Yes, it is indeed a business if travel blogging is something which is done on a full-time basis, which shouldn’t really be all that surprising, because otherwise how would these travel bloggers be able to fund their very travels? It’s an either-or thing – there are no in-betweens. You have to be fully committed to it in order to make it work, which means running it like a business. Your travels need to earn you money, or at the very least you have to find a way for those travels to recuperate the amount you’d otherwise spend on them.
So I’m sure you’ve seen a travel blogger here and there mention a preference for airlines such as الخطوط الجوية السعودية (Saudi Airlines) over many others with which to book their flight tickets? Therein lies the first clue as to how travel bloggers manage their travel blogging business.
Always seeking the best deal
So I made mention of a specific airline in Saudi Airlines when making reference to one of the preferences in the typical airline a full-time travel blogger might choose over others. This is because something like that forms part of the core of how full-time travel bloggers manage their business. They always seek out the best deal and the best deal might not necessarily refer to the cheapest.
If a travel blogger finds themselves in Johannesburg, South Africa for example and they want to fly to Istanbul, going with the Middle East’s third-largest air carrier in the form of Saudi Airlines works out best because it not only offers the cheapest fare, but also has a strategic stopover in Jeddah. It all depends when you’re searching for these flights of course, but since this particular stopover is around 11 hours, a travel blogger might choose to take advantage of the situation and add around $15 to the total cost of their trip to extend that stopover for around a week.
Documenting and monetising their experiences
Building on from the example used in the discussion of always seeking the best deal by perhaps adding a few dollars to turn a stopover into an extended stay in that destination, this strikes at the heart of how travel bloggers manage their business. They find a way to monetise as many things to do with their travels as possible, such as how they might write a blog post about the best approach to take when booking hotels in Mecca, for example – فنادق مكة.
This sets everything up for them to perhaps make money through affiliate commissions earned through their recommendation of certain airlines and hotels to their blog readers.
Making the most of every destination visited
Beyond the point of documenting important steps which form part of their travels like how to book hotels on platforms such as حجز فنادق, full-time travel bloggers make the most out of every destination they visit, which means they’ll make business contacts and perhaps seek to gain more customers and clients for business operations they’re already running parallel to their main business of travel blogging.
Either way, it’s a very interesting career path to follow, that of a full-time travel blogger.