We all know travel is good for the soul. Visiting new destinations, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures all enhance our wellbeing and open our minds.
If like us, you travel with a disability, you’ll also know that travel can be a welcome break from day to day trials and tribulations of life.
That said, and no matter how beneficial travel is, you still have to pay for it which in itself can be a barrier to travelling.
For most of us, the cost of travel is a problem, especially when you consider accessible travel normally comes at a premium.
I’m particularly interested in what we can learn from other travel bloggers and how they fund their travels.
This is How Travel Bloggers Pay for Travel
Employment and Self Employment
Despite travelling the world, staying in luxury hotels and sampling some of the most exotic destinations, many travel bloggers work full time at a job.
Often, these jobs have nothing to do with travel so these bloggers travel during their annual holidays and weekends.
You often find many bloggers work part-time at a job and part-time on their blogs, some of them use skills they’ve learned through their blog to earn an income and we’ll look at that below.
The most obvious way to earn money to pay for your travel is to start a travel blog. But be warned, it’s a lot easier to say earn money with a travel blog than it is to actually earn money from your travel blog.
Some established travel bloggers, especially those with a large and loyal readership or social media following monetise their blogs using Google Adsense.
Google serves up relevant ads on their blogs and when people click on those ads the blogger earns a small commission. Although this is the easiest method because all the blogger has to do is add a small piece of code the commission is generally pennies so it’s not the most lucrative.
Depending on the size of the audience, bloggers can sell advertising space directly to advertisers. This is a good way of earning a regular income for doing very little work, they keep doing what they are doing on their blog and get paid simply to host an advert.
Affiliate marketing is one of the more popular ways of monetizing a travel blog.
In a nutshell, bloggers become affiliates of different companies, they talk about or review products and services and when someone clicks on the affiliate link and goes on to buy the product or service the blogger earns a commission.
Affiliate marketing is well established and many of the big travel brands have affiliate programs. Also, many of the big brand’s people use everyday use affiliates to promote their wares including Amazon and Ebay.
And, there are dedicated companies who work with hundreds of companies so a blogger can join once and have access to these companies affiliate programs Affiliate Window is popular in the UK.
Successful bloggers can work directly with companies and destinations. By leveraging their blog and social media influence, bloggers can get free press trips, products to review and even paid to travel.
Another way bloggers earn money from their blogs is by publishing sponsored posts like this one. Companies engage the services of bloggers to promote their own services. The blogger or the company write a post in return for payment and the blogger publishes the post on the blog.
There is much debate about this type of post, whether it’s ethical or useful is debatable. But, to my mind, as long as the post is clearly marked as a sponsored post then it’s a legitimate way of earning an extra income to pay for travel expenses.
See our Work with us page.
Travel bloggers are jacks of all trades. To create, develop and run a successful blog they develop a range of skills that can be sold as freelance services.
If you think about it, bloggers are freelance writers, proofreaders, editors, web designers, photographers, videographers and social media marketers.
All of these skills are valuable and can be sold to third parties either directly or through dedicated platforms which have been set up to introduce the freelancer to customers.
The point is, if you are building a good blog, the work you do is valuable to someone else and there are thousands of customers out there willing to pay for your services.
Even better news, most or all of the above can be done whilst you’re travelling meaning you can become a digital nomad.
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So there you go, a quick overview of how travel bloggers pay for their travels.
The internet has opened up a world of opportunities to supplement your income or create a new one. It’s up to you which ones you chose to utilise.
Until next time, happy travels.
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