If someone told you that you could get paid to travel, you’d bite their arm off, wouldn’t you? It almost sounds too good to be true, but there are plenty of people who make a living by documenting their travel adventures, and you could be one of them!
As with a lot of things online, the travel blogging market is a little saturated at the moment (because who wouldn’t want this job of dreams?!) so it’s important that you find a way to offer something a little different to your audience. Perhaps you are traveling the world with small children, or you are exploring countries based on how they can cater for vegans. There are many possibilities so carve out your own.
Work as a business
To make money from travel blogging, you have to see your blog as your own business, rather than just a fun hobby – this is what sets professional bloggers apart from those who just do it for the enjoyment. If you want to make money, you have to be professional, so make sure everything you post is of the highest quality.
Spend money to make money
If you are serious about becoming a travel blogger, and being paid to travel, you might have to invest a little bit, just like you would in any other business. Perhaps you want to buy good equipment such as a laptop to write on the go, or a good quality camera to capture your adventures, or maybe you want to pay for an online blogging course to make sure you are the best you can be.
Blow your own trumpet
The bigger your audience, the more likely you are to make money from your work. This isn’t the time to be shy – you need to really market your blog, which is a lot of work in itself! Social media is the perfect way to document your travels and gain an engaged and loyal following. Make sure your following is genuine, not bought or bots, and you will start to see the rewards. Brands, who are likely to pay you for your work, or give you freebies, need to know that they will get a return on their investment, so they need to be able to see how you provide value to them.
Be persistent and patient
As much as we would all love to be Zoella level bloggers right away, that’s not how the industry works. Write a blog that you are proud of, interact with your audience and be consistent in your uploads and you are on the right line! Don’t give up, at the very least you will end up with a fantastic document of your traveling, and you could even end up funding your adventures through it!
It’s certainly not easy, and like any job, there are plenty of ups and downs, but as a way to earn money, it’s one of the better options! So, if you’ve got the passion, get started – any excuse to book another trip!