Travel Diaries: Tips for Running a Successful Personal Travel Blog


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo from Unsplash

So, you’re off to travel the world. Whether it’s a year long backpacking trip around an entire continent, or a long weekend city break, people want to hear about your adventures. So, if you’re a frequent traveler, you might benefit from looking into creating a personal travel blog. 

Not only does it allow your friends and family a way to keep on top of your travels, but it also serves as a kind of commemorative travel diary for yourself. But how to go about it? Here are a few tips and tricks.


Setting Up

First things first, you need to find yourself a platform. There are numerous blogging platforms out there: WordPress, Blogspot, Tumblr… the list goes on. Research which will suit you best. Some will be preferable for long text posts. Others will be more visual, which will better suit those with a penchant for photography. Choose an apt URL, find a layout that you like and you’re good to go. It’s as simple as that!

What to Document?

So, what are you planning on posting on your blog? Whether it’s word-based or image-based, you're going to need engaging content. For the sake of this post, let’s focus on an image-based blog.

Transport

It might be best to start where your journey starts: your mode of transport. We’ve all seen the typical photo of an airplane wing taken from the window seat. So try to mix things up a bit. Get a photo with one of the air attendants (as long as they’re not busy, of course). 

Take a snap of the questionable in-flight meal. Traveling by boat or ferry offers the opportunity for beautiful landscape shots out at sea. Getting from a to b by car can expose you to places others won’t have seen before. Take advantage of the perks of whatever kind of transport you use.

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Accommodation

Your audience will want to see where you’re staying. Whether that’s a run down hostel or a beautiful hotel, such as this Xi An Hotel. Capture images of what makes your accommodation special. This might be a beautiful and extravagant reception, an earthy back-to-basics room or maybe a friendly face of a member of staff.

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Activities

Your activities will vary depending on where you go. Perhaps you’re having coffee at a chic cafe in Paris. Maybe you’re getting physical and climbing a mountain in Japan. Horseback riding, surfing, sunbathing or visiting museums. Whatever you’re up to, capture the moment and share it with your loved ones and followers back home. They’ll love to know what you’re up to.

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Food and Drink

People love a good picture of what you’re eating. If you eat out at a restaurant, it’s safe to say you’ll see people taking pictures of their plates before they dig in. Social media feeds are full of food imagery. So, if you have a particularly delicious or pretty-looking meal or drink, join the foodie ranks and get a snap before tucking in.

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