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  1. Penelope Silvers
    November 21, 2018 @ 7:53 pm

    Thanks for setting the record straight on “getting paid to travel the world.” I get so tired of this click bait crap that I don’t even click on it anymore. I’ve been around the internet world long enough (as a blogger and author) to know what goes into success. It’s not easy, it’s sometimes fun and sometimes grueling, but you have to know what you want. Thanks for sharing the truth with us. And keep on traveling and sharing! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      November 22, 2018 @ 10:20 am

      Thank you, Penelope. That’s exactly why I wrote this article and I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  2. David the writer
    November 22, 2018 @ 3:13 am

    Any money-making idea a self-styled guru is selling is at least partly dishonest. If they are putting an effort into selling their “secrets”, rather than into whatever the secrets supposedly do, that tells you where the money really is.

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    • dankiteski
      November 22, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

      Absolutely, David. I’ve been blogging for a while and never tried to do that. Even if I do that someday, I’ll try to keep it as real as possible 🙂

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  3. Urska | Sliva
    November 23, 2018 @ 10:37 am

    Awesome article! So true all that you have written, those fancy headlines are so misleading and can make more harm than good. I have young people in mind, who would sell everything to travel the world and in the end, they end up cleaning toilets and eating crackers in some third world country, not having enough money to get home. All because they believed that somebody will eventually pay them to travel the world. And what’s most hypocritical in the end, that people who end up in this kind of situation are then “selling” ebook, webinars, courses,… you name it, to other people and misleading them. And please don’t understand me wrong, not all people are the same, some decide to take “dirty jobs” in order to travel and that’s perfectly fine, but I don’t find it fair that some are selling stories of happy travel lifestyle that doesn’t hold true. Sure some travel bloggers live better than others, but the fact is that we live in a world where you actually have to work in order to travel, as well as to travel for work.

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    • dankiteski
      November 24, 2018 @ 7:29 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Urska, I really appreciate it. There sure are a lot of people that use this phrase for advertising, most of the time falsely and I felt the internet needed more articles like this one that tries to keep it real. You’re absolutely right- we do live in a world where we have to work hard in order to travel.

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  4. Barbados Guide
    November 24, 2018 @ 6:05 pm

    The ONLY people that get paid to travel the world are SOLDIERS! And they pay in the end sometimes with their life!

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    • dankiteski
      November 24, 2018 @ 7:26 pm

      Well, technically they don’t get paid to travel either. It’s just sometimes their job requires them to be somewhere else but like you said, sometimes they can even ay that with their life.

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  5. Roy Stevenson
    November 25, 2018 @ 8:29 am

    Nicely written and well thought out article, Dan. A good dose of reality here & your point that we are working for our travel is well made. You primarily addressed the blogging crowd in this piece, but there is another side to this too; writing for print media.
    I’ve been in the freelance writing game for 11 years & have accumulated more than 1,000 bylines in 200+ regional, national, & international magazines, newspapers, trade journals, custom publications, specialty magazines, in flights, on boards, and a few online travel websites. I’ve been on more than 90 press trips to 43 countries around the world on various assignments, and been paid for them. I’ve found that freelancing for print media is a heck of a lot easier than spending many years required to establish a heavily-visited blog or website. And we get paid on publication for our work, so there is a more immediate return on our time. And I know plenty of other professional travel journalists doing the same thing. I also notice that the millennial generation seems to think that writing for the internet is the only option for breaking into travel writing. Many of these millennials have the writing talent to break into print a lot faster than grinding away at blogs-and they’ll still get the press trips and Fam tours! Just presenting another option here.
    Your overall point, that it is hard work, is right on! Keep up the good work & quality blogs, Dan. Best Regards.

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    • dankiteski
      November 26, 2018 @ 9:12 am

      Thank you for covering this point, Roy. It’s true, writing for print media can get you on a lot of press trips but I believe the point is the same: it takes a lot of hard work to establish yourself as a player in the freelance writing game. Getting your first piece published in a magazine, newspaper or other publications isn’t an easy task. It took me more than 10 attempts to get my first piece published in a print media 😀 Indeed, hard work is the only way to go!

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      • Roy Stevenson
        December 5, 2018 @ 9:39 am

        Thanks for taking the time to reply to my post, Dan. Much appreciated. Yes, I agree, it does take a lot of work to break into freelance paying print media too. Absolutely! And many (perhaps as many as 90% of aspiring freelancers) never make it, because they lack the writing and/or marketing skills to get their work into print. Having said that, I’ve seen travel blogs that could easily sold to top shelf paying print magazines. There are some talented bloggers out there. Keep up the good work, Dan! Regards, Roy Stevenson (www.PitchTravelWrite.com, http://www.Roy-Stevenson.com)

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        • dankiteski
          December 11, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

          Thank you again, Roy. Your comments really mean a lot. All the best 🙂

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  6. Anisha
    November 26, 2018 @ 7:22 am

    Wow! Thanks for being so honest. I always thought that it was too good to be true to get paid to travel. As a travel blogger myself, I know that it takes a lot of hard work to be able to start making money.

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    • dankiteski
      November 26, 2018 @ 9:15 am

      Thank you, Anisha!

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  7. SuBhaSun (Supriya Bhardwaj)
    November 26, 2018 @ 8:05 am

    Finally…here comes the true insight of getting paid while traveling. Truly, it is your services which get paid and you use that money to travel. I completely agree…nothing comes for free!

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    • dankiteski
      November 26, 2018 @ 9:15 am

      Thank you, Supriya – I’m really glad you liked my post

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  8. Marlene Marques
    November 26, 2018 @ 10:56 am

    Hello! Thanks for the reality check! Like you, I’m a travel blogger, but I earn my money as a full-time journalist and copywriter, as I haven’t reach the point of my blog paying my bills. But what annoys me is the fact that so many people thinks that blogging is easy money and that you can live on it from day one. As you said, it takes a lot of time and effort to be recognized in your field, to be noticed. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t follow our dreams. Quite the contrary. Simply know that you’ll have to work very hard on it. Even, as you say, laying on some beach. 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      November 27, 2018 @ 12:32 pm

      Absolutely, Marlene! It frustrates me because it makes travel blogging easy when it’s really not. It requires the effort a full-time job would, if not more. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  9. Krasen Jelyazkov
    November 26, 2018 @ 11:09 am

    Hi Daniel! Thank you for sharing this article! I think it is very important for the people to know the nature of blogging and travel. What I see is that most of the people think that travel is, and can be, only a relaxing vacation, where you only spend money. So, when someone tell them “you can get paid to travel”, it sounds amazing for them and many of them even can’t believe it, because they imagine someone pay you to go on a relaxing vacation. But if they say “you will go on a travel work, and they will pay you for that”- then it makes sense. In fact, being a travel blogger, you MUST travel, it is your responsibility. Being a food blogger (as in your example), you MUST try their food- not for your fun, but as a part of your service. So, I would advice those who want to become travel bloggers- don’t expect an endless vacation. Expect travel to be part of your work. Sometimes- HARD work. But if it is your passion- it is worth to do it.

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    • dankiteski
      November 28, 2018 @ 10:58 am

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Krasen. You’re absolutely right. Travel blogging is all about hard work.

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  10. Gonca
    November 26, 2018 @ 11:47 am

    What a nice article! It’s a hack, though. I totally agree with you. It’s kinda dream!

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  11. J
    November 26, 2018 @ 2:54 pm

    True, nobody pays you to travel unless you have something to offer. I travel to live and not to work tbh so I’m enjoying every minute of it until the time comes where I have to be stuck in front of a desk.

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    • dankiteski
      November 27, 2018 @ 12:33 pm

      Definitely, J. Thank you for your comment 🙂

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  12. Noraly
    November 26, 2018 @ 5:52 pm

    So good that you point this out! I think it’s so important for new travel bloggers to read this before they have this fantasy that they can travel for free! Writing 12 posts over a two week trip is HARD and a lot of work. Nothing comes for free in this world!

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    • dankiteski
      November 27, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Noraly. Nothing comes for free in this world, indeed.

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  13. Claire
    November 26, 2018 @ 6:46 pm

    I really liked this article. It’s real and based from a good experience.

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    • dankiteski
      November 27, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

      Thank you, Claire.

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  14. Alex Trembath
    November 26, 2018 @ 6:58 pm

    You put forward very important message in this article – I think it can do damage to the image of travel blogging when people say they’re being paid to travel. It’s important that we maintain professionalism and are always clear about just how much work goes into what we do. A very good read, thank you!

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    • dankiteski
      November 27, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

      Absolutely, Alex. Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you liked the article.

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  15. Samantha
    November 26, 2018 @ 9:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I quickly learned when I started travel blogging that all those ebooks, courses and guides all said the same vague things with no real ideas, and realized that’s not how it works! I hope to one day get to where you are: with sponsored stays and travel that can be partially funded through work!!!

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    • dankiteski
      November 27, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

      Thank you, Samantha. Absolutely, some of those books can give you guidelines but there isn’t a book that can do all the hard work for you.

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  16. Jaz | The Life of a Social Butterfly
    November 26, 2018 @ 9:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing this honest and real account of the reality of travelling the world as a digital nomad. It’s great to know what is working for you and the expectations/deliverables of your press trip. I have only worked on collaborations where I have been given accommodation in return for content on my blog and social platforms so this is very insightful for me. As you quite rightly say, so many similar articles have the aim of selling some kind of course so this is a truly enlighting read.

    Jaz

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    • dankiteski
      November 27, 2018 @ 12:38 pm

      Thank you Jaz, I really appreciate it and I’m really glad you liked this article.

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  17. Navita
    November 27, 2018 @ 12:25 pm

    Loved your candid sharing and totally agree to keep it real when it comes to sharing about your lifestyle. Yes, one needs to work hard and provide services (or products) that are valued. There is definitely no easy way out. Like the way you have busted some of the myths and are encouraging bloggers to keep minds, eyes and ears open 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      November 27, 2018 @ 12:44 pm

      Thank you, Navita- I really appreciate it and I’m happy to hear you liked this article

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  18. Renata - www.byemyself.com
    November 29, 2018 @ 9:24 pm

    Actually, getting paid for promoting a product or a service is neither journalism nor blogging, it’s good old advertisement. Nothing wrong with that, but in journalism, separating editorial content and advertisement – and even PR – is crucial. We should ask ourselves if we really want to read information that was financed by companies – no matter how big. Where is a line? Do we want to be informed on health subjects by companies like Monsanto? On healthy living by Coca Cola? It might not seem harmful if a tourist board pays a blogger for advertising – but how about the political background in that country? It’s a very tricky subject – we should be aware of that.

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    • dankiteski
      November 30, 2018 @ 3:59 pm

      Absolutely, Renata. That’s a valid argument and exactly why I wrote this article.

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  19. Gezen Genç
    December 5, 2018 @ 10:36 am

    Finally someone speaks the facts! I’m tired of seeing those “get paid to travel the world” articles!

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    • dankiteski
      December 6, 2018 @ 8:12 am

      Thank you, I really appreciate it.

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