Hungry to see the world and want to get paid to do it? You might be thinking about becoming a travel blogger. The lifestyle seems glamourous, freeing, and exciting – after all, a travel blogger’s job is to travel around the world and to have amazing experiences. But, there’s a lot more to it than the curated snapshots you see on bloggers’ Instagram feeds. If you’re thinking about becoming a #travelpreneur by blogging, here are some potential downsides to consider:
You’re Your Own Boss
Being your own boss is what sells this lifestyle to a lot of people. After all, if you’re sick of being trapped in a cubicle, making your own schedule and your own rules sounds incredibly attractive. But keep in mind that this means you’re also responsible for everything. When you’re your own boss, there’s no guarantee of a paycheck. It takes discipline and hustle to make the business side of your blog work. Additionally, since you’re venturing out on your own into entrepreneurship, you’ll have to figure things out by yourself without a boss or mentor helping to guide you.
You Can’t Hide from Chores
You know all those pesky parts of real life – laundry, grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, getting enough exercise? They don’t go away just because you’re traveling. And when you’re traveling for a living and constantly in a new place, those chores become much more difficult. Of course, all these things are still possible no matter where you are, but it will take extra time to figure out where and how to do them in each new location. And you might run into roadblocks trying to do life management tasks that require consistency – such as being a registered voter or having the same doctor give you prescription refills – unless you have a home base you can return to a few times a year.
It’s a Lot of Work
Of course, every job is a lot of work so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. But if you’re focusing on the traveling side of being a travel blogger, make sure you’ll enjoy the blogging side, too. It will require lots of time taking and editing photos, writing engaging content, researching important links to include, promoting your blog on social media, maintaining a following of people interested in your content, and then finding a way to monetize all that. When you’re first starting out, you’ll probably find yourself working more hours than you were at your desk job to get your business off the ground.
Is Travel Blogging for You?
None of this is meant to scare you away from trying to become a #travelpreneur by starting a blog, but rather to make sure you consider some of the less-than-glamorous sides of the life before you take the plunge. Travel blogging can be an incredibly rewarding field and there is a huge community of digital nomads out there you can network with on your journey. Bon voyage!
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