How much I made with my travel blog in 2015

Earnings and expenses of my travel blog in 2015

It’s May and that meant for me finally doing my taxes! Yeeaahhh!!  It also meant figuring out things I didn’t even know I had to figure out. It took me quite a while researching and talking to accountants to get it done.

When I bought the domain Chronic Wanderlust in May 2013, the whole blogging project started as a hobby. I had no intention of making any money and in fact I didn’t make any money in the first two years. Writing, blogging, photography, social media, .. all that is still a hobby –  but I make money doing what I love.

After my first press trips and starting to treat my blog as a business, many requests started rolling in my mailbox. I knew I could make money blogging. This is the reason why I registered Chronic Wanderlust as a business in March 2015.

So I had to keep track of my earnings and expenses. And now I’d like to share those figures with you. Keep in mind that I still work part-time (20 hours a week)  and do not have to make a living blogging.

What I earned with my travel blog

It certainly isn’t enough to pay all the bills but that was never my intention. Blogging is my hobby and I prefer to have fun with it. If I don’t feel like writing anything for a few weeks, I don’t write anything. If I feel like writing ten articles a day (if only, sigh) I can do that too.

Here is my full list of what I earned with my travel blog in 2015, all detailed and grouped:

1. Writing for other blogs, newspapers, …

I frequently write articles that are being posted on other blogs and might end up in the newspapers. Although it is a frequent income, it is never certain until an email pops in to my inbox asking for my words.

€2188.92 for 14 articles for either newspapers and blogs and 1 travel guide about Venezuela

2. Sponsored Content

Companies ask me to write about them, mostly it is just some trashy sites that want some traffic or link juice – I’d have earned a lot more accepting all those emails, but I want Chronic Wanderlust to be a great source for you and your travels.

Among those emails I sometimes find great and inspiring things. Those are the ones that I test and review them and publish on my blog.

€848.41 for three sponsored posts on Chronic Wanderlust and two sponsored posts on facebook

3. Cooperations

€1389.8 for two cooperations with tourism regions in Europe. (Which didn’t include flights and rental car.)

4. Graphic design

€70 for one logo design

TOTAL income of €4497.13 BEFORE TAXES

–> Do you want more? Sign up for my newsletter

What I needed to spend for my travel blog

Keeping my blog up to date is also an investment. Nothing comes for free. I started blogging professionally only 1.5 years ago and I needed to buy a new laptop and upgrade my camera. See the full list of expenses of the last year:

Travel expenses (flights, rental cars, ...) for booked cooperations671.01
Laptop, camera, gadgets, ...3753.33
Advertising (stickers, Facebook ads, ..)84.95
Training (courses, conferences, ...)758.8
Legal obligations (chamber contribution and accident insurance)297.9
Miscellaneous (travel insurance, office supply, books, ...)804.35

TOTAL expenses of €6370.34 WITHOUT DEPRECIATION

Conclusion

As you can see I’m not able to support myself by blogging only. But it pays for my computer, camera and of course my travels and that’s all I’m asking for (at the moment).

The

Keep on travelling,

Viki

This post is also available in: German

10 Comments

  • Juergen says:

    Yeahh, keep on travelling! Who the f**k needs money…

    • Viki says:

      ‘You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a plane tickets so that’s kind of the same thing’ 😉

      • Luise Fellner says:

        She also said, that she is working beside the blog. So lucky for her, that she can spend that time and effort into what she loves

  • Udo says:

    Interesting summary and different to those bloggers who only show their income and not their spendings 🙂 Thanks for your insights and keep up doing what you love!

  • Hayley says:

    Thank you for this post! It came just at the right time. I also work part time, 3 days a week and have started a travel blog as a hobby.

    Of course it *would* be great to make a living from blogging, but realistically if I could even cover my costs that would be a good start!! Thanks for breaking it all down and including your outgoings too! Really helpful 🙂

  • Sabi says:

    Cool! Finde ich sehr interessant diesen Blogpost. Ich mach das Bloggen auch als Hobby, aber klar freut man sich wenn sich Kooperationen ergeben. Gratuliere dass das bei dir so funktioniert 🙂
    lg Sabi

  • Johanna says:

    Eine tolle Aufschlüsselung! Ich drücke die Daumen, dass du 2016 mit einer schwarzen Null die Steuer machen kannst:) Liebe Grüße, Johanna

  • Hi Viki,

    If it’s any consolation, that looks a lot like my balance sheet for running the Coffee Spot 🙂 Like you, I do it for the love of it. I’d be amazed if I ever break even 🙂

    Thanks for sharing,
    Brian.

  • Ashely says:

    Your style is unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff
    from. Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this
    page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *