Turning your hobby into a full-time job is a dream for every one of us. After all, you will be doing what you love, and having fun in the process. So if you enjoy traveling and you often document your adventures on your blog, you should think about making a career out of it. Even though it might sound like a fairy tale, you can travel the world and earn money while you do so.
Having a travel blog can finance your voyages and enable you to visit various locations all around the globe. Be prepared to invest a lot of your time into creating interesting content and attracting the readership to your articles. There are numerous ways to do this so let’s start with the basics.
You can start by making affiliate recommendations to your audience. While this might not make you a millionaire, you will still earn some money, especially if you have a large number of followers or readers. If you are unsure where to start, share Amazon products you personally use and hotel bookings on your blog. Your readers should be able to click on an affiliate link which will lead them to another website where they can purchase an item or book accommodation.
You will earn a percentage from each and every sale, but your readers will not pay any extra money for their purchase. Always recommend trusted products or hotels you are familiar with. This will form a stronger bond between you and your readers. Therefore, they will always return to your blog in order to find a great place to stay at.
Offer your own products
If you are a successful blogger, you are probably a talented writer as well. So try creating your own travel guides which will cover the places you have explored. Sell them as eBooks and you can earn plenty of money on a monthly basis. Don’t rush through your guide in order to write it as quickly as possible. Take your time and be sure to include the information you find useful while adding a touch of your own personality to it.
You can also expand your range of topics by adding food guides for specific countries because many aspiring travelers are foodies. National cuisine is a unique feature of every country out there, so reading about it from a traveler’s point of view is always educational and amusing. Plus, trying out meals you have never tasted before will add a new twist to your voyages.
Vlogging on YouTube
So you have developed your own style of writing, and the photos on your blog are high-quality. But is there a way to add something more in order to make your readers completely immersed into the content you are creating? The answer is yes! Making videos about your travels, and unique people you encounter along the way will make them get to know you even better.
Uploading your videos to YouTube will expand your blog audience, and you will be able to earn some money from the view count. However, you should include in-video ads and affiliate links over there as well. You don’t have to be active every single day. Create your own schedule that will be connected to your blog. YouTube is a great source of income, and you could use it in order to finance your travels.
Being a freelancer
You don’t need to have a degree in journalism in order to work as a freelance writer. If you have a blog which is maintained regularly and your audience is rising steadily, the chances are you will be noticed and contacted by online magazines or newspapers. They are always searching for new contributors, and are willing to pay you a good amount of money for high-quality content.
Treat your blog as some kind of a writing portfolio and don’t publish poorly written articles. This will increase your chances of getting a freelance gig at a major travel web page. Your voice should be unique and always add your personal opinion about a certain country or a destination. If you are good at writing, there will be a lot of interesting offers every single month.
Starting a blog is the first step and everyone can do it. But maintaining it and working on the content every day takes a lot of passion and motivation. So if you love traveling and it makes you feel happy, use your enthusiasm and create something that will make you proud. And then you can start thinking about making money while blogging and traveling. As you can see, the process is quite simple, you just need to build your audience first. Once you have a good readership, you will be able to visit any country imaginable, all thanks to your writing.