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Welcome to my blog income report for November 2018!

Infinity pool of the over water villas at Joali Maldives

If you are new here, my name is Mar and I am the Owner and Editor of Once in a Lifetime Journey. The photo on the left is me in the Maldives where I spent two weeks in November.

This blog is four and a half years old and is about luxury and out of the ordinary travel. If you are keen to read about one of the 100 countries I have been to, check out my Destinations page. Not all countries are represented there because some of them I visited long before I started this blog, but a fair few will be.

If you are an avid traveler you may also want to check my Travel Resources page with my recommendations for the best apps, tools and websites I use when planning, going on or returning from a trip.

It all started with a post about How Travel Bloggers make Money. It then followed with a book expanding to all niches and to all online channels.

For the book research, I scrutinised in detail, over 50 blog income reports from top earning bloggers. And it got me thinking.

Should I also publish my own blog income report?

Deciding to do so was not an easy or obvious choice. But like I always say with everything in my life:

What is the worst that can happen?

So I took it with a “try and see” approach: let’s try to publish a couple of income reports and see if it brings me and my readers any value.

If it doesn’t, I will stop.

If it does, I will continue to share them.

You will be asking, why am I sharing such personal and private information with a world of strangers and what value do I expect this to add to you or me?

That is precisely the same question I asked myself a few times before taking the leap. The answer is similar to the rest of the bloggers who share their income breakdown and it is two-fold:

1. Firstly, I feel it will be valuable for me to reflect and track my own progress and it will aid in keeping myself accountable to my priorities. I am a big fan of data-driven decisions and of analytics, so looking at graphs and trends is something which has always been in my DNA.

2. Secondly, I hope it will also help give others looking to make money online new ideas on ways to monetise their blog, because I am not doing what most people do and have a diverse and varying monthly income which will reflect in a different income report to the majority of the very successful bloggers.

3. Thirdly, although there are lots of bloggers publishing income reports, there are very few in the travel niche, and outside of the US, so I felt I could add something into the conversation

All too often, the more popular bloggers on the list of top-earning blogs I looked at draw too much of their blog’s revenue from streams that are hard to replicate by other bloggers in the short-term. I am referring to things like large advertising amounts or affiliates in very competitive niches with lots of available content. At the lower end of the scale, a lot of bloggers earning $1,000 to $2,000 are just doing the obvious things like ads and some sponsored posts. It is hard to draw too many learnings from that and, as the world of blogging becomes more and more saturated, these revenue streams will only become more scarce.

Why am I different from them?

I am pretty special 🙂 No really, I think I can bring in something the rest of the bloggers publishing income reports can’t.

 I had a full time job  – For the first 4 years of running the blog and for 15 years in total, I had a full time job for various corporations. This was up until January 2018, when I decided to focus my attention on the blogs and influencer work completely and handed in my resignation for my job at Google. Also, I am open to trying out all sorts of different ideas, testing them, learning what works and what doesn’t and moving on from failures. I was never afraid to fail, but I always feared not trying.

 I am in the travel niche  – Travel is an interesting niche because not a lot of blogs publish income reports and because a lot of the value received is in kind. This type of “income” is not usually reflected by other bloggers and I want to make a point of adding it in because it is a saving that I would have otherwise incurred.

I hope I can share these insights and also remain more relatable than the larger bloggers who publish blog income reports running in the thousands of dollars every month.

Previous Income Reports

If you are not new to my Income reports or to this blog, you can probably skip the next two sections about how it all started and what makes me and my blog unique.

If you are new to Once in a Lifetime Journey and just stumbled upon my blog income report, let me give you the lowdown about my background and how I got here.

I started my blog in February 2014 as a repository of my travel experiences. It was mostly an online diary of sorts and I tried to keep the blog as hidden as possible. I did not tell anyone I was writing it for the first few months as I was writing for myself.

Blogging was therapeutic for me, akin to meditation. I had just quit my eight-year long management consulting career and was taking a break, experimenting with opening a cafe, investing in some startups and even running a travel company.

You can read more about my background in my About page, where I tell you why and how I travelled 80% of my time and how I decided to start a blog.

Blogging was therapeutic for me, akin to meditation

My efforts to hide my online presence were quite successful and although I kept adding new content, the Google magic only helped at the beginning, bringing me lots of strangers that were interested in reading about my shenanigans. But once the world of blogging became so crowded and everyone started travel blogs, the additional content started to bring me no additional growth in views or readers.

This inflection point happened just a couple of months after I attended a travel blogging conference in October 2015 in Bangkok. I had not tried to monetise my blog at all until that point, in fact, I had only just started telling people I had it over a year after it started.

The conference opened my eyes to the possibilities of earning a full time living from a blog. From that moment onwards, my entrepreneurial and business mindset could not stop me from at least trying to make it happen.

I also realised that my personal blog, this one you are on, was a good avenue for my trips but that my niche and personal preferences were very unique. I visit either very remote and off-the-beaten-path destinations which receive little to no tourists or go on luxurious vacations. I have a few friends who enjoy the same type of travel, but this dichotomy did not help my positioning as it was slightly schizophrenic and almost an oxymoron.

 Do you know what The Least Visited Countries in the World are?  -> I compiled my own data in this article

In order to have a more niche-oriented blog, I decided to start Singapore n Beyond which is entirely focused on Singaporean residents, providing them with long weekend trip itineraries curated by local experts in and around Asia or beyond. I started Singapore n Beyond because I realised this was an unanswered need. Singapore is small and residents tend to travel a lot, in fact Singapore ranks among the 10 best travelled nations. I intended to start the blog with the intention of monetising it.

However, I had a full time job until February 2018 so revenue was never been an objective of mine. I have a very financially-oriented mind and I create business plans for everything I do. I have also invested in a couple of startups as an angel investor. But I did not truly look at the blog as a business until 2017.

I am telling you this so you understand my frame of mind.

I never sought maximum monetisation from the blog so I declined a lot of offers from brands looking to collaborate that were not in the price range I was willing to accept. I priced myself at the higher end of the range to maximise my hourly rate not my total income.

Had my income depended on the blog, I would have accepted a lot of subpar offers and increased my monthly earnings, albeit at the expense of my hourly rate.

Although a lot of my learnings and experiences will be relatable and replicable, I need to point out a few things which make my blogs unique:

I outsource

I am a strong believer in outsourcing for two reasons. I believe in specialisation and in maximising productivity as a whole. Hence, it makes no sense for me to do something I am not good at and will take long to solve when I can hire someone who will do it better and faster (hence cheaper).

What this means:

1. I hired a Content Manager early on to take care of Singapore n Beyond and help me with the management of the two blogs. He takes care of uploading articles into WP, managing all the SEO related stuff, some social media and also editing videos and photos and he has a two degrees in English and Multimedia respectively.

2. I engage paid freelancer writers to produce the content for Singapore n Beyond. This is not just for efficiency purposes but because I wanted the content to be provided by a writer who knew the destination very well, not just me after a 2-3 day trip. So the content there is curated by local experts.

3. I have a part-time social media manager who handles Pinterest.

4. I hire freelancers for a lot of other tasks that require a skillset.

5. I use an IT and WordPress expert who I found on Fiverr long ago to handle all the WP related stuff, changes, fixes and anything. She is awesome and she is quick and very affordable.

You may not have the financial ability or agree with the mentality of outsourcing, but for me it is key and it allows me to be where I am and do what I love while letting others do what I am not good at. Having a virtual team also helps me feel better as I have someone to discuss things with, brainstorm and feel a sense of belonging.

I am very 80/20

This refers to Pareto’s principle that 80% of the value is driven by 20% of the effort and so 80% of the effort brings only 20% of the value. I strongly believe in this.

What this means:

1. I am happy to live with things being 80% perfect. I am a perfectionist and have my pet peeves, but I am comfortable doing things that are not 100% perfect. This allows me to be really fast and try things out, then iterate and improve. It is probably something that was part of my personality and got further emphasized by working for Google where this was very much the philosophy – launch, iterate and learn.

2. This also allows me to be very efficient as I rarely delve into something for too long. I assess pros and cons then just try it and see so I churn out a lot of output leading people to believe that I am super human because it seems that I do more than the average person. This is just because the last 20% takes a lot of effort and I prefer to complete it while something is live than delve on it for too long.

I am not afraid to fail

I really am not afraid to fail, do things wrong, be wrong or appear as I have failed. This is very much my personality. I am ok with a high risk of failure. I prefer to try myself and learn from it and I strongly believe it is better to try and fail than to have never tried.

And hey, I am here right? 😉

What this means:

1. I try things, I am not scared or ashamed to admit when I fail, learn and improve or move on. It is probably fair to say that I care less about what others think than the average. This is not to say that I do not listen. I have a group of trusted advisors I refer to, and I always listen to my readers, but I am not worried about the “what others might think”. If I think I am doing the right thing, I will go ahead.

2. This also makes me open to try new things even if they may not work and gives me the chance to learn from myself.

3. At the same time, that may also bring some inefficiencies as I like to try things for myself before reading about other’s failures as I often think one size does not fit all in the world of making money online. So I may waste some time trying something instead of learning from other’s failures.

I am proactive with hotel collaborations, rarely reactive

I have not changed since monetising my blog, nor do I intend to change, my travel style or spirit regardless of how much I monetise my blog or where my income comes from.

I rarely take up hotel/destination offers to go on press trips or stay with them in exchange for coverage unless they are trips I wanted to take anyway and a property I was looking to stay at.

So, I reach out to properties I want to work with after very thorough and in-depth research to ensure I will be 100% happy to recommend them afterwards.

My process for approaching a brand to work together is as follows. I first decide where I want to go, what property will fit the luxury niche of my blog, then conduct detailed due diligence on the options available and finally reach out to them if I am convinced they are a brand I will honestly recommend.

As a result, I work with very few brands and I rarely take up offers I receive for sponsored stays.

This differs to a lot of other bloggers who will include reviews of a wider range of accommodation options and hence can work with many brands. I only review the top of the range as I want to maintain my luxury travel niche positioning.

In August 2017, I decided to pause the sponsored stay work for a while and pay for my trips. This was for two reasons. Firstly, I wanted to avoid the very significant extra work that comes with having to fulfil a contract requirement. When your holidays become work, you never take rest or disconnect. This is what happened to me. In order to spend free quality time with my partner, I decided to pause on sponsored work.

That does not mean that I do not review properties, I still do, but I do not have anyone to respond to beyond my readers so I do not need to spend hours taking photos, wake up at sunrise and pose endlessly until I find the right photo. Secondly, I became quite disenchanted with luxury hotels. I had a string of three very luxurious properties which were billing themselves as the best of the best and turned out to have very mediocre service standards. I never want to find myself in the situation where I work with a brand I have to write a lot of areas for improvement about. So I was glad I had paid in full for those trips.

In the second half of 2017 I paid for almost all my trips and in the first half of 2018 this has continued albeit with some selective collaborations now that I have time to travel more flexibly.

But this has not changed my approach to working with brands and this not only ensures that I can be honest with my reviews and remain true to my luxury travel niche but also that, when a brand is not interested in working with me, and that happens 50% of the time, I most likely still book a room and pay for it myself if that is the hotel I want to showcase on my blog.

What you see in my review section is therefore 100% legitimate and honest. But the value I extract from sponsored stays is lower than I could have got and than most travel bloggers enjoy, so I consider it to be at the lower end of the range.

I can currently afford this approach because I can pay for my luxury travel but it also makes me quite unique in the world of travel blogging, especially in the luxury segment where a lot of the brands only work with bloggers that have a very large reach.

Maybe one day I will not be able to continue paying for luxury hotels charging upwards of $1,000 a night and I will have to succumb to my principles. But I genuinely hope I never have to sell my soul to the Devil and can remain independent and writing in the luxury travel niche.

What this means:

1. While the above applies to Once in a Lifetime Journey, that is not the case for Singapore n Beyond which is not segment focused and which recommends brands in all price ranges. For Singapore n Beyond, I make sure the brand is reliable in its price range, its a brand I would recommend and then look for a writer that will be keen to cover the destination and has an affinity for it and I send them on my behalf. I have a few writers who I have engaged this way with.

2. If you are looking to monetise your blog through sponsored stays, consider the value I get in the lower end, you can probably extract more value from a similar reach and audience than me.

What I was up to in November 2018

November saw the wrap-up of the trip to the Maldives. I spent the first couple of days in Sri Lanka then headed to Singapore for a bit and back to the Maldives for an additional two weeks in three resorts. I just never seem to get enough of it.

Who would?!

I returned with two bloggers for two of the resorts and then ended with the opening and media launch of a new ultra-luxury resort with my partner. It was a sweet ending to a great trip.

But that was not all!

A week after returning from the Maldives I flew out to Buenos Aires where I spent a week exploring the city, doing day trips to Uruguay (did you know the country is a mere 1h by ferry away?) and then flew to Mexico, already in December.

November was a very busy month and as with all the months where I travel a lot, I have little time to focus on other things as these were all brand collaborations so they took most of my time.

It was nice to be in Buenos Aires, reconnect with a friend I met in the Incredible India Luxury Train campaign earlier in the year and explore the city. I don’t usually travel to major cities as they don’t tend to be my forte, but I loved Buenos Aires and spending nine days there gave me the chance to really get under the skin of this fabulous city.

Oh, and there was also the G20 in town!

This caused much mess and chaos as most of the streets were closed and the city went on lockdown for three days, but it did not prevent me from eating lots of Argentinian pizza, asado and ice cream!

Travel in October 2018

What can I say about November’s travel?

I have already mentioned that I was in the Maldives and Buenos Aires. In the Maldives, I visited three resorts: widely awarded Gili Lankanfushi, all-beach jungle Soneva Fushi and recently opened Joali Maldives.

All three were very different, which is why I had reached out to them in the first place. And they were all fabulous, no doubt.

Aerial shot of Gili’s jetty Courtesy of Gili Lankanfushi

Aerial shot of Gili’s jetty Courtesy of Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi had been a dream of mine for a really long time. It has been chosen as the Best Luxury Resort in the Maldives several times and awarded many accolades. It is a stunning resort with absolutely fantastic dining experiences, a beautiful lagoon and rustic chic overwater villas that scream romance.

Unfortunately, the only thing you cannot control in the Maldives (or anywhere else) is the weather, and we did not have the best of it, with rain pouring down incessantly and cloud cover for most of the time there.

So sadly, I could not make any beautiful video. Nonetheless, it was still a magical experience and, should I return to the Maldives for a regular holiday, Gili Lankanfushi will be my number one choice.

Out of the Blue restaurant at Soneva Fushi

Out of the Blue restaurant at Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi is one of the first luxury resort to open in the country and it started as the holiday home of the couple who owns it. Today, they also expanded to include a sister property, Soneva Jani, which has become famous the world over for its stunning overwater villas, but Soneva Fushi remains the true island jungle resort which is large enough to let you feel as if you are alone but small enough that everything is a bike ride away.

I very much enjoyed Soneva and the weather was absolutely fantastic so we could make the most of it, on the slides, the water, the sandbank, the many great dining experiences, the dolphin cruises and, one of the highlights of the trip, our one hour snorkelling with mantas.

This was a first for me. I had seen mantas diving before, several times, but never snorkelled, so close to the surface, with dozens of them so close that we could touch them. And it was absolutely magical to see them dance beneath our feet.

Joali over water villas

Joali over water villas

The trio ended on a very high note, not least because my partner came for the last resort and we managed to enjoy a bit of the Joali Maldives media launch weekend. We had quite some fun taking videos, experiencing the place and being taken care of by the entire team.

We went on smell and art tours of the island with researchers and curators, we indulged in wine and spirit pairing dinners, we even tested the first smell and sake pairing dinner under the stars at the fabulous Peruvian-Japanese restaurant. It was a great way to end the trip and it was very nice to have my partner there. Here’s a video of our time!

After the Maldives, I returned to Singapore for a few days before heading off to Buenos Aires. It was a really long flight and it reminded me of why I never travel to latin America – it is just so far from Singapore!

I am no longer eligible for an ESTA visa because I have traveled to some of the countries Trump does not like like Somaliland or Sudan, so I cannot transit via the US without getting a regular visa (making an appointment for an interview and paying USD160).

This means that, every time I need to go to Central America I need to do so via other airports which are usually far less convenient. Why was I going to Central America then?

I had a wedding in Tequila (yes, Tequila is the name of the region where the plant is grown) and so I decided to fly via Buenos Aires, where I could get an award flight with miles with Ethiopian Airlines, and then buy a ticket on to Mexico.

This allowed me to spend a week in the city. Originally I wanted to explore the country but I had a lot of work to do so decided to stay in the capital, work half days and really get to know Buenos Aires instead. And I did and loved the city.

Progress on the blog in November 2018

The content generation this month focused on the brand collaborations with the resorts in the Maldives and this took most of my and Cal’s time either writing, sharing on social media, editing photos or videos, etc.

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make every campaign happen and if you are not a blogger or influencer you probably don’t even realise it. My trips are rarely a holiday. I spend all the time taking photos, flying the drone, recording footage, talking to the staff, trying out every single element of a resort, etc.

I would not want it any other way, but it is time consuming and means that I never actually have a holiday like regular people. I don’t sit down to relax and do nothing. I don’t read a book. I don’t have a camera-free holiday. And the Maldives is a destination where you can always create more content, you can always take another amazing photo. And we did.

Check out my Instagram feed and you will see what I mean:

Consulting opportunities

November was the kick-off of a large project I will be handling for the next six months with a team. Like all projects, the start is always painful and stressful and, sadly, this was no different.

The best part is to have a team again.

I am a good worker, and I am efficient and get things done. I am a good team player and above all, I get things done.

But I am a better leader. I am great at providing vision and at having the bigger picture and thinking ahead, anticipating issues before they arise and making sure we are ready. This is why large projects are my strength, the more complex the better.

Working for myself with just a small team meant that I was almost out of practice from having a large, distributed and geographically spread team. It is really nice to go back into it. Working with a team makes me happy. It gives me a sense of purpose and helps me grow. I am also good at providing coaching and helping others grow. So I thrive in such a project, even if it is consuming the most part of my day and week leaving me little time to focus on the blog.

So yes, expect this project to take over the majority of my time for the next six months.

Blogger outreach and program management

The two new engagements I told you about last month are now confirmed and will kick off next year. This is exciting because it means more income but because it allows me to plan for a steady income which will allow me to invest in perhaps growing the team.

Blogging outreach is as of now, quite focused on getting brands the bloggers and influencers they need. And this is relatively easy for me to do so it is income with minimal effort and risk, the type that I like.

Personal Life

November was hectic as no other month, or perhaps like August. I was traveling a lot of the month and only spent about 10 days in Singapore so my personal life back home was limited. But it was really nice to spend some time with my partner.

With all the traveling I do and the fact that he does not enjoy traveling like I do, we do not get to spend enough quality time together.

Not that this was quality time together, because we were working on my blog, but at least we were together in a beautiful magical destination.

In Buenos Aires I also got to reconnect with a friend who lives there and whom I met in the Indian luxury train trip in Karnataka in February and that was really nice, and I had a lot of me-time.

Traveling alone is something which I recommend to everyone. You need to be good with spending time with yourself and with eating on your own, but that has never been an issue for me and in fact, I enjoy it as it gives me the chance to speak with the bartender, the owners, the chefs, or even just the diner next to me. You always meet new interesting people this way.

I also find that I reflect much more on a trip when I am by myself and can pay attention fully, to what I am doing, rather than being engrossed in conversation with someone else and missing a lot of what happens around me.

From Buenos Aires I went to Tequila for a wedding and that was great to see friends I don’t regularly see as we have all moved away. But more on that in December.

Revenues in the month of November 2018

November was a stellar month in revenues despite the fact that I was traveling a lot and all my time was consumed with the collaborations for the Maldives. This is because November is generally a great month for travel blogs and people spend a lot of time online.

However, I know December will be a slow month because it is always like that in the industry too, so this month can hopefully offset the next one.

Here is the breakdown of November revenues:

–> S$ 509 Accommodation affiliates

–> S$ 216 Tour affiliates

–> S$ 2,928 Ad revenues

–> S$ 5,990 from Digital Marketing Consulting

–> S$39 from sales of my Amazon book 30 Ways to make money online

 TOTAL blog income in November 2018: S$ 9,682 

 TOTAL blog value in November 2018: S$ 28,500 

Things to note:

– All amounts are in Singapore Dollar which fluctuates around 1,3 times the USD. This is because my accounts are in SGD and so is my accounting.

– I included affiliate revenues which have been accrued even if they have not been paid because affiliates have a threshold for payments which can be as high as USD150.

– The above includes income generated from both blogs. It is time consuming for me to split the two so I will keep it together for now.

Advertising revenues

Mediavine continues to deliver and this was a stellar month with revenues approaching S$3,000. Revenue per mil sessions lagged a bit but since traffic was so high, the overall revenues still increased.

I still have AdSense on my Singapore n Beyond blog but that is a fraction of my Mediavine revenues yet still growing as that blog grows as well.

I know that I can still change a few things to keep on increasing the revenues and have been thinking to remove AMP from the blog but I am on the fence because I know that speed is important to my readers and removing it could cause issues, so I stick with it even if the RPM with AMP is a fraction of the revenue without.

Content creation

I did not do any collaborations this month. I was very busy and I have decided to increase my rates to what I think is reasonable given the traffic and standing my blog provides which I know to be at the higher end of the market so there have been no clients genuinely interested in this, the majority are only after the SEO value and not a real campaign.

And as always, I declined an enormous amount of collaboration opportunities, more so now that my rates are at the higher end of the range.

Influencer, digital marketing consulting and blogger outreach

The big amount of income this month was attributed to the kick off of a large content project which I am managing. This has taken the majority of my work and will continue to do so for the next few months.

Affiliate revenues

It seemed that the accommodation affiliate revenues were starting to be in the summer period but they dropped again in September and stayed in October. November was good, as it is generally a good month, but December will be bad again.

Interesting statistics for August 2018

There are a few other statistics and elements of the blog that are worth tracking and noting.

Value from sponsored stays

I stayed at three resorts in the Maldives in November and this amounted to a very relevant amount of work and of comped stays given that these were all really premium resorts.

This is why you can see more than $28,000 in value from 10 nights in the Maldives with full board all inclusive, activities, boat transfers, seaplanes, and several fully-hosted special meals at Joali with my partner.

I conspicuously declare when the stay has been sponsored to comply with regulations, my code of conduct and the professional integrity I believe all bloggers should adhere to. If you see no disclaimer in a hotel review or post, rest assured I paid for it as I do in more than 90% of my travels.

Traffic and readership

November traffic continued to break all records to surpass 350,000 pageviews which is crazy. I was sitting at my desk looking at the stats everyday and being wowed, I definitely cannot complain.

I have had a few articles truly making the cut and pushing the blog to new levels and I am pretty proud of this moment. It is like a small lightbulb finally lit and I understood it all.

Check the graph below.

Views November

You can also take a look at the split between active and passive income as that is something I am keenly monitoring.

Passive vs active nov

As always, my objective is to maximise the red column as much as I can so I can work less hours and travel more which is what I love, or do whatever I want with my time.

This month, passive income started to reach a reasonable level, one which would afford me a good life back in Spain (though not in Singapore)

Business opportunities I declined

Aside from the unsolicited emails I get, I also met lot of interesting people at the various conferences this month which presented fabulous opportunities to work together. I was also approached by several others which will not materialise and may not go anywhere else.

2018 Goals

I set these goals in January so let’s see how we have progressed in the first months of the year.

AreaGoal for 2018January progress
TrafficBring traffic to 200,000 across both blogsSMASHED BIG TIME!
Domain AuthorityIncrease to 45I decided to stop tracking Moz. However, my Ahrefs score is at 44 which is pretty good
Influencer and digital marketing practiceSet up Once in a Lifetime Media

Build the revenues to $15,000 a month
This objective will be met even without a company website!
Build Case Studies of campaigns (formerly TrustPilot)Create 5 case studies with impact and resultsDefinitely no time for this… 🙁

But I am collecting the data for a case study with Sabrina on out Maldives collaborations
Press KitRevamp and improveYay press kit made and on the site, and constantly updated
Affiliate revenueIncrease revenues to $1,000This seems like a monthly struggle although in November it did start to approach to the target.
BookSell 100 booksThis is a trickle but in October there was a push as I think the book was promoted in an Amazon newsletter. There are 5-10 sales a month which is not bad considering I do nothing to promote it and so the 100 might be reached soon
Advertising revenueMake S$1,500 a month
Make S$2,000 a month
Make S$3,000 a month
Initial target met in August, S$2,000 target met in October! Yay! Now heading for $3,000
Personal brandingBuild my personal brand
- Interview filmed with an Influencer marketing platform and published here
- Two conferences done in April
- Speaking slot at ITB confirmed
- Attending WIT Bootcamp and WIT in October and done interviews
- IMM Singapore confirmed too
- Interview about food in Macao done
- Judging of Mumbrella Awards in October
- Opportunity to speak at Mumbrella 2019 received
- Invitation to speak at Digital Travel APAC 2019 (though I won’t be able to make it)
Niche SiteBuild a site generating $2,000 a monthNot started, may not even start it at all.
AdWordsTest AdWords budgeting and monetisationAdWords spent was decreased in May and the traffic and revenues still continued to increase so I may test a few things here in the future but probably not this year
TravelContinue to travel and reach 105 countries visited. Beat my 140 days on the road personal record- I have added Rwanda, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Albania and Montenegro and reached my 100th country!
- Argentina and Tequila (Mexico) done
- I booked, last minute, a trip to Saudi Arabia!
I will stay at 105 as I cannot do any more travel this year
- Planning some nice trips for 2019 which I hope will be a big year for travel

Wrapping up November 2018

November was a great month because of the traffic boost, the passive income increase and the project planning that will guarantee crazy but good revenue months until May next year. That is not only promising but also brings me peace of mind.

Wish me luck for another roller-coaster of a month!

Let me know what your thoughts are, what you would love to see more of, less of and what questions come to mind. Also, if anything is not clear, drop me a line. My contact details are in the Contact page.

Looking forward to another great month.