A new year is upon us and with that I hope you have sharpened your new goals for the year 2018. Make this year one for achieving all of your goals because it is possible. Speaking of goals, you don’t always meet people who set goals of travelling to a set number of countires equal to their age. One such person who did this was Debbie of Wanderlust Calls who set out to visit 25 countries before her 25th birthday in October 2017. I came across Debbie’s blog at the beginning of 2017 when I started my blog and since then I have marveled at her tenacity of reaching her goal of visiting 25 countries before turning 25 and you know what? She did it! I had the opportunity to interview this entusiatic travel blogger and this is what she had to say:
1) What is your current area of work?I am a travel blogger. I currently don’t make an income from my blog, but that is one of the goals that I have set myself for 2018 – turning my passion into my career. To fund my travels, I have been doing casual waitressing and bartending work. Although this is not the best-paid work, it was very convenient as it enabled me to travel whenever and for however long I liked. However, I am now looking for a job within the travel industry. Wish me luck!
2) How long have you been in the in this field?I have been travel blogging since February 2016, but it was only this year that I realised how much my blog had come to mean to me and since this realisation, I have decided to take it more seriously. My travel blog is way more than just a hobby. I have been doing casual work since October 2015, a few months after I graduated from University. At first, it was a way to earn money while I looked for a fulltime job, but once I started my blog, it became a way to travel without any constraints.
3) How many countries have you traveled to?At the end of 2016, my country count was fourteen. As part of my 25 before 25 bucket list, I set myself a goal of visiting 25 countries before I turned 25. That meant that I had to travel to eleven countries in 2017. In October, I celebrated my 25th birthday in my 25th country – Thailand!
4) What do you enjoy most about your job?There are so many things that I enjoy about travel blogging, but if I had to choose two, it would have to be the great friends I have made and the growth that I have seen in myself. Through blogging, I have made friends around the world, with other bloggers, travel enthusiasts and my readers. Although I may never meet some of these people in real life, I do consider them as friends because the support we give one another (and not only in blogging) is just amazing! Travel blogging has also been amazing for my personal growth and confidence. It has shown me that I am capable of many things that I never would have imagined, from vlogging to solo travelling to reaching my goal of 25 countries before 25 (even though I didn’t think I would achieve it when I set myself that goal). When it comes to my casual job, other than the flexibility that it offers, I have also enjoyed the amazing food that I have had the chance to try, the incredible venues and events that I have worked at and the amazing people that I have met. And I’m not even talking about the celebrities, I’m talking about the friendships that I have made. Especially those friends who have been the biggest supporters and encouragers when it comes to my blog. Supportive friends are everything!
5) What are the requirements for someone who wants to be in this field? ( age, education, special skills etc)There are no age or education skills needed to be a travel blogger, but a passion and love for travelling and blogging are crucial. A lot of people think blogging is easy, but they don’t understand the amount of work and effort that goes into a single blog post. And let’s not even get into blogging consistently, that is a whole ‘nother hurdle, especially if you work full time! Basic writing and photography skills are also necessary for travel blogging. These skills along with a number of other useful skills, you will find yourself just picking up and improving as you progress on your blogging journey.
6) Do you need a college degree or qualification to be in your profession?You don’t need a college degree or qualification to be a travel blogger, but there are some degrees that would come in useful as a blogger. These include English (for your writing skills), Photography (for your blog’s photography) and Marketing (for promoting your blog). A casual job is the perfect job for when you are doing a college degree because you are able to work your job around your studies.
7) Where is your next travel destination?I don’t have anything booked just yet, but I am excited to get back to travelling with my friends, as well as on my own. I am currently thinking of visiting Lisbon for a few days in January. Thank you for inspiring us to make travelling the world a goal this year Debbie. This is certainly motivating , not just for travelling, but also for any goal. I hope this post inspires you to reach your goals, no matter how high they are. Follow Debbie on her other adventures this year on her social media platforms: Blog: www.wanderlustcalls.com Twitter: @wanderlustcalls Instagram: @wanderlustcalls