In my opinion, one of the best jobs in the world has to be travel blogging. Of course I am a little biased but it really is such an amazing job, I feel lucky everyday knowing that I am fortunate enough to have this job. What some people may not realise is that it takes a lot of work to earn a living when you travel on the road, it is not all fun and games. Of course a blog will tell you about all of the amazing things that travel bloggers get to do but what you must remember is that each day is not full of crazy adventures and wild experiences. There are a number of different tools that you need to be a travel blogger, here are the three things that I could not live with out.
This is pretty obvious but it really is my most important tool. My laptop is my mobile office, I can use it wherever there is internet and also can get lots of articles written when I am on a long bus or train journey. Buying a good laptop is essential and it is not one of the tools where you should try and go budget, a reliable laptop that has a good battery life, good sized screen, easy functions to allow you to edit video and photos is a must! Then when you’ve finished work you also need to consider that you need to relax and have some down time. My favourite thing to do is kick back with some tasty street food and watch a movie. Movies are always great to watch when you’re on a long journey and are unable to sleep.
So, you might be the world’s best story teller with an incredible skill that allows you to paint pictures with words but you will need to let people see things for themselves. I honestly can not even imagine travelling the world with out a good camera. Think of all the amazing once in a lifetime photos that you wouldn’t be able to take if you didn’t pack a camera. I mean the photo where I am sharing food with a hyena is one of the best photos I am, how could I possibly describe that experience with words? That photo is so ridiculously cool that no words could replace it! The last camera I got was from Ted’s Cameras, it’s a great online store for everything that you will every need when it comes to electronics. The thing I like most about them is that they have online support and will help you anytime you have any problem with your equipment.
So we’ve already got the most modern electronic equipment on the list, but you can’t forget the basics and not carry a pen and paper. When you are on the road you will have so many great experiences and learn an array of new things, you need to be able to jot down all of this with ease. The only way to get all the information down is to have a small notepad in your pocket. Sometimes there will be no way for you to go back and check on information, so have something to hand whenever you leave the hostel. It’s also a great tool to keep on your person if you have some amazing business ideas that may prove profitable in the future.
Remember, never travel without travel insurance! And never overpay for travel insurance!
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