Dreaming of the day that you finally quit that 9-to-5 job and travel the world with nothing but a smartphone? Today, being a travel blogger is less a quixotic feat of inventive storytelling, and more a productivity-oriented reality for many digital nomads, thanks to the rise of smartphones and other technology. However, running a blog with nothing but a smartphone can be challenging, especially if you’re out of your depth or more familiar with doing things on your laptop or PC. Luckily, we’re here to hit you with some strategies for managing a travel blog when your only device is a pocket-sized touch screen.
From choosing the right smartphone, to utilising nifty tools like the Adobe Express design app, here are 8 top tips for running a travel blog using only a smartphone.
Choose The Right Smartphone & Accessories
The first step to starting a successful mobile-only travel blog is choosing a smartphone with the best specs for the job. It’s obviously important that you choose a phone capable of good photo capture, with enough storage to retain all of the gorgeous high-res shots that you’ll undoubtedly be capturing over the course of your travels. And if you really want to get serious, buy a few additional lenses (for different picture modes) and round out your new travel blogging BFF with a sturdy portable tripod and power bank that will keep your device fully charged for days on end.
Most of the best cameras in smartphones today are in their fifth or sixth generation, so do your research and spend most of that original blogging budget.
Master The Art Of Mobile Photography
Now that you’ve got your hands on the latest smartphone, it’s time to master the art of mobile photography. For starters, we recommend watching tutorials or signing up for online courses that teach you the basics about composition, depth of field, lighting, and perspective. While you’re at it, don’t forget to explore the different modes your smartphone can shoot in, including HDR, portrait mode, or panorama to snap shots that are varied and visually stimulating.
Optimise Your Photos and Graphics
In a world of endless photo filters and editing features with generic settings, you’re going to have to ensure that your photos stand out. This is where high-quality design applications like Adobe Express or even Lightroom come into the picture (see what we did there?). These design apps give you robust tools to colour correct, add creative effects, and polish your photos to perfection. Be sure to experiment with these different tools to develop a competency with all of them. It’s also all about finding photo editing and graphic design tools that work best for you.
Pro tip: Keep in mind that the purpose of enhancing visuals should be to capture the natural beauty of your travels, allowing readers to experience it for themselves, so make sure you aren’t over-editing your shots.
Craft Engaging & Authentic Content
Of course, no travel blog is complete without some compelling diary entries, so use your content to tell personal stories, share experiences, thoughts and feelings about the places you’ve visited throughout your travels. This personal creation and purposeful storytelling is ultimately what will help you create lasting relationships with your readers.
It’s also worth noting that there’s more than one way to tell a great story. In other words, not everything needs to be in the format of long form text posts. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries of storytelling too — using photo essays, travel diaries and videos to keep your audience’s attention.
Utilise Social Media
Another great idea is to leverage the power of social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to distribute your travel content. Engage with your readers by responding to their comments, asking them questions, and revealing behind-the-scenes situations. A simple retweet can lead to lifelong friendship, memories and potential travel opportunities with newfound friends. Be sure to incorporate relevant hashtags (where applicable) when sharing on social media to help get your posts seen — especially by non-followers.
Ensure Your Blog Is Mobile-Friendly
In a world where just about everyone is glued to their smartphone, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your blog is mobile-friendly. There are plenty of free tools available to help you test your blog’s mobile responsiveness, and you’d be smart to use them. Your readers are going to love having the ability to stream your vlogs or read your posts seamlessly, regardless of whether they are on their smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Explore Design Apps
To further refine your travel blog, consider integrating design apps into your toolkit such as Adobe Express Design, as they can markedly improve the visual appeal of your blog, and are super simple to use. You can use these applications to create gorgeous graphics, collages and designs directly from your smartphone, adding another layer of creativity to your content.
Whether it’s designing eye-catching featured images or crafting eye-wateringly delicious headers, these apps empower you to stand out in a travel blogging arena that becomes increasingly crowded each year – remember, first impressions count and you’ll want your blog to look every bit as good as the content inside!
Streamline Your Typing
Last but not least, if typing on a small smartphone seems like an inconvenient hassle, there are plenty of apps that make it easier to streamline the process and punch out a solid piece. For example, plugins like keyboard apps offer features like swipe typing or voice-to-text that can make your life easier and your mind much more readable. Not to mention, there are also plugins and tools like Grammarly that focus on keeping your work easy-to-read and grammatically correct, so that your blog can really shine.
And there you have it — all the tips and tricks you’ll ever need to start your career as a successful travel blogger using only a smartphone. With your trusty device in hand, you can now embark on your next adventure and share the beauty of the world through your lens. All the best and safe travels!
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