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The Perks of Being a Travel Blogger

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Prior to starting this blog earlier in the year, my other blog – a travel blog – has been my main focus up until this point.

I have been writing on it for 2.5 years and it really opened a lot of doors for me; it’s why I can now make a lot of money each month from sponsored posts. It’s why I can now become location independent and live wherever I want.

To say it’s changed my life is an understatement – it’s completely redesigned my life and given me opportunities I could only dream of.

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As most of you who read this blog are finance bloggers, I thought it could be interesting to share the perks of being a travel blogger with you…

1) A Network of Travel Geeks
Planning to visit somewhere? No worries, all your other travel blogger buddies have probably been there or at the very least know someone who has. Want suggestions of where to stay, eat and what to do? An group of well-travelled friends are at your call.

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2) FREE Accommodation/Cheap Travel
Ok, so it’s not really free but more of a barter agreement. For this trip to bali, I have sorted out about 20 nights free accommodation. I could have been sponsored for the whole time, but one of the places I want to go is booked out almost everywhere, so I would rather just go and pay for it myself. Today I have a beautiful big suite room (nightly price of $400) with an infinity pool and another pool on the roof, just cause. Yesterday I stayed at a luxury resort, with my own 24/7 butler. Yes, butler.

In exchange for exposure on my blog I was provided with free accommodation in numerous parts of Bali. What does this have to do with finance?

It has lowered my travel costs considerably and I’m staying in way nicer places than I would otherwise be able to afford.

For example, as my accommodation and buffet + A La Carte breakfast was complimentary, I have paid $4 for a small snack for lunch and Ben and I went halves in a $16 forty five minute long taxi to our new destination. So that’s $12 for me, so far. Later we’ll go to dinner and I’ll probably spend $10 and I might get an hour long massage for $6.

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My daily total for today: $28 to stay in 5 star accommodation, eat well, get a massage and a private taxi to a new destination.

Or some $210 a week.

Of course the days vary and overall I have spent a lot more than that, because of the initial excitement of arriving and certain activities we did. But yes, a perk of being a travel blogger is cheap travel. I’ve also done a bunch of sponsored activities during my travels which help keep costs down.

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3) Having a Network of Friends Everywhere
This is something finance bloggers can probably relate to, but it’s different because travel bloggers are constantly on the move. I’ve had so many people comment on my blogs to meet up with me or others that I knew were in a certain place. It’s great for meeting new people!
I love being a travel blogger. It was really hard to blog about travel when I was stuck in one place, but now we’re on the road again I feel like I am back into it.

So that was my weekend in a nutshell.

What did you get up to this weekend? Would you be down with cheap/free travel?

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