The coming of June means that I’ve been a professional travel blogger and writer for two full years now. WOW!
It doesn’t seem like that long ago I was graduating from university and everyone thought I was a bit mad because I wasn’t frantically searching for a graduate job like everyone else. I knew the world of office jobs and corporate politics was definitely not for me so I graduated and immediately became a full time travel blogger and writer.
No two days are ever the same as a travel blogger. Some days are spent sitting at my desk all day writing, emailing and keeping up with all the behind the scenes stuff that goes on, and other days are spent exploring new destinations, going volcanic caving, quad biking or staying in fairy tale castles.
I love being able to work from anywhere in the world. It might be as simple as working in my garden in the (rare!) Scottish sunshine, or as wonderful as working on the private balcony of a luxury 6 star cruise ship. I love the flexibility that this job offers and I like the sense of the unknown that comes with it.
It’s still a lot of hard work and actually I’ve been working harder and been busier in the last year than the previous one. As my blog has grown the amount of work that comes with it has grown too, but I’m certainly not complaining.
It might look to all you lovely readers like all I do is post articles on here a couple of times a week but there’s a lot of stuff that goes on in the background too. I have emails to answer from readers, PRs, advertisers and those people who just like to fill your inbox with random irrelevant questions. I also sell advertising space, organise trips, edit photos, update my social media channels, chase up clients who can’t pay their bills on time, pitch to other publications and write for my other blog, Emma On Board.
This past year I’ve also found myself doing more things outside of my blogs. I now manage social media for a number of small businesses and companies which I really enjoy. It’s great to work closely with companies and see the results coming through from the social media usage and campaigns I create. *shameless self-promotion* if you’re a small company or business looking to improve your social media profile or strategy then don’t hesitate to get in touch via my contact page.
I’ve had some truly amazing experiences through travel blogging and although it is much more work than people think, I wouldn’t change it for the world. In the past two years I’ve visited more than twenty different countries and taken cooking classes in Lyon, enjoyed live music in Reykjavic, drank wine on a terrace overlooking Barcelona, cruised round Ha Long Bay, seen world-famous chefs at work and stayed in some of the most beautiful and luxurious properties ever.
All the long hours spent working at my desk, frantically replying to emails and writing articles is absolutely worth it for the experiences I get out of it all. I’m a firm believer in living a full and rich life filled with wonderful memories and I’d much rather spend my money on a wonderful experience rather than material possessions. For me money isn’t the be all and end all of life. I’d much rather earn less money and life the life I’m living rather than be earning more money stuck in the four walls of a boring office day in and day out.
Travel blogging definitely does not pay a fortune, but I’m okay with that. Whilst I might not be earning as much money as I would in a steady, reliable, 9-5 office job, I’m happier than I ever could have imagined and I wouldn’t change it for the world. As cheesy as it sounds I really am following my dreams as a travel blogger and that’s something money certainly can’t buy.