The Travel Diet with Blogger Dena Roche
Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where are you from? Where do you currently live?
“Have carry-on will travel” is my motto, but when I’m not on the road, I’m living in the spa capital of the U.S., Scottsdale, AZ! I’m originally from Milwaukee, WI and I’m still a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan!
What first inspired you to start your blog? Since then, which destinations have you covered?
I started blogging because I was already traveling the world on assignment for different magazines, and clearly online is the way the industry is heading. I have been to 52 countries, and I cover luxury wellness travel worldwide.
What is the main purpose of your blog? Is there a message that you’re trying to convey to your readers?
The Travel Diet is all about showing people how they can travel the world in luxury AND use travel as a wellness solution. With The Travel Diet you can lose weight and reduce stress by traveling.
What gets you into the writing mode?
Deadlines! Or simply being so excited after a recent experience that I want to write about it right then and there.
What are some exciting partnerships, connections, or opportunities that have come out of your blog?
Because I also work as a magazine journalist, many of the travel opportunities have come from that. My blog is a bonus for the destination to receive additional coverage. I have had the opportunity to do guest blogging and sponsored posts through The Travel Diet.
Is your blog a business? If so, what are some of the ways that you monetize it?
What advice would you give to other women who are interested in launching a travel blog?
First, focus on the writing. As a journalist, I’m looking for a blog that is well-written and informative. If you want to make money from your blog, be professional. While your voice should be unique and can be casual on a blog, it shouldn’t be sloppy. Spelling and grammar matter. Don’t fill your blog with emojis and exclamation points and expect to be taken seriously. Also, don’t expect to make a full-time living from a travel blog. Some do, but very, very few. I would also suggest having a niche.