TOP secret – 8 ways how I earn money when traveling
”You are a travel what? A blogger? And how do you earn money?”
”You must be very rich if you can afford to travel that much…”
If you are a travel blogger, then I’m sure you laugh like crazy because these are the most common quiestions we get when we say we are travel bloggers.
No wonder why many bloggers nowadays choose not to use that term at all and prefer others not to call them travel bloggers.
Anyway, I have been able to travel to more than 56 countries mostly thanks to this blog since March 2011 without having ”a real job.” And not just that.
But I’ve also managed to save some money. When I say some, I mean at least 40% of what I earn. (Thanks mum for teaching me how to save money when I was a kid!)
How do I do it, you ask?
How do I spend so much time hanging out in jacuzzis, on the beach, by a pool…
… and still have time to earn money??
If you think, as many people in my home town, that I am super wealthy and get money from my dad, a small pub owner, then all I can say is ”I wish!”
I would love to do nothing and still have money to travel.
But life of travel bloggers is hard!
Honestly, the past 5 years since I gave a month notice and quit my flight attendant job in Italy, I have been making living out of this blog for the most part.
As I am not one of those stereotype lovers, I opt for wide variety when it comes to earning money, too.
8 ways I earn money when traveling
1. Blog and social media
It depends on where I am but when abroad, most of my income comes from my blog – I’d say around 80% when traveling; while when I am in Slovakia it’s way less than 80%, as I do more of the activities mentioned at the end of the list where I have to be personally present.
When I say I earn money from my blog, I am talking of things such as social media shares, affiliates (selling others’ products on my blog and social media channels), advertising, brand ambassadorships (e.g. I was representing Lenovo and Acer for a year), paid interviews (on other websites/magazines), articles on my blog, online marketing and social media consulting (I give advice to other bloggers, different companies, PR and travel agencies, hotels etc.), I sell my photos/videos. As over more than 7 years I’ve managed to built following of more than 140,000 people, PR/media come to me for some information.
*If you are not a blogger or you don’t work online, most probably you have no idea about all these things I mentioned above and giving you more details would not help.
Since 2014 I have published 3 ebooks, altogether approx. 380 pages. Two of them are in Slovak (for that part of my audience who can’t speak English and is from my home country) and one is in English. Two ebooks are about how to be fit when traveling, some exercise and food tips; and one about my 20 funny travel adventures in 9 countries. If any of more than 800 free posts on this blog have ever helped you and you would like to have a laugh rading about my adventures or become healthier, definitely check out my ebooks here and consider buying one.
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3. Public speaking
I am trying to get out of my comfort zone and speak at conferences and travel shows whenever I get a chance (would you believe I am a shy introvert?) Most of the conferences are in Slovakia or Czech republic as speaking in Slovak comes more naturally to me. There’s less of travel and vegan food presentations here than in many other countries.
4. Slovak magazines – freelance
Writing my blog in English is a lot more difficult for me as it’s still a foreign language. However, it does have some advantages as well – not only I can reach to a bigger audience but then I can also write about similar things in my mother tongue Slovak. I usually write a few articles per year for some Slovak magazines (mostly Profit and Trend) about traveling, other cultures or even different habits and perception of men and women abroad. More about my articles and mentions can be found on my writing portfolio website.
5. Raw vegan courses
As I am really passionate about raw vegan lifestyle trying to follow it as much as I can (of course, I have my cheat meals or even days, too), I have been organizing raw vegan courses in Slovakia. I give them the basics of this diet, the pros and cons, teach them food combinations, and some easy recipes. On some courses I focus only on detox and not vegan diet in general. It makes me very grateful to hear about my client’s life changes after the courses. You can find out more about my raw vegan courses here.
When I am in my home town in Slovakia, I do teach yoga 4 or 5 times a week which can be up to 10 hours a week. It was my friend’s idea already back in June 2014 and a huge challenge for me, but I said yes and couldn’t be happier now. I also co-organized a week yoga retreat in Croatia in June 2016.
Teaching yoga not only forces me to practice more, too, but also see the progress of others, what others want to practice, what they can and cannot do. And most of all I can earn something (pretty much to cover my food expenses) helping other people to get in a better shape and health.
7. Health products
Using many natural health products myself for many years, I’ve started to sell some, too. Loads of people are coming to me asking for advice what kind of products do not contain chemicals as they are confused. I personally do believe only in 100% cold-pressed products and superfoods, all vegan and organic, if possible. I’ve found they work the best for me and people who’ve tried them. I’m even thinking of opening an eshop with natural products. Maybe one day in the future 🙂
Logically, I keep my savings in the bank and every year get free extra % of them. Not much, but still better than nothing 🙂
Do you still think I am super wealthy and do nothing? Hope this list has given you a better idea of my ”not doing nothing” paradise life.
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