MotivationMonday: Meet Forbes Featured Travel Blogger ~ Andrea Valeria of “It’s a Travel O.D.” blog.
It’s not everyday that you get to read about someone who made the Forbes list and a week later you both start following each other on Instagram sharing tips on travel, blogging and life in general. That happened to me after reading about my #MondayMotivation feature for this week on Forbes online magazine. This is one of those hidden pleasures of being a travel blogger that people never whisper to you when you start out (meeting famous people).
Ladies and gentleman, meet Andrea Valeria, a 28 year old digital nomad , who is one of the few modern Millennials taking over the world one country at a time.
Here is how our interview went:
1) What is your current area of work?
I currently have a pretty diverse workload. My main project is it’s a Travel O.D. which I created less than a year ago. Through vlogs, blogs, photos & personal anecdotes, I show people it’s possible to work while traveling. I monetize it in a few different ways.
I also have freelance gigs creating digital content with an advertising agency and recruiting staff for a photography company. Additionally, I have a cleaning business which I operate remotely.
My goal is to always have multiple sources of income. Not putting all your eggs in one basket is key as you start out being independent and/or self-employed.
2) How long have you been in this field?
I have been a digital nomad for about 2 years now. My jobs are pretty diversified, so I don’t have one particular field. I just have the desire to work hard and stay busy!
3) What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the freedom. I am location independent. I don’t have commutes to work. For the most part, I don’t have a monotonous routine and I make my own schedules. Most importantly, I get to do what I love. That’s what I enjoy about my lifestyle as a digital nomad right now!
4) What are the requirements for someone who wants to be in this field ( age, education, special skills etc.) ?
For anyone who wants to become a full-time traveler or a digital nomad, the requirements are creativity and willingness to hustle. That’s it. Anyone who is capable of identifying their skills and talents and turn those into a career/business is capable of being a digital nomad!
5) Do you need to have a college degree or qualification to be in your profession?
I have a Communications degree and a Master’s Degree in Entertainment Business. However, those are not the qualifications that have gotten me where I am today. You don’t need to have studied anything in particular to be self-aware and know what you can offer the world as a service.
5) How many countries have you travelled to?
I have no idea because I don’t keep count. Country-counting, to me, is a metric that doesn’t accurately depict your journey as a traveler. There are cities where I’ve spent 6 months in and there’s countries where I’ve been for a few days. I much rather tell you anecdotes and stories of each one than giving you a number.
6) Where is your next travel destination?
I will be exploring different areas of Mexico in the next few weeks- possibly Isla Mujeres and Valladolid. In April, I had a trip planned to Guatemala. I still don’t know where I’m moving next though.
See all the links to Andrea’s social media channels on her signature below if you want to tag or follow the link to any of her digital platforms.
Vlogger/Content Creator, it’s a Travel O.D.
Well folks, that was my incredible nomad friend Andrea who has just illustrated that it is possible to travel , work and make that your career. Her life is practically a vacation. The perks? No degree or qualifications required, no routine 9-5 schedules or sitting in one place. All you need is just a creative mindset.
Would you leave your day job to join Andrea’s career as a travel blogger and content creator ? I definitely would. I want to hear your views. Maybe we might feature you on the blog soon.
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Until next Monday, stay motivated and inspired this week !
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