Hi travel bugs, Russell Hannon here and I just got over a flu in time for spring break. Last week my Doctor was telling me my prescription was exactly what he took when he had the same thing. It had me thinking that's the kind of advice we all want from experts...what they do themselves in the same situation.
On that note...when I look at the mountains of budget travel advice out there, I notice it rarely covers how travel writers offset their own travel costs through their travel writing business.
Now, don't quite your day job to be a travel writer, trust me its a flooded and underpaid industry. That said, if you're committed, you CAN be a successful part-time travel writer, help others and offset your travel costs through a blog, website, newsletter or by selling articles.
To start: I suggest you offer free articles to websites, bloggers and local publications, then leverage that exposure to build YOUR OWN following on a blog or newsletter. You can then use that as your portfolio to sell articles & pitch companies who offer travel products and services that benefit your audience.
Once you get to the point that your chasing revenue, consult a tax accountant to understand which expenses related to your travel writing you can deduct.
In my upcoming book, you'll get resources, tools and templates you can use, to start your own travel writing business. It ALSO covers the ins and outs of press tours, which are free trips travel operators offer writers in exchange for publicity. To get all this and more ways to fund your travels, sign up for publication updates at BreakTheTravelBarrier.com.
Before you go, there is another video that might interest you, on how to fund your travels through crowdraisingf/crowdfunding, which is an up and coming way to fund-raise online. Enjoy!