Do you dream of being a full-time travel vlogger with a large online following....but don’t know how to get there from where you are now?
Maybe you’re brand new to the world of travel vlogging and have yet to post your first video on YouTube.
You’ve dabbled in video editing and LOVE watching videos about the best street food in Vietnam...or the 5 must-visit beaches in Bali, dreaming about the day when that will be your reality…
....but when it comes to booking that plane ticket and pressing “publish” on your own videos? You’re terrified.
“What if I’m not good on camera? Or don’t have the right equipment” you find yourself thinking. You see how the industry is already so competitive and a part of you wonders if it’s even possible to turn your travel-vlogging dream into your full-time reality (So you procrastinate even getting started).
Or perhaps you’ve been travel vlogging for a little while now, but aren’t moving forward as fast as you’d like and are starting to get frustrated.
Your audience growth has plateaued and you’re struggling to figure out how to really MONETIZE your vlog so that you can do it full time. It’s your dream to be a full-time travel vlogger and you’ve been working your butt off, but you can’t figure out what you’re doing wrong/why it’s not working yet.
First of all, I want you to know that you’re not alone...and you’ve come to the right place!
My name is TJ Lee - creator of CupofTJ, the quirkiest travel & food channel on YouTube.
Over the past 2 years, I’ve grown my YouTube channel from zero to 250,000 subscribers, and 25 MILLION views. I’ve been selected by Youtube as their NextUp 2017 Creator, featured on ELLE, SFGate, Refinery29, and on TV across Peru thanks to a video I made playing with cats in the park.
I’ve travelled to 32 countries and worked with numerous companies and tourism boards around the world.
Now travel is my job. I create and share my travels for a living. And it’s the best job in the world.
But it wasn’t always like this. I didn’t start glamorous.
Two years ago I had an office job. I wasn’t working 9-5. I started my day at 5am to attend meetings Asia time, left the office at 6pm, and checked into a coworking space right after to work on a consulting business. I was working 5am to 10pm hahah is that even a thing?
But back then I thought everything was great...at least according to conventional standards! It was a great company, great pay, with a fulfilling position. It was a “real job.”
But there was always an inkling in me that the work I was doing didn’t feel quite right. It felt good but not right. Can you relate?
One day I was having quite a stressful week and a coworker made a comment that threw me into an emotional wreck. Everything that was bothering me, that was weighing me down just came POURING out. I ran into the bathroom and started bawling. In the middle of the day. I wasn’t even crying about the comment, I was crying because I didn’t actually love where I was. I was killing myself for something I didn’t believe in.
I took a couple of deep breaths, wiped off my tears, and walked into my next meeting trying to keep everything together.
That day I decided this isn’t the life I wanted.
And that it was time for a change.
Now you’re probably thinking, OK TJ this is where you quit your job to travel the world right?
No, this wasn’t it.
I needed to save a lot of money hahah...but something else happened.
I decided to get more serious about my creative hobbies: photography, video-making, and writing.
I stopped prioritizing endless hours of research, meetings, and things that didn’t get me excited to get out of bed in the morning...and started prioritizing things that did.
On the weekends - any free time I got, I would run out the door to go take photos. I began putting together travel guides on my website. It was SO exciting to share these little travel tips.
In the beginning there weren’t many people reading my stuff but I didn’t care. I was creating something fun, creative, but also helpful to people and this felt right to me. It felt like I was finally adding my own colors into the world.
I became a bit obsessed with creating.
Creating became my stress relief, my outlet. Little by little, my skills grew.
It was by taking these small steps that I eventually gained the courage to say...you know what...I can put videos on Youtube and make this a thing.
I have learned a lot since those early days, but most of all: if you have a dream of being a travel vlogger it can absolutely be your reality.
Introducing Viewing to Vlogging, (aka. the course I WISH I’d had access to when I was first starting out).
Here’s what we’ll cover...
Week 1: Set Your Channel Up for Growth from the Get-Go.
Week 2: The Nuts and Bolts of Travel Vlogging
Week 3: Growing your channel to 1,000 subscribers (and beyond!)
Week 4: The Business of Travel Vlogging
Here's what the course looks like...
"As someone who just started recently TJ’s Viewing to Vlogging course was perhaps the greatest thing I could ever stumbled upon. Within the first few modules I’ve learned tips and tricks that you wouldn’t find elsewhere. TJ had created a platform not only to learn but to interact with other travel vloggers including herself, it was truly an invaluable experience.
With all the lesson and tips from the course I planned my Hong Kong trip, my shots and scenes accordingly. Having just recently uploaded that fruitful episode I can already see that magic at work!
This a fun and exciting course and with it you'll gain a family who supports one another and I can’t wait to see all of us succeed, so Thank you TJ."- Nick Effendi, Travel & Food Vlogger
"I absolutely love Viewing to Vlogging. I like the way the modules/videos are broken down into easy to watch chunks. I now realize I was missing a lot of details to make my Youtube game better and I learned a lot of things I could implement from the course. Plus, I really like that there's an emphasis on turning vlogging into a business and getting paid. A lot of important stuff is covered...TJ though of everything!"
- Etienne Crete, Desire to Trade
Hey good-looking! I'm TJ Lee, host of the Cutest Travel & Food Show on Youtube. In 2016, left the corporate world to become a creative and digital nomad. I began documenting my travels on Youtube and people started tuning in! Since then, I've grown my channel from 0 to 250,000 subscribers and 25 MILLION views. I've been featured on ELLE, SFGate, Refinery29, selected as Youtube's 2017 NextUp creator, and was once viral in Peru (that's a story to tell later). I've worked with numerous tourism boards, travel companies, and rockstar brands around the world.
Travel is now my job and I want it to be yours too.
I want you to take a moment and imagine that your dream of becoming a full time-travel vlogger has become your reality…
You’re passport is full of stamps and your heart is full of memories from all the places you’ve travelled...and excitement about everywhere you’re planning to visit in the future.
You’ve created a YouTube channel that feels like YOU - at your best - and your subscriber count is growing by the day.
You have so much fun planning, shooting, and editing your videos, and feel super creative and on fire.
Monetization opportunities are pouring in and it feels SO GOOD to get paid to do work you love.
It’s thrilling to have the freedom to design your workday - and your LIFE - in a way that feels fun and fulfilling to YOU.
Boredom and settling for a hum-drum life are things of the past...adventure is your new normal and you can’t imagine it any other way.
Are you ready to start your vlogging adventures?