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Last Updated on February 27, 2018

In the Hot Seat: The Travel Blogger

In the Hot Seat: The Travel Blogger

It used to be that when we thought of celebrities, we imagined glamorous movie stars and pop icons on the Red Carpet. Thanks to social media, we have a whole new breed of famous people. Online influencers use Instagram, blogs, YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms to amass substantial followings.

Being a social media influencer can quickly become a full time job. As you become more popular, companies offer you endorsements, sponsorships, and other opportunities.

Travel bloggers are some of the most visible influencers. They’re prolific content-creators who document their exotic travels for all to see. We might feel amazed and envious of their lifestyle. How great would it be to get paid to travel? Is professional travel blogging really as glamorous and exciting as it looks?

In the hot seat today, travel bloggers give us the inside scoop behind those Insta-worthy shots we so often see.

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Things are not always as they appear

Lifehack: How long on average can one spend being a travel blogger?

You only get out of travel blogging what you put into it. For some people, it’s just a hobby. I’m my own boss, and this is my full-time job. I put in some long hours.

Lifehack: Is this your full time job?

I get this question a lot. People think I’m on vacation all the time, but my lifestyle is similar to most freelancers’. I’m always working to manage periods of feast and famine, and I consistently network.

I definitely believe that having multiple streams of income is the key to making a full-time income. I’m working on an e-book, and I also do limited business from affiliate marketing. I get paid to be a brand ambassador, and sometimes I get to travel for free. Traveling for free isn’t the same as getting paid, though.

Lifehack: How long do you see yourself doing this?

I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life, but only if I can learn to strike a better work-life balance. I’m lucky that I can hire people to help me, and that’s making this more sustainable for the long-term.

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Lifehack: How long does it take to get that ‘perfect’ shot?

Way longer than you think! My job is to make travel appear beautiful and glamorous. Real life does not always look Instagram-flawless.

Lifehack: Share some ugly truths about this lifestlye.

It’s hard on relationships. Finding someone that understands that I have to be away a lot, and that I won’t always be in the same time zone or have access to a phone is challenging.

Lifehack: Describe a typical day of travel blogging.

Usually, I travel overnight and try to sleep while I’m in transit. I get set up in a hostel, and then I try to find an angle for my destination that hasn’t been explored yet.

I’m always thinking about time zones as I go through my day. I try to schedule posts to hit during peak times so I can reach the widest audience. I am often on the prowl for wifi.

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While I explore, I try to find exciting photo opportunities. I also jot down ideas for my blog. After an exhausting and exciting day, I either head back to the hostel, or I find wifi again to do more work.

Lifehack: What goes on behind every post?

For Instagram, the most important thing is getting a stunning photo. There’s a lot of setting up tripods, taking advantage of good light, and fighting the elements.

Blog posts require brainstorming, which I usually do as I explore. Making sure your content is outstanding is essential in this line of work. I only post things that I’d want to read.

Lifehack: What are the consequences of having a post that isn’t well-received?

It depends on why it’s not well-received. This hasn’t happened to me, but posting something potentially offensive could result in an online uprising. I do my best to be sensitive to others in my work.

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If a post doesn’t get as many views as I’d like, I analyze why. One bad post isn’t going to end my career, but a string of them could.

Lifehack: What are some of the cons of being a travel influencer?

This job can be competitive since there are many influencers going after the same resources. I also find that I can’t enjoy travel as much because I’m focused on work.

I feel that the pros outweigh the cons. I get to see places I’ve never seen and meet incredible people. I get paid to do something I’ve always loved. I couldn’t ask for more.

It’s not all stunning sunsets and perfectly-plated meals

Travel blogging sounds like a great job, but it’s definitely more work than we thought it would be. So before you get all envious now, think again about what really goes on behind that one insta-worthy post.

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Anna Chui

Anna is a communication expert and a life enthusiast. She's the editor of Lifehack and loves to write about love, life, and passion.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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