What To Write About In Your Travel Blog When You’re Not Traveling


Blogging is all about interactions and audience. If you manage to serve both of these purposes at once, all the better for your blog. The travel blog should be focused on travel, but for some it’s hard to achieve when not traveling (like me at the moment when writing my master’s thesis). Here’s few things you can do to build up the audience and interact with other travel bloggers, when you are not on the road.
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Run-up articles

Yes, you can post things about your plans to have your readers informed of what’s going on in your world. I am a dreamer and to know other people’s dreams is a blessing, I’m sure there will be more people like me.

Interviews

You can ask other bloggers and travellers if they could answer few tailored questions for you. In this way, you get a new content for your site, free advertisement from them and probably loyal readers. They get a new link to their blog, broadcast their experiences and feel recognised for their achievements. It’s a win-win situation. After a few you may actually be asked to answer few questions too. The only drawback is that you need to spend some time on their blog to ask them good questions. It’s hard to do it when you’re on the road, so use the time you have now.

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Tips

You may not be traveling now, but I am sure there are several things you can advise others to do, or not to do, when they travel. You most certainly experienced and have knowledge of things which others can benefit from. It can be very little thing, the more specific you are the better.While you’re not traveling, you can spend more time on research, so that you link to more bloggers, thus drawing their attention to your blog.

Your previous experiences

the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal in Bali (2)

There were funny and/or interesting situations in your life when you traveled before, share them.

Reviews

There are many travel-related things you can review from your home. It doesn’t have to be a hotel, it can be a website, blog, product, organisation, etc. You can also think of it as an investment. The more things you review, the more attention you will get from people who want their products or services reviewed. They may then contact you with sponsorship offers in return for review.

Design

Ok, this is not about writing, it’s all about getting your blog prepared for when you actually go traveling. If your blog does not look or work exactly how you’d like it to be, well that’s what you can spend some time on now. Better before than during your travels. This is something I can help you more with, check out my services.

Banaue, the Philippines, learning the local dance (2)

All of the above should help you significantly in the long run. With new content you get long-term benefit of more visitors from search engines (like google), social networks (twitter, facebook, etc) and direct (people who bookmark your site or subscribe by email). Interactions with others will also last long. What you give is what you get. It all depends on your commitment and once you hit the road you’ll see the great effect of your preparation.

Is there anything I missed? Tell us all about your blog preparations before hitting the road!
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Cez Krol
Cez Krol
I’m always positive and never bored – there’s just so much to see and experience! I left my comfort zone in 2011 with just $400 and one-way ticket to Asia. Still going and blogging. You can typically spot me working on a laptop or rock climbing. Follow me on my journey by clicking on the buttons below.
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63 thoughts on “What To Write About In Your Travel Blog When You’re Not Traveling”

      1. samanthastarling

        Thank you :)

        Glad you are having an amazing time I think it’s amazing that you are cycling the country!

    1. Thanks! Certainly we do. Even though Agness planned to visit Philippines this year on her own she cancelled and it’s probably going to happen next year. Are you in Philippines now?

  1. Irene S. Levine

    Nice post and lovely blog! I find it is always a challenge to anticipate the needs of your audience.
    Best, Irene

  2. 2 Digital Nomads

    OMG, we were just thinking of that (me & my wife) what to write if we are not travelling! We are on the road but since we travel slow there are days we just stay at home or spend a month in one place. This makes getting ideas little bit challenging.

    Thanks for the inspiration :)

    1. That’s our pleasure. As you can see there are plenty of ideas of what you can write about when you don’t travel :) just to keep you on the travel track.

  3. big thanks for sharing these great pointers.am actually dreaming of having my own travel blogsite too..this will definitely help me alot =)

    1. Hey Emm,

      Thank you for stopping by. I’m really happy I could be of help. Please let me know if I could give you a hand or advice with anything. Would love to see you living your dream and count me as your first follower.

      Good luck,
      Cez

  4. Hi,
    I have been looking all over the web for this post. Thanks very much!! I am not really a frequent traveller but I still have a site with blogs and sometimes I don’t know what to blog about. And also you stated the interviews… Would you like an interview? If so just write me an email and I’ll give you all the details you need.
    Looking forward to your reply!
    Thanks,
    Kurt

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hi Kurt. Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you found here what you had been looking for. Yes, we would love to be interviewed by you! I’m sending you the e-mail right now.

  5. Ellis Shuman

    Great article !!

    It’s wonderful that your blog features countries all over the world.

    I only write about Bulgaria and Israel. Mostly.

    When will you come to Israel???

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hey man! Many thanks for the FB mention. I’ve already been to Israel, but I will try my best to visit you!

  6. Jessica C. (A Wanderlust For Life)

    I love this! It’s been on my mind as well…how to keep it fresh. I love the smaller trips too, and you could become an expert on where you are now :)

  7. Great thoughts! thanks for sharing Cez and good to know you are about still! I find I can write much better stuff when I AM at home actually. Hmmm gives me an idea for a post.

  8. I normally spend only a few weeks traveling in a year, and most of the time I have school
    So what I do is just write about my past travels since there are so many to talk about. But recently I also make travel-related lists, like my favorite Eurotrip Movies :) website design is a great tip!

  9. I wondered if that was a problem for other bloggers too. :) Good to know. I never thought of reviewing items while not traveling. I’ll have to think about that!

  10. Katie @worldwidevegetarian.com

    Great tips! My blog covers food and travel, so when I am not traveling I usually do more with food. But that being said, I think it’s important not to lost sight of the travel aspect when I’m home or the food aspect when I am traveling, so this gave me some good ideas on how to do both. Thanks!
    Katie

  11. I think finding stuff to write about while not travelling is tricky-plus I always worry people will be wonder why I’m even blogging about travel while I’m home…

  12. True, audience and interaction is everything so it’s highly important to keep your readers engaged even when not on the road and you listed some great way to do so ;)

  13. Laura @ Bottled Air

    Great post! I think not-travelling-days are a great opportunity to share advice and tips and reflect on your past experience. And OBVIOUSLY get excited about the next trip. I love it when people write about their plans and preparations, which can also be a great resource! Happy travels :)

  14. Katie Featherstone

    Great tips, thank-you! Since I’ve been in the UK, I realised that I have about 5 years of travel experience that nobody apart from my Dad read about, so it’s been pretty easy to work from that thankfully. Hoping to put some new ones in the bank soon though!

  15. There is definitely always more to write about than time available. You can always write about past experience, I bet you haven’t written about everything you’ve done so far. And there are always some tips you can give from your previous experience. I like the idea of conducting interviews.

  16. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    FABULOUS post. I’m not a travel blogger as such, but the tips are relevant for any blogger, so thanks for that. :)

  17. Vanessa @ The Travelling Colognian

    That’s a really helpful article. As I am not a full time Traveller and Travel Blogger and usually only travel for a few weeks at a time I normally don’t blog while travelling. So I always have a lot to write about when I am at home including the many great trips and experiences which I have made before even starting a Travel Blog. To write about all of them I should stop travelling for the next few years but since I am a travel addict I hopefully never won’t.

  18. Tim UrbanDuniya

    Great post – and something I struggled with a bit when I first started my blog. “Staycation” is a slightly lame way to explain being a tourist in your own city – always provides writing material. I also do photography, I piece together articles from leftover bits from old trips, personal reflections, musings… there’s always something to be done!

  19. After our rtw trip, we weren’t sure writing about our goings on in Toronto would be all the exciting. But then we realized that living in Toronto isn’t familiar to everyone and it’s also a good way to act the tourist in your own backyard. It’s been nice to play the explorer and share what makes your hometown so fantastic!

  20. Travel by Blog

    Good ideas. I also would add for those not traveling but still living in a foreign country to run articles that contain interesting facts about the country they are currently residing in. For me it helps to learn about my location and share things I like about being there.

  21. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Great tips! I always find that there are so many stories to tell from one travel experience and from past travel experiences that they often manage to keep me going for my blog until my next adventure and I enjoy exploring closer to home in and around London ☺

  22. Agness: I liked very much your written contribution about “couchsurfing or sexsurfing?”.
    I invite you to visit my city, Valencia/Spain, and my flat’s profile in http://www.couchsurfing. My name’s Vicente Garcia.
    I promise you a pleasant stage here as you expect. Sorry for my bad English!
    V.

  23. Erika Bisbocci

    Great suggestions! Unfortunately, It looks like I will never get a chance to actually write about any of these topics since I can never seem to quite get up-to-date on my posts. I’m always months behind…is it just me?

  24. Hi.. I’m planning on starting my own blog. Your post here is really useful. I was just wondering, will it be relevent to write of past travel experience since I’m not a full time traveller.

  25. Hi I am a travel planner , so basically I am working my ass off so that others enjoy. Its not that I dont like that , but somehow I want to get into travel blogging. Please advise. I am from India and hope you visited or visit us sometime soon. Namaste ( since every one knows this word)

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