Being a financial adviser, basically an accountant, and having your own business may be enough for some. And it is nothing wrong with that.
It was enough for a while for Christy Woodrow too, especially that the flexible hours she worked and good money allowed her to travel quite often.
But then she and her partner started a travel blog called “Ordinary Traveler” after a 6-week trip to Southeast Asia in early 2009, focusing on those who don’t want to sell up and leave it all behind. They love their home base in coastal San Diego too much to be permanent nomads. On that blog, besides the travel stories she posts also the results of her love for photography.
“Ordinary Travelers focus is to provide trip ideas for people with limited vacation time and to introduce off-the-beaten-path destinations that you may not find on other travel blogs.“, Christy tells Metro.
After several years she is working now full time for the blog doing also photography while her partner Scott still works for a small software company.
How she actually make those six figures a year?
This is how (but first you have to setup your travel blog as she teaches here):
– photo sales – she posts her pictures online and offers people the option to buy a canvas or print if they like it.
– photography services – she is hired by hotels, restaurants, and travel destinations to provide photos for their marketing materials.
– social media consulting – this isn’t always related to travel she explains.
– blog advertising – she and Scott write sponsored posts and place the occasional banner ad on their blog. They are extremely picky about who they work with).
– freelance writing – this portion of my income has grown tremendously in the past couple of months as editors and website owners find our website through Google search.
– partnerships with brands – these are usually long-term partnerships with companies who offer products or services which we already use or that we feel our readers would benefit from hearing about.
– social media campaigns – were often invited to participate in paid social media campaigns. These are usually tourism boards, brands, or hotels who are looking for top bloggers and social influencers to help promote their destination.
Dog-sledding!! I'm not one to make bucket lists, but this has been something I've wanted to do for years. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon on Pyramid Lake in @tourismjasper for the Winterstruck festival and dog-sledding was one of the many activities available. Is this on your bucket list? #goprogirl #MyJasper #jasperinjanuary #gopro #explorealberta #explorecanada
But the beginning wasn’t easy. “In my first 3 years of travel blogging, my income worked out to be about $5.00 per hour. Self employment is a roller coaster: money ebbs and flows, contracts fall through, and clients pay late“.
If you are prepared to accept this, then work hard and persevere the results will come in the end.
“Try to keep another job for at least the first 2 to 3 years – otherwise it can be very stressful. Build your audience first; don’t focus on making money for at least the first year of travel blogging. Never stop educating yourself – this industry is constantly evolving and you have to stay ahead of the curve.” is her advice.