So are you ready to start your own travel blog? Here’s what you need to know!
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1. Find a niche for your blog
The first step to starting a travel blog is deciding on your niche.
Your niche is simply the topic that you blog about. For example, there are blogs out there in niches like fashion, cooking, parenting, personal finance, and so on.
However, if you can “niche down” further, there are many benefits to doing so. Here are some travel niche ideas:
- Sustainable travel
- Luxury travel
- Budget travel
- Country-specific travel
- City-specific travel
- Solo (female) travel
- Couples travel
- Family travel
- Working abroad
- Adventure travel
- Cruise travel
These are just a few examples of specific travel niches. If you don’t have a particular niche in mind, that’s okay too! You can be successful with a travel blog either way.
You can always start off writing about whatever you want related to travel, and narrow down your focus as time goes by and you realize what you enjoy writing about most.
2. Choose a name
The next step to starting a travel blog is choosing a name for it. Your blog name will be the first impression that you have on people, so it’s important to pick a good one!
Here are some tips for choosing the perfect travel blog name:
- Make sure it’s easy to spell, pronounce, and remember
- Don’t use hyphens or numbers in your name (this makes it harder to spell and remember)
- Try to choose a name that has the .com ending available (avoid endings like .net or .org as they are less common and harder to remember)
- Check to see that the corresponding social media handles are available
- Make it travel-related (like Adventurous Kate or The Blonde Abroad)
- Pick something you can grow with (ex. Don’t choose “Traveling with Toddlers” because in a few years that won’t be relevant when your kids aren’t toddlers anymore)
- Keep it professional if you plan on monetizing your blog. For example, Drew from The Hungry Partier eventually had to change the name of his blog because he was finding it hard to work with brands and land sponsorships!
- When in doubt, you can always just use your own name
3. Buy a domain & get hosting
Once you have chosen a name for your travel blog, you will need to register it and get web hosting. If you buy your domain name through an outside company – I highly recommend Namecheap – you can expect to pay from $10 for it.
I highly recommend SiteGround for web hosting, and they are the company I (and many other bloggers) use. They have some of the best hosting plans out there making them good for new bloggers, while still having reliable service and great customer support.
Once you check out, you’ll be redirected to your SiteGround dashboard. This is where you can log in to your blog for the first time and start setting everything up.
Your blog will be run on the WordPress (.org) platform. SiteGround will of course guide you through the whole installation process.
4. Pick a theme
Your blog will come with the default WordPress theme installed. You will definitely want to change this, which means it’s time to pick a theme for your blog!
When it comes to designing your blog, you have a couple of options. Either you can hire a web designer, or you can install a theme on your own. I recommend installing a theme on your own because it’s much cheaper and easier.
There are plenty of free themes out there, but I don’t recommend them because they look very plain, don’t have many customization options, and don’t include customer support.
If a free theme is what you want now, you can download some cool themes from here:
- Ashe (Go to your Dashboard » Appearance » Themes » Add New Theme)
- Olsen Light
- Savona Minimal
However, a premium theme is a much better investment and will make your blog stand out from the crowd.
Here are my top alternatives. As a professional blogger, I own many blogs in different niches, meaning I always need a proper source of theme for them:
- Envato Market is always the first place to head to
- Themes from SoloPine (listed on Envato Market)
- Theme 17th Avenue – I’ve been using several themes from here: Mia ($69), Amelia ($59) and Vivienne ($59) for this blog
- Theme Ashe Pro
- Themes from Sugar + Code – For travel blog, theme Bondi should be a great choice!
- Blossom Themes