Profession VS Passion: Travel Bloggers' Regular Jobs

Back in 2009 when I first chanced upon travel blogs, I cant help but wonder what could be the day jobs of these travel bloggers. Or do they even have a regular job at all? If yes, then what are their jobs? And how can they afford to travel without being fired by their bosses due to excessive leaves? ^_^

Admit it, you've always been curious too.
So here it is - a compilation of some of the travel bloggers' day jobs.


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Angel Juarez | Lakwatsero
System Analyst / Software Engineer in an airline company for 10 years now.

Calvin Lo | Calvin's Hub
Instructional Designer at ACS (yes, this tech blogger is my former officemate!)

Christian Lucas Sangoyo | Lakad Pilipinas
Former Tech in a major software company. Currently a full time photographer.

Claire Raborar | Lakwatsera de Primera
Former Grade School Teacher/ Private Tutor of expats' kids

Dennis | Nomadic Pinoy
Clinical Manager at a community health center in Manhattan

Dong Ho | Eskapo
ECE. Executive Sales Engineer at Panasonic

Edcel Suyo | SoloflightEd
Quality Evaluator at Convergys for 5 years

Ferdz Decena | Ironwulf
Former Graphic and Web Designer. Currently freelances in the travel photogrpahy and blogging industry

Flipnomad
former Supply Chain Manager for an offshore American company, former Senior Team Leader for a call center in Makati. currently supports himself from online earnings

Gay Mitra-Emami | Pinay Travel Junkie
Former hotel receptionist, sales agent, banquet coordinator, event/TV host, TV show segment producer, concert producer, tapsilogan owner, customer service representative. (whoa!) Currently a domesticated hippie, web content writer and a virtual assistant.

Journeying James
Part-time Online Stocks Trader and Full-time traveler

Lois Yasay | Sole Sisters
Project Manager for Inspire Leadership Consultancy

Marky Ramone Go | Nomadic Experiences
IT Research Team Lead at iProfile Corporation

Micaela Rodriguez | Senyorita
Formerly an editorial staff in one of the most controversial entertainment tabloids in the Philippines. Currently supports herself thru online earnings

Monette Fernandez | Flip'n Travels
Literature Graduate. Senior Training Manager for a medical management organization

Nina Fuentes | Just Wandering
Virtual Assistant since 2005. Designs websites and sets up blogs for other clients

Oman Serapio | Lawstude
Lawyer. and at the same time a Tax Compliance Manager in Concerted Management Corporation

Ron Cruz | Flip'n Travels
Former Manager for a medical case management in Manila. Now a Nurse Paramedic for an ambulance unit in Singapore


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Aren't you glad to know that most of them struggle to fix their schedules too? ^_^
See, now who says these people have lots of extra time for traveling? In reality, they dont but they make time for it. Now stop wishing you have the time, the money (--insert excuses here--) to travel. If these people can make it happen, of course you can make it too!


Chyng | Former Virus and Anti-Virus Analyst
obviously, i got inspired by my previous job!

64 responses:

Chyng said...

care to share your day job too? =)

dong ho said...

yihaa! this sure is interesting when you first shared this idea. galing! kakatuwa yung kay Gay.

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Nice compilation, chyng! Ayan ha, walang excuse para hindi maglakwatsa! Go out and explore! Spend yah money! Traveling is a good investment :D

Amiah said...

now i'm more inspired! :) thanks miss chyng!

Robbie said...

Wow. Interesting info!

This is so true though and after meeting you guys, I realized na puro excuses nga lang yung iba. Kung gusto naman talaga mag-travel, may paraan! =)

Lawstude said...

glad to know the day job of these interesting co-travel bloggers. if i had my way, mas masarap full-time blogger hehe. sana manalo ko sa lotto. :)

The SoleSisters said...

Thanks for the mention. This is an interesting read and one that is close to my heart. I hope more of us get to pursue what we're passionate about. I'm always inspired by this quote:

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

Training sustains me but Travel makes me come alive.

Batang Lakwatsero said...

woot.. hehe. kakatuwa naman 'to :)

sana wala na lang tayong work at puro travel anf blog na lang..

marxtermind said...

Yung mga tita ko nga inaask din ako pano daw ako nakakalakwatsa ng matagal at pinapayagan ka magleave ng matagal? Sabi ko may Vacation Leave naman eh! Hehehe

Ed said...

waaa. chyng, pwede 'BPO company' na lang? hahaha. ewan. lol.

pero galing talaga ng concept na ito! hahaha

marxtermind said...

@Ed, CVG ka pla? I have a lot of friends working at CVG at ang mga sweldo nila eh....! Hehehe! :)

JeffZ said...

.. tama.. we can all make time for something that we really want..

it's all about passion.. and when you have it, you can be unstoppable! :)

khantotantra said...

tama.... kung gusto talaga magbyahe, magagawa at magagawan ng paraan

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

thanks Chyng, unti unti na ring nahuhubaran ang mga tao sa likod ng mga blogs that I also read. Dami palang talent ni Gay!

bertN said...

Bakit hindi ako kasama? A retired taga-salansan ng barko sa pier sa gabi and taga-tulak ng alon sa umaga LOL.

michi said...

very interesting post.

Mel said...

@Ed - Woot! Quality Assurance ka pala, Mr. Suyo! Fault finder! LOL! :D

Nice compilation, Chyng! Natuwa naman ako that I share something more in common than love for travelling with kick-ass chicks like Claire, Monette, Lois and Chichi - we have training and mentoring people as day jobs! :)

Mitch said...

bsta ko walang work...still looking the best one. Since I exposed to famous bloggers,, isip ko nga how can you separate your blog career to your regular one...eto pla sagot. kc hindi biro tlga ang i spend mo when you travel..mganda tlga may mtatag n work at the same time nag eejoy mag blog.sana magka work nako..hehe. thanks Chyng!

empi said...

Wow! Astig. Kaka-bilib at kaka-inspire!

Sabi nga nila, enjoy lang ang buhay. Kaya, go TRAVEL lang ng TRAVEL!

Supertikoy said...

naks! ang galing naman hehe ako rin may day job para makapag travel haha

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

ok na post na pala. haha sorry. just read ur reply. interesting! lalo na si Gay, all around! idol! :)

swexie said...

nice! lemme share my blog too, ok lng bah?

http://swimgear.blogspot.com

I started travelling back when I was auditing. Haha! Talk about mixing business with pleasure! =) Now that I'm a lawyer, my travels did not stop. =)

Ghienoxs™ said...

nakaka ingit naman ng work ni Mica, nag hihintay lang ng payout..hehehe

tina said...

Wow! Nice compilation Chyng! :)

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

hahah! agree with dom. ang kulit nung kay gay. Panalo. Hinakot lahat ng slash. lol!

thanks for this info chyng. at talagang binuking mo silang lahat e no. ^_^

Nicole said...

mabuhay kayong lahat! :)

gillboard said...

alot of them are techies.

Ian | Going Places said...

Ang komplikado ng trabaho mo Chyng, parang mahirap ganun din yung pagiging Stock Trades ni James... parang sa name ng day job kumplikado na... nice compilation of knowing some of travel bloggers'day job.

I agree with Gillboard, most of them are techies...

Mine is Airline Ground Steward.

pusang kalye said...

bat ako di mo sinama sa listahan?hahaha--as if me value job ko.lols

ellen said...

hi chyng. im a fan of your blog and some of those bloggers youve mentioned. i also love to travel but dont hav a blog unfortunately lol... been to many places in the philippines as well and works as a CPA in an auditing firm...indeed, we can find time! God speed:)

Chasing Philippines said...

ako din, sali! may trabaho ako chyng!hahaha

blissfulguro said...

nakakaaliw naman 'to! galing ni chyng...

killerfillers said...

Interesting tong post na to..a way of getting to know the people I admire in terms of traveling.:)
Hindi ako big time na tavel blogger pero dahil sa kakabasa dyan sa mga post ng PTB, andami ko na rin napuntahan kahit paano.Wala lang talaga oras mag-sulat laging OT.hehe I'm analyst/programmer by the way sa isang malaking worldwide insurance company.

Photo Cache said...

one needs to work to support the travel di ba?

Hoobert the Awesome said...

I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing Ate Chyng! :D

Yeah, if they can do it, why can't I? LOL. My first task is to find a job now... as in NOW!

lakwatsera de primera said...

Napost na pala, katuwa naman malaman yung day jobs ng mga kapatid sa lakwatsa,

kg said...

hi chyng! ako i've been a copyeditor for 8 years, and counting. i agree, no excuses: if you want to travel, you can and you will find a way.

i'm blessed to have a flexible job that caters to my love of travel! :)

kg said...

you know what i dream of? na sana ipadala naman ako ng kumanya namin sa ibang bansa. para naman maranasan ko ang all-expense paid na bakasyon! ahehe!

darwin said...

oo nga! ang galing. Ako rin before Im thinking paano nga kayo nakakapagtravel, siguro marami lang kayong pera at walang trabaho...

Hindi nga sya excuse, kasi ako rin kahit one day lang ang restday ko sa former job ko, nakapagsimula akong magtravel, may paraan talaga kung gustong gumala at kahit tight ang budget.

I remember last year, Im working as a Planetarium Control Operator ( yeah, I control the universe, hahaha!)kahit one day lang ang off ko, nakagala ako ng mahaba, kaso nagsakit sakitan ko, ayun pagbalik ko, i need a permit naCBC pa ako, kmusta nmn ang dugong kinuha sakin, kahit wala akong sakit..hahaha!

pero VL and SL really helped me. Then now I decided to quit my job and apply for a work na TWO days na ang restday with mas mataas na sweldo, kaya ngayon Im working as an exhibit engineer medyo napapadalas na ang travel ko..hahaha! thanks rin sa mga nag-influence sakin! kayong mga Trvel Bloggers.

cheers!

Tripper10 : Tripsiders said...

Nakakatuwa naman yung kay Ma'am Gay..:)
Sa nabasa kong ito.. nahiya naman ako sa dahilan kong di gumala...:)

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

salamat sa pag share mo tungkol sa kanila....

Diamond R said...

ang gagaling naman.Nasa tao lang talaga kong gusto mo pweding pwedi.

jeanny said...

galing nila noh? Kahit sobrang busy, nakakapag travel at update ng kanilang travel series. inspiring.

Bat hindi mo sinali sarili mo :-)

Manila Girl said...

Haha this was cool. :-) I admit, I've always been curious about this! Not just with travel bloggers but all bloggers in general, especially the "professional" ones!

Lea said...

Chyng, how are you na? Alam mo, feeling ko pumuti na buhok ko sa trabaho ko. There was a time na I wanted to give up. Malaki pera sa Real Estate pero sabay nun, sakit sa ulo din. hehe.. Pero I love it. Tama yong comment na with travelling, you come alive. Kaya dapat, bigyan siya ng time and dapat kasali sa budget. Or else, we will die wondering about "what ifs".. :) I wake up usually around 4-5am so it gives me time to write, which is my other passion. Wala naman akong readers, except my family. hahaha.. Pero ok lang sa akin kasi nalalabas ko feelings ko through writing. It's a good way to relax. Most of those you mentioned above, I read their blogs. Makes me realize na ang galing ng Pilipino talaga! :) God bless sa iyo and sa lahat ng bloggers... Hope to see you all of you soon. Bisitahin niyo ang Davao kasi ang ganda dito. It's safe and walang bagyo. :)

kara said...

Nice! This was an interesting compilation. It's cool how they can balance their day jobs with travel blogging :) It really helps to have a flexible or part-time day job to pay the bills, but still have the freedom to travel in a moment's notice.

She said...

Great post! I've always wondered the exact same thing when I'm travel blog-hopping :)

Just to share, I used to work as a research analyst for an American company. I resigned a few years ago to go into business full time. Never looked back :) Traveling is now my hobby!

SunnyToast said...

Pak..kaya pala naman...lol:) thank you for sharing:) katakot ka chyng..exposed!lol next time pati mga stocks nila...lol

Markyramone said...

daming raket ni Gay Emami haha...

sa mga nakakabasa jan kayo mg apply, ibig sabihin maluluwag mg pa VL ang mga companies na yan.


But of course, the best yung earning online and through traveling.

joan | the backpack chronicles said...

very interesting post. ang galing ni mam gaye andaming raket!! hahaha..

sabi nga nila, kung gusto may paraan!!

ako po i'm a medical technologist sa St. Luke's Hospital QC.

Karenskie said...

wow, great list...nakaka inspire these travel blog idols! super idol ko si hippie mum gay! her already!

i'm a software developer most of the time but I try to catch up with blogging during weekends or if i need to get away from stress at work :) happy to say that our company allows longer leaves as long as it's scheduled ahead of time :)

docgelo said...

bow ako sa'yo for compiling their day jobs. but this post makes me want to visit their blogs too. i'm also glad to read names of those whom i've already met (ferdz,nina,dom, & you of course)... paborito ko si dennis na taga NYC, haha! saka yung si chyng na taga malabon (or is it navotas?)...

hi im docgelo, medical lecturer, physician & big daddy (nakisali sa listahan, di naman travel blogger, haha! fyi, im posting this comment while invigilating my own exam in my class--multitasking, sayang ang oras!)

mike said...

wow. so diverse in background of these so called travelers. i used to travel a lot...but nowadays i just saved up all my time and travel to go back home there in pinas.

AJ said...

Gay was a TV host??? What show? At kelan itey?

Josiah said...

Ang daming pinagdaanan ni Gaye! Inspiring tong post na ito. Glad to know lahat tayo nahihirapan ijuggle yung time natin. :)

Elal Jane Lasola | The Shades of Grey said...

Interesting facts! Inspiring naman kung pano sila mag manage ng scheds. :)

happysole said...

thanks for letting us get a peak into the private lives of our favorite online personalities! :)

throwcautiontothewind said...

amazing compilation, Chyng! really inspiring. kung gusto, palaging meron paraan! si Gaye ay all-around sarsa pala.

freeswan said...

Nice one, chyng! Now I know, katrabaho ko pala si soloflightEd. hahaha.

Sendo said...

volunteer nurse...dirty charity work...quitting in 2 weeks...hihihi..traveling thereafter..ahw haha

bridge said...

bridgette rebuca, teleserye writer at ABS-CBN. hehe mahirap lang sa case ko wala kaming oras at mahirap magleave. so most of the time hulaan kung kailan ako pwede makapagout of town. hindi rin nagwowork ang pagbubook in advance because as of today 3 trips na nabook na ang flight ang nakacancel bec of work. huhu. minsan may downtime naman, like sa isang week 2 times lang ang meetings etc. but this post inspired me to work around my schedule and make the most out of it.

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Haha ayows! Naks naman nakasali ako!:)

freeclimbers said...

Cool! I'm currently a full-time "busy life" worker and a part-time mountaineer/traveller and praying to someday reverse them :D

Joni Kiki said...

wow, go Lois! hahahaha. Nakakaloka ang bigtime ng mga trabaho:) ako, undergrad! :(((

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