Top 7 Tips to Achieve Success With a Travel Blog

For travelers, starting a travel blog is not a bad idea at all. By sharing your ideas and travel experiences, you do not only derive pleasure but you also get an opportunity to make money online. Passionate travelers such as Kate (of Adventurous Kate), Matt (of Nomadic Matt), Earl (of Wandering Earl) & Stephanie (of Twenty Something Travel) have been successful in turning their travel blogs into full-time businesses, which earns them good amount of money. There are hundreds of such bloggers who have achieved success with their travel blogs.

If you have a strong passion for travelling too, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity of setting up your own travel blog. While starting a blog about travel takes only a couple of minutes, managing it successfully may take months or years.

With some expert tips at hand, however, you can also popularize your travel blog and make money from it without wasting too much time.

Given below are seven tips that you can use –

#1. Share Unique Experiences

If you want to make your travel blog really unique, avoid talking about destinations, cities or towns superficially. There are plenty of travel websites that offer general information on popular travel destinations around the world. What you need to do on your blog is share unique experiences or things or activities that very few people will rarely get a chance (or even think) to do or enjoy.

#2. Learn to Write Well

When it comes to sharing your travel experiences, you should also be able to do it in an expressive manner. You can go to any place or city of the world and indulge in as many interesting activities as you may find. But if you can’t share your story in your own unique style, it will only dilute the impact that you want to make.

Therefore, it’s important that you learn to write well. In any case, avoid copying anyone else’s style. Instead develop your own (if you don’t want to bore readers).

#3. Become an Avid Reader

If you want to become a successful blogger, you don’t just need to travel. You also need to read travel literature extensively. Find out about the most popular travel authors, books that they have written and read them to broaden your knowledge base. Subscribing to popular online travel magazines is also a good idea. If you focus on a specific niche, as a travel blogger, reading relevant travel writings can help you a great deal. To write well, you need to read really well.

#4. Take Attention-Grabbing Pictures

What’s a travel blog without pictures? A travel blog without good pictures looks dead. Like you learn to write well, you also need to photograph attractively. A well-crafted travel blog post coupled with great pictures has the potential to go viral in minutes. And you can never tell a good story without using great pictures.

#5. Be Consistent

Success doesn’t come overnight. Once you start a travel blog, you need to share your experiences, stories and other relevant pieces of information on a regular basis. If you make your readers wait for an entire week or month to read the next post on your blog, you’ll simply lose them forever. So, plan out the content strategy in advance.

#6. Stay Genuine

While sharing your travel stories with readers, you should always stay genuine. By being genuine and honest, you’ll soon be able to develop a personal attachment with readers, an essential ingredient to help you achieve success.

#7. Pay Attention to SEO

What’s your purpose of writing travel stories? Well, you do it so that more and more people can read them. Though content is always the king, you can never neglect the importance of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Most of the travel bloggers think that writing great travel content and doing SEO are two different things, which isn’t true. In fact, great writing always remains at the heart of great SEO.

Therefore, don’t let your travel blog fall deeper and deeper into an ocean of obscurity by neglecting SEO.

[It’s a good idea to seek the help of a SEO professional.]

Do you have a travel blog? Feel free to share your views or opinions.

8 Tips to Boost Bookings for Your Travel Packages

There are strategies and tactics that travel companies can deploy in order to boost bookings for their travel packages. Find out these 8 tips.

Travel companies also have one objective like other businesses which is to sell products and generate revenue. For travel businesses or tour agencies, reaching this goal is a total different issue. Travel companies can use different methods to increase bookings for their travel packages.

Explore and try out these 8 most effective methods introduced here to watch your reservation rates increase.

Register With Travel Aggregator Websites

One method to increase your bookings is to register with travel aggregator websites. Millions of customers all over the world are categorized as target audiences and served by these websites – accommodations, air tickets, tours and experiences aggregators. You can reach further with a wider customer base by registering with these websites. TripAdvisor is a great example, with a customer base consisting of 36 million members. Expedia, Viator and GetYourGuide are also some examples of tour-related websites.

Go Social

Social media platforms are used as marketing tools because it is quick and convenient which makes it very effective. It allows you to engage with your customers from across the world, travellers and to get your message out about your business. It is also cost-effective as it allows targeted approach. Travel businesses are moving towards image-driven social media platforms that support influencer marketing such as Instagram, Facebook and Townske.

Highlight Package Benefits And Unique Experiences

Businesses that have specific services and experiences add value to your travel packages that sets you apart from your competitor. It is important to highlight them as it allows your customers to compare and contrast the benefits. If your packages are able to provide unique experience to the customers, these customers will be yours.

Offer Mobile Booking

Mobile phone usage has been increasing and it is important to use this method to approach your customers to offer more convenience, immersive travel content and faster access. If you’re a travel business and you’re not mobile friendly, you’ll be missing out on this valuable pie. 40% of online travel sales are expected to come from mobile bookings using mobile apps and browsers through the different technology devices.

Localize

A travel business needs to take in consideration of local preferences and sensitivities for the different cultures and languages the world have as globalization takes over. Localization is necessary if travel businesses cater to customers in foreign markets or attracting inbound tourists. Marketing translation services, Websites and Mobile Apps will be a helping hand if a travel business wants to use a multilingual approach to connect with larger customer pools.

Digital Marketing

There are online advertising tools that allow you to get the message out about your travel packages such as Google AdWords, Bings Ads, Facebook Advertising or Instagram Advertising. Using these tools enable you to reach your target customers more precisely based on metrics such as hobbies, interests and demographics. It is critical to also optimize your ads using the right keywords, creatives, or ad copies.

Build Partnerships

Establishing strong relationships with your B2B partners can play an important role in boosting the booking rates for your offerings. Tap into new opportunities and improve the quality and delivery of your own services.

Establish Relationships With Customers

Word-of-mouth and referrals are the most credible marketing methods. Travel businesses can reward customers with offers and discounts to form loyalty and spread the word about your services. It is ideal to use existing customers to market your offerings by establishing strong relationships.

Will these strategies work for your travel business? You will never know until you try them out! 8 guaranteed strategies that have worked for travel companies across the globe. Remember these are tried-and-tested strategies. If you can adapt and make adjustments according to your travel business capabilities, resource and goals, they’ll most likely work for you!

Can You Really Travel for FREE?

There are very important reasons why the Travel Industry is looking for reliable Travel Coordinators. One of the major reasons is ‘International Travel Safety’ has become a major concern.

The Travel Industry has long since provided a way to help Americans Travel more safely. Again, this is an ancient old method of travel. Even the wagon trains traveling west were not exempt from this method.

Group Travel

Agencies are looking for Travel Addicts; I mean Coordinators all the time. I guess you are wondering why a Travel Agency would be looking for Travel Coordinators? Most people would say that would be the job of a Travel Agent. Wrong! Most Travel Agents do not travel that often. They are busy booking travel for their clients. They loose money every time they leave their office or computer. Its the Travel Coordinators that travel often.

Travel addicts are the people who arrange their life to accommodate last minute travel. Travel addicts usually will pay the rent or mortgage, however the 401K or any savings or investment of any kind is subject to finance travel at any given time.

A Group Travel Coordinator would have the following attributes: commitment, loves travel, likes people, have confidence in marketing themselves and their travel destination, can give attention to detail, love to coordinate, and can use common sense, then you qualify to Travel FREE.

This opportunity works out best when you start out as a hobby and turn it into a part-time job then a full-time business. It is not necessary to re-invent the wheel – do what others have done before you. I know one retired man who started out selling an exotic travel party in the Caribbean each year. Word of mouth took over, because people really enjoyed themselves, and now he does not have to work a 9 to 5 job. The commission from booking 300 to 500 people a year into a 5 star resort on the islands each year, pays off BIG.

I suppose you are wondering how a Travel Coordinator just starting out travels FREE? Easy, when you book 6 people or 15 people or what ever number the Travel whole seller sets; one person goes FREE.

Example: Say you have 9 people that want to go to China. You have a mark-up of 15% on the wholesale price, plus you get one free hotel and air if 6 people sign-up. Your mother and father, sister and cousin, your girlfriend and her husband want to go and the lady at the church wants to go. And when another lady at the church found out from the Pastor that Mrs. J was going, so she decided to go. (Your husband said if he wants to see China he will go to Chinatown!) So you now have 8 people, 9 counting yourself. You get one free travel pass and you can decided to lower your package price at the last minute because you did not need the extra 15% mark-up, or you can keep it for any emergency during the trip or you can use it to market your next trip. It’s up to you!

Travel Coordinator Trivia. If you can see a problem already with the above travel group, then you truly understand Group Travel. Think about how you would handle the above situation BEFORE a problem occurs.

Benefits of Self Planned Travel

The advent of the internet has really speed up and made self-planned travel more pervasive and easier. These days, travel destination, airlines, hotels, car-rental companies and others advertise their product more aggressively and allow the individual travellers to self-plan their own travels. It is an exciting new way to travel that appeals to more and more people.

The most obvious benefit here is the flexibility in the self-planned travel holidays. With this form of travel, you can customize the self-planned travel right down to the last minute details. Things and sights that travel agents avoid can now be included in the programme, allowing travellers to be more targeted in their travel objectives. Travellers can take up more unconventional destinations and activities and include these into their plans. The weirdest combinations are now possible. You can plan a wine tasting tour together with a skiing tour now. Many people interested in this form of self-planned travels, see this flexibility as a great asset.

Secondly, with the internet, choices become more varied for the self-planned traveller. Through the internet, travellers actually can have more options for flights, hotel, transport, activities and so forth. Very often, these companies are willing to offer personalize service to secure the business of these form of travellers.

The varied choices in travel products and services also mean that there is a high chance of getting the lowest price for the products or service. For example, airlines charge different rates to fly to the same destinations. For the budget conscious self-plan traveller, this lower price range is an important factor. And very often, the travel companies know this price competition is around and are willing to lower their prices or offer special discounts to travellers, resulting in travellers getting higher class products at lower cost.

Very often, self-planned travel involve a fair bit of self-drive vacationing. This offers the travellers a great way to alter or change their travel plans at will. If a town appears interesting and full of excitement, travellers might just extend their stay. If someone mention that just a couple of hundred miles down the road is an exciting place of interest, the travellers might just change their original plan and head for this new place of interest. This form of positive change makes the entire self-planned travel programme more meaningful.

Next,the group size of the self-planned travel can now be up to the travelling group. There is no more such thing as a minimum size group to travel. Small groups are also very possible for people to travel in.

Another key benefit is the improved cultural exchange between the self-planned travellers and the locals. In group tours, extended mingling with the locals are often difficult as time is limited. People are always rushing from destination to destination. But in a self-planned travel programme, travellers can afford to spend more time interacting with the local population, thus gaining more insight into the community. Self-planned travels are often repeated because strong ties are established in previous trips.

Travelling in this form of self-planned travel is indeed gaining popularity as the benefits are substantial, especially with the flexibility, ease of planning and also the cultural exchange. But before anyone head into any self-planned travel, it is important to consider some detail planning first.