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Tips On How To Balance Travel and Blogging Full Time!

December 14, 2018

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I left my full time job in London in July 2018 and in September I left the UK to travel full time which is nothing new for me, but what is new is that I’m also blogging full time along side it.

Travel Blogging and Working Online is the dream right?? Well so far it has been good but I have faced some issues, mainly around trying to balance working and producing content about where I am, and also experiencing where I am so I can write about it and make videos about it!

Who knew this balance would be so hard? I’m not one for compromising sleep and I said I wouldn’t miss out on experiences because I have to work, plus if I miss out on these experiences, how can I write about them??

So I took to my online community and asked for some tips from fellow bloggers and digital nomads on how they balance work and travel whilst doing both at the same time and this is what they said:

What’s The Tip? – Join a Co-Working Space!

Who By? – James from Portugalist

Travelling and blogging full time is hard. Travelling and blogging full time and also having some kind of a social life is even harder.
 
Personally, I find that I can only juggle so many balls. Work (blogging) is one of those balls and that takes up almost all of my time. Travel, and everything that goes with that like trip planning, sightseeing, and actually getting from a to b takes up pretty much whatever time is left. Unfortunately, this doesn’t leave a lot of time for socialising and making new friends on the road.
 
Joining a co-working space can sort of kill two birds with one stone, which is why I often blog about them and recommend them to other digital nomads and bloggers.
 
A co-working space is a good place to put your head down and get your work done, but it’s also a good place to meet other people as well. Getting to know people in a co-working space isn’t instantaneous unfortunately. You’ll still have to work at it. To make that task a little easier, look out for co-working spaces that are social and have talks, events, after work drinks, or coffee mornings.

Related Post: Why Being a Digital Nomad is Not for Everyone.


What’s The Tip? – Connect to the Local Culture!

Who By? Danielle from Live in 10 Countries

I spent six years flitting between countries and sustaining myself with online work. Whether I was tutoring, freelance writing or acting as an online assistant, the goal was just to sustain myself abroad and make money while travelling as long as possible, rather than focusing on the work. It’s about the journey after all, right?
 
Although I think most digital nomads will agree they don’t regret it, there are always going to be a few downsides. You’ll Skype friends back home, but it’s also essential to build a supportive community on the ground and avoid being isolated. Learning the language is a great place to start, so you can buddy up with locals and exchange languages. Expat groups are another way to build relationships, or there is always professional networking, business card in hand.
 
To help me get settled, I always bring a dictaphone with me – I use it to record important phrases in the new language and then play it to someone when I need to. I always shell out for a local phone sim and plan, too, although I have friends who will try to skip that and manage on an international number. Being cheap to text is a good way to ease the friend making process!
 
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Alison making time for laptop days in a cafe.

What’s The Tip? – Make Time for Laptop Days & Invest in Resources!

Who By? Alison from Sofia Adventures

While I now have a home base in Sofia, Bulgaria that I return to in between travels, I live there on a tourist visa so I still have to travel about 50-60% of the time so I don’t overstay. Building my business while being on the road more than 180 days a year has been rough – and before I moved to Sofia, I was fully nomadic for a year and a half.

One of the biggest ironies about being a travel blogger is that the more you travel, the harder it is to grow your business. So in order to combat that, I’ve dedicated myself to have laptop days and I try to give myself 2-3 weeks in a city and do some day trips, rather than moving around all the time. Every day you spend packing, checking out, getting to your transportation, sitting on a bus or plane, then getting to your final destination – sometimes changing money, time zones, and cultures – is exhausting, and I generally need 1-2 days to recover from a travel day. I recommend going deep in a city or region rather than spreading yourself thin trying to see everything. Give yourself dedicated “laptop days” where you treat yourself to a nice café and commit to at least 5 or 6 hours of work, and treat yourself with a nice day trip or some other sort of reward when you’ve completed enough “laptop days” to get all your work done.

Traveling like this may not seem like what bloggers do on Instagram, but I can tell you once I stopped moving every 3-4 days, my Instagram feed may have suffered but my income grew exponentially. Finally, I recommend investing in resources that allow you to grow your income passively. SEO has been a game-changer for me: I recommend the Make Traffic Happen e-book and the website Digital Nomad Wannabe as my two biggest resources for growth. This has allowed me to stop working for other people and invest back into growing my business!


Related Post: 18 Lessons from a Summer of Full Time Blogging!


What’s The Tip? – Set a Routine but Remember to be Flexible!

Who By? Emma from Small Footprints Big Adventure

We started full-time travel in 2017, and I also started a sustainable travel blog that year to document our adventures and earn a side income for us. I find it’s important to have some good habits in place to regularly write and keep up with the work. I am most productive when I get up early to work while I’m fresh, and then get out with my family to explore later in the day. But I can’t always stick to that routine; if we’re travelling from place to place or have tours or events in the morning or evenings, I have to be adaptable, and that’s ok. Enjoying our travels without being too rigid is also very important!

Sometimes we travel through places that have little or no internet connection, and that means I have to be prepared and maximize the connection when I have it. Recently it meant I had to finish a few jobs from the side of the road before we lost service! I do try to anticipate situations like that so I can meet my obligations, and I always travel with a diary to keep track of deadlines and plans too.

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Emma literally finishing work at the side of the road.

What’s The Tip? – Reduce Distractions!

Who By? Inma from A World to Travel

Having a minimalist approach to life, from packing to avoiding distractions during working hours, is key to get stuff done. If you travel as much as we do – whether you’re embracing the digital nomad life or not – you have probably noticed how days tend to be exciting and work postponed. There are so many things going on everywhere that, unless you make an effort and stick to a daily routine where a few hours per day are blocked in order to work; you will find it very difficult to actually get your work done.
 
Here’re a few tips to help you navigate all the distractions that come up while travelling and blogging full time:

 

What’s The Tip? Travel to Travel, Not for the Gram!

Who By? Gigi and Nico from Beach Addicted

Travelling in general can be stressful, and if you consider, that you actually need to provide valuable information with the best photos to inspire your followers, this can stress you out even more. And we were pretty stressed out at the beginning. Always thinking: “Will this be the best photo our followers will like?”

Of course it is a very important aspect of blogging, but this is not why we choose to travel. Our followers follow us for us, and obviously trust our judgment. We heard many times that you only need to travel to certain locations which are popular and trendy on Instagram. This is something we would never do. We learned that we travel to travel, not to focus our minds on Instagram photos etc. We decided to have fun with creating photos rather than forcing it. We learned that we can’t be perfect and it’s fine.

We love to discover new places, cultures, the history and to meet locals. That’s why we stopped and started to enjoy destinations as they are and the pictures and blog posts will come along.

Now, we have fun with taking images. We don’t force them, we won’t climb on the edge of a cliff to take a stunning IG photo and risk our lives in the process. This is the best way for us to travel, to enjoy the country, to enjoy ourselves and then, share it with the world. At the end an honest opinion and honest reactions are the best. We wish we would have known that at the beginning, but I am glad we figured it out on the way, together. 

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Fitting in work whilst in Vietnam

What’s The Tip? Invest in Noise Cancelling Head Phones!

Who By? Suewan at RTW Families

We have been travelling full-time for almost 3 years. Our family consists of myself, 10 year old Ruby and my husband Dan. Dan works remotely for an edtech company back home in the UK. As we travel he will usually try to find a coworking space as they have great wifi and good working environments. However, in some places we’ve stayed there have been no coworking spaces nearby. In these instances he has had to work from home. Apparently myself and our 10 year old are quite noisy and distracting so he often found it quite frustrating!
 
When we were in Spain he decided to buy some noise-cancelling headphones. He bought the Sony Wh1000xm3 pair. They have been an incredible asset as he really can’t hear anything when he’s wearing them! It has made a huge difference as we are able to go about our daily homeschooling, everyday life without walking on tiptoes around him 🙂 We only wish he had bought them earlier on in our travels.

 

What’s The Tip? Travel Slower!

Who By? Me!

I wanted to add the final tip and the thing that has and is helping me balance blogging and full time travel which is to travel slower! I don’t schedule laptop days exactly but I do plan to be in a place for 1-2 days longer than most travellers so I can work all day on these days or work for a few hours each day and still have time to explore where I am and enjoy it!

I also really enjoy these days because they mean I get to sit down in a cafe or in my room for most of the day (depending on where the wifi is best!). Travel can be so demanding and if you’re visiting a lot of cities and busy places it’s nice to have down days not doing much.. but still doing a lot in terms of work and being productive.

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My office one afternoon in Rishikesh in India.

I hope these tips help you if you are currently travelling and blogging full time or are thinking about starting.

I think it’s good to know the reality and realise it is hard to balance the two. I knew it would be but to be honest I think I thought it would be easier so it’s good to get advice from others who are doing it well!


If you have any additional tips, let me know in the comments below or by tweeting me @wandering_quinn!


You may also like these posts of mine on blogging:

18 Lessons from a Summer of Full Time Blogging!

How to Manifest What You Want From Your Blog!

Why Being Patient and Enjoying the Journey of Blogging is so Important.

The Positives to being a Travel Blogger who Works Full Time.

6 responses to “Tips On How To Balance Travel and Blogging Full Time!”

  1. Megan says:

    That view is amazing!

  2. I hope you find the right balance for yourself! Personally, I find it hard to carve out time to blog with my full time job, and only traveling a few times a year. I can’t even imagine how challenging it would be to have time while traveling so often!

  3. elputocardi says:

    Loving these views in Rishikesh!
    Thanks for the tips! Some of them are useful even when having a full-time job + blog.

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