Blogger Nadia El Ferdaoussi is living the dream as she writes about her travels around the world.
Originally from London, Nadia is a freelance travel writer and makeup artist living in Dublin. She also runs a travel and lifestyle blog, thedailyself.me.
Nadia says her current lifestyle didn’t exist when she started blogging and although she had to work hard to establish her own job she enjoys every minute of it.
“I’ve kind of created my own job role as it didn’t really exist and as a result, it doesn’t feel much like work at all,” she said.
“So many opportunities arise out of blogging such as photography gigs that I never would’ve been approached about if I hadn’t showcased my own work across my platforms.
“I’ve got no routine so it doesn’t feel like I have a ‘job’, which is a lovely situation to be in, even though I’m always working.”
Her blog focuses on “everything to do with travel and anything that’s associated with it” but she said the area of travel blogging is open to a variety of topics.
“Within that niche, it’s pretty broad,” she said. “Could be a city guide or packing list, ways to save money on a luxury trip.”
Unsurprisingly Nadia has explored much of the world during her travels and a few stand-out locations have left quite an impression on her.
“I adored Cape Town and recently visited Marrakech for the first time. Two of my favourite cities, coincidentally both in Africa,” she said.
As she travels to so many beautiful places, Nadia shares her experiences on social media, which she loves, but she appreciates that she can pick and choose what to publish.
“I’m surgically attached to my phone. I don’t take it too seriously though, I keep my social very authentic - it’s just me, like it or leave it. That’s what I enjoy about it, it’s mine to do whatever I please with.“
Nadia says she has never experienced “competition or drama with other bloggers”, but admits struggling with one area: technology.
“I just keep my head down and do my own thing. The hardest part for me was and still is learning all the techie stuff, I still struggle with that!”
If you feel like following in Nadia’s footsteps and starting a career as a travel blogger, she has just one warning: “Don’t get into it for the money!”
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