Get paid to travel the world!
Your step-by-step guide to making money by travelling the world, through travel instagram, travel writing and travel blogging.
*Prices are in USD and include GST for Australian buyers.
Success stories so far
Everything you need to make money from travel writing, travel instagram, travel blogging and travel photography.
Do you dream of getting paid to travel – but think you need prior experience?
Would you love to make money from your travels – but you don’t have a big social media following?
We’d bet you know you have something to offer – but maybe you just don’t know where to start.
“We travel for a living 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 sold our house, quit our ‘normal’ work life and now work as a full-time travelling family. 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
Learn the secrets of the travel industry
The Travel Bootcamp offers guaranteed success,
with our unique, three-way travel media guide:
1. Get hired by travel media channels and earn income from your content
2. Build your own travel media channels and earn income from your content
3. Get featured on travel media channels and earn income from your content
Designed by three of the travel industry’s most established creators
Australia’s first professional Instagrammer
Prominent Australian travel magazine editor
One of the world’s top 10 female travel bloggers
“I was a beginner – now I’m a travel 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, and I’ve been paid to go on assignment to The Solomon Islands. I got exactly what I needed to work in this space.”
–Danielle Norton, from Melbourne
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.
So why are you here?
Maybe you love the idea of starting a travel blog or Instagram account, but the idea of investing all that time and effort, with no guarantee of success, has stopped you from going further.
Maybe you’ve put yourself out there already, but feedback so far has been a ‘no thanks’, a flat-out rejection or no response at all.
Undoubtedly, you know you have something to offer, and you are willing to work hard to get there – but maybe you just don’t know where to start.
We get it! We’ve been there.
No prior experience required
Here’s what we wish someone had told us about getting paid to travel:
1. You don’t need a big social media following to be successful.
Controversial, we know – but hear us out. See, there are plenty of travel writers, photographers and videographers out there who make very 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 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 press trips today… No audience required.
2. You don’t need to be travel full-time to be successful.
In fact, you don’t even have to do this full time to be successful! Plenty of successful travel writers, photographers, Instagrammers and bloggers still maintain other jobs and/or a family and do this ‘on the side’. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Many of our success stories are full-time mums, or retirees, or studying at university (watch the video at the top of this for more, or head on over to our blog to read more in-depth student success stories). Of course, you can travel full-time if you want to – it’s up to you.
3. 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!
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.
Your ticket includes
An entire weekend of brilliant insights
Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn during The Travel Bootcamp:
- The secrets of growing an audience
- Monetising 101: how to earn money from your travel content
- The secrets to getting featured on travel media
- How to build your dream press trip
- How to establish long-term partnerships and collaborations
- How to work with agencies
- How to negotiate/secure representation
- How to think long-term about your brand and audience
- How to break into industry networks (with real life examples)
- How to craft a successful travel media pitch
- How to secure invitations to press trips, famils and sponsored travel opportunities
- How to start making money 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 travel
- 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 how to do it
- 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. 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 current industry concerns. 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.
October 4 - 6, 2019
5:30pm Bootcamp Meet and Greet networking event begins
7:30pm Bootcamp Meet and Greet networking event ends
Finish time is approximate.
7:30am VIP registration opens
8am General admission registration opens
Day 1 begins at 8:30am SHARP.
Finish time is approximate.
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8:30am Day 2 begins
5:00pm Day 2 ends
Finish time is approximate.
Read more about Day 2 below.
Get hands-on, real life experience
Get a sneak peek into exactly what you’re going to learn when you attend The Travel Bootcamp
Day 1: The Bootcamp Networking event
When: 5:30pm, Friday 4 October
Where: QT Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
If you’ve fantasised about making money from your travels, but have no idea what the first step might be, congratulations – you’re taking it! As soon as you walk into the Bootcamp Meet and Greet, things start to feel a lot more real. That’s why we hold the Meet & Greet the evening before the event: sure, you’ll get the chance to meet the team, but you’ll also find yourself connecting with people just like you. The atmosphere at The Travel Bootcamp is pretty special – we’re showing you how to lead the life of your dreams, after all – and people often make great friends at these events. Make sure you show up on time; we’ve got an early start tomorrow, so you’ll want a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: The Travel Bootcamp Saturday Sessions
When: 8:30am, Saturday 5 October
Where: QT Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
Bring your laptop, your notepad and your A-game: today begins with Lauren Bath’s in-depth sessions on Instagram. After that, Georgia Rickard leads us through her sessions on travel media, 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 receive a comprehensive set of course notes complete with email pitch templates, a pricing guide, and media kit examples. 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 3: The Travel Bootcamp: Industry Workshops
When: 8:30am, Sunday 6 October
Where: QT Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
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, so you’ll have all day to ask specific questions of a real-life insider from the travel industry, as well as receiving invaluable insights gained from the exercises that you’ll workshop in the room, together. There will also be opportunity to hear from other groups, and the solutions they’ve come up with, with feedback at the end of each session, plus hands-on activities that will give you real life skills you can use when you go home. We’ll finish today with a live Q&A on-stage, so you can ask any pressing questions before the weekend ends. 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.
Learn from people just like you
Our co-founders did not start out as travel professionals.
was once a chef.
was a recruitment consultant.
was an English teacher.
Today however, they tell a different story.
Meet Lauren Bath, The Travel 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 Travel 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. Rickard has 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 Travel 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, travel 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?
A. Anyone looking to learn about travel blogging, travel Instagram and travel media – beginners, and those with experience. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of The Travel Bootcamp, its learnings are applicable to anyone creative. 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. Will I learn about press trips? I’m pretty keen to enjoy some free travel!
A. Yes – this is covered as part of the content.
Q. When are you bringing the Bootcamp to my hometown?
A. We regularly receive requests to bring the Bootcamp to various locations. Unfortunately, it is not possible to respond to every request we receive, but make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list for exciting new location announcements.
Q. When is the next Travel Bootcamp?
A. Due to the heavy travel schedules and commitments of our co-founders, The Travel Bootcamp is only held once a year. This is your only chance to attend the event in 2019 – don’t miss out.
Q. Is there accommodation available?
A. Yes. The Travel Bootcamp 2019 event will be held at QT Queenstown, a luxe hotel in the centre of Queenstown with views of the lake. Bootcamp delegates receive a discount room rate to stay on-site – details are shared when you book. There are plenty of other hotels available in Queenstown, too. You may wish to consider extending your stay by a few days – this is, after all, one of the most beautiful areas in the world. It featured prominently in the Lord of The Rings cinematic trilogy. There is also plenty to do while you’re here – a fabulous foodie scene and a huge array of activities on offer, from skydiving and bungee jumping to wine tastings and more.
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 get hired by travel media channels, grow your own travel media channels and get featured on travel media channels. This ensures you maximise your earnings, maximise your exposure and maximise your success.
Q. Why is this event called a Bootcamp?
A. Because, over the course of one weekend, you’ll receive everything you need to know about monetising your future travels using three entwined, complementary strategies. It’s a short, information-packed, fun course of training: walk out the door and you’ll have everything you need to walk into your new career. What are you waiting for?