I knew ever since I was a kid I wanted to travel and explore the world. There are times I even dream of getting a job that is related to traveling. Come on, realistically it’s one of highest paying jobs out there. Can you imagine yourself traveling for free and wait there is more…You are paid just to travel. Now tell me how cool is that?
Then I started blogging about my personal journey for others to read and hopefully attract people to travel while they are young. I am not the right person to discuss about funding your wanderlust but I have quite a few tips and some of these I learned from fellow Filipino travel bloggers. You’ll find this blog post interesting if you want to start your travel blog.
Are you a NEOPHYTE in travel blogging? For a newbie travel blogger like me, struggling with so many issues related to blogging is the primary concern. What to write about? Writers block issues and other stuff. Admittedly, there are several travel bloggers that made blogging so easy that their readers got inspired from them and some chose travel blogging as their career .They continue to inspire a lot of people including myself by posting quality contents, great narratives, random stories and gorgeous photographs. Here are some of the things I learned through blogging:
PHOTOGRAPHY. Taking pictures with your own camera is addictive and perhaps can even be your vocation. The potential way to earn money is to sell your photographs in a newspaper or a magazine. Or if you also want fame and fortune I strongly suggest to sell it in a complete package with an article. If your work doesn’t get published , do not lose hope. Don’t give up and please eat rejection. I got used to having my photos and articles rejected and ignored at the same time.
SPONSORSHIPS. Sponsored trips, free accommodation and the entire experiences are some of the perks. Most of my travel blogger friends are currently accepting perks from many travel organizations, accommodation industries, or tour operators who is sponsoring the experiences they’re writing about.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS. Generally, there are non government organizations around who are looking for volunteers for charity works which involves traveling too. More often than not they can send you out-of-town or out of the country. But if you don’t want to be disappointed then please expect nothing. The good thing about volunteer projects though is that you get to know what you really want , your passion and become more serious about other beliefs and cultures aside from your own. Immerse yourself with the society and try to feel like you are part of it.
ON BEING A FRUGAL TRAVELER. We all manage to take amazing and incredible trips but the strategies of getting where we want to go should be very unique. Plan your trips ahead . There are low fares that are now up for grabs. Take advantage of the discounted fares. Eat meals at corner store. Know your family and/ or friends contacts , use it to your advantage if you know someone in the area.
WORKING ON THE ROAD. There are online jobs available to everyone. Or if you own a blog and you have a massive online traffic then you can use it to your advantage too. Who knows you will also end up attracting more sponsors. Write anything you want after all it’s your blog. But with all the blogs out there , you have to keep your readers engaged. Create your own identity and commit yourself to writing once or twice a week.
CREDIT CARDS AND TRAVEL FUNDS. We can’t deny credit cards are very helpful for travel. You can always pay in advance for your accommodation or for your flight tickets. These magical cards are useful if you use them correctly but if in the wrong hands you might get into real trouble. So to avoid temptation always pay in cash. If you have separate bank accounts for travel purposes then thats better. Separate finances and bank accounts give us a sense of freedom and autonomy that can be very healthy.
So how do I really fund my wanderlust? I tell you a little secret. You have to work and save. Sounds cliché right? This may sound kind of like your parents asked you to do when we were a little kids. But that’s true.
BUDGET WORK AND SAVE. Track all your spending. Cut all your restaurants and Starbucks habit. Search and sign up for savings accounts offering the best customer packages and benefits. Perhaps they may offer you accounts with travel insurance at the same time. Register through online banking and compare bank accounts at your computer to see if they have interest-free overdrafts, discounts on travel gears and even travel discount cards.
I like travel blogs that are more personal and photo-based. These are the sites that I can obviously connect to in terms of writing. I also look up to those that provide enough travel information and helpful itineraries including expenses and directions how to get to the destination. People nowadays have their own personal travel blogs or they are starting with their own travel blogs. I enjoy reading people’s personal travel stories but believe me, it’s hard to keep up with them all.
I have some personal favorites and most of them are my friends who helped me a lot when I was starting. I wanted to share some great travel blogs that are worth reading:
LAKWATSERO . PINAY TRAVEL JUNKIE . BACKPACKING PHILIPPINES . ESCAPE ISLANDS . LANTAW . LAKAD PILIPINAS . EAZY TRAVELER . PINOY ADVENTURISTA . THE TRAVELLING DORK . NOMADIC EXPERIENCES . PECULIAR HOURS . OMAN IS AN ISLAND . LAKWATSERA DE PRIMERA . GALA PINOY REDUX . AMBOT-AH
Check out the rest of Pinoy Travel bloggers. Some of them might be living the life they want but most of them you will certainly find not one, not two but three slashes in between their job description. Call center Agent/blogger/photographer or English teacher/traveler/banker etc.
Travel blogging is certainly the best way to reach out via writing if you want your voice to be heard in cyber world. Now that people are more attached to “google” all the information, I think it’s one of the best tools for sharing things and compelling each other that there is always a great place to explore.
Note: Please don’t be offended if you aren’t on my list. Believe me, I read a lot more than just 15 travel blogs but I can’t list over a hundred sites. Get in touch with me or feel free to add other recommended travel blogs in the comment section.