Wow – where does the time go. We apologise for the delay in getting August’s blog post out, it has been a very busy time. You will have seen that our plans were suddenly changed in August when we realised that our UK driving license is only valid for 6 months and so we had to leave Turkey to get a new entry stamp in our passports. What made it worse was Trudy had some technical issues and we broke down on the way! After a very long drive (around 16 hrs) to Bulgaria, we re-entered Turkey and then drove all the way to Rize on the Georgian border, which is where we planned to be before the sudden change in plan.
It’s been another great month, with our channel continuing to grow and it is so nice to see that you are enjoying our videos. For those of you who have ever posted youtube videos, you will appreciated that producing 2 videos a week, filming, editing and travelling is really a tough challenge – especially with extra time on the road. Thank you to all of you for your continued support.
Our house was in between rentals, so we didn’t receive any rental income this month. It was perfect timing that our other sources of income – such as youtube increased. We also received some sponsorship income but more on that a little later.
We are VERY grateful to ‘RentnConnect’ for continuing to providing us with free and unlimited internet. Your support has kept us online and sharing our adventures.
What to expect from future posts
A number of you emailed to ask if we are still producing these blog posts and in short YES we are. They may sometimes be a bit late, but we will continue to produce them. When we started planning our lifestyle change, we couldn’t find this sort of blog or information out there, so we thought we would share it to help anyone else who wants to do something similar. It is also another way for you to experience this adventure with us. Hopefully you will see our channel and income grow slowly as our channel grows and that will enable us to travel more and go to some more unusual and hard to go places !
There really aren’t many travel vloggers that will share this kind of information with you.
So here is Augusts income / expenditure report from the road!
August 2020 - INCOME & EXPENDITURE
YouTube £618.40(Last month £769.15)
July was a particularly good month as we had some videos that did unusually well and we were chosen by YouTube as one of their creators on the rise. August saw a slight decrease in income, but still we are very happy with our channels performance. It’s our second best month since we started.
423k views and an additional 3,100 subscribers to the channel so if you are one of them – Welcome! Income of £618 was very welcomed without any house rental this month. Thank you to all of you, for supporting us and watching the videos (and adverts) without you all the views would be zero !
This graph shows the growth over the past 1 year
Tread Tribe £156.95 (Last month £144)
It is so great to see each month we get a couple more members of the TREAD Tribe. If you are one of them, then Welcome to the Tribe and a huge THANK YOU to all Tribe members. Your support is appreciated more than you know ! You are helping keep us on the road, and in turn allowing us to keep making you content.
If you haven’t heard of the Tread Tribe, it’s our private members Patreon page, where you can support us to continue making content and be part of a really nice group. We started the TREAD Tribe to create a platform for like minded people. It’s a place for those who truly love what we do, and want to actually be part of it. We always try to respond to every public comment, message and email that we receive, after all we love talking to everyone. But in reality, as our channel grows it is getting increasingly hard to keep this up.
Being part of the TREAD Tribe we give you priority – you basically have more access to us. We do live video hangouts on our TREAD Tribe facebook group. Our TREAD Tribe private facebook group is also a great platform for people to chat together, and we are so happy that we created such a great group of lovely people.
At the time of this post we have 51 members and if you are one of them we want to say a HUGE THANK YOU, your support and friendship is really appreciated.
There are various levels of membership and in return we offer some added perks for example, access to the TREAD Tribe’s facebook group where we do live chats, and personal TREAD postcards from us on our travel. Membership starts from $1 (£0.76) per month.
For those of you who joined us for the live hangout on our Tribe Facebook group ($5 members and above), we really loved chatting to you and answering all of your questions – we’ll do another one soon.
If you would like to know more about the Tread Tribe please
House Rental £o - (Last month £1,281)
This is our main source of income but the reality of renting out your house is that there will be periods of time, when the house is not rented. We are going through one of those periods at the moment.
Merchandise Sales £229.40 (Last month £231.75)
We started selling merchandise following requests and as a way to generate some additional funds. Each T-Shirt sold funds us for approximately 40 miles of travel and helps us fund this expedition.
This month we have sold £229.40 in sales (note this is the sales and not the profit – we have to pay for the shirts – you can see details in the expenses below).
We use a print to order service, so we are still able to process orders from the road and we post WORLDWIDE !
THANK YOU to everyone who has bought one, and shared their photos on social media.
If you would like to visit our online shop to check out our exclusive merchandise then please CLICK HERE,