flow and sound natural. You shouldn’t keyword stuff or force certain words into your blog posts in an awkward or unnatural way.

If you’re doing SEO right, your reader won’t even realize they are reading an optimized post.

It will read naturally and authentically, and only you and the Google bots will know you were optimizing it for search.

There is a lot more to it than that, but, again, I’m going to guess you have a general idea of what SEO is based on the fact that your Google search brought you here. You care more about SEO for travel bloggers than a description of what SEO is in general!

PS- check out these travel blogging mistakes you should avoid making at all costs!

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Keyword Research

Focussing on finding the right keywords is what changed the game for me.

I stopped writing about whatever I thought was interesting and took the time to research what people actually wanted to read.

I even paid for an expensive SEO for travel bloggers course, learnt how important keyword research is, ignored it for a year, and then wished I had been smarter earlier.

It is super tempting to just write about whatever topic you want.

It is your blog, so you should write about what you want to right!

I’m not saying not to write about what you want, but you need to do some keyword research to figure out what people are searching for in relation to what you want to write about.

And what the competition is.

This is especially true for new travel bloggers. You’re not going to rank for much when you first start out, so you should be targeting keywords with lower competition.

I use Keysearch as my keyword research tool.

There are lots of tools out there, so choose whatever works best for you!

Finding Keywords

Let’s say you want to write about Brussels. Specially, you want to write about all the fun things to do in Brussels.

You pop “things to do in Brussels” into Keysearch and find:

Things to do in Brussels

Yikes! That’s a lot of competition!

It is super hard to rank for any keyword that has a yellow dot or above.

Even after blogging for years, I still stick to targeting keywords that have a competition score (the number in the coloured box at the end of the row) of under 40.

The lower the better in my eyes.

So, with such high competition, you probably shouldn’t target that key phrase.

That is where you start to play around and find a similar key phrase that has a lower competition.

Eventually you find:

Free things to do in Brussels

That’s a much better competition score and something a lot of new bloggers will be able to compete for.

But, as I imagine you can already see, there number of searches (the number right after the key phrase) is significantly lower with the second key phrase.

A lot of SEO gurus will tell you that it isn’t worth targeting any keyword or key phrase that has fewer than 1,000 searches per month.

It simply isn’t worth your time to write the article.

I don’t agree with that at all!

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Competition and Search Volume

There is a delicate balance between competition and search volume.

In most instances, the most competitive keywords also have the most searches.

People want to get a lot of eyes on their sight and target popular keywords, but that doesn’t matter if you never end up ranking for that keyword and nobody ends up on your blog.

My favourite metric to look at is competition.

No matter how high the search volume, I won’t target a keyword that is very competitive.

It just isn’t how I’m strategically focussing on my personal SEO for travel bloggers. I like to write articles I know I can rank for even without a single backlink rather than write posts I know I need to drum up a lot of backlinks to just to have a chance at ranking in Google.

The nice things about lower volume search terms is you can easily rank for a number of different related keywords that all have a lower search volume.

The fact that other people ignore these keywords can be a goldmine for you!

I have articles where I’ve targeted three or four similar low volume, low competition keywords and am ranking for all of them.

Each keyword has less than 350 searches per month, but when you combine all the different keywords, the volume ends up being closer to 1,000 searches per month.

So, I’m getting a fair number of visitors per month from a single article because I targeted a few related low volume, low competition keywords.

I don’t have to put in a lot of effort into building backlinks to these blog posts since the competition is so low. Google naturally picks up my blog posts and ranks them just because there is so little competition writing about those keywords.

Key Takeaways

I think doing solid keyword research and writing posts targeting low competition keywords is one of the best ways to become a successful travel blogger.

It is really the backbone of SEO for travel bloggers.

You need to target keywords you can realistically rank for. You will have a hard time being successful if you only target high volume, high competition keywords.

Even if you do everything else right when it comes to SEO for travel bloggers, you won’t see the success people who target low competition, low volume keywords see.

All the other SEO for travel bloggers tips on this list are very important and play a part in how well you rank on Google, but, in my mind, keyword research is one of the most important parts of SEO.

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Internal Linking is Essential

A lot of bloggers only focus on external linking, but internal linking is just as important.

Interlinking a lot of articles throughout your site helps build your E-A-T and show Google you’re an expert in that subject.

I like to build webs of posts that all link back to one another.

Here is an example of my solo travel in Seoul post that has six internal links.

Here is an example of my day trips from Paris post. I wrote a separate post about every day trip I talked about and internally linked it in the day trips from Paris post. This was my first ever post on this blog, and I haven’t updated it in a while. Don’t judge how poorly it is written and formatted.

Internal links are so underrated but have a huge impact on how Google views your site.

Even if you don’t have any external links to a post, having a lot of internal links within that post shows Google you know what you’re talking about.

You should also make sure to internally link that post within other older posts to really show Google you’re an expert.

It takes some time to go back and add internal links within old posts, but it is worth it.

I like to have a mix of internal links integrated naturally within a sentence and some stand alone internal links.

It doesn’t really matter though. As long as you have a few internal links on every blog post!

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External Links

Building links is something SEO gurus preach about when talking about SEO for travel bloggers.

There is such an emphasis on building external links that it seems like the be all end all.

It is important, but it isn’t the only thing you should focus on. Nor do I think it is the most important part of SEO for travel bloggers.

Don’t get me wrong.

You should be working to build external links, but you don’t need to break your back and only focus on building links to be a successful travel blogger.

DA is often spoken about as the most important part of being a blogger. People are actually pretty snobby about their DAs.

From my experience, you start seeing results and ranking in Google when your DA is about 10. Work hard to get it to that, and then you can lay off the gas and have a more holistic approach to SEO.

External links help build your authority in the eyes of Google.

The more people that give a do-follow link back to your site, the more authority your blog has. In the eyes of Google anyways.

Your DA and backlinks have zero impact on what your readers think of you!

Guest Posting

Guest posting is the most time intensive way to gain backlinks to your site. It is worth the effort though!

Guest posting is where you write a post to be hosted on a larger blogger’s website.

You normally get two or three links back to your website in return for writing content for that person’s site.

Not only do you get some serious link juice flowing to your site, but you are exposed to a whole new set of readers.

Larger blogs tend to have a bigger audience.

Their audience reads your guest posts, likes your work, and clicks over to your site.

Now you have some new backlinks and new readers!

Some people say guest posting is dead, but I still think it is one of the most effective ways to increase your DA and gain backlinks to your site.

The problem is that it is a lot of work, and you’re writing an entire article for another website.

It is important to only write guest posts for keywords you don’t want to rank for.

Write posts targeting keywords that are way more competitive than the average keyword you target.

For example, you could write a post about things to do in Brussels and link your free things to do in Brussels post within the guest post to gain a backlink to that article.

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Collab Posts

Collab posts are a quick and easy way to gain backlinks to your blog.

The problem is that you share the link juice with the other 20 or so people participating in the collab post.

It is a great way to get backlinks to your site, and I regularly participate in collab posts.

It takes less than 10 minutes to write up a small blurb about my topic, and I get a link in return.

Easy peasy!

There are tons of Facebook groups out there dedicated to collabs.

This is my favourite one!

A fellow blogger posts the topic they’re preparing a post on and asks people to help build the post.

You normally write 150 to 250 words on whatever topic (e.g. things nobody tells you about solo travel) and get a link to your homepage or relevant blog post in return.

It is quick, easy, and effective!

Three-Way Link Swaps

The final way to build backlinks to your website is participating in three-way link swaps.

This means you have to find two other bloggers to swap links with, which can be a bit of a hassle.

But once you find other bloggers to swap with, it is an effective and easy way to gain backlinks to your site!

This is my favourite Facebook group for travel blog link swapping

It is important to only do three-way swaps. Never participate in two-way swaps.

Google really frowns on two sites linking back and forth to one another. You may be penalized for having too many two-way swaps, and it isn’t worth the risk.

Add Videos to Your Blog

More and more people rely on videos to get the information they are searching for.

Integrating videos into your blog posts is a great way to boost your time on page.

Adding videos isn’t commonly talked about in relation to SEO for travel bloggers, but it is becoming more and more important!

Embedding videos into your blog posts makes it more engaging for the reader.

They spend more time on your page/site, and Google rewards you for that.

You can embed your own YouTube videos or embed someone else’s videos.

It doesn’t really matter as long as the video correlates to the topic you’re writing about.

Here is an example of a blog post where I embedded my own video.

Here’s an example of one where I embedded someone else’s video.

More and more bloggers are adding videos to their blog posts, and they’re being rewarded for it.

Make sure you jump on the video train as well!

PS- check out my full review of my favourite travel vlog editing course!

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Page Speed

Everybody and anybody who talks about SEO for travel bloggers will emphasize the importance of having a fast site.

And I’m going to lecture you about that too!

Page speed can make or break your blog.

You can write amazing content, but if you have a slow site, Google will punish you for it.

The two main ways you can speed up your site are:

  • Resizing your images to make them smaller and
  • Using a caching plugin

I manually resize the height and width of my images on my laptop. I also have the ShortPixel Image Optimizer plugin installed in WordPress.

It is a free plugin, and it automatically compresses the images on your site.

You would be shocked at how much large images can slow down your blog. You need to resize and compress them if you want a fast site.

The caching plugin can be a bit more difficult.

The most popular one is WPRocket.

I’ve used it and enjoyed it, but it is a paid plugin.

I stopped using it when I transferred my site to Green Geeks.

They are my favourite hosting provider, and they provide a caching plugin to their users for free!

It is awesome and even faster that WPRocket.

In fact, Green Geeks in general is super fast and beats the competition in terms of speed.

If you haven’t launched your blog or are looking to switch hosting providers, I highly recommend you check them out!

But the main takeaway from this portion of the post is to make sure your site is fast.

You can (and should) run your site through GTmetrix.

It will show you have fast your site is and let you know what aspects of your site need improvement.

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Conclusion

Holy smokes! I did not intend for this post to be so long when I started writing it!

There is a lot that goes into SEO for travel bloggers, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

There is a reason why so many people have hours long courses on SEO for travel bloggers. You can spend weeks researching SEO best practices and still not know everything.

And you will learn as you go and figure out what SEO techniques work best for you and your blog.

If you skimmed this post, I don’t blame you!

Here are a few key takeaways you need to know:

  • Target low competition key phrases
  • Get your site as quick as humanly possible
  • Never participate in two-way link swaps
  • Embed videos into your blog posts

I could go on and on and on about SEO for travel bloggers.

Actually, it is fair to say I’ve already gone on too long.

The tips and tricks in this post will get your started on your journey.

There is a lot more to learn, but this is the foundation you need to start building a successful, Google-friendly travel blog.

It is a lot of work, but it is worth it!

There is hardly a better feeling than waking up in the morning and seeing how much money your blog made while your slept!

And having a strong SEO game will get you to that point!

10 Worst Rookie Travel Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

Congratulations! You’re a brand new travel blogger looking for help in how to get started. Travel blogging is one of the most rewarding jobs, but it is a lot of hard work. Although, if you make any of the travel blogging mistakes on this list, it is going to be a whole lot more work.

And you probably won’t be terribly successful if you make a lot of these rookie travel blogging mistakes.

I’m not going to sugar coat it.

Being a travel blogger isn’t as easy as it seems.

It isn’t all travel and glamour. There is a lot of work behind the scenes that the reader never sees and doesn’t know exists.

It is 100% worth the hard work though!

I’ve made a lot of major travel blogging mistakes in my years of owning a travel blog.

I look back on a lot of my previous travel blogging mistakes and shake my head in embarrassment.

A lot of my mistakes were silly, and I should have known better. In fact, in some cases, I did know better but didn’t listen to the advise I got from mentors.

Sigh.

Don’t be like me!

Today we’re running through the absolute worst travel blogging mistakes you can make. They will sabotage your blog and make it infinitely more difficult to be a successful travel blogger.

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1. Not Niching Down

Okay. This may be a clichΓ© at this point, but it is 100% true.

There is too much competition on the internet now for you to just be a travel blogger.

You need to specialize in a certain type of travel.

I knew that I had to niche down when I started my travel blog, but I didn’t know how important it really was.

My blog header always advertised that I specialized in solo travel, but my content didn’t reflect that.

I was more of a general travel blogger for the first year and a half I had my blog. I didn’t start seeing any substantial growth and traffic until I buckled down and started writing about solo travel.

Once I niched down and got serious about solo travel, Google recognized me as a solo travel expert and started ranking all my solo travel posts on the first page of Google.

It also helped my older non-specialized posts rank higher as well.

Niching down is basically the only way to be a successful travel blogger in this day and age.

Pick a niche, write about that niche as much as possible, and do everything you can to show Google you’re an expert in that area.

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Of course, you don’t have to write only about that niche. You can branch out a little bit, but the majority of your blog should focus on your main niche.

I know it can seem constraining to only write about one thing, but it will help you be successful.

I suggest focusing on one niche until you’re established and making money on a regular basis.

After you’re established, you can start broadening your content a little bit.

If you start writing about stuff slightly outside your niche, be sure you write a lot of content in that area. It helps you rank for that content.

For example, I have an entire digital nomad section on my blog. I didn’t write just one post about being a digital nomad. I have multiple posts on the topic.

This makes me look legit in the eyes of Google and in the eyes of my readers.

Please don’t just write random one-off articles and never touch that subject again.

Have at least five to ten posts on a single subject matter. Anything less than that, and it probably isn’t something worth focussing on.

This means you don’t know enough about it to write more on it (and are not an expert). It also means you can’t build up any authority in that new niche with so little content.

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2. Choosing the Wrong Hosting Provider

Having a good hosting provider can make or travel your travel blog.

At a minimum, it can increase your stress and frustration.

A hosting provider is the company that allocates space on the internet for your website’s files to be stored.

It is also responsible for all that fancy back-end stuff that shows your website to the internet and keeps it alive and well.

It is essentially the engine that makes it possible for your WordPress website to be shown and found on the internet.

No hosting provider. No website.

Every single blogger needs a hosting provider, but not every hosting provider is made equally.

You need to choose one that suits your budget and your needs.

Select the wrong one, and you have to deal with the annoyance of transferring your blog to another provider. And potentially rebuilding your entire website.

My Recommendations

The two hosting providers I recommend are:

Green Geeks is my personal favourite hosting provider, but Bluehost is the provider I started out using and the one most beginners start out with.

Bluehost is probably so popular since it offers a very high commission for affiliate, and people tend to promote it to make a lot of money. It is a good hosting provider but not the best on the market.

I like Green Geeks so much (and recommend it) for a number of reasons:

  • It is really affordable
  • Your hosting package comes with a free caching plugin, which helps increase your site’s speed (a very important aspect of having a health site)
  • They are extremely reliable and hardly ever have any downtime, which means your website is basically never offline due to hosting issues
  • It is the most eco-friendly hosting provider on the market, and it is a small and easy way to help support the environment

Whatever you do, do not choose a pre-built hosting provider like Squarespace or Wix to build your travel blog.

They are not very customizable, and your blog will never look (or succeed) the way you want it to.

Those platforms have their place on the internet, and it is not for bloggers.

While they advertise that they work for bloggers, they are more designed for businesses and stores rather than bloggers.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Hosting Provider

Here are a few things you should consider when deciding what hosting provider to go with:

  • The cost
  • Whether they offer a trial period where you can get a refund if you don’t like it
  • If they offer any free perks (like Green Geek’s free caching plugin)
  • Does your host backup your website?
  • How reliable their server is (e.g. do they often have downtime where your website is offline)
  • Their customer service options (how easy is it to get help if you need it)

No matter who you choose to get your hosting from, I strongly recommend you purchase a hosting plan for the longest length of time possible.

This is normally three years.

Basically every hosting provider runs a promotion where you get a significant discount on your hosting plan the first time you sign-up with that company.

After the initial time frame you signed up for is up, you have to renew at the full price, which is normally two or three times the introductory price.

This is why I suggest choosing the longest time frame you can afford.

It will save you money in the long run!

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3. Focussing Too Much on Social Media

It is tempting to try to grow your presence on every social media platform out there. We’re fed a narrative that in order to be successful, you have to be everywhere.

But that simply isn’t the case.

In fact, focussing too much of your time on social media is one of the biggest travel blogging mistakes you can make.

Are you shocked?

That may sound like an absurd statement. Of course you want to be all over social media. That’s how people are going to find your blog!

Wrong!

You’re just going to spend hours a day on social media platforms trying to get people to follow you but not have anything to show for your efforts.

Platforms like Instagram and Facebook don’t want people to leave their platform. They make it hard for bloggers to get traffic from social media sites to blogs.

Instagram only lets you put one link in your bio, and Facebook is known to push down and not show posts that have links to outside websites compared to other posts.

The amount of traffic you get versus the effort you put into social media platforms simply isn’t worth it.

Also, contrary to what you may believe, you don’t have to be on social media to be a successful blogger.

I have plenty of blogging friends who don’t have any social media presence other than a stagnant Facebook page.

And they make a full-time income blogging!

It isn’t necessary by any means to have a social media presence and following outside your blog, but it can help. Brands like to sponsor bloggers who have a following outside their blogs, so you should avoid social media altogether.

PS- be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube!

How Bloggers Should Approach Social Media

The best way for bloggers to approach social media is to hold off on creating socials until their blog is established.

You need to get in the groove of blogging and start getting traffic before you can put your time and effort into social media channels.

When you first start your blog, 100% of your energy should be focussed on creating blog content.

Only after you are comfortable with blogging and have traffic coming to your website can you focus on building a presence on other platforms.

Even when you get to the stage of building your social media presence, you shouldn’t jump onto every single social media site.

Choose one or two you want to grow on and focus on them.

You won’t have success on any platform if you try to have success on all of them at once.

Start small, become an expert on one platform, and then move onto the next.

I suggest making YouTube your first target once you get your blog up and running and getting traffic.

YouTube is a great platform and one of the most lucrative social media platforms.

More people consume content via video than any other way, and you want to get your share of that market.

YouTube is a great compliment to a travel blog. You can have more reader-based informative content on your blog and have more creative freedom with your YouTube channel.

You can highlight your travels through a travel blog on YouTube and have your audience fall in love with your personality. Then you can use your YouTube channel to drive your viewers to your more informative written content.

It is truly the best way to have the best of both works. Personal and reader-based. Informative and creative.

Have your cake and eat it too!

Be sure to check out the Flying the Nest Video Editing Masterclass to learn how to craft the perfect travel vlog. You can read my full review of the course here!

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4. Not Taking Advantage of the Power of Pinterest

Okay. I know this is completely contradictory to my last point, but go with me.

Pinterest isn’t really a social media site. It is a visual search engine!

And not taking advantage of Pinterest is one of the biggest travel blogging mistakes you can make!

Pinterest is one of the best ways for bloggers to drive traffic to their sites, and you should under no circumstances not be promoting your blog posts on Pinterest!

There are some bloggers that get tens of thousands of blog views per month just from Pinterest alone!

Pinterest is a complicated beast, and there is far too much to learn about Pinterest in this small little segment of this post.

I highly recommend you take a few free Pinterest courses and watch a few YouTube videos on Pinterest best practices.

It takes a while to get the hang of Pinterest and figure out what people want to see, but once you do, you will see a spike in your traffic!

Pinterest is a lot of work, but the results you get from excelling at Pinterest are worth it!

Pinterest marketing is often the first thing bloggers outsource since it is so much work, so that is something to look forward to!

But please. Whatever you do, do not disregard and ignore Pinterest.

You don’t want to be kicking yourself later for making one of the biggest rookie travel blogging mistakes on the list!

5. Being Unrelatable

This is one of the worst and most annoying travel blogging mistakes you can make.

There is hardly anything more off putting than reading a travel blog that is completely unrelatable and the writer seems a bit rude and out of touch.

I’m sure we’ve all read an article by someone who tells you you can afford to travel if you just try hard enough. Totally disregarding the fact that the majority of people live paycheck to paycheck and have trouble feeding their families.

Or the person who complains that the luxury villa they stayed at for free just didn’t cut it, and it wasn’t nice enough.

Don’t be that person.

You will notice that people don’t stay on your blog very long, and they never come back.

I’m not saying that you can’t go on those luxury vacations. Heck your blog niche may be luxury travel.

Just don’t be totally unrelatable and out of touch with the world when you write.

We discuss this more in tip 8, but you should make your reader the centre of the post you’re writing.

Tell them what they need to know to have a good time rather than bragging about your expensive, luxury trip.

Even if you’re not writing about luxury travel, you should still be cautious not to be unrelatable.

It is easier than you think to come off as a bit of a snob (even when writing about budget travel). Be aware of how your readers might interpret your writing and be as relatable as possible.

6. Not Focussing Heavily on SEO

SEO (search engine optimization) is your best friend.

Not focussing on SEO (even though I needed to) was one of my worst travel blogging mistakes. I regret not leaning in and giving SEO my full attention from day one.

Don’t be like me!

Writing SEO-focussed posts is how you rank in Google searches.

The better your SEO, the more likely you are to find yourself in the number one search results on Google.

And that’s a great feeling!

There is a lot that goes into SEO, and it is definitely a learning process.

You get better at it the more you practice.

SEO takes time. You won’t start to rank high in Google search results right away. Be patient. Keep following best practices, and you will see results!

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SEO Best Practices

  • Write long-form content that answers your reader’s question
  • Build links organically and avoid two-way link swaps at all costs (no matter how tempting)
  • Organize your content in a readable way (lots of subheadings and short paragraphs)
  • Write clusters of content and interlink your content between blog posts
  • Make sure your website is fast
  • Include keywords in your URL (but keep your URL as short as possible)
  • Have a positive user experience on your website (make it easy to navigate)
  • Keep your image file size small
  • Use a keyword finder (like Keysearch) to research and write about topics people are actually searching for

Lots of SEO “gurus” try to get you to buy their courses that are over $500! That isn’t necessary, and I regret buying an expensive course. I recommend starting out with this affordable SEO ebook and then move onto a specialized course if you still have questions that need to be answers.

7. Relying Only on Ads to Make Money

The first thing everybody asks me when I tell them I blog is “how do you earn money? With ads?”

Most people think that bloggers make money only on ads, and that is a very wrong assumption.

Ads are a nice cherry on top, but they aren’t the main source of income for any blogger I know.

Thinking you’ll become a successful blogger with ads as your only form of monetization is one of the biggest travel blogging mistakes out there.

Unless you have hundreds of thousands of views per month, ads aren’t going to cut it, and you won’t be able to turn your blog into a full-time gig.

There are many different ways to make money as a travel blogger.

The most common and one of the most profitable ways is to start affiliate marketing.

I’m sure you’ve heard this term thrown around all the time by your favourite influencers.

Affiliate marketing is where you love a certain product or company, and you promote them on your blog by using a link unique to you.

Whenever someone clicks on that link and makes a purchase, you receive a small comission.

There is no additional cost to the user!

What I love most about affiliate marketing is you don’t need a huge audience to start making decent money.

You just need to know how to promote your products in a way that makes people want to buy them.

I’ll admit I was completely lost and overwhelmed at the idea of affiliate marketing. I put off getting started for 18 months because I was so intimidated.

That was silly of me because it isn’t that scary, but you do need an affiliate marketing strategy.

I took Leanne Scott’s Passive Income Superstars affiliate marketing course, and it made affiliate marketing much more manageable. She covers different affiliate marketing strategies, so you have a plan on how you’ll make money.

You can get the course here. It is one of the best investments I’ve made in my blog to date!

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8. Not Prioritizing the Reader

It is so easy to make your travel blog all about you rather than the reader.

This is one of the worst travel blogging mistakes you can make.

If you’re only talking about yourself and your experiences, why would anyone bother to read it?!

I know that sounds harsh, but it a truth every blogger needs to hear.

Your blog is here to help the read with their problems and questions. If you don’t do that, you will never be successful and have a profitable travel blog.

Ouch. That hurts doesn’t it.

The internet isn’t like it used to be. People no longer consume blogs just for a writer’s story.

People aren’t connected to blogger in a sentimental way anymore.

They really don’t care about you that much and just want you to help them with their query.

There are 100% places on the internet where people still connect to and care about content creators.

Use platforms like Instagram and YouTube to connect with your audience.

Blogs are more for providing information to your audience than bonding with them.

Make your reader the centre of everything.

Think of how you can give them everything they are looking for and more.

That is how you’ll build a loyal audience base that seeks you out on other platforms and start to care about you there.

How to Sprinkle in Some Personality

If you’re writing a city guide (like this one), don’t tell the audience what you did.

Tell them what they should do. Where they should stay. How they can have the best trip possible.

You can (and should) sprinkle in a little personal information, but it shouldn’t be the focus.

I like to tell my readers my mistakes, so they don’t make them. That’s a good way to insert my experience while still making it mostly about the reader.

You should always have the reader at the front of your mind when writing a blog post.

Put yourself in their shoes and think of everything they need answered by the article you’re writing.

They will begin to trust you, remember your name, and come back to your blog again and again when they have questions.

This is another reason why it is important to niche down. If you’re all over the place, your readers won’t know what to keep coming back to your site for!

9. Using Crappy Photos

You’re a travel blogger, and people expect you to have amazing travel photos to go along with your writing.

This may not seem like one of the worst travel blogging mistakes you can make.

Especially compared to some of the other more technical travel blogging mistakes on this list.

But it is!

If you have crappy photos, it does a number of things:

  • Makes it seem like you haven’t been to a location
  • Might appear like you’re an inexperienced traveller
  • Your readers aren’t as entertained or engaged, and they will probably leave your blog pretty quickly, which is bad for SEO

It is imperative that you put some thought and effort into what photos you share on your blog.

They should illustrate what you are talking about and be high quality.

If you don’t have a photo of your own to use, using stock photos is 100% okay. I recommend using Deposit Photos for your stock images.

I personally use them for a lot of images, and they have a lot of selection to choose from.

They are a paid service, but it is a good investment for your blog.

You get stunning photos, and you have zero chance of being sued by the photographer for using them on your site.

Yes. Being sued is a major possibility if you rely on free stock photo sites.

You should also use horizontal photos on your travel blog. They look better on the screen and make your post flow better.

If you’re using your own photos, I use these Lightroom presets to make colour editing a breeze.

Seoul, South Korea

10. Not Having a Strategy

This is one of the biggest travel blogging mistakes I see newbies make.

They are excited about blogging but don’t have a strategy.

They have no plan on how to monetize their sites, how often they are going to post, what the goals of their blog are, and on and on and on.

And I was one of those people the first year I had my blog.

It is so easy to jump into the deep end of blogging and not think about your strategy until you start to gain some traction and get readers.

That sounds good until you realize it is taking you ages to get readers, and when you do, they just leave and never come back.

That’s because you don’t have a plan.

You don’t need to have it all figured out, but you need to have some of it figured out.

Building a Strategy

I recommend you write down the answers to the following questions before you get too deep into the world of blogging:

  • Where do I see this blog in five years?
  • How do I plan on monetizing my blog?
  • What is my niche?
  • How often am I posting a new blog?
  • How many hours do I realistically need to work on my blog per week to be successful?
  • Do I have that many hours per week to dedicate to my blog?
  • How am I measuring success? How often am I measuring success?
  • What happens if I don’t meet my goals? Give up? Invest more in education? Hire a coach?

Having a broad business plan will keep you on track and make you a more successful travel blogger quicker.

Trust me. Not having a strategy is going to hinder your growth immensely.

If you don’t have a strategy one, implement one.

You’ll have amazed at how quickly you start to see growth and start to earn more money.

I know this from experience.

If I were building a brand new blog today, I would focus all my efforts on SEO.

Do your keyword research and write really informative long-form blog posts.

That is the tried and true way to become a successful blogger.

Pinterest is a good shortcut to success, but SEO is the key to long-term success and growth.

One of the worst travel blogging mistakes you can make at the beginning of your career is just writing willy-nilly posts on a bunch of different subjects and not publishing on a consistent schedule.

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Bonus Tip: Giving Up Too Early

All the travel blogging mistakes on this list are bad and should be avoided, but this is the worst mistake you can make!

You will undoubtably come across a number of blog posts when starting your blog and deciding if it is the right choice for you that glamorize blogging and make it look easy.

I remember reading a post about how a woman made $22,000 in the first six months of travel blogging! That’s amazing for her, but it isn’t realistic.

It takes a lot of time, effort, dedication, and sacrifice to be a successful travel blogger.

You won’t become successful over night, and there will times where you think about quitting because you just aren’t seeing results as quickly as you want.

That is normal, and you have to push forward!

It can take months if not years to start seeing results from your travel blog.

Heck! I didn’t earn a penny from my blog the first two years I had it.

Keep pushing. Keep putting in the effort. It is worth it.

You never know when your time will come, and you don’t want to quit just before your time is coming.

So many people give up travel blogging less than a year into it and quit right when they are on the cusp of seeing results and making money.

I know it is hard. It is tempting to give up and quit blogging.

You put so many long hours into creating your blog, and it sometimes doesn’t feel worth it.

Resist that urge!

You can do it. I have every bit of faith in you even if you lose faith in yourself.

You got this!

Protecting Your Blog

Your blog is your baby.

You put countless hours into creating content and marketing your blog, and you need to protect it.

There are two essential things you need to do to keep your blog safe:

  • Install Akismet Anti-Spam plugin on WordPress
  • Install a VPN on your laptop and use it when connected to public wifi

You will be shocked when you see the stats from the Akismet plugin. There are so many attacks every single day on every blog.

Even blogs that aren’t established and don’t get much traffic get a lot of bot attacks!

Akismet keeps those unwanted bot attacks at bay and also block all the spam comments.

So. Many. Spam. Comments! Gahhhh.

A VPN is also an essential safety app. It keeps you safe when you’re using public wifi network.

I’m not sure if you know this, but you can even have your online data stolen when you’re using a public wifi network with a password. Anyone can get that password and hack your devices if they know how to and want to.

A VPN essentially puts an invisible forcefield around your devices and makes it impossible for unwanted eyes to access your online data and private information.

It makes using a public wifi network just as safe as using your home wifi network where you’re the only person who knows the password!

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of VPNs during my years of travel and hated all but one.

NordVPN is the only VPN I’ve used that I actually like and didn’t cancel after the first year.

It is the fastest VPN on the market, which is something we need as travel bloggers.

Most VPNs are painfully slow, and I end up not using them because I get frustrated with how slow they are making my laptop and phone.

Which isn’t great considering the whole putting my devices at risk of being hacked when using a public wifi network thing.

Besides being very fast, by other favourite feature fo NordVPN is the ability to cloak my location.

You can make it look like you’re anywhere in the world.

You can be sitting in Canada (like I am right now) and have your NordVPN show you as being in South Korea.

This means you have access to that country’s Netflix library and can watch movies and shows you can’t access in the country you actually are.

This comes in very handy when you’re travelling and want to watch a particular show that isn’t available in that country.

All Netflix cloaking excitement aside, internet safety is no joke.

It is an essential part of travel and even more important when your income is earned online.

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data with a VPN.

A subscription to NordVPN (that covers up to six devices) costs less per month than the cost of a single Starbuck’s latte.

There is simply no excuse not to protect your online data with a VPN!

Conclusion

Holy smokes! That is a long post.

I apologize for it being so long. I’m just so passionate about blogging and want every single one of you to succeed!

As I’ve mentioned a few times in this post, being a travel blogger isn’t the easiest job in the world.

It is a lot of work and not everybody is willing to put in the work required.

But it is worth it.

100% worth the effort it takes in the beginning to be successful in the long run.

There is hardly a better feeling in the world than running your own successful business and being as busy or as quiet work wise as you want.

That type of freedom is worth the up-front time sacrifice and effort to build a blog.

Truthfully, there are tons of other travel blogging mistakes you can make.

And will make.

But the travel blogging mistakes on this list are the ones you need to avoid the most. They will hurt your blog the most in both the short-term and the long-term.

Avoiding these travel blogging mistakes will put you on the path to success far quicker than most travel bloggers.

You can do this! I know you can!