“An excessive quantity or amount” of something. That’s one definition of overdose. 

Ever since I was young, I’ve overdosed in whatever it is I’m interested in at the moment–I get completely obsessed and emotionally invest my all in it. It’s my version of go big or go home. Here is how I overdose in travel and get paid to do it.

For the past three years, I’ve been location independent which means I work while traveling. To #overdoseintravel is my goal and at the same time, my lifestyle. I believe that everyone can sprinkle more vacation elements into their everyday life. To me, that’s the key to never feeling like you need to escape from your real life. While being fully nomadic is not for everyone, it works for me with my line of work, vlogging, and with my personality. I’m into changing my surroundings constantly. I also get bored easily, so being a digital nomad is the perfect solution.

Of course, the process to get to this point hasn’t been super easy. It has been slow, and I’ve put in a ridiculous amount of hours. Some may argue that my work/life balance is messed up but when you do what you love it never feels like work. That’s why I’m cool with the idea of working until 3 am a few days a week to achieve my goals.

My first job after college was as a broadcast news reporter. Then, I took a sabbatical year. After that, I went back to school to get a Master’s Degree in Entertainment Business in 2012. While doing that, I started vlogging as a creative outlet. A few months later, I got nominated as Best Video Blogger at the 2013 Shorty Awards. However, the first time I got paid for a vlog is when I realized I could really do what I love for a living. Ever since then it’s been my mission to continue to do that. I even have a tattoo that reads do what you love. I’m constantly reminding everyone that they too can do what they love.

I didn’t just quit my job and started traveling the world. I didn’t think that was sustainable, so I took another approach.I went from having a full-time job to going remote while still being full-time by having many side hustles, including a cleaning business and new vlog with travel-related topics, It’s a Travel O.D. As I got busier with my passion projects, I transitioned from full-time to part-time at my job. Once my passion projects started to show they had earning potential I left my traditional role.

Most of my paying clients come from three sources. Networking is a big one. Whether it is through someone I’ve worked with in the past or met at a networking event, word of mouth has been essential for me. Having a strong social media presence with valuable and consistent content has also helped tremendously. As your social media reach grows clients start to contact you, instead of you reaching out to them. Finally, pitching great ideas that would actually add value for companies and brands in your niche.

Now, I’m fully independent and my main gig is vlogging. I’ve vlogged about different topics such as pop culture & craft beer. I’ve made vlogs just for fun and shared them on my Facebook page. I’ve vlogged for companies and most recently, I’ve been vlogging about my travels. 

Throughout my journey into building my career as a vlogger I’ve made mistakes, learned a lot of tricks, discovered how to make the process more efficient, and figured out how to be more comfortable on camera. You can catch my hilarious behind the scene takes and flops on my Instagram. Vlogging has allowed me to become a full-time traveler and go on multi-country all-expense paid trips.

I’ve met and collaborated with amazing people who I look up to while connecting with a bunch of cool people who might have otherwise not found me. I aspire to tell stories to entertain or motivate others. My work days (ok, every day) allow me to create projects that further my brand and professional career.

Falling in love with vlogging has been the best thing that has happened to me and, I would love for others to have a similar experience. Everyone has a story to share and I believe that a lot of people have it in them to become storytellers and share experiences that will impact others. Vlogging could very well be their medium. To help to take the first step &, I spilled all my vlogging secrets in my book, So You Want to Vlog?

I wrote the book as a learning tool for anyone who is intimidated by the vlogging process. I break down everything from branding, finding a platform and a niche that would work for you. I’ve also included equipment checklists, lists of shots you should aim to get and editing tips. The thrill of publishing my first book paired with the feedback from people who have already read So You Want to Vlog? and published their first vlog with my book as a guide has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my life.

You guys– @theawkwardtraveller took me to the beach in Cuba with her! ? Here’s what she said: “Have you ever tried vlogging? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am personally terrible on film. But I want to try to improve! @itsatravelod, one of my favorite peoples in the universe and just so happens to be very talented and experienced in the subject, wrote a book on how to get start vlogging! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I think I’ve finally decided what kind of videos I want to make, so I am dedicated to put that into motion this weekend? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you vlog or make videos? YouTube? Facebook? How do you plan your videos? Share your account and let’s find new creators to follow! ? ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . . . . #overdoseintravel #soyouwanttovlog #beach #beachread #vlog #vlogger #blogger #travelblogger #travelvlog

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That’s a little bit about how I hustle daily to make my two goals happen and do them simultaneously. Every single day I get to do what I love as I overdose in travel! Every piece of content I put out is meant to inspire you to find ways to do what you love and overdose in travel. How do you overdose in travel? Tell us in the comments!

Andrea Valeria is the vlogger behind It’s A Travel O.D. Her vlogs are about her nomadic journey, the stories of other people doing what they love, and the destinations she visits. Her approach to digital nomadism has landed her on Forbes and Expedia. Her book So You Want to Vlog? is now available on Amazon. Follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I'm glad you're talking about a smart way to transition from a regular job to getting paid for traveling. I also wouldn't want to just quit my job because it seems quite risky, but changing step by step like you describe here sounds much more secure.

  2. Andrea took a very inspiring, and sustainable path! She goes for her goals and doesn't let anything get in the way.

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