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Resources For Travel Bloggers

Planning on getting into travel blogging? Successful travel blogging is hard work. With millions of blog posts published every day thanks to the ease of entry to the blogosphere, there’s a lot of competition for eyes on your content. With the lure of making money online, blogging has become mainstream. Everyone’s doing it. And that makes it more difficult. But the truth is, 90% of blogs aren’t worth reading. Yet, the remaining 10% of excellent blogs still accounts for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of websites.

Leveraging blogging tools and resources is a great way to get a little extra advantage on your competition. But where to start and which resources and blogging tools are the best? I’ve tried them all. Because I’m a geek, I naturally love experimenting and I love data. Trying lots of tools out is enjoyable. Here are my choices for the travel blogging resources you need to take your blog into the big league.

These resources are tried and tested and we stand behind them. We either use these tools on a daily basis (most of them) or have done so in the past on a regular basis. There are no paid placements or sponsored listings although there are affiliate links for some of the products.

We sincerely hope you find these resources useful.

Disclosure: Clicking on these links and purchasing products on the related websites adds no additional cost to you. I might earn a commission if you make a purchase. The commission helps me continue producing helpful content. I only promote companies I use, trust, and love. If you have any questions about the companies, e-mail me. I’m happy to answer any questions.

Web Hosting

SiteGround web hosting offers the best value in terms of price, performance, and security. After trying dozens of other services, there's none better. Do yourself a favour and transfer to (for free) or start your website on SiteGround.

Note: If any bloggers recommend you use either BlueHost or GoDaddy, stop reading their blogs and believe nothing they say. Trust us, you don't want these services.

✈️ SITEGROUND

WordPress Theme

Get yourself a quality WordPress theme that loads fast, allows for unlimited customizations, and lets you use only the features you actually need. Astra Theme does the trick. Astra runs the Travel Blog Team website and many other sites in our portfolio. There's a free version but the premium version comes with custom headers, layouts, and a ton of other features. [ More about the Best WordPress Themes For Travel Blogs ]

✈️ ASTRA THEME

HypeAuditor

Discover and analyze Instagram and YouTube influencers. Find accounts with fake influencers. See who has authentic engagement. Discover your competitor's most engaged fans

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Keyword Research

Many tools fight for your attention in the keyword research and SEO tool space. Ahrefs and SEMrush are the big players. But nothing beats Keysearch for pure speed, value, and effectiveness. We've been using it for years and is the first tool in the toolbox for finding juicy blog post topics.

✈️ KEYSEARCH

Keyword Rank Tracking

If you want to see how your blog posts are doing in the organic search results, you need a rank tracking tool. SE Ranking is one of the most affordable rank trackers out there and it’s the one I use for analyzing my target keywords. There’s also a comprehensive keyword research tool included in the subscription price.

✈️ SE RANKING

MailerLite

When you outgrow MailChimp and don’t want to pay the huge fees for upgrading, try Mailerlite. It’s powerful and comes at a great price.

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Email List Building

For capturing email addresses with lead magnets and in-content sign up forms, check out Convert Pro‘s conversion and engagement tools.

✈️ CONVERT PRO

Social Media Management

Social Media can eat up all of your time if you’re not careful. The trick is to use software to assist with posting and analyzing results. Buffer is an amazing social scheduling tool that comes with a generous free plan. If you're looking for something with more features and a better price tag, try ContentStudio for posting articles and discovering content worth sharing. For Pinterest, nothing beats Tailwind. Trust me when I say that this app will take your Pinterest marketing to the next level. Tailwind also has an Instagram scheduler and hashtag finder 🔥

✈️ TAILWIND APP

Send My Bag

Many travel bloggers end up with tons of gear. Drones, cameras, cold weather clothes, warm weather clothes, laptops and more. It's not fun lugging heavy bags around and airlines can charge you a lot for extra weight. Instead of paying extortionate airline fees for overweight baggage use a service like SendMyBag. Your bags will be shipped from point A to point B safely and securely and you can track the entire thing.

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Infographic, Social Media and Blog Image Creation

If you want to make sure that your images are optimised for our blog and your social media channels, you’ll save a lot of time with Stencil, a tool that takes the effort out of making optimized graphics for every social platform.

Another free option is Canva. Canva is a good option for that travel ebook you’ve always wanted to produce.

These days, to stand out, you need more than just content. Visual imagery works well. Although infographics had their heyday in around 2016, they are still a powerful way of getting shares and backlinks to your website (great for SEO). But apart from that, great infographics can provide great value to your readers. If it tells a story and is loaded with useful facts, people will love it, and people will love your blog. My favourite tool and the only one I use for creating infographics is Visme. Also check out the awesome OFFEO for animated social media and website graphics.

✈️ VISME

✈️ OFFEO

Video Editing

Those raw travel videos are great. But how do you turn them into high-quality videos with sound, graphics, and proper production?

Want to know how we did the transitions and editing on the front page video? We used Filmora, one of the best video editing tools available (and the best value).

Filmora is a very effective tool for creating professional and personal videos. It’s comparable to Adobe Premiere but comes at a fraction of the cost.

📹 FILMORA VIDEO PRODUCTION SUITE

Drone Photography

There's no denying that the images and video from a drone take your blogging to a new level. Video footage that would have required the use of an expensive helicopter trip in the past is accessible for a few hundred dollars. Drones are here to stay. Not only do they make your vlogging more professional, but they are also a lot of fun. And until now, travelling with a drone has been a bit of a pain – too heavy and too bulky. Not any more. The DJI Mavic Mini is incredibly small, lightweight, and powerful. We recently became proud owners of a Mavic Mini and absolutely love it.

📹 DJI Mavic Mini Drone

Onward Tickets

Many travel bloggers like to be free with their time and travel without a lot of advance planning. If this is you, then you'll understand the problem of “proof of onward travel” when visiting certain countries. Not having an onward ticket can be risky. Many airlines will deny you flight access if you don’t have a return ticket or ticket to another country already booked.

Long-term travellers and travel bloggers often avoid buying onward tickets so that they can stay longer if they decide to. OnwardTicket.com lets you buy an onward flight at a very cheap price. The ticket lasts 24-48 hours and is a legal document of travel. Show this ticket to immigration or the airline and cancel it afterwards. Saves $$$.

✈️ ONWARDTICKET

Day Luggage Storage

Ever found yourself stuck in a city with all your bags but wanting to get out and explore. Photographing a city and taking notes is hard with a large backpack or suitcase in tow. Stasher is a new startup that aims to help travellers explore cities without the worry of finding a convenient storage service for bags. There are outlets all over major cities that will accept your bags for a fee. And it's insured 👍

✈️ STASHER

Travel Planning

Rome2Rio is one of those apps that makes you wonder how you ever travelled without it. The website displays different options for travelling between two points on the globe. The information returned is detailed and precise. Not only that but it’s super fast and easy to use.

Why use Rome2Rio over Google Maps, you might ask? Google Maps only offers one mode of transport at any time. Rome2Rio combines all transport options and gives you every result showing time and costs. For example, using Google Maps to search for travel

For example, using Google Maps to search for travel information between two random locations: Oxford, England and Braga, Lisbon, I am given one option: Drive, 28-hour trip. What, Google?

Rome2Rio, on the other hand, offers 8 different options for the same journey. The first one is Train, Train to London Gatwick, Fly, Bus. €93-271, 8hrs 18mins. The full details of each step are also broken down into prices and times.

✈️ ROME2RIO

Smart travel bloggers know that sometimes the best way to get around is by renting (or buying) a car. But dealing parking with parking at the airport can be a real hassle, especially at an airport you're unfamilar with. ParkFellows lets you compare cheap, secure, and reliable off-site parking options and book online to secure a cheap rate. The service offers discounted rates because by selling unused parking spots around the airport.

 ✈️  PARKFELLOWS

Frequent Flyer Points Management

For managing my miles, awards, and points, I use the website that’s been doing this the longest, AwardWallet. Over the years the software has been upgraded to become a flight awards management toolkit that can save you lots of time. AwardWallet notifies you when your points are about to expire, keeps track of all your upcoming trips. A very handy tool. Tripit PRO version also does the same thing.

✈️ AWARDWALLET

Trip Management

I’ve used TripIt for a number of years now and it always makes organizing my trips a lot easier. It works like this: you book a flight. The airline sends you a  confirmation email. You forward this to plans@tripit.com and you’re done. TripIt magically converts the confirmation email into an itinerary on the website or app. It manages all of your flights so you can see everything in a logical timeline.

The free version is excellent but the pro version gives you some nice extras such as the seat tracker, flight refunds, and lounge access discounts. Worth every penny.

✈️ TRIPIT

Stock Photos and Videos

Shock, horror! Blogger uses stock footage in their posts!

Yes, it sometimes happens. We might need a particular type of image or video background and our own portfolio doesn't cut it. Instead of using a substandard image, grab a professional image from Envato Elements. Get unlimited access to images, videos, graphics, WordPress templates, audio, and more. It's a treasure trove of blogger stuff.

✈️ ENVATO ELEMENTS

Graphic Design & Logo Design

If you're anything like us and you are either can't find the time to create graphics, logos and designs for your site or you simply suck at it, hire a professional. There are several places to get custom designs, graphics, logos, and artwork for your blog.

99 Designs – High-quality crowd-sourced designs that make it almost impossible not to find the perfect book cover, logo, or brand graphics.

Design Pickle – A design subscription service that helps free up your time. Whatever graphics-related work you need, just send it to your team and get on with your blogging!

UpWork – One of the biggest freelancer websites in the world. Unlike 99 Designs and Design Pickle, you're on your own as far as finding the best designers.

Pro Writing Software

If you're still using Word for your blog posts, stop it right now. Get a real writing tool! One that helps you sculpt your stream of consciousness writing into tight, sharp blog articles for travel blogs. ProWritingAid is a weapon against bad writing. Don't leave home without it!

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✈️ PROWRITINGAID

Selling Courses

Two of the best options for selling, delivering, and hosting online courses are:

  1. Teachable – A Saas product that takes care of everything from hosting to payments. Incurs a monthly cost.
  2. Tutor LMS – A WordPress plugin that gives you total freedom. Cheaper than Teachable but requires some technical skills to set up.

Getting Your Own Affiliates

Once you have a course, product, or service to offer people, you need to promote it. And one of the best ways to market your product is to get affiliates on board. You give a commission to other bloggers and content publishers every time they create a sale through recommending your product. You make more sales, the bloggers make a commission, and the customer is made aware of a product. It's a win-win situation for everyone.

✈️ Affiliate WP is a devilishly simple, yet powerful affiliate plugin for WordPress. Use it to grow your traffic and sales fast.

Blog Outsourcing

This is a delicate subject and one that creates passionate believers and haters at the same time. Should you outsource your blog content? The truth is that this question can't be answered with a simple yes or no. Read this blog post to get our view on outsourcing content for your blog.

And if you need quality content written by professionals, try Content Pros. While their prices are higher than the content mills of Fiverr and some other content services, the quality is also high. Spend less time editing and more time building your business.

✈️ Content Pros

Start Travel Blogging

Planning on getting into travel blogging? This post on starting a travel blog is one of the biggest articles on the topic on the Internet.

Successful travel blogging is hard work. With millions of blog posts published every day thanks to the ease of entry to the blogosphere, there's a lot of competition for eyes on your content. With the lure of making money online, blogging has become mainstream. Everyone’s at it. And that makes it more difficult. But the truth is, 90% of blogs aren’t worth reading. Yet, the remaining 10% of excellent blogs still accounts for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of websites.

Leveraging blogging tools and resources is a great way to get a little extra advantage on your competition. But where to start and which resources and blogging tools are the best? I’ve tried them all. Because I’m a geek, I naturally love experimenting and I love data. Trying lots of tools out is enjoyable. Here are my choices for the travel blogging resources you need to take your blog into the big league.

✈️ How to Start a Travel Blog

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