At 26, Stephanie Be isn’t your average travel blogger.
Yes, her blog TravelBreak has over 260,000 subscribers. Yes, she’s been to over 40 countries. And yes, her Facebook and Instagram pictures of splashy sunsets and majestic landscapes seem almost too good to be true.
But with business savvy as her driving force, Be defines her career path as an “entrepretraveler.”
Having grown up immersed in Latino culture as the child of Mexican immigrants, Be wanted to see more of the world after graduating from UCLA.
'In Latino culture we're really encouraged to put others first and to serve each other. I love doing that, and I still do... but I also needed some time to be myself and do what I wanted to do and learn about people different than myself.'
She decided to take a gap year in Sydney, Australia, figuring that she would come back and find a corporate job eventually.
She worked as a bartender in Sydney, but longed for control over her schedule. That's when she started freelancing.
Simply put, an entrepretraveler is anyone who starts a business and travels. But Be feels that there's a deeper mission to it.
'The entrepretraveler idea is this idea of, 'I will solve a problem and I will be willing to take the risks and the sacrifices and the sweat equity that go into being an entrepreneur, and one of the reasons that I'm doing that is so I can travel,'' she explained.
'I can be behind the camera or in front of the camera,' she said. 'I can be writing something technical or creative. I can build a website. I was a speaker last week and in a commercial this week. Next week I'm consulting a travel company, helping them rebuild their site so that they can really get their message out there.'
'Blogging focuses so greatly on the travel experience,' she said. 'It doesn't focus on the business side of what we do...when people think of 'blogger' right now, they don't think of 'small business owner.''
Her adventures are grounded in a strong business sense. She encourages creators to know their worth and earn it through monetisation.
'I find that a lot of bloggers in particular, or Instagram influencers, or writers, don't really understand their value,' she said. 'I think that we get so used to how easily accessible everything is.'
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