Keeping your travel blog up-to-date while traveling is not an easy task. You’re forced to balance internet time, with writing time, with traveling time, and of course – with socializing time.
I’ve been in New Zealand on a working holiday for the last four months. Throughout this time, I’ve done my best to juggle work commitments, along with traveling, and of course along with keeping Backpackingmatt updated. This is by all means no easy task. However, these seven tips will allow you to successfully balance your backpacking experience along with keeping your travel blog full of valuable content for your readers.
1.) Buy yourself an iPhone. Put aside all those stereotypes you may have about those who are constantly connected to their PDA and buy an iPhone. It will allow you to stay connected with your Twitter followers, keep on top of your emails, and the iPod feature will drown out that snoring man in the hostel bunk above you.
Don’t allow yourself to become constantly connected to it – otherwise, you’ll end up missing out on the experiences you go backpacking for. Yet if you can strike the right balance, you’ll be able to use your iPhone as a productive tool for maintaining your travel website.
Anil over at Tech Guide for Travel has a guide for jailbreaking your iPhone so you can use it on the road.
2.) Set up a weekly schedule of posts. Print off a calendar for the week or month you’re going to be away and pencil in your ideas for posts as they come.
If you stick to this schedule, you’ll have much of your planning done before you even start writing. I’ve found a weekly feature such as my Monday Escape or my Friday Travel Photo takes away much of the stress of deciding what to publish throughout the week.
3.) Make notes as you travel. Keep a small notebook with you and write down your ideas for posts as you travel. You know that feeling when you’re hit with an idea that’s going to blow your followers out of the water – have that notepad ready so you don’t forget any of the details to your post.
4.) Seek out help from others through guest posts. Instead of neglecting your blog for days or weeks at a time, look to others in the travel blog community for help. I think most of us are happy to help out fellow bloggers, it’s just a matter of asking. Also, don’t make them think of a topic. Consider their travel experience and their background and give them an idea of what you’d like them to write.
Also, don’t limit yourself to only seeking help from others in the travel blog community. Think about the people you meet on the road. I think many travelers who don’t have blogs have stories and advice they’d like to share. Often, they’ll appreciate the opportunity to see their hard work on your website.
5.) Don’t simply rely on your writing – mix up the content on your blog. Dealing with the stress of writers block? As they say, “a picture says a thousand words,” so add photo essays to you blog to illustrate your travels.
If you have the time, consider making a travel video. This will allow your followers to take in the areas you travel to in a whole new way. Realize there is a lot of work involved in making a video, but I feel a lot of payout as well. It allows your readers to see and feel the places you travel to.
6.) Plan ahead and seek out media rates for tours and other travel experiences. Don’t underestimate what you can offer travel companies – a chance at advertising to a large group of independent minded travelers and backpackers.
I’ve been shocked at the success I’ve had in sending out emails to New Zealand travel companies. You can offer them the opportunity to have their product reviewed on your website in return for a complimentary or a discounted tour. Present your website in an honest way, and tell them what they have to gain from you reviewing their product. They get the publicity, you get a post.
7.) Lastly, and arguably most importantly, don’t let the blog become work you don’t enjoy. If you wanted to be stressed out, you’d be sitting in that office cubicle working 8 – 5. If you miss a couple days or a week of posts, let it be. Enjoy your travel experience and go back to the blog when you have the time.
Do you have a tip for maintaining your travel blog on the road? Please share it in the comments section below.