TBS Membership

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$297.00 / single payment
$87.00 / month for 4 months

About the TBS Membership

“An investment? Yes. Travel Blog Success was a huge investment for me too when I signed up all those years ago. But the knowledge I gained — and more importantly, the community — continues to provide value back to me to this day.”

— Alexandra Baackes, Alex in Wanderland

Since 2010, the Travel Blog Success course and community has helped thousands of travelers learn how to create, promote, and make money from their blogs.

What’s Included in Your TBS Membership

When you buy a Travel Blog Success membership, you gain immediate access to the following:


The Fundamentals of Travel Blogging 

The Fundamentals of Travel Blogging offers an overview of the steps and skills involved in launching and developing your travel blog.


Advanced Travel Blogging: Monetization 

Get serious with your travel blog — make money, develop your career, and build a blog that’s successful and sustainable.



Secret Facebook Groups

All members can get answers to questions, request feedback on their blogs, and talk with others in a friendly, private setting. Community guidelines and active moderation ensure a safe environment.


Webinar and Interview Library

We’ve hosted dozens of live webinars and interviews, and the recordings of all of them are available at the click of a link in our library. All recordings include transcriptions (PDF) and closed captioning for videos.




Opportunity Board

A curated list of full-time jobs, paid writing gigs, guest post opportunities, and more. Our Board is open to the entire community to post listings, as well as respond to them.


Perks Program

We save you money by negotiating discounts for products and services we know and use ourselves.


 

Plus, Lifetime Access and 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Pay once and enjoy access to the course and community for life.

Not sure if the course and community are right for you? Enjoy the first 30 days risk-free. If you’re not completely satisfied, notify us within 30 days, and we’ll refund the full cost immediately.

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Are you ready to start a new travel blog, or take an existing one to the next level?

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Either way, once payment is received in full, you’ll receive immediate access to all the courses, resources, and benefits of being a TBS member.

 

“I really enjoy TBS and the courses! I haven’t finished it all, but it made me look at everything from a different angle and it is the reason I’m going in the direction I am now. It made me realize I should and actually can follow my dream!”

— Havard Rosenblum

The Fundamentals of Travel Blogging

Module 1 – The Foundation of Your Travel Blog

  • Start Here: How to Take Full Advantage of Your Membership
  • Setting Your Vision: Identify Your Inspiration (Click to preview this lesson!)
  • Setting Your Vision: Harness Your Motivation
  • Setting Your Vision: Defining Your Goals
  • Choosing a Niche: Find Your Place in Travel Blogging
  • Choosing a Niche: Additional Considerations
  • How to Pick a Winning Domain

Module 2 – The Technical Setup of Your Travel Blog

  • Hosted Versus Self-Hosted Travel Blogs: What’s the Difference?
  • How to Choose a Web Host For Your Travel Blog
  • Getting Started with WordPress
  • WordPress Themes
  • Blog Security: How to Protect Your Content
  • How and Why to Back Up Your Blog

Module 3 – How to Create Great Travel Blog Content

  • Writing Scannable Blog Content
  • Telling Effective Travel Stories
  • Building a Community Through Your Travel Blog
  • Finding Your Voice through Your Travel Blog
  • Understanding Search Engine Optimization Basics

Module 4 – Other Forms of Travel Blog Content

  • The Art of Photography on Your Travel Blog
  • The Opportunity of Videography on Your Travel Blog
  • The Potential for Podcasts & Audio on Your Travel Blog
  • Module 5 – Promoting Your Travel Blog
  • An Introduction to Promotion for Your Travel Blog
  • Using an Email Newsletter to Promote Your Travel Blog
  • Building Community by Sharing Content: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Where Social Meets Search: Pinterest, YouTube, and Others
  • Build Your Brand 24 Hours at a Time: Snapchat & Instagram Stories
  • Examples of Different Travel Blog Promotion Strategies

Module 6 – Building Toward Success with Your Travel Blog

  • Setting Up Google Analytics to Track Success
  • Making Google Analytics Work For Your Blog
  • Freelance Writing Beyond Your Travel Blog
  • Congrats! You’ve Completed the Fundamentals Course!

Advanced Travel Blogging: Monetization and Beyond

Module 1 – Transitioning From Hobby to Business

  • Start Here: How to Take Full Advantage of Your Membership
  • Defining Success on Your Terms
  • Creating a Viable Business from Your Travel Blog
  • How to Create a Business Plan for Your Blog
  • Become an Authority to Open New Doors

Module 2 – Practicalities in Running a Blog Business

  • Realities of Blogging From the Road
  • Location Independence
  • Outsourcing to Focus on Your Strengths
  • The Power of Networking & Attending Conferences
  • Record Keeping, Taxes & Other Business Tips

Module 3 – Brand Partnerships Through Your Travel Blog

  • Sponsored, Press & Social Media Trips
  • Media Kits: Creating a Key Marketing Tool
  • Sample Pitch Letter: Antarctica
  • Sample Pitch Letter: Cyprus Tourism Board

Module 4 – Earning Income Through Your Travel Blog

  • Monetization Techniques Defined
  • Trial and Error: Which Monetization Techniques Work For You
  • Monetize Without Losing Your Voice
  • Tactics for Marketing Your Product
  • How to Write and Publish an eBook
  • How to Sell Your Photos
  • How to Get Started in Freelance Writing

Val, Dave, and Britany

Everything available with a TBS Membership, including the Fundamentals of Travel Blogging and Advanced Travel Blogging: Monetization and Beyond courses, is a collective effort by everyone at Travel Blog Success, with the majority of lessons written by TBS Co-founder Dave Lee, and TBS Course Director Britany Robinson. Valerie Stimac joined the team in early 2016 as our Community Manager.

Dave began his first website, Go Backpacking, in 1999, and has been blogging there since 2007. In 2009, he also began Medellín Living. Combined, his blogs receive over 300,000 monthly views.

Dave’s visited over 60 countries on six continents and worked with a variety of global brands and destinations, including Turkish Airlines, G Adventures, Viator, Indonesia, and Rwanda. He’s an active member of The Society of American Travel Writers and Professional Travel Bloggers Association.

Britany has a Master of Arts in Journalism and has been writing for online and print publications for over five years. Britany’s work appears in BBC Travel, Hemispheres, Matador Network, Mashable, The Daily Dot, and more.

37 reviews for TBS Membership

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I wish I had joined Travel Blog Success from the beginning. I joined 3 years after starting our blog and am now playing catch up with all the things I didn’t do because I had no idea what I was doing. If you’re thinking of starting a blog, join first, read everything and then start your blog. It’s the only way to enjoy any success.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I joined TBS a little more than two years after I started my blog and had already found some measure of small success–yet, I still learned a ton working my way through the main course from simple things like layout, readability, and SEO, to bigger picture stuff like press trips and sponsored posts. The course has definitely changed the way I think about blogging and I have already noticed real results. The content of the course is top notch, but the thing that takes it above and beyond is the solid and highly active community–all of whom will readily chip in and offer actionable advice and insight. If you’ve started a personal travel blog and are looking to take things up a notch, you can’t go wrong investing in this course.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I joined TBS shortly after I started blogging and it has been unbelievably helpful. There is so much more to blogging than just writing and posting, and having this resource from the start saved me a lot of time and headaches. I still reference the lessons, which even have real examples of pitch letters, etc. The most helpful part for me has been the incredibly supportive Facebook Group with bloggers from all levels!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I started using Travel Blog Success a week ago and in that time I have learned so much! The course is well written and gives lots of tips and tricks that would have taken me years to figure out on my own.

    On top of the great course material the forum and Facebook features of TBS build a sense of community among travel bloggers and is wonderful for reaching out to people.

    TBS is the perfect tool for someone who is looking to grow their blog or even just starting out and has no idea where to start.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I started my blog 3 months before joining Travel Blog Success. As a blogger newbie (still within my first year of blogging), TBS has given me the inspiration and community-support I was searching for. So many times, I felt lost and unsure of what I was doing. That was until I joined TBS and became a part of a community that is always willing to help fellow members, new or old. With the main course offered through TBS, I am more able to focus on a clear path for blog growth and success. I basically know what I’m doing now. I had no idea what was possible to attain beforehand in regards to monetizing a blog. TBS saved me so much time. I’m really thankful I joined early on instead of later on. They’ve provided me with so many resources and genuine support that I no longer feel lost or small in the ever-growing travel community.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    The course was really interesting and useful, especially for a new blogger (I started my blog half a year ago), but the highlight for me has been the Facebook group. It’s given me instant access to some of the top travel bloggers, who always seem more than willing to answer people’s questions and exchange tips and tricks. Reading peoples questions and comments in the group has definitely inspired me to take blogging more seriously, and the course materials provide the guidance and tools to do just that.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I just started my blog within the last month, and joined TBS a month ago. Not being very technology savvy, and all this new information about how to set up a travel blog for profit going over my head online, I knew I needed help from the experts. Travel Blog Success was a no-brainer for me and worth every penny. So far, it’s helped me with so many things: streamlined processes that would have taken me countless hours, sparked my creativity, and has so many resources available at my fingertips that I utilize daily! I find myself on the TBS website any chance I can get!

    Aside from the helpful lessons and content they have, the Webinars, Forums and Facebook page are unbelievably useful. It’s awesome to have a community who has the same goal as you and truly want to help you. Any questions you may have (as crazy as they may be!) can be answered through your network of fellow bloggers.

    Starting a blog can be extremely overwhelming if it’s a new process to you, but TBS eliminates the headache and stress.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I joined a few months after I started my blog. The courses were helpful getting me up to speed on what I needed to be doing. I especially like the Webinars that bring in other blogger and experts to teach about methods that have worked fort them. The Facebook group is also good and very supportive.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    After quitting our jobs without having the first clue how to create or run a blog, we quickly became overwhelmed. The TBS course has been a lifesaver. Using the recommendations and best practices from the course, I’m confident that we are creating a solid scalable foundation for our blog. TBS has taught us things that we never would have considered otherwise.

    Even better than the course is the active private TBS community. It’s amazing that I can bounce ideas off of some of the world’s most seasoned and popular travel bloggers and actually get a response from them! If you are new to travel blogging, Travel Blog Success is the way to go.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    My wife and I made two decisions that removed shackles and gave us hope for a sustainable life that has both fulfillment and meaning. The first was to start our adventure in socially responsible world travel. The second was to join Travel Blog Success.

    Upon joining, we immediately powered through the courses, which gave us valuable information and tools for maximizing the growth and efficiency of our website. We regularly visit the forums and webinars whenever we have a question or are looking for insights from expert colleagues. Additionally, the community at TBS has been a tremendous help, both for up-to-date news for anything surrounding the travel industry and for support and encouragement.

    As we launch our website (and ourselves), we look forward to sharing our successes (and trials) with TBS. We know they are ready to help us and celebrate with us as we traverse this planet.

    If you are considering travel blogging, start at the beginning. Step One: Join Travel Blog Success!

    Justin Baird & Hillary Branman – UncontainedLife.com

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Travel Blog Success was the best investment I made in the beginning of my blogging career. Although it is a bit expensive, you get what you pay for, that being myriad guides from website development to making money. Not only that but you become a part of a community of people who all share the same goal, to create a travel sustaining lifestyle through their blogs. If you’re serious about becoming a travel blogger, there is no better resource. -The Runaway Guide

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I signed up for TBS early this summer and I’m so glad I did. The courses were an invaluable resource as I moved my blog from blogger to WordPress, saving me hours of research on my own. Even better is the TBS community which gives me direct linkage with many of the most successful travel bloggers around. TBS was money well spent! Marvin – RetireesOnTheGo.com

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    As both bloggers and travel industry professionals who hires bloggers, Travel Blog Success is an invaluable resource. Via the TBS Opportunity Board, we have yielded three valuable staff members and at least a dozen suitable influencers for a variety social media marketing campaigns. It is one of our first stops for recruiting, as we know that TBS members are largely knowledgable and true to their craft. ~ Dalene & Pete Heck

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    TBS is a fantastic resource. Not only do you have access to incredibly useful lessons, but also a great travel blogger community who are willing to help you. Travel blogging is hard and TBS gives you the skills and knowledge necessary to start and grow. Whether you are a beginner or advanced travel blogger, there is something to be gained here. TBS is the best investment for your travel blog!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Joining Travel Blog Success was the best decision I could have made! The course material was so helpful when we were just starting out but even now we are still able to utilize all the other resources that are made available to members (Facebook page, webinars etc.) Love being a part of this community!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Travel Blog Success is a great resource for travel bloggers and writers that want to not only learn the ins and outs, but save time and make connects with others in the travel industry.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This course was more helpful than I ever could have imagined.
    I heard about Travel Blog Success before I even started blogging and to be honest, this course gave me the leap of courage I had been looking for to begin my blog.
    Not only is the course itself the best thing I could have done for my blog, the community you gain is invaluable.
    One of my favorite features if the TBS Opportunity Board, and the perks we receive.
    My only regret? I wish I had joined sooner!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    I absolutely feel I’ve gotten my money’s worth from my membership. The main course is clear and comprehensive, and I regularly pull it up when I want to focus on specific blogging task (i.e. Figuring out google analytics, or how to find Internet on the road). The Facebook group is definitely a plus, and questions range from super newbie to very advanced technicalities. I can see that I will continue to receive value from the membership even as I grow my blog.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    TBS is more than a great course – it’s a whole bunch of courses, and a community!
    I’ve done other online travel blogging courses, which answered some questions – but TBS is another level. I only wish I had more time to dedicate to absorbing the endless amount of information available in the courses and community! 🙂

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I have always loved traveling, and I had wanted to do something with all my photos and stories from my trips for a long time. I love sharing them with others, but especially with those who have a passion for travel or who just want to know more about a certain place. So when I found out that there are a lot of travel bloggers out there doing this very thing, it seemed natural that I should try to start a blog too!
    However being a beginner I didn’t really know where to start. I saw some ads for Travel Blog Success one day and checked them out. After a few months of reading the TBS blog and thinking this is really something I want to do, I took the chance and ordered the course. And yes, it did really help me get started! From what platform to use, to hosting, to basic plugins for WordPress and a bunch of other things I had no idea even existed. And for questions about things not written in the course material, the Facebook group is a great place to ask for help and stay up to date in the travel blog world!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    TBS is an investment in yourself and your blog. It not only includes a valuable course and resources, but you become part of the Travel Blog Success community! I only wish I had joined earlier!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Not only a great course for new bloggers, but also a great community to go to with any questions, and to learn from the best!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Rather than trying to figure out blogging on your own and getting a ton of crummy information on the internet, sign up for Travel Blog Success. Get good information right from the beginning. It’s worth the money, especially when you factor in the TBS community that you get to be a part of (which may be of even more value than the excellent course itself!).

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    TBS provides practical, step-by-step info that will guide you through the very first steps of starting a blog and then on to more advanced topics. The best part is that as well as detailed travel blogging and writing courses, you get access to an active community that includes some big names and real experts in the field, and an exclusive opportunity board with lots of exciting roles!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    We joined TBS at the same time we made the decision to become location independent, and we have not regretted it for an instant. The community is extremely knowledgeable and better still, they aren’t afraid to share their tips and experiences. It’s a very worthwhile investment and we recommend it to anyone looking to take their blog to the next level.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I love being a member of Travel Blog Success. The courses provide a base to jump from but I think it’s all the extras that will help you soar. The information and collaboration shared among members (in the Facebook groups, webinars, interviews, opportunity board, etc.) are invaluable. As fast as the industry changes, TBS is there to meet the needs of the community by adapting and updating their provisions. Plus, the community is a collection of creative, intelligent, and inspiring people, challenging one another to do and be more. That’s a community worth every penny invested.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    All I can say is, if you’re thinking about doing this, stop thinking and start doing. It’s already been invaluable to me, and I feel like I’m only just understanding the potential of this community. For me, the most valuable part is the private Facebook group where discussions are regularly happening that I’m directly interested in, and often directly involved with. It’s a game-changer!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    As someone who has had a hobby blog for a while and recently decided to up the ante on my blogging game, TBS has been instrumental in helping me understand the foundations of building a successful blog. Rather than feeling lost in the water, the Travel Blog Success course and community helped guide and direct my focus. I’d recommend signing up to any prospective travel bloggers.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Great introduction to the business of blogging. But you have to DO IT. Don’t just read it and expect great things to happen. It’s a lot of work to get up and running. This is a great way to start and, if you’re serious about making money from blogging, this is the place to start.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I joined TBS as I’d read a lot on other blogs about how good the main course had been to those starting out and to those who had been blogging a while, but wanted to take it to the next level. I have to admit I did think about it for quite a long time as it seemed like a big investment. Since I’ve joined I haven’t regretted it once. I still haven’t finished the main course, but that’s fine because there’s no deadline. If I wanted to whizz through and complete everything I could do that, but my way of learning is to take things a step at a time and make sure I fully understand something before moving on to the next step. I can do that with this course. What’s just as good as the course is my membership of TBS that comes along with it and all the useful Facebook discussions and the regular blog posts I receive by email. I learn so much from them too. So would I recommend TBS? Like a shot. Seriously, the sooner you join the sooner you’ll start learning and improving. My only regret? That I’d dithered so long and missed out on the chance to start learning and improving even sooner.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Initially sceptical, I have not only gained a huge amount of knowledge, very quickly, but also had fun doing it.
    The Secret Facebook page is a huge insight to others difficulties, showing me that I am not alone.
    The courses are easy to follow and broken down into manageable sections, enabling each to progress at a speed that suits them.
    The Opportunities page offers ways of interacting with other bloggers which I had never considered before.
    The list could go on, but I’ve blogging to do 🙂

    Go on, do it, you know you want to 🙂

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Surrounding yourself with inspirational and helpful colleagues and friends is the difference that makes the difference. Travel Blog Success is a fantastic learning platform. The main course is accompanied with the ever growing number of webinars, always keeping up with the way the industry evolves. The biggest highlight is the Facebook group where experienced bloggers always pitch in with helpful advice to make a novice travel blogger feel supported.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Travel Blog Success is well worth the cost. The lessons are straightforward and insightful. They give bloggers strong foundations to succeed in an ever changing industry. The TBS facebook group is very supportive, too. You can ask anything without fear of judgment, and super experienced bloggers provide you with feedback. I joined Travel Blog Success at the very beginning of my own blogging journey in 2015, and don’t regret a single dime!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Don’t ask me to choose between taking a trip or a course. Travel will win every time.

    In fact, I took quite a few trips since the first time I ever heard about the Travel Blog Success online course. But my dream of becoming a blogger stayed in exactly the same place for several years; in the back of my mind, right next to that fantasy of winning the NY Lottery, and wishful thinking that Boris Kodjoe was going to hit me up on POF one day under an anonymous profile so he could find a “real woman” to hook up with.

    Sure, I kept crossing off countries on my bucket list, but the item on top of that list, “To Become a Travel Blogger” seemed as impossible a dream as losing 100 pounds by summer.

    I kept telling myself that you can’t learn to be a blogger; either you had writing skills or you didn’t, and anything you wanted to know about blogging you could just Google, right?

    Wrong.

    Finally, I broke down and paid for the course, and it was the best decision I ever made.

    I could write a huge list of reasons why becoming a TBS member is a must, no, mandatory, for anyone who wants to become a professional travel blogger, (or for bloggers who already have a blog to take their site to the next level), like having access to amazing, in-depth lessons on creating, maintaining and perfecting a kick-ass travel blog, lessons on technical tips and resources, creating content (including video, audio and photography), and learning which marketing, promoting and social media strategies really work.

    I could also tell you the real secret sauce of TBS; that you’ll have access to the private Facebook group and become part of an elite group where you’ll meet “mentors” and some of the most successful well-known bloggers in the travel industry.

    You’ll also get access to webinars, interviews, and discounts for other courses and resources that will save you tons of cash, as well as job and press opportunities, and answers to your questions by a supportive community of bloggers who have been there.

    But why don’t you check it out for yourself and see how you can finally go from being a hobby blogger to getting paid to live your dream as a digital nomad? There’s a money back guarantee so what have you got to lose?

    Trust me, this will be the most important investment you could ever make if you’re serious about making your dream of becoming a blogger a reality.

    I still haven’t won the lottery, but I am traveling around the world like a jet setter, still hoping that one day I will accidentally be seated next to Boris on a long flight to a romantic, secluded island.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    On a friends advice I joined TBS before I started my blog. It saved me a lot of time and hassle, and was a great step by step way to prioritise what to do first and the most impactful way to spend my time. If you are wanting to start a travel blog I’d recommend buying TBS before you get going and use it to guide you through the process.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    TBS is one of the best investments into my blog I could have made. It has saved me so much time and frustration, and the step-by-step lessons have helped me ensure I’ve given my blog every advantage to succeed.

    The lessons that are included with membership are easy to work through and understand, even for non-native English speakers. They cover everything a blogger will need to know to succeed. But TBS isn’t just a how-to-blog class. Members get exclusive access to webinars, interviews, resources (like job and press opportunities), and assorted perks and discounts.

    TBS also has an exclusive Facebook group that is very active. This is where you can ask questions, get tips, read an incredible archive of useful information, ask for feedback on your blog, and network with fellow bloggers. It would have been worth the price of membership just for the information shared in this group alone.

    To be honest, if you are serious about “running with the big boys,” you can’t afford NOT to join TBS.

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