For many people, the idea of making a living through travel blogging is a dream – imagine your office being a treehouse with a view over the jungle in Costa Rica, or perhaps a quaint café nestled in the streets of Paris. It sounds almost too good to be true!
It isn’t, however, and many people make a good living out of sharing their travel experiences and inspiring others to see our beautiful planet.
That said, it does take hard work, especially in the beginning. It can take a long time to build up a following of readers, so at first it might mean working long hours without much return or reward. However, if you genuinely enjoy what you’re doing and keep focused on your goals, you can make it!
But how, exactly?
There are a few different ways that travel bloggers make their money. Once a blog gets popular and has a lot of traffic, it is possible to sell paid advertising on the site, social media or newsletters. There are also tools like Google Adwords which automate this process, meaning you don’t even need to go out and find advertisers.
Bloggers also offer sponsored posts, where a brand will pay to have an article written about their destination, product or service. Often these posts will include a free trip to the destination so the blogger can experience it for themselves.
Some high-profile bloggers can also become brand ambassadors, where they have long term relationships with a brand and feature in campaigns and content. For example, some popular travel bloggers have relationships with certain airlines or tour companies.
Bloggers can also feature affiliate links, where if a reader buys a product using their code or link, they get a certain percentage of the sale. One common affiliates program is Amazon.
Finally, bloggers can also offer content creation, where they make content for brands, such as articles, videos, or photographs. They then license this content to brands in exchange for a fee.
As you can see, there are many ways to make money travel blogging. It can take a while to get set up, but with hard work and patience, it can pay off and become a good income stream.
That sounds great – what are the first steps?
If you’re inspired to foray into the world of travel blogging, you’re going to need a blog! These days, setting up a website is cheap and easy, with many platforms like WordPress and Wix that require no coding knowledge. You can have your website set up in just a few hours! It’s also a good idea to set up some social media profiles such as Instagram and Twitter.
Then it’s time to start blogging. Good luck!