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As a blogger, I earn an income through a variety of revenue streams. Right now, I am currently making money through consumer travel and lifestyle brand collaborations and mid-budget hotel partnerships. In addition, I achieve an income from affiliate marketing and I am also a writing and social media freelancer.
My five years working in the corporate world was definitely a rollercoaster. I had some great jobs that helped me get to where I am today and I also had a fair share of toxic jobs.
I always knew I wanted to be a business owner, but never felt quite ready until I started travel blogging. My most recent corporate job was neither exciting nor toxic; my heart just wasn't in it anymore. I remember sitting in my cubicle everyday thinking about traveling and my blog.
Since I was still living home with my parents and had saved enough money, I felt that it was the best time for me to say goodbye to the cubicle. My personal opinion is that if you are planning on leaving a corporate job, I would definitely have some goals in mind, a savings and a foreseeable path to where you want your career to head towards. Leaving a financially stable job is scary, but it is super exciting and a liberating feeling when you have a passion for something and have made bucket list goals.
Honestly, I have saved a lot throughout the years. During the five years I worked in the corporate world, I tried to save at least $1,000 a month since I still lived at home with my parents. Even though living at home in your 20s is not the most ideal situation, it is great if you are looking to start a business or travel the world. Of course, I understand everyone has different life and financial situations, so living at home with mom and dad isn't always possible for some after a certain age.
Of course, having a roommate or living with a significant other helps save money as well. Some other ways I have saved money is by staying in on the weekends, making coffee/lunch/dinner at home, scouting cheap gym and workout memberships, purchasing makeup and clothes on sale and looking for flight and accommodation deals.
Other ways I save money for travel is by working with tourism boards, hotels and a variety of travel products and services.
There are many ways on how I have been growing my following on Instagram.
The first and main way I have grown my following is by creating content that is inspiring and makes a connection with my followers. When I first started taking my Instagram as a business, I invested in a DSLR camera and Adobe Lightroom preset packages.
I only post high resolution, quality photos and will sometimes use an Instagram scheduler to create an aesthetically pleasing feed so that when someone lands on my page, they are automatically intrigued. I also only post photos of myself traveling or promoting a product/service. I save the personal photos with friends and family for Instagram Stories or just leave them out.
Next, I always keep it real. Instagram does a great job promoting the highlight reel of someone's life, so adding an emotional (real) touch to your photo captions or Instagram Stories is a great way to connect with your followers and have them gain trust in you.
Lastly, I engage to the fullest! I split up my interacting periods into three or four one-hour increments. I will engage with those in my niche when I first wake up in the morning, around lunchtime (which is when I post) and in the evening or before I go to bed.
I have a FREE Instagram Growth Guide, you could check it out here.
During my travels, my mom, younger brother or a friend will take my photos. If I am traveling alone, I will either set up my tripod and use the self-timer on my camera or I will simply ask a stranger who seems reliable (most likely one who also has a professional camera). Whenever I take lifestyle shots, I always use my GorillaPod tripod or my Manfrotto Compact Tripod.
I currently use a Nikon d3400*, iPhone X and GoPro Hero Session*. I am still a photographer in learning and have been taking advantage of any eCourse, YouTube tutorial or free guide that I come across. Thankfully, I used the Nikon d3400* at a former job so I already knew how to use the basic functions of the camera when I first bought it.
As far as editing goes, I always use Adobe Lightroom and will do quick edits, if needed, in Adobe Photoshop. As someone who suffers from acne and oily skin, I enjoy using the FaceTune app to get rid of blemishes.
It is funny because writing wasn't always my craft. In fact, I remember scoring below average on a state exam back in 8th grade that put me in a remedial writing class my freshman year of high school. My teacher was absolutely amazing! He built my confidence by telling me that I was a great writer and would give me weekly writing assignments where I could literally write about anything. That is actually where my love for blogging came from.
I enjoy being able to write about anything I've experienced or things that are just on my mind. Blogging to me means freedom and I believe the blogger and his or her experiences are what establish a blog as being great. On the other hand, the business of blogging is a whole new ballgame after you have mastered blog writing.
Prior to March 2018, I had no idea how bloggers monetized. As the saying goes, "you have to spend money to make money", so I started investing in eCourses from other travel bloggers who have made it big. Being able to learn from their knowledge and experiences helped me so much!
I do travel solo every now and then, but I don't consider myself to solely be a solo traveler because a lot of the times I will have someone with me or I will even meet up with a friend who lives in the country or city I am traveling to.
Honestly, as much as I love traveling and would enjoy living in another country one day, I don't think the nomad lifestyle is for me. I like having a home base and it helps me appreciate both my life on the road and also at home. In addition, being a business owner (especially on your own) requires a lot of discipline and long hours and I find it so difficult to accomplish a lot when I am traveling since there are a lot of (amazing) distractions.
I always recommend Europe to be a great start for a beginner traveler. There are so many awesome countries to see within Europe that will help spark an individual’s wanderlust and help them gain cultural exposure. My first international destination was Spain and I highly recommend beginner travelers to start there. I also recommend the United Kingdom/Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Scandinavia.
I was thankful that my talented aunt designed my logo. If you are on the prowl for a custom-designed logo, I recommend looking through your LinkedIn connections and reaching out to graphic designers. Another great website to find a graphic designer to create your brand logo is by finding a freelancer on UpWork.
I am super grateful to have found the talented and creative Gariele Wright through Instagram! We have been following each other for quite some time and she is awesome. Gariele has also designed beautiful websites for other successful travel bloggers. For the longest time, I was looking for the right person who would understand what I needed in a website in order to become the professional travel blogger I longed to be and Gariele was there to save me!