So You Want to Be a Travel Blogger

Every now and then I like to check in here and write a post about travel blogging. It is relevant to a lot of readers, and it might just be relevant to you, the person who is sitting at home contemplating this travel blogging lifestyle.

You want to be a travel bloggerA lifestyle that currently has me sitting at Sydney airport awaiting a flight to Bangkok for a week press trip after a week blog trip kayaking, surfing, and sunset harbour cruising in Sydney.

Glamorous? Perhaps. Hard work? Definitely. Fun? Of course. How could travel not be?

BUT

A major caveat is needed here:

This blogging life is hard slog, with great sacrifices and for the first couple of years, little reward.

You have to totally dedicate your life to making this nomadic travel lifestyle a reality.

And I mean dedicate.

Say goodbye to sleep, to fancy cars, and luxurious items. Say goodbye to nights out with friends and family, and day trips as well. Say goodbye to time out, to conversations that don’t involve multi-tasking on the side of you tweeting, facebooking and instagraming.

This is the reality.

The sacrifices are many and often I am left questioning my sanity.

It’s too late for me, I can’t turn back. This is the life we committed ourselves to, the lives we have dreamed about for so long and slowly we can see them becoming a reality.

I don’t want to tell you go for it, start a blog, you’ll get free travel and live this glamorous life as it’s not the truth…

…but it could be.

It just depends on YOU. How much work do you want to put into it? How much are you willing to allow your life to be overtaken by it?

It depends on your MISSION.

Your WHY.

If you just want to do it to get free travel then I am going to help you out here by telling you FORGET it. It is not worth it. You will have to give up far too much just in order for you to gain free travel.

Time is far more valuable than money.

Dreams are Made For Keeping You Awake at Night

There has to be something else there for you. There has to be a greater why. An itch that you just can’t scratch.

A driving force within you telling you to be more, to do more, to make a difference.

And you just can’t stop until you do. You just can’t sleep until you do.

Because you KNOW that this is the path you were meant to walk, a path that is strewn with thorns and bristles and overgrown weeds that confuse you as to where it goes.

Your feet will bleed, your heart will ache, and you will be so so tired. But you’ll keep walking, hell, sometimes you’ll run, because you know that this thing you are doing is BIGGER than you and you can’t stop it.

It is so much bigger than you that you will even agree to leave your children for a week. That is when the knife slices through your total being and you sit in an airport chair sobbing.

That is when you really question your sanity.

And that is my greatest sacrifice. It is why I can’t stop; will not stop.

Because my WHY is so much bigger than me.

Kalyra and Savannah

It is so my daughters will have a mother who LOVES what she does. It’s so they can learn that THIS is the way we should live our life and to NEVER ever take second best. To NEVER let your dreams pass by because of fear or doubt, or tiredness.

It is so my daughters can spend the majority of their days with their mother and father experiencing the world together.

It is so they learn that the world is an amazing place, that whether we live in igloos in Alaska, sleep under the stars at night in a Bedouin camp, prostate to a GOD named Allah, or spend our days surfing waves, we are all far too similar than we are different.

It’s so they know that life is far better when you share it, and you CAN make a difference and you CAN spend your days inspiring and helping others.

And so I say YES. I will dedicate my whole life to this. I will leave my children for a week. I will cry every day and this gigantic hole inside of me that longs for my arms to be wrapped around them will intensify to the point where I feel I can’t breathe.

I will do all of this because I believe in that which is greater than myself. I believe what this sacrifice will eventually give us.

I have to believe in it; otherwise I am wasting my time.

Yes. You can have this dream life of yours.

Absolutely! There is NO reason why you can’t.

You just need that reason WHY YOU CAN. It’s going to be a reason that hurts you.

It’s the ONLY way we commit and dedicate.

What’s your pain? What’s your why?

Until you get clear on that, until you accept that, you will never walk the path you were meant to walk.

Caz
Caz Makepeace is the co-founder of y Travel Blog and has been traveling the world since 1997, first solo, then with her husband, and now with her two daughters. Get her free email series on the 4 best ways to reduce travel costs. Follow her on Google+

96 Comments on “So You Want to Be a Travel Blogger”

  1. RTuckerThompson (@RTuckerThompson)

    Your children are extremely fortunate as they will grow up with enquiring minds, a expanded outlook of life and the tolerance to be global citizens. And great you can share your love of travel with them!

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    • Thank you so much. It’s so great to hear that because often you worry about if you are making right decisions and doing the right thing for them. I think this is probably normal for a parent though. Worry and guilt suddenly entered my life when they arrived.

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  2. Eyetravelsolo aka Kevin

    Once again Caz, you have nailed the subject matter right on the head.
    I decided to make this Jump due to my passion for travell. I made the decision in the middle of my plans to relocate to Malaysia.

    WOW! I was use to walking out the door w/ a backpack on a moments notice.

    NOT! This time, I was stuck with selling off 47 years of assets, checking immigration laws, settling with family, building a Fan page and still working on a decent Blog & Website as I am very picky (Perfectionist)

    I’m in Malaysia now. Hopefully the “Little” free time will allow me to finish the Blog.

    I nearly quit before I came. But my drive to share my travells kept me going.

    Now, with a soon to be family, I find myself travelling with my Partner in crime around S.E. Asia. Another huge turn of events. My head spun 180 degrees travelling with someone after 20 years of Solo. I was not in charge of wandering aimlessley around 3rd world countries.

    But alas a solution. I would still travell with my fiance’ and Solo when she could not (Dreaded vacation Limits). So, now I register a new domain name for us & keep my own. Leaving a loved one behind is tough, you still think about it when you’re out there alone.

    It takes a lot of support and patience. And it is not a free ride for a long time and never a free ride 100%

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    • Thank you Kevin for your great comment.
      I certainly miss those days of just walking out with your backpack too! Weren’t they liberating. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever have that again and I think about quitting, but when I think of the alternative I know I never will.
      There is nothing else that makes me feel so alive and fulfilled. Any other work or job leaves me to shout out “Oh fuck” when the alarm goes off in the morning telling me to go to a job I hate. I can’t live a life like this so the sacrifices are worth it and I’ll keep on doing it.
      As long as we make sure we stop to smell the roses along the way.
      You enjoy your travels. I’d love to be traipsing around SE ASia right now!

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  3. My dream isn’t to be a travel blogger, but a writer who travels and who inspires others to seek their own version of happiness.

    My pain is not living near our family – grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. My pain is constant goodbyes, but I do it, like you, because this is who I am made to be. I want my children to grow up to be who they were made to be, an it’s up to me to show them how.

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    • Exactly. Your children may not listen to you much but they will follow what you do. So if you want them to live their dream and be happy then you have to do the same too. And that means taking the hurts and the sacrifices. That also teaches them that pain and sacrifice is a part of life, you just have to learn to deal with it rather than trying to hide it or run from it. You are doing an awesome job at inspiring others to seek their happiness.

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  4. Right to the point Caz and spot on. Successful Travel blogging is no different to any other kind of successful endeavour. It takes time, hard work, heartache, sacrifice and questions, lots of questions. I think that all too often we’re led to believe that blogging is a reasonably easy way to riches and a location independent lifestyle. But you’ve hit the nail on the head by saying that although hard work might bring what you wish for, there is no such thing as a free lunch even if you’re working your butt off. Keep paddling :)

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    • I thinnk you are right Jo, blogging does seem to have that easy road attached to it. I guess because anyone really can start a blog and have success with it, but that is all people are looking at. They are not taking the time to stop and look at what goes into it behind the scenes. I knew it would be a lot of work, but never realized just how much. I truly donot belive in overnight success. I think that usually those who appear to have this have had years of failure and learning before the overnight success came.

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  5. This is an excellent post that transcends beyond travel blogging. All the sacrifices you’ve described could relate to so many other dreams and goals. Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy. That’s why when we achieve a goal it feels so good.

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    • Thank you Leah and it definitely does relate to any goals that anyone wants to achieve. I only wish they could come easy but thenn I guess we would not appreciate the rewards half as much.

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  6. Awesome! I keep finding various articles and videos for why i need to keep going… this is another… thank you for re-inspiring me to stay on course. I’ve needed what I’ve been reading lately so thanks Caz.

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    • Yahoo!! I am so happy Jeremy. I know so many times I have been given a huge boost up by what other people have written so I am happy to know that I have been able to return the favour.
      One big thing I really believe in is that we are all here on Earth to help each other and we are all so alike. I feel I know what others are going through because I go through the same and if I can do anything to help, then I am going to, including writing posts like this- some that can even be really personal.
      Onwards and upwards Jeremy! You can do it.

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  7. I’m sorry you were so sad Caz. I just got back from eight days in Japan and missed my three Candy kids too. Many of the other travel writers I was with spend six months a year away from their families which doesn’t appeal to me at all although a week or two here or there is fine:)

    It’s all about striking a balance which will come in time and be easier as your babies get bigger.

    I’m sure we both have lots more travel adventures with our families ahead of us but if travel blogging is hindering that it might be time for a rethink.

    I look forward to seeing you reaping more of the rewards you mention. You so deserve it:)

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    • Gosh I could not do six months. I guess everyone has their different crosses to bear and decisions to make. I guess that is one good thing about travel blogging is that you can often work it so you can take your children. It is much harder to leave Savannah than Kalrya, just because she is a bubs and doesn’t understand and I fret that she will think I have abandoned her.
      But she was fine and happy as ever when I returned home. I guess it helps her to learn she can rely on others and that Mummy comes back. We have to leave her for a week again next week and I think that might be the last time I do it. Its just too hard for me.

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  8. Great post. I own a landscape business in Las Vegas that’s 14 hours days but with about 4 to 5 months I can do most of my work online.So I travel all over asia mostly because of its low cost.I’m lucky to know a Captain for United and 2 Flight att for AA and Delta so flying is close to free to anywhere in the world.I read your blog and Don’t ever look back and Wandering Earl’s Blogs.I remember going on a white water river trip in Malaysia that was a trip of a life time.I was thinking if I had to go back and write about it that would be a full job. So I just send pictures to my friends and daughter so they know I’m still alive.Anything worth while is hard long hours of work.

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    • You are so right Ken. I don’t think we would get as much out of it if we didn’t put in the years of hard effort. I was thinking today how really anyone has to go through an apprenticeship of some sort before they even start their careers. So for me I consider the first few year of my blog my learning and preparation for it. I think I am ready for it the full time reality now.
      That is so great that you can spend a lot of time travelling with your landscape business. You are living a life of your choosing which is very liberating and inspiring to others. Thank you for sharing

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  9. So true, so true. It’s hard to explain to a non blogger what all goes into this crazy blogging black hole. It is so much work and only worth it if you truly love it and want to get a message out. For us, we do it for every person that starts traveling and tells us we were their inspiration. Best Payment Ever!

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    • It is always funny to hear the reaction of those who are non bloggers, they totally do not get what we do or what is involved. My brother asks me every time we talk about it to explain to him again how it all works. I’m sure my parents are still a little baffled even though they follow along with much enthusiasm and support.
      There is nothing better than receiving a message from a reader letting you know how you helped change their life somehow. It makes it all worthwhile

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  10. My plan is to invest in myself. I am confident that I can be a successful travel blogger, but successful doesn’t necessarily mean generating an income. It would be nice if I did, but that’s not why I quit my job for a life on the road. I did it because I love to write and I love to travel. I took savings and invested in my future happiness. Whether or not I find success as a travel writer, I can never say I didn’t try. And if anything else, I will have a hell of a lot of awesome memories from an unforgettable year. So why not?

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    • There are so many things I love about your comment
      1. Investing in yourself- brilliant, you are your greatest asset and you can only ever truly rely on yourself, make it the best you can.
      2. Why not? I’ve written a post on this before http://www.ytravelblog.com/the-power-of-why-not/ I think it is one of the most powerful things you can ever say. It helps you to live a life of no regrets
      3. It’s all about the memories- even the bad ones teach you something

      Thanks so much for sharing Jill. And you are right, success means so many different things to different people and how you define that will define the actions you take

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      • I love your encouraging response to my comment. This is what I love about the travel community. Everyone is insightful, encouraging, brave and brilliant. Thank you for taking the time out to assess my words. I’m touched! Also, I love the The Power of Why Not post. I read it sometime ago and decided that I definitely have a case of the why nots!

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  11. FlashPackIng

    We started a travel blog about 4 months ago to document our flashpacking rtw trip over the next few years. Mainly for personal reasons (the memory isn’t what it was) and for family & friends and not for monetary gain. I would think that promoting a travel blog is a full time business, and not something you could contemplate whilst on the road. I guess that’s why many of the most popular travel blogs aren’t from people actually travelling full time as they’re too busy planning their next destination. I enjoy these blogs as the expertise and passion from these ‘travel gurus’ makes for good reading. Also everybody needs to earn a buck, so if you love travel and you can get paid for it, go for it. Any tips on how to get readers for a new travel blog? Your dedication and commitment shines through in your article – Ta

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    • Thank you! I can never understand all the arguments that go on about making money off blogs- and its not just in the travel blog niche either, happens all the time in the mummy blog niche. To me I think, “Isn’t that the ultimate- to get paid doing what you love. Isn’t that what everyone wants, isn’t that what everyone SHOULD be doing. Just think how great the world could be if we could contribute by doing what we love and are best suited to. That is why I am always so happy to hear of anyone doing it. What’s there to argue about?

      Promoting a blog is a full time business and there are so many who don’t want to take that on and just enjoy writing and sharing their stories. This is awesome as well. Everyone has their purposes and own goals and they all need to be respected and valued.

      I think the biggest tips for getting new readers is to guest post and to hang out where your readers hang out and engage in conversation with them/ Just make it fun and enjoyable.

      Good luck on your journey, your trip sounds like fun and very inspiring!

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  12. Amazing post, and exactly the emotions that flow through me everyday! I want to travel and write, that is my dream, and I have realized it takes an extreme dedication to be a travel blogger! Lately, I have fallen a little bit behind since I was lacking any internet. Until you have a steady base of visitors, it is important to stay constant with posts, social networks, and communication in general. Sure, I travel because I love it, but I want this to be my job, and I’ve come to the conclusion I will get little sleep, miss out on some parties and such, but that is what it takes in the beginning. Thanks for the post, and it was a perfect read as I am getting back on the saddle!

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    • WE know what it is like to be disconnected. It can really be frustrating some times.

      In one of those eternal debates betweeen travel bloggers and writers that you see going on everywhere, I saw a comment from a writer complaining how she couldn’t believe how upset travel bloggers got if they could not get connected online. In some aspect, sure we should just let it go, but really if a travel writer had all their pens and paper taken away from them and they couldn’t do their job as a result they would be a little upset too.

      You have to learn to just let it go and enjoy your surroundings. Know that you can catch up later and do what you can offline while you wait. I use those times to write my posts in my notebook. Sometimes I can think a little clearer that way.
      A motto we try to live by is “Do the best with what you have from where you are.”

      And then when you can as you say work full out if you have that drive to make it more. LOVE that you are getting back in the saddle!

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  13. I started my travel blog just for fun and using the time spent waiting for the next order or project. (im self employed) Did not know that my travel blog has been read by people all over the world and I have been invited to give talks to elementary school children on the importance of the English Language while travelling, A few wives of corporate standing personalities requested me to bring along their children to rough it out backpacking with me. The travel blog inspires people to come out from their shell.INSPIRE BUT NOT IMPRESS should be the main aim of any travel blogs.I now do enjoy posting stories of my travels on my blogs as its now part of my community service.. Cheers….

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    • Wow Shahrin! Thank you for sharing. It is awesome to see where your travel blog has taken you. It is so great that you are having an impact on the lives of children as well. Nothing beats that. I have been thinking lately how cool it would be to go into schools and teach children how to blog and talk about travel. I’m a school teacher so I know how little attention is given to those topics that inspire us and show us that there are multiple paths to the attainment of our dreams.

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  14. This is all so true Caz!
    As a family we just have an unwavering desire to travel. We’ve tried to ignore it for so long, and now we’ve just given into the reality that it’s what we need to be doing. Blogging for me (us) is a way to share our passion and love of Australia with others, to hopefully inspire families to realise that it’s not out of their reach, and that we have an amazing backyard to explore!
    I think any venture that requires you to work from home tests your drive, determination and reasons, and after years of working from home, I’m actually glad to have something that I LOVE to do – although sometimes it’s hard to keep going, as you say, and it’s hard not to get frustrated at all the other distractions life throws because I want to be blogging.
    Truly I think blogging is a platform for growth, and that’s what I see it as for our family. A platform to build the base for other great opportunities that will become available over time.
    Like most things, most people give up JUST before they become successful, it’s only a small percentage that push through and believe in themselves enough to actually reap the rewards, and I would say you guys are on the way, which is awesome x

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    • Spot on Loreena! I think that is so true that people give up due to their frustrations. That is why I think if you get really clear on why you are doing it and what your pain sacrifice will be it becomes so much easier to keep on pushing through. Otherwise you just don’t have enough power behind you.

      I love that you are sharing our beautiful country with the world. It is such an amazing place.

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  15. You guys are my benchmark for what is possible when you really work incredibly hard at something. It’s been awesome watching your success grow on the back of your efforts, and I am always in awe of how you manage to juggle so much! Keep up the good work :D

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    • Aw thanks Laurence. We so appreciate your support. I hope we can meet up somewhere soon for a beer or two.

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  16. Great post Caz, as usual. You’re so inspiring and thank you for sharing all your tips, advice and thoughts on blogging. It’s so useful for us newbies to hear from the pros. Your daughters are so beautiful!

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    • Thank you Victoria. I believe that we are here to help one another and to share. I know what it is like to be starting out so I want to help and give back as much as I can.

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  17. Great and inspiring post. After years of settling I realized life is too short to continue in a unfulfilled life! So at the end of last year I decided to chase my dreams of writing and released two books! Our family is also moving to Hawaii next year! This post is great affirmation of our path, thank you.

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    • I realized life is too short to continue in a unfulfilled life

      Perfect! no more settling. Too often we do and we are told that this is okay. It’s not okay. Life is not about being extraordinary. I love the amazing things that are happening for you because you decided that this is how your life should be. So inspiring!

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  18. I’ve been reading your Mojito Mother blogs for ages and finally got the opportunity to check out your travel blog. It is very inspiring but I do understand the sacrifices and hard work that must go into it.

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    • Thank you Alex! So great to see you over here. It’s hard work but I try not to complain too much as I do get to spend my days doing what I love.

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  19. Thanks Caz, I don’t bookmark your site, I just return to it every now and then, and always get some great advice. Useful advice that makes me think about life, the universe, and everything ;)

    My why? I love travel, I love writing, and I love taking photos. I guess that’s a good start, right? On top of that, I love bringing my unique perspective on the world, to others. I’m now about 7 weeks in (haha), and things are going well. I haven’t yet had the dreaded writers block, but I know it will happen sooner or later…when it does, I’ll just check back in here for inspiration.

    My pain? Wow, this is a deep one. Suffice to say, I feel the pain of the world, and want to make it a better place. We all have pain, I guess it’s important to use the pain as a motivation, rather than as an obstacle.

    Nate.

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    • Wow! I thought you had been going longer than 7 weeks. You are doing awesome.
      I think your pain is a huge motivator and inspiration. That will drive your why- to make a difference and there is nothing more powerful. It will get you through the challenges. Keep doing what you love Nate- it’s making the world a better place by that fact alone.

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  20. You have continue to inspire me with this writing. I started blogging only January of 2011 and through my own experiences, I have more and more respect for all the established bloggers – the dedication, hard work and continued progress to create a better blog each year/each post is truly an inspiration. The wonderful memories (even the not-so-amusing)from all our travels would forever be etched in our hearts and no one can steal that away from us. Such an empowering article Caz! Thank you! :)

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    • Thank you! No one can ever steal your memories, that is why our tag line is It’s all about the memories. This is all life is about living it to the fullest and creating amazing memories that you will have forever. Thank you for saying that you have respect for those established bloggers as sometimes there are many hurtful arguments created online by people wanting to tear them down. It does take a lot of hard work and I believe anyone can do it and everyone deserves the rewards that come from it.

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  21. Your posts about travel blogging are always so inspiring yet heart-wrenching, Caz! This really speaks to me at the moment as I’m busy starting up my own travel blog and trying to get out there, but finding it difficult sometimes to balance it with my job…but I know that writing, travel, and photography are my three passions that I really want to pursue.

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    • The balancing act is hard. You’ll start to find your own groove soon enough. Just understand it is all part of it and this too shall pass. Always pursue your passions, there is no other way that we should be living.

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  22. This post simply inspires people to engage themselves into an interesting journey. And I’m not necessarily talking about traveling, but rather about being able to experience many places and moments according to your own schedule. Blogging about what you love makes the most sense of all. And being able to live that in the meantime is dream come true.
    Great article.

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    • Thank you Slavko. It is a dream come true. It is really wonderful to know that all your hard work has been worth it and that you have created your dream life. And I believe that anyone can do it and we are far more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. We have been taught to much that we don’t know enough

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  23. Even though we have only been blogging for 6 months we are at the stage where we know this is what we want to do full time. I am currently investigating in huge detail what sacrifices we are going to have to make for this to become a reality. Luckily for me I have an awesome other half who is willing to support me through it all!
    So many timely posts at the moment about blogging full time which just makes me realise much more that I want to make this passion my career and lifestyle.
    Cheers as always.

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    • It is so great to have someone else walking the journey with you. Not just to share the workload, but to support you and remind you why you are doing this. That is awesome that you are realizing you want to really do this. That is when your passion and dedication will start to take over. There’s real power in that

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  24. Thanks for sharing your very real sacrifices.

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  25. Thanks for this post. It was just what I needed to read right now. I love my blog, but it sucks up all of my free time and there is always something else that needs work or fixing. It is hard to see sometimes that I am getting anywhere. I am just going on faith right now that this will all amount to something someday, but it is hard sometimes.

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    • You’ve got to focus on the end picture or you will get bogged down by everything that has to be done and all the challenges that arrive. Just do the best you can with what you have from where you are- that’s the best you can ever do. You’ll get there

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  26. Good motivated article! But there are another ways to pay for travels. For example, to build the small business that could compensate your expenses.

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  27. Caz, Thank you for giving us would be travel bloggers the proverbial kick up the backside. Sometimes we should just jump and trust that our parachute is in place. You’re the hand that is gently (or maybe not so gently) pushing at our backs, gradually weakening our resistence. I would urge everyone to jump now. I wish I had started to make this move so much earlier in life. But then again, I don’t think I really knew what I wanted or understaood what I needed, out of life, until recently.

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    • It’s never too late to jump PAm! You are right in pointing out that our resistance needs to be weakened, WE all have that when it comes to change

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  28. Damn… You should have told me before what that is all about! :)

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  29. Travel blogging is ridiculously hard, no doubt about it. There are so many conversations about the rewards to it.

    I have gone on a couple of press trips, I don’t find them worth leaving my kids for. I’m a family travel blogger, not sure why press trips for family travel means leaving the kids behind. I have yet to figure that one out!

    So I do the trips on my terms, sometimes I have to pay for flights and transportation, but I can work out other deals. But I’m with my family and to me that’s the only real way of travel these days.

    however, that’s not a big deal of travel blogging, because you get a great trip, but who gives you money for it:)

    I am at a cross road with figuring out where blogging on a whole can take me.

    I feel the more I know about blogging the less I know and it’s like starting over each and every day.

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  30. My God. It sounds like I have a long hard slog ahead. And I’m already finding it difficult to sleep – just two months in – with my brain constantly coming up with new ideas for articles…

    Meanwhile, I’ve been a journalist for five years. People used to pay me to write and now I’m doing it for free – with less than half the number of readers I used to have!

    Sorry about that; I needed to vent. Blog posts like this help fledgling bloggers like myself keep things in perspective.

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    • Vent away Simon. I was venting to Craig this afternoon! Better out than in. It is hard work but can be very rewarding. It must be difficult to go from journalism into blogging, but I always think journalists are so much further ahead, as you have the craft down pat, and I am sure a lot of connections. You can use the best from both worlds. I am sure you will do really really well!

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  31. Caz, I am SO glad that you appreciate the impact that travel can have on the minds of your young children. As someone whose life was uprooted when I was 4 into a life of travel, I can tell you what an enormous impact is has, particularly on such a young, impressionable mind. The lessons you mention are some of the most important that one can learn!

    As for blogging… it sure isn’t easy!

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    • Thank you Aaron. I think travel is so great for children, well for anyone. Kalyra is so excited and curious about the world around her and is always asking about our next adventure.

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  32. Why? Because I love to travel. It’s not easy. I can’t tell you how much sleep I’ve sacrificed (just in the last week). And it’s not always fun. However, it’s my passion. I am glad that a few people enjoy what I do and I hope I can help others in some way through my journey.

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  33. The time taken to get a good reader base and from there, an income for a blog, should not be underestimated! I find the hardest balance, is in enjoying the travel and experiences whilst not being trapped behind the computer for too long.
    It can be quite easy to fall into the trap of overworking, which for many people, was the motivation for them to travel in the first place.

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    • It is really hard to find that balance. I have to force myself to put the phone away and switch off so I can actually experience the moment properly

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  34. Caz, this post is perfect. I’ve just gone through a prolonged period of wondering if travel blogging was my path, if I did want it, I believed in that which was greater. I needed to read this today and now I feel cured. Thanks so much.

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    • My pleasure Will! So glad it helped. I have those feelings quite a lot too and I find help from others so it’s nice to return the favour. Onwards and upwards.

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  35. I love that you are demonstrating to your children a passion for the life you lead! I’m about to take a TEFL course in Europe so that I can enjoy more of a long-term travel experience, which has always been a dream of mine. It’s so lovely and encouraging to see others living out their dreams. I’m also just starting a travel blog after years of having a personal blog, and I know it takes a lot of effort to get to the level you want it to be. It doesn’t help being a perfectionist, either. Your blog looks beautiful, and I’m enjoying your posts!

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    • Thanks Sarah! I hope I am demonstrating that to them. My parents were pretty good about that and I know how empowering it can be. My Dad finally made his dream to play for the Australian cricket team at 70. You’ve got to have a passion.
      That is great you are starting the travel blog with experience already. That will help you a lot! Your TEFL course sounds great. It is such a great way to travel the world.
      Thanks for finding us and commenting Sarah!

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  36. I have to thank you for these words of wisdom. As a fledgling blogger, I’m in certainly in slog mode (but enjoying the work). Thanks for the reminder that it’s not supposed to be easy, but is possible. I need the inspiration as I strive to break away from a soul-sucking job and create a life that excites and inspires me (and, hopefully others).

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    • Oh the soul sucking job! Know it well Jeff. I don’t think anything worthwhile is meant to come to you easily. We wouldn’t learn much then. Keep moving forward and focus on all the amazing things that are happening and all you are learning

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  37. Boggie

    Damn, to much good stuff here. This really motivates me to go after my passion. I wonder why we aren´t thought these wonderful things at school? Feels like I´ve been fooled for such a long time to do things I hate, tricked into thinking that this is the way life is supposed to be and there’s nothing I can do about it then accept it.

    Thanks for bringing me back to life!
    Wish you and your family a wonderful weekend!

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    • School has so much to answer for Boggie! They are all about making you comform and stealing your creative dreams away!
      go after your passion, it is there for a reason!

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  38. I want to be a travel blogger, but not for it to be my life. You guys have worked so hard for everything you have it’s amazing, but you’re also really lucky you both have the same dream. I wonder what your girls will end up doing!?

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    • We are very lucky that we are in this together, it would be pretty hard otherwise. Kalyra alraedy talks about having her own blog and she vlogs here at home all the time. She is quite the character!

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  39. Caz… great stuff. Your post really speaks true to the amount of work, time, money and overall dedication that goes into travel blogging. There are a lot of moving parts and a ton of knowledge that has to be acquired if you’re wanting to fund your travels further. Not only do you have to be knowledgeable on travel, but you also have to know general business practices like marketing and SEO. Your post is great for setting those expectations and also inspiring those who are willing to work for it. Thanks again for sharing and I wish you and Craig the utmost success with your websites.

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    • SEO Yuck! You guys are so lucky to be really sharp with that. There is so much to know and concentrate on. Sometimes I want to quit but then I see that alternative and I keep pushing through. I know that the life I have now blogging every day, although hard is one that I really do love. You just can’t get bogged down in the hard stuff.
      Been great to meet you online Darcie

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  40. This is a beautifully written and inspiring post. It almost brought tears to my eyes! I especially loved the part about doing what you love so that you can show your daughters that they can follow their dreams too.
    You and your family lead a bold, unconventional and extraordinary life and it is incredibly inspiring and life-affirming. I wish you all the amazing adventures in the world. :)

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    • Aw thank you Kelly! I appreciate that. I never want my children to be stuck doing something that doesn’t make their heart sing. That would break my heart. They have so much life in them now and so much joy I couldn’t imagine that been taken away by living a life less ordinary and I hope it doesn’t

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  41. Thank you for the constant inspiration.

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  42. I love this! It’s completely true- it’s fun but it’s a lot of hard work. And the hardest part for me is ALWAYS leaving the babes. I have two girls too one 2.5 years old and the other 6 months. That’s why I bring them along with me- I love my girls and I love to travel- why not combine them both? People always think I’m crazy and say that they won’t remember any of it- but I’m giving them more than memories, I’m giving them experiences which to me is much more valuable. Experiences mold us into who we are.

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    • Exactly right Hilary. They won’t remember it but it will definitely have an impact on their character and the way they view the world.

      Kalyra won’t remember any of the travel she has done in her life so far, but she knows so so much about the world already which will stay with her and she knows so much about her self too. It is such an amazing gift for your children

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  43. I love your post it touches me. The sacrifice you did to achieve your dreams are all worth it. Keep inspiring us and enjoy traveling. I hope you’ll bring your kids to your next destination.

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    • Thank you Sandy. They will be coming with us to the next spot. Thank goodness!

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  44. Hi Caz, thanks for such an inspiring post!! I’ve been travelling since 2005 but only just getting my own blog up and running (talk about procrastination!!), and the reason i started it is exactly what u wrote here, it’s the thing that keeps me awake at night! I’m literally so excited about what I have to share that I wake up in the night to write it down. The only prob I seem to be having is finding the time to type it up and post it all! How did u find the time when you first started out??
    I’m new to your blog and loving the inspiration you provide! Thankyou!!

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    • Yeah it is really tough, and with two small children it’s even harder. I would use every spare chance I had to scribble down my post ideas and notes and then type it up late at night. Most of the work we do now is late at night as we have to work around the girls.

      I find now that I craft a lot of the post in my head. I have all the ideas swimming around and I put it all together in there so when it comes time to actually type it, it comes out real quick as I have the outline and my key points ready to go.

      The longer you do it for the more you’ll find your groove and see what works best for you. Whenever you get those inspirational flashes stop everything (if you can) and write it all down. I would sometimes be able to write 4-5 posts in an hour with those bursts.

      Thanks for appreciating what we do Kimberley!

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  45. Thanks for the tips Caz! It’s great to know there are others out there doing the same thing and showing us new comers that it IS possible to make a living doing what you love. Connecting with the blogging community is definitely something that helps block out any adversity. You’ve got one more inspired follower! Thanks again :)

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  46. Hi Merry Christmas to all :)
    I just reading this post, I am a newcomer, recently I am starting my voyage to Leh with some of my friends. One of my friend put an idea for sharing our story with masses so we create a blog. But as a new to this type of work i could not start, on Google i found this blog about blog when i read i felt more confident to write more and how to write correctly in a systematic and tasty way so the read do not get bored. In the end I just thanks to you CAZ for this wonderful and worthy read, definitely this will help me lots.
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    • Such a pleasure! I am so happy it has helped you. good luck with your blog, it sounds like a great idea!

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  47. Great post! We have been travelling for 9 months – and our blog is only a few weeks old – a newborn! It has been a lot of work, but so so worth it.

    Without the opportunity to blog we would not be meeting the people we are meeting, we are just babies at this one, but loving the community we are finding ourselves in. Of course you guys are such an inspiring example of what is possible, thanks for leading the way!
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    • No problem Serena. I am glad you are having a positive experience. There are so many wonderful people to connect with in the community

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  48. Super honest! A buddy from college and I are taking to the road to start creating video/written content about the culture in US cities… meaning I had to quit my “comfortable” job for a huuuge chance. I’m not crazy, I swear!

    Anyway, really liked the line about people being more similar than different. That’s a huge theme that we plan to get across during our travel. And of course, the many little quirks!

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    • Your project sounds awesome Eric. It’s scary moving from comfortable to the freak out zone. Keep believing and working hard and connecting and you’ll have the success you dream about.

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  49. Thank you for sharing your passion! This post inspired me to write my own post about why I’m on this path (there’s a link back to your post in it ;-) ) http://greeneyesgypsysoul.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/why-travel-indeed/
    Keep traveling/writing! I love the positive vibes I’m getting from your site! Cheers..

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