This months finance blog is a little late – apologies. I am writing this from a car park in Istanbul – Turkey where we have been parked since the 11th March and self isolating in Trudy for 32 days. Who would ever have thought we would end up being stuck in Turkey. We expected breakdowns and other issues, but never for a moment did we expect a world wide pandemic to affect our travels. The good news is the parking area has ALL the facilities we need and the staff and locals here are amazing. We are blown away by the kindness and hospitality of the Turkish people. Of all the places we could have got stranded we are pleased we are in Turkey – Country #30 since starting TREAD the Globe and our 14th country on our around the world drive.
I know you’re wondering how does the current situation affect our trip – the true answer is, we haven’t got a clue. We are keeping busy and positive, just taking it one day at a time. We have worked out that If we can get into Russia by July, then we should be able to still make it across before the weather turns. If not, we will have no choice but to head back to the UK to reapply for our Russian Visa, reset and start again as soon as the world situation allows. We WILL make it around the world it just may take us longer than planned!
We hope you are all keeping safe during these difficult times and we send you all virtual hugs !
Since being in Istanbul we have had a very busy time and have ended up being interviewed by approximately 15 different TV stations, from the BBC, CNN, Show TV & Reuters news agency to name a few. This has kept us busy and it’s been a pleasure sharing some positivity during these times
We also want to say a huge THANK YOU to a company called RentnConnect. They provide mobile wifi hotspots worldwide and cover 130+ countries. When they heard of our situation being stranded they reached out to us and have sponsored us free unlimited internet for our stay in Turkey and beyond. Self isolating in a 6m van in a carpark is one thing but doing it without internet or the ability to keep in touch with you all is another and we are truly grateful to them for their support.
RentnConnect has offered TREAD the Globe followers a 30% discount if there are others out there who need to connect – their web site is www.rentnconnect.com and enter treadtheglobe in the voucher section.
What to expect from future posts
As we self isolate we are continuing to log our finances and will continue to share them with you. When we deicided to travel full time there were very few content creators who shared their finances and social media income openly and so we want to be open and honest about our financial journey, as we travel full time. Hopefully this will help those of you who want to do something similar one day,
We already planned to spend as little as we can, to ensure that we can afford the expensive shipping costs which we will have to face as we drive around the world. With the current situation it is even more important to underspend as we may need to start again and depending on time frames that may include expenses getting back to the UK, paying for some visas etc again. We also want to make sure we save enough for emergencies, as you never know what tomorrow brings!!
So here is the March income / expenditure report from the road!
MARCH 2020 - INCOME & EXPENDITURE
YouTube £129.50 (Last month £157)
This month we had 85,197 views compared to 77,667 last month. Our channel is growing and moving in the right direction. An additional 836 people subscribed to our channel which is great. So if you are one of them, then we offer you a warm welcome to TREAD the Globe.
Normally if you get more views then you generate more ad revenue, but we are not in normal times. Our income this month dropped despite the increase in views. This is due to the world situation and all content creators are seeing their income reduce as advertisers spend less due to the economic uncertainty. 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 £61.29 (Last month £55)
The TREAD Tribe is for those who truly love what we do and want to actually be part of it, having more direct contact with us. In fact as well as doing live video hangouts on our TREAD Tribe facebook group we are offering our Tribe members one to one video calls with us, to help us and you get through this self isolation. At the time of this post we have 21 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, 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 £46.39 (Last month £0)
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 sold £46.39 of T shirts – thank you to everyone who bought one.
If you would like to visit our online shop to check out our exclusive merchandise then please CLICK HERE.