7 Reasons to Start a Personal Travel Blog

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You must be thinking, why would I start a personal travel blog now? There is a pandemic. The most exciting part of the day is the constant snacking taking place.

I hear ya! I’m typing this with a chocolate chip cookie stuffed in my mouth and as soon as I pause in about 15 seconds, I’ll grab another one.

I’ve been home for the past few weeks debating if I should continue writing about my outstanding travel posts while the world is shutdown. Would I start a personal travel blog now if I didn’t have one?

The answer is YES. There is no better time to get those creative juices going. If the idea of travel sparks joy in your life, why not start a personal travel blog for fun?

Why did I start a travel blog?

One of the questions I get asked a lot, especially from non-bloggers, is why did I start blogging about my travels? What’s the purpose? What do I get out of it? What do you as a reader get out of it?

I needed to do something for myself that in turn helped others. More than anything, I want to inspire people to leave their mundane routines behind, even if just a few vacation days, and explore a new destination.

If I could travel back in time, I would have started this blog several years ago when the thought first crossed my mind. A simple personal travel blog, like the one I’m encouraging you to start today, would have been perfect. I’ve always been passionate about travel. I look forward to vacations even more than I do my morning coffee.

The thing is I was too worried about putting myself out there. Because the sound of sharing parts of my life with the world wide web is intimidating.

See, years ago I went through a shitty time in my life. Everything that made me, ME, was derailed. Snuffed out. A blog was another complication I thought I didn’t need, which was complete BS.

You can’t worry or fix the things that you have no control over. You CAN work on the things that you do have control over. A blog you love to work on is something you can control.

So, if I could go back in time, I would start one no matter the circumstances. Our travels are a special time in our lives and we didn’t do a fantastic job taking photographs or jotting down some of the places we visited in the past.

As a matter of fact, today we were talking about our trip to Greece and it’s honestly a blur now. It was so long ago. I wish I had documented it all properly.

I can’t keep regretting what I didn’t do. The point is that eventually, I did start a blog. Once I learned I needed to take care of myself first and focus on what I can control, I started to do more of the things I love to do. Slowly, but shortly, Tasty Itinerary was born.

Fun fact: Hubby came up with the name Tasty Itinerary? And, I love it.

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Here are 7 reasons why you should start a personal travel blog:

  1. It gives you the chance to document your adventures
  2. Inspire other friends and family to travel
  3. Share what you have learned from your travels.
  4. You get to help friends and family plan their future vacations
  5. It will give you a sense of purpose
  6. Connect you with other travel lovers
  7. Because your blog is your space

Reasons to Start a Personal Travel Blog

Document Your Travels

One of the number one reasons to start a personal travel blog is to so you can document everything from your vacations. You want to record these wonderful memories and one day you can return to look back at them. Look at it as an online journal.

Sadly, for years, we went away and besides checking in everywhere on Facebook, I never really journaled about our travels. We’d post pictures here and there, but to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of knowing that Facebook basically owns everything I upload on my profile.

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And no, Instagram is not the same as having a blog either.

Then there was that time I was too lazy to take any photographs, which is so out of character for me. Granted, I was not in the best headspace. When we were away, I focused on really enjoying our time. Travel is the one place that everything seemed normal and everything was right in the world.

What I’m trying to say is? Don’t lose these experiences and leave them in the past. Put them somewhere, so you can always reminisce about the best parts as well as the worst parts of your vacation.

Also, if you have a family, do it for your children. They will appreciate this later in life. Have you heard of The Bucket List Family? They are far beyond a simple personal travel blog; however, they have created and documented amazing memories for their family to cherish forever.

I wish they would adopt me.

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Inspire to Travel

Hopefully, by documenting your vacations with your new personal travel blog, you can inspire others to travel.

For me, travel is a topic I’m passionate about. The world is beautiful, full of history, culture, and amazing foods we should all have the chance experience. Why wouldn’t I want to promote travel?

I remember our first trip to Europe. So nervous. About what? I’m still not sure. We acted like it was going to be a once in a lifetime trip. That we’d never make it back to Europe. And before that we had only traveled within the US and to the Caribbean Islands. Hubby has been to Canada. Yet, Europe seemed like another planet.

Why? We have friends in London. Family in Italy. Yet, it still felt so scary.

Guess what? We went, we fell in love with Europe and found it to be not any less scary than traveling to Florida. Only prettier with better food and we were surrounded by history.

That far from our our last trip. We’ve been to Europe several times since then and we always can’t wait to go back. In the meantime, we encourage our friends and family to take the leap, do something that scares them and take that trip.

By sharing your own experiences, you will inspire to travel.

Share What You Learned

With every trip planned, I learn a slew of new travel tips that I can’t wait to share with everyone.

Document everything and use it to guide others that are planning to have similar trips. Loved your sailing trip around the island of Kauai? Did you find a great foodie spot in Santorini? Was Eagle Beach in Aruba one of the best beaches you ever been to? Tell your audience about it.

Since I started Tasty Itinerary, I set out to write all about our trips and include as much information as possible. Anything I think will be helpful, I include.

I love to read about other peoples travel experiences. That’s just a fact.

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Help Others With Vacation Planning

In turn, when you share, you are helping others plan their vacations.

Do you know how many times I get asked by friends and family to help them with their vacation planning? All the time. And, that doesn’t count all the logistical travel I book for all our travel at work.

Planning a trip can be intimidating! Some have no idea where to start and few think it’s impossible. However, seeing someone close to them have a great time, you’re inspiring and helping them plan their future vacation.

From personal experience, I know it helps me when someone I trust refers me to a restaurant they ate at or a tour they might have taken. The guidance is gold. It saves me time. Points me in the right direction.

Don’t be afraid to shell out some travel advice.

Purpose

We all need purpose.

For me, I needed purpose outside of my family, work, and home. To invest the energy somewhere that allowed me to serve others in a way that also brought me joy.

Community

When you start a blog, you may come across other bloggers. When you’re researching specific things online, you will find that there is a community of bloggers online for just about everything. I’ve connected with other travel lovers, book lovers, foodie lovers, Disney lovers, and all sorts of other niche-specific blogs.

When I first started blogging about my travels, I had no idea this whole other world existed. It may seem like the travel niche is saturated, however, there is room for more. Especially, if you are starting a personal travel blog.

Every blog is filled with different experiences and has something unique to offer.

My favorite part of being part of a like-minded community is that we never tire of chatting about our adventures. We also have one common goal: inspiring others to travel.

A Blog is Your Space

The best part about a blog is that it is YOUR SPACE. You get to write about anything you want. If travel isn’t exactly your passion, perhaps there is something else that lights up your world.

Personal blog ideas:

  • Family memories
  • Craft projects you’re working on
  • Short fictional stories
  • Daily musings
  • Pregnancy journey
  • Wedding Planning
  • Motivational
  • and more…

Challenge: Start Your Own Personal Travel Blog

Some people scrapbook. Others are great about printing photos and putting albums together. Travel journals are also a great idea. But, if you’re not into any of those things, like me, and prefer to be more creative on your computer, a personal travel blog is perfect?

Since we are all home right now, use the time to set up a simple blog. You do not need a fancy, complicated blog to share your travel memories with your friends and family.

There are free and simple blog services like WordPress and Blogger.

If you’d like to own your own URL and pay for hosting, I highly recommend signing up with SITEGROUND.

Start by writing the following posts:

  • Work on your bucket list.
  • What are some of your favorite local spots close to home?
  • Tell us about a past vacation.
  • The memory of your first flight.

Share with your family and friends. Right now, we all need some inspiration from the outside world. Inspire them to come to visit you or book that next vacation for when this pandemic is over.

Years from now, when you reminisce at old posts and photos, you’ll smile and be grateful you started a personal travel blog. These are memories you will never forget because you took the time to write all about them.


Are you going to start a personal travel blog? Do you have one? What is your reason for blogging?


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10 thoughts on “7 Reasons to Start a Personal Travel Blog”

  1. I love this!! And you really made it applicable to bloggers from every niche 😉 Starting a blog was a thought planted in my head at the age of 9 or 10, and then I forgot about it until I was about 13 or 14. Finally, when I was 16, I took the plunge, and I’m so glad I did!! The community & creative experience that come with blogging are definitely the most rewarding parts <3

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    • Macey – Yes, the creativity that comes with blogging is also rewarding. I love your blog and it’s a great example of writing about the things you love. You have come so far in the blogging world and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  2. Document, inspire, share, help, purpose, community, and yes having my space in the blogosphere are also the reasons why I started my blog. Two years ago, I was also scared to put myself out there. I’m so glad I took the risk and finally publish my first post. Glad to be part of this community and thankful to meet supportive bloggers like you. Keep inspiring us with your wonderful adventures Kathy!

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    • Starting a blog is so scary, but once you start, you realize there was nothing to fear.I’m so glad you started a block too and that we’ve met. You are inspiring with your travels and positive posts.

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  3. Can I just say that your pins are so gorgeously professional on this post?

    Omg, it’s so funny that you mention wedding planning as a topic for starting a blog–I sort of had a hobby “love story/wedding’ blog that I eventually stopped writing for. The wedding consumed my soul LOL!! I was so over it, but it was still niceeee.

    I also created a ‘favorite recipes’ blog for colitis WAY BACK WHEN–that I also killed. Haha. The bad/funny thing about that one was that I probably accidentally plagiarized others’ recipes, and I definitely didn’t have disclaimers that I wasn’t a UC doctor/professional/anything–it truly was just for me and friends, though. I didn’t have to worry about wretched picture taking and editing. The food was yum!

    I used Blogger for all of them back then. Hear me casually ‘sigh.’

    Personal travel blogs are fun, though (I don’t have mine anymore, because, well you know: TUL). When I moved to Indo, part of my grant asked me to keep a travel blog. When your water and power is out a lot, I loved sitting down every day and sharing stories about teaching. I had plenty of time to write and reflect. Only my friends, family, and people interested in the Fulbright program read it, and I loved it.

    It was a great journal of my time, and I’m sure if I read it now, I’ll see how much I have grown. Parts are probably naive and cringe-worthy. Plus, it could be fabulous book material one day.

    Love your post–I am sure many people would benefit from starting a personal travel blog (or anything where they can write) right about now. Xxxx

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    • I love hearing about your blogging adventures. This blog is essentially my first blog, but I have been obsessed with a few things in the pasts too. Definitely belonged to a few forums that I wasted a ton of time in and some I learned a lot from. I was also wedding obsessed, now I can care less about weddings. It’s so funny.

      Your Fullbright program blog sounds like a great example of a personal travel blog. I can already imagine your fun posts and crazy stories. I’m sure your family and friends loved it.

      Thanks for the pin design comments. Stock photos are lifesavers!

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  4. Such a great post! I wish I had documented the travels I shared with my family. I documented a lot of my backpacking trip through Europe and that’s fun to look back on. Hmm? I think I also sent off emails during that time. I have to check my old email address. Wow. I’ve never thought of that. It was so long ago though so I won’t get my hopes up. Thanks for triggering that memory!

    I know Instagram doesn’t count, however, today I happened to look through my Maine highlight story and even though sadly I didn’t take many pics or video of my parents, it still brought me back to that trip with them. I can’t wait for travel again!

    So glad you posted this. Can’t wait for your next post! Even if it’s about your “trip” to your backyard with Maverick.?

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    • Your comment made my day! So happy I was able to trigger some old memories of your past travels. Would love to hear more about your backpacking trip to Europe! You should totally write a blog post about it for fun. I’d totally read.

      Instagram is great, but the truth is, at the end of the day your photos and words belong to IG. If they ever go out of business, then all your memories will be gone. 🙁

      Well, I have two more travel posts coming up. Working on one for Bonaire and another for Key West. So stay tuned.

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  5. Wow, I’m so behind on blog reading but I love this so much! I think everyone can use a reminder that blogging is in many ways a personal thing, eventho we’re sharing our lives with the world. How many of us started these passion projects because we wanted to keep and share amazing travel memories!!

    I used to have a WordPress hosted blog about healthy eating and teaching yoga for normal people. My favorite post was my ab workout “routine” while drinking a glass of wine. I had no idea what I was doing then – I still don’t – but I sure did love it!

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    • Um, can you please post your ab workout while drinking wine? That sounds hilarious and way up my alley!

      Blogging is so personal, and sadly, I don’t think some people realize that when they read our blogs. Definitely started a passion project, now it’s so much more.

      I do hope people read this and decide, oh let me start a simple blog to share some great memories with family and friends. We are in a digital age where we record and photograph everything with our phones, but do nothing with the photos, memories and thoughts behind them. I just don’t want people to lose sight of them.

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. I am behind on blog reading too. Well, I’m being on all kinds of reading these days. Ha.

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