Hi Digital Travel Guru, thanks for having me. I’m Jamie and I’m originally from a town called Shrewsbury in the UK. I left college at 17 to work full-time and worked as a sales manager for a furniture company.
In September 2017 I decided to give it up and begin travelling the world and that’s where I set up my blog www.letsgetjobless.com and started freelance writing online.
When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in September 2016 after coming back from my first solo travel trip. I was researching how to make money online and blogging seemed like a great way to make that happen.
I originally started blogging to try and leave my job and begin travelling. Now I blog about my travels around the world, and I also focus on helping other people achieve their own remote work lifestyle.
How did you decide your blogs name?
I actually had been toying around with a few different names. I wanted the name to reflect the fact I was trying to quit my job and work online. Becoming jobless seemed like a good theme and Let’s Get Jobless had a good ring to it.
What plans do you have in the future for your blog?
Well my blogs evolved a lot even in just the last 6 months, but the future of my blog is going to be focused on becoming a real resource for people looking for travel inspiration and a clear roadmap on how to earn money online.
Just this month I have a brand new project up and coming called the 30-Day Blogging Bootcamp. It’s a paid course I’ll be releasing later in the year but I’ve actually opened it up for free right now to help as many people grow their blog’s as possible.
Anyone joining the bootcamp will have an exact roadmap of how to grow their blog from 0 to 10,000 monthly page views. You can join in the bootcamp for free by visiting www.letsgetjobless.com/30-day-bootcamp.
Does your blog cover anything else other than travel?
My blog focuses on three main focus areas:
Making Money Online
Growing Your Own Blog
The aim is to give people the resources so that they can quit their regular job and earn an income from anywhere in the world.
What can our readers find on your website?
Some of the most useful information on my site focuses on helping you achieve a result. My most shared posts have been How to Be a Freelance Writer, Land Your First Client in 48 Hours & my Week 1 In-Depth Instagram Strategies For Growth.
Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?
My biggest advice for a travel blog is to focus on producing content for your audience not yourself. You might want to talk about that amazing experience you had, but the audience is more interested in what’s in your article for them.
What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?
Sometimes travel blogging can make what should be an amazing cultural experience feel like a chore. Make sure to take time to experience your travels the way you want to.
On the flip side though, when you are getting paid to travel half way across the road and tell your readers all about how awesome it was (and then you get paid for it) that’s a pretty sweet gig.
What type of traveler are you?
I’m a full time digital nomad, I travel constantly while working. The biggest thing for me is to make sure I’m not travelling too fast.
I try to make sure I stay in one place for atleast 2-4 weeks at a time, any quicker than that and I’m just too tired from travelling. I’ll also find I want to explore the new city I’m in and spend less time working.
What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?
Most of you travel ideas are based of word of mouth recommendations but where I actually end up going is usually down to where the cheapest flights from skyscanners take me.
The great thing about being a travel blogger is you aren’t limited to following a route, so you can go wherever is cheapest.
Do you have any favourite travel books you have read or use?
The extent of my travel reading is limited strictly to blogs and Pinterest. I don’t think I’ve ever purchased a travel guide.
I much prefer to learn about hidden gems and amazing locations direct from travellers themselves.
What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?
I’ve travelled to some amazing places since I left in September but I was travelling on solo trips for the whole year before that too. Here are my favourite places in order:
5. Germany (Oktoberfest) – The beautiful clean streets of Munich, excessive beer drinking and traditional German sausages. I’d consider this one of my favourite memories I barely remember.
4. New York – I spent a whole month living in New York at the end of October and got to see the city as a local instead of as a tourist. I was living with friends and got to experience some of the less known experiences including incredible Halloween shows, a TV show Wrap party and watching Celtics dominate the basketball courts.
3. Thailand – There’s so much culture to experience in Thailand, I barely scratched the surface in 3 months. I loved everything from the different foods, the amazing experiences and how friendly the locals where. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
2. Budapest – I must have visited Budapest four to five times in the months leading up to quitting my job and travelling full-time. I experienced everything from incredible ruin bars, boat parties along the Danube River and two week long music festivals.
For a cheap city getaway its a must see.
Croatia – I only got to spend two weeks in Croatia but I’d go back in a heartbeat. There was something just incredibly serene about the whole laid back approach to the whole city. The beautiful winding streets of old-town just made me smile every single morning.
What equipment do you use to blog with?
The equipment I use to blog is quite basic. I use my MacBook Air 13” for all of my writing and blogging activities. My iPhone 6S for all my social media and a lot of picture taking and I use a Go-Pro Hero 5 for any videos.
Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?
With any photography or video it’s all about lighting. The more good quality light you have in your shots or videos, the better it’ll look. Try not to film in the middle of the day when the sun is brightest.
What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?
The three most popular blog posts on my website are the ones which provide the most value:
How to Be a Freelance Writer, Land Your First Client in 48 Hours which focuses on educating readers how I got my first freelance writing job and how to nail your application.
Week 1 In-Depth Instagram Strategies For Growth shares all the different tips and techniques I followed to grow my following from 200 Instagram followers to 5,000 in 30 days.
The Beginners Guide to Creating Your Own Kick-Ass Blog gives a full breakdown of exactly how to get started setting up your own blog.
Do you have any tips or suggestions one how bloggers can earn an income from blogging?
The first thing to focus on is build an audience. I’d focus all my time and effort on understanding Pinterest as a form of traffic and writing for your audience.
Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?
I have a ton of places I want to visit but my top five would be: Bali, Morocco, Cambodia, Iceland and South Africa.
Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?
Skydiving in Dubai, Saint Patricks Day in Dublin, watch a world cup game, Coachella festival in Calafornia and taking a 7-day silent retreat.
Do you have a money saving travel tips?
Cut out alcohol, it’s probably one of the most expensive aspects of traveling in a lot of countries.
What’s in your travel bag? Name 5 travel essentials always in your bag?
I travel full time with a simple 40-litre Osprey backpack so I always pack light. The biggest travel essentials I carry with me are my portable knife sharpener which makes you very popular in hostels full of dull knives. I always carry a hammock with me everywhere I go which makes for some awesome chilled out moments and I love my bullet journal to keep all of my notes in one place.
What travel apps do you use and why?
I always use sky scanner and the kiwi app to help me locate the cheapest flights possible and to explore other destinations.
What are 3 things travelling has taught you?
Travelling has taught me that material goods aren’t everything, experiences are worth everything and that it’s important to always think about others.
Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments if so what happened?
I managed to get on the wrong side of an argument with a Thai taxi driver in Bangkok after he hit another car and demanded I paid. Luckily a lot of other locals got involved and even though I had to pay the driver off I felt just happy to be away from the situation.
Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved? What was good about these places?
Koh Lanta in Thailand was one of my favourite beach places I’ve ever visited. It’s so relaxed and tranquil and you can just watch the days roll post while reading a good book and listening to the sea lap the shore. Perfection.
Have you visited any off the beaten track places?
I got the chance to experience some of the German and Austrian countryside while traveling with one of my German friends. She saw us some of the amazing local places around where she grew up like the lake of constance.
We also go to experience some amazing lakes in the Austrian countryside that we just stumbled across by chance.
Best places you have visited or want to visit for cultural experiences.
I can’t wait to visit Portugal and Bali for the digital nomad culture that has been founded in these cities.
What are 5 things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?
I wish I had realised the importance of writing for your audience and understood the type of articles that people want to read and focused more on promoting these posts than focusing on the looks of my site design.
Where do you see your travel blog in two years?
I want my blog in a few years time to be a big resource for anybody looking to explore travelling full time and looking to find a way to make money online.
Please share one travel quote you love.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
Let’s Get Jobless helps teach people how to earn a living from anywhere, focusing on building your own remote business.