All posts filed under: Travel Blogging

How People Get Paid To Travel: Understanding The Term TRAVEL INFLUENCER

So everytime someone comes across my Instagram profile and find me traveling around the world, they ask the same inevitable question: how do I sustain this lifestyle if I don’t have a job. “Do you get paid to travel?” they would ask. And when I tell them that I do (get paid to travel) because brands hire people like me — the so-called travel influencers of the digital age — to promote their services and destinations on our channels, they sound even more confused. “What is this term travel influencer, what does it even mean? Why would a brand hire you to promote them” and a few other relating questions that come next, almost effortlessly. It happened to me recently that I was contacted by a medical student asking me for a way to have a quick escape in her life. She wanted to travel around the world and needed a way out. And as I started explaining things, and with that, using some technical jargon, I figured that I was only confusing her more. Speaking …

From My Travel Photography Equipment To Photo Editing Software I Use

Because I fund my travels as best I can while working from the road, I carry a big collection of photography equipment — from my camera to hard disks to tripods (yes, I often carry two tripods with me). My electronic travel-blogging and photography gear is, by far, the heaviest part of my setup which often even makes me consider carrying that extra t-shirt. But then again, my travel photography gear is the most important thing for me, particularly when I am away for long. It keeps content on my blog going. Here’s the overview of the photo editing tools and software I use and the hardware I rely on for producing to backing up my images while on the go. Here’s a quick overview of my photo-blogging equipment: Hardware Sony Alpha 6300 with a 50mm 1.4 and a 16-50 kit lens: I have recently (about 6 months ago!) shifted from my Nikon D5200 to a mirrorless sony.  And this happened because of two reasons: one because my previous camera was stolen in Bratislava forcing me …

Want To Become A Full Time Travel Blogger? Here’s My Advise!

Off-late I’ve started getting a lot of message requests from my readers showing their interest in travelling and becoming a full-time travel blogger — people working as investment bankers and engineers earning a seven-figure income, yet unsatisfied with their lifestyle, wanting to break into (how it appears to an unschooled) the ever glorious field of travel blogging. In the previous month itself — and particularly after my recent blog trip with The Golden Chariot, as I posted some flashy pictures from a luxury train ride in India — I’ve received a few dozen such queries, all starting with a brief praise for making blogging a successful carrier for myself followed by the inevitable: “I want to do the same but just don’t know where to start from, and how!” So if you too are struggling with a similar unsettling bug of making travel blogging a carrier choice, here’s my advice to you… Start With Becoming A Part-Time Blogger Blogging is a slow process and takes time to eventually grow into a full-time revenue-generating business. Even if you’re exceptionally good …

How To Start A Travel Blog In 7 Easy Steps

Want to start a travel blog, but not sure how? This guide will help you start your own travel blog in a few easy steps.  Before I start, let me warn you that travel blogging isn’t as easy as it looks. Bloggers like me rarely share the huge amount of behind-the-scenes disasters that go into making this lifestyle possible. My journey, too, has been a rollercoaster ride. But to tell you the truth, all the efforts were totally worth it. Travelling is already an interesting profession, and blogging makes it a little more exciting and motivating. Moreover, when you want to make travelling a full-time career, you need to look for ways to make money out of it. For me, there was no better option, than blogging. It has taken me more than one year to become a professional travel blogger – professional in the sense that I’ve now started making money from blogging. So today I want to share a useful guide about how to get started with blogging, including a few important tips I didn’t …

Starting A Travel Blog Hosted On Hostgator

Recently I had bought a multi-domain hosting plan with Hostgator to start three new websites: one, for my campsite in Himachal Pradesh, one for the adventure motorbiking tours I organise in Ladakh and one, for a new travel blog I wanted to start for so long. Please don’t ask why I started a new travel blog, that’s a long story and is moreover not necessary to know here. But what’s necessary is the fact that I switched from Bluehost to Hostgator to start my new travel blog (PS: I’ve been using Bluehost for some time for FootlooseDev) and I did it for quite a few reasons. Starting A Travel Blog Hosted On Hostgator: A Better Price One thing that makes a big difference every time we go to the market to buy something is the price of the product (or service) and this was exactly what motivated me too to make my decision and go for Hostgator. Though the hosting packages by  Hostgator can be comparatively slightly expensive than that of Bluehost’s, from time to …

How To Approach Tourism Boards For Travel Blogging Sponsorships

Of late I’ve been fielding questions from bloggers and non-bloggers alike about how to score travel blogging sponsorships from tourism boards. So before anything, let’s understand a few things: Tourism boards are the government organisations responsible for the tourism of a particular town, or a country. A city may have its own tourism board, eg. Zurich city has Zurich Tourism Board, despite the country, Switzerland, having one — Switzerland Tourism Board. For a travel-blogger, working with a Tourism Board is as much an achievement as playing in the national team for a sportsman. The more you have worked with tourism boards, the more successful you will be considered as a travel blogger. Media Trips organised by Tourism Boards are called FAM trips, or the Familiarization trips. Now, if you’ve just started blogging and are wondering if your profile is strong enough for a tourism board to sponsor you, remember that there’s no ‘magic number’, that, when crossed, makes you eligible for scoring FAM trips. As long as you send the right pitch to the right tourism board, …

Different Ways Of Making Money Travel Blogging

One of the frequently asked questions that travel bloggers come across is how do they make money from blogging, and it is only natural for someone to ask so. I mean travelling is an expensive hobby. You spend a week-long holiday in Goa and you end up bleeding a couple of thousand Rupees, at the very least. So how do full-time travel bloggers keep travelling eternally, without having a permanent source of income, or a day job, rather? Well, the answer is, they make money from their travel blog. If you dedicatedly work on your blog, you eventually start making money out of it. Most bloggers who blog full-time start making money during the first year of their blogging-stint. Though of course, the money generated is often never enough, and most bloggers have to rely on other sources of income (for example, I initially relied on freelancing to make money, and now I have a travel business established in the mountains that contributes to my travel needs — Read: How I Make Money Travel Blogging) there …

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How To Create A Media Kit For Your Travel Blog

When I started blogging in 2016, I had no idea what a media kit is, and how crucial can be if I want to travel the world as a travel influencer. I remember for the initial few months of blogging, I contacted about a hundred travel companies and wrote them emails without a media kit attached to it, and it either gave me no positive response or no response at all. Though back in days, I thought it was because of the fact that I was new at blogging and my readership wasn’t impressive enough, now that I  look back at it, I know that I didn’t get any (positive) response from them because my email spoke of my inexperienced blogger-self. A 500-word long email with no media kit attached was, in fact, the reason — consider sending a 500-word email to an employer with no attached resume. So, having a media kit is important, particularly if you’re looking at blogging as a long-term plan and want to gain travel sponsorships and even make money …

How To Find Travel Blogging Sponsorships And Travel The World For Free

Finding travel blogging sponsorships and travel the world for free isn’t a tough thing to do. You just need to know HOW! When people come across my blog and find out that I’ve been travelling the world for years without having any permanent source of income (no, my dad isn’t supporting my traves!) first thing they ask me is how I fund myself. Those familiar with the business of travel blogging, more closely, rather ask: how I find sponsors for my travels. So first things first: unlike as a fashion or a tech-blogger, surviving as a travel blogger requires a combination of two things: one, making money from blogging, and two, finding sponsors and travelling the world for free. Because unlike with other forms of blogging (take tech-blogging, for instance) in travel blogging, every story requires a bit of money investment. For example, a blog post on the latest Android version may not require you to pay for anything to get the content but just an update in your phone, whereas a blog post on travelling …

How I Sustain My Travel Needs To How Much Money I Make From Blogging

  This article was written back in 2017, and since then many things have changed about my income sources, and about how I sustain my life of travelling. I even started a hospitality business in the Himalayas in India in 2018 which further added to my revenue source. So if you want to read the updated version of how I make money travel blogging and how I sustain the life of travelling as I enter in 2019, click here. Or continue reading how I sustained my travel-blogging life back in 2017…  My blog, very recently, took me across Europe for two months and all I paid from the pocket was 70 thousand Indian Rupees —  in buying a return flight from India and the visa — because everything else was pretty much sponsored by tourism boards or independent travel companies. Later, in September and October, in 2017, I did an all-expenses covered (including flight tickets from India) media trips to Malaysia and Germany, respectively. So yea, moving ahead in 2017, I’ve started getting sponsored travel more frequently, …