At the end of 2019, exhausted and burnt out, I made a New Years resolution that, in hindsight, may have doomed the entire world: I wanted to travel less and spend more time at home, baking and taking long walks and watching birds in the backyard. Yep: I put that out into the Universe, and then the Universe was like “oh, dip?” and here we are, in month 976827682768 of the worst global pandemic in over a century. So.. I’m really sorry about… you know *gestures broadly at everything* But you’re probably wondering: was it all worth it, Lia?!?! Did you get your stupid wish and spend 2020 taking long walks, watching birds in the backyard, and baking bundt cakes?? And the answer is … kinda. Let’s get into it.
Katy was not your typical grandmother. She was a force of nature who I have idolized my entire life. To me, my brilliant, adventurous grandmother always seemed more like a mythical being than a real person. Stories about Katy feel like lore, legend and myth. I collected stories about Katy my entire life, alongside the postcards she sent me from faraway places. While it’s likely that some of these vignettes and memories are exaggerated – or possibly even totally inaccurate – when it comes to Katy, nothing is too fantastical to be true.
2019 was our year of “yes.” We traveled more than ever, experienced huge growth in our business, and jumped at every opportunity that came our way! But 2019 was also a challenging year personally. I lost my grandmother at the beginning of the year, and it hit me harder than I ever could have expected. And after 26 consecutive trips – not including 2 cancelled international trips – burnout hit us HARD. Here’s all the details about where we went, what we did, and the behind-the-scenes stuff we don’t talk about in our travel posts!
At the end of 2017, we announced that Lia was quitting her job (again) and striking out on her own as a full-time travel blogger. We gave it 1 full year to figure out if that was like, actually a job you can earn money from. If we were still scraping by at the end of the year, we decided, Lia would call it quits, get a real job again, and pat herself on the back for trying. So … how did it go? Did Lia make it as a full-time travel blogger? Did we ever learn how to not have travel disasters?! (Spoilers: no). All those answers and more in our 2018 year in review…
So, you want to be a full-time travel blogger. Or maybe you’re already ready to quit your job and jump in, you fabulous, business-savvy blogger badass, you. But wait – before we hand you an ice-cold drink and a floppy beach hat with an inspirational saying on it, there are a few things you should know. I’m about to lift the gilded, glittery, frolicking-on-the-beach-with-a-coconut curtain and let you in on a few secrets about what it’s REALLY like to be a full-time travel blogger.
These are a few of the things nobody tells you before you make the insane decision to quit your job and jump head-first into a career that didn’t even exist a few years ago and still begs the question “but how do you actually earn money?”
Traveling with your partner is one thing. Long term travel with your partner? That’s like, a whole other, totally different, completely not the same thing. My husband and I spent a whole year traveling the world together as a couple …and lived to tell the tale! We’re even still happily married, I swear. It can absolutely be done, and it’s an incredible and enriching experience for any relationship. But … there are a FEW things that nobody told us about before we jetted off on our around-the-world trip. And so, to prepare/warn you, we’re laying it alllllll out.