What would you do if you had $100 to spend today? What if you had $10,000? How about a $1 million? What does this say about you?
What’s one thing you’d change about your appearance if you could? What’s one character trait you’d change?
Take a reader through your idea of a perfect day.
If you were King of the World for a single day, what would you do?
If a magic genie gave you one wish (with the rule that you can’t wish for more wishes!), what would you wish for?
What’s your idea of the perfect job?
If your life had a soundtrack, like a movie, what songs would you include? Why?
If you could instantly be the best in the world at anything, what would you choose?
If you could change places with anyone for a single day, who would you pick and why?
What are the top five qualities you would look for in a spouse?
If your house was on fire and you could only save three possessions, what would you take?
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have three books, what books would you choose and why?
If you knew you had only year to live, what would you do? What if you only had one day? One hour?
What would you attempt to do if you were guaranteed not to fail?
If you could go back in time two or three years, what advice would you give yourself?
What is your mission in life?
If you could go back and relive one day of your life, which day would it be and why?
Describe your alter ego — someone who is your exact opposite.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?
If you could get the answer to any question, what would you ask?
1. Introduction Post. Tell us a little bit about yourself! It may seem redundant, especially if readers have browsed your about page, but it’s always good to introduce yourself, who you are, what your travel story is to new readers! If you’ve noticed a recent spike in blog numbers, this would be an opportune time to do a short intro post and maybe open up the comments section for a little Q & A!
2. Travel Budgets/Living Expenses. Reality check: blog readers are nosey. Everyone is curious how so-and-so got to travel to _____, and if you feel like opening up yourself a little bit to share budgets and living expenses where you are currently situated, you most likely will get a good response! I’ve been wanting to write about our travel budgets for SO LONG, but have yet to find time to actually sit down and crunch the numbers over our last trips around New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Hawaii, and the Philippines. Soon and very soon.
3. What advice would you give a first-time traveler? Do you remember the first time you traveled, or the first time you lived abroad? What were the fears, concerns, and questions you had before hand? What are some things you WISH someone would have told you?
3 1/2. LIAL posts for reference: What 1,095 Days of Travel Has Taught Me, Five Things You Should Do Before You Start Traveling, Tips on Moving Abroad
4. Instagram. There are so many fun posts you could write because of Instagram! Share what you’ve been up to lately on Insta (you probably update your Instagram account more than your blog), write about your favorite accounts, or maybe even share your top tips on growing your numbers. Instagram is purely visual, and it makes for some pretty posts!
5. Awkward + Awesome. I love living overseas. There are so many crazy stories we have to share with each other (for a good laugh) and with others as long as we live! It’s also fun to have an outlet and a way to share those stories with your blog readers. A really good way to do this is by writing an Awkward and Awesome post! The Daybook used to do this and I loved reading them! If you decide to start writing these posts, please leave your link in the comments so I can read them!
6. Your Camera Bag. Yet again on the nosey thing. I love learning what people capture their travels with. Maybe it’s the photographer in me, but every-time I look and read blogs that have pretty pictures, I can’t help but wonder what equipment they use. Is it just me?
7. Weirdest food you’ve ever eaten. I’m not super adventurous in the food aspect of travel. I usually order things I can somewhat recognize and won’t potentially get a crazy sickness over. That being said, I have eaten a few strange things. This might be a post for another day, but I was once offered raw cuddle fish cut straight off the fish moments after it was taken out of the ocean. Since we were living in an Asian culture where refusing food would have been deemed an outright insult, I obliged, but will never eat it again (if I can help it).
8. Backpack vs. Suitcase. Are you a backpacker or do you like the freedom of a roomy suitcase? There are pros and cons to both, and each side of the argument passionately things they do things best. Let’s stir up the pot a bit and learn why you pack the way you do!
9. Favorite Travel Apps. We’re talking mobile-only here, but what are your favorite travel apps? There is a vast amount of apps in the travel market, and sometimes it’s nice to learn what others use for booking airfare, subway routes, restaurant locations, and even on-the-go photo-editing!
10. Foreign lingo. Have you spent some time abroad and know a little foreign language? Show off your skills with a post about key phrases for where you live or have lived. If you’re wanting to go a little universal, maybe write a post on” 15+ ways to say hello around the world” or something similar!
11. Travel Guides. I only recommend writing travel guides for a specific city or country if you have lived there for a long enough amount of time you are absolutely sure everything you have written on your guide is the very best of the best. I understand locations change in the blink of an eye, and a guide written a year ago may not be relevant today, but seriously, if you visit a place for 3 days, you most likely don’t know the ‘ins and outs’ of it (honest truth). I would much rather read a guide from someone who has lived in a specific city for 1+ years than from someone who dropped by on a quick vacation.
12. Tutorials. As a blogger you probably have strengths in certain areas, and by sharing your knowledge of those areas, you can help other bloggers learn and grow! Are you good at SEO? Design? Photography? Social Media? Posts about these topics are always popular and well-searched, because bloggers know by mastering the art of these key topics can set their blog above the rest.
13. Life Lately/Day in the Life. In all the hype about writing posts relevant to travel, we sometimes forget to personalize our blog. It’s easy to fall into the trap of sounding like an online magazine or some sort of travel advice robot. Break things up a bit by sharing your life with readers. You don’t have to get down and dirty, but make it personal…if you’re comfortable, be sure to share your struggles as well as your achievements! As an avid blog reader, I want to know how I can relate to you as a person trying to stay afloat in this crazy fast-paced life. If that makes sense?
14. Bucket List. We all have them: top travel destination bucket lists, country-specific bucket lists, achievement bucket lists…why not share your goals with your readers? It’s also fun to have a list you can actively visit and cross off the things you’ve done.
15. What Does Travel Mean to You? Why do you travel? Why do you choose to live outside your comfort zone as an expat abroad? How has travel changed you (for the good or for the worse)? Here’s what travel means to me.
1. Write freely. Grammar and editing can come later. Sit down and just write for one minute without stopping.
2. Find a local busy coffee shop and describe the scene around you.
3. Have you fallen in love with a destination, new tradition, or new language? Tell the world about it!
4. Pick one new thing you learned today. Tell the world.
5. Describe an obstacle you overcame.
6. Tell a story about the people you are traveling with or people you have met.
7. What`s in your travel bag?
8. Write about your favorite dish or snack from where you are and how it is prepared.
9. Write about the most amazing moment of your trip so far.
10.What is the ideal outfit to wear in your location?
Write about your hometown or where you live – Just because you know your city like the back of your hand doesn’t mean that everyone else does. As travelers, we tend to forget that the place we constantly like to leave may be a destination on someone else’s bucket list. When I travel, I like to meet the locals, because who better to show you this city? Likewise, who better than yourself to show off your home to someone visiting?
Interview others in the travel industry – A great option to write about when you’re stuck on your next post is to try to interview someone in the industry. Send a few emails out to some of your peers, some travel writers which you look up to, and see who bites. They might want to go both ways with you and have you answer questions for them. Similar to a link exchange, reciprocal interviews can be a win-win for both sites.
Make a list – Lists (“Top 10 of…,” “15 Best…,” etc.) are great ways to quickly come up with a blog post. Not only are lists great way to keep readers amused and/or sated intellectually (at least for a few minutes), lists are great at building backlinks to your site, increasing your site views. Lists are always popular, and people and other websites who find them will more likely link back to them as a result. They are also able to be scanned through quickly, because it is easy to get the gist of each point in the article. When someone searches for the best places to eat in Rome, or the most famous tourist spots in Paris, lists are almost always at the forefront of the results. As a travel writer, pick a topic and a destination, such as food and Rome, and get to it! Don’t come up with a number first; get as many points as you can, and when you are satisfied, that’s your number.
Tell a story – Haven’t traveled lately? Don’t assume that you’ve worn out all of your travel stories just yet. Tell a story from a childhood trip, perhaps, or maybe even something that happened on your commute to work; you can take these stories and show how they are relevant to your traveling today. For bonus points, write with some humor!
Write a “How To” – Once you’ve been somewhere once, you at least have a slight say as to what local fare to eat, the sights to explore, and the activities to do. Why not write a guide explaining the steps that you took, and what the next person should/should not do? Like lists, these are also great ways to gain hits to your site, as they are quite search engine-friendly.
Talk about history – I remember several years ago when the debate between “travelers” and “tourists” was raging full-strength. However, I believe that every traveler is somewhat a tourist, and of course every tourist is a bit of a traveler, even if only for the moment. So, as a traveler and a tourist, I believe that relaying some historical facts and figures and stories about certain places would really be appreciated. Most written material talks about the hottest places to go and the most popular activities to try, all thing current, leaving the historical record behind. Communicating the story of the location can help travelers appreciate the place they are going to visit. Also, similar to learning just a bit of the destination’s language, knowing a few points about the local’s past will endear you to them exponentially more than remain ignorant.
Reviews – On your travels, and as you do so more and more, you undoubtedly acquire items which you just cannot travel without; maybe it’s a travel pillow, the perfect piece of carry-on luggage, or an indispensable passport wallet – whatever it is, when you can’t think of much else to write about, write a few pros and cons about that dear item. There is much mistrust lately among consumers over review sites, as there have been countless instances of paid sponsorships. Even Yelp.com has been under scrutiny as there have been reports of companies paying individuals to write good ratings for them or write horrible reviews for their competitors; a review from a travel blog would stick with somebody. Similarly, if you’ve had a shitty experience with something, write about it and let people know!
Answer basic questions – Let’s say you just went to Germany. Though you may think that everyone knows even something so simple as the fact that Berlin is the capital of Germany, it doesn’t hurt to allude to this as an answer in a new article. You won’t believe the amount of hits Google gets querying these most “basic” of answers, and it makes sense. Not everyone is geographically inclined, and different parts of the world are familiar with different segments of the map. Don’t assume that everyone knows something just because you do. Add substance to the article by expanding the content to include a little history, key facts, and other information; answering more questions than somebody searched for can really be only helpful.
Be introspective – As a traveler and a blogger, I often describe physical or tangible experiences, such as the look of an old synagogue or the taste of an enchilada cooked on a makeshift grill from a stolen shopping cart; however, it is a good idea to write once in a while about your feelings and what’s going through the ol’ noggin. Dedicate a whole post to an introspective look once every few months. This will give your readers a little more insight into what makes you travel, and it will allow them to perhaps feel more connected to you on some levels.
Write about the news – The travel industry, especially lately, always has developments and updates, yet most of these never make headlines from any large news source. Writing once a week or once a month on the latest news in the travel world is a great way to keep people up to date, and it will really set your blog apart. Don’t be afraid to write about even the most trivial of updates; someone is bound to appreciate you mentioning that a new, inexpensive hostel has opened in Quito, or that there is a pilot’s strike going on in Paris.
Post photos and videos – Almost all of us take photos while abroad, to remember the moments we had or to document a beautiful building, for example. Videos are growing ever-more common, as well, as video cameras become less expensive and more compact. A great idea for a post is to take a special photo or video and share it; write a small description but make it succinct.
Communicate legends – Cultures around the world and all their differences really excite me, and I love learning every little fact that I can about each one, as they help me feel a greater connection with the people I am about to meet or have just met. Say you meet a native while abroad, and somehow a local legend gets told to you over a beer. Stories such as these make for compelling reads, and many of your readers will appreciate the interesting addition to their guidebooks.
Post a favorite recipe as an article – I am not a “foodie,” per se, but I do enjoy trying local foods of various places I travel to. When you blog about your travels, you write about your favorite destinations, your experiences, the nightlife, the people; why not post a recipe of that tasty dish you tried? This will add a totally new dimension to your blog and set you apart from other websites. In the U.S., I can easily find recipes of the foods of other parts of the world, whether online or otherwise, but they never feel authentic. Sites like AllRecipes.com have many people adding their takes on each dish, but wouldn’t it be great if you got the legit Indonesian Sate Ayam recipe from a mother you met in Bandung, rather than the myriad anonymous versions online? Explaining to your readers that your recipe is authentic, and providing them with a backstory, is a great way to gain readers’ approval and positive feedback.
Inform readers of the foreign lingo – Similar to recipes, perhaps you picked up a few colloquial phrases when you were abroad, and they are useful and not found in many language guides. Share these with your readers, along with pronunciation and context, and someone ought to be grateful for the article sooner or later.
Ask your readers – To keep up the valuable relationship that exists between your site and your readers, it is necessary to interact and make them feel welcome and important. Look through some of your old comments from readers; there are often many pointers or tips that can be expanded into an article. Ask the readers questions, communicate on Facebook, take polls on Twitter; construct the results of your questionnaire or poll into a blog post, and this kind of post will usually have people more than willing to continue the conversation.
How To Pick The Right Name For Your Travel Blog
How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on
How To Make Friends in a Hostel
How To Be a Good Couch-Surfing Guest/Host
How To Survive a Long Haul Flight
How To Dress Like a Local in ______
How To Overcome Homesickness
How To Pack a Suitcase in 30 Minutes
How To Cook ______
How To Travel With a Pet
World’s Most Underrated Beaches
Most Under/Overrated Cities in the World
Top 10 Gay-Friendly Destinations
Best/Funniest/Cutest Travel Blogs
10 Ways To Spot an American Abroad
Advantages of Travelling Solo
20 Reasons To Travel Full Time
Most Creative Ways To Save Money For Travel
15 Destinations For First-Time Backpackers
5 Ways To Be a Tourist in Your Hometown
5 Luxury Holidays on a Budget
6 Evil Foods You Should Avoid in Beijing
7 Questions All Long Term Travellers Hate
10 Ways To Get Past Moscow Face Control
30 (Dis)Advantages of Being a Third Culture Kid
My First Time Abroad
Never Have I Ever Travelled To…
What’s in My Bag?
How I Found Love While Travelling
Places I Am Afraid of Visiting
Why I Hate/Love ______
My Bucket List
How I Learned A Foreign Language
My Scariest Experience On the Road
That One Time At Band Camp
Girl vs Men traveling
Why I’m Terrified of Visiting My Dream Destinations
Where Should You Travel Next?
What Kind of Traveller Are You?
Which Country Should You Live In?
Are You The Next Blogging Superstar?
Which Language Should You Learn?
What Country Do You Actually Belong In?
What City Should You Actually Live In?
What Type Of Traveller Are You?
Visiting ______ On a Budget
How Not To See ______
The Most Overlooked Sight in ______
Why ______ Is The World’s Best City
______ vs ______: Which Is Better?
If You Had a Million Dollars, Where Would You Go?
Backpackers vs Glampackers
Why Taking a Break From Social Media Can Be Good
Hostels vs Airbnb
If You Had One Week To Live, Where Would You Go?
How Travelling Can Help You Fight Depression
Do Travellers Live Longer?
Why You Will Regret Not Travelling On Your Deathbed
Travellers With Severe Disabilities
Inspirational Travel Quotes
Get Up and Leave: Why You Should Travel Today
5 Inspiring ME Talks About Travel
12 Ways Travel Makes Your Life Better