Do you love to travel? Are you reading all the travel blogs you can and absorbing all the information like a sponge? Do your friends often tell you, you should start your own travel blog but you are still hesitating?
Let me tell you a little something about myself. Before everything else I was a traveler. I have seen so many countries before I even thought of writing about it and I wish I would have started my blog right away.
Follow these three easy steps below and your travel blog will be up and running within 20 minutes. How awesome is that? You will be a travel blogger before this day is over!
Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I will earn a comission if you make a purchase using these links. However I would never recommend a product or company that I don’t trust. So I hope you will find all the information I am giving you helpful to start your own travel blog.
How to start a travel blog
Three steps to become a travel blogger
1. Domain Name and hosting
You want to pick your domain name wisely, since it will be the heart of your blog. Of course nothing is forever but re-branding is no fun so you might as well choose something that you can stick with.
Do some brainstorming and write down all the things that you love about travel, places you want to see or that you love most, travel related fantasy names. Jot everything down and head on over to Bluehost to see if your domain is available.
Or check it right here:
If the domain you have chosen is already taken, it will let you know. As soon as it shows “Available, click here to register!” you can click the link and secure this domain right away before anyone else will snatch it away from you.
The link will take you to a page to choose your plan. Go for the Starter Plan! That’s all you need.
Why do you need this?
The webspace is the area where your website and everything you upload (photos etc.) is stored.
$3.95 per month is a pretty good deal even if Bluehost will let you pay the whole 36 months right away but it saves you quite some money over time. Plus the domain itself will be free if you choose a hosting plan with Bluehost.
Of course you can choose shorter plan options if you are just testing the waters.
2. Install WordPress
Now you have the space, the next step is the blog. You have to install WordPress. This is the blogging software I use for Dreams-of-Freedom.com and most other bloggers pick WordPress as well.
Log in to your Bluehost account and Scoll down to “Software/Services”
Click on the WordPress Logo and follow the installation process.
During the installation you will be asked “Where would you like WordPress installed?” Underneath you will see your Domain and next to it a field to insert a folder name. Leave this part blank! Otherwise you will end up with your blog URL like awesometravelblog.com/funnyfoldername
Just click “Complete” and you successfully installed WordPress on your webspace. You will see your login information that you should write down. Later you will be able to change your password, in case you want to. Always make sure to pick a safe password with small and capital letters as well as numbers.
To log into your – now already set up – blog, you type your domain name into the browser followed by:
Here you can type in the user name and password that you have written down earlier.
3. Pick a Design
Your travel blog is now officially ready for use, however I’m sure you don’t want to stick with the standard WordPress theme. It is simple and of course you could use it but eventually you want to find something that fits your style.
WordPress has a few decent free themes, that you can find here. Or – after logging into your blog you simply click on “Appearance” – “Themes” and then on top on “Ad new”. There you can comfortably browse though thousands of themes and try them out until you find what’s best for you.
Once you installed your theme you are done any ready to go.
Congratulations! You just started your own travel blog!
Are you excited? Tell me about it! Leave a comment below! I’d love to hear your travel blog story!
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