Location independent lifestyle. With the rise of the internet and now social media, this kind of lifestyle is becoming more and more popular.
An avid traveler, Leah Davis is a big proponent of the location independent lifestyle. The face behind the blog, The Sweetest Way, Leah has lived in four countries and traveled in dozens more, all the while working from the road. She is now based in the Pacific Northwest but still finds plenty of time for adventure.
Read on to find out how Leah got her start, and how you, too, can follow in her footsteps.
You run the travel blog, The Sweetest Way. Based on your experience, what is the key to gaining an audience of loyal readers? How do you keep them enthralled?
Lastly, it is important to publish new content consistently. If your readers never know when to expect new blog posts, they may lose interest and find a new place to get their questions answered. For this reason, it is important to decide how frequently you can commit to publishing new posts. There is no right answer here, it only depends on what you can realistically adhere to–for some people, this will be multiple times per week, and for others, it will be once per week or even less. If you can only write one high-quality post per week, that is a better strategy than writing several per week that provide little or no value at all.
You have worked with brands like Costa Brava Tourism, Hawaii Paddle Sports and Visit Stockholm, among others. What exactly do you do for these brands?
How can aspiring bloggers reach out to these kinds of brands?
Networking events and conferences are a great place for travel bloggers to connect with brands and make face-to-face connections with the people you’ll potentially be working with.
It’s also important to showcase the value that you can provide to them and how you can complement their marketing efforts. Spell out exactly which services you can offer them and be clear about what you are looking for in return.
How much can aspiring bloggers expect to get paid from brands?
Once you have a sizeable audience, however, it is possible to offset some of your travel costs by participating in exchanges where you create content in exchange for a comped tour or service.