4 Simple Steps To Create A Travel Blog

Create a travel blog

If you’ve decided to embark on an adventure around the world, you may be wondering how you can create a travel blog. A place to store your most-loved memories, your collection of incredible photos and a platform to share your everyday activities with the world. A travel blog soon becomes your library of experiences and trust me, once you’ve created one, you’ll never look back.

Many people have come to me over the past few months asking my opinion and advice about travel blogging. Do I think it’s worth it? Was it easy to create? Does anyone actually read it? Quite simply, YES it’s worth it. YES it’s easy to create. And YES people actually read it.

What you will find is that people are interested in what you’re doing. People LIKE different, no matter how well they know you. People that you haven’t spoken to for years will come to you and tell you they’re following your journey and they’re inspired by your adventure. And that feels amazing.

So, if you’re wondering how to go down the blogging route, here are my 4 simple steps to create a travel blog.

Step 1: Decide what type of blog you want.

It’s good to have an idea of the type of blog you want. Do you want to simply update your friends and family on your location, photos and recent adventures? Do you want to take things to the next level, customize, potentially make money and make it pretty snazzy? If you have no idea, that’s fine. I didn’t either.

Keep it easy by creating a WordPress.com account to begin with (it’s free and takes a few minutes) and get to grips with the way it works. If you later decide you want to take it further and make your blog a bit more complex, use WordPress.org. You can transfer any content over, but my advice to blogging newbies is to keep it simple to begin with.

I recommend using a web host to get started with WordPress.org. I use Bluehost, which is so easy and fairly cheap. The host will make it really simple to download the WordPress software which you can use pretty much instantly, and you can get a personalized domain for free (i.e. the web address). With WordPress.org the possibilities to customize are endless, and you can really make it your own. The downside is that this comes at a cost, so it depends if you’re willing to pay. You can find more information on First Site Guide – they have a great little post with in-depth info about hosting that will guide you through.

Step 2: Choose a name.

This is a million times harder than step 1. It took me a good few weeks to decide on a name, so just be patient. There are many websites that can help you to decide (such as name generators) if you’re completely stuck. But just keep it simple and don’t over think! Name it after you, the continent you’re visiting, or relate it to something unique about you or your journey.

Step 3: Customize your blog.

See, this is the fun part. If you’re anything like me (i.e. indecisive, perfectionist) you’ll probably spend hours tweaking your colours, themes, fonts, menus, everything, until you’re happy with it. Go with whatever feels right. The good thing is that you can change it as you go along. As you get to grips with WordPress you’ll soon discover new ways to tweak your blog, and remember, there’s a whole bunch of information available on Google. It’s free, so use it!

Step 4: Start blogging!

Now it gets REALLY fun…you get to share your experiences with the world! By this point you’ll probably be scared about writing your first post and getting yourself out there. It’s daunting, yes, but you’ve got to start somewhere. The first thing to do is just forget about everyone else and what they will think. Your travel blog is for you, and for you only. It’s for other people to opt in and share your journey. Speak from the heart, write about what interests you and don’t try to be someone you’re not. Let your personality transmit through your blog, discover what you want your blog to be and your followers will love living the experience through you. Oh, and don’t forget to share it on social media!

So why did I create a travel blog?

My primary motivation for creating a travel blog was to document our adventures. Of course, there are many experiences that you’ll never forget, but when you’re travelling for months it’s nice to have a way to record those memories. My secondary motivation was to create a virtual scrapbook of photographs. I didn’t want to bombard my Facebook page with 1001 travelling pictures (which to be honest, I probably did anyway, but never mind) so it was nice to store our photos elsewhere and keep a backup.

My tertiary motivation was to create content. After all, what’s a blog without content? Sure, I wanted my friends and family to know what we were getting up to, but I also wanted to help a different audience with travel guides and backpacker tips. It was nice to connect with a wider community through my blog, and i’ve definitely learnt so much since my early blogging days.

I hope these 4 simple steps to create a travel blog have given you some clarification, and perhaps inspiration, to create your own blog. I found First Site Guide to be a really good tool too as they have loads of info for creating different types of blogs. Let me know if you found these tips useful and if you have any extra tips or questions please feel free to shoot them my way. Good luck!

 

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12 Comments

  1. June 6, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    Great tips to someone starting its own travel blog. Its very important to make part of the small amount of people that actually inspire other to achieve their goals. Congratulations on the outstanding blog you have here Alicia. Greetings from Ouarzazate – on the gate of Sahara.

    • Alicia Haque
      Author
      June 17, 2015 / 4:16 am

      Thanks so much! I love your blog!

  2. May 1, 2015 / 5:30 pm

    Great advice! I agree that coming up with the name is way harder than just getting the blog up and running. Hearing you describe your indecision with your blog theme made me laugh. I’m always tweaking things and they are so minor I doubt most people would even notice… but I’ve got to get it just right!

    • Go Live Explore
      Author
      May 1, 2015 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks lovely!! Yeah I think I changed the name about three times…it ends up sticking with you so you’ve gotta be happy with it! And I completely agree, as long as we think it looks better that’s the main thing right, even if we do spend hours on it! (Often end up doing that and then just changing it back…and I wonder why I have no time?) haha xx

  3. April 30, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    I was debating if I should wait until after summer (because summer is especially nice in Vancouver!), but I think the timing is right now 🙂

    And thanks! I’m sure I will have plenty of questions and need of advice 🙂 Likewise, if there’s anything about Vancouver you need to know, let me know (although it looks like you’ve been here for a few months already).

    Cheers,
    Christine

  4. April 30, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Hey Alicia,

    You should definitely visit Peru and Bolivia! I so wish I had more time, but I did a lot in the time I had 🙂 I’ve had a few trips like that – can’t wait to blog about them!

    I’m hoping to go over in June/July. If it gets delayed, I still definitely want to get over there sometime this year. I will be looking into the visa situation this weekend 🙂 Did you come over with the Youth Mobility visa? I’ll be applying for the same one.

    Cheers,
    Christine

    • Go Live Explore
      Author
      April 30, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Yeah it sounds like you managed to see a lot, can’t wait to read about it 🙂

      The UK is great, it’s pretty much the same climate as Vancouver although I doubt the summers are as nice as here! London is amazing though. Yeah we came over on IEC, I think it’s pretty much the same thing! Well good luck with planning it all, if you need any info/advice feel free to ask 🙂

      Alicia.

  5. April 30, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Hi Alicia,

    This is a great blog you have! I can’t believe I waited so long to join the blogosphere. I think you might have commented on my post in Girl Gang about going to England!! (I hope this is you or this makes me look a little crazy). I look forward to reading more about your adventures. I hope you are enjoying Vancouver 🙂

    Christine

    • Go Live Explore
      Author
      April 30, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      Hey Christine, thank you so much! Your blog is great too, sounds like you have an amazing (and busy) time travelling around Peru!! I’ve always wanted to visit, it looks amazing.

      And the post about England rings a bell 🙂 Unless it was another post I commented on and we’re both a bit crazy…! When are you thinking of going over? xx

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