Travel is important! Taking out a few days from a busy routine is very difficult and there is no harm in doing the basic homework before planning a trip. Hashtag tough life.
And if you are a travel blogger, then it’s an added responsibility to make the best out of your holiday and provide readers with worthy content. That one travel blog is going to help so many people. Well, that’s actually the main job of a travel blogger.
Now let’s talk about travel destinations for bloggers.
Few questions to be answered beforehand:
- Mountains or beaches or deserts?
- Leisure or adventure?
- Shopping or culture ?
- Hot or cold weather ?
- Offbeat or touristy destination ?
- Solo, or group, or family ?
- Budget trip or luxury ?
- Hostel or a hotel ?
Merely answering these questions can help you a lot in deciding the destination. But there is a lot more to it.
Personally, I have always applied “elimination” method in whatever I do. Not everyone is sure of what he or she wants in life. But what we do not want, is easy to tell. Let’s say, a person likes mountains and planning a vacation. He is not sure of where in the mountains he should go but at least he knows that beaches and deserts are already eliminated from the list. Narrowing down the list of choices is always a good idea.
Let’s understand a few points in detail now that should be considered while picking up a destination:
1. What exactly you wish to do on a vacation?
It can be anything. Maybe you wish to lie down in Pyjamas all day and do nothing. Or you wish to climb a mountain or maybe you wish to explore the local cuisine. Or maybe you want to work all day on your laptop. The purpose will highly impact the choice of destination.
2. Instagram! Yes, Instagram can help you a lot.
There are so many travel enthusiasts on Instagram who keep on sharing their travel tales and pictures. This gives you a lot of ideas about the place. And helps you in deciding your final destination. Trust me on one thing, Instagram works better than Google if you wish to learn about new and offbeat destinations.
3. Try traveling in off-season.
This is strongly recommended. You will get the actual feel of the place in offseason. You will be able to interact with locals more. Also, you will end up paying a lesser amount as compared to what you pay during season time. Brownie points!
4. What is your budget?
“If travel was free, you’d have never seen me again” But unfortunately, you have to pay for it. So yes, financial planning is important. There are so many factors involved in this like – Hotel or a hostel; Train or flight, cafes or dhabas, etc.
5. Consider the lesser known destinations
Well well well, you will never regret choosing some random unknown place to spend some good time. Generally, such places are less touristy, calm, and comparatively cheaper. Moreover, your readers will enjoy the “exclusiveness” that you will provide.
6. Don’t underestimate your surroundings
Travel doesn’t always mean to go miles, take long flights or trains. There is no harm in exploring nearby cities or villages. You never know what they have in store for you.
7. How much time do you have?
Keeping in mind the time you have in hand, you can calculate the travel distance and plan the vacation accordingly. Say, you have one 2 days, then there is no point in thinking about some far off destination.
8. Hate planning? Try travel groups maybe.
This is altogether a new concept coming up in the travel industry now. These travel groups are perfect for you if you want to stay away from all the hassles of planning, organizing and managing things. Moreover, you will get the company of other travelers too.
Understand one thing, being a travel blogger, you need not go to fancy resorts, or search for exotic locations all the time. It’s more about providing comprehensive and genuine information about the place to your readers. Yes, Google and Wikipedia is also there but nothing can beat first-hand experience and the personal connect involved. As such, there are not some “special” travel destinations for bloggers. Each and every place has a story to tell. And you have to tell that story to the world!
Wish to be a travel blogger ? Don’t wait for a vacation. Go start with your own city.