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.
Travellers Who Work Full Time: Tracie
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.