I started to receive emails from people across the world, from a new graduate of a university, a jobless young spirited girl, from the buzzing cities of Manila, Delhi, New York, asking how to make a dream come true.

How did I start my travel blog? How did I earn money? How do I support my travel and the things I wanted? How do I start my travel blog business? How do I maintain my blog so engaging to people? How do I earn money from my skills? How did I learn to film and got noticed from reputable media outlets?

To be honest with you, I don’t have concrete answers to these questions. But let me share with you,  my ultimate stuff that pretty works for me and might help you but it may not for some. When I became a travel blogger, I don’t have any idea what I was doing. Since writing is my passion and my mom would always tell me that I am a good storyteller since I was 8 years old. My real definition of success is contentment, and I am happy with what I was doing. I can’t say that I really made it but the feeling of contentment is there. I just need to continue exploring this world, meet new people and share my experience with people who have the same dreams.

When I finished my degree, I thought I know it all and ready for a corporate job. Filling in the unemployment rate was one of my greatest fear. I wanted to excel in my job, work hard and earn cash. And I did. But one thing was missing that made me unhappy as I looked at the mirror in my 12th-floor apartment in Manila, Philippines. I sat on my bed browsing my Facebook’s RSS, liked some stunning photos of my friends who had an ultimate vacation in one of the best places in the Philippines.


Grrr. I want to go somewhere. But why it hasn’t it happened yet? Why was I here? We think of something that we are all good and ready for anything in anywhere, right? I admit it took me years to realize this- NO. All of us has room for improvement and our life is made up of lessons as we take our journey to places we haven’t been before. It was easy for me to say this.. think that I will do something but there is a “but” word that barred me from doing it. I had taken some financial, relationships, and emotional risks to make my goal happened. While living abroad as an expat, there has been a lot of changes and adjustments. The way I think of life and the purpose why we are here. The barriers that usually makes our life so difficult. The society that shapes our beliefs, and dreams. Life is not always an equation like what our teachers had taught us. As we go by to the journey of our dreams, we are building a sense of learning.

You are unique and can’t be the same. If someone will tell you that you are not worth it, ask yourself repeatedly and take a chance to whisper the moment while all the negative vibes are throwing against you. “ I have something of worth”.



Don’t daydream, live a dream. My life as a travel blogger is not that easy. I don’t need to be famous because of things and be forgotten right away. I am a minimalist, but I am not telling you to be me. All questions that were stuck in your head, the “what ifs” and “how” are one of them, they are not just the WH questions, they are simple words that need answers. I started to set aside the things that I need and not. If you want to improve your hobby, all you need to do is learn how to progress them every day or once in a week. One of the challenges that I had before was my time management. Since I work full time, I don’t want to leave my blog dead. I made a calendar post, wrote my bi-monthly post ideas in a journal, engaged in social media every day at least 2 hours per day including replying to emails. You need to be flexible in everything because not all can be a plan.

If things don’t work, don’t be afraid of going back again and make things right. Mistakes are just detours of our life, you still have the chance to do it right. We are all living with purpose, and reasons why not all things are meant for us. Living a dream is different from a daydream. You need to do something for a dream that you wanted to live. I have a lot of rejections and regrets in my life before, I felt alone and tired of my life until a simple 200 words started to type in that became an instrument to start my journey as a travel blogger.

Don’t be upset to people that laughed at you, because you are different to them. You are unique and can’t be the same.


Do you have a dream to share? I would like to hear it from you below!

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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.

Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.

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