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Turning A Vacation Into A Profit Machine

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Sherbert Hoover, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. Sherbert Hoover

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    I’m meticulous. When my wife and I decided to take a vacation to Iceland, I started planning immediately. Flights, rental cars, attractions, sights, restaurants, hotels, the whole nine yards. I piled an itinerary with the perfect mix of downtime for recovery and nonstop adventure.

    While planning, I noticed that a lot of the things I was following were itineraries and photo logs from travel bloggers who did okay SEO and whose sites were jumbled messes of colors and pop ups and buy-ins.

    The way I figure it, my knowledge of web design/SEO, my attention to detail when it comes to travel, and my love of photography were the perfect trifecta to build a beautiful one-off travel site for a vacation in Iceland.

    Iceland is a hot (not literally) tourist spot, especially for Americans (my target market). I know when I was buying up tours, experiences, hotels, etc, there were a few times I ended up going through an affiliate link on one of these articles from a travel blog. So here is my plan:

    Begin drafting up a minimalist one-page website (nobody likes clicking through to get to the next day and the next day, etc) with a run down of our trip and itinerary, unobtrusive slider galleries for each day underneath each day heading, and information. I’m not going to bog down the galleries with selfies, just images of the sights. I’m not going to bog down the day by day breakdown with personal anecdotes and stories, just information, tips, and tricks.

    So here is the plan:

    END GOAL:

    Have the website make back the costs of the trip and make the vacation profitable within 12 months of returning from the trip.


    MONETIZATION METHODS:
    • AdSense (one text banner ad in the header, one in the sidebar, nothing obtrusive)
    • Affiliate earnings (from hotels, attractions, and gear purchases in in-text links, again nothing obtrusive)
    • Potentially an email list

    TIMEFRAMES:

    Inception/domain purchase April 2 2017, Pre-planning April 2 2017 to April 28 2017, Vacation April 28 2017 to May 7 2017, Development and Design May 8 2017 to June 14 2017, Site launch June 15 2017.

    In the pre-planning phase, updates will come on Sunday evenings EST on April 9, April 16, April 23.


    CURRENT COSTS THUS FAR:

    Flights: $1,871.32, Car Rental: $1,230.58, Hotels: $990.63, Attractions: $188.19, Fees: $72.25

    After the remaining attractions, hotel payments, food, and miscellaneous charges, I anticipate the trip will end up costing around $6,000 to $7,000.


    ALREADY COMPLETED:

    TO DO THIS WEEK:
    • Finalize itinerary for trip
    • Contact hotels and such to ensure reservations are set
    • Look up some affiliate networks
    • Find fast-loading minimalist theme
    • Set up plugins and site privatization pre-launch
    • Begin drafting out content
     
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  2. Jayder

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    This is something new :) Good luck!
     
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    Looks interesting, going to follow this journey. Have a great trip and best of luck with the business.
     
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    I already fall in love with the domain name, good luck!
     
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    A friend of mine went to Iceland for studies and I told him to do exactly this. He didn't listen to me and last time we met he told me he regretted it deeply as others had made good $ from their trips.

    Good luck on this journey. will be following along.
     
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    Nice idea but one caveat that is glaring to me.

    Will this take away from your enjoyment and more importantly your wife's enjoyment of the vaca?
     
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    You sound like fun to go on holiday with.
     
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  8. Gereral_Zod

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    Wow, I'm inspired by this, I even tried to pitch this idea to my wife just now, but it didn't go down too well:

    Me: We're going to the Maldives for the week!

    Wife: That's incredible, you're the best husband ever!

    Me: However, you've been promoted from being my wife, to my PA for the week!

    Wife: Go f*** yourself!

    (I think she possibly would've preferred Thailand)...
     
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  9. Sherbert Hoover

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    Thanks! I'm hoping this works out well. If not, oh well we still got a vacation somewhere we probably wouldn't have gone later in life.

    Hopefully not. Since I've got the itinerary all set, all I will have to do after the trip is expand on it some based on our travels and add in some of the pictures we will take. My goal is to not even mention the site while we are traveling, and then hit it hard after we return.

    K. Different strokes.

    Already ran this past the wife and she was very cool with it. We both love photography, so that won't be a problem, and she in no way would be a personal assistant. No site work would take place until after the trip is complete.
     
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    Maybe not but you either must have one hell of a memory or you will be at least taking notes.

    How do you plan to remember fine details without it being too intrusive on your holiday? Video? Voice memos?

    Anyway I reckon you will be on to a sure fire winner with this, I think everyone on this site must have read a travel blog at some point with interest, I know I have.
     
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    I think this is highly respectful towards your wife in the first place. No work should be done during the vacation, and the attention should be forwarded to you spending time together. A combination of profiting out from spending time by taking photographs, exploring and meeting the beautiful Iceland is intelligent.

    I see an entrepreneur mindset over here fellas!
     
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    -1 for "another" travel book without any buisness idea behind them.

    at least try to provide some buisness orientation. like free ebooks, building a list. > paid eooks and stuff..
     
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    I prefer to enjoy my holiday rather than collecting affiliate links, thank god you are not going to Bangkok else who know, rates and number of pimp and whores were on your blog posts.
     
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    Would leave adsense out of it. You'll get enough through affiliates. Less ads are always better.
     
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    come on sherb mate, its a vacation make the wifey feel special ;) .. good luck anyways
     
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    Sure Sherbert, it's always great to hear married couples working with each other, rather than against each other. Some couples simply can't work together without constantly bickering about something or another. Good luck mate!
     
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  18. Sherbert Hoover

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    I'll probably jot down a few notes in the evenings at the hotel while the pictures from that day are transferring from the camera and uploading to the cloud. Nothing throughout the day, though. I have a pretty sharp memory.

    Thanks man!

    MONETIZATION METHODS:
    • AdSense (one text banner ad in the header, one in the sidebar, nothing obtrusive)
    • Affiliate earnings (from hotels, attractions, and gear purchases in in-text links, again nothing obtrusive)
    • Potentially an email list

    I get a sneaking suspicion that you only glanced at the content of the original post and didn't actually read it.

    Thanks for the advice! I'll test both options and see. I'm all about a clean minimal site, so I'm sure if the ads are too obtrusive for their return, I'll take them out.
     
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    You are going to need a vaca from your vaca when this is done, there is no stopping you is there?
     
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  20. pressrelease

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    Actually i read it thoroughly :):)

     
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