How to Really Make Money from a Travel Blog – An Overview of 14 of the Biggest Names in the Industry

Many aspiring digital nomads hope to fund their long-term global adventures with income generated from a travel blog. What could be better than doing what you love while traveling the world? The problem is that it is hard to make a living travel blogging, unless you do it right. Here are some examples of different permanent travelers who have a successful track record making money online.

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Who is making money by travel blogging?

To start, I am going to combine lifestyle designers, digital nomads, location independents and travel bloggers all in the same group. While many don’t blog about travel exclusively, travel is certainly a major part of their lifestyle.

While it might be too simplistic to generalize, I am going to offer my opinion on why these bloggers have had such great results in the ‘Success Factors’ section following each person. There is no particular order to any of the information below.

Matt Kepnes – Ebooks, Affliate Sales

Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt has been traveling full-time since 2006. He funds his travels primarily through the sales of ebooks, but also has niche sites and affiliate sales offers.  He also is a best-selling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.

Success Factors:

  • Longevity – Traveling since 2006 years blogging consistently since 2008.
  • Frequency – Posts new content several times per week.
  • Social Media – Matt is very active on social media and is a prolific networker.
  • Experimentation – Keeps changing his site and tests new ways of monetization.
  • Controversy – Matt has a knack for writing posts that get attention. Great copywriting works.
  • Hard Work – Matt is always creating new products, networking and trying different ways to make money.  His efforts pay off.

If you want to learn about to be a successful blogger, Matt is one of the best to learn from. His Travel Blogging course was revamped and renamed to the  Superstar Blogging Course. It walks you through everything about becoming a professional blogger. I love how he shares all the problems and mistakes he made along the way. The specific, actionable advice will save you hundreds of hours trying to learn it yourself.

Nomadic Matt's Travel Blogging Course

 Chris Guillebeau – Author, Ebooks, Membership Site

Chris Guillebeau is the rock star of the lifestyle design niche.  He set a goal to travel to every country before he is 35 years old and is almost done. He has several hugely successful ebooks and a popular travel hacking membership program of which many travel bloggers market on their own sites. Chris has a best selling published book and his second book is coming soon. He hosts the hugely popular World Domination Summits in Portland. These conferences typically sell out in minutes because of Chris’s reputation online.

Success Factors:

  • Great Story – He is traveling to every country before he is 35. This is a great story that people want to tell.
  • The Seth EffectSeth Godin wrote a blog post about Chris’s popular free ebook, 279 days to Overnight Success. This instantly lead to thousands of new email subscribers. Of course, that meant writing a great ebook and marketing it well so that people like Seth Godin could find it.
  • Consistency – He has been writing two blog posts a week since he started blogging four years ago.
  • Quality – His products are very high quality in design and content. He doesn’t take short cuts on professionalism.
  • Great Management – He hires talented people to assist with design, affiliate management, co-authors, etc.
  • Broad Appeal – His products appeal to a mass audience, not just travelers.

Gary Arndt – Corporate Sponsors, Public Speaking

Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere is one of the most famous travel bloggers. His full-time travel since March 2007 was initially funded by the sale of his business and house, but he his now earning money from corporate sponsors, paid speaking gigs and plans to release an iPhone App and a published book.

Success Factors:

  • Longevity – Gary has been traveling for 5 years. He started blogging early and has built a huge online following.
  • Consistency – He regularly posts every few days.
  • Photos – Travel is visual. Gary has posted many thousands of photos on his sites.
  • Authenticity – Focus on travel, not profits. Never had ads or paid text links on his sites, holding out for more lucrative sponsorships.

Kirsty Henderson – Advertising on Niche Websites

Kirsty Henderson of NerdyNomad specializes in creating niche travel websites. When I first interviewed Kirsty two and a half years ago, she was making $1,000 per month. She has now built that up to almost $10,000 per month with 19 different sites. She provides monthly income and expense reports, so you can follow along with her progress over the years. Kirsty is one of the best examples of turning travel blogging into a passive income business.  There is still work to be done, but relative to the income she earns, it is not anywhere near as being a straight blogger, churning out ebooks regularly. Her main blogs aren’t anywhere near as trafficked as the popular names above, but I suspect she earns as much or more and will continue to see increases as she adds new sites.

Success Factors:

  • Follows the Money – Travel related companies need exposure and back links for SEO. Kirsty is happy to provide these services for a price.
  • Multiple Niche Sites – Building multiple sites diversifies your income and can improve your own search engine rankings.
  • Search Engine Ranking – Kirsty focuses on getting niche sites ranked in search engines with good onsite SEO and paid tools.
  • Transparency – People love to read exact income and expense figures. Kirsty has been sharing it all, every month for years.

James T. Clark – Advertising and Affiliate Sales on Niche Sites

James T. Clark of NomadicNotes is one of my travel blogging heros. I interviewed him last year, but hadn’t met up with him until Thailand this year. (James took the photo on the post.) He has been a fantastic mentor. Like Kirsty Henderson, James is quietly building out travel focused niche sites and is earning a small fortune. This to me is the difference between blogging as a job, and blogging as a business. Businesses scale, a job is lots of hard work that never ends. James’s sites will be constantly earning money long into the future, with many new ones on the way.

Success Factors:

  • Business Focus – He concentrates his efforts where they produce the greatest results. He is not attention hungry like other bloggers often seem to be. James is happy to be quietly building his empire under the radar.
  • Multiple Niche Sites – Like Kirsty, many sites can be less total work, more lucrative and more stable than one main site.
  • Search Engine Ranking – James knows how to get his sites ranking well in Google. This is essential to effectively monetizing niche sites.

Cody McKibben – Freelance Consulting, Membership Site

Cody McKibben of is one of the first people I connected with in the location independence niche. He is a crack WordPress developer but has recently shifted his income focus to his Digital Nomad Academy, a $1500 per year membership program that is doing well.

Success Factors:

  • Connections – Cody is a great networker on and offline. This has led to numerous joint ventures and partnerships, getting mentioned in Chris Guillebeau’s book and being in the inner circle of the location independence movement.
  • Authenticity – He has been living location independent and earning income online for years.
  • Persistence – Cody keeps putting in the work and improving.
  • Longevity – Working online since 2007 and traveling since 2008.

Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil – Corporate Sponsorships, Advertising

Dave and Deb of are “Canada’s Adventure Couple.” They’ve cycled across Africa, did the Mongol Rally, climbed mountains and more. When I interviewed them, they were still earning money by  short-term work stints. Now they have managed to secure sponsorships and earn a little through advertising on their site.

Success Factors:

  • Great Story – Branded themselves as ‘Canada’s Adventure Couple’ and they’re living up to the name.
  • Authenticity – They live for adventure, so it is not a marketing gimmick.
  • Frequency – Daily posts with additional photo updates.
  • Social Media –  Very active on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and StumbleUpon
  • Hard Work – All the above amounts to a massive time commitment. – Sponsorships, Advertising

Caz and Craig Makepeace of are very hard working bloggers that manage to get free trips and other sponsorships. While they weren’t earning much income from their site when I interviewed them, they recently seem to be getting more sponsored travel opportunities. yTravelblog is definitely a site to watch, Caz and Craig post almost daily, frequently guest post on other sites and are very active on social media. If you want to make a go of travel blogging, you have to out-work the competition.

Success Factors:

  • Frequent Posting – More articles bring more organic search traffic. Caz and Craig seem to post almost everyday.
  • Guest Posts – Writing articles for other blogs builds back links and gets more traffic. I regularly see yTravelBlog articles on other sites.
  • Social Media – Connecting with readers and other travelers online is essential to building support. Caz and Craig are very engaged online.
  • Hard Work – All the above amounts to a lot of work. That is how you build a business.

Nora Dunn – Freelance Writing, Advertising, Affiliate Sales

Nora Dunn of  earns most of her income from freelance writing on other sites. She utilizes her blog as a showcase for her other articles, and is also starting to earn extra income from advertising and affiliate offers.  She is a good model for other aspiring freelance writers. You can read my interview with Nora Dunn here.

Success Factors:

  • Expertise – Nora was a finance professional in her previous career and she continues to focus on money issues with her travel writing.
  • Prolific Writer – Write many articles online and you will be found more frequently. Nora writes for many sites and she gets noticed for it.
  • Guest Posts – She frequently guest posts on other sites, including the hugely popular, ‘How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less).

Dan Andrews and Ian – Online and Offline Businesses, Membership Site

Dan Andrews and his partner Ian of and the LifeStyleBusinessPodcast are consummate entrepreneurs in every sense of the word. They are not travel bloggers but they are Asian based businessmen who have a popular website and podcast. If you are interested in making money online, the LifeStyleBusinessPodcast is essential listening. Dan and Ian started the Dynamite Circle, a membership site for nomadic entrepreneurs. I haven’t joined yet, but I have met many members who rave about the forum.

Success Factors:

  • Entrepreneurs – Dan and Ian start and run profitable businesses. They use blogging as a platform to advance their other businesses, not as a business in itself.
  • Diversity – They have multiple revenue streams and are not afraid to experiment.
  • Great Story – The TropicalMBA is another brilliant idea that is easy to understand and people want to spread. It also got them a steady stream of inexpensive and motivated workers to help them expand their business empire.
  • Outsourcing – Great businesses are grown by creating systems and processes that can be scaled. Dan and Ian know how to hire and manage a large team of people.

Derek Earl Baron – Ebooks, Affiliate Sales, Travel Tours

Earl Baron of started his travels off my working on cruise ships and teaching English. He later wrote his own ebooks, which were earning him $2500 per month when I interviewed him in 2010.

Success Factors:

  • Longevity – Constantly traveling for over 12 years.
  • Authenticity – Earl is a real traveler that has visited more that 70 countries and spends time in each to really learn about the culture.
  • Niche Focus – Working on cruise ships provided the expertise to write his first profitable ebook.
  • Connections – Strong focus on connecting with readers. Goes out of his way to answer questions and help.

Anil Polat – Ebooks, Advertising, Affiliate Sales

Anil Polat of wasn’t making much money when I interviewed him in 2009, but has recently been funding his travels through advertising on several websites and ebooks.

Success Factors:

  • Expertise – Anil is a former technology professional so extensively writes about IT, security and electronics.
  • Niche Sites – He runs several focused niche travel sites.
  • ‘How-to’ – Businesses make money by solving problems. Anil writes many detailed ‘how-to’ posts to solve common technology and security issues while traveling.

Benny Lewis – Ebook Sales

Benny Lewis of is one of the most interesting and charismatic people I have interviewed.  He started off as a technical translator but now funds his travels completely from the sales of his popular language learning guide.

Success Factors:

  • Great Story – He travels to different countries around the world and learns the language in 3 months.
  • Authentic – He can speak dozens of languages.
  • Unique – He is perhaps the only blogging digital nomad with a language learning focus.
  • Charismatic – He is great in front of a camera and in person.
  • Connections – Benny is a great networker, always making a superhuman effort to befriend new people around the world.

Adam Baker – Affiliate Sales, Ebooks

Adam Baker of focuses his blog on debt reduction, while at the same time traveling the world with his wife and child. Adam first came on my radar a couple of years ago through his extensive online networking and guest posting. When I interviewed him in early 2010, I knew he was going to one of the top location independence/lifestyle design bloggers.

Success Factors:

  • Hard Work – Massive amounts of networking and guest posting paid off.
  • Clear Focus – He focuses on the critical components of anyone considering a travel lifestyle, getting out of debt and getting rid of stuff.
  • Innovative – Adam, along with Karol Gajda, run the promotion a couple times per year which earns them hundreds of thousands of dollars by bundling many popular ebooks into a heavily discounted package for only three days. Sheer Genius!
  • Connections – Another fantastic networker. Adam knows everyone worth knowing in the blogging world.

Can You Really Make Money Travel Blogging

Travel blogging is a ‘job’ that requires countless hours of ongoing work to maintain and grow. Even then, only the top people make a livable income. If you don’t have a specific product or service that you want to market, it is hard to make money from any topic, let alone the saturated travel industry.

That is not to say there are no opportunities travel blogging. If you have unique expertise like Benny Lewis, Anil Polat or Earl Baron, focus on that niche and become known as the expert. That is how you solve problems for people and earn money in return.

Overall, I would recommend following the model of Kirsty Henderson or James T. Clark and continuously create new niche sites for marketing affiliate sales, paid posts and advertisements. This seems to provide the best return on your time and offers the potential for a semi-passive income stream.

I am no expert, but if you are set on becoming a travel blogging rock star with a single authority site, then you need a unique story like Chris Guillebeau, Benny Lewis or Canada’s Adventure Couple. There are far too many boring and generic travel blogs. Narrow down your focus to a specific niche and become the expert.

Here are some ideas:

  • Traveling Wine Connoisseur – Travel the world sampling the best wines.
  • Spa Travel – Write about high-end spas around the world. You might even find yourself with free spa and hotel visits in every country you visit.
  • Volunteer Travel – Focus your opportunities around volunteer work around the world.
  • Adventure Travel – Do crazy stunts and adventures and you will get noticed.
  • Travel Products – Write reviews of travel gear and services. You will likely start getting free promo gear and you can earn commissions from sales.
  • Video Travel Guides – There are plenty of text travel guides, but how about high-quality video guides that get you acquainted with new cities. This would be very time intensive, but could possibly lead to your own travel TV show.
  • Luxury Travel – The biggest opportunities are where customers spend the most money. High-end hotels, tours, restaurants and designer shopping stores are all competing for wealthier travelers. Connect with this market and you will have abundant income opportunities. Imagine earning commissions on rentals for luxury cars and yachts, sales of expensive jewelry or designer clothes and top quality hotels.

All of these areas already have established competition, but so did most of the people I mentioned above when they started blogging. A narrow focus, intensive networking and good old-fashioned hard work are still requirements for success in almost every business.

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

52 Responses to How to Really Make Money from a Travel Blog – An Overview of 14 of the Biggest Names in the Industry

  1. Simon P says:

    Love it. For me the dream is to make money but the priority is to produce good content and keep my writing skills in check. You never know, one day I may go back to journalism and then my blog will hopefully look good on my CV

    • John says:

      Hey Simon, Thanks for the comment. I am the same way. I like to write and want to improve my writing skills so I keep blogging. I know there are more effective ways to earn money, but I keep wanted to write.

  2. Deb says:

    Thanks for including us in such great company. Everyone is very inspiring and there is a lot to learn from each person mentioned above. I am definitely going to head over to the blogs to study the things that are making them such a success. Great to see the travel blogs doing so well. Congratulations to everyone.

  3. Sure doesn’t sound easy.
    and as a very fresh beginner, I still even haven’t decided my niche. All I know is that I enjoy writing, and traveling (still didn’t get many opportunities to do the latter one).
    but as the name of my blog suggests, I hope/know that Someday I’ll Be There 😀

    • John says:

      Hi Mina,

      Thanks for the comment. Making money with a travel blog definitely isn’t easy. It is very possible to make a few hundred dollars per month, but a very, very low percentage is making thousands of dollars. Small, off the radar niche sites are definitely the way to go if you want a good return on your time investment.

      However, if you really love writing, travel blogging can be a great way to document your trip and makes a nice hobby.

  4. Jeff says:

    I’ve fallen hard for the desire to travel, like a love-sick teenager and as a rookie (travel) blogger, who is making all the mistakes and loving every minute of it, this post has so much great information!

  5. Great post and thanks so much for including us! Travel blogging is hard work, but the rewards when they come are worth it.
    We are also now moving into doing some consulting and coaching as a way to diversify our income. So many doors you never thought of begin opening once you build your brand and traffic

    • John says:

      Greetings Caz,

      Blogging does open doors, so I agree that it can be valuable. My JetSetCitizen site, has provided a platform to meet hundreds of other like minded people around the world. That in itself is certainly worth the effort. The site itself will never likely earn much money, but I’m completely okay with that. There are much better ways to earn an income online.

  6. Jamie Monk says:

    Thanks for the ideas and info in this post. I have been blogging since 2006, very much a niche blog about where I live, which happens to be a place where many people travel to! It’s not quite at the level yet where I can quit the day job, which is the problem.. I still work 6 days a week, leaving limited time for a blog .. and I have a family! Checking the income on the Nerdy Nomad, looks like most comes from advertising.. I currently do NO direct advertising, but looks like this may be something to consider even if I consider it to be akin to selling my soul!

    • John says:

      Thanks for the comment Jamie,

      You have to be careful with advertising. The people really making money tend to limit ads from their main authority site, and put them on other niche sites. It is usually earning a few hundred dollars each, from many sites. Not earning thousands from any one site. In fact, there are very few travel bloggers that are earning thousands of dollars per month from a single site. The profits are just not there.

  7. Johanna says:

    Fabulous post and love all the different perspectives. All blogging is hard work, harder than traditional freelancing and travel writing, but today one can’t exist without the other. Most of the interviews you conducted espouse the importance of longevity, finding a niche, hard work and stickability. That about sums up the secret to travel blogging or any other kind of blogging I reckon?

    • John says:

      Hi Johanna,

      I agree, all blogging is hard work, regardless of the niche. However, it can be done more effectively. Blogging is great for generating targeted leads with search engine optimized content. That is what inbound or content marketing is all about. Businesses do it because it works and is more effective than traditional advertising. Of course, you need a targeted product or service to sell.

      That is exactly what is wrong with the vast majority of travel blogs. They talk about everything (no targeted search engine traffic) and have nothing focused to sell. It is tough to make a living if you have nothing unique to sell and don’t have a cost-effective way to acquire customers.

  8. brian says:

    What a great post! Tweeting and posting this. Thanks for summarizing such a frequently discussed topic among travel bloggers.

    • John says:

      Thanks Brian,

      Long time no talk. How have you been?

      We will have to talk again about your travel related business. I missed you in this post.

  9. Great info! And I had never heard of Chris’ eBook before. Downloaded & and hope to learn some valuable tricks. As a freelance writer I have “location independent” income already, but definitely want to step my game up.


    • John says:

      Thanks for the comment Britni.

      Chris’s book was written more than two years ago. It is amazing how much progress he has made since then.

  10. monique says:

    Thanks for this post! After a couple of years, my blog is finally starting to get some “legs”, and I’m also developing my destination race/running niche.

    • John says:

      Thanks for the comment Monique. It does take a long time to find your blogging ‘legs.’ Travel blogging is very personally rewarding but it is definitely not a way to get rich quick. Safe travels!

  11. Delujo says:

    Another reason to carve out a niche is that it enables you to make more than pocket change from Adsense and advertisers can clearly see it’s their audience without thinking about it. Not to mention it’s easier to gather a tribe around a specific area rather than travel or backpacking in general.

    I would think some areas would be really tough to make money off of though, like Voluntourism. The media loves that concept, but it’s incredibly fragmented, operating margins are slim, and most people don’t look at that as a long-term interest: they do it once, in one place, and move on.

    • John says:

      Thanks for adding to the conversation. Good points on why it is important to narrow your niche.

      I am still not certain about the voluntourism niche. There is an explosion of interest and some companies charge big money to volunteer. However, paying to volunteer doesn’t seem right to me either. At the same time, there are affluent travellers who want the feeling of making a difference, and are willing to pay to have it all organized for them. I wouldn’t personally choose this niche, but some companies seem to be doing well in it.

  12. Brilliant rundown. This will make an excellent resource to keep coming back to.

  13. Thanks for your post! Our friends over at CheddarYeti shared it with us and I’m glad they did. We have been traveling the US in our RV for the past year and a half visiting the best breweries across the nation. In Aug 2011 we started a website to share all the great travel tips we’ve been getting along the way. We’ve been fairly successful increasing our traffic through interviews with others and organically through social media. A friend of ours suggested we advertise on other sites to help increase our traffic which would in turn allow us to sell advertising. I know you’ve got to spend money to make money but when you’re not making much to begin with it is a little more difficult. I’m curious if any one has had any positive or less than ideal results with advertising their site to increase traffic or if good ol word of mouth is really the best way. Thanks again for your post! I followed most of these people but have a few new ones to help motivate me even more!

    • John says:

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. It is great to hear that you are getting some results with your site.

      I have played around with pay per click advertising a little. I think the key to any successful advertising is to be scientific about it. If spending $8 in ads, makes you $10 in profits, then by all means advertise. In fact, if you can do that, you will have a great money machine that will likely generate a tidy income. If you want to make more money, you just need to advertise more.

      The problem is that most blogs are not really targeted well enough to sell anything productively. They don’t have in-demand products to sell, they don’t have optimized landing pages and their sales copy is weak. It is very easy to spend $100 to make $5 , but that isn’t a very good business model.

      If you are going to advertise, you had better find out exactly what it costs to acquire a new customer and what the lifetime value of that customer is. Many people do a great job at this, but the margins are very tight and you really have to know what you are doing.

      Another thing, is that advertising doesn’t generate the back links you need for organic search engine traffic. If you want better search engine results, you will need get people to link to you. Advertising might be a temporary boost, but it’s benefits end as soon as you stop buying more ads.

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  15. Thanks for the response John! You’ve made some excellent points here!

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  17. Frank Izaguirre says:

    Nice work here, John. Great information articulately said. And thanks for commenting on my Vagabondish post!

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  19. Kasmersensei says:

    Your comments on Kirsty Henderson seem to be off the mark. Her recent Sep. 2012 earnings report talks about climbing back to over 5K a month, yet you’re reporting that she is making 10k a month. Is she not including some of her 19 websites in the earnings report?

    Other than that, interesting blog, hope you can stay on the road if that’s what you want. Doing the things you’d like to do when you can is great, my hats off to you.

    • John says:


      Yes, you are right. I apologize. When I wrote the post, she had just made $9785 in January.

      Her actual revenues for 2012 are:
      Jan. $9785
      Feb. $7008
      Mar. $9118
      Apr. $7323
      May $5784
      Jun. $7356
      Jul. $6298
      Aug $3612
      Sep. $5150

      Thanks for the kind words!

  20. John,

    I really enjoyed your list! Now that I’m officially retired, I’ll be traveling much more as well. Hope all is well!


  21. Ana says:

    Great post, John. I’ve been a fan for quite a while and always look forward to your next post.

    I’m a serial expat English teacher, editor and writer. My biggest regret is that I didn’t get started on a site in 2000 when I first left home on a big dream quest. I think, gee whiz, back then I could have had so much of the field to myself! But I was alone, I didn’t have the technical knowledge and had no idea how to get started.

    Then when blogging got started a few years later I could have done so much. It was still new, I was still living abroad, and my teaching salaries were enough to pay for some training. Even when I was stateside during interim times, I could have … oh man, so many coulda-shoulda-woulda’s! 🙂

    One of the things I permitted to stop me was that I’ve only lived in a couple of places abroad. Most successful travel bloggers seem to have traversed the world. Is it possible to start in only 1 or 2 countries?

    My original way out was teaching English, and it could be a way out for many — if they like it and are good at it. I’ve had a few stints already but it does tend to have a shelf life and, depending on where you’re from, you can’t do it everywhere. Now as a single mature woman, location independence is my ultimate goal.

    Is it possibly too late now to blog successfully … and how does one get started with only limited experience abroad?

    • John says:

      Hi Ana,

      Actually, to make money with a travel blog, I think it can be far more effective to focus on a single city or possibly country and create a comprehensive directory. That is the best way to get advertisers (hotels, tour company’s spas, etc.) from that country.

      You also have English skills. There is high demand for skill English writers for all sorts of topics. The work is there if you work for it.


  22. Still working on it! I have my membership model and a niche focus on luxury mindbody retreats on my SpaGroups blog. I think we are the only blog with an associated retreat planning and advising business.

  23. KyL says:

    Hi John, thanks! That’s very eye opening.. I want to create my first travel blog this year. More energetic now.

    • John says:

      Thanks for visiting.
      If your goal is to make money, I’m not sure travel blogging is the best way to go. There are many easier paths to an online income.

      • KyL says:

        Ah.. that’s not only my goal.. I like traveling, but I hate writing. So I think it is good idea to start slowly writing in my travel blog. Thks for replying 🙂

  24. Jonny Blair says:

    Nice article here John. Are these still the top travel blogs making money do you reckon or do some people come and go in this industry? I’ve heard of almost all these guys but some have been quiet of late. Would be cool to get an updated list somewhere. Regards, Jonny

  25. James P. says:

    Great resource! I think outside the handful of heavyweights in the travel blog industry, the rest of the folks should be in it for the fun and wanting to educate potential travelers rather than the moolah.

    • John says:

      Hi James,

      I definitely agree. Blogging is very personally rewarding, it’s just not very financially rewarding. It’s disappointing that the people marketing expensive make money online programs hype up easy blueprints to online riches, when the reality is that 99% of people won’t cover costs.

  26. Peter Quest says:

    Great blog John. I`m fairly new to all this blogging but am into video and so have recently started a Vlog having taken semi retirement. I`m a young 60 year old (lol) and am about to go volunteering around the world on a shoestring. Interesting you mentioned volunteer travel being a good niche example as that`s what my Vlog is all about – a mature adventurer’s Travel and Video Blog. Volunteering, cultural education plus information and resources on travelling and living abroad on a shoestring. Also interesting that a lot of the guys you`ve mentioned on here, I`m now familiar with because of the online research I`ve been doing these last few months. I`m even promoting Caz and Craig`s ebook on my website.
    Looking forward to reading more from you.

  27. Laura says:

    Thank you very much for the article. Very useful for us who are starting 🙂

  28. Nha Trang says:

    Hi John, your blog/website is so simply but so nice. I like the blogs as yours.

    I am also a blogger from Vietnam. My site is

    My english is so bad so I can just write all of things in Vietnamese languages. I want to learn what you have shared here about how to eaning money.

    I realy happy while read this post and your blog. But all things are too hard to me. All of blogs in Vietnamese language are very low in CPC. And we could not be lived by blogs. But I hope and try more and more after read yours

  29. Liz says:

    Love this post. Possibly one of the most helpful articles I’ve seen, and definitely one that gives concrete advice. I will be checking out some names from your case studies above. Thank you!

  30. Great blog its always been a dream of mine to live in South america and live off of a travel blog.

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