What Inspired Me to Start a Travel Blog

I asked 12 travel bloggers to share "what inspired me to start a travel blog". Was it their love for the world, their interest in a particular destination or a specific experience they encountered? I hope this post inspires you, wherever you are in the world, to open up your laptop and start a travel blog, it is the most rewarding thing you will ever do, trust me!

Anne from Travel The Globe for Less

Researching different ways to earn airmiles made me realise how US centric all the information is. The Chase Sapphire credit card is no good for someone based in the UK, manufactured spending doesn't exist here and 50,000 points bonuses are the stuff of dreams. Spotting a gap in the UK market, and with a strong passion for travel, I thought what the hell, I will set up a travel blog so that at least someone else can benefit from all my research too. So it was that traveltheglobe4less was born, a mixture of travel hacking tips (airline and hotel rewards) and also ideas and stories dedicated to showing people that it is possible to enjoy a little travel luxury without breaking the bank (or winning the lottery!)

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Jessica from A Wanderlust for Life

Traveling around Europe inspired me to start a travel blog. My first trip to Europe was for two weeks with my grandparents when I was 16 and I had an amazing time. I even made a scrapbook of our adventures. As much as I loved that scrapbook and those memories, they are in a box in the United States. When moving to Europe, I knew I wanted to remember my travels, I wanted to be a better traveler, and I wanted to help others do the same. So, A Wanderlust For Life was born. It’s an outlet where I can be me and hopefully inspire others to enjoy everything that Europe has to offer. My blog is an extension of me and what I love about this place. It helps me look back at wonderful memories and fun adventures.

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Philip from PM Explore

Barely speaking the language my travel buddy and I were trying to find Hviezdoslav Square in Bratislava, Slovakia. Blindly trusting humans  and making my way to an unknown place was a rush. We joined a free walking tour that started at Hviezdoslav Square since we had a couple hours to spare before our next appointment. I had an interesting conversation with an elderly couple who were on the walking tour with us. When I asked them what they would do differently in life, they told me they wished they had traveled when they were younger. Their current health situation did not allow them to hike trails and see places that they would if they were younger. This inspired me to take action, start intentionally traveling and most importantly inspired me to start a travel blog. I hope that my experience will inspire others to take action and explore the world around them.

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Danielle from The Thought Card

Writing travel reviews on TripAdvisor inspired me to start a travel blog. After every trip, I shared my insights and recommendations with the hope of helping travelers make informed decisions. Eventually when I wanted to expand on those ideas, I realized that TripAdvisor was not the right forum. I spent months thinking about starting a travel blog and in April 2015, I created The Thought Card. The Thought Card has since grown to incorporate personal finance. I believe that money affects our ability to travel and so, I talk a lot about travel planning and saving. I also share my student loan journey and tips on how to live a debt free life while pursuing the things we love. Since starting my travel-finance blog, I've become a better writer and photographer. I am more observant and I've found a way to creatively combine my two passions, travel and finance.

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Andra from Our World to Wander

Together with my husband I recently embarked on a journey through Ladakh, India. It was one of our most incredible journeys so far. Why?! Because we love nature and we love people. And Ladakh provided us with both. It spoiled us with amazing views, kind people, and insights in a mesmerizing culture. However, time flew while we were there. As soon as we got back home I couldn’t stop thinking about our beloved Ladakh. We both agreed that we must suffer from a serious Ladakh illness. I soon realized that the only moments that helped cope with this “illness” were those when I told stories from our adventures. The feeling that I had when telling our stories inspired me to start a travel blog. And now, each time I write an article I get to relive that moment, to wander around the world again and again.

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Katie from The Budget Backpack

My inspiration to start a blog came from a place of utter frustration. My good friends, a couple from Canada that I had met during my time in Korea, had just announced their indefinite-length trip through South and Central America. They had also set up a cool site that would be a blog, vlog, and travel resource. I felt so stagnant and bored here in Boston that I thought: “If she can do it, so can I!” So I did. My friend Lisa was particularly supportive and helpful, so I suppose it would be fair to say that she inspired me to start a travel blog. I’m so glad she empowered me to give it a go, because it has been a great source of therapy for when I’m unable to take a trip and just need to feel attached to the traveler community!

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John from Wheelchair Travel

After a car accident left me in a wheelchair, I was told (and assumed) that travel would no longer be accessible to me. Now, 23 countries and more than 400,000 air miles later, I have proven myself and the naysayers wrong. In talking to others with disabilities, I discovered that many believe travel to be impossible and their bucket lists unattainable. Nonsense! Anything is possible with one hand, a passport and a wheelchair. I love travel, and my desire to share that love with others inspired me to start a travel blog. I write in a very niche market, but wheelchair users account for nearly 1% of the world’s population. They deserve to chase their own wanderlust too, and I hope my reports from abroad inspire them to do so. The world is a much more beautiful place when we embrace diversity - whether in nationality, race, religion, sexuality or physical ability!

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Lisa from Anywhere's Perfect

A simple answer to give to the question of what inspired me to start a travel blog in my case would be that I am doing my MA in Journalism and PR and I need the practice. But it’s not as easy as that. I did an around the world trip in 2013, before I started my blog and ever since, when people ask me about my tips for certain countries, I could type for hours to tell them about those hidden treasures I found and the places they shouldn’t miss. That made me think: Why not do it for the whole world to read? Because happiness is known to be the best when shared and traveling makes me happy. So I want to share that and everything that comes with it.

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Emma from Live Life Adventurously

My travel blog focuses on my day-to-day adventures. I was inspired to start a travel blog by my decision to study abroad next spring. I wanted to create a cool way to document my life and my adventures while abroad, and I thought I might as well build up my blog now. I hope to use my travel blog as a way to inspire others to get out there and see the world, even if it’s in your own country. Traveling doesn’t require a $2000 plane ticket. You can travel to the next state or country over and have HOURS of things to say about your adventures. I hope to use my blog to inspire you all to leave your hometown just for a little while, and see what amazing things the world has to offer.

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Barbara from Jetsettera

Reading about a travel blogger in the daily newspaper inspired me to start a travel blog. This blogger  left her job and went travelling and wrote a travel blog about her travels, however she did not have significant experience in travelling. At that point, I had already been to 60 countries and I thought, I was an expert on travel. I felt like I had a much better story to tell, than she had. Also, I was regularly attending fashion weeks, film festivals in Cannes, Venice, sports events in Monaco, like the Monaco Grand Prix, art shows in Miami, Basel, London and New York. I had exposure to many jet-set destinations all over the World, that most people don't have access to. So, I thought I can add a new color into travel writing with my experiences.

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Lottie from Princess in a Caravan

Despite having lived overseas and being lucky to travel overseas a lot, I hadn’t ever really thought about a travel blog. I don’t see myself as a writer. That was, until last year when I went home and friends frequently asked what it is that I do in South Africa and what my life entails. They struggled to envisage any more than the few photos and statuses I share on Facebook. And it’s not surprising, I was living next to a wetlands park with hippos drinking from my pool every night! It was those friends who inspired me to start a travel blog. After my trip home, I came back to South Africa to travel the country in a caravan, exploring new places, working from the road or at projects along the way and to see what happens I started the blog as a way to share that with people and take them on the journey with me. Princess In A Caravan is mostly a diary blog that I hope entertains people and shows them what traveling this country can be like.

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Bernard from Bernard the Traveller

I have always wanted to start a travel blog since 2 years ago. But have been constantly procrastinating, it was during the lunar new year in 2016 where I had plenty of time on hand. As I was hunting down for good hotels for my Bangkok trip, I came across Expedia Best Price Guarantee, where if you find another place that is selling cheaper than Expedia, they would refund you 2 times the difference. I was surprised that there isn’t much information and reviews about it, which inspired me to start a travel blog.

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What is your inspiration for starting a travel blog? Are you thinking about starting one and what is your motivation? Tell me in the comments below!

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Sally Cochrane

Sally is a Brisvegas (Brisbane, Australia) born travel blogger and founder of Travel Blog Squad, an online community for travel bloggers. Among many other experiences, she has skied down the Austrian Alps on Christmas day, gone for a ride in an army tank through the mud in Slovakia, woken up before dawn to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat and attended university in Mexico. Hola! Her non-travel-related interests include tea (of any and every kind), TED Talks and running at her local Parkrun.