How to start a travel blog

February 4, 2019

The Fancy Francy covers a lot of travel content, however, I would not consider this a true travel blog. Travel blogging is different from fashion, beauty, or even lifestyle blogging. It is a unique form of writing that requires incredible attention to detail. Basically, you have to be mindful to capture every detail as you are experiencing it. With that being said, below are the tips I have learned from writing about my many trips.

1. Record Everything: Okay, that may sound a bit aggressive but seriously, jot down everything each day. There is no such thing as having too much detail. People visit travel blogs for information. The more detailed and precise you can be the better. How did you book your trip? Did you have an amazing meal? Where was it? What did it look like? And how much did it cost? These are just some of the many important questions you will want to answer throughout your trip. I usually keep notes on my phone each day as events are happening to make it easier to write about later. Once you finish your trip, be sure to prepare your blog post as soon as possible. The more recent the easier it is to recall facts and details.

2. Photos take Planning: It’s no secret that photography is a huge part of blogging, especially travel blogging. Unless you have an amazing travel companion that takes reliable quality photos, you may want to consider hiring a photographer in the cities you visit. I own a professional camera and I am pretty good at taking photos however I end up with no photos of myself from trips. I also travel with a selfie stick and a tripod to take my own photos when possible. For my trip to Cuba, I hired a photographer in order to have quality photos of myself in addition to the photos I took of the city on my own. Sadly my photographer canceled at the last minute (more on that in my Cuba post..) which brings me to my next point.

3. Expect the unexpected: Even if you plan the perfect trip, something will go wrong. Hopefully, that something is minor but even if it is major try to have a contingency plan. If it rains one day, do you have a backup indoor activity you can do such as a museum? If your photographer cancels do you have a selfie stick or tripod you can bring along? Although selfie sticks make you look like the ultimate tourist, they can be a lifesaver for taking your own photos on vacation.

These are just a few of the tips I’ve learned through trial and error as I have traveled over the years. Although these tips are simple they are definitely easier said than done. With that being said, make sure you are still living in the moment despite your attempt to record your experience.

Below are some items to help you get started. Comment and let me know if you have a travel blog or have thought about starting one of your own.

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