The blog, or the business of blogging as I’ve found it truly is, has been nothing short of an adventure. If you read the post called “10 Hats a Travel Blogger Wears” then you’ll know all the different roles that make up running the blog. There’s a lot that is left unsaid when it comes to travel blogging.
Four years ago, I would have never pictured what today looks like. The words “travel blogger” couldn’t have been more foreign. Now, almost three years into this, travel blogging has been a huge learning curve and each day I wake up excited to learn more.
So now, those things that no one says about the business of travel blogging…
If you don’t work, it doesn’t work.
There’s literal meaning to this. If you don’t work, the blog cannot exist. As a one person show, waking up to tackle the tasks at hand solely depends on the blogger. This lesson I learned the tough way early into the season of travel blogging. I didn’t prepare before an extended trip and it meant scrambling while on travels to get work out.
Community is beautiful.
I am constantly blown away by the community. The support, the kind words (yes, I read all of your comments!), and encouragement is everything. Be prepared to dive into a community who gives back.
You have to be comfortable being alone.
Many times due to scheduling or logistics, solo travel happens. It’s become something I’ve really enjoyed about travel blogging — showing up to a new country all by myself, exploring, learning, and being completely immersed.
The internet can be savage.
This has been a more recent discovery. Thick skin is required, and dedication to what you’re passionate about, no matter what anyone else says.
It requires vulnerability.
What makes travel blogging unique is the story told by you. Sharing openly is always scary, and the art of being vulnerable is constantly being refined.
Be ready for a lot of no’s.
For a every yes I have received, there’s been quite a few no’s in return. Swallowing the multiple no’s has definitely been challenging, but the perseverance is what prevails in the end. Don’t be afraid to keep on keeping on.
It’s a business.
Sales, marketing, accounting, and everything else between is what makes blogging successful. And yes you do have to file taxes! (I dedicate a day each month to inputting receipts)
Travel means sacrifice.
Choosing to take a campaign, means I have to sacrifice being home with my husband, friends, and family. Life on the road comes with many gives and takes, the first being time. It is something to take into consideration, and I would not be able to travel without my husband supporting my passions.
PS — Are You Booking a Trip Soon? Use My Booking Checklist!
These are the sites I use most to book my own trips. Using the links below is a great way to support Bon Traveler’s travel journalism at no extra cost to you. If you need help organizing your itinerary, get my free travel itinerary template here.
1. Book Your Flights
Use Skyscanner to find the best flights. It searches 100s of airlines and websites across the globe to ensure you’re not missing out on any route options or deals.
2. Book Your Accommodations
Use Booking.com for hotels and guest houses. They have the biggest inventory and consistently offer the best rates.
3. Book Your Tours & Experiences
4. Book Your Car
Use Discover Cars or Rentalcars.com to find the best car rental deals. I recommend comparing rental agency reviews on Google to ensure you are booking with the best company in that destination, as the reviews are often more accurate than the car rental search engines.
5. Don’t Forget Airport Lounge Access
Get a Priority Pass membership to gain access to 1,400+ VIP lounges and airport experiences worldwide. The Priority Pass app is the first thing I check when I have a layover. I’ve been a member for over a decade, and having a comfortable place to relax before and between flights makes air travel so much more enjoyable.
6. Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
I never leave the country without travel insurance. It provides comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong (ie. illness, injury, theft, and cancelations, etc.). I use it frequently for my travels to stay protected.
My favorite companies that offer the best coverage and rates are: