So you are interested in starting a travel blog. First things first, lets clear this up…

Why Start a Travel Blog?

Is Travel Blogging Living the Dream?

Five years ago, if someone told me that I would be able to travel the world and earn money, I would have laughed. Fast forward to today, both my partner Tom and I still can’t believe that we do what we do and are able to work from anywhere in the world. Sometimes, we have to pinch ourselves to see if this is real!

When we started our travel blog, Adventure in You, it was a side thought brought about by a wine-fuelled evening. True story: shortly after we decided we were going to start a blog, Tom goes…”what’s a blog?”

What started as a passion project to stay connected to traveling now makes money to support us and our team as we travel the world. But before I begin, unlike most “how to start a travel blog” articles out there, I’m going to be real honest with you…

Travel blogging is easy but making money from travel blogging is hard. However, if you keep at it, it is possible to earn a full-time income from it. Plus we are here to help you do it even quicker than we did. Why? Simply put, we want others to be able to achieve and live this lifestyle that we love so much. It has really changed our lives and we want it to do the same for others which is why we are giving out information on how to start your very own travel blog.

Here are some reasons why we love our travel blog and why we think we are living the dream life:

  1. We can make money while traveling
  2. We essentially get paid to travel (#dreamjob)
  3. We love getting those emails and comments from our readers saying “thank you for inspiring me to travel.”
  4. We get to document our travel stories and adventures, which we can look back on later in life

Shortly after we formed Adventure in You, it became our mission to “Inspire people to DO MORE”. So whether it’s by traveling more, exploring the unknown, and taking risks. The fact that we get to inspire and share a little bit about how beautiful and awesome this world is, makes it all worthwhile. Bottom line is:

Travel blogging has given us the freedom to do what we love, anywhere in the world.

By the way, just so you know, behind all the I-work-from-a-hammock and the look-at-my-office-today photos, is a whole lot of scrambling to get decent WIFI!

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Here is that “I-work-from-a-hammock” photo for you 😉

After starting our blog, we quickly realized how lucky we are to be living in a generation where we can be location independent, travel as much as we can, and somehow find a way to make money doing what we love. While it’s not for everyone, starting a travel blog has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Through our travel blog, we’ve been able to travel across 4 continents throughout the last two years. We’ve seen the jungles in the Amazon Rainforest, jumped out of planes over the Swiss Alps, gone diving with sharks in Indonesia, and turn it into a full-time business. The truth is, I could go on and on about why you should start a travel blog but the fact that you’re reading this already means that you’re interested. So, let’s get started!

Disclaimer as of 16/08/2017: I think it is best if we are perfectly honest with you about how our current travel blog performs. That way, you know more about us and understand why you can trust our advice. At the moment, Adventure In You gets over 250,000 page views and generates around $6000 – $8000 USD every month.  

How to Start a Travel Blog

Step One: Set Up Your Domain and Hosting

Before I go any further, you might be thinking why do I have to set up and pay for hosting when there are free options like Squarespace, Blogger etc? Well, the answer is simple. If you have decided you want to make money from travel blogging or at some point you think you might, you should go with a self-hosted travel blog.

We Recommend Bluehost for Hosting and this is why…

Bluehost is the #1 most used and trusted hosting network on the internet and with our discount, it’s also cheaper than you’ll find anywhere else! The first time we wrote about starting a blog we actually had our hosting with Siteground but after some terrible customer service experiences and site crashes, we moved to Bluehost. We don’t recommend companies we don’t personally use so we made sure Bluehost was as good as everyone says and now couldn’t be happier to recommend them. When you click the Get Started Button below, you’ll be getting our special discount, making starting a travel blog even cheaper for you.

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Quick note: We are not sponsored by Blue Host in any way, shape or form. We pay for our hosting like everyone else. We are just happy to recommend them, just like you will be. If that big yellow button doesn’t work then click here to get started travel blogging with Bluehost.

 

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After you click the “get started now” button, you’ll be brought to a new page where you will sign up for hosting.

There are 3 Choices for Packages: Basic, Plus, and Prime

If you are limited on budget, the Basic plan will suit your needs just fine. You can upgrade at any time if you need too.

If you have a little bit of extra budget that you can commit, the Prime plan probably has the best value for the 36-month package. On that package, you get these included: free domain privacy, free SiteBackup Pro, and SpamExperts.

Click “Select” on your preferred plan to move to the next step.

Bluehost hosting packages

Now it’s time to choose your domain name, which can be hard at first but have some fun with it. If you are stuck don’t worry, Bluehost has an awesome feature which allows you to pick a name later on!

Also as mentioned, you won’t be charged extra for your travel blog domain name as it comes free with your Bluehost package.

Quick Tip: If you don’t have a name yet then hover your mouse as if you were going to leave the screen and this pop up will appear. Then you can come up with a name later!

Already have a blog name? Then you don’t need to use the pop-up above. From the “Sign Up Now” screen (shown below), simply type in your new domain in the left box. I strongly suggest selecting a “.com” name from the drop-down menu. After you’re done  with all this, click “next”.

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Almost done! It’s now time to create your account and pay.

I always create accounts or sign in with Google but if you rather just fill in your details in the fields that are below the google button.

Bluehost sign up screen

Further down the page, you’ll have to confirm the package that you chose and select if you want extras.

As I said before, if you are limited on budget, the Basic plan will suit your needs just fine. If you have a little bit of extra budget that you can commit, the Prime plan probably has the best value for the 36-month package.

If you want to start by just paying for 12 months at first, feel free. It’s up to you, but you’ll spend more per month if you choose a shorter plan.

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You will see now that if you sign up through our link, you can save over $180 by using our special discount which we negotiated with Bluehost just for our readers! (Please note the discount varies depending on Bluehost’s own promotions)

Also, taxes depend entirely on what country you start your blog in. If you see taxes added to the total amount, it’s the local government tax and can’t be avoided. Some countries don’t charge tax on hosting and some do. That is just the way it is but if it’s there it is not usually more than $25.

Now enter your credit card information, tick the “I confirm” box and then click “submit”.

Payment for Blog Hosting

Boom, that’s the hard part all done!

Step Two: Set Up Your Bluehost Account

You will now be prompted by Bluehost to create a password for your account. After you create your password, WordPress will begin installing on your account automatically which is another great thing about Bluehost.

After you create your password and sign in, you will be prompted to select a theme so you can start designing your new travel blog. Finally, you will receive emails from Bluehost with your account and WordPress information.

After that, welcome to your new travel blog!!

This is a big moment in your travel blogging/internet journey. From here, you will write your blogs under “Posts”, create pages in yep, you guessed it, the “Pages” section and alter the look of your blog under “Appearance”. Take your time looking around as you enjoy this moment!

The Next Steps After Starting a Travel Blog

Now, before you leave our travel blog to start working on your own, take 5 minutes to ask yourself, why do you want to write a travel blog? Is it to make a bit of extra income on the side? Is it to eventually turn it into your main source of income? A good tip that we’ve started applying in anything that we do is determining your WHY. Your why will largely affect the type of blog you’re going to run and how much work you’ll put into it. So think about it long and hard (yeah, I just said that).

Personally speaking, travel blogging has allowed us the freedom to live a lifestyle that I only used to dream about. Never in my life did I think it was possible to travel the world or do temporary stints living in Bali, Ecuador, or Chiang Mai all while growing our online business. Like I said earlier, it’s not easy to make money travel blogging….but all the things that are worth pursuing never are. My word of advice, if you’re passionate about something, go and pursue it.

So now you’re all set and ready to start travel blogging. Go to your favorite travel blogs out there and see what type of articles they write. Good travel blogging is a mix of being a great storyteller while still being informative.

The last tip that I have about starting a travel blog is to enjoy the whole process! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all the information online but as soon as you put your head to it, things will fall into place. If you want more information on blogging tips and resources, keep an eye out on our blogging section.

P.S. Send us the link to your travel blog once you’ve finished setting it up!

Related read: How Starting a Blog Changed Our Lives

Disclosure: Some of the links in this article are affiliate links. That means that if you buy anything through our links, we get a small commission at NO EXTRA COST to you. This commission will help us maintain this site so we can keep producing awesome free content for you. Happy travels!


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  • EvaSturm of TravelResponsibly

    Thank you for sharing this step-by-step guide. I wish there would have been such a clear guide when I started my blog. I did most of it by intuition since most of the help guides are not very userfriendly for people who have no knowledge of programming etc. I still learned some bits and pieces to apply to my blog now with your post 🙂

    • Awesome!! Glad it helped @evasturmoftravelresponsibly:disqus Some people get overwhelmed because of the technicalities of it!

  • Phil Web Design

    Some great tips here. Im also a travel blogger and have may travel related websites. Most of my money tho is made through adsense. Im also using hotelscombined as well. It doesn’t seem to pay much tho.

    • We’ve had some success with hotels combined but for us, booking.com seems to perform better! We opted to go for a private media site for ads over ad sense!

  • Super thorough post! Will send this to a few friends that were asking 🙂

    • Thanks @Mostlyamelie:disqus we would appreciate that 🙂 🙂 If they have any questions please let us know. – Tom

  • Great guide! Blogging really can change your life, but I think anyone reading really needs to take on board that it is super hard work and success doesn’t happen overnight – and is not guaranteed! I think that’s one of the best things about the internet though – anyone can give it a go!

    • Definitely! People underestimate the time put into it…but I wouldn’t exchange it for the world!

  • Danik Bates

    Great guide for those who are starting out. Love blogging and use wordpress all the time. It has a lot of advantages which are now paying of for us 🙂 Keep on blogging on my friend

  • Vishal

    I have been blogging for a year now, and still found couple of good things from your article. It is very important to start correctly, otherwise, one can be lost in uncertainty.

    • Cheers @disqus_QSluQ7BX9h:disqus appreciate you reading!

  • Vyjay Rao

    Great guide for a budding blogger. It was amazing to read all the steps which are so informative. A lot of hard work goes into creating and maintaining a travel blog. But if done in a right way, your blog can go places, or rather take people to places.

  • This is the most insanely comprehensive guide! As a fairly new travel blogger, this is such a good post for me, but also one that I will keep referring back to. I don’t now if I ever want to make money from my blog, but I will definitely think about it now!

  • Karla Ramos

    I love the guide that you just wrote. This is so comprehensive and very honest. Goodjob you guys and keep it up. Keep inspiring people to travel .

    • Thanks @disqus_karlaroundtheworld:disqus, appreciate it! 🙂

  • Jenn Brown

    Okay, I really wish I had read this a year or two ago! Especially the part about setting up a WordPress account and your own domain name. I’m going to share this with a few other people I know who are interested in doing this full time. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thank you for the kind words and for sharing. We really appreciate it 🙂 If they have any questions let me know. – Tom

  • I’m just now getting started as a travel blogger, and I wish I would have found your page sooner. This post laid out pretty much everything that it took me months to find. You gave me some extra helpful nuggets that I didn’t know yet too, though so THANK YOU!!! 😀 I bought a themeforest theme for my blog recently though, and I am having a lot of trouble with it. I emailed them and they are telling me to use a manual installation through an FTP or something like that. Does that sound right to you guys? Thank you!!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words!!

      Ah strange. It depends on some of the rules that was set when you set up your wordpress platform ie you might not have certain permissions to install certain files that are X big or change X things. (if that makes sense).

      In this case you have two options. Either head to ht access file find and change the permissions there or the easier option as recommended by their support would be to upload the file via FTP. Once you do this you will be able to select it from the Theme section of your admin 🙂

      Let me know if you need help with doing it. – Tom

      • Hey Tom, THANK YOU so much for the kind response. I am so lost, and I have emailed them a few times now with the same answers. I have never used an FTP and I managed to download File Zilla, but I don’t know what login info and port I am supposed to use. None of the tutorials have helped with that and I’m sure it’s something easy that I’m just overlooking. It’s not the actual theme that won’t load but a plug in that is a necessity to use on the theme. I am just stuck right now. :/ I have tried to unzip it and upload it from it’s own folder, and now am to the FTP option twiddling my thumbs… If you don’t mind offering some help I’d GREATLY appreciate it!!! Thank you!!

        • Ok, I decided to download CuteFTP instead through my host. I am able to logon, and I can see all of my files now, but when I try to drag and drop it won’t let me. I think I’m close, but not quite there yet.

          • Hey, I am so sorry I didn’t reply sooner. I only just saw this. For future reference email me at tom (@) adventureinyou.com. I reply to my emails daily so will get back to you much quicker.

            Any update on this? If you are still stuck I can do it for you 🙂 Just drop me an email and I will help. Not a problem.

            Cheers @bethfontainecreative:disqus

  • Ahh @disqus_dSooa6qqQ8:disqus that is a whole new world just waiting to be explored haha. Best of luck. Fire us an email if you have any questions. – Tom

  • Awesome, thanks for reading and best of luck! Keep going!

  • Hi @abigailshiers:disqus . Thank you so much for reading and for your comment. It meant a lot to us 🙂

    So pleased you started and best of luck with your blogging adventure. Try not to put too much pressure on your self with it and enjoy the ride 🙂 – Tom