The honest answer is that I’m not rich, no trust fund or husband, but yes I get paid to travel. I make very little money blogging, but it is my blog that gets me other work that helps me make a living. I get severely annoyed and turned off by people and ads that tell you how ‘easy’ it is to be 6-figure blogger – I call bullshit. Ok, now you’ve learned that I’m a bit negative when it comes to all the noise out there about how to live this life of travel and make tons of money. Since I just wrapped up my taxes for 2015, I can tell you last year is the most money I’ve ever made blogging and traveling – and it’s not over 50k. In addition, a great deal of my travel is paid for by Destinations, conferences, other projects (that also bring in revenue listed below). If you don’t have many expenses, then you don’t really have to make a ton of money to live – and that’s how I’ve been living my life for the last 10 years. Revenue comes from different places all the time and much of it is not repeatable from year to year for me, which makes my life really exciting, or stressful depending on how you look at it.
Affiliate revenue is when I talk about a product or service I love and use and then link to it in my article – like this one on the Travel Gear I use. About once a month I get contacted by complete strangers asking about my photography for sale.
You probably know that I write 2 times a week here on Ottsworld, but did you know that I also do a great deal of freelance writing too.
Sometimes I get hired by destinations or travel companies who ask me to experience their ‘product’ and write about it and share it to further their marketing strategy. In the last few years I have taken on some paid teaching gigs, as well as one-on-one consulting on travel blogging and consumer travel (helping people plan itineraries). This is the one thing that really has nothing to do with travel blogging – but I found this job via a trip I was on as a travel blogger! As you can see, making money blogging and traveling can be a bit of a grind, and every year I add new things to my revenues and expenses. A fun article I was recently quoted in a few times and it includes great advice from other bloggers too. This post was brought to you via Fisher Investments, however all opinions expressed here are my own. I enjoyed this post but was wondering why travel blogger all seem to encourages other people to join them? I also started an Instagram account and noticed the people with 300,000 followers and thought “Wait, what??
In any case, I imagine it will just take a while and we’ll need to be patient and consistent.
Yes things can take a while in this field and yes there are plenty of people who are just average or bad writers getting rewarded- just like in any big corporation!
I like your enthusiasm that you show for many things and its the same for me, I love the diversity, I am addicted to it.
Thanks for this – as much as I love pretty pictures and reading about new destinations, I also love the behind the scenes, nuts and bolts posts. Sorry to barge into this conversation, but I did the Camino del Norte last year (the Camino Frances the year before that), and it was fabulous. According to the article, Two Changes That Will Improve Your Odds of Retiring, working longer and living a more modest lifestyle can help improve ones chances of retiring.  Especially for someone over 50 who does not have as much time to contribute to their retirement account, this may be true.
When RetireEasy asked, Would you consider working longer, changing your standard of living, or doing both to help your retirement funds last longer?
This entry was postedon Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 12:06 amand is filed under Lifestyle, Perspectives. I am a self-employed artistian, who switched from selling art work, to selling home made candy.
People are so confused by the concept of making money online, which totally makes sense: the Internet is still relatively new, and jobs related to it are even newer.
The truth is that there are so many possible ways to make money online, both as a freelancer AND as a blogger. Writing website copy or promotional materials (this is often ghostwriting on their behalf—basically writing as though you are the company, without your name attached to it). Managing social media for other people (such as posting to Twitter or Facebook or writing their newsletter on their behalf). Writing about a brand’s products or services on your website (these are sponsored blog posts).
Posting ads on your website (people usually get paid a monthly rate or a click-through rate). We live in a super cool time right now where we have so much opportunity to make a living doing just about anything. Those of you who follow me over at Frugal Rules know I’m in the middle of our three week vacation to San Diego. Seeing as you’re reading this on a blog it’s safe to say that you’re somewhat comfortable with technology. This isn’t to say that you should avoid digital methods to get new work, meet new clients or to network.
So, the moral of the story today is to think outside the box and implement a personal approach and you’ll likely be surprised at how that can help you make money. BufferIf you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed. I’ve definitely found mixed results meeting work contacts in real life for the first time.
Therefore, while I definitely try to follow up with my contacts ASAP digitally, I’m none too eager to really push face-to-face meetings.
A lot of people have been feeling the pinch financially with the economy the way it is, and as a result have been forced to look for other ways to pad their income so they can make ends meet. While you must claim this as income, you will also be entitled to claim some related expenses against this income that occurred as a result of your renting out this space.
Then perhaps you own a cottage and are trying to decide if you would be further ahead to sell it, or to try and glean some income from it by renting it, or maybe move into it and make it your primary residence, so you could sell your current one.
If your cottage has been used primarily as your second home and just for your entertainment then it is considered personal use property. On the other hand if you make the decision to start renting it out as a potential source of income then now it becomes classed as rental property and comes under deemed disposition. It may be frustrating for you when you have worked hard for your property and now you have to consider the tax implications that may arise from what you do with it, especially when you are not really selling it. Be sure to check out our educational video on renting part of your home, as it will give you some greater insight.

At Sam Seidman, CA here at Toronto Accountant we believe in working hard on your tax affairs to ensure you only have to pay the taxes that you owe and not a penny more.
Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. Clipping is a handy way to collect and organize the most important slides from a presentation. The other day I was at a friend dinner we starting discussing the idea of making more money than our parents. Later on it got me thinking about my generation (millennial!) and whether most of us make more money than our parents.
For those of you who don’t (yet) make more money than your parents… Is that your goal? I'm a Millennial business owner figuring out money and personal finance as I navigate life and business. This blog is about saving, budgeting, and earning extra income.
I haven’t been out here for 10 years in my ‘important saving years’ just throwing away money and using all of my savings. I am invited by many destinations to visit an area (for free) with the expectation that I will be able to provide some coverage in my blog, social media channels, or freelance writing outlets.
If you click on that link and end up buying something, then I make a small percentage of that sale because I’m marketing the product for them essentially. When a company hires me to write about them or mention them, then that’s considered sponsored content or advertising and it must be disclosed to the reader. I do it because it helps me reach a new audience, and primarily because other outlets pay you! The mentoring is something I simply charge an hourly rate for and we go through whatever questions you may have. Matt’s been in the travel blogging business longer than me and has written a few books about travel too. He recently wrote a great article on how to make money travel blogging so you can get some insight into his strategy compared to mine. I am new to reading all these travel blogs, and I read as many as I can because I too want to quit my job and travel the world forever. How is that even possible?” Then I got pinged by some company wanting me sell me followers.
I just think they seldom tell you the whole truth and I think it takes a kind of arrogance and confidence that I don’t have to promote themselves as experts. The key is that you have to really pick finishing that you like to do else you’ll be miserable and give up. If you enjoy what you do, it might not make sense to exit the work force at 65.  As Stephen Fowler put it, “plan twice and retire once” so you do not end up leaving a job that you would have preferred to keep for a few years. Regardless of the options you choose above, if you are continuing to work, you should continue to save, and if you decrease your spending, you should save the difference. Working longer could mean working fewer hours at your same company, or possibly getting paid less but doing work that you’re passionate about. Some money has to be spent regardless of what is happening in the economy, while some is discretionary. In this economy art is a luxery, food a necessity, candy a treat…mine is all natural, no preservatives, which makes it a plus. In fact, I’m writing this prior to the trip while looking forward to the stories I’ll be able to share from driving nearly 3,500 miles, roundtrip, with our six, four and two year old children.
Since today is the day after Labor Day I wanted to keep things a little on the light side and share this short little infographic I found over at
I'm passionate about helping people learn from my mistakes so that they can enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally.
But it definitely takes my clients a moment to realize that I, a twenty-something petite woman, am fueling the strategy on what could be a multi-million dollar project.
I am a people person and love people, and it is amazing what networking and people skills can do for your business whether you work for a company or work for yourself.
Your connections and your reputation will take you further than anything else, in my opinion. For some it has meant renting out part of their residence just to help cover the costs of owning a home, and no real intent on making a profit was the priority.
If you decide you are going to move into it on a full time basis then it has no deemed disposition. In the eyes of the CRA you are looked at as having disposed of the property then immediately reacquiring it at fair market value. Plus, we go the extra mile in seeking out all of the tax breaks and incentives that may be available to you. I was curious if my friends made more money than their parents and if they would ever tell them as much.
One friend makes more than both parents, two friends make more than one parent, and two friends don’t make as much as their parents. If you are ready to start a blog and think you are going to have money rolling in with advertisers and affiliates, then you’ll probably be disappointed. I worked for 14 years in corporate jobs and from the age of 22 years old I have been saving and investing for retirement; something my conservative father taught me years ago. I get equally upset by the people who tell you that it’s easy to get followers on Instagram – just put up great pictures…also bullshit.
But I know people want to know how I do it – how do I make a living blogging and traveling. Everything has trade-offs in life and my biggest trade-off is I have given up having a homebase in order to travel and not eat into my savings or retirement. This is where having a good diverse offering of coverage is important because they don’t just ask anyone to come visit. Once again – I do these only if I’m interested in the trip and content; and I worked closely with Travel Alberta on that project to come up with an itinerary that I was super excited to write about and experience. I also do more workshops and teaching, like the upcoming Bloghouse Philadelphia, in the area of travel blogging which I’m also paid for.
For me, it’s not important that I’m the best travel blogger, or Instagrammer, or have the biggest portfolio of writing outlets. This is a great course for people who want to hit the ground running and are looking for a blogging revenue stream.
However I feel when I read travel blogs that everyone of them are trying to sell me something, to get money out of me. I’ve been doing this 10 years and still barely make a living financially but there are other awards involved that make it worth it to me.
I admire your patience in this post, not to mention how rude and arrogant people can get when they realize that they don’t have any talents to make money on the road.

Then she ask if I pretend to be everything when I apply for writing jobs, if I pretend to be a psychologist, engineer and banker. By knowing what the baseline is and what is extra, clients have a few different levers to pull when balancing the retirement income equation. The infographic is loosely based around how you make money, especially in today’s digital age. It’s thrown off more than one of my clients, and frankly, a few have initially refused to talk with me directly, thinking of me as an assistant rather than an analyst.
You can calculate what these costs are for the utilities and use them as an expense against the income you are collecting for the rented space. This means at this time it has no effect in regards to capital gains or losses in respect to your income tax filing.
This can now have a direct effect on your taxes by way of capital gains, or perhaps a capital loss. We are all in our late twenties so it’s actually interesting that some of us have already surpassed the earning power of our parents who have been working decades longer than us. Sure, there are some people who make money blogging – pure blogging – but they are in the minority. They neglect to tell you there is a lot more to it and many often rely on programs to help them get followers. I started this practice years ago and didn’t really make much so I stopped, but recently I’ve started again since my search traffic has been increasing. I don’t have a specific stock photography site, but many people find me through my Global Photography Site, or I’ve worked with them before on a writing project or a press trip. You can see all of the freelance articles I’ve done here in my freelance writing portfolio. I would never go somewhere I didn’t want to just for money as that sounds agonizing; if I were that desperate for money then I would have stayed in my corporate career as that was much more lucrative! Instead, it’s important that I am solidly represented in each of these things, that I’m the ultimate ‘utility player’ and can bring the most amount of diverse exposure to a travel client.
We always tell people this because we are afraid to tempt people into a decision that might financially destroy them. I hope I live long enough to make back what I have spent….if not, it was one hell of a great ride!
We could go weeks, if not months, without physically seeing a client and still be making money like usual. If you're wanting to learn how to monetize your blog, check out my blog coaching services to see how I can help you take your site to the next level.
This was a comfortable place for me because I knew if I could make more than my mom who supported multiple kids on that income, I’d be fine. I know growing up and when I started in teh working world it was always my goal to make more money than my parents.
During these 10 years of travel where I’m making a small income, I’ve never had to touch my retirement savings or my investments, and the moment that I would have to touch them, I would quit this life of travel.
If I settled down and started paying rent somewhere, I would need to make much more money to sustain savings and myself. This is where years of hard work in building up that blog and social media channels come into play – it gets me invited on trips. Plus people ask me all the time about the products, companies, and gear I travel with and I love to share the items I adore and use in the hopes that they will work for other people too. The important thing here for me is networking and building relationships that may yield photography sales. However I am VERY picky about whom I advertise with and I don’t accept articles not written by me.
It’s been a great learning experience for me too and I have become much more interested in wildlife photography because of it!
I know we’re not the only ones as there are millions of freelancers, solopreneurs and small business owners in the U.S. However, what I’ve found in my time being a business owner is that it’s the personal connection that often wins the business.
It is not enough to just network and get to know people, at some point, you do have to ask for help or business.
We try our best to provide up to date information, but it could differ from actual numbers.
People who have hundreds of thousands of followers on social media had a lucky break at some point – but they seldom tell you about that aspect of being a social media influencer. I must get 5 emails a day from companies who want to send me content to post on my website and pay me money to do so – but I don’t because to me it feels sleazy. And honestly it’s fun to have a part of my workweek be nothing about travel; diversity is important for me in everything I do!
Unlike most readers out there, we know exactly how much work you have to do to achieve what you have achieved. That connection can happen digitally, but is taken to another level when done on the personal level. Diversification is going to work in affiliate marketing, investing in the stock market and yes even in trying to make money and earning new client work. Per FTC guidelines, Sprout Wealth may be compensated by third party companies that are mentioned either through advertising, reviews, affiliate programs, or otherwise. In fact, my favorite destinations that have hosted me are often the ones that I reached out and pitched them because I had an intense interest in going there – like my Alaska trip that I’m currently writing about on my blog. And most of all, I don’t want to fill my website with crap content that has nothing to do with the way I travel or live.
People sometimes start to look down on me and ask things like “So you’ll do that for the rest of your life? All reviews and articles of our personal opinion and no compensation will sway our opinion. In fact, that’s all they ever wanted was for their children to NOT to follow in their footsteps and to achieve a better lifestyle. All of these people who have been travel blogging for a year or two putting out e-books on how you can have this dream life of getting paid to travel too are also just used car salesmen to me. I accept about 1 advertising post a quarter and I make sure it’s about something I want to write about.

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