Could You Start A Travel Blog Without Actually Traveling?
Last week I wrote about an easy website idea where you could just make book and movie lists based around the media you'd personally like to read and watch. Based on what I know about zombie movies, you could write a lot just about that!
There are many other creative website formulas that could be repeated over and over again. In opinion, no niche is ever saturated, even popular and well known ones like travel. For example, big travel sites might do big posts like "best places to travel in the world", while smaller sites could do something like "Top 10 Vegan Brewpubs In Sacramento, CA".
Starting A Travel Blog Without Traveling
It's pretty obvious that most people are not traveling right now, at least not for leisure. But what if your passion is traveling and you just joined Wealthy Affiliate? Should you not start a travel blog? Should you wait?
Personally, I think you could still start a travel blog even if you aren't traveling, and even in a global pandemic.
For one, the pandemic won't last forever. People have been traveling since the dawn of time, and they will continue to do so. Things will go back to normal eventually. In fact, now's a great time to hunker down, push out lots of content, and be ready for the next travel boom. Skate to where the puck is going to be, right?
Aside from the pandemic though, it's still possible to create a travel blog without traveling. All you need is some great stock photos and some keyword research.
The Best Travel Photos Are Stock Photos
I'm not a professional photographer by any means. Even with the most advanced smartphone or DLSR camera, I'm just not going to be able to compete with the amazing photos that professionals take. What's crazy is that many of these photos are on stock photo websites.
While you may not find a super wide range of pictures on free image sites like Pexels or Pixabay, you can find a ton of great stuff on the bigger stock photo sites like Shutterstock, or especially Getty.
What that means is you can get great photos of far away places and you don't even have to go there. The better stock photo places even have pictures of famous tourist attracations, restaurants, and points of interest in every country in the world.
I think with a bit of keyword research to discover what to write about, and a bit of intuition to find some undiscovered topics, you can leverage these photos to create excellent travel guides, listicles, and even affiliate reviews in the travel blog industry.
In fact, if you are good at writing and sourcing quality material, your content may turn out better than the people who actually went to these places! After all, would you rather read a well-organized, well-researched, beautiful blog post, or some 500 word quick-thought word salad from someone on the road?
Travel Affiliate Programs
There are tons of travel affiliate programs to choose from, but many may be outside the box of what you're considering right now.
Of course, there are typical things like airline tickets and hotels (yes, there are travel affiliate programs for both). There are tour package affiliate programs as well. Travel insurance as well.
But what about credit card affiliate programs? Plenty of people like to rack of travel points and fly for free. What about affiliate programs aimed at expats trying to settle down in an area, or kids books in foreign languages for families settling in a new area? What about traveling with pets? What about storage units for your stuff while you're away, or a house sitter for home owners taking a month off to travel the world?
There are many types of travelers out there, not just a solo backpacker looking to rough-it Europe.
There's always a new angle. There's always a sub niche. There's always undiscovered keywords. There's always a way to make content in your own voice. No niche is ever saturated, and blogging is not dead.
No matter what your passion or interest is, you can leverage it to make money online with your website. Have a great week everyone!