Start A Travel Blog - Day 1
 

Intro & About This Course

Welcome to the Start A Travel Blog crash course!

We owe so much of our “Lovely Life” to blogging. It provides us a wonderful income (about $30,000/mo from blogging alone) and gives us the opportunity to travel the world with our family to some amazing places. We’ve been traveling over 150 days a year and we have no plans to slow down!
A few years ago, we started to dive into the world of travel blogging and we’re so glad we did! Our kids were starting to get older and up until then, we only took local road trips. Now, with travel blogging, we are able to show our children amazing places around the world and have one of a kind experiences.

The best part? We get much of the travel experiences shared on our blog comped (free)! The resorts, hotels, and destinations host us in exchange for coverage on our blog and social media channels. This is still work, but sign us up for this type of “work” anytime!

Now we have progressed to the level where we are sometimes paid for the travel coverage we produce. Getting paid to take vacations with our family? Yes, it’s true!!!

We get asked all the time how we built this “lovely life,” filled with incredible travel opportunities. We know this is something so many others dream of doing. We love sharing how we created this life and we are here to get you started!

This course will show you how to get your own travel blog started and put you on the path to living the type of lifestyle you really want to live.

This course will take you through the exact steps to get your own travel blog started. This not only includes the platforms and tools that professionals travel bloggers use, but we’ll also go in-depth on getting your blog started.
 
In only 5 days, you’ll have your travel blog established and ready to start producing great content for your readers. You just have to follow the exact steps that we outline in this course.
 
Keep in mind, we know that everyone works at their own pace and that is OK.
How this course works:
The coursework is divided into 5 separate days. Each day you will receive an email with links to that day’s coursework. 
 
To get your travel blog set up properly, you’ll need to complete 14 individual steps. Each day you’ll be prompted to complete 2-4 steps.
 
The important thing is to finish ALL the steps.
 
In this course, you will learn the following: 
  • Day 1 - Pick your niche
  • ​​Day 2 - Name your blog & get it started!
  • ​​Day 3 - Get familiar with your blogging platform & order or create a logo
  • ​​Day 4 - Create your first pages and blog post & create your social media accounts for your blog
  • ​​Day 5 - Photography & Video for travel bloggers
We want you to get all of the set up done and be on THE RIGHT path to producing amazing content. This can take you to places you’ve only dreamed of going to.
 
We’re going to show you the nuts and bolts of how to get your travel blog started. 

We provide the content in consumable pieces because we are big believers in not overwhelming you. Most people are much more productive breaking large tasks down into smaller pieces. Like the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” your travel blog won’t be either. When you are tackling any large project, take it one day or one step at a time and great things will be achieved.
 
At the end of the 5 Day Course (and completion of all 14 steps), you’ll have the foundation for a travel blog that you can use to create the type of life you want.

Keep in mind that a blog is a business like any other and will require focused work and a solid plan in order to be successful. 
 
It all starts with following the steps in this course (exactly as we lay them out) and then putting in the work.
Lastly, we are frequently asked, “What’s in it for you? Why would you give this course away for free if it is truly valuable?” Or, sometimes we are told, “Nothing in this world is free...there is always a catch.”
 
In this case, there is no “catch”, but we’re not aimlessly throwing it out there either. 
 
Here are the 3 reasons we are providing you with this course (without asking for you to pay for it):
  • The key to our success has been giving. I know on the surface this may not make sense, but we’ll get into this concept specifically in this course. Just know that we wholeheartedly subscribe to the notion that the more we give, the more we’ll receive in return. 
  • ​We earn affiliate commissions which help offset our expenses (mainly ads and our support staff). When our students click through our links to our partners to sign up for their services, we’ll earn a commission from our partner (at no extra cost to our students; PLUS most of the time our students get a special deal by clicking through our link). Many of the links that are clicked on the internet are actually referral (affiliate links).
  • ​Our goal is to demonstrate the type of value we provide. Ultimately, we’d love for you to move onto our premium course once you see the extraordinary value we provided with this course. If not, that’s okay too! We know that it will still work out for us in the long run. It’s kind of like when you go to Costco… If you walk through the food aisles on a busy day, there will be numerous vendors giving away samples of their food. Their goal is to show you how delicious their food is. Hopefully, you’ll want to buy some to bring home with you. Although, I have to say that a half chicken nugget on a toothpick won’t change your life, but our courses certainly can if you follow the steps.
Please note that this course does contain affiliate links where applicable. We only suggest products or services that we truly believe in. Please read our disclosure policy for additional information.
 
Now that we’ve got that out of the way and you can see that there are no hidden agendas here, let’s move onto the interesting stuff.

Are you ready to put in the work AND create something special? 

Let’s get started!

This course works hand in hand with our Facebook group. It is an excellent resource for new bloggers and will help you connect with others that are starting on the same path. If there is anything in the course that you need some help with, the group is the first place to start. The group is an extremely important part of this course.
 
 
You’ll notice throughout the coursework that there are links to specific posts in our Facebook group to ask questions. We monitor these posts and are there to give you the best answers to your questions.
 
Note: When you join the group, make sure to read the announcement (pinned) post with important information about how the group works. We put a lot of effort into creating an amazing and safe environment in our group and we would LOVE for you to be part of it all!

Note: When you join the group, make sure to read the announcement (pinned) post with important information about how the group works. We put a lot of effort into creating an amazing and safe environment in our group and we would LOVE for you to be part of it all!
 
If you are reading this, that means that you are serious about getting your own travel blog started. There is tremendous opportunity in the blogging world, and you have made a great decision to start. 

Remember...

"The path to success is to take massive, determined actions." -- Tony Robbins
Are you ready for an amazing journey? If so, let’s move onto the next section.

What is Travel Blogging?

Let’s start with the basics… What is Travel Blogging?

It’s simply a matter of creating travel-related content and putting it on your own website/blog.
Blog content can take a lot of different forms these days including written blog posts, video posts, extensive photography posts, or combining all of these together in various ways.

The content can be structured in many different ways which are only limited by your own creativity.
A travel blog normally features content from a trip you’ve taken, a trip you want to take, or even an area you’re interested in.

We normally only produce content for trips we’ve already taken, but there are successful travel bloggers out there that write about destinations they are planning to visit.

There are no hard rules for what a travel blog’s content should look like, so the choice is yours!

Your Purpose & Your Niche

Defining Your Blog's Purpose

Today’s coursework is focused on planning out your travel blog.

It’s very important to get this part right as it is the foundation of everything you will be working towards.

The first thing that you need to decide is what is the purpose of your blog?

Here are some common reasons people will start a travel blog:
  • To go on amazing trips and get their vacation expenses covered in exchange for producing content.
  • ​To make money. Yes, it is possible to make money with a travel blog!
  • ​To have a creative outlet to document their travels. These people are not really focused on getting comped travel or making money off their blog, but instead want to share their travel knowledge and document their trips.
  • ​To build a community of like-minded people.
  • ​Other. This could be a whole host of other reasons specific to an individual.
Which one are you? What is your goal with starting a travel blog?

You may instantly know your reason for being here and going through this coursework already. However, if you are at all unclear, define this now and it will make the rest of the process in getting your travel blog started so much easier.

Picking a Niche

Now that you have the purpose of your travel blog defined, it’s time to think about your niche.
The most successful travel blogs focus on a travel niche.

What is a travel niche?

This is best described as the area of specialty for your travel blog.

For us, our travel blogging niche is considered Luxury Family Travel. We like to feature exceptional places, and we always travel as a family.

Your focus might be similar or completely different!

The good news is that the possibilities are endless for travel blogging niches, but here are some examples:
  • Solo travel
  • ​Camping
  • ​RV Travel
  • ​Cruising
  • ​Backpacking
These are 5 broad niches in the travel world. You could also combine some general categories to get an even more detailed niche if you wish.
  • Solo cruising for retirees
  • ​Millennial RV travel after quitting a 9 to 5 job
  • ​Family all-inclusive resort travel
In reality, there are limitless combinations. We’re seeing new blogs continuously pop up with travel niche ideas that we’ve never seen done before.

Note: It's also OK if other bloggers are already in your niche...in fact, that is usually the case and just means that there is a good-sized audience for your niche.

There is ALWAYS room for bloggers that produce quality content.

In fact, there is a great need for innovative content.

Here's a word of caution when defining your niche...

Keep an idea of your end goal in mind. For instance, if your goal is to get comped rooms at luxury hotels, don't start a camping blog.

A few more questions to consider before defining your travel blog niche:
  • Do you want your blog to focus on travel only or do you want to include other subjects?
  • ​What would you like to learn?
  • ​What areas of travel do you have experience with?
Here are some common pitfalls to keep in mind before deciding on a travel blog focus:
  • Don't start a travel blog on a subject that you do not enjoy. Personally, we do not enjoy camping (although "glamping" is pretty fun). It would be an enormous struggle for us to write about camping....even if we identified there were a lot of opportunities for travel in this niche. The problem is that it is hard to keep that going when you are not that interested in the subject
  • ​Some niches are just hard to make money from. If making money from your travel blog is also a concern, you'll want to consider how you will monetize your travel blog before picking a niche. There are ways to make money with almost any blog, but there are more opportunities within certain niches so think of a plan before you commit to a certain niche.
Do you have your travel niche figured out? If not, STOP now, and give this some deep thought. This is very important, so you don’t want to rush this step, but you also don’t want to overthink it. We’ve found the niche that initially interests you is the one you will most likely end up going with even if you make slight changes to it.

Define Your Travel Blog's Purpose

Review these common reasons to start a travel blog and decide on YOUR PURPOSE for starting a travel blog:
  • To go on amazing trips and get their vacation expenses covered in exchange for producing content.
  • ​To make money. Yes, it is possible to make money with a travel blog!
  • ​To have a creative outlet to document their travels. These people are not really focused on getting comped travel or making money off their blog, but instead want to share their travel knowledge and document their trips.
  • ​To build a community of like-minded people.
  • ​Other. This could be a whole host of other reasons specific to an individual.
Which one of these above is YOUR purpose?

Pick YOUR Niche

Do you know your travel blog niche already?

If not, that’s OK. We are waiting to help you in our Start A Travel Blog Facebook group.

Use the power of our Start A Travel Blog Facebook group to help you decide on the right niche for you. 

Just CLICK THIS LINK and start a new post in the Facebook group with #pickmyniche and tell us a little bit about yourself and your interests. If you have a couple of topics that you are trying to decide between, let us know that as well. We’ll respond to your comment and help you get it figured out!

Note: If you have not been accepted into the group yet, the link will not work. Keep checking your Facebook notifications to see when you are accepted into the group.

You may already know your travel niche, and if that’s the case, this Step 2 is super easy for you!

As soon as you have your niche figured out, write it down and then you are done with Step 2!

Like all things worthwhile, building your new travel blog will take some work. You will get there before you know it if you take it step by step.

Our goal is to build a successful community of new travel bloggers living the lives of their dreams. We love our travel blogging lifestyle, and we know you will too!!
Day 1 Assignment Recap
Note: we review each person that requests to join our group so we can avoid letting in spammers. Sometimes you’ll be approved very quickly into the group, and other times it could take a few hours. Regardless, take a minute and request to join the Facebook group by clicking this link.

Step 2: Pick Your Niche.

Remember: If you need help picking your niche, we’re ready to help you! Just CLICK THIS LINK and start a new post in the Facebook group with #pickmyniche and we'll help you out!

Tomorrow’s installment of the course, Day 2, is when the fun will start…picking a name for your new travel blog and getting it started.
Ready to keep going?
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