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Blogging On Your Gap Year

Wednesday 3rd October 2012

Blogging on your gap yearOne of the best ways to write about your gap year and share your experience with friends and family while you are travelling is to create and update a blog while you are travelling. With smartphones, iPads etc. and with Internet access being readily available throughout the world it is easy to update and write about your experiences.

If you feel that this may take up a lot of your time (which it may) you should consider the other benefits including:

  • As well as providing a means of letting friends and family know what you are up to, you can also share your experience with others. The information that you deem useful on your travels such as practical information on transport and accommodation might be useful to others.
  • You may through your blogging communicate with other people who are travelling on a gap year and this may help you develop a community which can help each other on their travels. You never know you may even be able to cross paths with these travellers to speak to them further about their travel experiences.
  • If you are lucky you may be able to make some money. This won’t happen instantly but if your blog has quality content and ranks well in search engines, you could add some form of online advertising on the website (such as Adsense) and start earning some money.

Once you have set-up the blog you may be wondering what to write about and how to write a travel blog, here are some tips to get started:

  • Be as informative and interesting as possible and write about places and situations that people will want to hear about.
  • Talk about people you meet and the experiences that you encounter rather than talk about yourself all the time.
  • Make sure that you don’t whinge or be smug, this can make people less interested in reading about what you are doing.
  • Write as you may talk and this will mean that the writing will flow and you will be more engaging to the audience.
  • Try and ensure your spelling and grammar is correct as this will make the blog easier to read.
  • Make sure that you vary the style and types of posts that you add to make the blog interesting. For example, you could name one blog post ‘Volunteering in New Zealand’ or ‘The Top Things To Do in San Francisco’.

Once you get into the flow of writing about your experience, you will be pleased that you made the effort to write about your travel experiences. It will be a permanent reference to you about your gap year and may also make you some money and new friends along the way.