As a travel blogger you are expected by your audience to, uh…well, travel. What if you don’t have the money to travel or the means to get there but you still want to become a travel blogger? Good news. You can still have a rewarding and successful travel blog even without leaving your hometown. All it takes is a little ingenuity and creativity. Here are seven ways to travel without leaving your city.
1. Review local restaurants and sites. When I started travel blogging, I began right where I was. I didn’t have the money at the time to travel so I started reviewing places around town. I admit that I do live in a tourist town so it is a bit easier for me to find things that would appeal to my readers. However, you don’t have to live in a popular city to find little gems to write about. Start by reviewing local restaurants and places of business. Surely, there are small businesses in your town that are unique to your city. Go in there and interview the owner. You would be surprised how well personality feature stories do on your blog.
2. Spend a night in a hotel and act like a tourist. If you do have the money then go to a local hotel and check in. Make your experience all about the hotel. Take room service for a spin. Check out the pool. Put your mind in a tourist perspective. Check out all the amenities they have. The Wi-Fi. The free continental breakfast. Interview the employees and ask them what it’s like to work there. Your experience is only limited to your creativity.
3. People watch. One summer a girlfriend and I drove to Boston in 24 hours. Once there, we had lunch at an outdoor plaza. I remember watching the people as they walked by our table and thinking how much different they looked. The way they dressed, walked and talked was so different from my life in Florida. That’s the first time I noticed how different cultures can exist between the states. Do something similar. Sit still somewhere and let life circle you for a bit. Take note of what you see, smell, and hear. Would any of these be good blog ideas?
4. Find historical landmarks. In St. Augustine, Florida where I am from, it is easy to find historical landmarks. We are the nation’s oldest city, after all but in other cities it may not be as easy. Check with your local chamber of commerce to see what history you can find around town. Even an old building established in the early 20th century can have a fascinating story if you dig deep enough. There is history all around us waiting to be rediscovered.
5. Research the history of the city and re-trace steps of important locations. This kind of goes along with the previous point but instead of one location you could make it about several spots in your town. You could even make your blog about a scavenger hunt for those readers who will be visiting your area.
6. Attend events and cover them. Every town has events. Holidays are a great time to search for local events. Libraries and other government run organizations will have the news on the local events happening. Newspapers and radio stations are another great resource. Attend these events and find out who is there and why. Pay attention to the crowd and the entertainment. Then write about how the experience affected you.
7. Take an online tour. If you can’t get out at all to travel then take an online tour of all of the local city’s websites and what they have. Go so far as to call them and ask them detailed questions and interview them. Study the photographs and write about all the things your city has to offer.
Where there is a will there is a way to travel. It all depends on what type of means you have to get there and the creativity upon which you approach your traveling itch.
Source: Personal experience