5 myths of being a travelpreneur

5 myths of being a travelpreneur elise darma

Myth #1: You're paid to travel. 

I get asked this question a lot: 

"How do you get paid to travel?"

The short answer is I don't

No one is sending me cheques for booking flights, trekking across the world and checking into Airbnbs 😂  – though that would be fabulous. 

I'm not a travel blogger who's sponsored by brands.

I don't rely on corporate sponsorship to fund my travels. 

Some travel bloggers make an excellent living doing this. It's just not how I do it. 

As a travelpreneur, I get paid by clients for the services I do for them. In my case, this is marketing services like copywriting and social media marketing.

The travel I do is a *HUGE ADDED BONUS* to having created a business that I can do online from anywhere in the world.

But... it's not what pays me. 

Myth #2: Your clients will be upset that you're traveling. 

This is a totally valid concern. 

You go through months of effort to set up your biz for travel, only to be dealing with angry emails. 

The key here is to:

  1. Set the expectation from the beginning that online meetings and communications are the norm
  2. If you're transitioning from in-person to online communications, give your clients plenty of notice, plus access to the tools you'll be using (pro tip: set them up with how-tos as well)
  3. Find the tools that will work for you and your clients. You could try:

In my case, my services were designed to be virtual from the start. And in my three years of working with clients, I haven't experienced a client who was upset that I was working from a different time zone (knock on wood). 

Myth #3: Being a travelpreneur is like all those times you were "working from home" as an employee (cough cough).

As a former employee, I get it. Sometimes working from home was uber productive. And other times, well, let's just say there was a midday nap involved.

The beauty of being a 9-5er is that you're paid the same amount each day, no matter how many hours you technically work. 

That is also the downfall. You're paid the same amount each day. I didn't like having a salary cap, but that's another post for another day. 

In my case, however, as a service-based business, if I blew off half a day to go for lunch and see the sights, this is how much I got paid: $0. 

Not working = time you're not getting paid. 

Myth #4: It's a lonely life.

In November of 2014, I took off on my first remote working trip to Melbourne, Ubud and Oahu.

I was by myself but that didn't last long. There were family members to visit and new friends to meet in various co-working spaces (some of whom I'm still friends with to this day). 

(If you're curious as to where I worked from, it was Hub Southern Cross in Melbourne and Hubud in Ubud, Bali.)

Most of my remote working trips have been solo. And the beauty is, you can choose to be as social as you'd like. 

There were nights that I hung out with family, others where I checked out cocktail bars with new friends (like the delicious Room 4 Dessert in Ubud), or some where I just watched a movie by myself. 

As a travelpreneur, you're in control of your time and who you spend it with. 

Myth #5: You're actually working 24/7. 

Call it timezone madness, jet lag brain, or disorganization.

Sometimes it can feel like you're working 24/7 on your own business. But doesn't that happen anyway whether you're traveling or parked at home on the couch?

When I travel, I like to stay a minimum of a week in each spot and then move on to somewhere else. Some people prefer to stay in the same city for months. 

In my experience, I work at probably 60-70% productivity as I do at home. So instead of 8 hour days, I might clock in 6 hours. 

(By 6 hours, I mean 6 hours of laptop-staring and keyboard-tapping.)

The rest of the day? Sure, I'm out and about, but I'm still connected to my clients and work via my phone. 

If this life sounds like the life for you, I urge you to get started today.

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Elise Darma

About the Author:

Elise Darmanin believes that "travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." That's why she makes beaches, coffee shops and co-working spaces her office by working remotely while growing Canupy Content. Canupy is a social media and copywriting agency for small to medium-sized businesses. The Canupy team helps brands grow through social media marketing, copywriting and content strategies that inspire audiences and drive sales.