I’m a travel blogger but I don’t travel?

A Travellers Footsteps - Lucy Frank

If you have been following me for a while now, you may have thought – “hmmm, it doesn’t seem like she travels very much”.

I want to be honest with you and admit that this is true.

For the past year, I have been running A Travellers Footsteps, yet I haven’t been globetrotting, much the opposite in fact.

I have been working a 9-5 job while blogging and starting a business on the side.

This has left me with very little time to travel (or sleep).

So why would I be running a travel blog?

It seems confusing right.

I want to explain to you honestly why I am blogging about travel, but not travelling.

In 2016 I graduated with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Sustainable Tourism Management.

It took me 6 years to complete this 3-year degree as I deferred twice to travel and went on an exchange program.

As I moved overseas three times, I had never stayed in a job for more than 12 months.

When I started my first professional role, I wanted to stay with the company for at least 2 years.

A part of me actually thought I was ready to settle down, commit to my career, buy a house and take the standard 4 weeks of holidays per year.

It wasn’t far into my working life when I realised that a life of 9-5 wasn’t for me.

I’m an adventurer at heart. I love exploring, getting lost and trying things that scare me. Adventure feeds my soul so I decided that I will live a life full of travels, adventures and unknowns, but I know how hard it can be to come home to nothing (I have done it three times before).

This time I wanted it to be different.

I decided to work hard so I could financially prepare my trip and my return.

Not only this but …..

I realised I wanted to turn travel into a career

I mean I do have a degree in tourism right.

So I started (restarted) A Travellers Footsteps. I decided to chase the dream. To live the life of an adventurer (traveller) and to create a job for myself that allowed me to do this with no limits.

But for anyone who has tried blogging, you would know that it isn’t easy, nor is it a get quick rich scheme.

Blogging requires skills in a number of areas, it requires dedication and an audience.

What I am trying to say is that it takes time.

So I wanted to use the time I had while living in one place and working, to get a headstart on my travel blog.

Hence the travel blog without the travel.

Waiting allowed me to start an online business

In addition to growing my blog and my audience, I have started my own Virtual Assistant business, which allows me to work and make money from literally ANYWHERE in the world (with internet and a laptop).  My Business is called My VA. 

As you can see, starting my blog while living in one place has allowed me to set myself up for success.

So yes I have been running a travel blog even though I haven’t been travelling.

But now the time has come for me to live the life I have dreamt of for years.

I have recently resigned from my 9-5 job and am about to start travelling full time and living the life of a digital nomad.

First stop is Bali > Cambodia > Malaysia > Samoa > New Zealand.

Stay tuned….

And remember, you can still travel and adventure even when working full time. This is how…

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