Today is day 12 in the 12 days of Christmas Series – but it’s not over yet (it looks like it’ll be a 15 days of Christmas series instead. Today Melissa Petri shares with us about Travel Blogging. I’ll let her introduce herself.
My name is Melissa Petri and I write Europe String – Travelling Europe on a Budget. Architecture may have been my initial vocation but I have earned my PhD in packing light and choosing the best hotels through years of practice. I am an expatriate in Germany; and count the USA, Hong Kong, China and Korea in my adoptive land list. Now that I have grown roots in Frankfurt, I have yet to give up my semi-nomadic life as I continue to traipse around the world for business and leisure.
Since I am perpetually on the go, you can expect Europe String updates to be researched first-hand. I have been known to go inside restaurants to interrogate the staff. I have also been known to listen to other tourists in cafes, trying to glean more insider information from unsuspecting yet reliable travel resources. Chutzpah and wanderlust go hand-in-hand to fill my head with information to share. Different travel information which are shared with 2 other travel blogs, are the by-products. Over at Escape Blog, I make sure that readers know that “getting there is only part of the equation, making sure you don’t piss off the locals is where the excitement begins.” And at Flyaway-Weblog, readers are informed about the current deals and the ins and outs of travelling.
Yes, I regularly write for 3 travel blogs. Note that when travelling, you will NEVER be worried about blogger’s block. A day’s worth of experience is blog fodder enough for the whole week. There are so many things to discuss that you will find yourself with even more information long after you have gone back home and started working on your desk.
What exactly can you write about?
You forgot to talk about how to connect to the internet abroad. WiFi borrowing? :-)
haha forgive me but I only had budget travelers in mind… internet cafe is the way to go, baby ;-)
well actually travel blogging is very interesting , you need also to be a travel lover to do this type of blogging even better , travelling removes the stress from someone.
Travelling is cheap in some destinations while in others they can be very expensive . Like myself i live in Mauritius island which is a touristic island .. it is considered to be rather expensive to travel here ..
But to spend such an amount to come to Mauritius is worth spending ..
Mauritius is a country free from pollution , also it is a safe place to be in .. crime does not exist , country is free from hard drugs , and also mauritius has numerous interesting places .. sandy beaches and calm lagoon.
You might actually not get a lot of money out of travel blogging, but it’s fun and keeps everyone back home or whereever informed about your experiences.
In addition, when you come back home you’ll probably see the traffic to your website grow, like it did with my travel blog at http://china.thusgaard.com. Initially http://china.thusgaard.com was made for ourselves and a small group of people. Meanwhile October, November and December have experienced increasing visitors, which just keep increasing in a way that makes me want to start making money on the blog.
http://china.thusgaard.com (Mostly English, also Dutch and Danish)
http://dinekeenrobert.nl (in Dutch)
Mauritius: yes, travelling has its rewards.
Jakob: unless, of course, you hook up with a network and you get paid then, travel blogging pays ;-)
But, as I am sure you know, travel blogging has its rewards. It’s way more than just to increase visitors or links. Of course, I wouldn’t mind getting those but travel blogging is fun because one gets to reminisce. Talking about my experiences and sharing tips is like doing everything all over again. I feel the same whenever I look at my collection of pictures. I like it.
Checked out your blog. Love the pictures! I lived in China for 6 months. Love every single experience I had, even the bad ones.
Those are some really great concrete tips! Travel blogs are great for expats like us too; a good way to see what a country is like before moving there.
I would like to add a remark to this post . There is website where you can earn money from your travel experience (and other things):
Talking about “blogging for money” trivago refers more to the “for money” part. You can post your travel experience and photos there, but there is a lot more stuff you can do: adding links, completing hotel information, adding new touristic sites and attractions to the database, writing city/region/country guides – to name only a very few. A complete list would go beyond the scope of this post.
The bottom line is – if you are interested in travel related topics and want to make money out of it, try trivago. The page is run and maintained in large parts by its community, which is participating in the earnings of the whole platform instead (half of the profit goes to the users).
I’ve been a member (yes, just a regular member) there since the very start of the platform and I made several hundreds of Euros with it. and they really pay.
PS: If you want to sign up with some benefit for me, just email me on [email protected]
PPS: For all German speaking readers, the site is also available in German on
The link to the UK version of trivago is not complete. The “www” is missing.