“There are plenty of travel blogs already out there, so you need to find an angle that makes yours unique,” Jess says. “Whether it’s about travelling on a shoestring budget or the diary of a luxury jetsetter, pick one aspect of travel and position yourself as an expert in that field.”
“Blogging would be impossible without the world of social media,” Jess admits. “Use your channels to gain exposure and promote your content. Twitter and Instagram are essential, and Snapchat is brilliant, too. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.”
“Inspiring content is at the heart of every successful blog. Concentrate on good photography and think about creating content that can be a helpful resource to your readers. I often share travel tips and recommendations on my post to help others plan their holidays,” explains Jess.
“You can set up your travel blog without spending a penny by using platforms such as Wordpress or Blogger. But if you’re going to invest in one piece of equipment, make sure it’s a good camera. I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC G6 and take it everywhere.”
“Publishing your first post is the scariest part of setting up a blog, but my advice is to just go for it. Be confident in your ability and be proud of your work. You don’t need to travel frequently to write about travel. You can draw on past experiences and share top tips to begin with.”
“Set yourself realistic posting frequencies and stick with them. Start by doing one blog post per week and plan what you’re going to write about in advance. It’s also important to be consistent with social media posting too,” says Jess.
“Following other bloggers can really inspire you. Don’t copy their ideas, but look at what they do well and apply these elements to your own blog.”
“If you want to turn blogging into a career you need to be business-minded. Pitches, proposals and learning to sell yourself are all part of the job. I’d recommend creating a professional ‘media kit’ to send out to brands you want to collaborate with.”
“The way to grow a loyal following is by showing your personality, and that you’re a real person. Some days will be more boring than others, and that’s ok. I tell my followers when I am having a desk day as well as when I’m hopping on a flight. Be honest with everything you do and the loyalty of your followers will grow.”
“Building up a successful travel blog takes years of dedication before you can start earning real money from it. Ultimately, it has to come from a passion for travel and if your drive is genuine and your audience is engaged, then the paid work with brands will eventually come.”
Right on Ahungalla beach, the has been built in a U-shape, meaning the hotel has fantastic vistas of the long stretch of sand and the Indian Ocean.
Located on the gloriously unspoiled Matapalo Beach, Riu Guanacaste is a five-star beauty that feels like your own private paradise.
The adults-only TUI SENSIMAR Atlantic Palace offers up sea views towards Mount Vesuvius.
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
More from TUI
About TUI MyTUI app Cookies Notice Privacy Notice Terms & Conditions Credit card fees Media Centre Travel Jobs Affiliates Discover Lakes & Mountains Discover Weddings App Store for Ios Google Play Store TUI Travel Money Holiday Budget Calculator TUI Group TUI Credit Card First Choice Holiday Brochures Travel After Brexit Holiday Weather
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk.
The advice can change so check regularly for updates
Some of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service offered before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk