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Nov 6, 2015

Turning a part time travel blog into a fulltime means of income may not be as easy as you think. For Italian Margherita Rag and Australian partner Nik Burns the decision to start fulltime travel wasn’t a hard one.

The two met in London and started their travel adventures in 2009, initially living off savings. They developed their blog which initially had a short hiatus but have committed to using it as a regular source of income in the last 12 months.

In this interview Nik and Margherita talk about their adventures in Europe, their experience in Iran, and offer some great advice on how to develop and monetize a successful travel blog.

You can check them out at http://www.thecrowdedplanet.com

What I learned from Nik and Margherita’s interview:

  1. Look for a fresh angle on your travel blog. There are a lot of blogs out there so you need to offer something different. Nik and Margherita look for different things to do in well known locations or stunning nature spots that don’t get the high profile from Lonely Planet.
  2. Be persistent with it. Don’t expect that the world will beat a path to your door after two or three blogs.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for sponsors and freebies. Margherita contacted a bungy jump company offering a review in return for a free jump and found that the company had contacted over 100 travel bloggers and couldn’t find anyone ready to do it!

Iran should be on your bucket list! Far from being dangerous it had some of the most welcoming people that they had encountered on their travels

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