So I ought to have dropped this blog post a week earlier but part of the reasons why I defaulted is a crucial part of this body of work. I’d be tailoring this blog post to suit the question which I’m mostly asked by tons of people who binge on my blog on a daily.
Each section (classified by paragraphs) will be aimed at providing insights to the realities surrounding my life as a Travel blogger who still keeps a 9-5 job.
Without breaking further sweats, let’s dive!
Yes, I do have a full-time job. And this is the hardest thing about what I do… Arrrgh!
Straight out of the university in 2017, I joined one of the foremost startups in the country as a digital marketing intern. The fact that I majored in Economics made the whole scenario synonymous to being a born again Christian, as I had to learn tons of new terminologies and skills which were in no way related to what I studied.
On the flip side, I was new to blogging, Barely had I found my pattern. All I wanted to do was my bit in helping Africa blow by exploring one of her most uncharted paths which is tourism.
Now that I lead the marketing team at the office, the burden has quadrupled, while the pressure to deliver is insistently on the rise.
With both sides simultaneously taking shots at making my midlife crisis more severe, I still shouldered them without an iota of worry.
How much spare time do I need? Give Me All The Time The world’s Got!
The thing is, there never will be enough time to do all one wants. So I thought it most reasonable to squeeze out time from each day without giving a room for conflict between my 9-5 hustle and my blog. That would mean me cheating on my employer.
Regarding how much time I think is ideal, it’s solely dependent on how well you understand yourself. I for one can go for days without writing a word for the blog, and on days when I plunge into the beast mode (which sparsely happens), I could go on till my pen grows illegible.
Finding time to write is HARD.
Like a fed up wife, one’s writing prowess might disappear unannounced if enough attention isn’t paid to writing (as explained in the section above). Though it’s hard mustering the courage to stare at the blank screen, but with the discovery of the 5 seconds rule, things are gradually getting easier with every push.
My relationship isn’t suffering Though
I have a girlfriend I’ve been with since I was an undergraduate and could have dabbled into double dating if she weren’t the most amazing girl I’ve been with. She understands how tasking an average day looks for me and is clever enough to know how to make the whole thing so interesting that every day seemed like the period we just met.
You Should Read About The Trip I Took With My Girlfriend To Obudu Cattle Ranch
How I Keep My energy up?
For me, I feel like tearing apart the world and rebuilding a new one whenever an encouraging mail drops from a fan (which in most cases is someone I’ve never met nor heard of), or a shout out to me from any of the numerous clients of the company I work for.
These little things give me an immeasurable amount of energy and vibe to want to do more.
Finding time To Travel is About The Easiest For Me
Knowing fully well that I might have to be snatching a few workdays from my employers to enable me explore even more, I figured there was only a legitimate route to making this work without conflict. And that was to dedicate quality time into doing my work so efficiently that my conscience wouldn’t bother haunting me while away on trips. (This of course is after applying for casual leave, which is very easy to get from the HR manager).
In summation, I do my 9-5 job like I have no side hustle and treat my side hustle as though another option to blow is non-existent.
Quit My day job? Not Yet!
I don’t see myself quitting anytime soon because travel blogging could become monotonous in the long run, hence, mixing the adventures from traveling with the daily challenges at the office seems to make life even more meaningful!