First published in 2019
For anyone wondering, this is how I quit my 9 to 5-day job and made travel MY job.
Growing up, all I ever knew was to study, graduate, find a job, maybe get married, have kids, grow old, and die. To land a good job, I’d have to study hard, memorize the periodic table, learn the Pythagorean theorem, and I’d be pretty set for life (probably).
Pretty much everything I was doing in school was so I could earn money in the future and feed myself. And whenever I felt like throwing up equations upon equations in my Engineering class, I’d be asking myself why I’m doing this when I can just grow my own food at the farm and live off it until I die.
Funny. But I did consider doing that.
One time while I was surfing the Internet, I stumbled upon an article about making money with a blog. That was back in college.
Fast forward to more than two years later, I got myself a job at a manufacturing company in Batangas. I was beyond stressed. I was getting paid P13,500 (~270 USD) a month minus the tax. And I was far from home.
With all this combined, I reached my breaking point and was wondering what I could do to make more money. That’s when I remembered the article read about blogs and making money.
Next thing I knew, I was creating my website (And no, I learned how to make my website from tutorials on the Internet so you can make yours, too. You don’t have to be an IT graduate or really smart to make one.) This was all back on July 1, 2017, so I had some money since I just got my paycheck. Back then, I felt filthy rich because I was making money on my own.
In just an hour, I managed to put to my own site, spent half of my salary, and got the domain wanderera.com because why not?
Haha. Truth be told, I just added the letter ‘a’ to wanderer since I was out of ideas. Plus, it was short.
Yeah. Yeah. I know. Things that are money-driven usually fail, right? Well, money was what made me start Wander Era, but my love for travel was what ignited it. I think. Mehe.
And that’s how Wander Era came to be. Not quite what you expected? Me neither.
Well, little did I know that this mini-project of mine that time would bring me places and turn my life 180 degrees.
Now we’re getting to the good part.
In 2017, I left my 8 to 5 job to pursue the life of travel. Now, travel has become my job (well apart from my writing gigs).
Let me rephrase that. I made a job out of traveling. How?
Here are the steps I took to be where I am today in case you ever want to take the risk, too.
I opened my mind to possibilities and changed my mindset
So you already know that the only thing I knew back then was to study, graduate, and get a job.
I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t entertained the thought that there are other ways of living. That I don’t have to follow what everyone was doing.
I stopped asking myself ‘what would people think?”
I once read this question and with it was a sentence that said “This question has killed so many dreams” or something like that. And it’s true.
My sister-in-law, she’s thirteen, has a friend who really really wants to start vlogging and was asking me about how to start one. And she was telling me about how some of her classmates would make fun of her for trying to even start one.
And I told her not to care what other people would think and just go for it! Because we only have one life. Why spend it worrying about what others would think?
What other people think of you is none of your business – Unknown
There are so many times when we feel like being different would mean being frowned upon.
But to hell with other people, you do YOU. In the end, what they say won’t matter. It’s all up to you if you want to go for it or not.
I guess when I was starting Wander Era, I was at the phase of my life where I JUST didn’t care. I didn’t even know this blog would become so huge in a few years.
Back then, there was just me, my blog, and my laptop. My blog became my stress reliever and my memory keeper. Almost every weekend, my friends and I would go somewhere. Wander Era became my travel journal since most of my journals back in high school and college are gone now. I guess I wanted to store memories digitally.
I made my blog my portfolio
So a few weeks after creating my blog, I stumbled upon a job post on Facebook. Some agency was looking for writers and I sent my resume.
I didn’t know what came over me but my mind was like oooooh let’s try this.
After sending my application, I was asked if I had any writing experience. I simply mentioned my journalism background in Elementary and Highschool. Then, casually told them I had a blog (which to my surprise was what got me that job!) Woop! Woop!
This went on until I found a few more writing jobs and resigned from my day job at the Manufacturing company since I was already making more with my part-time jobs.
So if you want to be a content writer, you can create a blog and make it your portfolio, too.
I kept learning
From then on, I was writing articles on bidets, laws, home improvement, travel, SEO, digital marketing, content marketing, social media, ecommerce, and so on.
And in writing those articles, I was learning. I learned how to tweak my site, how to start with affiliate marketing, how to get more traffic, and a lot more (All those things that weren’t taught in school).
Starting as a blogger is hard. It took me nearly a year to earn my first $100 from Adsense. From there, I started to earn a little bit more until I switched to Ezoic and earned a minimum of $300 per month. That’s 3x what I used to get.
Blogging can be a bit depressing especially if no one understands what you’re going through. But if you keep going, you’ll reach your goals and start ticking off your list one by one.
Now, my husband, Ryk and I are digital nomads and are traveling around the Philippines and who knows, maybe soon, the world.
I write content for the blog while he takes photos and videos. Traveling and featuring different destinations has now become our job.
You can learn more about us here.
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