I am writing this blog post from North Macedonia, parked up by Lake Ohrid – Country # 27 since starting TREAD the Globe and our 11th Country on our around the world drive !!
Where does the time go! We’re already 2 months into our around the world drive and it only feels like yesterday since we left. We’ve been so busy driving, filming and making videos, that time really has flown by. Hard to think that we still have at least another 18 months on this trip!! We have driven across Bosnia, Albania and now North Macedonia, our first taste of driving through non EU countries. It suddenly makes it feel a bit more adventurous. Crossing so many borders this month adds quite a bit of expense, as for each border crossing we need to buy our green card insurance and buy a new SIM card. so we can keep online and posting updates for you all.
We’re loving the Polarsteps app. If you haven’t downloaded it already, then you really should. It’s a free app, that is tracking our exact movements, so you can see live where we are in the world. I know a lot of you have messaged to say that you’re enjoying following our route as we drive around the world.
What to expect from future posts
We want to be open and honest about our financial journey as we travel full time. We often get asked how do we afford? it or how much does it cost?. So what better way than tracking all our expenses and sharing them all with you. Even our income from YouTube which most other content creators keep as a guarded secret! As we hopefully grow, we want to share the financial journey with you, so then you get to come with us on this aspect of travel as well. We hope that you find it interesting and that if you are planning an adventure for yourselves, that it helps you plan it.
It’s very important for us to spend as little as we can at the moment, to ensure that we can afford the expensive shipping costs which we will have in the coming months. We also want to make sure we save enough for emergencies, as you never know what tomorrow brings!!
So here is the February income / expenditure report from the road!
FEBRUARY 2020 - INCOME & EXPENDITURE
YouTube £157 (Last month £189)
Last month we had 102,000 views which was much higher than usual mainly because the start of our adventure was on local TV and radio. Setting off to drive around the world got quite a lot of local attention. This month our channel still performed well with 77,667 views. We have had 408 new subscribers this month and if you’re one of them welcome! and if you haven’t subscribed yet … what are you waiting for? – We’re so excited to have you join us on this epic around the world adventure.
As expected, after the initial excitement of our trip our income from YouTube is down. We received £157 in advert revenue in February compared to £189 last month. For every one you who watched our video and let the ad run, without skipping it and left a thumbs up, or comment THANK YOU. Without you doing this, we wouldn’t get a penny!
Tread Tribe £55 (Last month £24.60)
We launched the TREAD Tribe for those who really want to support our travels and at the time of writing this we have 17 Tribe members. We had three new members join us this month and a few existing members increased their contributions. As a result, this month the membership increased to £55. We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all members of the TREAD Tribe – and you support and friendship is really appreciated.
There are various levels 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, 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 £1,356 - (Last month £1,356)
It this is your first time reading our finance blog post – this is what makes our travels sustainable. Our house in the UK is rented out longterm and this gives us a more reliable income compared to Youtube and other sources. This month, we are pleased to say that we received the full rental amount and there was no maintenance work needed.
Merchandise Sales £0 (Last month £19.07)
We sell a selection of TREAD the Globe T shirts on our web site. Each T Shirt sold funds us for approximately 40 miles of travel and helps us fund this expedition. We use a print to order service so we are still able to process orders from the road. This month we didn’t sell any T Shirts.
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