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The Business of Blogging: How to Blog while you Travel

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I’m often asked by travel bloggers who are starting out how I manage my time whilst overseas, especially since I tend to travel for long stints of time before having a few days or week off at home in Tasmania. When my blog started taking off I travelled for a full 12 months, so I soon learned how to blog while you travel the hard way: jumping in head first!

The first four-five months taking this approach lead to burn out, which escalated in South Africa when I was taken to hospital for exhaustion and juiced up with an IV to refill my body of everything it was missing out on.

After that scare I pledged to take better care of myself, come up with a better plan to blogging (rather than just working round the clock to take photos, edit photos, video, edit video, check-in, check-out, train, plane, bungy… you get the deal.

So after a few years of blogging I think I’ve finally found a routine that works… and I’d love to share it with you to let you know how I travel upwards of 80% of the time and still maintain my blog, socials, and keep up with the business side of blogging overseas.


Work Hard, Play Hard

I’m sure you’ve heard this one before… but for the sake of clarification, lets take a deeper look into my #1 philosophy when it comes to blogging full time whilst you travel.

Whilst building a successful blog takes a lot more hard work than people will ever likely realise (or credit you for), it is important to remember that the only useful measure of success is to ask yourself: how much am I enjoying this? Lets put the stats and figures aside for a second and remember what truly results in a successful blog: your own enjoyment.

Its pretty simple. If you are having a good time, your readers are having a good time reading about your good time. If you are unhappy, overworked or lacking inspiration, this will (regardless of how hard you type away on the keys of your keyboard) seep through your posts and readers will know. Be sure to work hard, yes. But also have fun!

brooke florence gardens

Enjoy the Little Moments

One thing I didn’t do enough of when I started out blogging was to live in the moment and just appreciate that moment for what it would be if I didn’t have a blog to share that moment with thousands of readers across the globe! When you start thinking about the workload and start writing for the sake of writing, your blog stops being about you and your journey and you lose sight of what is important. So be sure to take time to smell the roses… or the dandelions!


Explore through sunlight, Work in darkness

Finding a routine that worked was the most difficult part to turning my passion into my career. Whilst I wanted a successful blog that reached lots of people around the world, I didn’t want to sacrifice my own travelling experience to get that, so for a long time my blog writing completely sucked and was way too sporadic as I didn’t have a set routine to make sure I got my writing done (and gave it the time it needs to actually be worth reading!)

As I travel most of the time and hardly have a day “off”, I decided the answer was to rise early, answer emails quickly over breakfast, explore all through the day, and return early in the evening to write about what I had just enjoyed and experienced.

Writing is a completely personal thing but for me, I work best when my experiences are fresh in my mind – right on that day, to be exact!

Brooke Saward Universal

Never Take it too Seriously

One thing I’m not proud to say I was guilty off in the early days of blogging was starting to take it all too seriously, too quickly. Whilst I’m extremely proud and humbled by what I have built in the short space of a few years, I can’t express enough how important it is to never take yourself or your brand too seriously. The minute you start to prioritise work over having fun (so much that you become anxious about your workload) is when things start to go pear-shaped. At around the same time I burned out in South Africa, I realised I was trying too hard to create something that took time – and in order to grow organically and effectively, I needed to give it the time it so needed.

Brooke in Arizona

Accept that some days are dedicated to Adventuring

Blogging while you travel full time is never the same day twice, just as travelling in general is never the same day twice. As mentioned earlier I am quite strict on myself to ensure I write about my experiences at the end of each day when they’re fresh in my mind, but some days I don’t feel like writing at all. On these days, I simply explore, experience, and enjoy. No more – no less. Some times I won’t write about these days for weeks or months to come… but by taking lots of photos I can always spark my memory of everything that happened that day!

Brooke Saward - Olympus

Invest in the Tools of the Trade

Over the last few years blogging I would say the biggest hurdle I overcame that has saved TONNES of time and effort once getting it right, was investing in the right gear to take the photos I wanted and stay on top of the business side of blogging online.

For my photography gear I have settled with an Olympus PEN E-PL7 for video blogging and an Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark II for photography. I use a tripod to take my photos (yes I take my own photos!!) and a mini tripod if I’m trying to be inconspicuous! I also travel with a few 32GB memory cards, batteries and chargers. For underwater photography I use a GoPro Hero 3+ with an underwater housing. I keep my post-editing process pretty simple, relying on iPhoto and iMovie for basic edits and PicMonkey for graphic design.

For blogging gear I use an Apple Macbook Air as it is light and easy to travel with, as well as an external hard drive to store all my photos and videos. I also never travel without an external phone battery charger – a life saver now that Snapchat has been invented!



Over to you! Have you struggled with Blogging while you Travel? Please leave any questions and comments for me to answer below!

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    April 11, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Excellent tips!

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    April 1, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    What mini tripod do you use for your camera? I’m on the hunt for a good one!

    March 30, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Love this post!! really usefull!! Thanks for sharing!!

    X Malena

    March 28, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    In my opinion is a axcellent idea write a blog while you are traveling because thus the followers could know your opinion about the place that you are visiting and get information.

    Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate
    March 28, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I’ve always wondered who takes all your Instagram photos *of* you because often it seems as if you’re traveling solo! That must take some serious staging and quite a few takes, huh? =)

    March 27, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you so much and love this post !!!! It’s been now 5 months I started my blog and I definitely recognize myself in the “head in grindstone” syndrom lol !!! I’m also doing a travel blog, and I definitely don’t want to loose my freedom and the way I enjoy my traveling, wild and free, for a blog. Still kind of struggling on this point, but your post is really helping : just take it easy. And be patient (a quality I don’t have and I must work on !!!). Thanks B. As usual, your blog is full of inspiration for me !!!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    March 22, 2016 at 10:41 am

    That’s funny, just yesterday, I was talking to a friend saying that after 4 years freelancing+blogging, I had finally found a sort of routine, with less stress, more fun, and better rentability! Good advices on your post though

    March 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Fantastic tips Brookes. I just bought a travel journal to at least write the highlights of my day even if I don’t get to blog straight away.

    March 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Such a great post! I find it hard to blog as I travel – there are always more exciting things to do! (Plus WiFi isn’t always easy to find :P)

    The Sunday Mode
    March 20, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I’ve struggled to balance blogging and travel in the past but some of these tips were really helpful, especially because I have a trip coming up.

    March 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    What a great and very honest post. I love how slick and fresh you blog and writings are.

    We have been travelling for 7 months and are finding blogging and travelling a hard task. Finding interesting and inspiring things to write about is a constant battle.

    March 19, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips Brooke! I completely agree with the “play hard, work hard” mentality. You won’t have something to write about if you don’t get out there! I find that I get more work done in a cafe then at home or in a hotel room. I try to find some time, whether it’s only an hour or an extra day in a destination, to find a cute local cafe and get work done.


    March 19, 2016 at 10:52 am

    So interesting to get an insight on how you are able to continue constant travel and stay so inspired! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    March 19, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Investing in great camera equipment to cut down on post-production time is such a great tip. I’m always blown away by how long it takes to work with my pictures. Automation is your friend!

    Great info, thanks for sharing 🙂

    March 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I love that pic of you with the unicorn backpack! It’s so natural! 🙂

    March 18, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Great tips, especially investing in the tools of the trade.

    March 17, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    This is great! I try my best to always edit the photos at least and write a few notes after every day to not forget about the experiences! Still sometimes manage to go behind on the blogging log but always trying to catch up next travel.

    March 17, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    This is such a useful post! And yes I agree, please share what mini tripod you use for your camera! I always struggle with blogging while I travel so I always promise to do it when I’m back, but whenever I’m back, my actual job comes into the picture and entries end up months later. I think with these tips, I’m going to try to work out a schedule. (:

    Amanda @ Adventures All Around
    March 17, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Oh this is so what I needed to read right now!

    I’m one of those travel writers and bloggers who always promises myself I’ll write the whole story on the road, and then get there and want to experience it all rather than miss out to hunched over a keyboard. The amount of times I’ve gone from ‘this time i WILL write every single night’ to ‘when will I be back in Cappadocia?!’ are too many to count.

    BUT I am about to go base myself in Berlin for six months and will be on the road travelling three weeks out of four, so I absolutely must do that work in my hotel / on the plane / on the train / anywhere I can.

    I’m trying to train myself to be more of a digital nomad by forcing myself to blog only on mobile devices before I go, rather than coming to the comfort of my lovely big iMac (as happy as I am to do social media and notes on the mobile devices I usually wait to do the feature blogs until I’m home on my Big Computer).

    So this was such a great one for me to read right now. Thank you for the inspiration, and for sharing.

    Shannon Olona
    March 17, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Since I’m new to the whole travel blogging game, I’ve been wondering how exactly to balance travel and work while abroad. What do you do when you’re traveling and there’s no wi-fi to post?

    March 17, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I don’t really struggle with blogging while I travel, but I struggle with blogging while I work full-time. You sometimes get so exhausted during the day and it takes time and practice to find the balance… and then when you go on vacation or have weekend trips and have to go to work the next day, it’s even harder.

    March 17, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Awesome Brooke! Ive been following your blog for years and was always amazed at how you kept posting every single day it seemed! I recently went to Europe and only found time to write every few days because you don’t realize how much effort goes into blogging when your 24hr day is cut into maybe an hr window? It’s hard to set out time to write a read worthy post!

    March 17, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve been worrying a lot about traveling with friends in June and how I can still continue to get work done when we are in Europe. Do you have any advice for these instances?

    March 17, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Great tips! 😀

    March 17, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Great tips. We definitely spend too much time working on ours and I’m only learning to cut it down after the one year mark. Do you find it hard to keep up with posting daily? Also do you think its worth it for seo purposes? Trying to convince my fiance to help me post more often but he’s not convinced!

    Sharon Kay Phillips
    March 17, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Thanks for keeping life interesting. Keep on keeping on.

    Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust
    March 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    This advice is really helpful! Thanks for sharing your knowledge, tips and experiences. I am really happy with my current set up but just wish I could leave my day job so I’d have more time to explore and write and do the things I love. That’s the dream and I’m so inspired by you and your story! Xx

    March 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Hey Brooke! As always, this is super helpful. I’m about to embark on my own travel journey for my blog and was growing anxious over how to balance travel and work, but this totally grounds me, thank you!


    Arzo Travels
    March 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I am still a travel blogger newbie so there are a lot of things we can learn. Thanks for sharing.

    March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you for providing such great insights into your world — really great to learn about your work schedule and how you make it all look so easy!

    Lauren Bishop
    March 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Anybody who can build a successful business and travel full time deserves recognition! I’m impressed with your work ethic. My blog suffers from lack of consistency but I am hoping to make a detailed plan and stick to it!

    March 16, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Very impressed by your work ethic! Keep up the work because I am loving the content here on your site!


    March 16, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Great tips! I find it hard to blog while I travel but I always manage to get it done. I think because I am really excited to share my thoughts and travels with my readers. But I will say its involved late nights haha. I do say that if I’m not done by midnight I’ll call it a night wherever I am at. I’ve learned that if I keep working past that hour, then I will be dangerously tired for the next day. I think it’s different for everyone and you should definitely set rules for yourself that you know you’ll thrive on.

    March 16, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Dear Brooke 🙂
    I’m wondering how do you make sure that you have access to internet? Do you rely on going to public places to use WIFI there to edit your pictures and write your blog or do you get a ‘internet stick’ for your laptop from that particular country you are in?

    March 16, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Hi, Brooke. I do have some questions about the business of blogging, but it’s not exactly about the schedule. Is there any specific action that worked well to increase your traffic in the beginning? SEO, guest blogging, etc? Which one do you think it was the best to increase your audience? In the beginning, do you think it’s best to write sporadically while you travel and focus on promoting your blog or always dedicate your time to keep writing more content? Is there anything specifically you think that helped the most your blog to take off? Thanks a lot!!

    March 16, 2016 at 7:00 am

    I’m impressed how you are handling blogging after your burnout! Just my opinion it makes sense how you do this and I do it in a similar way during traveling. Thanks for sharing your experience!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    March 16, 2016 at 6:43 am

    What mini tripod do you use for your camera? I’m on the hunt for a good one!