What Makes The Best Travel Blog

Travel blogs are of great help when it comes to planning a vacation. They have a touch of professionalism in all the details they provide yet they have an informal and personal feel in the experiences they share. However, not all travel blogs are worth reading. A few only have rehashed content making them very shallow guides.

There are certain characteristics that make the best travel blog. We’ve listed the features of the top-rated ones so that you can use them to make your pick.

1. Engaging Content -
It appears to be the obvious; however, it is a tough criterion to fulfill. The content should be creative, informative and original. It should also be different. If your blog offers the same content that other blogs and travel websites have to offer, they will move on. Content should be on various topics namely travel tips, travel experiences, news and travel technology.

2. Up-To-Date -
The tourism industry is time-sensitive and as such the information tends to change periodically. Hence, it is important that review the information listed on your website from time to time and update it to match the latest changes. It includes information on pricing, visiting hours, programs offered at tourist sites and the likes. Make sure you verify the information that you post on your blog. Not only this, great blogs are those that add fresh content regularly.

3. A Bunch of Links -
Whether they are links to airline booking sites, hotel websites or comparison sites, it is very convenient to have them embedded in the text. Readers can get more travel related information by simply clicking on a link.

4. Photos and Videos -
Media files like photos and videos support your content; they are what complete your blog. Photographs of travel destinations, culinary delights and personal sneak-peeks give readers an opportunity to plan their vacation based on your experiences. It also attracts them to read to the end of your blog.

5. Reader Generated Content -
Including a section wherein readers can contribute their two pence on travel tips and insider insights will also earn your blog more readers. This is because the real shared experiences of other fellow travelers add a touch of originality to your blog.

6. Maps -
In addition to the discussion forums and photo albums, a few destination maps are always a welcome addition. Maps are a must when one goes travelling and it is a better if they can print and use them offline. You can also integrate it will Google Maps so that travelers can plot their trip on the map.

7. A Good Blog Design -
In the bid to create an attractive and engaging design, we often end up with extremely gaudy and complicated blog templates and designs. Choose an eye-catching, simple design, but don’t make it too complex.

8. Easy-to-Use Interface -
It should feature an intuitive interface. There should be too many instructions to follow and pop ups to get through before they get to read what they want.

9. Mobile Compatibility -
We live in an age of smartphones and hence it is important that most travel blogs and websites be optimized for mobile platforms. If your blog does not load on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets there is a likelihood readers won’t revisit.

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How to Get More Traffic to Your Travel Blog Using Twitter

Whether your blog is purely for leisure or you want to make it into a legitimate business while you are traveling, traffic to your travel blog is of utmost importance.

One of the best new ways to get people to follow your blog is by utilizing the massive networking power of twitter. Now this may seem counter intuitive at first but the most effective way to get traffic to your blog is to drive traffic to your ‘competitors’ sites!

A few things happen when you promote other peoples travel blogs:

People interested in travel will begin to follow your twitter. Thus you will get a larger following on twitter.
These people will see your website link and view your blog. You will start to build a relationship with other travel bloggers who will be much appreciative of your promotion. These bloggers will in turn tell their twitter follows about your blog which is far more powerful than self endorsement. If you go to my twitter page you can see an example of how to promote other peoples blogs.

As you can see from above I have retweeted people blog posts using the twitter term rt @(the persons twitter name). This will then show up on their main homepage behind the mentions button.

Another way of promoting someone else’s blog would be to flat out say that you reading someone’s blog and tell people about it, also adding in the @(twitter name). These two methods both have the same effect of driving your followers to other travel blogs.

Tip: The more and more followers you get the harder it is to see what important tweeters are saying. So in order to see who is talking to you and about you press the home page and then press the @(yourname) button just under your followers count. This will allow you to talk directly to the people in your community who are talking about you.

In summary be good to other travel bloggers, retweet your favourite posts of theirs or posts that you think your readers would enjoy the most. The end result here is that your twitter following will grow virally, you will build a large community of travel blogging friends and your blog will thrive and receive more traffic.

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Travel Blogs – 3 Ways To Make Money

Where’s the first place people go when they want to take a vacation? Yes, it’s online.

Maybe they don’t even have a destination in mind. Perhaps they do and now they need to begin planning. It all starts with the internet.

If you have a travel blog, congratulations! These sites are just plain fun to research! A virtual trip when you can’t get away. But, for those who are looking for information on all things travel-related like air fare, lodging and news about their travel destinations, the travel blog gives them what they want.

Let’s look at some of the different kinds of travel blogs…

We have the bloggers who have one particular place where they return time and again. Simply because they find such happiness when vacationing in their paradise. With this love, comes learning everything they can.

Let’s say it’s a tropical destination. The travel blogger knows the best beaches, the hottest dining establishments and where to shop for everything from food to flip-flops.

Naturally, all this in-demand information is on their blog. They include maps, listings of hotels, resorts, restaurants and recreational activities. Anything and everything the place has to offer its tourists.

When someone does a search for the same place, voila! They find this travel blog with all their questions answered. Who else would you want to listen to? Someone with first-hand knowledge!

For another type of travel blog, let’s look at those where at first glance you may not think of as an exotic travel destination. Not to name names. You can fill in the name of your hometown or city. What? Why would anyone want to see a travel blog about where I live, you ask?

Think about it. What about the business travelers? Even small towns bring in the weary, overworked people traveling for business. They need to know about affordable lodging and decent dining. If they find the time to shop, they want to get something for their partners and kids.

Other popular travel blogs are by retirees.The ones fortunate enough to be able to choose an exotic location to live and play after getting through the rat-race. Not only can they share information for future tourists, but they are ideal to supply answers for others thinking of a state or country to retire to!

Now…we move to the savvy marketers who operate their travel blogs as a home based business. Either full-time or part-time. They love travel and making money from home. And, speaking of money, what’s the one thing all these travel blogs have in common? Most of them have AdSense ads on their blogs. When a visitor clicks on these Google Ads, they make money!

Many of these smart webmasters, along with listing products and places, have become affiliated with travel-related businesses. For example, when someone reserves a hotel booking or air fare, the business shares a commission with the blogger!

Now, to the best part. If you have a travel blog or website, would you like to be able to offer your tourist the ability to choose absolutely anything in the whole wide world? That’s right.

How about a cruise of a lifetime? An exciting train adventure? Flights to take them anywhere from Cabo San Lucas to St. Barts. Skiing on snow or water. An African safari?

And let’s not forget the new luggage they’ll need. New clothes, too. Heck, they can even pick up a new passport holder. Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? Soon all travel web sites will have this system in place. And no two will be alike.

So fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!

(c) 2007 Karen Cook

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5 Tips for Making a Good Travel Blog

Blogging presents you an excellent opportunity to document your life’s journeys.

If you are someone who loves to travel, sharing details about your trips to your friends or others who have the same interest can be an exciting thing. Also, this is a good place to put all your best videos and photos as opposed to posting every single image like most people do in their respective social networking accounts.

Here’s how you can make your travel blog fun and engaging:

1. Get ideas from your favorite travel blogs.

It’s a sure bet that you already have several favorite travel sites. Pay attention to what makes you keep coming back to these blogs in the first place. Is it the writing style? The user-friendly interface, perhaps? Or is it the attractive site design?

You can learn a lot by browsing such sites and considering what makes them stand out among the rest.

2. Pick an appropriate platform.

We all have our comfort zones and it is extremely important that you select a blogging platform that suits your convenience.

Some of the blogging platforms you can choose from include Blogger, WordPress, Typepad, and Joomla, among others. These sites offer free usage and they can be customized in many ways. You can tweak the theme, font, format and almost everything else to make the blog uniquely yours.

3. Update your site often.

As you begin blogging, you will eventually discover that consistency can be hard to master. Things can get in the way and you, as a blogger, need to balance your priorities so you can still keep your blog alive.

Do your best to write at least one blog entry per week. This will keep your audience interested in your site. Otherwise, people will likely forget about you if you are only updating once a month or less.

Decide a specific time for the week when you will do your writing. If you are out on a travel, make it a point to allocate a few hours for blogging as well.

4. Keep a travel journal.

To make your life significantly easier, bring a small notebook wherever you go. This may seem like an old idea but it is still so much better than relying on your gadgets. Besides, you won’t need any batteries for this!

Write down any interesting ideas or feelings you have as you discover a new place, try new food, or encounter unique experiences.

5. Pictures and videos.

Your travel blog will be boring without them!

Your readers need to feel as if they were with you during your travels so make sure to post your best shots and footages. This is crucial towards making your blog appealing to your target audience.

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A Travel Blog is the Best Way to Record Your Vacation Travel

If you’re wondering what a blog is, the word blog is an abbreviation for ‘web log’. It is simply an Internet diary, or log, of your thoughts and daily activities. Most people take their laptop with them on vacation so that they are able check their emails and send messages. It is therefore simple to set up a travel blog on your laptop before you go, and to update it as you travel.

We find that it is not always possible or convenient to get access to the Internet when we are travelling. We take brief notes of the places we visit and the things that interest us each day so that we don’t forget anything when we are transferring our experiences to our blog. It saves time and head scratching when we are trying to remember what we did a couple of days earlier.

We kept a travel blog when we were in Britain last Summer and we found it was the best way to record our experiences. Now we have a complete, day by day, record of our holiday with corresponding photos. It is a permanent record of our trip that we can refer to any time. Far better than dim memories of what we did and fading photos in an old album.

One of the advantages of a travel blog is that it allows your family and friends to follow your blogs and to keep up to date with your travels. We were surprised how many of our friends followed our blogs and sent comments and questions about our experiences.

Perhaps I should explain that your most recent entry appears on top of your blog, with previous days entries under it. In other words, the last entry is first. When we came home we simply reversed the order so that we are now able to read about our trip starting at day one and going on from there. This is a great way to keep lasting memories of a magic holiday trip.

We called our family travel blog, ‘tracing-suffolk-roots’ as it was kept purely to record our adventures and photos as we traced our family history and ancestors in the Suffolk area of England. Apart from your laptop, set up to take your blogs, and a diary or notebook to jot down things as you go, you will need a good digital camera to capture the images of your adventures. After all, you only get one chance to capture those precious memories. Recently we have added a Squidoo lens to include more on the subject of travel blogs. You can find our lens at http://www.squidoo.com/holiday_blog It goes in to a little more depth about setting up a holiday blog and has some info and suggestions for getting the most out of your camera and your holiday photos.

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Travel Blogs For Baby Boomers

Have you thought about a travel blog? These documentaries of our travels are getting a lot more popular with people who love to see what the world has to offer. They let you tell others about your journeys and keep in touch with friends and family, no matter where you are. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection, two things that are getting much easier to find. There are even small laptop computers that are made for people on the go. Travel blogs for baby boomers are getting more and more popular, and it’s no surprise.

If you’re thinking about starting a travel blog, there are a few things you’ll need to do, and some questions you’ll need to answer. A blog needs some kind of hosting space, and there are lots of options out there. But first, you’ll have to think about whether you want one that’s free, or whether you’re willing to pay to get more options and avoid a few annoyances.

There are a number of blog sites that will allow you to create your own travel blogs for baby boomers for free. However, they often limit your customization options and may even stick you with ads. For some of us, that’s not a viable option, but for others it’s just fine.

Free sites vary in quality, so you’ll want to compare a lot of them if you’d like to use one. Blogger is one of the more popular general free hosts, but there are also themed ones, like Travellerspoint.com and WordPress.com, which might help people with specific traveling blogs. WordPress.org and TypePad charge for their services (a monthly fee) and offer more customization, but you’ll need some technical expertise to get the most out of them.

The complexity of your blog is another concern. The design is up to you, but you’ll need to think about how much tech know-how you have or can get help with. If you don’t know a lot about the Internet, don’t force yourself to learn coding right away. Plenty of great travel blogs for baby boomers are made using pre-made templates that require little manipulation. These can help you get a great looking blog up quickly and easily.

Think about the audience of your blog, too. Are you planning to share your blog with the whole world, or is it just for your family and friends? It’s possible to make the site subscription only or password protected if you’re more interested in letting those close to you in on it, or you can make it public. Remember that it’s possible to moderate your comments to keep rude people and sales robots out of your blog.

Don’t forget to add more than just text in your blog. A few photos of your trip can really liven things up, and some people choose to include video, as well. Travel blogs for baby boomers let others find out what the locations you’ve been to are like, and they’ll even help other travelers prepare for their similar trip. So, if you’ve got something about your travels to shar

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