Many dream of turning their hobby into a profession. I did it three years ago: quit my great agency job so that I could travel around the world more. Unlike many other travel bloggers, I never gave up my permanent residence.
Since I’ve been a blogger, I’ve been asked the same questions over and over again. Nobody really understands what I’m doing. When I’m asked about my job while traveling, I often say that I work in online marketing. It’s true somehow. Many do not understand the job title “travel blogger”. The fact that I do something like that as my main job and can make a living raises more questions. It then takes a little longer to answer them.
HOW do TRAVEL BLOGGERS make MONEY?
So let’s try to answer the most frequently asked question around travel blogging – Can you earn money as a travel blogger?
Yes, you can. The question is how much. Very few have enough income from a blog alone to make a living from it. I was happy with every cent at first because I couldn’t believe that I could make money with my blog at all. My best advise if you want to earn while traveling and blogging is to get a real website. I got mine through BlueHost and built my website through WordPress. I got discounts on other things I needed like a domain through namesilo coupon.
Blog out of passion, not for the money
Earning money suddenly happened on the side and was a positive side effect. Because I had a full-time job and was happy with it. Back then I never wanted to quit and live from blogging. The only reason to write more about my travels was that I wanted to give others tips that I hadn’t found on the internet or in travel guides before my trip.
Take Cuba , for example: Fortunately I was there before the borders were “opened”. It was not difficult to travel around individually and Varadero could also be avoided, but information and tips were not to be found anywhere. Hotels could not be viewed or booked on the Internet, private accommodations could not. So I wrote everything down in my travel diary during the trip. And when I got back I published it in days- no weeks of hard work.
When the first comments came and readers thanked me, I was very happy. I am still happy about every single comment and e-mail. Even if it often takes me longer to answer everyone.
Do you have to be a digital nomad to become a travel blogger?
At the time, the buzzword “digital nomad” was on everyone’s lips. Even back then I commented on some blog that I don’t think it’s good to praise life as a digital nomad and to advise everyone to quit their permanent position and simply do what they want. Because only this is the “ultimate lifestyle”. I am not a digital nomad – even if my job could work from all over the world.
I work best and most concentrated at home at my desk. My internet works here, I have a large monitor and all the equipment around me that I need to work. I still travel when I travel . I want to experience as much as possible and capture everything. Therefore, no new articles usually appear on my trips, only pictures on Instagram or Facebook with rather short travel statements. I’ll do everything else when I’m back. Even emails are only answered in emergencies.
So don’t quit your job to live out of blogging. But take time to travel and blog while you keep your job.