GET GLOBETROTTING WITH THESE LGBT TRAVEL BLOGS
MEET WHITNEY & MEGAN, FROM WHAT WEGAN DID NEXT
“We are luxury travel, fashion & lifestyle social media influencers Whitney & Megan, aka Wegan, and we are also wife & wife.
We started our blog What Wegan Did Next back in 2009 to document our long-distance relationship between Hawaii & the UK. We also put our faces online as visible lesbians in the hopes it would help others; due to both growing up with a lack of role models. Our blog naturally focused on travelling to see each other and travelling to visit places together. Now that we've conquered long distance, the majority of our content focuses on luxury travel as a lesbian couple and where is safe to travel if you're LGBTQ+.
When we started out there was no such thing as being an 'influencer' or 'YouTuber'. We hoped one or two people might find our blog but overtime our following organically grew and we now have a combined following of over 150,000. We're one of the most popular LGBTQ+ Youtuber's in the UK & USA and continue to provide visibility to lesbians and to challenge stereotypes.
We monetise our travel content by working with PR agencies/ tourism boards and providing a package that includes blog posts, YouTube vlogs, and social media (Instagram posts and stories, Twitter & Facebook posts).
We are unique in that we focus on luxury travel as lesbians, we produce visually stunning content and we're the most popular femme couple travel bloggers.”
MEET SARAH & LAURA
“Travel blogging, for us, just makes sense. From the moment we met we started planning adventures and 10 years later that hasn’t changed – except that we now travel with our baby and, where possible, our dog. Our blog is where we share our experiences. It started as a personal diary but now we share tips for travelling as a family, information on LGBT-friendly destinations and things you must see and do!
We engage with our followers primarily on Instagram (right now) as people seem to love our Stories, especially when we’re travelling. We have grown our following across our social media channels to over 7k – with the biggest growth coming after Annabelle joined our family in July 2018. Our Instagram Stories are the biggest driver to our blog where we get 4000-5000 views per month.
Our blog isn’t monetised; for us, travel is fun a hobby – we do often accept invites though and have had amazing opportunities to visit places and experience wonderful things.
As an LGBT family, we have a unique view of the world and our experiences can be different than others'. By sharing what we find we hope to provide awareness for other LGBT families on where they could travel.”
MEET STEFAN & SEBASTIAN, A.K.A THE NOMADIC BOYS
Meet Sion and Ben, The Globetrotter Guys
“We are Sion and Ben, a married couple from the UK who run a gay travel blog, The Globetrotter Guys. We write about destinations from an LGBT perspective, providing travel guides and interviews with local LGBT people (to get the real picture).
Our first backpacking adventure started in 2011 and we knew we had to do it again someday. Someday came in January 2018, when we quit our jobs, left our apartment and packed up our things to travel indefinitely.
We always utilised travel blogs ourselves, especially when looking for gay guides to destinations, but realised that was no content available for many destinations. It peaked our interest that we could investigate for ourselves what it was like to be gay in all these different countries and share what we learnt with others to help them travel.
We started from scratch in January 2018, going from 0 to 24k followers on Instagram and a few thousand on other platforms. Our actual blog now attracts 15-25k visitors per month. This all came from researching what content people are looking for, finding others interested in gay travel and engaging with them – social media engagement works both ways after all.
Making a blog sustainable via monetisation is important, otherwise it simply will not last. However, first you need an audience which is what we have focused on so far. Going forward, we are working with LGBT-friendly travel companies and brands to offer our followers good deals and us a commission which will help us continue to create content (and eat!).
Three things that make us stand out? Authenticity, ‘zest for life’, and a love for what we do.”
MEET PHIL & GARTH
“In 2016 we started our blog with one follower, Garth’s mum (she’s still our number one fan)! Phil suggested we should share our stories as a travel couple; today we hear from people all over the world which motivates us to create more content.
We enjoy a mix of travelling styles – budget breaks, adventures in exotic places, the odd luxe beach holiday and most recently authentic and responsible small group tours.
We have a steady income stream from selling our photos and have 8.7k followers across social media. Pinterest is our biggest platform for referrals and engagement and we're continuing to organically grow our audience.
What makes us unique?
• All our posts start with a 60-second video, designed to give you a quick taster of a destination
• High-quality, original photography is an essential part of our storytelling – we want to inspire people to see the world
• We write comprehensive destination guides packed with useful info and practical tips
• We’re honest and authentic and tell our readers exactly what happened on our trips – the good, the bad and the ugly
As we say to each other: life is short, you have to make the most of it!”