So, yeah, you wanna be a travel writer and jet about the planet staying in swank hotels and swanning about the beaches and taking in the exotic markets of, oh, wherever. Whatever. Who doesn’t? And this: me too, duh.
I thought you should know something: I sold a handful of stories in ’07 and worked on two guidebooks – one an update, one a new title. And yeah, I did my fair share of swanning and it was great, oh, who am I kidding, it was AWESOME. The writing (and even some of the photography) was surprisingly tedious work, but the traveling? That time in Hawaii? Ahhh. And the less rigorous stories I got to write? Oh so fun. I also made some money on my regular blogging gig.
Also, I’ve been doing my taxes and this year, so far (I’m not quite done entering my expenses yet) I appear to have cleared 554 dollars in profits. That’s right, enthusiastic jetsetting handy with language boys and girls, 554 dollars. That’s not even enough to pay for my next trip!
You know how “they” always tell you not to quit your day job? Well, I’m now “them.” Just starting out? Don’t quit your day job, okay?
(Since I’m being honest, I totally think you should quit your day job. It’s just that I also think you should have another line of income in addition to travel writing.)