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).
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.