Perks Of Being A Travel Blogger

There are more than 164 million blogs in the world…

A girl blogging at Alone Beach, the Philippines

hundreds of which are travel blogs.

Some statistics show that 3/4 of people who decided to become travel bloggers, quieted it in less than 1 year after the blog launch. Lack of time, too much work involved, tiredness – these are only few reasons. However, being a travel blogger has its perks. The longer you blog, the more beneficial it is for your travels, career and finance. Although it takes time and a lot of effort to build an audience, you can see the result of your hard work quicker than you think.

Here are some benefits of being a travel blogger, as along as you are determined and keep up the good work:

Satisfaction

A girl blogging at the airport

Seeing your audience grow month after month is the best feeling, especially if you work hard on your blog and it’s one of your hobbies and passions. After a year of blogging you can be proud of yourself for all milestones and achievements in such field as photography, writing or social media. Being a travel blogger makes you feel useful and fulfilled.

Source of income

laptop screen

Yes, you can make money with your travel blog, although it might be very difficult to make a living from blogging. If you blog for a few months or years, you can slowly start to make some profit from it. It will more likely start out as just a few dollars a day but in time it will gradually grew to becoming the equivalent of a part-time job, then a full-time job, and more into a business that employs others!

Meeting new people

Meeting the Guy in Dongguan
Meeting the Guy in Dongguan, China

 

Being a travel blogger gives you a great opportunity to meet fellow travel bloggers and make friends with your readers who might want to meet you in person at some point. We had this pleasure to meet such amazing travel bloggers as the Guy of Flights and frustration, Noelia of Noelimits or Audrey of That Backpacker and Sam of Nomadic Samuel. It’s always great to meet up, share our travel experience, chat a bit and have a nice local food.

Getting free stuff

A boy working with his laptop

Professional travel blogging allows you to go for free sponsored trips and travel conferences. If your blog is popular, you actually get paid to travel. Moreover, as a successful travel blogger, you will be offered free stays at different hostels, hotels, bars, casinos in exchange for honest reviews on your blog. Some travel bloggers get free food tours and cooking classes when travelling across Europe.

Gaining experience in different fields

A boy blogging at Alone Beach, the Philippines

Travel blogging develops many skills such as writing, photography, marketing, etc. You will discover new things and learn new stuff which can turn into your full-time job. The Internet is so powerful nowadays so keep yourself open to endless possibilities.

Inspiring others

A group of people in Bali

Some travel bloggers are role models for those who always wanted to travel and blog full-time but never managed to leave their comfort zones to do it. Your readers will follow your travel tips, admire your travel photos and see the world through your eyes. You might be an inspiration for some young or older people to finally quit their jobs to travel the world or at least travel more frequently to different places every year.

Collecting memories

A girl preparing for a travel adventure taking notes

In 10 – 20 years, your blog will be a great source of knowledge and great memories you have been collecting during your travels. Every single post and photography will bring back some memories from the road. You can share them with your kids who may follow your footsteps one day…

Have you found travel blogging beneficial for yourself?

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51 Comments

  • Ooooooooo, interesting! I love it! Don’t hostels, hotels, and other places seek out travel bloggers too sometimes to get travelers to put a review online and give them a free or discounted stay? It’s so great the perks of being a blogger. :)

  • We’d be lying if we said we weren’t blogging in the hope of getting free stuff and possibly a source of income one day. (Who doesn’t want free stuff??) But I think you’re absolutely right about inspiring others. A big part of the reasons why we started blogging is that we wanted to inspire others to travel, to be more positive, to choose the life that makes them happy. And I think if we get to do that, it ultimately matters so much more than how much free stuff we get! Very inspiring post :)

  • Such a great list! Although a free or discounted hotel stay here or there is nice, I love the opportunity to document my travels, learn, grow, and share stories with other travel freaks. Well done Agness!

  • Great summary. Travel blogging will give you some unique experiences and the best thing for yourself: memories written down forever :)

  • Great points! I love being able to look back on memories, but I also love to critically think about different places. It makes me work a little harder to find fun and unique things about each destination. I feel like I almost appreciate things a little more. It’s just so hard to not want to do everything!

  • Fantastic post, I agree with all your points! I think the key to experiencing all those “perks” is to have a relentless enthusiasm for it and never stop learning – you get out what you put in. My first travel blog (a local one) has gained a fair bit of momentum over the past year or so and has brought me so much personal satisfaction and more than a few dollars a day… it’s also what first set me on the path of becoming a web developer and helped me get my first few jobs in that field :-) I’m looking forward to growing it into a business over the next few years and have also just started my new blog that’s also about travel, but with a much broader focus and more scope for me to be creative.

    Thanks so much for writing a positive and inspiring post about travel blogging for a change, there are already soo many articles out there about how much hard work it is haha

  • Hi Agness,

    Agreed 10,000%! This is the best gig on earth. Hands down. Because we’re inspiring so many other folks to blog, to travel and to live their dreams like we are. So cool you met The Guy too; he’s a great dude.

    I enjoy seeing so much of the world AND telling other folks about it. After not traveling for years I was inspired to hit the road by my wife. 4 years later I haven’t looked back, and can’t wait to see where our journey will take us next.

    Fab post, thanks Agness!

    Ryan

  • Great article Agness which really highlights the benefits of sticking at this long term.

    You talk about role models well I think it is no secret that Cez and yourself are role models for so many of us who are on this travel blogging journey.

    Thanks again for the memories of probably the biggest highlight of my life travel blogging to date – meeting you two for the first time!!! :-) :-) :-)

    Thanks for the kind words Ryan B. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to meet on the road someday too :-)

  • What I love the most about being a blogger and being part of the blogging community is the opportunity to connect and meet with other people that I most likely wouldn’t have met otherwise.

  • I initially started my blog just because I loved writing and wanted to have a memory of all my travels but I soon started to realise all the great benefits that come with it especially the opportunity to meet some great like-minded people and like you say, to inspire others and to have other people inspire me to travel to new places :)

  • So true Agness! I love going through old post and thinking back about all the great things I did, my blog (the Dutch one, not TripBitten) is a diary!
    And besides these perks, the writing is really what gets me coming back every time, together with all these great comments I get from my readers.

  • For me, the blog has just been about the memories, with the added perks of meeting new people, keeping friends and family up to date and learning we’ve inspired some other people to move forward with their own life goals.

  • ooooh i dont know how some people keep it up – the amount of posts they do! Still havent taken the next step to getting a domain name. But a great read as always Agness!

  • All so true Agness! It requires a lot of attention, time, and determination to blog. Sometimes it becomes a bit of an onerous task to keep the blog updated regularly, but when we do, the satisfaction and perks it gives us is immense.

  • I know it sounds lame, but for me, getting experience in different fields is one of the best things. I’ve learnt so much since blogging – from business travel facilities to book publishing requirements and online presentation and marketing skills… invaluable!

  • So true–especially love the last one! Sometimes when I look at my earliest posts I smack my head and am like “what was I thinking?!” but it’s a great way to see how you evolve as a writer, photographer, and blogger over the years, and also a great source of journaling your best memories!

  • Such a inspiring post and yes, travel blogging has been an absolute delight! I haven’t been on the scene as long as yourselves of course, but I have worked hard with dedication and determination to get to where I am. I also have a full-time corporate job, a husband and a pre-teenaged child LOL. It’s been wonderful meeting other bloggers, reaching new heights and getting acknowledged for my performance. I mean, at the beginning of 2014, I hadn’t a clue about Twitter!

    There is no advertising on my blog but the benefits have been astounding as I’m actually in the middle of having a documentary made about me as a British expat blogger in Berlin by a TV station, and during Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Germany, I have been invited to be on a panel of British experts on a Live radio show!

    Will I get to meet the Queen? Who knows? But that would be the biggest perk of all!

  • The memories is the best part of starting a travel blog. When I paid $900 for my DSLR so I could take some good photos for my website I told my girlfriend “its an investment into our memories” and now shes so glad that I bought it because of all of the amazing photos we have!

    The picture of you on the beach typing away speaks for itself I think!

  • I love this! They are all so true. I’ve only been blogging for about 5 months now – and there have been some times when I sit staring at my screen wondering .. does anyone actually care what I say? Why am I bothering spending so much of my precious free time if no one is even reading it? You’re post has given me a bit of a boost so thank you :)

  • Hi, I completely agree with you, and I probably saw all of you (the more experienced bloggers) as inspiration while I was too afraid of leaving the comfort … still not left it completely, but I’m definitely on my way to do it.

  • Great piece. I’ve just started my blog last year, and you are right. It takes time and patience to build an audience. And I have to keep reminding myself of that as I slowly build that audience. My blog focuses on travel tips and travel to Italy in particular–which I know is a popular topic. I will be traveling to Italy again soon, and I had a question based on your tips here. So I am obviously going to be writing pieces for my blog, but how do I go about “selling” articles to other travel blogs, websites, publications, etc.?

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