Traveler Chasing a Dream–
I am a man chasing a dream. Like most dreams, it is only obtainable through never giving up, compromising, or accepting any semblance of a half-measure.
I have a dream of being able to make enough money off of Vagabondjourney.com to completely fund the travels of myself and my small family.
This is not a dream that I can fail at, because I will not give up until I chase it down. The only way that failure has ever asserted itself is through the admission of defeat: through giving up.
To fail, a person must be willing to fail. I am not so willing.
No matter what, I know that if I do not ever give up then I can never fail. I will keep bashing into this brick wall until it crumbles and I eat through it to the other side — with mortar and lime dust all over my face.
I began this project in May of 2007 on the premise that once I began receiving 1500 to 2000 daily visitors I should also make enough money to travel from the website.
I, apparently, thought wrong. Next week, Vagabond Journey.com is primed to have its first confirmed 2000 visitor day. But the money is still not coming in as planned.
Like most plans in travel, this one is not working out how I envisioned it. So I will continue putting in 5 to 8 hours a day — every day — publishing travel information, stories, anecdotes, on the internet.
How to make more money? This is the question of the times. This is the question of any time. This is always the question.
To these ends, I will now begin charging a $5.49 consultation fee for questions that I answer on the Travel Help portion of Vagabond Journey.com. Travel Help is designed to be a place where visitors can ask travel questions that have proved to be difficult to find answers to elsewhere. I generally answer these questions based off of experience, prior knowledge, or I do further research, and I then advise the asker accordingly.
I enjoy answering travel questions, but doing so takes up a lot of time. I need to start making more money from this time.
Vagabond Journey.com is not making enough money to build my bridge across the river. After getting married — and especially after I have a child — I will not have a seemingly endless supply of time for publishing on the internet.
I am feeling the prospective pinch of responsibility already.
I need to make the best use of the time that I do have, find new paths for earning money, and re-evalute portions of the site where the time/ revenue ratio is drastically out of balance.
Travel Help is one such portion. To continue answering travel questions — to continue offering my services as a travel consultant — I need to make a little money from it.
$5.49 is not a lot of money for the time that I put into answering each question.
If I can make $600 off of this website a month, I can travel the world forever with my family.
I will make $600 a month, because I will not give up.