Everything about Instagram influencers seems to attract people nowadays. It really thrills how they spend their time posing for the camera and getting not only much appreciation and love by thousands, if not millions of people on the web but also quite not a bad profit. The diversity of Instagram influencer types is conditioned under their profession, passion and what they turn to be especially good at. Surely, some are much cooler than others. It all depends on the personality and his followers. For instance, more women would like to be fashion influencers to dress well and get clothes by famous brands as gifts, than fitness influencers who have to spend their days in the gym and get free protein powders by sponsors. Anyway, regardless of the influencer type, one has to work hard and devote much time to their craft to create the necessary reputation. And unlike fashion or lifestyle influencers, who organize their activities right from the comfort of their homes (well, at least their cities) travel influencers have to show the best in them and the places they visit. And be sure, they travel a lot! At the same time, this work of an influencer seems to be the most exciting and memorable one. And as one of the most searched queries on Google of 2017 was “how to become a successful travel blogger”, InstaBF, the Instagram and IGTV provider you can always trust, is going to address to the matter right now!
So, if you are passionate toward traveling and are sure you can be the Instagram travel influencer to inspire thousands of users, here are several tips to get started with.
Accept it as a Full-Time Job
If you’re planning to become a really famous travel influencer who gets big payments for visiting this or that resort, it’s crucial to accept it as a full-time job. Traveling once or twice a year is not an option. The whole world becomes your home. It’s really very scary. Just count: you have no job – respectively no salary to get, you have to spend on every trip from your credit card and expect no revenue in the nearest future. An immense leap of faith is a necessity to step into the life of a traveler. Take it as an investment in your new business as Instagram influencing is a real business!
Be prepared that it will take some time before you get to the point when your traveling will bring you profits. Do it for the right reason – you simply love traveling! If you really have the passion to explore the world and share your adventures, it won’t be so difficult to wait until you get your first free stay in a hotel. Without loving what you do, it will be impossible to prosper it.
Invest in Your Craft
To make money you need to spend money. With this said, you need to invest in your craft before you start off. This can be purchasing good quality cameras, GoPro’s or drones, as well as attending Photoshop, video editing, and photography classes. You can also pay for advertisements on Instagram. To have your first posts sponsored, invest some money.
Find Your Style
Every successful Instagram travel influencer has a unique voice that can be noticed in every photo/video. This can be the aesthetics, photos taken only outdoors, the glamorous, adventurous, funny or any other style, etc. Everything in their feeds is consistent. So, the same is expected of you. Get your own style, your niche that will make your photos stand out among the millions of others and never imitate other travelers.
Do a Research
Do some sort of research to find out what works better in the art of travel photography. For this, have a look at the photos of your favorite traveler influencers yet paying close attention to the engagement each post brought.
Step out of Your Comfort Zone
What do you think, why people love to follow travelers on Instagram? Yes, that’s right, to escape from their day-to-day routine. Taking this into account, avoid posting many photos in your hotel rooms. Do what you wouldn’t do before (bungee jumping, jungle strolling, diving, etc.). Even if you started in your hometown, look at it as a tourist. Make sure that whatever you do is interesting, sensational, thought-provoking, and, of course, challenging.
Set Up a Website
If you think the best Instagram influencers get along with merely their Instagram accounts, you are wrong. Most of them have blogs, Facebook pages, YouTube channels, and websites. Instagram captions are, as a rule, too short to share all the expressions you got when traveling. Hence, teasing your followers with a charming photo and a caption with a link to your blog/website to read the whole story is a sure way of presenting yourself as a professional traveler.