I usually write my blog for anyone interested in travel, but this one is specifically for all my travel blogger friends. While a few of you currently live “on the road” like The Nomadic Backpacker , many of us are home. Even our friends who live on the road are staying in one place for now.
Here are 10 things to do while you are in between trips.
1) Organize your travel photos. If you’re like me you probably have thousands of pictures you have been meaning to pull off of your camera and save on your laptop or external hard drive. I want to organize my photos by date and destination. Now’s a great time to get started. I may even finish.
2) Finally finish that creative travel project. Have be been meaning to print and frame some of your travel photos. I really like canvas prints. Do you have souvenirs, art or other collectibles you have been meaning to display. I collects pins from different cities that I want to put into a shadow box. The pins below are from theme parks
3) Make a photo book (or two). I could have included this in items one or two, but I thought it deserved it’s own section. Clearly I love to share photos on social media. Many of us also share and store photos “in the cloud” (i.e.: Google, Apple, Dropbox), but I still enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea and looking through a photo album. There are so many options: old fashioned albums where you can place printed photos, crafty scrapbooks and the newly popular photobooks you can create online. Photo books can be picked up or shipped depending on which company you use. I recently made my first photo book using Saal design.
4) Blog. Any one else been behind on posting (slowly raises hand). Most of us are spending a lot of time looking through travel photos. What story ideas are coming to mind? Write down as many as you can think of while you have the extra time on your hands. Maybe you haven’t started a blog, vlog or podcast but you want to? There’s a lot of people looking for something to read, watch or listen to right now. What are you waiting for?
5) Rebrand. Have you been thinking about updating your website, blog, social media? Do you want a new logo or need to create a logo. Do an audit of all your platforms and start making changes. This is also a great time to reach to to freelancers on platforms like Fiverr.
6) Update your profile picture.
7) Connect with other travel bloggers. Support other bloggers – read their blog, like and comment. Write guest posts.
8) Look for new affiliate/ sponsor opportunities. It’s a tough time for the travel industry. They may be more open to collaboration and promotion of their brand. Think of hotels, restaurants, any travel related products / services that you already have pictures of or great stories you can share. Make a list then start reaching out.
9) Start planning for your next trip. Figure your next destination. Start looking into that next city, country, national park or point of interest on your bucket list. Check into lodging (hotel, AirBnB, hostels) and transportation. You may be able to get some great rates on future travel right now. Make a list of local restaurants with good reviews or that friend have recommended. What else is near by. If you’re thinking of going to a big city like London, Rome or New York you may also want to drive 15 or 20 minutes away to someplace less touristy to get that authentic “locals” experience.
10) Start saving for your next trip. You’ve figured out where you want to go next. Even if you’re not ready to book travel get a rough ideas of transportation costs (flights, train, rental car) and figure out how much you need to save every month to take your trip six months from now. Sure you could put it on a credit card, but there’s nothing like being on a trip that’s paid for.