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I often get asked how to start travel blogging and the resources I use for my website.

I have compiled a list of travel and blogging resources that have been helpful to me. I hope these suggested resources help you too.

Blogging Resources

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Read below the blogging resources I have used.

Blogging Guide Book

The book is written in the simplest way for a beginner to understand blogging.

I have been taking help from this book in learning how to properly use Cpanel, Domain authority-related doubts, SEO the right plugins to choose for my site and more.

Not only does the book guide how to start blogging from scratch but also leads you to insights into how to earn and sustain your website. The book has helped me grow as a travel blogger.

Blogging Courses

Mentor – Nina Clapperton (She Knows SEO)

6 Month to 50k Sessions Strategy – My Best Investment Ever. (P.S. I got it at a discount).

Dominate Your DA ( Domain Authority) – I bought it on 19th Feb 2024. I will update how it has helped me by July 2024.

Check out other blogging courses provided by her – SEO Roadmap and Other Courses

Mentor – Jessie Festa (Jessie on a Journey) 

Join her Free Course Profitable Travel Blog Makeover and turn your existing travel blog into a profitable business.

To access the complete resources and receive direct support from her, you can apply for the paid Travel Blog Prosperity course by Jessie.

Use the code GROWYOURBLOG9 to access the Travel Blog Prosperity Course at just $9 for the first month.

Other courses provided by Jessie are –

How To Start A Blog, Grow An Audience & Make Money

How To Make Money (Fast) With Affiliate Marketing

How To Land Paid Press Trips As A Travel Blogger

Mentor – Sharon Gourlay (Digital Nomad Wannabe)

Jitaditya Narzary who runs an 11-year-old travel blog – The Travelling Slacker, recommended the Facebook group of Sharon – Digital Nomad Wannabe.

Sharon’s tips and the Q&A of the active community of bloggers in her Facebook group have helped me a lot in my blogging journey so far.

You can Sign Up for both her Free and Paid Blogging Courses

Free 7-Day Link Building Challenge – This has been instrumental in increasing my Domain Authority (DA).

Free SEO Checklist: Download the steps for writing & optimizing your content to rank faster.

Free 5-Day Goal Setting Challenge: Set Tasks & Plan your Blogging goals for the next 12 months.

Free 7-Day SEO Boost Challenge: Work daily on tasks shared by Sharon to increase your organic traffic and make more money.

Helpful Blogging Websites

I mostly visit the following blogging websites to clear my doubts regarding blogging –

She Knows SEO by Nina Clapperton

Bloggers Passion by Anil Agarwal

Digital Nomad Wannabe by Sharon Gourlay

Helpful Facebook Groups for Blogging

SEO for Travel Bloggers by Nina Clapperton (The Best in 2024)

Bloggers Passion VIP Group by Anil Agarwal

DNW – Making Money from Blogging by Sharon Gourlay

Link Building + Guest Posts + Collabs (Travel Bloggers)

Travel Collab Post Opportunities.

Buying Domain Names

The most common platforms for buying domain names are – GoDaddy, Namecheap, Hostinger, and Automattic among others.

Hosting Platforms

Hostinger

Hostinger is a well-known hosting provider worldwide based in Kaunas, Lithuania (Europe).

I bought its hosting plan at a discount for 48 months for my new site in November 2022.

I shifted my hosting from Flexicloud to Hostinger in October 2023.

You can use my Hostinger referral link to get a 20% discount.

Claim 20% discount on Hostinger

Plugins

RankMath SEO Plugin:

This SEO Plugin helps you rank better on search engines like Google. A few of my articles like Phe Phe Falls, Mawlyngbna, and Japfu Trek are ranking at the top of the first page on Google search.

After using RankMath’s free version for a year, I bought the Rankmath Pro version in April 2022. The SEO-optimized articles have been performing better on Google search results since then.

Here’s why I shifted to RankMath Pro-

  1. Allows more keywords to optimize the article.
  2. The FAQ schema by RankMath helps you bring more search traffic.
  3. Gives analytics for keywords.
  4. You can join RankMath’s exclusive Facebook group.
  5. Can access SEO tips and Detailed Tutorials in their Facebook group.
  6. Can track ranking keywords.
  7. Has the Table of Contents Feature.
  8. It is affordable – The best part!

You can check and compare all the features of the RankMath Pro plugin by clicking here.

Try RankMath for Free

Akismet Anti-Spam

The Akismet Anti-Spam plugin helps you filter and delete spam comments on a page or an article.

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache Plugin is one of the best free cache plugins for your site. I used W3 Total Cache for three years.

WP Rocket

If you ask any top blogger, WP Rocket is what they will suggest. I bought WP Rocket in March 2023. My site speed has increased and I have been able to pass the tests on Google Pagespeed Insights.

Please Note – Google gives more weightage if your website loads faster. Get a 20% discount by buying the yearly subscription to WP Rocket using my referral link.

Get WP Rocket for Bloggers

Easy Table of Contents

I have been using the Easy Table for Contents plugin for the last three years.

WordPress Theme

Generate Press

It is by far the best theme I have used so far. I got a free subscription by participating in a giveaway of Bloggerspassion Blog in November 2022.

In November 2023, I bought the theme by myself. I will soon be writing a review of my experience and how it helped me pass Core Web Vitals, thus increasing my site speed.

I love the Site Library of Generate Press. It has different templates of themes that you can apply to your site according to your requirements.

SEO Tools

Keysearch

It provides – Keyword Research, Competitor Analysis, Explorer (domain overview), Rank tracking and Intelligence, YouTube research, Content Assistant, Backlink checker and many more features.

Keysearch is the best keyword research tool recommended by bloggers. I have been using it since March 2022.

Use this code KSDISC to get a 20% discount.

Keysearch Banner

Free Blog Analysis Tools

Semrush -It allows 10 searches per day.

Ubbersuggest by Neil Patel – It allows 3 analyses per day.

Ahref – It Shows a limited analysis of your website in the free version.

Moz – Allows 10 analysis results per month. You can check a site’s domain authority on Moz – 3 results per day.

Site Monetization Platforms

Site Monetization Platforms - The Gypsy Chiring
Ways to earn from Blogging.

Amazon Affiliate

Promote products available on Amazon that are related to your niche. Become an Amazon Associate by participating in their Amazon Affiliate Marketing Programme.

I started earning from the Amazon Affiliate program in 2021. I also have a storefront on Amazon. I have compiled a list of products related to travel, culture, blogging and guides.

You can shop from the storefront shown below if you find the products relevant to you.

Travelpayouts

Travelpayouts is one of the largest affiliate platforms for travel bloggers worldwide. Here’s why you should join –

  1. You can Sign Up and apply to travel companies that have affiliate programs such as Booking.com, Agoda, Tripadvisor and others through Travelpayouts.
  2. It is easier to apply and be accepted.
  3. It is easy to earn too.

Learn how to use Travelpayouts by reading this guide.

The following widget of Booking.com is a part of the affiliate program approved via Travelpayouts. If you book through the widget, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.

The ads you see on our site are provided by the Google AdSense Platform.

Though earning via AdSense takes time, blogging consistently and producing quality traffic generating relevant content will increase the earned revenue.

Mediavine

Mediavine is by far the highest-paying Ad Platform for Bloggers.

I haven’t reached its eligibility criteria of having 50,000 sessions on our website in the past 30 days (as per Google Analytics). I hope to achieve it soon.

Ezoic

Ezoic is ads monetization platform. You can learn more about the ad platform by reading this review article of Ezoic by Sharon Goulay on her site – Digital Nomad Wannabe.

Travel Resources

Travel Resources - North East India - The Gypsy Chiring
Resources that make travel easier

Where to book Hotels?

Booking.com

Agoda

Tripadvisor

OYO Hotels

Where to Book Hostels?

Hostelworld

Airbnb

Where to Book Tickets for Buses, Cars, Trains & Flights?

12goAsia

Google Flights

Skyscanner India

Other Helpful Travel Resources

Airalo – Airalo offers eSIMs that enable travellers to effortlessly obtain and activate digital data packs for more than 200 countries/regions.

Travellers can quickly establish connectivity upon arrival, allowing them to stay connected regardless of their location worldwide.

How to receive and send money abroad?

I use both Wise & Paypal to receive money for freelance work and payments for my blog.

Travel Gears

I buy the majority of my travel gear from the following platforms –

1. Amazon

Trawoc Rucksack during Sandakphu Trek Darjeeling
I used this Trawoc Rucksack during my Sandakphu Trek in 2017
Sunhat on Amazon India - The Gypsy Chiring in Arunachal Pradesh.
I bought the Sun hat (shown in the photo) before going for the Basic Mountaineering Course at NIMAS in Arunachal Pradesh.
Check out the sunhat on Amazon.

DI Pocket 2 – Creator Combo used by The Gypsy Chiring
DJI Pocket 2 (ft. my hand, haha!)

I bought the DJI Pocket 2 – Creator Combo for creating videos and podcasts.

Recorded videos on Wari Chora, Hornbill Festival and Annapurna Base Camp Trek (Nepal).


The Gypsy Chiring Podcast MAONO AU-A04 Condenser Microphone Kit (Black)
The Gypsy Chiring Podcast is coming soon!

I also use this beginner podcast recorder – MAONO AU-A04 Condenser Microphone Kit (Black)

Read about 25 Helpful Travel Essentials suggested by Travel Bloggers around the world.


2. Decathlon

Decathlon needs no introduction. It is a go-to option for all adventure lovers. The jacket, trek pants and hiking shoes as seen in the above photo are from Decathlon.

3. Flipkart

North East India Travel Resources

If you are planning to explore India and particularly North East India, the following are a few websites, travel books that you can refer to –

1. Websites

1. Travelling Slacker by Jitaditya Narzary

2. Periplus Northeast by Jitadiya Narzary

3. Unconventional and Vivid by Upasana Kakati

4. Travel Diary Parnashree by Pranashree Devi

2. Books

1. Immersive Arunachal by Jitaditya Narzary

Immersive Aranachal Book by Jitaditya - Arunachal Guide Book
Check it out on Amazon. Photo by Jitaditya.