Let’s get one thing straight: sifting through potential travel blog names isn’t easy.
You have to remember that a blog’s name can affect its long-term performance in terms of branding, traffic, and marketing. By extension, that means it’ll affect the profitability and sustainability of your travel blog.
The good news is, you don’t have to deal with this challenge alone.
Once you’re done reading this article, I guarantee you’ll have a handful of potential travel blog name ideas in your pocket.
Let’s go get them.
How To Come Up With Travel Blog Name:
Our process boils down to three key steps:
- Brainstorming catchy blog names using keywords
- Verifying their availability
- Registering and hosting a brand-new domain
Just a quick reminder.
These are two of the most trusted and cheapest services for registering domain names. They also let you perform domain searches on the fly.
That means you can check a domain’s availability and purchase it on the spot.
If you suddenly come up with a great travel blog name while reading this post, check its availability immediately.
If no one has claimed it yet, purchase it and start your blog now.
You never know when someone might beat you to a million-dollar travel blog name idea!
Besides, unique travel blog name ideas go for as low as $5 per year — even “.com” ones.
You’ll learn more about domain registration and hosting later in this post.
Without further ado, let me walk you through step number one:
Brainstorming Travel Website Names
When coming up with travel blog names, my number one rule is to keep it in line with your brand.
That’s why the first step to creating an awesome blog name is to write your mission statement.
1. Writing a travel blog mission statement
“Wait a minute — aren’t mission statements for businesses?”
You’re definitely right.
But you’re wrong if you think a blog isn’t comparable to a business.
With that out of the way, let’s whip up a mission statement for your travel blog.
Starting with a sentence
Look ahead and think of your ultimate goal as a travel blogger. Also, think of how you’re going to have a positive impact on your target audience’s lives.
Encapsulate both thoughts into a single sentence and you should have a simple yet impactful statement like:
Remember: your mission statement should mention how it will benefit your readers.
The sentence you write is the foundation of your travel blog’s mission statement, but it’s barely complete. You still have to add in a few details to make it clearer and more tangible.
Adding more details
To make a mission statement more actionable, it must be more specific.
You can do this by dropping in a few keywords that are relevant to your travel blog’s goals. These keywords should answer the “what,” “who,” and “how” questions that may come up when someone reads your statement.
Take a look at the following examples:
Keep in mind that there’s no right or wrong way to create an elaborate mission statement. It can be highly specific, but that doesn’t mean your blog won’t cover topics outside of the keywords mentioned.
We’re only writing your mission statement to help you decide a travel blog name — nothing more, nothing less.
The important thing is, you got valuable keywords that can help you establish the name and identity of your blog.
Finishing your statement with an introduction
What we’ve done thus far helped you determine your travel blog’s goals and core audience.
But what about yourself?
Writing a simple introduction will help you think of even more keywords you can use in your blog’s name.
There’s no need to try anything fancy for this. Just write a simple introduction like you would on your social media page.
Let’s try adding a short introduction to one of the examples above:
2. Picking keywords from your mission statement
With your mission statement done, you can scoop up the following keywords from it:
While creating your list, did you suddenly think of new keywords or phrases?
By all means, add them.
To give you an idea, I came up with the following keywords while writing this part of the post:
- Adrenaline junkies
- Adrenaline rush
- Travel cheap
- Not yet middle-aged
- Stuck at home
It’s kind of fun, really.
More importantly, you may be able to come up with some cool travel blog names with the list above.
Jot them down for now — there are still a few steps left that will improve your list.
Making your list bigger with synonyms
It’s not rocket science.
The more keywords you have, the bigger your list of potential travel blog names will be.
A simple way to get more keywords is to look for synonyms. This can be done in seconds with the help of trusty Google.
The third way to expand your list is to look for slang words, idioms, and other phrases related to travel.
There are endless ways to do this — from browsing the web to checking other travel blogs.
I’ll save you the trouble of doing all this with a compilation of the terms and phrases you’re looking for.
Remember, every word or phrase counts. There are no rules when it comes to this.
Putting it all together
Next comes the most important part of deciding a travel blog name.
Using all the words and phrases in your list, try to piece together something unique and catchy.
You can use a tool like Combinatronics to instantly generate truckloads of combinations effortlessly. It is a random combination generator that you can use for free.
To use it, just enter the words from your list into the “Value” column. Do it by clicking the edit button to the right of each value.
Bear in mind that you can change the number of words in each combination using the “Combination size” field below. The default is three words per combination, which should make for good travel blog name ideas.
Using only five of the keywords from the example list above, Combinatronics came up with the following suggestions:
Remember that Combinatronics is not a travel blog name generator. It’s only capable of creating combination suggestions, which can be used to ignite potential blog name ideas.
You’re free to put together your own combinations and use them as your travel blog name. If you want, you could even add prepositions and new words as you wish.
What matters is you find a travel blog name that just “clicks” with you.
Wait, did you mention a “travel blog name generator”?
Yes — that I did.
And there is a travel blog name generator you can use for quick ideas. It’s called Blog Name Generator from BizNameWiz.com.
I do, however, only recommend it as a last resort. It is, after all, better to rely on your own wits if you want to name a travel blog.
To use Blog Name Generator, just enter any relevant keyword into the text field and click ‘Generate.’
As a test, I went with “travel budget” as my seed keyword.
Take a look at the ideas I got:
What’s even more convenient is that the Blog Name Generator lets you check the domain name’s availability on the fly.
This takes us to the next step of creating a travel blog name.
Checking if Your Travel Blog Name is Available
For obvious reasons, you can’t share the same domain name with another website at the same time.
Unless, of course, you’re willing to use a different TLD or Top-Level Domain. These are also referred to as domain extensions, like “.net,” “.io,” and “.co.”
About that — allow me to talk about TLDs and why they matter.
Why you need to pay attention to your website’s TLD
Remember that there are different outcomes from the use of different domain extensions.
One favorable outcome is when the TLD is actually part of your branding strategy.
For example, if your domain name ends with the word “studio,” something like “mystud.io” or “thenomadstud.io” could work.
The second outcome isn’t as favorable, especially if you already share the exact same domain name with another site.
Suppose you own the domain “endlesscrossroads.net,” but someone else already owns “endlesscrossroads.com.” From an outsider’s perspective, the “.com” domain might look more authoritative.
As a rule of thumb, always take your target audience into consideration when deciding what TLD to choose. If you want to blog for tech-savvy people, they may be more comfortable with alternatives like “.io” and “.co.”
On the other hand, if readers are familiar with a similarly-named site, an alternative TLD may not be the best.
1. Using NameCheap or GoDaddy to check a domain name’s availability
As I mentioned before, I recommend either NameCheap or GoDaddy to check the availability of your travel blog name ideas.
It’s really simple.
On GoDaddy’s homepage, for example, simply type in your desired travel blog name and click the ‘Search’ button.
Let’s say you want to go with the travel blog name “Endless Crossroads.”
Upon entering “endlesscrossroads.com,” GoDaddy will immediately show whether or not the domain is available. If it is, you’ll also see the total initial cost of registering and owning that domain name.
Here’s another thing you should know before you claim a domain name as yours.
When it comes to domain name costs, the price you’ll pay varies from registrar to registrar.
On GoDaddy, we were presented with an initial cost of $5.17 for “endlesscrossroads.com.” But if we check the same domain name on NameCheap, the cost is slightly higher at $8.88.
While GoDaddy offers a reduced upfront cost, going with NameCheap’s offer leads to long-term savings.
Remember, GoDaddy’s quote for that domain is only discounted for the first year upon registration. That means the price will scale back to the regular price of $18.17 on your second year onwards.
Again, the pricing for domains may be different between GoDaddy and NameCheap. Always try to compare offers from both domain registrars to make sure you get the best possible price.
2. Looking at alternatives
What’s that, the domain name you wanted isn’t available?
Don’t worry — both NameCheap and GoDaddy will show you a list of alternatives to the domain name you entered.
NameCheap, for one, will only show alternatives with a different TLD. This includes extensions like “.net,” “.dev,” “.xyz,” and so on.
In GoDaddy’s case, you’ll also get a few alternative domain names. Some include minor changes like the inclusion of a hyphen, while others have added or substituted words.
It’s up to you whether or not to go for one of these alternative domain names. What’s important is that you find a brandable travel blog name that you’re happy with.
When you find it, claim it now and officially make it yours. The final step is choosing a host that matches the needs of new bloggers in terms of price and features.
Hosting Your Travel Blog Name
What good is a domain name if you can’t build a website on top of it?
That’s why I decided to talk about web hosting to wrap up this guide.
Just like domain registration, the important thing is to choose the right service.
You know me — I’ve encountered several web hosting services in my professional blogging career. In recent months, one particular web hosting company caught my attention: SiteGround.
It’s fast, reliable, and comes with features that can make the lives of new WordPress bloggers easier and better.
Just a few things you need to remember before signing on:
- It’s okay to choose a shared hosting solution at first. It should be enough to handle the needs of a new, basic travel blog.
- Test a host’s customer support to see how responsive and helpful they are. SiteGround, WPX Hosting, and HostGator should all pass in this regard.
- Consider uptime monitoring tools. While most hosting services have built-in status monitoring features, you can try tools like Uptime Robot for convenience.
Look for our next guide — How to Start a Travel Blog — for a step-by-step guide on setting up your domain.
Ready to become the next big thing in the travel blogging industry?
With the steps mentioned above, you’re already well on your way there.
What name do you plan on calling your blog? Do you have other suggestions, feedback, or resources that can help others find the best travel blog name?
Leave your comments below and let’s discuss!