Selling travel gear on Vagabond Journey.com–
“Things like this take time,” my coworker on the farm, J, reassured me one day.
We were pulling weeds from the pepper plants and I was griping about the fact that I had put up a travel gear shop online full of the items that I travel with, and how nobody had yet bought anything.
He was correct. These things do take time.
“Most people don’t buy things the first time they look at it,” my wife spoke to me in a cooing sort of voice.
She was correct. People often don’t buy travel gear the first time they look at it.
So I kept my head up and waited.
This Trusted Travel Gear shop is meant to be one of the prime sources of income for Vagabond Journey.com — for myself, my wife, and my soon to come baby. The fact that nobody had yet purchased ANYTHING a week after I put up the store had me shrugging my shoulder in self mockery:
If I keep throwing darts at the board, I will eventually hit a bull’s eye.
I felt as if my darts were falling far short of even touching the board, let alone hitting any bull’s eyes.
So I waited, walked slow, and gave it time.
Then somebody bought something.
Then another person bought something.
Then another and another and another . . .
The Trusted Travel Gear shop is now in business: people are buying their travel equipment here.
A narrow and brush strewn path through the woods is now opening up into a wide, clear cut trail. It is happening: people are shopping, I am making a little money.
I figure that if I can continue making $100 a month off of advertisements, $100 off of the generous contributions of readers, and $100 off of the Trusted Travel Gear shop, that I would have a good leg up on funding a continuous journey around the world from the work that I put into Vagabond Journey.com.
This is my dream. I am trying everything I can to make it happen — every single day.
To these ends I have added a few new items to the gear shop, as well as a new store for How to Travel Books, which are essentially a genre of books that provide practical instruction and advice on how to travel the world.
I will admit that some of these “how to travel” books border on the common sense for people that have previously walked down the backpackers trail, though I have found morsels of information in many of them that I was able to throw into my standard operating procedure and use.
Travel tips have a way of sticking into people’s minds and hiding out in the subconscious — ever waiting for the opportunity to come out and assert themselves. If only a single piece of information in any of these books could potentially help me travel a little better, then I say that it is worth reading them all. It can’t hurt.
I was once searching for a path through a dense forest towards the goal of making enough money to travel with my family off of this website alone, and these travel shops have provisioned me with a big machete.