How To Write A Travel Blog With A Full-Time Job

Girl running at Forrest Gump point, Monument Valley, Utah

Travelling the world full-time, having all kinds of amazing experiences on a daily basis – the life of a travel blogger often seems dream-like and unattainable.

You could, of course, save like crazy, pack up your life and get out on the road – but what if you have other commitments? What if you actually quite like your job, like having stability and your own bed to head home to once in a while, or even have a family? You simply might not have the desire to travel full-time.

That doesn’t mean you can’t be a travel lover…and even a travel blogger. Mini Adventures is all about travel for the 9-5er, showing people they can see the world without having to quit their job or shake off their commitments. And over the past year, I’ve seen an impressive growth in my traffic, and plenty of other bloggers who aren’t doing it full time.

The ‘part time traveller’ concept is growing rapidly, and more and more travel bloggers out there are holding it down in the world of full-time employment. With people in general travelling more around their jobs too, the audience for these kinds of posts is actually pretty huge.

So how do you do it?

Girl running at Forrest Gump point, Monument Valley, Utah

Make the most of your annual leave

First and foremost, if you want to travel around work life, you’ve gotta be able to fit it in. Here are some of my top-line tips for making the most of travelling with a full time job..

  • Weekends away. Can you get a short flight on Friday evening, spend Saturday and most of Sunday in a location, and fly back Sunday night?
  • Failing that – always work weekends into your travel plans. It might cost a bit more than a mid-week break, but a Friday-Monday long weekend will only cost you two holiday days, rather than four.
  • For big trips, check out bank holidays. This Easter, for example, you can book off 9 days annual leave to get a total of 18 days consecutive holiday. Road trip time!

For a more in-depth look at making the most of your annual leave, check out Roma’s post here.

Look into staycations and short breaks

You might not have the holiday time to go on loads of massive trips every year – and that’s okay. Writing about short breaks and holidays within your own country will make your content relevant to plenty of folk out there who are looking for their own short adventure.

Tips for travelling on a budget

Create content based around your home area

Okay, it might not seem obvious to you. But for anyone visiting, your words and advice about your home city/town/county IS travel content. And who better to share that than a discerning local like you?

You could round up your favourite dinner restaurants, best street art spots, fun activities for visitors, write about what you get up to…the list is basically endless.

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Budget, budget, budget

The cost aspect of this could have its own post alone, so I’ll be brief. Some of my personal tips for travelling lots on a budget…

  • Book dirt cheap flights when you see them, and work the rest out later. Yes, I am irresponsible, and share this advice with the world.
  • Stay in hostels, budget hotels and Air BnBs. Unless you’re purposefully looking for a relaxing, luxury break, chances are you’re there to see the place, not the four walls around your bed. Clean and comfortable are fine.
  • Set aside a ‘travel’ pot each month, and pop money in when you get paid. Even if you’re not travelling anywhere that month, you’ve got money aside for your next adventures.
Girl hiking at the Grand Canyon

Manage your time effectively

Okay, now you know you can get out and about enough to get the content. The next hard part is working out the time to create your posts, work on your promo and grow your audience. And if you’re working, at Uni, or have family commitments, this isn’t always easy.

  • Use lunch breaks at work effectively – work out what you need and what can fit into your time allocation (e.g participate in a Pinterest group thread, write a new piece, create comment on X number of Instagram pics/blog posts), and do it.
  • Same with your commute – you could use it to write drafts in a notebook, edit some pics for your Instagram on Snapseed or get up to date with your social media.
  • Block out times for writing, photo editing and the suchlike. Treat it like you would any other appointment in your calendar – keep to it.
  • Got a free day? I’m a big fan of bulk writing and photo editing. Then you’ve got multiple posts set up to go for the weeks ahead.

Maximise your content

Before travelling somewhere, I like to have a loose idea of how much content I’ll be creating around that destination.

For example, I might do a couple of ‘storytelling’ posts, alongside a guide to attractions, foodie guide, one or two in-depth attraction reviews, and an accommodation post.

If you have a posting schedule of 2-3 times per week, that could be 2-4 weeks worth of content. I do however like to mix my destinations up – e.g, a recent trip post, then one about London, to get some variety in there.

There’s obviously a lot more you’ll learn from travel blogging – but hopefully with these tips, you’ll be off to a good start. If you’re a travel blogger with a full time job and have any tips to share, do leave them in the comments!