How do travel bloggers work in a pandemic? How to produce content without traveling? Have these questions crossed your mind in the last year? I know they have crossed mine. Whilst blogging is not my full-time job, I invest *almost* full-time hours into creating content so definitely thought about how I could write without exploring. I mean, I’m a travel and lifestyle page after all. In 2 minutes or less, here’s what I learnt about travel blogging during lockdown…
It’s never too late to start something for the first time
It’s no secret that during the pandemic, a lot of people spent months indoors. This has given people a chance to pick up new hobbies, and one way we’ve seen this is through the rise of travel accounts being created on social media. The best part though? So many new accounts are gaining recognition and are being appreciated. This goes to show it’s never too late to start up a blog or social media page. Even if a platform feels competitive, a unique angle sets everyone apart. Cheesy? Yes. True? Also yes. If you’re thinking about creating a travel blog, don’t feel shy amongst bloggers who have been in the game longer. There is room to celebrate everyone’s success. I recently wrote a post on things I wish I knew about blogging for people wanting to start a blog, I’ll link it for you here: Becoming a Travel Blogger in 2021?
Travel Blogging is way more than travel
One quick look at the social media profiles of travel bloggers will show you why. One of my blogger friends started selling pre-sets for photos during the pandemic the moment lockdown hit. Another one of my friends created an eBook for people wanting to travel full-time. They were finding ways to maintain a travel vibe whilst providing a source on income for themselves. I applaud that, as it isn’t always easy. Bloggers have also found more time to branch out towards new projects. For example, travel is somewhat of a myth in the UK due to strict lockdown rules but instead, I shifted my focus to creating an Instagram page full of informative travel guides and tips. It meant I was able to continue working towards my passion whilst producing fresh content for my blog. Travel content can be produced without physically travelling. Trust me, I’ve been doing it for 18 months now. For tips on blogging motivation during a pandemic, click this link to see my previous post: How I Keep My Motivation Up When Travel Blogging
Travel Bloggers plan more than they let on
This would be in response to anyone who thinks blogging can be done in 5 seconds haha! Whilst not all content has endless hours behind it, there is much more planning than meets the eye. All the extra time from lockdown meant I could think more about which captions to put next to photos or which topics would be interesting to write about due to general interest. In this sense, I understood the power of seeking out trends ahead of time, as it makes for exciting content. An example is writing, in advance, about which countries will open up borders in Europe when a provisional date for travel was announced in the UK.
This post was inspired by some reflections I had about being stuck indoors. Going into lockdown, I was curious how I would cope with no human communication or adventure. I also thought about how much I loved writing on this page, even if I wasn’t travelling. A rebrand, purchased domain and focus on insightful posts were things I wish I did prior to lockdown! However, I hope this post has given some reassurance that it is possible to travel blog without travelling. I even have a more detailed post on the topic if you want further reading: Travel Blogging From Home? How I Do It!
Until then, see you next time