All posts filed under: Travel Blogging

From My Travel Photography Equipment To Photo Editing Software I Use

Because I fund my travels as best I can while working from the road, I carry a big collection of photography equipment — from my camera to hard disks to tripods (yes, I often carry two tripods with me). My electronic travel-blogging and photography gear is, by far, the heaviest part of my setup which often even makes me consider carrying that extra t-shirt. But then again, my travel photography gear is the most important thing for me, particularly when I am away for long. It keeps content on my blog going. Here’s the overview of the photo editing tools and software I use and the hardware I rely on for producing to backing up my images while on the go. Here’s a quick overview of my photo-blogging equipment: Hardware Sony Alpha 6300 with a 50mm 1.4 and a 16-50 kit lens: I have recently (about 6 months ago!) shifted from my Nikon D5200 to a mirrorless sony.  And this happened because of two reasons: one because my previous camera was stolen in Bratislava forcing me …

Want To Become A Full Time Travel Blogger? Here’s My Advise!

Off-late I’ve started getting a lot of message requests from my readers showing their interest in travelling and becoming a full-time travel blogger — people working as investment bankers and engineers earning a seven-figure income, yet unsatisfied with their lifestyle, wanting to break into (how it appears to an unschooled) the ever glorious field of travel blogging. In the previous month itself — and particularly after my recent blog trip with The Golden Chariot, as I posted some flashy pictures from a luxury train ride in India — I’ve received a few dozen such queries, all starting with a brief praise for making blogging a successful carrier for myself followed by the inevitable: “I want to do the same but just don’t know where to start from, and how!” So if you too are struggling with a similar unsettling bug of making travel blogging a carrier choice, here’s my advice to you… Start With Becoming A Part-Time Blogger Blogging is a slow process and takes time to eventually grow into a full-time revenue-generating business. Even if you’re exceptionally good …

How To Start A Travel Blog In 7 Easy Steps

Want to start a travel blog? Not sure from where to start? This guide will help you start your blog in a few easy steps.  Before I start, let me warn you that travel blogging isn’t as easy as it looks. Bloggers like me rarely share the huge amount of behind-the-scenes disasters that go into making this lifestyle possible. My journey, too, has been a rollercoaster ride – but to tell you the truth, all the efforts were totally worth it. Travelling is already an interesting profession, and blogging makes it a little more exciting and motivating. Moreover, when you want to make travelling a full-time career, you need to look for ways to make money out of it. To me, there seemed no better option other than blogging. It has taken me more than one year to become a professional blogger – professional in the sense that I’ve now started making money from blogging. So today I want to share a useful guide about how to get started with blogging, including a few important tips …

Starting A Travel Blog Hosted On Hostgator

Recently I had bought a multi-domain hosting plan with Hostgator to start three new websites: one, for my campsite in Himachal Pradesh, one for the adventure motorbiking tours I organise in Ladakh and one, for a new travel blog I wanted to start for so long. Please don’t ask why I started a new travel blog, that’s a long story and is moreover not necessary to know here. But what’s necessary is the fact that I switched from Bluehost to Hostgator to start my new travel blog (PS: I’ve been using Bluehost for some time for FootlooseDev) and I did it for quite a few reasons. Starting A Travel Blog Hosted On Hostgator: A Better Price One thing that makes a big difference every time we go to the market to buy something is the price of the product (or service) and this was exactly what motivated me too to make my decision and go for Hostgator. Though the hosting packages by  Hostgator can be comparatively slightly expensive than that of Bluehost’s, from time to …

How To Approach Tourism Boards For Travel Blogging Sponsorships

Of late I’ve been fielding questions from bloggers and non-bloggers alike about how to score travel blogging sponsorships from tourism boards. So speaking of my experiences, of working with over 20 tourism boards so far, this is what I’ll suggest… But before anything, let’s understand a couple of things: Tourism boards are the government organisations responsible for the tourism of a particular town, or a country. A city may have its own tourism board, eg. Zurich city has Zurich Tourism Board, despite the country, Switzerland, having one — Switzerland Tourism Board. For a travel-blogger, working with a Tourism Board is as much an achievement as playing in the national team for a sportsman. The more you have worked with tourism boards, the more successful you will be considered as a travel blogger. Media Trips organised by Tourism Boards are called FAM trips, or the Familiarization trips. Now, if you’ve just started blogging and are struggling with increasing your readership and social media followers, remember that there’s no “magic number” when it comes to knowing when it’s the right time …

Different Ways Of Making Money Travel Blogging

One of the frequently asked questions that travel bloggers come across is how do they make money travel blogging, and it is only natural for someone to ask so. I mean travelling is an expensive hobby. You have a week-long holiday inGoa and you end up spending a couple of thousand Rupees — at the very least. But if you dedicatedly work on your blog, you eventually start reaping the benefits. Most bloggers who quit their job to travel and blog full-time start making money during the first year of their blogging-stint. Though of course, the money generated is often not enough, and bloggers always have to rely on other sources of income (for example, I rely on freelance writing heavily — Read: How I Make Money Travel Blogging) there are still enough ways of generating revenues from your blog. Different bloggers moreover use different ways of making money. But before I disclose all the ways I know of (or have tried in the past) let me put a word of warning first. If your goal of …

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How To Create A Media Kit For Your Travel Blog

When I started blogging in 2015, I had no idea what a media kit is, and how crucial it is to have one for my travel blog, particularly if I wanted to travel the world as a travel influencer, often partnering with brands for a sponsored trip. I remember for the initial few months of blogging, I contacted about a hundred travel companies and wrote them emails without a media kit attached to it, and it either gave me no positive response or no response at all. Though back in days, I thought it was because of the fact that I was new at blogging and I’ve fewer followers on my social media networks and not many people are reading my blog either, I think now that I  look back at it, I can assure myself that it was because my email spoke highly of my inexperienced blogger-self. A 500-word long email with no media kit attached was, in fact, the reason (consider sending a 500-word email to an employer with no attached resume). So, …

How To Find Travel Blogging Sponsorships And Travel The World For Free

Finding sponsorships for your travel blog and thus travel the world for free isn’t a tough thing to do. You just need to work for it! When people come across my blog and find out that I’ve been travelling the world for years without having any permanent source of income (no, my dad isn’t supporting my travels anymore!) first thing they ask me is how I fund myself. Those familiar with the business of travel blogging, more closely, rather ask: how I find sponsors for my travels. So first things first: unlike as a fashion or a tech-blogger, surviving as a travel blogger requires a combination of two things: one, making money from blogging, and two, finding sponsors and travelling the world for free. Because unlike with other forms of blogging (take tech-blogging, again, for instance) in travel blogging, every story requires a bit of money invested. For example, a blog post on the latest Android version may not require you to pay for anything to get the content but just an update in your phone, …

How I Make Money Travel Blogging? And How Much!

I remember about a year ago, I wrote an article on How To Save Money For Travel. I mean they were still those early days of blogging when I was spending all the money I needed to travel from my poscket. Moving one year later, I’ve reached a break-even point, meaning I don’t make profit or save any money through blogging, but I don’t pay for my travels either. My blog, very recently, took me across Europe for two months and all I paid from the pocket was 70 thousand Indian Rupees, including my returning flight from India and the visa, because everything else was sponsored by tourism boards or independent travel companies. [Read: How did I travel two months in Europe in less than 70 thousand Rupees]. Later, in September and October, I’d an all-expenses covered (including flight tickets from India) media trips to Malaysia and Germany, respectively. So the question remains, How exactly do I make money? How do I fund my travels? Do I have sponsors? Who is paying me to travel the …

Tips To Find Sponsors For Your Blog Trip To Europe

Travelling to Europe? Run a blog? This guide can help you find sponsors and travel Europe for free. If you run a travel blog which is fairly new and thus, doesn’t help you score many FAM trips, do not worry. Travelling the world on FAM trips isn’t a big deal. In fact, the reality is, if you continue blogging and gaining more followers, even if at a slow rate, you’re eventually going to end up attending FAM trips to one country, or the other. Brands and tourism boards are constantly looking for bloggers, in new markets, for delivering their brand message and convince more people to visit them. But are they contacting you? I guess not! As I always say, if they aren’t contacting you, why not you contact them. Send them an email introducing your blog, tell them about your blog’s efficiency, and how it can help them redirect your readers to their website and social media accounts, and eventually, to their destination. Do not forget to share a Media Kit though. [Read: How …