Freelance travel blogging. Get paid to write while you travel. Nothing could be better than that, right? Absolutely.
But if you are new to the crazy worlds of freelancing and travel blogging, you may need some tips to help you bridge the gap between those pursuits and when you hit the ground running.
Here are a few things to consider when you head off on your first paid adventure!
Freelance Travel Blogging Tips – Get Paid to Write While You Travel
#1 Make sure you get paid
Being a travel blogger doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to make money. You could simply view your travel blog as your digital diary, with no desire for a readership any wider than your two best friends (and yourself in 50 years).
But wouldn’t it be nice to get noticed and to be paid for your work? Getting paid for travel blogging may not be the dream at the start, but for many people, it soon will be.
For me, when I bill my clients, I use an invoice template. Here’s why.
Let's say that you wrote this amazing blog post about a recent travel trip. Now, a reputable city noticed it and now someone wants to pay you to write a blog for them.
Before long, that singular client is going to become five clients. Then 20. Then 50, and beyond. And why not? If you’ve got the skills, why not get paid for it? But that’s the problem. How are you going to get paid?
Typically, first-time travel bloggers don’t place enough value on paydays. With lots of clients in the pipeline, a few late clients won’t be that big a deal, right? The truth is that every travel blogger experiences clients that drag their feet regarding payment. Invoicing software provides itemized billing, payment due dates, and payment methods. It works.
Instead of you having to worry about what needs to be paid, etc, your invoicing software will do it for you.
#2 Pick a travel blogging theme
When putting yourself in the window as a travel blogger, be aware that nobody wants to read a blog without a theme.
That’s no to say that your entire blog has to stick to one theme, but rather that each individual blog must belong to a subset of blogs on a theme.
Basically, throw out the notion that anybody cares about stand-alone blogs. People want a series that draws them into the place you are visiting.
What does that mean? Let’s say you visit Bangkok and write one blog about a festival. That stand-alone blog holds some merit. But wouldn’t you rather read someone’s festival tour of south-east Asia?
People like to make comparisons. We all love to develop an appreciation for things based on context. Give your audience comparisons and context to work with, and your monthly views will very probably start to climb the graph.
#3 Be Interesting
If you don’t want to blog, don’t blog. Nobody is making you do it. If you don’t want to tap out hundreds and hundreds of words and sit up late at night cross-checking all of your facts, the ability to do a good job will show in your work. You have to be interesting. You have to do the research and show some willingness to add value.
If you are not interested, you can never hope to be interesting. And that’s when your work becomes a watered-down Wiki page of uninspiring conversational factoids.
Write about the things you love and it will benefit you and your readers.