How Much Do Travel Bloggers Get Paid?
It’s possibly the millennium’s most romantic job — and the most misunderstood.
Thousands of travel-loving pragmatists are sitting at their desks right now wondering how to quit their jobs and become professional travel bloggers. It’s possibly the millennium’s most romantic job — and the most misunderstood. I know because I’m a travel blogger.
I quit my day job in 2012 and haven’t once looked back. The fact is that I’m not just a travel blogger though. I’m a web designer, journalist, photographer, copywriter, marketing manager, print designer, social media strategist, TV host, and consultant as well. I’ve been making money doing those things for a lot longer than I have been blogging.
I started a travel blog, The Guam Guide, as a culmination of all those career skills. It has since become my bread and butter. Just this year, I launched Global Girl Travels. I do make more than I ever have, but I also share a salary with my husband who is my sales manager (couldn’t do it without him!). I also employ a team of subcontractors. That makes my net income significantly less than my gross earnings. Still, I’m not complaining. I love my job. I can’t imagine not being my own boss or not traveling regularly.
There are as many ways to make money as a travel blogger as there are hours in the day, so I reached out to a variety of full-time travel bloggers to ask rude questions such as, How much do you get paid? What’s your most profitable product or service? I also did my own research, sourcing interviews with popular bloggers and reading their bios. Here’s what I found.
|Y Travel Blog||Caz and Craig Makepeace
|“Six figures” per year
Gary Arndt revealed to me that it took five years of blogging for his blog to become profitable. His most profitable product? Sponsorships. He announced last month that he’s getting off the road and will not be traveling full-time anymore. I’ve noticed a few popular travel bloggers making the same announcement, including Brooke Saward of World of Wanderlust who intended to settle down in Germany (but ended up with restless feet).
There are lots of reasons why I don’t travel full-time. Stay tuned to Global Girl Travels… In a future post, I will share these reasons, plus the key to my success in this industry.
*Updated since original publishing
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