After only a year of travel blogging, this guy was able to earn money through his website which is currently his primary source of income. He gave up a high-paying job just so he could travel and he’s been living in Southeast Asia for over 6 months now.
Episode 6 of my Podcast Interview
Flip of FlipNomad.com
An anonymous travel blogger of FlipNomad.com, I’m happy that Flip agreed to have this interview. I had a number of questions I wanted to clarify with his lifestyle as, more or less, it’s the same path I’m planning to pursue in the future.
Travel bloggers I’ve met all have a passion for travelling, but Flip somehow stood out and I was even caught off guard when he said he was willing to give up his blog in order to continue this passion.
Interview Location: Skype from Cebu, Philippines to Siem Reap, Cambodia
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What is your primary goal why you set up your travel blog?
I built my blog to monetize on it. I’ve read that some people are earning some good money from blogging about their travels so that’s what I did. I want to duplicate that kind of business model as well because my goal is to travel continuously and it’s very impossible to do it if I’m stuck in an office. So I have to find a way on how to earn money online and travel blogging is one of the things that I think I can do successfully.
I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years. On the first year, it wasn’t earning money at all but after the first year, the earnings started pouring in. It helped me go back on the road and it’s actually financing my travels now.
What do you do outside blogging?
I travel. I go to places. I go to small restaurants to eat and try their local food. Sometimes I drink. Maybe you’re looking for an answer about work. I’m not sure. I’m not working, I’ve been unemployed for almost a year now.
Why be anonymous?
First, the blog was meant to be monetized, not as a personal diary. That’s why I don’t feel the need to show my face. Second is since it was built to be monetized, I was thinking of probably transferring it to another owner by selling it or probably hiring multiple authors that can take care of the blog.
If the blog is associated with one person, it will be very difficult to transfer it to another. So more than establishing myself as a blogger, I’m establishing FlipNomad as a brand.
You really promote the Philippines to your readers…
Cause I want to invite people to go to the Philippines. A lot of travellers that I’ve met have a lot of negative perceptions about the country and if they will just take some time, see the country for themselves and meet a lot of Filipinos, I think their negative perception about the country will change.
You’re willing to give up FlipNomad just to travel?
Are there any tips you’d like share to those who are hesitant to go out and explore the world?
I think more than seeing unique structures in different countries or places, or trying out different local cuisines, traveling helps a person broaden his mind when it comes to understanding other people. There’s a lot of things to learn that you can only learn by traveling; and it’s fun, it’s fun to visit places as well. You really don’t have to fly outside the country to experience that. So go out there and explore, especially the Philippines and write about it. Let’s help invite more tourists to our country.
By the way, I’m preparing for my own adventure next year which is a big step for me to go out of my comfort zone. Being dependent on other people and without any idea about a single trip travel insurance when I normally travel, I need all the help I can get. The information he shared about backpacking in Southeast Asia such as getting a backpacking travel insurance without spending too much was very useful. I’m actually scared but excited at the same time.
Thanks for the interview, Flip!
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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