Question, comment, concern? We’d love to hear from you!
But before you send off that email, there are a few Frequently Asked Questions that we get asked a LOT. So we’d like to save you (and ourselves) some trouble and answer those here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Will you plan my trip/help me plan my trip/give me very specific advice about my trip?
A: We aren’t trip planners or travel agents, and all of the advice and tips we have are in our blog posts. If you have a specific question, we’d prefer it if you left it in a comment on the relevant blog post, so that future readers who might have the same question can see it!
We’ll answer your question in a comment response, so be sure to tick the box that says you want to be updated when there’s a response. We can’t promise we’ll respond in a timely manner, but we’ll do our best.
- Q: Can I pick your brain?
A: Unfortunately, between teaching and blogging, the two of us barely have free time to hang out with each other and see our friends, much less do lame grown-up things like taxes and dishes and self-care.
We’ve learned to preserve what little energy we have, and since we’re both introverts, brain picking is an energy sucking activity.
- Q: Can I write you a blog post?
A: We do accept guest posts from folks who have lots of travel tips and information that they like to share! But we are picky with what we accept.
Please take a look at our guest posting guidelines to get an idea of what we’re looking for and learn how to submit your post to our editorial team.
- Q: Literally any question about travel blogging.
A: Lia has an entire site about travel blogging! It’s called Slaying Social, and she runs it with another awesome full-time travel blogger. At Slaying Social, you can find resources about how to grow your travel blog, how to write about travel ethically & sustainably, and even details about how much money we earn from our blog and exactly how we earned it. If you’re a travel blogger too, we’d love for you to join our Facebook Group.
You can also book an hour of coaching with Lia. And you just might catch her speaking at a travel blogging conference – if you spot her, come say hi!
- Q: I’m looking for a do-follow link. Will you accept my money?
A: No. And we don’t post pre-written sponsored posts. Please don’t ask. We’re just going to delete your email. We didn’t work our butts off for 3 years to build this website just to piss off our readers, the FTC, and Google by posting a non-helpful link for a couple hundred bucks. Sorry not sorry.
- Q: How do you & Jeremy run this entire site alone?
A: We’re not alone! It used to be just us, and then when Jeremy went back to work teaching, it was just Lia.
But in our third year of blogging, we brought in 8 talented and incredibly helpful team members to help us with the massive amounts of work that it takes to run a blog, social media channels, and podcast. In fact, when you email us using the address below, there’s a very good chance that your email will actually be read by one of our wonderful team members before it makes its way to us!
It’s a weird feeling to relinquish control over something so incrediby personal, like a blog about your travels with your partner, but we’re so glad we’ve been able to find such wonderful team members who support our vision for Practical Wanderlust and make it possible for us to have a work/life balance (because keep in mind – Jeremy is still teaching full time).
- Q: How did you get started, and how did you grow your travel blog so quickly?
A: That’s a trick question, because even though it only took 3 years to turn Practical Wanderlust from a brand new baby blog to a giant blog read by millions of people and earning multiple six figures each year, the real answer is that Lia had a LOT of practice before she started. In her words:
Although Practical Wanderlust is my first travel blog and first truly successful online venture, it’s not my first rodeo. I started my first blog way back in 2006 on Blogspot, and I started my first website even earlier – in 2002. On like, Geocities. It was a cartoon dollz website, and it was low-key a big deal in the cartoon dollz world. Fact: I taught myself HTML, CSS, and PHP as a teenager, but have since completely forgotten almost all of it.
I was doing social media consulting for a startup at age 17, interning at a marketing firm at age 19, and I ran a frugal living blog all through college. I also ran a profitable e-commerce site all the way from age 16 to age 23 (it was a craft site where I sold kitschy plastic jewelry that I made. I also sold merch at festivals and craft fairs, and there’s always a risk that I might throw travel blogging out the window and go back to the crafting world because I LOVED IT).
THEN, after graduating college with dual degrees in fashion design & apparel merchandising, I spent 5 years working in corporate retail and learning financial planning & sales strategies that I still apply today to our blog.
So … the real answer is that I had a big head start, and I’ve combined literally everything I’ve ever learned into what is now Practical Wanderlust.
If you were looking for something a little more specific, I recommend checking out my travel blogging resource site Slaying Social, or booking an hour of my time to ask me all of your specific questions.
Have a new/different question?
OK, have at it. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just just the form below!