I’m being nosy and have some rare time on my hands so I thought I’d try and work out the average travel blogger salary, just for… research.
To be a paid blogger is now one of the most popular career goals for kids (and adults) in these crazy online times, but how much can you actually even earn as a travel blogger, really?
How much does a travel blogger make?
– Be nice to have a strong enough travel blogger salary to get up to the mountains every year, hey?
It’s hard to guess by appearances – if you take Instagram accounts and blog posts as gospel. Sure, holidays, new clothes, cocktails and fancy dinners would usually mean a person was raking it in, but y’know travel bloggers get a lot of this stuff in return for coverage on their blog.
Many holidays are sponsored, clothes are gifted (or ‘borrowed’) and some travel bloggers don’t actually have homes to keep up while they go off gallivanting around the world.
I’m talking like I’m not one of these travel bloggers, like I’m writing a study of them, but actually, I’m one too. Have been for over nine years now.
Wanna know how much I earn?
In a minute. Let me guess at the other travel blogger salaries first.
Typical Travel Blogger Jobs
Aka, how does a travel blogger make money?
– I love nosing on travel blogger income reports!
The travel bloggers who make the most have many income streams, I can say that for certain. You can’t just write a travel blog about your thoughts and feelings in a destination and expect the cash to magically come rolling in.
You need to use every ounce of entrepreneurialism you have, every skill, and every bit of knowledge to make travel blogging make money for you. Here are some of the typical ways travel bloggers make money so they can travel the world and get paid for it.
– Affiliate income
– Running tours
– Selling products
– Running courses
– Writing courses
– Social media management
– Freelance writing
– Writing books
Some of the best travel blogger income reports
One of the best ways to work out how much travel bloggers are earning, is to look at the open and honest ∫ around the web. I love how people put this stuff online…
It’s a Lovely Life March 2018 Income Report – $208,558.17
Heleneinbetween October 2017 Income Report – $12,026.78
WhereverWriter February 2018 Income Report – $3,575.05
So between $3500 and $209k per month, niiiice?!
Just to note though, a lot of travel bloggers have an invested interest in leading you to believe they earn more than they actually do. Whether that’s because they’re selling a travel blogging course, a lifestyle, a product or something else. So just bear that in mind – definitely not saying the travel bloggers responsible for the income reports above do – just, y’know, some people.
Not all travel bloggers earn even close to that much though.
Let’s look at some of the top travel blogger salaries.
Top earning travel bloggers
Like many industries, in travel blogging there are a few people at the top earning a small fortune. If you’re a travel blogger with a successful course, with affiliates promoting it, a long standing blog, get to work with brands and have over 100k page views a month – the money could be rolling in.
If you want to know which travel bloggers are earning the most money, check out my friends’ Kach and Jonathan’s guide over at Two Monkeys Travel.
They’ve compiled a list of the top earning travel bloggers as revealed by the travel bloggers themselves.
– The travel blogger income of some of the top travel bloggers in the world
I think the only British person on that list is Monica from The Travel Hack, apart from the Monkeys, so well done her. She definitely should’ve bought the beers in Finland last month!
These are the kind of travel blogger salary figures you want to emulate hey?
Best travel bloggers earning money
If you want to read more about the top earning travel bloggers, all earning over six figures a year, you can read some of their secrets below. I scoured some of the top travel blogs for evidence of their finances.
– Caz & Craig make over 6 figures a year over at the super popular family travel blog yTravelBlog.com.
– Goats on the Road make over $100,000 / year.
– Johnny Ward is a travel blogger millionaire and earns $30,000 A MONTH.
– Nomadic Matt makes over $750,000 PER YEAR.
* Just to note, the bloggers have above have entire teams behind them, so they have a lot of spends too. Here’s Matt’s Team for example.
How I Learned to Make Money Travel Blogging, from Nomadic Matt
– the world’s highest earning blogger!
My guesses at travel blogger salaries
So, how much does a travel blogger make per year?
First rule of getting a salary in England is that we don’t discuss the salary. I know what a few of my friends earn, the journalist ones-ish, but even some of my besties I wouldn’t have a clue.
None of my business apparently.
– How much money can you make as a blogger?
These travel blogger salary guesstimates are based on my own experiences, an insider knowledge of the industry and from what I’ve heard.
1. Started travel blogging in the last three years, a few sources of income and some outside brand presence, at least 100 blog posts = £20,000
2. Travel blogging for a few years, focuses on blog for at least 5 sources of income, works with brands, does it full time = £40,000
3. Travel blogging for a few years, focuses on blog for at least 5 sources of income, plus some sort of successful course or product, does it full time and won’t do anything for free or in return = £60,000
4. Travel blogging since the start, super successful Instagram and / or YouTube presence, numerous sources of income, well known = £90,000
5. Travel blogging since the start, super successful Instagram and / or YouTube presence, numerous sources of income, well known, and American = £100,000+
Practical Wanderlust made $22,000 travel blogging in her first full year, although just $65.07 in her first six months.
Travel blogger income
The ‘average blogger salary’ is kind of a ridiculous and unmeasurable calculation.. It’d be like saying ‘what does the average singer earn’?
In blogging you have the likes of Zoella reeling in the millions, and then the millions of bloggers worldwide not making a penny. The spectrum of salary has very different ends.
As for me, with my delightful travel blog? In and around number 2, give or take 10%. I’m British, my fingertips literally won’t type to reveal the exact amount!
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Earning potential of travel bloggers
Travel blogging isn’t like beauty blogging, food blogging or fitness blogging – for most people travel isn’t something they do daily. It’s something they may spend a year or two on, and then it’s back to the once to three times a year when families, jobs and finances get in the way.
This means that travel bloggers sell less through their blogs, but when they do, the value will be higher. They’re more of an information source than other types of bloggers, making it difficult to predict what they earn.
Many bloggers work on an affiliate basis, where they will get some sort of kickback if they manage to sell a product through their site, but travel bloggers are inspiration. Even if we do inspire or persuade someone to travel in our footsteps, it might be a year or two until they actually do it. And by then any reference to the fact that it was you who inspired them to go will be erased or forgotten.
Travel bloggers also have to invest a lot to start off, in our travels, before we start making any back. All things to consider if you’re looking at the finances of becoming a travel blogger as a career choice. A travel blogger salary is one thing, but travel blogger expenses are a whole other kettle of fish!
On the flipside though, the earning potential of a travel blogger is totally uncapped.
This excites me greatly.
The harder you work, the more creative you are, the more you think about it, the more you do – the more you can earn.
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Typical travel blogger rates
This is difficult to talk about without naming exact campaigns, bloggers, their audience sizes, and prices – but just to give you an idea…
– Travel blogger earnings totally vary from blogger to blogger
– A friend of mine with around 20k Instagram followers recently went to the launch of a new travel themed food item and was paid £800 to attend and to create an Instagram post on it.
– I’ve worked with different tourist boards for (on average) a week to create social media content, a video and multiple blog posts and been paid between £1000-£2000 a time.
– It’s normal for a travel blogger with an audience size of around 50,000 U/Vs to be paid £500 to do a product review on their blog and receive the product for free.
– Travel bloggers can be paid upwards of £200 to takeover a company’s Instagram Stories for the day.
– Many bloggers I know wouldn’t even consider going to a destination for a week unless they were paid at least £1000 in return for the content they produce.
But, also, they’re asked, expected and have done, loads of stuff for free.
EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
One of the most annoying aspects of trying to earn money as a travel blogger, is that you will constantly and repeatedly be asked to work for free. It really is infuriating.
– Most travel bloggers will plough their earnings back into their travels
7 steps to earning a good travel blogger salary
Many bloggers earning good money from their travel blogs are in that lucky position because they started early, obviously. Their blogs and sites have gained traction from years of hard work and attention online. They deserve their place on the top earning travel bloggers score board.
Don’t let their rich history put you off though, there are still ways to make money as a travel blogger if you start your blog now…
1. Invest your time
You’ll need to be willing to invest your time, for no financial return. For at least two years I ran my blog as a labour of love and to practice what I was learning at work.
2. Do a highly regarded course
Get ahead and learn as much as possible. It might seem silly to pay when you can get the information online for free, but at least this way it’ll be set out in an easy to follow way, and you can just do the steps.
Nomadic Matt is the highest grossing travel blogger and it’s him who helped me to learn how to make money. I can’t recommend his course enough. Check out my review of what you’ll learn here.
3. Stand out
There are so many travel bloggers now that it’s no longer enough to just be ‘a travel blogger’, you need to have a niche and some sort of direction. Think of a way to stand out from the crowd to make you the go to person for that topic.
4. Skill up
Be reeeeally good at one thing – photography, writing, Facebook, videomaking etc – and then keep working on everything else. Back up there ^ somewhere, I said how the highest earning travel bloggers have multiple income streams – remember that.
You need to be always learning, always thinking and always executing.
5. Do cool stuff
The world does not need another guide to Barcelona, trust me. Have some sort of gimmick, or do cool things, or go to awesome places and do cool things in those places, that no one else does, to really try and stand out.
Do something to write home about.
6. Have a business mind
Many travel bloggers are creative, but to make money they need to be business minded too. If you’re serious about making a lot of money from travel blogging then every decision you make needs to be business minded, even if the decision you make for your business isn’t to be business minded to look like some carefree traveller.
Read books, read well written sites, and learn about the professional side of travel blogging to give yourself the best chance.
7. Celebrate the small wins
Congratulate yourself on the small wins. As a travel blogger every day you are working towards building something bigger. You cannot expect to be the highest earning travel blogger in a few months – Nomadic Matt has been working at it for over 13 years, me, nine.
As you slowly build your empire, remember to congratulate yourself when things go right and keep your eye on the bigger picture.
I 100% believe that with hard work, knowledge and enthusiasm you can come and join us mid-earning travel bloggers, earning a decent salary, working from home and travelling for a career.
Once you’ve got that nailed, then you can start thinking about bringing in those glorious six figures.
How soon will I start earning money from travel blogging?
Anybody else happily accepting that they’re NOT going to make an income from ‘travel blogging’? Regardless of all the inspirational memes you see saying otherwise! ? #traveltribe
— Steve Biggs (@biggsytravels) February 17, 2020
I started earning money after about six months – we’re talking a few quid though, not much. It took about three years – could’ve been two but I was reluctant to give up my job – for me to start making a basic full time income of it.
Since then I’ve travelled the world for three years and managed to top up my savings to buy a house by myself through what I’ve earned from my travel blog.
I started my blog in February 2012, back when no one really knew what they were doing and we were just muddling through. Now there are so many courses on how to make money travel blogging, and so much information and many opportunities out there, that with some hard work and a bit of luck you could be earning quicker than I did.
Or, you could set it all up, all gung ho, and then slowly drift away from it once you realise how much hard work it is to maintain. Up to you.
“Most travel blogs will be lucky if they last longer than a year”. – Expert Vagabond
It’s impossible to say how soon you’ll start earning money from travel blogging, it depends how much work you put in, how much you know and how lucky you are.
Questions about travel blogger income
1. What is the salary of a travel blogger?
A travel blogger income varies from a big fat zero, to over a million a year. The highest earning travel bloggers I know are Nomadic Matt, The Blonde Abroad and Two Monkeys Travel. They’re all earning a blummin fortune!
2. How do travel bloggers get paid?
Travel bloggers get paid through affiliates, brand partnerships, freelancing in writing or photography and advertising. They can also charge appearance fees, social media fees, and develop courses and speaking fees too.
3. Can you get paid for travelling?
Yes, as a travel blogger you can get paid to travel. I am living proof.
4. Can anybody be a travel blogger?
No, unfortunately not. No matter what those ads on Facebook tell you. To be a paid travel blogger you need to be resilient, hard working, good at writing and SEO, and have some sort of funds to travel in the first place.
It takes a lot of hard work to be a travel blogger.
Travel blogger earnings
Good luck with it all. I hope one day I’ll be writing about you as one of the highest paid travel bloggers in the world. Let me know if you have any questions, and how you get on!
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