My Top Four Travel Blogging Tips for Newbies
When I first announced I was making a trip to Iceland in August 2016, I must have gotten a million requests to “post lots of photos,” “share your pictures,” “keep me updated!” Oy, so overwhelming.
So, when I started seeing the sights in Iceland and taking lots of amazing photos on my DSLR camera, I decided that these photos needed a story to go along with the image on the screen. Plus, I'd never hear the end of it from my friends if I maintained radio silence. That's when I knew I needed to start blogging about my adventures so my friends and family could keep up from home. I never done any sort of travel blogging for so I wasn't quite sure how the process was going to go. Would I have enough time? Would I have a decent internet connectivity? Would I even have enough to say and show? It turns out it wasn’t challenging as what I did initially thought and actually became really fun. But I needed to need to streamline the process a bit to make it more efficient and more meaningful. Here are my top four travel blogging tips to help you share your amazing adventures with family, friends and the world!
Yes, we all know this means clothes, shoes and toiletries but it also applies to your blogging gear. I contemplated bringing bringing along my laptop on the trip but was really glad I didn't. You want to travel as light as possible and I quickly found out that my iPad and bluetooth keyboard was perfectly suitable for blogging.
Sync images through Wi-Fi
The ability to connect a DSLR camera to a tablet via Wi-Fi has got to be the best invention in the whole wide world. Whether you have a Wi-Fi enabled memory card or the functionality built-in directly to your camera body, being able to pull the images seamlessly is the best thing since sliced bread. Also, tablets have lots of awesome photo editing apps that make basic adjustments easy to make on-the-go.
Use a simple blogging platform
Whether you're a seasoned blogger or just starting out, everyone needs an easy-to-use blogging platform for their travel blog. I started out using Medium, which is a free site specifically designed for writers. I love it because it has very minimal distractions yet you can easily place rich media content such as images and video in your post. I was then able to share the link to my post on my social media account. You can also tag your posts on Medium with relevant phrases so other people with the same travel interest can find your posts.
Get in a routine
At the end of each day, I set aside about an hour or two to reflect on my adventures of the day and figure out what I would blog for my daily post. I transferred over my images through my DSLR, did some quick editing using the Photoshop app and then started constructing my post. Even though I was exhausted at the end of each day, I’m so glad I made the conscious effort to record my journeys. I love going back now, seven months after my trip, and relive my Icelandic adventure.
And that's it! If you're going on a trip of a lifetime why not share it with the world (or at least your friends and family). Do you have any other travel blogging tips to share? If so, leave them in the comments!
Also, read about all my Icelandic adventures!