Why you need a travel blog
Many travellers enjoy sharing their travel stories and those sitting at home are quite often eager to hear about their adventures and see the photos the traveler may take.
In the past whenever the person traveling would attempt to send photos as attachments, which can be time consuming and frustrating. Being restricted to a small number of photos for each email can almost make you quit which leaves everyone wondering what’s happening with you.
Or in even further into the past they had to wait to have the photos developed into print copies. Sharing your stories and photos weren’t easy and if you waited until you got home to share your stories you may forget some of the important details that made it so very special.
How to stay in touch when traveling
There are a number of ways to stay in touch with family or friends when on the road. With the Internet so easily accessible, emails can be sent daily—and Skype is great for video calls.
Rather than having to call each member individually or sending emails to everyone the easiest solution to sharing your beautiful photos and experiences is by having a travel blog. Your fantastic photos and exciting travel diary (blog) can be in one place and accessible to your family and they can make comments and ask questions. It’s a terrific way they can keep tabs on you and also feel as if they are a part of your trip.
Setting up a travel blog doesn’t have to be difficult – in fact it can be set up quickly and doesn’t have to cost a dime. Don’t panic.
Setting up a travel blog is not difficult and you may find out how creative you can be and really enjoy the process. There are a couple of ways to do it, and the easiest and cheapest is by using WordPress or Blogger. They’re free and very easy to get started on.
Both allow you to set up your blog on their account using free themes, or template designs. Your blog address would be something like yourname.blogger.com or ourname.wordpress.com. Use your imagination and create a name that relates to you and your travels. These types of blogs can be set up in a matter of hours and are easy to update.
Setting up your travel blog
Both WordPress and Blogger have clear setup instructions with videos showing you how to do each step. Another wonderful source of teaching material is YouTube. You’ll find videos showing how to do almost anything you can think of. When in doubt, ask your kids or even your grandchildren—they would probably love to show off their skills.
Expanding your travel blog
If you have hopes of expanding your travel blog in the future you might want to consider self-hosting, which means you will need to find a server to host your travel blog and register your name as a domain name (web address). It’s not expensive and it gives you exclusivity to the name for as long as you pay the small yearly fee.
If your future plans include growing the travel blog, then this might be the best choice because it doesn’t have some of the limiting features the free blogs have—especially if you hope to monetize it in the future. However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a small free travel blog just to share with your friends and it can be changed easily in the future if you should decide you want more.
Don’t think of it as a chore. When I’m travelling I usually update my diary every morning, documenting what I did the day before. Updating your travel blog can be done the same way: daily, weekly or whenever you have something important or interesting to share.
You will quickly realize that those at home are checking your travel blog regularly and are anxious for your news. They all want to know what exciting things you are seeing and how much fun you are having. That’s a good enough reason to take the time to set up your travel blog before you leave home. It’s worth the effort.
Happy travels and happy blogging!