Bohemian Trails is blog designed for the smart and stylish traveler. I have a love for off the beaten path destinations, as I tend to find beauty in untraditional people, places and things. Bohemian Trails aims to feature must-see places around the world, paying special attention to the underground art, music and fashion scenes that make each country unique. As a 20 something traveler, I full understand the importance of sticking to a budget and I do my best to offer travel tips for my fellow bohemians. I hope to instill confidence in travelers young and old and encourage them to let their wandering hearts lead them to where they are meant to go.
How and why I started Bohemian Trails
Before we dive into the bulk of my travel tips, I wanted to briefly discuss how and why I started Bohemian Trails. About two years after moving to New York City, the record label I was working for did another round of layoffs and yours truly got the axe. Of course, most of us saw this coming from previous layoffs but still, being unemployed at 24 years old in one of the most expensive cities in the world was not ideal. Life most things in life, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I decided to combine my two passions – writing and traveling – and started Bohemian Trails. Since then, it’s been one memorable adventure after another. While my posts range from urban guides to soft adventure tips, I enjoy writing most about neighborhoods, street art and cultural ways to explore a destination without breaking the bank. My hope is that everyone who decides to reads this blog gets a step closer to discovering their own trail of inspiration.
How my lifestyle is possible
If you’ve ever wondered how and why a freelance travel writer would live in New York, believe me, you are not alone. I often wonder this myself and yet, I’ve always managed to “make it” in the concrete jungle. In fact, I’ve never even subletted my apartment during any of my trips. There are a few ways that I make money while at home and abroad. Here’s a quick breakdown.
I don’t make a lot of money blogging but it does contribute to a portion of my income. I reject about 80% of advertising requests, not because I don’t want the money but because I only believe in writing articles that benefit my readers. I do accept a few branded content posts which always include a brief disclaimer at the end and are almost always written by me. I also have a few banner ads reserved for travel companies that are relevant to my readership and I sometimes, although very rarely, promote travel competitions via Bohemian Trails and across my social media channels. Finally, I’ve started doing a few editorial partnerships with companies like Ouidad, Wired Magazine and Marriott Hotels that primarily require me to guest post on their blogs and lightly promote these posts on social media. I find these the most beneficial, as I’m gaining casting a wider net and making some money in the process. Finally, I do participate in media tips where tourism boards fund my travel through their destination. On one occasion thus far, I was also paid a per diem for this blogging commitment.
Writing is not exactly the same profession it was twenty years ago but it’s still a viable form of income. Right now I write for three different in-flight magazines in addition to several online outlets like Fodor’s (blog and NYC guidebook), Lonely Planet, USA Today, Travel+Escape and Viator to name a few. I’m also a contributing editor at Chilled Magazine and To & From Magazine. The rest of my outlets and writing samples can be viewed here. When I first started breaking into the freelance writing scene I stuck mainly to fashion pieces and I did so for free. That’s pretty typical for new writers but I have not written pro-bono in about three years. I do make more money as a freelance writer than as a blogger but not by much. I really value my regular outlets and the editors that I now have standing relationships with because researching ideas and pitching them is extremely time consuming. It definitely helps to have a firm grasp on the publication’s readership before sending along ideas.
*Social Media Consulting
In all honesty, this is where the bulk of my income comes from. I’ve served as a social media specialist on various capacities including full-time work, part-time work and as a consultant. A few companies I’ve worked with include Wind-up Records, Hearst, WeHostels and Sonia’s Travels. Most of the time, this work can be done on the road. After all, I manage the social media for Bohemian Trails from wherever I am, so why shouldn’t I be able to manage other profiles as well? I find this work both interesting and extremely useful to running my own brand. As a social media professional for other companies, I’m required to stay up to date on social trends and this ultimately helps me further establish Bohemian Trails as a reputable travel resource.
The fourth and final portion of my income comes from a combination of copywriting and special projects. For example, I’ve done copywriting for bit companies like Conde Nast and The New York Times but I’ve also worked with start-ups both here and abroad. Copywriting is something I sort of stumbled into but I thoroughly enjoy this work because I find it both stimulating and challenging. I’ve also taken on a few assignments here and there. Some are form AFAR Media where I serve as a brand Ambassador, a local expert for New York City and a Special Correspondent.