Anyone can start a travel blog — but starting a quality travel blog is a much more involved task. It involves time, it involves investment, and it involves a LOT of work.

If you want more people than just your friends and family to read your blog, if you want strangers to find your blog and thank you for it, and if you want the possibility of making money with your travel blog someday, this is how you want to go about starting it.

You’re ready. You’ve chosen a travel blog name, you have a few posts in mind, and you have some tantalizing travel plans on the horizon. Fantastic.

Install Plugins:

Here are the plugins that I recommend for new travel bloggers and all of them are free!

  • Akismet — Keeps spam under control (and yes, you will get LOTS of spam otherwise!)
  • Comment Reply Notification — Notifies commenters when they have a new reply to their comment. (It’s a courtesy thing.)
  • Contact Form 7 — Allows you to install a simple contact form so people can email you through your site.
  • Digg Digg — Displays social media icons on a floating sidebar, making it easy for people to share your posts.
  • Facebook Social Widgets — See that little Facebook widget on my right sidebar? That! Makes it easy for people to become your fan on Facebook.
  • FD Feedburner Plugin — Manages your feed, your stream of new content.
  • Google XML Sitemaps — Makes it easy for search engines to find your content.
  • nRelate — Puts little images of related posts at the bottom of each post, showing people more content they might like.
  • Photo Dropper — Helps you add Creative Commons photos to your site the easy way and cites them legally. You should use your own pictures whenever possible, but this is good when you don’t have pictures from certain destinations.
  • Ultimate Google Analytics — Installs Google Analytics, the industry standard of measuring your site’s visitors and traffic.
  • WPTouch Mobile Plugin — Makes your site look nice and easy to read on mobile phones.

Secure Social Media Handles:

Grab your desired screenname on each of the big ones— Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and yes, Google+. Try to keep your name the same across all domains, except for Google+, which uses your full name.

Start an Email List:

Do you really need an email list? Ask any marketer or web guru — an email list is the single most valuable thing that your site can have. People are far more likely to see your content via email than they are by any other social network, and while social networks come and go, email addresses are here to stay.

My first big blogging mistake was not starting an email list at first. When I finally did, I made my second big mistake — starting it on Mailchimp, a free provider. Today I use Aweber, the best email service out there, and I’m kicking myself because I wasn’t using it from the beginning.

Join Travel Blog Success:

If you want to build the kind of travel blog that eventually earns money, join the best resource:Travel Blog

I didn’t want join Travel Blog Success at first. I didn’t think I needed it, and being a contrarian by nature, and the fact that so many top travel bloggers were members made me not want to join.

Eventually, I became a member and I was blown away by how beneficial the content was. I had access to all the lessons, all the webinars and interviews, and best of all, a fantastic private Facebook group full of helpful bloggers who are always eager to talk about how they’re building their blogs and earning money. In short, this is the resource that will help you build the best blog you can — and get paid for it.

Now What? Blog Prolifically and Be Patient

I always tell new bloggers to write at least four times a week to start. In your early days, blogging prolifically is the best thing you can do — because you’ll develop your voice, you’ll see what resonates with readers, and you’ll gain a greater understanding of what your blog should be.

Know that it’s not easy. It will take a long time and a tremendous amount of work before you gain a valuable audience interested in what you have to say on a regular basis. But once you do that, the perks in this field are OUTSTANDING.

Choosing a name for your travel blog.

Here are the most popular options for choosing a name:
Option 1: Your Real (or Professional) Name
Option 2: A Variation of Your First Name
Examples:
Travels of Adam, Backpacking Matt, or Brooke vs. the World
Option 3: A Location-Based Name
Examples: The Brooklyn Nomad, The Aussie Nomad or Traveling Canucks
Option 4: An SEO-Friendly Travel Term
Examples: Solo Female Traveler, Go Backpacking or Two Go RTW
Pros: Lots of traffic; lots of site value; potentially great for business. It could also make you look like a well-established traffic.
Option 5: A Creative Travel Term
Examples: Wild Junket, Migrationology or Velvet Escape
Option 5: Something Outlandish
Examples: Bacon is Magic, Beers and Beans or Trail of Ants

Once you’ve found a name you like, be sure to answer the following questions:
1. Is it available as a dot-com?
2. Is it simple? Concise? Easy to remember? Easy to spell and pronounce? Understandable to non-travel bloggers?
3. What does Googling it bring up now? Does someone else have a similarly named site? Does it bring up porn?
4. Is it available on social networking sites? Is it available on Twitter? On Facebook, YouTube, Flickr? It will always be easy for people to find you by keeping the same screenname on each site, so be sure it’s short enough as well. Plus, who owns it on Blogger and WordPress?
5. Does it lock you in? Sure, if you’re teaching in Osaka for a year, “Jamie in Japan” might seem like a great blog name. But what if you decide to teach in Argentina next? Or, what if you decide not to teach anymore?

Finally, picture yourself arriving at a luxury hotel in your dream exotic location. Flash a smile and say with confidence, “Hi, I’m [name], the founder of [blog name].”
How does it feel?
If it’s right, it will feel right.

Tell me, travel bloggers: how has your blog name worked out for you?

Content topic How To:

  • How To Pick The Right Name For Your Travel Blog
  • How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on
  • How To Make Friends in a Hostel
  • How To Be a Good Couch-Surfing Guest/Host
  • How To Survive a Long Haul Flight
  • How To Dress Like a Local in ______
  • How To Overcome Homesickness
  • How To Pack a Suitcase in 30 Minutes
  • How To Cook ______
  • How To Travel With a Pet

Example:

  • How To Fly & Be Fly
  • How To Learn a Foreign Language Without Leaving Your Bed
  • How To Start a Travel Blog via Adventurous Kate
  • How To Make Money While Travelling via Twenty-Something Travel
  • How To Eat Alone Without Feeling Awkward via The Happy Passport

Lists

Grocery lists, to-do lists – in the real world, lists can get a little annoying. But in the Internet kingdom, lists are some of the most popular creatures of the realm. Serious, informative or hilarious, they have one thing in common – they are concise.

The people of the Internet have one thing in common, which is their goldfish-like attention span. If you organise your post under a few neat headings, you’re more likely to hold their attention.

  • World’s Most Underrated Beaches
  • Most Under/Overrated Cities in the World
  • Top 10 Gay-Friendly Destinations
  • Best/Funniest/Cutest Travel Blogs
  • 10 Ways To Spot an American Abroad
  • Advantages of Travelling Solo
  • 20 Reasons To Travel Full Time
  • Most Creative Ways To Save Money For Travel
  • 15 Destinations For First-Time Backpackers
  • 5 Ways To Be a Tourist in Your Hometown

Example:

  • 5 Luxury Holidays on a Budget
  • 6 Evil Foods You Should Avoid in Beijing
  • 7 Questions All Long Term Travellers Hate
  • 10 Ways To Get Past Moscow Face Control
  • 30 (Dis)Advantages of Being a Third Culture Kid

Personal

One of the reasons why travel blogs are so popular is their deeply personal nature. People love reading about other people‘s experiences – not reading a dry “Best Places To See” article written by a travel agency.

Aside from that time you got diarrhoea in Bangladesh, people love hearing about your experiences on the road. Just thinking about the highlights of your recent trips might give you a dozen amazing travel blog post ideas.

Few people will be interested in a hourly report about your transatlantic flight, but who wouldn’t love to hear about that one time when you got assaulted by a gorilla, kissed by a dolphin or… You tell me!

  • My First Time Abroad
  • Never Have I Ever Travelled To…
  • What’s in My Bag?
  • How I Found Love While Travelling
  • Places I Am Afraid of Visiting
  • Why I Hate/Love ______
  • My Bucket List
  • How I Learned A Foreign Language
  • My Scariest Experience On the Road
  • That One Time At Band Camp

Example:

  • Girl vs Globe: My Bucket List
  • Why I’m Terrified of Visiting My Dream Destinations

Quizzes

I’m completely obsessed with BuzzFeed quizzes. Seriously – an hour ago I took the “Who Is Your ‘Boy Meets Girl’ Soulmate?” and I’d never even heard of the show up till then. Regardless, knowing that Eric Matthews – whoever he is – would be my soulmate on that show makes me feel like I’m getting to know the true me.

Is it ridiculous? Absolutely. Am I the only one doing it? Absolutely not.

  • Where Should You Travel Next?
  • What Kind of Traveller Are You?
  • Which Country Should You Live In?
  • Are You The Next Blogging Superstar?
  • Which Language Should You Learn?

Example:

  • What Country Do You Actually Belong In? (I got Japan)
  • What City Should You Actually Live In? (I got Portland)
  • What Type Of Traveller Are You? (I got Intrepid Explorer)

Specific Destinations

If you’re running a travel blog, chances are you’ve travelled a fair bit yourself. So what if you’ve been stuck in your office for the past year (not literally of course – if you’ve been stuck in your office for the past year, you should most definitely inform the authorities!).

Your past experiences should give you enough material for a full-length destination piece. Travellers love hearing their fellow kin’s travel tips!

  • Visiting ______ On a Budget
  • How Not To See ______
  • The Most Overlooked Sight in ______
  • Why ______ Is The World’s Best City
  • ______ vs ______: Which Is Better?

Example:

  • Beijing, China: Temple of Heaven and Yonghe Lama Temple
  • Berlin Wall: A Battleground for Human Freedom
  • Dublin, Ireland: A Pint of Jameson With a Shot of Guinness
  • Naschmarkt, Vienna: 16th Century Food Market
  • London, UK: 5 Free Things To Do in Camden Town

Travel Inspiration

  • If You Had a Million Dollars, Where Would You Go?
  • Backpackers vs Glampackers
  • Why Taking a Break From Social Media Can Be Good
  • Hostels vs Airbnb
  • If You Had One Week To Live, Where Would You Go?
  • How Travelling Can Help You Fight Depression
  • Do Travellers Live Longer?
  • Why You Will Regret Not Travelling On Your Deathbed
  • Travellers With Severe Disabilities
  • Inspirational Travel Quotes

Example:

  • Get Up and Leave: Why You Should Travel Today
  • 5 Inspiring TED Talks About Travel
  • 12 Ways Travel Makes Your Life Better
  • Host a contest
  • Feature a guest post
  • Interview someone
  • Run a poll
  • Share a recipe
  • Write a review
  • Start a weekly feature
  • Publish a photo essay

 

I started Legal Nomads primarily as a travel blog for my family and friends. After saving money while working a lawyer for 5 years, I quit my job in 2008. My plan was to travel the world for a year and then return to the law. I figured it might be fun for people who knew me to come along for the ride online.

It has been 9 years, and I have yet to return to the practice of law. This deviation was a bit of a fortunate accident, because I never intended Legal Nomads to become my job. But as time went on, the site’s popularity grew and the projects I worked on multiplied with the new audience. What started as nomadic living has morphed into a home base in Oaxaca, Mexico, with exciting work in food and storytelling.

Unfortunately, due to a significant health crisis, the Legal Nomads blog is on hold indefinitely. Thank you for your understanding.

Legal Nomads began as a vaguely chronological recounting of my time living and eating abroad. I wanted friends to follow along, and I loved to write. As a celiac who traveled, food was an important part of my days. I needed to know what to eat, and what to avoid so that I did not get sick. Through the lens of mealtimes, I was able to learn so much more about a place and its people. I also discovered a deep abiding love of soup.

Legal Nomads evolved from a personal blog to a multi-focused platform for food, stories, and photography.

Here, readers will find a community that connects storytellers who want to dig deep into a new country, in-depth food guides to cities around the world, and a long set of resources to help plan and budget for long term travel. From my end, I want the site to remain an inspiration to those who crave a life of travel and exploration, but one that also sets realistic expectations about the sacrifices unconventional choices require.

Legal Nomads focuses on food, but also the human experience in a modern digital world.

In recent years, Legal Nomads has won several Lowell Thomas Awards and North American Travel Journalism awards for writing and photography. It has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian, Fast Company, BBC Travel, CNN, and more, as well as on the blogs and sites of many of my readers. For a full list, please see my press/pr page.

In addition, the Links I Loved Newsletter, highlighting the best pieces from around the web in any given month, has been growing steadily as a curated digest of longform writing.

More than anything, Legal Nomads is about a lifelong dedication to learning as much as possible and connecting to others through food.

My travels evolved from living out of a backpack for several years, to now having a home base in Mexico and moving around for 4-6 months of the year.

If you told me back in 1998, when I went to law school, that I would be running a food and travel business from around the world in 2017? I would have laughed at the impossibility. I thought I would be a lawyer in New York and eventually shift into a public advocacy legal role. Never did I think I would be a writer and public speaker.

I grew up in Montreal, Quebec, and spend my childhood skiing and playing soccer and not really thinking about long-term travel or food. It wasn’t until I saw a documentary about Siberia in high school that I began to think about heading there myself, a seed that grew bit by bit as the years went by.

Prior to founding Legal Nomads, I worked for 5 years in New York as a corporate lawyer, having studied in Canada and then accepted an offer at a firm in Manhattan. My school debt was minimal due to Canadian tuition rates, and as I practiced law I was also able to save up for my dream trip.

I set out in 2008, with Siberia as the impetus for a sabbatical from the law. As I travelled, I found something new happening: I started to pick places because of the food. Learning about countries and their history became far more fascinating when seen through the lens of mealtimes, and I wrote about food more and more on the site starting in 2010. By 2012, when I published my first book, The Food Traveler’s Handbook about how to eat safely and cheaply around the world, food had eclipsed almost everything else as I roamed.

I am also a celiac, and part of why I continue to share on Legal Nomads is to help others with the disease travel safely and with less fear. The Gluten Free Travel Guides aim to arm celiacs with more knowledge and less panic as they explore the world.

I am honored that my writing has resonated with a growing community of readers. I’ve tried to share the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, and the stories that I learn along the way.

Understandably, people want to know how to make an unconventional job work. No, I don’t have a trust fund. No, I don’t have a rich boyfriend. Yes, these are actual questions that I’ve received.

My writing slowly grew from passion project to platform for a few different revenue streams, each built upon the foundation of this site. I am fortunate that this site began in 2008, before the travel blogging sphere was established and saturated. My readership grew considerably year by year, and eventually I was able to shift away from blogging and toward the projects below.

I am really proud of these beautiful hand-drawn maps of food that I designed. They were inked by the talented Ella F. Sanders, and are available in black and white. I’ve got posters (below!), tote bags, and t-shirts. Presently, Italy, Vietnam, Portugal, Thailand and Mexico are in the store, with 10 countries planned.

Gluten Free Restaurant Cards for Celiacs. I’ve bought and used existing gluten free restaurant cards while traveling, and still gotten sick. The reason? They don’t account for the names of local dishes, and cross-contamination issues. For celiacs, avoiding gluten isn’t a choice and consequences aren’t simply an upset stomach. I created these paid cards and accompanying free celiac guides in order to help others with the disease eat safely around the world.
Occasional freelance writing for magazines and websites. I do not pitch stories in advance, but have licensed photography and written destination or food-based writing pieces for publications around the world, including The Guardian and the BBC.

Speaking at conferences about food, storytelling, and branding in a crowded digital world. These are paid opportunities, and allow me to put these years of writing to work in a different medium. Please see my public speaking page for more information.

Street food walks in Oaxaca, Mexico. I started feeding hungry readers in Saigon, upon their request. Part reader meetup, part eat-up, I took them around the city and introduced them to the wealth of great food. Now based in Oaxaca, readers have asked for the same. I offer 3-4 hour street food crawls to vendors I love in town. Yes, there is mezcal. Learn more here.

I published my first book in 2012, called The Food Traveler’s Handbook. It’s about how to eat cheap, safe and delicious food anywhere in the world.

And finally, still in the works: a storytelling course about how to to craft better narrative in a digital world. Part neuroscience of story, part nuts and bolts of how to write, the course will be four weeks long and limited to 10 people per ‘class’. You can learn more here.

Site policies, disclaimer, and keeping Legal Nomads ad free:

When the site began attracting more attention, I received offers for sponsored posts and text links, as well as ad offers. I decided to keep the site ad-free, and have maintained that throughout my years of travel.

Book reviews:

I sometimes summarize or list out books of interest to readers, particularly those about food or ones I read when I was traveling from A to B. Best books posts: Part 1, Part 2, and food books. I welcome emails about books you’ve written, especially if they are food-related. Occasionally publishers send me free books to read, which I include if I enjoy them and leave out if I do not. I also have a long post called A List of Books that May Change your Life, with input from readers.

Product reviews:

I do not cover products or review them. Instead, I post about what I actually travel with on my Travel Resources page.

Amazon Affiliates:

In posts where I reference books I’ve read or product I’ve used, I link to the product on Amazon.com or the manufacturer’s page, where I receive an affiliate percentage of the purchase price. If you click on a product I recommend and it is sold via Amazon or that manufacturer, I will receive a minimal percentage of the sale price (4%-6%, usually). I do not link to products I have not tested or verified.

No sponsored posts, embedded links, or guest posts:

I do not accept sponsored posts or embedded text links, nor do I take guest posts.

The exceptions are longer term brand ambassadorships, such as the Wanderers in Residence program with G Adventures, who I worked with previously, for 6 years. This includes work with Lonely Planet’s Pathfinders program (which I’ve been a part of for over 2 years). I always disclose, and only work in long term partnerships with companies who provide value and help people travel effectively and sustainably.

Ads generally:

No no no. No ads, display or otherwise.

No pop ups:

I know, I know, they work. I hate them. So they won’t be on Legal Nomads.

TL;DR Legal Nomads isn’t monetized via advertising or sponsored content, but rather through the creative projects and writing. The site is ad-free. Any affiliate links are products I have used or can vouch for and am comfortable attaching to my reputation online. I will continue to maintain this integrity and treat readers with respect, as I would want to be treated online.

People often ask if my travels have been fulfilling, or if I regretted taking off. In my “why I quit” post I wrote about moments of overwhelming happiness on this journey. That’s not to say every day has been perfect, but on the whole I have been lucky enough to explore some extraordinary countries, meet terrific new friends and eat as much food as possible.

Some posts along those lines:

On the ups and downs of having had no home base during the last many years of building Legal Nomads.
On how travel has helped me keep life in perspective in the long and short term.
On homesickness and what it means to be ‘home’ in a world of in-betweens.
On learning to cope with chronic pain.
I’ve also put together a FAQ post for the questions I’ve received most from readers, and the rest of my personal stories are here.

10 tips for starting a kickass travel blog

Blogger, Confessions, Get Inspired, This will probably get me hate mail

Here are my 10 best tips for starting a successful, kickass travel blog!

1. Pick a really good name

You have about 2 seconds to make it count – pick a damn good memorable name the defines what your blog is all about.

If you want my advice, and you are looking to break into the travel blogger community, avoid the following words if possible:

  • Global
  • Nomad
  • Adventurous
  • Wander
  • Journey
  • Backpacker
  • Travel/traveler/traveling
  • Vagabond

Plugins

  • Askimet – protects you from spam
  • Digg Digg – floating sidebar for social shares
  • Jetpack
  • WP smush.it – shrinks file

Social

  • Facebook Page (not personal profile)
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Pinterest
  • Google +
  • Youtube/Vimeo
  • Tumblr

I would focus on Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat.

Join Travel Blog Success

one of my most popular posts this year was how I make money as a travel blogger 

However, if you are really serious about building a travel blog that will lead to work and getting paid to travel the world, I really suggest joining Travel Blog Success.

TBS is a community of very experienced and up and coming bloggers who are positive, helpful people looking out for travel blogging as whole. We all help each other.

It’s the only travel blogging group that I am active in, so if you ever want my advice on anything, you will find it here. There are amazing forums and a secret FB group where you can ask anything you want without fear of judgement or hostility, and a series of courses that you can work through to help build you blog from the ground up to pitching your first press trips. There are webinars on so many different topics from experts in their fields to help you – I’ve given an hour long webinar with all my Instagram secrets in it.

And I can’t say too much yet, but there are some exciting things happening in the Travel Blog Success community in the next few months that I am deeply involved in, so it’s a good time to join!

Also I might as well mention here, if you really want help and to keep your blog running strong, I suggest getting your site managed by a professional. These are the guys who keep your blog updated and running smoothly, who fix things when you break them, back up your site, and save your life when your site goes down, etc. Right now I am using Performance Foundry which is run by a blogging friend of mine and couldn’t be happier – for me it’s worth every penny.

Create a solid “About Me” page

I have been meaning to update my About Me page for 2 years. Don’t go look at it. For an awesome example, check out Jodi’s from Legal Nomads instead here.

I am mentally chiding myself as I write this BUT I am saying it for you guys – the About Me page is likely one of the first pages people will click on when they land on your site. Make it count.

Start creating and sharing amazing content 

If you’re a photographer, share your best photos.

Create tutorials to help non-photographers take better pictures.

If you like making videos, make Youtube your blogging platform.

If you’re a writer, share your stories, tell your tales, don’t worry about being wordy.

At the end of the day, people usually say it takes at least a year for you to start making money travel blogging. I blogged for 2 years for fun. 1 year working towards being able to do it full-time, and I’ve been doing it full-time for two years since.

It is SO MUCH WORK, I can’t even begin to explain how much work goes into this. You have to love it. Passion is what is going to drive you and keep you going, especially in the beginning when you aren’t even being paid for it. So protect that passion and run with it.

15 BLOG POST IDEAS FOR TRAVEL BLOGGERS

Hey fellow travel bloggers! Today I’m here to share a little inspiration to help get you out of a serious case of writer’s block. Trust me, you’re not the only blogger to fall into the ‘I don’t know what to write about’ rut. It happens to every single one of us and it sucks! First of all, I highly recommend not writing anything if you don’t have anything to say instead of forcing yourself to write a ‘meh’ post just to get your weekly credential in. However, sometimes we really want to write, we just have no friggin’ clue what to write about.

A friend of mine just asked me the other day how I figure out topics for my blog, and 9 times out of 10 it’s you, my readers, who inspire me. I read every single comment and TRY to answer every single email, and I often get asked the same thing multiple times. That’s how I know I should blog about a certain topic, because if a few people reach out to ask me about something, there must be a lot more who are genuinely interested as well?

Here are 15 writing prompts for you to use on the topic of travel/expat life.

1. Introduction Post. Tell us a little bit about yourself! It may seem redundant, especially if readers have browsed your about page, but it’s always good to introduce yourself, who you are, what your travel story is to new readers! If you’ve noticed a recent spike in blog numbers, this would be an opportune time to do a short intro post and maybe open up the comments section for a little Q & A!

2. Travel Budgets/Living Expenses. Reality check: blog readers are nosey. Everyone is curious how so-and-so got to travel to _____, and if you feel like opening up yourself a little bit to share budgets and living expenses where you are currently situated, you most likely will get a good response! I’ve been wanting to write about our travel budgets for SO LONG, but have yet to find time to actually sit down and crunch the numbers over our last trips around New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Hawaii, and the Philippines. Soon and very soon.

3. What advice would you give a first-time traveler? Do you remember the first time you traveled, or the first time you lived abroad? What were the fears, concerns, and questions you had before hand? What are some things you WISH someone would have told you?

LIAL posts for reference: What 1,095 Days of Travel Has Taught Me, Five Things You Should Do Before You Start Traveling, Tips on Moving Abroad

4. Instagram. There are so many fun posts you could write because of Instagram! Share what you’ve been up to lately on Insta (you probably update your Instagram account more than your blog), write about your favorite accounts, or maybe even share your top tips on growing your numbers. Instagram is purely visual, and it makes for some pretty posts!

5. Awkward + Awesome. I love living overseas. There are so many crazy stories we have to share with each other (for a good laugh) and with others as long as we live! It’s also fun to have an outlet and a way to share those stories with your blog readers. A really good way to do this is by writing an Awkward and Awesome post! The Daybook used to do this and I loved reading them! If you decide to start writing these posts, please leave your link in the comments so I can read them!

6. Your Camera Bag. Yet again on the nosey thing. I love learning what people capture their travels with. Maybe it’s the photographer in me, but every-time I look and read blogs that have pretty pictures, I can’t help but wonder what equipment they use. Is it just me?

What’s in my camera bag? Glad you asked.

7. Weirdest food you’ve ever eaten. I’m not super adventurous in the food aspect of travel. I usually order things I can somewhat recognize and won’t potentially get a crazy sickness over. That being said, I have eaten a few strange things. This might be a post for another day, but I was once offered raw cuddle fish cut straight off the fish moments after it was taken out of the ocean. Since we were living in an Asian culture where refusing food would have been deemed an outright insult, I obliged, but will never eat it again (if I can help it).

What about you? A person doesn’t have to be living outside the US to experience weird foods. There are PLENTY of strange things offered for consumption in the 50 States. Have you eaten something super weird? Write about it. I enjoy learning which bloggers are ultra-adventurous/gross in the food department.

8. Backpack vs. Suitcase. Are you a backpacker or do you like the freedom of a roomy suitcase? There are pros and cons to both, and each side of the argument passionately things they do things best. Let’s stir up the pot a bit and learn why you pack the way you do!

9. Favorite Travel Apps. We’re talking mobile-only here, but what are your favorite travel apps? There is a vast amount of apps in the travel market, and sometimes it’s nice to learn what others use for booking airfare, subway routes, restaurant locations, and even on-the-go photo-editing!

10. Foreign lingo. Have you spent some time abroad and know a little foreign language? Show off your skills with a post about key phrases for where you live or have lived. If you’re wanting to go a little universal, maybe write a post on” 15+ ways to say hello around the world” or something similar!

11. Travel Guides. I only recommend writing travel guides for a specific city or country if you have lived there for a long enough amount of time you are absolutely sure everything you have written on your guide is the very best of the best. I understand locations change in the blink of an eye, and a guide written a year ago may not be relevant today, but seriously, if you visit a place for 3 days, you most likely don’t know the ‘ins and outs’ of it (honest truth). I would much rather read a guide from someone who has lived in a specific city for 1+ years than from someone who dropped by on a quick vacation.

So with that said, if you have the knowledge and experience on a particular location, please share it with the world! You never know who could be traveling through the area, and your guide might be helpful! You don’t have to live outside the U.S. to do this!

12. Tutorials. As a blogger you probably have strengths in certain areas, and by sharing your knowledge of those areas, you can help other bloggers learn and grow! Are you good at SEO? Design? Photography? Social Media? Posts about these topics are always popular and well-searched, because bloggers know by mastering the art of these key topics can set their blog above the rest.

13. Life Lately/Day in the Life. In all the hype about writing posts relevant to travel, we sometimes forget to personalize our blog. It’s easy to fall into the trap of sounding like an online magazine or some sort of travel advice robot. Break things up a bit by sharing your life with readers. You don’t have to get down and dirty, but make it personal…if you’re comfortable, be sure to share your struggles as well as your achievements! As an avid blog reader, I want to know how I can relate to you as a person trying to stay afloat in this crazy fast-paced life. If that makes sense?

14. Bucket List. We all have them: top travel destination bucket lists, country-specific bucket lists, achievement bucket lists…why not share your goals with your readers? It’s also fun to have a list you can actively visit and cross off the things you’ve done.

15. What Does Travel Mean to You? Why do you travel? Why do you choose to live outside your comfort zone as an expat abroad? How has travel changed you (for the good or for the worse)? Here’s what travel means to me.