I’m Becoming a full-time Travel Blogger!

This post has been a long time coming. And by long time I mean years. The first time I told someone that becoming a full-time travel blogger was my dream was probably 3 years ago. Actually, I didn’t even say that my dream was to blog full time, I said my dream would be to blog full time. As in, “that would be the dream.” Like the absolute chicken I can be, I wouldn’t even admit that running my travel blog full time was something I was dreaming about.

Then, at a girls’ night in with some of my closest friends back home one Christmas, I said it out loud again.

Friend: “Your travel blog looks so good, imagine if you could do it full time!
Me: “Yes, that’s my dream.

And as I said that (notice how I had somehow made it from would be, to is?), I also added; “and to be honest, I’m going to make it my goal. I keep telling people who ask that it is my dream, but a dream isn’t going to happen unless I work for it.

“Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen.” – Blair Waldorf (aka the queen of relatable quotes)

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So that’s where it started (in my mind). I had been taking my travel blog (then LisaLDN) seriously for about six months and was already seeing some sponsored gifts (which was an amazing perk from this hobby). In the back of my mind, I kept dreaming of doing this full time, but I never made that switch from ‘dream’ to ‘goal’. Once I changed my mindset I was able to start visualising my new goal, and ways to get there.

To sound super clichè, it started as a dream, then it became a goal, which allowed me to make a plan as to how I would reach my goal.

 

But How Will You Make Money as a Travel Blogger?

Ah, the never-ending question. To be honest, I’ll be making money loads of different ways, including ways that aren’t directly through Fjords and Beaches. I believe a more appropriate term for what I will be is ‘Digital Nomad’ (and Elise Darma has also aptly named it ‘Travelpreneur).

In short, I’ll be making money through Fjords and Beaches by way of sponsored content, brand ambassadorships, press trips, brand collaborations, affiliate marketing and advertisement. There are plenty of hats to wear, in other words.

Visiting Dubai girl looking in desert

In addition to that, through my social media management company Fjords and Beaches Creative, I will be offering my services as a freelance writer and social media manager. I also have my eyes on creating an Instagram course this autumn, as I keep getting questions from people who want to learn how to grow their Instagram themselves. This will be my passion project for the next month or so, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!

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The way I see it, the opportunities I have gotten in freelance writing and social media management (SMM for short, in case you get confused if I mention it again) wouldn’t have come along if it wasn’t for this little blog. Without Fjords and Beaches, I wouldn’t have been able to practice my writing skills, learn and improve my SEO skills, create and implement social media strategies, and in general develop these online skills that have become so valuable. Without Fjords and Beaches, I wouldn’t have Fjords and Beaches Creative!

A huge shoutout needs to go out to Melyssa Griffin, whose online courses Pinfinite Growth  and Blog to Biz Hive have had a massive impact on the possibility for me to focus full-time on this creative life I want to lead, and to Cassie and Shay at Bucketlist Bombshells, whose Work Online + Travel the World course showed me all the tools I needed to get started as a successful freelancer on the go!

The links to Melyssa’s courses above are affiliate links, in case some of you were wondering what the heck affiliate marketing is (as mentioned above). Basically, if you click one of those links and decide to enroll in one of Melyssa’s courses, I receive a small commission for sharing the course with you (through no extra cost for you, of course). Side note; you should definitely enroll, the courses are priceless!

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In short, I’ll be making money as a travel blogger in several ways, with my main income sources being:

  • Freelance writing
  • Social media management and consulting through Fjords and Beaches Creative
  • Sponsored content and collaborations on Fjords and Beaches

It is going to be a very different life from what I’m used to, and I’m going to have to learn with very unstable paychecks. As a blogger, many collaborations are paid on a NET-90 basis, meaning I won’t actually get paid until 90 days after the collaboration has ended! I will need to budget for months with fewer projects and clients and learn to save from the months when I have plenty. In spite of this, I’m more excited than ever to get started on my life as a digital nomad!

Promotional side note: Do you or anyone you know struggle with social media or content creation? Head to Fjords and Beaches Creative to see how I can help!

What happens next, you ask?

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I’m going to Bali!

That’s right! I’ll be relocating to Canggu, Bali for a few months while building my business and getting all these different income sources up and running. Not to mention that there will be lots of Insta-food and content for the blog there!

Why Bali, you ask?

Why not! 

In all seriousness, I landed on Canggu as I keep hearing rumors about the thriving community of digital nomads to be found there. In my opinion, I am setting myself up for success by making sure I am surrounded by brilliant, like-minded people all working away online! I’m also in dire need of a good beach.

I’ll be heading to Bali February 8th, and up until then, I’ll be working my bum off here in Norway getting everything ready for the big move.

So basically you’re going on holiday?

Uhm, no.

I might be going to a tropical destination, and you might have images of me lying on a beach drinking from a coconut. While I do hope to find some time to do just that, my life starting February 1st will constantly revolve around work. As a freelancer and blogger it’s up to no one but myself to hustle in order to secure an income, and if I decide to spend a week doing nothing, I will get literally nothing in return. No paid holidays, no sick leave, no retirement plan. Those things will all be up to me, and will from time to time be a direct correlation with how much work I put in.

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This won’t be my (entire) life.

If you still believe that I’m going on holiday, think about it this way; as the sole proprietor of Fjords and Beaches, I am not only the writer and blogger but also the photographer, editor, manager, responsible for website upkeep, social media manager, marketing manager, head of financials and secretary of this business. When I am in contact with brands, there is no one else to tell me what to do or teach me what’s right, there is no one else to tell me how to save, spend or invest my money (all though my dad tries), and no one who tells me how to run Fjords and Beaches successfully. Please remember that the next time you roll your eyes at someone who blogs. The posts you read are only the tip of the iceberg, trust me.

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Honestly, without you guys I wouldn’t be writing this post today – so a huge thank you to each and every person reading this!

If you want to make sure to stay up to date with everything happening with this new and incredible journey I’m heading out on, there are 2 simple things you should be doing right now!

  1. Follow me on Instagram here!

  2. Like my page on Facebook here!

Seriously, those two small actions from your side will go a long way, and I really appreciate all your support.

Have any questions?

I’d love to hear from you and answer all your questions you may have! Leave them in a comment below, or send an email to lisa@fjordsandbeaches.com!

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  • Camilla Riis

    That is so exciting for you Lisa! I’m actually gonna do the same in about 2 weeks, where I will leave my dayjob, and like you start working as a freelancer and full-time travel blogger. Super scary but also very excited to have this amazing opportunity (:
    Wish you the best of luck with everything!
    Camilla | http://cammi.dk

    • Thank you, Camilla, and CONGRATULATIONS to you too! It’s a big step, super scary, but so so exciting! The best of luck to you too <3

  • Good for you, I’m so proud you’re taking this step!! And I love how open and honest you are about what you’ll be doing and how you make money. If your travel blogging ever takes you to Philadelphia (I’m sure it’s not on the top of your list, haha!), let me know and maybe we can meet up!

    • Thank you so much, Becky! I couldn’t be more excited about it! 🙂 I will, and I’m still hoping that we get to visit WDW together one day! 🙂

  • Alexa

    This is a great post, so great to hear that you have made your dream a reality. Very inspiring! Congratulations!

  • Congrats on making the next move in your career!! Looking forward to what content your blog will have in the future. Enjoy the food in Bali; I have heard it’s quite good (if you avoid Bali belly)

    Nat ◇ dignifiable

    • Thank you, Natalie! 🙂 I’m glad you think so! And fingers crossed I survive Bali, haha 🙂

  • So exciting! I would like to be able to work remotely fully and travel while working in the future. Good luck!

    • It sure is, Michelle – I’m so excited about it! Fingers crossed you’ll be able to do it one day too! 🙂

  • Congrats Lisa – I’m so excited you made your goal a reality and am jealous you will be based in Canggu from next year. I love it there! Maybe I’ll come visit 😀

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh wow – congrats! It’s not going to busy – and people that think it will are either crazy or just know nothing about being a blogger. But I’m glad you’re going for your dream!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • Congratulations! That’s so super exciting, what a great achievement. I’m dreaming of one day not having to go into the office anymore – I think it’s a while away for me still!

  • Marita Aasbakk Bråten

    Wow, så spennende! Lykke til, og gratulerer! 🙂

  • Julie | 2checkingout

    Hey Lisa – great to see you are taking the plunge. Canggu is a great place to get your Digital Nomad vibe on (we spent 2 months there).
    Julie | 2checkingout

    • Thank you, Julie! I’m so happy to hear that, and super excited about Canggu! Do you have any advice for finding accommodation once I’m there? 😃

      • Julie | 2checkingout

        We did a house sit (looking after 8 rescue dogs) so can’t advice on accommodation. But food wise you must try Shady Shack and Nula Bowls (which is right next to Dojo, the perfect workspace for digital nomads). And if you have a scooter, Sizzle Wraps on the main road is awesome too. Have fun!

  • So fun! Congrats Lisa! You’ll love Bali.

  • Mia Lupo

    Congratulations! You’re going to do great!

  • Susannah Dellinger

    Congratulations this is awesome! I love reading when people just GO FOR IT!! i’m definitey saving this to check out those links later! It seems like such a far off goal but to your point it just takes the decision to DO IT!

  • Liked and followed 🙂 SO awesome.

  • THE MINDSET IS SPOT ON. GO AFTER WHAT IT IS YOU WANT. DON’T WAIT. DON’T LISTEN TO CRITICISM. WORK HARD BUT ALSO ENJOY THE MOMENTS. inspiring and can’t wait to see where the journey will take you. I’ve followed on instagram 😉

  • Selam

    It is amazing that you’ve been able to turn your dream into reality. Best of luck to you, dear!! 😊

  • Lynne Nieman

    Good for you Lisa! And best of luck! I’m sure you’ll be successful as you seem quite determined!

  • Congratulations!! That is so exciting and such a big accomplishment!

  • That’s so amazing! Good for you lovely, I’m so proud to see people chasing their dreams. Full time blogging is hard work, but it’s the most rewarding job in the world! X

  • Congrats Lisa to becoming a full-time blogger! Great job! I am struggling in the moment to find some good freelancing writing jobs. And I hope I’ll find some good ones soon again. Canggu is amazing, enjoy it!