I’ve been running my travel blog, Never Ending Footsteps for six years, and it’s funded my full-time travels over that time.
I’ve even scored a book deal through my travel blog and met my boyfriend of five years through it! Starting a travel blog is the best decision I’ve ever made, and I highly recommend giving it a shot if you’re tempted.
Let’s take a look at what you should consider before you start travel blogging.
How Much Money Can You Make Blogging?
First things first: how much money do people make blogging? Will it come anywhere close to covering your travel budget?
Absolutely! When I first started travel blogging, it took six months for me to start earning an income, and after a year of doing so, I was earning enough to live in Southeast Asia full-time. After two years of that, I was earning enough to live in most major cities around the world. And now, after six years of travel, I am able to put away a decent chunk of my income into my savings while living in Western Europe.
In short, you can expect to earn $1,000-2,000 a month for the first few years, and then over $5,000 a month once you’ve been doing it for five years or so.
Blog for Yourself or Someone Else?
If you love writing and think the idea of managing a blog sounds like hell, you may want to try freelance travel writing instead. Running your own blog requires you to not just write blog posts, but also edit them, edit photos, moderate comments, liaise with bloggers, network with advertisers, promote your site, manage social media, and so much more.
Being a freelance writer means only having to worry about the writing.
If writing for someone else sounds unappealing and you want greater opportunity to make money and stay in control, it’s worth starting your own travel blog instead.
There are pros and cons of both. Freelancing means more money in the early stages, but less in the later. Freelancing means constantly pitching for jobs and never really knowing how much money you’re going to pull in. Travel blogging means spending more time in front of a laptop than on a beach. Both are worthwhile pursuing and experimenting with if you’re determined to fund your travels. As an example, for the first few years of running my travel blog, I also wrote articles for other websites on a freelance basis to help me make more money, so you can definitely dabble in both. Here are some resources to help you get started.