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The short answer is yes, it was a good idea to start a travel blog this year!
In March 2020 the world of travel came to an abrupt halt. I just about made it back to the country I am currently living in before it shut the borders for four months. Phew! While borders are slowly opening back up, the majority of travellers I know are staying put for the time being, only travelling if necessary.
Due to me having two autoimmune diseases, I am a bit more cautious than most, so personally I won’t be travelling just yet.
At the beginning of lockdown, the UAE went into 24 hour curfew, meaning that nobody except for essential workers could leave their house. This went on for three weeks, when it was reduced to evening curfew.
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Why I decided to Start A Travel Blog in 2020
Reason 1 - it gave me purpose
I work full time, but in the evenings and weekends, I wondered what was I to do in my spare time? Watch Netflix? Done! In fact, it keeps asking if I’m still watching – way to judge me, Netflix!
After two months I ended up with a website I had created myself and had learned things I would never have given myself the opportunity to learn in the past.
Reason 2 - I started to earn money
I spent all of May and June creating my website and writing a few posts and I was ready to launch my blog at the beginning of July. I wasn’t really thinking of monetising yet, although I knew it would be something I would eventually aim for.
In August I joined a few affiliate programs and the day I earned my first 0.75c I was ecstatic! I ended up earning $120 in August, my second months of blogging!
Reason 3 - you have to start somewhere
What do I mean by that? Well, let’s be honest. Having never written before (I mean, I can write, I just never wrote professionally or since leaving school, which was……a while ago), I knew it would be a while before I got into the swing of blogging.
My first few posts were not great. Understandable! Hopefully, they’ve gotten better over the past few months as I’ve learned so much more about SEO and Pinterest strategies and have gotten the advice of many fantastic bloggers on various different Facebook groups and Twitter.
My hope is that by starting my blog when I did, it will be more established by the time we are ready to take to the skies again, Google will like it more (right now they’ve just started dating) and people will come to my site for travel advice!
Reason 4 - it's not JUST a travel blog (whaaaa??)
My blog is about making the most out of your life, doing what you want to do, with some adventure along the way. It’s about showing people that no matter what age you are, what ailments you might have, no matter your circumstances, you can still have goals and reach them.
I give advice on how to create your ultimate bucket list and how to even start ticking things off your bucket list straight away. People think that bucket lists are only for travel but no. They’re about doing the things you want to do before you….kick the bucket! My Bucket List could be so far from what’s on your list and that’s ok.
So, yes I go on about travel A LOT in my blog, and I call it a travel blog because, let’s face it, ‘Travel, Bucket List, Adventure, Motivational Type Blog’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it. But that’s my passion and I have a lot of travel related items on my blog and on my bucket list. I also have other goals I want to achieve, which you can see for yourself on my Bucket List.
Reason 5 - we still have staycations
With people taking more and more staycations in their home countries, there is more opportunity to see the sights where you live! Back home, I never really took much of an opportunity to be a tourist in my home country. In the UAE, you are more likely to as you will have friends and family visiting.
Since March I’ve been super lucky to have had two staycations in the UAE, one up in the mountains in a quiet serene environment and the other a beachy delight. And I have another coming up!
Reason 6 - the wanderlust is still alive
Want to know my favourite thing to do when I can’t travel? Plan a trip! I’m a planner, as you may have noticed from previous posts.
My travel list has multiplied and I have already made plans (which of course may change with the current situation) for next year.
I did start a travel blog at a time when there is little travel, but in spite of that people have told me they are getting inspiration from my Bucket List and from the destinations I have written about for when they can travel again. And planning a trip now may be just what we need to get us through to the end of the year (how fast has this year gone though?!).
If you need any help planning your ‘post-Covid’ adventure, here are some of the sites I personally use to plan my trips.
For activities: Get Your Guide
For hotels: Booking.com
For flights: Skyscanner
For travel insurance: World Nomads
Have you started a blog in 2020? If so, was it a travel blog? Perhaps the niche you blog in has taken off during the pandemic, rather than slowing down, like travel.