7 Benefits of a Personal Travel Blog

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Have you ever thought about starting a personal travel blog? It’s a fantastic way to share your travel stories with friends, family, and strangers worldwide. You can write detailed posts or share quick snaps on Instagram—either way, your blog turns your adventures into shared experiences.

A travel blog is more than a place to share stories; it’s also a space for memories. Each post can deepen one’s understanding of one’s travels and inspire others to explore new places.

Getting started is easy. You don’t need to be tech-savvy or have a fancy setup. Just post a favorite travel photo or a memorable story on social media.

Tasty Itinerary started as a personal travel blog, as a place to share our foodie adventures and travel advice with others. Now, we inspire thousands of readers to step outside a monotonous routine and explore what’s around them through food and travel. If you’re considering starting a blog, our advice is simple: start. Chances are, you’re already doing some form of it.

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Let’s explore the benefits of having your own travel blog and how easily you can start one.

1. Capture Your Travel Memories, Stories, and Photos

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Celebrity Beyond, Corfu

Details can get fuzzy as time passes, but a personal travel blog acts like a digital scrapbook, capturing your adventures in words and pictures. It’s not just about cataloging every event—it’s more about preserving those standout personal moments.

You might post photos of stunning landscapes, write about a hidden gem of a restaurant you discovered, or share stories from meaningful interactions with locals. These personal touches bring your travels to life, not just for you but for everyone who reads your blog.

When you look back on your blog years from now, those vivid memories will feel like stepping back in time, letting you relive the joys and mishaps of your travels.

For families, this can be especially valuable. Documenting family trips creates a treasure trove of memories your children will cherish as they grow older.

Take inspiration from The Bucket List Family—they’ve turned their family travel blog into something incredibly special, weaving personal stories with inspiring adventures. Their approach shows just how powerful and heartfelt a travel blog can be. Sometimes, I even joke that I wish they would adopt me!

2. Connect with Friends and Family

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Pasadena, California

A personal travel blog is an excellent way to bring others along on the excitement and discovery of your travels as they unfold. With regular updates, you can keep family and friends in the loop about your location, what you’re up to, and what you’re seeing. It’s almost as if they’re traveling with you, experiencing the wonder of new places right alongside you. My husband’s mom used to call this “mind traveling.”

The key benefit? It keeps your connections strong, allowing friends and family to feel part of your travel experiences through your stories and photos.

3. Inspire Others to Travel

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Nice, France

Personal travel blogs, while narrating individual experiences, also serve a communal purpose. You’re not just sharing your adventures; you’re inspiring others to embark on their own.

By focusing on specific destinations, sharing personal stories, and offering tailored recommendations, your blog can become a powerful tool that motivates others to travel. Readers get a real sense of what a place is like through your eyes, which can make them more inclined to book their own trip or explore a new destination.

The beauty of personal travel blogs lies in their ability to spread the excitement of discovery. They transform personal journeys into sources of inspiration, encouraging others to step out and create their own adventures.

Travel can be overwhelming for many. Some might not know where to begin, or think it’s too challenging. But by sharing your own positive experiences, you show that travel is accessible and rewarding.

For us, travel is more than a hobby; it’s a passion. The world is full of history, culture, and incredible cuisine waiting to be explored. Why not share that enthusiasm and encourage more people to explore?

4. Share Travel Tips and Advice

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Florence, Italy

Personal travel blogs are an excellent way to share valuable advice on how to thoroughly enjoy a destination. Perhaps you’ve discovered the best restaurant in town, or an off-the-beaten-path gem that’s a must-visit. Sharing these personal tips and recommendations makes your blog a go-to resource for others planning to visit the same places.

This sharing is incredibly beneficial—it allows us to enrich the travel experiences of others, adding a personal touch to their adventures.

Every journey teaches us new travel and cruise tips that we’re eager to share. We often find ourselves helping others plan their vacations, in addition to coordinating and booking travel for work. Sharing our knowledge not only assists others; it deepens our own enjoyment of exploring the world.

5. It Gives You Purpose

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Travel blogging might just be the purpose you’re looking for, or an inspiring goal to achieve.

Maintaining a personal travel blog keeps you focused, offering clear goals to strive for. Whether it’s challenging yourself to visit a set number of destinations each year, or simply finding satisfaction in sharing your travels and inspiring others, blogging brings a meaningful direction to your adventures.

Writing about your experiences can instill a sense of ownership over your travels, making each trip more significant.

For me, it was important to find something fulfilling outside of work and home—something that allowed us to serve others in a personal and impactful way. Writing for my site has become that meaningful pursuit. It’s our way of giving back, sharing our journeys, and hopefully, making a difference, even in a small way.

6. Building a Community Through Travel Blogging

One of the most rewarding aspects of running a personal travel blog is the sense of community it fosters. By sharing your journeys, you naturally attract and connect with fellow travelers who share similar interests or goals. Whether through comments, personal messages, or shared posts, your blog becomes a hub for a network of like-minded adventurers supporting each other.

As you delve deeper into the blogging world, you’ll discover there’s a community for nearly every interest—travel, books, food, Disney, and more. Each blog and social media account brings its own unique perspective and experiences, enriching the broader community.

Throughout our travel blogging adventure, we’ve virtually met some of the most incredible and inspiring people from around the globe, forming lifelong connections that might never have happened otherwise.

The best part? Being part of a community that shares your passion. We revel in discussing our travels and are united by a shared mission: to inspire others to explore the world.

7. It’s Your Space in the Worldwide Web

The beauty of establishing an online space through blogging is that it’s entirely yours. You have the freedom to shape it around whatever sparks joy in your life. It’s your platform to express, share, and connect on any subject that interests you, whether it’s travel or something else entirely. Consider it your personal outlet.

Here are just a few ideas to inspire your blogging journey:

  • Food & Recipes: Share your culinary adventures or family recipes.
  • DIY Projects: Offer step-by-step guides on creating something unique.
  • Crafting: Document your crafting processes and the final products.
  • Lifestyle Topics: Discuss everyday tips or personal insights.
  • Parenting & Family: Provide advice or stories from your family life.
  • Photography: Showcase your photography skills and the stories behind your shots.
  • Family Memories: Create a digital archive of family events and milestones.
  • Craft Projects: Talk about your current projects and crafting tips.
  • Short Fictional Stories: Engage readers with your creative writing.
  • Daily Musings: Share thoughts and reflections from your day-to-day life.
  • Pregnancy Journey: Document the highs and lows of pregnancy.
  • Wedding Planning: Offer insights and advice on planning a wedding.
  • Motivational: Post content that inspires and uplifts your readers.

And this is just the beginning. Whatever you’re passionate about, your blog is the perfect platform to delve into it and share with the world.

What is travel blogging?

Travel blogging involves travelers documenting their personal experiences and sharing tips and advice through travel guides for others interested in similar journeys. This allows bloggers to offer insights and practical information that can help others plan and enjoy their own trips more effectively.

How do I write a personal travel blog?

A personal travel blog can take various forms depending on the blogger’s style and objectives. Some bloggers treat their blog more like an online diary, focusing on personal reflections and experiences. Others might aim to offer practical advice and tips to help others make the most of their trips. Whether it’s through a traditional blog platform or social media channels, each blogger chooses how to best share their journey with the world.

Is it worth doing a travel blog?

Yes! Travel blogging is definitely worthwhile if you have a passion for travel and enjoy sharing your experiences with others. It’s not only a fantastic way to document your journeys and preserve memories of the places you’ve visited, but it also allows you to connect with friends, family, and like-minded travelers. But it can be a lot of work though, so having a passion for it is KEY.

Where can I post my personal travel blog post?

You can post a blog on any platform where you feel comfortable. There are numerous blogging platforms available, including WordPress, Blogger, and Squarespace. Alternatively, you can also choose to share your travel stories on social media channels like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Each platform offers different advantages, so you can pick the one that best suits your style and reaches your intended audience effectively.

Challenge: Start Your Own Online Travel Journal

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In times when we are mostly at home, what better way to use your time than to start a personal travel blog? It’s the perfect project if you’re not into traditional scrapbooking but love being creative on your computer.

Here’s how you can store and share your travel memories without needing a complex setup:

  1. Choose a Platform: Start with free and simple services like WordPress or Blogger. These platforms are user-friendly and ideal for beginners.
  2. Social Media Sharing: If you prefer something even simpler, begin by posting your travel photos and stories on Facebook or Instagram. This can be a stepping stone to a more structured blog.
  3. Photo Storage and Sharing: Consider using SmugMug, a great app that not only stores photos but also lets you create a personal photography website to share with others.
  4. Own Your Space: If you’re ready to take the next step, consider signing up with hosting services like Blue Host or Siteground. These services are great for beginners who want to own their URL and have more control over their blog.

If you want to own your URL and pay for hosting, we recommend signing up with Blue Host or Siteground as a beginner blogger.

Begin Your Blogging Adventure:

  • Bucket List: Write about the places you dream of visiting.
  • Local Gems: Share some of your favorite spots close to home.
  • Travel Memories: Recount a memorable past vacation.
  • First Flight: Reflect on the experience of your first flight.

Why Did I Start a Travel Blog?

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Pie n’ Burger, Pasadena

Many people, especially non-bloggers, often ask me why I started travel blogging. What was the purpose? What do I gain from it?

I first thought about travel blogging a decade ago as a creative outlet for personal growth, exploration, and joy. However, personal obstacles at the time led me to postpone the idea. Eventually, I decided to focus on what I truly wanted and stop letting other things hold me back, so I launched a travel blog.

The idea was daunting—sharing parts of my life with the world is not easy for an introvert like me. But I felt a deep need to do something meaningful for myself that could also inspire others to break free from their routines, even if just for a day.

Thus, Tasty Itinerary was born. My aim has always been to show how food and travel could bring joy and comfort. As someone who loves planning trips and encouraging others to try new foods, I find joy in sharing our travel guides. More recently, cruising. This joy keeps me motivated to uncover more adventures and stories.

I hope to continue growing Tasty Itinerary, inspiring people to explore and appreciate the world around them, no matter how they decide to start.


Kathy Ava

Meet Kathy Ava, a food, travel, and cruise writer based in Los Angeles/Pasadena, and the owner and main writer of Tasty Itinerary. With over 20 years of experience planning trips and logistics at her full-time job and for herself, she's become a pro at crafting unforgettable tasty itineraries. She's always on the hunt for delicious, fun travel destinations and cruise itineraries. She firmly believes that life is short and we must make the most of it, so always say yes to dessert.

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  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

    1. 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!

  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!

    1. 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.

  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

    1. 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!

  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.?

    1. 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.

  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!

    1. 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.