I create videos around the solo travel experience, taking you inside my imperfect adventures to show you that you can travel alone and still have fun! I've been producing travel tips and food/city guides but I want to raise it to the next level and bring you original content! But I can't do that if I burn out~ that's where you come in.
Is one woman doing it all alone ...enough?
Nope. But as I don't have alternatives, I do it.
Currently I create anywhere from 3-6 videos a month plus accompanying written guide or blog post so viewers/readers can follow my breadcrumb trail.
My work can change according to the workload I have that week, and if I'm quiet, it means I'm working behind-the-scenes... either on improving my blog information, promoting my work on social media, thinking up a fun Instagram photo or IG story, and reaching out to sponsors. Juggling the creative skills, tools and expenses to implement a travel blog, YouTube channel about female solo travel takes more time/energy than one person can put out, especially when I'm splitting my energies with job seeking in the U.S. Hawaii.
How I afford my blog maintenance and travels
I did not quit my freelance life or U.S. job gigging but do that to supplement what I do as a travel YouTuber and blogger.
YouTube is not my only job nor is it solely how I'm funding my travels!
But I passionately believe in what my videos stand for travel inspiration and want to make travel doable for all. If I can change perspectives and fears about traveling alone, then travelers have one more resource to make their travel dreams happen. And it's become a part of me.
But growing GRRRLTRAVELER and her audience is similar to a 9-5 cubicle job with overtime hours. I have ongoing responsibilities to create consistent and quality content. But there's one difference... I don't get a paycheck for my work hours. Sometimes, this can feel crushing.
Without outside support, it's grown to be too much of a workload to carry alone. I do it, but I'm burning out too often and I'm not sure how long I can keep it up.
Being on Patreon
Producing weekly videos and written blog posts is a lot of work for one person, but for the moment, the creative challenges of video, inspire the creator in me to keep going. Ideally, I'd love to afford a part time video editor or assistant to help, but I can't invest in that until the channel and views develop a stronger consistency.
I film my travels part reality television style and part vlog style. A lot of mental process goes into choosing the best shots which tell a story and ultimately, give the viewer an experience or quick taste of the destination and its do-ability.
Personally, I want to keep making travel videos and get more of you out there living your travel dreams! But I can't do that all alone.
How can you help?
I'm asking you for your support.
I'm running a Patreon campaign. It's an ongoing, monthly fan funding campaign to help GRRRLTRAVELER keep making videos. You control how much you want to donate, once or monthly and when to quit. The limit starts at $3; after Paypal fees and (U.S. government & Hawaii State freelance) taxes on it, there will be little left. If you want to donate less than $3, you can alter it in the Patron part and you'll still get a virtual smile from me!
If a one-time donation is more comfortable to you, then you can do so on Paypal. The only drawback is that you won't be able to access some of my Patreon updates and perks.
What you can't afford it, but still want to help ?
If you're in a rutty financial situation, please do not donate.
There are other ways to support GRRRLTRAVELER:
pread the word and share my channel with friends and your travel communities!
- Tweet or Facebook it and tag me so I know!
- Leave Comments on my videos. Promote my work to the world!
One girl can't do it all alone. She needs help. Support, share and like my campaign and help me inspire women and soloists towards their travel dreams!