As a travel blogger, it can be tricky thinking of blog post ideas when you’re stuck at home. But if you write multiple posts about a trip, it’s not so hard! Here are 10+ travel blog post ideas you can write about a single trip once you’re back home.
When I first began Tall Girl Big World, I found it difficult to think big picture about sharing my travels. As soon as I returned home from a trip, I would word vomit everything I had done and seen into one insanely long blog post, then feel so disheartened when no one read what I’d written. What I didn’t realize when I started blogging four years ago was that you can write lots of different posts about a single trip. Writing more than one post about a trip makes your content easier to digest and also makes it easier for Google to categorize and rank your individual posts (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, do some research on SEO. It’s a game changer!). Plus, drafting a few posts about a single trip means you’ll have extra content to publish during times of the year when you’re traveling less.
No matter what stage of your blogging journey you’re on, I hope this list of travel blog post ideas helps you out. If you haven’t already made one, I highly recommend creating a content calendar for yourself. Content calendars help you map out your future blog posts and make it easier to write high-quality posts consistently without accidentally covering the same topic twice. Give this list of travel blog topic ideas a read, then pop your favorite ideas into your content calendar so you know what posts to plan for after your next trip!
Offer General Advice About the Destination
This is a pretty standard post format you’ll want to use if you’ve never written about this destination before. When offering general advice about a place, you’ll want to mention the best times to visit (whether that be seasonal or specific times or the week or day), things to know before visiting, and any other bits of information that you deem necessary to share. When writing these kinds of posts, I typically make a list of 10 or so things to know before visiting a specific destination, but I’ve also seen other bloggers break down similar posts into even more sub-sections. For example, you could have an entire section about paying for things and then break that down into sections about the local currency, what to tip when you go out to eat, whether you should pay with cash or card, etc.
The key thing to remember when writing a general advice post is to use lots of subheadings and appropriate images to break up large chunks of text. You want the post to be easy to digest so the reader immediately it is what you’re talking about and what the key takeaways are.
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Share Where to Stay & Why
If you’re part of an affiliate program or want to start partnering with hotels in the future, you’ll want to share posts about the best places to stay for each destination you visit. Personally, I don’t enjoy reading or writing these kinds of posts because I don’t care what my accommodations are like when I travel, but I know many travel bloggers make a lot of money through affiliate programs when they recommend specific hotels to book in certain areas. When writing a post on where to stay, don’t forget to mention the hotel’s amenities, as well as how its location will benefit the reader. If you’ve visited a specific destination multiple times, you could even break this up into two separate posts — one post on budget accommodations and one on more luxury accommodations.
Create a First Timer’s Guide
You can go a few different routes when crafting a first timer’s guide to a destination. Your post could be a combination of general advice, things to do and see, and where to stay. Or you could keep things simple and make a list of things the reader has to do the first time they visit a certain destination. I prefer writing first timer’s guides just about things to do and see the first time you visit a place because they’re more SEO-friendly (i.e. it’s easier to rank on the first page of Google when you streamline posts and stick to one subject versus write a lengthy guide that encapsulates multiple topics).
Many of the first time activities I recommend are more the more popular / touristy things to do in an area, which then gives me an opening to write a follow up guide on underrated things to do in the area (more on that later in this post!). For each activity I recommend doing the first time you visit a destination, I pack in as many useful travel tips as possible so readers make the most of their experience. When writing a first timer’s guide, really think about how you can add value to your post and set your guide apart from the hundreds of others that are floating around on the internet. This likely isn’t the first one of these posts the reader has skimmed, so yours needs to stand out!
Jot Down a Complete Itinerary
One of the most valuable posts you can share after a trip is your complete itinerary. Ironically, I haven’t written many itinerary posts, not sure why! When crafting an itinerary post, I like to share recommend wake-up times, how long each activity will take to complete, places to eat throughout the day, and any other tidbits that will flesh out the itinerary and make it as useful as possible for the reader. I don’t like reading itinerary posts that are super vague.
Too often, bloggers just list a bunch of activities to do in the morning, afternoon, and evening. But that really doesn’t tell me much, except that these are all fun activities. Give readers a timeline, but also provide some buffer time throughout the day for them to enjoy a good meal, rest their feet, or deviate from the itinerary as they see fit.
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Share a Photo Diary of Your Trip
Again, not a type of post I share often because photography isn’t my strong suit, but I love scrolling through photo diaries on other travel blogs. If you’re active on Instagram and feel like you can’t share half your photos because they don’t match your feed’s aesthetic, pop them into a photo diary! Photo diaries are a great way to show off your photography and photo editing skills, and they show your travels in a different light. Plus, photo diaries give you a chance to share photos that are more personal, whether that be pictures of a special meal from your trip or images you snapped spontaneously in bad lighting. One last note: I highly recommend making a few different Pinterest pins for your photo diaries as well, since this type of post performs really well on Pinterest (it’s a visual platform, after all!).
Tell Readers Why They Have to Visit
This type of post works particularly well for lesser-known destinations — who needs to be convinced to visit Paris or Rome? Not me! I like to break this type of post down into specific reasons to visit and niche things down as much as possible. I typically wind up doing extra research on the history of a location to pique the reader’s interest even more, and avoid making broad claims like “you have to visit __ because each street is more beautiful than the next!” Readers don’t need to be told that a place is pretty; if you’ve taken good photos, they’ll do the talking for you. Again, think about how you can add value to this post. Remember: you’re trying to convince someone to visit this destination!
Share the Most Underrated Things to Do
This is one of my favorite travel blog topic ideas to read and write about. Sharing lesser-known things to do in a specific destination not only helps your blog stand out from the thousands of other travel blogs that are out there, but it also builds trust with your readers. When you write about things to do beyond the popular tourist attractions, it shows your readers that you’re really knowledgeable about that destination and that they can trust your advice. Not to mention that creating niche content like this gives you a better chance of ranking better on Google. When I publish an underrated things to do post, I always link back to more general posts I’ve written about that same destination. This way, readers have as much information as possible about that destination and they don’t have to visit other blogs to create their itinerary.
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Write a Seasonal Guide
Like many of the travel blog post ideas on this list, you can set up your seasonal guides many different ways. You could share specific items to pack, things to do in certain weather conditions, tips for making the most of your trip during a particular season, and more. You could also break a seasonal guide into separate posts. For example, if you want to write a guide about how to visit New York City in the fall, you could split it up into two posts: things to do in NYC when it’s raining and things to in NYC when it’s cold. Both are applicable to visiting NYC in the fall, and you can link back to both posts if you ever write a more general post about visiting NYC in the fall.
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Highlight Budget-Friendly Activities
Another favorite post format of mine! I’m a big believer in traveling on a budget while still taking epic vacations, so this type of post aligns perfectly with my personal values. When writing about budget-friendly activities, I include specific prices whenever possible (including free or reduced admission hours to popular attractions) because what I consider budget-friendly may not always suit someone else’s budget. Providing pricing information upfront makes it easier for readers to plan trips and prevents them from getting excited about a “budget-friendly” activity, only to find out later it’s out of their price range.
The main thing to remember when sharing budget-friendly things to do is to focus on quality over quantity. When I moved to New York, I read a lot of posts about cheap things to do in NYC, and so many of them listed statues around the city as a “budget-friendly activities.” I’m sorry, but that just seems like the blogger was fishing for activities to bulk out their list of things to do so they can make their post seem more exciting and useful than it really is. If you only have five amazing budget-friendly activities you want to share for a certain destination, share only five! You can always add to the list later.
Also note that if your travel blog is more focused on luxury travel, family travel, or solo travel, you can easily tweak the post formatting to suit whichever topic would best serve your readers.
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Create a Food Bucket List
There are so many fun ways to craft a food bucket list. Again, think niche. You can start with a post about the best foods to eat in England, then write additional posts on the best street foods in England, the best pub foods in England, the best baked goods in London, and so on. If you’re interested in writing posts like this, you’ll want to plan for them. Jot down a list of foods you want to try during your travels and take quality photos of them. In my experience, food bucket lists that have photos embedded from Instagram or that use stock images don’t look professional. Plus, it makes me wonder if the blogger actually tried all the foods they’re recommending or if they’re just sharing foods they read on another food bucket list.
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Share a ‘Best of’ List for a certain niche
If you’ve visited a destination multiple times and are really familiar with it, you can start writing super niche posts about the best bookstores in the area, the best coffee shops to work from, and so on. These types of posts may not be appropriate for travelers who are just passing through, but they’ll showcase your authority on a specific destination and will be helpful to locals and anyone staying in that destination longer-term. These types of posts require some planning, as you’ll need to go around to each of the places on your list to take photos. After you’ve published your “Best Of” post, reach out to each of the places you mentioned and ask if they’re interested in sharing your post on their social media. You may gain new followers if they share your post!
Make a General List of Things to Do
I’m ending this post with a classic travel blog post idea. When in doubt, jot down the best things to do in a destination. It doesn’t matter if they’re touristy attractions, underrated activities, or completely obscure things that no one has heard of. Pop them all into a big list and let your readers pick and choose which interests them the most. I usually write this kind of post after my first trip to a destination — because I don’t know the area very well yet, I don’t feel comfortable writing about the best restaurants, shops, etc. yet. But since I’m eager to share the things I did on my trip, I’ll write a general post like this and write follow-up posts as needed down the line.
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Let me know if there are any other travel blog post ideas I’ve forgotten to add to this list! I’m always looking to expand my repertoire and love creating ideas for posts that are interesting but informative. Oh, and if you just read through this post and are beating yourself up for not being a pro travel blogger yet, take a look through my blog post archives to see what type of posts I used to write. They’re kind of embarrassing, but I don’t want to take them down because it’s good to look back and see how far I’ve come in just four years!
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