Making Your Traveling Hobby Work For You

I will soon see my fifth anniversary as a travel blogger, this July! I just can’t believe it. Has it truly been that long? We started blogging about our travels in July 2006. Before then, we’d visited so many enjoyable places that I longed for a way to journalize them. I started up a little blog on Blogger; two years later I bought my own domain here, and the rest is history. 🙂

When I first started, we were a one-income family trying to squeeze out the cash for gas and admissions. Traveling with a large family can be very expensive, so I looked for some way to earn a little money on the side, to pay for gas and travel expenses. I had no idea that I would not only be making money for travel expenses, but I have been able to build an entire career around blogging and traveling and freelance writing. It’s been nothing short of thrilling.

Of course, I was a rookie– and therefore I had to learn most everything by trial and error. Even 5 years ago, blogging (especially professional blogging) was an anomaly. Today, however, the tables have turned. Today, there are even college offering courses on blogging. If only I had had such opportunities then!

Ashworth College is offering online courses in blogging at with an accredited Professional Blogging Career Diploma. It looks like a phenomenal course. Lord willing, if I have time, I just may take it. Even though I am experienced, there’s still a lot to learn. And blogging is an ever-changing venue. I remember “back in the olden days” when blogs were primarily textual!

If you are a budding young blogger or traveler, maybe you’d like to check out the course. I have loved the journey– both traveling AND blogging. 🙂 It’s been a marvelous adventure. Here’s to many more years.

Happy trails.

About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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