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Attention Grabbing Headlines


Travel Bloggers

The Travel Blogger's Cheat Sheet for Writing Eyeball Sucking Headlines That Command Attention and Have Your Readers Begging for More!

How To Headlines
We all enjoy learning how to do things. These headlines are direct and promise valuable information. They also work for travel articles, too!

1. How to [benefit] in [period of time]

Examples: How to Do Italy in 7 Days How to Find The Cheapest Flight in 5 Minutes

2. How to [benefit] and [benefit] without [common problem]

Examples: How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World Without Spending A Dime How to Visit Bali and Have the Time of Your Life Without the Crowds

3. How to Finally [blank]

Examples: How to Finally Take Your Dream Trip How to Finally Learn Spanish (or French, or Italian) In Under 3 Months

4. How to Take Charge of [common problem]

Examples: How to Take Charge of Your Life: Pack Your Bags and Hit the Road How to Take Charge of Airline Fees

5. How to Use [blank] to [benefit]

Examples: How to Use Credit Cards to Travel for Free How to Use Local Websites to Save Money on Flights

6. How to Do [Place] On [$$] A Day

Examples: How to Do Paris On $35 A Day Trip of a Lifetime: How to Do The World On $500 A Day

7. How to [benefit] With [blank]

Examples: How to Make Money With Travel Writing How to Travel Africa With Children

Its a natural response: ask your readers a question, and theyll subconciously try to answer it. And if they cant, youd better believe theyll click through to read more

8. Is [blank] the Best [blank]?

Examples: Is Vietnam the Best Country in Asia? Is Saigon the Best Foodie Town in Vietnam?

9. Are You Making These [blank] Mistakes?

Examples: Are You Making These Packing Mistakes? Are You Making These 9 Health Mistakes While Traveling?

10. What Kind of [blank] Are You?

Examples: What Kind of Backpacker Are You? What Kind of Frequent Flyer Are You?

11. Thousands Have [blank] Why Not You?

Examples: Thousands Have Saved With Orbitz Why Not You? Thousands Have Traveled Round the World Why Not You?

12. Why Havent You [blank]?

Examples: Why Havent You Visited Africa? Why Havent You Taken Your Dream Trip Yet?

13. [blank] Vs. [blank]: Which is Better For [blank]?

Examples: Anthony Bourdain Vs. Michael Palin: Whos The Best Travel Host? Italy Vs. Spain: Which Has Better Food?

14. Do You Recognize These [blank]?

Examples: Do You Recognize These Places? Do You Recognize These Travel Blogs? (Hint: You Should)

15. What Is [blank]?

Examples: What Is A RTW Ticket? Why Should I Get One? What Is Travel Insurance? Do I Need It?

16. Im Looking For [blank] Can You Help?

Examples: Im Looking For A Few Good Bloggers Can You Help? Im Looking For The Best Adventure Stories Can You Help?

17. Tired of [blank]? Heres [blank]

Examples: Tired of Coach? Heres How to Get Free Upgrades Tired of Hostels? Heres How to Find Posh Apartments Around the World

18. Which of These [blank] Should You Use?

Examples: Which of These Frequent Flyer Programs Should You Use? Which of These Credit Cards Should You Use While Traveling?

19. [blank] 7 Reasons Youll Love

Examples: Rich and Famous? 7 Reasons Youll Love Skiing in Vail Young and Broke? 7 Reasons Youll Love Southeast Asia

20. How Much Should You Pay for [blank]?

Examples: How Much Should You Pay for Travel Insurance? How Much Should You Pay for Beer Around the World?

21. Are [blank] Worthless?

Examples: Are Travel Agents Worthless? Are Guidebooks Worthless?

OK, youre not famous yet. But that doesnt mean you cant piggyback on famous people to get your content read. The trick here is to leverage a household name and apply it to your post in a fresh way. For example

22. The [famous person]s Guide to [topic]

Examples: The Tony Wheeler Guide to Asia The Sopranos Guide to New Jersey

23. The Secret [group of people] Use to [Benefit]

Examples: 7 Secrets Travel Agents Use Themselves to Travel Cheaply The One Secret Peruvians Use to Save Money On Domestic Flights

24. Why [famous person] Is Wrong: [blank]

Examples: Why Anthony Bourdain is Wrong: 7 Reasons Why Saigon Kicks Hanois Ass Why Lonely Planet is Wrong: How to Travel the World Without a Guidebook

25. Interview: [name or number of subjects]

Examples: Interview: Trekity Editor-in-Chief Adam Costa Interviews: 10 Top Travel Bloggers Share What Works For Them

26. What [Famous Person] Can Teach Us About [blank]

Examples: What Top Gear Can Teach Us About England What Paris Hilton Can Teach Us About Jet-Setting (But Not Film Production)

27. [famous person]s Advice for [blank]

Examples: Charlie Sheens Advice for Hollywoods Best Brothels Michael Palins Advice for Traveling the Himalaya

28. Can [famous brand] Really [blank]

Examples: Can Rough Guides Really Compete With Lonely Planet? Can Expedia and Travelocity Really Make Money for Travel Bloggers?

29. How to [blank] Like [blank]

Examples: How to Travel the World Like Brad Pitt: 7 Killer Movie Locations (and How To Get There) How to Write Travelogues Like Paul Theroux

30. Top 25 [blank]

Examples: Top 25 Travel Bloggers for Backpackers Top 25 Travel Sites for Finding and Booking Cheap Flights

Who doesnt like secrets? By including this in your headline, youre promising inside information for your readers. Just make sure you deliver!

31. The Secret to [benefit]

Examples: The Secret to Nomadic Matts Success The Secret to Long Term Travel (Without Burning Out)

32. Dont Buy Another [blank] Until You Read This

Examples: Dont Buy Another Guidebook Until You Read This Dont Buy Another International Flight Until You Read This

33. Dont Read This if [blank]

Examples: Dont Read This if You Want Hepatitis Dont Read This if You Love the United States

34. [blank]s Best Kept Secrets

Examples: Italys Best Kept Secrets: Killer Destinations Without the Crowds New York Citys Best Kept Secrets

35. The Amazing Secret of [blank]

Examples: The Amazing Secret for an Authentic Travel Experience The Amazing Secret to Working on a Cruise Ship

36. Do Not Visit [place] Until You Read This

Examples: Do Not Visit Africa Until You Read This Do Not Visit China Until You Read This

37. [blank] Secrets Every [audience] Should Know

Examples: 5 Airline Secrets Every Business Traveler Should Know 7 Press Trip Secrets Every Travel Writer Should Know

38. Discover the Truth About [blank]

Examples: Discover the Truth About Hidden Hotel Fees Discover the Truth About Bullfights in Spain

Everybody hates making mistakes. And the thought of making mistakes were unaware of makes for a compelling headline.

39. [number] Common [topic] Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Examples: 5 Common Language Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them) 7 Common Money Mistakes While Traveling (and How to Avoid Them)

40. [blank] Mistakes You Should Avoid (but dont)

Examples: 37 Travel Writing Mistakes You Should Avoid (but dont) 10 Cultural Mistakes You Should Avoid in Asia (but dont)

41. 7 Ways To Screw Up [blank]

Examples: 7 Ways to Screw Up Your Honeymoon 7 Ways to Screw Up A Trip To Nicaragua

42. WARNING: [potential mistake or threat]

Examples: WARNING: Switzerland Will Kill Your Budget (Heres How to Save It) WARNING: Be Very Careful In Angola

43. [blank] Mistakes That Make You [blank]

Examples: 10 Language Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb 5 Booking Mistakes That Make You Pay Extra

44. [number] Bad Habits That [blank] and [blank]

Examples: 7 Bad Habits That Travel Writers and Bloggers Have 5 Bad Traveling Habits That Cost You Money and Wastes Your Time

Lies. The very word hurts, doesnt it? By placing it in your headline, youre letting your reader know theyve been lied to and youre here to set the record straight.

45. The Shocking Truth About [blank]

Examples: The Shocking Truth About Guidebooks The Shocking Truth About Immunizations in Africa

46. [number] Things [authority] Wont Tell You

Examples: 7 Things Your Travel Agent Wont Tell You 5 Things Cruise Lines Wont Tell You

47. Can You Really Trust [authority]?

Examples: Can You Really Trust Your Travel Agent? Can You Really Trust Lonely Planet?

48. Lies [People/Company] Like to Tell

Examples: 5 Lies Online Travel Agencies Love to Tell 7 Lies Frequent Flyer Programs Love to Tell

49. 11 Reasons [blank] Sucks

Examples: 11 Reasons Disneyland Sucks 5 Reasons American Airlines Sucks

People worry more about losing what they have than getting more. Put bluntly, fear is more compelling than greed. These headlines promise to protect readers from future maladies.

50. 9 Ways to Protect Yourself From [something bad]

Examples: 9 Ways to Protect Yourself From Malaria 9 Ways to Protect Yourself From Getting Robbed at Gunpoint in Jamaica

51. Alert: The New [blank] Scam to Look Out For

Examples: Alert: The New Credit Card Miles Scam to Look Out For Alert: The New Indian Bus Scam to Look Out For

52. 9 [blank] You Should Never [blank]

Examples: 9 Immunizations You Should Never Get 5 Things You Should Never Tell An Irishman

53. Dealing With [blank]: 7 Steps to [blank]

Examples: Dealing With Travelers Diarrhea: 7 Steps To Plug Up and Move On Dealing With Theft: 7 Steps to Protect Yourself

54. If Youre Not Worried About [blank] You Should Be

Examples: If Youre Not Worried About Nepals Over-development You Should Be If Youre Not Worried About Increased Airport Security You Should Be

55. The 7 Deadly Sins of [blank]

The 7 Deadly Sins of Travel Blogging The 7 Deadly Sins of Tour Groups

Your readers have problems. Some they know about others they dont. Offer solutions in your headline and deliver them in your post.

56. Get [blank]! 7 Methods That Really Work

Examples: Get The Cheapest Flights! 7 Methods That Really Work Get Fit While Traveling! 5 Methods That Really Work

57. Get Rid of [problem] Once and For All

Examples: Get Rid of Overpriced Car Rentals Once and For All Get Rid of Jet Lag Once and For All

58. 101 [blank] for [blank]

Examples: 101 Proven Headlines For Travel Blogs 101 Resources For Saving Money On Your Next Trip

59. Are You Still [blank]? Your Questions Answered

Examples: Are You Still Baffled By Air Passes? Your Questions Answered Are You Still Confused About Travel Insurance? Your Questions Answered

Quick and Easy

Sometimes you just want results. The following headlines promises just that

60. How to Hack [topic]

Examples: How to Hack Napa: World-Class Wines on a Beer Budget The Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide

61. The One Thing You Must Do in [Place]

Examples: The One Thing You Must Do In Rome The One Thing You Must Eat in Asia (But Are Afraid To)

62. The 5 Words That Will [blank]

Examples: The 5 Words That Will Save Your Life in Angola The 5 Words That Will Let You Drink for Free In Napa

63. How to [blank] In One Day

Examples: How to See Pariss Best Museums in One Day How to Speak Basic Spanish in One Day

64. Cant Keep Up? 7 Ways to Simplify [blank]

Examples: Cant Keep Up? 7 Ways to Simplify Business Travel Cant Keep Up? 7 Ways to Simplify Booking Online

65. 5 Steps to [benefit]

Examples: 5 Steps to Do Eastern Europe 5 Steps to Safe Travel With Kids

66. [blank]: The Quick and Easy Way

Examples: Flight Upgrades: The Quick and Easy Way Eurail Passes: The Quick and Easy Way

67. [number] Ways to [benefit] Without [common problem]

Examples: 7 Ways to Eat in Switzerland Without Breaking Your Budget 5 Ways to Explore L.A. Without Getting Shot

68. 7 Simple Ways to [blank]

Examples: 7 Simple Ways to Travel Europe for Less 9 Simple Ways to Plan Your Dream Trip

These headlines announce whats happening now. Theyre a great way to position something youve recently done (e.g. created a new product, won an award or launched a new website). Alternatively, you can cite something in the news and use that as your lead. For example

69. New Study Reveals [Benefit]

Examples: New Study Reveals Travelers Have More Sex (But Shower Less) New Study Reveals Top 10 Healthiest Countries

70. Introducing [new product, discount, etc.)

Introducing Travel Blogger Academy's New Writer: Me Introducing Travel Blogging 101

71. Youre Invited To [blank]

Examples: Youre Invited To Party With Us In Thailand! Youre Invited To Save 20% On Your Next Flight With RyanAir

72. FREE: [useful information and/or discounts]

Examples: FREE: Best Pictures of Dangerous Places FREE: The Ultimate Guide to South America

If youve come this far, you realize many headlines use numbers. Theres a very good reason for that: they work. Numbers make your headline specific, and tell the reader if the article will be a quick read (5 Reasons to) or an in-depth resource (101 Headlines). A word on numbers: use odd numbers when possible. They tend to stick in peoples heads better (with the exception of the classic Top 10 lists).

73. 9 Ways to [blank]

Examples: 9 Ways to Travel From Europe to Asia 5 Ways to See Machu Pichhu

74. The Top 10 [blank]

Examples: The Top 10 Countries for Backpacking The Top 10 Rivers for Rafting

75. 7 Reasons Why [blank]

Examples: 7 Reasons Why Ko Phi Phi Is Overrated 9 Reasons Why Argentines Are Sexy

76. 5 [blank] (But [blank]) Things to Do in [blank]

Examples: 5 Fun (But Slightly Naughty) Things to Do in Russia 5 Incredible (But Crazy) Things to Do in Bangkok

77. 51 [blank] to See/Do Before You Die

Examples: 51 Foods to Eat Around the World Before You Die 75 Monuments to See Before You Die

78. 5 Little Known (but [blank]) Things to Do In [Location]

Examples: 35 Little Known (But Delicious) Indian Dishes 7 Little Known (But Gorgeous) Beaches in Australia

79. 15 [blank] I Learned in [blank]

Examples: 15 Life Lessons I Learned in Africa 7 Wines I Learned to Love in Argentina

80. [blank]: 21 Practical Tips

Examples: Visiting Israel: 21 Practical Tips Burning Man: 15 (Im)Practical Tips

Nowadays we binge on information but starve for knowledge. Including a why in your headline promises an explanations not just the facts.

81. Why I Hate [blank]

Examples: Why I Hate Stereotypes About Americans Why I Hate France But Love the French

82. Why I Wont Visit [place] Again

Examples: Why Ill Never Return to Vietnam Why I Wont Visit Nicaragua Again

83. Why Ill Never Live in [place]

Examples: Why Ill Never Live in San Francisco Why Ill Never Live in Sydney (But Did, Anyways)

84. 5 Shocking Reasons Why [blank]

5 Shocking Reasons Why the Japanese Live So Long 7 Shocking Reasons Why Greece Is My Favorite Country

85. 7 Reasons Why Youll Love [place]

Examples: 7 Reasons Why Youll Love Antigua, Guatemala 9 Reasons Why Youll Love Melbourne

Everyone wants to be better at something. Look better, cook better, feel better whatever. Promise to improve your readers by using the following headlines

86. How [blank] Makes You A Better [blank]

Examples: How Travel Makes You A Better Person How Buenos Aires Makes You A Better Lover

87. Do You Have the [blank] to [blank]?

Examples: Do You Have the Courage to Raft the Amazon? Do You Have the Brains to Speak 9 Languages?

88. Why You Cant [blank] (and What to Do About It)

Examples: Why You Cant Afford Europe (and What to Do About It) Why You Cant Speak Like A Local (and What to Do About It)

89. [Location]: The 5 Must-See Attractions

Examples: New Zealand: The 5 Must-See Attractions Kyoto: The 5 Must-See Attractions for Art Lovers

90. [blank] You Can Be Proud Of

Examples: How to Take Photos You Can Be Proud Of Travel Pieces You Can Be Proud Of

91. Where [blank] Should Go (But Dont)

Examples: Where Surfers Should Go (But Dont) Where Adrenaline Junkies Should Go (But Dont)

92. The Art of [blank]

Examples: The Art of Budget Travel: How to See the World For Less The Art of Languages: How to Start Speaking From Day One

93. Treat Yourself to [blank] in [blank]

Examples: Treat Yourself to La Dolce Vita in Italy Treat Yourself to These 9 Luxury Destinations

94. Take Advantage of [blank]

Examples: Take Advantage of These Special Cruise Discounts! Take Advantage of These Summer Getaways!

From travel planning to blogging, people need help. By creating a blueprint or guide you provide your readers with the definitive resource on a subject. For example

95. The Beginners Guide to [blank]

Examples: The Beginners Guide to Eastern Europe The Beginners Guide to English Pub Etiquette

96. Yours Free: A Cheat Sheet for [blank]

Examples: Yours Free: A Cheat Sheet to Frequent Flyer Programs Yours Free: A Cheat Sheet to Basic Phrases Around the World

97. Announcing [blank]: A Simple Blueprint for [blank]

Examples: Announcing Travel Blogging 101: A Simple Blueprint For Building and Launching A Profitable Travel Blog Announcing Surf and Turf: A Simple Blueprint for Surfing Your Way Around the World

98. The Ultimate Guide to [topic]

Examples: The Ultimate Guide to Asia The Ultimate Guide to North American Roadtrips: Where to Go, What to See and How to Get There

99. [blank]: The Ultimate Checklist

Examples: Long Term Travel: The Ultimate Checklist What to Do in Spain: The Ultimate Checklist

100. The No-Nonsense Guide to [blank]

Examples: The No-Nonsense Guide to Traveling With Kids The No-Nonsense Guide to Beirut

101. The Step-by-Step Guide to [blank]

Examples: The Step-by-Step Guide to the Louvre The Step-by-Step Guide to Sydney