12 Tools for Travel Bloggers

12 Tools for Travel Bloggers

12 Tools for Travel Bloggers

Tools that make life easier, more productive and more fun for bloggers on the go!

Social Media

Iconosquare.com – there’s no question that Instagram is the way of the future with regards to social media. Iconosquare provides a desktop version of your IG feed. Why is this great? It allows for quick engagement with the IG community! Commenting, interacting and finding new IG-buddies is quick and easy.

WordPress SEO by Yoast (WordPress plugin) – In the world of travel nothing beats a solid Google page rank. For example, Jane in Ohio googles “what to do in Paris”, if your killer Paris post finds it’s way on to her first or second page – winner, winner, chicken dinner! This plug-in helps out big time in the fleshing out what search engines need to know about your content.

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Dropbox – Social media these days is heavily image-based, save the headache of emailing yourself gorgeous travel photos in order to share them on Instagram by uploading them to dropbox and pulling them down via their App to your phone. More importantly, backup your photos,  at $10/month for 1 TB (that’s 1,000 GB!) it’s absolutely worth the investment.

Co-Schedule (WordPress plugin) – If there ever was a game-charger in my workflow this bad boy would be it. Assign a social media distribution plan for each and every post, quickly and easily. I’ve read that sharing posts on 3 occasions via twitter is key for reaching largest audience, this plugin makes scheduling distribution a cinch.

Aesthetics

Lightroom – Hand’s down, there’s no better program for editing images. I will admit that the workflow in Lightroom can be confusing at first but after a few Skillshare classes you’ll be absolutely amazed by the images you’ve captured. I use A Beautiful Mess presets for many of mine and love the moody feel they create.

Canva.com – Photoshop made simple, use Canva to make attractive cover images (like the one above!) and create your media kit! Putting together a great vertical cover image makes the image more pin-able on Pinterest and makes the post more enticing for readers skimming their Bloglovin feed. Unsure what goes into a media kit? Check Etsy for inspiration, like this one.

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Seek a Peer Critique from blogging pals, like ME! – Shoot me an email with a link to your blog, I’ll zip through and give you feedback on areas you might be able to improve on.

Travel Planning

Rome2Rio.com – The logistics of travel planning can be time consuming and get very tricky. Rome2Rio quickly identifies route options (flight, drive, public transit) for easy comparison on cost, time and feasibility.

Skyscanner.com – There are a lot of airfare reservation sights out there, Skyscanner brings it to the next level with OPEN SEARCH capabilities. Have a free weekend? Enter ‘Everywhere’ as the destination and explore your options. (Swear, I use this method for 90% of my air travel!)

Kayak.com – Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before. BUT, why is Kayak better than the rest? Their ADVICE graph tells you exactly what to do – BUY or WAIT on that airline ticket.

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Expat Living

The Skimm – a free daily newsletter covering the most important topics in the news. Written by a witty, informed, team of 20-somethings, it’s entertaining and keeps me informed on US and World news while living abroad.

Hola (extension for Crome) – Free and easy, this tools allows you to pick where you’d like to view the webpage from no matter your actual location. Why? Many TV shows and youtube videos require a local IP address for viewing. Quickly grab one and stay in the loop on news and entertainment at home.

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Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below! πŸ˜‰

 

  • Ok, the internet is starting to get smarter than Hola!!! My friends now get a message on Hulu that says, “It looks as though you are using a proxy server!” What? Internet is outsmarting humans?! Great tips as always πŸ™‚ I’d add having other awesome travel blogging friends is always a plus as well to bounce ideas, etc πŸ˜‰ xo

    • Whaaaa… I’m going to just pretend that’s some sort of flukey thing with your possessed router (tell me that problem is completely fixed now!?). @pollyheath:disqus also mentioned issues with Halo but I’m turning a blind eye because I must watch my shows. Must. xox

      • FINALLY! 3 weeks later and our new router arrived. Stupid internet people for corrupting it! haha thankfully I have found other ways to get my TV shows πŸ˜‰ xoxoxo

  • Asma

    wow a useful post if ever I’ve read one! Thanks for this, every part of what you have said is super helpful πŸ™‚

    • You’re so very welcome, dear! Glad you enjoyed it! If I hear of anything else that’s helpful I’ll be sure to share! πŸ˜€

  • This is a great list!!!

    • Thanks, lovey! Hugs!

  • Such a great list, bookmarking this page!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    • Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it! If you find anything else that’s helpful definitely let me know, I’m always interested in trying out new tools that make life easier! πŸ™‚

  • I’ve also had a bit of trouble with Hola on occasion but fingers crossed it keeps working for those abroad!

    • Uh oh! I haven’t run into any issues yet so I’m just going to hope that it’s fluke! (crosses fingers too)

  • Feyi A

    great tips, I love the Skimm its a relaxed and funny way to get news

    Marveling-Mindβ˜€

    • ‘Relaxed and funny’ is such a great way to describe it. I’ve always liked staying up on the news but Skimm just takes it to a new level where it’s actually entertaining because of how witty the writers are. I love it!

  • Great tips, thanks for sharing!

    http://www.freedupgirl.com

    • No problem, dear! Glad you found them helpful! Hugs πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for this! I never knew about Canva.com or CoSchedule, and looking forward to using them asap :B

    • Deasy, we’re excited to have you checking out CoSchedule… let us know if you have any questions along the way. Cheers!

    • They’re both huge timesavers and honestly Canva is just a lot of fun to mess around in! (Believe me, I’ve wasted hours!) Enjoy! πŸ˜€

  • Thanks for the CoSchedule recommendation! We love that its saving you time and making blogging easier. Great tips overall!

    • Thanks so much Ashton! Thanks to you and your team for creating a the wonderful product! πŸ˜€

  • Great tips! Looking forward to checking all of these out!

    thelifeofastudenttraveller.blogspot.co.uk

    • Wonderful! Let me know if there’s anything else you find that’s also helpful. I’m alwwwways on the hunt for things that make life easier! πŸ˜€

  • I have heard a few people talk about CoSchedule lately I will have to check it out. Awesome post girl, so many new resources for me to check out!

    • Thanks so much my dear! You’ve always been SO great about handling social media-everything, so maybe you don’t necessarily need it, but I think Coschedule is a mega time saver. They have a free 2 week trial so you can give it a whirl and see what you think. πŸ˜€

  • Ooh, Canva.com seems like so much fun! Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for these. And by the way, instagram.com provides a desktop version of your IG feed as well and you can comment and/or like other posts. Just thought I’d let you know πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Laura! I’ve used the desktop version for IG and although it’s great I think Iconosquare is really handy for analytics and searching for new IG handles. Check it out and let me know what you think, k? πŸ˜€

  • Kayti Clayton

    Yes! I love Rome2Rio, it is SO freaking helpful!! I’m seriously considering making the move from self hosted Blogger over to WordPress but it’s so dang overwhelming. -__-

    • Oh gal, I swear it’s not so bad! I just made the move a few months ago and was amazed by how easy it was. Swear. There’s a ton of WordPress plug-ins that help with the migration and everything plus I’m here for emotional support! πŸ˜€

  • Laura Leigh Wyatt

    You’re the smartest! Great advice – even for non-travel bloggers πŸ˜‰ Miss you and love you! xoxo

    • MISS YOU TO THE MOON!

      kisses to you and the kitties (and ANDREW!)

  • This is great! I have recently discovered Rome2Rio. It’s so bloody good!

    • I appreciate your use of ‘bloody’ here. So appropriate for how great it is and also just makes it sound so bloody cool! (Like what I did there?!)

  • I love Hola!! It’s been a life saver in the TV department…And Lightroom is amazing!

    • Agreed! Are you a Nashville addict like me?! (If not Nashville, Mod Fam?!)

      • Lol, I used to be a big fan of Modern Family…but now I use it for Netflix. House of Cards…all.the.way!

        • I’ve heard a lot about it but haven’t watched! I’ll give it a shot!

  • You’re a genius blogger. So many new resources. I do love a good Rome2Rio search.

    • Ha! That’s it, this genius blogger friend of yours is buying you a drink in PARIS (YAY!) for always being so darn sweet! πŸ˜€

      • P.S. Have you used Pocket https://getpocket.com/? I often use it when traveling to save travel blogs offline on my iPad or phone. I was just coming back here to Pocket this article and wanted to share how handy it is. I’ve also pocketed your Lisbon posts as I’m heading there Friday. Thanks for the wealth of info, sista.

  • Great list! I recently started using Canva (I found it from one of your older posts) and I love it! So much easier than messing with Photoshop!

    • Yeah, isn’t it so much fun too? I could play around all day on that website. I wish they had more templates but I love it nonetheless. πŸ™‚

  • I flippin love Skyscanner its saved me a lot of money in the past. I had heard about Kayak but didnt realise it did that, thanks for the heads up!

    • Absolutely, gal! Glad you found it helpful! I use that graph almost every time I have to make a larger airfare purchase. (Not necessary for those 40E RyanAir tickets!)

  • I love using rome2rio,, and only recently found out about hola the extension.

    • Awesome! Don’t you just love hola? So easy!

  • Kari Guastella

    Several of these are new to me! I am looking forward to trying them out!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Just installed Hola and pinned Rome2Rio. Thanks for the resources!

  • Levi

    Never heard of half of these! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚
    LeviJade xx

  • there is another really handy website similar to rome2rio called wanderio, i prefer this one(: oh and i love lightroom, such a pleasure to edit photos there(:

    xx from Italy
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope

  • Thank you so much for sharing!

    xx Leesa & Kate

    http://www.wanderlustchronicles.com.au

  • http://www.earthwanderess.com

    Finally! I’ve been looking for something like Canva for so long. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  • Hi Margo! Thank you for all the ressources it really is kind of you! But I still have a question: did you make you blog design alone? if not, who did? (I’m looking for a new wp theme but I’m hum picky) thanks!

  • Great post! Lots of excellent tips I’m going to start using. Also, as an expat in London, I love The Skimm. So much less depressing than other news outlets. πŸ˜‰

  • We love Canva too! Although I spent far too long editing on there…definitely will look at Iconosquare! and the Skimm! Thanks for the tips!!

  • KenyanMoments A

    Thanks for the tips!!

  • Canva.com = Game Changer! Thank you!

  • Gina Panozzo

    Thanks so much for suggesting the Yoast SEO! I had no idea! Total game changer!

  • love Canva and Yoast!

  • Yeah – Canva and Yoast are two of my favorites also!

  • Yes! Yoast is necessery for blogs! πŸ™‚

  • New Routes Travel

    Super helpful. Thanks so much for sharing these awesome tools!