Have you ever wanted to start a travel blog? Have you started one but could use some inspiration on what to write about or how to structure your posts?
When I was a teenager I desperately wanted to be a travel writer. Since then I’ve focused my travel blogging on events and festivals, however, the idea of traveling the world and writing about my adventures is still an unrealised dream.
I’ve started writing more travel-related articles to dip my toe in, and one of the reviews I published on Trip Advisor went kind of viral, but I’d love to do more. If you have wanderlust burning in your soul and you want to be a travel writer, below are 10 travel blog post ideas (plus 10 Coinciding Writally Blog Post Recipe ideas) to inspire you.
#1 How to – Solve a Travel-related Problem
In a how to post, your aim is to present a problem and offer a step-by-step, in-depth solution to that problem. You can also offer more than one solution to a problem.
An example of a how to post in the travel context might be:
- How to pack light for a 6 week Winter adventure
In this case, the problem is how to fit everything you need into a lighter case or backpack for a longer trip in the cold season. This is a common problem.
How-to Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Teach the Reader How To | Solve a Problem – One Solution In Depth | 200 to 400 words | Guest Blog | Helped | Guru | Seasonal
#2 Checklist – Your travel checklist for…
A checklist post is where you give the reader a handy list to keep them on track with a task or goal. An example of travel checklist could be:
- Don’t forget these tech gadgets on your next overseas conference trip
This blog post will give the reader a checklist for what to include in their suitcase for this specific goal.
Checklist Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Checklist | Action Plan | 200 to 400 words | Facebook Page | Enlightened | Authority | Evergreen
#3 Accommodation review – Write a resort or hotel review
In a destination or place review you want to share the highlights as well as the pitfalls. A balanced review will cast a critical eye over different aspects of a place or experience, from ambiance and check-in to food, room quality, and facilities. If your review is a sponsored post, you’ll need to comply with your country’s advertising regulations in terms of disclosing free accommodation or travel.
An example might be:
- How to Lose Your Kids in 5 Days at Nuvo Resort, Bali [Review]
This post would focus on how a specific resort catered to kids and would be aimed at young families.
Review Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Review | Place | 400 to 600 words | Own Website/Blog | Relieved | Hero | Evergreen
#4 News report – About a destination
Tourism destinations are subject to external issues like weather conditions, political and social issues and events. A great example of this is Airlie Beach, that was recently pummeled by Cyclone Debbie. Recovering from a disaster quickly is a top priority, so helping fellow travelers and the tourism destination by reporting on the recovery effort is both newsworthy and a public service.
- Most Whitsundays Resorts Set to Reopen Monday Following Cyclone Cleanup
News Report Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Share an Update | Public Event/Story | 200 to 400 words | Own Website/Blog | Reassured | Guide | Time Specific
#5 Destination Event Roundup
Write a roundup of what’s happening at a specific location. All destinations have regular and special events and visitors often want to know what’s on at different times of the year. When you share a roundup of events that are coming up, that helps your reader plan their trips accordingly.
An example roundup headline might be:
- Bay Area Festival Season Event Guide
Roundup Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Share the Highlights | Place | 400 to 600 words | Own Website/Blog | Fascinated | Guide | Time Specific
#6 Product/Gift guide – for Travel
Write a guide for specific kinds of travel needs. Writing product guides for travelers can be really useful, particularly if you focus on one particular travel style or destination.
Here’s an example:
- The 10 Best Mobile Phone Chargers to Give An Avid Traveler This Christmas
Product Guide Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Product/Gift Guide | Product | 400 to 600 words | Own Website/Blog | Happy | Guru | Seasonal
#7 Call to Action – to Attend a Specific Event
Use this blog post type if you want to encourage your reader to get out of their comfort zone and do something different, eg. attend an event.
In this post-type, you’d share your own experience to inspire the reader to take action.
An example headline might be:
- It’s Time to Get Out of your Comfort Zone and Into your Hippy Gear and Garlands
Call to Action Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Call to Action | Sign Up | 400 to 600 words | Own Website/Blog | Inspired | Revolutionary | Evergreen
#8 Inspirational/Motivational Story – About a Travel Experience
Sometimes the best stories and the tales where you tell someone what not to do and this is a great device to use in an inspirational or motivation story. People love reading cautionary tales. A. because they’re funny and B. because it spares them grief from an unseen problem. They are both amused and grateful at the same time. There are many ways to approach a motivational story. This is just one.
Here’s an example:
- What not to do if you want to avoid pickpockets in Rome
Inspirational Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Share an Inspirational/Motivational Story | About Yourself | 400 to 600 words | Own Website/Blog | Concerned | Comedian | Evergreen
#9 Interview an Interesting Character at a Specific Destination
Every place has its unique characters and finding them can be a memorable experience. There is an art to interviewing and having a structure handy for your interview can be very helpful. That’s what we found last year when we interviewed about 45 patrons at the Woodford Folk Festival. We used Writally interview recipes to guide many of the interviews we did at the 2016 to 2017 event.
Here’s an example:
40 Years of Fairy Floss: Nat Drury on the magic he creates every summer at Virago Harbour
Interview Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Interview Someone | Interesting Character| 600 to 800 words | Own Website/Blog | Happy | Empath | Evergreen
#10 Announce a Travel Blog Competition/Giveaway
This last one is for if you run a promotion on your blog, like a holiday for two or a day in a resort spa. Many tourism establishments are more than happy to give away free nights in exchange for promotion on a travel blog.
- Win Two Nights in the Rydges, Southbank
Competition Travel Blog Post Recipe Ingredients:
Announce a Competition/Giveaway | 25 Words or Less| 200 to 400 words | Own Website/Blog | Happy | Hero | Time Specific
Over To You
Whether you’re already a travel blogger or you dream of being one, this list can help spark some ideas to help you keep the adventures alive on your blog. Give one of them (or all of them) a try today. What do you like to blog about? Tell us in the Writally Facebook Group or in the comments below.