Just a quick message this sunday to let you know I started my English travel Youtube channel! I used to make the occasional vlog in Dutch during my…
Recently 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:
I’m a 24 year old white girl, running her own business, traveling the world and living in London. Ofcourse I’m f*cking lucky.
If there’s one thing that upsets me in the travel blogging world, it’s bloggers who call out strangers and friends for calling them lucky. Sometimes they even go so far as writing blogposts about how they AREN’T lucky. About how EVERYONE can live the life they lead, as long as they prioritize their life a little better. (Judgmental much?)
I get called lucky on a weekly basis. Guess what? I don’t care. If you tell me I’m lucky for whatever reason (and there’s many: the traveling, the business, the clients, the living in London) I will smile and nod in agreement. Yes, I am damn lucky. You’re right.
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.
Many people dream about teaching English abroad, but Samantha actually took the leap and did it! She’s been teaching English in Jeollabuk in Korea, while saving mad money and jetting off to Asian destinations on her weekends and holidays. In this ‘travel jobs’ interview she will tell you EXACTLY what to do to start teaching English abroad too.
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.
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!
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.