Do you remember taking a career test back in high school? Chances are you probably didn’t wind up with “travel blogger” or “social media influencer” for your career track of choice. Five, ten years ago, those careers barely existed. If they did, only a small percentage of bloggers were making a living doing it, let alone bringing in an income in the six figures.
Flash forward to 2019, where travel bloggers and influencers are making multiple six-figure careers, working from anywhere in the world, setting their own schedules, and growing their audience into the high thousands.
Not only that, they’ve expanded their blogs into empires, with many of them producing their own product lines, collaborating with household brands, and educating others on how to become bloggers & influencers themselves (like my client Christina Galbato did for her Instagram Bootcamp).
But contrary to popular belief, this career choice is not easy. It’s not a fast-track to traveling the world. You need to be committed. Do you have what it takes to be a travel blogger? First rule of travel blogging: must love travel.
7 SIGNS YOU’D MAKE AN AMAZING TRAVEL BLOGGER
1 – You have a desire to see the world beyond surface level
It’s all about perspective and you have an eye for seeing the world for what it is, taking the path less traveled, and uncovering hidden truths no matter where you go. You strive to find the real version of a country or place that you’re in, and you delight in finding the differences between places.
2 – You love to share what you find and educate people along the way
This is a big one, people. In order to make an amazing travel blogger, you need to actually share what you create. Nothing is more important to you than documenting your experiences with the sole goal of helping others achieve the same. In short: you need to care about your audience.
3 – You aren’t looking for a stable Monday-Friday job that ends at 5pm sharp
No siree. If it came down to it, you’d rather work 24/7 than 9-5. You believe in setting your own schedule, holding yourself accountable, and creating a flexible way of living that opens you up to possibilities. Truth is, many full-time travel bloggers work every single day: writing blog posts, editing photos, sharing stories, attending press trips, and hustling to make their blogging dreams come true.
4 – You enjoy creating content, whether it be writing, photography, videography
Let’s face it: travel bloggers are content creators at heart. You need to be able to whip up blog posts, campaigns, captions, stories, videos, and more at the drop of a hat. While you don’t need to be an expert in all areas, it helps to know (or at least attempt) the basics to keep creating fresh content.
5 – You are patient, focused and committed to achieving your craft
Repeat after me: there’s no such thing as an overnight success… The chances of a brand new blog going viral on the internet are slim – you need to put in the work to make your blogging dreams come true. This means creating cornerstone content, working on your search engine optimization, perfecting your brand voice and identity. If you start a travel blog with the intention of monetizing it, you’re playing the long game.
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6 – You can set your own schedule, manage your time, and stick to deadlines
Time management is a skill that will make or break your travel blogging goals. If you can stay on top of your content calendar, submit deliverables before their due dates, and create content on a routine schedule, you’ll be ready to take on the world.
7 – You are not afraid of marketing your blog or putting yourself out there
The best travel bloggers in the industry know this well: your blog is a business. Like any other business, you need to have a solid plan for marketing, branding, and sales. Travel blogging requires you to press publish, pitch brands, share your story, and connect with others. You might not start out perfect, but you’re keen to keep building your strategy and improving your execution.
8 – You are keen to learn new things, absorb new details, and push yourself to try
The digital world moves quickly and it’s important to keep your skills polished so that you can provide more for your audience and keep setting the bar higher for your clients. Since travel blogging is often an independent job, you’ll succeed if you can motivate yourself in the good times and bad.
9 – You are self-motivated, self-reliant, and self-confident
The sad truth: no one’s going to write your posts for you. Well, maybe when you’re making a fortune working with brands and selling your own product lines, you’ll be able to hire a team. But until then, it’s on your shoulders, baby! Trust your intuition above all else and you’ll be golden.
10 – You believe in collaborations and being a team player
While you will do most of the actual work alone, you’ll still need to know how to be a team player. When brands come to you with a brief or campaign guidelines, you need to be able to respond to their emails. When it comes time to partner with another blogger or a scale your blog by adding a team member, you need to know how to deal with different personalities.