How to Turn Your Love of Travel into Monthly Income

Over the last few years, the digital nomad trend has not only emerged, it’s taken the world by storm. Gone are the days when people wanted to sit in an office and work from the same space every day. Instead, after “remote work” became a common term, people began renting RVs and driving to a new national park each day to work from a new setting or traveling the world while bringing their work with them. People are getting creative in the ways in which they can see the world while still making a steady income. But what about making money out of your travels? As digital creators, many of us have the tools readily available to harness our love of travel and turn it into a side business to make money. So, in this post, we will discuss how to turn your love of travel into monthly income.

Creating Strong Pitch Materials

If you’re already a blogger working with your own brand, you have a major advantage in turning your love of travel into a monthly income, because you already have your own platform to publish material on. You likely also have connections with other publications to potentially write content for, as well. Having an outlet to post your travel-related content on, one that has a decent following, is the first thing you’ll need to be able to make some extra money while traveling. (Now, this could be a blog, a magazine, or a social media platform with a large following). The next thing you’ll need is a strong media kit. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to put together a media kit that includes the following information:

  • Information about your brand
  • Detailed information about the work you provide
  • Samples of your published work
  • Your brand’s demographic and audience data
  • Your brand’s reach and analytics
  • Your contact information

By putting all of this information together in a media kit, you look not only professional, but you answer many questions people may have up front, making the whole process easier for everyone.

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Having the Right Connections

Turning your love of travel into income starts with having the right connections both in the publishing world AND in the travel world. As mentioned above, you need to have a platform that you can guarantee will post your work, one that has a decent following. As bloggers, most of us already have this, and we likely work and write for other publications, as well. For instance, sine you’re here reading this, I hope you know that I run my own blog, MaloriesAdventures.com, but I also freelance for several other platforms. So, this shouldn’t be hard. Ideally, if you’re working as an employee for a digital brand while also running your own blog, it makes it even easier for you to make your normal steady income while traveling out on press trips.

Regarding the travel world, you will need to build relationships with tourism boards. Having connections with both local and international tourism boards allows you the ability to potentially travel on press trips. What is a press trip? Basically, tourism boards will occasionally invite members of the media out on pre-planned travel adventures in exchange for press coverage (in the form of articles, blog posts, and / or social media posts). By having connections with tourism boards and with agencies who represent tourism boards (some go through agencies), you make yourself available for the possibility of traveling on press trips. In order to build these relationships, I encourage you to contact the tourism board of any location you have interest in writing about that would fit with your niche of coverage (cities and countries can each have their own overall tourism offices) and send them your media kit with a potential story pitch. You can also simply let them know that you are available for future press trips. Remember, your inquiry is also a bit of a sales pitch, so ensure that you explain the value of your brand to them and why your brand is unique.

Traveling on Press Trips

While traveling on press trips, you need to be sure of two things. First, you need to ensure you always stay on your best behavior. While you are traveling, your trips are put together for you, so you don’t always get much of a say in what you are getting to see where you are getting to eat. If you want to see something specific, be sure to communicate that. However, you have to go with the flow a bit and also recognize that you will be getting up early and covering a lot of ground in a day. I’ve seen many people surprisingly get demanding, get an attitude, or make a scene while traveling on a press trip because they don’t want to participate in an activity, or they don’t want to get up early. It’s important to remember that you are representing your brand, and you are technically always working while on a press trip, so keeping up a good attitude is key to cultivating relationships that will last in this industry.

Next, you need to see opportunities everywhere. While traveling on a press trip, you are creating content that you can monetize, so in a way you are already making money. However, you should see other opportunities around you. Do you get paid to write for other brands? Try to also get content for those brands while you are traveling so you can make money off many platforms- not just your own. Be sure to get all forms of content from photos to videos to interviews, anything that you could include in your content. There’s no such thing as getting too much coverage, but there can be incidents where you don’t get enough. While you’re out, think about wearing specialized outfits or incorporating brand collaborations or specialized affiliate partnerships. You should list out the major ways in which your brand (and you) makes money and find the opportunities to insert those opportunities into your trip.

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When you arrive back, be sure to also follow up quickly and publish your content in a very timely manner. The more connections you make through press trips and tourism boards, the more you will begin seeing opportunities around you to make money while you are traveling and to turn travel into your monthly income. 

Be sure to stay tuned for the release of my upcoming book which will cover this in much more detail. It will be the ultimate tool to help turn your love of travel into monthly income. Until then, keep checking back for daily articles and updates, and stay weird!

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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