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How To Start A Travel Blog: A Step By Step Guide

Starting a Travel Blog

How To Start A Travel Blog

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Travel blogging has given me the freedom to travel the world for the past 6 years. Want to start your own? This detailed guide will show you exactly how to start a travel blog.

Already have a blog? Make sure to read my more advanced post about the secrets of professional travel blogging.

I’ve been working as a professional travel blogger for the past 6 years, and earn six figures annually from blogging. So I regularly receive tons of email asking for tips about how to start a travel blog.

I know, I get it. Seeing constant photos from my adventures in your Facebookor Instagram feeds makes it look like a dream job.

After all, I get paid to travel the world! I admit it’s a pretty sweet gig.

But travel blogging isn’t as easy as it looks. Far from it. I rarely share the huge amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into making this lifestyle possible.

It’s taken me years to learn how to become a professional blogger. So today I wanted to share a useful guide for how to get started travel blogging.

How To Start A Travel Blog:

  1. Pick A Good Travel Blog Name
  2. Choose Hosting For Your Blog
  3. Install Free WordPress Software
  4. Learn How To Use WordPress
  5. Get A Professional Blog Theme
  6. Download Some Useful Plugins
  7. Important First Steps
  8. Enroll In A Travel Blogging Course
  9. What Should You Write About?
  10. Making Money With Your Blog
How to Start a Travel Blog

10 Simple Steps to Start Your Travel Blog

How To Start A Travel Blog

Starting your very first travel blog is actually pretty easy. If you follow my guide, you can have your own blog up and run today. Now keep in mind the following advice is for those who are prepared to take travel blogging seriously, as some of these steps require spending money.

If you just want to blog as a hobby, you can always start a simple travel blog for family & friends on WordPress.com. It’s totally free! However if you’re interested in making a living with travel blogging like I do, keep reading.

What Should You Call Your Travel Blog?

What Should You Call Your Blog?

1: Pick A Good Travel Blog Name

My first travel blog was called YearAroundTheWorld.com. Do you see the obvious problem with that domain name? Well, I didn’t, not until 3 months later. I was backpacking through Central America, blogging about my experiences and having a great time — when I suddenly decided I wanted to travel for longer than a year. Shit! What do I do now?

Make It Short & Memorable

Your travel blog domain name should be relatively short, easy to type, easy to spell, easy to remember, and easy to share. I recommend brainstorming by writing down a bunch of words you think will best describe your blog.

Adventure? Food? Culture? South America? What do you want to write about? Who are you? What is your passion? Write everything down and start playing with different combinations of words. Try using a thesaurus. Ask your friends for advice & suggestions.

Avoid Hyphens & Numbers

This can be difficult to do these days, but it helps to avoid using hyphens or numbers in your domain name because otherwise you’ll be forced to explain it to someone. For example:

POTENTIAL READER: “You have a blog? Cool! Where do I find it?”

YOU: “Oh, it’s called expert hyphen vagabond the number 100 dot com.”

As you can see, this type of domain isn’t the greatest for word-of-mouth marketing, which happens to be the best kind of promotion.

Avoid Overused Words

Avoid trademarked company names or words that may be overused in the industry. Sure, you can pick something like Nomadic BobAdventurous Wendy, or Wandering Clarence. But domain names like