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13 Thrilling Adventure Blogs to Follow in 2018

Nothing will ever beat the freedom of hitting the trail with everything I need on my back. There is something so liberating about being alone in the woods with just the necessities. No impossible work quotas to meet, no trainings, no emails. Just me, plenty of ramen noodles, and nothing but time on my hands.

When I can’t be in the woods I love to read about the best trails and hikes. I build lists of places I need to go, and I take note of things I need to do to prepare for any hike. Here are 13 blogs to follow to inspire you to hit the trail in 2018.
The Broke Backpacker Will Hatton, author of The Broke Backpacker, has been on the road traveling to the world’s most remote destinations for the past nine years. A terrible leg injury deep in the Costa Rican jungle caused him to rethink his mission of joining the marines. Now he writes about his travels and his journey to becoming a millionaire through online ventures.

What stands out: Will not only talks the talk but walks the walk. He s…

9 Critical Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

Most creative minds shy away from marketing. “I am an artist, not a businessman. I create great stuff, so people will come” a good friend once told me.

But creating excellent content is only one part of the equation. The other is finding an audience. Creating content without reaching an audience is like preparing a fantastic meal for a dinner party where no one shows up.

It sucks. You feel drained. Your energy spent on a party for one.

But once you find the right kind of traffic, marketing becomes less complicated. Listed below are 9 proven methods to drive traffic to your blog from the experts.
1. Publish a Free Kindle Ebook You heard right. Free Ebooks are the way to go. Entrepreneur Niel Patel elaborates on the idea of launching free Ebooks:

“If your book is free, expect 1,000+ visitors to your blog in about 7 days or close to 6,500 visitors per month. Free downloads make your ebook rank higher and attract the attention of your target audience in search traffic.”

Self-publishing al…

Using Your Blog to Fuel Your Travel

A recent Pew Research study found that three out of ten U.S. jobs, or 30%, are held by the self-employed and those who they hire. (1) Technology has opened the doors to a flood of writers, photographers, and designers who work while they travel. Online websites that offer products and lessons to people across the globe allow solo entrepreneurs to make money while on the road.

But is the dream of earning passive income online just that--a fantasy world filled with vain ambitions?

I believe that it really comes down to how much effort you put into your craft. If your willing to learn new skills and try different avenues to earn a respectable income you will. If you sit on the couch and throw shade at the people who try (and sometimes fail) to build a sustainable blog that allows them to travel then you have no room to complain.

Here are eight ways to earn money from blogging to fuel travel.
Destination Marketing A great way to start earning an income online is destination marketing. Thi…

How to Build a Solid Email List

Who out there thinks email is overrated? That nobody reads or cares about email? For the longest time that was me. I thought that emails were invented for long work memos you glance over and delete.

I was wrong.

Email lists help you...
Build loyal followers so you don’t have to spend all your time advertising. The best businesses know that it costs at least five times more to attract new customers than it does to keep existing customers. (1)Gain full control of your content. You can say and sell what you want through email.Expand your reach. Research shows that there are 4.4 billion email accounts out there. (2)Track what works and what doesn’t. A/B testing through email helps you write better copy.Send messages faster and cheaper than traditional mail The bottom line is that if you want to attract a loyal following you need to use email. So how do you go about building the actual list?

There are five basic steps to building an email list. I personally use MailChimp. It’s a great service…

3 Secrets to Generating Great Content

Once you finish launching a blog is the work done? Can you go home, relax on the couch, and expect to get plenty of readers? Of course not. You need to generate content consistently. I would love to tell you that blogging is easy. That you can create a website and your wildest dreams will come true.

But I would be lying. You need to practice your craft. The best way to practice is to generate content.

When I first started blogging I would publish posts maybe once a week. If nobody read my posts I would get discouraged and lose hope. This lead to weeks of publishing nothing. I finally realized that I needed to build up my confidence.

For too long I believed that writing was just about sitting at a screen and waiting for the magic to happen. But writing can really be broken down into three separate buckets.
Bucket 1: Brainstorm Before you write you need ideas. You need lots of ideas. Maybe not every idea you have will turn into a smash hit, but without the ideas, you will never be insp…

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.

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

Google Drive is perfect for travel bloggers who spend la…

Launching a Succesful Travel Blog

Let’s cut the crap and get right down to the nitty-gritty. You need a blog, website, or place to post your travel writing online. Why? Because without it nobody will notice your writing.

For the longest time, I thought I could be a good writer without having a blog. Plenty of authors have written books without a platform. But those days are quickly coming to an end. For better or worse, authors who use online platforms simply have a much better chance of success.

It’s not hard to see why. Think of it this way. Building a book, webinar, or class of some sort takes a ton of time. It costs so much effort and usually money to launch a product. But you can’t be sure that people will even give your product the time of day.
Insert your smash hit travel blog On the other hand, let's say you start a travel blog. You learn quickly what people like, what they don’t like, and you adapt accordingly. You build a following, and you ask people what they would pay you for. Then you give the people…

Build a Meaningful Platform: The 5 Types of Travel Experts

We live in a busy time. How do you get noticed in an increasingly loud world? Start with a platform. In days not so long ago, communities gathered at the town square to hear news on politics, religion, and anything worth value. Speakers used soapboxes to be heard above the crowd.

Today town square is the internet. Your soapbox is your platform or mode of delivering a message. Now, it may seem a little self-centered to create your own platform. But if you don't who will?

You can use a platform to deliver valuable content that people need. If you want to attract an audience, write about what people care about.

"Wait a minute. Does this mean I have to sell out? Is a writer doomed to focus on mundane topics like social media, marketing, and business," you ask? Of course not. The key here is to find the happy medium. Write about your passion/skills in a way that’s useful to others.

Author Chris Guillebeau puts it this way:

Where passion or skill meets usefulness, a microbusin…

Why Every Writer Needs a Solid Biography

You're probably thinking to yourself right now why does having a solid about page matter? Everybody skips those right?

In truth, you would be partially correct. A recent Pew Research study found that only 72% of Americans finished a book in one year. Just one book. That’s terrible. Far behind many other countries. (1)

The point here is that humans in a digital age quickly lose attention in the written word.

So how do you become an author that actually gets read? Start by focusing on not what you will write but how you will write it.

People really want to know what’s in it for me? What will I get out of this article, book, or magazine? As a travel writer, you are in a unique position to offer great advice on gear, destinations, unique food, and interesting cultures.

People don’t care as much about where you have been. They want to know how they can experience the same type of things. The same lifestyle.

Every biography should have at least 3 components:
What you knowYour experience…

10 Inspiring Places to Visit for Black History Month

The great Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass share birthdays in the month of February. During the month of February, we remember the African Americans who played pivotal roles in building this nation. (1) We honor their achievements across all the major fields of study: science, health, education, engineering, and creative arts to name a few.

Take time during this month to visit these historic locations. Draw on the power of inspiration through listening and learning from past teachers, artists, and thought leaders.
1. 501 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta No trip to the south would be complete without first stopping by the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King's life began on the 2nd-floor middle room on January 15, 1929. At only eight years old he began to share the pulpit at the local Baptist Church with his father on the corner of Auburn and Jackson Street. He would go on to produce many famous civil rights speeches and be arrested for his courage over 30 times. (1)
2. Negro Le…

10 Travel Publications That Pay for Travel Writing

So you love to travel. Why not submit those amazing travel stories and get paid for doing what you love. I love to write just as much as the next guy. But I would be lying if I said that I didn’t care about the money.

As writers so many will tell you that you’re bound to live a life of poverty. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can do what you love and find a way to make respectable income. Here are 10 great publications that will pay you for your travel writing.

1. WanderlustWanderlust is by far the crème of the crop when it comes to travel writing. The magazine offers interviews from famous travel photographers and writers, lists of great places to explore, and expert reviews on outdoor gear.

While it may be hard to get published here as a first time writer, you can definitely shoot for a shorter post and work your way up from there. Examples of shorter posts accepted include pocket guides, consumer features, and news stories. (1)

Payment: Depends upon the length and type of …