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  • - You wanna travel the world and get paid?

  • (audience gasps)

  • You're living in a fantasy, buddy.

  • Yeah, no they're not.

  • It's actually more accessible today

  • than it's ever been.

  • Yeah, maybe if you're like me

  • and have your dad's hedge fund money.

  • Actually, no.

  • You really don't need that much money saved up.

  • Anyone can do it but you will need to work very hard.

  • You gotta be willing to sell your soul

  • to the highest bidder.

  • My name is Christian.

  • If you don't already know who I am,

  • I've been making travel videos for a few years now

  • and one of the incredible things about it

  • is that it allows me to be anywhere in the world

  • and to call it my job.

  • Yes, I get to call

  • traveling, meeting new people, and making great money

  • my job.

  • It's definitely a incredible situation

  • I never really saw myself falling into,

  • especially going back four years ago

  • where the story started

  • as a broke backpacker with just a GoPro.

  • I always saw travel and work

  • as two very polar opposite things.

  • You're either making money at work

  • or you're traveling and losing money.

  • But the incredible thing about this career

  • is that it takes that equation

  • and it completely disregards it.

  • By traveling, I make money,

  • and therefore, this travel lifestyle

  • becomes sustainable and profitable.

  • Today, I'll be sharing with you

  • 10 things that will allow you to make money

  • as a travel influencer.

  • Whether you wanna do photography, videography.

  • I'll be sharing my own personal anecdotes,

  • experience, as well as sharing some stories

  • from friends who have also been able to call this their job.

  • Point number one and listen up closely because

  • this one is very important.

  • You can do it.

  • Anyone can be here siting in this chair right now,

  • calling themselves an Instagrammer,

  • a YouTuber, whatever it is that floats your boat,

  • that could be your career.

  • I want you to put yourself in my shoes,

  • where I was four years ago.

  • I had nothing more than a backpack on my back.

  • I had about $3,000 in my bank account,

  • I had a GoPro Hero4 Silver,

  • I had never in my life been to film school,

  • I had never in my life learned about YouTube,

  • never been taught that you could actually

  • make a penny on Instagram,

  • and I really didn't know what I was doing.

  • But, one thing I did discover on that trip

  • was that I loved to travel

  • and I loved to make videos.

  • Hello.

  • And welcome to my channel.

  • That is how my journey started.

  • Very humble beginnings,

  • no real direction, no real skill,

  • but what I did have, what I made up for

  • on every other front was a burning passion

  • for what I wanted to do.

  • I was ready to hustle until I was able

  • to make it happen

  • and that's exactly what I did.

  • Today, I now have over 10 revenue streams

  • that allow me to get paid even when I'm on the road.

  • This path was not given to me

  • and it was not given to anybody else

  • you follow and admire on social media.

  • This is a business for those who hustle,

  • those who work late into the night,

  • early into the mornings,

  • those who don't give up when they don't get paid,

  • those who don't quit when they don't get views.

  • This is for those who are ready to grind and hustle.

  • If you think that's you, then keep watching.

  • And if you don't think it's you,

  • please keep watching.

  • I really can't afford my retention rate to drop.

  • Now, let's get into point number two

  • and that is going to be the importance

  • of keeping your costs low.

  • Let's get ready to hustle and ball out on a budget.

  • As I mentioned before,

  • when I started my travels, I really didn't have

  • that much money saved up.

  • And every single day I was on the road,

  • I was basically eating into my savings.

  • I knew that if I was gonna make YouTube videos

  • and Instagram photos,

  • I was gonna need as much time as I could

  • to create good content.

  • So how could I stretch that limited money?

  • One of the main ways to do that

  • is to reduce your costs.

  • Reduce the overhead

  • of hotels, of food, of activities.

  • How do you do that?

  • When I first started,

  • one of the best ways I was able to keep my costs low

  • was door knocking.

  • I was going hostel to hostel to hostel,

  • sometimes 10 hostels in a row would flat out say,

  • "No, we're not willing to give you a free bed,"

  • but the 11th one would eventually say yes

  • and that would be the place where I would stay

  • for two to three nights.

  • Right there, I took care of one of my biggest expenses

  • as a nomad,

  • which is my accommodation.

  • If I knew I was gonna go to an island

  • I wanted to do an island tour

  • or I needed the ferry,

  • well then I would try to contact different companies

  • that would allow me to feature their service

  • in exchange for a free ticket.

  • Again, I was able to keep creating my content

  • while keeping my costs as low as possible

  • for every single video, for every single Instagram photo,

  • and that is how you need to keep yourself afloat

  • during the early stages.

  • You're gonna have to make sacrifices,

  • you're gonna have to say no to getting drinks with dinner,

  • eat street food, knock on hostel doors,

  • keep costs as low as possible.

  • I wanna share with you an account

  • who you should definitely go check out after this.

  • His name is Chris Lau.

  • I consider him my first ever Patreon success story.

  • Patreon is where I have my behind the scenes community

  • where there's filmmakers, there's travel influencers

  • who are trying to make this their living.

  • And it's where I share all my information.

  • I highly recommend you check it out after this.

  • Christ took all the information he learned

  • through my Patreon, as well as his background in sales

  • and he basically

  • has become

  • a free accommodation monster.

  • Everywhere he goes,

  • he's been able to leverage his 10,000 followers.

  • Now at like 22,000 followers on Instagram

  • to get himself free stuff all over the world.

  • From five start hotels to free meals,

  • he's been able to even treat me to a couple free meals

  • because he contacted those companies in advance.

  • Chris embodies hustling to keep costs low

  • and I have so much respect to him.

  • The next point is

  • diversify your income sources.

  • So, as I mentioned at the beginning of this video,

  • I now have like over 10 income sources

  • that allow me to make a great living.

  • Maybe I didn't get as many views on YouTube that month,

  • or maybe I didn't have as many visits to my Shopify store.

  • It tends to even out because there's 10 of them

  • and so I'm not heavily relying on any of them.

  • It gives you a lot more financial security.

  • I'm gonna talk about what my revenue sources are

  • as well as some other revenue sources

  • that my friends are using.

  • I'm not gonna give them to you in the particular order

  • of importance, but let's start off with the first one

  • and that's right now the ad revenue that's being earned