How to start a travel blog

How to Start a Travel Blog in 7 Simple Steps

Want to know how to start a travel blog?

Maybe you’re heading off on an adventure and want to share it with the world. Maybe you’ve already been on some awesome trips and want to share your experiences. Or maybe you see other travel blogs and think, “Hey! I can do that , too!”

Problem is, you don’t know where to start. You’ve been putting it off because it appears to be complicated and you don’t have the time to figure it out.

Well, when I first started my blog, I was clueless! I have no IT background and have been known to sometimes be technologically impaired. Through lots of hard work, long hours and researching, I’ve created this baby you are looking at right here!

So now that I’ve done the legwork, there are no more excuses. 🙂 This post was created to show you how easy it can be to start a travel blog in 7 simple steps, and you can have the initial set up done in about half an hour. Not too bad, huh?

STEP 1: PICK A DOMAIN NAME

Spend some time thinking about a good name for your blog. It’s good to have a few choices. Think of something original, but not too original where the people won’t get it. Try to describe what you are going to write about in your blog and then base your domain name around that. Don’t make it too specific in case you want to branch out in the future and write about broader topics.

Enter your desired domain name below to see if it’s available:

(If you don’t have your domain name sorted out yet, it’s ok, I’ll show you how to check it’s availability in the next step.)

Once you have your preferred blog name, go to Bluehost to sign up for hosting. This may initially sound like a scary task, but it’s really not! I’m going to walk you through it.

 

STEP 2: SIGN UP FOR HOSTING

The first thing you need is a host for your blog, which is like having rented space on the internet. I recommend Bluehost for everyone. It’s great for bloggers because they offer quality hosting at crazy low prices and the interface is so easy to use. And don’t worry if you’re a technological novice – their support is excellent and you can always get someone on the phone when you need help.

Plus, when you sign up with Bluehost, you get your domain name for free!

Go to the Bluehost home page and click on “Get Started Now”

How to start a travel blog step 1

You’ll then be taken to the package page. Select the type of plan that you want. For new blogs, I recommend the “basic plan” as it’s the cheapest and will give you what you need to start out.

How to start a travel blog step 2

Then you’ll be taken to the page where you can check and see if your preferred domain name that you chose in Step 1 is available. (if you haven’t already).

How to start a travel blog step 3

You’ll then be asked to create your account and select the pricing package that you want.

How to start a travel blog step 5Since you’re just getting started, I would go with the 12-month plan, as it’s the least committal if say, you decide you don’t want to blog anymore after your trip or if you end up not liking blogging (which I doubt 😛 ). It’s also the cheapest to get started. You can always renew your hosting when the 12 months is up.

Select any other add-ons that you want. I would definitely recommend paying the extra 99 cents per month for “Domain Privacy Protection” in order to protect your identity. Without it, anyone can look up who owns your site and get your name and mailing address.

Enter your payment information. Now we’re ready to move on to the next step!

STEP 3: INSTALL WORDPRESS

With Bluehost, installing WordPress on your site is as simple as clicking on a button! From your Bluehost account home screen (also called the cPanel), scroll until you find “Install WordPress” and click through to set up to install WordPress on your new domain.How to start a travel blog bluehost

STEP 4: CREATE YOUR WORDPRESS ACCOUNT

Once installed, it will tell you where to login to WordPress so you can login to your WordPress dashboard.

How to start a travel blog wordpress

STEP 5: INSTALL PLUGINS

Once installed, WordPress is basically a blank canvas, letting you tailor it’s functionalities to your needs. This is done through Plugins, which must be installed onto WordPress.

To find plugins, select “Plugins” from the left side menu in your WordPress dashboard. Select “add new” and a search box will come up where you can browse available plugins or search them by name. Most plugins are free, but some do charge for premium versions.

5 Plugins that I recommend:

  1. Akismet Spam Protection – Protects your site against spam comments and emails
  2. All in One WP Security – Secures your site against malicious attacks
  3. Yoast SEO – Helps you optimize your site and posts for better SEO results
  4. Contact Form 7 – Allows you to set up a contact form on your blog so others can email you through your site
  5. WP Optimize – Helps keep your site clean by deleting old  auto-drafts and revisions of posts, spam comments and more

STEP 6 CHOOSE A THEME

Now comes the fun part! This is where you choose the design of your site. WordPress offers free themes you can use, but you won’t have many options to customize it to your liking.

It’s better to get a “Premium” theme, which costs money (prices vary) but you’ll have more control of what your site looks like and it’s navigation, saving you from having a site that looks like someone else’s.

How to start a travel blog

A good place to find premium themes is Theme Forest. They make it super easy to dial down to the themes that will work best for your type of blog. These are the results for the category “travel blog” .

What’s cool is you can use the “live preview” feature to see what the blog looks like in action – click through the preview site to discover it’s functionalities and design layout options to see if they meet your style and functionality requirements.

It may seem a little overwhelming, but do take the time to find the right theme for your blog. You want your blog design to be original and not being a carbon copy of someone else’s.

STEP 7 – START CREATING!

That wasn’t so bad, was it? Now it’s time to start writing about your travels and share your experiences with the world!

 

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through the links used in this post, I will receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you). I use these commissions to help keep this site up and running. If you’d like to help support Indiechicktravels.com please use these links when making your purchase. Thank you!