Traveling is a great way to spend our time and our hard-earned income. As people who work, it can be difficult to find time throughout the year to travel any great distance. Most of us usually have two weeks of vacation time to try to see and do as much as possible. The other 50 weeks of the year are spent dreaming of those vacation days.
When we read travel blogs, we imagine people who live out of suitcases and backpacks and who must have unlimited disposable income because it’s such a glamorous lifestyle. You would never be able to leave your job and travel the world to start a travel blog of your own, right? Well, what if I told you that you didn’t have to quit your job or even save money for years on end to be able to start a travel blog?
We all think that travel blogs need to be about faraway places that are exotic and interesting to read about. But you know what is exotic and interesting to people? The place you live. Just because you live there and don’t see the excitement and value of it, doesn’t mean that there aren’t other people all over the world looking to come to a place just like your city or town. But how will they find out about it? What if you started a travel blog about your own city? Start by talking about a local sushi making class if you’re in San Francisco, or a ghost tour in NYC.
What if you were the resident expert in all things to do, see, eat, sleep, play, experience, sell, buy, and enjoy? You can start a travel blog about your city and experience it every single day through the eyes of someone looking at it for the first time. And you can get paid to do it.
Start out by writing a few blogs or articles highlighting certain aspects of your town or city. Then take those samples to local merchants, business owners, and experience operators and offer to write a review or do a feature on their products or services. Everyone knows that content is what drives traffic to websites, so you can offer to link their websites, product pages, and blogs to your blog to help them get the word out. Even the smallest town has something to offer tourists.
Be adventurous in your spare time, and if you don’t have a lot of time during the week, become a weekend warrior. Feature one new thing to do, place to eat, spot to see, thing to buy, each week and before you know it you’ll have a blog full of interesting and fun facts about your home town or city.
You can ask others about their experiences in your area and have guest bloggers write about their favorite restaurants or the best place to get ice cream in town.
Sometimes it’s fun just to slow down and look at what is right in front of us. And of course, you can use the money you earn from writing local travel blogs to fund your travels around the world. Get started today, and you won’t regret it!