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The Hardest Part of Being a Travel Blogger

Travel blogging sounds like everyone's dream job, but it's not exactly a cake walk. Find out from our experts if you have what it takes to take on the world.

by Attit Patel Posted on 26 July 2012

Travel blogging sounds like such a glamourous career doesn't it? Like photographers, there are hundreds of people who believe they are travel bloggers. Everyone wants to get paid to do what they love. The reality is this is a very tough market to crack. The constant hustle that you go through from building relationships to learning about emerging technologies to SEO. Oh and that's just the beginning.

After going to my first TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange) and meeting so many travel bloggers that I ran out of business cards, I realized something. Some of them (bloggers) are not the most gifted writers, or the most talented photographers/videographers. They actually just bust their asses doing the shitty stuff you have to do to be successful. You have to admire that.

I by no means consider myself a blogger/writer, so there is really no advice I could give on what it takes to be a successful travel blogger. But with a little help from my friends, here are some of the hardest things about being a travel blogger.

Jodi Ettenberg

legalnomads.com

I think the hardest part is the time it takes to sit down and synthesize your thoughts and post them, time that takes away from actually seeing and doing things as you travel. It's worth it, of course! People are surprised at how much time I spend at my computer, but that comes with the territory!

Matt Kepnes

nomadicmatt.com

Finding the time to balance running a business and travel. It's easy to get overwhelmed and finding the time to enjoy what you love while still running the blog that lets that happen can be pretty hard.

Kirsten Alana

kirstenalanaphotography.com

The hardest thing about travel blogging is doing it regularly or on any kind of a schedule and maintaining creativity when the best way to be successful is to blog often (which can cause burnout). Truly good writing and photography is hard to produce on demand yet blogging necessitates a demand. How to balance all of that is the most challenging thing for me!

Gary Arndt

everything-everywhere.com

The hardest part is time management. For example, as I am writing this I just got back from a 4 day trip to Gwaii Haanas National Park in British Columbia. The trip was great and I got some amazing photos, but I can't be sitting a my laptop while I'm out doing that. Most bloggers in other areas tend to take a break from blogging when they travel. For a travel blogger that isn't an option.

Audrey Scott

uncorneredmarket.com

Hardest thing = wearing (more like juggling) many different hats (writer, social media savvy, photographer, videographer, marketer, etc.) and managing to do all this while still trying to travel.

Julia Dimon

traveljunkiejulia.com

Traveling so much can be taxing on relationships with friends and family. I've missed so many weddings, birthdays, reunions, births. Sometimes it's hard being away so often from the people you care about. Thank god for Skype :)

Nellie Huang

wildjunket.com

The toughest thing about travel blogging is probably finding the time to write as much as I want to. I love digging up my memories and putting them all down in words and sharing them with readers. But since I'm constantly traveling, sometimes I find it hard to write as much as I'd like to.

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