|How to Write a Travel Blog|
1- First of all, you must visit various places so that you can teach your visitors about these locations.
2- Visitors of your site want a eye-catching text such that they feel as if they are at the place you're describing.
Provide accurate facts. Protect the credibility of your travel blog by verifying all facts. Write down directions as you travel to various locations so that you can provide accurate information to readers. Provide the correct spelling of towns, people, restaurants and streets. Call phone numbers and visit website links before publishing to verify accuracy.
3- Keep a travel journal. As you travel, write down your impressions. After a memorable dining experience, for example, write down the name of the restaurant, the dish you ordered, its ingredients and the details of the decor and music. Recording this level of detail will be helpful later on, especially if/when blog followers contact you for more information.
4- You must conduct interviews with other people (locals and travellers) during the journey and add them to the blog.
5- Appeal to the senses when writing about locations. The scent of rare flowers, the beautiful view from a mountain top, the feel of soft towels in a high-end hotel, and the sound of a waterfall are examples of descriptions that help people to connect immediately with a place or experience.
Take pictures. To help people see things with their own eyes, take pictures of all locations about which you wish to write. Local cuisines, landmarks, traditional clothing and scenic locations are possible examples. Take numerous photos, posting the clearest and most vivid pictures.
Videotape events. For example, if you are writing about a popular dance festival, include short video clip of dancers next to a description of the event.
6- Ask for submissions from other travelers. To infuse your travel blog with voices of other travelers, invite freelance writers to submit blog posts about locations you may not have the opportunity to visit. Introduce the writers in a few sentences before posting their entries.
7- Respond to readers' comments. Blogs typically allow you to accept or disable comments. Allowing comments is an opportunity to build rapport with readers and answer questions.
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How to Write the Perfect Blog PostHints and tips on writing the perfect blog post
Travel blogging is a great way to keep track of your gap year and share your adventures with your friends and family. Then when you get home you'll have a perfect log from your trip that you can look back on for years to come.
Blogging is also a great way to help travellers who are planning a trip as they can use your blog posts for tips and inspiration.
Writing the perfect blog post can take a bit of practice so we've put together some hints and tips based on what we've found makes a great post. These aren't strict blogging rules because every post is different but these should help you create a blog you'll be reading for years after your trip.
Write an exciting title that tells us what your blog post is about
If you want people to read your blog post then you need to entice them with a good title. Online titles work best if they describe the content of the post. This makes it easier to search for the post through gapyear.com and through Google. Aim for eight words or less and it's a bonus if you can get a joke or a splash of colourful alliteration in there.
Keep it to around 500 words
Online audiences have a very short attention span and people tend to get bored and move onto the next thing quickly. Make it easy for them to read your post by keeping it short and breaking up the text with short paragraphs and headers. Headers make your writing 'scanable' so people can skip to the sections of the post that interest them the most.
Have a focus or ‘hook'
Every day is an adventure while you're on your gap year and you'll have loads to talk about but try to focus on one thing at a time. If you spent five days in Sydney, split your blog posts into different themes such as:
- Nightlife in Sydney
- Your favourite sites in Sydney
- Staying in Sydney Hostels
- Taronga Zoo
- Visiting Manly Beach or Bondi Beach
- Meeting friends on a gap year
Proof read your blog
Proof reading your own writing can be tough, not to mention boring, but nothing puts a reader off like typos, spelling mistakes and general sloppiness. Read it through a couple of times and get your mates to give it a quick scan before you hit publish.
Share your blog!
Here's the fun part... sharing your blog with your friends and family. Post it on Facebook, share it on Twitter and make friends with the gapyear.com community to make sure other gap year travellers are reading it. Read other user's blog posts and comment on them, get involved with the discussions on the message boards and share your travel photos and before long you will have a huge community of gap year travellers reading about your adventures.