Honestly, it may sound like a job from heaven but living the life of a travel content writer can be such a stressful experience. And I’m not talking about deadlines or writers block or boring travel content but rather the actual lifestyle that comes with working as a digital nomad.
Here are 5 things you should know before chasing the dream and starting out as a travel content writer:
1.You never have a home
Yes, you may have family and friends clustered in the one place but trust me, when you find yourself in some far flung place across the world, you quickly realize that you are nothing more than a roaming minstrel. It’s difficult to contend with feeling like this as one necessity in life is to feel secure and having no fixed abode throws all of this up in the air.
2.Deadlines for travel content are stressful
Writing content for websites and travel businesses is a process which always involves deadlines. You can stretch these out as far as possible but ultimately, they will usually want them yesterday which means either having to turn down work or live with the consequences. This will most often mean writing content into the early hours of the morning as these deadlines are stressful.
3.Sometimes you have no work at all
Yeah, so this can happen at any time and it does no good for the mind. You want continuous work when it comes to travel content but realistically, you need to be prepared for quiet periods where no work is coming in. If you are good at what you do however, they will come back in time.
4.Writers block is a real thing
This really sucks, so bad. It happens all the time and will result in terrible content so you need to understand that at such times, you put the laptop away and focus elsewhere. Do not ever deliver travel content to a client which is clearly the result of such a period. Writers block is real but just make sure it never affects your brand.
5.Competition is tough
There are many terrible travel content writers out there but there are also many who are excellent at what they do. Expect to undercut others with pricing and provide a superior level of customer service. You need to understand that you need the client more than they need you, your eyes should always be on making sure they have no reason to look elsewhere.
You have 30 seconds to capture the reader. But is your writing laser focused on them, gripping them and compelling them to read on? I'm Derek (AKA Deadly Content), a professional content writer and marketing graduate travelling the world, and I want to help you get ahead using the absolute power of words.