How to Start a Successful Travel Blog From Scratch


Starting a travel blog is the best decision I've ever made. It's now funded five years of full-time travel, led to a book deal, and changed my life. This is a step-by-step guide to starting a travel blog and maximizing your chance of success!

Last updated: 6th February 2021. 

Starting a travel blog is the best decision I’ve ever made.

Through this site, I’ve funded ten years of full-time travel and gained a book deal for my travel memoir, along with a big New York City agent. I’ve been featured in large newspapers, like the Wall Street Journal, the Independent, and the BBC. I’ve been interviewed on the radio in front of an audience of 1.6 million listeners. I make a comfortable six figures each year in entirely passive income, meaning the money comes in whether I’m working or not.

And yet, before starting Never Ending Footsteps, I had zero writing experience, had no idea how to run a website, didn’t really know what a blog was, and had never heard of WordPress.

I didn’t even own a camera.

I’d just graduated from college with a physics degree and was fully intending to throw myself into a career in particle physics — that is, after I took a year-long round-the-world trip.

Guys, I’ve now been travelling full-time for ten. freaking. years. That’s ten years of travel paid for entirely through this travel blog. I want to cry when I think about it. 

But success to me isn’t just about the money, the book deal, and media mentions.

Running Never Ending Footsteps has led to life-changing friendships with some of the most fascinating and inspirational people I’ve ever met. It’s taught me dozens of new skills and helped me conquer a multi-year battle with anxiety and an eating disorder. I even found my boyfriend of nine years through my travel blog!

So yeah, I’d say starting a travel blog was the best decision I’ve made.

There are approximately seventeen bajillion articles describing how to start a travel blog out there and I hesitated throwing my take into the mix for many years because of it. After reading several of these articles and cringing my way through them, though, I couldn’t hold back. I wanted to write an article about how you can actually set yourself up for the best chances of success. I want to show that you can build a six figure business without selling out. That you can be unconventional and embrace your weirdness and find a community of people who love you — without going broke.

You don’t need to do what everyone else is doing — in fact, I recommend actively avoiding it. In a space so crowded as the travel blogging world, you should stand out and that’s why my guide is the one you should follow. It’s one that’s based around what will give you the best chances of success in 2021.

With that out of the way, let’s get started!

Here’s how to start a travel blog:

  1. Find the perfect name to suit your personality.
  2. Set up hosting for your blog.
  3. Install WordPress.
  4. Learn how your blog’s dashboard works.
  5. Download a kickass theme.
  6. Design your logo.
  7. Install these essential plugins.
  8. Start building your audience and making money!
Digital nomad office in Laos
My travel blogging office in the 4,000 Islands, Laos. There are worse places to work.

Step One: Coming Up With a Name for Your Travel Blog

Finding the perfect name is arguably the most challenging aspect of starting a travel blog — it took hours of brainstorming for me to finally settle on Never Ending Footsteps. You need to remember that you’ll likely be known for your site name for the lifetime of your blog because changing it is an enormous pain in the ass. Here’s what I recommend keeping in mind.

Find a way to stand out: Names like Nomadic [name], Adventurous [name], Backpacking [name], [name]’s Travels, and Wandering [name]have all been done to death, and it’s unlikely you’ll find success with them. Is anyone going to remember Nomadic John when Nomadic Matt is so popular? Probably not.

Don’t forget to take a long-term view: Don’t call your blog Travel For a Year if your trip has the potential to last longer; don’t call yourself The Thirty-Year-Old Traveller for the same reason. Having a travel style in the blog name — like Backpacking James or Ruth Loves Luxury Travel could cause problems down the line if you decide, for example, you no longer want to stay in dorms every night.

Keep it classy: If you’re hoping to eventually end up taking press trips or working with companies in any capacity, think about how you’ll feel when handing over your business card or pitching for a trip. “Hey, I run the successful travel blog, “Sex, Drugs, and Travel” won’t necessarily make for the best first impression — although it would probably get me to subscribe, haha. Imagine introducing your site to the CEO of a tour company to see if it feels right.

Make the url as easy as possible to remember: I’d avoid a site name that contains more than around four or five words, and I’d also recommend against using hyphens, because they make it tricky to describe your site address to people. Imagine being on a podcast and having to say, “my site is travel hyphen like hyphen a hyphen local,” or, “my site is Travel Like a Local with hyphens in-between every word.” Most bloggers I know with hyphens in their url has come to loathe it.

Make sure the .com domain name is available: It’s not that important, but people are so used to websites ending with .com they’ll probably forget any other domain extension.

Check out the social media options before buying the domain: Before purchasing your domain, make sure that the name of your site is available on every social media network you can think of. Especially important is Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It’s not the end of the world if your chosen site name is too long for a username, though, because you can modify it slightly. I’m NEFootsteps on everything but Facebook, for example.

You can use the widget below to check if any potential domain names you come up with are currently available:

How Did I Choose Never Ending Footsteps?

I opted for Never Ending Footsteps for the name of my travel blog because it’s one that can grow with me. It doesn’t link me to a particular travel style, specific age, or length of trip. I wanted to choose a site name that didn’t include my name because — thinking long-term! — it would be easier to sell my site somewhere down the line if it wasn’t tied to me as a person. Finally, I liked that, while Never Ending Footsteps evokes a sense of travel, I could potentially transition it into something else in the distant future. Never Ending Footsteps would work as a name for a hiking blog or a personal development site, for example.

Full disclosure, as always: This blog post contains affiliate links. If you decide to purchase through one of these links, I receive a commission from the sale at no additional cost to you. 

Step Two: Setting Up Hosting

Hosting was the scariest part for me, because when I started out I had no idea what it even was. Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to get it all set up.

And exciting news time! I’ve reached out to Bluehost and got them to agree to give readers of Never Ending Footsteps a discount on their hosting! When you use this link, you’ll pay just $2.95 a month, rather than $7.99.

Hosting is essentially a home for your travel blog — basically, the host you sign up with is renting out space on their computers to let your site live there. Honestly, I don’t really understand much more than that, so don’t panic if you’re baffled by what on earth I’m going on about. You don’t need to know how it all works to get your blog set up. 

I’ve tried and paid for four different budget hosting companies over the years and had countless issues with them, so Bluehost is the host I recommend most.

Bluehost is also one of the cheapest options around, their live chat support team are helpful, friendly, and can usually fix issues within minutes, and — bonus! — you’ll receive your domain name (the url of your site) for free. Setting it up should take you less than ten minutes, and I promise it’s super-easy.

Head to Bluehost’s homepage. This is what you’ll see:

Bluehost sign-up screen for promo pricing

Hit that green button that says “get started” and you’ll be redirected to a page outlining their different hosting plans:

Bluehost hosting plans

As you’re just starting out, I recommend the cheapest plan, for $2.95 per month. At this point, you don’t know what’s going to happen with your site down the road, and you can always upgrade at any point when your site starts to take off. Hit select on the basic plan and you’ll be sent to the following page:

Bluehost choose a domain

Unless you’ve already bought a domain name, type your chosen blog name into the box on the left and click next. Check the name multiple times for spelling errors! Now check it again. You wouldn’t believe how many people register a domain name with a spelling mistake in it.

On the next screen, fill in your name and address, and then your package information. Here’s what I always choose when I’m starting a new site:

Bluehost sign-up screen

I recommend starting out with the 36 month plan. It works out to be $2.95 per month rather than $5.95 a month for the 12 month plan, saving you almost $50 over those three years. Sure, investing in your blog is a big commitment, but if you’re aiming to build a successful one from the beginning, it’s important to get into the right mindset. If you go into it thinking you’ll still be running your site in three years, you’ll be more likely to make it happen.

Finally, fill in your payment information and you’re good to go!

Bam! You’ve now set up your hosting and domain name — easy, right?

Step Three: Installing WordPress

Now that you’ve signed up for hosting, it’s time to install WordPress. After completing your Bluehost purchase, you’ll be asked to choose your password for WordPress.

Bluehost password
Bluehost password

Bluehost will then ask you to pick a theme that appeals most to you. Don’t put too much thought into this — it’s not permanent; it’s just a placeholder for now.

Bluehost themes

After you’ve chosen a theme, hit that button that says start building, and it’s time to, um, start building!

Bluehost start building

Next, you’re going to be asked whether your site is business or personal. You’re going to want to eventually have a travel blogging business, so of course you should click on business (exciting!)

Wordpress bluehost

Fill in your site’s name and slogan in the boxes that appear on the screen. Again, don’t worry too much about the slogan — you can change that as you play around with different ideas for your site.

Bluehost set up

You’re going to want to select yes on the next screen.

Bluehost sign up

Choose a static welcome page here, as those look far more modern.

Bluehost homepage

I hit “not now” on the next screen, because your business address is likely your home address right now, and you don’t want the entire internet knowing that.

Bluehost address

Click “not now” when it comes to installing WooCommerce. You may eventually want to start selling things through your travel blog, but now isn’t the time to start worrying about that.

Wordpress woocommerce

And the complicated bit is done! The screen below means that you’re now the proud owner of a WordPress travel blog. Congratulations!

Wordpress set up

So, um, what on earth do you do now?

Step Four: Logging In to Your Site

It’s super-simple. Head to http://yourdomainname.com/wp-admin and you’ll see this screen:

Wordpress sign in screen

Type in your username and password and you’re in!

That screen you now see is your WordPress dashboard and that’s where you’ll be running your business.

Down the left-hand side, you have all of the important stuff

  • Posts (for writing articles for your readers)
  • Pages (for static pages on your site, like an about me or contact page — these will be shown on the navigation bar at the top of your site at all times and will be easily accessible to your readers)
  • Comments (where you’ll approve, spam, or reply to comments on your articles from readers)
  • Appearance (where you’ll alter the look of your site by installing a new theme, editing its code, and adding sections to your sidebar)
  • Plugins (for adding additional features to your site)
  • Settings (where you can alter your site settings).

It all sounds a little overwhelming right now, but I promise it’ll all fall into place within a day or two.

Here’s what your next steps should be in order to get your site live and kicking:

Working in the Maldives: surprisingly easy!
Working in the Maldives: not exactly a hardship!

Step Five: Finding a Theme

It’s time to make your site pretty! Your website theme is how you’re going to personalise your site to get it looking exactly how you’re currently hoping it will. Here are a couple of options for finding a theme, and I’ve used both of these on Never Ending Footsteps:

Elegant Themes: The very first version of my blog used an Elegant Themes theme (Divi is my favourite), and I made my way through several other ones during my first couple of years. For $89 a year, you’ll gain access to 87 professional-looking themes. It’s great value for money, getting to choose from such a wide selection means you can play around with different designs, and the support team always managed to solve any problems I was having within 24 hours. You can browse all of the designs before signing up, too! Elegant Themes is currently (for the last two weeks in August) having a huge summer sale, where they’re offering a 20% discount on their themes!

ThemeForest: If you want to use a theme with an even slicker design head to ThemeForest. There, you’ll pay around $50 per theme (the price varies, but averages out at around $50), but the themes available have hundreds of options for customisation and have a support team to solve your queries within a few hours. I’m currently using a ThemeForest theme on Never Ending Footsteps and I love it!

Once you’ve bought a theme it’s time to install it on your site.

Themes will usually include installation instructions, so this shouldn’t be difficult at all. On Themeforest, for example, you’ll be able to download an installable WordPress file.

Once you’ve downloaded the file, you can log into WordPress, click on Appearance – Themes – Upload, upload the zip file you’ve just downloaded from Themeforest, and you’ll be on your way to a beautiful site.

Prepare to spend a week or two customising your theme, learning how it works, and getting everything to look exactly how you want. This part can be overwhelming at times, but don’t panic — whenever I install a new theme, I find myself still optimising it a month later. It’s something you’ll probably work on for a while, so there’s no need to get it perfect right away.

If you’re having problems and want to get your site looking a certain way, you can use the support forums on Elegant Themes or Themeforest to get help from the theme’s creator. 

Step Six: Getting Yourself a Logo

A logo/banner/header is what you’ll use to differentiate yourself from other bloggers, so it’s kind of a big deal. But I’ll jump in here and say that I don’t think it’s something you need to put a huge amount of time or money into in the beginning stages of your blog. More important is your kickass content, then once you’ve started to build a following, you can pay more attention to your site’s design. As with practically everything in life, you’ll gain more benefit through investing money early on, but if you want to cut corners, this is where I recommend doing so.

Here’s what I recommend:

Canva: Canva is completely free to use, so if you’re starting your travel blog with a tight budget, this is a great option. Once you’ve created an account and signed in, click on create a design and play around with any of the banner-sized options. If you click on, for example, Tumblr Banner or Logo, you’ll find a list of pre-made templates that you can customise with your blog name.

Fiverr: If you’re not comfortable with your own design skills, I recommend heading to Fiverr and checking out what’s on offer. You’ll be able to browse reviews and examples of each designer’s work on the site to ensure you receive a decent-looking end result. I got a graphic designer friend to design my site logo, but if I was going to get a new one, I’d use Fiverr to find a designer. 

Working by the pool
Blogging by the pool in Hoi An, Vietnam

Step Seven: My Essential Plugins for Travel Bloggers

You’ve got all of the design features of your site installed at this point, so it’s time to start working on some of the behind-the-scenes stuff. With your site almost ready to go at this point, you’ll want to start installing some WordPress plugins. These will help improve the functionality of your site and give you access to a ton of new features.

Head over to the plugins section of your site and click on “add new”. You’ll then be able to search for the following plugins:

Akismet: I didn’t realise how much websites are inundated with spammy comments until I started this site. At the moment, I receive 2 or 3 spam comments a minute. Fortunately, I don’t have to see any of them because Akismet catches and deletes them automatically. 

Comments Not Replied To: Building a community is important, and this plugin shows you a list of comments you haven’t replied to yet. If someone spends their time commenting on your blog, it’s worth taking a few minutes out of your day to reply. Plus, if your readers can see you reply to everyone, they’ll be more likely to leave a comment themselves.

Contact Form 7: This will add a form to your contact page so that people can email you.

Mash Share: You’ll want to provide an easy way for people to share your posts, so make sure that you include a plugin to adds social media buttons to every post on your site. My favourite is Mash Share.

Interactive World Maps: Have you seen the beautiful map on my Where I’ve Been page? It’s a plugin called Interactive World Maps, which I highly recommend getting. It’s a paid plugin, so it’s not something to opt for if you’re trying to keep your costs low, but if you want a beautifully designed map to showcase your travels, this is the one to go for.

Yoast SEO: If you install only one plugin, make it this. Yoast SEO makes it so easy to improve your rankings in Google and is the absolute best plugin out there. It comes with hundreds of features and options so I won’t list them out there, but needless to say: you need this.

lauren-hammock-belize
Blogging from a hammock in San Ignacio, Belize

Step Eight: Your First Blogging Steps

Create an about page: Before you even publish your first post, you should create an about page. The first thing I do whenever I arrive on a travel blog for the first time is find out who the blogger is, what they’re currently doing, and why I should care about them. An about page is so, so important. It tells potential readers why they should follow along on your journey. This is also the place to let your personality shine! Share weird facts about yourself, tell people why you want to travel, show them you’re human and worth following. You want to be anything but boring here, as this is your chance to grab your readers and convince them to stick around.

Write your first post: After you’ve got your about page sorted, make your first blog post about you. Tell people why you started the blog, what it’s going to be about, where you’re going, and where you’ve been. Your introduction is how people will get to know you and it helps kick your blog off with a bang. Once you’ve written it, start sharing it on social media — Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are where you’re going to want to start publicising your wonderful content.

Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through: Don’t be boring. When I decided to start a travel blog, I was so focused on appearing professional and being an expert that I ended up writing bland posts that read like a Wikipedia article. Little did I know, it’s your personality that’s going to convince people to subscribe. Once I embraced my inner idiot and started writing about the ways I’d screwed up on the road, my traffic skyrocketed. It’s so important to have a personality in blogging; don’t try to be a guidebook. Be a person. Be yourself. Even if you’re really weird. One thing that helps me achieve this is to write my blog posts as I would speak, then tidy up the grammar and sentence structure afterwards.

Create a business plan: Nobody talks about this, but it’s so important! If you want to find success, you need to treat your travel blog just like any other business. How are you going to find success? How will you monetise your site? How will you build an audience? Where do you want to be in three months? Or in a year? Which companies do you want to work with? Where do you want to be featured? Start thinking long-term, write down your goals, and start working towards them from day one.

If I was starting a travel blog in 2021, my plan would involve joining dozens of Facebook groups to network with other travel bloggers, looking for travel blogging guest post opportunities to build links to my site, focusing on Pinterest to build traffic, writing 3000+ word resources that are better and more detailed than anything on Google’s first page, and making $500 a month. You should be able to achieve that income goal within six months of starting your travel blog.

Install Google Analytics: You’ll want to be able to record how many people visit your site each day, so Google Analytics is a must. This will allow you to track your traffic and find out more about your readers. Don’t get obsessive over it though! It’s far too easy to waste an entire day staring at your live analytics. Check every couple of days to see which posts are receiving traffic and whether it’s increasing or decreasing over time.

Find a network of bloggers at a similar level: I recommend finding a group of bloggers who started out at a similar time to you. Facebook groups and Instagram are a great way to do so. Share tips with them on building your audience, finding your niche, and making money. One of the best things I ever did was to make friends with other travel bloggers when I first started out — it helped me make my first advertising sale and find lucrative freelancing gigs, not to mention build wonderful friendships with lovely people.

Stand out from the crowd by doing things differently: There are hundreds of thousands of travel blogs out there now. How are you going to stand out from the crowd? I’m a contrarian so if I see that everyone’s doing something, I try to do the opposite in order to find a niche.

I don’t take press trips or sponsored hotel stays or even accept free products for review. Why? Because every travel blogger does all of those things and I knew it was one of the things their readers dislike most about their blogs. I decided I’d pay for everything myself and travel how non-bloggers travel and have received nothing but amazing feedback in response to it.

I don’t offer advice on how to travel the world. Instead, I write about how I screwed up while travelling, because nobody else is doing that. And because travel isn’t always amazing but so many travel bloggers pretend that it is. I don’t make out that my life is perfect and I’m living the dream — instead, I write frequently about my battles with anxiety and what it’s like to deal with a mental health disorder on the road. I write about what it’s like to get lost in every goddamn city you visit; about how it feels to get scammed for the twentieth time in a year; about how to deal with your boat starting to sink in Thailand.

Everyone says to create a regular posting schedule. I didn’t start off by posting regularly though, and I never have. Bloggers say to post three times a week, but sometimes I’ve posted once a week for months on end. When I got a book deal, I posted once every three months and my traffic still grew. Interestingly, I once posted every single day for a month and my traffic dropped! Most important of all is focusing on your quality of writing. Don’t rush to post as much as possible if it’s going to sacrifice the quality of your work.

There are some things that will help you find success and that’s why everyone’s doing them. Go self-hosted with Bluehost, come up with a catchy name, find a beautiful theme, and come up with a way to brand yourself. But everything else isn’t as important. Post when you want, travel where you want, and write about the things that interest you. Be yourself. That’s the way to build a successful travel blog.

Working from anywhere
Working in Placencia, Belize

How Do You Make Money With a Travel Blog?

A lot of travel bloggers recommend waiting until you’ve built a large and engaged audience before you even start to think about monetising your site, but I don’t think it’s necessary. There are plenty of ways to start earning money that won’t negatively affect your growth or annoy anyone who visits your site. Here’s how I recommend getting started:

Adsense: The easiest way to start making money with advertising is through Adsense. Sign up for an account, enter in the ad settings you want (I’ve received the most success with a 300×250 sized banner placed below the first paragraph of a post), and then you’re good to go! Download the Quick Adsense plugin, too, as it makes placing the ad code anywhere on your site straightforward. Experiment with different placements, too.

You should be able to make as much as $1 per 1,000 visitors to your site if you have enough placements, and while that won’t sound like much, once you reach 25,000 visitors a month, you can leave Adsense, join Mediavine and start making 10x more money with advertising. There are plenty of new travel bloggers who manage to reach 50,000 page views a month in under a year — with Mediavine, that means making around $750 a month in ad revenue, which is enough to live off in cheaper countries like Vietnam.

Amazon: If you want to get started with affiliate marketing (and you definitely should — I make six figures from affiliate marketing alone!) Amazon Associates is best for beginners. Any time you mention a product on your site, you can search for the product through Amazon Associates, and then use that link in your post. Whenever your readers click on that link and choose to buy anything, you’ll receive a commission on that sale. Packing lists, in-depth reviews, and gift guides are great for monetising through Amazon, so get started with those.

I have packing lists on my site that make me over $100 per post each month in Amazon commissions, so if you can write a detailed packing list and get it ranking first in Google, this is a great way to make money before you have a huge audience.

Other affiliate programs: As long as you don’t go overboard and stuff every single paragraph with a ton of affiliate links (which can always be tempting!), there’s no reason why you can’t join other affiliate programs, too. Some popular ones that I use and recommend include World Nomads for travel insurance, Agoda and Booking.com for linking to accommodation I’ve stayed in, and Skyscanner for whenever I talk about finding inexpensive flights. That way, when you write a detailed travel guide for a place, you can recommend the hotel you stayed in, share how you found cheap flights, and recommend that your readers take out travel insurance, and make money whenever somebody clicks those links and follows your recommendation.

I have a single post on my site that brings in $1,000 a month in Booking commissions alone, so you can see how lucrative affiliate marketing can really be.

Most important of all: I use every single one of these companies and have done since the very first day I started travelling. If you hate Skyscanner and never use them, for example, don’t then recommend them to your readers just so you can make money from them. You gotta be ethical!

The best thing about affiliates is that you can start making money from day one. If you start your travel blog off by writing a travel guide to Athens and find that it makes its way to the first page within the next month or so, you can add affiliate links to that post and make a decent amount of money from it — even though your overall blog doesn’t get that much traffic. 

That’s all I’d focus on right now. I’d steer away from monetising your social media, trying to get comped travel, and running branded content posts/sponsored posts in the early stages, if not forever, because they’re most likely to annoy your readers.

How Much Does it Cost to Start a Travel Blog?

Now that I’ve covered how to make money with your site, let’s take a look at the upfront costs you can expect to pay to keep a blog running. Here are several options:

You want to run a blog to keep friends and family informed of your travels: free

If your aim is to keep a record of your travels for your friends to follow along with and you have no desire to turn it into a business, there’s no need to make an investment up front. Instead, I recommend heading to WordPress.com (rather than .org) and setting up your site through there. You won’t have to pay for hosting and you’ll have access to free themes to use on your travel blog.

You want to start a professional travel blog but don’t have much money to do so: $109

There are definitely ways that you can cut corners without sacrificing the overall quality of your travel blog.

I’ve yet to come across a popular travel blog that wasn’t self-hosted, so that’s an essential. When it comes to a theme, having a slick and modern one will create a better first impression, so I think that’s important, too. Opt for a ThemeForest theme in this case, for around $50, and you’ll be well on your way to building a wonderful travel blog.

For your logo, go for Canva if you’re trying to save money. They have some pretty impressive banner designs that won’t cost you a cent to use, and you can hire a professional designer further down the line as you find success. Skip everything else that’s paid at this point — you can invest in those later on once you start making money with your site.

If you’re tight on money, then, you’ll find you’ll pay $59 for your Bluehost hosting, $50 up-front for a professional theme, and that’s it!

You’re determined to build a successful, lucrative travel blog as quickly as possible: $150 up-front and $1,000 a month.

If you’ve got money to spend and you’re ready to dedicate as much as you can to getting your travel blog off the ground, you’ll be looking at large up-front costs. You’ll also likely start making money within your first year of blogging, if not sooner.

You’ll cover the basics with a Bluehost hosting plan for three years ($100), and then splurge on a ThemeForest theme for around $50. You’ll sign up for my travel blogging mentorship for $1,000 a month and I’ll get you on the fast-track to building a money-making site as quickly as possible.

I’ll set up your theme for you, help you design a logo, copyedit your articles and show you how to optimise them for making money. I’ll teach you everything I know about SEO, building backlinks, scoring big media mentions, driving traffic, and making six figures in completely passive income.

I’ll be treating your blog as though it’s my second website and I’ll be just as invested in its success. You can read more about this opportunity here.

You’re me: $330 a month

Ha! I’m including me in this list because you’re most likely curious to know how much you’ll be looking at spending on a site once you’re successful. Here’s how my main monthly expenses break down:

  • I pay over $2,000 a year to host my site with Performance Foundry.
  • I spend $700 a year for newsletter services with ConvertKit.
  • I spend $600 a year to schedule pins on Pinterest with Tailwind.
  • I pay $400 a year for accounting software with Xero.
  • I pay $250 a year to host my travel photos online with Crashplan.

It sounds like a lot, but keep in mind that I make over $10,000 a month from my travel blog, so they’re all expenses that I can justify.

Is It Too Late to Start a Travel Blog in 2021?

I receive a lot of emails and comments from readers who are concerned it’s too late to start travel blogging. Is it? Nope! Hell no. Seriously — it’s not too late. 

While travel blogging is a much more crowded space than it was several years ago, there are also far more opportunities for income than there used to be. When I started out, there were only a handful of travel bloggers who made $1,000 a month, and they were the people who had been blogging for several years. These days, there are well over a hundred travel bloggers who are pulling in six figures each and every year.

In Facebook groups, I see new bloggers sharing how they managed to reach 100,000 page views in just a year or two of blogging — something that used to take the original travel bloggers three or four years to manage.

I believe that if I were to start my travel blog today, I’d be able to reach a comfortable income in less time than it took me back in 2011. So don’t be dissuaded by the sheer number of travel bloggers on the internet today — focus on generating traffic then monetising your audience, and you’ll be doing well in no time at all!

Now Get Blogging!

I have one final suggestion, and that’s to take a look through the comments of this article below. I now have almost a thousand comments on this article from people asking questions and looking for advice. My answers will likely be useful as you start your travel blogging journey, and feel free to ask for any clarification in the comments, too!

And most of all, good luck! You can totally do it :-)

 

Starting a travel blog is the best decision I've ever made. It's now funded five years of full-time travel, led to a book deal, and changed my life. This is a step-by-step guide to starting a travel blog and maximizing your chance of success!

697 Comments

  1. Eden
    July 30, 2015
    Reply

    So this is actually only the second blog post I’ve read about how to start a travel blog, but I must say that I like yours the best. Mostly because you mention a little a bit about what you’re paying up front when you sign up for Bluehost. I’m sure if I started a live chat with them I could’ve discovered it on my own, but sometimes I have a little aversion to social interaction lol being an introvert sucks … anyways … I just wanted to thank you for helping me understand why I was so confused when I tried to start my website and it was declined due to insufficient funds lol being a food runner/expeditor does’t pay much lol

    I really liked this post a lot and just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated all the information and time you put into it. I didn’t even know about logos and that was awesome that you shared that because the first blog post I read just mentioned “good content”.

    I am saving this for future reference and thank you greatly for the inspiration your blog has given me. Keep on doing you =) You’re doing GREAT!

    • Lauren
      July 30, 2015
      Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Eden!

      Before I put this guide together, I spent several weeks looking at similar posts by other travel bloggers to make sure that I could fill in any gaps they’d left. I found the majority of them didn’t include as much information as I would have liked to have seen when I first started out, so I’m thrilled to hear that my article was helpful for you :-)

      • Sharon
        June 3, 2018
        Reply

        Hi Lauren, I’m a new travel blogger based in Nigeria and I decided to start my travel blogging with touring round my state in Nigeria. I’m really having a hard time thinking about if this is really best for me but I know I have a strong passion for going places. And I can’t explore other continents because I’m underage and my college won’t allow me to. I have already created my word press account and uploaded my first about post. But I need advice on how to move on and I am using the WordPress free plan for a start. What kind of advice can you give to me please ?

        • Lauren
          June 4, 2018
          Reply

          Start by writing about the places you’ve already been to in Nigeria, and focus on building up your social media following. You can still find success by writing detailed guides to destinations you’ve already visited.

    • Laural Seither
      April 5, 2020
      Reply

      Hey, I stumbled on your blog while looking for ways to work since I’m laid off from my job as a cook due to the pandemic. I was bouncing around an idea regarding a travel blog revolving around virtual vacations since no one is allowed to go anywhere. All you really find is dry how to dos on the subject. I thought about how get the most out of it on a budget. Now I think I really want to try it. Just because you are stuck at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the world. I was hoping you’d have a little advice for me.

  2. Kathie - Vintage Vagabonds
    August 10, 2015
    Reply

    But do you think most bloggers set out with the intention of creating the kind of blog that can be monetized?

    For me it’s been an evolutionary process – I started out on Google’s blogger in 2013 just as a way of keeping memoir for myself really, as well as a postcard substitute for friends and family. Then once my content grew I got frustrated with blogger’s limitations and moved to wordpress.com, then to wordpress.org hosted as part of my husband’s business website, and only to wordpress.org/Bluehost last month with a free theme from Catchthemes.

    All I’ve paid for so far is Bluehost. The next step might be the paid-for version of my theme, but I think it’s unnecessary spend any money AT ALL until you know you’re going to stick with blogging – it’s easy enough to import existing content into a wordpress blog, so doesn’t it make more sense to create some content first and see if you enjoy the process? After all, a monetized blog seems take an awful lot of time and effort and probably isn’t for everyone – I still haven’t decided whether the monetized part is something I want to pursue.

    • Lauren
      January 20, 2016
      Reply

      It’s tough. I think more new travel bloggers are setting out with the intention of making money purely because there’s so much inspiration out there to quit your job and try it, and it makes it look easy.

      There are pros and cons to investing in your site when you first start out. Like you say: you might end up giving it a go and then discover you don’t actually enjoy the writing and you’d much rather travel without the commitment. But at the same time, if you don’t take the time to build a slick blog that looks professional it’s going to be incredibly hard to build any kind of audience, which could discourage you from continuing, because it seems so much harder than it should be.

  3. Maki
    August 19, 2015
    Reply

    I’ve only just started and I’ve read quite a few “How to start a travel blog” posts – but I particularly like what you say towards the end about doing things differently. That was initial gut feeling, finding a USP rather than trying to compete in an overcrowded space, until I started reading about having to blog prolifically to start with etc. I like your approach better.
    You’re also the only person who specifically mentioned getting a logo – something that I’d only had loose ideas about, but will definitely go about getting this now.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    • Lauren
      August 21, 2015
      Reply

      Thanks so much, Maki! I actually wrote about this recently: Everyone Said I Was Doing it Wrong. I find that a lot of bloggers recommend doing the same things to find success and, while clearly they have worked for them, I’ve found success through doing things differently to everyone else. Standing out from the crowd is so important!

  4. Anita
    August 26, 2015
    Reply

    Thanks for this list! I can vouch for Fiverr. Found a great graphic artist who did my logo. She runs a legit design house with other artists working for her, so it might be better to find a user with an extensive portfolio and lots of positive reviews.

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2015
      Reply

      Oh, that’s good to hear! Thanks for the tip :-)

    • Colleen
      September 15, 2020
      Reply

      Wow wow wow, firstly, well done on your achievement!!
      Secondly, thank you for sharing these steps as many do not go into so much detail. Greatly appreciated.
      I’m in Cape Town, South Africa, recently retired and have always been interested in writing about our travels. We’ve done numerous motorcycle tours and I would usually do a short reflection of it. Friends have been pushing me to write more. ..I’ve recently posted 2 recent day trips on Facebook (Colleen Arendse-Stain), and being reminded again to start a book or a blog….now that I have more free time, I would like to give it a go. Thank you for the advice and inspiration…
      When will you visit Cape Town???

      • Lauren
        September 16, 2020
        Reply

        Best of luck with getting it all set up, Colleen! And I looooove Cape Town :-)

  5. Mike Riddle
    August 29, 2015
    Reply

    What if you are unsure what your niche is? I want my blog to encompass all aspects of my traveling life whether it’s the how to’s, budgeting, disasters on the road, travel hacking, etc. I’m concerned that by doing everything I’ll slip through the cracks and won’t be noticed.

    • Lauren
      September 1, 2015
      Reply

      Hi Mike!

      I’d recommend focusing on one angle and tying everything else into that. For example, you could make budget travel your main focus, but still write about everything else. Travel disasters could be tied into traveling on a budget if you have mishaps in hostels, for example. Travel hacking could have a budget focus, so it isn’t all about getting as many credit cards as possible. How to travel on a budget… you get the idea. After you choose a niche that doesn’t have to be your sole, sole focus — you just want people to be able to say, “Oh, Mike? He’s that guy that writes about…”

      My focus is being a walking disaster, but that isn’t all I write about! I’d probably only end up posting every few months if that was the case. I still write resource-y posts and guides to cities and posts about anxiety, but I’ll throw in a mention of a misadventure I had every now and then.

  6. Alison
    October 14, 2015
    Reply

    Hi Lauren –

    Your blog is awesome and is set up so beautifully!! I’m working on setting one up and am trying to add a “Where I’ve Been Map” that I can link things to. I’ve been looking at maps on a few different travel blogs and yours is the closest to what I’m looking for.

    Any tips for creating a map with countries colored in that can be linked to certain posts? Most of the sites I’ve found either share only a map with filled in countries OR a Google map with pins that can be moved around.

    Any help is appreciated! Thanks :)

    Alison

    • Lauren
      October 22, 2015
      Reply

      Hi Alison. Yep! I use a plugin called interactive world maps for mine. I highly recommend it as it’s easy to use, looks great, and is very customisable! :-)

  7. Lexie
    October 20, 2015
    Reply

    Lauren, is it possible to move from my existing WordPress address to this host and get the .com address? I don’t want to start from scratch after all this time, and I’m generally happy with my existing blog on WordPress, but I know I will have to start paying for it soon. Thanks for any feedback you can provide!

    • Lauren
      October 22, 2015
      Reply

      Yep! You just need to transfer your site from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. When you log into your dashboard, navigate to tools and click export -> all content. Once you’ve done that, sign up for hosting and install WordPress using the directions I included in this post. Once that’s sorted, you can log in, head to tools -> import -> WordPress, and upload the exported file from your wordpress.com site. Let me know if you need any help! :-)

  8. Marcy
    October 25, 2015
    Reply

    Are there any free themes? Could I possibly bring in my own theme designed by a graphic designer ? To sign up for wordpress do I have to use WordPress themes ?

    • Lauren
      October 27, 2015
      Reply

      Hi Marcy. Yep, just google free WordPress themes and a ton will come up. You can also hire a graphic designer to help you out with your site — I’d recommend this as you’d likely end up with a more professional looking theme. Yep, you need to use WordPress-specific themes for WordPress.

      Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  9. Jane@travebusy
    November 27, 2015
    Reply

    All good stuff! After building over 100 WordPress sites I would highly recommend using good security plugins, WP is easy to hack.

    -Bulletproof security
    -Wordfence

    • Lauren
      January 20, 2016
      Reply

      Awesome! Thanks so much, Jane! I’ll get on that now :-)

    • Anne
      February 28, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Lauren, I’m in the process of switching my WordPress blog over to a website and your post is the most helpful I’ve found so far. I had a few questions, but they’ve mostly been answered already in the comments :-) Jane’s tip sounds good about redirecting the admin login to avoid hackers, but what does this mean? How do I do it? I’d be really grateful if you or Jane could explain. I’m sure I could google it, but you make everything sound so clear and easy to follow :-)

  10. Daphne
    January 18, 2016
    Reply

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention joining travel blog success like all the other bloggers do – which is impressive! I love how you personality just shows through your delicate writing!

    I started blogging about my travel experience recently as well, but I am a photographer and I have my name as the domain for my portfolio site – so I just built a blog page on top of what I already have – I’m still debating if I should just create a separate domain for blogging or just keep it as is..

    • Lauren
      January 18, 2016
      Reply

      I like to do things differently :-) Honestly, I think Travel Blog Success is overpriced and unnecessary. I’ve never joined so I can’t speak from experience, but I’ve been just fine without it.

  11. sumaira
    January 22, 2016
    Reply

    hi lauren!
    nice article as usual! I wanted to know if the plugins are hard to use with wordpress?
    What do you think of squarespace?

    • Lauren
      January 22, 2016
      Reply

      Plugins are super-easy to use. Just search for them in the the plugins section of your WordPress dashboard and hit install. The settings for them are easy to understand, as well.

      Never used Squarespace or subscribed to a site that uses it. I don’t like many of the templates and there aren’t many options for customisation.

  12. sumaira
    January 23, 2016
    Reply

    thanks Lauren! great help as usual!

    • Lauren
      February 4, 2016
      Reply

      :-)

  13. kate
    February 5, 2016
    Reply

    Thank you – This post is excellent. I have a few questions- How up-to-date is this information and/or your post? For example – the plugin you suggest, Digg Digg, is no longer supported by WordPress (so it seems). And the layout of your website is gorgeous – are you still using the Genesis from StudioPress theme and the Dynamik Website Builder child theme for this current layout? Lastly – do you know if the Dynamik Website Builder can be used with the OptimizePress Theme builder that I purchased? Thanks!

    • Lauren
      February 11, 2016
      Reply

      Glad you found it helpful, Kate! Digg Digg works fine for me, so you shouldn’t have a problem with it — maybe try again? I’ve never used Genesis, so I’m afraid I can’t help with that. My theme is called Presso and I bought it from Themeforest.

  14. Jayne
    February 18, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren
    Thank you for sharing your tips on this post I found it really helpful :-)
    I am currently travelling and about to launch my own blog, more to share my experiences than to make a living out of it but obviously still want it to be unique and interesting.
    I read your book “How NotTo Travel The World” whilst I was travelling around India and loved it ❤️
    It’s good to know I’m not the only one who makes travelling mistakes and gets into the odd disaster…. Haha st least we will both have entertaing stories to tell! xxx

    • Lauren
      February 18, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks so much, Jayne! I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed my book, and no, you’re definitely not the only one to have disasters :-) Best of luck with your blog!

  15. Helga
    February 18, 2016
    Reply

    Thanks, Lauren. I’ve read a gazillion “how to set up a travel blog” posts and even attended webinars but this is the first time I think I could actually do it. I started writing a weekly travel column for the newspapers 10 years ago but shied away from blogging because I’m technically challenged. Thanks for your confidence boosting “how to start a successful travel blog” post.

    Happy travels.

    • Lauren
      February 18, 2016
      Reply

      That’s amazing to hear, Helga! I’m so happy to hear my post could fill you with the confidence to give it a try :-) Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing when I first started, but you pick it up pretty quickly :-)

  16. Stephanie
    February 24, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren
    Just finished your book and reading through this blog! My husband and I plan to head out for a year of travel in a couple of years and I’d like to blog. In the meantime, I have a sort of friends and family blog about camping in Colorado. It isn’t hosted and I use free wordpress. I’d like to transform it into something lots more professional and public. So, my question is–should I just scratch it and start over? Sounds like it is hard to move content and change a name? Because I’m giving tips on where to camp I think I may need to re-visit some of the older locations anyway. Will it actually disappear so that people will only find the new one? Finally, about how long did it take before your blog began earning an income? What exactly did you do–seek out advertisers? Or did they find you? Thanks!

    • Lauren
      February 28, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Stephanie!

      What you could do is set up a new blog, then export all of your content from your wordpress.com site to your new one. There’s literally an export and import button on both WordPress versions, so it should be super-quick and easy. You could either redirect your old site to the new one, or just delete the old one if it doesn’t receive much traffic.

      I started earning money from my site three months after starting it, and was making enough to live off of after around a year. Advertisers found me for the most part, but one thing you could do is create a Facebook group or small community of travel bloggers who started their sites at the same time as you, and share contacts with each other there.

      Hope that helps!

  17. Paige
    February 28, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    I have been following your blog for so long now and it has helped me so much with my travels so I first just want to say thank you!! I’ve just started my own blog so my family/friends can keep up to date with what I’m doing etc, I originally didn’t set it up to make it into a business or to make money but I can’t help but notice how many people are making a living from blogging. My main question would be when and how did you know when to turn it from a hobby into a priority? For me I don’t want to spend money on a domain/Wordpress.org etc if it’s only ever going to be a hobby but I also know I can’t get anywhere without if that makes sense, sorry to ramble on I just don’t know what to do and after reading this post I thought it might be best to ask you the expert hehe! xx

  18. Meg
    February 28, 2016
    Reply

    Roughly how much a year do you think you’d spend on expenses for your blog? Preferably in NZD or something I can convert just so I have an idea ?

    • Lauren
      February 29, 2016
      Reply

      These days I’d estimate I spend around 2000 USD a year. I use WP Engine as my hosting company and pay around $70 a month for them. They’re one of the best hosting options there, but pretty expensive and completely unnecessary for a new blogger. I pay around $120 a year each for social media scheduling with Coschedule and Pinterest scheduling with Tailwind. Maybe around $50 a year for new plugins for my site. $600 a year for my newsletter service with ConvertKit. That’s probably about it.

      During my first year of running this blog, I think I probably only spent around $50 a year. I paid for hosting and that was about it.

  19. Hannah
    March 6, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren! I am just starting out trying to create a travel blog too and I’m really struggling with making my site look the way I imagine. I’ve purchased a theme and it’s “installed” but doesnt seem to resemble what I purchased. I am not well versed in graphic design but I like to consider myself computer savvy. Can you suggest or recommend a good resource/s for setting up the themes and basically making my sight look like I imagine? Also a good place to create a banner? or is that what you mean by a logo? I’ve been considering travel blog success but I just dont know that I’m ready or willing to invest in it yet.Thank you so much for your help!

    • Lauren
      July 3, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Hannah!

      Your theme will usually have installation instructions that run through how to set it up and get everything looking how you want it to. Otherwise, using the theme options page on your WordPress dashboard is where you need to be. That’s where you’ll make all of the changes to your site’s appearance.

      Yep, you can have a banner made through the same sites I recommend for a logo.

  20. Eilidh
    March 9, 2016
    Reply

    Hi!

    You probably won’t recognise my name, but I’ve tweeted you a couple times :) anyway, I just wanted to ask, what is a logo? I’ve never heard of that before. I seem to be having some issues with my domain name registering, but once its sorted, (fingers crossed it will be.) I’ll be moving on to personalising my blog. how do you pick a theme? There seems to be thousands of them! As someone who doesn’t have a clue or anyone to ask, I feel like i need to be walkeeen at this for 2 days and I’ve still not got my blog! Please help!d through by baby steps! I’ve already been derailed twice, please help! haha
    hope alls well!
    Eilidh

    • Lauren
      March 9, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Eilidh!

      Oh, by logo, I mean the banner up at the top of every page. The Never Ending Footsteps part is the logo. It’a way to help brand your site and inject some personality to it, rather than having some plain, boring text as the site title.

      When it comes to picking a theme, it took me about a week to find one that I like. I went to Themeforest and sorted the WordPress themes by popularity. From there, I went down the list until I found one that I liked. Honestly, it all comes down to what features you’re looking for and what style works for you. Take a look at the live preview of each site and see if anything clicks. Most of the themes are very customisable, so it’d be hard to go wrong!

      Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  21. Sanket Sawant
    March 14, 2016
    Reply

    Great tips, wish I would’ve had this post when I started. I’m glad you mention how much work it is behind the scenes as many people just think is taking photos and publishing then online. My biggest challenge has been seo, I actually invested in a professional to help me out. Looking forward to your posts.

    • Lauren
      March 15, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks so much, Sanket! I’m so happy to hear you found the post useful :-) It definitely takes a lot of work to build a successful site, which is why it can sometimes be a little frustrating when people assume you’re on a permanent vacation!

      That’s a good tip about investing in someone to help you out if you’re not so great at a certain skill. I know that I tried to do everything when I first started out to the detriment of my site!

  22. Clare
    March 18, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    I’ve been following Dave since 2012-ish and then you soon after – you’ve both been so incredibly helpful with all my travel planning. Loved your book too!
    I’m looking to start monetising my blog but I’m currently using blogger – I want to transfer everything so I can have my own .com name… can you do this with a blogger page or do I need to start again and copy paste the content across? I’m just worried about losing any follows!
    Thanks :)

  23. Megan
    March 21, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren!

    Great advice :)

    I have a question around how your blog became successful – was there one particular moment or incident which turned your blog into a profession? There are so many travel blogs out there so im just wondering how you go about getting “discovered” – how did your readers find you?

    Thanks
    Megan

    • Lauren
      July 4, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Megan!

      There wasn’t really a particular moment when things skyrocketed — I definitely noticed a huge jump in engagement and follower numbers once I started embracing my disastrous side :-) but much of my growth has been pretty organic. If you were to look at my traffic numbers, it would be something like 5,000 visitors per month on average for the first six months, 10,000 visitors per month for the next six months and so on, so I’ve always had steady growth rather than one big moment when things rapidly expanded.

      But that’s talking about audience size, which is different to turning my blog into a profession. For me, I didn’t think of my blog as my *job* until I’d been running it for around nine months (and travelling for three of them). By that point, I was making enough income to live in Southeast Asia, and was starting to become more well-known in the travel blogging world. It was at that point when I realised, hey, I don’t actually have to go home after a year :-)

      And as for how my readers found me, I can actually answer this quite accurately as I recently ran a reader survey and asked exactly that question! To quote from that post:

      “35% of you found me through Googling something random and 30% discovered me through another travel blog. On the lower-but-heartwarming end of the spectrum, 5% found me through a friend’s recommendations, 8 responders know me in real life (hi!), and 5 of you even found the site through buying How Not to Travel the World first.”

  24. Saf
    April 4, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren!
    I’m in my last year of high school and your blog has definitely inspired me to chase my travelling dreams :)
    Was just wondering though, is a web blog essential/necessary in funding your travels or could your travels be funded from other things?
    What else could provide as a main resource for funding travel?

    Saf – the way from Australia :)

    • Lauren
      April 6, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Saf! Nope, it’s definitely not essential. There are so many ways you could fund travel that don’t involve opening a laptop — teaching English, working as a surf instructor or divemaster, working on a cruise ship, running tours, working in hostels, working in bars… And for something online based, it could be doing your current job remotely if you don’t need to be in the office, working as a graphic designer or computer programmer or an app developer or a translator or a freelance writer or editor, or an SEO specialist or a social media marketer, or selling things you’ve made on Etsy or elsewhere, or self-publishing books on Amazon. The possibilities are endless! :-)

  25. Karen Leigh
    April 10, 2016
    Reply

    I think that was a great read.I interested myself in doing travel bloggs mainly as I do go away each year .

    • Lauren
      June 22, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks, Karen! :-)

  26. Ishtiak Ahmed
    April 30, 2016
    Reply

    Thanks Lauren, for creating another master class post. I am bookmarking the post because in near future, I am going to make a travel related blog. Such instruction can make my work easier.

    • Lauren
      May 2, 2016
      Reply

      That’s so kind of you to say! Glad you found it useful :-)

  27. Richard Kimberley
    May 15, 2016
    Reply

    Just wanted to say thank you Lauren, some fantastic tips in here. Nearly finished your book now, it’s brilliant. Never read a book that’s kept my attention and interest like yours does. You should be so very proud of yourself for such great writing. Best wishes and safe (as it gets with you!!) travels! Richard – BeyondTheVan.

    • Lauren
      May 20, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you so much, Richard! Your comment truly means the world to me :-)

  28. Keith
    May 22, 2016
    Reply

    This was really helpful, thanks so much. I still have a lot to figure out, but you’ve given me a good start.

    • Lauren
      May 27, 2016
      Reply

      No problem! Happy to help :-)

  29. Renata
    May 29, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    You’ve mentioned in your post and a few of the comments that you would suggest starting a FB page with other bloggers who are starting out around the same time as you. Do you have any tips/suggestions/advice on how to find people just starting? All the bloggers I follow online are already established.

    Thanks so much :)

    • Lauren
      June 14, 2016
      Reply

      Hey, Renata! I answered this a couple of comments down :-)

  30. Jack
    June 1, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren!

    My mother brought me a copy of your book home from work one day last year, and it had me cracking up thinking about how similar we are in terms of unlucky things seeming to gravitate to us no matter where we go. I got head butted on a subway in Shanghai by a man applying eye drops, for example..

    Currently in the process of (trying) to set up my blog for my upcoming travels, and this post is doing wonders, so thanks so much!

    • Lauren
      June 8, 2016
      Reply

      Oh, that means the absolute world to me to hear, Jack! And oh my god, I laughed so hard at the image of you being headbutted, haha. Feel free to drop me an email if you get stuck when setting up your site! :-)

  31. Christine
    June 3, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren!

    Thanks for the informative post! I’m also in the process of starting my own spiritual travel blog and was wondering…how did you find other bloggers who were new to start a Facebook group? I agree with Renata in her comment above; all the bloggers I see on social media are well established and not beginners like me.

    Thanks,
    Christine

    • Lauren
      June 5, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Christine,

      Twitter chats could be a good place for starting to get to know other bloggers, like #TTOT. Also, searching for hashtags like #rtwsoon for people who are about to head out on a rtw trip, or #rtwnow. Or googling travel blog 2016 “first post” or “my itinerary” or “travel plans” or something like that should bring up recent posts from new blogs. There are also a ton of Facebook groups, like the Travel Bloggers group, and lots of others for newbies as well. Just have a search for “Travel bloggers”. Finally, you could look for other travel bloggers who are commenting on blog posts.

      I forged most of my friendships through Twitter, because it’s more conversational and you’re not like, “hey! *Facebook friend request even though you have no idea who I am*!”

  32. Maria
    June 6, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    great Article about starting a travel bog. After I had finished it, it was clear to me that you have written more or less about “professional” travel blogs.
    I have also started my own blog. But it is primary used to keep my family and friends up to date. So i choose one of the easy to use platforms. In my case: http://www.traveloca.com . I think it was a good decision as long as I don’t have such a popular travel blog. :)
    I am a real non technically-minded blogger and until my blog gets not hundreds or thousands of visitor per day, I think such a platform makes much easier. :)

    Maria

    • Lauren
      June 6, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Maria! Yep, this is a guide to starting a successful travel blog, so a lot of my tips are based around how to give yourself the best opportunity possible of making it. If your blog is for friends and family, there’s no need to spend money on hosting and themes and stuff :-)

      • Maria
        June 6, 2016
        Reply

        Yep, perhaps it gets more popular in time. Than I can think about such a “professional” blog but up to now it is enough :) What I could do so far is following some of your tips from step eight.

        Maria

        • Lauren
          June 8, 2016
          Reply

          Yes! And I’m planning to update this article over the next week or so to include money making tips and a few other bits and bobs :-)

          • Bella Shadows
            August 10, 2016
            Reply

            Oooooo!! Excited to read that update, as your clarity, illumination, and support is always appreciated ;). Thank you for everything you do!

  33. Christine
    June 8, 2016
    Reply

    Thanks for the tips, Lauren!

    • Lauren
      June 8, 2016
      Reply

      No problem!

  34. Catia
    June 13, 2016
    Reply

    Thanks for this! Lot’s of great tips for us lil guys starting out.

    • Lauren
      June 13, 2016
      Reply

      You’re welcome! :-D

  35. Jacqueline
    June 14, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren!

    This is my first time visiting your blog and first off, it’s fucking awesome. As I’m sure most of your followers are, I’m a travel nut (currently writing this while in Vienna, Austria) and want nothing more than to be able to travel for the rest of my life. I’m currently a junior German and Communication Studies double-major and would love to be able to travel after I graduate and share my experiences with others. I found this article really helpful! I did have a few questions for you though. 1) How exactly did you gain all of your followers? 2) How do you use your blog to pay for your trips? Obviously, money plays an important role in travel.

    If you could give me any tips I would really, really appreciate it! (:

    • Lauren
      June 14, 2016
      Reply

      Awww, thank you so much, Jacqueline! I really appreciate it! :-)

      1) Honestly, it all happened organically. Remember that I’ve been doing this for six years now, so that’s a lot of time for people to find me and decide to follow along on my travels. I just shared my travels here on my site and linked out to my social media pages on the site, I shared photos of my travels and little updates on Facebook and Twitter, and somehow people found me. I realise that isn’t very helpful, but I really didn’t do anything beyond share what I was doing. I didn’t buy any followers, or take part in reciprocal liking, or anything like that really. I’d imagine the vast majority of my followers stumbled upon my site in Google and decided to follow me then.

      2) I have an entire post dedicated to how I fund my travels here: https://www.neverendingfootsteps.com/2014/01/28/how-i-make-money-to-fund-my-travels-around-the-world/ but it’s a little out of date now. These days, I make money through advertising (small banner ads in the sidebar and through ads on my Youtube channel), affiliate sales (this post is an example: if you decided to set up your site using Bluehost by following my link, I’d receive a small percentage of the sale), freelance writing (I write regularly for About Student Travel and Too Many Adapters, and occasionally write pieces every so often for other websites and magazines), and book royalties from my memoir. I think that’s about it.

      There are a few things other travel bloggers do to make money that I don’t: taking press trips and charging a day rate (or taking press trips for free in order to save on travel expenses), selling ebooks or courses, doing social media marketing for other companies, selling photos online, working with brands on sponsored posts, placing ads on social media, selling ad space to other travel bloggers, using something like Patreon, where their readers help support them, or reader donations… there are lots of ways you can make money through travel blogging!

  36. Maria
    June 14, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren!
    Just stumbled upon this post on google – very helpful article! I’ve been blogging for about 6 months and most of my viewers come from Quora. Do you have any tips on similar sites to gain more visitors? Would really appreciate any advice :) Keep up the good work!

    • Lauren
      June 14, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you so much, Maria! I don’t focus too much on traffic generations on sites like that, purely because it takes a lot of time and effort and I’m not sure how sustainable the traffic is. For example, I used to get quite a bit of traffic from the TripAdvisor forums to my Maldives posts (it was in my top 10 referrers), but I just checked, and six months later, I get two visits a month. I’ve seen things like this happen over and over, so it’s not something I personally focus on. But if Quora works for you, then that’s great, and there’s no reason to stop working on it! :-)

      One thing I would suggest is to focus on guest posting. Pitch articles for huge sites that are relevant to what you write about (for example, I could pitch a writing site about how I got a book deal, or an anxiety site about how travel helps my anxiety, or a personal development site on how travel changed my life, or a women’s site about how I met my boyfriend on the road). It’ll bring new people to your site, benefit your blog by giving you a link back (and therefore helping increase your search traffic), and it forces you to practice writing for a different audience!

  37. Babar
    July 7, 2016
    Reply

    Ty.
    I was looking for a guide thnx again this reakly helped me. :)

    • Lauren
      July 7, 2016
      Reply

      No problem! Glad it helped :-)

  38. Anne-Sophie
    July 8, 2016
    Reply

    I’m SO glad that you said not to spend money on Travel Blog Success! I feel like everyone just recommends it so that they can get money from the affiliate links…

    • Lauren
      July 9, 2016
      Reply

      Yeah. A lot of travel bloggers make it sound as if you’ll never be successful unless you join. Not true!

  39. Tim
    July 10, 2016
    Reply

    can you recommend a good (free) travel theme by WordPress. I’ll be traveling by bike with daily entries and lots of pictures…thanks!

    • Lauren
      July 11, 2016
      Reply

      The problem with free themes is that more often than not they contain malware and dodgy links, which will do nothing but penalise your site — that’s why people give them away for free, because they know they can add, for example, links to cheap viagra, etc from your site and cash in from that. It’s for that reason that I recommend going with a paid one.

      If you don’t have the cash to spend, use one of the themes WordPress recommends in the themes section of your site. I haven’t used any of them, so don’t have any personal recommendations.

  40. Tim
    July 11, 2016
    Reply

    thanks Lauren, all good points!
    I’m not looking to monetize my blog and mostly want it for friends and family to be able to access to follow my travels but maybe there are other issues too that could effect my site negatively by going with the free stuff.
    Tim

    • Lauren
      July 12, 2016
      Reply

      Ah, just use one of the WordPress ones you’ll find in your backend then.

  41. Lhea
    July 22, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren, This is amazing! Probably the most comprehensive guide I’ve read so far. I am new to travel blogging and i’m looking at monetizing my blog too. I have used wordpress.com before, but the features are so limited which is why I’m shifting to wordpress.org, I want to take blogging seriously but i’m quite confuse about hosting. Thank you so much, the step by step guide for BlueHost is a big help for me!

    • Lauren
      July 22, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks so much, Lhea! I’m so happy to hear that :-) Let me know if you have any questions at any point!

  42. Gabrielle
    July 23, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    This might be a bit of a naive question, but in terms of theme and logo, do you have to go through a professional graphic designer or can you just sort of put something together yourself? I would love to design my logo myself :)

    Thanks

    • Lauren
      July 25, 2016
      Reply

      No, you don’t have to go through a professional! If you can do it yourself, you totally should :-)

  43. Lauren
    July 26, 2016
    Reply

    Lauren, thank you! One of my aims for 2017 was to start a travel blog and now that the year is half-way through, I’m starting to realise I need to get ON THIS right now. Thank you so much for your helpful blog article — it’s inspiring, easy to understand, and packed full of useful information. Can I ask what some of your favourite travel blogs are? I love yours (obviously) but I’d love to discover other authentic travellers out there to inspire me on my own travel blog journey.

    Thanks again!

  44. Edna
    July 27, 2016
    Reply

    I’m so happy you wrote this post, Lauren! I’m a longtime reader of your site and have been inspired by how much travel has helped you to grow. I’m setting out for my own soul searching experience in July and this has convinced me to take the leap and try travel blogging for myself to see how it goes.

    • Lauren
      June 3, 2017
      Reply

      That’s amazing, Edna. I’m touched to hear my story could inspire you <3 Best of luck with your blog and let me know if I can help out with anything if you get stuck along the way.

  45. Eddie
    July 27, 2016
    Reply

    Who do you use for hosting your travel blog? Is it still Bluehost or somebody different? I read in another blog post of yours that you changed hosting company a few years ago and experienced a rise in traffic from search engines. Would you not then recommend starting with a more expensive host to give yourself the best chance of success?

  46. Win
    July 27, 2016
    Reply

    Would there be much interest in retirement travel as a niche do you think? My children have flown the nest, my husband has died and I want to start traveling and showing other older women that it’s never too late to see the world. Is there any chance I can find an audience at my age? Travel blogging seems to be focused so much on younger women in their 20s.

  47. Emma
    July 28, 2016
    Reply

    This has been so helpful, thank you. Can I ask if these are the exact steps you followed when you started your blog or like are these things that you learned along the way? You are obviously successful and I was wondering if you made it by doing this exactly or doing some things differently. I hope this makes sense!

  48. Ordinary Travels
    July 28, 2016
    Reply

    Can I be cheeky and ask which banner design you like most for a logo in Canvaa? Theres so many to choose from and I want one that will make me stand out.

  49. Loretta
    July 30, 2016
    Reply

    This was just what I needed to give me a kick up the butt and convince me to start my travel blog! Time to start brainstorming names…

    • Lauren
      June 3, 2017
      Reply

      Yay! I’m happy to hear that, Loretta! Best of luck :-)

  50. Archana
    July 30, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren. This was an amazing post! It not only inspired me to start my own blog but also to follow the exact steps you’ve laid out on your post. It was very helpful. Thank you. I have one question though. At the bottom of your blog, it says ‘Copyright Lauren………’. How do I do that on my blog using Word Press. Currently it says ‘Proudly powered by Word Press…..’ and the theme I use. Can I edit this?

    • Lauren
      August 3, 2016
      Reply

      Yes! If you go to Appearance -> Editor and find your footer.php file, you should be able to edit it in there. If not, most themes will have something in the theme options section of the WordPress dashboard where you can change it.

  51. Morgan
    July 30, 2016
    Reply

    This is the most detailed post I found on starting a travel blog so I have to say thanks to you for that Lauren. My one question to you: would you recommend making your own logo in Photoshop or Canva when you’re starting out?

    • Lauren
      June 3, 2017
      Reply

      I’d go for Canva if you don’t have experience with graphic design yet. It’ll be much easier than trying to teach yourself Photoshop from scratch.

  52. chu ky so
    August 2, 2016
    Reply

    You don’t have to answer this but how much money do you make through this travel blog?

  53. Alexis
    August 4, 2016
    Reply

    Thank you SO much for this Lauren! A treasure trove of information for new bloggers :o)

    • Lauren
      August 6, 2016
      Reply

      Happy you found it so helpful! Thanks! :-)

  54. Lara
    August 6, 2016
    Reply

    Apologises if you’ve answered this in another comment, but how long did it take before you started making money? How soon do you think a new travel blogger can start making money, realistically? How long to make their first penny and how long before they make $1000 a month, then $2000, etc. What are the best types of income for new travel bloggers to chase?

  55. Loris
    August 8, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren. Why do you recommend Bluehost over Hostgator, etc? Who do you use for hosting your travel blog?

  56. Gemma Purcell
    August 10, 2016
    Reply

    Thank you a lot for this Lauren! You made an overwhelming task sound manageable. No easy feat when you’re as scared of technology as me!

    • Lauren
      June 3, 2017
      Reply

      Oh, that’s incredible! Thanks so much for the huge compliment, Gemma!

  57. Connor
    August 15, 2016
    Reply

    I am about to embark on a 3 month trip backpacking SE Asia with my fiance, I have thought a lot about blogging…. but don’t want to start while I’m there. This will be a big first for both of us and we don’t want to worry about bringing our laptops as we are unsure what the trip will bring and don’t want to risk losing or breaking it. Have you or any bloggers you know started blogging after your trip as more of a reflection on the events rather than staying current with your posts?

  58. Maneet
    September 2, 2016
    Reply

    Great , These are amazing tips for start travel blogs and these are very effective tips.

  59. casey
    September 25, 2016
    Reply

    hello,

    i wanted to tell you i found this incredibly informative and helpful. i want to share the kind of unconventional trips my brothers and i go on and you have given me a great starting point. once i get things up and running i’ll be sure to send you a link :)

    happy travels to you.

    • Lauren
      September 26, 2016
      Reply

      So happy to hear that! And yep, I’d love to see how it looks when you’ve got it all set up :-)

  60. Julie Nguyen
    September 27, 2016
    Reply

    This gave me the boost of confidence I needed. For about 2 years now, I’ve wanted to travel and be able to share it with other people. I’ve looked into doing a vlog as well, but have been to scared of failure. Thank you so much for posting this and making it easier for me finally start doing what I’ve been meaning to for years!

    • Lauren
      October 19, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m thrilled to hear I could make it easier for you :-) Good luck!

  61. kelly
    September 29, 2016
    Reply

    Hey Lauren!

    I just wanted to leave you a little comment to let you know that I read your book and it inspired me to try start blogging. So much so I even referenced you in my first post!
    My blog is more as a pass time and fun than as a way to try make any money down the road but it was something I’d never really considered until I’d read your book. Your initial experience of travelling alone was also a comfort as my own first week travelling never exactly went to plan either! I just posted a blog piece about it (I came from the UK to Melbourne) and it made me remember all the things that happened during that week that I’d forgotten about. But writing it also made me realise how far I’ve come in 10 months.

    So thanks again :D

    Kelly

  62. Josh H
    October 1, 2016
    Reply

    Thanks for this well thought out post. The main problem with WordPress, I’ve noticed in my last 8 years blogging, is the maintenance, security and, most of all, very lackluster speed (especially on mobile or anywhere further away from the server where it’s hosted). I’ve been experimenting lately and figured out how to create a blog that will load on mobile devices worldwide in less than half a second and costs about $1-2 dollars a month. I’m hoping to write more about the approach on my new site in the coming months. Either way, thanks again for putting so much consideration behind this write-up.

  63. Brydie
    October 7, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren!

    So sorry to bother you if this has been asked before but, what is the difference between using Bluehost and transferring my current content over and simply purchasing a upgrade on WordPress for my blog?

    Thanks so much lady!

    Brydie Spark

  64. marium
    October 11, 2016
    Reply

    I am just starting out with a travel blog and this article was really helpful! It looks like a daunting task to start a successful blog and monetize it but your words make it look do-able so thanks for that :)

    • Lauren
      October 12, 2016
      Reply

      Amazing! I’m so happy to hear that, Marium! :-)

  65. Sophia Latyntseva
    October 22, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren! Just wanted to say what an amazing blog this is; it’s really helped me with a lot of my travels around India and the Middle East. I’ve only just started my travel/self growth blog and I’m feeling so overwhelmed about trying to get more readers and how to do this? You mentioned getting in touch with other travel bloggers in the beginning stages but I’m not sure how to do this!? Thanks so much, love, Sophia

  66. chetan savani
    October 27, 2016
    Reply

    you are fantastic! Great (and super helpful) article. Thank you for helping out us aspiring travel bloggers

    • Lauren
      October 28, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful :-)

  67. Arnel
    October 28, 2016
    Reply

    Your article is very powerful, I take your advice seriously while preparing to start my own travel blog.

    • Lauren
      November 4, 2016
      Reply

      Good luck! :-)

  68. Michael
    November 1, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren, thanks for this very informative post! I usually don’t comment on things I read but this made an impression on me. I also have a question for you. Your disclaimer states that the income produced helps reduce the cost of running the site but is that all one can expect from following your advice is to supplement your travel budget or are you able to travel full time from the revenue of your site?

    • Lauren
      November 1, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Michael! Thank you so much — I’m pleased to hear that :-)

      Oh, I should probably make my disclaimer clearer — I’ll go update it now. I was referring to the income from this specific post helping to reduce the running costs. I’ve more than funded over five years of full-time travel through Never Ending Footsteps.

  69. VINITA SINGH
    November 5, 2016
    Reply

    Thanks for the Tips :-) this is very informative for me.After reading this I follow all the steps to start my Travel Blog I am very thankful to you Lauren.

    Happy travel & All the best

    • Lauren
      November 6, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you! Same to you :-)

  70. Tinuke
    November 6, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    i almost never comment on blogs but this is a must!
    I stumbled on your blog while doing a research on how to start a Travel blog and your steps are very simple, informative and really helpful. Thank you!!

    Hope i can come back to give you a feedback when i eventually start mine.

    Thank you and All the best with everything :)

    • Lauren
      March 2, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you so much! Definitely let me know when your blog is all set up and I’ll be happy to give you some feedback :-)

  71. Prateek Goel
    November 8, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    I always follow your blogs and really they are inspiring for me!!
    I have read this blog on starting a travel blog and i found that your way is very simple, i really like it!!
    i just want to ask few questions:

    1- I didn’t get about how toe use of skimlinks. i am little confused about it.
    2- Please tell me how can i use youtube for earning money if i start travel blog.

    Thank you for sharing such blogs

    • Lauren
      November 8, 2016
      Reply

      Ah, thank you so much! :-)

      1) They have instructions for how to set up Skimlinks on the site: https://skimlinks.com/getting-started — you basically copy and paste a line of code onto your site, and then Skimlinks will take words from your articles, check to see if there are affiliate programs for these products or services, and add a link for you if there is. Once it’s installed on your site, you can just forget about it and it does all of the hard work for you.

      As an example: if in a blog post, I wrote: “I decided to buy the Canon 550D camera this month and I’m loving the photos I’ve been getting from it!” Skimlinks would detect that Canon 550D was the name of a product and insert an affiliate link to the Canon website or Amazon, and then if anyone clicks that link and buys a product, you get a percentage of the sale.

      2) I probably make around $10 a month from Youtube, so I’m not really the person to be asking! I don’t actively film videos on my channel, so it’s not a source of income I pursue. A good way to start is by putting Adsense ads on your videos through the Youtube Partner Program.

  72. Linda Ikejis Blog
    November 12, 2016
    Reply

    Thanks for the info.

  73. Diamzon Travel Diaries
    November 16, 2016
    Reply

    I keep reading your blog and I was motivated to start my own too. I’m a Filipino nomad and I also want to share my travels just like yours. Check out my two-week old blog:

    http://www.diamzon.com/

    I’m still learning some basic blogging.

  74. Priyanka
    November 16, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren ,

    I came across your blog today and its seriously a very inspiring one….I have been searching for some sources which help me in setting up a travel blog….i found yours very helpful and informative….

    Thank u so much and all the best for your future endeavours….

  75. Jim
    December 5, 2016
    Reply

    Just a small question. What camera do you use, as your photos are always so colorful! Thanks so much for this useful guide Lauren :)

    • Lauren
      February 19, 2017
      Reply

      I use the Sony A7ii :-)

  76. Sarah
    December 6, 2016
    Reply

    Thank you sooooo much for this guide Lauren!! I’ve just taken the plunge and got a Bluehost account, found a theme and I’m now starting to think about content. I know you say that your traffic and success hasn’t been affected by how much you post, but do you have a number of posts per week that you’d recommend for someone starting out? As much as possible? Once a week?

  77. Paloma
    December 6, 2016
    Reply

    I’d love to see a more advanced guide about how you made it as a travel blogger after you’ve set everything up. This is so useful for new bloggers so it would be awesome to see a similar guide for more intermediate bloggers too.

    • Lauren
      January 9, 2017
      Reply

      Oooh, that’s a great idea! I’ll put some ideas together and see what I can do :-)

  78. Katy
    December 8, 2016
    Reply

    We are just starting off with out blog and this article was incredibly helpful! I have followed your steps to start our site but am confused when asked to connect to a wordpress.com account for the JetPack in order to download some of the plug-ins you mentioned. I wasn’t sure I should connect since I read in your comments that WordPress.org vs WordPress.com is very different.

    • Lauren
      January 9, 2017
      Reply

      You definitely don’t need to use Jetpack to download any of the plugins I recommend. I still use all of them and I’ve never used Jetpack. Feel free to drop me an email with more details if you’re still having problems and I’ll see if I can help out :-)

  79. Lucienne
    December 11, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren! wHat do you recommend writing about if you’ve just started your blog but haven’t started traveling yet? I feel like i’ve run out of ideas after my first few articles (travel plans for my rtw trip, why I want to travel, and a past trip). Thanks for the helpful article.

  80. Gail
    December 20, 2016
    Reply

    Hi! ? I want to say that this post has been really helpful, especially the tip about the business plan because most blogs will advise to wait. It helps the reader to think long term and I really like the part when you say you said you were a bit of a contrarian. Haha!

    I want to know about w h a t should be the first posts. I mean there are the technical parts of building a blog, the installation of plugins and all such things but I was hoping to find an article about what should be my first posts… when I start a travel blog from scratch what do I actually do and where do I go and what do I write about? The truth is that I am only beginning to s e t o u t to travel and wanted to blog about it but don’t know where to start in the “travelling” part, and I have received help about the “blogging” part. Do i just go to a place and talk about it? Wouldn’t that be boring?

    Do you have an article somewhere in this blog about the blog post ideas I am looking for? I’ll be really glad to read them! Your blog inspires me ?

    Gail
    PH

  81. Lauren
    December 27, 2016
    Reply

    Hey.

    I was wondering what Hosting actually was. You mention it confused you too so I’m relieved to know I’m not alone and I get it’s basically paying for your website address but is that it or does that pay for access to plugins etc?

    Thank you

    • Lauren
      January 1, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Lauren!

      Right, so hosting is basically paying for the server (computer space) that your website lives on. The advantage to going self-hosted rather than using wordpress.com or blogspot.com is that your site will typically be faster, you have access to support if anything goes wrong with your site, and you’re paying for the flexibility and freedom to do whatever you want with it. Blogspot/Wordpress.com, etc restrict you in terms of what themes you can use, what plugins you can install, how much you can monetise your site…

  82. brittany daniel
    December 28, 2016
    Reply

    HELLO,

    thank you for these tips. I purchased the host on bluehost and I am looking at themes. The one I want cost $59 do you recommend paying the $49 for the install theme.

    • Lauren
      December 31, 2016
      Reply

      No, don’t pay to install the theme. You literally just download the files, log into WordPress, and click on Plugins -> Add New and upload the theme file you just downloaded. It’s really easy to do and you definitely don’t need to pay someone to do it for you :-)

  83. MARK
    January 4, 2017
    Reply

    This was really helpful, thanks so much. I still have a lot to figure out, like my blog name, but you’ve given me a good start. so thanks for sharing this information…Such a great Resource and the best guide on starting a travel blog Ive read so far.

    • Lauren
      January 5, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you! Best of luck with your blog! :-)

  84. flex
    January 5, 2017
    Reply

    Great blog i love it has a lot of great information and i like how you kept it real about you don’t necessarily have to buy the travel bloggers program. I started my blog back like 2 months before i took off to my journey to Southeast Asia for three months in August. I’ve been doing a few posting every now and then just been trying to come up with a few different ideas to get more traffic and start earning some income i really don’t care how much I start earning in the beginning just as long as I’m making some type of income it would make me feel that I’ve started somewhere

    Take A looking at my travel blog and let me know what you think or what would you recommend me changing

    My main topic is A African/Haitian Nomad thats on a journey to see the world on a budget learn about new cultures and there history. I’m planning for my next journey going away for 7 months to 1yr to Africa in the next few months

  85. Devon
    January 6, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    I also want to thank you for this post. I am new to the world of blogging and your article was very helpful. Any suggested beginner user guides to WordPress? I find getting accustomed to the dashboard a little overwhelming!

  86. Katelyn
    January 6, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren. Thank you for providing such a different point of view to starting a travel blog. You’re right – so many are the same! I found this post a couple of days ago but have come back now before I take the plunge tomorrow and start setting up – I think I’ve decided on thetransientexplorer.com as a name. Maybe without the ‘the’… My problem is I like to make sure everything is perfect when actually I need to make a leap – kinda like travelling I guess!

    One thing I have noticed is BlueHost is promoted by most bloggers. I used to have little websites years ago and I’m guessing things have changed, but I once got charged $100 for a data spike so I get a bit nervous, especially of a non-UK company. Because BlueHost are often mentioned I think I’ll follow your advice and use them.

    I look forward to coming back to your blog and checking out some more posts.

  87. Anna
    January 11, 2017
    Reply

    Just wanted to say that I’ve spent all day researching how to start my travel blog and your guide was easily the most comprehensible and easy to follow. I now feel like I’ve got a good chance at making my travel blog a success. Thank you.

    • Lauren
      January 11, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you so much, Anna! :-)

  88. Travel Jaunts
    January 12, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you so much for informing about Skimlinks, will definitely try that.

    • Lauren
      January 12, 2017
      Reply

      No problem! Hope it works out for you :-) It makes affiliate earning so easy.

  89. Ryan
    January 18, 2017
    Reply

    Thanks so much for this post! It has made a huge difference for me. :)

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2017
      Reply

      I’m so happy to hear that, Ryan! :-)

  90. Suyash
    February 6, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    I wanted a tip on if i am starting and i want to approach a company to affiliate should i go directly and tell my plan, or i do some stuff build the website and then go for it?

    • Lauren
      February 11, 2017
      Reply

      You’ll want to build the website first, so that you can show the company where their affiliate links will be placed. For the most part, though, you won’t ever directly approach a company and pitch to affiliate for them — they’ll either already have an affiliate program you can apply for or won’t offer one at all.

      Hope that helps! :-)

  91. Carley
    February 13, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren. Long time reader of your site here. Do you have any tips for how to inject more personality into your posts? I’m a big fan of your blog because reading it feels like I’m sitting down with a friend over a cup of tea and hearing about their travel stories. I’d love for my blog to have the same kind of feel. Thanks so much Lauren!

    • Lauren
      March 6, 2017
      Reply

      One thing that helps me is to write in a similar way to how I speak. You could just record a few minutes of you talking about a trip you took, then replay it, and transcribe what you said. It’ll eventually become second nature to write in this style, so you won’t need to keep recording your voice. Also, reading, reading, reading. Read lots of books and article from writers with big personalities and study how they get their point across and the types of words they use.

      Hope that helps!

  92. Nondumiso
    February 13, 2017
    Reply

    Wow Lauren, you’re truly INSPIRATIONAL. I live to TRAVEL and this post has given me the mojo to start my own blog which I had been procrastinatng for so long. Thank you so much.

    • Lauren
      February 15, 2017
      Reply

      Wow, thank you so much for the compliment! :-)

  93. Jess
    February 16, 2017
    Reply

    Thanks so much for writing about this! A travel blog of my own is slowly forming in my mind.

    Did you ever take lessons for journalism/ writing to feel confident about your writing style? Or did you intuitively post articles? (if that makes sense).

    Thankyou again!

    • Lauren
      February 19, 2017
      Reply

      I didn’t. I found the best way to improve my writing was to read and write as much as possible. Something as simple as sitting down every day and forcing yourself to write 1000 words, whether you publish them or not, can do wonders for your writing ability. Practice, practice, practice! Even now, whenever I look back at blog posts I wrote a year ago, I want to make edits and spot dozens of ways to improve them. It shows me that I’m constantly developing as a writer and improving the more I write.

  94. Ankita Mishra
    March 3, 2017
    Reply

    Incredible Post!! You have done an amazing job. Worth reading this entire article for travel bloggers who are about to start their travel blog.
    Keep it Up!!
    Thanks :)

    • Lauren
      March 3, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you! :-)

  95. Charlyn
    March 11, 2017
    Reply

    Hi, Lauren!

    I got to thank you for writing this article. I’ve been researching stuffs on how to start a travel blog and I find yours very inspiring. I want to restart blogging with a new perspective but felt pressured since most of the bloggers I knew are following some kind of patterns like writing articles in exchange for freebies and with that I felt really pressured. Coz I don’t like I’ll be good at it. After reading this post, I felt at ease. I realized I don’t really have to do what everyone else is doing. Thank you for making me realize that! Now, I’m still brainstorming for a blog name. ?

    • Lauren
      March 21, 2017
      Reply

      You definitely don’t, Charlyn. If something doesn’t make you feel comfortable, you can find a different way to fund your travels. It’s totally nerve-wracking at first, but I feel nothing but relief when I think about how I didn’t go down the route. And honestly, from what I’ve heard, most readers of travel blogs find the freebies the most irritating aspect of sites, so if you do something different, you’ll most likely attract readers because of it.

      Good luck in your search for a name!

  96. Alex
    March 11, 2017
    Reply

    Hi, I have a question. So how we make the money from the blog? Just by clicking on the travel link we share? Thanks for the reply.

    • Lauren
      March 11, 2017
      Reply

      There are so many ways to make money from a travel blog. I’ve listed the ways I recommend at the end of this article. I’d suggest going for advertising through Adsense and affiliate links to start with. In both cases, you’ll make money if one of your readers clicks either an ad or an affiliate link that’s in your post.

  97. Matt
    March 17, 2017
    Reply

    How is this different from the bajillion other “how to start a travel blog” posts? How is this unconventional?

    The. Exact. Same. Stuff. Infact, it is the same as the bajillion “how to start a blog” post. Not even “travel blog”, just “blog”.

    Just a post for you to insert affliate links.

    • Lauren
      March 17, 2017
      Reply

      Unfortunately, as soon as my post started to rank in Google, other travel bloggers began to copy the stuff I’d shared in this post, so I’ll take your point on board that it’s not as original as it could be/used to be. And on top of that, I guess my opinions on certain things changed, like travel blogging courses. To be fair, though, in the introduction I say:

      “You don’t need to do what everyone else is doing — in fact, I recommend actively avoiding it.

      I’ve never joined Travel Blog Success and won’t tell you that you should; I think it’s expensive and unnecessary. I’ve had a strict no press trips or sponsored travel policy for three years and counting, preferring to make my blog a success so that I can just afford to go wherever I want, rather than traveling on someone else’s dime. I write about how not to travel the world and don’t try to pretend to be a travel expert. I’ve never had a regular posting schedule. I’ve done everything differently and that’s what’s helped me to stand out from the crowd.”

      And I don’t think this post deviates from that message. I still recommend to do all of those things and that’s unconventional advice in travel blogging, where people will say: “have a regular posting schedule! Write detailed resources! Don’t inject too much personality into your posts! Be an expert!”

      And yes, there are affiliate links in this post, because as much as I’d love to offer I’ve everything I’ve learned over the past six years of blogging for free (and this post actually does if people don’t click my links), I do still have to eat. And I do believe the things I’ve learned have value.

  98. terezza
    March 17, 2017
    Reply

    It’s good work by you! Very interesting blog and article! I want ask you about some themes, what i want to use in my website(blog). I consider these: Divi, Monsteroid, Avada, maybe X-theme. Have you seen or work with anyone of them? I also found information about them on https://www.templatemonster.com/blog/avada-5-0-vs-monstroid-2/ it’s Avada 5.0 vs. Monstroid 2 they are all good i think. So what can you advise to choose?

    • Lauren
      March 20, 2017
      Reply

      I actually used to run this site on Avada! I really liked it, but it was super, super bloated. It offers so many features and customisation options that it slows down your site and makes your pages enormous in size. I’m not sure about the other themes you mentioned as I haven’t used them, and I’m currently offline and using data in Namibia so can’t check them out right now.

  99. Heather
    March 18, 2017
    Reply

    thank you Lauren this article has made up my mind to start a blog. I love technology , however I am an older learner :) I will be travelling solo to Italy Paris & Barcelona later in the year. Art is my passion as culture and history is what I love so much. An old friend and I travelled for 4 weeks around Turkey a few years ago although I made a beautiful photography book through Blurb I did not keep a blog and now wish I had. I did keep a journal. However, this time I think a blog will keep my family & friends up to date but importantly I will be able to share my daily adventures and cultivate lasting memories. I will start thinking of a name first..that will take me a while. Thanks again

    • Lauren
      May 6, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Heather! Best of luck with coming up with a name and getting started with your blog. I’m so glad I started mine so that now I have such a detailed record of my travels.

  100. Nancy Olewe
    March 21, 2017
    Reply

    This is quite informative. I like it. I have done a lot of content for clients in the Travel niche and find this topic interesting. I, however, wish to start my blog because I equally love traveling and talking about the best travel destinations. Do you think this is the right blog for me to start? All in all, your content is quite useful. At least I have some points to get me started if I settle for this. Very rich content.

    • Lauren
      March 21, 2017
      Reply

      I think travel blogging would be perfect for you as you already have experience writing travel-related posts and it obviously hasn’t put you off writing even more :-). That’s a good thing, because a lot of people start travel blogging thinking it’s going to be their path to riches, but find after just a few months that they don’t enjoy it and they’re not making enough money to make it worth it. So having a passion for writing and travel is helpful when it comes to starting :-)

  101. Prakash
    March 23, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you, for this blog! It’s gonna help me a lot :)

    • Lauren
      March 30, 2017
      Reply

      Yay!

  102. Kyle Henderson
    March 23, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    I quite enjoyed your website, and have caught myself glued to your past blogs for several weeks now. Being 30 now, I finally caught the travel bug five years ago, and have since been to almost 20 countries, and will be going to Morocco, Spain & South of France (2nd time to France) in May.
    I’m sorry to hear you did not enjoy Bratislava. My fiance is from Slovakia, and we go to Bratislava yearly. If you ever make it back there again, I highly recommend checking out some wineries located on medieval castle grounds outside of the city. Especially in Spring, it can be simply bliss!
    Currently living on the West Coast of Canada, getting anywhere (Europe, Asia, Africa) is not only expensive, but the fights are at minimum 9 hours.
    I do have a full time career, however I am in the early stages of starting my blog, and have years of photos and written material to start with.
    How do you suggest someone with a full-time career, and say only 3-4 weeks a year to travel, successfully launch their blog?
    Thanking you in Advance
    Kyle

  103. Sonya
    April 3, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you so much for this post. Incredibly informative. Thanks to the post, I was able to setup my blog quite seamlessly and also made a few edits to the original theme (I’m a developer so I found some of the PHP debugging, files stuff fun – so geeky haha!) I’m three posts old right now and have so much motivation to write more posts. I want to go back and share details from previous trips and start a series on specific themes. Too many ideas.

    I love the point about letting your personality shine through – that helps me write more naturally and in a conversational tone. I’m no expert but my experience and stories make me who I am. Right now I am focusing on the look/feel/layout and content. I’ve only added a few links to resources using the Amazing Affiliate program (was so easy to setup) but waiting to get more readers to see where it all leads.

    Thanks again!

    • Lauren
      May 6, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Sonya! That’s so wonderful to hear :-) And it’s such a great sign that you’re full of motivation from the very start, as that’s usually when people will realise it’s tougher than they thought and give up. So, yay! Best of luck with your site — I’m heading over there to check it out now :-)

  104. Sahara
    April 5, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you lauren! I am following your steps and excited to start my travel blog but I am stuck at finding a theme. Are there any elegant themese themes you would choose now? I don’t like the Cherry Truffle one you spoke about in your post.

    • Lauren
      June 12, 2017
      Reply

      Definitely Divi theme! It’s super slick and modern.

  105. Rebecca
    April 7, 2017
    Reply

    I’ve spend some time reading different travel blog posts and I’ve found that I have enjoyed yours the best. I like how your off the beaten path and not like the typical travel bloggers. I started to read some of your very first blogs and found them very inspiring, but I also can connect in some ways with how you think. Most days I wake up and ask myself what the heck am I doing with my life because most of the time I feel incomplete. Something is always missing. I’ve always enjoyed traveling and its always something I’ve dreamed of and being 24, almost 25. I’m tired of waiting because honestly I don’t know what I’m waiting for.. So I guess my main question is how did you choose a topic to stick with? I know my interests in animals will always have a pull on me when I travel. There’s so many beautiful creatures out there and I feel like I could take it with me in the future as well. Is that something that could last?

    • Lauren
      May 6, 2017
      Reply

      Hey Rebecca! Your comment definite resonates with me. I felt very similar to how you do before I started travelling, and seeing the world has helped me feel more fulfilled and happy in life. I also struggled with feeling as though I was just waiting and waiting when all I wanted to do was leave immediately — I decided to travel after I graduated and man, that was a long five years of studying and attempting to focus on work when all I wanted to do was be somewhere else!

      Anyway, it took me a few months to figure out what topic I wanted to focus on. At first, my site was pretty generic and I was trying to write helpful guides and short stories about my experiences. It wasn’t until I’d been travelling for a few months that I started to figure out who I was as a traveller and what my future was likely to hold. That was when I made the decision to brand myself as an unlucky traveller, so it wasn’t something I started out with from day one. I think that having a focus on animals as you travel would be a great niche, though! You could write about animal charities you encounter around the world and how to ethically volunteer with wildlife as you travel. I think it’d work really well and obviously wouldn’t be something you would grow out of either. I like it!

  106. Faiekha
    April 8, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    I have read this post and comments. I like that you are so natural and easy to communicate with. I have been travelling for many years now and would like to start a travel blog and hopefully monetise from it.. i dont want it to be too complicating, just fun and easy to start with.

    Please assist me

    • Lauren
      April 17, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Faiekha! Thanks so much for saying that :-) Starting a travel blog can be tricky and time-consuming when you start out, but it becomes much easier the longer you do it. I recommend starting out by following the steps in this post and then you’ll be in a great position for running a successful travel blog.

  107. Ellie
    April 12, 2017
    Reply

    I go travelling in a couple of weeks time for a year around Asia and Australia and I have been debating starting a blog for a while – this post has encouraged me to definitely start one, thank you.

    One question I do have though, is what device do you use to blog on? I’m not taking a MacBook or laptop and was wondering if it is even possible me to run a successful blog from just an iPhone?

    Thanks for your help!
    Ellie

    • Lauren
      April 12, 2017
      Reply

      I travel with a Macbook Pro and do recommend taking a laptop if you’re aiming to blog on the road. I don’t know of any successful blogger who doesn’t use one. Typing out a 2000+ world blog post sounds like it would be an awful and slow experience on an iPhone! Plus there’s stuff like editing photos, fixing site code, email management, etc that would be much trickier to do on a phone. It’s not impossible, but I’d imagine it’d take five times longer to do anything, which would leave you with no time to actually see the places you’re in. When my laptop broke, I attempted to run my site from a tablet and lasted four days before I’d discovered a bunch of tasks I couldn’t complete without one.

      I will say, though, that if it’ll be a blog to keep friends and family up to date with what you’re doing, you’d probably be fine with a phone, as you wouldn’t need to worry too much about editing, post formatting, marketing, etc. If you’re hoping to one day make money from your site, you have to treat it like a business and that means using a laptop.

  108. Marc Joshua
    April 17, 2017
    Reply

    This is simply my treasure!! It’s been like a month that I’m reading this wonderful article and following it step by step, word by word. The result is the birth of my first travel blog (https://bottleoftravel.com). I’m sure many people would be inspired as I was to do great job!
    Thank you so much

    • Lauren
      April 17, 2017
      Reply

      I’m so happy to hear that, Marc! Next up, I’d recommend creating an awesome About page so your readers can learn more about you and your travels :-)

  109. Crissy
    April 20, 2017
    Reply

    Hey thank you this really helped me towards starting my own blog! I appreciate your advice!

    • Lauren
      April 21, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you! :-)

  110. albert sudarto
    April 21, 2017
    Reply

    HI Lauren !. i really want to do this travel and blogging things, but i do not own a camera yet im still a student and budget limited person. I just want to make my own Money first without using my parents. Do you have any ideas how to earn Money first? im starting my first ever blog soon. So do you mind lending you genius way of thinkings ? please !

    • Lauren
      April 21, 2017
      Reply

      Do you have a phone with a camera? If not, you can take photos from Flickr’s creative commons section — as long as you attribute the photographer, you can use them on your blog for free. It might be worth looking into freelance writing at http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com while you wait for your blog to become profitable.

  111. Steve Riley
    April 22, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you Lauren.Great tips and inspiring!

    • Lauren
      April 23, 2017
      Reply

      Glad you found it useful, Steve!

  112. Patrick
    April 23, 2017
    Reply

    You’re my travel blogging hero! I love that you’ve managed to do all of this WITHOUT selling out like other travel bloggers. You’re an inspiration Lauren and I hope you don’t ever give up or stop blogging. You do more than you realise.

    • Lauren
      November 17, 2017
      Reply

      Awww, thank you so much! That means a lot and I so appreciate that comment, Patrick! Sometimes it feels as though I’m cutting off my nose to spite my face when I take a stand against all of the sponsored stuff, but hearing from readers like you make me feel as though it’s all worthwhile.

  113. Jasper
    April 24, 2017
    Reply

    Lauren! Thank you for this helpful guide. I’ve been going back and forth about starting a travel blog for my upcoming trip for months now but your post is what’s convinced me to take the plunge. I’ve thought of a name, signed up for WordPress and Bluehost and now I have to start looking for a theme. With any luck I should be up and running by the end of the next week! Do you mind if I send you an email at that point to gain your feedback on how I’m doing so far?

    • Lauren
      June 10, 2017
      Reply

      Of course! Just drop me a message through my contact form and I’d be happy to help :-)

  114. Devika Seth
    April 27, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    Your blogs and especially this post are tremendously inspiring.
    I have been meaning to start my own blog for such a long time. I even started 2 anonymous blogs, but could never gather courage to continue them. Now that I am highly motivated, I finally want to start blogging from scratch with my name (finally) but not limiting it to just travel at the moment. I would love to publish some of my poetry and short stories too. Still innumerable apprehensions and inhibitions are not leaving me alone. I am more concerned about if I am making any sense for the readers, if they would like me, what if I become a butt of jokes, etc.
    Since I am relating more to your blog posts after going through many, I would be grateful if you could shed some light on me for fighting all unnecessary doubts and worries

    Love,
    A Young Aspiring Blogger

    • Lauren
      April 29, 2017
      Reply

      Hey Devika!

      I share your fears, and actually I still experience them now from time to time.

      I just keep in mind that you can’t please everyone and not everyone is going to love what you put out into the world. But that’s okay, because you don’t know who they are and their opinion of you doesn’t matter. And a bonus: if you do receive hurtful comments, it gives you a thicker skin and helps you deal with it better, which is always good :-).

      For the most part, though, there aren’t many travel bloggers that receive a lot of hate, and those that do, get it for a reason — they’re racist or offensive or rude, etc — so it’s really not something you need to worry about. For example, fter doing this for six years and building up a reasonable sized audience, I still only receive a negative comment maybe once every three months, if that. And I can be pretty polarising, as I focus on a lot of negatives when I travel, which can sometimes rub people up the wrong way!

      Hope that helps ease your fears. I promise that the longer you do it, the easier it gets, and you’ll see that nobody is laughing at you and your readers love and appreciate you :-)

  115. Will Madd
    April 27, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    Just to say thanks for the tips. I’ve been travelling for 3 years now but I’ve only just realised the potential of blog writing. I’ve got a lot to catch up on. Thanks for the tips. Good luck in the future travels

    • Lauren
      April 29, 2017
      Reply

      There’s so much potential! Best of luck with everything and let me know if I can help out with anything at all! :-)

  116. Jessica G
    April 30, 2017
    Reply

    Hello!

    I just started my own blog on Squarespace and found it frustrating to use compared to my past WordPress. Do you know anyone that uses Squarespace or does everyone use wordpress?

    Thank you,
    Jess

    • Lauren
      May 6, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Jessica! I don’t know of anyone who uses Squarespace — everyone I know uses WordPress.

  117. Emilly
    May 5, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you for this Lauren! I have a question for you if it’s not too personal. How much time would you estimate you need to spend per week to build a successful travel blog? How many hours did you spend when you first started and how much do you work on your blog now?

    • Lauren
      May 6, 2017
      Reply

      That’s a good question! I’ll answer the easy part first: right now, I spend about 20 hours a week total working, whether that’s on my site or freelancing or whatever.

      When I first started out, I probably worked around 20 hours a week, then when I decided to turn my travel blog into a business, I slowed down my movement and worked harder. For example: four months into my travels, I decided to go to Chiang Mai and spent six months living there and working on my site. There, I probably spent around 40-60 hours a week on my site. Then once I started travelling faster it was more like 10-20 hours a week. It really did depend on what I had going on in my life at that time.

      So as for how many hours I think you need to put in at the start, the simple answer is as many as possible. I think it depends on your situation, though. If you have a full-time job, or you’re currently travelling quickly, you’re not going to be able to put 40 hours a week into your site. And that’s okay. Just try to hit a minimum of 20 hours and you should be good.

  118. Frank
    May 6, 2017
    Reply

    Do you sell text links as advertising on your site? What are your thoughts on it? How much should you charge per link?

    • Lauren
      May 6, 2017
      Reply

      Ah, that’s a controversial topic! For anyone else who is reading: selling text links is a way to make money with a travel blog, but is very risky to do so. Basically a company pays you to place a link to their site in one of your posts. That link helps them to rank higher in Google, but it’s also against Google’s terms of service, which means that if they catch you, they’ll penalise your site and you could lose all of your search traffic overnight.

      I sold text links on my site for several years, and it was an easy way to make money, but I don’t recommend doing it. I feel that the risks are too great with something like this, and it’s much better to focus on building a business instead. Work on creating the best resource on the internet for a particular subject, have Google send you a ton of traffic, and place affiliate links for companies you use and love in your post to make money from that traffic. It’s a much more legitimate way to make money and there isn’t that risk that your business will be destroyed overnight without warning.

      But having said that, obviously I can’t judge anyone who decides to sell links after I did it for several years, so if you want to go ahead with it, a typical price is around $200 per link.

  119. Andrew
    May 8, 2017
    Reply

    There are a whole bunch of “how to start a travel blog” entries out there, but this was one of the more comprehensive and clear examples, so it was the one I used to set up my new blog. Thanks for writing it.

    • Lauren
      May 14, 2017
      Reply

      Ah, thanks so much, Andrew! That means a lot :-)

  120. chaaru
    May 8, 2017
    Reply

    I’ve spent all weekend searching for tips on starting a blog (food not travel though) and I just wanted to let you know that yours was most helpful. I followed your guide step by step and it was so much easier than I expected it to be. Now I feel ready to start writing my first blog posts and hopefully to build a successful brand. Thank you for all you do, Lauren!

    • Lauren
      May 14, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you for commenting, Chaaru! I’m so happy to hear you found my guide to be helpful :-)

  121. Santiwijoyo Salim
    May 13, 2017
    Reply

    This is definitely a must read post for someone starting up their own blog. Thanks for sharing the plugins info, very useful to me considering there are tons of plugins out there.

    I have a question on Fiverr and 99designs. 99designs’ pricing looks pretty steep to me so I’m more keen to try Fiverr. But it would be great to know which one would you recommend in terms of quality of work and results?

    • Lauren
      June 11, 2017
      Reply

      It really does depend on what type of look you’re going for with your site — some of the artists offer watercolour styles, and some are more modern… and having not used Fiverr myself, I don’t have any personal recommendations based on experience. I wouldn’t want to recommend something I haven’t personally used. But play around with the site, check out the design examples and reviews of anyone you’re considering, and if you find something similar to what you’re looking for, it should turn out well :-)

  122. Malik
    May 15, 2017
    Reply

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve set my blog up using your advice and I found it very easy to follow. All I need to do know is find a theme and then I’ll be ready to start writing!

    • Lauren
      June 13, 2017
      Reply

      Wow, thanks so much, Malik! Best of luck in finding the perfect theme :-)

  123. Steve
    May 18, 2017
    Reply

    I’ve been considering starting a travel blog for a while now. I currently work full time in Texas and have been saving up some money to travel full time (for at least a year, hopefully more) . I estimate that within the next 1-2 years, I’ll be able to take a hiatus from my work and start my “gap year” of sorts.

    I have traveled to Central America several times, Asia once, and typically take at least 2 trips out of the country per year. I do take alot of weekend trips around the state and nearby states.

    My question is, would it be reasonable to start a blog now? I would write about my past experiences traveling (not sure if this is a good strategy, or if it’s better to blog while actually there). I would also write about travels within the US and my international trips (about twice a year). Would it be worth using these past experiences and occasional trips?

    • Lauren
      June 10, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Steve!

      Yep, definitely start your blog now. Writing about your past experiences is a great way to get the hang of blogging, and figuring out how WordPress works, etc. When I first started my site, I only wrote about past travels, and it worked well for me!

  124. Thelma Morales
    May 21, 2017
    Reply

    This article helped me a lot!
    Thank you for being so honest and open about your success.
    Have a lovely day,

    • Lauren
      May 22, 2017
      Reply

      :-)

  125. GSpada
    May 22, 2017
    Reply

    Great read. Very helpful for the beginner like myself that’s interested in starting a blog. Love the insight on how much it costs. Thank you

    • Lauren
      May 22, 2017
      Reply

      No problem! Glad you found it helpful :-)

  126. Aman
    May 22, 2017
    Reply

    Yo Lauren! I have maybe an interesting question for you. What are five things that you feel you did wrong when starting out with travel blogging? What mistakes have you made and what regrets do you have?

  127. Nicole
    May 24, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren. I’ve been using your guide to set up my site and so far its going really well, thank you so much for all of the detail you’ve put into this. My question for you is what should I look to include in my blog’s sidebar?

    • Lauren
      June 10, 2017
      Reply

      Take a look at mine for what I recommend. I always think you should have a short about section at the very top, along with a photo of yourself. As for everything else, it’s not as important. I’ve gone for some social media links, a sign-up form, and a list of my currently trending posts for any new readers.

  128. Ana Wilson
    May 24, 2017
    Reply

    Great Work! I glad to thank you for guiding me, actually I’ll be staring my travel blog and your article is very helpful for me.

    • Lauren
      June 3, 2017
      Reply

      Happy to hear it, Ana! Let me know if I can help with anything as you get your blog set up :-)

  129. Anon
    May 25, 2017
    Reply

    Hey Lauren. I’ve been working on my own travel blog for a year now and I wanted to ask how long it took for you to see this success. At the moment I receive only 1000 visitors a month and I’m feeling demotivated. I’ve done everything you list in this post but I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere. Any tips? (I’m too shy to share the link to my blog!)

    • Lauren
      June 13, 2017
      Reply

      I was receiving 1,000 visitors a month just under six months after staring my blog. How long have you been running yours for? And honestly, your reluctance is probably holding you back. If you’re too shy to share the link to your site, how are you attempting to build traffic to it?

  130. Joan
    May 26, 2017
    Reply

    thank you for this helpful guide… the best one i have found on starting a travel blog… now to sign up for bluehost. My husband and i are going to travel in our retirement and want to write about how to save money while doing it… best wishes.

    • Lauren
      June 10, 2017
      Reply

      Best of luck, Joan! :-)

  131. Nicole
    May 26, 2017
    Reply

    Fantastic post, Lauren! You covered everything I needed to know and I’m convinced to try my hand at this travel blogging thing! Wish me luck!

    • Lauren
      June 10, 2017
      Reply

      Good luck! Let me know if I can help out with anything at all! :-)

  132. DATDA
    May 29, 2017
    Reply

    This is hands down the best guide I’ve seen for starting a travel blog on the internet. I can’t imagine how long it took to put all of this together, so thank you, thank you for doing so!

    • Lauren
      June 9, 2017
      Reply

      Wow! Thank you so much for that enormous compliment! :-)

  133. Angelo
    May 29, 2017
    Reply

    Hey Lauren. What do you suggest doing if you can’t afford to pay for a premium theme? Are there any free themes out there that you would recommend? Thanx

    • Lauren
      June 9, 2017
      Reply

      Yeah, I would recommend looking through the themes that WordPress offers (click on appearance/themes/add new/popular) and see if any of those work for you. I recommend not just googling “wordpress free themes” as these are often full of dodgy links and are rarely updated, leading to google penalties and an increased chance of being hacked.

  134. Ana Lisa
    May 30, 2017
    Reply

    So Bluehost has terrible reviews. Why do you still continue to recommend them?

    • Lauren
      June 3, 2017
      Reply

      Eh, search for any hosting company’s reviews and you’ll find terrible ones all over the internet. It’s not a Bluehost thing — check out HostGator reviews or GoDaddy reviews. It’s similar to how if you search for travel insurance companies you’re pretty likely to find nothing but awful reviews, but that doesn’t mean all travel insurance companies are evil. I recommend Bluehost based on my own experiences, and as I mentioned in the post, after trialing four companies, Bluehost gave me the best service. If you want to pay as little as possible for your hosting, I believe Bluehost is the best option out there.

  135. Liz
    May 31, 2017
    Reply

    Just a quick question from me, Lauren. What laptop do you use for running your blog, and is there any that you would recommend for travel? I’m about to start my big RTW trip in a couple of months and want something small, lightweight, and hopefully cheap. I have a Macbook Pro at the moment — would that be too heavy for this trip? Thank you!

    • Lauren
      June 3, 2017
      Reply

      I use a Macbook Pro, too, and have been happy with it. I thought about getting something smaller for travel, but I didn’t want the annoyance of having to type on a smaller keyboard, and none of the really small laptops receive amazing reviews. I’d recommend just sticking with what you have. If you find it’s really impossible to travel with, you can ship it home or sell it, and pick up another one wherever you are in the world. I bought my laptop in Mexico and my boyfriend bought his in Taiwan, so it’s easy to do while you’re overseas.

  136. Gargi
    May 31, 2017
    Reply

    Wow! Very elaborately you have explained with apt names (of plugins or affiliates, etc) and your choices. As an absolute new comer in this field, I read few other “how to” sites. And finally I decided to stick to yours and have blindly followed your picks. Hope this will help me building a travel blogger of me :)

    • Lauren
      June 3, 2017
      Reply

      Thanks so much, Gargi! If you run into any roadblocks, feel free to drop me an email and I’ll do my best to help you out. I know how intimidating these early stages of building a travel blog can be :-)

  137. tammy
    June 2, 2017
    Reply

    I’ve been comparing your post with several others from travel bloggers, and many of the other posts suggest building an email list is something you should prioritise. Do you agree or disagree? I notice you didn’t mention it in this guide and was wondering why.

    • Lauren
      June 9, 2017
      Reply

      Yeah, I don’t think it’s much of a priority in the early stages of running a site. There are more important things to focus on, like generating traffic, before you worry about sending out newsletters to an audience you don’t yet have.

  138. Abid Masih
    June 5, 2017
    Reply

    This is great guide to starting a travel blog I just search for that how to start a blog and found your post. Its good to have travel blog. Thanks for sharing these step by step guide.
    Regards
    Abid Masih

    • Lauren
      June 9, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you!

  139. Steffi
    June 5, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren, Just wanted to say that this is the clearest and most helpful ‘travel blog beginner’ post I’ve read so far! Really useful and love that you are honest about how much everything costs and what beginners should bother splurging on! I’m going to check out your book as well, my sister has struggled with anxiety and think it might be inspiring!

    • Lauren
      June 9, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you so much, Steffi!

  140. Jerry
    June 7, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren, I am just starting to build my blog and reading your article was really helpful. I am in a dilemma whether to use WIX or WordPress. I am inclined to using WIX as it make it so easy to customize the look of the blog as compared to WordPress. But i am concerned if the growth potential in terms of monetization and plugins would be limited if i were to use WIX as compared to WordPress. Appreciate your advice.

    • Lauren
      June 7, 2017
      Reply

      Wix will limit the amount of customisation you can do with your site, as there aren’t many themes or plugins available in comparison to WordPress, so you might struggle to get your site looking how you like. Wix is also more expensive than WordPress and the sites don’t perform as well in Google. There’s a reason why almost every top website in the world is on WordPress.

      Wix is much easier to learn and use, but that’s about its only advantage. I think you’d eventually grow out of it and switch to WordPress in the end.

  141. Scott
    June 9, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    Looking to start a blog, I am in no position to travel at the present moment (young twins), but thought perhaps for content sake I could use my local environment, this wont simply be just photos and un-planned material.

    Is this a possibility before we can actually travel?

    The goal here is to eventually retire myself from my day job, which I’m sure we all want to achieve.

    I have a premium theme and a web designer/word press guru for a wife so that side is no issue.

    Thanks.

    • Lauren
      June 9, 2017
      Reply

      Yes! That’s definitely possible. Some of the most lucrative travel blogs are actually resource sites for a city the person lives in, rather than the nomadic, long-term travel blogs.

  142. Donné
    June 9, 2017
    Reply

    Dear Lauren,
    After reading this post several months ago, at the beginning of my trip, the thought of starting a blog has been floating about in my head. Yesterday I launched my site =) Thank you for the guide.

    I may be mistaken, but I’m sure I read something about Stumble Upon on your site and how to drive traffic? Perhaps it was in a different post? Could you direct me there please?

    Many thanks,
    Donné

    • Lauren
      June 9, 2017
      Reply

      Ah, that wasn’t me. StumbleUpon used to be a great traffic driver back in 2011 or so, but is pretty much dead these days. Pinterest is where it’s at now!

  143. phnom penh tour
    June 9, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing, the article is very detailed

    • Lauren
      June 9, 2017
      Reply

      No problem :-)

  144. Julie
    June 11, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren – I absolutely love your article. I find it a refreshing approach to blogging. I have been tossing around the idea of starting a blog myself for over a year. I have finally thought of a name that I really like and it looks that no one is using it BUT a website called “uniregistry” owns it when I try to register with Bluehost. Do you know anything about buying a domain name that isn’t actually being used? I’m wondering if I can buy this at a reasonable price (which I don’t even know what a reasonable price is) and then transfer the domain over to Bluehost? I’d really appreciate any insight you may have! Thanks!

    • Lauren
      June 11, 2017
      Reply

      Have you looked on Uniregistry to see how much they’re charging for it? It looks like you can just type in the domain name on Uniregistry and buy it through there. So I’d take a look at that first to see what it’s for sale at. If it was me, I wouldn’t spend more than $50 at the absolute most for a domain name, and even then, it’s quite a lot when maybe a similar name would be available for free through Bluehost.

  145. Julie
    June 11, 2017
    Reply

    I did. Looks like it’s actually owned by an individual and Uniregistry is just the website that they buy/sell on? I’ve reached out to the owner and am waiting for a response – looks like you have to negotiate a price with them. Bluehost tells me that the domain is not available. Thanks for the pricing advice – I have absolutely no idea what an unused domain is worth! I will report back :)

    • Lauren
      June 12, 2017
      Reply

      Ah, okay. Fingers crossed it works out! :-)

  146. Aaron
    June 13, 2017
    Reply

    So I’ve come across this blog after reading tonnes (literally tonnes) of other posts on how to start a travel blog and this is by far the best one I’ve seen. Step by step with everything you need to know in one place – both the good and the bad! Excellent post! Really helpful for a beginner like myself :)

    • Lauren
      June 13, 2017
      Reply

      That means the world to me, Aaron! Yay! :-)

  147. Jennifer
    June 14, 2017
    Reply

    I’m glad I found this during the set up process. I’d like to get to a point where my travels are paid for! haha- probably unrealistic for a loooong while.

    • Lauren
      November 17, 2017
      Reply

      Don’t be so pessimistic! If you work hard and focus on building an engaged audience, you could be getting comps in under a year.

  148. Julie Gonzalez
    June 14, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    This page is awesome and really helpful. Thank you for the inspiration! I’ve started my first travel blog for my friend who is unable to make a trip we planned years ago. I was wondering if you could shed some insight on how to link interactive world maps to blog posts for each respective country. I can’t figure it out and I’d love to get it working! Did you write your own code or did you just use the interface provided. Thanks so much and happy travels.

    • Lauren
      June 15, 2017
      Reply

      Yep, it’s super easy. Just paste the url in the action value column.

  149. Albert Bond
    June 16, 2017
    Reply

    Super detailed! I’m happy to see I have done much of what you recommend! I can’t believe you earn $6,000 a month. I’d love a post that details how your revenue has increased year over year since you started, particularity the earlier stages, and how your revenue has diversified over the years too. Great post!

    • Lauren
      July 18, 2017
      Reply

      I’m currently working on a post about that as we speak! :-)

  150. Touseef Ahmed
    June 18, 2017
    Reply

    Hey Lauren, I loved your blog and found out that you haven’t been to India yet. I hope you are planning to visit This Beautiful country soon and I will get the opportunity to meet you.
    Thanks
    Touseef ahmed

    • Lauren
      June 19, 2017
      Reply

      I’m heading there in a few months!

  151. Leigh
    June 22, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren! I aspire to travel like you! I love this post, it perfectly outlines creating a successful blog and that is my goal. I started a free WordPress blog several months ago to keep family and friends up to date on my travels, but I’ve really enjoyed it and want to pursue it on a more professional level. Is there a way to upgrade to Bluehost without losing all of the content I have already published? Do I need to just start from scratch? What would you recommend I do?

    • Lauren
      June 28, 2017
      Reply

      You don’t need to start from scratch! Just sign up for Bluehost, install WordPress, and then you’ll be able to click export on your WordPress.com site’s dashboard and import it on your WordPress.org site’s dashboard.

  152. Paul
    June 22, 2017
    Reply

    Many thanks for the great insight. As an over 50 couple who travel the world two or three times a year I am sick of wasting the knowledge and experience we have picked up along the way. So your blog and tips are now our inspiration to start and over 50s travel blog.( As so as we return from Borneo)

    Many thanks again
    Best wishes
    Paul and Lorrainne

    • Lauren
      June 27, 2017
      Reply

      Ah, i’m so happy to hear that! And it sounds like you have lots of useful information to share. Best of luck with it! :-)

  153. Touseef Ahmed
    June 27, 2017
    Reply

    Lauren! If you will visit India, Is it possible to hangout with you?

    • Lauren
      June 27, 2017
      Reply

      Unfortunately not. After a few bad experiences, I no longer meet up with blog readers unless I know them well or have mutual friends.

  154. Julie
    June 28, 2017
    Reply

    Lauren – just reporting back. The owner of the registered domain wanted a *cough cough* cool $14000 for it!!! Needless to say…it’s not mine and nor will it be. I figured out a twist in the name and am happy with it. Now I simply need to start writing content. I have travel content over the past five years that I could cover; would you think I’d be better off starting with the first trip or the my most current trip? Thanks again for all the help – I really love this post and think it’s the best one I’ve seen.

    • Asmaan
      July 5, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Julie, i am having the same dilemma whether to cover my travels over the past four years or to start with the latest trip. Lets connect to bounce back some ideas,

      Hi Lauren,
      Your post is just amazingly well detailed, whenever i had any doubts i used to refer it to sail through with the doubts. Thanks for such an amazing post.

      • Lauren
        July 18, 2017
        Reply

        Thanks so much, Asmaan! I would recommend doing a mix of both in the beginning. Write about the most exciting trips you’ve done in the part and mix it up with some of your most recent travels.

  155. Megan
    June 29, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren, this post has been amazing as I’m beginning stages of developing my own travel blog. I was wondering how you navigate citations for facts in a blog. Say you were talking about the history of a city, would you need to cite that in your blog or does that count as common knowledge? Any insight would be great! Thanks!

    • Lauren
      June 30, 2017
      Reply

      I only cite an article if I’m quoting directly from somewhere that has information you can’t find anywhere else. I’ll normally be like “Here’s a couple of paragraphs I copied and pasted from Wikipedia[link]” or something like that — it doesn’t need to be super formal with a blog.

  156. Alex
    June 30, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    Fantastic article, incredibly informative and sure to be very helpful to many people who read it and are wondering where to start like myself. One question I do have though, when you were first starting out, how often did you need to post and therefore travel in order to build an audience and did you need to have a fair amount of money saved up before starting the blog in order to do this?

    Thanks :)

    • Lauren
      July 18, 2017
      Reply

      Hey Alex! I would say at least two posts a week is a good amount. For the first six months of my blog’s life, though, I was publishing about once a week, and because I was studying, I wasn’t travelling at all. I just wrote about past trips I had taken and my upcoming travel plans. These days, I try to average two posts a week and travel for four-ish months of the year. The great thing about travel blogging is that it doesn’t require you to travel full-time in order to be successful — some of the most lucrative travel blogs are resources about the city the author lives in, for example, so they barely travel at all!

  157. Elizabeth
    July 5, 2017
    Reply

    Great Post!. I was about to buy a book about this subject before i read this post. Now i feel like writing a book about this subject lol. TBH your blog is like a blogging bible to the newbie bloggers like me. I will always come back for more info. Thanks very much for sharing.

    • Lauren
      July 7, 2017
      Reply

      Sweet, thanks so much, Elizabeth! :-)

  158. moni
    July 13, 2017
    Reply

    Just wanted to say that I love that you pay for all of your travels yourself and don’t take press trips! I have to say I was drawn into the idea of travel blogging by the thought of traveling for free but knowing there’s another way definately has me thinking. Maybe it would be even better if I paid for my own travels to go wherever I wanted rather than taking the free trips. Just gotta start making money first I guess!

  159. Mat
    July 13, 2017
    Reply

    Hi, thanks for the tips, but I think you should develop the monetisation part.

    By the way there’s a small mistake, you wrote ‘adesense’ instead of ‘adsense’.

    • Lauren
      July 13, 2017
      Reply

      Thanks for the correction! To be honest, I really don’t think that there’s much more you should focus on when it comes to monetisation as a new blogger. In fact, advertising and affiliate sales are the only ways I monetise my blog right now.

  160. Cristina
    July 19, 2017
    Reply

    What a great post! I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a travel blog, and this post broke it down so nicely into steps that I am now convinced to bite the bullet and go for it!

    I studied in Europe a year and a half ago, and traveled quite a bit – I kept a blog while there, but it was mostly just to keep my friends and family back home updated on my travels. I enjoyed it so much that I want to start a more professional blog, but what do you recommend about the content – should I start when I go on my next trip in a few months, or start by writing about all the places I’ve been in the past?

    Thanks so much!!

    • Lauren
      July 19, 2017
      Reply

      Hey Cristina! I’m so happy to hear this post could inspire you to try your hand at travel blogging :-)

      As for content, I’d recommend starting as soon as you can, and writing about your previous trips. That way, you’ll have got the hang of WordPress and how publishing blog posts, etc work by the time you take your next trip. I started out by writing about previous trips I’d taken, then once I started travelling six months later, I didn’t have to worry about figuring out how blogging worked when all I wanted to do was write about how amazing everywhere had been.

  161. Budget Minds
    July 21, 2017
    Reply

    I have came across many article on how to start a travel blog. But I have to admit that you have mentioned the entire process step by step but with necessary details. Your article is informative as well as inspirational.

    • Lauren
      July 22, 2017
      Reply

      Thank you so much :-)

  162. Ray
    July 24, 2017
    Reply

    That was a lot to digest, yet also great information. I have thought about starting a traveling blog, but my grammar pretty much sucks. Recommend I take classes to deal with that?

    • Lauren
      July 28, 2017
      Reply

      Well, your grammar wasn’t terrible in your comment :-) If you think it really needs some work, you could take some classes, but I’ve found simply writing frequently on my site has hugely improved the quality of my writing.

  163. Towee
    July 25, 2017
    Reply

    I have a dumb question — how do I get a photo of my face appearing when I leave a comment? Do I need to upload my photo anywhere on this page to get it to show?

    • Lauren
      August 23, 2017
      Reply

      That’s a Gravatar! Upload a photo here: http://gravatar.com/ and whenever you enter in your email address in a comment field of a blog, your photo will show!

  164. Emma
    July 25, 2017
    Reply

    I haven’t seen many questions about SEO on here, so I have some I wanted to ask you. Especially as your post about starting a travel blog ranks first in Google! You must know what you’re doing :-)

    -How can you get started with SEO?
    -What tactics work in 2017?
    -Can a new travel blog rank for anything really in Google?
    -Guest posting a good option?

  165. Ali
    July 26, 2017
    Reply

    Interesting read. I actually started travel blogging in 2011, made a fair bit of money from selling text links, and was penalized by Google and lost everything overnight. I went home a few months later when I ran out of money.

    Fast forward five years and I’m ready to give it another shot! How have things changed since 2011? I assume text links are a no-no? Are there any ways to start making money as soon as you start your travel blog? What the hell is a Pinterest? Haha. I can’t believe you’re still going! I remember following you from the Chinese tea scam days!

  166. Chester BEE
    July 27, 2017
    Reply

    Very helpful guide thank you! Do you make much money from freelance writing or do you recommend not pursuing that path as a travel blogger?

    • Lauren
      August 23, 2017
      Reply

      Hmmm. I think it’s a good way to fund your travels while you’re building up traffic on your travel blog, but I think as soon as you start making money from your site, you’ll quickly move away from freelance writing. Having to constantly pitch pieces gets old quickly, and forever chasing up payments is even worse. Plus, the money is usually kind of terrible. So, yeah. Go for it in the early days, but expect that once you start making decent money from your site, you’ll likely start working on that full-time.

  167. Gemma
    July 27, 2017
    Reply

    I’ve read through every single guide on the first page of Google and yours was easily the best Lauren! I love how much personality your writing has and unlike everyone else, I didn’t feel like you were desperately trying to sell me things.

    • Lauren
      August 16, 2017
      Reply

      Ah, thank you so much, Gemma! :-)

  168. Charles
    July 31, 2017
    Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever sat and read an article this long from start to finish before. Great read. My question for you is: do you have any tips for building an audience over the first three months of a site’s lifetime? How do you get people to discover your travel blog when it doesn’t have an audience or much of a standing in Google yet?

    • Lauren
      August 16, 2017
      Reply

      Pinterest, definitely. Write posts that do well on Pinterest and teach yourself how to create beautiful pins. Join Pinterest groups and Tailwind tribes. Pinterest is one of the easiest ways to start building traffic when you don’t have an audience yet.

  169. Ivan
    August 1, 2017
    Reply

    This was honestly the most helpful post I’ve found on how to start a travel blog. Thank you so much for sharing! Now it’s time to start working on mine.

    • Lauren
      August 1, 2017
      Reply

      Best of luck, Ivan! And thank you so much for the huge compliment :-)

  170. Jamie Rockers
    August 4, 2017
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have started blogging myself. I am trying to find out the basic problems that my blog is having and looking for solutions. Also, I’m searching for some basic things like themes and other stuff.
    I have read your whole article, I am looking forward to getting a positive result after performing this myself.
    Can you suggest me any basic idea that I might need in the future as a new blogger?
    Thank you

    • Lauren
      August 16, 2017
      Reply

      Oh, you asked me the same question later on, so I’m already answered it below. If you have a more detailed question, I’d be happy to help out, but a request for basic ideas could mean anything!

  171. Paul
    August 8, 2017
    Reply

    Cheers for this. What’s your take on Travel Blog Success? I see most travel bloggers recommending that and wondered why you don’t?

    • Lauren
      August 27, 2017
      Reply

      I just think Superstar Blogging offers so much more value — you learn from experts in their field rather than top travel bloggers, and it focuses more on building a business than taking freebies and press trips, etc.

      Plus, every single travel blogger promotes the crap out of Travel Blog Success and it annoys the hell out of me, so I don’t want to be one of them :-)

  172. Mdu Rohtak
    August 8, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you so much for your post, it is so helpful and full of useful content. We have started a blog and your tips and advice has really helped us. Thank you so much!

    • Lauren
      August 8, 2017
      Reply

      No problem! Happy to help :-)

  173. Gene
    August 9, 2017
    Reply

    Looking to start a blog, I am in no position to travel at the present moment (young twins), but thought perhaps for content sake I could use my local environment, this wont simply be just photos and un-planned material.

    • Lauren
      August 12, 2017
      Reply

      That’s a good idea! As I’ve said a few times in these comments, some of the most successful travel blogs are those that are about one specific location rather than dozens of countries around the world. Blogging about your local environment would be a smart thing to do :-)

  174. Lauren
    August 9, 2017
    Reply

    Hey Lauren! Cool name ;)

    You said in your post that you’re now making $7000 a month from your travel blog. If it’s not too nosey, can I ask how long it took for you to reach this ammount? I know that it didn’t take long for you to start making money, and then to make enough to live in Southeast Asia, but what about this high level of income? How long does it take for most travel bloggers to reach these levels and do you think it’s possible for anyone to get there?

    • Lauren
      August 16, 2017
      Reply

      Hey! I started making that much around four years after starting this site. I’d say you could reach these levels in two or three years if you focused on driving traffic through writing incredibly detailed guides to rank in Google, and pretty pins to bring traffic from Pinterest. Then kept your sole monetisation strategy to be affiliate income.

  175. Lance
    August 10, 2017
    Reply

    Just wanted to say thank youfor this, Lauren! I’ve been searching for months about how to build a travel blog and actually turn it into a business and your guide is the first I’ve found that actually covers this. No questions, just wanted to tall you that I really appreciate the effort you must have put into this guide.

    • Lauren
      August 16, 2017
      Reply

      Oh, thank you so much, Lance! Best of luck with your blog! :-)

  176. Yazmin
    August 11, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    I’ve been wanting to start a travel blog for so long. I think fear of the unknown held me back. Ok thats a lie. I know fear of failure held me back. Luckily, I am putting the pieces together slowly. In so doing i’ve been reading so many travel blog tips for beginners to saturation point. Yesterday I came across your post. I’ve never been so glad to find something that makes so much sense – and all in one place. So much useful information. I know its a long one but I’ve read it a couple of times so far lol – noting down and some! So, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to share this info and honestly so. And thank you for giving me that extra push I really needed!

    PS: Im from Kenya, noticed on your interactive map you haven’t been yet, or maybe you did before blogging. In any case, Karibu sana (most welcome)!

  177. Nishat Mahmud
    August 13, 2017
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have researched about choosing a specific web host. I ended up having many options. Can you tell me if Bluehost is the ideal one to host my website on?

    • Lauren
      August 16, 2017
      Reply

      Yep, when you’re just starting out, Bluehost is the best inexpensive host.

  178. Jamie Rockers
    August 13, 2017
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have started blogging myself. I am trying to find out the basic problems that my blog is having and looking for solutions. Also, I’m searching for some basic things like themes and other stuffs.
    I have read your whole article, I am looking forward to get a positive result after performing this myself.
    Can you suggest me any basic idea that I might need in the future as a new blogger?
    Thank you

    • Lauren
      August 16, 2017
      Reply

      I’d say that most of the basics are already included in the article!

  179. Krishna
    August 17, 2017
    Reply

    nice tips on blogging
    thanks

    • Lauren
      August 18, 2017
      Reply

      Thanks, Krishna!

  180. Melody
    August 18, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren
    I tried to start my own blog on wordpress just for my Peru Trip and found even that “easy to use interface” very finicky. My photos and text didnt line up at all how I wanted them to. Secondly I did buy up a domain name and hosting through GoDaddy a few years ago and again used a free design template but again despite the ease of use found it too hard to use. I don`t have an idea in my head of how the website should look or be designed. What made me comment on your page is that you gave a lot of good start up advice but also that you mentioned you have anxiety. Other than chronicling my world travels with photos and video and having a poetry section, I was thinking of also having a section on my mental illness and links to helpful resources. I am worried bc my illness is the most stigmatizing of all of them, about using my real name and having my photos of my travels associated with my mental illness blog or section. Should I have a different blog or website for that and use a pseudonym? I currently work for the school board so that health information is a touchy subject I dont want prospective/current employers ect to know about it.
    I know I just read your article but I still feel lost on where to start…I write about travel, spiritual growth, mental illness, healing mental illness via shamanism and psychedelics (controversial) I write poems. How do I pick something so someone will remember me like you mentioned, oh melody…she writes about…..

  181. rajkumar
    August 18, 2017
    Reply

    Looking to start a blog, I am in no position to travel at the present moment (young twins), but thought perhaps for content sake I could use my local environment, this wont simply be just photos and un-planned material.

    • Lauren
      August 18, 2017
      Reply

      Sounds like a good plan to me!

  182. Vickie
    August 19, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren – the first time that I’ve been on your blog is through a Google search of how to start my own travel blog. I’m in a bit of a rut right now, with my quarter life crisis, and I want to say that traveling has been one of the most consistent and loved things that I have in my life. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, as I hope to share with my friends/family/others in the near future. This was super helpful! :-)

    • Lauren
      August 23, 2017
      Reply

      I’m so glad to hear that, Vickie! Best of luck as you get your own travel blog up and running :-)

  183. Nazrul Islam
    August 20, 2017
    Reply

    Hello Dear Mam, this blog post is very useful information for the new bloggers, your blog post went to get a lot of new education after I read it,
    Please continue to post such an informative blog. Therefore, people like us will be motivated in real life.
    I’m new in this area and I’m building my website, I’m working hard on this
    Your blogs are very useful here and especially to this blog, which provide this point information, I have received lots of help to read this blog post, please continue to share this kind of information.
    Thank you.

    • Lauren
      August 23, 2017
      Reply

      Good luck, Nazrul!

  184. Hayley
    August 20, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauran, very informative and useful post – thank you. A couple of questions:
    1. How do you even go about uploading photos in to your blog posts i.e. working out what size they should be, inserting them etc?
    2. How did you break through in to freelance writing? I’d say I definitely have advanced writing skills – I write at length every day in my job, I’ve got a personal blog and I write creative prose and poetry in my spare time, but I have no idea how to sell my skills online or even where to start. Any tips would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Hayley

    • Lauren
      August 23, 2017
      Reply

      I edit my photos in Photoshop and save them at 1500 px in width, then upload them to my site (just click upload on the new post screen), and resize them to 750 px in width (which is the width of the text area in my theme). I save them at double the width to start with to ensure the photos look pretty on retina screens (which have double the pixels). Always make your photos as wide as your theme will allow them, as the bigger the photos, the better your site looks.

      I’m not the best person to ask about freelance writing, as it kind of just fell into my lap! I started writing here, and then once I’d built up a reasonable audience (10,000 visitors a month or so), companies began contacting me to ask if they could pay me to write for them. I’d recommend building up a portfolio on your site, then heading to https://problogger.com/jobs/ to apply for writing gigs.

  185. Karina
    August 21, 2017
    Reply

    I really enjoyed your blog post! It’s the third I’ve read, but I really like yours because you gave more information about advertising and plugins. I also really admire how you travel on your own salary! I do that as well, and though it’s hard, I want to keep it that way because I feel it’s more fun and freeing, and isn’t the “freeing” feeling what makes traveling so amazing?

    I just purchased my domain through BlueHost and am currently working on it before launching. I’ve run into some problems with my business plan, though, because I currently became unemployed and don’t know how I can now afford to travel while I look for a new job.

    What is your recommendation for content when you’ve had to put travel on pause? Has this ever happened to you?

    I appreciate the help, and I definitely will begin to follow your blog!

    Best Regards

    • Lauren
      August 23, 2017
      Reply

      Thanks so much, Karina! I definitely agree that not taking press trips makes travel feel more freeing — I can do and write about whatever I want without having to worry about pleasing a random tourism board!

      As for what to write about, focus on previous trips or post travel guides for wherever you’re currently living. If you can build your site up to be an amazing resource for where you’re living, you’ll do really well in Google/find it easier to make money than trying to write about everywhere in the world. During the first six months or so of my site, I had never travelled before, so was focusing on writing about London, my upcoming trip plans, and previous trips I’d taken.

  186. Karen
    August 27, 2017
    Reply

    Bloody brilliant post on how to write a successful travel blog! Thank you so much Lauren! I’ve only recently heard of WordPress (very old fashioned)and affiliate marketing, AdSense, plugins and Tumblrs are all unknown territory to me… One question though, what is self hosting???!!
    Thanks in advance,
    Karen :-)

    • Lauren
      August 28, 2017
      Reply

      Ah, so self-hosting is basically paying for the server (computer space) that your website lives on, rather than using the free option a company like WordPress offers.

      The advantage to going self-hosted (wordpress.org) rather than using wordpress.com or blogspot.com is that your site will typically be faster, you have access to support if anything goes wrong with your site, and you’re paying for the flexibility and freedom to do whatever you want with it. Blogspot/Wordpress.com, etc restrict you in terms of what themes you can use, what plugins you can install, how you can make money from your site, etc, so you’re really limited.

  187. Karen
    August 28, 2017
    Reply

    Wow, thank you Lauren.
    This really is a minefield!!
    I just set up a free WordPress.com site last month to write some travel blogs, and thought that was it!
    Do I have to set up hosting myself though if I want to add plug-ins etc? and Do I really need a ‘theme’?
    How do you go about adding advertising links and getting commission?
    Sorry for all the questions.. it’s mind boggling to me!
    I’ve only recently left working with domestic and sexual abuse survivors (prior to that working with offenders) and started working from home, so this is a huge learning curve for me! I learnt to type on the old fashioned typewriters years ago, so I feel like an old dinosaur!
    Thanks anyway, much appreciated,
    Karen

  188. Emily Morgan-Evans
    September 7, 2017
    Reply

    Hey Lauren. I’ve just recently moved to India to work as a teacher and wanted to set up a personal blog for some time. I’m so pleased I stumbled upon your blog post because it’s helped enormously! I’m really enjoying documenting my adventures and sharing it with friends and family. I’m not too bothered about boosting my popularity at this stage, but I look forward to learning more about the blogging world!
    Thanks again! Emily

    • Lauren
      January 8, 2018
      Reply

      Best of luck, Emily! :-)

  189. Pooja
    September 10, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    I am going through this post for the 3rd time and it still amazes me about all the details. You really filled all the gaps. I have been thinking about starting my own travel blog for about 4 months, but I don’t get the courage to do so. I have only been on a single international trip. I work in a 9-6 job. So I don’t even have much of a data dos share. I am also scared about funding my site because I am new to this blog world. Can you guide me?
    Thanks in advance. Keep rocking.

    • Lauren
      March 22, 2018
      Reply

      Thank you! Honestly, you just have to take the plunge and do it. If you’d started four months ago when you first decided to do it, you would have likely started making money from your site by now! Write about the place you currently live in if you can’t travel, and make yourself known as a resource for that specific place.

  190. Lokesh
    September 13, 2017
    Reply

    Dude,
    Read it and reply must.

    Basically, I am Diploma, Bachelor and masters holder in civil engineering currently working in Dubai for 1600$. I was trying to do online stuffs from 2011 and I have been to online trading, paid per clicks, click bank Affiliating marketing, blogging etc paid lot of money for so called online gurus. I almost lost more then 8k $ at the end of 2015. From past 3 months I am researching lot about Travel blogging because still I have passion of making something in online and I am becoming fascinating about these topic day by day after reading a lot of stuffs.
    But, currently I am working on day job in order to pay my debts that was hit during that 4 years and I am planning to make a one month complete INDIA trip in Feb 2018 in my vacation and I need another 1-2 months to start my new brand blogging website.

    So, my question is weather can I start my website before traveling to any location. It is a worth of spending time,energy and money on website or blogging before traveling.

    ** Before dyeing I want make and show some of my bad asses that online works if we have passion and dedication**

  191. Katie S
    September 27, 2017
    Reply

    I started my blog in May of this year thanks to this post! THANK YOU so much for the inspiration and also the detailed steps on actually getting started. Just made my first big affiliate sale and I am so excited!

    • Lauren
      September 30, 2017
      Reply

      Yay!! I’m so happy to hear that, Katie! :-)

  192. Remy
    October 1, 2017
    Reply

    Hi there – nice write up! I’ve set up personal websites before (for bands and music), but only recently want d to do a travel blog. I’ve experience with WordPress but one of the issues I’ve found was that while going this route means you have control over your site, you don’t always have the right suppprt if the themes and plug ins go haywire. Ive had some of my site break without being able to fix it.

    So I moved over to Squarespace. 24/7 support. They work great for my music sites. But they have limited templates and themes for travel themed blogs.

    Any experience or feedback on WordPress vs Squarespace?

    • Lauren
      January 7, 2018
      Reply

      I haven’t used Squarespace before, so I can’t comment on the differences and pros/cons, so if Squarespace works for you, stick with it. If it doesn’t, I recommend WordPress because it’s so powerful and you can do pretty much anything you need to with it. But you’re right in that the downside is not always having the best support — it’s not something that’s ever affected me, as the support for my theme/plugins has always been kickass, but it could mean you’d need to hire a tech person if your site breaks at some point. If that happens, you can usually hire someone on Fiverr for not too much money to get things working again.

  193. Vivien
    October 6, 2017
    Reply

    Love you blog, Lauren. Any tips on authenticity as a blogger? You’re one of the few I follow who do it right and I’m eager to follow in your footsteps.

    • Lauren
      January 7, 2018
      Reply

      Thank you so much, Vivien! Honestly, just be yourself. Write your blog posts as though you’re telling a story to your best friend or writing in your diary, don’t filter to the point where your personality disappears, and embrace any of your quirks. Write your blog posts as you speak aloud and then edit them afterwards, and that’ll help you personality to shine through.

  194. Selma
    October 6, 2017
    Reply

    Amazing, amazing post! I can’t believe how much information you share. I have a question for you. How do you possible decide on the best theme for a travel blog?! There are so many incredible ones out there that I’m having problems just choosing one.

  195. sravani madduri
    October 9, 2017
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing.Keep going!
    Its nice and informative blog.I am new to this and don’t know where to start but your post helped me giving an idea.

    • Lauren
      October 21, 2017
      Reply

      Best of luck, Sravani! :-)

  196. Rajendra
    October 9, 2017
    Reply

    Very nice article, can you also please share the marketing methods that you use for this blog.

    • Lauren
      October 21, 2017
      Reply

      Good question! Most of my success has actually come quite organically to me. Social media is a big one for me — Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest have worked best — and guest posting on other sites. I should do more of the latter, actually, as that’s a great way to build your audience. But um, honestly that’s about it!

  197. Arina
    October 11, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren!
    I am about to start my travel blog and I must say that your post by far is the best! I read a lot on how to start a blog but never found anything as detailed and simple as yours. You just make it look very easy. I have taken all your tips into account and hopefully will be up and running my own blog in just few weeks! Fingers crossed :)
    Thank you for making me believe that it is doable! :)

    • Lauren
      October 21, 2017
      Reply

      Ah, that’s so lovely, Arina! Let me know if I can help with anything as you get set up :-)

  198. Matt
    October 12, 2017
    Reply

    Thanks for this article – it had a few things in there that would never have occurred to me otherwise.

    I’ve been running my blog for over 3 years about living and travelling on a boat but had never considered Yoast/WPTouch – WPTouch especially is really great.

    Thanks!

    • Lauren
      October 21, 2017
      Reply

      So glad it helped you out, Matt! :-)

  199. Tarik
    October 16, 2017
    Reply

    Hei YO! Thanks for the tips. I willing to start my own blog. I think after doing a lot of trips I want to be helpful to other people. Thanks to you now I have a clue.

    On this stage, I’m trying to understand wordpress.org a little bit more. How does the advertising work with WordPress? Do they plug in their own google adds? Or what are the important points that we can hold the control of our own sites?

    Cheers!

    • Lauren
      October 16, 2017
      Reply

      You have complete control of your site, and advertising is separate from WordPress. With Google ads, you’ll sign up for them and be given a code to copy and paste onto your site wherever you want the ad to show up.

  200. Viv
    October 16, 2017
    Reply

    You’ve done so well at carving a niche for yourself… what do you think is a good travel blogging niche that has yet to be overdone? I want to stand out from the crowd but it feels like there’s no way to do so anymore.

    • Lauren
      January 7, 2018
      Reply

      Oooh, good question! I think, though, that the best thing to do would be to travel and write and then wait to see what consistencies emerge from your blog posts. If you’re creating a niche just because it’s not overdone, it’s more likely you won’t feel passionate about your site and then stand less chance of finding success. I think that travel blogs focusing on a specific city or region do exceptionally well, and I also think that sustainable travel is going to be huge in the coming months and years.

  201. Keno
    October 16, 2017
    Reply

    hi Lauren. When do you think is the idea time to start a travel blog? I’m going to be traveling when I graduate in 2019 and I want to get a head start but is it worth starting when I won’t even be leaving for another two years? Thanks for all that you do in the travel blogging world — reading yours is always a breath of fresh air.

    • Lauren
      December 14, 2017
      Reply

      As soon as possible! Start writing about where you currently live, get onto social media and start building an audience, work on finding your writing voice — if you start now, you’ll be making money from your blog by the time you leave to travel! :-)

  202. Samantha Taylor
    October 19, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you very much, excellent insights as I am just starting my blog!

    • Lauren
      October 21, 2017
      Reply

      Glad you found it helpful, Samantha!

  203. Sophie Miller
    October 19, 2017
    Reply

    This is an awesome guide! Can you explain a bit more about how to make money with affiliates? I’m not quite sure what they are or how to get started. Thanks!

    • Lauren
      January 2, 2018
      Reply

      Sure! So it’s like a commission. Say you want to recommend a travel product to your readers — in that case you can google [product name] affiliate, and if there’s a program, you can sign up for it. If not, you can usually find it on Amazon and use Amazon Associates to link to it. Once you’ve created an account there, you can then create a link to a product and place that link on your site. If one of your readers clicks that link and buys something, you get a commission on the sale.

      Here’s an example: if I booked a hotel, I might then write a blog post about the place I visited and recommend the hotel if I liked it. In that blog post, I can add a booking.com affiliate link whenever I mention the hotel. If someone reads the post, clicks that link, and decides to book a stay at that hotel, I make a percentage of that sale. Let me know if you have any further questions!

  204. moveswithsail
    October 28, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren
    Brilliant informative site. I have just sailed up the Mozambican coast and am now in Pemba. I met many great local people all along the coast. I came across your blog whilst doing some reasearch with a view of bringing my yacht here to charter. You have now inspired me to get one of these going. I use instagram simply because its so easy to edit pics and post. If you interested instagram moveswithsail2017 . My yacht’s name is just4fun and in the next few months I intend setting up a wordpress with the same handle. Maybe ‘theadventuresofjust4fun.com Do you think this is a bit too long ? Thanx

    • Lauren
      January 2, 2018
      Reply

      Thanks so much! Sounds like an incredible trip — Mozambique is such a wonderful country! I think your domain name is a little too long. Maybe just4funadventures is available? Or just Moveswithsail?

  205. Fayaz
    October 28, 2017
    Reply

    Very informative! How to increase traffic on existing blog?

    • Lauren
      October 29, 2017
      Reply

      Updating old posts, writing guest posts for other blogs, and focusing everything you have on Pinterest!

  206. Sahil Bali
    October 30, 2017
    Reply

    Hey! thanks for giving motivation…..I will start my pet blog soon..one more thing wordpress is better than blogspot?

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2017
      Reply

      Yes, definitely go with WordPress!

  207. essa
    October 30, 2017
    Reply

    More wonderfully inspirational and easy to initiate ideas! When life is busy, it’s fantastic to hear your tips and be reminded of some of the little essentials. Much needed motivation!

    • Lauren
      December 14, 2017
      Reply

      Hey, thanks so much, Essa! :-)

  208. Du lich nhat ban mua dong
    November 1, 2017
    Reply

    Thanks so much for giving me the guide lines for starting new blog. I just decided to learn how to create a travel blog, your article was really helpful for me.

    • Lauren
      November 17, 2017
      Reply

      Glad to hear it! Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions :-)

  209. Janna
    November 2, 2017
    Reply

    Hi, this is very useful for me. Starting, running, upgrading and maintaining a travel blog is a difficult and time-consuming activity. In the the beginning we made a blog about the trip and thought everyone will love it. Not so. Thanks for giving us some useful ways to increase the audience.

    • Lauren
      November 17, 2017
      Reply

      The early days are the toughest, because you’re still figuring out your voice and it’s a struggle to build your audience. But stick with it! It’s hard work but you’ll get there in the end :-)

  210. Jason
    November 2, 2017
    Reply

    I love this article and it honestly has given me a little extra boost to continue what I am doing!

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2017
      Reply

      I’m so happy to hear that, Jason!

  211. Rohan
    November 2, 2017
    Reply

    Hey Lauren!

    I have to personally thank you so much for this article. I’ve had it bookmarked for the past couple of months and i used it as my bible while creating my own Travel Blog. I would revisit it every once in a while to make sure I was following through on all your valuable advise. My blog has been up for a few months now and though I don’t yet have much of an audience, I’m really glad this post gave me the inspiration I needed to get started.

    I just have one question though. I’m at the stage wherein I’m trying to approach Affiliate programs such as TripAdvisor, Agoda, etc, and I find my applications rejected. When did you start applying for Affiliate programs? Was it right at the beginning? Or did you wait till you had some dedicated traffic before applying?

    Thanks again for this article!

    Take Care,
    Rohan

  212. Salman
    November 20, 2017
    Reply

    Really loved the way how you explained each and everything in detail and still kept it entertaining until the last line. You shared your own experience as a beginner, putting yourself in our shoes and that really gave me the idea how to start from scratch. I feel a lot more confident now and hopefully gonna start my blog asap. Thanks

    • Lauren
      November 23, 2017
      Reply

      Thanks so much, Salman! Best of luck :-)

  213. Leo
    November 21, 2017
    Reply

    Hey Lauren,

    I really enjoyed reading your advises and i feel like go out there and be a blogger. Travel is my passion and o always wanted to share it with my friends and family.

    I’m going to Central America soon and i’ll start taking photos and videos and share them in a blog i’ll open.

    Thank you so much!

    • Lauren
      November 23, 2017
      Reply

      Good luck, Leo! :-)

  214. Tina
    November 23, 2017
    Reply

    Thank you so much for your post! It was really helpful. May I ask if the Basic plan from Bluehost was sufficient for you? It seems as though the plans have changed and that you can only get Domain Privacy through the Prime plan now.
    I really want to get the ball rolling on my blog, but nervous at the same time.

    • Lauren
      November 23, 2017
      Reply

      I think you should be able to still get it on the basic plan. This page https://my.bluehost.com/hosting/help/domain-privacy seems to indicate you can buy it after you’ve set everything up.

      • TINA
        November 23, 2017
        Reply

        I see that! Thank you so much for your quick response.

        • Lauren
          December 3, 2017
          Reply

          No problem! :-)

  215. Ellie
    November 28, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren!
    This is an excellent guide, I’ve taken the plunge to convert my wordpress to a real blog.

    I love maps so it was great to see your suggestion for the interactive world map plugin. Just to let you know that it now says “This plugin is deprecated” after installing, but it does recommend a different one to use.

    Do you still use the old plugin?

    • Lauren
      November 28, 2017
      Reply

      Really? That’s so weird, as it says here https://codecanyon.net/item/interactive-world-maps/2874264?ref=NEFootsteps that it was last updated on the 19th September 2017 and the creator was replying to comments and answering support questions for the plugin nine hours ago. Are you sure you downloaded the right plugin, as I can’t see anywhere that it’s stopped working?

      I’d ask a question in the comments section of the plugin about it or ask for a refund if it really has been depreciated. It’s unfair to get someone to pay $21 and only afterwards say that it wasn’t working and to download something else instead!

      • Ellie
        November 30, 2017
        Reply

        Thanks for your quick reply. Turns out it’s all in the detail ;) I searched your suggested plug-ins instead of clicking through. After a bit of playing around I could tell it definitely wasn’t the same as yours! There’s a free version with a similar name (map instead of maps).

        Once I get my blog going I think this will be a great investment. Keep up the good work and happy travels!

        • Lauren
          December 3, 2017
          Reply

          Ah, got it! :-) Thanks so much, and good luck with getting your site off the ground!

  216. Pankaj Kamariya
    November 30, 2017
    Reply

    Hey Lauren!

    Thanks for this great information!!

    I specially found your tips very good :)

    I have already started blog an running well but can you please suggest me plugins specific to travel which can help me to create a better travel blog

    • Lauren
      December 3, 2017
      Reply

      That’s included in the guide! :-)

  217. Luke Fernandez
    November 30, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    I wanted to see if you could tell us about the ways of getting the blog legal with the state. And how the money you generate actually gets transferred to your (bank,PayPal) account? Or where ever it goes too. Really enjoy your blog!

    Thank You

    • Lauren
      December 2, 2017
      Reply

      Legal in what way? You’ll want to register as self-employed and get an accountant so that you can start paying taxes, but you won’t need to do this until your site starts making money because it’s a hobby up until that point. But that’s about it. Some pay me via Paypal and some via bank transfer; usually the former though.

  218. Grady Paugh
    December 5, 2017
    Reply

    How do I start a website that costs me nothing at all?

    • Lauren
      December 7, 2017
      Reply

      Use WordPress.com instead of WordPress.org, get a free theme, and you’re done :-)

  219. Taylor
    December 18, 2017
    Reply

    This is good. My wife and I have a pretty amazing idea for a blog. Came up with the idea like 2 hours ago and this was the first thing I read. Pretty solid advice.

    How can I ask you questions in the future?

    • Lauren
      December 19, 2017
      Reply

      Same as you’re doing right now! ;-) Leave a comment here or message me through my contact form.

      • Taylor
        January 16, 2018
        Reply

        Sounds good. Do you have any resources for the product review side of blogging? Like a person i should research, or a site I should visit.

        Would you recommend me doing one site with different blogging types? For example, one tab is travel, one tab is product reviews, one is parenting stuff, etc…

        I want to do a lot, but dont want to pay for multiple sites. Wanted to see if you have had seen anyone do that in the past.

  220. Dave Wicks
    December 18, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren:

    Great step by step on starting a blog – I’m about to start mine…what do use for security of the site or are you a specific plan with bluehost that keeps everything secure?

    • Lauren
      January 2, 2018
      Reply

      When I was with Bluehost, I used the Word Fence plugin, but now site security is included in my package with my current host.

  221. Erin
    December 19, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    This information was SO helpful for me! Starting a new blog, I had no idea where to start. The process could easily be intimidating and overwhelming, but this step-by-step makes it relatively easy. I’ve come back to this post almost daily as I get going. I’m still in the early stages of travel blogging and still learning a lot, but I feel like I’m off to a good start. So thank you!!

    My blog: http://www.lichenandlayovers.com

    • Lauren
      January 2, 2018
      Reply

      That’s so kind of you to say, Erin — thank you! Best of luck as you get everything up and running, and feel free to drop me an email if I can help with anything!

  222. Dan
    December 27, 2017
    Reply

    No questions, just my undying gratitude that you put this guide together. Can’t wait to get stuck in with this in 2018.

    • Lauren
      January 2, 2018
      Reply

      Ah, thank you so much! Glad you found it useful and best of luck!

  223. Mary Waterman
    December 28, 2017
    Reply

    That’s what I need! As a novice, I’m very grateful to you for your information. I’m starting my blog this weekend. I feel scared but excited! Thank you.

    • Lauren
      December 31, 2017
      Reply

      Best of luck, Mary! Feel free to head back and ask me any questions if you get stuck or confused :-)

  224. Zaki
    December 28, 2017
    Reply

    Hiya Lauren,

    To be honest earlier today was the first day I thought of starting a travel blog. This was very very informative and I have already favourited to save on my web-page.
    I had just one question – what would you suggest be the best way to get traffic to your blog?

    • Lauren
      December 31, 2017
      Reply

      Pinterest and Google! Focus on SEO for both :-) Oh, and guest posting for larger sites.

  225. Khadija Dohry
    January 6, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    I found this really helpful.Thank You! I have ideas of how i want my travel blog to look like but the content is what I am worried about. Throughout my travels, i was inspired to document the most powerful moments i had with ‘strangers.’ I haven’t yet shared them with the world. For a muslim, a girl, and coming from a conservative culture, I saw the world very different when i began travelling at 20. I want to have a human-centric approach to my blog to show the beauty of people of different cultures and faith. From Asia, to Europe, to the US, Middle East and Africa, I don’t like being a tourist, I tend to dwell on immersing myself in the local life, attend events, get togethers, food stores and places of worship. And through such, I have become a better person myself. I want to share my travel expriences in a very captivating way whilst being able to break stereotypes and prejudice.

    • Lauren
      March 22, 2018
      Reply

      Sounds fascinating! I’d love to read your blog — let me know when you’ve set it up and I’ll offer some feedback. But don’t worry about the content, I think it sounds like a great niche for your site.

  226. Rachel Ann Pedroso
    January 7, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Lauren. This is by far the best read about how to start a travel blog. You didn’t advertise, you smartly inform people. Thank you. ?

    • Lauren
      January 7, 2018
      Reply

      Thank you so much, Rachel! That means the world to me :-)

  227. Amy Grady
    January 8, 2018
    Reply

    Hello Lauren,

    Thanks for your effort and sharing the valuable post with us, I did a lot of research on how to start a travel blog but didn’t find the right information for a beginner. Once I read your blog and realize that you have shared the right information that I’m looking for, Keep sharing your valuable and informative content on a regular basis. Thank you once again.

    • Lauren
      January 10, 2018
      Reply

      Glad you found it helpful, Amy! Feel free to drop me an email with any questions if you have them :-)

  228. Israel
    January 13, 2018
    Reply

    What do you do about copyright on your images? I’m particularly concerned about theft of mine. I notice you don’t watermark yours – is there something you do behind the scenes to prevent your photos from being stolen from your travel blog?

    • Lauren
      March 22, 2018
      Reply

      Yeah, I don’t care. People will take your images whether you add a watermark or not, and the watermark makes them look ugly, so I don’t have one. It’s part of the package that comes from working online.

  229. Tyrell Den
    January 13, 2018
    Reply

    Nice guide. I guess the one thing that’s holding me back from starting a travel blog is the belief that it’s too late. There are so many travel bloggers out there now that it feels impossible to get your voice heard. Do you think it’s too late to make money with a travel blog now? And what tactics can I use to be discovered when there’s so much noise in this space?

    • Lauren
      March 21, 2018
      Reply

      No, no, no! It’s definitely not too late. I’m a part of a few Facebook groups and there are so many people who are starting to make thousands of dollars a month within a year of starting their blogs. It’s so inspiring to see and proves that there’s always space for more people in this industry. Focus on improving your photography, figuring out how to drive traffic through Pinterest, writing as many guest posts as you possibly can, and providing the most detailed resources on a topic to rank highly in Google. You can do it! :-)

  230. Carey Gusto
    January 13, 2018
    Reply

    Spot on with this guide! I’ve been blogging for three years and agree with everything you’ve said. Keep on being your authentic self – the internet needs more people like you!

    • Lauren
      January 17, 2018
      Reply

      Hey, thanks so much! :-)

  231. Shankar.T
    January 14, 2018
    Reply

    i am shankar, 60 yrs male from india and have been travelling around for the past 35 years . After marriage family priorities and business life took over. In between my passion for travelling, photography & reading continued. Lot of my friends and relatives have been encouraging to put my experiences in writing and making extra buck too. Now i have been thinking seriously, why not start at this point of time and still see the world & make money too.

    All i want to know from you is, is it right time to start writing blogs combined with my travels and also make some extra buck.

    You insight and encouragement is going to plan my future. After going thru your writeup on travel blogging, i feel excited as to why not start off now. Your views and comments should help me in shaping my passion. Please advise.
    Shankar…india

    • Lauren
      January 17, 2018
      Reply

      The best time to start is as soon as possible! It takes a while to get everything figured out, so if you’re determined to start a travel blog at some point, start it today. Good luck! :-)

  232. Charlotte
    January 15, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Lauren! Great guide as always. I’m setting my travel blog up now by following your instructions and wanted to say thank you for the effort you put into this resource. It’s helped me no end as I’ve tried to figure out this whole blogging thing. I’m now starting to publish my first blog post and wanted to ask what you think is a good word count to be aiming for. I know your posts generally skew longer and was wondering if there’s a reason for that?

    • Lauren
      March 21, 2018
      Reply

      Yes! I find that the longer and more detailed my blog posts are, the easier it is for them to rank in Google. I usually publish blog posts of at least 2,000 words, but sometimes aim for as many as 4,000! Oh, and also, when I was writing my book, I got into the habit of writing 5,000 word chapters and haven’t been able to break it yet — it feels more natural to write the longer posts now, especially if it’s a narrative. Hope that helps!

  233. Shankar.T
    January 16, 2018
    Reply

    you havent replied to my query sent on jan 14th 2018. awaiting ur reply soon.

  234. paras
    January 17, 2018