It seems like everyone these days is striving to become a full time traveler. Those lucky enough to actually have the job promote the glamour, profitability and relaxed lifestyle. I’m not buying it. I don’t want to travel full time and here’s why:
It’s hard work
All day, all night
Creating content and blog posts while traveling from country to country is really demanding. When I was recently traveling around Australia I could barely manage to post a photo on Instagram let alone post an entire article with monetized links, ads and social media promotion. I was waking up early and spending all day out in the sun. The last thing I wanted to do was to sit in a crowded hostel common room and work for hours to perfect a post.
Busy, busy, busy!
Many people assume that if you are a full time traveler who makes money through social media and blogging that you have all this time to relax. Think again. You still have deadlines! If you are working for a brand you might even be traveling on the company’s schedule, hopping from city to city to complete your contract. When I’m traveling, I’m already trying to cram in every activity possible. I don’t see how I would be able to squeeze in a photo shoot or time to write.
Not everyone is cut out to be a full time travel blogger. You have to be talented in many ways to make it as a full time travel blogger. Travel bloggers who are earning enough cash to quit their full time jobs are innovative, creative and determined people. To have a successful travel blog you need to be a talented writer and photographer. And let’s not forget computer savvy and a skilled networker.
There’s no place like home
Minimalism to the max
Most full time travelers can’t afford a home or apartment. You might be thinking ‘what’s so bad about that?‘ Well this means that all of their stuff is either boxed up at their parents’ house, in a storage room or in a friend’s basement. Some people are fine owning just the things they can carry on their back. While I think minimalism is great, I am just not one of those people. I have a lot of stuff that I like to have access to ( like my Harry Potter books).
Full time travelers have to work around other people’s schedules if they want to come home for holidays or vacations. Personally, I enjoy having my own space after a long trip. When traveling, you are surrounded by a lot of people and it is exhausting! Having a home base to come back to (where you can be alone) is a big deal.
One is the loneliest number?
When you are continually moving from place to place it is difficult to build a community. Yes, you do make lots of friends. And yes, you may travel with several friends that you have met along the way. And while I do believe full time travelers have a sort of community themselves, I have come to realize that to me, a true community grows and develops together over time.
It’s not always glamorous
Traveling full time may seem glamorous based on photos posted on social media, but we all know how unrealistic social media actually is. Pictures are photoshopped and are oftentimes staged. Imagine spending hours trying to get the best angle and pose for your Instagram. That does not sound like fun to me. Constantly worrying about your image and constructing the best photos would make it hard to live in the moment. What is the point of traveling if you can’t live in the moment?
“What is the point of traveling if you can’t live in the moment?”
Keep it real
You might also see travel bloggers staying in five star resorts or flying first class. Believe me, this is not always the case! A well known travel blogger may have been offered a free stay in a five star resort in exchange for a positive review, but travel bloggers have to be frugal too! If you have ever been on a budget vacation, then you know that it is not all rainbows and beach days. Traveling on a budget means spending 12 hours in the airport or sleeping on trains.
Don’t get me wrong, I think traveling full time is awesome for anyone who has the frame of mind and skills to do it! I have just realized that the dream I once had of traveling the world full time is not for me. I think that if my livelihood depended on my travels, then it would take away the fun.
Do you think you have what it takes to travel full time?