I know the schedule of my podcasts has been erratic and I need to come up with a regular date when posting them so my apologies to those who are anticipating this series. Anyway, this is already the 8th episode and I was able to interview a finalist for the Best Travel Blog Category – National Level in the Philippine Blog Awards 2011.
Episode 8 of SoloFlightEd Sessions
Doi of TheTravellingFeet.com
Doi is one of my great travel buddies who is very game when going to different adventures. She blogs at TheTravellingFeet.com and what I like best is that she’s very good at coming up with a budget during our trips, up to the last centavo!
We also talked about her story venturing into freelancing work online in order to satisfy her thirst for location-independence. She shares a couple of tips if you are serious about building a career online.
Interview Location: Coffee Dream, Parkmall, Cebu
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What is your primary goal why you set up your travel blog?
Originally, my main blog is at DoiSpeaks.com but I decided to separate my travel posts that’s why I created a separate website and named it ‘The Travelling Feet’.
What do you suggest to people who want to venture into freelancing?
Freelance is good. It doesn’t mean that if it did not work me, it will not work for you too. You need to have discipline. If you’re planning to go freelance, I would really suggest for you NOT to quit your job immediately.
You have to try it first before quitting. It’s the same thing I’ve mentioned to a lot of friends. For example, if you’re working a 9-hour work shift, you can try going to online sites and apply for part-time jobs and see if it works for you. After that, if you feel that the job will work for you then go ahead and if you’re confident enough that you can do it, then go ahead and quit. But if you think that that’s not going to work for you, then you know the answer to that.
One more thing, I quit without any savings! So if you quit your job without any backup plans, you might regret it. But I’m not regretting retiring from my work. What I plan is I just have to settle my finances or save up for my future plans of travelling.
Why do you travel?
I travel because I love to travel, that’s it. If other people complain about long hours in the airport or long hours they spend waiting for their flight; or those people complaining about a bus ride going to some place, I don’t do that. Because of my love for travelling, even that point where I have to wait going to a particular destination, I enjoy that.
Are you always meticulous when budgeting our trips?
The thing is, I’m not just budgeting for you guys, I’m also a part of that budget. That’s the reason why I always make it a point to research the cheapest way to travel to be able to save on our travelling expenses.
We’re not really that financially endowed so I have to make sure that we go on a budget when we travel. That’s why I always look for all the possible information or all the resources online because Google is my best friend; so you should treat Google as your best friend, too!
Are there any tips you’d like share to those who are hesitant to go out and explore the world?
You have to act on it now because if you don’t, when will it be?
Just do baby steps, like if you’re really that afraid of travelling or if budget is a problem, then you can start by researching on the places that you want to go. There are a lot of travel bloggers online who have a lot of information to share and most of these bloggers are happy to aid you with your travels. You can easily ask them any question if you have any and they will be happy to answer them for you.
You will finally realize that travelling is something you need to experience.
Thanks for the interview, Doi!
Check out my podcasts with other bloggers below:
- Episode 001: Gael of ThePinaySoloBackpacker.com
- Episode 002: Estan of Langyaw.com
- Episode 003: Brenna of PhilippineTravelogue.com
- Episode 004: Mica of Senyorita.net
- Episode 005: Ron of FlipTravels.com
- Episode 006: Flip of FlipNomad.com
- Episode 007: Chichi of WeAreSoleSisters.com
- Episode 008: Doi of TheTravellingFeet.com
- Episode 009: James of JourneyingJames.com
- Episode 010: Nina of JustWandering.org
- Episode 011: Chyng of ChyngReyes.com
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