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The Basics of How Travel Bloggers Earn

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The ultimate #goals: to get paid for travel. But is it actually possible? Here’s a mediocre’s take on how travel bloggers earn.

Lots of people wonder how travel bloggers earn while globetrotting. After all, there are backpackers out there who do not see travel as a mere weekend affair, but a lifestyle. Just check out their blogs and admire their clever hacking guides. But for most of us who have commitments in our career or family, let’s take the earning expectations down a notch.

Enter me: I’m a travel blogger, but I do not do it full-time or extensively. I also did not start blogging with the goal of earning money or even to get invited to PR events! Most Filipino travel bloggers we know now started this way — with something they truly loved and wanted to share.

In my three years of travel blogging, not once did I regret keeping a once-a-week, self-appointed editorial calendar about the topics that don’t always pay me financially. Truth is, if you want to get rich, there are better roads to take. But for me, it’s profoundly rewarding to see travel writing loving me back when I didn’t expect it. That is, in the form sponsorship, freelance gigs, and network.

So I’m sharing to you the personal experience of a how an average, self-proclaimed “mediocre” travel blogger earns:

 

How Travel Bloggers Earn #1 Volunteering and internships

  • Pros: Free accommodations or discounts, deeper immersion with the local community.
  • Cons: Unpaid or with meager pay.
  • How you do it: Offer help to organizations, join volunteer groups.

Volunteering and internships can be a win-win for travel bloggers. If you have the skills, you can lend them to organizations and companies who can let you travel all-expense paid in exchange for your service.

This is how I started traveling as a college student, by doing a mission trip in Indonesia. My next trip was a foreign internship where I spent six weeks in Penang, Malaysia. In both cases, I had free accommodations and food in exchange for going to the community or the office five days a week.

When I graduated and entered the workforce, I still did a lot of volunteering. Notably, I was sent to Tacloban, Leyte twice to write the newsletter of an NGO. I had a small pay per article, but to be honest, I can go for free because it was a mix of two things I loved: travel and social work.

Lastly, because of the skills I developed as a mountain climber, I started being a tour guide for two travel groups. Simply, I help out their clients conquer trails during weekends. Even though these are unpaid, being a volunteer guide has allowed me to go on trips for free or at a discounted price.

 

 

How Travel Bloggers Earn #2 Sponsorships

 

  • Pros: Free accommodations, food, products and tours.
  • Cons: Time- and energy-consuming.
  • How you can do it: Network and generate good blog following.

 

Technically, you don’t earn in cash. But who doesn’t like free stuff? This is the most common way how travel bloggers earn — in the form of a table of food, a weekend in the islands, gears to review or even a staycation at a hotel.

The key to achieving these is to choose the travel niche. You can vary the topics up, as travel is an huge niche where you can talk about attractions, accommodations, itineraries, gears, tour packages and more. This also means that you also try to provide helpful information to your readers. The more helpful you are, the higher chances that you’ll be sought after.

Of course, who you know also matters. It was bloggers stumbling upon my website who invited me to my first PR gig. Later on, I get myself invited by being referred, pitching my blog by myself, or attending meetups. Make sure to promote your travel blog to your friends and to the world. Being familiar with SEO and joining blog communities also help.

However, you might want to choose the PR events you attend. As much as you want free stuff, too much may do a disservice to your niche. It lowers your credibility, authenticity, and authority when your blog is filled with publicity events you attended left and right! If you’re in it for the long run, maintain your voice and your direction. When you do get invited to the right events, though, make friends.

 

How Travel Bloggers Earn #3 Freelancing

 

  • Pros: Increase site traffic, wider influence using another platform, getting paid.
  • Cons: Working extra hard for another platform, bylines not guaranteed.
  • How you can do it: Pitch your stories, send proposals, join freelancing groups and websites, volunteer.

When you’re a travel blogger, it helps that you’re also a talented digital nomad and side hustler. As such, those of us with full-time jobs can reap the benefits of additional income streams and blog exposure!

I’ve been a freelance writer even before I started to travel. So as I evolved in the travel niche, I started to choose freelance writing gigs that are geared towards travel writing. For example, I’ve written about international red light districts (!), travel insurance comparisons and at Thought Catalog. Although these are not your usual blog topics, they are still part of the travel niche. However, some freelance gigs don’t let you keep the byline.

Even better are contributing gigs where I get to keep the byline. This year I started writing for other platforms such as Manila Bulletin and looloo. What’s not to love? My travel writing portfolio grows, I get paid monetarily, and I also expand my influence to their readers!

The downside of writing about travel for a living is that travel itself suffers. When you’ve got strict editorial calendars and deadlines, you will hardly have time to actually travel. You can get caught up writing about imaginary trips, and lose your relevance to your own blog’s readers.

So if you want to get started, do so by joining freelancing communities and freelancing websites where you can land your first gig. You can write articles, sell your photos, or design visuals. Build your portfolio, good client relations, and of course, good output. Most of all, be proactive in seeking clients.

Know that for every story pitched and proposal sent, there is a great chance of being ignored, rejected or later on, fired. Don’t get disheartened. Improve your craft and soon it will pay off — literally.

 

How Travel Bloggers Earn #4 Advertisements and commissions

 

  • Pros: Passive income.
  • Cons: Very few clicks.
  • How you do it: Put ads and join affiliate programs.

This part is something I am yet to learn. Sure, I have explored Google AdWords, Nuffnang and Lazada affiliate programs. But my personal philosophy has always been to keep advertisements to a minimum. Call me old-fashioned!

Still, there is a possibility of income for advertisements and affiliate programs joined. What’s great is that you don’t need to churn out words or devote time going on trips just to earn money. You simply have to set up systems and really compelling content, and the earnings can come in a sustainable pace. The real talk though: It takes a lot of work, and sometimes, it doesn’t even work.

What I’m exploring recently is a travel affiliate program from TravelBook PH and Siteground. Simply stated, affiliate programs allow you earn a commission for every sale made from your site. I agreed to this as a way to learn about affiliate programs, and also because it’s in the travel niche!

 

Honestly, I’m a newbie when it comes to affiliate programs. Not sure if it will work with me yet. If you have tried affiliate programs before, please comment below about your experience!

 

There you go, my honest take on how travel bloggers earn — by volunteering, sponsorships, freelancing, and joining advertising and affiliate programs. I am by no means an expert! But if you’re like me who has a full-time job but is a very good side hustler, this might give you leads on how to earn using your travel blog.

 

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  • Reply
    Dreamer Achiever
    April 6, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    What an excellent post! I’ve blogger 5 years with my old baking blog and now over 3 years with this new one. I’m yet not making living with this but since the blog has some thousands of followers I’ve started to get some emails from companies about collaborations. Yet there hasn’t been free holidays but I think those are about to come at some point. 🙂 May I ask you which one is more common: a) you contact the company or b) the company contacts you? For me the best collabs so far have always been via option a but I’m curious to know how it works with bigger blogs. 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      April 6, 2017 at 3:37 PM

      I won’t consider mine as a big blog though. I think it’s a mix of both. I usually don’t like most companies that contact me. So I either reach out or I sign up if they have an open PR opportunity 🙂

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    Ana Rose
    November 20, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    I have read some stories that earning through blogging is not easy. My friend even told me that he earns faster in doing youtube videos rather than through blogging. On the other hand, I decided to involve myself in blogging for the love of immortalizing my travel, academics, of life experiences through written words. It would be good to earn money too, but I think I will not just expect that I will earn a big amount that easy.

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    Nina Sogue
    October 20, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    My greatest dream is to be a travel blogger, but I don’t have the funds nor the time yet. These are very helpful tips since I have always been curious about how travel bloggers earn. I’ve actually signed up to travelbook, but I haven’t fixed my site yet. Earning is not really the end goal for my blog. I always try to ground myself that I’m here to share my stories, and not to earn, so I keep my blog’s identity 🙂

    Nina Sogue | http://www.ninasogue.com

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      October 21, 2016 at 3:35 AM

      Hi Nina! I wanna say funds is not important but reality check, sometimes it is. That’s one of the perks of being a budget travel blogger though! I’m so happy that you’re here to share stories. We need more people sharing stories, even if that means trading off profit 🙂

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    Marge Gavan
    October 19, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    I’ve been blogging for 6 years now, some of the people who have started the same time that I did are now doing well in blogging, in a sense that they now earn from their blogs. I cannot say the same thing about me, which is really sad. But then again I have never given my blog that much attention when it comes to the business side of it and I do regret it. For now, I only “earn” through sponsored trips, but I do want to get more serious about it because like most people, I dream of leaving my corporate job and earn a living freelance.

    I want to get published on newspaper too, just like you so I will look into that option.

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      October 19, 2016 at 3:54 AM

      Hi Marge. Thanks for being honest. It’s okay if you haven’t monetized it in 6 years (didn’t know you’ve been blogging that long!). Maybe we just have different objectives for our blogs… Sometimes it’s to earn, sometimes it’s to document experiences, and sometimes it’s to influence raeders. No objective is better than the other, and it can change through the years. 🙂 I wish you good luck on your freelancing dreams! If that is indeed your goal, then perhaps monetizing your travel blog will get you more clients and serve as your portfolio. 🙂

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    Gryselle Mae Co
    October 18, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Very informative! Thank you so much for this post. Thus was actually right in time since I am currently looking at ways on how to earn money while blogging and not through advertisement! I have always been curious as to how travel bloggers get so much money to actually travel and blog about it. Haha.

    xoxo, G
    http://moreliketwins.com

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      October 21, 2016 at 3:36 AM

      Thanks Gryselle! Glad to know that you now have ideas!

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    A Travel Blog
    October 18, 2016 at 5:16 AM

    This is a great post, and I agree we shouldn’t be in it just because of the money… I am more into it because of sponsorships… LOL… and well, I got my trip to the expensive Lion City (Singapore) 80% sponsored this time… barring flight tickets and entry to the Singapore River Safari and Night Safari for my daughter…huhuhu… I am here as a blogger for the experience, and some other money can’t but experience like meeting celebrities and so on…and having plenty of fun.. sadly there are some of my ‘blogger’ friends who try to put a monetary or materialistic value to everything they do… and I think it is soooo wrong…

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      October 18, 2016 at 9:54 PM

      Hi there! Thanks for sharing your experience, Miera! I do think monetizing your blog is okay, but I think it’s more of a reward for providing value to your readers. Lots of bloggers really like to cut corners and get only the positives that come with blogging.

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    chardybaldyosa
    October 18, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    Interesting! I’ve never really tried most of these as i’m only just beginning the blogging career but I have also read tips like these from blog 101s. The difference is that your content had more real life examples and a take from your own experience unlike blog 101s that provides generic tips that are similar to like a hundred posts. Will try your tips for sure! Can I message you about them if ever I get questions? Please let me know! Cheers! – Chardy

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      October 18, 2016 at 9:49 PM

      Hi Chardy!! Glad you found this helpful. Of course, you can message me… even tweet me @followyouroad. Would love to be of help. 🙂

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    The Side Hustle Stories
    October 11, 2016 at 3:35 AM

    What an interesting insight into how you (and other travel bloggers) make money. I think for most bloggers you do what you do out of love. So some of the methods you described, like Volunteering & Sponsorships don’t get you much cash, but they DO get you amazing, one-of-a-kind experiences which money sometimes can’t buy. Overall it’s great to see that you’re approaching your blogging income from all different angles and I hope to do the same with my blog!

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      Sam Coronado
      October 11, 2016 at 5:23 AM

      Thank you! I love how you commented on the multiple perspectives this blog aimed to do. I also hope to be honest. I’m not out telling everyone that they should freelance instead if it didn’t work for me. So, I do hope affiliate linking works so that I can tell people how to do it well! 🙂

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    Kareen Liez Datoy
    September 22, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    This is a nice post for people are thinking of earning before blogging because like successful bloggers, one has to start blogging because of passion first. Things will be a lot different if they think of earnings. But of course, it is nice to earn something while blogging and travelling. Great tips you have here!

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      September 23, 2016 at 12:02 AM

      Thanks Kareen! You’re totally right. If you keep chasing the money, you won’t be relevant to your readers anymore.

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    Ferna
    September 8, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    this! is honestly the reality for bloggers.. or most bloggers I guess. 🙂 I haven’t (yet) earned from my blog even cents, but, I’m so glad I can voice out what I want for people to know about the Philippines and how we should value supporting local community especially in rural areas. But, my blog, is my portfolio, actually my best portfolio and my best CV (coz I’m such a lazy woman working on my CV) for clients online and I’m honestly happy on this, working as a freelance of (anything! hahahaha)

    this is a good good point you shared on how we travel bloggers earn in so many ways 🙂

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      September 8, 2016 at 7:28 PM

      Thanks Ferna! I agree with you. The best part about blogging is you have a digital space for your writing works and photography 🙂 Hope to see you in one of your adventures soon!

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    ASKSonnie
    September 7, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Having been into blogging for about a decade, I can say that blogging alone cannot sustain a family. A blogger and/or the blog has to evolve or level-up. Otherwise, a blogger will always run after freebies and sponsorship. It’s not necessarily bad, but this set-up will only work for unmarried bloggers who don’t help out in the expenses in their family.

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      Sam Coronado
      September 7, 2016 at 11:44 PM

      It really depends on your purpose for blogging. I have sources of income, and I have blogging. By having another source of income, it takes off the pressure of making my blogging feed me. 🙂

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    Dunja
    September 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge 🙂 I love how you put both pros, cons and your experience. Being paid to travel is my dream since i was a little kid.

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    Freelancer Rene
    September 2, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    wow.. I learned a lot from this.. I started blogging way back years ago.. but my sole purpose is to earn money.. though I earned a little, but I stopped it, because I am not really a writer.. I earned a lot from freelancing.. I am blogging now because I have learned the importance of a website.. and a blog is very personal website that you can grow, and earn multiple ways of income.. just as you have listed hear.. thanks for the share, very informative!

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      September 5, 2016 at 7:22 PM

      Thanks for sharing Rene! I think you can still be a writer without being a “good” writer. What’s more important is you keep in mind that you want to be (1) authentic and (2) helpful to other people. That is, you provide good value and not just half-hearted content. I hope you’d grow your personal website.

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    Eloise
    August 31, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Sounds like you have a bit of knowledge in this travel blogging… My younger brother is considering ‘ travel vlogging’ he’s going backpacking to Ireland in a month (lucky him!) I’ll have to send this post to him, thanks for sharing such in depth information : )

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    Mia Foo
    August 27, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    wow, i’ve never thought that volunteering and internships can be a way of generating income (paid trips) for travel bloggers. i like travelling too, but i have never once thought of venturing into travel blogging. i find that tying in travel with work (blogging) is pretty tiring, as when I travel, what I want is to relax, enjoy myself to the fullest and… well, just be lazy! But I do enjoy going travelogue posts though, but that’s mainly to document down my experience of travels.

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    Berlin
    August 20, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    I worked for a PR Firm before I becme a stay-at-home mom. Part of my job was to travel at least once a week for a bus company client. I almost toured most of northern luzon provinces. Did I enjoy? Sure did. Did I earn from it. No other monetary pay other than my regular monthly pay. But the food and accommodations were all shouldered by the client. For the transpo, i just hopped on their bus. Again, I enjoyed and learned so much. Oftentimes, even if you do not earn from what you are doing, you still love to do it again and again because of passion.

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      Sam Coronado
      August 22, 2016 at 9:53 PM

      Wow. I’m so jealous. What an adventure! My first job was in PR too. It really doesn’t pay much, but thing is, you learn the tricks of the trade. I hope I can get gigs like this!

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    Teresa Dumadag
    August 19, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    One of the first ways I earned through my blog Mommy Bares All was through sponsored posts. I wrote about products also and I got paid in the form of products. It was fun and I liked it because I liked the products I reviewed. Also, I really use those kinds of products. So, that helped in the family budget. Another way I earned was through Google Adsense. Lately, I’ve been earning by writing more about my products and services. I also do affiliate marketing. I plan to check out other affilaite marketing programs that are related to my niche.

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      Sam Coronado
      August 19, 2016 at 8:12 PM

      Hi Ms. Teresa! Thanks for sharing your experiences. Just curious if Adsense works for you, and what affiliate programs do you join? I looked into Lazada, but I just find everything complicated. Thank you. Your response will be very much appreciated 🙂

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        Teresa Dumadag
        September 9, 2016 at 6:09 PM

        Google Adsense has been working well for me so far. The affiliate program that has worked for me so far is Bo Sanchez’ Truly Rich Club. I have yet to find another one that can help me earn good money. 🙂

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    Nilyn_ECM
    August 11, 2016 at 5:32 AM

    As much as I love traveling, maybe it’s safe to say that I have so many things to consider before traveling: that includes family, work, finances and more! So I don’t really wish to travel often, but I hope from time to time, I’d be able to be on a completely new place, with the people I love to be with.

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      August 22, 2016 at 9:49 PM

      Thanks for your honest thoughts Nilyn 🙂 I agree. We have lots of bills to pay haha. I may not be married but right now I’m a working student, so I have a lot of commitment. I honestly can’t afford to spend as much time or money traveling.

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    Louisa Mercado (@2livelovelaugh5)
    August 7, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    To earn from traveling would be a dream wouldn’t it? These are helpful suggestions though and maybe if you can’t make it into a full time career you can enjoy some of the perks it brings. Passion should still be the number one reason to do it though,

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      August 8, 2016 at 10:41 PM

      Yes. I’m a firm believer that enjoying something or being passionate about something doesn’t mean you should build systems to make money out of em. Some hobbies are better left to be just that, hobbies. But you know, by all means, we can also try monetization. 🙂

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    Alyssa Panghulan
    August 7, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Earning is the least of my concerns although this is a really informative blog post. I just really wanna travel endlessly someday. I wanna save up and take a one year leave and then explore the Philippines. Someday though, someday.

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      August 8, 2016 at 10:26 PM

      Thanks for sharing your dream Alyssa. That’s great. I’ve dreamt of doing that, too!

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    rowenarose
    August 6, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Good read. I am new to blogging and I am excited of what lies ahead of me on this field. I love to write and attend events and that passion of mine for those can fuel my blogging life. I am not after for money or so, blogging for me is a new environment where I can do what I love most. 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      August 8, 2016 at 10:39 PM

      Welcome then, Rowena! I thought you were already a seasoned blogger. Hope to meet you in one of those events (which I rarely attend, but who knows?) Good luck on your journey 🙂

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    Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life
    August 6, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    I like the way you approached this and the suggestions and advice you give here. Very honest and realistic with a very down to earth mindset. I think a lot of bloggers write posts like this making promises on how fast and easy it is to make money. This post shows different aspects and achievable goals.

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      August 8, 2016 at 10:38 PM

      Thanks Sheri!!! You got my point completely — that yes, it takes more work than usual. Sometimes those effort levels aren’t something we are willing or able to give. But you know, we can still try. Thanks for pointing that out!

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    micamicsdeleon
    August 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Learned a lot from your entry. I admire your dedication in all that volunteering work and basically the things you’ve achieved as early as a college student… I am nothing close to being called a travel blogger but I do enjoy going places here and there like many others. Also, I’m not part of the crew who are able to earn big from blogging but I still chose to blog because it’s something that I enjoy doing. I’d be lying if I say I’m fine not getting anything in return coz’ somehow I still need money to sustain the blog (pay the domain, the equipment, stuff like that). Well, that’s why I have a day job and can’t blog full-time. Hehe. Cheers!

    There’s More to Mica // http://www.micadeleon.com

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      Sam Coronado
      August 8, 2016 at 10:37 PM

      Hi Mica! Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. True though, I’d be lying if I say I’m raking in thousands monthly off the blog. I only do so by freelancing, with my blog serving as both my influence-platform and my portfolio. As much as side hustling sounds like a feat, I know I can’t (and won’t) do it full-time!

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    Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo
    August 6, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Wow! I really adore travel bloggers like you. It makes me want to travel more out soon! I’ve learned a lot on your post. Keep it up!

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    Martine de Luna
    August 6, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    I love how you included a strategy after each tip. Awesome! I actually wish I had done travel blogging before I had kids. I would have had so much fun! It’s more challenging now with kids, but we are trying to get out more. I wonder if I can ever start a travel blog? Haha! Thanks for this post.

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    Sam Coronado
    August 6, 2016 at 1:23 AM

    True. The payoff really takes time, and the credibility. You have to curate and trim a lot if you really want to stand out.

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    yogoandcream
    August 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    I’m still a newbie travel blogger myself. These tips are really helpful. I just realized though that even though we may get sponsored posts, it may not be stuff we like to blog about or are really value adding to people. And as I’m not a good writer, I can’t do freelancing either. What’s left for me is earning from a business and affiliate programs so I’ll earn money to fund my travels 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      August 5, 2016 at 8:14 PM

      Great! Honestly, affiliate programs are something I have zero knowledge yet. Would love to read a piece from you about it so that I can learn too 🙂

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    mariaisquixotic
    August 4, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Learned a lot from reading this. I’m really amazed with travel bloggers. Amazed because they earn while they go, especially the full-time bloggers. In our country, everything’s a struggle. Even being an artist to blogging. I do hope you still continue travel blogging! I srsly love your posts. 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      August 5, 2016 at 1:33 AM

      I agree Kristine! It’s so much harder to be in the creative industry because people question your paycheck a lot. What I mean is, you have to always prove your worth despite your years of experience and study. I’m on the same boat admiring full-time bloggers. What a feat!

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    RUSS
    August 4, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    I’m still an old school blogger – old school meaning like how ( most of it ) it was when I started in 2003. I tried to do sponsored posts and having these ads but they’re not for me. It’s clear to me now that I blog as a hobby. Every now & then, I’d do sponsored posts but it has to be a product and brand that I believe in.

    What you are doing though and the things that you’ve accomplished are admirable. It takes a lot of hard work & patience, so hats off to you for that. Nice post 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      August 5, 2016 at 1:30 AM

      I also started a long time ago, but chose the travel niche three years ago. Like you, I pick my features well too. Let’s go, old-school. Haha.

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    ROBERT LEE
    August 4, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Let me tell you what I have observed. Blogging is not a good platform to earn lots of money. Why? Only a few people could and go fulltime blogging. For a vast majority of bloggers, blogging is part-time and a means to earn extra income or freebies. Having said that, what is nice though is that in your case, you get to do what you want to do, travel.

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      Sam Coronado
      August 5, 2016 at 1:27 AM

      I agree with you. I know there are hundreds of bloggers who earn a lot using their blogs. But I think a vast majority of bloggers also don’t and it’s not that bad.

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        ROBERT LEE
        August 6, 2016 at 3:22 PM

        I think it depends on one’s purpose in blogging or any activity, for that matter. If the desired result is achieved then good. Otherwise, persevere but keep an open mind and watch out for better opportunities. 🙂 I must say too, that perseverance is not to be taken lightly as far too many people probably stopped when they were on the verge of making it.

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    leveluppinoy
    August 4, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    I’m not exactly a travel blogger but travelling is so awesome that i can’t help myself to share my experience and something that would help readers for future reference. I also signed up as an affiliate in travelbook,ph and hoping for the best.

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    Mimi Gonzales
    August 4, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Such a wonderful read! I know earning money, for most bloggers, can be really hard and that includes me. But in the end, I figured that it’s not all about how much you earn, but the experience and friends that you get. Btw, I mostly do #1 and #2, and even though it’s not that much, I feel proud because I get to help the establishments which I’m reviewing about. It’s the little things that count 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      August 5, 2016 at 1:26 AM

      That’s great Mimi! I also like the first two because it allows me to write better stories too. 🙂

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    candicenikeia
    August 4, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    I really want to do more travel blogging but I wasn’t sure how to start. Thank you for all your advice. I would love to get to stay in different locations all over the world. I enjoy sharing my experiences but traveling places would really expand my blog! Thanks for all your help!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

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      Sam Coronado
      August 22, 2016 at 9:54 PM

      Hoping for the best on your journey, Candice! We have the same dreams 🙂

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    Carola
    August 3, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Great article! There are so many ways to earn. I like 1/2/3 the best. These also give you more experiences and sound fun. There’s are not just about earning but also about growing (You blog, your experiences etc). Love that.
    Interesting to read!

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    chessica
    August 3, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    This is a great read! I am new blogger, just about 7 months in. I’ve been dying to know ways how I can earn more as blogger, but just like you, I enjoy writing so I agree that there are something you are just happy to do even without being paid for it. I just might try affiliate programs you have mentioned! 🙂 Big help! Thanks!

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      Sam Coronado
      August 5, 2016 at 1:12 AM

      Let me know what happens Chessica! I wonder if affiliate programs will work with me too. Haha.

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    Janine Ella
    August 3, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Back then I used to accept lots of sponsored posts because I wanted to earn from blogging but it was definitely my biggest mistake. I took down that blog and later on moved to WordPress. Now that I decided to focus on travel and food, I rarely get those sponsored opportunities but I don’t really care. I have learned from my mistake and I won’t ever do it again. If the opportunity comes, I’ll decide if it’s right to accept but if no opportunity comes my way, it’s okay. I will still continue to do what I love 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      August 5, 2016 at 1:10 AM

      Wow! Thanks for showing your story. What made you think it’s a mistake? I want to know what you value most. For me, I value leaving a really good content. I’m my own worst critic to be honest!

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        Janine Ella (@wandering_ella)
        August 6, 2016 at 9:17 PM

        It was a mistake because I only thought of earning. I accepted all kinds of sponsored opportunities without thinking that in the end, it’ll be my blog that will look bad. When I was reading that blog before I was like inside a mall with loads of advertisements of different products and services. I have to agree with you that really good content is the key. It’s okay to accept sponsored posts but as what I’ve learned from my mistake, I need to decide whether I’ll accept it or not. 🙂

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          Sam Coronado
          August 8, 2016 at 10:31 PM

          Thanks Janine/Ella. Very insightful comment — especially the part on walking inside a mall with loads of ads. That felt real. At the end of the day, you really have to love your own blog. If you go into your website and see that you wouldn’t stay and read the posts, it’s going to reflect also with your readers 🙂

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    Ane
    August 3, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    This is a very insightful post! 🙂

    It’s sad that new bloggers today only started blogging because of the potential to earn money, attend events for free or travel for free. 🙁

    I think that if you start out doing something you love it won’t take long until you start earning from it but it also takes a lot of patience and of course a bit of hard work, but you wouldn’t even notice the ‘hard work’ part if you love what you’re doing. 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      August 5, 2016 at 1:09 AM

      Hi Ane! Thanks for commenting. Patience and hard work it is 🙂 At the end of the day, I think it’s all about the value you give to other people. Giving more value will bring more revenue, which is win-win. 🙂

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    Nya
    August 3, 2016 at 3:54 AM

    This was really interesting and insightful. I had no idea how it was for the travel bloggers niche. But blogging in general, it’s not easy to earn income, but hey, no matter how little you get, you are still doing what you love. So I guess that’s what matters in the end 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      August 6, 2016 at 1:15 AM

      I agree it’s not easy to earn, but if you love it, it’s worth it.

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    Milton Coyne
    August 3, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    I think I love the Volunteering part… I’ve always wanted to participate in an outreach program yet I don’t know where and how to start… this part may not be well compensated that the others but I guess knowing the fact that you helped other people who are in need, is a very rewarding experience

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    Chloé Arnold (@ChloeBArnold)
    August 2, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Great list! Sounds like you have had some incredible experiences!! I wouldn’t call myself a travel blogger, but I definitely do love to travel and am finally getting around to blogging about some of it- might have to try incorporating your tips in the future! Thank you!!

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    Joanna
    August 2, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    I agree with you, it is very hard to earn money as a travel blogger. I am blogging on my current blog for over a year, grown it but I don’t earn almost anything out of it. The competition out there is very high and who thinks that travel bloggers get everything for free to travel the world, are so wrong. Only we know how much work we put it and most of the times, we don’t really get much in return.

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      Sam Coronado
      August 6, 2016 at 1:18 AM

      I agree. It’s very real work. I admire people who can make money out of it. But I don’t think taking it seriously is my style too.

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    jayresa03
    August 2, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    It’s not really easy to earn money from blogging. I rarely get paid jobs through my blog. I’m lucky to get a client once a month. However, I get to review a lot of stuff in exchange of my honest opinion about the product. Not cash. That’s why if one really wants to blog, they should be passionate about it and not for the freebies alone because for sure, one cannot last in this field if they’re eyeing on the material things.

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      eve winters
      August 7, 2016 at 1:52 AM

      Wow. Earning and getting perks while seeing the world is just so wow. I’m envious.

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      Sam Coronado
      August 8, 2016 at 10:35 PM

      True. I rarely get paid too and often go for ex-deals. To earn cash, I mostly freelance. That’s the reality of blogging at least for most bloggers.

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