So you’re going on vacation. Lucky you!
We know how important your blog and social media accounts are to you. They are the lifeline to the readers you’ve connected with and don’t want to go all MIA on. But your travel time is vacation time where you can relax and not worry about anything and we get that too. Here’s how to keep up with your readers in a fun, organic, and real way when you’re going out of town:
1. Ask for guest posts or schedule some of your own. If you plan enough ahead of time, you can ask your favorite bloggers to guest post on your blog while you’re out. That way, your content remains fresh and your blog is continuously updated. Schedule the posts your guests write and then schedule out social media posts to share that guest’s post. Remember to tag the person writing the post to give them credit for a job well done.
I do know some bloggers, usually food bloggers, who do not accept guest posts. If that’s the case for you, try to set some time aside to schedule posts for the time you’ll be gone!
2. Share your vacation! Just because you’re relaxing in the sand and sun (or doing anything else that’s just as fun) doesn’t mean you can’t bring your readers along! I always like to see what my favorite bloggers are doing when they aren’t blogging. I want to see behind the scenes stuff that helps me connect with them a little more. Your readers will appreciate the same. I’m a food blogger, but my Snapchat is full of what I’m doing that’s not related to food too.
You got into blogging to share something, right? If you’re comfortable with it, share a little bit more and let people in to what you’re doing! I personally have such a blast sharing things that aren’t even related to my blog’s niche.
3. Check your phone carrier’s options. If you’re traveling out of the country, make sure to check with your phone carrier for the options you have on your line. You definitely don’t want to be surprised with a massive roaming charge when you come back home. You may need to buy an extra data package (at my carrier, I had to turn on international service when traveling to the Bahamas), or anything else that’ll make it easy for you to connect with your audience while you’re away.
Of course, if you want to go off the grid, you can do that too. Just follow the next point…
4. Schedule your social media posts. Not only do you want to schedule any blog posts that are written by guests, but go ahead and schedule other posts too. Before a vacation, I like to use Buffer to schedule shares of blog posts from other bloggers that I think my social media followers will want to read. I fill up my queue with posts that my own readers would connect with and enjoy.
5. Connect with businesses. Whether it’s ahead of time, when you’re actually at your vacation destination, or both (!!), connect with those hotels, restaurants, parks, etc. that you’ll be visiting. Not only could there be some opportunities for working together for social media exposure, but it’s just cool to be able to form a relationship with local businesses and highlight them on your travels.
I’ve expressed on social media how excited I was to eat at restaurants and some of those places (and sometimes, others in my destination city who witnessed our conversation) offered me freebies as a welcome to their establishment. That went a long way!
Do you have any other travel tips to share?