I was just having a conversation with a friend the other day who is trying to make travel content, but he’s struggling with trying to wrap his mind around all the different facets of a content creation business.
The good news is, though, that you can learn!
So you’re thinking about starting a travel channel. Maybe you’re trying to figure out where to start. Maybe you’ve already started and you realize that you need to grow your knowledge. Here are some courses that will help you along your path.
Best YouTube Start Up Courses
Have you hear of Sean Cannel and Think Media? think media has over 2.25 million subscribers at this point, and the aim of their whole business is to get you your first 1,000 subscribers and beyond.
If you don’t know, 1,000 subs and 4,000 watch hours is the baseline for getting monetized on YouTube.
Sean’s video ranking academy has a wide variety of classes and course offerings that will help you with the initial steps that you need to “punch fear in the face” “just press record” and get your brand new channel up and running.
The great thing about Think Media is that with so many course offerings, you will find something that fits your budget and they are frequently offering sales and deals to offer courses and classes affordably.
Many people find that they relate to Sean’s method of doing things and continue with coaching from Think Media even beyond the first 1,000 subs. With think media, you will find the resources that you need to get started and stay motivated along your brand new YouTube journey.
Best YouTube Strategy Courses
Project24 is my favorite course for developing a strategy for your online business. I actually signed up for the course because I found Nate on Channel Makers, and I really appreciated his explanation of channel analytics and channel audits, and Nate promotes Project24 on his YouTube channel.
The goal of Project24 is to help you start a successful online business making a full-time income in 24 months or less, while they can’t guarantee your results, and you will have to do all the work, there is a clearly defined road map laid out for you and lots of support in the Project24 community.
The price tag for Project24 is in what I would call the “moderate” range. Presently, it is $449 for an entire year, and then $249 a year after that.
I signed up for the course for the YouTube system, but as I continued with the course, I came to realize the program was first started as a blogging system and that the YouTube system was added. Hence, we were actually walked through the process of how to fully develop a YouTube channel, and on how to start a blog (which you’re reading right now! How cool is that! Just imagine, someone else could be reading your blog, and you could be making money on that!)
There are also courses on affiliate marketing, starting a Patreon, email marketing, digital product development, buying and selling websites, SEO, and more.
There are also numerous live mastermind events scheduled each month that focuses on these various aspects of online business, and podcasts for the blogging and the YouTube system.
Their team is continually growing and they are consistently adding more courses and amenities all the time.
This has been an extremely helpful course.
Brand Deals and Partnerships
Want to learn about brand deals and partnerships? Look no further than SideWalker Daily. I discovered Nina Zedah when searching for help on how to land brand deals and partnerships. I found her free content to be incredibly helpful, and because I was doing Project24 at the time, I didn’t plan to spend any additional money, but I put this one on my list and decided that it would be the next one I would look into.
Then, I attended a free live event which they were hosting specifically about landing paid travel deals. I found the content of the live event to be super helpful and at the end, they offered a special on a bundle of their courses, so we talked it over together and decided to buy in.
We have found this course to be incredibly helpful in learning how to pitch to brands with confidence, speak the language, negotiate deals, develop our rate sheets, and possibly the most helpful, create our media kit (influencers are so secretive about their media kits, and I still don’t know why).
This course is a little on the high side to me at $997, but it will more than pay for itself when you land that first brand deal. Tell them that AikenAdventures sent you, and see what they can work out for you!
Best Start-Up Travel-Specific Course
Top Flight Family has been at it for just about six years now at the time of this writing, and Carmen is absolutely brilliant and thorough. I first came across their channel when I found this video about how to get paid to travel as a content creator. This video was so thorough, and gave me so much valuable information.
After watching the free video, I immediately gained the confidence to start pitching to locations, attractions, and travel boards to help grow our channel, and it worked! Our first pitches came out of their free YouTube video, and it helped so much!
After that, I have been addicted to their content! Such a sharp, smart family who are so much fun to watch!
Carmen started a course of her own. The course focuses on how to get your first 10k followers, which, if you don’t know, while it is possible to get brand deals with fewer than 10k followers, 10k tends to be the standard for beginning to qualify as an “influencer.”
The course focuses on the following key points for travel influencers:
- Create new (or optimize existing) social media accounts
- Develop visually appealing, engaging travel content, and
- Grow an engaged, high-quality audience
This course includes key tips for the basics of videography and photography along with some social media strategy pointers. It’s perfect for someone just getting started in the travel niche.
Lost Creator Academy
Next course on my radar is Lost Creator Academy by Christian LeBlanc from lost Leblanc. I recently discovered this even existed, and I got some reviews from a friend who explained that the primary benefits she received from the course were photography, videography, and content-focused aspects of travel content creation, and I’m actually very interested in taking this course as soon as I can because this is an area where Christian really excels. His video How To Make a TRAVEL VIDEO – 10 Tips you need to know was excellent, and several of his other videos have excellent info along these lines, so I would definitely be interested in learning more from him.
Tell him AikenAdventures sent you and he’ll be like, “Who?” and let’s see what happens!
You won’t regret investing in growing your knowledge. I hope that these tools will help you get your travel content business up and running!
Check out the best apps HERE.
Check out the best start-up equipment HERE.
Learn more about the business model for travel content creation HERE.