Do you love to travel but can’t do it as much as you like? Fun and adventure overseas can be within your reach more often than you think.
Imagine getting paid to travel the world. It is possible to fund your trip by writing about your adventures.
Travel writing can become a full-time passion or merely something you do on the side. It can be a way to justify a vacation and pay for some of the costs, maybe write off your trip on your taxes. With this career, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out and see the world…in a way you never could as an ordinary tourist.
Terri Marshall has never been the type of person to settle for “ordinary”. One of the ways she left ordinary behind was to start her career as a travel writer.
“I spent many years working as a tax accountant—I knew there had to be a better way to spend my time. I wanted something extraordinary. So…I decided that I could live this life less ordinary as a travel writer.”
Over the years Terri has enjoyed many experiences thanks to her change in career, including harvesting cacao from a jungle farm in Belize. She has more adventures in the works.
The experiences that are open to travel writers are unique and endless, “Just yesterday, I received an e-mail invitation to sample a new food, wine, and travel experience in Italy…I’m not turning that one down,” says Terri.
Thanks to her job she gets invited to explore the world, meet interesting people and experience new cultures in a way that no tourist can.
Rachel Denning stayed on the paradise island of Ambergris Caye, Belize with her five children. And yes you guessed it, it was all thanks to her travel writing.
After spending the day relaxing and enjoying time with her family, Rachel clicks on her laptop and writes about what they got up to that day. She includes some photos that they snapped. Writing about her travels isn’t just for fun.
“It’s now responsible for half of my family’s entire income…and that includes lavish trips all over the world. Soon, we expect it to make up 100%. When it does, we will be traveling full-time, long-term.”
Lebawit Lily Girma woke up on the morning of her birthday this year, looking at the Belize Barrier Reef. “My suite was on the top floor of a large cabana, tucked in a corner and on the beachfront side of the island.”
While exploring the island she takes photos…and this is all part of her job. She seeks out unique places that many travelers don’t know about. “It is because of my work that I was able to get free accommodation and tours on South Water Caye. I simply contacted the manager and offered to take some pictures and write a review in exchange for my stay. She was happy to host me.”
She stayed for two nights free of charge with transportation to the islands thrown in. She had four meals on the island which she had to pay for (they came to a grand total of $67) while drinks and snacks were available free all day. If she had paid for this trip, it could have set her back around $700.
“What amazes me the most when I think back to my experience on one of Belize’s most beautiful cayes, is that this was work for me. It’s hard to imagine that you can wake up in the morning, look at the Barrier Reef and say to yourself that it’s time to get up for work. But that’s exactly how it was.”
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