I’m certain many people with The Wanderlust want that we may journey the world with a limiteless quantity of money and time, with out ever giving a second thought to work or the sources wanted to maintain that type of life-style going.
In the event you’re a journey blogger, this need might be going to be intensified. Few of us make sufficient (if any) cash from our blogs to focus solely on writing posts, and now we have to contemplate different methods of incomes earnings to have the ability to keep on. Some individuals could not even need to hand over their regular job. However for those who’re working full time hours in one other vocation, how will you hold travelling, hold placing out content material and continue to grow your weblog with out changing into exhausted? Is it even attainable to be a journey blogger and have a job?
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We definitely assume so. In August, Seb and I took step one in the direction of our nomadic life-style objective. We left the UK, moved to China and commenced working as English Academics. While that is one thing we’re very excited to have performed, and we’re fortunate that we get to discover a brand new Nation on our time without work, it implies that since we began journey running a blog a 12 months and a half in the past now we have at all times been balancing our web site with full time work. This has led to numerous errors, numerous stress and a steep studying curve. We’ve gone by extremes- from ignoring the weblog fully to whole burnout. Now we’ve discovered a steadiness, we need to share our tips about how one can handle journey running a blog with a full time job too.
Keep in mind your ardour
What will get you away from bed within the morning? Is it the workplace? The company setting? Instructing? Bartending? No matter it’s that’s incomes you cash?
No, it’s journey!
All the time keep in mind your ardour and allocate time for it, otherwise you run the chance of changing into depressing and uninspired. All of us have to earn cash, however we additionally have to nurture our abilities, our psychological well being and our emotional wellbeing. If, like us, travelling (and writing about it!) makes you are feeling fulfilled, take each second you may to domesticate and luxuriate in it.
In addition to that, if we don’t journey then we gained’t have so much to write down about, and a journey weblog with no content material isn’t going to draw readers!
Travelling doesn’t at all times imply travelling far
There are a complete host of issues to discover proper in your doorstep, simply ready so that you can expertise them. What’s ‘regular’ to you is another person’s dream vacation spot! In the event you’re quick on time a daytrip, in a single day keep or perhaps a wander someplace native can present nice inspiration and content material for a put up or two.
I’ve a fond reminiscence from the summer- I used to be feeling fed up and determined for August to reach in order that I may begin my new journey in China. I checked out my hometown (The Cotswolds) with heavy eyes and I couldn’t see the sweetness that I do know is throughout. We determined to take a stroll to South Cerney lakes on our day without work as we had by no means been regardless of it being ten minutes away from our home, and as I soaked up the sunshine and nature and loved a drink afterwards I realised how fortunate I’m to have been born in such a beautiful a part of the world. I promised myself then that I’d get pleasure from my previous couple of weeks within the UK as a lot as I may, as I wasn’t certain after I can be again once more. I by no means wrote a weblog put up about that day, however it could have been an ideal topic.
Plan your posts
Attempt to have an thought of what you’re going to write down about earlier than you go someplace, in an effort to plan your weblog posts and put together prematurely. There’s nothing worse (and I’ve performed this too many occasions to depend) than settling down together with your laptop computer, solely to understand you by no means wrote down the worth of this, or took an image of that. Once we visited Shanghai not too long ago, we made notes beforehand about what we’d be running a blog about, and we’ve performed the identical for our upcoming journey to Huangshan.
In the event you can’t journey on a regular basis, chances are you’ll be counting on these small bits of data as content material to your weblog. It’s the little issues that actually add to a post- particulars take it from being a pleasing learn to a really fulfilling and helpful doc for individuals to make use of.
Consistency is vital…
This actually hyperlinks to the purpose above. We don’t all have the luxurious of having the ability to journey continuous. Generally chances are you’ll have to make one journey span out over a number of posts as a way to hold content material common. Discover a schedule that works for you- if that’s 5 occasions every week or 5 occasions a year- and persist with it. Readers love consistency- it’s no enjoyable to learn three posts directly, after which hear nothing for 3 months. To maintain individuals coming again for extra, hold to your schedule as a lot as you may.
…However don’t overdo it
Saying that, don’t beat your self up an excessive amount of in case your different commitments take over typically. There’s no level struggling to write down a put up simply so it’s revealed ‘on time’. It most likely gained’t be your greatest work anyway. Simply set a practical time scale for your self, making an allowance for your job, household and another commitments you might have.
Sadly your job must take precedence typically. Don’t attempt to push your self too onerous as a result of chances are you’ll find yourself burning out like we did.
Put aside time to write down
Have a look at your each day life and routine- when do you could have time to write down, and work on the weblog? Is it in your days off, or do you’re employed early or late shifts and may dedicate the opposite half of the day to your web site? You realize when is greatest for you! I prefer to work both within the morning or late at night time, sitting by my window with the Metropolis view unfold out in entrance of me.
Attempt to create a routine for your self, treating your weblog as if it have been your job. In the event you’re severe about making it part of your life you then’ll have to act such as you’re creating wealth from it even for those who’re not! With dedication, onerous work and perseverance you will get there, I promise.
Put aside time NOT to write down
Likewise, know if you’re going to have some free time. 12, 14 and 16 hour days simply aren’t sustainable, so get pleasure from planning time to do nothing- or at the very least do one thing else. You’ve gotten a lot extra about you than simply your job. You’re additionally a lot extra than simply your weblog, too- spend time with your loved ones, associates, learn a e-book, watch a movie, do some train, cook dinner a meal, and sleep!
Discover inventive methods to journey
Having a full time job shouldn’t cease you from travelling. A few of you might have a job that requires you to take enterprise trips- fortunate you if that’s the case! Use your journeys to tell your posts- or possibly make your web site a distinct segment one for enterprise travellers.
Might you are taking a profession break from work to go and journey? Each our jobs within the UK allowed us to use for long run unpaid go away of as much as one 12 months, and our authentic plan was to save lots of up and journey this fashion.
If it’s a scarcity of cash stopping you from going, maybe you possibly can look into Workaways (work in trade for lodging and meals) or doing a sponsored journey to boost cash for charity. Or, like us, you possibly can discover work abroad- we selected educating in China, however you possibly can do something on a Working Vacation Visa in Australia, New Zealand or Canada.
When all is alleged and performed we have to get pleasure from life and be pleased, wholesome, well-rounded people. We hope that the following pointers will provide help to to attain a powerful work-blog balance- although maybe we must always say life-blog-work steadiness! We’re proof that it’s attainable to handle all three, so don’t let a full time job cease you from being a journey blogger both.
Hattie and Seb are a 20-something married couple from the UK who left their house in August 2016 in quest of journey. They’ll at the moment be present in Ningbo, China the place they’re educating English and are engaged on their much-loved weblog, Cats and Backpacks. They love meals, martial arts and comedy and you’ll observe them on Fb, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for much more updates and chats.