Mikkel Woodruff is half of Sometimes Home, which she runs with her husband, Dan. They write about travel for couples on a mid-size to luxury budget, both domestically in the United States and abroad in places like Asia and Europe. Mikkel is a professional photographer and Dan is a marketing Creative Director – they run Sometimes Home as an additional venture to full time jobs. Their site’s goal is to inspire readers to travel and provide ideas for their next vacation. Follow Mikkel on social media: Facebook, twitter, Instagram (and this Instagram for their food adventures), and Pinterest. You can sign up for their newsletters too!
What inspired you to start blogging?
I was writing about my travels on my wedding photography website’s blog and I was worried people would get confused about why I was traveling so much! So I decided to start a dedicated website. I met my husband not too long after it and we decided to be co-owner and divide up the tasks. So we both own and operate it.
What are your blogging and travel plans for the next 12 months?
Blogging: planning on reviving a lot of old content that wasn’t optimized to start with because we know a lot more now than when we started out! Travel plans: we’re really excited to go to Spain again in March, explore the east coast of the United States more, especially Florida and North Carolina, and hopefully Japan in September.
Where is your happy place? Your favourite destination in the world?
Our happy place is definitely Europe! Norway always brings me happiness, Japan is incredible and I love going back, and Spain is a place my husband and I deeply love as a couple.
Which blogs do you love to read for inspiration?
Can you share the three most popular posts on your blog?
The Ultimate First Time Guide to Tokyo DisneySea: https://sometimeshome.com/ultimate-first-time-guide-tokyo-disneysea/
Our 12 Favorite Spots Around San Diego, California: https://sometimeshome.com/12-favorite-sites-around-san-diego-california/
One Perfect Day in Granada, Spain: https://sometimeshome.com/one-perfect-day-granada-spain/
Can you share any tips for newer bloggers who would love to set up a travel blog?
My tip would be to jump into education for SEO sooner rather than later. Also don’t worry about posting on a specific day and time when you’re starting out. I read this was important to do consistently somewhere and it ended up really stressing me out. It’s not important, especially if you don’t yet have a solid readership yet. Just post every week or month overall – the specific time and day doesn’t matter as much.
If you could go back in time to when you first set up your blog would you do anything differently?
I would have incorporated affiliate links from the start to monetize it right away. I didn’t because I figured if we weren’t getting traffic why bother? But now I realize if the traffic was going to come it would have been great to already have set up the system to make some money as traffic increased!