One of the best ways to increase your organic blog traffic is to do keyword research before you write your travel blog content. Whether you’re writing for your own blog or doing a travel blog guest post, use SEO optimized keywords, and create a content calendar full of travel blog content ideas that people and Google will love.
In this post, you’ll find:
- 50 Travel Blog Post Ideas
- How to do Keyword Research + create a content marketing strategy
- Top tools to help you find the right keywords to use
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Best Travel Topics: 50 Travel Blog Post Ideas
Here’s a list of content ideas for your travel blog. Add your own unique story and make them your own. Share tips and things you learned to help people plan the ultimate trip.
Destination Posts: Travel Guide Blog
- Best places to visit in _____.
- Best time of year to visit _______.
- How to plan your first solo trip.
- 4-5 day Itinerary for ________.
- Must-see destinations in ______.
- Where to Stay in _______.
- Best resorts in these Luxury Destinations Around the World
- Best Diving Resorts
- Local Foods to Try in ________.
- Best Road Trip Destinations.
- Top Camping Destinations
- Best National Parks to Visit
- Local Favorites – What to do in ________.
- Best Places to Eat in _____.
- How to pack for _______.
- What to wear in ______.
- How to Pack a Carry On
- Best Travel Equipment for Travel Bloggers
- Capsule Travel Wardrobe Guide
- What to know before you visit ________.
- What you should know about traveling long-term
- Worst Travel Experiences
- Roundup posts featuring other travel bloggers
- Top Festivals to Attend Around the World
- What to do Before Traveling Abroad
- Travel Abroad Checklist – Visas, Passport, Currency, etc.
- Travel Insurance Tips
- What to do if you get Injured Abroad
- What to do if All Your Stuff Gets Stolen
- Best Travel Apps
- How to file a Travel Claim
- Zero Waste Travel
- How to Be a More Conscious Traveler
- How to Book Cheap Flights
- Where to Find Cheap Places to Stay
- How to Travel on A Budget
- How to Save Money While Traveling
- Budget Travel tips for _________.
Travel Photography + Working with Brands
- How to Take Travel Photos
- How to Edit Travel Photos
- Best Way to Take Travel Photos When Traveling Alone
- How to Work With Travel Brands
- How to Start Travel Writing
- Tips for Making Money While Traveling
Solo Travel Tips
- Best Places to Travel Alone
- How to Meet People While Solo Traveling
- Solo Travel tips for ________.
- What I wish I knew before visiting ________.
- How to Avoid Looking Like a Tourist
- How to Tell Your Parents You’re Not Coming Home Yet
What should I blog about next?
There are endless travel blog post ideas to write about, but before you start drafting your outline or writing your post, it’s essential to set up your site for success.
- Self-Host Your Blog – I use Siteground, and I love it.
- Find Your Niche – What are you going to write about? What are you passionate about?
- Know Your Audience – Who are you talking to? Solo Travelers? Family Adventurers? Find ways to identify their problems/questions and how the content in your blog niche is going to fill those needs.
- Keyword Research – This is a crucial step. Do not overlook or skip SEO.
- People love conversational content that provides value!
In this post, we’ll dive into where you can find travel blog post ideas and ways to stay focused and avoid writer’s block when you’re writing a travel blog.
How to Start a Travel Blog
Here’s the deal. If you want to make money blogging, don’t delay self-hosting. Look, if you’re blogging because you want to share your travel experiences with your friends and family, that’s great! A free website or blog will be perfect for you. When you host your blog, you’re in control, and you OWN the site.
If you want to own your blog and make money blogging, you need to self-host.
- Self-hosting gives you the freedom to customize your blog and add plugins to make it work for you.
- With self-hosting, you can start using affiliate marketing to make money.
- Your blog will look professional. Using yourblogname.wordpress.com is not going to help you stand out among a sea of travel and lifestyle bloggers.
- I use Siteground for WordPress for this blog because they keep my site running fast, do daily backups, and offer tech support. Whenever I have a question about something on my site, I just contact Siteground, and they fix my issue within minutes. Support is available 24/7.
- Best Blogging Resources: Powerful Tools To Grow Your Blog
- 10 Tips To Take Your Blog To The Next Level Right Now
How to Write Travel Blogs: Research Before You Write
When I decided to take my blog to the next level, I knew I needed to be consistent, put in the work, and develop an action plan. Instead of focusing on being present on every social media channel, I decided to invest my time on SEO and Pinterest. When I first started, I used free keyword research tools to search for travel blog post ideas. Now, I use Keysearch.co.
What is SEO?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and when done right, your site will start bringing in traffic from organic search results. When someone googles something about a travel topic, your post might come up in the search if you optimized it correctly. When your link is on the first page of Google, your site will see an increase in traffic. SEO is actually quite simple but can seem a bit overwhelming when you’re first starting to learn the ropes.
I know some people think that when you get a green light on Yoast, your job is done. (I thought that too when I first started blogging.) But keep in mind, Yoast is a tool. You can optimize your post for the keyword “travel” and get a green light, but that doesn’t mean you will rank for that keyword. That’s why it’s important to do keyword research properly before you start writing any blog topics.
Create a Content Calendar
Once you’ve figured out what travel-related keywords you want to rank for and what topics you want to write, save all your ideas in one place. When I first started, I wrote them down in my notes on my phone, but now I use a google spreadsheet, organized by:
- Blog Post Title Idea
- Search Volume
- Difficulty to rank
- Words – How many words each post has.
- Category – Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle, etc.
- Notes – Details I want to make sure to include in my post.
Having a content calendar has been a game-changer for me. I have over 75 ideas for SEO optimized posts to write. I also keep a separate spreadsheet of blog posts that I want to update and places where I want to guest post. This helps me stay focused and saves me time because I can update it regularly, and I don’t have to search for what travel blog post ideas to write about next. Everything is already organized in one place. Find a system that works for you!
Understanding Search Intent
I first noticed the power of SEO when I wrote a post about the best places to find sunflower fields on Oahu. It’s one of my most popular posts on this site, but I wrote it long before I started doing keyword research.
I got the idea for the travel blog post when I couldn’t find an answer to what I was looking for. I kept seeing photos of sunflowers on the North Shore pop up on my Instagram, but when I searched for where to find the flowers, there was no information available at the time. Eventually, I found a few places on Oahu that had sunflower fields, and I wrote the post that still drives organic search traffic to my site years after I first published the content.
Look for opportunities to fill gaps for missing content on the blogs you’re reading. Explore topics that haven’t been covered to gain more organic search traffic to your blog.
Keyword Research Tools
Another way you can find new travel blog post ideas is by using Google Trends, Rising Retail Categories, and Pinterest Trends. These are online tools that give you data on what people are searching for and interest over time.
If you’re wondering what travel topic to write about, use Google Trends to explore related topics and related queries. For example, if you want to write a post about a travel destination, you can filter your search results by location, customize the time range, select specific categories, and it will give you a list of topics related to your destination or topic. This will help you narrow down your blog ideas so you can write content that people are searching for right now.
2. Google – Rising Retail Categories
On my site, I write about travel, packing guides, fashion, and lifestyle topics. Rising Retail Categories is another tool I like to use because it gives me an idea about what’s trending in consumer behavior.
For example, I like to write packing guides to help people plan their trips and adventures, and I had an idea to write about the best rash guards for women. It was kind of at the bottom of my to-do list, but it was something that was on my mind. I regularly use this Google tool to look for fast-rising retail categories and saw that the topic “rash guards and swim shirts” was #6 in the top trending categories in the U.S.
This free tool lets you dive in a little deeper, and when you click on a topic, you’ll see a list of the top growing queries and the locations where it’s popular. “Rash guard women” was #2, so it made sense to me to move that post to the top of my content list and publish it ASAP.
Pinterest is a search engine tool that can drive traffic to your blog. Use Pinterest Trends to research how often people are searching for the topic you want to write about. All you have to do is type in keywords or a subject, and it will show you details on related terms that can fuel your inspiration to come up with popular travel blog post ideas for your blog.
I saw a significant increase in my blog traffic after implementing the tools I learned in the Pinterest with Ell Course. I highly recommend it!
Investing in Your Blog
Now that you have a strategy in place for doing keyword research, a place to store all your ideas, and a solid list of travel blog post ideas, you’re all set. As with any business, over time, you’ll notice that you’ll have to invest in your blog if you want to keep growing.
I pay for:
- Self-hosting on Siteground
- Keysearch.co for keyword research
- Tailwind to automatically share my Pinterest pins for me
- Grammarly for editing
Manage Your Time Wisely
It’s not uncommon for new bloggers to start to feel unmotivated about blogging after the first few weeks or months. If you’re feeling like you’re losing steam, I get it.
It’s hard to keep going when you don’t see immediate results.
SEO does not happen overnight.
Finding a niche and creating quality content is time-consuming.
Create a list of travel blog posts ideas and give yourself blogging goals for creating new content.
Posting content every day or even a few times a week is an unrealistic goal for me. If you get on this hamster wheel where you think you need to create a new post every other day, you’re going to start to burn out. Quick.
Think about creating a schedule that works for you.
If you can’t create a new blog post, go back and freshen up an older one. When sharing on social media, don’t just post your new content. Share your evergreen content as well to bring that post back to life.
You don’t have to have a lot of followers to make money online. Be consistent, set actionable goals, and create a plan filled with travel blog post ideas to fill your content calendar.
If you don’t have an email marketing list set up yet, make your email list a priority so you can start creating a community filled with adventurers, solo travelers, and people who love reading about all things travel.
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