Two Years as a Full Time Travel Blogger and Writer

The coming of June means that I’ve been a professional travel blogger and writer for two full years now. WOW!


Hangin’ with Buddha in Vietnam

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 cavingquad biking or staying in fairy tale castles.


Caving in Iceland!

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.


Admiring the street art in Gran Canaria

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.


Hiding in the shade in India

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.

14 Responses to Two Years as a Full Time Travel Blogger and Writer

  1. The Guy

    Hi Emma,

    Many congratulations on your 2 years and long may it continue. I’m soon to hit 2 years too.

    I have to agree that it is terribly time consuming with all the things that go on in the background running a blog. Technically there is always something to fix. Plus articles to write, e-mails to respond to and so on.

    It is great to hear that you know it is worth it and you are getting the benefits you want.

    • Emma Gray

      Thank you! Well done to you for almost hitting 2 years too :)

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  3. Hannah Murphy

    Congratulations on your achievements! Its lovely to know that my dream has the chance of becoming a reality. I’m at the start of my journey of becoming a journalist and I’ll be be blogging every step of the way. Thanks for sharing your stories xo

    • Emma Gray

      Thank you, Hannah. Glad to hear you’ll be blogging too. I hope you enjoy your blogging journey as much as I’m enjoying mine :)

  4. Cat

    Happy Blogiversary! I agree with you so much on ‘how much work’ we put into blogging. I’m just a casual blogger and doesn’t do as much things as you do but still, it’s hardwork daily.
    People would just surf and take away whatever they need instantly but for us, it takes hours or maybe days to do up a nice post filled with information, packed with nicely edited photographs.
    I enjoy reading your posts as you take the effort to present it well. That’s what attracts me to a blog.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Emma Gray

      Thanks, Kat! It is definitely hard work but it’s all totally worth it :)

  5. Jean | Holy Smithereens

    Congratulations on 2 years of full time blogging! May you have many more years of blogging to come. I still am doing part work/part blogging and don’t know when (or if I should) jump into full-time blogging. Until then, posts like these continue to inspire me!

    • Emma Gray

      Thank you, Jean! I can imagine that would be a really tough decision to make. Follow your heart and I’m sure you’ll do great no matter what :)

  6. smARTraveller

    Happy 2nd Blogiversary!Great job! keep traveling!

  7. Michael Hodson

    Keep kicking ass and taking names! Well done.

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