De Australische Lauren Bullen en de Engelse Jack Morris zijn enorme travel-influencers op Instagram. Ze verdienen hun geld met het delen van foto’s van de reizen die ze maken. Klinkt als een droomjob voor velen! Sinds ze elkaar vorig jaar op Fiji hebben ontmoet, reizen ze samen naar de meest gedroomde plekken op aarde. Wat ze daarmee verdienen? Dat kan oplopen tot zo’n $9000 USD per post…

Met 1.2 miljoen volgers van Lauren, en 2 miljoen volgers van Jack zijn ze bijzonder populair. In een Q&A die Jack zelf op zijn blog heeft geplaatst schrijft hij opmerkelijke dingen. Hij wil bijvoorbeeld niet fake overkomen, maar op Insta staat wel minder dan 5% van zijn leven, dus heel realistisch kan het niet zijn. Ook geeft hij toe dat hij dit jaar meer wil genieten van de mooie momenten, zonder dat hij bezig is met het juiste shot. Kwaliteit van leven verkiest hij inmiddels dus boven het creëren van succes.

De interessantste vragen en antwoorden die met lifestyle te maken hebben en we ons allemaal wel eens hebben afgevraagd, heb ik hieronder gedeeld. En uiteraard staan daaronder nog wat jaloersmakende picca’s. Benieuwd naar meer? Lees dit dan op Jack’s blog!

Q&A

How do you make money?

Brands/ tourism boards etc pay me to promote their product or their location on Instagram. I only promote or post about things I truly like or believe in, which is very important to me and why my posts resonate with so many of you.

Social media can often only portray the happy side of a persons life or travels. From your experience what has been the hardest part of continuous travelling and is it hard to always look like you’re having a good time on social media?

What people need to remember is that my life on Instagram is less than 5% of my life outside Instagram. I would never try to portray something I’m not, but of course I don’t post content from every aspect of my life. Like most people I only portray the happy side of my life. I would never create something fake and I try to always show real aspects of my best experiences.

How do you find balance between creating content in amazing locations and just enjoying the moment?

This is a really good question. I definitely sometimes travel to places for the sole purpose of a ‘gram worthy’ shot. Sometimes its really hard to find the balance of enjoying the moment whilst creating content especially if the photo or video doesn’t turn out the way I originally planned. When this happens it really takes away from the moment which is why this year I really want to spend a lot more time trying to focus on enjoying the moment and trying to remember the reason I travelled to these amazing places in the first place.

How do you stay motivated?

Seeing the continuous support from each of my followers is honestly the biggest motivation I could ask for. It’s an amazing feeling to know I inspire people in one way or another and that so many people appreciate my work and lifestyle.

Do you prefer travelling alone or with someone?

I started alone and wouldn’t have had it any other way. It gave me the chance to learn a lot about myself and forced me to become a much more confident person. 4 years later I was lucky enough to meet my soul mate and couldn’t be happier being able to travel continuously with someone who shares the same passion as I do.

What made you wake up one day and think ‘fuck it, I’m quitting my job and going travelling’? Did you have much money saved up?

I dunno really I guess I was just sick of the everyday routine and not really doing much with my life. I booked my Bangkok flight pretty spontaneously with very little knowledge of Thailand! I had around £3000 before booking the flight and started to run out within the first few months.

Photo Credits: Jack Morris & Lauren Bullen

 

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