e-books http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11388/all en-US So You Wanna Be a Travel Writer? http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-wanna-be-a-travel-writer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/so-you-wanna-be-a-travel-writer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-78295320.jpg" alt="laptop" title="laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Becoming a travel writer is much more difficult than people think, probably because many of us have delusions of grandeur when it comes to the business. <em>What? I get to travel around the world for free, getting wined and dined and enjoying the best of the best, and all I have to do is write about it? Sign me up, baby!&nbsp;</em>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-while-you-travel?ref=seealso">Ways to Make Money While You Travel</a>)</p> <p>Sadly, it's not that simple. Here are some of the hard truths I've learned about travel writing:</p> <ul> <li>You and everybody else would like to be a travel writer. Because of this, the competition is fierce.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A writing career of any sort takes years of hard work<b> </b>(with very little income) to build up.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The average travel writer makes (drumroll please): $6,000/year.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The print industry is in crisis, and formerly lucrative (relatively speaking, for the industry) roles are being eliminated and farmed out to freelancers, sometimes even for free. The Huffington Post, for example, recently <em>stopped paying </em>its writers (and there are enough writers who are hungry for the exposure that they can get away with this).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2009/12/the-plight-of-a-writer-living-abroad-lessons-learned-about-getting-support/">Getting professional and moral support as a writer</a> is like pulling teeth.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Sitting on a beach, being plied with free drinks, and writing leisurely is far from the reality of travel writing. Picture this instead: If you are lucky enough to get a free trip, expect to be ushered in a maniacal fashion from attraction to attraction, pressed with the personal agendas of local tourism boards. Downtime is usually spent holed up in your room, desperately typing notes and trying to keep up at the expense of sleep.</li> </ul> <p>Are you still with me? Don't want to poke your eye out with a spoon? Great: That's the bad news, mostly out of the way. Once you rid yourself of the illusions of the travel writing industry, you can evaluate it a little more critically to decide if it's still something you want to do. As <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/faqs/">I've said elsewhere</a>, people who are writers usually choose the profession because they simply <em>must </em>write. It's as natural as eating or sleeping.</p> <p>In the past few years, I've learned many of the lessons of travel writing by making mistakes, reading between the lines in volumes upon volumes of industry periodicals, and occasionally being blessed with a dose of unwitting luck.</p> <p>Recently though, I came across a book about travel writing that, had I read it when I got started, could have significantly eased my learning curve. It's called <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1609101081/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1609101081&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Travel Writing 2.0: Earning Money From Your Travels in the New Media Landscape</a></em>, and if you would like to get into the industry, I would recommend it as a place to start.</p> <p>With a dose of (at times) harsh reality, the author (Tim Leffel, a multi-award-winning travel writer) debunks the glamour of the business and instead identifies things that a travel writer needs to focus on &mdash; like business skills. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-your-great-startup-business-is-doomed?ref=seealso">Reasons Your Great Startup is Doomed</a>)</p> <p>Leffel describes the realities of freelancing as follows:</p> <blockquote><p>Your hours are your own, but you end up working more of them than most office drones.</p> <p>You can go on vacation when you want, but you often end up working while you're away.</p> <p>You have freedom, but not much certainty.</p> <p>You report to nobody, but there's no mentor in the next room either.</p> <p>You can pick and choose what you work on, but sometimes that means having no work.</p> </blockquote> <p>And then he caps off the business of travel writing<b> </b>with this pearl of wisdom: &quot;If you get one point of reality from this book, let it be this: travel writing is not something to go into because of the potential earnings.&quot;</p> <p>Amen, brother. If I didn't keep my travel expenses minimal by regularly <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2010/10/16-useful-travel-applications-and-websites/">volunteering in trade for my accommodation</a>, my full-time travels wouldn't be financially sustainable.</p> <p>The book also addresses the &ldquo;new climate&rdquo; of the writing industry (hence the &ldquo;2.0&rdquo; in the title), where self-publishing and e-books are taking the place of some of the former traditional mediums of newspapers and books. In this brave new world, there's a focus on self-promotion, differentiating yourself from others, utilizing new media like the internet for brand development, and in many cases, simply creating your own opportunities as opposed to finding existing jobs or positions.</p> <p>Following are some of the areas covered, tips provided, and concepts that I found to be particularly useful in the world of <em>Travel Writing 2.0</em>:</p> <h2>Find a Niche</h2> <p>One of the bigger lessons taught in the book (one that I thankfully fluked into), is that if you want to be a successful travel writer, you need to have an area of expertise that you can combine with travel to give your writing an edge. (For me it's personal finance and lifestyle design.) This narrows the competition and makes you an expert of sorts, which creates a niche &mdash; and in turn, more business for you. If you don't know of a beat that you can call yours, the book also helps give you some food for thought on the topic.</p> <h2>The Ins-and-Outs of the Business</h2> <p>I really enjoyed Leffel's &ldquo;no holds barred&rdquo; approach to travel writing. He minces no words, makes no promises, and in turn, delivers some solid advice on the following topics:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Developing a website that fulfills a need</strong>: Addressing a specific audience and meeting their needs increases the potential for your site to take off. Leffel outlines the criteria required to achieve this.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Traditional media outlets</strong>: You learn what to expect from traditional media outlets like&nbsp;magazines, newspapers, trade publications, guidebooks, and corporate writing.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Whether to use your name or a business name</strong>: This is an important decision to make at the outset for establishing a credible web presence.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>&quot;You should write a book!&quot;</strong>: Why this phrase (which you'll inevitably hear at some point) is a dangerous one to take seriously.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Networking</strong>: Leffel highlights some of the benefits of networking with writers, editors, and other industry professionals. I can say from experience that this can't be underestimated (and it's fun too)! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-simple-networking-tricks?ref=seealso">Simple Networking Tricks</a>)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>The business of writing</strong>: This requires patience, persistence, tenacity, a good dose of sales skills, and the ability to cope with inevitable rejection.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>How to break into the industry</strong>: Breaking into the writing industry can be done using various&nbsp;vehicles like front-of-book writing, service articles, and blog writing.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Different publication styles</strong>: Each different type of publication (e.g.: newspapers, web, etc.) operates differently. You learn how to pitch to them and what to expect of a working relationship (I found this section to be of particular appeal).</li> </ul> <h2>Tips from Experience</h2> <p>Other pearls of wisdom Leffel shares include the following:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Don't aim too high at the start</strong>: Stave off delusions of selling travel narratives and features from the get-go; they're like starring roles in movies &mdash; they tend to go to known names.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Edit, edit, and re-edit</strong>: No matter how talented you are,&nbsp;expect to edit, edit, and re-edit your work. Leffel says that successful writers &ldquo;still occasionally get the feeling that what they've put on the page is sub-par. One of the writers I respect the most once said quietly, 'I still feel like a hack sometimes.'&rdquo;</li> </ul> <h2>Press Trips and Freebies</h2> <p>Given the ethical and moral grey areas that surround travel writers receiving press trips and freebies, a book on travel writing wouldn't be complete without addressing this topic. Travel writing is particularly under the microscope right now, unlike other industries (like showbiz or food &amp; wine) where writers get freebies all the time without persecution. Irrespective of industry however, it's important that you approach freebies with honesty and without allowing your writing to be unduly influenced.</p> <h2>Advice From Other Professionals</h2> <p>Interspersed throughout are helpful quotes from other writers, editors, and industry professionals. I really liked these sidebars, which provide solid advice for aspiring writers (and good reminders for experienced ones).</p> <p>At the end of the book each professional has a bio, which I surprisingly found were enjoyable reads unto themselves, since they outlined how the writers carved out their respective niches and found success.</p> <h2>Resources</h2> <p>In addition to sample query letters and itinerary requests, there's a formidable travel-writing resources section towards the end, which includes databases, associations, conferences, courses, online communities, recommended reading, and book publishers. With all these resources, you won't be left with the question &ldquo;what's next&rdquo; at the end of the book, which is often common, especially with e-books.</p> <h2><em>T</em><em>ravel Writing 2.0</em> is Great, but&hellip;</h2> <p>I'm not sure I like this book as much in the e-book format (which is functional but not terribly pretty. Then again, if I owned a Kindle or other e-book reader, maybe I'd feel differently). Despite Leffel's discussion on the &ldquo;new world&rdquo; of the print industry, I think the overall format and tone of this 254-page mega e-book is better-suited as a paperback. The good news is that you can buy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1609101081/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1609101081&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Travel Writing 2.0</em></a> in ebook format&nbsp;or in paperback, so the choice is yours.</p> <p>So if you're serious about getting into travel writing, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1609101081/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1609101081&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Travel Writing 2.0</em></a> will help set the stage, give you focus, and put you on the right path. But as with any business (especially in a creative industry), the rest is up to you; so get ready to roll up your sleeves and wear out a few pens.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of </em>Travel Writing 2.0<em>, and there are affiliate links in this post. </em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fso-you-wanna-be-a-travel-writer&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FSo%20You%20Wanna%20Be%20a%20Travel%20Writer-.jpg&amp;description=So%20You%20Wanna%20Be%20a%20Travel%20Writer%3F" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/So%20You%20Wanna%20Be%20a%20Travel%20Writer-.jpg" alt="So You Wanna Be a Travel Writer?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-wanna-be-a-travel-writer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-freelance-clients-part-one">How to Find Freelance Clients - Part One</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips">10 Ways to Get More Out of Business Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/working-on-the-road-a-book-review-for-professional-nomads">Working on the Road: A Book Review for Professional Nomads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-trendy-destinations-for-digital-nomads">7 Trendy Destinations for Digital Nomads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-time-and-money-saving-apps-for-freelancers">16 Time and Money Saving Apps for Freelancers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Travel e-books freelancing travel writing Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:00:09 +0000 Nora Dunn 431290 at http://www.wisebread.com Secrets to World Travel (and Blogging About It) http://www.wisebread.com/secrets-to-world-travel-and-blogging-about-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/secrets-to-world-travel-and-blogging-about-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/IMG_3618_1.JPG" alt="world travel" title="world travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Note: The Secrets to Successful World Travel e-book reviewed in this piece is no longer available.</em></p> <p>There&rsquo;s a lot to know &mdash; or rather to learn &mdash; about traveling the world. Whether the trip is a month long, a year long, or a lifetime, winding your way around the world requires some skill and a whole lot of knowledge if you want to travel &mdash; and blog about it &mdash; effectively.</p> <p>Having been on the road since 2007, I&rsquo;ve become somewhat complacent about the travel knowledge I&rsquo;ve amassed over the last few years. For example, although I feel like I&rsquo;ve known about &ldquo;WWOOFing&rdquo; forever, I only heard about it a month before I started traveling. I forget that there was a time when I could barely define what a travel blog was, much less create and maintain one. I&rsquo;ve come a long way since then, through a lot of trial and error, and a little bit of luck.</p> <p>However trial and error doesn't have to be the way you cut your travel teeth. If you&rsquo;re tenacious enough, you can become an expert by sifting through blogs and books, but it&rsquo;s a time consuming process.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve decided you want to do a big trip (for example for a month or two, or around the world, or even to adopt travel as a lifestyle), there are two e-books that may help you cut through the fat in your journey of research and education: <em><a target="_blank" href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?cl=63168&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326 ">Secrets to Successful World Travel</a></em> and <a href="<br /> <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1195639&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=63168" title="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1195639&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=63168">https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1195639&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=63168</a><br /> "><em>How to Build a Travel Blog</em></a>.</p> <p>Both are authored by Nomadic Matt, who is a fellow full-time traveler and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics">location independent</a> entrepreneur. He&rsquo;s been on the road since 2006, and learned all his lessons about traveling and blogging the hard way. Now, he&rsquo;s condensed his knowledge into some easily digestible e-books. Let&rsquo;s take a look at each of them.</p> <h2>Secrets to Successful World Travel</h2> <p>This book has three main chapters: <em>Pre-Trip Planning, On the Road, </em>and<em> Coming Home</em>. There is also a short <em>FAQ</em> chapter at the end that is pretty useful (for example, I learned something about visas for my <a href="http://theprofessionalhobo.com/2010/03/how-i-planned-a-year-of-travel-in-less-than-2-weeks/">upcoming trip to Europe</a> that would have been a shock had I not known about it in advance).</p> <p>Each chapter further breaks down into sections that follow along your own journey: planning, executing, and concluding your own trip.</p> <p>If you are relatively new to the travel scene and like the idea of backpacking, this book is for you. You&rsquo;ll learn things like:</p> <ul> <li>How much it costs to travel in various regions of the world on a budget</li> <li>What to look for in luggage and what to pack</li> <li>How to organize your finances</li> <li>Tips for booking Round-the-World flights</li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-frequent-flyer-master-and-earn-a-free-flight-every-year">Frequent flyer</a> plans, and how to maximize their usage</li> <li>Hostel etiquette</li> <li>Transportation options and recommendations for each region of the world</li> <li>How and where to do your travel research</li> <li>Finding work overseas (including Teaching English, WWOOFing and Volunteering)</li> <li>And how to reintegrate on your return</li> </ul> <p>This e-book is not, however, for you if you have a huge amount of travel experience already, of if you are interested in a financially higher echelon of travel. Nomadic Matt flavors the book with his valuable personal slant of experience, which is that of <strong>backpacking</strong> on a (relative) budget as a solo traveler. He lives life to the fullest on the road, but also does it frugally (how very Wise Bread!). I appreciate his ability to know when and where it&rsquo;s worth spending the extra money, instead of cutting every corner he can. And this is the sort of knowledge he shares with his readers in the book.</p> <p>On a picky note, I would have liked more page breaks in the format. Chapter 1 and 2 take up most of the book (120 of the 135 pages), and although you can navigate to each subsection from the table of contents, there aren&rsquo;t any page breaks or white space between the subsections.</p> <p>Matt also includes an interesting section on possible itineraries and time frames (which is beautiful if you want to know what to see in various regions of the world and how long you should plan for it), but it&rsquo;s not entirely inclusive, omitting the whole of Asia and Canada for example. Being based on personal experience, maybe he didn&rsquo;t feel right about covering places he hasn&rsquo;t toured himself (I&rsquo;m not sure). I value the fact that everything in the book is truly experience-based.</p> <p>Overall the information provided is concise and very practical. If you have decided to hit the road, this book will help you do it step-by-step, while saving money and avoiding many of the typical mistakes we tend to make when we start out on the road.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?Clk=3902045">Secrets to Successful World Travel</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Length: 135 pages (jam-packed!)</strong></p> <p><strong>Cost: $9.99 (a fabulous introductory price, but only for a limited time)</strong></p> <h2>How to Build a Travel Blog</h2> <p>So your departure date is looming, and you&rsquo;d like to keep in touch with your family and friends with a blog, while documenting your trip. Or maybe you have even higher aspirations of reaching a wider audience and making money with your travel blog. But you&rsquo;ve got to start somewhere, and right now you don&rsquo;t know exactly what to do to set up your travel blog.</p> <p>You can find out everything you need to know if you spend long enough researching the internet. But if you want to cut through the fat and get to the good stuff, this e-book will help you do just that.</p> <p>If you want to build a self-hosted Wordpress blog, this book will take you through the process step by step. Diagrams are even included to ensure you don&rsquo;t get lost along the way. The book was written as an answer to the flood of questions Matt received after publishing his e-book <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?Clk=3902044">How to Make Money with Your Travel Blog</a></em> (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-e-books-to-help-you-make-money-travel-and-change-your-life">here's my review</a>). A lot of people who want to make money with travel blogs bought his first e-book, but realized amidst the html jargon and advertising lingo that they don&rsquo;t even know the basics of setting a blog up. <em>How to Build a Travel Blog</em> is a rudimentary supplement to <em>How to Make Money with Your Travel Blog</em>.</p> <p>You will learn:</p> <ul> <li>How to get a domain name</li> <li>How to integrate your domain name with Wordpress</li> <li>Recommended Wordpress plug-ins, and how to install them</li> <li>Various options for themes, and how to install them</li> <li>Tweaking your blog settings, with miscellaneous SEO tips</li> </ul> <p><strong>Although the title of this book has a travel theme, the contents therein can apply to any kind of blog</strong>. There is very little (if anything) that limits this book to the travel genre, aside from Matt&rsquo;s own expertise in the travel &mdash; and travel blogging &mdash; realm.</p> <p><strong><a href="<br /> https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1195639&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=63168">How to Build a Travel Blog</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Length: 39 pages</strong></p> <p><strong>Cost: FREE with the purchase of <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?Clk=3902044">How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog</a></em> ($37), or $4 on its own</strong></p> <p>In the cases of both e-books, Matt adds value by inviting readers to email him with any questions they have. This accessibility makes the e-books interactive and adds even more value. If you&rsquo;re ready to travel the world (and blog about it), these books may be just the impetus you need to get going.</p> <p><em>Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the e-books for review, and there are affiliate links in this post. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secrets-to-world-travel-and-blogging-about-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations">13 Ways to Get Free Travel Accommodations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-wanna-be-a-travel-writer">So You Wanna Be a Travel Writer?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-e-books-to-help-you-make-money-travel-and-change-your-life">Three E-Books to Help You Make Money, Travel, and Change Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-over-1000-on-your-next-backpacking-trip">How to Save Over $1000 on Your Next Backpacking Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel backpacking blogging e-books Nomadic Matt rtw travel Thu, 29 Apr 2010 12:00:03 +0000 Nora Dunn 46169 at http://www.wisebread.com Three E-Books to Help You Make Money, Travel, and Change Your Life http://www.wisebread.com/three-e-books-to-help-you-make-money-travel-and-change-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/three-e-books-to-help-you-make-money-travel-and-change-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/IMG_3507_1.JPG" alt="office space" title="office space" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s no secret that many of us are looking for something different in life. And one of the biggest things we can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">change about our lives</a> is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation">how we work</a>. If we are not tied to a desk all the time, the options for how &mdash; and where &mdash; we choose to live open up dramatically.</p> <p>Following are profiles of three e-books that feature a different aspect of making money, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources" title="40+ Travel Resources">traveling</a>, and changing your life.</p> <p>Although each e-book is very different, they share the following commonalities:</p> <ul> <li>The authors all make a full-time living with their unconventional professions.</li> <li>The authors practice what they preach.</li> <li>The authors have time for extensive travel (although not all of them are full-time travelers).</li> <li>Each e-book is jam-packed with concrete resources to get you going, as well as lifestyle design tips to keep you inspired.</li> </ul> <p>So without further ado&hellip;</p> <h2>The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself<img align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u290/ug-workingself.jpg" alt="" /></h2> <p>The author of this e-book, Chris Guillebeau, has a wildly popular web site called <a href="http://chrisguillebeau.com/3x5/">The Art of Non-Conformity</a>, which is a template for living life outside of the box by challenging our ethos and ideas. Chris also has great business sense, and regularly shares the details of his ongoing entrepreneurial ventures with his readers.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://unconventionalguides.com/cmd.php?Clk=3597206" target="_blank">The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself</a> is a guide to starting your own very small business.</strong> Chris shares his personal experience of breaking free from the 9-5 cycle to run his own businesses, in an effort to escape the cubicle-lifestyle and to set his own course through life. Since the age of 20, he has worked for himself in one capacity or another, so he has lots of experience &mdash; good, bad, and otherwise &mdash; to share with you.</p> <p>(Incidentally, Chris is currently fulfilling a mission to visit every country in the world by April 2013. Because he works for himself, he is able to incorporate such travels into his life, and has already visited 119 of 197 countries.)</p> <h3>Who this e-book is for:</h3> <ul> <li>You want to start an online business and generate a source of revenue without having to quit your job.</li> <li>You are prepared to work for it.</li> <li>You are not overly familiar with various ways to make money online, and need help getting started. (Online marketing gurus need not apply.)</li> </ul> <h3>Here are some of the business ideas and possible streams of income profiled in the e-book:</h3> <ul> <li>Blogging &mdash; and how to actually make some money with it (which most people don&rsquo;t)</li> <li>Ebay selling</li> <li>Stock photography (and other ways to make money with photographs)</li> <li>Consulting</li> <li>Information products</li> <li>Continuity programs</li> <li>Affiliate income (and why most affiliate programs don&rsquo;t work)</li> <li>Maximizing Adsense revenue</li> <li>Chris encourages you to come up with your own ideas, and even discusses a few wacky unconventional career ideas, like speaking on cruise ships</li> </ul> <p><strong>The e-book also goes into lots of detail about the logistics of running your own online business, as well as the pitfalls you can avoid to ramp up your success even faster.</strong> Chris shares his personal experience throughout the book, which adds character and humility to the writing along with a good dose of inspiration.</p> <p>Each chapter ends with an action plan that is easy to follow and implement right away, complete with specific actionable steps. <strong>Chris provides the practical tools required for moving forward; I enjoy the personal testimonials of online products and services he uses and how he uses them (sometimes unconventionally) for his benefit.</strong> It has already helped me to better monetize my own online streams of income.</p> <p>This e-book is not a roadmap to instantaneous riches, as many e-books of this nature tend to try to be. Chris is realistic about the amount of work required to start and maintain a business of any sort, and makes no bones about it to the reader. <strong>If you want to start an online business to generate some extra income (and maybe escape the conventional 9-5 working life), then <a href="http://unconventionalguides.com/cmd.php?Clk=3597206" target="_blank">The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself</a> is a great launching pad.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://unconventionalguides.com/cmd.php?Clk=3597206" target="_blank"><strong>The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself</strong></a></p> <p><strong>E-Book Length</strong>: 54 pages</p> <p><strong>Bonuses:</strong> 3 audio MP3 teaching sessions (25 minutes each), a 26 page guide to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), plus free email updates to the guide as new information becomes available.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $58 US</p> <h2>How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog<img align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u290/makemoneytravelblogbanner2.jpg" alt="" /></h2> <p>The author of this e-book, Matt Kepnes, may be better known as <a href="http://www.nomadicmatt.com">Nomadic Matt</a>; a 20-something traveler who has been on the road full-time since 2006. He started a travel blog (like just about every other traveler on the planet), and expected to be making money hand over fist before long with his tales of adventure.</p> <p>It didn&rsquo;t happen.</p> <p>After sifting through many of the &ldquo;make money online&rdquo; courses, Matt learned through trial and error how to make their internet marketing strategies applicable to blogs (which are different from static web sites), more specifically &mdash; travel blogs.</p> <p><strong>Now, he makes over $3,000 US/month with his travel blogs and web sites.</strong> And if you recall what <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-full-time-travel">the cost of full-time travel</a> is, you&rsquo;ll know that this sort of income is more than enough to pave the way quite nicely.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1195639&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=63168">How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog</a> teaches you how to create a money-making travel blog, from conceptualization to monetization.</strong> The e-book is very specific about how to do it, providing precise instructions for each step along the way.</p> <h3>Who this e-book is for</h3> <ul> <li>You want to start a blog that will make you money, or already have a blog that you want to monetize.</li> <li>You understand the basic principles of blog management and know what SEO stands for(!), but you don&rsquo;t know exactly where to start or how to put it all together.</li> <li>You are interested in the travel industry.</li> <li>You want extra income on the side.</li> </ul> <p>Although the e-book is very travel-centric, many of the principles taught in this guide could apply to any blog. However <strong>Matt is very connected within the travel genre, and one of the benefits he offers his e-book readers is access to advertisers and other travel-friendly SEO tips.</strong></p> <h3><strong>A random selection the interesting things I read about in the book include:</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Specific Wordpress themes and plugins that are suggested to maximize SEO</li> <li>Various techniques for attracting new traffic, along with an evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of each technique</li> <li>The finer nuances of Stumble Upon (although I have been a Stumbler in days past, I only now realize I haven&rsquo;t even begun to maximize its potential)</li> <li>How to find advertisers of all shapes and sizes</li> <li>A huge number of services and systems that you can use to get links to your site (henceforth: pagerank, henceforth: popularity, henceforth: advertisers, henceforth: money!)</li> </ul> <p>Of the six sections of the e-book (<em>Setting up Your Blog, Creating Your Blog, Increasing Traffic, SEO Tips, Monetization, and Putting it All Together</em>), the one entitled Search Engine Optimization Tips is the beefiest and jam-packed with specific resources to help you promote and evaluate the effectiveness of your blog.</p> <p>If you aren&rsquo;t interested in learning all Matt&rsquo;s lessons by trial and error, then <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1195639&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=63168">How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog</a> will help launch you well beyond the learning curve. Had this e-book been around when I started <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com">my own travel blog</a>, I might not have had to reinvent the wheel as many times as I did.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1195639&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=63168" target="_blank">How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog</a></strong></p> <p><strong>E-Book Length:</strong> 37 pages</p> <p><strong>Bonuses:</strong> The author will tap you into his private link networks to generate SEO-friendly traffic to your blog. He also has a list of advertisers looking to place ads on travel blogs, and by purchasing this e-book you will gain access to these advertisers.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $37 US</p> <h2>X Marks the Spot: The Indispensable Guide to Living and Working from Anywhere You Choose (2nd Edition)<img align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u290/X_marks_the_Spot_banner.jpg" alt="" /></h2> <p>Lea Woodward and her husband Jonathan have been living a <a href="http://www.locationindependent.com">location independent</a> lifestyle since 2007. In that time they have stayed in various destinations around the world for a few months in each place, and <strong>can prove that traveling the world with a location independent career can actually be less expensive than staying home and working the traditional 9-5 career.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=274532&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=9994">X Marks the Spot</a> is a guide to living <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics">location independently</a>, from taking the initial plunge, to organizing the logistics along the way, to finding and developing a location independent career.</strong> Both the intangible emotions as well as the concrete logistics of becoming/being location independent are balanced throughout the e-book &mdash; since such a lifestyle change entails a lot of emotional groundwork.</p> <h3>Who this e-book is for</h3> <ul> <li>You are considering &mdash; or are creating &mdash; a location independent career and lifestyle..</li> <li>You want to know if being location independent is for you.</li> <li>You need help with the logistics of living location independently.</li> <li>You want to understand the cost of living abroad.</li> <li>You need a location independent business idea.</li> </ul> <p>I already live location independently, and I still found this book useful and inspirational. Lea provides <strong>dozens of useful resources with regards to ongoing business management and administration</strong>, including some that particularly intrigued me (and helped me realize that being location independent doesn&rsquo;t have to be difficult):</p> <ul> <li>Global wireless internet service</li> <li>Online faxing service</li> <li>How to search for suitable accommodation from abroad</li> <li>Remote mailing/scanning services</li> </ul> <p>With brutal honesty, Lea shares her victories as well as her mistakes. <strong>She outlines their exact finances for each place they lived in, and compares them directly to the cost of living in the UK and other western countries.</strong> She encourages you to ask some tough questions of yourself to determine where you might want to live, and helps you through the process of becoming nomadic with sage advice on everything from luggage to immigration.</p> <p><strong>This book is less about the sheer mechanics of making money, and more about how to make money with a location independent lifestyle.</strong> If you have made the decision to become location independent, or want to know more about it, then <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=274532&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=9994">X Marks the Spot</a> will be the book for you.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=274532&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=21326&amp;cl=9994">X Marks the Spot: The Indispensable Guide to Living and Working from Anywhere You Choose</a></strong></p> <p><strong>E-Book Length:</strong> 82 pages</p> <p><strong>Bonuses:</strong> You can order both the 1st edition and 2nd editions for the same price as just the 2nd edition. (The 1st edition contains much more of Lea&rsquo;s personal journey to becoming location independent, which may be quite appealing to some people).</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> &pound;15 (approx $25 US)</p> <blockquote><p><em>&ldquo;Some people feel like a &ldquo;real job&rdquo; is their security against the economy. Entrepreneurs know the opposite: their competence is their security.&rdquo;</em> &mdash; quote from The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Review Disclaimer: I received these e-books free for review, and the post includes affiliate links.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-really-does-have-a-secret-or-ten-tenets-for-arranging-your-rich-part-3">The Secret Really Does Have A Secret (or Ten Tenets for Arranging Your Rich - Part 3)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-six-figures-really-that-much">Is Six Figures Really That Much?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle">How to Live the &quot;Location Independent&quot; Lifestyle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-tenets-for-arranging-your-rich-part-1-rich-is-relative">Ten Tenets for &quot;Arranging Your Rich&quot; - Part 1: Rich is Relative</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Lifestyle Travel e-books location independent Making Extra Cash online income Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:00:03 +0000 Nora Dunn 3707 at http://www.wisebread.com