What is it like to be a full time travel blogger?
Well! I have a few confessions to make today which will give you a better insight into my life as a full time travel blogger… there are ups and downs, pros and cons, good days and bad… but here are a few little (not so) secret things I love about being a travel blogger full time!
1. I’ve mastered the art of “arriving” at the airport
Just like anything in life, practice makes perfect. Over the past decade I have been progressively flying more and more as I have grown up and been able to afford more travel opportunities. But right now my life is a little on the crazy end of the spectrum. At the moment I catch somewhere near 100 flights per year – that’s a lot of flying! So how have I got better a flying?
I will always check-in online, pack my bags the night before and book my cab or driver the night before. That way I can wake up, have a hearty breakfast, and hit the road. I also arrive anywhere between 10-30 minutes before the check-in counter closes as this means there are no lines and I can get rushed through security (naughty, naughty!). I also don’t board the plane until last so I can keep working on my laptop right up until the moment of departure.
2. Collecting passport stamps
If I had a dollar for the amount of times I have flicked through my passport to find a fresh stamp, I would be a lot richer than I am right now! There’s still a novelty in it for me and I don’t think it will ever fade. As an Aussie, we get a new stamp going in and out of European countries – so it is perhaps of little surprise that my passport (now my second passport) is almost filled up!
3. Saying “I’m a travel blogger” and being able to read people’s reactions all over their face
There are one of two reactions you get when you tell someone you’re a travel blogger…
1) Intrigue and Genuine Interest – where the recipient will ask every question imagineable and proceed to tell you how amazing your life is, followed by a range of travel related questions (i.e. ‘the nice guys’).
2) Reluctance to recognise this as an actual career – (i.e. ‘the haters’). These people are also fine in my books, because for every reaction I receive that questions my line of work, I am even more inspired to push harder and keep working round the clock to provide my readers with something worth reading on the internet. Oh yeah, these people are usually triple my age and beyond.
4. Welcome chocolates
I have a severe lack of self control… also known as a sweet tooth… also known as chocaholicrifcalosis disease (I definitely didn’t make that up).
5. The perks of the job
The spa treatments, invites to press events, performances and concerts, gifts bursting out of my suitcase every time I try and pack it…. these are all ‘the perks of the job’. I’d be lying if I said I don’t love this side of it, but it certainly isn’t anywhere near the best part of the job, nor is it behind my motivation to be a travel blogger. I’m just being honest and saying it is something nice about my job…. but on the other hand it can be quite overwhelming at times!
6. Reading all magazines free of charge
Along with the spa treatments, airline lounges, hotel lobbys…. etc. etc. come many periods of ‘waiting time’ – which equals for me ‘magazine time’. I love trying to cram as much as possible into a 5-10 minute window and catch up with trends… I don’t however read the newspaper or watch the news! I find there’s never anything good being talked about so why dampen my day with what the mass media has to say (yes I do live in a happy bubble).
7. Being able to speak in any accent and confuse the s#$^ out of people
If you watch my Youtube videos or follow me on instagram you will know I’m a little bit of a menace… But I think that’s only natural when you have so much time by yourself to go a little bit loopy. One of my favourite pastimes is to greet hotel staff in the lobby, gym, hallway, club lounges, etc. in a foreign accent and watch them squirm. Russian is my all time favourite.
8. I’ve had a buffet breakfast every single day of the year
If there’s one thing you can judge a hotel by, it’s the buffet breakfast. As I live in hotels year-round and visit a new hotel every 2-3 nights, I’m a bit of a breakfast connoisseur. While I am still learning the art of knowing when to stop (i.e. when I am full instead of just trying so much of everything), I have managed to move on from hote breakfasts to cold breakfasts only – mainly as I don’t have the patience to wait for breakfast when there is so much exploring to do! My breakfast go-to? Plain yoghurt with granola, strawberries, and honey!
9. Knowing the tricks of making an economy flight enjoyable
No, I don’t always get to fly business class (though I love when I do!). So I’ve managed to learn a few tricks of the trade when it comes to flying economy – most of which I should not share but will do for those who have read this far – hopefully I can still manage to keep them somewhat of a secret though! My first tip is to board the plane last but not completely last. When boarding the plane almost at the end, you can walk to your seat whilst keeping an eye out for any empty rows – and instead sit there for a ‘lie flat’ experience. Be sure to leave it to the last minute but not too late, as others will begin to move to the empty rows when they see no one else is boarding. My second tip if it is a full plane (I always ask at check-in or bag drop), is to ask for the extra leg room seats that are only released at check-in. It’s not an upgrade but it is almost just as good! All you have to do is ask politely. Third, never be afraid to ask! If you don’t like where you are sitting, want an extra dessert, need another blanket… just ask! That’s what the air hostess’ are there for!
10. Getting paid to do what I love – travel the world
Of course I cannot write this post without including the most important part of my job – doing what I love every day for a living. If you want to read more about how I made being a travel blogger my full time career, check out my book – The World of Wanderlust Story.