I’m a Travel Blogger

I got my first “job” today!

Sunday Shower Thoughts:

  1. “What would life be like if humans had a mating season?”
  2. “I wonder if sweet potatoes would be good on pizza.”
  3. “I love vacation rentals. How fun would it be to review vacation rentals? OMG, I’m going to review vacation rentals.”

I got out of the shower, threw on some clothes, and immediately set to work. I emailed 10 different vacation rental owners and told them I wanted to look at their place, take some pictures, and do a small piece on my blog. Everyone who actually read my email, responded positively.

On Monday, Josh and I drove into town and met with a woman who owns a dozen properties in the area and was excited to get some professional photographs taken of a property she recently acquired. That made me nervous. “Is she going to be upset when Josh and I show up with our phones and the GoPro? Does she think my blog is being read by thousands of people?” I was so nervous, but I put on my work voice and just did it.

We had so much fun! The woman and her mother were really nice people with interesting stories. The two apartments she took us to were lovely and exactly the kind of places we stay at during our previous travels. Josh took video with the GoPro and I took photos with my phone.

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Again, it was a little nerve racking taking photos on our cheap equipment with very little photography skill, but the photos weren’t the point. It was the story. The woman gave us the rundown of the area (similar to what she would share with her renters) and we visited many of the places she suggested. We imagined an entire week’s worth of amazing blog posts and stories we could tell if we had a week at her place. It would be the dream job I have always wanted.

Dream Job Checklist:

  1. Quit my nine to five and hit the road. – CHECK
  2. Start a blog. – CHECK
  3. Make first contact as a travel marketer. – CHECK

Am I dreaming? Has this really happened? This blog has 30 posts, I doubled my followers on social media, and I got my first “job”. There are still a few steps to go before I’m Samantha Brown famous, but I’m on my way. I really am. How did I get so lucky?

Week One Review

Each day I have felt more and more confident in our decision. I am having so much fun and feel more alive than I have in a long time. We are moving out of the apartment in less than a week and I can’t wait!

I just wrapped up my first week of quitting my job and working “location independent.” One of the things that stands out the most to me is how long the days have lasted. I can’t believe it has only been a week. I feel like I do “The Jerk” routine almost daily with Josh:

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Goals: Since it was my first week off, I decided to keep things simple and set myself only one major goal: Get completely ready for the day by being fed, showered, brushed, and completely dressed by 10AM. Seems like a pretty easy job, but taking the time to actually do my hair, accessorize, and set my desired shoes next to the door seemed like a daunting task knowing that I would be far more comfy in my house clothes. But, by the end of the week, I accomplished my goal six of the seven days (everyone needs at least one day off).

Productivity: The sound of that daunting goal might give you the wrong idea about my week. I actually accomplished a ton of stuff this week. Some of the things I’m most proud of include doing yoga every-other day, completing over 8 hours of language study, selling over $1000 worth of our stuff online, planning mini-adventures for us each day, and being social at least half of the days. Again, these may sound silly, but my days off of work usually include a lot more sleeping. I’ve been more productive in the last week than I have been in the last month (which I considered a very productive month).

Money: Josh spent the week cooking most of our meals. We ate very well and wanted for nothing (except maybe more soda and beer). I’ll be posting a more detailed budget blog at the end of the month but, for week one in general, I would say that we totally nailed it! We stayed within our budget and achieved our goal income.

Fun: For the most part, this was a relax week. I wanted to spend some time just catching up on sleep and quieting my mind. Every morning I scheduled an optional activity for us. We didn’t actually do many of the activities, but enjoyed knowing we had the option. The highlights of the week included Pub Science (a neuroscience lecture at our favorite pub), our Asian burrito food invention (fried rice and sweet pork wrapped in a burrito), our theatrical trip to Walgreens for a year’s worth of medications, and a night of drinks and laughs with friends.

Each day I have felt more and more confident in our decision. I am having so much fun and feel more alive than I have in a long time. We are moving out of the apartment in less than a week and I can’t wait!