So becoming a travel blogger is a top internet business idea for folks who have traveled throughout their local communities or abroad. You may say to me that you cannot be a travel blogger because you haven’t been outside of your town or state. I would challenge you this may not be the case.
There are millions of peeps in the world who will never travel to your
part of the world and you would provide a tremendous service sharing your experiences
in your local town/state/country with others.
Consider the National Geographic magazine – it explores parts of the world that most will never experience and has had a loyal following for generations.
A travel blog can share your travel experiences throughout your local region (start looking for sights, events, and natural wonders in your area that you find fascinating and keeps you in your area).
Then begin sharing your experiences with others.
. . . Or if you do travel extensively, this is an awesome opportunity to share the experiences you have through your eyes (and camera lens) and allow other folks to share some of the local events you participated in while traveling.
Your blog can be a terrific online travel business since you have the opportunity to draw from people throughout the world who may have visited the same places, those who may never have the opportunity to travel to these places, or individuals planning to visit in the future.
Whatever the case, you can provide them with places to see, events to enjoy, cultural, and historic information. You’ll also want to include a variety of places to stay such as hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts in the area.
If you like real estate and know about the local market and shopping areas, this is may be of interest to your readers to describe what living in the area is like (vs. visiting).
Use your camera, video cam, or smartphone to snap a variety of photos and document your travels to provide your audience with a feel for what you saw, where you saw it, and the local sights and sounds they will experience when they travel to the area.
Being a travel blogger is definitely exciting as you share your terrific travel experiences (and maybe not so terrific?) with your readers.
Resources: Becoming a travel blogger requires the technical knowledge of computers, internet, cameras, software, and editing packages. When I’m writing, I am thankful for my dual monitors and appreciate a good work space along with some soft music to put me in the mood. :)
Some writers like to have a timer to keep
them on track, but that’s up to you. You’ll
want to have some interesting content about the places you’ve visited to begin
writing your blog and sharing your experiences in your blog posts.
Time Required: Part Time 8-10 hrs/wk; Full-time 30-40+ hrs/week
Training: While it may not be formal training, it’s always good to meet with the locals, ask questions, and find out what the interesting places are to visit and see while on your trip. You can also check with travel agents who have been to the area you’re writing about or contact others in the area to fill-in your knowledge gaps.
You may also want to work to refresh your writing skills and acquaint yourself with your camera or new technology to make sure it’s all working while you’re traveling (and have a back-up plan). Even when I think my equipment works from my home-base, it’s amazing the challenges that come up while traveling so you’ll want to think ahead and have options to make sure you can capture an important story or get an exciting photo in the moment.
Market: Travelers and Future Travelers
Home Based: Yes
Location: Local, Regional, National, Global
Start-Up Costs: $500 - $10,000
Minimizing Start-Up Costs: Limit your travel blogger expenses initially by using information you already have collected (from previous trips or research) about your local area or use exotic travel information you’ve already collected from previous trips. Write to others in distant places to see about obtaining first-hand knowledge to share without the expense of traveling.
Of course, at some point, you’ll want to be able to re-visit the area(s) you’re writing about to keep your readers apprised of changes and additions to the region. As always, check for free internet software that can get you started without a large investment and use your personal computer. Work from your home (when you’re not traveling) to keep your costs down and make this a great home based business.