There are a few who have figured out how to turn their travel blogging passions into a paycheck, a topic Gloria Atanmo can speak to firsthand.

Atanmo exploring NamibiaPhoto courtesy of Gloria Atanmo

Recently, we had an opportunity to meet with Atanmo to learn more about her story and how she was able to get to where she is today, generating income to share her travel experiences. Founder of The Blog Abroad, she shared that she has a lot to feel proud of these days, including publishing a book titled “From Excuses to Excursions: How I Started Traveling The World.” As a full-time digital storyteller, Atanmo creates influencer marketing campaigns for companies she has built partnerships and collaborations with, such as GoPro and Skyscanner. One of her aims on her platform has been to make a difference in “amplifying the voices of black women in the travel-sphere,” and she shares her thoughts, opinions, and ideas with her community of over 100K social media followers across platforms.

Atanmo in Cairo, EgyptPhoto courtesy of Gloria Atanmo

As any creative freelancer can tell you, the road to securing and maintaining steady clients can be difficult to navigate. For Atanmo, she has openly shared with her followers that she “lived off of bread and butter for months.” She said “every single day was a hustle and (she) wants people to glamorize the struggle along with the hustle too.” She also recently wrote: “I live for this dream and die for this hustle, because in a world that praises the luck but not the hustle, and envies the dream, but not the chase, be the outlier. Have patience in the process and belief in the pursuit because the best part about "living the dream" is knowing how much you sacrificed to get there.”

Atanmo has been navigating the grey and uncertain path of travel blogging for several years now. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Atanmo started her first blog when she was 11 years old.  In college, she studied graphic design and mass media and even ran the college’s first student run blog. Approximately ten days after she graduated, she booked a one-way flight to London. It was around this time that she started her travel blog, with a tagline stating: “Chronicles of an Adventure Junkie.” Before she started blogging full time, she was a multimedia intern at a study abroad university in the UK, she taught private English classes in Barcelona, and even played semi-pro basketball for a season in Spain. She would blog whenever she had down time and needed to decompress, and would treat it like a hobby. Throughout this time, blogging was always one of her passions.

Fast forward a few years later, in 2015 Atanmo wrote an article that was published in Huffington Post, titled: “Stop Asking Me How I Afford to Travel”. The article was translated into eight languages and in 48 hours gained serious traffic. She shared that this single article boosted her in front of travel boards, online magazines, and tourism related professionals. She saw this as her first big break from the day in day out hustle. In this article, she shared budgeting advice for anyone who wanted to travel. She recommended that you take a three-step approach: prioritize, budget and save. In my own experiences, I’ve seen that those who really want travel to be part of their lives will follow this approach. For Atanmo, she shared, “Before I started traveling, my disposable income was spent on going out, eating out, and gas for my car. So, I stopped partying, I cooked all my meals, and I walked to work.”

Atanmo outside the Sydney Opera HousePhoto courtesy of Gloria Atanmo

Atanmo became a digital nomad who wears many hats, including a graphic designer, photographer, social media influencer, writer, content producer, editor, and negotiator. While she says her accomplishments to date are not considered successful in a stereotypical Nigerian household, she shared that she is proud of “ultimately finding a way to turn my passion into a paycheck that essentially allows me to get paid to travel and produce content that inspires others to live out their greatest dreams too.” She also joked that she was proud of being followed by Barack Obama on Twitter!  She recently shared, “I fly close to 40 times a year, and 35-ish of those flights are booked by sponsors. It’s an incredible blessing to be able to have your craft and passion worthy of being invested in by brands you love.”

Everyone’s career path has their own sets of ups and downs. Atanmo’s story in staying motivated and focused through her journey is a beautiful reminder to celebrate the wins and reflect on what you went through to get to where you are today. You can follow along Atanmo’s journey on social, she’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Travel bloggers and social media influencers look like they live an idyllic life. It may not be apparent at first glance, but in truth there is quite a bit of work that goes into maintaining their extra fabulous lifestyle behind the scenes. While I’m sure there are a few who have cracked the code to secure a balanced lifestyle in work and play, one thing is consistent: the road to becoming a successful full-time influencer or blogger isn’t easy. There are a few who have figured out how to turn their travel blogging passions into a paycheck, a topic Gloria Atanmo can speak to firsthand.

Atanmo exploring NamibiaPhoto courtesy of Gloria Atanmo

Recently, we had an opportunity to meet with Atanmo to learn more about her story and how she was able to get to where she is today, generating income to share her travel experiences. Founder of The Blog Abroad, she shared that she has a lot to feel proud of these days, including publishing a book titled “From Excuses to Excursions: How I Started Traveling The World.” As a full-time digital storyteller, Atanmo creates influencer marketing campaigns for companies she has built partnerships and collaborations with, such as GoPro and Skyscanner. One of her aims on her platform has been to make a difference in “amplifying the voices of black women in the travel-sphere,” and she shares her thoughts, opinions, and ideas with her community of over 100K social media followers across platforms.

Atanmo in Cairo, EgyptPhoto courtesy of Gloria Atanmo

As any creative freelancer can tell you, the road to securing and maintaining steady clients can be difficult to navigate. For Atanmo, she has openly shared with her followers that she “lived off of bread and butter for months.” She said “every single day was a hustle and (she) wants people to glamorize the struggle along with the hustle too.” She also recently wrote: “I live for this dream and die for this hustle, because in a world that praises the luck but not the hustle, and envies the dream, but not the chase, be the outlier. Have patience in the process and belief in the pursuit because the best part about “living the dream” is knowing how much you sacrificed to get there.”

Atanmo has been navigating the grey and uncertain path of travel blogging for several years now. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Atanmo started her first blog when she was 11 years old.  In college, she studied graphic design and mass media and even ran the college’s first student run blog. Approximately ten days after she graduated, she booked a one-way flight to London. It was around this time that she started her travel blog, with a tagline stating: “Chronicles of an Adventure Junkie.” Before she started blogging full time, she was a multimedia intern at a study abroad university in the UK, she taught private English classes in Barcelona, and even played semi-pro basketball for a season in Spain. She would blog whenever she had down time and needed to decompress, and would treat it like a hobby. Throughout this time, blogging was always one of her passions.

Fast forward a few years later, in 2015 Atanmo wrote an article that was published in Huffington Post, titled: “Stop Asking Me How I Afford to Travel”. The article was translated into eight languages and in 48 hours gained serious traffic. She shared that this single article boosted her in front of travel boards, online magazines, and tourism related professionals. She saw this as her first big break from the day in day out hustle. In this article, she shared budgeting advice for anyone who wanted to travel. She recommended that you take a three-step approach: prioritize, budget and save. In my own experiences, I’ve seen that those who really want travel to be part of their lives will follow this approach. For Atanmo, she shared, “Before I started traveling, my disposable income was spent on going out, eating out, and gas for my car. So, I stopped partying, I cooked all my meals, and I walked to work.”

Atanmo outside the Sydney Opera HousePhoto courtesy of Gloria Atanmo

Atanmo became a digital nomad who wears many hats, including a graphic designer, photographer, social media influencer, writer, content producer, editor, and negotiator. While she says her accomplishments to date are not considered successful in a stereotypical Nigerian household, she shared that she is proud of “ultimately finding a way to turn my passion into a paycheck that essentially allows me to get paid to travel and produce content that inspires others to live out their greatest dreams too.” She also joked that she was proud of being followed by Barack Obama on Twitter!  She recently shared, “I fly close to 40 times a year, and 35-ish of those flights are booked by sponsors. It’s an incredible blessing to be able to have your craft and passion worthy of being invested in by brands you love.”

Everyone’s career path has their own sets of ups and downs. Atanmo’s story in staying motivated and focused through her journey is a beautiful reminder to celebrate the wins and reflect on what you went through to get to where you are today. You can follow along Atanmo’s journey on social, she’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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