Want to get paid to travel but not sure it’s actually a reality. It’s time to address the big beast:
It’s time to address the big beast and answer the question most asked of us
How do you make money travel blogging?
Let’s face it, most people who see our travel lifestyle, desire to get paid to travel. Just like I wanted to earn money traveling every time I watched another TV episode in Australia of Getaway or the Great Outdoors.
I was shocked when I’d hear behind the scenes tales of just how unglamorous and exhausting getting paid to travel was. Yeah right! It didn’t matter how exhausting it sounded, I knew that was the life for me. Getting paid to travel was more attractive than teaching – you want to know exhausting!
It turns out travel blogging is exhausting, and really not very lucrative, especially in the early years of your online business, just like most businesses.
BUT, it IS a damn sight better for me than teaching and I love it. I’ve never worked longer hours and I’ve been ejected so far out of my comfort zone that I no longer recognize the planet I’m on, nor the body I’m in.
Travel blogging is a wild ride and I’d do it all over again – this time much smarter!
So, firstly let’s answer some commonly asked questions about how to make money travel blogging and get paid to travel. These are the questions we consistently get in our inbox from people wanting the travel lifestyle a travel blog can bring.
CAN YOU MAKE MONEY TRAVEL BLOGGING?
Absolutely you can make money off a travel blog. You can make money off almost anything, either directly or indirectly. It’s incredible the doors that can open once you build an audience around something, and it’s amazing the number of people I’ve met who make money off their passions.
The best way to earn an income travel blogging is by doing something you love and are good at. But you’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to build a foundation, a brand, an audience, and a product or service.
It’s important you get your foundation in place first. By that I mean things like:
- Your brand and messaging
- Solid content
- List of email subscribers
- Functional and professional website
- Tools and resources
- Social media communities
- Your USP (unique selling proposition)
- Network of contacts
- Media kit
You can’t build a skyscraper on a one-inch slab of concrete. Build your foundation!
IS IT EASY TO MAKE MONEY AS A TRAVEL BLOGGER?
No. But it could be easier if you learn how to create a business and make money travel blogging from the start.
There’s a learning curve and it takes an investment of time and commitment like any business. It involves a lot of smarts and learning from the right people.
We’ve made huge mistakes, but over the past year have figured out how to do it the best way for us, and there will be a best way for everyone and a different business model for you depending on your skills, time commitment, goals, location, travel experience, and demographic.
Different doors can open whether you’re a family travel blogger, couple or solo. Whether you’re based in Australia, Europe, North America or elsewhere. Whether you’re strong at photography, or writing, or video. There are many variables at play.
We’re always innovating and growing and adding different income streams to our travel blog and using our data to evaluate how we’re making money travel blogging, what’s working, and what needs to change.
Experience, and having the right teachers helps immensely.
I want to be upfront with you – travel blogging takes a lot of time and energy and other blogging niches appear to provide a better income. It also takes an investment of money – but much smaller than if you were building a brick and mortar business – but still you’re going to have costs.
If you treat it like a business from the get-go, and that means investing in education, tools, and resources, then you’ll get paid as a business, not as a hobby.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MAKE MONEY TRAVEL BLOGGING?
Think like an entrepreneur, not an employee. It’s a huge mental cross over and if you’re not ready for it, it could take you out of the game.
Grow to the point where you have a lot of value to exchange. That’s the best way to make money as a travel blogger.
You can’t come into travel blogging and expect to be partnering with brands on paid campaigns or getting comped trips after two months of blogging. Getting paid to travel is not that easy
Put in the hard yards to establish your credibility, build your value and build a community. If you don’t, you’re building a business on peanuts and they won’t get you too far out of the jungle.
It took us two years of intense work before money started flowing into our travel blogging business. It’s only been the last year that we’ve seen a healthy profit.
The best way to make money travel blogging depends on what skills and value you can bring to the table – play to your strengths.
Be creative. Be different. Explore many different income avenues.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN YOU EARN AS A TRAVEL BLOGGER?
There is no simple answer to this. Too many variables at play. It’s totally up to you and the audience you build around your brand.
I suggest you set big goals and then work towards them step by step. I think the higher your goals the more you’ll grow and the more you’ll eventually earn. Some people like to set more realistic goals.
I just put out the big numbers and then believe I can move closer to that. You know the saying, shoot for the moon and land amongst the stars!
Some travel bloggers make a few hundred dollars a month, some a thousand and some even more. The best travel bloggers earn multiple six figure incomes from their travel blogs.
WHAT ARE YOUR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE GOALS?
The majority of travel bloggers can earn enough money for them to live well in developing countries. This is a very worthy goal. As long as you are happy and living a good life, then it doesn’t matter where you live or how high your income can grow.
If you can reach that state of happy financial independence by living in a country where your expenses are much lower, then that could be a raging success.
Work for the lifestyle you want.