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You Don’t Need To Quit Your Job To Travel

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While some people are fortunate to live their dream of quitting the corporate life and travel the world, most of us would be stuck in the office waiting for the weekends to come for that quick escape. On the surface, it may appear sad that we can’t be like other people who are backpacking the world for months or even for years. I used to look at it that way, in fact, I have plans to become one of those backpackers someday that’s why I started my blog, Travelosyo. But lately, I realized that quitting your job is not the only option to enjoy traveling.

 

Cai Dominguez

 

I admit, I want to be a fulltime writer, but realistically speaking, I can’t afford to just quit my job, at least not at this point of my life. I have a family who relies on me financially and whatever decisions I make, I have to put them into consideration.

 

Travelosyo started September 2014, it was a play of words between Travel and “Ambisyoso,” a Filipino word for ambitious because well, I love to travel and if there’s one word I can use to describe myself, it’s ambitious. Whatever I want, I’m determined to get it. This blog site is a good example of it. When I started writing, I don’t have readers and it seemed like no one believes in me. I hardly get 10 views a month.

 

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But I didn’t mind because I started with a battle plan. I didn’t start writing because I just want to write. It’s not about wants, there should be passion. What is happening on my blog now is not pure luck, I worked hard for it. From the beginning, I knew what I wanted, so I set a goal, and did the work because I had a clear vision of what Travelosyo would be someday.

 

Let me put a disclaimer this early; what I’m about to share is based on my experience. It may or may not work for you. I’m here to guide you towards your dream in becoming a travel blogger. Admittedly, I’m not the best blogger you would ever meet, but then again, not everyone will be there to help you. So allow me to share what I know.

 

If you too want to travel and start a blog, here are some of the questions that I want you to consider.

 

  • Why do you want to start travel blogging?
  • How do you see yourself 1 year from now?
  • There are hundreds of local travel bloggers, how are you going to be different from the rest of them?
  • Are you willing to devote most of your free time handling your site?

 

Take note of your answers and remember them when you have those times that you feel like giving up. There’s a note to remind you why you started in the first place.

 

Let’s start from the basic and I’ll give you an overview of things that you need to know. Let’s not talk about SEO, Algorithms, Domain Authority, etc.; these are pain in the ass. You will get there someday.

 

I hope at this point you already have your blog name. Make sure that it’s catchy and easy to remember. This is going to be your brand for the rest of your blogging career.

 

When I started Travelosyo, I didn’t buy my domain and I used a free host. Therefore, I started with Travelosyo.wordpress.com. You can start doing the same to test the water if you’re really into blogging, but I highly recommend to start with paid hosting. Why? Because exporting your contents is not as easy you thought. Also, there’s a possibility you would lose some followers along the way, and don’t even get me started with the broken links, but that’s another topic altogether.

 

How to Start Travel Blogging?

So let’s talk about Domain and Host.

 

Domain name is the name of your website or your site URL; mine is Travelosyo.com. Domain price ranges from 10-50$/year depending on your extension. I got mine on WordPress for 17$.

 

In order for your website to appear on the internet, you need a HOST.  A server where your website files are stored. Prices depend on how much space, bandwidth, and type of server you need.

 

One popular hosting site is Bluehost; most of my friends use them. The one that I’m using is Dreamhost. Try to do a little research about these hosting sites so you could find the one that best suits your needs.

 

You can purchase your domain name anywhere, which is what I did; got it from WordPress. But it is more convenient to buy your domain and hosting in the same location. Hosting companies that I’ve mentioned above provide domain name registration too.

 

The beginning will always be the hardest part. Now that you have a site, the next step is designing it. There are hundreds of free WordPress templates and I’m also using a free theme. If you have an extra budget, you can get a nice design for less than 75$.

 

Get inspiration from other travel websites on how you want your site to look like. One tip: make sure to choose a design that is responsive. Responsive means, your site would adapt to different browsers.

 

As I have mentioned in my previous podcast with pisig.club, worry less about how your site will look like and don’t stress yourself if you’re not getting page views yet. Always remember content is the king and you need to be consistent. This is the most important part of travel blogging, how to come up with quality articles and how often you can publish an article.

 

When I started writing, I purely wrote travel guides; how to get there, what to do, where to stay, etc. There is nothing wrong about this style of writing, but you need to ask yourself, are you just blending with most travel bloggers who are writing the same thing?

 

How are you going to stand out? In my case, I started to write stories and my favorite subject is the story of people I met on the road. I still insert guides on my article because it pays to give your audience informative guides. But to make my content a little bit different from the rest, I added value to it by including my life stories on the road.

People of Masbate

 

To give you an example, not everyone had a chance to visit Batad, Ifugao with almost nothing, not everyone had the chance to plant rice in Buscalan and live like the locals, and not everyone who visited South Cotabato showcased how peaceful this part of Mindanao is. My point here is simple, your life experience is different from others. Write yours and don’t stick with the usual guides.

 

If you’re writing an article make sure that you have Grammarly on your desktop. It helps in correcting basic grammar errors. For more details about Grammarly please click this link. However, I would recommend finding a friend who can proofread your article before publishing it. If you need a proofreader and an editor, you can message my friend, Marge Gavan of Coffeehan at margegavan@yahoo.com. She can definitely help you make your article look better. Promise, her service is affordable and worth it.

 

Why Social Media and Networking is Important?

 

If there’s one thing that I regret on my early days of blogging is that I underestimated the power of social media. It’s been almost a year before I had a Facebook Fanpage, Twitter, and Instagram under Travelosyo.

 

A big chunk of my traffic comes from Facebook, so while you are starting to build your site, start building your followers too. Start inviting people to follow your social media accounts. But then again, I would like to remind you that you’re just starting so you don’t need to focus most of your time growing these accounts. Remember what I told you? Content is the king. Sooner or later when you start posting quality articles, you won’t need to beg for people to follow your pages. They will be the ones to come to your page.

 

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Do you believe that no man is an island? You should! You can’t grow alone, you need to get in the circle of bloggers. There are hundreds of travel and blogging group on Facebook, start joining them. simply type travel or blogging on your Facebook search box and a lot will be suggested. Be part of this group and be interactive. Join forums and read what other people share that you think could help you. Don’t miss the chance to Join Circle of Travel Bloggers. I’m one of the founders of this travel group. We are here to help you grow.

 

Now that you have a website, contents, social media accounts, and travel group, the most exciting part is to harvest all your hard work.

 

How to Earn Money and Get Free Travel by Doing things you Love?

 

I always have a plan. Don’t start this if you don’t have a vision. It’s part of my plan to start getting sponsors when I turned 1 year. I was uncertain if there would be people who would believe in me and what I do. If you feel that way too, don’t worry, it’s normal. But even if you feel this way, never doubt yourself.

 

Back then, I sent proposals to at least 10 hotels in Metro Manila. I even called them to look for the best person to talk to. Just to let you know, I’m fascinated with hotels so they are my target sponsors.

 

Out of 10 hotels, there was one who believed in me and I’m thankful to Azumi Boutique Hotel for being my first sponsor. They made me more confident and they added value to my brand. Since then, sponsors come when needed.

 

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There are rejections along the way and it’s true that I received some letters declining my proposals. My advice is, don’t take it personally. This is pure business.

 

Before hitting that send button when you start asking for sponsored travel or accommodation, assess your website’s value first. Review your proposal letter and one thing you should never forget is to ask yourself, what can you give in return to your sponsors?

 

This is a give and take relationship. If you want to continue getting the perks of travel blogging, you should have a good relationship with them. Always remember, networking is a must in travel blogging. Regardless, how small or big your sponsors or even the people you will meet along the road, treat them as important. You’ll never know when you’re going to need them in the future.

 

Sometimes, I send an email to my past sponsors, asking how our campaign went through. When they tell me that my post was able to create even just a little impact to their business, it really makes me happy. Your relationship with them will not end after your ex-deal. I’m also giving them feedback on the reach of the articles and how people react. You have statistics on your WordPress, you need to study your numbers.

 

Today, I’m proud to share that my greatest achievement in less than 2 years of blogging is working with our Tourism Promotion Boards. I’m thankful because aside from giving me an opportunity to travel for free, they served as an avenue in fulfilling one of my missions for Travelosyo and that is to promote the Philippines both locally and internationally.

 

Tourism Promotions Board

 

My biggest earnings online came from my affiliation with Agoda. What is Agoda? It is an Online Travel Agency (OTA) based in Singapore that offers accommodation booking services through its website and mobile app – Wikipedia. Again, I didn’t rush everything. I made sure that I have a working website when I applied partnership with Agoda. If you’re interested to join apply here. Once you get approved, there are guidelines on how you can earn from them online.

 

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Another popular way for bloggers to earn online is via Google Adsense. I did send them an application, unfortunately, I was rejected because I didn’t meet their guidelines. This is an example of rejection that you may experience in blogging. Do what I do; do not take it personally.

 

Fortunately, I found a new opportunity to discover a new, Google Adsense-like local ad service. It’s called The Pisig Club Ad Network. For more details please read this article.



There are hundreds or even thousands of ad networks and affiliations available online. It’s still your call to whom are you going to partner with. Please note that it is important to set up your own Paypal account since most online payments go through Paypal.

 

I hope I covered the basic about travel blogging and I would be happy to see you guys starting your own travel blog. Please message me once you have your site live and I will be glad to promote you online. If you need further help, please message me on my Facebook Page – Travelosyo.

 

If you believe this article is helpful please share it with your friends and  follow Travelosyo on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

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50 comments

  • I completely agree with you.
    One doesn’t have to give up working, both can be combined and there are lots of benefits to that.
    And your own website should have value for earning off it.

  • Thank you so much for the tips! I learned a lot from this post. I checked out Pisig Ads and joined the Facebook page too. Though my blog isn’t just a travel blog but also includes other things that I want to share, your advices helped me opened my eyes to some things that I don’t take much importance. I haven’t really thought of being a travel blogger full-time. My sister and I started our blog to compile all our travel adventures. We are still far from posting it all but we are getting there slowly. But I think it is very brave of you to actually send letters to hotels for sponsorships. I didn’t even know people do that! Thank you so much for the idea. Though it seems hard to find one, but it is worth a try. 🙂

  • I am happy that my friend shared your website with me, and this is such a nice read. This inspired me to do more and better. I recently started my blog so I hope that I can learn more from you as I read through your posts, and help me improve through suggestions. Thank you 🙂
    http://www.wizardandi.com

  • Congratulations! You’ve come a long way! 🙂

    I agree with you that one doesn’t need to quit his/her job to travel. One can actually work and travel at the same time. I used to that frequently when I was still single. I was a Training Manager then of a multinational company. I loved travelling around the Philippines and Asia helping people grow through my workshops and seminars. These days, I travel with my family for work and pleasure like our recent trip to Baguio. http://www.handsonparentwhileearning.com/hands-on-parenting-while-earning-in-baguio/

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  • Wow! Thank you for the tips. We have the same goal but I need to fix my articles first. I always wanted to be a blogger but my works are not yet ready. When I first started by blog in 2014 haha the contents are crappy. I couldn’t even express myself in English properly. I wasn’t consistent that’s why I tried to study some of the famous bloggers’ works. I hope you could help me in the near future. God bless you!

  • WOW! Hard work is the key to success. Keep that desire and passion to write! 🙂

  • This is 100% true! I myself travel a lot without quitting my job. I love both my job and traveling and I think if you love something, you will find a way to fit it into your schedule. My budget and DIY travel saved me from burning too much money. I still enjoy the luxury of going in different places while earning. Great post!

  • This is a very good article. My friends and I travel and eat a lot and just recently I decided to write about those adventures. I hope that someday I’ll be successful as you. I just wondered how you increased your blog traffic other than social media. 🙂

    • Hi Charm,

      Social Media specifically facebook is my number 1 source of traffic once you have a facebook page, there is an option to do sponsored or target post. Target the correct people and you will be surprised to see your traffic grows.

  • My sister in law wants to be a travel blogger and she’s been asking me about blogging. i will share this with her as you’ve pretty much covered everything. Thanks! 😀

  • What a neat post ! Very helpfull information put together perfectly for newbies. Hard work and determination always pays off , looks like you are on the right track . Good luck to you, make the most of it !

  • Wow, what a good post! It was so great to read it. I think this is will be very useful for me in the future. Thanks for sharing!!

  • The decision to blog is a personal one for most people. Of course it can be monetized and as you have shared, Cai, travel blogs may possibly enjoy the perks of free accomodation. Having said that, let me acknowledge how selfless you were in sharing this post. It is a great starter info for newbies.

  • That’s a really helpful and informative blog post for hopeful travel bloggers. Even I, as a wedding blogger, learned something from your post. The Grammarly app is something I haven’t really heard before so that’s new knowledge for me. Lastly, your persistence and goal to get a sponsor inspires me to be as persistent to find sponsors for my blog too. Thanks! Good tips on branding too on how to make your blog different from the others.

  • This is an excellent guide for travel bloggers starting out. You make some real good points. If thinking of becoming a travel blogger you have to be decided and committed.

  • That is true. You can actually work and do the things that you love. that would be a dream to some but if they just know that you can do the same in one sitting that would make their life more easier and fun

  • Very detailed and genuine post, Cai. I always adore on how you managed job and travels well. I hardly can do it. I also have a family to support to and it was quite tough months after I decided to be a freelancer. Sooner or later, you will be a fulltime writer, promoting the philippines as you explore each of the provinces. 😉

  • Love your post – this is such a great read!! and there’s a lot of insights and inspirations you’ve included in the post!! Thanks a lot for sharing!!

  • Thanks for this inspiring post. I just started blogging a month ago and I also want to be a travel blogger. “How are you going to be different from the rest” is the question that made me realize what I want to do with a travel blog. Really, thanks! Even if you say you’re not the best blogger, I think you’re one of the best. 😀

  • I am inspired by your perseverance to work hard for what you want and to never stop ’till you get there. You’re such a good man too for taking your family into consideration and for never leaving them behind. I’m pretty sure they are so proud of you.

    With that kind of attitude that you have toward achieving your dreams, I’m pretty sure you’ll get there in no time. 🙂

  • WOW! This is a super helpful post for anyone who is starting out. I absolutely agree with you that there should be passion, goal setting and how one wants their brand to be. Ever since we started, we’re still working on our blog day and night. Scheduling our posts, doing whatever we can to gain traction and, most of all, try to get loyal readers. By the way, I joined your Facebook group as we’re into travel too 🙂 We just set ours different since we’re after reasonable travel. We travel while saving money at the same time not sacrificing comfortability.

    • Hello Me-An,

      I’m glad to see you travelling together on the road! Thank you for joining our group! 🙂

  • True indeed that you can’t just turn your back from a full time paying job and go with your passion unless that passion can support your family. Great tips you have here. Thanks for sharing.

  • Wow!! I love to travel or perhaps, the right word. I love to take a journey wherein I can grow as a person. Thank you for sharing your blog. Its so inspiring and I learned a lot. Just one question, do u have a mentor, you immediately learned the in and out’s of blogging. Hope, I could find one. I’m having difficulty of attaching affiliated grps. I’m glad you’ll able to reciprocate to all your comments. More blessings, travelosyo.com

    • Hello Natalie,

      I don’t have a mentor, I just learn things from reading and getting information from my blogger friends regarding updates on this industry. If you need more help feel free to send me an email at Travelosyo@gmail.com. I’ll be glad to assist you!

  • Though I’m a gypsy, I’m quite sure I won’t be choosing to become a hard code travel blogger. But your article is motivating for so many other reasons:)
    Congratulations on your achievements in 2 yrs…Way to go!

  • Unless one is already rich, one cannot simply quit a day job to travel 😂 Rejections are truly heartbreaking. Please share some tips on how you landed a sponsorship from Azumi. 😊

    • Hello Mirriam,

      I believe I mentioned that I just send them a proposal letter and contact their PR/marketing department 🙂

  • Hello there, Cai! Yeah… I’ve had these thoughts a month ago. The dream was really to quit your job and travel the world and work remotely. But then early this year too, I realized it wasn’t for me. It’s weird but I like having a work routine. If you left me to my own device, I would hardly be productive. Those hours at work when I’m waiting for the shift to end, I actually put in a lot of brainstorming and side hustling (kahit bawal haha). I’m hardly that productive outside of work… So yeah, you also have to find which one works for you. 🙂

    • Hello Samantha,

      Iba ka, workaholic! While most people would like to get out of the corporate world, you have a different thinking. Yeah your weird hahaha! Cheers to us! For more travels 🙂

  • We agree with you. Sheila and I are full-time employees as well, but we are prolific travelers. We do that through a lot of things such as strategic planning of leaves, making sure our weekends and days-off are free and dedicated for our adventures, sharing our lifestyle with our bosses so they would understand our passion, etc.

    For money, a part of our salaries goes to our travel fund. I also get extra money by working on a couple of part-time or freelance jobs. Sheila, on the other hand, makes and sells ice candies to sell to the kids in our neighborhood. Sometimes, we get lucky when an establishment or an outfitter sponsors us in exchange for a blog post; that saves us a lot of money.

    Yes, there’s no need to quit your job to travel. 🙂

    • Hello,

      Ang sweet naman.. awwww! Natuwa ako sa pag sesell ng ice candies.. I find it cute 🙂 Hope to meet you both someday!

  • I enjoyed reading this since I am a new blogger. Thanks for this very informative post and you made me click some of your links which I found very interesting. Hope I could travel through Xdeals like you in the future.
    Thanks again.
    JM of Man of Wanders http://manofwanders.com

    • Hi Jm,

      Thanks for reading and I appreciate your comment. Keep doing what you love, keep on writing and sharing valuable information. Believe in yourself, sooner you will get the perks of travel blogging 🙂 Love the layout of your site! <3

  • thanks for this blog Cai! This is Ana Rose from Two Monkeys Travel Forum. I just bought my own domain and I proceeded to a free hosting. This will be a good reference. I am still studying about hosting.

    • Hello Ana,

      Thanks for dropping by, I’m happy to know that you are now starting your own blog. My I know your site please? How can I help you about hosting?

  • Hello, thank you so much for this wonderful article. It’s been a long time thinking how can I start my Travel Blog since I was fascinated with the many places I have visited in line with my Job. I’m working in a supply chain department of a Japanese company and being on the road is what I love most. I had the chance to discover many places, people, foods, culture and many others on my regular routine. I made sure, I always had side trips after finishing my work. Thankfully, I had it all for free since it’s an official trip.

    This article will be my first step of realizing my Travel Blog.

    Thank you so much!

    Best regards,

    Rey

    • Hello Rey,

      I’m glad that I inspire you to start your travel blog and you’re lucky since you can do side trip from your job which can give you more chance to travel and it means more stories to write and share. I’ll be glad to see your site live. Please get back to me as soon as you have your blog site 🙂

  • I admire people like you 😀
    I also wanted to travel but unfortunately I wasn’t born rich and i don’t think I’m committed enough to be a writer.
    I’m 25 yr old and in the middle of finding what I should be doing at this point of my life. All I know is I don’t want to get married yet or have children, the reason why I’m single. Many people thinks I’m wasting away my life with no stable career, no money and no relationship. Always comparing me on how successful my mother is or how my sister crazily committed on taking care of 6 children.
    I know what I want to be, I want to build a foundation or organization that helps indigenous tribes and children but I dont know where or how to start.

    Hope you can give me some advise.

    • Hi Chesca,

      Thanks for reading my article. I would like to let you know that you doesn’t need to be rich to travel. Allow me to share on how did I started, with my recent interview with Pisig club. I’ve mentioned that I came from a low income family. I doesn’t have opportunities to travel back then. But I’m determined to travel. I work smart and save money to make myself more financially stable. I don’t do luxurious travel. You can visit places here in the Philippines without spending a lot of money.

      Don’t mind what other people say about your life, its yours. You have full authority on it. Try to love yourself more and I’m glad that you a goal on what you want to do someday. I managed an NGO before which teaches kids to learn English. but we have to stop since we dont have enough funding.

      I’m seeing myself one day working with foundations and organizations though I dont know where or when to start. But its easy I just need to find time on that. Please connect with me via email at Travelosyo@gmail.com and lets see on what we can do about joining NGO.

      Thank you!

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