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7 Free Tools for Better Travel Blogs

Whether you are a complete newbie or an experienced travel blogger, you are only as good as the tools you utilize. Today I’m not talking about hacksaws, axes, and blow darts (although that would be an epic tool bag). I’m talking about totally free, user-friendly tools available to all on the internet. There are 7 very specific tools that every travel blogger should use to perfect their craft.

Canva

Purpose: Create stunning designs for your website and social media accounts

Canva is one of my all-time favorite tools on the web. Aside from being completely free to use, Canva allows you to choose from a sweet list of presets. You don’t have to guess the perfect picture size for Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Canva comes fully stocked with design layouts for books, blogs, infographics, ads, and pretty much any event under the sun.

Google Drive

Purpose: A giant cloud of awesomeness you can use to store documents, pictures, and videos.

Google Drive is perfect for travel bloggers who spend large amounts of time on the road. Never lose access to a file by keeping everything stored in the cloud. When you can work on a document from multiple devices you don’t have to worry about lugging your laptop from place to place. Collaborate with other professionals in real time by granting access to your files.

MailChimp

Purpose: A secret army of ninja monkeys designed to help you kick a** at email marketing.

MailChimp makes sending email campaigns to followers a fun task. Seriously. Whoever thought sending an email could actually be fun. With tons of preset templates, great design options, and a simple interface you can rock your email campaigns. MailChimp also helps you build sign up forms and landing pages to attract a bigger fanbase for your travel blog.

Unsplash

Purpose: A beautiful goulash of ravishing pictures submitted by photographers from around the globe.

Unsplash is simply the best website to turn to for royalty-free, gorgeous photos. You don’t even have to sign up with your email address to access the database. I mean, how much better can it really get than this. With topics ranging from dark and moody to bird’s eye kitchen, you’re bound to find something that will work for your post. Unless of course, you are totally impossible to please. But if that was you, you probably wouldn’t have made it this far into my article anyway.

Hootsuite

Purpose: Manage and post to all your social media accounts in one place (so you never have to log on again).

Hootsuite allows you to track all your social media accounts in one user-friendly dashboard. You can also schedule posts well in advance so that you don’t lose inspiration before hitting publish. Hootsuite supports Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and now Instagram. If you want to post to Instagram you will need the Hootsuite app on your phone.

Skype

Purpose: To allow anyone anywhere with wifi to connect via video chat.

Skype is great for travel bloggers who spend lots of time on the move. Skype is totally free and allows you to connect with people even when you're out of the country without having to pay extra for phone service. With this service, you can send messages, photos, videos, and so much more while you travel.

Flickr

Purpose: A perfect melting pot for all types of location-specific travel images.

The big advantage Flickr has over other photo databases is that you can search by specific place and often turn up stunning photos. Advanced searches allow you to filter images by license. This comes in handy when you need royalty free images of a specific place you have never been to.

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