It’s interesting to hear what kids today would consider a career path. My cousin who graduates from high school this May plans on becoming a travel blogger. Now I can understand – given our family tradition—that traveling would be an important part of her life. But she was speaking about her new “occupation” as if she would walk across the stage and into a job with a steady paycheck and benefits. And this isn’t the first time I’ve heard something like this. An intern at my company left to start a blog and travel the world. She gave up after six months without rent money and health insurance.
Each time someone shares their plans to become a travel blogger, I ask what they think that really means. And each time I receive the same response – taking fabulous Instagram pictures, filling blog posts with enviable snaps of exotic places, and staying at the most expensive hotels in the world. In short – they were going to live the good life and make a lot of money doing it. They always mention the same successful bloggers who have managed to parlay their love for fashion and travel into a legitimate career – think The Blond Salad and Tuula Vintage. These are great examples of women who have made their mark in the blogging world, but for every Blonde Salad – there are thousands more working hard and seeing no results.
Do I think that becoming a travel blogger could be a viable career choice? Absolutely for those willing to work hard and stay focused. Travel blogging isn’t just about taking pretty pictures – it’s hard work. It requires pitching clients, investing in equipment to take and edit photos, requires planning, lots of money to travel early on because you may not have a paying client for a few months, and lots of writing.
The main reason I wish everyone would stop trying to be a travel blogger is for the simple fact that being a blogger isn’t really going to be your occupation. What you’re really saying is that you want to be an entrepreneur and that’s awesome. So to all the aspiring travel bloggers out there who believes it’s their golden ticket to riches without having to work hard – I want you to talk to any business owner and hopefully you’ll realize there’s no such thing as starting a business without a little blood, sweat and tears.