How to Be a Travel Blogger

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  1. by Chris on August 13, 2015  6:50 am Reply

    Hi Vicky,

    I am going to be setting up my own travel/lifestyle blog and (although the advice you gave is wonderful and all) still have a few questions. I really love your site, style and tone and I have seen a lottt of blogs as I'm sure you have. You aren't too wrapped up in that pretentious, hipster way of describing everything and throw your personality at a location not just repeat how beautiful/nice the people are (aka everything that has been said before. I think what you are doing is great.

    Anyway, so I'm also not very tech savvy. So basically:
    > set up a Wordpress .com with a theme (is it better to pay than get a free one? How much can I mess about with the layout, number of pics etc? I really wana upload videos is this feasible?)
    > Get a webhost, will that be around 5 quid per month? How much do you pay as the speed of your website is perfect

    Then is that it as far as getting it up and running goes?

    Hope you can answer me, I know you seem very busy.

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    Chris 26 (Bristol, UK)

    • by Vicky on August 15, 2015  10:35 pm Reply

      Hi Chris, thanks for your message and I'm really happy to hear you like my blog so much! I know what you mean about all the OTT / everything's great kind of travel blogs, very proud to read you think mine is different :).

      I set up my blog originally with an org, which was fairly easy to change. If you know you want to be serious about it from the start then you can just go straight for the .com. Having a .com allows you to play around with it all a lot more, and to customise the site more to be how you want. Unless you have a very clear vision I'd advise you to just get started, rather than start worrying about every aspect. I'm sure any blogger would tell you that their site is a constant work in progress.

      I am hosted by hostgator but to be honest I wouldn't really recommend them. I'm looking to change. I pay $60 for half a year. I need to upgrade but it's all very confusing!

      Yep, that's what I pay – so $18 to Wordpress a year, $120 to hostgator per year and then around $10 for my domain name a year to 123reg.com. That's it.

      Just let me know if you have any more questions.

      Vicky :)

  2. by Dave on October 7, 2015  12:57 pm Reply

    Hey Vicki, that's awesome advice. I might want to get a co.uk but i notice bluehost doesnt offer co.uk.

    Do a lot of hosts not offer hosting for uk domain names?

    • by Vicky on October 12, 2015  11:42 am Reply

      Hi Dave, it's always better to get the .com as people trust it more and it has other benefits too. Most hosts will offer you the .co.uk so you could buy that too if you wanted to make sure you had all bases covered, but it's not neccessary.

  3. by Natalie on October 18, 2015  11:54 pm Reply

    I LOVE that you have a blogging tips tab! I felt like my prayers have been answered when I saw it! I am an aspiring travel blogger and I am kinda walking into it blindly- but I can't help but follow my heart and figuring it out along the way. I haven't paid for anything yet- but I am looking to reach out to more followers. I know consistency, great photos and good content is the to achieve this. Do you have any other suggestions? I hope one day I can be in a position to help other bloggers like you do.

    Natalie

    • by Vicky on October 20, 2015  4:14 pm Reply

      Hi Natalie, check out my Travel Blogger High series http://vickyflipfloptravels.com/travel-blogger-what-to-write-about/ and this article here: http://vickyflipfloptravels.com/starting-a-travel-blog/. I have loads of general advice on site – feel free to have a look around!

      Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll be happy to help.

      :)

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  5. by Casey on December 10, 2015  5:14 pm Reply

    Hi! The picture with the "10 easy steps" links to a different post instead! Would really wanna read the 10 easy steps!

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  7. by Long Nguyen on June 29, 2016  8:49 am Reply

    thank you very much for your sharing picture and infomation

  8. by Đại lý Toyota on July 20, 2016  5:00 pm Reply

    Hi Vicky,
    Thanks for your posts. It is easy to find travel information, i love travel to. Hope one day I will travel all around the world!

    • by Vicky on July 22, 2016  6:10 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get to too :) Good luck!

  9. by Lucy and Sarah on July 27, 2016  1:49 pm Reply

    Your posts were so useful for us beginners. Been following what you write on festivals and travel for a while now but we hadn't noticed these blogging tips (how i don't know!) Thanks for all your insights!

    • by Vicky on August 1, 2016  12:53 pm Reply

      Ah no worries. I'm happy to help and glad that you can learn something from my experience. Hoping to write some more very soon :)

  10. by Kimberly on January 4, 2017  6:38 pm Reply

    Hi. I will be going to Alaska in March working for Holland America Princess as a Tour Guide/Driver. The end of my contract is in September then I will likely be working on a cruise ship. I want to start blogging. Should I start blogging now or wait until I get in Alaska? If I should start blogging now what do I blog about until I leave? Any suggestions would be helpful.

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