I get a huge range of questions every day and try to respond to every message, comment and email, but I really appreciate it if you read these first!
Where have you worked/traveled to?
Places I’ve Led Adventure Trips
- Costa Rica
- USA (NY, CT, AK)
Places I’ve Worked/Traveled To
- New Zealand
- Europe: Portugal, the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary
What do you do for work?
I am a writer, photographer, speaker, coach and model. I work for a variety of clients with mainly outdoor, travel and personal development interests. The best way to start working this type of job is to start. I started this blog in December of 2014 and had many freelance jobs along the way– some that paid, and some that did not. I learned along the way. I invested in myself, my skill set and my gear. I worked hard, consistently, for a long time, and I still do. There is no magic formula.
How can you afford to travel so much?
The short answer is: I make it a priority, and my finances reflect this. I invest in quality gear and things I need, but other than that try not to spend money on things that aren’t a necessity. I am smart with my money and what I spend it on. I do things like working in exchange for room & board, I take the cheaper (but more complicated) travel options, and I travel slowly (often living where I travel for at least a few weeks). Much of my work involves travel when I am shooting or creating content for a brand, travel board, or non-profit.
You used to be an adventure trip leader. How do I do that?
Get your foot in the door by working at a summer camp. Then work your way up to harder jobs, getting new qualifications as you go. See my post on the reality of being a trip leader here and my tips on breaking into the adventure industry here.
How do I build my Instagram following?
Post cool stuff consistently, engage with your community (like and comment), use relevant hashtags, and be true to your voice. If you’re not passionate about it,
think about doing something else do something else.
I want to travel/blog/do photography but I have NO idea where to start!
That’s wonderful! Neither did I. I wrote out some tips here, but the best advice I can give you is just start. You will learn as you go. You will probably have to work for free at first, and there will be many bumps along the way. You may never feel like you have it all figured out. But you don’t have to know exactly where you are going in order to head in that direction.
Who takes your photos?
Photos are taken by me unless otherwise mentioned. If a photo is not taken by me on my website or social media, the photographer is credited in the caption or below the photo.
Do you make money from your blog?
Yes. This website contains affiliate links. What that means is: if I link you to a product and you buy something, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. I only post about products that I stand behind, and am always honest about what I think. I choose not to place ads on this blog because it clutters my message and vision. I occasionally take on sponsored posts, but only if they are a perfect fit.
Can my company send you a thing in exchange for photos, a blog post, or posts on your social media channels?
No. Generally speaking, I am unable to work in exchange for product. Please understand that this is my job, and I do not work for free. Please let me know if you are interested in rates– I would love to hear about your project.
Can you write a blog post for my website for free?
How can I support you/this blog?
Without a doubt, the number one way you can support me is sharing my stuff with your network. I believe in the stuff I write about on here and talk about on YouTube– that’s why I do it. So if my message resonated with you, please share it with your network!
Thank you for reading! If your questions isn’t here, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.