In case you haven’t noticed, blogs (short for web logs, really just an online journal) are everywhere on the net. There are sport blogs, car fan blogs, cooking blogs—all geared towards taking what’s inside of your mind and getting it out in a manner that can be beneficial to others. Travel is no different. Whether you’re passionate about traveling, a weekend adventurer, or head out once a year with the family to experience what the world has to offer, a travel blog is a fabulous medium to share your encounters with others. In addition to any family member with a computer and Internet connection having the ability to access your blog, friends and friends of friends can read what you’ve written about destinations around the globe! While there are dozens of reasons for keeping a general blog, we’ve come up three very good reasons to keep a specific travel blog. They are: #1. Any bad experiences at hotels, restaurants, or stops along the way can be vented and heard as you write about your encounters, while the positive events can be pleasantly shared amongst avid blog readers around the planet on the World Wide Web. By choosing a travel specific site, potential readers are on that site with that one topic on their mind- and want to know what you have to say about their potential future destinations. #2. Pictures, pictures and more pictures. Family and friends can keep a tab on you and your travels by reading all about your adventures and viewing he accompanying pictures that you’ve uploaded to your travel blog site of choice. Beside the fun of it, you’ll be saving yourself a few afternoons of re-showing your pictures to everyone who wants to see them. Simply send them the link to your travel blog, ask them to bookmark it on their favorites and visit it often to see where your travels have taken you now. #3. Travel blogs bring your journal into the digital era, and preserves it for an eternity. Floods and other catastrophes can’t damage your memory or your blog, but they can certainly wreak havoc onto pictures, private paper journals and yes- can even damage computers and back-up discs, where the majority of invaluable digital photos are stored.
Have you ever gone a trip to a new city or state and found a great little store? Or perhaps, you love to fish or hunt and on your travels you found the perfect place to indulge in your favorite sport? Maybe, you visited a great little restaurant that had all the ambiance you want for a weekend getaway? Many of us have experience scenarios like these. However, we can’t always remember exactly where it was that we found this great location. In times past, this could be frustrating and even if we had it written down somewhere, we had to be able to find the paper the notation was made on. Other times, we may be looking for somewhere that may be slightly off the beaten path. Sure, you can talk to friends and family to get their input, but now thanks to Web 2.0, you can find many great places to visit. In fact, you can search for travel locations anywhere in the world and get input by real people about the location’s pros and cons. Whether you love to explore the highways and byways across America or perhaps you have traveled extensively in Europe, Asia or the other continents, you probably have found some travel locations “do’s” and “don’ts”. Today, many people are sharing this knowledge by hosting a travel blog. While this may seem like bragging to some, in reality it is a great service to others who love to travel the open road. Travel blogs not only help others find those hideaway and getaway locations, but they are also a great way to store your pictures and memories. In addition to having a place to store your travel experiences, you can also send links to your friends and family to let them know what you are up to as you explore the open road. They can then comment on the pics and perhaps share experiences or recommendations of their own. In fact, when you set up a travel blog, you might be amazed at how much web traffic, and not just from friends and family, you have as well. Travel blogs are also a great way to plan a family reunion. Since many of us have family living all across the country, it can be difficult to organize an extended visit. So rather than everyone using hours of cell phone minutes, participants can just leave messages on the blog letting others in the group know what their travel plans are. So where is that you have traveled? Did you find a place off the beaten path that simply must not be overlooked? Maybe, you stayed somewhere that should have been overlooked? Was a particular road especially scenic? Travel, in particular when done by auto, is one of the great American pastimes. It has been one of the primary means of transportation for many years, and is likely to remain so for the days to come. Make the most of your travel experiences by passing on the delights and highlights of your trip on a travel blog.