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How to approach hotels for a complimentary stay as a blogger (with e-mail template!)

How to approach hotels for a complimentary stay as a blogger (with e-mail template!)

So you’re a (travel) blogger, and you’re planning a fancy schmanzy holiday, but it would be pretty nice if you could cut the cost a little by setting up a sweet little arrangement with a local hotel. Right? Maybe a complimentary stay in exchange for a blogpost? Ofcourse it would be. I’ve done it MANY times and have had good success with it. I constantly hear other bloggers failing to score free hotel stays, though, and to be fair I’m not surprised. It’s not hard, but there IS an art to it. So today I lift the veil and share the secret with you! This strategy doesn’t only work for hotels, but for ANY collaboration you’d like to do as a blogger.

This is a very comprehensive 1700-word post (I had a LOT to say on this topic), so get ready!

Dear struggling freelancer: the #1 thing you should know about building a business

Dear struggling freelancer: the #1 thing you should know about building a business

flowers-desk-office-vintageRecently I put a Facebook-update on my timeline. It was a picture of me working in my favourite coffee shop, strategizing for the next few months in my business. Planning our growth. And it’s true. My business has been doing very well, it’s growing at a rapid rate, and I have great big plans for the future. I’m proud of that.

I instantly got messages from a few of my freelancing friends who were struggling to get paying work and to pay the bills. They were frustrated things didn’t seem to be moving for them. And I get it. It sucks. It’s super f*cking painful when you can’t pay your bills. I know, because I’ve been there. I’m sorry that you’re currently going trough that. But in the four years I’ve been running my business I’ve learned one important thing:

How I got 1000+ unique visitors my first month of blogging

How I got 1000+ unique visitors my first month of blogging

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On january 25th I launched this website, Explorista.net, ready to take over the world with my awesome posts on travel and business. One month later my site has attracted 1000+ unique visitors. Not as much as I hoped (everyone hopes to have their blog break trough instantly, right?), but also definitely not bad considering the saturated landscape. It’s a great base to build from.

And since I know many bloggers that have been blogging for months for their parents and neighbors grandmother, I figured I’d explain step by step what I did (and what you can do) to launch your blog to the greatest success possible. 

How to know you’re ready to freelance fulltime

How to know you’re ready to freelance fulltime

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Many people dream of ditching the 9 to 5-grind in favor of working in their pj’s, deciding their own hours and projects and building something for THEM (not their boss). But as inspiring as it all sounds (and it IS a lot of fun, trust me), you need to have a bit more than a vague dream and some cute pyjama’s to make a go of this fulltime freelancing thing.

I’ve been freelancing for over four years now, and went from completely unsuccessful beginner, to getting-close-to-100k-freelancer. I never asked myself if I was ready to go freelance fulltime. I just became one. I had no choice, if I wanted to fulfill my dream of becoming a writer, there were no fulltime jobs.  I jumped, almost failed, hustled, found my passion, rebranded, and landed pretty sweet success. While it was a very hard path, I’m so glad I was forced to walk it.

Not a week goes by without one of my blogger friends coming up to me and asking me if they are ready to take the leap to go freelance too. So I wrote this post (as the first of many business posts!) to help you decide if you are ready to go freelance fulltime.

TRAVEL JOBS: How to become a travel marketeer (+ free checklist!)

TRAVEL JOBS: How to become a travel marketeer (+ free checklist!)

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Do you ever look at those fancy travel jobs and think ‘how do I get me one of those?’. Well, my friend, this is why I created this series. For the ‘travel jobs’ series I’ll interview bad ass babes who either have a job that allows them to travel the world OR work in a really swanky travel field and get to look at pictures of dreamy beaches all day.

This time we’re talking to Hannah from thatadventurer.co.uk who works as a travel marketeer. She dishes all the details: how did she score her job, what skills do you need, what do you earn and at the end of the post you’ll find a FREE checklist to help you get started as a travel marketeer!

How to stop feeling jealous of other bloggers (+ why ‘stop comparing yourself’ is useless advice)

How to stop feeling jealous of other bloggers (+ why ‘stop comparing yourself’ is useless advice)

The no bullshit-advice to how to stop feeling jealous of other bloggers forever!

It happens to all of us: we’re happily scooting along in our own little blogging world, until we stumble upon that girl that started her blog roughly around the same time as you did. She blogs about similar things as you do. But unlike you she now has thousands of followers, viral posts, makes good money and regularly gets invited to the most exotic places on earth. And there goes your little bubble of blogging bliss. Poof. Gone. Down the drain goes your self-confidence.