Make 2020 your best year yet!
Your step-by-step guide to turning your creativity into your career, through travel Instagram, travel writing and travel blogging.
A special edition of The Travel Bootcamp, designed just for 2020.
Do you dream of getting paid to write, photograph or for your social media – but fear COVID-19 has ruined your chances?
Would you love to make money as a travel content creator – even from the comfort of your own home?
Would you love to become a travel writer, photographer, blogger or influencer – but that doesn’t seem possible right now?
*Prices are in USD.
to The Travel Bootcamp’s exciting, new online conference – presented LIVE!
The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020
October 24 – 25, 2020
Meet The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020, a brand new digital version of our most popular event.
Designed specifically in response to the current global situation, learn everything you need to know to start making money from travel writing, photography, social media and influence, with special teachings relevant to a global pandemic.
It’s your ultimate guide to turning 2020 from a hell no into your best year yet.
Tickets on sale now!
Well hello there!
Has 2020 has thrown you a few curveballs? Good news – you’ve come to the right place. We’re so proud, and pleased to announce this year’s most exciting event, The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020. It’s your ticket to more money, more success and more happiness – yes, even in the middle of a global pandemic!
Find success during a global pandemic
Get paid by media for your writing and photography
The secrets of making money with social media
Travel is optional
Get started today
Learn from anywhere in the world!
Hold up. How can I make money as a travel writer, photographer, blogger or influencer during a global pandemic?!
Good question, and you’re in luck – that’s exactly what we’re going to teach you at this specially-designed event, created just for the circumstances of 2020. It is possible to make money as a travel content creator right now – yes, even if you can’t travel at the moment. With what you’ll learn at The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020, you’ll be able to make money from anywhere in the world, whether that’s on a remote island… or from the comfort of your couch at home.
But I literally cannot travel at the moment. How can I get paid as a travel writer, photographer, blogger or influencer?!
Believe it or not, there are lots of ways you can make money in your dream career, right now – and we’re going to teach you all of them. Learn how to get hired by media (both local and international) from the comfort of your couch, get the secrets to making money from your smartphone with social media, find out how to make money by blogging on your laptop (you can even work from bed – shhh, we won’t tell anyone), and understand exactly what you need to do to find success in 2020 – yes, during a global pandemic.
I’ve attended The Travel Bootcamp before. What makes this year’s event different?
If you’ve attended The Travel Bootcamp before, you’ll know why it’s called a ‘bootcamp’ – it’s jam-packed with advice, information and all the industry secrets to making money as a travel writer, photographer, blogger and influencer. But this year’s event is different. It’s designed specifically to help you make money in this industry, now – yes, even despite Covid-19.
But I can’t attend this event in person. How will I learn?
You’re in luck. For the first time ever, we’re going virtual, which means you can attend this event from anywhere in the world! As the name suggests, The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020 is a special online event: all you’ll need to attend is a computer, or personal device to stream from (such a smartphone) and an internet connection. We’ll take care of the rest!
Success stories so far
A special version event, designed by three of the industry’s leading experts
Australia’s first professional Instagrammer
Prominent Australian magazine editor
One of the world’s top 10 female bloggers
Learn the secrets of the industry
The Travel Bootcamp offers guaranteed success,
with our unique, three-way media guide:
1. Get hired by media channels and earn income from your content
2. Build your own media channels and earn income from your content
3. Get featured on media channels and earn income from your content
“We earn full-time incomes as bloggers now”
“The Travel Bootcamp was a game changer for us. With the foundations we learned at the Bootcamp and our passion for ‘living our best life’, we now work as full-time bloggers. We are backed by sponsorships from brands, work on influencer campaigns, contribute articles to well-known publications and have even been featured on TV!”
– Tracy and Rob Morris, from Sydney
A Word from our Founders
Welcome to The Travel Bootcamp – we’re so pleased you’re here! We truly feel that everything in life happens for a reason, so we believe you found your way to our site for a purpose.
Has Coronavirus put your life on hold?
Maybe you love the idea of starting a blog or Instagram account, but you’re feeling lost or frustrated by how this year has panned out so far – and you’re wondering how much longer you need to put your life on hold for.
Undoubtedly, you know you have something to offer, and you are willing to work hard to get there – but in the middle of a global pandemic, maybe you just don’t know where to start.
We get it! And lucky for you, we’ve got your solution.
Your ticket includes
An entire weekend of brilliant insights
Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn during The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020
- The secrets of growing an audience online (no travel necessary)
- How to make money from your smartphone, wherever you are
- How to earn money as a writer, without needing to leave home
- How to earn money from previous travels
- The secrets to getting featured by media
- How to establish branded partnerships and collaborations – even during Coronavirus
- How to negotiate/secure representation
- How to think long-term about your brand and audience
- How to break into industry networks… without leaving your house
- How to craft a successful media pitch during a global pandemic
- How to secure invitations to press trips and sponsored travel opportunities (yes, even right now)
- How, and how much, the industry pays – with a guide to industry rates
- The ins and outs of travel industry etiquette
- The ethics of influencing and journalism
- How to quit your day job to pursue your passions
- Tricks to optimising your media kit
- Beyond industry rates: how to put a price tag on unique work opportunities
- Key industry insiders to target
- Working with tourism boards: who to speak to and what to say during a global pandemic
- Dealing with editors and clients in the real world
- The ins and outs of affiliate marketing
- Generating passive income
Industry Guide to Media Kits
This is going to save you a lot of time… and help you make money! Creating your own media kit can be quite a process if you don’t know what you’re doing – and even if you do, there are no guarantees you’ll craft one that speaks to the circumstances surrounding 2020. This take-home guide includes samples, a recommended structure and wording you can apply in your own unique way.
The Bootcamp DIY Pitch Kit
Never feel intimidated about pitching yourself again! This is your personal set of pitch email templates, which includes real life examples of client responses and successful deals, step-by-step breakdowns of who to contact, what to say, specific language to use and clear outlines on how to structure your pitch – yes, even during a global pandemic.
No prior experience required
Here’s what we wish someone had told us about finding success in 2020:
1. You don’t need to be able to travel right now, to be successful
You can craft a travel career from home! In fact, that’s precisely how all three of our co-founders began – Lauren in her backyard, Liz in her parents’ attic and Georgia on her laptop, at her mum’s couch. There are plenty of ways to get paid for your creative endeavours right now – yes, even during a global pandemic. Using our proven formula, you can build your online brand, create industry connections and pitch your ideas to get paid for your passions. We’re going to show you how!
2. You don’t need a big social media following to be successful, either.
Controversial, we know – but hear us out. See, there are plenty of talented writers, photographers and videographers out there who are making great incomes without ANY online following of their own. Don’t get us wrong – your own audience is an incredibly valuable asset, and during The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020 we’ll show you how to build your own – but we want you to know that it’s not a prerequisite for success. In fact, you could begin pitching for work today… No audience required.
3. You can make money from holidays you’ve already taken
Shh! This is a secret that most people aren’t aware of – and it’s how a lot of creatives are making money right now. Intrigued? Don’t be – at The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020, we’re going to reveal exactly how this works, so you can start getting paid as a travel influencer, writer, photographer, vlogger or blogger right now – regardless of whether you can travel or not.
4. You don’t need industry experience to be successful.
Don’t have any experience? Haven’t figured out your brand or your niche yet? Not even sure if you want to be a blogger, vlogger, writer or Instagrammer yet?! That’s ok. We will show you exactly how to be successful – all you need is genuine passion. By the way, you don’t have to make any hard and fast rules about the direction you want to go in yet, either – our three co-founders are perfect examples of this! Despite being ‘specialists’ in one particular area (blogging, instagram, writing), all three of them have each been hired to work as bloggers, Instagrammers and writers. Yep, you don’t have to be stuck to working within a single category; you can create the career of your choice. It’s all waiting for you!
“I was a beginner – now I’m a journalist”
“I didn’t have any experience writing for media, but since attending The Travel Bootcamp, I’ve written for major newspapers, online travel sites and in-flight magazines. I got exactly what I needed to work in this space.”
–Danielle Norton, from Melbourne
100% money back guarantee
The Travel Bootcamp is proud to offer a 100% money back guarantee on all ticket purchases.
If you attend The Travel Bootcamp and do not believe that you could begin generating an income within two weeks of attending The Travel Bootcamp, simply approach the staff at the end of day one, surrender your complete set of course materials, and the full purchase price of your ticket will be refunded to you – no questions asked, no strings attached.
Only available until 14 Sept
The Travel Bootcamp Schedule
October 24 – 25, 2020
Day 1 begins at 9:00am SHARP.
Clever shortcuts to becoming a Instagram rockstar in a global pandemic
Behind-the-scenes guide to Instagram industry success
Your kick-start guide to becoming a paid writer in 2020
Insiders’ secrets to making money with travel writing – yes, right now
How to achieve success in the world of travel blogging during Coronavirus
Wild profitability with your blog: how to make bank this year
Day 2 begins at 9:00am SHARP.
Day 2 is our industry workshops day. You’ll be led through a series of workshops and exercises by a hand-picked team of leaders in the travel industry. Last year’s event saw National Geographic USA, Olympus Australia, Vogue Australia and an award-winning contributing photojournalist for the New York Times take to the stage. Stay tuned for the stellar 2020 speaker list.
Read more about Day 2 below.
Get real life experience
Get a sneak peek into exactly what you’re going to learn when you attend The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020
Day 1: The Travel Bootcamp Saturday Sessions
When: 9:00am, Saturday 24 October
Where: Via your exclusive Travel Bootcamp event link – watch from your smart device or computer
Bring your official Bootcamp workbook and your A-game: today begins with Lauren Bath’s in-depth sessions on Instagram success in 2020. After that, Georgia Rickard leads us through her sessions on finding success working with media as a travel writer or photographer, *even* during a global pandemic, before Liz Carlson delivers in-depth sessions on the business of travel blogging. From building your following and securing brand ambassadorships to securing sponsored travel trips, crafting a media kit, nailing your email pitch and more, it’s all included your ticket price.
You’ll also be sent a comprehensive set of course notes complete with email pitch templates, a pricing guide, and media kit examples ahead of our live-stream. This also contains step-by-step instructions on how to pitch, and who to pitch to – so by the end of the day, you’ll have your roadmap for success out in the real world.
Day 2: The Travel Bootcamp: International Guest Speakers
When: 9:00am, Sunday 25 October
Where: Via your exclusive Travel Bootcamp event link – watch from your smart device or computer
If yesterday was learning, today is about earning! Today is a seriously fun series of workshops and exercises, led not only by our Bootcamp co-founders but a hand-picked team of leaders in the travel industry across the spectrum – from accessible to luxury. Sessions are hosted by relevant industry experts, you’ll finish up feeling inspired and ready to take on the world: from this event, you’ve got everything you need to go and join the industry. Seriously – last year, Olympus Australia taught our delegates how to pitch to big brands and the head of Digital Strategy for National Geographic USA walked us through digital storytelling and reaching global audiences… just to name a few.
Learn from people just like you
Our co-founders did not start out as creative professionals.
was once a chef.
was a recruitment consultant.
was an English teacher.
Today however, they tell a different story.
Meet Lauren Bath, The Instagram Expert
Deemed “Australia’s first professional Instagrammer” by national media, Lauren Bath pioneered the Australian influencer industry. She has an impressive client list, having worked with global destination marketing bodies including Tourism Australia, Switzerland Tourism, Tourism South Africa, Tourism New Zealand, Canadian Tourism Commission, Visit Finland and Visit Dubai, as well as many major brands including Olympus Australia, Intrepid Travel, Visa Australia and Moët & Chandon. With a dedicated audience of close to half a million followers, she is not only one of Australia’s most powerful travel influencers but also a savvy social media consultant, providing ongoing campaign management, consultancy and education to several major industry bodies. In 2015 she was a Finalist in the Gold Coast Women in Business Awards in the “Women for Change” category. She has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Daily News, News.com.au and Mashable, among many others.
Meet Georgia Rickard, The Writing Expert
Georgia Rickard is a multi-award-winning travel editor, journalist and content producer. The former editor of Australia’s largest selling travel magazine, Australian Traveller has contributed to News Limited, Conde Nast, Fairfax Media, BBC, AFAR, and several newspapers of note, including The Times. She has been shortlisted for Editor of the Year at the Australian Magazine Awards for her work. She’s also garnered significant television experience, working as a senior producer for TODAY, featuring as the regular SKY NEWS travel expert and has presented travel for CNN to an audience of 135 million people. As contributing editor to Tourism Australia she led a team of 20 of Australia’s most respected travel journalists to deliver the million-dollar overhaul of, and consequent editorial management for Australia.com, creating the stories that Australia tells to the world through its immediate social audience of over 12 million through, and extensive global PR network. She is a travel curator for Fairfax Media and a featured Airbnb Insider. She has appeared on all major Australian television networks and is an accomplished keynote speaker who has hosted events for major corporations, including Accor and Apple.
Meet Liz Carlson, The Blogging Expert
Liz Carlson runs Young Adventuress, one of the biggest and most popular travel blogs in the world, with a following in the millions. An award winning photographer and writer named “the future of tourism in New Zealand,” she is based in the mountains of Wanaka. For the past eight years she has traveled to over 60 countries and all 7 continents with her blog and Instagram, and her projects and work are routinely feature on media outlets like BBC Travel, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Condé Nast,TIME and Forbes. She is a frequent public speaker, even taking the stage at TEDx, and she has run her own weekly travel column on Stuff.co.nz since 2016. In 2016 she was awarded silver travel blog of the year by the North American Travel Journalists Association. She was honoured by the Society of American Travel Writers in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Her blog has won top travel blog in New Zealand for the past three years in a row by Travcom, and she has been lauded as having New Zealand’s top travel Instagram account.
“I was a tax accountant – now I’m an Instagrammer”
“I was a tax accountant for 14 years… after attending The Travel Bootcamp I transformed my life and career. Now I’m a full-time Instagrammer, photographer and I’m even getting work as a travel writer, for major national titles.”
– Mark Fitzpatrick, from Townsville
STILL NOT SURE?
Here are some of the questions others have asked:
Q. Who should attend The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020?
Anyone who wants to learn more about getting paid for their love of blogging, Instagram, photography or writing… even in the middle of a global pandemic. If you’re a beginner, you’re in the right place. If you’ve got experience, you’re going to love this, too. Because of the unique nature of The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020, its learnings are applicable to anyone creative who wants to make more money doing what they love during a global pandemic.
Q. How do I access the live-stream event?
You’ll get an exclusive event link 48 hours prior to The Travel Bootcamp. You can simply click this link to gain live access to the event streaming. We’ll provide clear instructions on how to access the event and have our tech support team on hand throughout The Travel Bootcamp to answer any questions for you.
Q. When are you bringing the Bootcamp to my hometown?
We regularly receive requests to bring the Bootcamp to various locations, and this year – we’ve done one better. We’re bringing the Bootcamp to you! The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020 can be live-streamed directly to you, via your favourite smart device or computer.
Q. When is the next Travel Bootcamp?
Due to the heavy schedules and commitments of our co-founders, The Travel Bootcamp is only held once a year. The Travel Bootcamp: Virtual Edition 2020 will be our only Travel Bootcamp for 2020.
Q. I’m only interested in one area, not all three. Can I just come for one session?
You’d be missing out if you did. Why? Because it pays – literally – to have an understanding of all three pursuits. The digitisation of traditional media, and increasing infiltration of ‘new’ media, has resulted in an increasing amount of crossover between these three areas. That’s precisely why our co-founders developed the Bootcamp’s unique three-way travel media guide: so you can get hired by travel media channels, grow your own travel media channels and get featured on travel media channels. Not only do we share all the information you need to get set up in each of the three disciplines but we show you how they intersect. Maximise your earnings, maximise your exposure, maximise your success.
Q. Why is this event called a Bootcamp?
Because, over the course of one weekend, you’ll receive everything you need to know about monetising your creativity using three entwined, complementary strategies. It’s a short, information-packed, fun course of training: you’ll have everything you need to walk into your new career. What are you waiting for?
Q. Will the event be recorded?
Yes… and for the first time in company history, you’ll have access to the entire event recording for one week after the event wraps up!