The beginning of another month means only one thing at icelolly.com HQ – a brand new #HolidayChat! Ahead of our annual Blog At The Beach event, the topic for our first natter in September was all about ‘Travel Blogging’. So if you’re a blogger or have ever thought about starting up your very own travel blog, this is the recap for you!
A1 I’ve been travel blogging for about a year and a half. Got into it because I moved to Singapore and wanted to document all the exciting memories of travelling round Asia! #HolidayChat— Melis Living (@melisliving) September 4, 2019
A1) I enjoy talking about travel. Get asked lots about it from friends and colleagues. I therefore, 7 years ago, decided to write about it and continue to do so at https://t.co/MPFO9suszv #HolidayChat— Pulped Travel (@PulpedTravel) September 4, 2019
Yup! I am. I think I just wanted a creative outlet... and it felt so good that I continued. I love being part of this online community!— Michaela (@HeyImMichaela) September 4, 2019
I think blogging has got me thinking more about destinations. I love the research part as much as I do travelling! #HolidayChat
#holidaychat A2:— Barefoot Backpacker (@RTWBarefoot) September 4, 2019
1) make sure you want to do it, rather than just doing it cos you think it'd be a good idea
2) Find a way to stand out, even if it's just a quirky branding
3) take lots and lots AND LOTS of caffeine ...
A2.— Shoot from the Trip (@Shootfromttrip) September 4, 2019
1. If you can afford it, go self hosted to start, as it's a pain changing it later.
2. Keep persevering even if your not getting huge engagement - it takes time.
3. Don't let it become a chore. #HolidayChat
A2) here’s 5:— Char (@char_x0) September 4, 2019
1) FIND A NICHE e.g how do you like to travel?
3) GET INSPIRED
5) BE YOURSELF
Authenticity is key. #holidaychat
1. Practice taking pictures. Write often. Take notes when you travel.— With Love (@aandj8804) September 4, 2019
2. Interact on social media. Twitter chats are fun!
3. Like travel. Some experiences will be better than others. If you don’t like what you are doing, it will be easy to give up. #HolidayChat
Q2)— Caroline | Breaks.com (@Breaks_com) September 4, 2019
1. Find a ‘tone’ that suits you - make sure people get to know you
2. Travel!! It might be difficult with money/time, but budget for it because it’s the main focus of your blog!
3. Get involved, on Twitter, Insta or anywhere. The community is awesome! #holidaychat
A3) Without a shadow of a doubt, inspiring people to travel. Helping them find a destination that allows them to see their own country or another part of the world. #HolidayChat— Pulped Travel (@PulpedTravel) September 4, 2019
A3 the best thing is the community and just talking about travel all day long it’s made me push myself more out of my comfort zone and visit places I may not have seen otherwise #HolidayChat— Melis Living (@melisliving) September 4, 2019
Travelling more! Duh! :) Its great to get acknowledged by brands that may gift experiences or travel opportunities & its those partnerships that show you're doing great!— Michaela (@HeyImMichaela) September 4, 2019
It also about all the other bloggers online...I've only ever met lovely people through blogging! #HolidayChat pic.twitter.com/yYiIwAbdCO
Having a great excuse to spend all my money on travel, inspiring people to book trips, and learning new skills like photography and video editing. It’s all fab! #HolidayChat— Katie Jane Collins (@katiejcollins) September 4, 2019
It makes you look at things in a different way because you seek out the best things to show your readers and what they can look forward to! #holidaychat— Michaela (@Oh_So_Blissful) September 4, 2019
A4) I can't add much here as it is part time for me but those that I have seen doing so full time also seem to have been expanding on their travel blogging by providing courses or group tours, for example and some cover other niches too such as lifestyle #holidaychat— L (@Franglais27) September 4, 2019
A4 I’m not a full time blogger and don’t intend to be because I love my day job, but I think if that’s your plan then really refine your niche, invest in tools such as Lightroom Pro and Tailwind, and be patient Oh also- know your worth! #HolidayChat— Melis Living (@melisliving) September 4, 2019
A4) treat it like a job. Make sure your heart is in it. Make sure you’re actually starting to make an income from it already (and its somewhat consistent). Have a skill to fall back on or sell from e.g copywriting or photography #holidaychat— Char (@char_x0) September 4, 2019
A4) I have! I caught a transatlantic flight from London to Leeds for the icelolly event last summer #holidaychat— Char (@char_x0) September 4, 2019
#HOLIDAYCHAT a5: I've been to a few conferences run by Traverse, plus I met a few bloggers at WTM lat year ...— Barefoot Backpacker (@RTWBarefoot) September 4, 2019
They've been interesting, good to meet people I've only previously chatted to.
They can be overawing as an introvert but that's where a good brand image helps :)
Yes, been to a handful including #BlogAtTheBeach (and ill be there in a couple of weeks!)— Michaela (@HeyImMichaela) September 4, 2019
I was nervous at first as its a strange thing meeting people you only know online... but I've found the events really interesting and the people attending are so friendly! #BlogAtTheBeach
Just the one! I was terrified at first but loved every minute of it. Hope to be able to go to more! #HolidayChat— Katie Jane Collins (@katiejcollins) September 4, 2019
A5) I went to Blog at the Beach in 2017. I really enjoyed meeting some interesting travel bloggers. There is a danger that conferences become echo-chambers with the same people in the same community talking about the same things to themselves. #HolidayChat— Pulped Travel (@PulpedTravel) September 4, 2019
Join us on Wednesday 18th September 2019 at 8pm over on Twitter for our next #HolidayChat! Got a topic suggestion? Drop us a tweet - @icelollyholiday!