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Travellers Who Work Full Time: Tracie

Tracie from Tracie Travels and Jen and Tracie Go is a wedding and portrait photographer from Seattle who  juggles 2 travel blogs, which is a tough balancing job, but with some planning in advance, she does manage it. We’ve interviewed her among other travellers who work full time as a part of our weeklong initiative “Don’t Quit Your Job, And Travel” in the hope that we’ll inspire other travellers with full time jobs, that it is indeed doable.

How do you manage to squeeze out actual travel time?

Since starting both of my travel blogs last Spring, I have managed to travel to Iceland, Norway, Canada, Alaska, and to the opposite end of my home state a couple of times. Most of those were for a week or less, so I haven’t been able to travel as much as I would if I didn’t have a full time job. My wedding and portrait photography business is busiest during the Summer, so I hope to plan a few longer trips soon!

How do you balance your day job and blogging?

It’s hard! Fortunately, I make my own work schedule for the most part, so I can decide that this morning I want to focus on this blog (I have 3!), tomorrow afternoon I want to focus on another blog, this week I have to stay home to finish editing these weddings, etc. This means I have to plan ahead for trips, and blog about past travels when I am home.

Has either suffered?

A little bit. Obviously, I can’t travel as much as I would like to right now. For my photography clients, I tend to wait a little longer than I used to when getting back to them . But I think that’s okay. Before this, I wasn’t giving myself enough time away, so the travel blogging is sort of a break from my business.

Ever had a breakdown or thought you bit off more than you can chew?

Yes! When the Summer’s weddings started piling up and I still had a backlog of travel posts to blog, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed! I definitely had the thought, “why am I doing this to myself?” and I considered taking a big break from one of the travel blogs. I just need to find a better balance, especially during my busier times of year. The travel blogging is so fulfilling that I can’t imagine stopping either one of them.

Do you intend on quitting your job to travel full time?

No, but I do intend to merge the travel and the wedding photography somehow. Since it’s my own business, I can really take it in any direction that I want. Or try to at least! I hope to photograph more destination weddings, and then travel around the area where the weddings are. I also plan to photograph people while I make my own travel plans, taking my business on the road in a sense. And while I have to be home, I will continue balancing my existing business, now providing vacation photography for visitors to the area.
You can check out Tracie’s blogs here and here as well as her twitter and facebook for more!

 

Love her story? Want to find out how you can do it? Read Don’t Quit Your Job, And Travel where you’ll find the rest of our Travellers Who Work Full Time interview series too!

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