Can You Make Money Travel Blogging?

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Lot’s of people want to quit their jobs and travel the world – and they hope to fund their travel with travel blogging or freelance writing. Back in 2008 when Kimberly and I started GGTG that was one of our goals too. In our first few months we picked up a lot of press and our visitors spiked. We blogged our way through Argentina (check out our favorite posts on Argentina foods and Argentina parrilla).

But it took over a year an a half until we were making any “real” money. But, we got there. We started making money travel blogging. And lots of others have too. We’ve put together four tips to help you if you’re trying to figure out if you can make money travel blogging.

1. Don’t be in the travel blogging business to make money.

If you want to share your travel experiences and advice with not just your friends and family – but anyone else interested in following your travels then you should travel blog. If you have a unique perspective or experience that would be helpful or inspirational to others then travel blogging might be for you. But you should not start a blog for the money – you’ll be wasting your time and you’ll burn out before you start earning. Blogging is a great way to improve your writing and share your insights, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a place to start earning money.

2. If you are looking for an online way to fund your travel, look beyond the travel blog.

A better way to fund your travel is to take up freelancing or consulting. You can become a freelance writer and write for other blogs or websites. Or you can consult on any range of topics you already know about – like social media. Earlier today I posted about how to fund your travel for $97 – if you’re interested how to build an online business – check it out.

3. A better way to “fund” your travel is to try to travel for cheap or free.

Volunteering and WWOOFing are great ways to travel for cheap or free. Here are some resources to get you started:
11 Things to Know Before You WWOOF
21 Resources for Volunteering Abroad
Make Money While Traveling
How to Travel for Free
How to Travel for Almost Free

4. If you’re still committed to being an entrepreneur in the travel blog business, here are some posts to get you started.

This is a the single most comprehensive post about how travel bloggers make money from their blogs. The posts includes tips about contextual ads, writing for other websites, affiliate products, private advertising, sponsored posts, digital products, sponsorship, consulting, and membership.
Besides that post, here are a few others to check out.
Should You Sell Links
Making Money Travel Blogs
Travel Blogger Honesty Survey
Travel Blog Advertising Survey Results
How I Make Money and Afford to Travel
Nerdy Nomad Income Reports
The Myth of Getting Paid to Travel

So what do you think, can you make money travel blogging? Is it a form of entrepreneurship for you?

Photo credit: Leonid Mamchenkov