Now I can finally title myself a digital nomad. The dream job and lifestyle. Up until now, I’ve travelled once a month and always going back to the same place where I had a regular Monday-Friday job at a store. Sure, it wasn’t completely regular as I had the freedom to choose my vacation days as I pleased. Now I won’t have to go home between trips as I will be living on the road, traveling full time.

Now I can work from wherever there’s wifi. 

Digital nomad beach office zanzibar
I have 3 places of income at the moment. Freelance travel writer, travel blogger and Instagrammer.

 

Freelance travel writer

I write travel articles in Swedish, which is my native language. I write for Skyscanner and get paid per article. I got offered a writing job for one of their competitors but asked if they had a writing job for me since they are the site I am and always have been using to find my cheap flights.

I love this job. I have a lot of freedom to come up with own topics I am genuinely interested in and thanks to a lot of these articles where I have to do a lot of research, I learn so much and find out about places I have never heard about before. Let’s just say my bucket list has grown quite a bit since I started writing for them.

This is truly the dream job and I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to do this.

This is where most of my income comes from.

Travel blogger

Working as a travel blogger can look very different from job to job. There are many different forms of projects and collaborations. Not all of them are paid in money, but can be an exchange of service. For example free accommodation or tour in exchange for me writing about my experience and sharing it in pictures and sometimes also video. Some jobs as a travel blogger can be press trips, where you are paid to go to a place and share your experience on your social medias and blog.

With the variety of collabs the income from being a travel blogger varies highly. Some months it could me not a single dollar whilst other months could pay quite well. As I am a newbie in blogging my travels “professionally” rather than as a hobby as I did my first 3 years of travel, the opportunities for jobs will increase in numbers both in how many jobs and as in number I get paid. This is to me just a (very nice) bonus at the moment. I do count on my work getting better and more consistent now that I no longer have to juggle my blogging with full time studies and a full time job at the same time. I will have more time to write and I will also have more adventures and experiences to share with you guys. More time to get better in everything I do, from editing photos and videos to my writing. Still need to pinch myself to see that my biggest hobby is now my life and career.

Instagrammer

Just like the travel blogging, Instagram is an income source that is very varied and is mostly part of the travel blogging as one of my social media’s. I’ve only had 1 paid job meant for Instagram so far. However, this is also a place where offers and opportunities increase quickly as it grows in numbers and engagement by my wonderful followers. I have also turned down offers both for the blog and Instagram when offered collabs that has nothing to do with my blog or IG feed. And if something is sponsored I always write so, as it is only fair for readers to know but also because it is the law in Sweden where my company is registered.

 

 

 

I often get the question how I got here. How I got my job and how I can afford to travel. I have several posts about this subject coming here soon as it is such a frequently asked question.

Love, Eve

Author

Swedish female solo traveler. Been to 6 continents and 60+ countries. Nature, hiking, adrenaline, responsible travel and minimalistic packing.

23 Comments

  1. Kul att du tjänar pengar! 🙂 Kämpa på så kommer fler inkomster säkert. Ju säkrare skribent en blir och ju fler uppdrag en betar av ju fler hittar in tänker jag. Spännande och härligt! Bra jobbat.

  2. Vad duktig du är!!!! Imponerande att kunna resa och jobba samtidigt!hoppas ju oxå
    Mer på det! Ha En fin kväll! Kram L å

  3. Great job indeed 🙂
    I am totally happy to have a “normal” job and life but to travel lots and lots – as often as I can (but I love to return home after my trips as well). You’ll have plenty of time for that later – if you want to. You’re SO doing the right thing for now (and now can continue kind of forever), and I hope you’ll make a great digital nomad – travel blogger career!

  4. Härligt!!! Grymt du är! Kanon att du hittat din grej och ett sätt att göra det på! Vi älskar att resa på heltid. Vi är ju betydligt mer plats beroende än vad du är eftersom vi i nuläget känner våra mest pengar på skidåkning och dykning. Men jobbar på att byggs upp en tredje mer digital inkomst källa så kan vara ännu mer flexibla om vi vill.

  5. Thank you for your article! 🙂 Would love to get to where you are now, I’m working very hard to make freelance writing, traverl blogging and social media as my main source of income. Maybe one day…

  6. Wonderful that you’ve managed to make this lifestyle work for you, Eve! Looking forward to reading your other posts on this subject. It must be fantastic to be location-independent and to do what you love!

  7. Nice article, I will look for a job with Skyscanner as well as I am not sure they have a blogging platform in my native language Czech 🙂

  8. Sweet that you found your travel writer job with Skyscanner, such a good fit. I’m sure it is much easier to manage your blog now with no 9-5 job to return to.

  9. So Cool that you are now living your dream! I am so happy for you 🙂 Hopefully I will make it there too! ha

  10. This is so interesting – I’m currently a 9-5er fitting travel around the edges, and whilst I’m not sure I’ll ever be a digital nomad I’m so interested in the lifestyle of those that do. Really interested in what you said about being an instagrammer. I don’t know much about this sort of work. I wish you the best in growing it!

  11. Good luck in your journey! I love your photo gallery and the insights are very helpful for me since I’m at the beginning of my travel blogger life as well (still having a full time job, but who know what life will bring?).

    Keep up the optimism and enjoy life to the fullest!

    Ingrid
    https://ingridzenmoments.wordpress.com/

  12. This is such an inspiring read- thanks for sharing. I am too working towards being paid to be a freelance travel writer and Blogger. I’m just starting out, but I’m determined to make it happen. I’ll be following your travels!

  13. I tried being a full time travel blogger for 2 years but it didn’t work for me. 🙁 I don’t know why, I guess I’m one of the very few people who actually likes the corporate structure. Like you said, sometimes you won’t earn anything but sometimes you’re like a millionaire. I guess I didn’t like that part. It’s ok though, we’re not supposed to be having the same jobs anyway. Otherwise, it would be a pretty boring world. :p All the best!

  14. I love this article. Simple and to the point. I am not yet a full digital nomad but I hope to be within the next year!! 🙂 Good work girly, keep it up. Look forward to reading more from you!

  15. Great info. Seems to be a popular subject these days. Well done.

  16. Linda! Tach så mycket! Ja jag får ofta nypa mig i armen för att detta är mitt liv nu haha 😀

  17. Thanks Sorcha! I’ve got more posts of this subject comping up. I get the question SO often so I realised there’s a big demand of these kinds of posts, so stay tuned! 😀

  18. I saw the title and totally had to check out the blog itself! Who wouldn’t want to get paid to travel? I’ll have to look into writing opportunities

  19. Yes!!! More and more work becomes easy to do from your computer so working remotely is definitely part of the future. Go for your dream, Caroline!

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