Professional Travel Vlogger Secrets You Need to Know
Thousands, and sometimes even millions of followers – such a number of viewers are collected by top travel vloggers like Louis Cole (director and traveler, one of the creators of the vlog genre – 2 million subscribers on Youtube) or Mark Wiens (an adherent of gastronomic tourism, food, and travel vlogger – 8,4 million subscribers).
They travel the world, talk about their apparently interesting lives, and enjoy internet fame.
However, most authors still have a small number of subscribers like Kirsten Rich (37.4k followers). We will be sharing the secret of a successful travel blog and sharing with you useful tips on how to stand out in this difficult but exciting field.
How to Start Vlogging While Traveling
If your love of travel is insatiable and you have decided to start documenting your adventures, first you need to decide on the FORMAT of the future vlog.
- Travel notes: Bloggers share their general impressions, tell and show what they see and what they are interested in.
- Guides: Tales about urban areas and nations, travel tips on where to eat, how to track down convenience, how to transfer from one spot to another.
- Niche storylines: The focus is on the expert sphere of the blogger – yoga, cooking, photography, extreme sports, baby traveling, and any other topic that you can and want to talk about.
Formulate the Main Idea
Without it, your videos will not interest a wide audience. You will remain at the level of family and friends views.
Tens of thousands of photos and videos around the world appear on the internet every minute. To captivate your audience, you need to stand out. Good storytelling will help you with it!
The viewer is no longer interested in simple views of beautiful places. Telling a story can evoke emotions. Which can be a source of interest in your content.
A good example is Matt Harding, who dances wherever he travels.
How To Set Up Your Channel
To get started, choose a platform to create your channel. YouTube and Vimeo remain the most popular video content services today.
Every month, YouTube has over 1.9 billion logged-in users. Providing billions of hours of video viewing every day. After registration, you get a personal channel under your name (or pseudonym).
Fill it with useful information like the name of the channel, a personable avatar, channel banner, contact information, and a short description. Nothing complicated!
How To Get the Right Hardware and Software
To start, it is not necessary to buy a professional camera. Modern smartphones have very similar characteristics and picture quality.
In addition, phones are light, portable, and always at hand. That way, you can quickly take footage and not skip a beat.
Shooting on a smartphone does not require any preparation, and there is no need to carry heavy photographic equipment with you.
It may not necessarily be one of the official travel vlogger secrets but, there are plenty of free video editor apps for iOS and Android.
These apps allow you to easily and functionally process videos and immediately publish the finished project on social networks and YouTube.
The minimum set of equipment for a travel blogger:
- iPhone or any smartphone with an HD shooting option.
- Memory cards for 32 or 64 gigabytes.
- Stick tripod.
- Computer with programs for processing and editing video (Movie Maker, Shotcut, Lightworks Adobe Clip or Quik).
- Mobile applications for video processing (iMovie, InShot, Replay, etc.)
When it comes to storing footage, raw video tends to take up a lot of space. It is not possible for a traveler to carry around mountains of hard drives, and it is important to choose and use the best video compressor correctly.
How To Create Your First Travel Vlog
It is a good idea to think about the plot before you shoot. Like what events and places will take center stage in your vlog.
This can help you set the pace and know how much material to record.
However, an alternative approach may well work – just go with the flow and enjoy the journey trusting the road.
Film and be relatable. A video blog should be personal. If you want the audience to connect with you, be friendly and open while remaining sincere.
A great place to start sharing more about yourself is on social media outside of strictly video-sharing networks.
We share our travel adventures on @whispersinspire on Instagram.
How To Promote a Vlog
Key travel vlogger secrets to make your travel blog popular:
- Make quality videos with unique style, same tone, and artistic direction.
- Create stories by short videos and photos (on Youtube Shorts, Instagram Stories, Instagram Reels).
- Make meaningful and short texts in descriptions. You can also give advice to your subscribers on where to go, what to see and what goodies to try.
- Post your videos regularly.
- Your profile must be public.
- Indicate the geolocation and add tags.
The main thing in any shooting is to inspire, not just a reflection of everyday life. The ability to look at the world differently and shoot what you like is the formula for a successful travel blogger profile.
The cornerstone is the prominent personality of the author. This is not just sharing videos from Mexico travel and photos of ice in Antarctica.
You need to interact with your audience and subscribers. Get to know their taste and preferences.
Without a budget, it’s not easy to make a name for yourself. Though, it is possible if you are active and willing to devote a lot of time to it.
You need to treat it like a job.
Remember that the most famous bloggers are just regular people. They all started from scratch too.
Actively comment on opinion leaders, come up with joint activities, launch flash mobs, or write for other publications.
Another way to attract attention is to experiment with colors, make videos from an unusual angle and add various interesting details from attributes or during editing.
To get followers you need to get creative with every frame.
What you shouldn’t do is sit back and get frustrated because you’re wasting your time and your audience isn’t growing.
Many bloggers make the mistake of thinking that monetization should start after they get a certain number of visitors/month.
The thing is, there is no need to wait and you can actively start planning towards this as soon as you begin.
- Travel sponsors: When companies sponsor your trip by covering basic travel expenses – accommodation, transportation, and sightseeing. In return, you advertise the sponsor’s product like cheap tickets or services on your site.
- Freelance writing: Many travel bloggers offer outsourced writing services because they are the experts at creating content. The main thing is to keep a balance between freelance work and your personal blog.
- Sponsored content: Travel blogs are one of the few niches where sponsored content is easily accepted by the audience. You take responsibility to advertise products/services for a fixed fee.
- Affiliate marketing: Besides ads, you can add a steady stream of income through Youtube affiliate programs. You can choose a product your follower finds helpful (travel mosquito spray, for example), get your affiliate link from the site (Amazon, Walmart, Udemy, Booking.com, eBay, etc.), mention it in the description of your videos, and receive commissions whenever people follow a link and/or purchase goods/services. Before you apply to join these sites, you need to fill your channel with content, otherwise, your offer will be rejected.
Time to Get Started
Sharing cool photos from a trip is great, but making a stunning video means bringing your stories to life. Adventures you can share with your friends, family, or the world.
We hope this information will help you take the first steps in your video blogging.
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The most important thing is to be original, don’t be afraid to try and experiment, look for your own inspiration, and don’t copy successful travel blogger videos.
You got this!
Do you have any travel vlogger tips to add?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.