Day 28 of Bootsnall’s “Plan your RTW trip in 30 days” is an ironic topic…should you start a travel blog for your rtw trip? My reasons for starting the blog are varied. I want a way to keep friends and families informed. I eventually want to monetize. I’m trying to get in the habit of writing every day so that when I’m traveling, it’s second nature and I can record as much info as possible. I want to start an ecotourism company when I get back and would love to have a compilation of travel tips and tricks to share with my customers. I also want to scout out some possible locations, accommodations, restaurants, and tour guides for my business.
Some of the cons Bootsnall gives for having a travel blog include the time it takes to really keep up with it, the hassle of finding wi-fi or computer cafes in some parts of the world, the expense associated, and the fact that it is pretty rare to be able to actually make money off a travel blog. Those are all risks I’m willing to take, especially as I am looking at this blog more as practice and information gathering for building an ecotourism company, rather than as a money making opportunity on its own. Ultimately, you just need to take a hard look at what it is you’re trying to accomplish through your travel blog and then decide if its worth it!