It took me 25 years to decide a direction for my life and what kind of lifestyle I wanted.
After countless jobs, hours spent miserably slaving away towards a mission I didn’t believe in, and countless wasted beautiful days, I decided that I wanted to be able to control when, where and how I worked. I didn’t want to be confined by the 9 to 5 hours, stuck indoors on a bright sunny day (disclaimer, it’s currently 70 and sunny and I’m sitting at a picnic table outside in London writing this!), and most importantly I wanted to enjoy what I was doing!
This didn’t all come to me in an ah ha moment one day, it has developed over time, but where and how it all got started always comes back to starting a travel blog.
When I decided to quit my life and finally pursue my dreams of traveling, I started reading blogs. I was moving across the world to teach English in Thailand and needed comfort, reassurance and all the knowledge I could scrape up! Travel blogs were my way of doing that.
Eventually, I decided to start my own. Mostly to fulfill my parents’ and friends’ thirst for updates from my adventures, though, so I had no idea what buying that domain was going to lead to.
I wrote epicly long rants about some beautiful place I had seen, or the weird fried bugs I had tried, but never really put a shape or direction to anything until some of my favorite bloggers started talking about the fact that they were making money off of these little online projects.
Was my travel blog my key to a life I wanted?
I trudged away for many months reading and trying to shape my blog into something that people would take seriously. I watched youtube videos, Lynda.com tutorials, took books out from the library, literally any and everything I could to try to learn this magical, mystical world of blogging that would unlock my digital nomad lifestyle.
Eventually, I decided that it was time to take the plunge and invest in something that would really get me going down the right path, enter Travel Blog Success.
I know you’ve read about Travel Blog Success (TBS) on Twenty-SomethingTravel.com, in a few of my old posts, and basically all over the web. But I want to convince you even more why you should take the plunge on one of their courses if you’re looking to jump start a digital nomad lifestyle.
Contrary to popular belief, I actually don’t make a living off a travel blog. BUT my travel blog was my jumping off point and the entire reason I was able to build a life as a digital nomad.
So, yes, what I am saying is this: buy a blogging course even if your end game isn’t to live fully off of a travel blog.
It’s weird advice, but let me explain.
The Travel Blog Success Community is worth its weight in gold.
I literally don’t think I’d be sitting at this picnic table on a 70 degree day in London if I didn’t buy that first TBS course.
As a part of your Travel Blog Success main course membership you gain access to this insanely awesome FB Community. There are some wildly successful bloggers that lurk in the TBS FB group and even some wildly talented people outside of the travel blogging niche.
It’s a place where you can ask any questions you need, make connections with other newbies, join a mastermind group to help push you to the next level, find new and exciting opportunities and just so much more!
As I was working to build my own travel blog, I was always on the lookout for other opportunities and this is where I found even more value in the group.
I started being a VA for various bloggers doing everything from content writing, making pins, scheduling social media, inserting affiliate links and so much more. It wasn’t exactly lucrative, but it began my journey to make money by working at a beach bar.
I quickly made connections through the digital world and attended as many conferences and meetups as possible to put faces and personalities to those digital profiles. I even wound up working for Travel Blog Success by managing their FB community and Pinterest presence! There really are opportunities everywhere!
Eventually, this community and the connections I’ve made have led to substantial positions that fully support me and my digital nomad lifestyle!
There are courses tailored for different digital nomad avenues.
Believe it or not, I was not a tech-savvy, social media whizz prior to starting a travel blog. I was the last of my friends to get a smart phone back in the day, and used to not care about social media at all and the whole coding concept was quite literally a foreign language to me.
Everything I know and that I’ve learned has been self-taught, jump in with both feet type of skill acquisition. But what I have learned are various skills that are super marketable for creating a digital nomad lifestyle.
The Blogger to Bylines: A Guide to Freelance Writing and Travel Writing for Bloggers are two great courses that get you down the path to the freelance writing gold mine. It’s certainly not the easiest path in the world, that of a freelance travel writer, but once you get the hang of pitching and work up to a few steady clients, there is plenty of money to be made to support a digital nomad lifestyle.
Unfortunately, you can’t just go on Conde Naste Traveler’s website and find the general editor’s email address and send them an email saying you want to write an article for them for $1000 and get hired. But the Blogger to Bylines course will show you how to get to the same, ideal result, $1000 check with your name on it!
It is definitely possible to make a full time living as a freelance writer, I’ve dabbled in it myself, but ultimately don’t enjoy the act of writing itself enough to make a career from it!
Sell Videography or Photography
If you have a knack for taking beautiful photographs or love cutting or curating stunning travel videos, the Videography for Travel Bloggers course may be more in tune with your path to digital nomadism.
There is serious dinero to be made if you’re good at photography or videography. You can quite literally get paid to travel the world taking beautiful images or videos of your experiences and live off of selling them! Video content is worth a lot today and tourism boards, media outlets, and brands will pay for it. Hone your skills with the Videography course and be on your way to living nomadically.
Become a Social Media Guru
After I failed as a big time photographer, or well never even got started towards it, I learned that my most marketable skills were to be found around Social Media.
I learned that if I honed my skills on one or two platforms, I could market myself as a professional and make a living playing around on social media.
Pinterest was a huge platform for me to master, as it is quite easy to make an impact there for very little effort. But it is one of the most challenging platforms to pitch brands on.
If I were to do it again, I’d definitely purchase the Facebook Marketing course and work on mastering Facebook advertising, as that’s an easy platform and concept for brands to wrap their heads around investing time and money into. Knowing the ins and outs of tailoring ads for Facebook is an easy skill to market and brands and people are happy to pay you when they are seeing direct, tailored results.
Finally, Start a Travel Blog
I don’t mean to deter you from starting a travel blog with all this talk about other ways to get the digital nomad lifestyle. It’s still a great way to get on your way to digital nomadism! Going into starting a blog with a plan and all the tools you need to succeed can still be a wildly successful way to earn a living. My biggest struggle with gaining traction with a travel blog was because I tried to shape a passion project into a viable business, if I were to do it all over again… which hint hint, I am with this brand new Why Wait To See The World blog…. I would have purchased a course at the beginning that took me through all the steps I needed, luckily I already had that this go around!
The Travel Blog Success Main Course is a great starting point when you’re considering starting a travel blog. It literally takes you through everything you need to know from buying a domain to creating a business plan to getting traffic, and so much more! And when you have questions about the pieces in-between the lines of the course, the private FB Community is there for you to post your question to! It is literally everything you need to get a travel blog off the ground.
When you’re ready to start actually making money off your blog, the Affiliate Marketing and the Bloggers, Brands and Tourism Boards: A Guide to Successful Partnerships courses are there to take you a step further! Affiliate Marketing is a great way to get started with monetizing a site, even when your traffic is just at the beginning stages. And once you do get a little traction, creating brand partnerships are a great way to take your blog to the next level!
Until Friday, March 31st, all Travel Blog Success courses are actually on sale! These are great resources towards building the digital nomad life you’ve been dreaming of.
I hope this helps you to not wait to see the world!!
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