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The Travel Bootcamp: Taking the Leap

The Travel Bootcamp: Take the Leap

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.

The Travel Bootcamp in Melbourne led by Georgia Rickard, Lauren Bath and Liz Carlson.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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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Everyday Aimee
    May 21, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Oh Man! this looks amazing! If only it wasn’t in sydney.

    • Reply
      Krish
      May 21, 2017 at 1:03 PM

      It was just the push that I needed! They run it across Australia so keep an eye out for sure!

  • Reply
    Annelise Van Rooye
    May 21, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Oh looks so good! I see so many of these courses and seminar-style things for bloggers and it’s good to get an honest review for one! Hopefully they come to Melbourne soon!

    • Reply
      Krish
      May 21, 2017 at 1:05 PM

      I know there are so many out there you never really know what is going to be worth your time! This was so full of invaluable tips and materials. They run it regularly now so I’m sure they’ll be back in Melbourne soon 🙂

  • Reply
    Cassie @ Be Forever Healthier
    May 21, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    This sounds awesome!!! I have never attended any kind of blogging meet up and this one sounds awesome for travel bloggers to get together!

    • Reply
      Krish
      May 21, 2017 at 2:06 PM

      This was my first! I loved meeting all the other bloggers and writers and photographers – such an inspiring community!

  • Reply
    Sally
    May 21, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    I really wanted to go to this when it was at the Gold Coast last year! I’ve been following Liz and Young Adventuress for a while now and it would be so interesting to hear from her! I am so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    • Reply
      Krish
      May 21, 2017 at 2:07 PM

      Me too! Liz was the one I was most familiar with and it was so great to hear her, and the others’, stories 🙂 I’m sure it will be back in the Gold Coast soon!

  • Reply
    Abby Lewtas
    May 21, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    This event looks amazing, thanks for the review, Ill have to put the next one on my radar 🙂

    • Reply
      Krish
      May 21, 2017 at 2:24 PM

      My pleasure Abby! Definitely a great event for budding travel writers/bloggers/instagrammers!

  • Reply
    Summers Wildling
    May 21, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    I love your quote “I may have joined this race late, but I realised then that I still have every right to run.” You sure do! Sounds like a fab event.

    • Reply
      Krish
      June 14, 2017 at 11:55 AM

      Thanks Johanna! I have to keep reminding myself all the time 🙂

  • Reply
    Michelle Marcos
    July 9, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Love this review! You’re such an amazing writer Krish! It’s nice to know other people who are in the same boat as me. 🙂

    • Reply
      Krish
      August 8, 2017 at 10:58 AM

      Oh you’re the sweetest Mish! It’s always great to find a happy helpful blog squad! 🙂

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