7 Ways to Be an Ultra-Productive Travel Blogger

by Mark Wiens on February 20, 2012 · 14 comments

How to be a productive travel blogger

How to be a productive travel blogger

Having no permanent home and being faced with countless distractions are part of the lifestyle of working while traveling.

While travel blogging is something I highly enjoy doing, unless I remain dedicated and focused at times, days will fly by and I won’t get anything accomplished.

That’s the reason I have to make steps and strive to be productive as a travel blogger.

These tips don’t only pertain to travel bloggers, but to anyone who wants to be productive while traveling the world.

1. Bring Your Thoughts With You

Not having an internet connection or a power outlet is not an excuse to take a complete break.

As a travel blogger you need to learn to use your time wisely, even without a computer. What happens when you are sitting on a long bus or stuck waiting in a line?

Start thinking and jotting down your ideas.

Before I started blogging, I would think of a great idea, and then forget it completely – and I still don’t remember those ideas because I didn’t write any of them down.

Now I don’t go anywhere without a piece of paper and a pen. I make sure to write down all article ideas I may have throughout the day.

Carrying paper and a pen also allows you to take notes about useful information, like the price of an attraction (taking a quick photo works too).

Write your tasks on paper

See my tasks? Messy and personal!

2. Write Your Tasks on Paper

Every night before I go to sleep, I think about my blogs or other projects and write down the things I need to accomplish the following day. It may be short (if I have something already planned) or long if I have planned for a day of work.

If you don’t want to write down your tasks each day, you may want to write them down for the week, or even for the entire month. I choose daily because it’s  psychologically reassuring to physically check things off a list.

3. Know Yourself

In order to be a productive travel blogger, you need to know yourself and your work habits. It’s important to experiment and take notes about where, when, and how you work the best.

I personally write the best in the morning, after a quick breakfast and a strong cup of black coffee. The reason I don’t sleep late is to take advantage of my writing ability in the morning.

On the other hand, most of the time my thoughts just don’t flow in the evening or at night. But does my productivity go down the drain? Not usually.

Instead, I work on things that don’t take the same portion of my brain to accomplish. I edit travel and food videos or organize my photos for article ideas I wrote down beforehand (see #1).

4. Learn to Say NO (sometimes)

From hostels to meals to random events, as travel bloggers we meet a lot of people. However, if you want to really be a productive blogger, you have to learn to say “no” at times.

You know those articles and tasks that you wrote down on paper in step #2?

This is the real test.

If you haven’t completed your list for the day and you receive an unexpected invite, you may be wise to kindly say no. I’m not saying you should be a party pooper, but it’s important to finish the things on your list (even if it’s only one thing).

As an example, I occasionally write things down on my list that I keep putting off, then I hang out with friends and I realize that that task keeps getting pushed further and further back.

Sometimes I have to force myself to say “no” and sit down to complete it before getting into other activities.

Blogging can be a fantastic way to support your travels, but you have to make sure you stick to your goals.

5. Multitasking

I can’t deny that in general females tend to be more gifted than men in the art of multitasking, but I can say for sure that both males and females are more productive without trying to do twenty things at once.

There’s no easier way to be unproductive than multitasking online.

Social media, YouTube, interesting articles or anything else that catches your attention are great at times, but they should be avoided when really trying to be productive at blogging (of course, being a productive travel blogger is about using social media, but also knowing when to put it on pause and start publishing content – and then using social media).

6. Think and Schedule Ahead

This tip depends upon the style of your travel blog – some people choose to blog daily about their activities, while others write more generic travel articles that aren’t as timely.

Whatever style blog you write, you may want to write and schedule some articles ahead of time (instead of the night before).

We live in a world where plans change without warning and things rarely turn out exactly as expected.

Having a few articles ready to go will help you stay on course and maintain a publishing schedule for a successful travel blog.

Do something else and come back

Do something else and come back

7. If You Aren’t Feeling It, Do Something Different

We’ve all been in the situation before, sitting at the computer typing gibberish words and nothing sounds correct.

If this goes on for longer than a few minutes, it may be time to do some pushups, eat some snacks, listen to music or engage in social media for the time being. I sometimes go for a spicy plate of Thai food and then return to my work.

Switch things up!

We’re all human, and sometimes productivity doesn’t seem to flow. If this is the case, have some fun and enjoy – just make sure to come back and do what you need to do.

Taking steps to being more productive travel bloggers while we travel is a great way to accomplish our dreams and make them a reality!

What other ways do you stay productive while traveling?

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is the author of 155 posts on Go Backpacking.

Mark was raised in central Africa before migrating back to the US for University. After graduating, he decided to continue traveling the world. On Migrationology, he shares the cultural side of travel from a slow paced local perspective that often revolves around his love for eating all forms of food. Join him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @migrationology, and add him on Google Plus.

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14 Comments

Jade - OurOyster.com February 21, 2012 at 1:43 am

Some great tips! I always carry around a little notebook and I constantly make to do lists. Its too easy to forget things without a list!

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Mark Wiens February 24, 2012 at 2:53 am

I agree Jade – forget things and then never remember them!

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Anita MacKinnon February 21, 2012 at 7:44 am

Great tips! I carry a little notebook and an agenda book to make notes in – with ideas for different dates. I also love the pre-posting feature at WordPress – if I have a crazy work week coming my way, I can write a couple posts on the weekend and schedule them for posting. Keeps me on track.

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Mark Wiens February 24, 2012 at 3:03 am

Thanks for sharing Anita. I’m with you on that too, scheduling posts ahead is extremely convenient. It really makes things like a “weekly travel photo” easy to schedule weeks in advance so you don’t have to worry about it.

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures February 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm

These are great tips! Saying no was soooo hard for me, but now I’m getting pretty good at it :)

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Dave February 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I still feel guilty saying no, but it does get easier with practice.

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Monica February 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

Brilliant tips. I particularly like the one about not trying to multi-task. I always try to do a million things at once and end up doing nothing. I’m getting much better at writing a list, doing one thing at a time and crossing them off as I go.

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Kevin Post February 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Fantastic tips Mark, it’s greatly appreciated. A general rule I’ve used while living abroad or traveling has been “I’m only on the computer when the weather is crappy”. However, some destinations are too nice most of the time and I find myself outside instead of getting stuff done on the computer. Discussing ideas and writing them down while I’m not at a computer is a fantastic and obviously ideal choice. My wife and I plan on living in the subarctic next year so hopefully my blogs can really take off by then (especially during the harsh winter months :P)

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Joya February 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Really great tips! I for sure keep my Moleskine journal with me to jot down ideas because my ideas come at the most random times. I also never force myself to write something. I never want it to feel like a burden and so I only write when I’m really into the subject.

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Linda February 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I don’t think these are just tips for travel bloggers! Many of the people I come across in ordinary daily life need to get their heads round doing some of these things to become more productive generally – instead of wasting their time in front of the ‘gogglebox’!

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Robert March 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

Great tips! We are just starting off so this would help a lot!

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jan March 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I like your ideas. I particularly find having something interesting to eat gets me back on track (but then I am food motivated). Also after coffee, first up in the morning is my most productive time. I never post anything I have written at night – it has to pass the morning after test first!

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Cam @ Traveling Canucks March 2, 2012 at 1:23 am

Great tips Mark – simple, yet effective.
I think you can apply these tips to virtually any consultant-type of work that requires attention and discipline. I struggle with productivity while traveling, often letting things pile up until I return from an adventure or find some downtime. The problem is that I skip half my tasks so that the pile of tasks get completed quicker! ;-)

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apol @ Wanderful Together July 13, 2013 at 7:10 am

Great tips!!

I know I should really be bringing a pen and paper all the time coz even if I just walk to work there are just a lot of ideas flowing… but I always fail!! Grrr..then I forget them! :(

When I write at home, I forget where I wrote them.

I really agree with these tips and I should strictly follow these!! Haha.

Thanks Mark!

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