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Travel Blogging 101: How to become a Certified Travel Blogger?

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You’ve decided to join the ranks of the elite by setting forth to earn your certification as a travel blogger. The certification process to become a travel blogger is a long and arduous road, but the truth is that there is no certifying body for travel bloggers, though that may not always be the case.

Gael Hilotin of ThePinaySolobackpacker.com
Gael Hilotin of ThePinaySolobackpacker.com in Angkor Wat Cambodia

If you want to become a certified travel blogger, there are really just three things you have to do:


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  1. Travel
  2. Write
  3. Have a Blog

Now let’s have a look at each of the requirements.

Joel Ador travel blog
Joel Aldor of JoelAldor.com in Nagcarlan Laguna Underground Cemetery

First you have to travel. Some people would argue with this, but the fact is that no matter how great a writer you are, it is impossible to write about what you have never experienced in a way that will draw readers to you.

Estan Cabigas of Langyaw.com
Estan Cabigas of Langyaw.com in Batanes

Sure, you can buy travel books and create imaginary stories about travel, but without the experience of actually meeting new people, seeing new things, and moving from one place to another, it is doubtful whether you will be able to create a blog that is compelling to readers. To give you a more helpful example, I have posted the photos and URL’s of some of the Philippines most popular travel bloggers.

James Betia of Journeying James
James Betia of Journeying James in Guimaras

In terms of travel, you also have to make sure that you know what kind of travel you are going to write about to. The travel niche is huge. You can write about business travel, international adventures, budget travel, Europe, or even create a blog about one specific area and everything there is to do there.


Valerie Teves of Weekend Haven

If you want to be a travel blogger, you need to have focus and be sure not to post your carpentry, makeup and witchcraft articles with your travel related ones.

edcel Suyo of Soloflighted.com
Edcel Suyo of Soloflighted.com in DMIA

Second, you need to be able to write. I must confess, Im not really a good writer but keeping your spelling, grammar & punctuation right will save your ass. This might sound obvious, but the truth is that the internet is littered with websites of people who wanted to blog about travel but didn’t realize that writing is a key component. Just creating a site called John’s Travel Blog doesn’t make you a travel blogger, even if your name is John.

Gaye Emami of PinayTravelJunkie.com
Gaye Emami of PinayTravelJunkie.com

Your site needs to be populated by content about the travels of John. Now, assuming you are John, you need to find a way to make your written adventures compelling and interesting to readers.

Ron Cruz of Fliptravels.com
Ron Cruz and Monette of Fliptravels.com

Simply writing “I went to China with my father” isn’t going to win you any readers whereas taking the time to craft something like “It was hard to convince my father to allow me to accompany him to the furthest reaches of the world” might just keep your readers coming back for more.

Marky Ramone Go
Marky Ramone Go of Nomadicexperiences.blogspot.com

The third major requirement is that in order to become a certified travel blogger, you need to have a blog. Blogs are easy to come by these days. You can get free blogs through wordpress, blogger, and tons of travel portals such as WorldNomads.com, BootsnAll, or TravelBlog.org.

The benefit of going with established travel portals is that you have a built in audience waiting for you. Of course, if you plan to go big time, you will probably want to buy your own domain name, host your own blog, and have complete editorial control over your content and site.

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  1. This is cool!

    Indeed it’s hard to share something you haven’t experienced, you’ll lose that personal touch that makes your content and your blog unique. Checking the spelling and grammar is very important too. You don’t want to turn your readers off because of this alone.

    Thanks Melo!

    • I agree, although some of our posts might not be experience based, its still important that we traveled and experienced the culture, food and take lots of photos:)

  2. I try to combine both the narrative words and the pictures in narrating my travel experience. To try to make the reader pack his/her backpack that moment. Same way I felt before when I read other people’s travel blog, books, articles.

  3. Hi Melo! I think there’s one more thing you might want to add on the list for someone who wants to become a certified travel blogger. There must be a compelling reason for the person why he should travel at all. Is he traveling because he’s curious about the place? For experience? For something interesting? I think every travel blogger must have his/her purpose why he wants to go to a particular place.

    • @Joel – I totally agree, Im actually creating a separate post for that topic:) thanks for letting me post your photo and your URL:)

  4. I totally agree with Marky and Joel, this is one of the reasons why I travel every now and then aside from the slr camera that I bought a year ago. Reading their blogs makes me want to go to those places and experience what they have also experienced. Blogging also develop your skills in writing. I am not really a certified travel blogger but I do write all my accounts in my FB page (some sort of micro blogging but with lots of photos) As of now I am contented doing this and sharing my experiences to my friends. I am happy I also got comments from time to time. Hoping I can meet some of you in my travels.
    Thanks Melo!

    • @Jay – thanks for your comment and I hope you can share more of your trips and photos coz I know apart from sharing your experiences, I believe most of us also wants to help in promoting our beautiful country:) more power to you and Yes I hope to see you in some of my trips… its a small world afterall:)

  5. Love this article, Melo! 🙂

    Experience is definitely the key in order to become an effective travel blogger. One of the travel bloggers that i really look up to is Nina. I prefer reading those na medyo diary type pero well-written. It makes one want to ride a bus or plane asap and go to that certain destination 😛

    This also serves as another sign for me. I should change my theme now and re-assess my travel blog. Sometimes overwhelming siya lalo na pag sobrang dami ng pinuntahan pero limited ang time to write… or mas priority ang personal blog 😐

    Oh well. As long as you have pictures, experience to share and enough time to sit and recall that certain ‘feeling’, i’m sure one can still write effectively no matter gaano na katagal. I need to re-assess… i have to woot. 😛

    • @Mica – For a busy traveler like you, you just need to always bring a notepad to jot things down or you may do it like the way I do if I dont have a pen and paper… I just take photos of the things that can remind me of what to write about the place:)

    • @Berniemack – i think it doesnt matter anymore wether you are a newbie or seasoned travel blogger… what is important now is that we have the same passion which is to share the joys of travel:) keep on going:)

  6. thanks melo!
    i think one of the most important thing to share in your blog is inspiration. when ron and i started blogging, it was because we wanted to help out people travel on a budget. as we move along, friends who read our blog would come up to us and tell us that we’ve given them the drive to really do it.
    travel bloggers unite! let’s continue to inspire!
    monette

    • @Flip’n Travels – I agree! Each travel blogger always have something to share… Though we have different ways of presenting it, I believe all of us has a goal of helping travelers find, decide and plan for their next trip.. More travels Monette:)

  7. thnx Melo! nauna yung pic ko. yay! haha btw, that’s Angkor Wat in Cambodia po pala.
    I’m guilty of not checking the spelling before posting, I have this habit of not reviewing the draft over before publishing the post which is a grave mistake, arggh! 🙁
    Regarding writing about travel stories without experience,it reminds me of the book,”Do travel writers go to hell?” ,a famed writer of Lonely Planet and other travel guide books and magazine claimed that he didn’t really do all the things he mentioned during his travels. Really controversial! Everything that you mentioned are essential tlga,
    Though I must admit I’m not really good in writing and I’m new to travel blogging, but with the help of the “travel blogger royalties” like you, I am learning and will sure learn a lot more.
    Happy travels! And I hope sa nxt meet up eh Out of Town travel naman! 🙂

    • @Gael – Actually Im guilty as well haha, I asumed that the photo was taken in Thailand instead of Cambodia LOL… Lets go out of town soon!!!

  8. i agree, at first all u need is to travel, to write and to blog about it. it may just be a hobby at first but will eventually turn into a habit specially when you meet people with the same interests as you are. nice to meet you melo and some bloggers you have featured in this post 🙂

    • @Lawstude – Nice meeting you, I must agree.. its really nice to see people who look at things on the same perspective.. we may have different impressions on each destination but we all travel with the same goal and that is to satisfy our souls cravings for new discoveries.. see you again soon guys:)

      btw: I hope I can also feature you in my future posts:)

  9. Hey Melo! Guilty rin ako! hehe
    I agree that to be a travel blogger you have to travel and experience. I’m new to travel blogging. This will definitely help me. Thanks. 🙂

  10. Wow galing nito Melo! =)

    I have a travel blog (newbie din) pero I’m not really a jet setter kaya onti palang ang laman saka ‘di pure travel kasi environment(global warming) is also my advocacy.

    I travel once in a while pero di kalayuan, kaya every time I go into a place na di ako familiar basta kahit sa simpleng lugar lang, I tried to capture what’s in there. Regardless if puntahan ba ito ng tao o hindi. (sana counted pa din un as Travel blog hehe)

    Somehow my other blogs help me to at least improve my writing little by little. Kahit minsan na-overlook padin ang halata mong maling grammar. hehe

  11. I am a big fan of the above bloggers mentioned…your site is a cool one too.. easy on the eye…very good content. Wish i have lots of time to check every post.. .. I am traveler myself but I do not have the writing skill hehehe..so i choose to be a reader…

  12. This also serves as another sign for me. I should change my theme now and re-assess my travel blog. Sometimes overwhelming siya lalo na pag sobrang dami ng pinuntahan pero limited ang time to write… or mas priority ang personal blog

  13. For me, the best thing about travel blogging is sharing the experience. Its not about flaunting where have you been or what, but its sharing that experience to those who haven’t been or who will be there or would have wanted to be there. Then in turn, you help and encourage people to open up their eyes and widen their perspective of the world. Go travel and be with the world. 🙂

  14. I think each travel blogger has their own strengths kasi kahit ang dami-dami ng travel blogs titingnan mo pa din each blog. kahit parehas na location lang, magkaiba pa din ng experience sila and iba yung pagkakarelate nila sa lugar. how they tell their story is what makes them a certified travel blogger. 🙂

    • @Brenna – well said, I also want to read personal accounts of each travel blogger but I guess lets not forget to share some useful facts about the destination.. In a way we help travellers experience and know the place by just reading the story:)

      Happy Trips:)

  15. Great post Melo. We’re virtually babies in blogdom so this was really helpful! I read once that a travel blog needs to be like a kid’s book, lots of really nice pictures.

    Also, we found that mixing girlie stuff with travel stuff is a great formula to connect to our audience (in our case, women travelers).

    Happy TravelS!

  16. Very good article, thanks.
    Always wanted to know what a ‘certified’ blogger was!
    Your pictures are excellent!
    Not hard to tell you have a passion for photography.
    Keep up the good work.

  17. Thanks for the great ideas. I hope to create my own travel/photo blog soon. Pls. continue sharing your unique travel experiences so you can inspire more people to travel. Mabuhay ang mga pinoy travel/photo bloggers.

  18. this is a good post for newbie travel bloggers like myself. 🙂 indeed, the challenge of narrating each one’s story to make the readers travel with you will make one a good blogger.

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