So you want to travel the world. For free. Or even get paid to do so. Who doesn’t want such a dream life?
How do you intend doing that? What’s that? Did I hear you can as a travel blogger? Sure, that’s one way to. Ask me, I am a travel blogger.
Am I living the dream? Yes, I am. But do I travel for free? Do I get paid to travel? Sometimes. Only sometimes. As is the case of hundreds and thousands of travel bloggers around the world.
Let’s do a reality check. Just by creating a blog tonight does not mean you will be travelling the world tomorrow with someone else footing the bill. Reaching a stage where your travels are partially or fully sponsored is a long journey (pun intended). There is no blogger on this planet who has achieved 100 percent paid travel Nirvana. You are not getting there in a hurry.
It is hard work, and you need to persevere. It entails churning out high quality write-ups, photos and videos – and building a good following. You also need to be good at public relations to be noticed by the right people (read sponsors). The idea is not to discourage you – there is always room for one more travel blogger as long as your content is appealing. Ten people could be looking at a sunset, and each could offer his or her own perspective and description. All can have an audience too – that is what is so wonderful about travel.
Start. Treat it as being on an adventure. You may need to dip into your savings for a while, or hold a day job to support you. As long as you do a few things right, you will achieve your goals.
Travel blogging is a great occupation, and a beautiful way to live your life. Happy travels.
‘Travel Blogging’ is a series of posts for those who want to be travel bloggers / online influencers. It is based on my experiences and learnings as a travel blogger since 2007. Follow all posts under the Travel Blogging Category – and feel free to post any further queries to me in comments below or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to join an offline session on travel blogging / photography / filmmaking, check out the Kunzum Media Lab.