How many times have you said to yourself I wish I would start writing a travel blog? It’s a lot like the quote “How do you eat an elephant?” Answer: one bite at a time! Seriously speaking… its more like baking a cake. Your first step is to set up a FREE travel blog. I use wordpress.com which is very user friendly and professional. Every travel article starts out the same way: You start with internet research, which I find challenging and fun, record in a small notebook or print out areas of your trips itinerary and areas of interest, travel to your destination, take travel photos, pick up any free brochures and maps you find at airports or resorts and write a daily log of your travels.
You are now ready to write a rough draft of your travel article. After your rough draft you want to verify your information so your reader knows how to get there and what to expect for daily expenses, travel and lodging. Do a spell check and read it over a few times…see how it looks on preview and make any necessary edits or adjustments and publish. That’s it in a nutshell.
One of the most important ingredients to writing a successful travel blog is to maintain a travel log or journal. Write in a journal daily as you travel, in order to remember the specific details like food, restaurants, weather, culture , historical events, towns, methods of transportation, and general areas of interest. If you have discovered a waterfall off the beaten path take the time to tell your reader how to get there the easiest and most cost efficient way. We recently missed going to a waterfall because the hotel staff said you had to hire a private four-wheel vehicle to get there. We later learned it was a fifteen minute walk from our resort.
The good thing about writing your own travel blog… it gives you an instant snapshot of your last trip which you can easily share with friends and family and send it over the internet for everyone interested in your topic to enjoy.
In todays fast paced society readers like to see interesting photos. I try to select 5 to 7 photos and limit my travel article to under one thousand words. So there you have it …why not create a bit of history and nostalgia and join the ranks of travel bloggers around the globe.
QUOTE: “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: If you don’t try to write a travel blog it will never happen. Of all the mistakes aspiring travel writers make, none is more catastrophic than failing to enter the game. It’s not an easy life. It requires a lot of talent, determination, perseverance and resilience. But the world is full of people who turn their travels into a living – through blogging, professional writing, video journalism and beyond. There are more resources than ever available to those who wish to travel for a living. If it’s what you want to do, then go for it. Research Credits: Lonely Planet.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your travel photo images:
When I travel for photography, I know that the most valuable things I have are not my cameras or equipment. The most valuable thing I carry are the images I am creating. Gear can be replaced, but the photographs can not. Carry several external drives, upload images as a backup and place them in several locations.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Travel light, travel often, take tons of photos, don’t forget to see the forest for the trees and start your new travel blog? What are you waiting for grasshopper? An invitation! You got it!
From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?