Wow – what a month June was, we finally got the news that we were able to leave the carpark in Istanbul after a whopping 95 days. Funny as we had only originally planned to spend 3 days in Istanbul. In fact as we are driving around the world, we only planned around 3 weeks to cross the North of Turkey, before entering Georgia.
Ironically getting ‘stuck’ in a carpark in Istanbul helped us get exposure for our adventures. We had numerous TV and radio interviews, actually at the last count we had around 20+. The prospect of driving around the world didn’t get this much attention when we left, but spending 95 days in a 6m van caught everyones attention. I think it was the fact that we remained happy and positive throughout the experience. Why wouldn’t we? After all we were in our home, in a secure safe environment with everything we needed and surrounded by some of the kindest people we have ever met.
We used the time in the carpark wisely, sharing our experiences on our Youtube Channel and social media. We watched lots of Youtube tutorials to improve our filming and editing skills, and we hope that you can all notice the improvements in the latest videos. This experience has helped us grow our channel.
As we said in last months blog, there are numerous reasons why we are currently unable to continue driving east on our around the world drive. The result is that our trip is on temporary pause. We want to reiterate that we are still driving around the world and have no intention of heading back into the EU or cancelling our trip, it just may take longer than originally planned. So the plan is that we are going to hopefully stay exploring Turkey until next spring, and when the weather starts to warm after the winter, we can head into Georgia and beyond.
We are VERY grateful to ‘RentnConnect’ for providing us with free and unlimited internet. Your support has kept us online and sharing our adventures.
What to expect from future posts
We will continue to share with you our our monthly costs as we travel. When we decided to travel full time, there were very few content creators who shared their finances and social media income openly. In fact if you look, most keep it a well guarded secret, so we wanted to be open and honest about our financial journey as we travel full time. You will get to come on all aspects of our adventures with us, and we hope that if you want to do something similar, or just understand the costs of certain aspects of our travels, that these posts help with that. Hopefully you get to see how our incomes grow, as we increase our online presence and we will share that journey and our decisions with you along the way. There really aren’t many travel vloggers that will share this kind of information with you.
So here is June’s income / expenditure report from the road!
June 2020 - INCOME & EXPENDITURE
YouTube £318.72 (Last month £184.27)
We have had a great month on Youtube and this is one of the best months we have had. Views on the channel have grown to a whopping 191,000. We started travelling again this month and I think we are one of the few travel bloggers who are actually still travelling in foreign lands. Many travel creators either chose to or were forced to return to their home countries.
We then increased our views, we have seen an increase in ad revenue. We earned £318 compared to £184 last month which us one of our highest months ever!
We had another 1,600 new subscribers to our channel in June. So welcome if you are one of them, and to everyone else who has taken the time to watch one of our videos (and the adverts), then THANK YOU!, because without you watching the adverts, our revenue would be zero.
Tread Tribe £118 (Last month £94.94)
We had a few new TREAD Tribe members join us in June. 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 comment, message and email that we receive, after all we love talking to everyone. But in reality, as our channel grows we know that it will be hard to keep this up. We are only just keeping up with them now.
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 37 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 £1,281 - (Last month £1,356)
As you probably know we rent our house out to help fund our adventures. We wanted to make our travels fully sustainable and the only way to do that was to rent out our house. This way we get a steady income as we concentrate on growing our other lines of income. This month is slightly lower than last month as we had some minor repairs to carry out.
As we mentioned in last months post, our long term tenants are leaving and so from next month we will temporarily loose this stream of income. We will also have to spend out to get the house back up to renting standard. The routine repainting and doing up the garden. This is normally something we would do ourselves, but as we are unable to return on this trip then one of our sons and his partner are coming to the rescue. So we want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to them in advance for their offer of help – you rock !!
Merchandise Sales £183.27 (Last month £1,331.91)
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.
Last month we had the highest T shirt sales we have ever had. A whopping £1,331. These sales were a one off as we created new designs. This month’s sales of £183 are back to normal levels.
(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 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,