In an age where being a “digital nomad” or “travel blogger” can be someone’s full time job, the idea of travel blogging can seem daunting. Especially if you aren’t constantly hopping around the world. And while that may seem like a dream lifestyle to some, to most… it isn’t quite our reality. However, if you follow or read PensivePalindrome you know I try to incorporate a fair bit of travel blogging into my page because, well, I love it! And of course as a full time student I’m not traveling nearly as often as most bloggers. So how can you feed your wanderlust and go about finding travel inspiration when you’re not traveling? Check out my tips below sharing how I feed my love of wanting to see the world and how I can keep the “travel” section of my blog alive while in one place!
7 Tips To Finding Travel Inspiration When You’re Not Traveling
1. Social Media
50 years ago if you wanted to really feel like you saw a place, you had to physically up and go. Today, between Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat you can be transported to a corner of the world at the push of a button. While of course social media isn’t a substitute for real experiences, it can serve as a source of inspiration when you’re not doing it yourself. (I admit besides Beauty Youtube videos, reading travel blogs is my second biggest Internet vice.) You can find almost any website or page dedicated to all kinds of travel. As an added bonus, being active on social media helps you connect with other like-minded people to share stories and exchange ideas. Below I’ve compiled links to some of my favorite social media pages! Let me know in the comments what yours are!
2. Rejuvenate Past Content in New Ways
A trip may be over, but writing about it doesn’t have to end! Removing yourself from a place for a little then coming back to write actually can help spark ideas. Everything from reflections on the place to a city guide totally constitutes travel blogging. Furthermore, the more you travel, the more you can create posts pulling from all your different experiences. Seriously, finding travel inspiration when you’re not traveling also comes practicing and writing whenever, wherever, and drawing new ideas all the time.
Example Ideas: Lists such as “Top 10 Best Cafes in X Region”, “A Complete Guide to X City”, “Top 5 Places to Travel With Best Friends”
3. Subscribing to Travel Sites
Along with social media, subscribing to travel sites is an easy way to get inspiration on a daily basis. I find subscribing to sites like Travel + Leisure, National Geographic, and Conde Naste, are great ways to both read up on new destinations and learn about different angles and writing styles the professionals take on destinations.
4. Write travel tips
If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve done a fair bit of traveling yourself. Besides writing about a destination, writing about the actual act of travel itself can be informative. Draw on your experiences (the good and the bad!) to curate posts guiding your readers and of course, this can be done right from home.
Example Ideas: How to Pack for X Adventure, How to Prepare for Study Abroad, Top Hacks for Finding Good Flight Deals, How to Spend a Layover
Read More: Travel Essentials: What’s In My Bag
5. Become a hometown tourist
Who said you have to hop on a plane or go long distances to “travel”? Sometimes it’s the most fun to explore a place you know really well but from a new lens. No one knows your town or area better than you! And there’s so many perspectives to take. Imagine someone coming to your city or town for the first time…what would you recommend for them to do and see? What are some hidden gems in the area? Or go to a local place, such as a historic park, and write about your time there. Think outside the box, but speaking from experience it can be a lot of fun.
6. Interview Other Bloggers or Do a Guest Post
Even if you’re not on the move, plenty of other people are! Reaching out to other travel bloggers, preferably those whose writing style vibes with yours, and having them write a guest post is a great way to generate new content. Most websites have contact information readily listed, so shoot them an e-mail or if they’re a friend all the better. Getting a fresh take from a new writer changes things up, helps promote their site, and keeps your travel section alive. Win-win. Another idea: informally “interview” a bunch of bloggers for their collective insight on a particular topic.
Example Ideas: How to Make Money by Travel Blogging: By 10 Digital Nomads, Secret Destinations By Top Travel Bloggers
7. Start planing your next trip!
When in doubt, start planning your next trip. After all, visiting a new place or even coming back to a familiar one is certain to spark inspiration. Whether the trip is one hour or twenty from you, it still requires a certain level of planning and organization. I honestly think trip planning can be quite fun, albeit of course a little stressful, but perhaps one of the most fun ways to generate ideas. Additionally, in your research, is there information missing about the place you wish you knew. Save the idea for a future and unique post. Get where I’m coming from? 🙂
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday!
P.S. I actually have my next trip planned out so stay tuned readers where I’m headed next! (Hint: It’s on my Top 10 Places I Want to Visit List)