I’ve wanted to share this concept with the travel blogging community, and my readership, as a way to motivate other would-be travelers and travel bloggers to get out there and do it and to show that it really is possible. 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.
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 ego, 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 working in Australia, from teaching English but the reality is now I’m a professional travel blogger and I love it.
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), my programming ability is non-existent, my writing is decent but I’m 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 band wagon?
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 post about how you’re making 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.