Why I’m not lucky to travel the world as a career

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Luck implies some sort of fault or stumbling across one’s fate.


In fact, the definition of luck (according to google) is:


1.    success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.


Like a carefully crafted map, I have planned this from the beginning

Nope. No luck here.


For so long I have been hearing those fateful words, “omg, you’re so lucky to travel the world as a career”. Lucky? No. Blessed – yes. I am blessed. But I’m not lucky because there is no coincidence here, but a carefully laid plan that led to my career travelling the world.


It was a carefully planned endeavour to go against the grain – against the norm – and take an incredible risk with the belief that it would one day – some day, some how, pay off. Well I guess it did.


But don’t feel a sense of guilt if you yourself have viewed my lifestyle and turned green with envy, or indeed uttered the word ‘lucky’ when describing my life. Hell, even some of my closest friends have told me how lucky I am.


I didn’t get here by chance and I most certainly didn’t have a streak of luck to get here. There were ups and downs, long nights, a breakup, time management between full time university, part time work, and full time travel blogging for the past 12 months. But here I am, sitting in my 5 star hotel in Central Europe writing this article about how I am NOT LUCKY. How dare I?


Well, let me break it down for you.


I started my travel blog a little over a year ago. Yep, just one short year ago. In that time I have worked around the clock to get my blog, World of Wanderlust, to where it is today. Not just in the visual sense – not just in the content that I publish – but also in a networking sense that allows me to visit so many incredible destinations, hotels, restaurants, etc. and write about them on my blog. These kind of working relationships certainly don’t happen overnight – and it was certainly not by luck that I created such partnerships. It also wasn’t a result of being born into the industry, despite one troll going so far as to say that I am a ‘trust fund kid’… which, for those that know me, is hilarious.


Despite living a comfortable life since being born into this world, I can assure you I do not come from incredible wealth that pays for my escapades across the globe. In fact, my parents have never paid a cent towards my travels. My grandparents are even worse on the topic – having put up with narky comments from them for years about ‘wasting’ my money travelling the world, I’m sitting back in my cushy bed inside one of the Four Seasons properties in Europe smiling to myself. [this is the perfect time for a ‘look who’s laughing now’]. But alas, now that they see I have turned my travelling hobby into a profitable business, they are convinced it’s not so bad.


But the point to be made is that I didn’t get here by luck. I also didn’t frivolously decide to travel, blog about it, and see if anything came of it. Since starting my blog I had sound intentions to turn it into a business and be self-employed when I left university. Indeed, the day I graduated I booked a one-way flight to London to launch my business full time.


All of last year I slaved away over part-time work (roughly 25 hours per week), full-time university, travelling about 50% of the year, and blogging full-time. That entire year I was also working through, step by step, to be able to launch my career as a full time travel blogger. There was no luck about it – there was a lot of hard work, patience, and perseverance – but there was no luck.


So before you tell me how lucky I am, consider telling me how blessed I am. But I’m not blessed to have my career, not even blessed to see the world, I am blessed to have the ability to see what I want and go get it – without fear of rejection, without fear of failure, and without inhibitions. I am blessed to have these characteristics that have allowed me to be successful. But let’s not keep the focus on me – you are blessed, too. Maybe it’s not with these specific traits, but we all have something unique that makes us who we are – and if we focus in on these traits in a positive manner, we can truly achieve something out of life and live a life full of purpose.


So before you cringe at my photos and sigh over the captions knowing that I am in a different country every few days living out my dreams, think to yourself “what am I good at?”, “what do I enjoy?”, “what makes me ME?”… and go from there.



We all have the potential, it’s just that some of us need a little push to help discover it. Here’s your push.



You can read my full story about how I created World of Wanderlust by reading The World of Wanderlust Story.



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    Adelaide Haynes
    May 2, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I’m such a big believer in creating your own destiny and making life work for you and you’re the absolute epitome of that.
    You only get out what you put in.

    Dean Carpenter
    November 27, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Thank you for your post, as it resonates with what Henry Ford is credited with saying, “The harder I work, the ‘luckier’ I get.” I enjoy your blog.

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    September 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

    YOU GO GIRL!Why does everyone think, “Oh wow you are so lucky,” when you have something good?

    I have the same thing –
    “You wear such nice clothes”
    “You are lucky you are so naturally thin,”
    “You are lucky to have parents who pay for your rent to live in a beautiful city.”
    “You are traveling again?! Must be nice!”
    “Wow, you are lucky you get so much vacation time.”

    I busted my ass to be a software engineer – because of this job, I can afford nice clothes, pay rent, and travel. It is not my fault that someone chose a career that can barely pay the bills. (It is me who has to go to work, so yes, I love my job too!) Having alot of vacation is no luck either – I purposely applied for companies that give alot of vacation. (the US government, namely) I save my money and use it wisely. I am not naturally thin – I watch my portion control and work our 4 days a week.

    Everything I have is because I worked for it, planned it advance, and stuck with it. I have received no help from anyone. I am so happy I read this post! You are an amazing person, and commend you for all of your hard work – it does pay off!

    July 31, 2014 at 2:03 am

    I really admire how often you post and how down to earth you are about things. I started blogging a couple of months ago and I hope my blog is as good and informative as yours as I work on it more. Keep going and ignore the people that tell you other wise,
    Much love Mow 🙂 xxx

    July 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Excellent post! Extraordinary girl,
    Hugs from Croatia

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    RoRo s.
    May 13, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Such an inspiration!

    Jennifer Ennion
    March 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Hey Brooke,

    Fantastic blog post. I’m an Australian travel editor and repeatedly get the ‘you’re so lucky’ line… or worse ‘how are you a travel editor at your age?’ The truth is, by working hard, long hours and being determined.
    I love that you’re reminding people to chase their dreams. If more people did that there’d be fewer trolls and a lot less resentment.

    Safe travels,

    Jennifer Ennion

    Rana H
    March 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Amazing! Always nice to know people like you exist in this world 🙂
    Keep on beating the system!

    The Irie Explorer
    March 5, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Yes Yes YES! I love this!

    So often people who travel hear the “you’re so lucky…” phrase which is usually tinged with jealously and contempt.

    People assume your family is rich, and you’re just a spoiled little “trust fund baby” as your troll put it.

    I read a lot of travel blogs, and none of the incredible travellers I read about have had anything handed to them on a silver platter. They all work really, really hard to do what they do. And they’ve all taken incredible RISKS to do what they do.

    We have all made sacrifices to attain our long-term travel goals which simply cannot be translated through an Instagram photo.

    THANK YOU for reminding the world of this.

    Liane xx

    March 4, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Great article Brooke! I actually agree, you are truly blessed to travel the world! Your effort and hard work has truly paid off!
    You are an inspiration, I really wish I could travel for my job! :)xx

    March 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks a lot for this article Brooke. Your hard work pays off and you totally deserve the incredible experience you are living right now!
    You are a true inspiration. I would love to get to meet you when you are in Paris.

    March 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Hard work always pays off! You are amazing See you in a few months

    March 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Great post. I covered something similar in my post how to save money to travel. I definitely have to agree with you 100% on this! I am quite fresh starting my blog, and although I don’t yet use my travel blog as my career, I travel long periods of time / live abroad and people always say the same thing.. I have landed my dream job as a tour guide, which I earned from extensive travel / learning / study / full time work and saving my money. Blessed for sure, but lucky, we have worked hard for it! Xx

    March 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I love this. Hard work pays off, and you are inspirational