Do you have what it takes to become an online travel influencer?

Times are changing, where once people decided where to go on holidays based on advertisements now people are more interested in hearing the opinions of experienced, professional and honest people. These people are what we call travel influencers.
One thing which can be difficult as a new blogger starting out is getting exposure for your content or more simply put getting people to click and ready our blog. We have seen so many examples of talented bloggers who have given up because they feel their hard work is giving no reward.
Below are some top tips which we have carefully selected to help give you a head start or even just make some improvements to help you blog more effectively as well as reach and grow the right audience.


 

1. Make sure your content is useful and what your audience will want to read.

One mistake that a lot of bloggers make is that they write about things which might mean a lot to them or their friends or family but to be bluntly honest may be something strangers won’t care about.
For example you could blog about Budget travel tips, food recommendations, details on what to do or where to stay, photography inspiration, video entertainment etc.
Of course it also important that when you blog you feel you are blogging about your passion, but the key to success is to blog about something you are passionate about but also something your readers will find useful or inspiring.

 

2. Be interesting and do as many cool things as you can on your travels

When it comes to blogging about a personal experience ask yourself how awesome would this story be on a scale of 1-10.
For example if you are blogging about the time you were at a full moon party in Thailand and got really drunk you might find a lot of people won’t be interested in reading this but if you wrote about the time you sailed along the coast of Africa then you might find this will be a much more interesting article for a much bigger audience.
So remember always ask yourself, what would this blog rank on the awesome scale, and be honest!

 

3. Guest Blog, Guest Blog, Guest Blog

As I mentioned above when you start out on your blogging journey you will most likely find it quite hard to be noticed and get your out to a big audience in the beginning.
One way you can improve on this, is by guest blogging. Guest blogging is when you blog on someone else’s website or personal blog. This is a great way to get your content out to that page or person’s audience, which will then help you gain new followers and allow you to build your brand.
One piece of advice we will give you, is to make sure that the site or blog you are guest blogging on has the same target audience as you so that you are reaching the right people. Be picky, you’re talented but everyone needs a little help at the beginning.

 

4. Use social media as your personal promoter

If you want to be a successful blogger you need to be using all the social media channels that are both relevant in that the majority of people you want to target with your piece of content are there.

So what do I mean when I say relevant? Well one common mistake we see among bloggers today is pushing their blog out on the wrong social media channels. For example LinkedIn is a social media site which contains the biggest amount of company decision makers which are all in the one place. So if you were blogging about the best restaurant to go to in Egypt you may find that not a lot of people are clicking on your post, the reason being Linkedin is more for people who blog about professional or services or industry news.

The correct place to post your blog would be on Facebook or Twitter, these sites are more causal and places people come to consume content which actually interests them personally rather than their business, career or employer.

It is also vital that you post consistently. Make a plan of what you will post each day and at what time. This allows you to stay organised and be more efficient with your posts. The more you post the more your audience and engagement will grow.

 

So this was our top tips to ensuring that you are creating content and sharing with your audience in a way which will help you grow your followers and also your brand. If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about something you have read today please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

Flyingfoxy: “Be open to new destinations”

In this interview series, we have Katrin, also known as Flyingfoxy by her growing number of social media followers, who gladly is going to share a glimpse of her personal travel experience from around the world and also provide us some of her best recommendations.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and how long are you working as a flight attendant? Why did you pick this job?

My name is Katrin, I am 30 years old and working as a flight attendant for Lufthansa since almost 3 years now. I was working as a product manager in the fashion industry before, but came to a point when I realized that this is not
the life I want to live. I needed a change to something that would give back to me more than just some money at the end of the month. I wanted to so something that has to to do with traveling even more and being more flexible and free, also when it comes to responsibilities and pressure. So I decided to apply at Lufthansa and became a flight attendant!
Working in the job now I can combine many things that are important to me as traveling all the time, meeting many new people, discovering food trend, my hobby photography and writing my travel blogs. I have much more time than before and can plan my life more flexible and spontaneous even though I don’t earn much money.

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What are your favorite destinations and what you love the most about them?

That’s a tough question. ☺ There are so many amazing and beautiful places and countries around the world! But my favorite country is South Africa. This is a place where I can imagine moving some day and spending my life!
It’s the combination of everything: the weather, the countryside, the Architecture, the wine business, the quality of the food and the price level of everything you need! Every time I travel there I am always in a good mood and enjoy every day to the fullest! My dream is to run a guesthouse with a little café attached there, building a family and own some animals.
In my opinion everyone should travel to this breathtaking place at least once in their life! I have many travel reports about South Africa on my blog www.flyingfoxy.com and I think only the pictures speak for themselves!

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What type of activities you like doing when travelling and why?

When I am travelling I am an explorer. I love to see and discover as many new things and places as possible. Mostly I do lots of research in advance, as anticipation for me is almost just as nice as the travelling itself! I use
social media as Pinterest, Instagram and the blogs of other travel bloggers to get inspirations about new destinations and what I can do there. I love original coffeeshops that serve good coffee and strolling through local markets. That’s what I definetly do every time I am travelling. I love to get a car and combine city trips with excursions in the surroundings. I always want to see as much as possible at every place I am going to. Also to write good and helpful content for the readers of my travel blog www.flyingfoxy.com

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What is your favorite cuisine and what place serves your best dish?

Well, as I am definitely what you would call a “foodie” I love ALL kind of food! Food is for me one of the most important parts, when travelling! Trying new local dishes and products and exploring foreign cuisines. Countries that always serve the best food for me are Italy and Vietnam. Whatever you pick from the menu, it can’t get wrong! Foodpoprn at its
best!

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What would be your best recommendation for those who love traveling?

Oh, there are so many…
Be open for new destinations! Even if you don’t know anyone who has been there already! Make your own experiences!

Follow some good travel bloggers and use all the options for inspirations and research we have nowadays! We live in a time where we can jump on an airplane and fly to any country within a only a few hours! We should use these possibilities the best we can and explore as many beautiful places on earth we can! Working as a flight attendant is very helpful, doing this! ☺

I love finding accommodations on Airbnb. You get in touch with locals much easier and only they know the real insider tips you need to get an unforgettable time! Try to find original accommodations beside the huge hotel chains and live inbetween the local people, wherever you go! Always had the best times using Airbnb!

Try to travel on your own at least once! For me it was such a new and inspiring experience of having a good time, even if I was afraid of being all on my own at a foreign place! But it turned out to be the best thing ever! It is such a different way of travelling and enjoying special moments with your own. Just let yourself flow without discussing with others! For me travelling on my own is the best way to breathe and let my thoughts become clear again!

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If you need any inspirations for new beautiful travel destinations check out my blog www.flyingfoxy.com