You probably already know that being a travel writer or travel blogger comes with a number of exciting perks. It’s just some of the benefits that come with having a travel writing job. Although these advantages are not the only reason I do this work, they do make my life even more enjoyable.
My Travel Writing Job
The fresh and fruity scent of tropical rain envelops me as I watch the sky transform into shades of pink, blue and purple. Above me, the palm trees sway in the light breeze and I dig my toes deeper into the cool sand as I listen to the sweet sounds of chirping birds.
Island life never gets old.
And I’ve visited many of these Indian Ocean paradises over the past few years while doing my travel writing job.
During my recent trip to Zanzibar, I couldn’t help but feel immense gratitude for the life I have created.
You see, I am a travel writer.
My job opens up an endless amount of opportunities and has allowed me to discover some of the most beautiful places on earth. And as a travel writer, I have made a promise never to miss out on an opportunity to visit new and exciting destinations. I have travel journals and notebooks filled to the brim describing magical locations and the sensory overload of different experiences.
A travel writing job is still a job, even when it seems to the outside observer like a vacation… 😏
My journey to becoming a travel writer has been a long and winding combination of kismet and courage. Yet, one of the wildest and most exciting times of my life. Over the past 5 years, I’ve experienced freedom like never before, partnered with some of the best travel brands in the industry, seen my travel content published in huge publications (even the front cover once), and earned an income from two of my greatest passions – travel and writing.
To say, that my travel writing job has changed my perspective of life and what a career should ‘look’ like is an understatement…
So, if you’ve been sitting on the fence wondering whether to start your travel blog or apply for a travel writing job, allow me to convince you by sharing 3 reasons why I love being a travel writer:
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Freedom. Such an elusive concept. The core idea behind the so-called “American Dream” yet so few Americans actually experience true freedom. American’s aren’t the only ones lacking freedom though. I know of even fewer fellow South African’s who can talk about freedom based on experience. Freedom is subjective though which means it has many different definitions, depending on who you ask.
But to me, freedom is having total control over how I spend my time. My days are mine and I’m free to choose what I do with my time here on earth. I do not report to anyone and I can do the work I love from anywhere and at any time that suits me. This is the freedom my travel writing job has given me.
It’s the best part of my job. I have the freedom to determine my own schedule, say yes to every opportunity that appeals to me, and spend time doing the things I love, usually with the people that are most important to me, whenever I want.
Although I’ve made plenty of mistakes along this journey – navigating the travel industry is no easy feat – I’m grateful each day for the freedom this life provides me. I would never give this up wouldn’t want to change a thing.
Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities
Now, I know a lot of travel bloggers/writers get into this field for the “freebies” but thinking that way sets you up for disappointment.
Because when you think of sponsorships as “freebies”, you’ll hesitate when it comes to pitching. You’ll worry so much about your stats, writing, and reach that you’ll psych yourself out before you even begin. You won’t even ask.
That’s why I tell my Pitch to Travel students not to think of it as a “freebie” because it isn’t. It is a mutually beneficial value exchange.
Think about it, when you land a sponsorship (let’s say, a hosted hotel stay), you still have to provide something for that hotel in return for the stay, right? The value they provide is the accommodation and the value you provide is epic travel content for their hotel. A fair exchange. Sponsorships are opportunities for collaboration. A partnership. Barter.
Shift your thinking when it comes to this and you’ll notice how much easier it becomes to pitch travel brands for sponsorships.
I remember the first sponsorships I landed (back when my blog and social accounts were brand new). I couldn’t believe that I landed any at all, even though it took me ages and tons of pitches. But it opened up my eyes to what was possible; I was hooked. And I made it my personal mission to understand the psychology behind pitching so that I could improve my skills. At the same time, I made sure to up-level my writing skills so that I could add even more value to potential travel brand partners.
Since that point, I have landed over $100 000 worth of travel sponsorships in the form of hotel/resort accommodation, flights, cruises, spa treatments, restaurant meals, tours, attraction passes, and Tourism Board partnerships.
The thing is, sponsorship opportunities are definitely a perk of having a travel writing job. But without the knowledge of how they work and how you can provide value in exchange for a “freebie”, you won’t succeed.
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A Fresh Perspective
Have you ever developed some new skills or learned something different but so good that you just can’t wait to share them with a friend? That’s what it’s like to have a travel writing job. It’s why I live to teach aspiring travel bloggers how to get published, earn an income from their travel content, and land travel sponsorships too.
My travel writing job has captured my full attention for the past few years. It has propelled me down the path of becoming an expert (well, working towards it). But most of all it has given me a fresh perspective on how life can be, which is why I love to share the possibilities of this work with others.
Travel writing changes everything about how we experience our hometowns, our favorite places, the people we meet along the way, and how we want to make our mark on the world. I started my travel writing career to get paid to do what I love, land a few sponsorships along the way, and see as much of the world as possible, but it’s become so much bigger than that.
The way I see the world and the part I play in it has changed drastically. I don’t just want to share just a few of my favorite destinations with readers anymore. I want to help people connect meaningfully with each other all around the world. But most of all, I want to help others find the freedom that I have through my travel writing job.
And with the right words, I know I can.
Life of a Travel Writer
The life of a travel writer is a lovely mix of freedom, creativity, and fun. You won’t become a millionaire overnight. You’ll spend plenty of time on your laptop trying to come up with the perfect combination of words to describe an experience or sight. Some days, it won’t be easy. Other days you won’t be able to believe your luck. Either way, your life will never be fuller and you’ll be richer in ways that are far more important than money.