If you are a travel enthusiast like I am then there is no doubt that not a single day goes by where you do not have travel on your mind. You check in with your favorite travel bloggers to find out where they've landed today, you check out travel chats on Twitter to find the latest hidden gems & you flick through your Instagram feed liking post after post of stunning landscapes & pristine white sand beaches.
Recently, Essena O'Neill has exploded the internet (or at least a corner of it) with her rejection of social media & her open discussions about what is & is not real online. While the basis of her conversation is more-so in regards to beauty & the message that is being sent to youth today about what beauty really is, her words have inspired a variety of online communities to speak out a little bit about the realities of their "ideal situations" whatever they may be.
I started my travel journey as a backpacker & now work in the business of luxury travel which puts me on the road & away from home for 50% or more of the year. Personally, this is a lifestyle that I love & I am more than grateful for because this was my dream & I have worked hard to achieve it. However, as stunning as the beaches are & as amazing as my adventures have been it is also important for people to know that a life built on travel is not for everyone. Have you ever looked in detail at the life of a Freelance Travel Writer, Vlogger, or Photographer? Life on the road can be both amazing & overwhelming & today I will tell you why.
I have never met another traveler who is not profoundly grateful for having the opportunity to see the world & experience different & exciting cultures. Traveling as a hobby & a passion is an amazing thing & being able to take that passion & turn it into a career is even more amazing. However, before you hop on the Freelance train it is important to consider how this move will change your passion.
Turning your passion into your job (as it relates to travel especially) means never traveling the same way again. Where you would normally enjoy a nice meal on the beach, you will now find yourself reviewing that meal & taking photos of the tiny details in order to make note of them later. Where you would once jump at the chance to get out & explore you will now miss beautiful sunsets & perfect beach days in order to stay indoors & reach a deadline. And, where you were once able to plan your travels around holidays & family events, you may now be required to miss those moments in order to capture an event overseas.
For some, this sacrifice may be worth it in order to pursue "the dream" but as beautiful as it all looks on camera, it is not always going to be the "ideal life" for everyone. At the end of the day there is nothing wrong with getting away every now & then to relax & explore WITHOUT the pressures of business looming overhead, so be sure to take these things into consideration when you are thinking about taking the leap into a life of working on the road.
Now that I have shared with you a little bit of the negative that comes with a traveling career, let me lift your spirits with the positive aspects of a travel life by saying this;
"Find a job you love & you never have to work a day in your life"
You have likely heard this saying time & time again and it is not to say that traveling as a career is not hard work (it is) or that building a business as a freelancer isn't going to mean long nights & hard days (it is) but for the right person it can be long hard hours that you enjoy every minute of. Yes, it can be hard to be sitting indoors writing on a beautiful beach day & yes it can be difficult to fully enjoy a meal when your mind is carefully reviewing the food, facility & service but this is your passion. Ask yourself if you would be happier working from an office back home & going out every night with your closest friends & if the answer is yes then perhaps the travel life isn't for you, then ask yourself if 6 days of working 12 hour days in the Caribbean is still worth it for that 7th day off to explore & if that answer is yes you are on the right track.
At the end of the day a work/travel life may not be for everyone but that is not to say that it is for no one. If you have a dream (travel or not) it is important to pursue it all the while asking the right questions.
If you have been considering a career in travel or currently work from the road I would love to hear some of your pro's & con's in the comments box below. Until next time "stay great & travel safe."