Me hiking in Glacier National Park on a rare vacation day. I.e. I haven’t written about it….yet!
Confessions 5 & 6: Travel blogging is a misnomer, most travel bloggers do additional work to pay the bills.
The actual blogging is just a small part of what most travel bloggers do. Yes, it does take & considerable time, as you’ve seen from above. While bloggers may get paid to write some blog posts as part of a campaign, like the #inLombardia365 one that I did recently, many posts will be without pay.
As a blogger, it’s important to produce content on a regular basis to maintain and grow your audience, even if you’re not being paid to write it. I also think it goes a long way to building trust with an audience since people can see that you’re writing about a topic that you believe in, and not just because you were paid to do it.
In addition to the actual blogging, many travel bloggers do additional work to pay the bills. This may include accepting paid guest posts, social media campaigns, writing for other publications, or taking on freelance work in an area that they’re skilled at, such as graphic design.
Personally, I am the #BBCLocalite for Munich for BBC Travel (now discontinued), do social media campaigns, run affiliate campaigns for products like hiking gear. and for tours like the Wicklow Way and I’m the co-founder of #AdvTravelChat, which was the largest adventure travel chat on Twitter (now discontinued).
In 2016 I launched my newest venture, becoming a tour operator and offering hiking, cycling and wildlife tours.
When I started out, I also taught online courses for universities in Canada. I also did freelance writing to help pay the bills while I built up my audience.
All the multitasking can make it difficult to focus. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find this very helpful: Are You Focusing On The Right Thing at The Right Time?
So instead of saying travel blogger, in most cases it would be more accurate to say travel blogger/photographer/social media specialist/digital influencer/freelance writer/…. you get the idea!
Lesson to You: If you really want to travel more, you may be better off finding a better paying profession that you can do remotely. There are a million easier ways to make money than from travel blogging. And that still gives you the freedom to see the world.