The Travel Bootcamp
The Travel Bootcamp first entered my peripheral back in January, when my blogging buddy The Unlikely Bookworm flagged it as a potentially beneficial outing.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I was never the one with wild aspirations of changing the world with my words. Partly because I never considered it; partly because I didn’t think I could.
When I started my blog a year ago, it was like therapy. I had been through some serious ups and downs in Sydney and I needed…something. What I ultimately found was an outlet to find myself again. A place where confused thoughts transformed into meaningful words. Still, I saw it as a hobby, not a future.
Sometimes, however, you have to take a chance. Take a chance that the thing you love could be so much more than a mere pastime. After all, what drives success more than passion?
So began the overhaul from WordPress dabbler to laptop-wielding, Moleskin-notebook-carrying, bona fide blogger.
After signing up for what was tagged “an intensive, no BS, one-day conference,” I’ll admit, I was intimidated. However, there was only ever one thing to consider. “Do you dream about being a travel instagrammer, blogger or writer?” I knew the answer to that question, and it was all I needed to know.
The Travel Instagrammer: Lauren Bath
Today, Lauren Bath is Australia’s most successful travel instagrammer. Having embraced Instagram’s offering early on, Lauren managed to amass around 200,000 followers thanks to her signature colourful landscapes and intimate, up-to-the-minute commentary on her travel experiences.
A mere five years ago, however, Lauren was a chef. Her father was a chef, her brother went into an apprenticeship and her mother was no slouch in the kitchen. It seemed her destiny and she embraced it wholeheartedly. Sometimes, though, you need something more. For Lauren, that golden ticket was photography. Photography soon evolved into social media and, well, the rest is history.
The Travel Writer: Georgia Rickard
Georgia is probably the most real person I have ever met. As an infant in this industry, there is the ever-present feeling of the “ungettable get”. That no matter how fiercely you might wish it, how hard you might work, success is reserved for the blessed few. That, however, is not true.
At the age of 21, Georgia fell into recruitment consulting. Fast forward two years and she’s Editor of Australian Healthy Food Guide, landing the title of ‘fastest growing food magazine’. Today, Georgia is a preeminent journalist on Australian travel, having written for dozens of prestigious global brands, as well as Australia’s most widely-read travel publication, The Daily Telegraph‘s Escape, the world’s number one news site, BBC.com, and local travel media outlets. So, it really doesn’t matter where you start, does it?
The Travel Blogger: Liz Carlson
Much the same as her fellow travel heavyweights, Liz’s life started down a different path: teaching English. Granted, it consisted less of teaching verb tenses and vocabulary and more of trying to prevent her kids from eating paste; but, she got paid to colour, play games and live in Spain. Pretty much the dream right?
It wasn’t long before she realised the 9 to 5 slog wasn’t for her; and so, Young Adventuress was born. Now, she regales her near-half-a-million loyal followers with tales of dreamy winters in Whistler, dog-sledding in Alberta and charging elephants in Sri Lanka.
So, what does this all mean?
Well, for me it meant that the life I dreamt of did, in fact, exist. It reassured me that there might just be a place for me here. After hearing the girls’ stories, the ‘imposter syndrome’ I so often feel, dissipated. I may have joined this race late, but I realised then that I still have every right to run.
One big happy family at The Travel Bootcamp in Melbourne
Image via Madeleine Jones
What will you get out of the Travel Bootcamp?
- The hows, as well as the whos, the wheres and the whens of turning travel into income
- Media kits – it’s all in there! From the girls’ rates to reports, you will have access to it all.
- Pitch templates and tips on who to pitch to – I am a complete novice in this area, so when someone hands me a script of what to say and who to say it to, I grab it with both hands.
- Networking opportunities – I met the most wonderful people from Texas, Switzerland, The Netherlands and all around Australia at the conference and the best part is, they are all in the same boat!
The next conference is taking place in the beach-loving, yoga-pants-wearing, smoothie-drinking city of Sydney, so what are you waiting for? Go chase that dream.
“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”
Head to the The Travel Bootcamp website for more information.
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