How YOU can Travel Full Time & Make Money on Social Media - 10 Tips to become a Digital Nomad

 


you want to travel the world and get

paid you're living in a fantasy buddy

yeah no they're not it's actually more

accessible today than it's ever been

yeah baby feel like B it's fun buddy

actually no you really don't need that

much money saved up anyone can do it but

you will need to work very hard you've

got to be willing to sell your soul to

the highest bidder my name is Christian if you don't already know who I am I've been making travel videos for a few years now and one of the incredible things about it is that it allows me to be anywhere in the world and to call it my job yes I get to call traveling meeting new people and making great money my job it's definitely a incredible situation I never really ever saw myself falling into especially going back four years ago where the story started as a broke backpacker with just a GoPro I always saw travel and work as two very polar opposite things you're either making money at work or you're traveling and losing money but the incredible thing about this career is that it takes that equation and it completely disregards it by traveling I make money and therefore this travel lifestyle becomes sustainable and profitable today I'll be sharing with you ten things that will allow you to make money as a travel influencer whether you want to do photography videography I'll be sharing my own personal anecdotes experienced as well as sharing some stories from friends who have also been able to call this their job point number one and listen up closely because this one is very important you can do it anyone can be here sitting in this chair right now calling themselves an Instagram or a youtuber whatever it is that floats your boat that could be your career I want you to put yourself in my shoes where I was four years ago I had nothing more than a backpack on my back I had about three thousand dollars in my bank account I had a gopro hero4 silver I had never in my life into film school I had never in my life learned about YouTube never been taught that you could actually make a penny on Instagram and I really didn't know what I was doing but one thing I did discover on that trip was that I love to travel and I love to make videos hello welcome to my channel that is how my journey started very humble beginnings no real direction no real skill but what I did have what I made up for it on every other front was a burning passion for what I wanted to do I was ready to hustle until I was able to make it happen and that's exactly what I did today I now have over ten revenue streams that allow me to get paid even when I'm on the road this path was not given to me and it was not given to anybody else you follow and admire on social media this is a business for those who hustle those who work late into the night early into the mornings those who don't give up when they don't get paid those who don't quit when they don't get views this is for those who are ready to grind and hustle if you think that's you then keep watching and if you don't think it's you please keep watching I really can't afford my retention rate to drop now let's get into point number two and that is going to be the importance of keeping your costs low let's get ready to hustle and ball out on a budget as I mentioned before when I started my travels I really didn't have that much money saved up and every single day I was on the road I was basically eating into my savings I knew that if I was gonna make youtube videos and Instagram photos I was gonna need as much time as I could to create good content so how could I stretch that limited money one of the main ways to do that is to reduce your cost reduce the overhead of hotels of food of activities how do you do that when I first started one of the best ways I was able to keep my costs low was door-knocking I was going hostel to hostel to hostel sometimes ten hostels in a row with flat-out say no we're not willing to give you a free bed but the 11th one would eventually say yes and that would be the place where I would stay for two to three nights right there I took care of one of my biggest expenses as a nomad which is my accommodation if I knew I was gonna go to an island and I wanted to do an island tour or I needed the ferry well then I would try to contact different companies that would allow me to feature their service in exchange for a free ticket again I was able to keep creating my content while keeping my costs as low as possible for every single video for every single Instagram photo and that is how you need to keep yourself afloat during the early stages you're gonna have to make sacrifices you're gonna have to say no to getting drinks with dinner each Street food knock on hostel doors keep costs as low as possible I want to share with you an account who you should definitely go check out after this his name is Chris Lau I consider him my first ever patron success story patron is where I have behind-the-scenes community where there's filmmakers there's travel influencers who are trying to make this their living and it's where I share all my information I highly recommend you check it out after this Chris took all the information he learned through my patreon as well as his background in sales and he basically has become a free accommodation monster everywhere he goes he's been able to leverage his 10,000 followers now at like 22 thousand followers on Instagram to get himself free stuff all over the world from 5-star hotels to free meals he's been able to even treat me to a couple free meals because he contacted those companies in advance Chris embodies hustling to keep costs low and I have so much respect to him the next point is diversify your income sources so as I mentioned at the beginning of this video I now have like over 10 income sources that allow me to make a great living maybe I didn't get as many views on YouTube that month or maybe I didn't have as many visits to my Shopify store it tends to even out because there's 10 of them and so I'm not heavily relying on any of them it gives you a lot more financial security I'm gonna talk about what my revenue sources are as well as some other revenue sources that my friends are using I'm not gonna give them to you in the particular order of importance but let's start off with the first one and that's right now the ad revenue that's being earned by this video and basically every other monetized video on my channel right now I've been averaging 2.5 to 3 million views every single month and that actually adds up into a pretty nice paycheck every month now another income source is my products that I sell through my Shopify store I have a Philippines Travel Guide Thailand Travel Guide Peru Travel Guide I have a guide on how I edit my travel videos so if you're curious about any of those again their link down below this is how I make my living those 4 products once they were made they become passive income so every single time I make a sale there's no real cost because each products don't have inventory you basically just have a protective asset that you send off to somebody when they bought the rights to it it's a fantastic way to make a living especially for those of you that do develop your own communities and have people that trust your authority on a certain subject another income source that's really not that relevant to me these days is my merchandise I'm not selling that many t-shirts in fact I never even push it in my videos for me it's not the biggest but for some youtubers it can actually be their primary income source another one is my affiliate link King so basically if you go to the bottom of every YouTube video you'll find out exactly where I get my youtube music anytime somebody signs up for epidemic sounds that I actually get a small little bonus from that sign up for me it's one of my favorite income sources because I'm basic getting paid to promote the service I love and use every single day if you're looking for YouTube music you don't want copyright claims you want your videos monetized then check it out another one that I've started using recently is story blocks and it's where I'm able to get stock footage from drone footage etcetera anything that I need to fill in the gaps in my video and I also have an affiliate signup through them another one is patreon and again my patreon is my behind-the-scenes community to all the business side the travel side it's where I share in-depth information and one of my biggest advices to anyone who's considering using patreon as a means to make a paycheck never treat it as a charity case do not ask people to donate just because they already get your content for free on YouTube that's not a very compelling reason and you might get backlash I know that from experience what I recommend is always coming up with a value proposition what is somebody gonna get out of doing patreon why should somebody pay that two dollars a month to be part of that behind-the-scenes community you need to make sure there is a value that they receive and if there is then it could be a very great business model and for my friends at sailing let vagabond that's actually one of the primary ways they monetize their channel another income source that I really don't do that often is consulting one of the things I like to do the least is trading one of my hours for money because it's not scalable I like things that can be scaled for example if I create a II product once that time has been paid up I can sell that to infinite amount of people as many people as there are on this planet but if every person in the world wanted one hour of my consulting well I mean I'd be pretty rich but I would be physically limited to the amount of time in a day the amount of time I can give but nonetheless I like to take on a couple consulting gigs every now and then now sponsors brand work one of the income sources that started off a little bit better this year and towards late year actually got pretty slow was my sponsored work I wasn't getting as many opportunities I'm not exactly sure what the reason is but nonetheless the incredible thing is I've been able to build a business that relies on itself through the sales of guys through the ad revenue and through my other revenue means I basically am NOT in a position where I have to compromise my brand just to accept any brand deal that comes in it's the reason so many of the brand deals that have contacted me have been rejected I'd rather choose the ones that are the right fit and I highly recommend if you're in the position to do so you should always practice protecting your brand before making a quick buck the next one is licensing and really it's not been the biggest part of my income source by any means but I do license out some of my footage and I actually have a friend that this is one of his main ways of making money it's just passive money because once he sent off all the footage he already filmed as a videographer as a youtuber he was able to make a lot of money with that and it is something I want to explore a little more considering I'm already shooting a ton I want to talk a little bit about other revenue sources I've seen from other people and one of them is actually being a tour guide now you need to be careful because once you start doing physical services in a country that you're not resident of visa has become an issue so I'm not about to name locations I'm not about to name names I'm not gonna get into any real details on this but I will say that some people who know certain areas have become tour guides in these areas and shown people around and get paid really well to do it another big source of income for most of my friends is actually making videos for other people so making videos to promote their products making content for their Instagram feed now taking that a step further I actually have my friends cam and Kelsey the wonderful life and they actually managed a couple of companies social media feeds so not only do they send them the content but they're actually the ones who are actively posting it on their account and that gets them a nice weekly or monthly paycheck that allows them to be nomadic work from anywhere in the world I have some friends that do photography gigs whether it's struggling to shoot some models or if it's going down and shooting a wedding these can actually make some decent paychecks but they're not that consistent typically unless you've done a really good job keeping your business regular the good thing about them though is in the one or two days that you work you can make a few hundred dollars and even a few thousand dollars in a few days if you're marketing and branding is good some of my friends have started doing workshops and it's something that I'm actually thinking about doing here in Bali maybe in May if you would ever consider coming to a los LeBlanc workshop comment down below I'd love to hear your thoughts if it's something you would like to do now those are just a few of the revenue sources that friends and myself are using now to close off this point I want to also say that what may work for me or a friend might not work for you what I highly recommend though is you look at what you enjoy doing and even examining some of the skills that you already have if you're a surfer then maybe you can teach lessons if you're a singer maybe you could do lessons online maybe you could develop a singing course get creative and look closely at the things that people look up to you for what skills can you offer maybe that last line hit you a little hard because you're feeling like I really don't have any skills I can't offer and that's going to lead us to point number five which is developing a monetizable skill one of the best sources for free education is right here on YouTube you can learn how to become a graphic designer you can learn what SEO is how to run Facebook ads these are all skills that people are paying lots of money for if you're good at what you're doing now what are the skills I have learned I've actually become an expert at videography and editing at photography I've become a marketing wizard I now understand how to market a video I understand how to use all the social media platforms I wasn't actively trying to learn every single one of these skills but they were some skills that I naturally picked up just by doing what I love which is making videos and photos for you guys if you've toyed around with the idea of going out there and trying to make money as a travel influencer or as a travel filmmaker I just want to say right now that this isn't as risky as you're making it out to be you may think to yourself that what if I don't grow that following what if nobody watches my videos well as long as you're hustling you're working hard for a year for two years for three years then I can assure you you're gonna learn more in that span of time then you would have learned at a university you might not realize this but you're actually actively learning real-world skills that companies are paying big money for even if after a year or two years you realize that the social media thing is not for you you're still leaving ahead of where you were before you've learned new skills that will make you marketable to employers and if you're like myself it'll make you capable of becoming a freelancer basically anywhere in the world learn new skills become an expert in them and there's no possible way that you can fail in this position you will only be ahead of where you started the next point is to choose your social media platforms wisely now the reason I say that is because in today's landscape we have so many to choose from luckily some of them are slowly being eliminated goodbye snapchat I don't need your distractions but that still leaves me with three really big ones that I'm trying to balance that is Facebook Instagram YouTube and I constantly deal with the battle of would I be better off if I cut off two of them and just focus on one I kind of did an experiment this year and it's working to decide my priority platforms I ask myself these questions which platforms did I most enjoy which platforms that I have the most authority on and which platform best allows me to monetize my lifestyle now for me the answer was pretty obvious that it wasn't going to be Facebook it may be accounted for 5% of my annual in and so recently it hasn't been getting much love I basically just post the occasional post there but until I expand my team I need to focus on what really matters next up I looked at Instagram and Instagram is something that I've always really loved doing I love editing photos for me that doesn't feel like work it feels like a hobby but I did find that Instagram is a place where it's hardest for me to find Authority it's hardest to be different from everybody else it doesn't give you a ton of space to do that with photos and Instagram stories being limited to 15 seconds and Instagram audiences generally having a much more limited attention span trust me they're like goldfish compared to YouTube I found that it was not really my platform and even though it accounted for maybe thirty percent of my annual income through branded work I decided to put a little bit less emphasis on it I went from posting every day to every second day it's now posting every three or four days and with that being said I have doubled down on YouTube it is the place I love to post it's a place where I have a real community where I can talk to you I can get to know people I feel like I give value and it returns itself so many ways of course one of them is definitely the financial way but another is just like meeting people on the street and then being like Christian I just came from the Philippines I use your itinerary it was the best trip of my life or hey Christian I just got that new camera you recommended I'm loving it it's those moments right there that are just as rewarding as the fact that it's able to put a roof over my head so YouTube is the place I have doubled down on I want to emphasize again what's right for me it might not be right for you but you need to ask yourself these questions because you only have 24 hours in a day and if you try to do everything you might not do as well as you've had if you just focus on one or two of them and on to the next one choose a niche and build a brand when you think of loss Leblanc well what do you think of you probably think of blue ass water you probably think of high quality information and visual storytelling you probably think of chiseled features and dad jokes and of course the occasional cringing moment it's what makes this channel different than everybody else's channel let's face it I'm not the only Travel Channel on YouTube but I came to be one of the biggest and fastest growing by finding ways to differentiate myself from everybody else one of the best ways I've been able to do that is laser focusing on a subject I loved which is Southeast Asia focusing on the places that make me really happy which are Thailand Bali Philippines and just going into those places giving people high quality information in ways that they had never seen before you need to ask yourself this question am i an entertainer am i somebody that is maybe a bit more serious but focuses really well on the details and the information are you somebody that enjoys taking a time-lapse and flying a drone around or would you rather just do talking head videos for this to be sustainable you have to make the channel based around who you are as a person it's gonna be challenging if it's not something that you feel compelled to do you need to ask yourself what kind of channel can I make and what kind of channel should I make these are all the pieces that will make your channel what it is it's the thing that makes it different from every other channel I want to warn you about one of the things that most new content creators fall into and that is following the cookie cutter format for videos for photos from shooting the same photos to filming the exact same meaningless vlog content I highly recommend you don't fall into the trap that so many people do I understand that when you're a beginner you need to learn what your channel is and it won't make sense to you right away but from the very beginning I challenge you to find those ways to make yourself different focus on your personal strengths and really hone in on them some of my most successful YouTube videos are the ones where I was trying to push the envelope and try new things when I travel to the Philippines it hadn't really been previously documented on YouTube so I started giving people travel information those videos really took off and the world rewarded me for it early on in YouTube not many people were making travel guides let alone backing them up with beautiful footage to show what the places look like it's the reason that some of these videos got millions of views and on Facebook even tens of millions of views because people had never seen it presented in such a enjoyable way give people a reason to say wow I have never seen it done like this or I've never seen the subject covered I need to subscribe because there's nowhere else I can get this content you need to become irreplaceable and not just another one of the Sheep don't be a sheeple person a cheap person because sheep people don't be a sheep oh another extension of that don't use cheesy travel quotes in your Instagram bio I'm looking at you not all those who wander are lost I'm looking at you on to the next your content needs to be good not that good but it does need to be good now that may sound very obvious but I want to really explain what that means you know I've always said the story comes first it comes before your camera it comes before the transitions and the Edit that you use but even though story is important you need to make it a digestible a palpable video that somebody can enjoyably watch if they're watching it on the big screen on their iPhone are they able to enjoy it or is it just this rocky roller coaster of a video that looks like you shot it inside of a crashing airplane I used to have videos like that and people used to comment all the time how they literally had to leave my channel because my videos were so shaky so how do you avoid that two things maybe a lot of things but you need to invest in the right equipment certain cameras are naturally just better tools for what you need to do now I'm not going to tell you what that tool should be but it took me a long time to figure out the right setup and it's still not the perfect setup but it does allow me to get high quality content and people really appreciate it I really don't want to discourage anyone from shooting with the phone in their pocket right now because that can be the best starting point but just be asking yourself these questions how can I make my videos better one other parts of that is going to be your editing get started now with your limited editing abilities and build up into being a high quality video editor through practice and repetition your videos will go from looking like this we made it to Taipei to something just like this [Music] [Music] it's possible for anyone because I did it to one of the most important parts of all of this is to build a community and one thing I want to emphasize more than anything else is that each and every single person that comments that likes that comes across your channel matters your channel this channel is absolutely nothing without the people that get behind it you are reliant on these people who come in and watch your videos the people that follow you on Instagram without them your channel your business is nothing myself I have been very fortunate I've been able to grow community on multiple platforms I've had so many incredible people pour in their support and with that comes a lot of messages one of the biggest guilts I wear is when I look at a message and I'm like if I respond to that message and the next message and the next message and all of the messages from the other thousand people that have messaged me this week I won't be able to do what I'm doing in the first place and so yes you have to prioritize your time but I think that it is incredibly important especially in your early stages and in the late stages to make sure there's always that active communication going on with your community make sure you're giving back to the people that give you so much make sure that you're commenting when you can make sure that if people are telling you look we don't like the direction your channels headed that you're actually listening to them you can't always listen to everyone but at least know what your core audience is trying to tell you because at the end of the day again you're nothing without them if you have a thousand followers and you lose a follower it's like okay that kind of sucks if you have a million followers and you lose one well what does it really matter they're just another drip in the pond I've met big content creators and that mindset is starting to bite them in the butt every single person that pours in matters and I also want to talk about the mid-size to small content creators because all the time I meet people who are like oh I only have twenty thousand Instagram followers or oh I only have two thousand YouTube subscribers I want to tell you this right now because it's one of the most important things you'll ever hear about your channel it is less important how big your audience is it is more important how engaged and connected you are with these people it's something that becomes challenging to do as your channel gets larger is to have that intimate connection but there are people who have a thousand followers --is that are making full-time income they're able to enrich a thousand people's lives because they have such a close connection with them so underestimate the size of your audience or anybody else's I actually had this one a male come in from another guy one day to get five thousand subscribers on YouTube but he was telling me that he was basically making a hundred K or more off of that five thousand followers he was showing me just how powerful it is if you have a strong audience it's the idea that it's better to have a thousand screaming fans than it is to have a million subscribers that don't even remember who you are or why they subscribe so really focus on building that early audience that community make sure you give them a brand identity they can latch on to and want to support and don't forget that behind every single view every single leg is a real person that has actually made a sacrifice of their own personal time to give you that support the same logic applies just as much to me if any of you who are still listening to me babble on I wanted to say thank you so much for being here every single one of you you are the reason my channel has become what it is today and I tribute all make success to you thank you so much Papa become an expert on a subject if you want to be successful on social media if you want to make a living out of this you're going to need to find a subject that you can find authority over my expertise is travel but in particular its Southeast Asia almost anyone who comes to Southeast Asia who's an English speaker have seen at least one or two of my videos whether they recognize me or not why is that well it's because I know the trending locations I know the overrated destinations I know the best places to go for families and their kids I know the best places to travel for people who are looking for incredible nightlife and solo travel I give people tons of information and I give it to them in a presentation that they enjoy that is something that has taken me years to craft but I've gone to a place where I am an authority over a certain subject it's this very same Authority that has allowed me to monetize through selling travel guides that has enabled me to have so many other opportunities opened up to me in addition to that over the years I've become an expert in videography and photography I've basically become a one-man production house that teaches people how I do it I became a self-proclaimed expert by basically just going out there and doing learning from YouTube using cameras every single day and using lots of them shooting them in all conditions making everything from vlogs to documentaries I have a wide array of experience in all of this and it's what gives me again the credibility to be able to share with other people and mana this information if you're a vegan if you're a weightlifter if you're a Canadian if you're a free diver these are all unique things about you that people want to learn more about and if you can convey the information if you can share that lifestyle or something about it that people want to watch you become an authority so naturally it's best to find the things you're already doing but some of these expert eases will come with time as you invest yourself more and more in that subject that is what happened with me in Southeast Asia and videography photography my 10th and final tip for anyone that wants to make a living as a travel videographer photographer influencer whatever you want to label it is to be flexible now what does that mean well flexibility is really just the willingness to go with the flow being able to adapt being willing to accept to be uncomfortable maybe you're used to comfortable North America but now you're going to be staying at hostels for the next 30 days maybe you're used to having your mom cook you breakfast but now you're eating Street food ten meals in a row just to keep costs low that is flexibility maybe you wanted to make all your money doing photography gigs but you haven't had one in a month and somebody just offered you the job of babysitting their child's be flexible be willing to take on these little odd jobs here and there and be willing to do anything and everything it takes to get your business to where you want it to be so that one day you don't have to do those things anymore flexibility is like one of the number one things to making this work in a career field that is so uncertain and unpaid for those of you that just show up by the one-way ticket go with the flow you will find ways to make it work and a lot of the times it won't be in the way you planned a lot of the time the plan gets thrown out the door and new brighter more exciting opportunities arise but one thing is for sure it's gonna take sacrifice it's gonna take a lot of hard work and most of all you just got to commit if this is the thing you want to do it's the day to day to make it happen I hope you enjoyed this video a bit about how I make my money how I call this my career and how you can one day call it your career you could be the next one sitting in this chair probably not this actual chair but like a chair sharing your information with so many people and I really take this seriously because this information is what made my life better I went from being at a job where I was miserable a lifestyle that I hated and I now AM in a place where I love every single day even when it means being on that laptop over there for 12 hours because the Edit wasn't finished it is the thing that makes me happy I just hope for anyone that wants something similar they it happen if you want to learn about anything I talked about from eat products the patron it's all gonna be linked down below and you guys already know new videos every single Saturday smash that subscribe button smash the bell button hit the thumbs up thing and let's get lost again in the next one

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