Travel Blog, Just a Romantic Idea ?
I travel because I love traveling, not because I need to come up with travel stories for a travel blog which doesn't even exist yet. And even if I have a blog, I will not travel for the pure and simple reason that I need to regularly come up with travel-related posts to keep it updated. I will continue to visit places I've never been to yet, and might revisit places I've been to already for the love of travel, with or without a blog.
I travel, not as much as I like, but, as much as possible. I keep a regular nine to five that pays decently enough for me to be able to spend for some of these out-of town trips.
Lakwatsera flew to Cagayan De Oro yesterday morning and wont' be back for three days. I would have loved being on that trip with her, but my regular job keeps me tied up from traveling anytime I want. My next out of town will have to wait for another week-- I will be going to Legazpi with Lakwatsera and mommy Lakwatsera (Lakwatsera's mother).
Having a regular nine to five is not a bad thing, especially if you're a newbie travel blogger like myself. Reading a successful travel writer or blogger who live a life of continuous travel by the money he or she earns from blogging may seem inspiring, but, if all you have is this romantic idea that the travel blog you have or plan to have will put you on a path of non-stop travel and vacation, think twice, because monetizing your blog is not as easy as it seems. Out of several thousands of personal travel blogs in existence, only a few really earn or is steady source of income. My advise: DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB.
A steady source of income is what you need to keep on traveling as much as possible. And if that means working odd hours on a very stressful dead-end job, then be it. Just keep in mind that at the end of each working week, you can be someplace else, out of town, out of reach, out of sight, and out of stress.
You don't travel because you have a travel blog to maintain. You travel because its refreshing and fun. An opportunity to discover new places, meet new people, and see amazing things. Never travel like it's a job.Also, leave everything behind when you travel. Get away from it all. Forget about deadlines, people you hate, and unpaid bills. When you're on vacation, make it feel like one, because at the end of each trip, we all go back to the same place-- reality.
I keep an open mind about this blogging thing. It may or may not lead to other opportunities. If my travel blog becomes unsuccessful, then that's fine. I will continue traveling, regardless. The benefits, if any, are just secondary.
If you like traveling like I do and is able to do it as much as possible, be thankful.
If you would like to blog about it then do so, but be realistic. Don't worry so much about monetizing your blog yet. Just stay committed, come up with helpful, inspiring, and insightful posts. Work hard, research, make it better, and worry about the benefits later.
The travel blog I have in mind is about inspiring and encouraging people to take time out and enjoy life once in a while by breaking out of their daily routines.My aim is to give readers directions and ideas about traveling to great, amazing places the cheapest possible way. Let others know that sometimes travel is not about how much money you have, but how you make it worthwhile. I am a poor traveler, and, therefore, I always travel on a shoestring budget. Hopefully my travel experiences will teach people a thing or two about budget travel.
If you are new to blogging, there is nothing wrong if what you aim for is making money out of it. But since there is no guarantee that you'll certainly be able to monetize your blog, it is always better to blog about something that makes you happy.
Because whether or not your blog becomes successful, what's important is you get to blog about something you enjoy doing.