Before you give your opinion on this; I love travel blogging. End of discussion. That doesn’t mean that there are no contras. Because hey, which blogger doesn’t faces cons of a blog? What I once read, for example, were the cons of a beauty blogger: they had skin problems because they tested too many products on their skin. That’s a contra, right? Another one is sitting too much behind your desk, writing an article. But anyway, we bloggers are weird. Which contras we all face; we are not just bloggers for nothing. We love our hobby! Now back to my blogpost of today. Do you want to be a travel blogger or are you one (then you’ll recognize yourself in this). Otherwise, read this blogpost before you start your travel blog journey. Why? Because you don’t fall in a big giant hole afterwards.
No money for a long time
I wish someone had told me that I wouldn’t make money for a long long time. If that person would have, I blogged anyway, no worries. My ideal image was to begin as a entrepreneur, always on the road, etc. But unfortunately, that’s not how life works if you’re a newbie in this kind of niche. You have to fight hard for the best deals in the world, write down as many blogposts as you can and of course: plan your travels!
Travelling isn’t the same anymore
Once you have decided where to go, planned the whole trip (big or small), you will notice that your travels won’t be the same anymore. You have to work non-stop. Don’t get me wrong if you work already work non-stop on your travels (live in the moment, you know). But what I mean is blogging full-time, taking photos full-time, be active on social media, etc. You don’t get time off, it doesn’t work that way. And if you decide to stay longer, I don’t know about you, but I think that would be hard to arrange.
Like every niche in bloggersworld, there are also “helping competitors”. We give each other inspiration to travel, but also the best websites to find great deals. But somehow we do compete with each other. Because you do want to be thé expert of that little place you know so well and other bloggers don’t, don’t you?
No Readers = No Blog
Readers are the most important “thing” of your blog. If there are more readers, there are more statistics. Don’t be shy, it’s the truth! What I like the most are readers that come back for more. Those are the people why I do it for. Because what is better than a reader who says: Oh my, I want to go to that place! So it doesn’t shock me when someone has 100 000 unique visitors and goes to a lot of press trips. Take care of your readers, and organize now and then a give-away.
Money isn’t always blabla
Now I’m talking in the future (so when your blog is doing well). With big and famous bloggers it is a matter of hard work, but you don’t get your bill at the end of the month with the same amount of money than last month. Sometimes you earn a press trip, sometimes you earn money for a different kind of post. You can earn in so many ways money. But like I said, it won’t be the same every month.
So, here are the cons I found cons (do you follow me?). But I also do want to say (like in the beginning) that travel blogging is heaven. I love it so much. You do what you like to do and that’s traveling. What can I say: I’m addicted to it, and I love it. And if you also want to do this: what’s stopping you? Just get on the road and write!
What is the greatest contra of travel blogging in your opinion?
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