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It’s interesting that when I meet people for the first time and they ask me what I do for a living, their reaction when I tell them I’m a Travel Blogger and Freelance Writer. For some reason they automatically think I live a charmed life of flitting around the globe, flying business-class, drinking French champagne, staying in 5-star hotels and eating out at the finest dining establishments. Immediately I set them straight and tell them that none of this is true!
The life of a Travel Blogger in this very competitive field is a lot of hard work, means putting yourself right out there on the Worldwide Web and takes a lot of dedication. Not to mention the amount of knockbacks that you tend to get after you’ve spent a lot of time pitching to organisations for work. It can be downright demoralising!
There are several myths about the life of a Travel Blogger that I would like to clarify
This is definitely not the case. On the few media trips or “famils” that I’ve been invited to attend, I’ve had to pay for my own transport, meals and worked lengthy hours for little or no monetary reward. During a media trip to Japan in 2016, I had to pay my own airfare to Sydney to catch a flight to Japan and then I had to pay for a lot of my meals and internal transport when travelling around Japan. By the end of the six day trip I was physically exhausted because the itinerary was so full on that I barely got any rest (or sleep). However, did I enjoy it? Yes I most certainly did and I would do it all over again in the blink of an eye!
People that follow me on Social Media tend to comment that “I’m always travelling”, mainly because I post a couple of travel photos every single day on Facebook and Instagram. However this does not mean that I’m actually always travelling. I have an extensive photo library from all of my trips and source these daily to come up with a new travel destination or local point of interest. A lot of my travel is self-funded that I then use as material for my travel blog. Fortunately I’m able to use my own travel photos and stories to incorporate a couple affiliate marketing companies that I work with. This is how a lot of us earn money these days, rather than getting paid for travel articles or advertisements.
I can assure you that this is not the case! My husband and I do love to travel as much as we can, but we always look for travel specials and deals that make travel much more affordable. So instead of taking one big expensive trip each year we try to plan several cheaper, smaller trips throughout the year. We also own a caravan that we enjoy travelling in to see some of our own country or just for a weekend escape to somewhere close to home. Caravanning can be extremely budget-friendly and is a great way to travel.
Yes I will admit it, they can be! I have been involved in a couple of famils where I’ve been pampered and treated like royalty. However on most of these trips the idea is that we see the destination, hotel or restaurant in the best light possible so that our experience is enjoyable, and hence we will write favourably about it. That is the whole idea of media trips in a nutshell!
This is total rubbish!! Travel writing is a job like any other. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a good travel article or travel review. There are hours of research that need to be undertaken, sometimes interviews, location photography, editing and resizing photos and a notebook full of hastily taken down notes (so that we don’t forget the names, places and facts). I have been interviewed about my travel blog on a couple of occasions and appeared in our local newspaper, a couple of magazines and even had a radio interview. But I can tell you that my world is hardly glamorous and I have a long way to go to reach celebrity status!
I’m certainly not trying to discourage any new up and coming Travel Blogger or writer from pursuing their dream. But when I notice that there are now literally thousands of Travel Bloggers jumping aboard I can’t help but think that they may be setting themselves up for disappointment. There’s no such thing as a “free ride” in the world of Travel Blogging. You have to constantly put yourself out there on the web and social media to try to create a good following, negotiate a maze of technical information and then find time to be creative with it. It’s not easy! But do I like what I do? You can bet your bottom dollar I do!!!
Do you have a job that people think is a dream job? I would be interested to hear.
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.
The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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