Click, clack. Click, clack. Oh, don't mind the noise – that's just me aimlessly tapping on my laptop's keyboard. "Mom, what should I write about?" I ask desperately. "Something nice, to help people," she replies. Ah moms, I think.
But it's not like I had a better idea myself and so I decided to – for once – listen to my mother. How could I help fellow struggling travel bloggers? You could help them figure out what the hell they should be writing about, I thought. Easier said than done, but I really put my mind to it and came up with fifty travel blog post ideas anyone could use. Despite what some people may think, travel blogging is hard work – there's no shame in using a little help. Don't think of the following ideas as final thoughts, but more as a springboard for your creativity – adjust them to your and your audience's interests and, most importantly, have fun! Always remember that writing about the things you love yields the best results.
Whenever I turn to Google, it's because there's a question I need answered. "Can you put plastic on the stove?", "how to remove molten plastic from the stove", "how to treat third degree burns caused by molten tupperware" – no question is stupid enough for Google, although sometimes I really push it to the limit. Whether you consider yourself a travelling expert or not, you likely have the answers to somebody else's silly – and not so silly – questions. Why not use that to everyone's advantage and compile a little how-to post?
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
How To Fly & Be Fly
How To Learn a Foreign Language Without Leaving Your Bed
How To Start a Travel Blog via Adventurous Kate
How To Make Money While Travelling via Twenty-Something Travel
How To Eat Alone Without Feeling Awkward via The Happy Passport
Grocery lists, to-do lists – in the real world, lists can get a little annoying. But in the Internet kingdom, lists are some of the most popular creatures of the realm. Serious, informative or hilarious, they have one thing in common – they are concise. The people of the Internet have one thing in common, which is their goldfish-like attention span. If you organise your post under a few neat headings, you're more likely to hold their attention.
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
One of the reasons why travel blogs are so popular is their deeply personal nature. People love reading about other people's experiences – not reading a dry "Best Places To See" article written by a travel agency. Aside from that time you got diarrhoea in Bangladesh, people love hearing about your experiences on the road. Few people will be interested in a hourly report about your transatlantic flight, but who wouldn't love to hear about that one time when you got assaulted by a gorilla, kissed by a dolphin or… You tell me!
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 Globe: My Bucket List
Why I'm Terrified of Visiting My Dream Destinations
First Time Abroad… Blissfully Ignorant? via Hippie in Heels
I'm completely obsessed with BuzzFeed quizzes. Seriously – an hour ago I took the "Who Is Your 'Boy Meets Girl' Soulmate?" and I'd never even heard of the show up till then. Regardless, knowing that Eric Matthews – whoever he is – would be my soulmate on that show makes me feel like I'm getting to know the true me. Is it ridiculous? Absolutely. Am I the only one doing it? Absolutely not.
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? (I got Japan)
What City Should You Actually Live In? (I got Portland)
What Type Of Traveller Are You? (I got Intrepid Explorer)
If you're running a travel blog, chances are you've travelled a fair bit yourself. So what if you've been stuck in your office for the past year (not literally of course – if you've been stuck in your office for the past year, you should most definitely inform the authorities!) – your past experiences should give you enough material for a full-length destination piece. Travellers love hearing their fellow kin's travel tips!
Visiting ______ On a Budget
How Not To See ______
The Most Overlooked Sight in ______
Why ______ Is The World's Best City
______ vs ______: Which Is Better?
Beijing, China: Temple of Heaven and Yonghe Lama Temple
Berlin Wall: A Battleground for Human Freedom
Dublin, Ireland: A Pint of Jameson With a Shot of Guinness
Naschmarkt, Vienna: 16th Century Food Market
London, UK: 5 Free Things To Do in Camden Town
As you can tell from the last example, sometimes it can be interesting to mix-and-match several categories together – the above post is a combination of a destination and list article.
We all love travel, but sometimes it takes a little convincing. As I wrote in a previous post, "sometimes planning a vacation can be an incredible hassle and in those moments it's easy to forget how good travelling makes you feel." Wouldn't you love to be the hero who rescues your readers from the grasp of the evil voice inside their head, whispering excuses into their ear?
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
8 Inspiring TED Talks About Travel
12 Ways Travel Makes Your Life Better
Be a Girl Who Travels via My Hot Pink Passport
Still not feeling inspired? Here are a few other ways of getting content, which don't require much thinking on your part – let others do a little work for you!
Host a contest
Feature a guest post
Run a poll
Share a recipe
Write a review
Start a weekly feature
Publish a photo essay
Grab your laptop, pop the kettle on and start typing away! I hope my ideas helped you. Why don't you share a few of your own in the comments below? Just for entertainment purposes of course, it's not like I need any help… *crosses fingers behind back* Let me know if you use any of the ideas – I'd love to read your post!