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I have a secret to tell you.

Okay, well maybe not a secret, perse… but still perhaps something you don’t know about me: I’m not actually traveling right now.

In fact, in comparison to a lot of other bloggers out there, I don’t really travel much at all.

This is home.

I’m quite the anomaly when it comes to travel blogging. While I run a frequently-updated travel blog, I don’t actually travel very frequently. Sure, I went to Hawaii for a week at the beginning of February. But, before that, I was more or less grounded since June 2010. And, with the exception of perhaps a weekend trip to Chicago, I don’t have plans to travel again until June of this year. That’s a long time to go without a lot of travel.

So how, then, do I maintain my travel blog?

I by no means have all the answers, or know all the secrets. But I do know what has worked for me, and, therefore, what could potentially work for others stuck in my same predicament.

Many times, people start travel blogs before a big trip — maybe a study abroad stint, an elaborate vacation, or even a long-term round-the-world trip. But what happens with many of these blogs is that they only last as long as the travel itself does. Once all the stories are told and photos are shared, the travel blog then dies a slow and silent death.

But guess what? It doesn’t have to be this way.

You can, in fact, maintain a travel blog even when you aren’t traveling. I’m living proof that it can work, as long as you have some solid experiences to build on, a lot of determination, and a bit of creativity.

Here’s how I make it work:

Save content for a rainy day

It’s been nearly 2 and a half years since I returned from my semester abroad in New Zealand. And yet I’m still writing about my adventures there quite regularly. Yes, it’s true that I only started A Dangerous Business last year, but I’ve held back some content here and there in order to be able to keep things fresh on my blog, even during dry spells when I’m not traveling. You can do this, too. Instead of sharing everything all at once either during or right after your trip, save a few things that might come in handy later. I’ve learned from experience that having too much of “the same” at once or in a row will turn readers off. Variety is the key.

Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Spread out your posts

If you don’t have the content to post 5 times a week, then don’t post 5 times a week. Simple as that. You do want to post on a somewhat consistent schedule so that your readers have an idea of when to check in, but you have the power to set that schedule. If you know you won’t be traveling a lot, perhaps limit your posts to 2 or 3 per week so that you don’t run out of material too quickly. It’s never fun to be scraping the bottom of the barrel for content.

Add in weekly features

When I was considering moving my blog over to being self-hosted, I decided I wanted to post at least 5 times per week — more, if possible. But I knew I didn’t have the content. So I decided to come up with fresh content that wasn’t actually about me at all. I started up some new features — my Thursday Traveler interviews, which shine the spotlight on fellow travelers; my Best Blogs of the Week/Month posts, which round up some good reads; and my guest post series, which gives other bloggers the opportunity to share their writing on A Dangerous Business. All of these segments have gotten really positive responses from the travel blogging community, and they break up the week nicely and add some variety to my site. And the best part? They’re pretty easy to do.

Photo essays

Chances are, if you travel a lot, you also take a lot of pictures. While posting nothing but photos all the time can get boring, putting together a collection of pictures on a theme every now and then can be a great way to put some of those many photos to use, and also give you some fresh content. I’ve had a lot of fun with some of my photo essays, and, if your photos are really good, you’ll definitely get some attention with them, too.

Oriental Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

Tell stories, even if you think they’re dumb

People love stories. They love YOUR stories. If you’re stumped for a post idea, think back to something that you’ve done or saw in your travels that you often find yourself telling people about. Maybe it was something stupid you did, something amazing you saw, or even something offensive you heard. It can be the simplest story, or the most detailed one. Now, have you written about this on your blog? If not, do it. Even if you think it’s dumb, just give it a try. You might be surprised at how readers respond when you share something personal.

Give tips on seemingly mundane things

Even if you think everyone knows how to survive a long-haul flight, tell their parents they want to travel, or pack light, it doesn’t mean they actually do. In fact, some of the travel tips posts I’ve written that I was sure would be duds turned out to be really popular. Just because it seems mundane to you doesn’t mean someone else won’t find it helpful. It never hurts to give things a try.

Have other bloggers contribute to a post

Sometimes, I have other bloggers do the work for me. The travel blogging community is vast, and, usually, if you ask for some help, you’ll find it. I did some posts around the holidays asking other travelers to share their stories and photos of Christmases and New Years’ spent abroad. I also appealed to my fans on Facebook to share some of their tips on saving money for travel, which I then turned into a popular how-to post. Bloggers like to be featured on other blogs, so putting together a post like this often only requires an e-mail, tweet or Facebook message.

Or, you can scare them into it like this.

Read other blogs to get ideas

Reading other travel blogs will not only give you the opportunity to build relationships with other bloggers, but it might actually give you some inspiration, too. Maybe you’ll come across a post you really love, or one that reminds you of somewhere you’ve been or something you experienced. Maybe you’ll come across another blogger’s post that you really hate that will inspire you to write a rebuttal. Or maybe you’ll come across another blogger doing something creative that you never even thought about before. I’m not saying to copy others, of course, but it’s okay to see what’s out there in order to decide what might work for your own blog.

Explore locally

If you’re really feeling the bite of the travel bug but can’t actually travel, consider exploring your local surroundings through the eyes of someone who’s never been there before. Is there a really great restaurant that’s only found in your town? Does your city have any interesting/unique museums? Can you go hiking or camping or fishing in your backyard? We often fail to notice the things about our surroundings that might be interesting to others, so it’s good sometimes to step back and consider “home” from a new perspective. I have a whole section of my site dedicated to Ohio, and have had a lot of fun doing “normal” things from a travel blogger’s perspective, like going to an amusement park or the county fair. Your hometown might just surprise you, too.

Write about places you’ve been

This is a given — to write what you know. But you don’t need to only write about places you’ve been recently. I’m still writing about places I went years ago. And I could probably go back even further still and write about places I went with my family when I was younger. With time often comes new perspectives. So it might actually be a good thing to wait 5 or 10 years to write about that horrific family vacation or the time you got lost in a foreign country. And, writing about past travels can also be a good way to reminisce, allowing you to “relive” your adventures through your own words.

Write about places you want to go

Maybe there’s someplace you’ve been dreaming of visiting since you were 8. Maybe there’s somewhere you never used to think you’d want to go, but now you’re drawn to it. Write about it. Not only will it feel good to get the desire out there, but others who HAVE been to these places will often weigh in on them, too. Whether it is taking a short city break to New York or a weeklong excursion to London, write about where you want to go.

Plan a trip

Whether it’s a real trip or imaginary one, trip planning can actually be really fun to blog about. Especially if it’s a real trip your planning — no matter how far in the future — people will get excited about it, tell you all about their own trip to such-and-such-a-place, and give you tips on visiting it yourself. My post about my plans for a summer road trip, for example, has turned into one of my most popular posts. You may also find that the way you plan trips — whether you’re an “every last detail” or “no details at all” kind of travel planner — may resonate with others, and give them ideas for their next adventure.

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The main thing to focus on, I think, is variety. Try new things. Have fun with your blog. Some things will work; others won’t. But finding out what works on your blog and for your audience is half the fun. And, while you’re doing all this work on your blog, maybe you won’t even notice that you’re not traveling.

And you know what? I bet no one else will notice, either.

So what are some of your tips? How do you keep your travel blog going, even when you aren’t traveling?

 

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116 Responses to Secrets to Running a Travel Blog When You Aren’t Traveling

  1. Excellent post. I know where you are coming from. I have tons of material from my trip that I haven’t written about yet. And am sitting here dreaming of getting away in a couple weeks. Perhaps I should do a post having readers pick where I should go….
    Michael Hodson recently posted..Top 10 Lists Suck A lot

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Michael! I felt like people were getting tired of Hawaii content, so I decided to try something a bit different – something I definitely know a thing or two about!

      And I think a post having readers pick where you should go is a brilliant idea.

  2. Andrew says:

    I’ve had real good luck with the photo essays. At the beginning of my blog I put up every picture of a place in a big pile. Now I have learned to make smaller sections and write more around the pictures. It not only helps with spreading out content and with increasing index strength in search engines for having a number of pages; but also with attention spans. Even I can’t sit down and look at ALL of my Venice Pictures at once.

    Slowly getting more interested people in writing for me, but i would like to increase this. These are some good tips to look at, as although I travel more than the average American on vacation; i am not by nature a nomad traveler. So the blog is in the travel niche, but without me traveling.
    Andrew recently posted..German Obsession with Fresh Air

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Photo essays can definitely be a good way to showcase both photos and stories, without overloading on one or the other. And, StumbleUpon seems to love photo essasy… I’m glad you’ve had some success with them, too!

      Thanks for reading, and hopefully you got at least one new idea from this post.

  3. Katie says:

    This is great – lots of good tips! I’m in a similar position right now – my last trip was a 3-day trip to London in June 2010. I don’t have anything big planned until later this summer, so continuing to come up with new content has been a struggle and I’m not posting as regularly as I’d like (aiming for once a week, but I just went 3 weeks without something new!).
    Katie recently posted..A Night with the Russian Mafia in Lisbon

    • DangerousBiz says:

      It can be really tough to be a travel blogger who’s not traveling! Believe me, I know! But, I think if you’re really committed to it, you’ll find ways to make it work for you.

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  5. Harrison says:

    Wonderful post. Definitely identify in that “travel bloggers without a bucket list of having actually traveled” – category. Yea, I find that there are so many travel topics to blog about, I can’t seem to find how others feel there isn’t enough material to post about. I feel like it’s endless opportunities. Anyways, I super love this post a lot because I’m with you on it :)
    Harrison recently posted..Suggestions from You- Travel Preparation Inquiries

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks so much, Harrison. I’m glad you agree! And you’re right – there are so many travel topics to post about, that the opportunities are endless.

  6. Dave says:

    These are all great tips, and when added together, a travel enthusiast should have no trouble writing regularly!
    Dave recently posted..Photo Favorite- World’s Best Beer Name

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Dave! And I couldn’t agree more. Even just thinking the tiniest bit outside of the box can go a long way!

  7. Kim says:

    Really good tips. I have a travel blog and I’m not traveling (yet) but I’ve also found that there is so much content to write about around traveling: following your dreams, saving money, etc. that I could write much more than I do now and still not run out of things to talk about!
    Kim recently posted..Dreams Are Free

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yes, even if you’re just planning for travel, there are still plenty of topics to cover on a travel blog. Often people just focus on the “travel” part itself, but, like you said, there’s so much more that goes into it than that, such as writing about how you’re saving money, where you want to go, what is inspiring you to travel, etc. Those are all things people enjoy reading about, too!

  8. Amy says:

    Great tips here. Right now we are in travel limbo. Waiting to sell our house before our family embarks on an open-ended trip through Asia. I’ve had a hard time lately being inspired to write anything because, well, its a dreary Canadian winter out there and I’ve felt that I just don’t have much to say. I’m going to explore some of these ideas to keep my blog fresh. Thanks!
    Amy recently posted..Feeling Groovy

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I know what you mean about dreary weather sapping all blogging motivation… I’ve been feeling the same way recently here in Ohio! But I’m doing my best to push through it, and still be creative on my blog. I hope some of these tips work for you! Good luck!

  9. I recently decided to revive my dormant travel blog to feature concerts. It seemed coherent to me since much of my road trip revolved around music.
    I haven’t had much time to post but have added a couple of new posts this week.
    One problem I haven’t solved is adding live links, I thought I did before so have to take another look at this.
    Marilyn Wenger recently posted..Justin Townes Earle- Kent Stage

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Sounds like a great plan! I’m sure you’d still have plenty to write about from that road trip, and the focus on music would be sure to appeal to others, too.

      I don’t know much about adding links on Blogger, so I’m sorry that I can’t help you out there! I’m sure there’s an option to add hyperlinks, though.

  10. Kieron says:

    We’re in the same kinda boat – although we’re planning for long-term travels, there’s only so many planning posts you can write before people start to get bored.

    We’ve tried mixing things up a bit – writing stories from our previous travels (still plenty more content there we can draw from), running series like our #rtwsoon travelers feature or an entire month dedicated to saving money for travel and incorporating input from our readers and other bloggers. We keep on growing, so we must be doing something right! :)
    Kieron recently posted..Acacia Africa’s Top 5 Finance Fix

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I think you guys are definitely doing something right!! The variety you’re adding to your site is bound to keep people interested. I know a lot of bloggers focus on just one area or aspect of travel… but I really like having the freedom and ability to write about a wide range of things. I feel like my posts are much more likely to find an audience if they’re not all about the same topic.

  11. Monica says:

    Great post! I’m hoarding some of my favourite posts for when my travels are over so I’ll still have something to share! I often find that some of the best travel blogs actually come from the people who aren’t travelling! Theres so much more time to do things properly and keep in touch with all your readers.

    I’ll be coming back to this post when my travels are over. Great tips, thanks!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thank you, Monica! You know, you have a point about non-travelers actually having more time to devote to blogging. I never considered that, but it’s probably true! I know when I’m actually traveling, I like to focus more on the travel, and less on the blogging (though I’m constantly keeping a running list in my head of possible post topics…).

      Happy travels! And hopefully this post will come in handy for you in the future.

  12. Alouise says:

    It’s really nice to know I’m not the only person trying to blog about travelling while at home. I just went self-hosted, and I’ve been a bit worried about what I’m going to try to post every week. I really these tips, especially when you said that you don’t have to write about your most recent trip. I now realize there’s a lot of things I can write about, so I’m not nearly as anxious as I was. I’m definitely going to bookmark this for when I seem to be out of ideas.
    Alouise recently posted..Welcome To My New Website

    • DangerousBiz says:

      First of all, congrats on going self-hosted! It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes. But I know what you mean about the added pressure that comes with it, especially if you’re not actually traveling. I’ve totally been there!

      I’m so glad you are taking these tips to heart, though! That makes me really happy, because, in the end, I’m writing these sorts of posts to help others out. So thanks!

  13. Dominique says:

    This pretty describes how I’ve operated for the 2-1/2 I’ve been blogging. I picked a niche I was really familiar with (the Midwest) and I can easily get 3 or 4 posts out of an overnight or short weekend trip–heck, I’ve been known to get multiple posts out of a visit to one museum :)
    I mix destinations around by holding back posts–often posting something at a time/season when it might make more sense that when I actually went. I do a monthly “Link love” post of Midwest travel stories. I’ll do an occasional list post (Midwest lighthouses, Midwest authors, etc.) that might incorporate bits and pieces from previous posts. I often do “Where I live” posts that spotlight events/people in my local area. I do a lot of “Photo Friday” posts. I’ll occasionally do something more generally bloggy like How to take photos for your blog”.
    I stick to a general schedule of Tuesday and Thursday posts with Photo Fridays and/or Where I Live Wednesdays when I have something extra.
    I bet there are more of us who blog when we’re not traveling than we think ;)
    Dominique recently posted..Photo Friday- Betty Ford- the Nations First Mama

    • DangerousBiz says:

      It’s sounds like you’ve got a really good system going, Dominique! You are clearly proof that you don’t have to be constnatly on-the-go to be a travel blogger. I would think it would actually be even harder to come up with relevant content with such a defined niche. But it seems like you apply a lot of the same tips and tricks I do to supplement your content!

      And yes, you’re probably right – I’ll bet a lot of travel bloggers are, like us, sitting at home on the couch most of the time!

  14. Candice says:

    Hahaha, in the exact same boat. Fortunately I’m really the only one writing travel content for Newfoundland. Whew.
    Candice recently posted..Three-Line Book Review- “The Lost Girls”

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You’re lucky to be in a spot that many people don’t travel to, but that they still think is really cool! Ohio doesn’t quite have the same appeal, I’m afraid…

  15. Scott says:

    all good advice! I’m really struggling now with how often I should update, but I know i need to quickly find some schedule, whatever it may be and stick to it, thanks for the reminder and the kick in the butt!
    Scott recently posted..UNESCO Says Screw It- Names Everything A World Heritage Site

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’ll gladly give you a kick in the butt anytime, Scott! Lol. But yes, no matter how often you decide to post, you really should come up with some sort of schedule and do your best to stick to it! It really helps.

  16. Mike says:

    All good info, even for someone who is traveling. I’m traveling now and I struggle with consistent writing. I like the two points – Tell stories, even if you think their dumb and Give tips on seemingly mundane things. Brilliant but simple ideas.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I haven’t done much serious travel since I started my blog, but the issue I ran into in Hawaii recently wasn’t lack of content – it was lack of time! I’ll really have to learn some balance the next time I leave home for more than a few days. I’m glad you enjoyed my tips! Sometimes it’s the simple stuff we completely forget about.

  17. Mike Lenzen says:

    Like several other commentators, we’re in the planning stage for a big rtw trip. We have some previous travel experience under our belt, not a lot, and have mostly been writing howto planning posts. Content frequency has been a big challenge for us, we are hovering somewhere around 1 post a week.

    I like your ideas on starting a weekly feature, and involving other bloggers. Both seem like solid ideas.
    Mike Lenzen recently posted..Dining on a Dime

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I can imagine it might get tough to be consistent when you’re planning a big trip that’s so far in the future. But yes, starting weekly features and getting other bloggers involved here and there are great (and easy!) things to give a try. Not saying the tactics will work on every single blog, but they’re definitely worth a try if you’re hard-up for content.

  18. Ayngelina says:

    I know this sounds silly but in a lot of ways I envy people who don’t travel as much because you can plan your blog and figure out where you want to take it rather than reacting to what’s happening in your life.

    Either way you have a great travel blog, keep it coming.
    Ayngelina recently posted..What I’ve learned from slinging pisco sours

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You have a point, Ayngelina. I definitely have more time to devote to my blog than someone who is traveling full-time. However, I still just play things day by day! I have trouble with the whole focus thing, so I’ve decided to just say screw it, and do what I want. If it works, it works. But I think, for right now at least, it’s working. Thanks for the compliment!

  19. Matt says:

    I think most of these comments are especially good for generally just keeping traffic number up to your website – diversifying content gives your followers new reasons to keep checking your blog. I’d also say, if you’re not traveling, don’t feel like you have to post 3, 4, or 5 times a day – just make sure when you do post, it’s good.
    Matt recently posted..The New Face of Backpackingmattcom

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for the input, Matt. I, too, feel like diversifying content gives people a reason to keep coming back. If I was constantly posting about the same topic all the time, I feel like most people would probably get bored after a while.

      And I also agree on the posting schedule – everyone is different, and can handle different amounts of posting. Quality should be key. I know I post frequently here on A Dangerous Business, but I really do feel like everything I put up represents me and my best work. I don’t ever do “throw-away” posts just to get something up on the site. And I like to think the quality of my content is reflected in the amount of awesome feedback I get from people like you!

  20. Claire says:

    I started my blog just after I’d finished travelling (I have a separate more personal blog that I keep as a bit of a letter to my family and friends), so for me I’ve been focussing a lot on setting up a new home, and finding weird and wonderful things about my adopted home of Toronto and Canada – I’m not planning too much travel out of Canada. Plus I’ve got plenty of material from the last six months of travel that I don’t think I’ll run out in a hurry.

    I think sometimes the musings about travel in general can be more interesting than a travelogue, and I love looking at photographs and photo essays.
    Claire recently posted..From the Beagle Channel… with love

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I like the musings about travel, too, Claire. And, in fact, some of my most popular posts haven’t been about destinations at all! It just goes to show that you should try all sorts of different things; throw a bunch of stuff at the wall, and see what sticks.

      And I’m a sucker for a good photo essay, too. ;)

  21. Perhaps the most inspring thing I heard on this subject was from Ant at Positive World Travel who I met at a tweetup in NYC. He said something along the lines of “I can look at any picture and tell a story about it.” And isn’t that true? Now stop and think how many pictures you have… Thousands, I’m sure…
    Aaron @ Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures recently posted..The Secret to Ultralight Backpacking

    • DangerousBiz says:

      That’s great advice! And yes, so, so true. It’s actually giving me a bit of an idea for a collaborative post… hmmm.

  22. Ali says:

    Great advice Amanda! I’m sort of struggling with this right now myself. I only post once a week b/c I’m not traveling but I’ve been bouncing some ideas around in my head & your ideas are really helpful. Thanks for sharing!
    Ali recently posted..Iguazu Falls

  23. Julia says:

    Great article. It’s so easy to abandon a blog when you return home from a trip because you slip back into everyday life, but people forget that like you said above, blogs are fun and interesting even when they document things from your normal routine or home town. You needn’t put pressure on yourself to only write when you’re in an exotic place.
    Julia recently posted..A funny story about LIFE

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I agree, Julia! Blogging can indeed be fun if you really enjoy writing and sharing your stories. And, like you said, you don’t have to be writing from some far-off, exotic place for people to be interested in what you have to say. In fact, who knows? Maybe someone will think your hometown is exotic and want to read about it!

  24. It is so true that many people could easily write about the very place they live or even surrounding areas without the need for longhaul travel. That take it for granted and probably assume that it is boring and nobody would be interesting whereas someone will always been heading to where you and may like to know more about that place.
    South America ME recently posted..88 Earthquake Expat Experiences – Chile

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I never used to think anybody traveled to Ohio. But, as I’ve written posts here and there about my home state, I realize that people ARE actually interested in reading about it. I can’t even imagine the doors that would open up if I lived in a big foreign city! You should never take where you come from for granted. Just because you know it well and at times find it boring, doesn’t mean that others will, too.

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  26. Great Post, lots of great tips. I added podcasts to my blog and will be starting a radio station soon. If you are stuck, there is always the good old top 10!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Si! Podcasts are really not something I’ve ever considered, but I know a handful of bloggers that have had a lot of success with them. Good luck with yours!

  27. Raymond says:

    God I love StumbleUpon! I would have never come across this particular post. I am a lot like you — I’ve travelled a lot, but am currently tied to a cublice. Although my job has sent me to some amazing places before (Philippines, El Salvador, Guatemala), the next stop is Thunder Bay, Ontario. Not high on my bucket lis (actually, it’s not on there at all) but looking in the mouth of a gift-horse is just plain bad manners.

    I have lots of half-written posts about previous travels, but then I get that self-deprecating feeling of “who’s onna wanna read this old drivel anyway?” Thanks for this post. It’s inspired me to sham-wow those old adventures and pretty ‘em up for posting.
    Raymond recently posted..Travel Photo of the Week — Hijacking Hotspot

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yay StumbleUpon! And yay even more that you found this post useful and inspiring! That’s so great to hear; that’s why I write this sort of stuff, after all!

      And, I think you’d be surprised as who would want to read that “old drivel.” ;) You’ll never know unless you give it a shot. And, who knows? Maybe working on some of those posts about older adventures will remind you of others things you haven’t written about yet!

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  29. These are all great tips! Also you can enjoy others travel experiences and share yours.
    Congrats !!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks! And yes, reading about others’ travels is always great, too. Though, it usually just makes me jealous!

  30. Great ideas! I’m not traveling at the moment either, so these things do help. It sucks to not be traveling.. but it’s nice to reminisce via blogging :]
    Seattle Dredge recently posted..Traveling with my Mother – Happy early Mother’s Day!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Blogging for me is a great way to pass the time between trips. And reading other blogs definitely helps keep me sane, and excited about travel!

  31. Amanda, I’ve just come across your post via the GBN page on Facebook and I love it! Such great ideas.

    It’s quite intimidating when you’ve got the big-name bloggers always on the road and you don’t know when even your next weekend away is going to be :-) So thanks for sharing!
    Clare Appleyard recently posted..Up close with the dolphins in Durban

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Clare! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found this post useful! I know what you mean about things being intimidating sometimes, especially when it seems like everyone else is always traveling. But I’ve made barely traveling at all work for me and my blog, and I’m convinced others can, too!

  32. Claire says:

    Love this post. I am now a full-time teacher, so I don’t travel year round either. When I just a substitute, I did it all the time, and for months at a time. Of course, I didn’t keep a blog then. Of course. That’s just the way things go right? Now my trips are varied, some local, some international, but usually for shorter lengths of time and during certain times of the year. But somehow, I have managed to keep things going too. I like all of your suggestions, and I applaud your success!
    Claire recently posted..Misery and Illness Love Company

    • DangerousBiz says:

      It’s great you’ve managed to keep things going when you’re not traveling! It’s challenging sometimes, but I suppose if you really love it, you find ways to make it work.

      Glad you enjoyed this post!

  33. SUCH a great post! I’m also in this predicament because while I’ve been to a ton of countries, I only recently started blogging (and I started blogging when I had time because I wasn’t traveling!). I wasn’t sure if people would want to hear those old stories, or if I’d lose people if I scaled back to just a few days of posting a week. This gives me a lot of food for thought and I know I’ll be referring back to it for inspiration. Thanks!
    nod ‘n’ smile recently posted..Photo Friday: Street Food Gone Ultra-Luxe

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Great to hear! And never, ever discount a travel story just because it’s “old.” People love stories – especially good stories. So if you’ve got a good story from years ago, post it! I’ll bet you’ll be surprised at the reaction.

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  35. Some great tips, for those of us not on the road full times you tend to get a block and wonder what to write about next.
    The Travel Fool recently posted..Why We Travel

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I know it can be tough coming up with decent content when you’re not traveling. But you just have to be creative!

  36. I am in a similar boat as you. I am not traveling frequently right now, but sometimes I blog about trips I took 20 years ago. Great tips.
    Traveling Ted recently posted..Cross-country skiing near Gunflint Lake in Minnesota

    • DangerousBiz says:

      The great thing is, you can always write about past trips, no matter how long ago they were. Perhaps tips of prices or accommodation won’t be relevant if you took a trip 20 years ago, but the story will still be worth writing!

  37. Europe Tour says:

    First of all, to write something in busy schedule is Great Spirit of Blogger and you have done great Job. Thanks for sharing some important points for how to write a travel blog without traveling.

  38. Andrea says:

    Hi! i found your blog some days ago i have been reading it! and i have to say is really really good :) i traveled for the past 2 years but i didn’t wrote any of my experiences! So now i have been setting up a blog to share my past experiences and I’m really glad i found this post! thank you :) it gave more ideas how to keep it and which tips to have in mind.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Andrea! I’m really glad you’ve stumbled upon this post then if you’re working on putting together a blog of your own! Good luck!

  39. Caitlin says:

    Thank you so much for this post! It’s excellent.

    I’m trying to start up my own travel blog (mostly for fun, but hopefully one day I’d like to expand upon it) and feeling a bit stuck. I’ve travelled a fair bit and sometimes don’t know how to write about my travels that happened in the past without sounding, well, lame!

    Needless to say, I was thrilled to land on this article in my hunt for inspiration.

  40. Jess says:

    Thanks for this post, Amanda! We travel in a very similar way—we do a couple of big trips a year, but we are not digital nomads or even constant travelers. I’ve found blogging about my home base (Boston) to be a great way to fill out posts, but you’ve definitely given me some more ideas.

  41. Åsta says:

    Some great tips you have here. I still have tons to write about from my last trip, but I guess at some point I´ll run out, and then some of these would be nice checking out. Thanks for sharing :)

  42. Tash says:

    Great ideas…..and reminders of how to keep things ticking. I think travel blogging has helped me look at past trips in new light, and also now makes me see things when I am travelling in a different light, with the idea of maybe a latter post.

    The reminder of checking out your hometown whilst you are waiting for your next big trip is so key!
    Tash recently posted..In The Village

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yup, being a blogger has definitely changed the way I travel – but in a good way, I think. I notice more details, and am more open to trying new things than I used to be when I wasn’t writing about it all.

  43. 30Traveler says:

    When I’m actually traveling, the last thing I want to be doing is blogging while I’m on the trip. My most productive travel blogging is usually when I’m at home feeling excited about an upcoming trip.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I do blog a bit while I’m traveling, but not much – I’m always having too much fun! I also always find that I need time to reflect on experiences before writing about them.

  44. Sofie says:

    Love this post! As someone with a full time job, I can totally relate:)
    Sofie recently posted..4 Christmas presents FROM a traveler

  45. Ally says:

    These are great tips, I’m new to this so I love these types of posts. I wont be traveling for another 5 and a months so I’ve been scanning my mind for stories from previous trips and it can be a bit of a struggle to think of new content sometimes.

  46. Lori Helke says:

    I am just running into this post after searching for writing a travel blog when not traveling. This post is perfect for me. I am still writing content about my Paris trip almost 2 years ago. I want to keep writing, but am looking how to maintain fresh content without traveling. I have also resorted to writing about little trips and adventures I go on. Your tips here are perfect for me! Thank you so very much for giving me renewed inspiration! Even if it is for my little audience!

  47. Fiona says:

    This is such a great post! I’ve been following a few travel blogs for a while now and I’ll be starting a big trip soon but I wasn’t sure when/if I should start my own travel blog. This post has definitely shown me that I can start straightaway even if I’m not on the road yet! I’ve started with a retrospective post about I trip I went on last year and now I can’t wait to start blogging more! Thanks for the inspiration :)
    Fiona recently posted..Stone cold Estonia – what to expect in ‘out of season Tallinn’

  48. Helen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks so much for this wonderful post! Keeping me inspired and motivated!

    Helen
    Helen recently posted..So Close, Yet Still So Far

  49. Allison says:

    Thank you so much! These tips are excellent as I was wondering what to do with my blog as I haven’t traveled in a while. I think I may go write about a travel story now!

  50. Shannon J says:

    Great tips – I wondered how some people can spend so much time traveling.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Many of us don’t! (Some do, though.) People always seem to think I’m traveling constantly, though, so I must do an okay job keeping them fooled!

  51. Ami says:

    Such wonderful advice! I love the way you curate your blog, and always say that travels don’t have to be recent to be relevant!

  52. Nice write up ….Love your post girl :) :) I too write my past experience on my blog when I am not traveling :) :)
    njoyeverymoment recently posted..Shri Krishna Temple – Udupi

  53. Kim says:

    You have some great ideas here. Like you, I don’t travel too often or not as much as I would like but when I am not traveling I think of things I have done or things I would like to write about and go from there. I love the idea of photo essays which I got done writing about when I went to Dublin, Paris and Rome in June.
    Kim recently posted..Escargot Anyone?

  54. Jade says:

    Great post and some brilliant ideas which I may out to use next time I’m not travelling. Really wish I’d read this when I was still at home as my blog lacked content for a few months in between trips and although I’ve been blogging since 2006 about my travels I haven’t managed to get the readers to anything like you … Well done and keep it up ;)

  55. Lynne says:

    I love this post too! I have been reading your recent posts through bloglovin, but just searched around to find your “travel blogger” help section. :-)

    You have provided some GREAT ideas and I am inspired to get to work!
    Lynne recently posted..Holy S#^t, Batman!

  56. Liesha Bear says:

    Thank you for sharing the idea. I love travelling so much, had made a big plan for a long time travel but something happened and all of my dreams just collapses like that. I’m trying to start over everything this year, but with my dad being sick, I can’t travel long term anymore. Even 2 weeks of travel will be too long. So I was a bit desperate when I just feel like giving up travel blogging or travel in that matter, but after reading your post it made me smile again. I think I still have the chance of traveling in short times and still run a travel blog.
    Liesha Bear recently posted..The hills are alive

    • DangerousBiz says:

      That’s great to hear! And yes, of course you can keep traveling and blogging. Just start thinking closer to home for now. :)

  57. Alex Saad says:

    Brilliant idea. I was thinking about doing the same thing but never got around it. Seeing now that the pros do it I will go ahead and start writing more travel articles. I spent nearly 3 months backpacking in Asia and took tons of pictures. I still have my Lonely Planet guide that I can use to remember hotel names, good restaurants, and my pictures to bring back memories. I also spent about 10 months living in Shanghai. That was a whole other story but I have basically enough memories and material to write articles for more than a year. If anyone needs content please let me know!!

  58. I really like this! I travel a fair bit, but being in school, I can’t actually get too far – but these are awesome tips to keep my blog going until I can travel again! It definitely helps that I have studied abroad, because that certainly is a gold mine for stories.
    Caitlin @ Neverending Wanderlust recently posted..Bucket List Item of the Week – The Olympic Opening Ceremony

  59. Suzanne says:

    This is really good to read. I was trying to look at how to focus a bit more, feeling that my blogging was random and intermittent and whilst I am still new to it I need to get it right from the start. I can’t travel much with the kids and work commitments so sneak off when I can. I am now thinking about all those day trips we do at weekends and how these can be little mini blogs. I thought they would be too random and not fit with the whole ‘travel’ theme, but after reading this I have a whole new lease of enthusiasm. Thank you!!
    Suzanne recently posted..Wheems – a step away from every day

  60. Superb piece Amanda! I was a little lost with stuff to blog so I took to Google and stumbled onto you site. Very helpful write-up indeed. Cheers;-)
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