It's that time of year. The biggest shopping day of the year. Retailers and service providers love the extra sales and consumers enjoy big discounts.
There are lots of deals out there. But you don't have to buy everything. Don't let the scarcity factor blur your judgement. The best deals are not always obvious. I've read quite a few posts this year that were supposedly aimed at travel bloggers looking for deals on 24th November 2018. Unfortunately, they were merely advertisements for headphones and hotels. The first is irrelevant and the second is nothing new. It's easy to spend your money on Black Friday but I've put together a list of the most useful deals for travel bloggers, and for travellers in general. Hope you find something useful in here.
- 1 Learn Travel Blogging, Vlogging, and Travel Photography
- 2 Travel Blog WordPress Themes
- 3 Grow Your Blog Traffic With Custom Links
- 4 Image Design and Creation
- 5 Travel VPN
- 6 Web Hosting
- 7 Stay For Free
- 8 Learn How To Be A Travel Blogger
- 9 Run Your Own Blogging Course
- 10 Social Media Sharing and Scheduling
- 11 Black Friday Flight Deals
Learn Travel Blogging, Vlogging, and Travel Photography
The biggest travel blogger in the world, Nomadic Matt, has his own set of courses to help you become a better travel blogger. This Black Friday the following Superstar Blogging courses are discounted at up to 60%
- The Business of Travel Blogging: $99 – Normally $249
- Master the Art of Travel Photography: $49 – Normally $99
- The Art of Travel Vlogging– using video in travel blogging: $149 – Normally $249
- How to become a Travel Writer Course: $199 – Normally $399
Travel Blog WordPress Themes
WPAstra is in the list of my top 3 WordPress themes for speed and features. If you like clean designs, and fast, responsive user experience, this is a great option. The Astra black Friday sale kicks off on 20 November 2018. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2018 to get 30% off not only the Astra theme but the other excellent products that can help improve your travel blog such as Convert Pro and WP Portfolio Plugin.
Grow Your Blog Traffic With Custom Links
PopLink lets you create overlay Calls To Action on links you share. When someone clicks your shared link on Twitter, Facebook, or even Instagram, you can overlay a Call To Action that sends them back to your site for more blog posts or landing pages related to the topic. It's a win-win blogging tool. Creating your own custom short links also invites more clicks.
PopLink is offering 70% OFF for Black Friday. Use code POP70OFF in the discount code field when you click upgrade for 70% off any plan for life. 👍
Image Design and Creation
Need images, fonts, and designs for your blog, newsletter or social media accounts? Here's an app that will put together great designs in minutes. You won't need Photoshop skills to use this. DesignBold is a drag-and-drop graphic design powerhouse.
This deal comes from the wonderful people at Appsumo. Check out this deal and others available only today (24th November).
Travel bloggers need to travel to write about their experiences. Sounds obvious. But what's not so obvious is that your internet connection in cafes and public networks is not secure. In fact, most hacks on the average joe happen in Starbucks (or any coffee shop – not to pick on SB). Wifi can be easily compromised. Using a VPN is the best way of preventing hacks. You don't want to be in Peru, Thailand, or New Zealand without your Gmail account or money in your bank account. Yep, hackers can steal your passwords and your money. Don't let them do it.
IPVanish is one of the best VPNs available and as always, the company runs a great deal on Black Friday.
Read more about VPNs for travel or check out the deal below
Before you roll your eyes, this is not a promo for Bluehost. I wouldn't do that to you. Nor is it for GoDaddy. I'm not evil.
Are you sick of hearing from web hosting companies? Probably. But sometimes a gem in the rough appears. Ig your website runs is a dog with three legs, your hosting support is clueless, and you spend a fortune paying for something that doesn't deliver, change providers today!
It's a great time to do it. But where to go?
I have two large accounts with Siteground and have been using the company for 3 years. They have never failed me. The support is awesome.
If you're thinking of getting an SSL layer, this is another good opportunity to change. Siteground uses Let's Encrypt FREE SSL technology.
Black Friday Deal 70% OFF Premium Quality Hosting from SiteGround!
Stay For Free
Do you dream of travelling a bit more to blog about your experiences but you find the cost of accommodation is holding you back? Well, there's a solution. Trusted Housesitters is a marketplace that links people willing to mind a house and (sometimes) babysit pets in return for free accommodation. The properties can be amazing and in many cases would costs hundreds of dollars a night to rent.
This is a great way to see the world and stay for free. Check it out!
There's a 25% discount for Black Friday only.
Learn How To Be A Travel Blogger
Want to become a travel blogger? How about learning to be a travel photographer?
Would you like to improve your all-round digital nomad skills or just find cheap flights like a pro?
Udemy's courses are discounted for another 5 days for Black Friday. Although these courses are regularly discounted throughout the year, this is as cheap as they get. Some very popular options there. Take a look!
Run Your Own Blogging Course
Fancy your own travel blogging course? Are you a pro travel writer? Can you teach people how to travel hack?
Create a course and make a lot of money. In 2018, online courses are a lucrative business model. Actually, the course business model is huge. Get on the gravy train. Teachable is the best platform for getting your feet wet in the online teaching space (I run another course on Teachable in an unrelated niche and it's highly recommended)
Teachable has a pre-Black Friday giveaway of a FREE 5-day bootcamp on course creation.
Social Media Sharing and Scheduling
If you're like most travel bloggers, you share quite a bit of content. And not all of this content is your own. Sharing on social media can be a great way of generating interest, building trust, and providing value. The problem is that it's time-consuming. But this labor-intensive task can be simplified by using a social media and blog content platform like Content Studio.
Discover travel related viral posts. Schedule and post on multiple social networks. Automate your social media sharing. Plan and get insights on progress. This is a one-stop-shop for travel bloggers (ar anyone) with multiple social media accounts and a busy posting calendar. The Black Friday deal is a doozie: Lifetime access for $69. Yep, it normally costs $47/month for the same plan.
Black Friday Flight Deals
This post wouldn't be complete without some flight deals. So here you go:
Search Black Friday and Cyber Monday hotel deals on Skyscanner
Blogger, lifelong learner, entrepreneur & musician from Ireland. I've been travelling and living overseas for over 20 years. My mission is to build businesses that allow me to have a simple and independent lifestyle. In the process, I hope to help myself and others with my writing.