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)
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.
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!
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!
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What happens next, you ask?
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?
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?
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.
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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