Congratulations, you’ve found the most complete and honest guide on how to start a travel blog in 2022. Learn from my mistakes and fast-track your way to becoming a successful travel blogger with these 7 easy steps.

After graduating with a business degree and working in an office for a grand total of 10 months, I knew quickly that a regular lifestyle wasn’t for me.

Since then, I’ve been traveling for the past four years living as a digital nomad and travel blogging has been my passion and primary income for the past three years. I started off with no experience with blogging and I’ve learned everything I know from free resources just like this one.

I’ve dedicated everything I have to build this travel blog in order to fuel my passion for full-time adventure travel, photography, and travel writing.

To help other aspiring digital nomads and travelers do the same, I’ve compiled this guide explaining the entire process of how to start a travel blog in just 7 steps.

However, this guide will also go more in-depth than others you’ll find online because I want to help you get things right from day one. Starting a travel blog in 2022 is different than it was just three years ago. To be successful, you’ll want the latest tools and best practices.

That’s why this post won’t just get you started, it’ll get you started on the right track to a successful travel blog!

Why Would You Want to Start a Travel Blog?

Before we get started, it’s important to evaluate where or not travel blogging is for you. If you asked most people why they’d want to start a travel blog, 9 times out of 10, you’ll get a response back that they want to travel full-time while making money.

It’s the ideal lifestyle for so many. While setting up a travel blog is quite easy, building a sustainable travel blogging lifestyle takes a lot of work. In fact, there are loads of other ways to make money on the road. My partner Haylea and I traveled full-time for two years making money off our laptop by working remote jobs before I even hit publish on We Seek Travel.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that if earning money while traveling is the only goal and you don’t really have a passion for creating or writing, then you have a high chance of failing.

That’s because doing this right takes a lot of time, energy, and passion for little to no initial reward.

Do Travel Bloggers Make Money?

That’s the first thing people usually ask me. Do you make money by writing travel blogs?

The short answer is yes, the long answer is that it takes a lot of time and work to start seeing your first dollar come through.

Blogging in general is a way to build yourself a passive income. This means you will put in the work today for free in order to earn money in the future. The great part about this is that you can go off-grid for a month if you like and still earn money through the work you have put in a year or even a decade before.

For example, I spent three weeks without touching my laptop while on the Three Passes Trek in the Himalayas and earned a living wage at the same time. The tough part about this is that you might spend hundreds of hours and not see a single dollar for months (or years) down the track.

THREE PASSES TREK ITINERARY AND GUIDE

In fact, recent statistics show that 81% of all blogs created never earned their first $100. Furthermore, only 5% of all bloggers earn a full-time salary from blogging. These statistics account for all blogs. Travel blogs are among the most saturated on the internet. And, therefore standing out in the crowd is even more difficult.

But, that’s not to say it’s impossible.

I’m among several travel bloggers who make a six-figure, passive wage from doing what I love and this is now my full-time job. I think it’s safe to say this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

However, to get to this stage I dedicated several hundred hours of blog post writing, blog customizing, pagespeed optimizing, and social sharing– all before I saw my first passive dollar roll in.

I did this because I was passionate about what I was creating and, if I could be paid for it, that would be a bonus, not a priority.

Actually, I was out there traveling and taking photos years before I even considered starting a travel blog.

Here’s a shot of Haylea and I hitchhiking in Sri Lanka (I still prefer raw, shoestring, and budget travel).

HITCH HIKING TO PETTIGALA ROCK SRI LANKA

I know it’s a cliche. But, the universe rewards passion and dedication. If you believe in something and you are prepared to put in the hard work, you will be rewarded. If you’re interested to learn how to make money from travel blogging, I’ve included a detailed section on this below.

How To Start a Travel Blog – A Step By Step Guide

Congratulations, you’ve gotten through that intense disclaimer. If you’re still determined to start a travel blog, then that’s absolutely awesome. Let’s get it.

Below is a quick summary of the simple steps required to kick-start your travel blog.

  1. Pick a blog name and register it on all social platforms
  2. Purchase a domain name
  3. Set up your hosting
  4. Install a theme and plugins
  5. Start creating content
  6. Publish your travel blog
  7. Optimize your travel blog for search engines (Google)

I’ll go into detail about the best way to do this below. First, here’s step 1.

1. Pick a Travel Blog Name & Register It On All Social Media Platforms

As you might guess, picking a travel blog name is the first step in starting a travel blog. This can be a bit difficult and once you’ve picked one, you’re stuck with it.

However, the name of your travel blog isn’t really that important. For example, you don’t need to have “travel” in your name but you can if you wish. Choose something that you want to represent your brand and that you feel represents your readers’ interests.

A general rule of thumb is to pick something recognizable, simple, and relevant. Pick something that means something to you. Of course, you’ll need to check if the name isn’t taken.

So, the first step is to…

Check if the domain name is available and also if it’s available on all social platforms.

Once you’ve got it, go ahead and register your social media accounts on the major platforms including:

If you think social media will be a big part of your marketing strategy, I’d go ahead and register it on absolutely everything.

I like to promote my photography on Instagram but don’t really enjoy marketing my personality, which is kind of essential if you want to be successful on these platforms. Luckily for me, platforms like Instagram and Tik Tok don’t really drive that much traffic to your travel blog, since they are designed to keep users engaged with their apps.

In fact, you might be surprised to find out that Pinterest is generally the most effective social platform for bloggers. The second is Facebook. Remember, travel bloggers don’t have to be social media influencers.

Defining Your Travel Blog Audience (Target Audience)

Defining your target audience is a very important thing in the blogging space. I know that a lot of bloggers don’t like to refer to this as choosing a “niche” because they’re afraid of making their readers feel like a customer.

But, the fact is if you are starting a travel blog, you are offering a product to an already saturated market, whether you like it or not. If you really want to do this as a lifestyle, it’s best to get clued into strategizing early, and that means thinking like a business– even if you don’t like to think of your blog as one.

So, how do I define my audience?

What you’re looking for is a way that makes your content stand out from the crowd. Generic audiences are incredibly competitive so it’s best to focus on what you are good at and more importantly, what you enjoy writing about.

Get out your pen and paper, and write down the answers to these questions.

  • What kind of content do I enjoy writing about?
  • What makes my style of content different?
  • Is there an audience that is interested in this content?
  • What can my content offer my readers?
  • Are there already other travel bloggers offering the same thing? – Okay, then can I do it better?

This process should be one of the first steps in your own list of how to start a travel blog. In fact, start thinking about it before you choose your name.

The answers to these questions will form the basis of your humble travel blog beginnings.

Remember, don’t try to find readers for your content, write for your readers. You can do this by writing about things that you know you’d want to read yourself.

Kawasan Falls top view

2. Purchase a Domain Name For Your New Travel Blog

Alright, you’ve decided on the direction for your blog, you’ve narrowed down a name for it, and you’ve registered all of your social accounts. Let’s actually start creating your new travel blog! The first step is registering your domain name.

A domain name is your URL in your browser. For example www.weseektravel.com.

You have to pay for this, but it’s really cheap, usually about $7-$15 per year. I recommend using NameCheap because they usually have the cheapest rates and everything is really beginner-friendly.

I actually started off with Bluehost because they offered a free domain name. But, I ended up migrating my domain name to NameCheap in the second year because the rates were just way cheaper for the same service.

This will be a reoccurring theme in this guide to how to start a travel blog– learn from my mistakes.

Anyways, go ahead and sign up on NameCheap, pay the fee, and, congratulations, you’ve got your travel blog domain name!

NAME CHEAP DNS

About The Fabled “Self-Hosted WordPress Blog”

This is the part of this guide where I tell you that what you want to do is create a WordPress blog. There are dozens of other alternatives like Squarespace, Wix, and other branded site builders.

However, a self-hosted WordPress blog is the holy grail of blogging and is actually cheaper as well. There’s a reason why 40% of the internet is built on this platform.

The beginner steps I’m outlining here is a good order to follow to get your new travel blog started right.

3. Set Up Your Hosting

The next step in this travel blog beginner guide is to set up your hosting.

Don’t worry it’s not as complicated or scary as it sounds. Think of building a travel blog like building a house.

The first step is to get an empty block of land with an address. Well, you’ve already got that now, it’s your domain name.

Next, you’re going to have to build your structural foundations. This is your hosting (also referred to as your server).

Types of Web Hosting For Travel Bloggers

Hosting providers run servers, where all of your data is stored and delivered to the internet, accessible via your specific domain name (address).

The thing is, all hosting servers aren’t built equal. Since the success of a travel blog relies heavily on receiving organic traffic from search engines like Google, you’ll want your server as fast as possible. That’s because Google is trying to build a faster internet, and will therefore recommend websites that are faster thanks to its Core Web Vitals updates.

In short, fast blogs show up more on google than slower ones. So, start off right. Save yourself time and money by choosing wisely.

Below is a good summary for fast, affordable hosts to get your new travel blog on its feet quicker.

  • Shared hosting
    The cheapest option is usually $2.50 – $15 per month. Shared hosting is the best for small travel blogs and websites with low traffic.

    Your website is shared with up to 50 other websites on a single server, which means your website will be slower and also impacted by spikes in traffic on other websites that live on the same server as yours.

    The best shared hosting plans are offered by companies like Siteground, Bluehost and A2 hosting.
  • WordPress hosting
    Usually $5 – $40 per month. WordPress hosting is a hosting service that specializes in WordPress blogs.

    Their system is set up to cater to WordPress websites and all of the technical aspects of installing and managing your WordPress installation are done by the hosting provider.

    I used Siteground managed WordPress hosting when I started out. These services are often shared plans like the above so they are also quite affordable but also have the same downsides.
  • Cloud hosting
    Anywhere from $10 – $1000 per month. This is what I now use.

    Cloud hosting allows you to have your own website server on the cloud. This is much faster than shared hosting and you won’t need to worry about having other websites slowing down your performance.

    Cloud hosting is easy to scale as your travel blog grows, just simply upgrade your own cloud server. If you’re starting a travel blog and you’re willing to learn a little bit of the basics when it comes to servers, I recommend managed WordPress cloud hosting by Cloudways if you go down this route.
  • Dedicated hosting:
    Usually $100+ per month. Dedicated hosting means you will have your own physical server.

    This offers the best performance and control but is very expensive and I wouldn’t recommend dedicated hosting when looking to start off as a travel blogger because of the high cost.
hosting a travel blog with siteground

Choosing Web Hosting For Your New Travel Blog

If you’re just starting out as a travel blogger, I recommend either shared managed WordPress hosting with Siteground for $4.99 a month or the smallest Digital Ocean plan on Cloudways for $10 per month.

I’ve actually used both of these providers and can vouch for them. I started off with Siteground but I’ve recently outgrown their plan and want to offer the fastest speeds for my readers as possible.

So, I now use a Cloudways VULTR server ($50 per month). This helps me show up on the first page on google, which now considers page speed as one of their most important factors.

WE SEEK TRAVEL BLOG SPEED
My travel blog now loads in under 0.4 seconds using Cloudways, Cloudflare, Astra Theme and WP Rocket

It’s possible to change hosting as I did, but it’s a bit of a painful process. Knowing what I know now, I’d pay the extra $5 per month to get my own cloud server from day one and save the painstaking migration process later down the track.

A great tip is to choose a server location (during the signup process) that is close to where you think the majority of your readers will be located.

For example, if you are going to publish a lot of travel content about South East Asia, choose a server location in Singapore. If you’re going to blog about travel in the USA, choose a server in Ohio. This makes loading time for your readers much faster by reducing latency.

Both of my recommended providers are quite easy to set up. Both also have excellent 24/7 chat support and instructional videos for beginners and install and optimize WordPress for you so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

CLOUD HOSTING TRAVEL BLOG

Link Your Domain Name To Your New Hosting

Alright, now we’re really getting the ball rolling on starting this new travel blog. You’ve got yourself an address (domain name) and your structural foundations (hosting)– let’s bring them together!

What you want to do is go to NameCheap (or your domain registrar if you chose another one) and go to DNS settings. This is found in your Account Dashboard area under your Domain List tab on the left. Click “manage” on your domain name.

Scroll down to “NameServers” and select Namecheap Basic DNS. Now, your hosting plan will have provided you with the nameservers to use here. Otherwise, you’ll find it in your dashboard section when you log into your hosting plan.

Enter the nameservers provided by your hosting plan and click save. Basically, this has told everyone visiting “yourtravelblog.com” to load the data on your web hosting server. This process can take a few hours to complete, so just be patient.

What you will also want to do is install a free SSL certificate for your domain name. Right now, look up on your browser next to the URL on this page. See that little lock symbol? That means that this website is secure and authorized with an SSL certificate.

Don’t worry too much about what this means if this is getting a bit technical for you, just make sure you install one.

Both Cloudways and Siteground offer free “let’s encrypt” SSL certificates that install with just one click. They both have guides on how to do this so just google how to do it for your hosting provider. It’s really simple if you follow the steps.

4. Install a WordPress Theme and Plugins

We’re now halfway through this guide on how to start a travel blog and you’ve already got your blog live on the internet.

Go check it out, if you’ve done it right, check by typing in your domain name in your browser. Your new travel blog should pop up as a generic WordPress website, ready for you to customize and start publishing content on.

Picking a Premium Theme (Personalized Blog Layout)

The next step is choosing a theme. Think of this as the facade of your house. This will dictate how your blog looks and feels.

When I started my travel blog I made the mistake of just choosing a cheap theme that I thought looked great.

Unfortunately, I had to change my entire website layout after I’d already published 300 articles because my theme wasn’t being updated and was getting slower and slower.

I’d recommend checking themes on Envato Market (also called ThemeForest) and choosing one that has lots of great reviews, prioritizes load speed, and is frequently updated.

ENVATO MARKET BLOG THEME

If you’re serious about travel blogging, I don’t recommend a free theme. Buy a quality premium theme and don’t look back. You often only have to pay once and then get access to updates forever.

High-quality premium WordPress themes usually cost between $40 to $250.

The fastest WordPress themes are:

ASTRA THEME

Again, in the modern world of blogging, you want your website to be as fast as possible. This helps you show up on google and offers a better experience for your readers.

A good quality theme will be really lightweight and will offer customization options to make your travel blog unique. My strategy is to avoid picking a theme with all the bells and whistles and instead keep things as simple as possible to focus on my content.

Did you know that 40% of mobile users abandon a website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load?

Installing Your New Theme

When you purchase a theme, you’ll get a download link with a .zip folder. Every good theme will have a detailed guide on how to install it but generally, it’s quite easy.

Here’s how you do it.

Log into your WordPress dashboard, which is usually found under “yourtravelblog.com/wp-admin/”. Here is where you manage your WordPress blog, write blogs, install plugins and do everything you need to do that impacts the front-end side of your site (what visitors see).

On the left panel, go to Appearance > Themes.

Once here, click Add New and upload the .zip file that came with your theme purchase.

All good themes will also come with a child theme. Basically, this allows you to make custom changes to your layout that aren’t affected by theme updates.

After you upload your theme, upload the child.zip folder as well, then activate your child theme.

UPLOADING A THEME WHEN STARTING A TRAVEL BLOG

Customize Your Theme

Next, it’s a good idea to install a StarterTemplate for your theme.

All themes are highly customizable but it’s difficult to start customizing without any inspiration. A Starter Template has pre-populated content, sample articles, and pages that are already tweaked for the theme you have purchased.

Installing these will depend on which theme you choose, but every good theme will have a detailed walkthrough on how to activate a starter template.

Once you’ve chosen a layout you like, let’s start customizing your new travel blog!

Again, on your WordPress Dashboard, go to Appearance > Customize.

Start going through the options and make some site-wide changes like colors, fonts, image sizes, etc.

customizing a theme for a travel blog

A general rule of thumb is to go easy on the customization and keep things simple. Here are some tips to make your travel blog as fast and user-friendly as possible:

  • Choose your brand colors and stick with them throughout your website. Choose high-contrast colors, for example, black or dark-grey text on a white background. This makes it easier to read and won’t give you problems with Google later down the track.
  • Choose two font types only, one for your body and one for your text. Every single font on your website has to be loaded manually every time someone visits your website, increasing page load time. Choose fonts that are large and easy to read. Alternatively, skip custom fonts altogether to make things even faster by using “inherit”, which loads the default font on the user’s device.
  • Prioritize mobile-view. All quality WordPress themes are “responsive“. This means that all the content you create will automatically be shown and scaled to the device the reader is using (i.e mobile, desktop, or tablet). However, when you’re customizing your travel blog layout, try to prioritize mobile view, since around 75% of visitors will be using a phone.

    Do this by clicking the little mobile icon on the bottom of the Customize screen. Try to make changes that look good on mobile and also work well on the desktop and tablet views.

Install WordPress Plugins

When you’re happy with your layout, the next step in starting a travel blog is installing plugins.

These are simple little apps that install on your WordPress site. They can help you accomplish anything from preventing spam comments, optimizing your site speed, or adding useful features like relevant posts or customized content in your blog posts.

A general rule of thumb when it comes to plugins is to keep it simple. Yes, it’s a reoccurring theme in this beginner travel blog guide but trust me, I’ve learned from my mistakes. The more plugins you install, the more problems you’re likely to encounter with conflicts and slowing down your website.

In saying that, there are some necessary plugins that I believe every travel blog should install when starting out:

  • Yoast SEO – helps you create content that will rank on Google
  • Akismet anti-spam – prevents spam comments
  • A caching/optimization plugin – this makes your website faster. I use WPRocket and Asset CleanUp.
  • Image optimization plugin – compresses your images to make websites faster. I don’t use this as I only upload already optimized photos using custom settings in Adobe Lightroom to save server space. But, it’ll be useful for those who don’t know what they’re doing.

Tip: avoid using “Page Builders” like Elementor. WordPress has its own native page builder named Gutenberg, which is much faster and more reliable. If you see a theme that requires a custom page builder, avoid it.

That’s it. That’s all you’ll really need to start an awesome travel blog. All of these plugins are free besides WPRocket, but you can use free caching alternatives like W3 Total Cache or the free caching plugin that comes with Cloudways or Siteground if you go down that route.

Once you get the ball rolling and start requiring premium features, you can upgrade the plugins you love. But, when you first start off travel blogging, the free plugins will suffice.

5. Start Writing Blog Posts

See, starting a travel blog is easy!

Okay, this blog post might seem a little more complicated than the other beginner guides out there but I’m leaving nothing out so that you can start a successful blog, not just launch one!

The next step is to start creating awesome content. I bet you’ve already got some great blog posts ideas and stories to tell. Head over to your WordPress dashboard again and on the left side, click Posts, then Add New.

WordPress uses the new Gutenberg block editor by default. This is really easy to use as you can just add headings, images, and text into your post with the click of a button– no coding required!

On the right side of your screen, you’ll see the settings tab. Here you can customize each block or change settings for your post. You’ll want to add things like a featured image, a category, and tags.

Categories & Tags

Categories and tags are a WordPress tool that helps viewers navigate to similar content across your website.

I use a simple category layout on my travel blog with destinations by country. In the tags, I include specifics about the post.

For example, it might be a waterfall hike in Cebu, Philippines. So, I’d use a category of Philippines. My tags would be terms like “Cebu“, “waterfalls” and “hiking“.

It’s totally up to you how you’d like to structure your navigation but try to keep it simple, organized, and relevant to your content.

Having a hundred different tags isn’t going to help you with SEO, but it also doesn’t hurt. Remember, there’s no cheating Google, the only strategy that works is creating content that is a great experience for human readers.

WALLAMAN FALLS WATERFALL Girringun National Park

6. Publish Your First Blog Post & Start Sharing

Once you’ve got a few great posts that you want to get out there, hit publish and start sharing them. Hit up all your social platforms and let everyone know that you’ve just started a travel blog!

Congratulations, you’ve done it, you’re now a travel blogger.

Blog Posting Strategies That Work

The easy part is done and now the real work begins. There are many different strategies to becoming successful with blogging.

My strategy has always been to consider content as king.

The way I see it, the more valuable content I can create, the more visitors I’ll get.

I publish a lot of “smaller” blog posts and guides about certain destinations or activities. Then, I create large cornerstone posts that summarize all of my smaller posts and link them all together.

For example, I’ve published 36 separate blog posts on some of my favorite hikes in Cairns, Australia. Then, I wrote a mega-post of all the best hikes in Cairns, linking to every single individual post, and every smaller post links back to the cornerstone post.

Effectively, I write many articles around a specific topic and spread it out as a content web. Then, visitors arrive at my travel blog through many different search terms on Google and Pinterest. There’s no additional cost for advertising, and I don’t need to spend a lot of time on social media.

Best of all, Google increasingly sees me as an authority on a certain destination since I’ve written a lot of great content around it. Naturally, these articles also get links from other bloggers and big websites who notice the detail I put into the articles– and so, the authority grows!

On the flip side, some travel bloggers choose to write maybe 20-30 great blog posts and then spend the rest of their time marketing them on social media or even using detrimental black hat SEO strategies like manipulative link building.

I’d prefer the long-term route and the one recommended by Google themselves.

However, at the end of the day, it’s a good idea to find out what works for you. And, more importantly, do it in a way that you enjoy!

INDIA 1 MONTH ITINERARY

7. Optimize Your Blog For Search Engines (Google)

Sometimes, it feels like I have all my eggs in one basket. 88% of my traffic comes directly from Google for people searching for keywords that I aim to rank for. 5% comes from Pinterest and the rest is direct traffic from people who use my blog as a direct resource.

This is not irregular. In order for people to find your new travel blog, you will need to show up on Google.

IN order to do this, you want to optimize your articles for these search engines. This practice is called search engine optimization (SEO). Basically, you target specific phrases or keywords that people will be searching for.

However, what I see a lot of new travel bloggers do is publish their first posts aiming for really competitive keywords.

For example, you might not want to try to rank for “Things to do in Australia” or “Europe Itinerary” in your first posts. You simply won’t show up on the first page.

Instead, you will want to try to rank for smaller keywords first, then try to rank for the big stuff.

Here’s why:

  • One of the biggest ranking factors is backlinks. The more links you have to your travel blog, the more “authority” you have in google rankings. This takes time and the more content you have that gets seen, the higher the chances are that people are going to link to your posts.
  • Content needs to be relevant. It takes time for Google’s algorithm to determine what your blog is all about. I try to write as comprehensively as I can about each destination that I visit.

Tip: Once you get the ball rolling, you can track your success by setting up Google Analytics. This is a way to monitor traffic across your travel blog and specific blog posts. This is a free service that tracks page views across the web, including from social social media channels and google search.

Essential SEO Tools for Travel Bloggers

Learning about SEO takes time. I recommend reading as much as you can from reputable sources you find on Google. Coincidentally, since this field is very competitive, the best and most trustworthy articles on the topic will show up first on Google.

However, there are also some very useful tools and resources that you’ll want to use.

When starting a travel blog, I highly recommend the following:

  • Ubersuggest or Keysearch – find relevant keywords to see what people are actually searching for
  • Yoast SEO – a WordPress plugin which makes sure your articles are optimized for the selected keyword
  • RankIQ – a new kid on the block that uses AI technology to help you optimize your blog posts and actually gives you hand-picked terms to write about. This one is a game-changer, if you pick one paid tool, make it this one.
  • SEMRush or Ahrefs – premium SEO and keyword research tools that cost a lot more than the others. Very good tools but many will be too complex for beginner bloggers.

So, which tools do I actually need?
If you’re serious about starting a successful travel blog, I recommend signing up for RankIQ ($49 a month). This, along with $10 premium Cloudways hosting, a free Cloudflare CDN (below), a premium theme ($100), and a domain name ($10) will set you up with the right framework for under $200!

What About Page Speed?

I also touched on this earlier but this is a good one to get right from day one.

I recommend reading a lot of articles about how you can optimize your new travel blog to be as fast as possible so Google prioritizes your posts over old, slow websites.

Kinsta has the most comprehensive guide I’ve ever found.

A quick and free speed boost you can use after you’ve got your travel blog started is to use a CDN.

Using a CDN like Cloudflare (free) can dramatically increase your website speed and in my opinion, is essential for a successful travel blog in 2022. Basically, a CDN, or content delivery network, will reduce delays in loading time by reducing the physical distance between your server and your readers.

It works on top of all of your other optimizations and therefore it is very easy to set up and can be done after you’ve customized your theme.

Monetizing Your Blog – How to Make Money From a Travel Blog

Remember when I said that you won’t start making money straight away?

Well, it’s true. In saying that, if you plan to make a living from your blog as I do, there are a few things you can focus on from day one to set you up for monetization.

There are many different ways to make money from travel blogging. The top three are:

  • Joining an affiliate program
  • Display advertising
  • Indirect income

Below I’ll go into a bit more detail on each of these so that you can implement these strategies on your own travel blog.

Affiliate Marketing With Travel Blogging

Basically, bloggers can partner with travel companies that they use themselves.

Join up for their affiliate programs and start recommending things like the accommodation you stay in and tours and experiences you go on. If a visitor clicks one of those links and ends up booking or making an order, you’ll get a small commission of the sale. It’s a win-win because it also doesn’t cost anything for the visitor, they pay the same as if they were going to visit the website directly.

It’s really easy to set up but you’ll want to have some good quality content before you apply to become a partner.

Also, don’t be one of those travel bloggers who spam their readers with hundreds of affiliate links everywhere. I know that when I see these sorts of articles I’m much more likely to avoid clicking anything. I try to be as honest and helpful as possible, recommending only products or services that I use myself. Google seems to like this too.

My most successful affiliate partners are Klook, GetYourGuide, Viator, Booking.com, CJ Affiliates, AWIN, ShareASale, SafetyWing, and Amazon Associates.

Display Advertising

It took me roughly two years to start serving ads on my travel blog.

The thing is, nobody likes them.

However, serving ads in my content allows me to make a living and keeps me on the road. With that said, I honestly wouldn’t bother serving ads until you have at least 25,000 monthly sessions. That’s because you won’t have enough traffic to get into a reputable ad management service like MediaVine.

Instead, you’ll be stuck with Adsense and some less-than-par alternatives. For me at least, the money you receive from these sources are not worth clogging your website with ads.

Indirect Income From Travel Blogging

Some of the money you can make from a travel blog doesn’t actually come directly from your blog. Instead, your blog can be used as advertising for your services.

For example, I have a Media Kit page where companies often reach out to me for photography services or to license content that I’ve created. This isn’t passive income but it’s also great to do paid jobs every now and then.

I’ve also got a Print Store on here where readers purchase fine art prints.

You’ll also notice many other bloggers selling online courses and other digital products and using their travel blogs to promote it organically.

Good Luck With Your New Travel Blog!

I really hope that this comprehensive guide on how to start a travel blog has been useful for you. If you decide that this is a lifestyle that you want to pursue, then go chase it with all you have!

If you have any questions that I didn’t cover in this guide to starting a travel blog, leave a comment below or reach out to me personally. I’d love to help other people who are wanting to become travel bloggers or content creators!

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