Last week I told here my story of how I have been combining my career as a Volleyball Blogger(soon to be Journalist!) and being a Travel Blogger. I became curious and I knew that I couldn’t be the only blogger doing two things I love at the same time, and that is the reason why I decided to reach out other bloggers and ask them about how they combine travel blogging with other passions. This is what they have to say about it:
Fabio Virgi – … Digital Marketer – Fab Meets World
Sarah Reichenbach – … Snowboard Teacher – My Gipsy Soul
Snowboard teacher by day, blogger by night, or actually more like snowboard teacher in winter, traveler in summer and fulltime blogger about the wonderful combination. I actually think this is the perfect combo! I love spending time in the snowy mountains, teaching others one of my all time favourite activities and having a ‘normal’ life for part of the year where I can work during the day, cook dinners, sit on the couch and stay in the same place for a couple of months, getting to know a new town, ski-resort and group of people. And then I put all my winter-gear in storage, pack a small backpack and take off to explore sunny destinations, enjoy beaches, relax in hammocks, go for hikes, sleep in a different guesthouse-bed every night, find a new exciting place to eat wonderful local food every day and visit cultural sights. The world is such a beautiful place and I love exploring it one winter-resort or sunny destination at a time.
Sally Cochrane – … Travel Agent – Safe Travels By Sally Blog
My work allows me to attend travel launches and events which gives me great content to write about on my blog. I also get to attend ship inspections on a regular basis and go on a ‘famil’ trip each year. A ‘famil’ is like an educational trip where you travel with other travel agents hosted by tourism boards, airlines or hotels. It’s not really work! The best part about my job is getting feedback from clients about destinations I haven’t travelled to yet.
Esther Sanye – … Nomadic Researcher – Triptoadventure
I’m a researcher on sustainability and I love my job. As an international career, I have been traveling a lot. I have not only lived in 4 different countries during my master and my PhD, but I also perform between 3 to 5 work trips for conferences or field work every year. Beyond direct trips, being an international researcher has also allowed me to know people from all around the world and I just recently visited a friend in Malaysia that I met a couple of years ago during the PhD. Besides, I’m a nomadic researcher, so I will go where I have something to research, no matter where :)”.
Lauren – … Teacher – The Traveller’s Guide By #ljojlo
‘I can hear it now ‘Oh, you are a teacher? No wonder you get to travel! You get holidays like every 10 weeks.’ Well, to be honest yeah we do. So yes, holidays means I am not required to go into school and yes I don’t physically have to be in front of students teaching, unfortunately for me though I still work, I just do it remotely. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t prefer to work on a banana lounge, cocktail in hand, enjoying the tropical sunshine? That is how I spend my teaching holidays! Due to my workaholic nature, I still check emails, I still help my students via online communities but I do it all while I am exploring a new country and its incredible culture. Now, this isn’t for everyone! Lots of people don’t like to mix business with pleasure. For me though it is how I operate and I wouldn’t have it any other way.’
Sadhvi Mythili – …Doctor – BeautyBrainBliss
I am a blogger and a Doctor. Currently I am pursuing a degree in Psychiatry. When I think about it, given the busy schedule and hectic work, it seems impossible even to me. Except for 20 days of casual leave and 14 days of educational leave I work for all the other days including sundays and public holidays. I need to do case presentations, seminars, thesis work and need to fight with books as I have to give exams also.
To keep my wish for travel alive and to keep my blog updated, I had to give up few things and had to make few sacrifices. I stopped watching movies, my last film was in Oct,2015. I do not go to malls or theaters. I buy everything online to save time, including groceries. I don’t even attend parties or functions. I do things like photo editing while I am in Hospital when I get time between patient to patient or while I attend boring lectures. For holidays, I plan to places with overnight journey time from the place I live. I plan in a way that 3 days would suffice. I use educational leaves also and plan a trip when I go on an Educational tour.
I even have to plan finances as I live on just my stipend and have to pay my fees also.
Katie Dickinson – … Hospitality Worker – The Budget Backpack
In the “concept” phase, integrating travel blogging into my life felt like it would be a seamless fit. The company I work offers reciprocal stays with other hostels in our US network, so I figured I could make it a point to see some top-visited US cities and blog about how to do it on a budget. My plan was to use $200 as the baseline amount for a weekend in whatever city; subtracting the amount I saved for having free accommodation (and, yes, I calculated taxes in, too!). This usually left me with somewhere between $110 and $130 for fun and food.
I was proud of my concept and glad to put my English degree to use; however, the major hiccup I encountered was that I knew nothing about building and running a website or brand. Whoops! There were a lot of early days, late nights, reading articles on the treadmill, and frantic Youtube tutorial searches. I had to live by the mantra: “You have the same number of hours in a day as Beyonce”—and I found a way to make it work.
I spend my breaks reading blogs and interacting with blogs I enjoy. I keep a notebook in my backpack for post ideas. I’m thankful for and inspired by the supportive blogger community; without which I might’ve thrown in the towel.
Karolina and Patryk – … Entrepreneurs – KarolinaPatryk.com
We make money online for a living and blogging is our passion. We work in an commerce business, selling products to retail customers all over the world. We love our job and it actually helps us traveling. We can work from any place on the world, we are not bounded to any city or country. Being a digital nomad is the best profession a traveller can have. It is not easy though to divide our time between making money, blogging and traveling. We create a weekly plans every 7 days to make it all work.