Network until you can't network anymore. Then keep networking.
You didn't think you could just christen yourself a travel expert and then, poof, just like that it was true, did you? Oh, honey. You need to know the key players in the field -- the other expert bloggers and influencers, the brand ambassadors and the PR reps, the beat photographers and journalists, the travel bureaus and tourism boards. Not only will this get you on their respective radars, but it will also lead to new opportunities -- and that all-important brand-building.
"We collaborated with other travel bloggers on adventures and that really helped raise our profile," Dave and Deb from The Planet D say. "By combining audiences and social media numbers, we could reach a new audience and we could get the attention of sponsors."
Kristin Addis of Be My Travel Muse (IG: @bemytravelmuse) agrees: "At first I started as a guest blogger for the bigger blogs to get my name out there, and I networked like crazy. It was essential to my success."
Instagram is a useful tool, but no one gets by on Instagram alone
You can't just post to Instagram with #alltherighthashtags and expect to make a living. For every Instagram travel account with hundreds of thousands of followers, there's also a highly active blog and a Facebook and a Twitter and a Tumblr and a Vine and a Snapchat...