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My 10 Biggest Mistakes As a Travel Blogger

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Just scrolling through a few pages of hate mail, racist comments, and a couple sexist bastards asking who my sugar daddy is #ADayInTheLife

Look at you guys — falling over yourselves to read about my biggest mistakes and failures. Screw you all, I know why you’re here. JK.

But really, I always try to write posts like this every now and then for the sake of rare transparency in this field, especially if you look at my life or any other travel bloggers’ and think it’s perfect.

I've always said, people are inspired by transparency, not perfection. Click To Tweet

So I do my best to share the ups and Trumps downs of this full-time travel lifestyle. It ain’t all cute, and it’s a hell of a lot of work. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. #puns

I still can’t believe I’m going on year #3 of living out of a suitcase and being “fashionably homeless”. Who woulda ‘thunk’ I’d be living the life of my dreams, all while having my very Nigerian mother kindly remind me every chance she could to, “get a RILL jobe!” *Naija accent*

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But mom, how does this NOT look like a real job to you? #AlwaysOnVacay #IWish #ButSinceYouThinkSo #MightAsWellFlauntIt

One of my favorite posts I’ve ever written is called The Price Of Living the Dream and I often refer people to it whenever I get an email about how “lucky” I am.

I’m still hoping that one day all this luck people give credit to finally introduces itself. We’ve never met. But let me show you my BFF hustle. Now that’s the homie.

So now, the reason you’re all here. I hope whether you’re an aspiring blogger, a budding freelancer, a part-time lurker, or just someone curious about how my life works, that there’s something for you to take away from this.

Alas, in no particular order. Here are my biggest mistakes, stumbling my way to the top of this travel blogging thingy. Regret numero uno…

1. Buying a drone

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#FlatLayGoals

Just a sneak peek at everything that occupies one of my carry-ons, globe included, JK. Yes, it looks excessive, but if you’re a content creator of any sort, you need to carry the tools to create. It’s a necessity. At least some of them. I just travel with back-up.

If you’ve been following my social media this week, you know I recently sold my brand new DJI Mavic Pro.

I was back home in Arizona in December, because my passport was full and I almost got denied entry into Peru trying to beg them to stamp over my least favorite place (LOL) and just let me in one last country before I went back to renew.

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En route to Machu Picchu | Photo Credit: Derio (my favorite photographer)

Considering the political climate in the U.S. just one month after the neon nectar nuke ninja was elected, and still being nowhere close to wanting to settle down, I wasn’t sure when else I’d be able to be in a place long enough to get a drone delivered to me.

So I impulsively upgraded and updated all my equipment. Some were sponsored, others were investments.

But I knew while I had a physical address to receive packages, I needed to take advantage before I set off on my current indefinite trip around the world.

I was so excited for all the incredible aerial footage I’d be able to capture, and to use it to build my growing YouTube channel (11,000 subscribers whooo)! So it was a no-brainer that I should use it to enhance my content as I grew.

Fast-forward 3 short months, and it’s been flown maybe 7x. What an anticlimactic turn of events. But it made me remember, my content on the ground is pretty dope as it is, so trying to outdo myself, was unnecessary.

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#CareFreeBlackGirl

Also, as a carefree, glo-with-the-flow kinda gal, I sometimes finalize a trip the day before I’m set to be there. I love that spontaneity. I live for that kind of thrill. I come alive in those kinds of situations.

But I found myself canceling and turning down trips because I didn’t think my $1,000 drone would make it past the airport’s security.

While I have much more expensive equipment on me in my Macbook Pro, its applications, and my Sony camera and lenses, a drone is such a target because it’s just not as common to own one as opposed to a laptop or camera.

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*cliche blogger-at-a-cafe Instagram photo* #DidItForTheGram

Did I mention how some countries require you to e-mail and request a permit before you’re able to enter the country with it?

You have to state your reason of use, the altitude at which you want to fly it, and maybe they will approve you. Just maybe.

I’ve had a handful of friends get their drones confiscated at airports around Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. It terrifies me that they can get away with doing it lawfully and unlawfully, because the drone laws change almost monthly in some of these countries.

Let’s not get started on Nigeria, which requires a $2,000 USD application fee. Like, it’s creative suicide what some of these drone laws around the world are enforcing, but then again, I get it.

Allowing “foreign” objects to enter your airspace in countries with poor infrastructure or vulnerable to attacks, is another thing they have to worry about.

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Am I doing this whole sessy blogger chick thing right? Will my millions of followers now flock to me overnight? Stay tuned | Namibian Desert

Before my drive to Namibia last week, which I confirmed a couple days before I left because #YOGLO, I got an e-mail reply from their aviation office practically laughing at me for seeking a permit with such short notice.

I apologized, stated my reason of use, and said I wanted nothing more than to show the beauty of their country. But it fell on deaf ears.

My e-mail circulated to a few people before they ultimately decided on not issuing me the permit. Which means I couldn’t book any ongoing travel from Namibia like I wanted to, and would have to return to Cape Town to pick up my drone.

I contemplated smuggling it across the border, but I really try to follow rules when and where I can. I didn’t want this to bite me later on.

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If only I could just hire a heli to fly me to take my aerial shots instead of sending up my little, expensive toy

For goodness sake, this isn’t drugs we’re talking about, it’s a harmless machine with a camera attached to it used by hobbyist photographers and videographers everywhere. But some countries refuse to advance with the times.

The more I tried to plan my travels around Africa, the more complicated and stressful it became as I had to plan it based on the countries that would issue me a permit, which ones didn’t require 3 months of advance notice, or where I could potentially drop it off with a friend somewhere.

This expensive piece of metal was racking up a burden fee pretty quickly.

Longer story shorter, I made the mistake of assuming the ease of travel with it. It was an investment with good intentions, but it became more of a liability than an asset.

My strength is in my storytelling, and drone footage to accompany that wasn’t a must for my brand.

Lesson: Keep building on what you’re already good at, and don’t feel pressured to keep up with trends, especially if they inconvenience you more than help you.

2. Not blocking people sooner

While I’m very much introverted when it comes to my business, and find it hard trust the morale of most bloggers/vloggers, there will always be a handful that I genuinely love and follow because they’re the epitome of DOPE. Those people are – Awesomely Luvvie, Asiyami Gold, The Blonde Abroad, Nas Daily, Adventurous Kate, Legal Nomads, Erin Outdoors, and BC Serna.

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With everyone’s favorite traveling blonde – TheBlondeAbroad.com

Unfortunately, high school drama doesn’t get left in high school. You’d be surprised how much pettiness and jealousy exists in the travel space.

Between the amount of travel bloggers still pathetically buying followers and faking their numbers, it’s hard to weed out honest people.

There can be so much drama when it comes to people clawing their way to the top. It’s one thing to look at someone as a competitor, it’s another to try to drag their name, chase after their sponsors, or straight up steal their style.

It’s happened to me over and over again, from newbie bloggers copying my articles word-for-word, or someone trying to duplicate my voice.

It got so bad, that there were several mutual followers of another girl and I who would send me photos and screenshots and ask, “Glo, why is she trying to be you?” “Glo, didn’t you just say this?” “Glo, I swear you just posted that too.”

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Another dope blogger friend, Joanna from Fitbackpacker.com

It is so annoying to see someone continually try and take your ideas and credit it as their own. But I put up with it for the sake of being cordial. For the sake of keeping the peace. For the sake of hoping they would come to their senses and find their own style along the way.

But with every copied tactic and mimicked pose, I found myself getting more agitated until one day I figured enough was enough and I went on a blocking spree of all the toxic people I’ve come across in this industry (there’s a few, lol).

People want you to do well, just never better than them. And once you start peaking, they can’t stand it, and the energy is something you need to be deliberate about distancing yourself from.

Lesson: Don’t apologize for curating your online space to protect your mental space.

3. Starting a Facebook page 3 years after starting my blog

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Speaking of, make sure you go “LIKE” my page HERE. Also, very generous of them to give me a 48% response rate when there are currently 300 messages, and I’ve responded to about 10 #overwhelmed

For the longest time, I denied that my blog was a business. I denied the idea that I’d have to divide my energy into two places on one platform. I denied the importance of building a fanbase outside of my personal profile.

My Facebook profile has always been used as my business page. And because Facebook didn’t recognize it as a business, my algorithm and engagement was always PAWPIN’.

The “pay-to-play” model the Facebook Business Pages go through annoyed me, but sure enough, when those big sponsors came knocking and asking for my numbers on Facebook, I had nothing to show for except my profile. Oops.

I love my profile and the network it’s built. But I’m maxed out at 5,000 friends, with 1,005 (also the max) pending friend requests, and another 7,000 following my public posts.

Facebook recently started sending me daily notifications to remind me to respond to my requests — as if I don’t already delete around 50 a day. I just can’t keep up with the ratio. Delete 50, 100 new people add you.

Delete 10, and 30 new people find you. IT’S LIKE THEY KNOW.

Some are people I might’ve just met at an event or bar, others are eager blog readers. I just want my friends and followers to coexist in the same space, but Facebook is stingy.

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I love that my Facebook profile’s network is made up of people from over 100 countries, and that on any given day we can have a controversial or thought-provoking conversation. And people will weigh in from so many different backgrounds and perspectives respectfully. It’s beautiful.

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Every day someone will send me a screenshot of this. Not annoying at all, lol

But I knew I didn’t want all that attention all the time. And posting something under my blog’s name rather than mine is a bit more convenient for whenever Racist Randy and Deplorable Debra come around telling me to “go back to my own country” (oh, the same one you were born in? Ha) and I can sass them back as a business, rather than my personal name. #profesh

Lesson: Establishing a presence as a business on a reputable network should be a priority.

4. Not having a logo

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Can my outfits be made into logos? That’s the real question. P.S. You can shop my wardrobe HERE!

To this day, I still don’t have one! Why? Because my hairstyles change too much, for one. But seriously, I’m so indecisive, and my creative juices are so conflicting when it comes to concrete decisions.

I’m waiting for an idea to spark or a designer to approach me with something that will just WOW me and I’ll have no choice but to buy it. So yes, if you’re a designer reading this, I’m looking to buy a logo, so if you’re up for the challenge, I will pay you well.

Nonetheless, I’ve managed to have a pretty chic looking site that doesn’t need one as long as I keep posting my sessy @$% photos and whatnot. A logo’s presence will merely be a cherry on top.

Lesson: If you can’t make yourself known by a logo, make sure you stand out in other ways.

5. Not being more assertive with payment policies

Ask any full-time blogger how much fun it is to chase down money you’re owed from companies for weeks, even months after you’ve completed the tasks and sent the deliverables.

You try to be lenient the first time it happens, and then you realize you’ve just given them permission to make it a habit.

It wasn’t until I found myself chasing five paychecks from five companies at once that I realized, okay, the problem here is ME.

How did I put myself in this position? What didn’t I add to the contract? What made them feel like they could treat me like this?

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How could you treat innocent wittle me like this??? | Cartagena, Colombia

You’ll get every excuse in the book from the finance department being backed up, to the system being down, to my favorite, straight up ignoring your e-mails. Good times.

Okay, so now I have to guess when I’ll get paid after we’ve both signed a contract stating when the deposit should’ve been made? MONTHS ago?

Got it.

So professional.

This week was a busy one for marketers, and I don’t know how my site gets passed onto so many of their lists, but I received dozens of offers these past few days and I only said yes to two.

Why? Because they were the only ones who agreed to either pay me 50% up front, or the full amount at the receipt of the deliverable.

How are companies still able to get away with treating their freelancers like sh*t? Do they realize we make up the entirety of the content that helps their product sell?

I may lose out on work this way, and I might even come off as a diva in my e-mails, but gone are the days of chasing down companies who don’t respect me enough to honor our signed contracts.

Lesson: Stop agreeing to unfair contracts and respect yourself enough to say NO and demand your payments upfront or on time.

6. Hosting on Cyberduck

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My old home page. I miss it | Photo Credit: Moments of Grace

Okay, so way back when, this was actually how my blog looked. So raggedy. Sure, it was cute back in 2013, but what company is going to take this seriously?

My first rejection e-mail still haunts me — “Hi, sorry we cannot support your escapades.” HAHAHAHAHA. Like, sir. Huh? Apparently my blog looked like I was just off gallivanting with no sort of direction. Actually, I kinda was. Whoops. I digress.

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Had a cute bio page and everything. Still #unprofessional apparently

How did people even read through this elementary font and composition-papered crap in the back?

Good Lordt.

It was a cute layout I was proud to have designed but it needed to go take a seat somewhere.

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It wasn’t until the summer of 2015 when I finally said, hey, I’m actually making money with this ol’ hobby of mine, maybe I should invest in a proper-looking website, and voila!

I love the way it looks now, but it’s only a matter of time before I make it even more interactive and user-friendly. One day. Just not this one. #lazy

Lesson: Leave Cyberduck in the 19th century. Advance with the times. Always.

7. Not going to a travel conference earlier

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World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town a couple weeks ago!

TBEX, WTM, ITB, WTF (JK), but holy crap are there so many options! I had no idea these were a thing!

Shout out to my good friend James who I met while living in Barcelona and was always looking out for ways to elevate and grow my baby of a brand.

He passed along the link to register for my first TBEX that I attended in Costa Brava in 2015, and I couldn’t believe how much I didn’t know, I didn’t know.

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Tuk-tuking from the conference to a tour in Bangkok with fellow bloggers | Photo Credit: Jeremy from TravelFREAK

I never knew there was a community of travel bloggers who got together and networked in this fashion.

All of a sudden I’m in a room full of people who can empathize with my complaints of fluctuating Instagram engagement and annoying marketers.

THEY SPOKE MY LANGUAGE! I was hooked! I went on to attend the first TBEX Asia in Bangkok that year, and even had my first speaking engagement at a separate conference in Koh Phangan, Thailand.

I’m just now coming off a few days of attending World Travel Market Africa here in Cape Town and it’s incredible how much this industry is evolving.

Lesson: Never underestimate the power of surrounding yourself with like-minded people.

8. Writing so infrequently

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Me with so many ideas, yet so little motivation #SendHelp

You ever visit my blog and go, hmm, she hasn’t written any new posts in like a month, and wonder what’s up? Hell, I ask my own self what’s going on sometimes. The ideas are there, but the motivation just isn’t.

Did you know my first year of blogging, I could count on two hands how many posts I published?

I was (and still am) juggling life on the road, networking, planning my future baby daddy, and not knowing that this hobby of mine would one day turn into my full-time income.

I didn’t give it the nurturing and care I should’ve from the beginning, and who knows where I’d be now if I did.

But that’s not important because all it took were a few strong posts to get me going.

I’ve been called the “black millennial voice of travel” by some, and as flattering as that is, I never owned that because I knew I didn’t publish nearly enough articles to be given such an accolade.

I wondered why I couldn’t get myself motivated long enough to post more often and then I realized I was writing so much already! I mean, have you ever read one of my Instagram captions? NOVELS, BRUH. Best-sellers.

NAMIBIA! Na-freakin-mibia. Holy adventure! If you want to experience the best of Mother Nature, come to Namibia. If you want to sleep naked under the stars, come to Namibia. If you want an exhilarating desert adventure, come to Namibia. If you want to see a place that feels like Earth but looks like Mars, come to Namibia. If you want to visit a country with over a dozen national languages, come to Namibia. If you want to see resourcefulness personified, come to Nambia. If you think you know what it’s like to be a nomad, come to Namibia. If you want to hear the most beautiful language in the world, Khoekhoe, spoken by the Damara people, come to Namibia. If you want to remember how small your problems actually are, come to Namibia. If you want to receive some of the best hospitality in the world, come to Namibia. What I experienced this week with my friends at @WolwedansNA is simply better felt than “tellt”. This country is nothing like I’ve ever experienced before, and it’s one of the few places I can honestly say I can’t wait to bring my future hubby and kids to some day. It was so nice to take a break from social media for a bit and really soak up my time surrounded by so much beauty. I’ll be sharing some highlights over the next few days, and had to start with a photo that pretty much shows how my face looked the entire time. Child-like happiness in a Heaven-like environment. Pinch thee. Side note: You’re also looking at @GoPro’s newest #GoProGirl in their massively talented influencer family! I’ve been so busy I forgot to announce it, so it makes sense that I do so with this photo. So stay tuned for a ton more photos on my new toys soon! Missed you all and feels so good to be back! ❤🇳🇦 #AfricaThroughMyWords #AfricaThroughMyEyes #DiasporaDiaries

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I also try not to force a topic if I’m not inspired to write about it. If I know I want to write about a city, I go to the city first, and let the story write itself organically.

I let my conversations build the skeleton, and I fill in the blanks with my observations and conclusions.

I have a notepad in my phone of over 700 sheets — a new sheet for each country, city, and blog post idea.

I write a lot. But I don’t share everything.

I keep more to myself than I actually publish online, and for now, I’d like to keep it that way.

Maybe I’ll release them in an intimate diary later, but I’m protective of my voice, and sometimes the only person who needs to read and understand them, is me.

Lesson: Writing is just like anything else in life — it requires practice so you can keep your brain sharp. If you’re not publishing often, find ways to still be writing, and always document your raw thoughts as soon as you can before they are forgotten.

9. Letting my massive subscriber list lie dormant

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Lie dormant or lay dormant? Heck, this post is 5,000 words long and I can’t be bothered to Google right now | Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

What would you do if you gained about 300 new emails to your subscriber list every week?

This is a serious question — because I honestly need to come up with a better email marketing strategy.

Sure, I could do the occasional newsletter, which by the way, once you pass 5,000 email subscribers, you’ll have to start footing the cost per newsletter, which is roughly $75 a pop, so yay growth! #SIKE

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Me, also laying/lying/layeying dormant | Sossuvlei, Namibia Desert

I started my email subscriber list really late, about a year and a half ago, and it only takes a couple viral articles for another 1,000 names to pile on overnight.

That many people getting a notification that something I wrote will be in their inbox terrifies me. Let alone I get notified when they unsubscribe — the horror! THE NERVE! Ha.

While I believe in quality over quantity, I’m definitely looking forward to really offering something valuable to my subscriber list, outside of a notification that I published some new posts.

I want them to get excited every time they see my name in their inbox like, yay my online bestie Glo has some exciting news! Naw’mean?

Lesson: Your subscriber list is the ONLY thing you can rely on if Facebook or Instagram were to crash tomorrow. Cherish, nurture, and use that list responsibly.

10. Ignoring really sh*tty marketers

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I can’t even be bothered to cross out her name. Her levels of unprofessionalism were uncharted. #exposed

Depending on where you are as a blogger, perhaps $150 is a decent amount for the time you would take to write an article.

But I value my time too much, and I know I’m worth 3 to 4x that amount to other brands because of my reach and audience.

I now get about a dozen sponsored offers a day and depending on my mood, I mass-spam them all without reading or giving a second thought.

They’re lazy, inauthentic, and you can just faintly hear the whisper of “I don’t have a budget” as soon as you read their first line.

But sometimes if I’m bored, I’ll entertain their poor pitches and SHOCKER! It turns out, at least HALF of these people actually DO have budgets. They just won’t mention it until you do.

I learned that they’re just waiting to see who does and doesn’t bite on their stale bait. But once you lay out your rates, they’ll either oblige or try to negotiate.

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BRB, off to go find the non-existent budget of all these marketers!

By the way, they’re horrible negotiators and will try to make it seem like they’re losing out on money by paying you what you’re actually worth. Or that you’re crazy to actually charge what you’re valued at.

Here’s an industry secret — when dealing with big PR firms or agencies, they’re given MASSIVE marketing budgets.

Let’s say an agency is given $20,000 to hire 30 bloggers for a series of sponsored posts.

If one blogger asks for $100, another asks for $500, and another does it free, while they had $500 to pay for three people, congratulations, they just pocketed $900 from just the 3 of them.

Once they hire their 30 bloggers while pretending they don’t have a budget for most, getting through to some for free, and barely paying the others a couple hundred bucks, they’ll then pocket the remaining $10,000 that the other bloggers didn’t know were in the pie for their taking.

They screw bloggers over daily and you really have to be assertive and unapologetic about your worth.

Your brand isn’t just the number of your page views or social media following.

It’s a cumulation of many years of hustling, investing, learning, re-learning, failing, and overcoming to get where you are today.

Your brand and your worth need no explanation, and there are companies who will pay you exactly what you deserve PLUS tax.

Wait on them.

Every now and then I’ll get work I don’t even feel like doing, so I’ll throw out a ridiculous number, and next thing you know, they’re sending over a contract. It’s a win-win.

Be confident and a bit ridiculous every now and then.

I’ve been fortunate to be in a position to send travel industry friends on free trips on my behalf, with me to help with a project, or in place of me because of a scheduling conflict.

I can happily turn down trips that I don’t think will challenge or inspire me to deliver better content now, and that’s a powerful place to be.

I can be a bit pickier, and just like my dating life, I’m okay if that means less action (hey ohhh!)

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I call this the *Nonchalant-Oh-Is-Someone-Taking-My-Photo* pose #NailedIt | Sossuvlei, Namibia Desert

As there’s no blueprint to chasing your dreams, I hope you find inspiration and encouragement through my mistakes that anything worth having in life won’t come easy.

My story, my journey, and my circumstances are always changing, but I’m loving the lessons I’m learning along the way.

There’s no failure when there’s evidence that you’ve tried. And trying to chase a dream is perhaps the most courageous journey of them all.

Lesson: Have a generic response to every sh*tty pitch instead of getting annoyed by them, and you’ll be surprised to find there is actually decent work masked behind their horrible delivery.

If you made it all the way to the end (you really oughta get a hobby), then I applaud you and thank you for listening to me vent and share what I hope both inspires, and enlightens you all on some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of this full-time travel lifestyle that not many are willing to share.

Drop your feedback in the comments and I look forward to reading your responses!

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  • Jumi Bello

    I really enjoyed reading this article on travel blogger mistakes. I’m just entering the travel blogging world as a content creator myself and your words about attending travel conferences/writing more frequently I will take to heart. Also, thanks for introducing me to BC Serna and Nas Daily. I definitely dig their content. Have you thought about using 99Designs to do a logo contest for you? That might be your game changer right there.

    • Thanks Jumi!!! BC and Nas are the homies! So nice to find people out their killin’ it in their field and niche.

      I’ll have to look into 99Designs, because I definitely would love that! Sounds dope! Appreciate your comment and thanks for dropping by!

  • Ericka Shonta Williams

    Love love love. Trust me delete racist comments off YouTube all the time. Why are they watching 20 videos to comment on the low a stalker is a fan who is angry. You got this, your life is amazing work hard play hard. Seriously thank you for visiting Africa some folks act like it doesn’t exist. I can’t wait to see the new trips you will take the rest of year. Great stuff.

    • Thank you Ericka!!! And yessss girl, YouTube is a mess. I hardly check the comments anymore, but I allow those little boys with micropenis syndrome to project their anger and let themselves be known as fools while I laugh and scroll on by. NOT TUH-DAY SATAN. NOT TUH-DAY.

  • Oui In France

    So much truth here. Enjoyed the read! I hate spammy people emailing about “a client” who wants to do a sponsored post and then they act like you’re insulting them when you ask for money. I wish more people would understand a blogger’s value and that it takes TIME to create content for our little slice of real estate on the web! Great post!

    • YES!!! These PR agencies have some nerve.

      “Dear Sir/Madame,
      Tell your client to circle back when he respects what I do for a living.

      Regards.”

      LOL

  • Great article. I can relate to most and still learning! I was nodding my head the whole post. I really love the one about waiting for a company that knows your worth. It’s easier said than done but I must remember!

    • Yes, Kim!!! So hard to wait, especially when your bank account is telling you to say YES to everything, hahahaha. Knowing and charging your worth is one of the most crucial phases of entrepreneurship, but once you reach it, it’s history from there!

  • TonyaKeittKalule

    The information about the drone was right on point for me. I am returning to the states from South Africa tomorrow and my intentions was to purchase a drone because I am headed back to Peru. I really wanted some aerial photos in Cusco and the surrounding areas. Lima is where I was robbed of over 40k in camera equipment, so I am in the process of rebuilding my go to cameras.

    Thanks again.

    • WOW!!! I am SO sorry to hear about your cameras and hoping travel insurance compensated what you lost! Such a burden having that much expensive gear on you, but so necessary when it’s what you do. And yes, a drone is nice here and there, but definitely not for the constant mover!

  • Thamsa

    Lol, this past spring, I was offered a first time freelance writing job. They said they’d pay me 10 USD to write 400 words on top of listening to 1.5 hours of a podcast and summarising that content. Btw, the job was in the UK. When I turned down the job, I asked why the currency change but never received an answer lol

    • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. WHAT!?!?!?!?! Like, who has the audacity to send an email like that!!! Such a big ask and low reward. WHO IS SAYING YES TO THIS?!?! SHOW ME THESE BUFFOONS. LMAO

  • I love your honesty. I also totally understand you Glo. I had make many mistakes myself. I also have many articles written on my iphone, but I never publish them online. I also get emails of people asking me to write an article for $15 bucks. Really? This industry is not easy. I truly admire you, respect you and love love your hustle.

    xoxo,

    From your fave latina, ha

    Olga Maria

    • Love you Olga! And your story and journey are one of few that I can honestly look to for inspiration! You’re amazing and I love everything you’ve accomplished! Until our paths cross again, keep killin’ it chica! XOXO

  • Very inspiring article. Among other stuff, convinced me to never get a drone! I think my sweet homeland is one of the guilty places when it comes to the shitty drone laws 😉

    • HAHAHAHA! Your sweet homeland is still adored by drone and non-drone users everywhere 😉

      Thanks so much for reading!

      • Haha, not sure, I think it´s just the capital – everyone likes Bratislava but the rest of the country is only visited by Czechs, Polish and a couple of Russians 😉

  • Okizia Lambert

    Wonderful article. Learnt so much about the struggle. Thank you for that. My favorite were numbers 8 and 10.
    8. I write a lot. But I don’t share everything.

    I keep more to myself than I actually publish online, and for now, I’d like to keep it that way.

    Maybe I’ll release them in an intimate diary later, but I’m protective of my voice, and sometimes the only person who needs to read and understand them, is me.

    10. I can happily turn down trips that I don’t think will challenge or inspire me to deliver better content now, and that’s a powerful place to be.

    Thanks for the inspiration and honesty

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Okizia! Always nice to have your honesty appreciated. I’ll keep being as real as possible to help offer better perspective about what I do!

  • Yeah, when I first arrived at your website I thought it was really cute that you still had a “guestbook”. Anyway, I’m doing pretty well here too, without a logo and without a drone. Email marketing is the king for me – but your milage will vary, I guess.

    • HAHA! Touche, and I’m on your email list and love your marketing style. I think you’ve figured out what works for you and I admire that.

  • HuesofDelahaye

    This was a good read of the behind the scenes continual hustle and dedication of travel blogging that I did not know. Thank you for being honest and enlightening asprining travel bloggers about the real world of travel blogging!!

    • My pleasure! It’s always a breath of fresh air reading honest perspectives, so I try to offer mine when I can. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this post! I actually read it a while ago. I didn’t know about the rules and restrictions regarding drones, thanks for that info. On another note, I found out about you through a mutual friend Daniel Welsch! I am glad 🙂 Wonderful work you are doing! keep it up <3

  • Laura Sellwood

    Love this post. I’m still very small and new but it’s always so good to hear about the other side of travel blogging! My boyfriend is also becoming a little obsessive about the idea of a drone so I shall be pointing him to this asap haha!

  • Louise Oliver

    Thanks for such a refreshing read – I am very early on in the blogging world but so many of these ring true and are great to have got me thinking about! Especially your point about not going to a travel conference sooner – I really must get to one so thanks for the reminder! I love your style of writing too 🙂

  • Whoa, I am so thankful I found this on #BlogPostSaturday. It’s always refreshing to read an honest perspective about the travel blogging industry, one that I am hoping to be part of. You are full of inspiration and great advice.

  • WanderToes Travel Blogging & R

    This had me laughing and sighing in understanding. What a read! Thanks for your transparency, it’s rare and refreshing – and educational.

  • Thanks for this… made me smile and I almost started to write myself a list based on it, then realised most of these are things I’ve been promising to do for ages. Like blog more regularly or get on top of freelance payments!
    My husband got a drone recently to use in the Greek islands I never thought you’d need permits to bring them into a country… thanks I’d better do some research now!
    Looking at your pic of your carry on stuff, how will you cope with the new airline laws that seem to be spreading around the globe now…? I’m thinking the U.S. will be off our list now as there’s no way I’m putting my MacBook and camera in the hold!

  • Fiorella Arana

    Such an honest post. I love it. I know this will help me in the future 🙂

  • This post is awesome! I’m currently having an issue with a company who wanted me to write something for them in a rush but they’re dragging their feet now that it’s done and time for payment. I completed the task in February and it’s almost June. My husband said I need to send them a cease and desist letter to tell them to remove my video from their website and take down the article I wrote. I feel scammed and ticked off! Having people pay up front does sound like a good idea!

  • Seriously love everything about this post! Your photo captions may be my absolute favorite part- as they had be LOLing, but there is some seriously amazing advice in here too! Thanks for keeping it real and for handing out exceptional advice always!

  • I was searching for an Erin Outdoors post and somehow stumbled on this blog post. Not a travel blogger myself, so I was going to keep moving, but I liked your earrings and the first sentence made me laugh. I ended up reading the whole post even though it doesn’t apply to my life, because I just kept laughing. I’ll be back!

  • Deepika Gumaste

    Sigh.. so much with which I can identify. The writing (not) frequently takes the cherry for me too.. However, the drone bit, god I never thought that it would require permissions and would have rules and regulations different in each country. Well, we live in crazy times. So may be.. just about right.. or plain scary..

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  • Satorni

    I wanted to travel and be free only to be caught by a guy that slowed me down and then we had kids 2… He is such a home body (I love him though) our kids are 3 and 4 and I feel so stuck every time I say hey we should take a drive to random beach and hang out for the weekend its always do we really have to go this weekend do we have the money for that, maybe when the boys get older blah blah blah…. it just irks my soul… I just sat and read so many of your post… I feel so rejuvenated… I don’t know how I’m going to get started or what to do but I want to be a travel blogger… even if its just the kids and I… I’m going to do it!! You INSPIRE ME!! I hope in the future I can come to you for advice… I’m putting you on my list of travel people I’m going to stalk lol… this is just the beginning of my journey from what I’m reading its not as fun as I think it is.. But I’m sure I will love it if not… I can always come back home to the guy lol!! Unless he decides to come with!!

  • Amen to this article! I bought the DJI Mavic Pro with the intention to produce some amazing content for my Asia trip, only to have it confiscated at the airport in Vietnam. Oh, the devastation. I had it all planned out, I knew exactly where I wanted to launch my drone and capture amazing footage. Complete and total fail. After that, I started looking more into drone laws – turns out there really aren’t many places you can fly your drone in this world. PS. I love the way you write! Got me hooked!

  • Stumbled upon your blog and love it! I made similar mistakes as well. The biggest was not using social media consistently out the gate. I just loved traveling and when others asked me to share my journey I began blogging. It wasn’t until I went on the road full-time that I started thinking about everything else. And, I’m so glad to hear your thoughts on the drone because everyone insisted I get one. I didn’t want extra baggage plus had concerns about all the restrictions too. Keep on traveling and hope to see you on the road!

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  • Lindsay McKenzie

    You’re awesome…that’s all!

  • first time here and I like you already!!!
    reading about peoples mistakes and failures make us feel better about ourselves .. ofcourse we’ll read this post!!lol.