Travel blogger made $1.5 million during round-the-world trip

Johnny Ward left home with empty pockets to make his mark on the world. A decade later, the Irish blogger has made an unbelievable $1.5 million from writing about his travels. Oh, and he’s been to every country on earth.

“I travel because [it] teaches us gratitude, empathy, appreciation and humility,” he writes. “And of course it’s fun. Outrageous fun.”

Ward writes on his website, One Step 4Ward, that he didn’t really have a plan when he hit the road, but he knew a 9-to-5 gig in an office would never cut it for him. So after graduating from university, he came to the U.S. for a bit, then went to Asia, making minimal cash teaching but taking breaks to travel as often as possible.

Once he learned that blogging could be a way to make money while traveling, he knew this would be his new job.

Ad Sales And Tons Of Content

Ward says learning to monetize websites was the key to his success as a travel blogger. He writes about his business experiences on One Step 4Ward, providing valuable guidance for aspiring travel bloggers. He said he was shocked to see an advertisement inquiry one day soon after launching his blog in 2010.

“Within six months I was making $500 a month, another three or four months, it was $1000,” he writes.

He realized how well one website was doing, so Ward says he decided to double down and create more sites for more earning potential. By 2015, he had more than 100 sites, and the non-techy businessman hired a web expert, writers and SEO experts to keep everything going. Even though life was getting busy, he was still able to focus on his first love: constant traveling.

“At no point did I get an office, and no point did I require anyone to report their hours to me,” Ward writes. “We all worked from our laptops, all trusted each other, and all got along as friends. Digital nomads, all of us.”

Every Country On Earth

Earlier this year, Ward completed his goal of seeing every country in the world. He saved Norway for last because it’s close to (or at least on the same continent as) where he grew up and he could have a celebration there with loved ones.

And when he wants to sleep in his own bed for a week or two? Ward just returns to Thailand where he has a condo he bought with cash from his travel blog earnings.

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Haley Otman

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