So, you want to start your own travel blog. Well, you're not alone. Travel is one of the most popular topics to blog about. Anyone who has taken time out to go travelling has at least thought about starting their own blog to chronicle their adventures.
And travel blogs can be a great resource for those with a bit of wanderlust in their hearts. They make travelling look so glamorous and exciting that it's no wonder you want to get into the game.
But, before you go hammering out your first 1,000 words, it's worth asking yourself a few questions about the why's and how's.
With that in mind, here's our 101 guide to starting a travel blog – and the questions you need to consider in order to ensure that your blog is a success.
Why do you want to blog?
Starting a travel blog is a pretty big commitment. You're going to be out there exploring the world and taking in new experiences, and it can sometimes be difficult to find the time or the energy to sit down and write when you're travelling.
However, if you love to write, you're reasonably tech-savvy and you're prepared to commit some time and effort to it then your travel blog could be a real success.
You might even be able to make some money from your blog. Really successful blogs can bring in significant revenue from ads and sponsored articles. If you've managed to build up a big following, it's certainly worth asking for free upgrades in exchange for a review.
But making money shouldn't be your primary motivation. You're much better off thinking of your travel blog as a fun hobby rather than a money-making scheme, because the vast majority of travel blogs will never earn a cent, but they can still be well-written, engaging and satisfying to produce.
What are you going to say?
Once you've decided why you want to keep a blog, it's time to consider the content that you're actually going to put online. Obviously, updates on your travels and the people and places you've visited are a great place to start, but there's plenty of other fun stuff you can write about too.
Why not offer tips and advice to other travellers looking to follow in your footsteps? If you've found a particularly great deal on travel insurance, you could share it with all your readers! You can also use your travel learnings to educate people on how to get the best deals on hotels and flights.
At the end of the day, it's important to think about who's reading your blog and what they want to get out of it. The best way to attract readers is by providing useful, interesting information. Start there, and you'll be well on your way to owning a genuinely popular blog.
How are you going to say it?
Now it's time to consider the nitty-gritty, technical stuff. Where are you going to publish your blog? How are you going to write it while on the road? Are you going to include videos or pictures? This is all stuff you'll want to think about in advance.
There are plenty of great, free blogging platforms available online. WordPress is very popular (very, very popular – about 20 per cent of all the websites on the net currently use WordPress), so that might be a good place to start.
Depending on where you're travelling, taking a laptop or a tablet along for the ride can be a good idea, as it will allow you to blog on the go.
Can you think of any other top tips for budding travel bloggers?