I love my job as a travel blogger. I work as per my schedule. Sometimes, I get paid to travel. Most of my trips are at least part sponsored, if not full. Any day, this is a better place to be in as compared to my corporate banking role… at least, that is how I am feeling at this moment. However, there are some woes that I have as a travel blogger, or rather, as a newbie full time travel blogger. If you do intend to take blogging your full time job, read on…it is a fun ride…but it isn’t a smooth ride!
- There isn’t as much money, Honey! The cash flows are not even close to 25% of my banking salary. While I do miss the money, nothing comes close to the joy of travelling and having an independent work schedule.
- But travelling does cost money! I am happy that we have a little kitty that we have saved by working for the past 10 years and I can dip into it time and again to fund my travels. Maybe, during the initial phase of your blog, treat this as an investment that will yield results. However, no one can commit on the timelines for the same.
- It can take time for a blog to be successful…and this can vary between 6 months to 6 years! Really, you just don’t know which post will become viral and make you famous. I am keeping my fingers crossed and am hoping that it does happen soon!
- Be in it for the long run! Most travel blogs die within the first 6 months… very few make it past one year; those that survive beyond that are serious bloggers. I have been blogging part-time for over 2 years and full time for over 3 months…and am hoping to be here for a really really long time.
- Patience, patience and more patience…with lots of motivation! With less than a 100 views every day during the intial phase, running a blog can be frustrating. But be patient and motivate yourself …if it were that easy, the space would cluttered even more.
- Content is the king! An oft repeated phrase…but it is so very true. It takes time and effort to generate good content that readers would like and appreciate. Never cut corners and do a shoddy job. You never know who might be reading your posts…possibly the editor of a travel magazine who might give you your most awaited break.
- Blogging is hard work! Yes, I work as and when I want to…but I still work for at least 6 hours and at least 5 days a week, creating content, cleaning photographs, liasing with tourism offices and being on concalls. The fact that I can work sitting on a beach lounger at a Zanzibari beach just makes the job so much easier!
- Sometimes, you have to really push yourself! After a long day of sight-seeing, there are times, when I just want to sit in a warm bubble bath and sip on a glass of white wine. Then there are other days when I want to sleep in late. However, there are still tourist attractions to be explored that I know will be of interest to my readers. So, what do I do? I trudge on…trying to get nice pictures and information to ensure that I am well equipped to generate useful content.
- Its so easy to put on weight! For a foodie, weight gain while travelling happens in a jiffy. I put on about 2 kgs if I am travelling for about a month or so. Trying to maintain an exercise schedule is a challenge.
- Homesick! I am a travel blogger, but I am not a digital nomad. I have a home to come back to and miss family and friends when I travel for many days at a stretch. I think its ok to be home sick… we all need to love and be loved!
Three months of full time travel blogging…its not been be all rosy. It has been like a rainbow…I have felt blue…and I have felt pink. I have loved every part of the journey so far. Now that I have found the rainbow, I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to find the pot of gold!