As I write this from my bedroom office it’s a year to the day I put down my pen at the end of my last exam of my university career. A month and a half, a trip to Australia, and several exam passes later I graduated from The University of Glasgow with an honours degree in English Literature.
That also means I’ve been a full time travel blogger and writer for a year!
Towards the end of my degree I knew more than anything that 9-5 office life wasn’t for me. Offices are not for me. I couldn’t bear to have a job that would tie me to one place and not allow me to travel. That’s when I decided I’d make something out of this little thing you’re reading now – my travel blog.
After I finished my last exam I started putting all of my effort into my travel blog and my other freelance travel writing, and one year later I’m still doing it. But it hasn’t been easy, actually it’s been harder than I ever imagined.
Most people assume that travel blogging and writing is easy. Everyone thinks it’s all glamour – planes, trains, automobiles and visiting new countries every week. Well, at times it is like that, but most of the time I’m sitting in front of my laptop working more hours than the majority of office staff do. It’s an exciting prospect for travel to be your work, but you have to remember that this includes finding time to work while you travel, which can be tough.
It might look to readers like all I do is write blog posts here, but actually I spend an incredible amount of time responding to emails from potential advertisers and clients, editing photos, pitching travel and tourism contacts, writing for other websites (I also have my other blog Emma on Board), working on my site design, budgeting, link building, doing keyword research, and building my social media following. It’s a time consuming business!
But whilst it’s time consuming and harder than I’d ever imagined, travel blogging and writing has opened up some of the best life opportunities for me.
In the past year I’ve met some of the most incredible people and made some great friendships. I’ve visited 12 different countries. I’ve been to a music festival in France, I’ve stayed in a castle in Scotland, I’ve seen some beautiful sunrises on the beach in Italy, driven Australia’s Great Ocean Road, seen dolphins frolicking off the coast of Perth, taken cooking classes in Lyon, taken part in a torchlight procession in Edinburgh, ridden a Segway and a beer bike through the centre of Berlin, been on a party boat on a lake in France, watched the sun set over Sydney Opera House and so much more. I’ve got thousands of memories and it’s definitely been the best year of my life so far.
So, whilst I might not be earning as much money as I would in a steady, reliable, 9-5 office job, my metaphorical bank balance is consistently in the black , I’m happier than I ever could have imagined and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I followed my heart and, for now, I’m living my dream and that’s something money could never buy.