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Exactly How Do you Become a Travel Blogger?

Brooke Saward
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I don’t know how many times I’ve gone to write this blog post. Too many, for sure.

I wish I would have posted it sooner to help people understand the travel blogging industry, what’s involved, and how it works… but the truth is it is always changing, and I’ll be the first to admit that I, along with other travel bloggers, am always learning as the business of blogging continues to grow + evolve.

I use the term “business” because right now, I am finally at a point where I feel comfortable using it. “Business” is a dirty word in blogging. Some bloggers are running uber successful businesses, some are not. But that is because some people take blogging serious enough to call it their full time career, whilst others choose to pursue blogging as a hobby. Both are fine. I repeat: both are fine.

So, How do you become a travel blogger?

The first step is an obvious one: start a blog. The second step might be even more straight forward: travel.

The truth is that no one who has started a travel blog or who has ‘become’ a travel blogger was handed some silver spoon that contained the likes of a glittering reputation, large audience, and impressive client list. No, each of these are worked for. They come with time and effort… usually in the form of sleepless nights, a limited social life, and an obsessive passion for what it is you are doing.

But to simplify it in a nutshell (hopefully to encourage you that yes, there is room for you in the industry!), here’s how it happened for me:

1. Think of Your Name

This should always come before you begin any further steps towards blogging. Yes, it comes even before you ‘start the blog’ (for obvious reasons, because…. y’know, you need a killer name). But don’t ever skimp on time to come up with THE name. It might come to you overnight in a dream, it might be a word you spot in the street, or it might be a product of two weeks straight brainstorming. However when you think of it, you’ll know it’s the one. It just sticks.

Before you go any further, check that it is actually available.

2. Buy Your Domain

Notice how I jump straight to “Buy your domain”, not “create a wordpress” or “join Blogspot”. In the industry you’re competing with nowadays, you really can’t go without a .com address. Sure, it’s a small investment, but it will totally pay off. It will also make you feel more professional straight up and encourage you to hit the gears with full force. I bought my domain from Dream Host because it was cheap and well, I had no money..

3. It’s not the idea, it’s how you sell it

Steve Jobs famously invented this form of marketing – the notion that people don’t love what you do, they love why you do it. To understand this in further depth, here’s a fantastic video on the topic.

Branding is an important part of your business, whether you plan to make money from it or not. The truth is that no matter how great your idea is, it is not the idea that matters most, but how you communicate it. Do this well and people will be interested in your every move (literally).

4. On that note, do it for the right reasons…

Before we go any further, I simply cannot not state the obvious – and say what many bloggers have before me – that you should begin a blog for the right reasons. AKA: you should be passionate about what you’re writing about and why you do it, certainly not for reasons of financial gain or fame. Sometimes the later occurs as a byproduct of passion, but never the other way around.

5. Read Other Blogs & Create your P.O.D

Point of difference – the essential ingredient in a successful blog in 2015. There’s just no other way to say it: originality will always win out in the end. It doesn’t matter if it’s a subtle different or a big one, but having a point of difference is key. This could mean that you photograph your photos in a particular way, edit them in a certain way (example: Tash Oakley with VSCO filters), or having your own unique voice/style of writing. Whatever it is, make it known.

While being original is the best way forward, avoid feeling scared of reading other blogs for inspiration, motivation, and ideas. An incredibly easy read on this topic is the “Steal Like An Artist” book by Austin Kleon, where he explains how all the incredible thinkers of the world have been successful because they have surrounded themselves with others in their line of work. It’s a great read that will transform the way you think about sourcing inspiration and putting your own spin on your work.


The only way to get better is to keep doing it. I know I for one certainly didn’t win any marathons by waking up one morning and saying “today is it!” (and no, I never won any marathons anyway)… but the fact of the matter is that you have to practice to perfect an art.

7. Get to Know your Audience

This has been a fundamental key in the success of my blog. When I first started writing and sharing my photos/stories, I had little idea as to who was reading them. After a while I figured out how to configure my comments (yup, it took me a while!) so that readers could give me feedback, we could discuss destinations, and all of a sudden a community of travel-lovers was born. Before this, none of anything I did really mattered – I just enjoyed sharing. Nowadays I am very aware of who my readers are (‘cos I tweet ’em all the time), and I share the articles they want to read, as well as the ones I want to write. Nowadays I meet my readers in person through meetups, where I can really get to know them through our mutual love for ice cream and ability to recite Harry Potter spells off by heart.

8. Never Knock on a Door Once, and Don’t be Afraid to Bang it Down!

If you’ve reached this point on the topic, you must be keen to ‘become’ a travel blogger, as in you want to ‘be’ a travel blogger as your career. Well, here’s how:

Don’t be afraid to tell people about your work. Of course, you’re gonna wanna be proud of it first, so before you reach this point you would have already spent weeks and months (maybe even years) creating a body of work you are proud of sharing.

Then, when you know you’ve poured your blood sweat and tears into your blog, tell everyone about it. Tell the check out chick, tell the air hostess, tell the neighbours and if you’re as keen as I was back when I started (I’m still keen now but, had you have seen me on the hustle… you’d understand), then tell your dog.

Get business cards made to give your pitch a professional edge – if someone knows someone who knows someone, GREAT! Give them a card and get them to pass it along.

The truth is, all you need is one big break. From there, it becomes so much easier. When I first began blogging I couldn’t get a ‘yes’ from anyone. Now those people who said ‘no’ are coming to me in anticipation of a ‘yes’. Trust me, it happens. This big break came for me when I offered up myself free of charge to appear on a commercial for a tour company in LA. From there, I used this example to approach other businesses who saw the level of professionalism in my work and how serious I was about making it happen!

9. Never Give Up

Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever give up.

(I’ll have you know I typed all those evers out one-by-one in an effort to prove a point).

10. No one Does it For you, You do it for yourself

As you have hopefully learned by this point in the dotpoint instructions on how to become a travel blogger, you don’t just get handed the title or win the lottery, you create the job for yourself. There are many perks (and a few cons) to being self-employed, but the biggest contributing factor to your success or otherwise is: the buck stops with you. You decide how hard you work at it, and you reap the rewards. If you want it bad enough, start doing it. If you do it well enough, someone will eventually pay you to keep doing it. That goes for anything you chase in life.



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    April 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I’ve recently started blogging and hope to one day turn it into a full-time income. I know it’ll take time and consistency, but it’ll be worth it in the end 🙂

    April 3, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Your blog is so easy and interesting to read ! ..generally, when i see some blog i just scroll down check the pictures..but you are amazing ! Thanks for all your tips, I am just starting my own travel/ video blog so this was actually really helpful and refreshing !

    March 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I am so happy I found your blog. I just recently started blogging and it is refreshing to read this post! Thank you.

    Ashlyn Long
    March 7, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I’m SO glad I found this little blog gem of yours! I recently started a blog about two months ago. It is unique in that my husband I love traveling but we are trying to do so on one income. I recently quit my job to blog full time, and share my experiences of saving money (hopefully make some money blogging) in hopes to travel! Your blog is so inspiring. Thank you! 🙂

    Angela @ seen by solomon
    February 26, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for taking the time to share these tips and inspiring words – tomorrow I know I’ll feel a boost of fresh energy to keep going with my new venture – it isn’t easy but am loving blogging all the same! A x

    Sally Howard
    February 1, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Hi Brooke

    Thanks for the post, it was really great and it’s good to know that everyone has the same struggles when first starting out. Me and my boyfriend started out this month and we’re realising how much hard work you have to put in. We’re a bit alien to wordpress and the technical side of things, but we try to learn something new everyday and build it up from there. I’m not an amazing writer either but hoping with lots of practice that may change. I’m very passionate about travel, it has shaped my life for many years now and would be quite an achievement to accomplish even half of what you have! Looking forward to seeing more posts from you

    January 28, 2016 at 7:44 am


    Thank you for this. I launched my travel + lifestyle blog in September 2015 and it’s been a bit of a messy road since then. I recently realised just how much time I need to dedicate to it to make it great. Thank you for reinforcing things that I needed to hear again (especially the part about not giving up). I have the passion and I don’t want to sit around wishing that I hadn’t given up or something. Looking forward to reaching your level of professionalism one day!

    Karen Farber
    January 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    So excited to have found this article of yours! Very inspiring!

    Paula Edwards
    January 22, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Thank you, Brooke! I started blogging about 3 months ago, and as someone who LOVES to write about my travels, I find the writing flows quite freely. What I REALLY have trouble with is the technical stuff – uploading photos, choosing the visual theme, making a Gravatar… has all been an immense learning curve, and I find that the blog post I write in 1 hour can take 4 or 5 days to finally post – with the help of several books about WordPress and Windows etc on hand….! I’m very much a beginner, and I’m not sure how it will go, but my blog is very precious to me; my creation, my ‘baby’……I completely agree that you have to write about your passions; Thank you for the advice and inspiration! Paula.

    KD Adventures
    January 18, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Love this!!! KD Adventures is in the early stages of launching but reading this post really did help so much.

    December 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    You certainly have a way of inspiring! I started following your instagram a year ago and always felt drawn to your style of photography and webpage design because it reminded me of my own or rather what I envisioned mine to be. Now after 3 years of blogging as a hobby to document my full-time travel lifestyle, and half-heartedly dabbling with idea of making it a profession.. I finally bought my domain, then bought your book and laughed when I read your first step was to do just that. Ironically you seem to keep visiting a place right after or before me and my favorite thing I’ve come across on your blog so far is the microflight over Victoria Falls. Immediately after reading your post, I added it to my list and you were right it was incredible! I truly respect your determination and hope that whenever I’m feeling discouraged in my blogging journey that I can come to your world of wanderlust and feel encouraged again.

    October 26, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Thank you so much Brooke for sharing these inspirational tips!

    Ada Diaz
    October 11, 2015 at 5:03 am

    This was pretty spot on and am now considering buying a domain! Thanks!

    shachi thakkar
    September 29, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I really loved all your blogs but m just 13 I jus don hv those rights to travel alone I wished I could but ill tell u u r my dream model luv ur attitude

    Mama Munchkin
    September 21, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I am loving all of your tips. Thank you so much for these great posts!!!

    Kimberley Griffioen
    September 14, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Hi Brooke, thanks for the tips. I’ve been following your blog and instagram for a while now. I recently started my own travel blog and instagram, i hope to inspire people to travel just like you!

    September 5, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Oooh! Well, I didn’t think much of my blog name… I wasn’t even thinking of creating a travel blog but it is developing to that… hopefully is not that bad of a name, even if it doesn’t include the word travel or similar… Yours is very inspiring!

    Rachella Romanovna
    August 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Brooke this is such a great article, I think there must be so many of us out there starting up our own travel blogs and wondering “am I doing it right?” … but really there is no one “right” way to become a travel blogger. It really helps to have a little bit of direction though and see the path that you’ve taken to get to where you are today, so thank you.
    I love your blog it’s so well put together and inspiring!
    Love & light & happy travels x

    August 18, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Hi Brooke

    Firstly, I am thoroughly enjoying watching your current trip to Canada on Snapchat. It really looks like an experience of a lifetime. Secondly, I don’t know much about domains and registering, etc. So quick question, are you still with Dreamhost and if yes, how has your experience with them been so far?


    Gina Cambridge
    August 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for the great words of encouragement!
    I just started Blogging about my travels as a over 40 single female traveler in May mainly for myself but also to share with friends. I’m really enjoying it so far and there is so much more to it than I thought, there is also a great traveling blogging community out there! …..and it’s all the more excuse to keep traveling thank you.

    August 15, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Great post and really helpful and informative!
    Guess I have to buy that Domain after all! 😀

    August 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Great write-up, informative and inspiring!!

    August 5, 2015 at 4:57 am

    phenomenal post with excellent advice on the world of blogging! Your blog has served as an inspiration to me since I pressed publish on my own blog, The Pin the Map Project, almost 3 years ago. It has been an ongoing effort but this year I was voted a top 100 blog of 2015 and am headed to Africa in 3 days and Vietnam in Sept on assignment! I really have been inspired by your work and all that you do. Thank you for continuing to address the nuances of blogging and inspiring others to pursue their passion!


    Kim Antonio
    August 1, 2015 at 1:31 am

    HI BROOKE!!! I was able to discover u through Emma bates’ insta when the both of you went to Paris and since then, I never stopped following you or even stalking you (hahaha, from insta to twitter to this blog to YouTube until I reached ur fb ). I’m still 18 yo and I’m really struggling when it comes to saving some money (since I’m still a student) in order to start traveling . and I wanted to thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration to all of us who keep on dreaming. God bless u always! All the love from Philippines (looking forward to ur trip here btw)


    WeiLe Ng
    July 31, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Hi, thank for this entry that reminds me to keep up in write, write and write! and also never ever ever give up.

    Sammy Fletcher
    July 31, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Ohhh Brooke I’ve just discovered you via The Collective magazine and I’ve already spent hours on your blog and just love it – you have a new fan! Do you know of any family travel blogs that have a similar aesthetic to you? Can’t wait to have some more time to read all your posts (we just got back from 5 weeks in the USA) and I’m planning our next adventure. What a great role model you are – well done and congratulations.


    Jessica Byrne
    July 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Hey i just wanted to say you are a huge inspiration to me! I remember finding your Instagram over 1 1/2 years ago and feel in love (slightly envious) of your life and travels I had never really thought much about travelling i was so caught up in my own world. Well you help change that for me I went to your website and read probably every post and brought your book “The World of Wanderlust Story” after reading I instantly thought i wish i could do this for a career and then thought hey why not give it a try. 2 days later i booked flights to Thailand and then 3 weeks after that booked flights Rome and London. I have now travelled throughout Thailand, Italy, France, England and Scotland and am all packed and ready for my 3rd trip in 10 months to Turkey and Greece in 2 weeks. I have also created a blog (which i hope you will look at) I am still in building/creating stage trying to find what works best for me and trying to find my writing style. I have also started planning for my next adventure to move to Canada for 1 year working in the Ski Resorts (and writing for my blog) in Banff, Alberta and Whistler, BC after that my goal is to travel throughout the USA and maybe parts of South America then finally come home to Australia save up again and pack my things once more and move to London. I have big dreams and big plans and you helped inspire them, without finding your blog i would probably be stuck in the same old office job wishing for another life.

    Mary Anne Medina
    July 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely keep these tips in mind to improve my blog. 🙂

    July 27, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you – quite an interesting article and hope to put some of this into practice on my blog!!

    July 27, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Thanks again Brooke… for your wonderful inspiring words for newcomers like me to get into blogging. My small suggestion :- one should note down all the points first on the spot or remembering coming back home and then beautify it with good grammar. Not the least photos count a lot in blogs.

    Daniela Carolina
    July 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Oh, Brooke, you have no idea how obsessed I am with your blog! Your career-life fascinates me, it is truly inspiring and after reading this article, I can’t wait to leave the fear behind and keep chasing my dreams… As someone says, your optimism is contagious and I love it!

    • Brooke Saward
      July 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks Daniela, I really really really appreciate it 🙂

    July 25, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Hi! I absolutely am in love with your blog. I’ll start off by saying that I’m still in high school, but I can’t think of anything I’d rather do in my life than travel. You are living a life that is straight from my daydreams. As the time approaches to consider colleges and future professions, I threw out the idea to my mom of traveling full time (and clearly working hard to afford making that a reality without relying on her money) and she wasn’t very fond of it. I’m a very play-by-the-rules type of girl who is set up to get a nice degree, get married, live in suburbia, etc. but that simply doesn’t interest me. At the same time, I don’t want to completely disobey my parents. I guess my question is, how did you help your parents accept your career path? Thanks for reading this comment (I know it’s really long).

    July 24, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Very enjoyable & informative.

    July 23, 2015 at 5:26 am

    What a beautiful and inspirational post. I have followed you for so long now and have found inspiration in every post you write. I soon will be studying abroad in Germany and decided I wanted to add a sector of my blog that deals with traveling. I started off my travel section with just simple getaway’s in my own area where I live and I am excited to start my travel portion abroad soon! I am passionate about it and hope to purpose something in travel as a career and if my blog helps me do that, than that’s an added bonus! How much better that will be? I will be taking these tips into deep account too! Thank you

    • Brooke Saward
      July 23, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Ahhh thank you Becca, its comments like these that put a massive smile on my face and remind me of how special the WOW community is 🙂 Good luck studying abroad in Germany – I’m sure you will love it! The people are so friendly when they warm up to you 🙂 xx

    Gabriella @ So We Go
    July 23, 2015 at 1:44 am

    This is such a helpful and insightful post…. it’s definitely true that people should be blogging for the right reasons and with passion! Thank you for sharing xx

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    July 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I bought your book and found it super helpful, especially compared to other courses out there that are endoresed by other bloggers!

    Aldona Lu
    July 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    A very inspirational read, thank you

    July 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I’m a big fan of your blog, it’s one of my must reads before any holiday I go on so huge kudos on producing such great content :). For me (and many others I suspect) I started off super excited at the potential of my lifestyle blog (and in many ways I still am excited) but I can see how much dedication is needed to see any sort of readership growth beyond friends and family. It’s tough to break through but you’re right, if you only blog about things you love you won’t see content creation as a chore. Plus you have to tell EVERYONE about your blog too which I struggle with as self promotion seems so unnatural. Great bloggers make it look easy and seamless so it’s always refreshing to hear about the amount of work that’s gone into producing your corner of the tinterweb. Thanks for sharing!

    Ayesha Martin
    July 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’m currently at #6 – I read this as I’m just writing my sixth blog post ever in preparation for the travel blog my boyfriend and I will release later in the year! It’s definitely a lot of hard work but we’re so excited and posts like this just keep us inspired so thank you!

    July 22, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Thank you! I needed #9 for that important reminder. I tell myself all the time to never give up my dreams but sometimes it’s nice to hear it from someone who has literally made their dream a reality!


    July 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Amazing tips, Brooke! So grateful for your dedication and the way you inspire travelers and creatives!

    • Brooke Saward
      July 21, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks Gina – I’m grateful for your guys for always being so supportive of the WOW journey! 🙂 xo

    July 21, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I agree never give up and do your best to try to be different. Make a style all your own and this is good advice for all bloggers not just travel bloggers.


    Ellé Simpson
    July 21, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Great post Brooke, I found it very useful x


    July 21, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Hi Brooke

    Lovely post, you truly are an inspiration! I wish to start a travel blog but I worry that I won’t have enough funds to travel as often. In your opinion, how often do you think you would have to travel to start a travel blog and how many posts a month would you need to write in order to be successful?

    • Brooke Saward
      July 21, 2015 at 10:50 am


      You don’t have to travel all the time- in the beginning I just travelled around my home state + country to build up content before I was approached by companies to work with them and they help to fund your travels through partnerships and sponsorships – you won’t know unless you start! 🙂

    Daniela Charlott
    July 21, 2015 at 1:35 am

    This was extremely inspirational. Thank you so much!
    I recently started travel blogging

    Thanks again!

    July 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been waiting for it for a long time. Tho it’s not always that easy. I mean in Greece where the unemployment is 60% among young people it’s even hard to save those 10 euro per month to purchase a domain. Anyway, this post is, as all of your posts are, a serious source of inspiration!
    Anima xx

    Nikita Raj Raikwar
    July 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Hey Brooke,
    I am professionally a fashion and lifestyle blogger but I have a deep desire to get into travel blogging. I am saving up on money to travel as I literally don’t have any. Secondly, I would never want my parents to finance me for this..I loved the way you have put up these pointers on how exactly one can be a travel blogger. I am sure to start today with this. Also, it would be a pleasure if you visit my wordpress site.

    Love You
    (P.S. : You are my true inspiration and I idolize you in every manner)

    • Brooke Saward
      July 20, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      It is so lovely to read comments like this Nikita- thank you so much! Just never ever ever give up on your dreams – where there’s a will there’s a way! xx

        Nikita Raj Raikwar
        November 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

        I Wish to meet you someday 🙂 Hope we cross paths soon

    Tajirul Haque
    July 20, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Becoming a successful travel blogger takes lots of planning, efforts and dedication. It’s never easy to get noticed and earn enough money to take travel blogging as a full time career…successful travel bloggers like you are our inspirations and thoughts of successful travel bloggers should really help someone new to find the right path….

    Sophie Moore
    July 20, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    These are awesome tips. It’s really inspiring 🙂 I recently finished uni and realised I wasn’t really interested in working in the field I’d just spent 4 years studying. I literally woke up one day and was like yep I want to be a writer. So I bought a domain, started a blog and I’m working as hard as I can do be accepting into a postgrad journalism course. I hope beyond hop the handwork pays off! This post just reassured me that I’m doing the right thing and I’m on the right track!

    • Brooke Saward
      July 20, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      that’s awesome Soph – so long as you’re HAPPY – that’s all that matters in the end 🙂

    July 20, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    How about the legal part? Is it necessary to apply for a special “working visa” when you travel as a blogger, since there is illegal to work while in many countries? I know the US is quite strict for example.

    Paul and Carole
    July 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Great post. We are only a few months in from starting our blog and are really excited about what the future will bring! You reap what you sow so we are determined to invest time and effort to making it a success. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Caitlin See
    July 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks Brooke! I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog for a long time.. I’ll definitely use your tips!

    • Brooke Saward
      July 20, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      I hope you do Caitlin! 🙂

    Mel Elderfield
    July 20, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Nice one Brooke!! Youre a huge inspiration for me. It really is mostly just hard graft… but ive moved to Chiang Mai to throw myself into it full time and in just six weeks ive gone from 1.2k to 10k page views…. holy crap hard work DOES pay off!! Thanks for these tips…. Never give up is the best one of all! 🙂

    Ana Flávia Nemes
    July 20, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Hey Brooke!
    I’m from Brazil and I love your blog!!!!!
    Really like these tips…
    Ana N.

    July 20, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Never giving up has to be key, because if you fold once things get tough you will never know just how good success can feel! I admire you and your blog so much, congrats on having come so far! 🙂


    July 20, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I loved that Simon Sinek Ted Talk, I’ve watched it many times and used the strategy when I was creating my website design shop.
    Wonderful tips Brooke, it’s evident you’ve worked hard for your success, congratulations!


    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    July 20, 2015 at 8:05 am

    This was such an interesting read as well as being really inspiring!

    Joanna Sandra K
    July 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

    If it wasn’t for your book, I would of never truly believed it was possible! Thank you !

    July 20, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Love this, thanks Brooke! I’m working on my blog every night after work and all weekend, I’ve already started the Instagram account for it too so I have a group of already interested people to launch it to. Feel free to check it out everyone!

    Miia / Worldliciouz
    July 20, 2015 at 7:14 am

    You never fail to inspire me! Thanks to you I have the energy and motivation to think that if she can do it, why couldn’t I.

    So thanks for the encouragement and this amazing blog! (:

    I hope to make it one day with my blog and your posts always get me thinking that I actually can, if I just work hard enough. Speaking of… gotta go search a good place to order some business cards from!

    Gemma Carey
    July 20, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I’m with you on point 8. I recently agreed to voluntarily appear in a BBC programme featuring bloggers which airs this week (!) and I’m hoping it’s going to be my big break… I’ve been blogging for so long now. If anyone reading this is interested, tune into Hair on BBC2 at 10pm Monday & Tuesday this week! 😉

    Nora @ Forgotten Recipe
    July 20, 2015 at 5:37 am

    I remember one of my favorite song writers once said “Amateurs borrow, professionals steal.” Of course, he said it facetiously, but I guess in someways it’s true. We are all finding inspiration from other sources and then by taking a little here, a little there we are creating something new and original. It’s a process we all have to go through to get to something we are very proud of. Thanks for the advice. 🙂

    July 20, 2015 at 4:28 am

    This is a great motivational article! My blog has been a hobby for nearly 2 years. All of these are perfect tips for taking it to the next level.

    July 20, 2015 at 3:15 am

    If you ever decide to visit Jordan, I’d love to meet up and talk to you about your career! You’ve inspired me to follow my passion for travel 🙂

    July 20, 2015 at 3:09 am

    All very good points, Brooke! I was afraid to tell people about my blog for a long time. Not that I wasn’t proud of my writing, but overall as a brand it wasn’t cohesive. I’ve worked up to that point now though and am proud to let people know I’m a travel blogger. Thanks for being part of the inspiration for getting started! Have to agree wholeheartedly with number 9 as well! 🙂

    Celia Becker
    July 20, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Hi Brook. I started my lifestyle blog about a year and a half ago and do it as a labor of love. One day I hope it rewards me financially too and appreciate bloggers like you who help to encourage others to succeed at it as well. I have a question for you. Since it seems you do most of your traveling solo, how do you get so many photos of yourself? Thanks for doing what you do!

    July 20, 2015 at 2:48 am

    I remember a few months ago I bought your book and it was a perfect guide for beginners! It’s still a work in progress but blogging’s a lot of fun!

    Shreyasta N Samal
    July 20, 2015 at 2:31 am

    I’m on your path , covered 7 countries and 3 continents ,you’re my inspiration.

    July 20, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Great tips! But reading this post I am scared that I am not doing everything right. I am new to the whole blogging world and every day gives me lessons. Thanks to people like you, it is easier to some extend to keep going.

    July 20, 2015 at 1:55 am

    <3 thanks for this kind of post <3

    Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog
    July 20, 2015 at 1:39 am

    SUCH a good post, Brooke. Seriously useful – wish I’d had it when I’d started blogging! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about choosing ‘the name’ – I definitely didn’t spend enough time brainstorming mine. Though now it’s all tied in with my domain name, and my instagram name etc. Do you think it’s better to go through the rigmarole of changing it all, or to just roll with it as it is?

    July 20, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Love this! I think for any type of blogger this is a helpful article. Thanks!

    – Kaitlyn

    July 20, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Brooke, you are so inspiring! I love reading about your adventures and the tips that you give are extremely helpful. Because of at his article, I made the jump and purchased my domain name for! I hope to be a part of your meet ups one day if you ever venture over to the Toronto or Niagara Falls area 🙂

    Samantha Irene
    July 20, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I absolutely love your blog. It’s so encouraging. I really love how you tell it as it is and your optimism is contagious. Keep it up!

    Chelcey Tate
    July 20, 2015 at 12:57 am

    These are such great tips! These could really span across any field of blogging, really. Love the comment about banging a door down! So true!