What happened in 2011…

I began earning a full-time living from blogging

In January 2011 I set off on my travels full-time. 2010 had been spent mainly building this blog up, so to finally be able to achieve a long term goal, travel full-time, and continue improving on this blog, it was the best thing about 2011 for me. None of this would have been possible without people like you who come on to my site, and share it’s content online. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a regular reader… without you all none of this would have been possible, so thank you very much! 😀

I got sponsored to travel

Towards the end of 2011 I started receiving a lot of sponsorship to travel ontop of my regular advertising payments. Whether it was one of the many indie backpacker hostels that allowed me to stay for free, tour companies such as Haggis Adventures providing me with a free tour, or the folks at InterRailNet.com offering me a free Inter Rail pass for one month to travel around Europe. The last 3 months of 2011 were jam packed with a lot of sponsorship. In fact, so much so I had to turn a few opportunities down because I simply didn’t have time!

I released a book

I released a book this year. It’s about How to travel the world for free (using your blog). A lot of how I travel full-time is by reducing my expenses. I do this by using my blog to acquire ordinary travel expenses for free. The book tells you how I do it, and how you can do it too. Sales have been going really well since it was released in November. I get a lot of job satisfaction from being able to share advice with other like minded people who read this blog, so releasing this book was definitely a high point for me. Sales of the book are also a part of how I fund my future travels.

Guest Blogging

I did a few prominent guest posts this year. In particular, I wrote a blog post for ProBlogger.net titled How to keep track of your accounts as a remote blogger. I also wrote a post for Travelllll.com on How to pitch for free accommodation and transport as you travel.

Travel, travel, and more travel!

In total I visited 17 countries this year as part of my travels. 10 of those were countries I’d never visited before. This also included 3 months living in Spain where I learned a bit of Spanish. At the end of the day, I started this blog because I was passionate about travel. I love to travel, and if it wasn’t for that one over-riding factor there wouldn’t even be a Runaway Jane blog. I look forward to continuing my travels in the new year, and experiencing new and different landscapes, people, cultures, and all the other weird and wonderful things that come as part of travel too.

Whatever you did in 2011, I hope you can look back on the past year with happy memories. More importantly, I wish you a happy new year, and hope that 2012 brings good things to you and your loved ones too.

3 Responses to “What happened in 2011…”

  1. Rahul says:

    pretty happening year indeed….your even authored a book….Happy new year… Good luck

  2. Congrats, sounds like a wonderful year for you. I have several blogs, and some things closer to my heart even than traveling (although I do love travel as well). I would love to realize that sort of dream on either of those that are even dearer to me. 🙂 All the best in the coming year as well. 🙂


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