Welcome! My name is Nicole Sunderland from Eatlivetraveldrink and you can find all the answers to your questions from my TikTok videos here.
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Learn from me: working as a photographer, blogger and social media influencer in the travel space online
One of the most asked questions on TikTok, Instagram, email, and other social channels is “how do you get paid to see the world?” and “how do you afford to travel so much?”
Simply put, I built an online business in photography, blogging and social media and now I work with some of the biggest brands in the world. Some of my repeat clients include Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Norwegian Cruise Line, Allianz Travel Insurance, Four Seasons, and so on. I am hired for a variety of different things that can include: photography, consulting, social media promotions (I will always disclose paid partnerships), blog posts, posts on other social media channels, and now – TikTok content!
I have been extremely fortunate to visit all 50 states in the USA, 48 countries and five continents. I have no plans of leaving this career either, I am expanding as we speak.
I am not actually paid to just travel – my clients are global and pay me to visit and create content for them in some way. In a typical year I travel about 50-60% of the time. However, I want to note that I do pay for a lot of my own travel. I see it as an investment back into my business.
If all my trips were sponsored, I would be a walking advertisement, and I never want to be that person. Additionally, I think paying for about 50% of my travel keeps me honest and unbiased. When a hotel or destination does not know you are in town, you get to make sure the standards are still met. It’s like being a secret shopper without being paid.
Second most asked question is “can you teach me to do this?” Absolutely. What is nice about an online career is that it doesn’t cost much money to get started. You could technically do it for free. I wrote an entire e-book teaches people how to do what I do and how to get paid. Hot tip: I made over $250K this year (2021) and there’s plenty of room for people to work in this industry.
Here is my e-book: LEARN HOW TO GET PAID TO TRAVEL + SHARE IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Third most asked question is about how much money I make. While I find this to be rude, I can understand the curiosity behind it. This is a relatively new career path for many and when I got into it five years ago, it was really new. So it is always evolving.
Let’s look at some numbers:
- Annually I make multiple 6 figures from this business
- Jobs are all priced different. My highest paid contract to date was $40,000
- My highest paid photography gig was $10,000
- I aim to make around $10,000 per month on average through all my channels and blogs
- I get paid posts on these channels: Instagram, second Instagram, TikTok
I grew up poor and I am still not rich by any standard. Maybe rich in life experiences, but not financially. If you had told me five years ago that my dreams of traveling the world and visiting Bora Bora (which I was able to pay for myself) would happen, I would have laughed. I expected to visit Bora Bora when I retired after a lifetime of saving.
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How much does it cost to go to Bora Bora?
There are many factors at play when asking this question. Upfront, you should know that Tahiti in general is a very remote destination in the south pacific and Bora Bora is tailored primarily with luxury resorts. That does not mean you can’t find a deal, I am just trying to manage expectations.
What I paid for my two week trip (inclusive of everything for two people) around Tahiti is about $18,000 USD. You can read more here about the breakdowns.
I took a second trip to Bora Bora only in summer of 2021, that ran me about $21,000 all in.
When planning your trip, you will want to consider when the best time to visit Bora Bora is and that will ultimately drive some of the price as well.
Other posts from my Tahiti trip:
- Conrad Bora Bora Penthouse
- Four Seasons Resort
- Things to do in Moorea
- Things to do in Tahiti
- Bora Bora facts
- Tahiti Facts
What is there to do in Bora Bora other than overwater bungalows?
I understand a lot of people only show relaxing photos or aerials of the overwater bungalows and I believe it is to show you how beautiful the destination is. Truth be told, there is plenty to do there. Many people visit on their honeymoons and take a slower approach to their visit, but you can check out my guide on things to do in Bora Bora to help plan your trip.