Over the past few months, we’ve received a number of emails asking us to write a post on how we personally earn money whilst travelling and in general how to get paid to travel the world.
Working as full-time travel bloggers and social media influencers has changed our lives. We’ve visited so many countries, experienced different cultures and had opportunities we never thought was possible just because we get paid to travel. Despite this somewhat fantasy, it does come with a heck of a lot of hard work and dedication which should not be underestimated.
“We currently earn a five figure income by running our blog and social media channels.”
Us and many other successful travel bloggers will tell you the key to getting paid to travel the world is by various income streams.
So, we’ve rounded up our favourite income streams and other ways to get paid to travel the world.
How to Get Paid to Travel the World as a Blogger – Back to Basics
First and foremost, earning money as a travel blogger will not come overnight. The first year or two of being a blogger is going to be difficult, and at times you’ll question ‘what is the point?’. We’ve all been there, and it’s only the dedicated and determined bloggers that push through and actually create a living and get paid to travel the world full-time who become successful.
You do need to have some form of authority, following and loyalty before you can start making real money, I don’t mean the odd dollar here and there, I mean a solid five/six figure yearly income.
However, you don’t specifically need to be a travel blogger to get paid to travel the world. There are several ways to get paid to travel, which I will discuss a little later on.
But as we are travel bloggers, let’s starting with travel blogging and the different income streams we have.
As previously mentioned, travel blogging brings in sources of income from many different streams, it’s a pretty stable job if you ask us!
Once you have set up a travel blog on WordPress with Bluehost, if not click here to read: How to Start a Travel Blog from Scratch. You’ll need to establish your blog and following, and then you’ll be able to commence monetisation.
We highly recommend investing in an affiliate marketing course when you first start out, or if you’re struggling with conversions.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is the way forward.
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner earns $50,000 a month (yes you heard that correctly) purely from affiliate marketing alone, and in this jam-packed course she teaches you her exact strategies and how you can follow in her footsteps.
We personally think it is the best blogging related course out there, and after implementing her techniques we’ve increased our affiliate income by over 80%!
Top Monetisation Options
- Sponsored Content: This is usually one of the first income streams bloggers attain. A company will basically contact you via email (or you reach out to them) and ask you to write a review about their product or brand. They pay for this review and the link to their site (usually between $200 – $1000 USD / article).
- Brand Partnerships: More advanced than sponsored content, and usually a long-term agreement. You may post a number of posts, social media posts and email mentions about the brand or product (usually between $500 – $5000 USD / per brand partnership).
- Affiliate Marketing: Getting commission per product or service you advertise on your blog is a great way to earn passive income. For example, if a reader click an affiliate link and buys something you will receive a small commission at no extra cost to the buyer (usually between $200 – $5000+ USD / per month).
- Product Sales: Many bloggers sell products or e-books to readers. Having an area of expertise and teaching people your strategies is a great way to earn an income, and technically you don’t need a blog. We have an Instagram Success Course, that teaches you our exact strategies on how we gained 50,000 followers in a year, $25,000 and worked with global brands! (usually between $1000 – $10000+ USD / per month).
- Social Media & Blog Management: Taking over a company’s social media and blog whilst getting paid (usually between $1000 – $5000 USD / per month).
- Press Trips: A tourism board may invite you to their country to write about your experiences. The deal typically includes flights, all transport, food, travel and entertainment for the duration of the trip and if you are a prolific blog you can charge for your services on top of this (upwards of $3,500 USD).
Other Ways to Get Paid to Travel
A Social Media Influencer
You can earn and living and get paid to travel the world not only through a travel blog, but also through social media platforms like Instagram.
You can build your social media channel around your travels and experiences whilst having a strong following and fan base.
If you want to put work into Instagram, you can get paid to travel.
Instagram is a growing medium where if you put a year or so of elbow grease into building your following while posting excellent photographs, you’ll be able to start charging money for Instagram, and this is exactly what we did to becoming successful. I know, I know a year is a long time, therefore we’ve speeded up the process for you!
Freelance Travel Writing
We’ve written for a number of travel-related articles on websites including Luxury Escapes. They needed content, and we had knowledge and stories to share.
It can be a decent source of income for some people, but is usually fairly sporadic and unreliable.
Most companies will pay between $200-400 USD per article and depending on length. So pretty decent!
Become a Social Media Guru
If you have skills in social media, and don’t necessarily want to be an influencer yourself, you could work for any company from anywhere.
I currently run a social media account for a travel consultancy and know many people that run corporate social media accounts for companies and get paid well to do so. The best part about social media is that you can live remotely.
You don’t have to be tied down to an office.
We are constantly on the road and are located anywhere from Sydney to Dublin and back. It’s a job you can do from any continent at any time of day.
We know of other travel bloggers and photographers who run their own tours to destinations around the world and have built up a name for themselves.
Some focus on budget travel, others focus on food, blogging retreats, or photography workshops to teach clients and readers how to create better images, starting a blog and much more.
You can earn money licensing your photography for use in commercial marketing campaigns, or for editorial use by media outlets. Tour companies, national tourism boards, outdoor brands, magazines, book publishers and others may buy your images from time to time.
However, selling individual photography prints to readers is not a great and reliable source of income. Most people working with brands/destinations/media outlets who find them through their blog or on social media.
In today’s world, the opportunities to be able to get paid to travel the world are endless.
Of course, there are expenses with running a business. Website hosting, equipment, travel expenses etc. But these are easily accounted for once you monetise your blog.
We love what we do, and continue to learn new skills and work towards making this travel lifestyle sustainable!
We strongly believe that anything is possible with hard work, patience, and dedication.
Useful Resources That we Love & Use:
- How to Start a Travel Blog: Our complete step-by-step guide to starting your very first travel blog.
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: Huge in-depth course on affiliate marketing and how to monetise a blog.
- Instamazing Passion & Profits: In-depth course on Instagram, how to gain followers, increase engagement and earn an income.
- Bluehost: Our favourite hosting provider. Super cheat and great service.
- Mailerlite: For all your email list and subscriber needs.
- Travel Recommendations Page for all our favourite resources.
I hope this blog post answered your questions about how to get paid to travel the world as a blogger! ★
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