So you want to be a travel blogger, fly around the world, be totally awesome and get paid? Or maybe you’re just sitting there wondering how the hell do these people fly around the world, be totally awesome and not be a trust fund baby? Sadly there’s no magical recipe for the success of travel blogging and how we make our money. It’s seemingly every second day I do get asked about how I make money along with the phrase ‘Oh so you make money from travel blogging. Like people actually pay you for this?’
I wanted to avoid a post like this since forever. Mainly because there’s a shit load of information on the internet on how you can make your fortune being a travel blogger. A lot of it is exactly that – shit. The information is abhorrent at best. The thing that is more soul destroying is seeing people sell dodgy guides and courses on how you too can make your millions doing this travel blogging thing. This isn’t one of those posts.
What’s coming up next is a professional yet open and honest discussion on how we make our money. The tips & tricks we use to make the cold hard cash to fund our adventures. There’s no mystery here. Nothing hidden away in the dark. Just our usual sass and honesty.
Can You Actually Make Money Travel Blogging?
Yes you can and yes we do. If you put your mind to it you can make money from just about anything. One thing to do is to change your mindset on how much money you need to live comfortably with.
So This Is The Easiest Job In The World Right?
Ah no. Sadly we don’t get to spend all our days on a beach with a mojito in hand. Except that one time I did get stranded on a press trip on a tropical island in the Philippines. I digress. Being a travel blogger is being a business owner as well as being your own boss. I work long hours, across multiple time zones negotiating, creating content, delivering content and engaging with my audience. I spend more time then I’d care to admit behind my laptop or on my phone. Let’s not forget all the unpaid time spent i getting visas, attending networking events, creating pitches and the many, many hours in the airports.
Being a travel blogger takes a lot of work. It’s a constant learning curve of unpaid professional development.
How We Make All The Monies.
James and I have other jobs.
Shut the front door! Ok now that you’ve picked yourself up off the floor I’m going to let you in on a little secret of ours. James works full time as a bike (mountain bike kinda bikes) mechanic. As well as I work two nights a week pulling beers at a pub in Melbourne Airport. Working from home has some great perks, like not wearing pants, but it is lonely. I did find that I needed some part time work that got me out of the house, had little to no responsibility and was fun. So back to the pub I go! If you’re ever there drop by and say hello! 99% of the time I’m up for a good chat.
I do a variety of consulting in administration, human resources, business development, blogger engagement, event management, community management and the like. In a previous life I was an Executive Assistant/Executive Officer.
Some may now classify this as virtual assisting but it’s much more then that. I do physically go into people’s businesses at times, if required. Feel free to Contact Us if you’d like more information on the services provided.
We’re really fussy about what products we recommend and even fussier with what affiliate programs we partake in. Almost daily I get an email asking us to pimp out some new affiliate program that is best fit for your site. *eye roll* Unless we have personally tried the product it does’t make the cut. So you’ll see very few affiliate links on our website but we do have the following three that we use and recommend all the time.
Affiliate sales don’t cost you a single penny more. A very small percentage is paid to the person. Commonly around 5-10% of the total sale price.
Occasionally if the brand is a good fit we’ll do a collaboration with a brand. This can be on our Instagram, Facebook or even here on the blog. We don’t promote any services or items that we haven’t personally tried. Integrity is our number one rule here.
Words For All
I sell my soul in the form of the written word. There are a handful of websites who hire writers and content creators. The work is easy but the payment process is terrible. With some payments taking over 90 days.
Want to be kept abreast of our travel tales? Receive a cool post card or even a box of goodies from afar? We run a specialised campaign on Patreon for those who love to see us on the road less travelled. The funds raised are used to help support our travels as well as keep the adventure pups well fed and living the latte life. Supporting us starts from as little as $5/month.
So there you have it. A brief oversight into how we make money to fund our travels. Actually it’s not just how we fund our travels it’s also how we pay rent, put food on the table and generally survive in the world. It’s a fun, challenging and unique way to work. It takes a lot of coffee and a lot of hard work but for now while we’re enjoying this journey we’ll keep on trucking along.
We do on occasion collaborate with brands that align with our values – Eat Well, Travel Often, Drink Coffee. If you’d like more information check out our Work With Us.
Have you got any questions or queries? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll answer them all.
Founder, Principal Blogger & Coffee Drinker
Coffee Lover | Travel Blogger | Horse Rider | Adventure Racer | Donut Dame. Generally nice lady-enjoys wine, indie movies & random dance parties in my tent.
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