The Types of Travel You Might Want to Try at Least Once in Your Lifetime 43

The Types of Travel You Might Want to Try at Least Once in Your Lifetime

You don’t need to be a citizen of the world, or even travel often, to know what traveling really is all about.

You learn, you grow, you get out of the daily life, you make memories that last a lifetime, meet people, see places, experience cultures, and come back a different person.

There are, however, different types of travel that you need to try at least once. And, chances are, you haven’t even thought of some of them, or consider them too expensive, or complicated to organize, or else.

But once you set your mind to it, it’s easy. What you get from the adventure is always much more than what you expected.

What’s more, we live in the best possible time to travel.

The digital nomads and world travelers of today have showed us that this area of life could be hacked as well. Meaning, you can get cheaper flights (even business class) and free miles, pack light and not worry about possessions, go somewhere alone and never come back, go on your dream holiday without breaking the bank, and much more.

So, instead of making excuses as to why it’s easier to leave your travel goals behind for some time, go through the following list and see what adventures are awaiting:

1. Backpacking in Asia.

South East Asia never disappoints.

For more than a decade now, online business owners, passionate individuals, rebels, backpackers, solo adventurers, students in their gap year, or anyone who wanted to escape corporate America or leave behind the 9 to 5 and just go live somewhere else for some time, have been choosing this place.

I’m talking about countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, The Philippines, etc.

Here are a few reasons this will be life-changing for you (regardless of how you make it happen):

  • the culture is like no other;
  • beaches everywhere – and life really is better at the beach;
  • it’s full of open-minded people and most probably you’ll make some lifelong friends there, and have crazy memories with random people on the way;
  • you’ll be freer than ever;
  • the lifestyle there is cheaper than you can imagine;
  • what the islands there offer might be the most beautiful views you’ll ever have the chance to see.

Why backpacking?

Even if you say you’re not that type of a person now, if you go there for a bit longer (say, a few weeks as slow travel is the best way to do it), you’ll see that you don’t really need much. It’s more practical to travel light too, as you’ll be visiting islands and beaches and might accidentally decide to visit a neighbor country too.

Make sure you get the right gear too, such as a good daypack for all your day trips and hours of walking.

2. An African Safari.

That’s probably something you’ve never thought of if you don’t have anyone in your surroundings who’s been there, or who’s passionate about wildlife and exploring other continents.

But it might just be what you need to see more of what life offers, challenge yourself a bit by trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone.

So, why go to Africa and why on a safari?

Well, for a start because that will include things like gorilla trekking, seeing the Great Migration, diving and witnessing the underwater wildlife, and visiting some of the most iconic parks.

It’s the ideal getaway for different occasions too.

How about spending your honeymoon in Tanzania, or bringing the kids to Kenya for all types of activities that will teach them different things?

Or maybe you want to have your most mentally and physically challenging experience so far and go climb Kilimanjaro with friends?

Whatever it is, make sure you’ll cherish the memories forever. To travel stress-free and get everything organized without too much hassle, research and unnecessary expenses, use the help of experienced African safari guides.

3. Do a culture tour of Europe.

The Old Continent has a lot to teach you about culture and history.

Countries like Italy and France, Germany and the Netherlands, Greece and Spain, Scandinavia and The Balkans – all these are filled with stories, breathtaking architecture, old cities and some of the most famous pieces of art.

What’s more, each of these cultures has its unique cuisine that you’ll fall in love with, there’s authenticity even when shopping or staying at a café.

It’s refreshing to learn some facts about the past of different nations, to feel the atmosphere in the smaller cities, to talk to locals, and go sightseeing.

Over to you now. Which of these have you tried, or would like to soon?

What can you do today to start planning your next adventure and turn it into reality?

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How I Make Money from My Freelance Writing Services (And How You Can Do The Same) 12

How I Make Money from My Freelance Writing Services (And How Can You Do The Same)

I’ve been offering my freelance writing services professionally nearly 7 years now. And what started as a one-time project every now and then, has now turned into the online business that allows me to keep working remotely and operate globally, although I’m based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Forget about the competition, the broad niche you’re trying to enter and that it takes time to build a name for yourself. We live in the digital era and thanks to all its opportunities you can make a living as a freelance writer if you decide to.

Let me share the things that helped me make money from my freelance writing services. Maybe they can help you raise your prices, get started as a freelancer, or write and publish your first post today.

I started from the bottom.

I believe those following their passion, who are interested in becoming lifestyle designers and finding meaning in their days, should start from nothing.

Even if you have your family to support you, or connections in the field, or are given opportunities already, leave that behind and go ahead and build something on your own.

That’s important because the years you’ll dedicate to learning skills, making mistakes, getting to know your field and finding what works best are priceless. No business degree, internship, parent, easier career choice, or even initial capital, can do that for you.

The only millionaires I respect, for example, are the self-made ones. That’s because I’m all about self-improvement and it means following your own path. But first, defining and creating it.

If you decide you want to be a writer and to make money from that online, you need to invest years to get better at this and be able to call it your craft. You need a new mindset that will help you understand what your clients want and give them exactly that. And you need to be truly invested in doing it right as it’s all about providing value with your content, not making a few bucks.

You’ll build habits, find focus, work from home, ditch distractions, make sacrifices, and eventually start earning a bit. But you’ll be doing what you love. Then, there will be more doubts and challenges to overcome. Again, you’ll stay consistent if you’ve decided to make a living from your freelance writing services and achieve something bigger.

I make sure I cover topics I’m passionate about.

I believe anyone should be doing work they are passionate about. While the way you do it may vary, its main topic should be something you truly care about.

For me, that’s self-improvement, spiritual development and business growth. I have always been reading about this, and so it made sense to also start writing about them on my blog.

Such passion never goes away.

You take it with you whenever you write something, be it for a client, for a social media post, an email, or your own book.

Find your passions in life and make sure you incorporate them into your writing.

I build my portfolio every single day thanks to my blog.

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Building your portfolio is a never-ending process. Leave conventional wisdom aside and think of the way people do business online today.

It’s not about a polished resume or a ton of experience working for other people anymore. I don’t have that. In fact, English is my second language and I have no degree in Journalism or anything. What I have though, is more than 1000 articles on my blog (which eventually turned into an authoritative platform), each of which is written to provide value, to help those who find it through social media or search engines, to give advice and share my thoughts on the issues of life that I care about the most.

Such portfolio can only get better. The more things you publish under your name, including guest posts, then more you’ll have to share with your clients.

The way I do it when promoting my freelance writing services now is this: When I’m about to pitch someone who seems to be a good fit, I give them samples of relevant articles. That means I always make sure he wants me to write about topics that I’ve covered before. So I simply get 2-10 links, share them with the client and tell them this:

If you like any of these, I can provide the same quality for the work I’ll do for you.

Simple as that. And I do keep my promise. Also, there are no wrong expectations here as I will do for them what I’ve done before for my own projects.

If you’re wondering how to become a writer and offer your freelance writing services, start a blog today, write about whatever it is you’re interested in and share it with the world.

I make it a win-win situation.

There are many parties involved when you do work for a client. First, there’s you. Then, there’s the client. But there’s also the reader this content will eventually get to.

Whether you’re writing something for a company or an individual, you’re helping them grow their business, improve their online presence, build a following, sell their products or services, or educate their audience. Whatever it is, your content matters. Keep in mind everyone your writing is going to affect and let that inspire you to be a better freelancer.

I enjoy the process.

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Because I started my freelance career in order to have an enjoyable lifestyle, not the other way around, I do make sure I take a step back every now and then and evaluate the situation.

I’m a lifestyle designer. That’s why I started working online, doing what I love, left my home country and relocated to Amsterdam, Netherlands, but still operate globally and work from home.

I need that freedom and independence in order to be doing my best work, to keep my focus and to have peace of mind. Without them, I won’t be able to make my clients happy.

That’s why you should enjoy the process as a freelance writer. Even the unpleasant moments. It’s a journey with ups and downs. But no one had it easy.

I stopped underselling my freelance writing services.

I wasn’t charging much in the beginning and that’s okay. I believe every freelance writer makes this mistake when they start out. It’s because of the competition, wanting to please every client, being scared you’ll never make more money out of this, not being confident enough in your writing, etc.

The only way to overcome this barrier is to do more of the work only you can do. As your reputation grows and you see you have enough clients, you’ll start saying ‘no’ to low prices and will learn to ask for what you deserve.

I diversified my income.

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Freelance writing goes together with a lot of insecurity. From not getting paid on time (or at all), to not finding new clients, not meeting a deadline, not scaling, or else. If you don’t do something about it, this will cost you your precious focus and creative energy. And as a writer, you need these with you all the time.

So, I made sure to diversify my income. In my case, it was thanks to my blog, growing it and monetizing it by offering sponsored posts.

For you, it will be different. I sell my books on Amazon too, do affiliate marketing and many other things on the side. But these aren’t a significant part of my monthly income.

I make half of my money by selling my freelance writing services. Which means that even if I don’t necessarily find enough clients soon, or something else happens, I’d still make it until I get back on my feet.

Find your other income stream that will help you stop worrying too much and focus on doing what you do best.

I’m picky with my clients.

Saying ‘yes’ to every project that comes your way means you’re desperate to make some money, don’t have priorities and are trying to please everyone. I made big changes to my approach when I started being serious about selling my freelance writing services.

For a start, I ditched the clients who didn’t pay on time. From then on, I set the right expectations from the very first chat we had and discussed all the details such as payment, deadline, whether they would require me to make changes to the articles, etc. All these matter and after doing it for years, you start noticing recurring issues. But when you talk about each one prior to working together, it’s all good.

I’m absolutely okay with rejecting clients or projects that seem big or tempting in some way. It’s because I know exactly who I want to be working with and can feel whether we’d be a good fit from the first few emails we exchange.

That’s been a game-changer for my work and freelance writing business. Some amazing individuals reach out to me personally because they liked the story I share on the About page of my site and decided to work together. Or because they saw my name on another platform, liked my work and now want something similar for their blog.

From clients like that, I get positive feedback, an enjoyable working experience, no pressure, honest communication, regular payments, good mood, and referrals. These are the people I can do a good job for. And while it’s not always easy to find them, it’s worth the wait.

These are the things I did to be able to make a full time living from my freelance writing services. It took me years and a lot of mistakes, but you can do it differently. Stop being afraid to ask for more. Go build your portfolio, learn everything you can about the topic you’re covering. Be confident when you pitch potential clients and see how big opportunities are coming your way.

If you have a question about this, or if you’re interested in hiring me to help you out with content creation for your business, don’t hesitate to reach out.