A Travel Blogger’s Paradox

As most of you know by now, we’re no longer just writing for fun… we are officially paid travel bloggers. HURRAY! Over the past few months, companies have contacted us for commissioned articles about travel-related topics, after reading articles on our website.

When we started Borderline Backpackers, we’d followed the digital journey of other famous travel bloggers, studying what they were doing and trying to figure out how to make it work for us. We wished more than anything that we could fund a life of travel by writing about it. Somehow, we’ve turned this dream into our own reality — a hobby that we get paid for.

Is it too good to be true?

Unfortunately, the commissioned pieces we’ve been writing are not shared as Borderline Backpackers. It’s called ‘ghostwriting’ and we sell our articles for someone else to use as their own and publish where they choose. Technically it’s still freelancing, as we are paid to write for someone else, but we are not credited on the article. Despite the fact that we write two kick-ass articles a week, they aren’t allowed to be posted on our website eitherwhich is why we’ve been a bit quiet and you’ve had fewer updates from us. Of course, we have been offered glowing recommendations from the companies we’ve already worked with, and are able to share these as we get contacted for new jobs.

We been completing our current contract a few months now, and it definitely turned writing into more of an occupation than a hobby, with deadlines, targets and specific topics to write about. We also both have full-time jobs in Cairns, which means, at the end of the week, we don’t have as much time or creative energy left to write anything new for ourselves (even though we have plenty of great content to share). We set time aside to work together, sit down with a cup of tea in our ‘office’ (aka our hostel room) and type away for hours, focusing on one article at a time, alternating between researching and typing.

Now, when we try to write for Borderline Backpackers, it also feels like a job, and one we’re not getting paid for. We no longer choose to use our ‘free time’ to write, as it doesn’t feel like a break from work.

Therein lies the problem, and the main reason you haven’t heard from us for a while. But we are working on it, so stay tuned…

– Borderline Backpackers

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  1. Thank you for sharing this…. I have always wondered about travel blogging. I do a lot of personal traveling blogging pieces, but never for any companies or commission. How did you start ? I would be curious to hear. Thanks for the insight & it is SO tricky these days to navigate personal life/work with the social media- it all becomes so strangely intertwined!

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    1. Exactly! We started when our travel articles were getting noticed locally, and they we were approached by this company (which we can’t name, sorry) to write specific pieces about travel. It’s a great job, but it means writing for our own blog has been put on the back burner for now. At this stage we’re trying to save up as much money as possible, so the paid work has taken priority for now. I’m not sure if all ‘travel bloggers’ would agree, but it’s certainly how we feel with the situation we’re in 🙂

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