How to Create a Thriving Travel Website That Will Fund Your Adventures.

The ability to travel across the world, not worry about how it will be paid for and better yet, having a source of income that pays you while you do this may sound like a dream, but it is completely possible to achieve with a niche website (online business).

This week, I want to focus specifically on the travel niche and the reason why is because a lot of people whom I help pick out their niche subjects often tend to select that particular topic.

So if you’re in this type of category, you should read this entire post because I’m going to break down how big this topic is and exactly how someone who enjoys traveling can make money while they do it, further fueling their worldwide adventures.

For me personally, I have always wanted to see the world and what’s ironic is that while I have this opportunity before me today thanks to the actions I put into making my own online business, I have been limiting myself in where I’ve been going so far, but the point here is that the knowledge I’ve attained to build successful websites can help anyone who is truly serious about traveling do this.

So how does it start? Well you need to pick something specific when it comes to this subject:

While the topic of traveling is ridiculously popular and is an evergreen niche, it needs to be better identified if you plan to make it work. What exactly does this mean?

Well traveling in my experience has a few specific forms:

  • Nature traveling (scenic areas that are generally more wilderness related).
  • Seeing historic areas (generally monuments, old cities, famous landmarks, ect…)
  • Just wanting to see the different countries and cultures. This one is more generalized, but it’s still something people who love to travel may think about.

Personally, I love the wilderness more so than historic areas, so for the sake of example, I will pick that as the reference for how I’d be building a travel site on. By all means, you can use the same reference, but on a different topic to create the same type of niche page.

Picked one out? Good, now let’s make the site.

There are essentially 4-5 steps to creating a successful website in my experience. I have them listed here and you should let that be one of your references as well, but for my example on nature, we’ll do the following:

1) I have selected the specific niche of nature traveling.

2) To make the website, it’s fairly simple. Follow these steps

3) Now to name it, I can go crazy with this idea, but typically a name such as Vitaliysnatureadventures (or something not so cheesy) can work.

Next: Compile as much information as possible on your niche, this will act as a brainstorm for content writing:

Been on a lot of adventures in your life? If so, I hope you documented it in some way. Maybe there were videos, pictures you took, journals you wrote about, blog posts you shared on social media describing your experiences, ect…

I would gather all of these things because odds are, you’ll want to share this on your page for fellow adventurers to see. 

Next: Find associated keywords that are linked to your adventures.

One of the key points to ANY successful site is good content mixed in with keywords that people type in. This means that if you’ve been to any famous place, be it in nature or elsewhere, you’re going to want to make the destination of where you were the title of your blog post. 

Now if you were in one or more areas, then each blog post you write will specify each location and it’s details such as:

  • What it’s like.
  • Where it’s located. 
  • Pictures and other media you may have taken while you were there.
  • Tips and advice on where to go to have the most fun.
  • Sharing a story about how you were there and what you experienced.

Keep in mind that all these things should be included in EVERY single blog post you write, with each element reflecting each location you’ve been to. 

For example, to put this into a reference, let me use a popular nature location I’ve been to numerous times: Kaaterskills Falls. I have so much information and media on that location that writing a blog post that has all those elements above would be easy, but let me describe how I would do it:

I’d first look up keywords for this location. And look at this, it gets some searches:

With over 3,000 searches a month and my personal experience in seeing tons of people there every time I go, this is certainly a hot destination. But unfortunately, the keyword itself has a ton of competing pages (286). 

What I would do in this case is find a longer term with the original name of the destination to perhaps find a lower competing example and while there’s plenty, I’ll stick to the following one:

Well we went from 286 competing pages down to 1, but unfortunately we also went down to 24 searches a month vs over 3,000. However, fret not because by writing a blog post whose title has this whole term above, you will still rank on Google for and possible show up for the other main term which gets over 3,000 all thanks to LSI (What is this?). 

But I would go with this term because here, you’re at least guaranteed a faster, better chance at getting 1st page rankings and then riding that to a better LSI ranking in other terms. So having this keyword, I will now choose my title.

Now it’s very important that your title not be dull. For example:

Now aside from the title, once you write the body of your article, it is important to add all the information I mentioned, not just what the title says. There’s many things I can personally write about this location that would easily bypass 2,000 words.

How much you write on your travel posts is up to you, but certainly try to write as much as you can on each location you’ve been to.

Does this mean that if you’ve been to 100 different locations all pertaining to the niche topic, that you should have a 100 blog posts? Yes absolutely. And each should follow the same type of pattern as the example I just pointed to, meaning:

Find a good keyword for the location and write as much as you can about it, add pictures and other media when and where you can. 

Ok so, how does one monetize off this?

Here’s the beauty of this whole thing, usually niche topics rarely span into other niche topics when it comes to what you can sell, but when it comes to traveling, there’s a bunch of options available.

For example, in nature exploration, I can sell:

  • Tickets to these places (Planes).
  • Cameras to film the location. Tons of options here. 
  • Gear to put on when people go there (maybe it’s super cold?). And the gear itself here can span into everything you can imagine, from shoes to coats, ect…

Some of the products you can sell in your example can go as far as high ticket if you look carefully enough and only if the niche choice allows for it. 

In addition to your actual travel blogs, you can do review pages on the products you used and provide links to where they are sold and give you a commission, such as Amazon. 

Marketing your website beyond just blogging:

While blogging about EACH location you’ve been to (And go to in the future) will bring about a substantial amount of visitors overtime, you can and should look into the following 3 places:

1) Social media. Create a Facebook fan page of your adventures. See examples like “Outdoor Project” which basically does the type of stuff I’m recommending here.

2) Make YouTube videos. If blogging was a huge traffic source, then YouTube may come close or even surpass it. Make videos of yourself going to these locations and put them up on your site (this adds to the already awesome pictures and other media you have). And it’s so easy these days to upload YouTube videos and attract traffic from there and you don’t even have to be good at it (Case study).

3) Use Pinterest. Personally I have never been a fan of it because my niche site’s topics have never been friendly with it, but nature traveling (and the other types) is very much relevant to this social network because it’s very visual. Basically make a Pinterest Board and upload your images there, linking to your blog posts. 

Summarizing all of the steps to create your successful business:

Everything begins with picking out the right kind of travel topic (remember, niche oriented) and then making the website.

  • Then it’s about gathering all the info you can on each place.
  • Then it’s about blogging about each place using the keyword strategy I indicated and promoting products.
  • Then optionally, as I said, use the extra marketing avenues (the 3 above). 

In the end, you are trying to create a website that is so rich in it’s content that readers will absolutely love to read and watch where you’ve been and the more of that you add to the page, the more visitors you’ll get.

As such, you will be able to sell more of the things that you personally have had with you and use that to fund any future adventures, which by the way will (and should) be used for future blog posts and videos to attract even more people to your ever growing blog.

This is how you create your own travel website. Can it really fund you that well? Well experience has shown me that yes it can if you write enough and are passionate enough about your topic.

Now keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be an actual travel blog which funds you, it can be a blog that is not related to it at all, but is still used the same way (in terms of marketing) to make money so you CAN go around the world. 

This is what I do, even though I have never had a travel blog, but like I said, every step to build a successful blog applies to ALL niche topics as I learned from the program which taught me to do all this successfully.

If you are ever had the dream to see the world, understand that through normal circumstances, it is very difficult to do, with the restraining job hours and traditional approaches, few people get to live this type of experience. Fortunately though, with an online business, it can go with you and that flexibility (among other very comfortable perks) makes putting the time into making it totally worthwhile.

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18 Comments

  1. Sherry

    Wow, I’d never realized the potential of having a travel blog. It would definitely be a great idea for those that love to travel.

    There are so many locations to write about, not to mention countless products that could relate to it as you mentioned here. That is one thing I didn’t think about before…each area would have different products that would be helpful for people traveling to know about.

    I especially never thought about clothing being related to a travel blog, but I can see how it would definitely work after reading this.

    Very good advice in my opinion on the social media sites you’ve recommended here. In Facebook using a Fan page would be a great idea and also checking to see if there are groups to join about travel may help as well.

    People love watching videos, so YouTube would be a great way to get people to learn about the travel blog. I also see there are a lot of beautiful photos on Pinterest from travel blogs and many of them have thousands of followers.

    After reading this and thinking more on all the potential it could have, I might just start a travel blog myself some day…right now I already have too many niches, but I’ll be keeping this in mind for the future.

    Thanks for sharing this! You’ve definitely done an excellent job of explaining how this works.

    • Vitaliy

      Thanks Sharon, but one thing I will say is to not have “too many niches”, just one. If you make it work, then trust me, you won’t need the others and/or will know if they’ll work too.

  2. romanveb

    Very good post! This article got me motivated to work hard on this. Thats exactly my dream to travel and work at the same time, I always thought it is impossible but as I get more and more into the online business I noticed that it is indeed possible!

    How long did it take you to be at the point you are right now?

  3. Cynthia

    I have been thinking I would like to make a travel website. I am concentrating on another topic at the moment and have limited time.

    I actually live in an area that is a tourist spot and very unique. I wish I would have thought of it before I picked the niche I have. I like it a lot too though.

    I also have a lot of videos of places I have been and could have used those also! Maybe I will in the future when I am able to not run around so much! It takes time to work on websites.

    • Vitaliy

      If your current niche topic is one you like, stick to it Cynthia. You will ALWAYS have new niche ideas come up constantly when you focus on one and every time it happens, you will always think that the new one is the one worth pursuing, don’t make that mistake, stick to your first one, and then move onto the travel one.

  4. Ankit

    very informative review Vitaliy, I found lots of material inside that I can use and implement on my website. The idea of “traveling niche” is wildly popular and one can find it in run these days. however, I like evergreen places a lot and would to travel once in a while. Here you have mentioned free monetize tips for the website traffic and that is good though but we should consider Google Adwords”too to get traffic if one can afford to.

    • Vitaliy

      I’m not omitting Adwords Ankit, but you may have problems with them if you decide to run an affiliate website with links.

  5. Dylan

    I’ve always wanted to make a travel website but always hesitated. I have no clue how to code or make a website or anything of that. I had no idea it was so easy and can done so fast. This gave me a lot of hope that I can do this.

    I like the idea of making Youtube videos too.. that’s seems like it can be fun.

    Is there any software or equipment you recommend picking up to make Youtube videos?

    Thanks for the post, I learned a lot!

    • Vitaliy

      YouTube offers easy ways to make videos. Personally, I kind of do it the more complicated way, through Camtasia (a video program), but I think there’s free ways you can do it, anything from recording yourself or something through a camera phone to using programs that record the screen on your computer.

  6. mark

    Awesome article! I myself love to travel a lot and having my own online business so I don’t need to worry about expenses and income sounds like such a relief! Although I must ask, is having your own online business really an effective way of gaining an income, how long does it take, also how about the ranking, how fast does one usually rank on for example Google? I really love the idea of earning income from my own business, but worry a little about the ranking! Still very good article, really an eye-opener!

  7. OSOTB

    This post is extremely informative. Since we have been struggling to get our Travel/Relationship site up and running, I’m glad I found this post. I also really like your idea of connecting with Pinterest. That is the one social media site I have never thought about connecting with and I see the benefits of doing so. Thanks so much for your great info!

  8. Derek Marshall

    Hi Vitaliy,

    I love how informative and educational this site really is. The travel niche is something that really interests me as I have lived in a few countries and have now embarked on a new plan to change countries every year!

    Just one thing though, just how profitable can a travel blog make?

    • Vitaliy

      Well, considering that, for example, the nature travels, one of the things you can sell is cameras and they can range up to $1,000’s, the average commission for JUST that may go well into a $100 or more.

      Aside from that, selling hiking things, all products pertaining to the niche can also add up. I don’t have a specific or estimate amount for this niche, but it would not surprise me if it not only paid for one’s trips, but also provided a steady income if they have a central location they live in.

  9. Sarah Alison

    Really interesting article about travel websites. I am part of a travel business but had never thought to build a website around travel so given me lots of ideas!

    Do you find that your travel website has generated a lot of business for your travel opportunity?

    Also, what are your opinions on using other people’s travel reviews (with their permission) if you haven’t traveled much but are wanting to build up your business?

    • Vitaliy

      Sarah, as I said in my post, I do not have a travel website. Regarding using people’s travel experiences, it’s better to use your own, but if they consent to and are willing to share their pictures and thoughts on where they’ve been and you know they won’t rewrite the same content elsewhere, it’s fine.

      You can also feel free to share other people’s experiences on a Facebook page as a way to build up your fan base there. But keep in mind it may often involve you linking to their site/s and/or other Facebook pages to give them proper credit.

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