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

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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.

How to run a travel blog when you're not traveling

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 1 or 2 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, 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.

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?


"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  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….

      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.

    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.

      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.

    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!).

      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.

    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 🙂

      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.

    These are all great tips, and when added together, a travel enthusiast should have no trouble writing regularly!

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

    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!

      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!

    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!

      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!

    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.

      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.

    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! 🙂

      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.

    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!

      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.

    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.

      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!

    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 😉

      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!

    Hahaha, in the exact same boat. Fortunately I’m really the only one writing travel content for Newfoundland. Whew.

      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…

    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!

      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.

    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.

      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.

    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.

      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.

    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.

      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!

    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.

      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!

    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.

      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. 😉

    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…

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

    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!

      Thanks, Ali! Hopefully something I mentioned here will get the wheels turning for you.

    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.

      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!

    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.

      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.

    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!

      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!

    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.

      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!

    […] (like Matt Kepnes of NomadicMatt).  Amanda Williams at Dangerous Business has talked about how to run a travel blog when she isn’t traveling.  Lauren at The Mad To Live talks about the traveler who isn’t traveling.Whether it’s […]

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

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

    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 :]

      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!

    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!

      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!

    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!

      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!

    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!

      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.

    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.

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

    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.

      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!

    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.

    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.

      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!

    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.

      Great to hear, Caitlin!! Hopefully you got some good ideas here.

    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.

      Lucky that you live in a big city like Boston! Blogging about your hometown should be easy! 🙂

    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 🙂

      These tips have helped me out a lot when I’ve run out of ideas!

    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!

      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.

    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.

      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.

    Love this post! As someone with a full time job, I can totally relate:)

      Yes, those silly job things really can get in the way sometimes! 😉

    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.

      It definitely can be tough when you’re not traveling. Hopefully creativity will strike for you!

    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!

    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 🙂

    Hi Amanda,

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


    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!

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

      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!

    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!

      Thanks so much, Ami! With a travel blog, I totally believe that anything travel-related goes!

    Nice write up ….Love your post girl 🙂 🙂 I too write my past experience on my blog when I am not traveling 🙂 🙂

    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.

    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 😉

      Thanks, Jade. I hope you’re able to put some of these tips to use in the future!

    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!

      Great to hear!! I’m so happy to know that bloggers still find these posts useful, even though they are a couple of years old.

        not just useful, but essential for newbies, especially!

    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.

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

    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!!

      Haha, yes, sounds like you have plenty to write about!

    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.

      Oh yes, definitely write about your study abroad experience!

    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!!

    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;-)

    Thanks for this Amanda! I’ve been stewing over this for a while, as I’m not travelling at the moment and I’m often stuck for ideas. I was wondering whether to cut down on posts (I post once/twice per week), but will now attempt to get creative and plug on 🙂

      You can do it! I would definitely suggest trying to keep up with it! Hopefully this post gave you some good ideas for fresh content. 🙂

    […] some really cool blog posts. There was one in particular that inspired me a lot with many ideas – Secrets to Running a Travel Blog When You Aren’t Travelling by Amanda (A Dangerous […]

    These are some great tips! Since I finished writing about a big trip last year I’ve recently started blogging about places that I went to on my rtw trip 5 years ago hoping that it would still be relevant. It’s good to hear that I’m not the only one!
    I’ve also decided to add some more regular themes to my blog to keep it fresh.
    Thanks for the tips!

      You can definitely write about past trips! Most of the time no one will ever know if you don’t tell them. 🙂

    I really like your blog!

    This subject is exactly what I think a lot of others are dealing with, including me. I started my blog last month. It’s about traveling and 2 other subjects which I try to blend all together.

    I’m going to follow you. If you got any tips in general for me, or would like to take a look at my blog and tell me what you think, please let me know!

    Thank you for writing such an insightful and inspiring post. We’re in exactly this boat… Planning our big adventure for next year, where we will be travelling indefinitely & will *hopefully* never be short of fresh content ideas. But for the time being, we’re trying to get our blog off the ground while still at home. Almost all other travel blogs that I read are already on a big adventure & immediately capture interest… Thank you for making me realise that it’s possible to do the same, even if you’re not on that big adventure just yet. Fab post!

      Happy to be able to help, Gabby! People assume that I must travel all the time. But the truth is (even though I now freelance/work remotely and have more time for travel), I only travel a couple months out of the year! 😉

    Wow, this was a great post that gave me many ideas I had never thought about like weekly features and recalling past travels. I’ve already bookmarked the page and taken notes. Thanks!

    Thank you for this post even if I’m late to discover it lol I’m a lifestyle blogger but have recently kicked off my travel blog even though we don’t travel heaps either. Before I did, I did a brainstorm on post ideas and was able to come up with enough content til our next big trip over a year away. I’ve also been contemplating some regular simple features and you’ve reinforced this idea. You rock! 🙂

    Hi Amanda, what a lovely article. Good tips overall and I’ve also just decided to start my travel blog. I have a lot of travel experience but don’t travel extensively at the moment unfortunately therefore there is certainly a lot of catching up to do writing from my past travels and try to restore all the memories through my photos. ;-)) I loved your site and will definitely follow you on your journey. Keep it up and you are very inspiring.

    Best regards,

      Best of luck on your blog, Irina!

    You’re right!
    You don’t need to travel all the time just to have a post in you’re blog.
    Thanks for the tips

    This is amazing! Of course, it’s impossible to travel round the year. I love what you said about saving the content for a rainy day. I am a starter, and this advice to me is like finding a treasure!
    What’s more amazing is this post from 2011 is still #1 on Google 🙂

      Well, some people DO travel almost the entire year! But it’s certainly not possible for everyone. Glad you found this post useful!

    Hi Amanda! Thanks so much for sharing these ideas! I’ve just started dipping my feet into the world of travel blogging as I wanted to share my travels and experiences since I moved to New Zealand but at the same time was second guessing myself as I felt like I wasn’t doing much “travel blogging” at all because I am not ACTIVELY traveling at the moment and am not traveling all around the world like almost all all of the travel blogs I’ve seen on the web. This post of yours is giving me more confidence on writing about all my lovely adventures in this beautiful country! Thanks!

      You can definitely still run a travel blog when you’re just in one place – and especially if that place is as awesome as New Zealand! 😉

        You are totally right! New Zealand is amazing! Also, just want to tell you that you’ve got a lovely blog and it has inspired me to write more. Drop by my site when you have the time!

        Thank you once again! 🙂

    Awesome post. Actually awesome blog! Thank you for sharing your mind with us. I came here looking for inspiration for my own travel blog, and I’ve found it.

    Just awesome ideas, I’m going to create a travel blog and just learning and got this post from google.
    thanks for this nice post i just bookmarking it 🙂

    I read this nodding my head right through. I have so many things to write about, though I’m not specifically a travel blogger so there’s other things I write too. I certainly have plenty of stories to write but I’m kind of particular in that I feel the need to post them in a certain order or grouped together… but perhaps my readers don’t care, and as you say, get bored with too much on one destination. That’s where tags come in handy I guess!
    Thanks very much for the tips. 🙂

      A lot of bloggers like to post chronologically – in fact, I used to post strictly that way, too! But I think readers definitely like it when you mix things up (and sometimes it’s more fun to write that way, too!).

    Awesome post Amanda! thanks a lot! I felt actually relieved 🙂 I am just now starting my blog and I am actually working on the articles on places I have been with the purpose of building a base content before actually going live.
    Sometime I feel stuck and I can’t wait to travel but I actually need time to write down all the material so it works well. I have a question for you. At what point do you think there’s enough content to go live ? how many articles is a decent number to start off? thanks a lot. And congratulation for the great work you are doing!

      To be honest, I had no content when I went live with my blog! At some point, you just have to dive in and get started. 🙂 If you’re worried about content, though, I would say 3-5 really solid posts would be good to start with.

        Really! ouch!!! scary….it is really scary indeed… just the thought of it makes me feel like I am walking naked in central park! LOL
        I will give it a thought… since I have actually 4 posts plus a book review page but there are so much technical stuff to fix.. I was hoping for September…and I thought I couldn’t make it… let alone now 🙂 . thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

    Just found this post via a link from your recent interview and it’s awesome! We are quite newbie bloggers, but we already use some of these tricks and there’s a lot more ideas we’ve never really considered. For us the hardest is to decide whether a post is too personal (the ‘who cares what did you eat for breakfast?’ kind :D) or it would actually be interesting because it’s more personal than our usual posts. Me as an introvert maybe judge posts more personal than they really are… I know you are an introvert, too, I would be interested to hear if you have ever faced this. 🙂

      I’ve found that the more personal you are, the better! People respond to you just being real. (Though I’m talking about sharing personal feelings, perceptions, etc. – maybe not what you had for breakfast. 😉 )


    I stumbled across this blog through a google search to figure out how to start a travel blog without leaving my hometown, I live in Vegas..born and raised. I want to start a travel blog and this was a very helpful read. I’m still trying to figure out what topics to talk about and what not to talk about. I don’t even know what my first blog post should be! Any suggestions? I want to become a travel writer and feel this will be an extra help in the right direction..

      Sometimes you just have to start writing and see what happens! Start writing about your favorite thing to do or place to visit. If you enjoy writing about it, it will make it easier! 🙂

        Thank you for the quick response! I’m really happy that I came across this blog!

    Thank you so much for this! I just started a solo adventure/travel blog and the thought of what to post when I’m not traveling definitely has come to mind. I’m excited to refer back to this page for future inspiration!

      There are definitely lots of options and so many ways to get creative about it!

    Great post I’ve been trying to figure out different things to talk about on my blog and Instagram post. I do sometimes feel people do get tired of the Asia post, After three months and close to 4K pictures there’s so much to say but I just don’t want to keep going on about the Southeast Asia topic. I do try to post about different ways of traveling and how to prepare yourself and ways to save money. Glad I found your blog definitely will continue to come back for more great tips

      It’s always a good idea to mix up your content when you can!

    One more thing I am getting back on the road soon been back home since November-11 I’m in the process right now of selling everything off and disattaching my self to all the unimportant things in life so I can continue my journey on see the world and hope to build something out of it. Looking to leave in the next 3-4 months not putting a time limit on when I plan to come back

    Hi Amanda

    It’s been a few months since I last wrote you.
    I’ve been working on a cruise ship. I’ve finally gotten the nerve to start my blog
    I’m 3 months into my contract here and want to write about my experience. I’m seeking some advice from someone with more experience. I’m wondering if I should start if from the moment I left my home to start my new path in ship life or if I should just pick up from where I am now. I feel like a reader would want to know everything from the moment I got to safety training to getting on the ship up until the point of where I am now. There’s lots to tell and many pictures to show. What’s your opinion on the matter?


      I think that it’s your blog and you should write however you want to! (Haha, I know that wasn’t a super helpful answer…) It really all depends on what sort of blog you want to write. Do you want your blog to be more of a diary? If so, then you might want to start at the beginning. But if you want it to be more of a resource guide (maybe about what working on a ship is like, or a look at some of the destinations you visit), then it doesn’t necessarily have to be in chronological order.

    I am a blogger who maintained a hosted blog on a message board with great success having had the second highest reader count – the highest readership went to the site owner. I have written in other genres as well. Facing life changes, I decided that it was time to take my love of writing and my love of travel to another level and become a professional blogger (or at least try). I have some travel experiences to write about, and some tips I’d like to share. I am in the early stages of creating content and looking for outside sources so that I will have plenty to go on and build readership. But the problem I have is that I don’t travel as often as I’d like! Before I even got to your article, I was thinking about asking my relatives to contribute their pictures and stories about their travels to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Florida, etc. With a little research and embellishment, I can turn out a great post. I love, love, love your idea about writing about places you want to visit! I swear to you that I was thinking about that, too, before I found you! But how can I provide still photography of the beautiful places I want to see with copyright infringement? Or is it okay to link YouTube videos? I am so excited to have found you and I will subscribe to your site!

      You can use photos with Creative Commons licenses (you can learn more and search for photos here:, try Pixabay (also license-free photos), or embed Instagram images or YouTube videos (using the embed codes from each site, which you don’t need permission to use). Lots of ways to find photos of places you haven’t been yet!

    Some really great ideas here, Amanda. I guess I have toyed with some of them, but I think I have a lot of work to do to optimize them.

      There are lots of options – and you obviously have to test which ones will work best for you!

    Hey Amanda! Great tips for blog post! I came on here just by googling “how do I blog about my old trips”. I just started a travel blog a few weeks ago but I’ve done so many trips the last year and I really want them on there. So thank you for your tips, they created some inspiration!

      Happy to see that this post is still so helpful to people! 🙂

    I just came across this post and it is exactly what I needed to read! I’ve only recently started my travel blog (since I started a year’s travelling trip) and have been creating posts to cover everything I can think of about one destination! It has never felt right doing it this way and I lost my excitement/motivation to create content. I felt as if I was writing posts just to check them off my list when all I wanted to do was shout about something that happened in the last week in a different country! So, thank you so much for your advice…now I can go back to getting excited about writing my posts and creating more of a variety on my blog!

      At the end of the day, YOU need to enjoy what you’re doing with your blog! That’s a huge reason why many blogs don’t make it. So yes, absolutely write in whatever order you want to!

    this post has been so helpful to me since am trying to start my own travel blog but not travelling that much. I have definitely got alot of ideas for my upcoming blog. This is has now become my go to place for encouragement.
    regards esy

    Hi Amanda, I am reading your blog post a long time after you wrote it, but I love your hints! I have started my travel blog last year (I am Austrian, writing in German) and altough I am going on (short) trips regularly, there’s still a lot time in between that needs to be filled. Very encouraging, thank you very much 🙂

    Thank you Amanda!!! I am sooo new to Blogging, that to be honest, I haven’t even started!!! I am in the research process to see if it is something that I want to venture into and I will tell you that this was super informative and enlighting and I took sooo many notes on your post!!! xoxo!

      Very glad to hear it, Trish!

    Thanks for the advice! I really should have split up the stories from previous trips and spread them out a bit better. It made the posts too long and now that I’ve been between trips for a bit I’ve run out of stuff.

    My wife and I are building a travel blog, and this post is exactly what we needed to help us brainstorm content. Amanda, thank you so much for including so many great, out-of-the-box ideas! It also gives us way to produce content without feeling the pressure of having to travel every two weeks. Thank you again!

    I am planning to start my own travel blog and your tips helped me a lot! Thank you!!!

    Hello to the person on the other side of this screen!
    Haha I know it was a weird type of “Hi” but your blog made me smile like an idiot, and I couldn’t stop myself from writing like this lol.
    Okay, I made a travel blog in august 2020 for myself, but I haven’t posted anything on it until now because of my stupid anxiety issues that I don’t travel much so how would I be able to manage this? Ughh I hate these overthinking scenarios in my head.
    And now, I just read your blog, and you gave me hope that it’ll work. Why wouldn’t it if it’s original? I would definitely start working on it now. Thank you so much!

      We are usually our own biggest critics, and the ones most likely to create barrier for ourselves. Go for it and have fun with it, and don’t worry about the rest!

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