Maintaining A Travel Blog When You’re Not Traveling

Since my Ecuador and New York trips last fall, I have not done any traveling. Sometimes life gets in the way, and your plans to travel just don’t happen. If you have a travel blog, it can be difficult to write regular posts when there seems to be nothing to write about.

I realize there are some travel bloggers who make a full-time living traveling. They have plenty to write about with regular posts about their adventures and experiences. I want to address the rest of us – the majority who have day time jobs and still maintain a travel blog because they love to travel. Even if it is only 2 or 3 times a year.

When you don’t travel, what do you write about on your travel blog?

1. A Travel Book Review

I recently wrote a book review about Happier Than A Billionaire, which is about living in Costa Rica. If you love to travel, you probably like to read about it. I know I do.  I have read many travel books, and sharing a review on your travel blog provides other travel lovers insight on the book. Provide an honest review and include a link to where to buy it.  I am currently reading another travel book, which I will soon post a review here.

2. Local Places and Events

Write local. Check out local events and write a review.  Visit museums, restaurants, bars, outdoor activities, strange attractions, or anything in your local city. Maybe you live in a small town. Write about something unique and a reason to visit. Interview local residents and create a story there. When you can’t get on a plane to travel, get in your car and find a travel story. Last month, the Indulgence Festival in Colorado Springs included chocolate, wine, and savory food from local vendors. There’s a story.

3. Funny Travel Stories

Sometimes you can live vicariously through others, this includes travel, too. Maybe your friend has a funny story from his or her last trip. Think about your past travel adventures. You may have it in a journal somewhere or remember it well enough to relive it. Write a blog post about it.

4. An Old Trip with a New Story

Look through some old photos. Did you write about that particular place? I know when I travel, I may only write about one particular city or experience. But we often have many experiences and if you have not written about it yet, create a blog post.  I backpacked through Europe for ten weeks. I know there are other travel articles I can squeeze out of that trip that has not been written yet.

5. Travel Gadget Reviews

If you are a backpacker or a luxury traveler, you have your favorite gear that you just can’t live without. Contact the manufacturer and see if they will sponsor a post about that piece of gear. I wrote a SCOTTeVest review because I absolutely love the vest. I have written other reviews as well. Sometimes, sponsors will contact you. Just be sure you write a truthful review and point out the benefits and who would likely use this piece of gear.

6. Travel Tips

This is an all-encompassing topic and include travel tips for certain groups of travelers or tips from your own personal experience. Think about times you have traveled to a place and what tips would have come in handy before you went. They could also be general travel tips. Use your creative side and come up with a few posts on tips for travelers.

6 Responses to Maintaining A Travel Blog When You’re Not Traveling

  1. I’ve also thought of this, cause I’m planning to create a travel blog, and since I’m not a regular traveler, I thought it might be hard to keep the blog updated since there’s nothing much to post after your trip. But thanks for this suggestions, it’s quite helpful.

    Rachel April 10, 2013 at 2:00 am Reply
    • Yes, I normally travel pretty regularly, this year has just been a little bit different, so it is good to have other things to write about.

      Julie April 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm Reply
  2. I enjoyed reading your post. I liked your 3th post on the funny stories.
    I write on Yosemite and used that point to write about my mist trail hike.

    Glenn April 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm Reply
    • Stories are always great for travel writing. Thanks for sharing!

      Julie April 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm Reply
  3. Stories are a must, the more interesting the better! In 1 month, my wife, myself and our two best friends are going on a 6 month+ journey across the planet. I’m hoping to maintain and keep our blog up and as interesting and engaging as possible with videos, pictures and just all around nonsense! It’s a great place to review gear ill be using as well!

    Matt April 24, 2013 at 4:15 am Reply
  4. I deal with this frequently. I usually unveil my articles about a destination slowly, so that I can space out the stories over a few months. That helps cover for the later periods of non-travel.

    Scott - Quirky Travel Guy April 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply

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