I am writing this blog post from Austria – Country number 21 since starting TREAD the Globe and our 4th Country on our around the world drive !!
We can’t believe that the trip has finally started and even though we have been on the road for less than a month, we have seen so much already. The next couple of years are really going to be amazing. We’re still in Europe so I don’t think the realisation that we are actually driving around the world has quite fully sunk in yet.
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
Up until now our finance posts have given you details of our preparation costs specific to this trip. Now we have started the next big adventure, we want to share all of our day to day expenses with you. We have included every cost so far to help you see what we’re spending our money on and of course how much income we are actually getting from Youtube, etc.
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 bring!!
So here is our first income / expenditure report from the road!
JANUARY 2020 - INCOME & EXPENDITURE
YouTube £189 (Last month £150)
Last month we had 62,000 views which was about 12% more that in November. This month we are delight to say that we have had 102,000 views. We have had an extra 1,600 of you subscribe to our channel and we are so excited to have you join us on this epic around the world adventure. So if you are one of them then WELCOME!
With the increase in both views and watch time, we saw our income also increase from £150 last month to £189 this month. We also received news from YouTube that we achieved 1,000,000 views since our channel started. Wow!! We are so happy and excited that you are all enjoying our content – every thumbs up, comment or message means so much to us so THANK YOU.
Tread Tribe £24.60 (Last month £13.87)
We launched the TREAD Tribe for those who really want to support our travels and at the time of writing this we have 14 Tribe members. This month the membership increased to £24.60
There are various levels and in return we offer some added perks for examples 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 £1,164)
Over the past couple of months we have had minor repairs to do which comes out of the income. A reality of renting your house, there are little bits that need fixing. However this month we are back to receiving the full rental.
Merchandise Sales £19.07 (Last month £212.29)
With Christmas last month and then the reality of January setting in, our T -shirt sales have been low this month. We sold just one shirt giving us an income of £19.07