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What Makes A Good Travel Blogger?

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Travel is a big part of our lives as a family, we make memories on holiday that we laugh about all year, and the children find new independence and confidence with each trip. Whether it be a weekend break where we let them have their own interconnecting hotel room for the first time, or a longer holiday where they make new friends by the pool and arrange to spend time socialising away from us.

Travel gives them new skills and a widened perspective on the world, and over the years I have had the opportunity to introduce my children to new experiences and different travel companies by working as a blogger ambassador with family oriented travel brands such as Butlins, Carnival Cruise Lines, Canvas Holidays and #InCostaBrava by working closely with the Costa Brava Tourist Board on a series of blog posts about this region. In addition I have partnered with Camp Bestival, the UK based family music festival and also travel brands that support commercial travel, such as Holiday Extras.

what makes a good travel blogger

To a blogger, partnering with a travel brand can be exciting and a great way to share their passion for travel with the world whilst being subsidised to experience the travel in the first place, but it is more than just ‘getting a free holiday’! Travelling via a tourist board or holiday company means that the very act of travel becomes ‘work’ and must be approached with a different mindset that when you are touring on your own money. It won’t mean a week of relaxing by the pool for a start, although you may get a day or two, depending on your objectives for the trip!

The great thing about being a family travel blogger versus an independent (solo) travel blogger is that we may have more restrictions on when we can travel (school holidays have to be factored in for a start), but we get to combine our work and our family life in a way that you can’t do if you work at an outside job and take vacation time off to go on holiday.

It is true that as the blogging mum of the family, I have to wear my ‘business’ hat as well as my ‘mum’ hat on a trip, so hotel rooms have to be photographed before anyone gets to put a bag down. Meals need to be Instagrammed before anyone gets to eat and day trips have to have the facts noted like prices, times and opening hours before the day can be relaxed and enjoyed, as everything will need writing up later. However I can’t complain about my work – this to me is creative expression and fun. Eleven years ago when I had a corporate job I had to negotiate the daily commute at rush hour each morning and night then try to squeeze in time with my baby before collapsing into an exhausted heap at the end of the day only to do it all again the next day. On that treadmill I could never have envisaged a future where my children could actually be part of my work and we could go on adventures together to produce blog posts that other family travellers wanted to read to help them plan their precious holidays.

Being able to say you are a travel blogger gives you an aura of ‘cool’ to the world outside of blogging, and many people want to do it, so I was interested to ask a few of the companies I work closely with, what they look for in a good travel blogger. The videos below started off as live Periscopes which I uploaded to YouTube for longevity. Follow me on both channels to get the latest up to date content from each which could include travel commentary or lifestyle features.

Here I’m talking to Stacey Stockwell from Siren Communications about what they look for in a travel blogger to partner with on projects.

This video features Charlotte Mendoza from Carnival and we chat about how they select bloggers to work with.

To read all my travel content on JuggleMum, click here and let me know if there is anything you want to ask about being a family travel blogger in the comments below. If you are a travel blogger, I’ve love to know who was the best company you worked with or what was your coolest travel project. Feel free to leave your website in the comments so I can check out your blog! Plus find more JuggleMum content on my Facebook page – just click ‘LIKE’!

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Comments to What Makes A Good Travel Blogger?

  • Some fantastic brands you are working with. I love the Costa Brava, Llafranc is well worth a visit, Helen

    Helen Neale 30th March 2016 1:07 pm Reply
    • Ooh great recommendation Helen! Llafranc was one that we didn’t get to on our short stay but I’ve heard good things.

      Nadine Hill 30th March 2016 2:09 pm Reply
  • Oh that is interesting. I find with the boys at school more and more that we only get to travel in the HGolidays, but I am keen to explore and expand more. We are off to France in May and Holland in October

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 31st March 2016 9:33 am Reply
    • Sounds like you have some cool travel plans! Enjoy!

      Nadine Hill 31st March 2016 10:45 am Reply
  • Living where we do, we don’t have that many restrictions when it comes to school holidays etc. Yes, we have to be at school during the week but we can jump in the car on a Friday night and be in Austria in an hour and a half or Venice (where I am typing from!) in five hours. We are very spoilt. I try to put a family angle on all of my travel posts, and include as many tips as I can so that readers can get the most out of a place. We have been lucky in that we have had many opportunities, but by far my favourite assignment to date has been to our trip to the Dolomites where we were treated to so many fabulous meals I am amazed I didn’t pop. My own tips would be be yourself in your writing, and don’t worry if a place is written about countless times, your own angle will always be different! 😀

    Emma 1st April 2016 3:59 pm Reply
    • I love those tips Emma! It is true, your own take on a place will make your post different, even if loads of other people have covered it before you!

      Nadine Hill 4th April 2016 11:25 am Reply
  • We’ve had lots of great holidays thanks to blogging – a week’s all inclusive holiday in the Summer Holidays was a good one as was a lovely break in Dublin but lately I’m finding that I’d rather pay for the holiday myself so I’m not obliged to blog about it if you know what I mean. I feel that I work really hard and that when we get time away as a family, I want it to be our time to just relax. I’m definitely not cut out to be a travel blogger am I? 😉

    Cass@frugalfamily 3rd April 2016 8:38 am Reply
    • I know what you mean Cass – I tend to do a combination of blogger travel that I will write about and also breaks that I fund myself so I can relax and enjoy! However if something fun happens on one of those I’d still blog about it!!

      Nadine Hill 4th April 2016 11:22 am Reply
  • Travel has always been a huge part of our life, it’s like we live for going on holidays. There are some excellent tips here and great interviews too. Enjoy your travellin, we may bump into one another again one day xx

    Mari 4th April 2016 8:32 am Reply
    • haha wouldn’t it be great if we bumped into each other whilst travelling! Thanks for commenting x

      Nadine Hill 4th April 2016 11:19 am Reply
  • This is a really useful post Nadine, as a family of 6 we tend to write ourselves off as being ‘too big’ to be travel ambassadors. Saying that, we were lucky enough to be Butlins Ambassadors two years running and last year went to Menorca for Villas.com on our first foreign family trip. It was only a weekend away but we loved every minute of it. I have learnt a few valuable tips here and shall be reading/watching with interest. Thank you x

    Sabina @MummyMatters 5th April 2016 8:53 pm Reply
    • Great comment! You have proved your own theory – you are not too big a family to be travel ambassadors as you have already done it! Plus how many families these days fit the ‘2 adults, 2 kids’ format? It is more typical to be a larger family of some sort whether that be parents and kids or blended families.

      Nadine Hill 6th April 2016 11:02 am Reply
  • I loved this Nadine, really great insight into what they’re looking for. I can’t wait to hear all about your cruise!

    Globalmouse 28th April 2016 9:42 am Reply
    • Thank you – I can’t wait to write about it. I could talk about cruising all day!!

      Nadine Hill 29th April 2016 4:42 pm Reply

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