Travel Blogging sounds like such an easy job doesn’t it? Travelling the world, capturing content and updating social media for a living. I’ve spent the last three years documenting my travel journeys and have learned that there’s a lot more that happens behind the scenes that not many people think about.

This week, I hosted a travel talk at My Adventure Store in Toronto about Travel Blogging and Social Media and gave some insight into what it takes to get a blog up and running. Be sure to read the wrap-up from the event on their blog (trust me). But the truth is, Travel Bloggers wear many hats; from writing, to photography, to marketing, the resume of these bloggers are vast and consistently evolving into new categories.

What most people don’t realize is that after a full day of siteseeing/touring, the job is not done. Travel Bloggers are working late in their hotels/hostels and making the most of an internet connection while they have it. On my recent trip to Egypt, I shot this quick video on my iphone to give people a taste of what goes on behind the scenes when the day is done:

(and yes, I did manage to squeeze in a 3 hour nap on the bus ride to Abu Simbel)

 

I took this picture a couple of years ago when I was working on the television show Battle of the Blades and it really spoke to me:

The price of success IS hard work and that’s why I’ve made the slogan of this website ‘fueled by tea, travel and hustle’.  It’s there for personal motivation and to let people know that I’m the type of girl that stays up late editing videos, writing furiously and connecting with other travellers online (and completely happy doing it).

Think you have what it takes to be a Travel Blogger? I recommend attending the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) Conference which is coming to Toronto in June! It’s a great opportunity to network, learn new skills and walk away with inspiration to set and reach your goals. Hope to see ya there ;)