I’m feeling an intense amount of love and pride for this blog and I’d like to tell readers more about why I’m doing this and how you, too, can start creating something you love, today.
AN IDEA IS BORN
While studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia, I wrote a blog about my personal experiences. I posted as often as I felt inclined for the four months I was there, then completely abandoned it when I left to backpack around the country. For that I’d now like to apologize to all three of the followers I had; that means you, Mom.
I didn’t realize until the end of my trip that travel blogging could be a legitimate job, and that there are heaps of people out there using their travel blogs as a source of income to support their round-the-world travel. You heard me; these people travel the world and write about it as a full time job.
I was staying with a couch surfing host in Chiang Mai, Thailand when he showed me Michael Tieso’s blog Art Of Backpacking.
“I hosted this guy,” he told me, “He manages this website and it makes him enough money to support his never-ending travels,”
“That’s genius,” I said, “My two greatest loves are writing and travel. To think I could do both all the time!”
(Not to mention work for myself, create my own hours, and escape the dreaded American fate of becoming a slave to a boring, corporate 9-5)
I became intoxicated with the inspiration to jump start my travel blogging career.
I learned that once you build a following and have the statistics to prove it, you can sell advertising space on your blog. That’s where most of the money comes from.
This knowledge was exciting, but it came a bit too late. I was nearly down to zero dollars, and had just received news that I needed to have surgery on my wrist which I’d broken in a motorbike accident a month before. I was terrified to go through surgery by myself in Thailand, not to mention I had no travel insurance. It was time to go home.
Since I’ve been home, with the exception of one week stoned silly on anesthesia and percocet, I have made it my job to learn everything about travel blogging and develop this site. My goal is to be making money from it within six months from now and to be traveling long-term again within a year.
TRAVEL BLOGGERS ARE MY HEROES
I started following Art of Backpacking and other travel blogs like The Runaway Guide, Twenty-Something Travel, Nomadic Matt and Wandering Earl. I now use these blogs as inspiration and mentor-texts as I develop Fly Away World.
I lust over these websites daily. They are not run-of-the-mill travel blogs; they are legitimately professional and really attractive. I’m so impressed with the amount of traveling these people have managed to do, using their blogs for income. They are my heroes and I am determined to join their cool-kids club.
LIVE YOUR DREAM LIKE IT’S YOUR JOB
My whole life I’ve wanted to be a writer, but until recently I couldn’t figure out how to organize that dream into a reality. I had so many ideas of things to write, but they were completely scattered in my brain, with no particular topic, genre, or place to put them. Deciding to become a travel blogger helped me focus on one project. Now I’m posting polished pieces twice a week and the best part is people are actually reading it (and not just my mom).
Although I’m not making any money yet, I feel so grateful to have this blog as my project. I know that if I stay dedicated, it eventually will sustain me financially.
I’m creating my dream job out of thin air, and you can too.
If you have a creative passion like writing, visual art or music, and you’re not currently creating anything, I strongly urge you to start creating, right now. Your passion is your calling and it’s about time you answer it. Make your art, and put it somewhere for everyone to read, see, or hear. The internet has revolutionized this process and made it so very easy, we really have no excuse.
I know you just thought of some excuses. “But I have no money,” or “But I’m too busy,” or “But I’m just not feeling very creative lately.” Stop making excuses and find a way to start doing your artwork immediately, as in the moment you’re done reading this. Even if it’s a really small gesture each day. Write a list of words. Mix some colors with paint. Sing in the shower. Creation is creation, no matter how small, and the small steps will lead you to the big ones.
The same goes for traveling. If you’re considering going on a long-term travel, MAKE IT HAPPEN! Start saving, talking about it, reading this blog more, or do whatever you need to do to create that reality.
WE CAN DO IT TOGETHER
You can support me in my goal to become a professional travel blogger by becoming a follower, visiting my page often, spreading the word, and connecting with me about any knowledge or advice you can offer. If you have any money to offer me so I can travel and get new material, that would help, too (Mom).
In return I can support you in achieving your goals. Write a comment below about what work you’re trying to do and what challenges you are facing. I’ll respond and do my best to offer you advice. Feel free to respond to each other’s comments, too.
*This post was inspired by a great book I just read; The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. I highly recommend it!