When I started blogging, it was a just passion project. I loved to travel. I loved writing. Starting a travel blog was a no-brainer.
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I dreamt about the potential perks and benefits of having a travel blog, but I tried not to get my hopes up. I was convinced that the only people who saw any benefit from blogging were those famous few who can boast millions of followers. And I had no illusions that I would be one of those anytime soon.
Still, I created a calendar with blog topics and deadlines and I stuck to it, making sure to post regularly and interacting with others on social media. It wasn’t long before I started to see growth.
At the same time, I was planning a road trip from Northern California to Seattle and back. On a whim, I decided to write to a bunch of hotels and vacation rentals to see if I could stay with them in exchange for writing a review of their location on my travel blog. I didn’t expect much, but I was soon having to decide between a handful of offers. From that day forward, I’ve never had to pay for travel accommodations. I’ve stayed in cabins, hotels, and resorts that are far nicer than anything I could afford.
Inspired, I decided to do the same with travel gear. I’d been eyeing a few travel products for months, but all were way outside my budget. So, I emailed a handful of companies and…soon my bedroom was overflowing with boxes full of travel gear—from solar chargers for camping to a portable laundry machine to comfortable and stylish travel pants and more.
I love writing, especially about my travels, and the fact that I’ve been able to do that in a way that is profitable, low stress, and fun has been my savior. For years, I was terrified that I would get sucked into an office job and spend my life saving up for two weeks of travel per year. But now I can take my work wherever I go, whether it’s chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland or learning how to surf in Costa Rica.
Deciding to start a blog and travel the world when my bank account was close to empty was a risk…but it’s a risk I thank myself for taking every single day. My travel blog has allowed me to live my dream life without constantly stressing about where my next meal will come from. Plus, who can complain when you get to stay in a $400 suite in the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest free of charge?
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