Nadine Sykora on how she made it as a travel vlogger

Going around the world and filming it as you go may sound like a dream, but travel vlogging is more than jumping on a plane and pressing record.

Canadian travel vlogger Nadine Sykora has been to over 45 countries, broadcasting her adventures on her Youtube channel, Hey Nadine
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1. How did you get started?

Well, I started video blogging while I was in my university dorm. I had previously done a lot of theatre growing up and when I moved away to university, between studying Computer Science and playing varsity women’s golf, I had no time left for theatre. Then I found Youtube – a creative outlet where I could express myself theatrically – and on my own time. It was perfect.

2. What made you want to start a video blog of your travels?

Once I graduated university, but before I settled into a “real job”, I wanted to go travel. So naturally, I continued video blogging and making videos since I was visiting some of the most incredible places in the world and I wanted to showcase them! Then I fell in love with travel and travel vlogs so much I decided to never stop.

Vlogger Nadine Sykora

Image credit: Courtesy of Nadine Sykora

3. Talk us through your day…

Each and every day of my life is different. And I love that it is. However, one thing is for sure: I’m always on my phone or computer at some point in the day. I try and get up early as the first thing I do is check my emails and social sites. Then if it’s an adventure day, I’m off on some trip or adventure.

If it’s an editing day, then I’m at a desk, bed, table, airplane tray, bus seat – I’ve literally worked from anywhere. Then, I usually don’t go to bed till around 1am, with more emails and of course, catching up on other Youtube vloggers.

There are no real days off, no long weekends. Anyone in social media knows you are working all the time, at any time of day. Because you are in control of your success, you can work as hard or as little as you want and your results will reflect that. Knowing this, you must also love what you are doing. And I do, so we are all good.

4. Are you able to live off your vlog? How does it make money?

All my social media channels including my Youtube and blog all make money, and I am employed full time by it. There are MANY ways I make money, but my biggest income sources are: sponsored videos, video production, branded content deals, licensing of footage and photos, written articles and blog posts, sponsored social posts (Tweets, Instagrams and Facebook etc), YouTube Adsense income, appearance fees, acting, spokesperson gigs and affiliate marketing.

5. What’s been your #MadeIt, or proudest moment?

I have two: being invited to a summit at the White House as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Travel Bloggers, and being invited as a keynote speaker at the Women in Travel Summit 2016.

6. Have you ever had a moment of self-doubt? 
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7. What’s the best advice, practical and otherwise, you could give to someone who wants to do what you do?

First off, decide what part of what I do you want to do. If you want to travel the world, start with a plane ticket and a destination. If you want to start travel vlogging, bring a camera along with you and document your travels, learn to edit and place them on Youtube.

Essentially anyone can do what I do, but you have to start somewhere. It’s easy to compare yourself to other successful people and think you’re never going to get there. But you are forgetting that they all started exactly where you are.

You have to start, you have to work hard, you have to LOVE what you are doing, and you have to stop comparing yourself to other people, because there will ALWAYS be someone better.

8. What are your #LifeGoals?

Everything. I want to experience life.

Now what?

 

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 By Reenat Sinay