BOSTON, MA - After several years of avoiding the subject one travel blogger finally relents, penning first Maldives article, and leveling up her travel blog in the process.
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BOSTON, MA – After several years of avoiding the subject one travel blogger finally relents, penning first Maldives article, and leveling up her travel blog in the process.


Travel blogger Heather Reynolds has blogged about travel for almost three years. Her largely unknown travel blog “Heather Travels Freeely” has been mostly a labor of love with little to no revenue to show for it.

Despite the slow start and lean times, Reynolds has stayed with it, continuing to pound out destination pieces – most of which she’s actually been to. From Hawaii, to Jordan, even Fiji, she shares her travel tips and tricks, packing ideas, and hotel recommendations. In the already-busy travel blogging space, Reynolds found success slow and rare, but she remained optimistic, convinced by her paid Facebook blogging courses, that success was just around the corner.

Then COVID hit.

The bottom fell out and her meager traffic dropped further. Reynold’s response? Give up? No. Instead, she bought another blogging course and redoubled her efforts.

Now, after a tough 2 years of paltry pandemic blog traffic, Reynolds believes she’s found the key to unlocking massive growth. The Maldives.

Although Reynolds covered many popular tourist destinations, one spot has always eluded her: Maldives. She’d never been (and still hasn’t), and in her words, it just wasn’t that appealing.

“There’s really not much to do in the Maldives. I don’t have a current boyfriend and the thought of doing an overwater photoshoot by myself was, well, depressing,” Reynolds shared with us.

But now, after completing her $2,000 blogging course she’s convinced that a piece on the Maldives is the key to unlocking massive growth.

“My instructor reminded us that it’s all about viral growth. People want to live their lives vicariously through other people and your job as a travel blogger is to make that dream real,” said the upbeat Reynolds.

Now, as a last ditch effort to jumpstart her travel blog, Reynolds is relenting and publishing her first post on the Maldives and she can hardly contain herself.

“Like, I haven’t even been there, but I read a lot of other articles from people who have been, and watched some TikToks, so I feel like I can cover it pretty well,” Reynolds remarked.

Her post goes live next week, and she is already built out a TikTok using a virtual background to accompany it.

Reynolds noted, “If this doesn’t work, then I guess we will try hocking credit cards.”

Lee Ballou

Lee is the brains (but definitely not the looks) of The Takeoff Nap. When he's not complaining about upgrades he runs a few travel blogs, but this one is his favorite.

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