Is it a cliche to pick the word Nomad for your travel blog?
Nomad: Person who wanders from place to place
Who do these wanderers of the world that all use the same word think they are anyways? You have one of the originals – NomadicMatt, then there is LegalNomads, World Nomads, The Modern Nomad, and even Snarky Nomad. And that was only on page one of my Google search!
Paradoxically, in a world awash with so many nomads it seems there are none to be found in the wild. In all my time wandering I have never actually spoken to someone who identifies as a nomad.
Think back. Have you ever asked someone you just met, “So, what do you do?” And has anyone ever responded with, “Oh, I am a professional nomad.” I’m going to try that next time someone asks me what I do.
After all, I do wander from place to place. It is part of who I am, who I have always been. During my twenties I moved on average of one time every year for 10 years. Toronto, Calgary, Japan, Vancouver, Victoria, PEI … it seems I couldn’t stay in one spot for very long. I sense I am not the only one. Humans have an innate need to explore and understand their immediate surrounds. Then, once they have conquered one terrain, they move on to greener pastures and explore more.
Enlightenment is always just around the corner, one final nomadic journey away.
Don’t Use the Word Nomad
Its been done. Its tired and old. A ton of other people are already using that word. And contrary to the word itself, we do sometimes get mad. If all of those reasons don’t dissuade you from using it, then I will say that Meredith and I already have the best travel blog name – NomadNewlyweds.com! 😉
Why not become an original?
Before Meredith and I started our travel blog in late 2014, we really didn’t spend much time researching the other big players in the niche. Partly due to a lack of time, but also because the name came easily. We thought ‘what encapsulates us as a couple at this stage in life?‘ We are travelers who want to live in many locations around Europe, in the prime of our post-nuptial bliss, exploring the world together. Plus, the name has a nice alliterative ring to it.
Unfortunately, we didn’t realize just how many other wannabe travel blog upstarts thought that using the word nomad was also a good idea.
How to Pick A Name For Your Travel Blog
Now that I have (hopefully) made the case for picking a word other than nomad, you are left with the problem of finding a suitable name for your travel blog. Let’s look at a few synonyms from Thesaurus.
Hobo – Another word for a homeless person. You are not homeless. I know because you are reading this on your desktop, mobile phone, or other gadget. Unless you really want to brand your blog as an ultra cheap travel blog. Even then, I would stay away from developing a brand identity around a stick and bindle. Nobody actually carries a bindle these days. Have you ever seen one in person?
Drifter – Kinda shady, don’t you think? I don’t think I would read a blog titled ‘Drifter Newlyweds’.
Pilgrim – Unless your travel blog has an above average religious slant, I would stay clear of using this word.
Voyager – Star Trek anyone?
Trek – I actually like the word Trek. Its short, catchy, and can be used for a wide variety of situations.
Migrant – Reserved for those poor souls from war torn countries who are moving away from destruction in order to forge a better life for themselves.
Traveler – Less panache and appeal. Everyone who goes on vacation is essentially a traveler.
Gypsy – Having spent a good portion of time living in Ireland in 2015, I can say that I would not want to brand my travel blog as gypsy. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Many stereotypical gypsies wear eclectic clothing, sparkly jewelry, and have a flamboyant personality. If your target market is gypsies, then by all means include this word in your blog name.
Explorer – You are not Sir Francis Drake or Magellan journeying into the unknown, facing the real possibility of becoming lost, stranded, or death. There are very few places left in the world untouched by human beings. Plus, you likely have a smartphone with a map app to get you back on track should you find yourself lost in one of today’s formidable urban jungles.
Adventurer – Love it! Adventure, adventuring, adventurers … any variation works. Adventure is what we all strive for in life. Most in western society work an entire week for 40+ hours in order to pursue a few hours of weekend downtime adventure. One of the great things about living a mobile creative lifestyle and writing my own travel blog is the sense of adventure that you get from everyday life.
I’ve probably confused you more than when you started reading this article. That was partially my intention – to confuse you in order to through you off track from picking any variation of the word nomad. 🙂
Process for Blog Naming
Coming up with a catchy name for a travel blog can be a real challenge. The right name should sound good, must be available, and preferably has little search engine results. In addition you should try to keep the name short, avoid hyphens in the spelling, and use a memorable name that isn’t difficult to properly spell.
All joking aside, here is the practical naming process I use when I want to come up with a new name idea:
- Select a niche. Ours is slow travel lifestyle and honeymoon help. That encapsulates a lot of material that will keep us busy for years to come. That niche may even be too big a niche for two people to manage. Niche down and really hone in on one central travel theme that you can dissect, discuss, and engage with your audience.
- List words you want in your travel blog name (adventure, travel, hobo, etc.) Finalize and prioritize a few words you prefer the most.
- Create combinations of those words along with your name or some other catchy phrase.
- Check for your domain name availability for that word combination. Domain name selection is a whole other article topic that I won’t get into here. Suffice to say that dot com (.com) is still king. If the dot com is taken, and being used, then move on and try another domain to register.
- If you are really stuck, try one of these three blog name generators: Domainsbot, Wordoid, and NameThingy.
The Big List of 48 Travel Blog Names
I stumbled across a website with a list of 100 travel domain name ideas. I have taken the liberty to check each one and see if it is still available for registration. As of October 2015, if you act fast you can claim one of these 48 names for yourself:
I saw passportpop on that list on initially thought it said Passport Poop. Its all yours.
Register Your New Blog Name
You’ve got a new name and its available, phew! Now you need to register the domain and then setup your hosting.
There are many domain registration/hosting companies out there, my recommendation for when you are first starting out is Bluehost. I have used them to both register and host domains and find them easy to use. The 1-click automatic WordPress installation is a breeze, and they provide great customer service via phone or chat.
In the end, it doesn’t matter what name you choose. What matters most is creating great content that people value. As long as you can consistently do that, call your new blog whatever you enjoy most!