Do you love to travel and dream to become a full time blogger one day? Do you wish to lead an adventurous life and let the world be your office? It’s many people’s dream to travel full time while earning a good income from it. But at the same time, they are afraid of taking that plunge as there are too many uncertainties ahead. So what does it really like to be a full time travel blogger? And is the life of a full time blogger really that amazing? Let’s hear from Kate Newman, a 22 years old travel blogger from Melbourne, Australia. Through her open sharing, you’ll have a glimpse into the life of a full time blogger, and decide if it is the life you want.
I have been travelling since I was very young; but not full time. I used to visit my family in New Zealand every few years starting at a very young age. However my first big, international trip was in 2013 when my partner and I went to Europe!
I never really had any inspiration to travel, I think it’s just always been in me to explore the world. After my first big trip I just kept going, and haven’t really stopped since then!
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Where have you been so far?
Here’s the full list:
Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Dubai, India, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Canada, Alaska (aka. USA), Iceland, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kenya – and China in a few weeks time!
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Which are your top 3 favourite destinations and why?
This is such a hard question. I really don’t have a favourite as every location I’ve visited has been beautiful in its own way. But the 3 that really stand out to me are Kenya, India and Iceland.
Kenya – This was my most recent trip and the wildlife there was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The people were incredibly kind and it really was the trip of a lifetime.
India – The place that literally changed my life. It completely opened my eyes to my privilege and made me eternally grateful for the life I currently live. I guess you could say that it empowered me to create my blog too!
Iceland – The landscape here was so foreign. It was breathtaking in every aspect and it was the place in which I experienced Mother Nature’s most magical show; the Northern Lights.
You mentioned that you’ve been traveling full time, how long have you been doing that? And how did you manage to do that?
I don’t technically travel full time… I work as a travel blogger and I travel back and forward from Australia. I’m not a nomad by any means, but I do work for myself and travel is technically my full time job.
I’ve been travelling somewhere new every year since 2013, but it became a “full time” thing in 2016. I was working at a pharmacy and I absolutely hated it. Not the job as such, but the 9 – 5 lifestyle was something I really loathed. I knew that I had to make a change if I wanted to be happy so I started my blog, worked really hard on it and now I’m here!
It was a relatively rocky start – my posts were average and it was hard to keep up with the technical aspects of starting a website. But since then I’ve developed a deep love for photography and writing and now my career is definitely on the right path. So many opportunities have arisen in the last year and I wouldn’t change a thing!
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How is the experience so far? What do you think traveling full-time has enabled you to see, do or feel?
It’s by far the best thing that has ever happened to me! My life is the best it’s ever been and I will never take that for granted.
In my eyes travel is by far the most rewarding experience anyone will ever have. It’s taught me more about myself, my privilege and the world we call home than any education ever has. It’s made me eternally grateful and has showed me the true beauty in life… Which is pretty damn special!
Not to mention the unbelievable sights I’ve seen around the world – At the young age of 22 I’ve seen things that so many may never have the opportunity to experience. To say I’m lucky is a very big understatement.
How do you keep yourself on the go (eg how do you make money to sustain your lifestyle, save on flights & accommodation)?
My blog is my income! It doesn’t matter where I am in the world; I can be sitting at home or on the complete opposite side of the world – It really doesn’t matter and that is what I absolutely love about my job. I’m living my dream and I’m very proud of it.
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Any other travel tips and tricks to share with the fellow travelers?
I think my biggest tip would be to step away from the tourist traps! It may be obvious I know, but tourist attractions don’t allow you to experience a country or city for all that it is.
The best thing is to simply get out and explore on your own path! Learn about cultures, people and interact with locals – You’ll become compassionate, understanding and aware of what really occurs in the place that you’re visiting.
Make sure you research you locations, learn how to be respectful to the culture your experiencing and do your best to be a sustainable, gracious traveler. After all, this earth and all of the life on it are each worthy of our respect. It’s not that hard to be a kind traveler, that’s for sure!
Do you feel homesick once in a while? How do you cope with loneliness?
Like I said, I don’t technically travel full time! I come home between trips so I’m never really lonely. Being a nomad was not something I ever wanted, I love my life in Australia but knew that I wanted to explore.
After long trips I definitely miss my own bed, my pets and not living out of suitcase… But that’s about as far as my homesickness goes. I miss my partner a lot when he doesn’t travel with me, but we go on a few trips together which is amazing!
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Do you have anything to say to fellow travelers who aspire to follow your path and travel full time?
One of the sayings I love is “Don’t be scared to sacrifice your comfort for the things you’ve always wanted”. Stepping away from my job and my steady income was scary – there’s no doubt. I was terrified that the idea in my head wasn’t going to turn into a reality, but look where I am today!
I kept in mind that if it failed, I could always get a job somewhere else in the future. I’m definitely NOT a creature of habit, but if you are… I really do encourage you to chase your dream. If your being held back by the idea of failure, it will only keep haunting you. Try your hardest, I can guarantee you’ll succeed!
Are there any important projects you are working on right now for your website or trips? What do you aim to achieve from it?
Right now I’m basically just working on growing my platforms! At some point in 2018 I’ll be doing a trip around Asia, raising money for 5 organisations that really touch my heart. Until then, I just want to grow my audience so that I can raise as much money, and spread as much awareness for these issues as possible.
At the end of the day, my blog is a place where I attempt to empower and inspire. I want to show people that no matter who or where you’re from, you can inflict change. It may sound crazy, but I’m trying my hardest to achieve it!
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Lastly, how can we connect with you and find out more about your journey?
My blog is www.travelfordifference.com – It’s a place where I share my global adventures, spread messages of compassion and encourage others to be the best person they can possibly be… And to visit incredible locations of course!