Why I will never work a day in my life

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It’s my job to travel the world full time

When people hear about my globetrotting lifestyle, travelling the world full time and getting paid for it, an assortment of familiar questions begin pouring out their mouths quicker than they can think or speak.


The reality of my lifestyle travelling the world and earning a living from doing so is indeed as good as it sounds, if not better. Moments spent watching the sunset over Lake Bled in Slovenia or eating gelato for breakfast in Florence, Italy just can’t be replaced by anything ‘reality’ has to offer me. But what is reality, anyway? Just how abnormal is my lifestyle if it means I am constantly happy instead of chasing an unattainable happiness in the corporate world where ‘bigger is always better’ but you can never be the best, because someone somewhere is always ten steps ahead of you or ready to knock you off your perch as they become ‘the next best thing’ in the business.


Sure, there are critics. I don’t think I’ve ever been met with anything less than scepticism by journalists and professionals, and their inquisitive minds. I once had a foreign journalist jump straight into asking ‘What do your parents do for a living?’, a question of which I find highly irrelevant given that I had prior to that question outlined how I had never received a penny from them to fund my travels abroad. Actually, I have not received a penny from them since I was legally old enough to work in Australia – fourteen and nine months of age, to be exact.


But the question remains – how or perhaps even why did I decide to throw away a law degree mid-way through, finish my degree in political science, and immediately thereafter book a one-way flight to London (on my graduation day just hours before the ceremony to be exact) to pursue my dreams of turning my love for travel into a legitimate, full-time career.


Most would consider it a complete waste of time and effort to complete a degree and not go on to have a career in that field, but the reality is that with the number of graduates increasing, the value of holding a graduate’s degree is depleting. As a result, many graduates are not utilising their degrees in the traditional sense, and some perhaps even not at all. But this shouldn’t necessarily be viewed as a negative and if my story is anything to go by, there are many more opportunities out there beyond what we know to exist, so long as we are willing to seek them or perhaps even create them for ourselves with a drop of entrepreneurship, a strong passion for a given field, and a hint of good timing (I refuse to label it as luck).




I’m too creative for a nine to five


Key symptoms you weren’t cut out for a nine to five office job include being unfocused, a short attention span, and the desire to work harder in shorter spaces of time for the same income. These were a few of my traits, anyway. Prior to taking my career as a travel blogger full time I was managing a full time university load (via distance education), 30+ hours of work per week as a hotel receptionist, and blogging at least five times per week, which is almost a full time job in itself. This is because blogging extends far beyond a few hundred words matched with pretty pictures uploaded to your website domain. There is also social media management and growth, marketing yourself, replying to advertising enquiries, replying to reader emails, the endless array of technical issues, and many more jobs that don’t come to mind from memory.


I was effectively managing three full time work loads – university, paid work, and life as an unpaid blogger (I am now earning a decent income – but you must put in many hours of unpaid work before you will ever make any money blogging).


Cesky Krumlov


Why I will never work a day in my life


Blogging isn’t a free ride. It’s actually a lot more work than I would have ever had to do if I had stayed working as a hotel receptionist or gone into my field of study – International Relations and Political Science. Granted, this field is incredibly demanding and I would have similarly had to work around the clock to meet the needs of the job as opposed to a traditional definition of a 9-5 office job (which lets face it, is much less traditional nowadays).


But regardless of the amount of hours I pour into my job – which is more or less all waking hours of the day – I do not feel as though I will ever work a day in my life. That’s because I love what I do, and what I do is what I love.


So while the critics are rife to point out that I am some kind of ‘gypsy’ who travels the world and refuses to succumb to societies’ expectations of what is ‘normal’, I can assure you my version of reality is just as normal as anyone else’s. I still work hard (more hours than I care to acknowledge), earn a decent income from my blog, and get to see the world in the process. All the while the critics sit behind their desks complaining of Mondayitis and countdown to the weekend – so just who is really abnormal in all of this?


And with that, I will never work a day in my life. You can read my full story here.

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    Backpack Babe
    June 8, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Super inspiring!

    But yes, it’s frustrating when people say “you are so lucky to travel”…. like I can see how it’s perceived as lucky to travel but it also take a lot of hard work. If you make it a priority, you can make anything happen. I saved for a total of 10 months before I could dream of traveling the world. It’s all about using your resources, dedication, and commitment to your goals! xx You just gotta believe to achieve!

    Escorts in Gurgaon
    June 2, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Great, you are looking too sexy also. There are some very wise thoughts here and I think that your attitude is really good. It’s always good to remember who we are, why we became like that and what we want in life. It seems like you know that.

    May 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    You have brought up very fantastic points, thank you for the post

    mad sad
    April 18, 2015 at 2:53 am

    This post is really inspiring

    Emily Marie
    April 8, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Your life sounds amazing! I hope you can continue for as long as possible!

    March 24, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Hi I love your Blog

    Local Adventurer
    March 14, 2015 at 11:30 am

    great post & thanks for writing this! we are working towards making this a reality for us… and have been getting a lot of the same questions.

    November 22, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I think it’s really cool you have been named “Travel Blog of the Year”. You are an inspiration! I started blogging about a year ago on our new site, and I have to say it is really addicting. I love the research and the occasional complements whenever we put a great post together on our site. I envy that you can do this full time. I am still working the 9 to 5, but my blogging partner is retired, so she has the joy of writing every day.

    September 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I’m on the verge of running away from my mundane dream which is to become a lawyer and chase my life dream… To travel and learn more about life.

    August 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent post, and a magical pictures.
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    greeting from Bavaria

    Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home
    June 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I also work full-time as a blogger, and I love it. It doesn’t feel like work, but it is a lot more work than most people realise.

    June 7, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Thank you for sharing your story! I think we should all fight against “norms” of any kind and live the life we want to live, not caring about how others perceive us and our choices. I will echo one of the other comments here. I actually love my 9-5 because I have very set hours, leave my work at work and have plenty of completely free time to pursue all of my hobbies. It’s best not to judge anyone’s choices, even if those are the ones that seem “normal” by societies standards. I also used to love traveling a lot when I was in my 20s, but now that I am in my 30s, that desire has lessened and I absolutely LOVE that I can have a pet of my own and a place to call “home”. Sometimes our needs change over time. I still travel at least once or twice a year, and it is wonderful.

    Where in the World is Nina
    June 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Awesome post! When you do what you love, you don’t work. So everyone should aim for what they LOVE. Hey, nobody said it was going to be an easy journey….But the results are well worth it.

    I have been on the road for three years and was a silly girl and didn’t start blogging until recently. I love it regardless if it means I’m working for free right now. Even with my other work that I do online, because I get to live abroad and pick and travel at random point in the year, I feel like I hardly work. I also just wrote a blog about “Getting Lucky”
    I love that you say you won’t label it as luck…. How is you working our ass off luck? Same for me! People say I’m lucky, but really… I just bought a damn plane ticket. No luck there people! 🙂

    Unconventional Veteran
    May 19, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Thx again for another inspirational share! Forget the haters that are so small minded they think your parents fund for lifestyle and career!


    May 18, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Such a fantastic post! I only just discovered your blog and after a quick snoop I’m pretty sure I’m already hooked 😉

    Similarly to you I attended law school post grad and didn’t or haven’t yet followed it up as my career of choice – never say never. Since completing my undergrad I have travelled and worked all over the world in various positions and have since turned my experience into freelance work that I can do from anywhere in the world. An opportunity that allows me to continue to travel whilst earning and take the time to spend with my American fiance in a situation where I would otherwise be unable to work or earn for months at a time.

    I have constantly been reminded in round about ways by friends and acquaintances working in corporate environments, or as teachers, and all other manner of “normal professionals” that what I do isn’t a proper job. Many don’t say those words, but the likes of “but you don’t work full time” or “I’m so jealous that you can lie in and work from home when I have to get up at 6am” or “you’re so lucky you can work whenever you want”.

    I would be lying if I said it didn’t bug me at times and yet other times I just smile and think I worked for this, and created this life for myself (“lucky” makes me cringe a little) – and I’ll be damned if gaining the acceptance of individuals who are ignorant to what alternatives life can hold for them, means that I will conform to a “reality” that would just be deathly boring for me.

    The funny thing is I think that what those who have graduated into corporate environments have acheived is amazing, I am happy and secure enough with my career and lifestyle choices that I am of the opinion of “whatever works for you”.

    Perhaps our childrens generation sporting these kinds of jobs of ours will be the “normal” ones.

    Keep up the good work girl 🙂

    Anna @ The Blonde Banana
    May 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Kudos to you! I’d much rather have your job than some stuffy corporate job any day 🙂 I’m lucky enough to work in a creative, small company that gives me freedom to travel often.

    May 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    This is beautiful! I have 2 questions for you:
    1) what is the most recent epiphany moment you have had that changed your view on life/reality?
    2) how can we get in contact?

    Not only did this piece hit home for me, but you are successfully doing what I WANT to be doing and will put in the work for it.

    I hope to hear from you soon!


    May 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    That’s really nice to read. 🙂 I am also sailing in the same boat as yours! Now I am freelancing and travel blogging full time and although it’s challenging to get work constantly, it is a great experience eventually. I love what I am doing, and yes, I often get a feeling that I am earning without working (which gives me a bit of guilty joy), but then I tell myself – I love what I am doing, thus, it’s like not working!

    April 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

    You are so inspiring! Why should you make your life decisions based on people’s expectations anyway.
    This post really speaks my heart and my beliefs.
    Thank you for letting me know I am not the only one thinking this way haha
    You have a dream life

    April 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm


    You are so inspiring! You work so hard and deserve everything you have now.
    I will keep reading everything you write because you are so good at what you do.


    April 20, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Hi Brooke!

    Love love love this post. These thoughts were just passing through my head when I stumbled upon this post. Life and it’s timing is impeccable. 🙂

    I am working towards a similar lifestyle, but absolutely find it intimidating to think of leaving my job and “running out” of opportunities in blogging. Of course you are very established and I have no doubt this will only increase for you – I guess my question is, do you think there is space in this niche for incoming newbies like myself in the years to come?

    April 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    You are very much living the dream! I very much agree with you, as someone that works a 9-5 plus the numerous other hours what is normal and who is more happy, definitely not me! I would also relate this back to the western views we put on the rest of the world, if you look at who the most happy countries/cultures are which I have seen through some of our travels, it is those who do not work/live in these places with such stringent time restraints, and expectations, they do not ‘keep up with the joneses’, the children do not necessarily go to school, uni etc, they live on the land, are happy with who they are and explore and love life!

    Isa // belle + compass
    April 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Haha I think the critics are just jealous! I know I’m crazy jealous! But this just makes me think that maybe I can somehow do what you’re doing someday… I just have to figure out how exactly. 😛

    belle + compass

    April 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    LOVE this post Brooke!! People will always try to tear you down when you are reaching new heights. You inspire people while doing what you love!! Nothing in the world better than that!!! 😉

    April 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I am super inspired by you Brooke! I completely agree when I comes to blogging, all the behind the scenes things that need to be done take up a lot of time, but its great when you have an amazing blog as an end result 🙂 Great work, and happy travelling! 🙂 x

    April 14, 2014 at 5:14 am

    There are some very wise thoughts here and I think that your attitude is really good. It’s always good to remember who we are, why we became like that and what we want in life. It seems like you know that. I’ve just found your blog, but I think I’ll stay here for a bit longer because people who understand such things never too much


    April 14, 2014 at 4:20 am

    You are living my dream!!

    April 13, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I am wondering how you go about being a professional blogger as yourself and get paid to travel the world? I am a photographer who’s dream is to work and travel taking pics around the world. I love writing as well and I travel all the time. So I know I have the talent and motivation to be this. How did you become a blogger and get paid to travel the world, like what do I need to do? 🙂

    April 13, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Wow, I wish I could have your job! That being said, I do love my 9-5 (lol let’s be honest more like 7-10) job. I guess everyone just has their own pace and people should do what makes them happy. Working ridiculous hours in laboratory makes me happy traveling around the world makes you happy. I think it’s cool that you made a career out of your passion.

    Alexandra Popov
    April 13, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Well said! This post is really inspiring, and your blog is amazing. It is really brave that you are living your life the way you want it, instead of passing it by. Only bad people can judge your decision, because it is not normal and not good to be unhappy. And our decisions make us satisfied or dissatisfied. When somebody sees the whole product it seems like it has been made without the effort. I have started a blog recently and I completely understand how much work does it take!
    Looking forward to see more of your travel adventures! 🙂

    Roxy Sirghi
    April 12, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Hi Brooke,
    I wanted to thank you for sharing this post. I’m sure most would love nothing more than to have the same job and travel the world but not really know all the hard work that goes into a full time travel blogger/journalist. I aspire to do the same one day and for now my full time 9-5 job is one I am so thankful for. It allows me to travel around the world and eventually work my way out and start a full time travel job. Until then, I travel through you and get through my 40+ hour work weeks by always looking forward to and counting down to my upcoming vacations.
    Thank you again for sharing!
    Roxy Sirghi

    April 12, 2014 at 4:43 am

    That´s inspiring! I work 9-5, but that will end this autumn, when we will travel around Europe in our camper 🙂

    April 12, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I love this, and completely agree with the normalcy argument you present, but I’m just curious, do you have a plan for when you want to have a family, marriage and children? Or do you see yourself not following that path? No judgement, just genuine curiosity here!

    • worldofwanderlust
      April 12, 2014 at 3:19 am

      I don’t look that far into the future! 🙂

    April 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Well put. Indeed, it’s odd that we consider that the people who spend hours a week commuting to jobs they hate, sitting in cubicles and waiting till the weekend to have ‘normal’ jobs.

    Felipe Pitta
    April 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    PERFECT! Nothing more to add 🙂

    April 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Great post!

    I agree with everything you said! – Although I am new to blogging I am finding out very quickly that it goes beyond a full time job! But it is so much fun.

    It sounds like you have found your niche – so wonderful!

    Peace & Love,