Most of us are travel bloggers these days. I don’t mean this in the traditional sense of a ‘travel blogger’ (like me, for instance), but that we are all blogging on the go. Chances are if you run a blog, your life doesn’t stop for it. That means blogging also takes up your time on trips and vacations too. Sometimes maintaining a blog can be insanely hard to do when you’re having fun traveling. So today I am going to share with you 7 travel blogging tips!
This year I had two major dips in traffic. One month in April and one month in July my traffic was significantly lower than all my other months. The reason? I was in Europe for two weeks in April and in Mexico for a week in July. It might not seem like much, but this time away literally caused my traffic to dip. I know first hand that it isn’t easy setting aside time for blogging when you are having fun abroad. As a travel blogger I’ve definitely made mistakes, but I’ve learned a lot from them.
1. Set Aside Dedicated Time to Blog
First thing’s first and, well, obvious. You must set aside dedicated time to blog. This was probably the biggest mistake I made on my trip in April. I thought “well I’ll just blog when I have the time to at the end of the day.” Oh how wrong I was. Do you know how hard it is to blog at the end of the day when you’ve been walking for 8 hours, dealing with a time difference, and stressing over food and language barriers? You are absolutely spent and the last thing you’ll want to do is open up your laptop at 9pm.
Setting aside dedicated time to blog can mean either setting aside time first thing in the morning or towards the end of the day, but more on this later. If you know you have a blog post to write for the day then I suggest setting aside a block of time and always over estimating. If it generally takes you an hour to write a post, then make sure you have a few hours of solid time to get it done. It can be ten times harder to write while in ‘vacation mode’.
2. Pick an Hour That Works Best For You, Not Your Travel Schedule
Schedule your blogging time around what works best for your writing, and not what works best for your travel schedule. If you work your blogging around your traveling, you won’t be as motivated to write. Ask yourself, “when do I most enjoy writing?” For me, I most enjoy writing in the early mornings. My creative juices are just flowing at that time. It’s really really challenging for me to write in the afternoon or at night. So therefore, I try to set aside time in the early mornings when I am traveling. Usually I’ll grab a latte down the street at the local cafe and bring it back to my apartment and blog.
If you write best in the evening/night, then you’ll want to set aside time in the evening on your tip to blog. Say you are traveling for a week. Then two nights (depending on how many times you post during the week) come home early from sightseeing and dedicate that time to blogging. You can get up early those days and have fun in the morning and afternoon instead. Another option, though my least favorite, is to blog in the middle of the day and only allow yourself back out again once you’ve finished a post. I know a lot of people that are motivated this way. I am pretty self motivated, so this isn’t my favorite option, but it could definitely help some of you out!
3. Avoid Deep Blogging
Avoiding harder topics and deep blogging has really made a difference for me while traveling. Instead of busting out with a full guide of Paris while on vacation (in Paris), save that for when you get home and you have the time to put in to that post. Writing easier posts while you’re away gives your audience some solid content, and you still get to keep your sanity. For instance, I have a section where I write a travel diary that describes my time where ever I am. It’s a fun way to connect with your audience while traveling and very easy to write. So think about smaller posts you can make while on the go, and save the ‘deep blogging’ for when you’re home.
4. Use Air Time
Writing while you are flying to and from your destination(s) can be a really great use of time! You don’t need internet to write and you can always transfer a word doc over to WordPress. It’s a good idea to write down a few post ideas for your blog before you take off. Narrow down which ones you’ll want to write while you fly, and pop open your laptop upon cruising altitude (see how much I fly?). This can also help you calm some nerves for anyone that’s afraid of flying. It will put your focus on a task instead of having your mind wander off in to all the possibilities of jet setting death. If you get nauseous, try some nausea medication that will allow you to write.
5. Blog From a Mobile Device
Did you know WordPress has an app for your mobile device now? You can literally blog straight from your phone! There are also a few other ways like publishing via email. That’s right. WordPress will also allow you to send an email in order to publish a blog post on your website (the option is found in your admin settings). Are you a vlogger? YouTube and WordPress now allow you to embed your YouTube video in to your post simply by pasting the YouTube URL straight in to your blog editor. Let’s hear a round of applause for technology!
Now I am totally going to ruin all the fun by saying: do be careful while blogging from a mobile device. It’s insanely easy to make mistakes with all the auto correct and formatting that might be different on your mobile device. Don’t let things get sloppy or sacrifice formatting for urgency. I would only suggest posting from your phone if you absolutely have to, but it’s definitely something that could help you stay on top of your blog while traveling.
6. Manage Your Social Presence Well
So by now we know my thoughts on blogging and traveling. Just because your life stops on vacation, doesn’t mean your blog should. This is the same for your social presence. In fact, it’s probably even more important to be active on social media if you’re traveling. That’s where your readers are going to get the best sense of what you’ve been up to, and the content that is possibly lacking from deeper blog posts (as mentioned above). Do set aside time to manage your social presence every day and share your trip with everyone via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, ect. This is probably pretty easy since we share everything with everyone now anyway.
For example, my biggest social presence is probably Instagram. It’s no secret that it’s my favorite platform to engage my readers and share my life on. In April while I was in Europe, I had a strict posting schedule for Instagram, which you can also read about here in my post: 9 Tips on How to Take Amazing Travel Photos for Instagram. I made sure to post three times a day since I knew I’d have tons of content to share, which is almost always the case when we travel. I posted once in the early morning, once in the afternoon, and once at night. Then before I went to bed I decided on my next photo for the morning. Finally, Instagram now has the option to save drafts! Praise baby Jesus. It’s easier than ever now to manage your social presence.
7. Write Content Before You Jet Set
Last but not least, you can resort to the good ol’ pre-written content. I don’t typically like to pre-write content myself, but I thought I would include this because I know lots of you do. For me, this is a last resort if you really really really just don’t want to blog while on your globetrotting adventures. And I totally get it, it’s hard! Pre-writing your content can really be useful to those who aren’t good liars to their future selves (I am a great liar to my future self, sorry Emily). With WordPress and most other major blogging platforms, you can schedule out your content to go live on a specific date and time. This allows you to sacrifice your time before your vacation and get it all out the way. Definitely a great option for those bloggers that know they just won’t write on the go.
I hope these 7 tips help you to keep blogging on your next travel adventure! Don’t lose traffic because you didn’t maintain your blog or your social presence. It’s very easy to see a traffic decrease if you’re skipping out on blog posts. Most importantly though, have fun and don’t obsess over the numbers too much. These tips are meant to help you, but not to over take the time you need to yourself while vacationing. Happy blogging travelers!
Do you have any tips on blogging while on the go? Leave your best tips below for everyone to read!