Well amazingly the month of May was spent in the same car park in Istanbul as April’s post. In fact of of the end of May we have spent a total of 75 days parked in the same car park. It’s amazing how familiar it all feels. It will, no doubt feel very strange when we do eventually leave. All of the restrictions and self isolation has been a challenge for everyone. It is definitely going to be an interesting chapter of our journey and one we will all talk about for many years to come.
In May the borders heading east to Georgia are still closed and so carrying on with our adventure at this point is no possible. Even heading back into the EU is not an option as the borders are still closed. The three main factors affecting our onward journey are
Who know what the future holds we just have to ride the wave and take it as it comes.
2, Travel Insurance
We have travel insurance until end of December 2020 and we are covered for everything other than Covid. Unfortunately world pandemics are not covered by insurance companies. So we want to be in a country with both good medical and one that if we had a life threatening Covid situation, we could be able to get treatment – Lucky for us Turkey has both. The other concern is that at the moment insurance companies are not renewing or issuing new policies, and what would be do it we drove to the end of Russia and couldn’t renew our medical insurance? It wouldn’t be sensible heading to the the USA without insurance – especially during a world pandemic.
3. Visa’s and weather
We all know that Russia has very cold winters. It would be very irresponsible for us to end up getting stuck in sub zero temperatures in the far reaches of Russia. We estimated that if we didn’t enter Russia by July then it would be too late for us to attempt the journey this year.
We did a live chat on our Youtube channel and gave all of you, the opportunity to decide on what we should do. The decision was made to try and get some form of extended visa so we can wait it out in Turkey. Watch this space.
We are VERY grateful to ‘RentnConnect’ for providing us with free and unlimited internet. Self isolation would be a very different experience, without being able to keep ourselves busy online, posting videos and interacting online with family, friends and followers. So again, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to ‘RentnConnect’.
What to expect from future posts
We will continue to share with you our our monthly costs, as we self isolate or continue to travel. When we decided to travel full time, there were very few content creators who shared their finances and social media income openly, 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 the May income / expenditure report from the road!
May 2020 - INCOME & EXPENDITURE
YouTube £184.27 (Last month £122)
We have had another good month on our channel. Views of 150,000 seen last month are hard to achieve again. They were so high due to the large number of TV interviews that we did. This month we had 135,900 which we are very pleased with. It has been quite a challenge to make creative and interesting content when we are still in the same carpark!.
Interestingly despite having less views, which means that there have been less adverts watched the income has actually increased. The money earned for the adverts is very unpredictable and is not fixed in anyway. It depends on which country watches and how much the advertisers with Youtube agree to pay. During the pandemic the income has gone down for everyone, and it is promising to see it starting to recover slightly. This should continue to improve over the coming months.
We had another 1,200 new subscribers to our channel in May. 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 advert), then THANK YOU!, because without you watching the adverts, our revenue would be zero.
Tread Tribe £94.94 (Last month £81.70)
If you are one of the new TREAD tribe members that joined in May – then welcome to the Tribe and thank you for supporting our travels and creating 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 ever 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, and that’s whilst we are not travelling and exploring. Once we hit the road we will have even less time. Being part of the TREAD Tribe we give you priority – you basically have more access to us. Well 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 30 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 £1,356 - (Last month £1,356)
When we decided to sell everything and travel full time we wanted to make it sustainable and so decided to rent our our now house. This gives us a steady income and is more reliable than Youtube advert revenue. This month we got the full rent, however our current tenants are leaving after 2 years – it will be sad to see them go, as they have been awesome and actually become friends! The agent is busy looking for new tenants for us. They have said the rental market is good at the moment. Our house is in the countryside and following the pandemic there are more people wanting to leave the cities.
Merchandise Sales £1,331.91 (Last month £177.54)
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.
We have been keeping ourselves busy in the carpark by expanding our range of shirts and they have been very well received. We sold a whopping £1,331 this month, compared to £177 last month due to the release of the new designs.
(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,