Traveling Nine to Fiver with Blogger Megan MacNee
On Traveling Nine to Fiver, blogger Megan MacNee inspires other young professionals to explore the world.
Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where are you from? Where do you currently live?
Most of the time you’ll find me exploring Northern California. I am based out of Sacramento and spend as much time as I can exploring the region and anywhere I can get to. My day job is working for a state trade association in politics and communications.
What first inspired you to start your blog? Since then, which destinations have you covered?
I’ve worked in the political world for about 10 years, and while I’ve enjoyed it, I missed the exploration and writing I got to do in college. I figured, why not do both? Having a travel blog was a way to hold myself accountable on both fronts, all while encouraging others to do the same.
In the past year, Traveling Nine to Fiver has covered destinations throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, Texas and Puerto Rico.
What is the main purpose of your blog? Is there a message that you’re trying to convey to your readers?
Traveling Nine to Fiver exists to be a go-to resource for traveling young professionals and to encourage them to live a life of travel and exploration. If there is one thing I hope to do with my writing, it is to encourage others to use those vacation days, take long weekends, jump on the flight around the world, and stop allowing all of the excuses we come up with to stop you from following your dream.
What gets you into the writing mode?
What most gets me in the mode to write is wanting to share an amazing experience or even a trick I’ve learned. I’m an extrovert who wants to help others, and I do that by trying to share what I love.
In reality, what gets me writing is having a routine. I’m up at six every morning trying to get a couple of hours in before work. I make myself write for the first hour of that whether I feel like it or not. Writing every day has made it significantly easier.
What are some exciting partnerships, connections, or opportunities that have come out of your blog?
There’ve been some great tours I’ve taken as a media contact such as sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge with the Freda B and the Savor Seattle Tour of Pike Place Market.
I recently planned a self-made media trip to Seattle and worked with the tourism board and other tours. While it wasn’t a “free” trip, I got good deals as well as behind-the-scenes access to a variety of things over the weekend.
Is your blog a business? If so, what are some of the ways that you monetize it?
I spent the first 10 months of my blog writing, building a follow and researching for more content. The past month I’ve started working on monetizing. I’m building up affiliate links for things I’m passionate about whether it was a tour I went on, a hotel I loved or a blogging group I belong to. I’ve recently been approached by companies to pay me to republish my content elsewhere. All showing that the writing and promoting for the first 10 months has been worth it. Next steps are getting paid writing assignments on my blog as sponsored posts or for other publications.
What advice would you give to other women who are interested in launching a travel blog?
It is more work than you think it is, especially if you realize you love it. But that is okay since you’re doing something you love. Join a group of like-minded people who can help you grow and where you can ask the stupid questions since you will come across a lot of them. Focus on the writing and building a following (I love Pinterest) since before you can do anything else you have to build up a solid base in both.