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Make Money from A Travel Blog; From $3k a Month to a Millionaire

I’ve wanted to share this concept with the travel blogging community, and my readership, as a way to motivate other would-be travellers and travel bloggers to get out there and do it and to show that it really is possible. I can’t believe it’s true, but you can make money from a travel blog. I’m personal proof of that. I now earn around $3000 per month from One Step 4 Ward through a series of things. And if I can do it, anyone can.

EDIT 2020: *I wrote this post back in 2011! I was going to delete it, but I think it serves as nice motivation and inspiration for how far a travel blog can take you. I’ve since made $2m USD from my travel blog! My advice? Start your blog today! You can use my SUPER EASY guide about how to start a travel blog here, takes about 20 minutes, and about $10 or so to get started.
Make Money from A Travel Blog; changed my lift

Making money from a travel blog within the 1st year of blogging

I’ve been toying with the idea for a few months whether to mention One Step 4 Ward’s earning potential in a post or not.  The last thing I want to do is come across brash and boastful. Then I remember back a year or so ago when my blog was getting 10 hits a day and I read Nomadic Matt’s thoughts about a successful travel blog and how perseverance is key etc. I stuck in there, and waited, and stuck in there and waited until, lo and behold, an amazing thing happened and the first advertiser was knocking on my door.

That was about 10 months ago, I was in Ethiopia and I nearly hit the roof in excitement. “Some dude want’s to pay me $50 to put an advertisement on my website, wow!!” I shouted, to anyone who would listen (which was no-one apart from my best mate beside me). Less than a year on and I don’t need to work to travel anymore, brilliant.

Lots of people email me every week asking how I fund my travels and previously I’d say from savings, from a working holiday in Australia, from teaching English but the reality is now I’m a professional travel blogger and I love it.

If I can do it, so can you!

In a further bid for you to understand how possible this scenario is for you too, I want you guys to understand something. My design skills are awful (I have none). Moreso, my programming ability is non-existent. And my writing is average at best. I’m certainly no James Joyce BUT I do have a real passion for living my life, for seeing the world and having no regrets. And through some quirky twist of fate, the internet is rewarding that with an ability to generate revenue through travel blogging. So don’t you think it’s time to jump on the bandwagon?

So if you’ve done a bit of traveling before then get started and when you’re getting 10 hits a day and think “f*ck this”, maybe you’ll remember this post. Who knows, in 18 months time you could be location independent, writing a blog post like me on how you make money from a travel blog too, enough money to live your dreams indefinitely, referencing me and this article as your inspiration, with a redesigned lifestyle allowing you to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. There’s nothing holding you back. Happy Travels.


WOW, I’ve just reread this blog post. What a beautiful journey it’s been. You can read about my life now in 2021 here. From $1k a month blogging to $3k a month when I wrote this. I topped out at $60k one month, and now I’m free, building my dream house in Northern Thailand. Guys, don’t hesitate. Start your blog, live your dream. It’s possible. Email me if you want to learn how I can help!

And remember, never travel without PROPER travel insurance – $9 a week, no contract!

Final thoughts on how to make money from a travel blog?

This post is old. But like I said, I don’t want to delete it. It serves as a reminder how far I’ve come, and how far you can come. If you want some actual blogging tips, check out:

How many pageviews you need to make money from your blog

FREE ways to promote your blog

Travel blogger salary; How much a travel blogger income can be

How I made $1m in 3 years blogging

building a house in thailand
My Chiang Mai house plans

Remember, never travel without travel insurance! And never overpay for travel insurance!

I use HeyMondo. You get INSTANT quotes. Super cheap, they actually pay out, AND they cover almost everywhere, where most insurance companies don't (even places like Central African Republic etc!). You can sign-up here. PS You even get 5% off if you use MY LINK! You can even sign up if you're already overseas and traveling, pretty cool.

Also, if you want to start a blog...I CAN HELP YOU!

Also, if you want to start a blog, and start to change your life, I'd love to help you! Email me on In the meantime, check out my super easy blog post on how to start a travel blog in under 30 minutes, here! And if you just want to get cracking, use BlueHost at a discount, through me.

Also, (if you're like me, and awful with tech-stuff) email me and my team can get a blog up and running for you, designed and everything, for $300 - email to get started.

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I use SafetyWing for my digital nomad insurance. It covers me while I live overseas. It's just $10 a week, and it's amazing! No upfront fees, you just pay week by week, and you can sign up just for a week if you want, then switch it off and on whenever. You can read my review here, and you can sign-up here!


So if you’re ready to…..

1) Change your life
2) Travel the world
3) Get paid to travel
4) Create a positive influence on others
5) Be free of offices and ‘real world’ rubbish

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40 thoughts on “Make Money from A Travel Blog; From $3k a Month to a Millionaire

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  2. Very inspiring thoughts you shared in this blog, you tell stories that can motivate us the readers to do what we want. Thank you for the great thoughts!

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  5. Problem is I can’t view your travel photos (?) each time I clicked on it, it takes me to my facebook page.
    Why is that? Am I a kind of a moron here that I can’t even see your travel photos. Question is. Do you really have travel photos. Or everything you’re saying here are all fiction of your imagination hahahahahaha. I’m gonna post your website in my page and see if my friends say otherwise.

  6. Johnny you are doing great.i visit your page everyday. someone like me learns so much from your website
    i am writing blog about my is in Turkish. When i saw your blog,i start to write in English. i hope people like my first page my home town fairy land with fairy chimneys and rock formations used as a house,storeroom or hotel.I call it the flintstones, STILL PEOPLE LIVES IN A CAVE. Do you believe it?

  7. I love the way you live. so fantastic! come on, I havent duplicated this comment before. go get it posted on…

  8. Hey there Mr. Johnny!

    I am stoked about your success!! That’s fabulous you could rocket so quickly with your site(s). I’ve been TORIng America, and haven’t any sponsors, or money/donations, YET; however, I am going to continue to persevere like yourself. You definitely have me captivated in the travel-blogging dream of sustaining ones life while on the road!

    Likewise, I’ve been following Nomadic Matt…he’s a master as well at this lifestyle.

    Hope to cross paths one day!

    All the best,

  9. Well, i enjoy reading your blog and it indeed inspired me to start travel and to write a blog. But i got no idea how to create a blog? any recommendation? and i did travel to few places within Malaysia and Singapore but i got no one to share with so i wish to take this opportunity to create a blog and share with people around the world.

  10. This is awesome, it makes me so happy that i am not the only one who disagrees with 9-5 , commute on the train , spend all your money living the life people want you to have!!! Shame we missed each other in Barbados but i definitely felt your energy! Maybe we can meet in trinidad at carnival! what do you say?

  11. Wow, US$3000 a month. I am earning with my blog but not as much as you do. I am aiming for bigger now and this post is partly responsible to that, Johnny. Hahaha.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Hi Johnny,
    Thank you for you motivation article. Honestly..I’m a new blogger with no experience in SEO, not good in English.
    But..I must try..and I’m trying. Thank you for motivate me to keep writting and not lose my spirit.
    Have a great day, John…:)

  13. Thanks for this motivational post. It certainly perks me up especially when the going gets tough at times.

  14. Thanks for the info Johnny. Great site! lots of good insider-info. Cheers for that.
    As a reply to this specific article: You say you generate income from advertisements. However, I don’t see any advertising?! ( or is it my firewall or something)

  15. Thanks Johnny for this inspirational post. What are your thoughts on single destination blog versus traveling the world (multi destinations) blog? My blog is only about Croatia, and I am wandering if the audience is just too small for this particular destination to make my blog profitable one day. Thanks!

  16. Interesting hearing about your success. While I wish I could describe it as inspiring, a lot of the time stories like these just seem to make me anxious/stressed since I am in the same position you describe (almost no design/SEO/programming knowledge, etc.) and I have stuck it out for a year with my blog, yet it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. I am hoping that this is because we haven’t actually left on our big trip yet, and are currently blogging about the planning and saving phase, but I am not sure we will experience the level of success that you and other people have experienced even once we are travelling…

    I will consider outsourcing some stuff like SEO, although I have no experience doing that and wouldn’t know where to start. Do you have any posts about how you go about outsourcing?

    1. Hi Johnny, I just want to Thank you for these posts, you have inspired me to leave it all behind and we are starting our World Travels next year April!! Thanks again and may God bless you.

  17. Thanks Johnny, excellent post. Honest and motivating. We think we are on the right track but need a little inspiration every now again. Thanks for providing it this.

    Take care!

    PS Had dinner with Adam from Tropical Nomad the other night. He spoke very highly of you, and now we are here reading your blog.

  18. Hey there – how did you find people you were comfortable to outsource to and trust your livelihood with? Thanks!

    1. hey laura, cos if i wanna make ‘real’ money, then i need to scale my business. If I wanna make $500k online in 2014 without working more than 20 hours per week, i can’t do that alone. My needs dictate my policy 🙂

  19. Hi Johnny,
    I recommended your site to a friend and he shared this on Facebook, now I read it.

    Cheers for the inspiration pal, it was a pleasure to meet up with you on your New Zealand adventure. I am waiting on some designers to get back to me to make my design better so I stop trying to be the designer, video maker, writer and traveler!

    Enjoy the Solomon Islands

  20. I love this. I’m on 10-20 hits a day and while I’m not thinking “f*ck this” (not yet anyway!) I am wondering how you get past that barrier. I’ve been writing about Australia so far, but I’m moving to Canada soon to work, travel and save for a bigger trip, maybe a RTW. hopefully that will give my blog a boost! Other than that I have no idea how to improve traffic.
    Thanks for giving me hope though! In 18 months time, if I’m doing half as well as you are I will remember this post! 😀

  21. Wow, this was just what I needed to read today, because the place that you talked about in your post (10 hits a day)….well I feel like I am soooo right there now.

    I have been working and working and working, and it seems like I am just not gaining any traction of traffic (getting hacked a few months back didn’t help…)

    Thanks so much for my daily inspiration. I have been thinking about starting a second travel blog, and have been holding off until the first one is a little more established (my blog is a year old now)…do you think that it is wise to jump into a second blog now?

  22. Hey Johnny, pretty inspirational post! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and can’t believe the adventures you’ve had – the Thailand to China via Burma is my favourite, haha. I’m off to NZ again next week to work and see the Rugby World Cup! Just wondering, if your programming and design skills aren’t great, did you get someone else to make this website for you, or did you get advice/a web design guide to follow? Have you had to use SEO quite a lot, linking your website everywhere you could?



    1. i hire people to do all my graphics, programming and SEO. I’m an outsourcer – i try to only work 5 to 10 hours per week so i can enjoy my life as much as possible so i outsource as much as i can 🙂

  23. That’s a heck of a number to be raking in from a blog that’s only one year old! You’re right, perseverance is key, coupled with passion you can easily turn your precious hobby into a money-maker 🙂

  24. I remember you telling me about this during lunch. I’m really interested in expanding my blog (probably going to go with a different domain name first) and getting some investment in my investment.
    The hard thing is to know what people are legit and which ones are just trying to string you along. Do you reply to every one that emails you with an ad inquiry?
    Do you think it is wise to seek out advertisers as well?
    I was wondering too, should you tell hotels, hostels, etc. that you write about travel for a living?

    1. hey fidel, i’ve never sought out advertisers but i think if i did, i could make a lot more money! But it’s a long slog :S A couple of 100 bucks investment can pay back 10 fold mate so i’d definitely advise you to do that too. I reply to all advertisers, and what and see how legit they are in their reply, in the last year or so i’ve only had one bad experience. If you need any help, let me know 🙂

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