Hi! This is Oli, editor and founder of Travel Bugs World. Welcome back to our year in review for 2020. Part 1 of our year in review was about our life and travels. This post is about our virtual travels and the achievements of Travel Bugs World.
If you missed Part 1, read it here – Year in Review: Lockdowns, Staycations & Life Lessons
Now, if you are ready to read about Travel Bugs World’s business side, let’s jump right in!
Virtual Travel on Twitter
In a year when we couldn’t travel internationally, and with limited domestic travel options, our saving grace was talking about travel on social media and our blog.
We have used Twitter for the last three years to promote Travel Bugs World and engage with fellow bloggers and travellers.
Every week the travel community share their travels, allowing us to virtual travel around the world. Further, it allows us to talk with like-minded people about our past travels and build our travel bucket list. Additionally, it provides us stimulation, motivation and inspiration for our blog.
In 2020, a year when people could not travel, Twitter was a lifeline for many. And Virtual Travel was the second best thing to travelling.
On some weeks our #FlashbackFridayz hashtag had 15 million impressions and 2 million reach.
Coming up – our #FlashbackFridayz and #ThankfulThursdayEveryday favourites.
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2020 was the year many travel bloggers decided to stop blogging. Without travel, how can a travel blogger blog? Some adapted and included other niches or changed niches.
For 2020 we were not fulltime travellers, nor were we fulltime bloggers. We wrote less often but wrote about things relevant to us. It included finishing drafts from travels in 2019 and New Zealand travel.
Our staycation series was so well received that it inspired and motivated us to continue blogging in 2020.
We were further excited when our staycation post 73 In-home Staycation Ideas During Lockdown trended in Google and ranked high on the 1st page for many keywords.
Most important was that we wrote a post that helped so many people through a difficult time. Many bloggers also reached out to say they had so much inspiration from us for their own staycation posts!
And that post and our follow-up staycation post, 54 Things To Do On A Staycation in Your Home Town are still trending in Google. Both these posts are our now our highest read blog posts on the blog.
Most Read Posts
Despite travel restrictions, we were happy to see a significant increase in our traffic during 2020. People read our travel tips, as well as destination articles. Besides the staycation series, our other most-read posts of 2020 are –
Incidentally, we are proud that in 2020, we had readers from 134 countries!
This year we saw an increase in organic traffic from search engines. 57% of our traffic came from this source, most of it from Google.
We were also featured in several snippets at the top of the Google search and Google Discovery, to our delight.
Additionally, in 2020, we received several emails from Google notifying us that we had trending content.
In a year that people were not travelling, limited funds were available for sponsorships.
Our sponsors contribute to our website’s running costs and help us stay online to offer free travel inspiration, motivation, and tips. Therefore, we are thankful several companies approached us for sponsored posts this year.
In particular, we are grateful for the support from tourism boards and grateful they supported bloggers during a year when investment in travel writing was a long-term one.
In fact, our favourite sponsored post Human By Nature in Kerala Backwaters revived our love affair with India. We are now planning a trip back there as soon as it is safe to do so.
Support Travel Bugs World
Travel Bugs World is reader-supported. Thanks to our sponsors and affiliate income, we are able to pay for the running costs of the blog.
If you would like to support us to publish more travel content, you will find a few of the companies that we recommend, and use ourselves, in the list below. If you wish to use these companies, we greatly appreciate it if you use our links. We may receive a small commission to help the site’s running costs, at no additional cost to you.
Booking.com is our No. 1 choice for booking accommodation because they offer a huge and diverse range, with no hidden costs and substantial discounts. They also offer free cancellation options.
Get Your Guide offers a massive range of activities, tours and cruises. If there are things we really want to do at a destination, we book in advance through them to make sure we do not miss out. Especially useful during the high season.
We realised the importance of travel insurance halfway through a trip one year when we saw someone have a moped accident. World Nomads were there only ones we found at the time that insured halfway through a trip. We continue using them ever since, due to how easy it is to set up.
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