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“So you, like, live off your blog? How does that work?”

If there is one question I get asked more than anything, it’s how do I make money. Seriously, every single time I tell someone that I am a professional travel blogger, that question creeps into the conversation one way or another. It’s unavoidable. It’s unescapable. And it’s kinda rude, right?

But I get it, I really do. The idea of living off a blog seems so remote and weird, it only makes sense people are curious about it. If we switched shoes, I’d probably ask the same thing, along with how much exactly, you know, because I’m nosy.

While living off a blog might seem like a dream to many people, it’s a hell of a lot of work. I work more now than I ever have in my life, but since it’s something I love to do and it’s a career I’ve built myself that I am totally in charge of, I don’t mind.

Check out my post on how to start a travel blog

While I’ve talked about it a little bit here and there in my Blog Archives and alluded to it quite a bit in my post about if you want to be a travel blogger, I’ve never actually broken down how I earn a living through my blog and how I get paid to travel the world. In fact, I find most bloggers and influencers are super hush hush about this kind of stuff, and, well, since I hate that, I might as well spill the beans for everyone!


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1. Get work as a virtual assistant

Or a VA if you will. I decided to start with being a virtual assistant because that was my first serious, established paid income when I quit my job to travel. I worked for two well-established travel bloggers helping them out with all sorts of stuff online. From cleaning up their sites, to fixing old posts, to managing campaigns to managing their social media accounts to boring accounting work, I did it all, though to be fair, I am pretty sure I was terrible at it.

That being said, I learned so much in those few months working as a VA, and it gave me a steady income with my blog that I could depend on and allowed me to move to New Zealand and set up a semi-nomadic lifestyle. Now I am lucky and I can hire my own VA’s to help me out with all the work it takes running this site (trust me, it’s a hell of a lot).

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Reflecting back on my time 2 years ago as a VA, I make sure the girls I’ve hired are in a similar situation, and who care about my blog and my content. I think it’s really important to not skimp out on these expenses once you have enough work to warrant hiring people to help you.

A good idea is to post in one of the big travel blogging FB groups if you are on the lookout for this kind of work or join Travel Blog Success and post in one of the many forums there.

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2. Become a freelance writer

The second way I started to earn money through my blog was with freelance writing, which I also hated. Seriously, it made me want to blow my brains out, but it was a good way to earn money remotely, and gave me plenty of editorial and writing experience.

I still write the occasional freelance piece here and there, and I have a monthly column for Y Travel Blog about solo female travel that I love, but in general I only do it when it’s something really relevant or it’s about something I want to share with the world in a place beyond my blog.

If you are looking to do more freelance, Britany Robinson of Travel Blog Success is releasing a new course about it soon. Caroline in the City also does a great monthly roundup of travel writing jobs.

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3. Set up affiliates on your blog

Affiliate marketing, if you are not familiar with it, is probably where most successful blogs make the most money. In laymen’s terms, affiliates are when you link to a product or service, and if the reader clicks that link and eventually buys the product you recommend, you get a percentage of the sale, a referral fee if you will.

I am no expert by any means in affiliate marketing, but I have tried and been very successful with it on my blog. And I’ll be totally honest here, I could live off my affiliate sales. And I owe a huge part of my success with affiliates to Adventurous Kate who tipped me off about it back in Sri Lanka.

From my own experience with it, I’ve found you need a few key things to be successful with affiliates. Firstly, I’m really lucky in that my blog ranks very very highly on certain Google searches, which means I have a lot of traffic on specific topics. I also have almost half a million pageviews a month on here if you can believe it, not to mention you guys have to be one of the most engaged audiences in travel blogging – I feel so privileged to have you guys following my randomness for so long.

Secondly, I only recommend products, tours and services I have used myself, and I chose products that have a very high percentage or yield – what does that mean? For example if someone books something I recommend on here, I’ll make $100. That’s a lot better than a 4% affiliate that gives you $5 return, right?

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My goal with affiliates this past year has been to generate a strong passive income, which means that once I’ve put in the initial work upfront, then I earn money every month DOING NOTHING. Please don’t hate me, but let’s be honest here, who doesn’t want that?

Also, I always disclose affiliate links in my posts (this post will have affiliates in it surprise surprise) though I would hanker a guess that the majority of bloggers, travel or otherwise don’t do this. Especially fashion bloggers. Have you ever clicked on a link for an outfit and the link started with before redirecting to whatever shop sells it? Or hidden with a link? Yeah, that blogger is making a commission off you. A big one. In fact, I don’t know of a single fashion or lifestyle blogger that discloses their affiliates. And trust me on this, some of those guys are making millions of dollars off it. Personally, I don’t mind affiliates as long as bloggers are being honest with me (I bought this dress because you told me about it, hell you deserve a finders fee) – however, I find all the nondisclosure business shady as fuck.


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4. Long-term advertising campaigns

Another way to make money in travel blogging is through advertisements. And I am not talking about those annoying pop-up flashy Google ads at the top, bottom, in the middle and on the sidebar of a blog that simultaneously distract and blind the viewer. Those don’t work, at least for me.

I’m talking about big, long-term advertising campaigns and brand sponsorships with companies you vouch for AND make sense.

For example, I’ll partner with an outdoor clothing brand I’ve been using for years. I already own a lot of their products so it makes sense to approach them on a long-term project or even to be an ambassador. Usually I send a proposal combining blog posts, social media amplification across my channels and creating content for them over an extended period of time in exchange for payment. Gone are the days of promoting things for free. Most of my campaigns now run between at least $5,000 – $10,000 each and for a minimum of a month.

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I’ve found I would much rather have a few paid big campaigns over the course of a couple months than have the responsibility of managing 20 different assignments at a time. Also, I am a big believer in NOT BEING A GODDAMN SELLOUT and taking every single comp, press trip or campaign that lands in your inbox.

Perhaps I am being harsh here, but one thing I hate about travel bloggers and I can’t stand watching other travel bloggers whore themselves out left, right and center. It cheapens and ruins the profession for the rest of us. When every single Instagram post, blog post, or tweet is from something free or sponsored, your cred dies, at least for me.

Trust me, it’s much better to focus on a few relevant campaigns that pay well than to spread yourself too thin.

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5. Content creation and paid press trips

Besides affiliates, the majority of my income now comes from paid media trips. Yes, dreams do come true, I get paid to travel now. I always say it’s fairly easy in travel blogging once you try and take your blog to the next level to get freebies. But freebies don’t pay the bills, and I definitely can’t live in New Zealand on free stuff. Trying to get paid on top of it is super hard.

I’ve discussed this before, but once you have a big enough following on your blog and/or social networks and have sufficient “influence” within the travel industry, I believe you can start asking to be compensated on your trips, either with day rates or with a combined total at the end of a trip. However, I still sometimes go on unpaid trips depending on what’s asked or me.

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Depending on what’s required, even with my millions of followers across my blog and social networks, I don’t believe my presence alone is worth a day rate, so I tend to add on packages in order to merit being paid. Whether I am providing a set number of content pieces on my networks, to providing images for commercial use, to writing content for other people’s blogs to doing Instagram takeovers and social media consulting, I think once I start *actually* working, I deserve to be paid.

A great way to make money in travel blogging is to sell some kind of service, whether that’s writing, photography, video, something tangible.

Now more often than not I am hired on Instagram specific trips where blog content is not even on the table, they are only looking for promotion to my 75,000 followers and for rights to some of my images. The digital world is changing fast and it’s a good idea to stay ahead of the trends if you can.

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6. Join Travel Blog Success

I’ve talked about Travel Blog Success in basically all of my blogging related posts because it’s the only travel blogging group I am active in. You can learn step by step in their main course how to start a travel blog and build it into something you can live off full time like me.

I have been a member since the beginning, and joined when I used to be on Blogspot, and I credit a huge amount of my success to TBS, as well as the amazing community behind it. It’s the only blogging FB group I participate, and I’ve given webinars on topics like how to build a following on Instagram that you can have access to once you’ve joined. It’s also one of my affiliates.

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But perhaps one of the most exciting hush hush projects I’ve been working on for TBS is a course on storytelling in travel blogging which will come out in the next month or so, so keep your eyes peeled.

If you want to make money with your travel blog and get paid to travel like me, be sure to join Travel Blog Success.

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PS some of the links in this post are affiliate links and help pay the bills.

142 Responses to How to get paid to travel the world

  1. Sarah July 28, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    You’ve made me think about a lot here Liz – becoming a VA is an excellent idea. It would help me get a foot in how a bigger blog and see how it works etc.

    Thanks for the tips – I’m still working my way through the original TBS course!

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      it’s a really good way to start!

      • SVETA January 14, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

        Why don’t you put the locations on your pics ion each entry so people can visit the places that loo so beautiful DUH? Or do you not want people to now about them?

        • Liz January 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

          Are you kidding me? You could, I don’t know, ASK ME WHERE THEY ARE?? And while you’re at it, learn some god damn manners.

          • Jill March 6, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

            LMFAO!!! Rude ppl suck & you’re hilarious! Speaking of which, where were photos #4 (Cliffside Village) & #9 (poolside bungalow) taken? I’m trying to narrow down honeymoon locations.
            Btw, I just found your blog…LOVE IT!! I will be keeping up with, & living vicariously through your adventures from here on out. Thx for the info & for being fucking awesome!

          • Phoebe Nygren March 25, 2016 at 3:25 am #

            Liz –

            Thank you for your REAL advice. I love how goddamn honest you are with your readers (and commentators) who say stuff they shouldn’t. You have way more balls than I do and I respect you for that. Thanks for showing us how beautiful NZ and the rest of the world is – but also for showing the not so beautiful parts…



  2. Madi July 28, 2015 at 11:53 pm #

    Your posts about travel blogging are always so informative. It’s such a great resource for me as a newbie in the industry! Thank you for sharing and helping those that are just starting out 🙂

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 8:40 am #


  3. Jenia July 29, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    Its interesting to see how affiliate marketing has become popular over the last few years — far outstripping sponsored content links. I was wondering if you have ever since lifestyle bloggers put up posts that say at the bottom – this post has been brought to you by company x. the posts doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the company, it’s just basically an ad. seems like a win all around, the blogger gets paid, the company gets a link, and the readers still get the content they want!

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      hmmm I haven’t seen that too much but I guess I don’t mind since it’s disclosed in some way

  4. Daisy @ Simplicity Relished July 29, 2015 at 3:43 am #

    SO agree about affiliate marketing… or sponsored posts of any kind. Thankfully most of my favorite reads do disclose.. 🙂

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      agreed xx

  5. Mel July 29, 2015 at 3:48 am #

    Thanks for the honesty and breakdown! I’m always interested in how people create different revenue streams. It makes it seem more real rather than just writing and wizardry. While travel blogging may not be for me since my life is lacking in the travel department, I’m interested in web-based careers and how people make it a success. I love your posts on how you work – it’s nice to see someone talking about how they work their ass off to make this life happen, it doesn’t fall in your lap.

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      yeah a lot of people are hush hush about it, and I don’t really see why. I don’t mind sharing how I’ve managed to make it over the years.

  6. sb July 29, 2015 at 3:58 am #

    Great article, I appreciate travel bloggers in general releasing this kind of information and I like how it’s not 100% about making money from travel blogs (as I have no interest whatsoever in starting a travel blog) but would be interested in doing other laptop-able work 🙂 livin’ the dream Liz.

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      definitely! a lot of it stems from other ways and it’s a good way to be nomadic!

  7. Caroline Eubanks July 29, 2015 at 4:45 am #

    Just joined TBS after YEARS of thinking about it! And thanks so much for including my travel writing round ups 🙂

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      woot woot! Welcome to the club!

  8. Trevor Huxham July 29, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    It’s so refreshing to hear you be so up-front and honest about how you make money, and I’ve got to give you credit for always disclosing any affiliate connections or compensations you’ve gotten over the years. That’s just too bad that there’s so many bloggers out there who *don’t* disclose, especially since it’s illegal according to the FTC…yikes!

    Also, major props to you for putting in all the work to get such a big passive income; that has to be a huge relief not to have to worry about trying to make it to the end of the month in an industry not exactly known for steady work. 🙂

    I think it’s amazing that some companies work with you only via your Instagram account! How long ago did you make the switch from shooting with your iPhone to exclusively using your DSLR and importing edited photos to your phone to upload via the mobile app?

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 8:48 am #

      Yeah I almost get more offers from Instagram than my blog, and I don’t even think I’m *that* big. I switched over to my DSLR about a year ago, that’s when I first started getting offers, mostly because I was required in contract to use high res professional images. I also found since I post mostly landscapes, there’s no way I can compete with my old iphone.

  9. yvonnelaura July 29, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    Love how honest you are! Thank you for this article

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      glad to be of help!

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:37 pm #


  10. Heather July 29, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    I’ve been seeing blog posts like this pop up in several of the travel blogs I read (I assume because TBS is having a sale and it’s a great time to promote it) and I was patiently waiting to see if you would post one, and you did! Thank goodness! Not that other bloggers aren’t honest, they’re just vague and if there’s one thing that really gets under my skin is vague, basic descriptions of something that’s meant to teach people. Maybe others are ok with that kind of thing, but I’m not and that is why I continue to haunt your blog. Your transparency is very appreciated. Little by little I’m trying to build up my own travel blog, though I live in a gorgeous state (Arizona), it’s difficult to get out and do anything when it’s as hot as Mordor for at least 5 months out of the year. Thanks for the advice and hopefully I’ll be joining TBS soon (crossing my fingers for another black friday sale)

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

      I hate vague descriptions too! The TBS price goes up after this so join now!

  11. Kate July 29, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Great tips – thank you so much for sharing. As someone who’s just dipping their toe into the world of travel blogging, it’s so great to hear your advice. Thanks!

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm #


  12. Jen July 29, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Thank you SO much for posting this. Bookmarked with a bajillion of your other pieces that I like to reread. If I can ask, how do you come about the big Facebook groups for bloggers? (You mentioned about posting there for a VA position). Are these groups a “secret” area for big blogs or is this an out in the open thing? Or is it via TBS?

    Thanks a ton as always, like so many I really admire not just your work but your attitude & dedication, and how that’s conveyed in your posts. Keep it up 🙂

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

      no, they are open travel blogger FB groups but they aren’t positive helpful communities, lots of bitchiness in them, I’ve stopped participating in them

      • Jen August 1, 2015 at 11:40 am #

        Cool, thanks Liz! Had been thinking a long time & just signed up in time with your link to snag the 35% discount. Hoping the private groups there will be helpful amongst all the other resources with TBS. Thanks again!

  13. Hannah @GettingStamped July 29, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Why to be honest, love the tone of the article. $5-10k a campaign is a huge chunk of change, congrats! Keep up the good work.

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      Thanks! A lot of it gets funneled back into the blog but hopefully one day I’ll be rolling in it haha

  14. Rayna July 29, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    One reason I love your blog is that I truly feel like I can trust your recommendations. This month my mom and I were lucky enough to spend a few amazing weeks in New Zealand (new favorite country btw!) and wanted to take a day out to Milford Sound from Queenstown. I remembered one of your old blog posts and that you had said your Real Journeys tour was such a great experience, so I had my mom book us the Nature Cruise. We had an incredible time with Real Journeys and loved Milford Sound; we even got to see dolphins swimming next to our boat! Thank you so much for the honest recommendation!

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      Thank you! Real Journeys are awesome, I’ve done several cruises with them!

  15. Morgan Sullivan July 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Great post Liz! I really appreciate the straightforward attitude. I’ve been gearing up to really start monetizing my site, but a lot of the advice out there is like, “If you try hard enough, you will succeed.” Which is… great.. but not really all that helpful 😛 Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      totally not helpful, I was hoping to be more concrete with this post

  16. Nikki Vargas July 29, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Fantastic post! I am a fellow travel blogger and journalist and have been working on my site for two years now. It has been a steady uphill climb but finally it is paying off in the form of free travel, my blog being voted a top 100 blog of 2015 and increase in following and readership. I agree that it is A LOT more work than what I did before, which was a full-time advertising job in NYC, but it is worth it as I am living my life on my own terms now and doing what makes me happy.

    I’m still navigating a couple things such as the affiliate network (if you have any recommendations let me know!). As of now, my income is really split in half between freelance writing and advertising/partnerships on my blog. You mentioned joining some of the big travel blogging groups on FB, would you mind recommending which ones? Want to make sure I am already a part of them.



    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      Just join TBS it’s teh only one that actually helps.

  17. Flora Baker July 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    Well done for being so honest about our weird travel blogging world, Liz :p I’m sure this post is going to be extremely popular! And now I’m off to sort out my affiliates..!

    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      haha thanks roomie 😀

  18. Deepti @ Endless Postcards July 29, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    I love your honesty and the way that you write. I’m a new blogger so I’ve been hesitant on whether it’s too soon to join Travel Blog Success, but the more I hear about it, the more convinced I get. Thanks for sharing!


    • Liz July 29, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

      Thanks! Go for it, it’s a really good deal!

  19. Mike Devitt July 29, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    Still the best travel blog site that I have read, Liz. You have been unselfishly helpful in so many ways: from using the Jucy Campervan in New Zealand to helping the rest of us fight our way through the jungle that is the travel industry. Fantastic work again! Thank you.

    • Liz July 30, 2015 at 7:34 am #


  20. Victoria | Girl Tries Life July 29, 2015 at 11:50 pm #

    Excellent post, Liz! Thanks for letting us peek behind the curtain!

    • Liz July 30, 2015 at 7:34 am #


  21. Joanna July 30, 2015 at 12:53 am #

    I guess you have to start somewhere. There will be somebody better, higher up…but they got there not by sitting on their hands! Let’s do it! 😉

    • Liz July 30, 2015 at 7:34 am #

      go for it!

  22. Travel-Ling July 30, 2015 at 1:54 am #

    Once again Liz, you’ve delivered a great post that inspires me to keep on trying and working at the blog, no matter how slow going the process can be! So many great tips that I hope will work for us when we get our following and influence up! Thanks again for always being so open and informative 🙂

    • Liz July 30, 2015 at 7:34 am #

      good luck!

  23. Rebecca July 30, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    First of all, I’m totally in love with you right now! 🙂

    This is the information I’ve been looking for. I just recently started blogging myself and you are living my dream so I love following your blog. I just signed up for the Travel Blog Success class as well. Thank so much for being real with us!!

    • Liz July 30, 2015 at 7:34 am #

      anytime 😛

  24. Katie @ Katie Wanders July 30, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    I really need to bite the bullet and join travel blog success. I am a poor graduate student (damn you student loans) with a slow blog following so I could really use the lessons to help improve my blog.

    I guess I am just having a hard time biting the price tag on my limited budget. I need to get over it and understand you have to put IN something to get more out 😉

    Thanks for all of your tips!

    Katie @ Katie Wanders

    • Liz July 30, 2015 at 7:35 am #

      definitely worth investing a little bit!

  25. Ashley July 30, 2015 at 6:00 am #

    Virtual hug and thank you for writing this! Like Katie above, I too am a struggling graduate student trying to find my niche and I need to just join TBS finally and get serious. Your advice is priceless 🙂

    • Liz July 30, 2015 at 7:35 am #


  26. Arifur Rahman July 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Very inspiring article Liz. Did you affiliated with any BNB, Holiday lettings or accommodation related websites. Did you heard about airbnb or Your blog is related to them. And you are the perfect traveler for the Holiday lettings website promotion.

    Waiting to hear from you. Best of luck. Thank you.

    • Liz July 31, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      thanks for the tips but I haven’t had much luck with accommodation affiliates

  27. Britt July 30, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Really good and honest advice about how to make money on the road.

    I don’t think I’m at the point where I can monetize my blog at all but I’m hoping that this advice will come in handy in the future.

    I just joined TBS! I was waiting out for the sale. I spotted AdventurousKate’s post about it first so she got my affiliate link though. But I’m super excited to start getting through some lessons- although I’m not sure purchasing it during the first week of university going back was the best idea for my studies! 😛

    • Liz July 31, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      haha good luck! Kate deserves it, she’s the one who taught me about affiliates 🙂

  28. Evelina July 31, 2015 at 1:10 am #

    Thank you for this! I’m a newbie, but the dream is to get paid to travel so I need all the inspiration and help I can get. I found this very helpful!

    • Liz July 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm #


  29. Renee July 31, 2015 at 2:43 am #

    Thank you for a fantastic and honest breakdown of how you are able to monetize your blog and enable you to live your life on your terms. Lots of great info here! Perhaps other bloggers are worried that if they spill the beans on how they make their money, there will be a jump in competition for paid travel gigs?

    • Liz July 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

      hmm maybe

  30. Megan July 31, 2015 at 4:23 am #

    Great post! It’s so valuable getting tips from someone who’s been there and done that. Thanks! You are livin the dream, Liz!

    • Liz July 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm #


  31. Jenna July 31, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    I always appreciate your honesty Liz! Not everyone shares so openly and I think it’s great that people can count on you to be so open and honest about the industry and how you’ve found such great success!

    • Liz July 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      glad to be of help!

  32. Anna July 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Thanks for writing this post and being so open about how you make a living being a travel blogger. I starting a travel blog this past year. I first started it after a study abroad to Western Europe. I felt that I had seen so many beautiful places and that I had to share my experiences. Thus I started my blog, Come Join My Journey. Now after about 9 months of blogging, I’m trying to get even more traffic on my blog and to gain a higher Instagram following by posting better content more frequently. I wrote one guest blog post for dame traveler and was wondering how to go about freelancing.

    • Liz July 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      awewsome! check out those links I included for freelancing

  33. Garima July 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    This is a wonderful article, heartfelt and so honest! I don’t know much about affiliate marketing but your blog post provided a lot of insight into it. As a newbie in travel blog world I found quite a few tips which hopefully I can put to good use. Thanks and looking forward to more of your interesting travel blogs!

    • Liz July 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm #


  34. Carly July 31, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Thanks for this article Liz.

    We’re in the baby steps phase and really enjoying learning. We’ve done the TBS course and now just piecing it all together and figuring out which direction to head next !

    This has really played it all out nice and simple. !!

    • Liz August 1, 2015 at 10:32 am #


  35. Rathina Sankari July 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    Great stuff for a new comer in the travel blogging industry

    • Liz August 1, 2015 at 10:32 am #

      glad to be of help!

  36. Mitesh Shere August 1, 2015 at 1:06 am #

    I really liked your post! I am very passionate about travelling, love getting connected to the adventure within me and I started my blog too. Your article is very helpful.Thanks for sharing this information.

  37. Andile August 1, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    Hi Liz

    Thanks for the insight.

    • Liz August 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

      glad to be of help!

  38. Lexi August 2, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    I just started a blog about a month and a half ago, and I really just got into this whole “blogging world” and I LOVE it. My ultimate goal is to become a travel blogger and live off of that. The only difference between me and most travel bloggers is that I’m 22 and have a baby girl under my care (which really is more like a huge difference). This post really opened my eyes to what it takes to reach my goal. Do you have any tips on what to do to gain more followers?

  39. Elliott August 2, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    You’re posts help me and a lot of people learn the ways of travel blogging. However, just a thought.. I was wondering if on the next one you might consider sharing how YOU got started. For example finding freelance work and becoming a VA. And what was the campaign or sponsor that really kicked your career off?

    You share a lot about what we should do, which is great. But, it’s so hard to find a blogger who shares their story in detail. Just a suggestion 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration, Liz!

    • Liz August 2, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Hey, sorry if it wasn’t clear, but I did talk about how I got started personally in this post, I wrote it in order actually. I started as a VA, then freelance. The big launch of my paid campaigns was with Starbucks and Lipton Iced Tea a year or so ago. Honestly, I think I am pretty detailed as a blogger, either in this post or my other blogger posts. If you had more specific questions about my work, let me know

  40. Jenny Kim August 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    I keep hearing about joining a facebook group, but I don’t want to come off as spamming. It’s really tough, but I guess I need to be more creative. You are right though, it’s really tough to start off blogging and build an audience.

    • Liz August 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

      it’s so hard but it is possible!

  41. Megan B August 5, 2015 at 3:31 am #

    It’s pretty inspiring that you can live your dream. (Notice I do not say you’re lucky for getting here)
    It reminds me when I’m in a rut that I should keep working until my hard work pays off.

    Do you have any suggestions for other blogs as well that maybe focus on the UK and Europe?

    • Liz August 5, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      haha that makes me happy you didn’t say lucky xx

  42. Hannah August 5, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    Great tips you have here. Honestly, I envy bloggers who can travel and earn income with their blogs at the same time. Yeah, I think I can write but I am more interested in earning income passively.

    I think I will try the VA job now.

    More power to your travel!

    • Liz August 6, 2015 at 10:57 am #


  43. Hannah August 7, 2015 at 1:24 am #

    Hi Liz!

    Thanks for this really informative post. Affiliate marketing sounds a great idea because you promote what you already love, but how do you set it up? Do you contact the company and just ask?


    • Liz August 7, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      a lot of businesses have it set up already and then you can just apply to be an affilaite

  44. Hannah August 7, 2015 at 5:02 am #

    Hi Liz,

    This is such a great article! I am actually moving from the U.S. to Wellington in October and am looking for a job and being a VA would be absolutely perfect! I would have never even known about it if it weren’t for this article, so thank you!

    • Liz August 7, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      glad to be of help!

  45. Paige August 8, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Thanks for writing this post, it is super insightful and I’ll definitely find myself back here in the future to map my blog’s progress and see where I can go from here!

    This is my travel blog, I thought you might like to check it out? I focus primarily on traveling to some incredible destinations and seeing all corners of the world in a unique format, check it out and let me know what you think?!

    • Liz August 9, 2015 at 7:23 pm #


  46. Pati August 9, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    Great post!!! Honest recommendations! Thank you very much, I’ve been waiting to read a post like that for months!

    • Liz August 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm #


  47. Nitzan August 11, 2015 at 2:15 am #

    Hi there! you definitely made me think about becoming a blogger myself! I also love traveling and now I started working in a startup called FairFly that specializes in getting better flights’ prices, so I have traveling all around me. I think you might find FairFly interesting, I’m adding a link for your convenience:(in case you’d like to check it out).

    • Liz August 11, 2015 at 6:11 pm #


  48. Bjorn August 12, 2015 at 5:35 am #


    Many good tips here, as everybody does it differently I think the best way for new bloggers is to learn as much as possible from seasoned bloggers like your self. Then put it into action and see what works, as its not the same for everyone.

    Great article. Keep up the good work.

    • Liz August 12, 2015 at 10:29 am #

      glad to be of help!

  49. Lady Dreamer blog August 12, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

    Awesome stuff! It’s great that somebody put together all these ideas 😀 I am trying to figure out my own way to take my website to the next level and this is quite useful 🙂

    Now for my BURNING question…. when it comes to live from a website: how do you actually declare taxes !????? Do you need your website to be officially registered under a brand’s name?

    It’s one of the dilemmas I have to sort out before I keep going.

    THANKS For your sincere response 🙂

    • Liz August 13, 2015 at 7:51 am #

      I’m working on that now it’s so complicated, but yes

  50. Rosemary Madero August 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    So Liz, I am a 56-year old lady finishing up a MFA degree in creative writing-nonfiction next spring and the Camino de Santiago is a gift I’ve decided to bestow to me for said efforts. I’m not a typical middle-aged person, or at least I don’t think so. My son’s and their friends call me “hip” as do my peers in this program. Okay. Seriously thinking of moving to Spain for a year and applying for the Language Assistant deal–my question to you: Is this program geared towards a younger demographic?

    I am so thankful that you created this blog. Wow! Has helped me alot!



    • Liz August 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

      While many auxiliares are younger, there are a lot of older folks who do it too, just like your situation, go for it!

  51. jorge August 24, 2015 at 6:39 am #

    well i like your article, but to be honest I only see on your website ads of other travelblogs!!! i didnt see any affiliates here..

    • Liz August 24, 2015 at 9:33 am #

      there are plenty

  52. Nicknick August 26, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    I would like to relocate to Dunedin, New Zealand (From Zimbabwe) and i am interested in your thoughts on how i will cope with the cost of living while i do my Masters in Finance at University of Otago. I am travelling with my family of 4 kids oldest 9yrs and youngest 4yrs and wife. How much do i need to be aware of and what is the chance of getting a job after my studies. I have 15 yrs experience in Accounting and finance field. I have a masters degree and professional certifications in auditing and accounting. Will i get a job within 6 months after completing my Msc? Which primary schools are good close to Uni of Otago? Please help especially those who have lived in Dunedin. Will part time work adequately complement my family income?

  53. Stephen // August 28, 2015 at 6:46 am #

    Liz, thanks for reminding us that it’s not about one big income stream, but it’s about the long tail – making sure income is coming from lots of different sources and adding up to a “full” income. That, to me, is the aspect that people (read: parents) can’t get their head around – “what is your salary?” As you said, “the idea of living off a blog seems so remote and weird.” Thanks for your insight and advice. -S.

    • Liz August 29, 2015 at 3:25 am #

      you’re welcome!

  54. Flight Ticket Booking August 29, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    Great tips to get paid for travel, but finding the resource is very difficult. Anyway we have to compromise on one thing.

  55. Anastasia September 15, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Thank you so much for your helpful posts! I haven’t thought about affiliate marketing before, to be honest, and neither did I know much about potential sources of income beside ads )

  56. Julia September 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    Can we be pen pals!? I’ve always been interested in traveling. You just motivated me to start saving!!! I don’t even know how I came across your blogs. I read one, can you tell me more about Peru and how you started? Hope you get this and reply. 🙂

  57. seba September 18, 2015 at 12:13 am #

    wow, mind blowing I should say I didn’t even know of travel blogging, I generally enjoy writing, and wouldn’t mind writing on travel, seeing how there is so many interesting destinations in South Africa ,I would definitely give up engineering at some stage once this takes off ground. because engineering is definitely not my passion

  58. Sunne September 30, 2015 at 6:44 am #

    I can’t say thank you enough for your refreshing honesty!! This was just the kind of posting I needed to read. I’m just starting out and taking my love of traveling and writing to another level. Whether it makes me money, not gonna lie– it would be great!! But just to have an organized outlet to share my traveling experiences will be well worth the efforts. I know it’s not all roses and I’m prepared for all that, as well as dealing with friends and family thinking I’m nuts for even thinking of something that’s so against the grain– you’d think I said I was joining a cult and plan to drink the blood of venomous snakes!! Good grief, get over yourselves already!! Anyway, thank you again for sharing bank vault of knowledge and good luck in your new venture. I saw a picture of it and did a big, whoop, whoop for you– like we were buds!! HAHAHA Deuces!!

  59. Vatz October 5, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Hi Liz.

    Can I become your VA? I am a WordPress Developer with 9 years of experience and I love travel too.

    Let me know


  60. Chelsey October 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Hi Liz! How often do Travel Blog Success courses go on sale? Thanks! Looking forward to more posts and photos, as always 🙂


  61. Scott January 20, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    This is amazing, how you get paid to travel I’ll never know but this would be a lifetime adventure and when you’d think you saw it all I’m sure more would be a flight away. I’ll probably never amount to any career like yours but hey, good job and keep up doing what you love!!

  62. Michael Dembenski January 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm #

    Whoa a half a million views, you must make a killing, I am slowly getting into professional blogging, adsense that isnt cuting it so I am diving in the scary world of affiliate links.

  63. Imwene February 18, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    Hey Liz? I’m planning on starting a travel blog. I plan to start locally, in Kenya (great sites) but I need your guidance from time to time. Is there a way I can get in touch?

  64. Vrinda April 8, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

    Hey Liz, I really love your posts. I read as many of them as I can during my free time.

  65. alqintara May 12, 2016 at 5:17 am #

    Have enjoyed reading your blog for more than a year now. And as a very busy travel executive, i have considered travel blogging. These tips here will help me e alot and I may contact you for some tips for starters. Cheers.

  66. Angela May 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    I love your posts like this. So honest and straight forward. Plus, I can let my mom read it so she’ll stop asking “You want to do what after college?” I’m starting to learn that the most successful way to build a successful career out of this is to be sort of a jack-of-all-trades type. I assume that being familiar with coding would help? I’m more of an English/History type gal, but I know of some free sites that can help you learn. Have you ever tried any sort of coding before?

  67. Rebecca June 4, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    Wow! this is really insightful. I am wanting to do some traveling myself, and am looking for ways to fund it. I would like to eventually blog too, but for now I’m super interested in the virtual assistance thing, and working remotely. I haven’t thought about that one before. How did you find these well established bloggers? Would you happen to know where I could find bloggers who are hiring?

  68. Haley June 29, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Typo: “I think it’s really important to [not] skimp out on these expenses once you have enough work to warrant hiring people to help you.

    Soo… can I be your VA? 😀

  69. Chelse July 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    Love it! I am a Social Media Manager by trade and able to do my work remotely from around the world, but I never thought of becoming a VA. Very interesting!

  70. Amanda Ellis August 12, 2016 at 4:05 am #


    You are truly an inspiration. I have recently joined the ranks of digital nomad as a travel blogger and traveling rock climber utilizing mostly freelance writing skills. But it is not easy work as you said! I am often overtaken with feelings of discouragement but your blog serves as a reason to keep pursuing my goals and living the life. Thank you SO much! Once I have some extra spending income for my site I will most definitely be in touch about advertising as a sidebar on your website.

  71. Jemma September 26, 2016 at 8:59 am #

    Thank you so much!
    You are so inspiring.
    No time like the present to follow your dreams <3

  72. rana December 17, 2016 at 2:25 am #




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