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DIGITAL NOMAD | 100x tips for starting and advanced travel blogs

This 'travel blog bible' with 100 tips is intended for both starting and advanced travel blogs. For example, do you like to travel and share your experiences with family, friends and followers on, for example, Polarsteps, Facebook and Instagram? Do you dream of a life like Digital Nomad? Whether you're a beginner or advanced travel blogger, this huge 100-tips article will hopefully help you turn your travel blog into a successful website with lots of daily traffic and revenue. An online business you can live on.

On this page I have therefore collected 100x essential tips, divided into 10 categories. All tips stem from my own experiences as a travel blogger. These 100 tips will help you start a travel blog, grow it quickly, and grow it into a monetization business so you can hopefully build a life as a Digital Nomad.

See this list of 100 valuable tips as a kind of bible for travel bloggers. It's a thick book with a lot of information that you can always fall back on if you're stuck, or don't know where to focus. Good luck building your business and if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments!

10x tips for starting travel blogs

Everyone has to start somewhere and because there are so many things to take into account when starting a travel blog, let's go back to basics first. To help you start a travel blog, I have collected 10 basic tips for starting travel blogs below.

Chris Sandboarding in the desert
Chris Sandboarding in the desert
  1. Choose a good domain name: Perhaps the most important tip I can give. I have before I met Wereldreizigers.nl started several travel blogs with different domain names. Choose a domain name where a user immediately sees what the subject is and which someone will not soon forget. Keep it simple and as short as possible. Consider paying (considerable) money for a good domain name. Indeed, it does make a big difference.
  2. Start with a clear niche: Focus on a specific type of travel, such as budget travel, sustainable travel, world travel or adventure travel. This helps attract a specific audience and makes it easier to create content that resonates with you and your readers' interests.
  3. Make use of social media: Use platforms like Instagram, Facebook, TikTok or YouTube to connect with your audience and show them where you are and what you're doing. Also share photos and videos from your travels to engage your audience and inspire them to travel too. Note: Do this in moderation though. Make sure you don't spend too much time on social media, time that you can better spend on further developing your own website...
  4. Make use of SEO: Optimize your travel blog for search engines by using relevant keywords and using a good structure. This helps increase your blog's visibility in search results. You can read more tips regarding SEO in the chapter '10x tips for travel blog SEO'.
  5. Make use of photos and videos: Add good images and videos to your blog post to shape your stories and help your readers better imagine the places you've been. I emphasize good, because quality is important. More tips on photography for travel blogs can be found in the chapter '10x Tips for travel blog photography'.
  6. Bring unique content: Travel in a unique way and try to provide unique perspectives by, for example, documenting the local culture, history, food or people. This can help your readers discover a place in a more personal way. The'hold your girlfriend's hand at the grand canyon photo' and a 'video in which you do a pirouette in a nice dress with a hat on in BaliThe internet is already full of that…
  7. Use an email newsletter: Something I don't invest time in myself, but where others get a lot of success. Ask your readers to sign up for your email newsletter and send regular updates about your travels, new blog post, tips and offers. Returning visitors are valuable visitors.
  8. Monitor and analyze: Track how many people visit your blog, how long they stay, which pages are the most popular and how they come to your travel blog. This will help you understand how to improve your travel blog and write more targeted for your audience. Does a blog score well among your readers? Then build on that!
  9. Promote your travel blog: Do some online marketing by writing guest blogs on other travel blogs. You can also set up content collaborations with other travel bloggers, promoting each other's website. Finally, you can actively participate in forums and bring your travel blog to the attention.
  10. Be patient: Keep in mind that it takes time to reach a large audience! Many travel blogs disappear as quickly as they arise because they don't get quick results. Just count on 1 or 2 years of hard work before you really see results.

10x tips for advanced travel blogs (apps and plugins)

In 2023 you no longer have to be a coder or web designer to build a website yourself. WordPress makes it possible to put a website online with the touch of a button, as if you were installing an app. However, in terms of design and functionality, a standard installation of WordPress is very basic, so you will get used to it premium (read: paid) themes and plugins to better design and optimize your site for a larger audience.

Anyone who dares to invest a few tens or hundreds of euros in Premium themes and plugins for his or her travel blog will work more efficiently and have more time for other important matters. If I've learned anything from building websites and (travel) blogging over the past 10 years, it's that the WordPress programs and plugins below have proven to be essential. These are my personal tips for advanced travel blogs (apps and plugins).

A photo of Banff National Park in high quality in WebP format. Only 400Kb using WebP and Imagify. Click to enlarge.
A photo of Banff National Park in high (online) quality in WebP format. Only 400Kb using WebP and Imagify. Click to enlarge.
  1. WordPress: There are 2 billion websites on the internet and 835 million run entirely on WordPress. WordPress is public, free and community driven. Of all the web builders out there, it is the easiest to use and works largely automatically. Perfect for both beginner and advanced travel blogs.
  2. Envato Elements: An absolute must for advanced travel blogs. Envato Elements is the largest and most popular database for content creators in the world. You pay a monthly amount (14,50 per month) but you get a lot in return. For example, choose from over 36.000 unique premium themes for your WordPress website, thousands of premium plugins, millions of stock photos, videos and music, graphics, video templates and so on. As far as I'm concerned, this is the ultimate 'Spotify for content creators'.
  3. YOAST SEO: YOAST is a Dutch company and the SEO plugin from YOAST is one of the most installed WordPress plugins in the world. The free version quickly takes your blog a number of significant SEO steps further. However, are you serious about your blog? Then invest 99 euros for one of the most valuable Premium plugins you will ever use.
  4. WP Rocket: Speed ​​is key for SEO. The name says it all, with the WP rocket plugin generate your rocket speeds on your website. With the push of a button, your travel blog pages load up to 80% faster. An essential and easy-to-use plugin that sets pretty much everything for you on autopilot.
  5. Imagify: From the creators of WP-Rocket. Your travel blog is now full of large, beautiful photos that enrich your website but also slow it down at the same time. Of Imagify convert (fully automatically) all your photos (both old and new) in WordPress to the new WebP standard. Photos load with this tool 70% faster with no visible loss of quality and you can link the plugin to WP-rocket for an extra speed boost.
  6. Social Snap: With the Social snap plug-in you make sharing messages on social media, among other things, child's play. Did you know that readers of Wereldreizigers.nl by far the most use of the 'Share via WhatsApp button' on the left side of the screen, or at the bottom of the bar on mobile? Now you do!
  7. Lasso Left: You write hundreds of articles over the years with thousands of links. Affiliate links in particular often expire, so that your visitors, the potential customers, end up with dead links. Bad for SEO and bad for your sales. Lasso Left makes managing all your affiliate links easy. If you need to make any changes to the links afterwards, Lasso will make sure it's done throughout your website, not just one article. Lasso has saved me hundreds of hours over the years. Literally.
  8. WooCommerce: Turn your travel blog into an online store in no time. With the WooCommerce plug-in you can easily add goods to your website to sell, both physical (e.g. backpacks) and digital (presets, videos, PDFs, etc.).
  9. Complianz: Do you also hate those cookie banners that you see on every website? Me too… Unfortunately, however, this is mandatory in the EU and behind this annoying button there is a lot of legal jargon, which is hardly understandable for us normal people. To avoid future problems, make sure that your website fully complies with all privacy rules with the Compliance plugin. The plugin not only provides a simple cookie banner but also well-written privacy pages and disclaimers.
  10. Keep it clean: You use apps and plugins to improve your website, logically. However, realize that any plugin you add to your website is a potential risk and makes the website heavier and slower, which in turn compromises speed and security. Have a fast theme and limit the number of plugins you use. Be critical. Dare to remove plugins that do not add much extra from your website. Less is more!

10x tips to grow your travel blog quickly

Making a travel blog successful starts with growth. You need readers (visitors) on your website to interact with it at all. You also need as many website visitors as possible to earn something from it. Below I have therefore collected essential tips for both novice and advanced travel bloggers. These are 10x tips to grow your travel blog quickly.

Chris in Death Valley | Travel blog tips
Chris in Death Valley | Travel blog tips
  1. Provide quality content: Make sure your content is interesting, informative and unique. Use good images and videos to make your content visually appealing (read: so use a decent camera!).
  2. Be active on social media: Use social media to share your content and interact with your readers. This allows you to create a larger reach and attract new readers. Just be careful not to spend too much time on social media. Time that you can better invest in your own website.
  3. Have an attractive design: Make sure your blog looks attractive and is easy to navigate. A search function is also essential. A professional looking blog will inspire more confidence in your readers.
  4. Make use of SEO: I mentioned this before, but it is extremely important! Optimize your blog for search engines so that you rank higher in search results and are more easily found by new readers. You can read more tips regarding SEO in the chapter '10x tips for travel blog SEO'.
  5. guest blogging: Guest blogging on Wereldreizigers.nl or on other blogs or websites can help spread your brand name and attract new readers. Make sure that you can always insert a link to your website for SEO purposes with a guest blog.
  6. Networking: Join online travel communities or groups and reach out to other travel bloggers to collaborate or support each other. Together makes strong.
  7. Get in the news: Are you going on a unique journey? Contact local news pages and try to score an interview. News pages often have a large reach and are able to send many visitors to your website in a short time. The links from news websites are also worth gold in terms of SEO.
  8. Collect testimonials and references: Ask satisfied readers or customers for a testimonial or reference for your blog, especially if you sell something (for example, travel guides). You can then use these testimonials to convince new readers to visit your blog or to convince new advertisers to buy ads.
  9. Make use of Google Analytics: Use Google Analytics or a similar tool to see how your readers use your blog and where they come from. This allows you to adjust your strategy to make your blog even more successful.
  10. Provide interaction: Allow your readers to comment on your content and ask them for feedback. This way you will find out what they like about your blog and where you can possibly improve.

Keep in mind that growing a blog takes time and it's not something that happens overnight. Some of the above points can already make a difference, but it is important to persevere and keep working on your blog, your content and marketing strategy.

10x tips to earn money with your travel blog

What started as a hobby for many grew into a business. I speak from experience. If you have the goal of making money with your travel blog, it is useful to know what works and what doesn't. Below are the 10 best tips to monetize your travel blog (even while you travel or sleep). Because don't forget: your website is running. Even when you are lying on the beach, sleeping, or doing something else.

Also read: DIGITAL NOMAD | How I realized my passive income

Chris in Mesa Verde, United States | Travel blog tips
Chris in Mesa Verde, United States | Travel blog tips
  1. advertisements: Post ads on your blog or use programs like Google AdSense to generate revenue.
  2. Affiliate marketing: Use affiliate marketing by posting links to products or services you recommend on your blog. You will receive a commission for every purchase made through your link. You can read more information at '10x tips for the best travel blog affiliate programs'.
  3. sponsored content: Collaborate with brands and companies that are of interest to your readers and create content that resonates with them. You can get paid for creating such content. In the online world, it is usually referred to as 'Advertorials'. In fact, Advertorials are simply custom blog ads written by you or the client. What makes these ads effective is that they always connect well with your website and readers due to the uniquely written content. Wondering what it costs to get on Wereldreizigers.nl to advertise? Then check our mediakit.
  4. Product Reviews: Review products related to travel such as backpacks or gadgets and receive compensation for writing the review. You can of course also combine this perfectly with affiliate marketing.
  5. Sell ​​travel guides: Create a travel guide for a particular destination or region and sell it through your blog. This can be a physical travel guide, but also a PDF. Don't feel like making something yourself? Then sell travel guides that fit your blog, simply through one of the various affiliate programs.
  6. Sell ​​travel stories: If you have a talent for writing stories, you can sell your travel stories to magazines or websites. LinkedIn is the best way to share your writing services to get assignments. Best of all: you already have an entire travel blog website that can serve as a portfolio and resume in one!
  7. Travel workshops and webinars: Offer workshops or webinars on topics related to travel and earn money doing so. Invite aunts, uncles, friends, colleagues and travel blog readers and inspire them to make a beautiful trip. Help them on their way and ask for a small fee for this.
  8. Photography: If you're a good photographer, you can sell your travel photos to magazines, websites, and other publications. Now that I'm writing this, I'm reminding myself that I still have to work on this myself. I know from several colleagues that quite a bit of money is involved in this. Just don't show up with photos you've taken with your smartphone...
  9. E-books: A popular way for travel bloggers to earn money. Write an e-book about travel or a specific topic and sell it through your blog.
  10. Sell ​​flights and hotel rooms: Not in a literal sense, of course, because that is quite complicated. Provide search options on your websites so visitors can search for flights and hotels. Websites like Skyscanner and Booking.com have several tools you can use to take your travel blog to the next level.

Keep in mind that making money with a travel blog requires a lot of time and hard work. It may take several months or even years before you can earn a significant income. It is also important to remember that placing advertisements or doing affiliate marketing can make readers less likely to return to your site or even drop out. Make sure these monetization methods fit your style and balance well with your blog's content.

10x tips for the best travel blog affiliate programs

Affiliate Marketing is the process by which an affiliate website earns a commission for sharing the products of another person or company. Every time your readers click on these links and make a purchase, you get a small percentage of it. Sounds good right? You can use this money to make beautiful trips, do cool activities (for example a helicopter flight) and you can write about it and incorporate affiliate links in it. In short: you create an endless stream of money and future experiences in the longer term!

The happiest man on earth | Chris on the Eiger Glacier in Switzerland during a helicopter flight
The happiest man on earth | Chris on the Eiger Glacier in Switzerland during a helicopter flight

These are 10x the best travel blog affiliate programs. Wereldreizigers.nl is connected to all these networks! Create an account and start generating passive income right away.

  1. daisycon: One of the larger affiliate networks in Europe. Close your via daisycon to countless advertisers and start referring customers.
  2. LinkPizza: Bee LinkPizza you can easily enter into partnerships with advertisers who want to promote their service or product. They mainly grew up with 'barter deals', stuff in exchange for advertising. You can also earn via LinkPizza from affiliate income obtained through clicks.
  3. Trade Tracker: The largest affiliate network in the world with a huge range of advertisers you can join. Tradetracker is must-have for travel bloggers.
  4. Awin: Can't find the advertisers you're looking for at Daisycon and Tradetracker? Awin is another big player in affiliate marketing.
  5. Shareasale: The name says it all, you can share profit from a sale here. Shareasale is part of Awin and focuses mainly on consumer products. Create an account to see the offer, you are definitely going to find affiliate partners for your travel blog right here. I have had some of my most successful partnerships through this program.
  6. TravelPayouts: If you don't feel like filling out dozens of forms to sign up to the hundreds, if not thousands of affiliate programs, give this a try TravelPayouts. Many travel-related affiliate marketing programs are affiliated with it and their smart tools make it child's play to sign up anywhere, without many complicated forms.
  7. Booking.com: Everyone knows the website of Booking.com well. But did you know that you can also make money with it? Booking.com regularly has promotions with which you can earn money, for example by referring friends.
  8. GetYourGuide: In my opinion the best affiliate network for selling tours and activities on travel blogs. GetYourGuide has a worldwide offer so you no longer have to worry about dozens of different affiliate programs per country or continent.
  9. Whitepress: Whitepress is a platform where you can submit your website to attract advertisers. You determine the conditions and the price yourself. Invite other bloggers and advertisers to generate additional affiliate income.
  10. Bol.com: The Dutch webshop Bol.com is perfect for affiliate marketing! Share all the travel products you use yourself on your travel blog and tell people where they can buy them (at bol.com). For every article that Bol.com then sells through your links, you earn a few cents or euros.

10x tips for travel blog SEO

The SEO tips are also tips for advanced travel bloggers. The whole SEO world is a profession in its own right and unfortunately you will really have to find your way in this to be successful. I even dare to say that good SEO knowledge is just as important, or perhaps more important than creating good content and writing good blogs. Those who do not understand SEO will need (much) more time to grow.

Visitor numbers Wereldreizigers.nl in December 2022 | Travel blog tips
Visitor numbers Wereldreizigers.nl in December 2022 | Travel blog tips

So take the tips below to heart and consider learning more about SEO online. For example, YOAST has a gigantic database on it free SEO articles that you can read. If that's not enough for you, you can also take an online course to brush up on your SEO knowledge. Dare to invest in your own future.

  1. Keyword research: Make sure you know which keywords are relevant to your travel blog and use these keywords repeatedly in your titles, intro, meta description, other content and even images.
  2. Make use of internal links: Ensure a good internal link structure on your travel blog. That is, for example, categories logically fall under each other. Also include internal links to other relevant pages or articles in your content. Don't underestimate the power of internal links!
  3. Use alt text with images: Make sure your images have alt text describing the image and use keywords in it. Realize that Google largely indexes images based on the alt text.
  4. Provide unique and high-quality content: Search engines like content that is unique and of high quality. Make sure you regularly publish new and relevant content and, especially in the beginning, try not to compete with major players by using the same titles and keywords (for example, top 10 lists).
  5. Make use of rich snippets: Rich snippets are a kind of summary of your content that are shown in search results. This can make your blog look more attractive and generate more clicks. Google does that largely automatically, but it definitely helps to have everything technically well organized for Rich Snippets. The YOAST SEO plugin helps you with this.
  6. Make use of social media: Social media can help to promote your travel blog and increase traffic to your blog. A lot of activity on your social media channels (people who click through to your website) can also have a positive effect on your Google indexes. However, I keep repeating it: social media converts less well (read: is more difficult to earn money with) and it is not yours. It will never be yours either. Social media pages such as Instagram suddenly deleted. Therefore, spend more time on your own website than on social media.
  7. Optimize your blog for mobile users: More and more people are using their mobile phones to search, so make sure your blog is easy to use on a mobile device. In fact, build your travel blog especially aimed at mobile users! Almost 80% of all visitors to Wereldreizigers.nl visits our website via mobile. Let that sink in for a while when you build and/or optimize your website.
  8. Provide a fast loading time: Search engines (and users) don't like slow websites. Use tools like Google Insights PageSpeed to measure the speed of your travel blog and improve it where necessary. At the chapter '10x tips for advanced travel blogs (apps and plugins)' you can read more about the interests of website speed.
  9. Make use of backlinks: The internet stands and falls with backlinks. Backlinks are links from other websites pointing to your website. Without inbound links, no one will be found online. Good backlinks from well-known websites and fellow travel blogs are essential to increase your online authority and to be found better in search results. Wereldreizigers.nl for example, regularly trades links with starting travel blogs to generate more incoming links. You link to us, we link back from a number of home pages. Win win! Interested? Then take with us..
  10. Make sure your URLs are well structured: Use logical and easy to read URLs, with keywords included. This makes it easier for you to be found by search engines and it is also easier for visitors to remember and pass on. Remove meaningless words such as the-it-you-in-off-on-on from your URLs. keep it clean!

Finally,: Keep in mind that search engine optimization is a continuous process and there are ever-changing algorithms. It is therefore important to stay up-to-date and adapt to changes. Reading and following the YOAST SEO blog, I can recommend everyone to stay informed of the latest SEO developments. Put this page in your favorites so you don't forget it.

10x tips for popular travel blog topics

Popular destinations attract a larger audience. Not only in the country itself, but also on your travel blog. If you like to focus on unique destinations, keep doing it! But don't forget that the more people search for something on the internet, the greater the potential number of website visitors. The tricky thing about this, however, is that competition in Google is usually fierce.

Therefore, try to find a niche that suits you and combine it with some popular topics so that you can still score in Google. Below you will find 10 tips for popular travel blog topics to consider.

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco at sunrise | Photo taken from Battery Spencer Viewpoint
The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco at sunrise | Photo taken from Battery Spencer Viewpoint
  1. Budget travel: Provide tips on how to travel on a budget, such as cheap accommodations, transportation, and food. Backpacking is a popular topic and many people (especially young people) are looking for tips on how to travel cheaply. Therefore, try to reserve a part for costs and budget in each article.
  2. Travel responsibly: Provide advice on how to travel responsibly and sustainably, such as choosing local accommodations and food and avoiding tourist hotspots. Give your readers the option to choose, for example traveling by plane or train.
  3. Family travel: Share your experiences and tips on how to travel with children, such as finding child-friendly accommodations and activities.
  4. Adventure travel: Tell about adventure activities such as hiking, mountaineering, rafting, etc. and share your tips on how to experience them in a safe and responsible way. Also, focus on the preparation and supplies. Not only because people are looking for it, but also because this is the best way to earn something from it through affiliate links.
  5. Food travel: People love food! Share your experiences and reviews of local eateries and give tips on how to sample local food during your trip. Blogs about nice eateries in place X or Y always do well. Take advantage of that.
  6. Luxury travel: Talk about luxury travel and provide tips on how to find the best luxury accommodations, restaurants, and activities. It is a niche that is perhaps less sought after, but if you manage to score in Google with a few luxury trips, you will soon be in the right place. If people pay large amounts through your affiliate links, you will of course also earn more.
  7. Cultural travel: Share your experiences on how to experience the culture of a destination, such as visiting historical sites, museums, festivals and meeting locals.
  8. Solo travel: Share your experiences and tips on how to travel safely and comfortably as a solo traveler. This is a particularly popular topic for young women. Think of finding cheap accommodation, meeting other travelers and exploring a city on your own.
  9. Wellness travel: Talk about how to find the best wellness activities and spots while you travel, such as yoga retreats, spas, and wellness centers. The great thing about this subject is that you can often do this close to home. It is therefore easier to regularly experience and write about something new.
  10. Roadtrips & itineraries: Provide tips on how to have a beautiful roadtrip or plan your travel route. Provide tips such as choosing the best routes, finding cheap places to stay, and exploring hidden spots along the way. Your readers want to be inspired, and if you make it easy for them to plan and tick off spots, they'll definitely come back.

Also read: Top 10 | What are the cheapest countries for a world trip?

Keep in mind that these topics are just tips. Most importantly, find your own unique style, interests and niche to attract a large and loyal audience. Be consistent!

10x tips for travel blog photography

Many travel bloggers and Instagrammers will probably disagree with me, but leave your smartphone behind more often when traveling and take good photos with a decent camera. As far as I'm concerned, it's also a good topic for your ultimate goal: taking your website seriously and focusing less on social media.

Also read: World travel inspiration | Motivate yourself, change your mindset!

Thailand, 2014 | Made with a now 14 year old Canon 500d and standard lens | Travel blog tips
Thailand, 2014 | Made with a now 14 year old Canon 500d and standard lens | Travel blog tips

Smartphone cameras are great for the home and for a picture of grandma and your pet, but not for one of the greatest experiences of your life: a world trip. You may disagree, but I have tried to explain in detail in the article below why it is really a no-go for travel bloggers.

Also read: Why you should NOT take pictures with your smartphone during a world trip

  1. Plan your photos: Think about what kind of photos you want to take before you travel so you can choose your camera and lenses best suited to the situations you'll be in. Personally, I always choose to bring just one camera with a versatile lens for both near and far, so you don't have to switch lenses. Portability is of course also very important.
  2. Make use of the light: Try using the light to make your photos more interesting. For example, use the 'golden hours' for landscape shots and play with shadows and reflections to add depth to your photos.
  3. take your time: Some of the best photos are taken when you are patient and wait for the right moment. Nobody likes busy photos with 100 other tourists.
  4. Experiment with perspectives: Try using different perspectives, such as a low angle for architecture or a high angle for landscapes. Try to make use of depth, for example by shooting a landscape in which some objects can be seen close to the lens, such as a tree or bush.
  5. Use a polarizing filter: A high-quality polarizing filter really works wonders, I know from experience. You can use this to block light from a certain angle, so that water reflects, for example, or not. This filter also helps to really make the colors in a photo 'pop', without having to edit them. It's the perfect way to fix over- or under-exposure in photos in an instant, without editing.
  6. Use a tripod: A tripod can help you get sharper photos, especially in low light or when shooting long exposures. It is even essential for night photography. If you like to take pictures of, for example, a beautiful starry sky, you cannot avoid using a tripod.
  7. Think about the composition: Consider the composition of your photos, such as using the rule of thirds or creating lines that guide the eye of the beholder. You might think: what is he talking about? Here you can read more about composition techniques in understandable language.
  8. Be respectful: Be respectful of the cultures and places you visit and ask permission before taking pictures of people. I've noticed that in some countries people don't like being photographed just like that. Feel this or just ask if it's okay to take pictures of him or her.
  9. Use the correct settings: Use the right settings on your camera, such as aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, to create the right mood and movement in your photos. This manual setting is really a learning process for novice photographers (here the perfect explanation). Fortunately, good cameras are also getting smarter these days and you can also take beautiful photos on the automatic mode.
  10. Edit your photos: Make use of software such as Lightroom for photo editing to adjust the colors, exposure and contrast of your photos and really finish them. I'm really not a photo shopper myself, but playing with light, color and contrast can make a big difference. The accessible Lightroom is perfect for this.
Chris with the Wereldreizigers.nl motorhome | Night photo with starry sky | Fuji X-T4
Chris with the Wereldreizigers.nl motorhome | Night photo with starry sky | Fuji X-T4

Also read: Why you DON'T take pictures with your smartphone
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10x tips for the best travel blogs in the world

How are others doing? If you want to get serious about your travel blog yourself, take a good look at how other successful (international) travel bloggers are doing. Below are 10 of the best travel blogs in the world to follow for inspiration and learning. Of course there are also plenty of good Dutch travel blogs that you can learn from, but this is at least a good start.

An island during our 5-day boat tour in the Philippines | Travel blog tips
An island during our 5-day boat tour in the Philippines | Travel blog tips
  1. Nomadic Matt: One of the most popular travel blogs in the world, focusing on backpacking and budget travel.
  2. The Blonde Abroad: A very sappy but popular travel blog aimed at women who do a lot of solo and adventure travel, with lots of beautiful photos and videos. Far too slick and 'Instagrammous' for me personally, but there's no denying her huge success. Definitely worth following for inspiration.
  3. Adventure in You: A blog focused on unconventional travel and finding adventure in every destination. Unfortunately, in recent years I have seen that the blog mainly revolves around lists in which they sell stuff, instead of actually traveling (one of those 10 pitfalls for travel blogs that I mention at the bottom of this article).
  4. Travel with Bender: A popular blog focusing on family travel and traveling with kids as well as solo travel to every corner of the world. This website has roughly 10.000 articles. You can find something about almost every destination.
  5. Adventurous Kate: A travel blog aimed at independent female travelers, with lots of tips and information about solo travel. Less popular than The Blonde Abroad, but more authentic.
  6. The Planet D: A travel blog focused on active travel, with a lot of information about adventure activities and destinations.
  7. Travel Guys: A unique travel blog focused on budget travel and backpacking, with a lot of information about travel destinations around the world. The Travel Dudes are also crazy about extreme sports and do anything that gives you an adrenaline rush. Nice to follow if you are such a person yourself.
  8. The Professional Oboe: A travel blog focused on extended travel and digital nomads, with lots of information on how to stay away for as little money as possible.
  9. Alex in Wanderland: Focused on personal stories and adventure travel, with lots of photos and videos.
  10. Nomad Revelations: Focused on budget travel and off the beaten path destinations, with lots of information about backpacking and touring.

10x tips for pitfalls of travel blogs

The last 10 of 100 tips tips for travel bloggers, but certainly not the least important. Avoid making the same mistakes as the many travel bloggers before you. We speak from experience and really have the best intentions to help you on your way.

Personally, I think it's really cool to see how many new travel blogs I discover every year. Almost always these are travel-loving and passionate people who start a travel blog with the very best of intentions. People who want to enjoy and discover new places. People chasing a dream.

Chris and Malou in Antigua, Guatemala | Travel blog tips
Chris and Malou in Antigua, Guatemala | Travel blog tips

They put in a lot of time, but often I see them disappear just as quickly after one or two years as they came. Because they don't see results. Usually because they focus on the wrong things. So very sorry! To close this travel blog bible well, I therefore have another one below 10x tips for pitfalls of travel blogs collected for you. Take these tips to heart and come back from time to time to read them again. You will thank your future self!

  1. Too much social media: Realize that you are building your own future. A travel blog is your own and can never be removed by third parties. Use social media as an extra tool and don't spend too much time on it. It's not yours and it will never be yours. Content on social media disappears after 24 to 48 hours, while your website will be found in Google for years. Keep your priorities straight!
  2. Too much sponsored content: Everyone has to make money and website visitors accept that to a certain extent. Don't overdo it though… Lots of sponsored content can cast doubt on a travel blog's credibility and scare off readers. The 'best jacket', the 'best backpack', the 'most beautiful 5 hotels in city X or Y'. These are all articles that you come across a lot in the travel blog world. Unfortunately, they are often just nonsense articles because nothing is compared at all. It's just promoting a product. Realize that your readers are not crazy and can easily see through this. It really isn't a bad thing to occasionally post articles like this, but do it in moderation. Stay credible.
  3. Not updating enough content: A blog with few updates can lose readers looking for timely and relevant content. Google also finds relevance very important and will send fewer visitors to websites with few updates. It is therefore important to find a balance here. Sometimes it is better to post a few short articles and spread them out, instead of spending a whole week with one large article. Both quality and quantity are important.
  4. Not doing enough research: Doing research for a blog post is important to provide relevant and accurate information to readers. Make sure that when you say something about the history or the origin of a destination, for example, that what you write is actually correct. Travel blogging is not just experiencing, it's learning and sharing.
  5. Being too commercial: Too much focus on selling products or services through affiliate links can put readers off. Inform people first, be sincere and only then sell your product(s). This tip ties in with the section on sponsored content. Don't overdo it.
  6. Bad photography: The number of travel blogs with grainy mobile phone photos has increased significantly in recent years. Although the cameras on smartphones are getting better and better a good camera does still make a big difference. Bad photography can make a blog post less appealing to readers. Good, sharp photos make a (positive) difference. Invest time and money to take the quality of your travel blog to the next level.
  7. Being too negative: Be honest about your experience, even if it's disappointing, but don't be too negative. Too much negativity can put readers off and can create a negative image of both the destination and your travel blog.
  8. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is prohibited and can lead to legal problems and a bad reputation. Fines for stealing a photo from the internet often start at 500 euros or more. Also pay close attention to any guest loggers who write for you and upload photos.
  9. Unprofessional language: Unprofessional language can make a blog post less appealing to readers. It doesn't have to be formal, but definitely avoid the many so-called WhatsApp and Instagram acronyms and related "teen words."
  10. Spelling and grammar: No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. There is no travel blog on earth where there are no spelling and grammar errors in the articles. However, always try to read your own posts completely at least once or twice to improve them before you publish them. Having a third person read your messages works even better.


You're through. Nearly 7.000 words later, hopefully you've learned something from the 100x tips for starting and advanced travel blogs. Do you still have questions or do you have additional tips for both starting and advanced travel blogs? Then share them below in the comments. Me and all future travel bloggers reading it will be thankful to you for that.

Chris is enjoying his life as a Digital Nomad | in Florida Travel blog tips
Chris is enjoying his life as a Digital Nomad | in Florida Travel blog tips

Until the next blog!

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