10 tips on how to become a travel blogger
So you want to become a travel blogger? We don’t blame you! Traveling the world for a living is a dream come true. While the job looks glamorous, it is far from an extended holiday. There’s a lot of work involved and no guarantee that your blog will take off. Luckily for you, we have all all the tips and tricks for how you can build a successful blog while traveling abroad.
1.Images are key: Photos speak a thousand words and your audience will connect with them. Therefore, it is important that you learn how to take really good ones (See our previous blog post on this here). Before you get started, invest in a good camera and learn how to use editing tools.
2.Branding your blog: Think carefully about your blog name, website and the area you’re going to focus on. It’s important to have a clear idea of your blog’s brand and how to make it appealing for your audience.
3. Speak to your Audience: As a travel blogger, it’s important to identify your audience. Know what tone and type of content will appeal to them. This will change depending on several demographic factors (i.e. age, gender etc.)
4. Have a Plan: Decide where you want your blog to be in a year’s time. Set a goal for the number of followers/readers you would like and how much money you want to be making (if that interests you) and then plan for it. It’s also a good idea to have your next few months’ travel planned and booked.
5. Be consistent and be different: Make sure that your posts come out regularly (the more the better) and that your travel blog provides readers with interesting and useful content. There are thousands of blogs out there, make sure yours stands out!
6. Engage with your followers: Once your travel blog is up and running, you’ll want to make sure your readers feel seen and heard. Take the time to answer questions and thank people for commenting.
7. Be a part of the Community: Reach out and connect with other bloggers and people in the travel community. They will be your greatest resource! Learn what worked for others and what didn’t. At Escapes.ca, we ensure that our team of agents are a part of the creative process and we often have them collaborating on and contributing to our blog. You can read blog posts by Christine, Susan, Dori, Ashley and Pam simply by going to their profiles.
8. Be passionate about not just travel but blogging too: Travel blogging will entail a lot of hard work and many hours writing and re-writing drafts. Ensure that you enjoy the process!
9. Know how to monetize your blog: It might take some time, but once you have a large following, you can even make make money off of blogging! The most common way for travel bloggers to monetize their blogs is to write posts that promote either a company, product or service (sponsored posts). You could even become ambassadors for a company or brand you enjoy. If you’re successful enough you should also consider giving speeches on blogging and writing guest posts.
10. Learn how to market yourself: If you are interested in monetizing your blog, it’s always good to know basic marketing tips and tricks. In particular, know the ins and outs of Google and social media to ensure your content is recognized and promoted on different digital platforms.
Aside from being a creative outlet, travel blogging is a great way to share your travel experiences and to inspire others to tap into their sense of wanderlust. Of course, this isn’t the only avenue! To learn more about how to work in the travel industry, check out our blog post here.
7 Resorts that give you a star-studded experience for an affordable price
Loving that overwater bungalow in Bora Bora but aren’t loving the price tag? We get it! That’s why we’ve sourced out seven resorts that afford you a luxury experience, without the accompanying price tag. Whether you’re in the mood for Ibiza, Malibu or the Bahamas, we’ve got you covered!
You want: Ibiza
If you’re looking for around the clock entertainment and a spot to dance the night away, Breathless Riviera Cancun is THE resort. This lively adults-only location is perfect for those wanting a Spanish getaway without the price tag. Aside from experiencing a luxury, all-inclusive stay with unlimited gourmet meals and beverages, this property offers a unique party calendar. Bonus: Flights to Mexico are a fraction of the cost.
You want: St Barths
Just a stone’s throw away from St Barths, St Martin is a fraction of the cost and has the benefit of two countries in one. This vibrant destination also offers an array of exciting opportunities. Plus, the Riu Palace St Martin is truly one of the jewels of Riu Palace resorts. Check out our full review of it here.
You want: Bahamas
Although culturally unique, both countries are known for their stunning white sand beaches and blue water. Cuba, however has the benefit of being a destination that is affordable and depending on your departure city, sometimes more accessible. Investing in luxury resorts will ensure your experience is top-notch, which is why we recommend the Melia Buenavista. This 5-star resort offers amazing snorkeling, professional staff and spacious suites.
You want: Bora Bora
You should try: El Dorado Maroma (Riviera Maya, Mexico)
You dream of overwater bungalows set on crystal clear water but can’t stomach the hefty price tag. Well, you’re in luck! Mexico’s first overwater bungalows have just opened up at El Dorado Maroma. Cancun has the same beautiful turquoise waters and white sand beaches as Bora Bora but at a more affordable price point. Plus, Maroma beach was voted as one of the best beaches in the world by the Travel Channel.
You want: St Lucia
The Dominican Republic provides the same tropical landscape as St. Lucia and is a perfect destination for all budgets. With the benefit of white sand beaches (St. Lucia’s are dark sand), a stay at a luxury resort such as the Dreams Punta Cana is sure to please. An added perk: This luxury resort is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
You want: Maui
We don’t deny the appeal of Maui. Lush hills and sandy beaches paint this destination a pretty picture. For a similar island feel at a fraction of the cost, you can book a luxury all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay. This top-rated resort is located on 5,000 picture-perfect acres on Jamaica’s coast.
You want: Malibu
Located just down the coast from Malibu, Cabo San Lucas is geographically very similar. Paired with affordable prices, this is a hot destination. Our resort of choice here is the Breathless Cabo San Lucas. Upscale and adults-only, this lively resort rivals the hotspots of Malibu. We recently sent our travel ambassadors Vacation Couple here, giving you an insider’s look at this resort on our Facebook page.
For more information on booking these hotels contact us at 1-888-685-6888 or email email@example.com.
Top 10 Celebrity Hotspots around the world
Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you were one of the rich and famous? Well put down the spanx, kick off the faux Louboutins and stop wondering! We’ve sourced out a list of the top celebrity hotspots around the globe that are sure to make you feel as though the paparazzi are there snapping your every move (even if they really aren’t).
Ah, London. The city fit for a Queen. This sprawling metropolis is home to the likes of Kate Moss, Elton John, Hugh Grant and a family so famous, they merely go by the moniker ‘The Beckhams’. Despite being a major cultural hub in Europe, this celebrity hotspot is ideal if you’re into sightseeing, shopping and sub-par television shows. Fancy a cuppa, anyone?
If you think Ibiza is all about pool parties, unlimited drinking and post-party tanning sessions, you’re right. This party mecca has long been home to some of the best celebrity DJ’s to lay hands on a turntable. Throw in a few notable A-list names like Orlando Bloom and P. Diddy and you have yourself a sun-drenched, Spanish ‘isla’ fit for the stars!
That’s right, one of our own made it on the list! Toronto may not be a sun-drenched beach paradise or a castle-studded cultural hub but it’s a celebrity hotspot none-the-less. Home to the likes of Will Arnett, Mike Myers and Drake, be sure to stop by for a peek at notable events like the the Toronto International Film Festival.
4. St Tropez
If a woman as well traveled as Brigitte Bardot chose to call St. Tropez her home, you know it must be nice. Enjoy shopping and socializing in the heart of the small town, the ‘Place des Lices’ (pronounced somewhat nicer in French!). If that doesn’t suit your fancy, you can try your hand at yacht-watching. Rumour has it that the port is one of Leo DiCaprio’s favourite stops.
Patrick Dempsey, Matthew Perry, Cindy Crawford - the list of celebrities who live in Malibu is extensive! If white sand beaches, palm trees and coffees with designer logos carefully etched into their foam are your thing – be sure to check it out!
Cabo is truly a top-notch hotspot and it’s a destination where celebrities and vacationers alike go to unwind. George Clooney and Cindy Crawford have homes here (lovingly called Casamigos) and the likes of Michael Jordan and Jennifer Aniston have been known to visit.
This sparkling gem in the middle of the Nevada desert is more than just a party town, it has cheap food too! All jokes aside, musicians like Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez reside here. You can check out one of their regular performances on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
8. St Barths
Catch a glimpse of the rich and famous from your lounge chair on the beach of this lesser-known Caribbean destination. John Lennon once owned a recording studio here and this small slice of paradise is frequented by the likes of Uma Thurman, Jon Bon Jovi and Ashton Kutcher.
Harbour Island is the real hotspot of this Caribbean paradise. Known as “Briland” to the locals (all 2,000 of them), Martha Stewart, Robert De Niro and Mick Jagger have been known to frolic in its powder white sand.
Originally called “Ihikapalaumaewa,” the island changed names once it became apparent that no one could pronounce the original one. Owen Wilson, Clint Eastwood and Steven Tyler are residents of this tropical hideaway. Oprah Winfrey has a house here too, however that isn’t saying much considering she basically has a house everywhere the light touches.
Want an Ibiza experience without the price tag? Keep an eye out for our next blog post to learn more.
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