They say that you should do what you love, but how could we ever afford all those plane tickets and vacations? There could be an answer. Perhaps it’s time to learn how to become a travel blogger and get paid to travel?
There was once a time when running a travel blog was different enough, but with more and more creeping onto the market every day, it’s important to find a way to stand out from the crowd. This could be anything from family travel to city breaks and anything in between.
Do Your Research
While blogging might seem like writing a few posts, there is a lot of work and effort that goes into making each upload the best it can be. Plus, making a living from your blog means you need to view it as a business and not a website.
Invest Some Money
It might seem counterproductive to spend money, but sometimes we all need to splash a little cash if we want to make some in the long run. It could be investing in a writing course, paying for a unique design for your blog, or learning how to stand out on the internet.
Know Your Audience
Who do you want to read your blog? If it’s aimed at families with young children, then make sure to include several family-friendly activities. If your blog is for a mature audience, then you might want to adjust your writing to suit their standards.
Running your blog is one thing, but have you thought about the social media that goes with your new business venture? While this can be the perfect place to reach many more people and share your recent posts, social media can also help to collect all those memories of yours along the way.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that your blog will make you money right away. However, it could begin to rake in the big bucks if you give it a chance. Sometimes, persistence can be key. Frequent uploads teamed with plenty of interaction with your fans should hopefully see more and more people flooding to your blog.
It turns out that we might be one step closer to having everything after all. Whoever would have thought we could get paid to travel and blog about all our adventures?
30+ Celebrities That Have Really Massive Homes
Have you ever wondered what celebrity homes look like? Here’s your chance to take a sneak peek at some of the largest mansions in Hollywood and surrounding areas. So, grab your popcorn and preferably healthy snacks, and enjoy!
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
The recently divorced couple, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are both known to be totally extra, so it’s no surprise that they spent $20 million on this stunning mansion in Hidden Hills, California. As if the place wasn’t big enough already, they also purchased the neighboring house, making it 4.5 acres big!
This eccentric Beverly Hills mansion once belonged to Gwen Stefani and her now ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. The 7-bedroom mansion was put on the market after their split in 2015. Selling the mansion was a pain, but they managed to sell it for $21.65 million in 2019.
It’s easy to see why it was stuck on the market for such a long time. The kitchen looks like something that came out of a Tim Burton movie. What’s with the zebra stripes? As eclectic as the style is, it’s definitely an acquired taste.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello have been together since 2014. Their combined net worth of about $200 million allowed them to purchase Barry Bonds’ old house.
Located in Beverly Hills, California, baseball legend Barry Bonds’ former house was priced at $26 million. The Mediterranean vibe of the mansion, combined with its limestone columns, travertine floors, murals, 30-foot ceilings, and crystal chandeliers make the property look like a dream.
The King of Queens’ pristine estate is located in Delray Beach, Florida. The 18,906-square-foot home is priced at $14 million. It has a summer kitchen, an elevator, and even a wine cellar located in the three-story main house.
Meaning there’s also a guest house which sounds pretty lovely. The house follows a minimalistic style, which to some can come across a bit on the bland side. But on the plus side, it also has direct access to the beach.
Former owners of this lovely home, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, sold their estate to Dr. Dre for 40$ million in 2013. Since Dr. Dre has little to no media presence, there are few pictures of the interior.
However, after purchasing this beauty in Brentwood, California, Dr. Dre went to work on making a huge underground 10,000-square-foot music studio. This would bring the total square footage of the home to over 28,000. As if the house wasn’t already big enough.
It seems like Taylor Swift is something of a house collector. The singer has as many as eight homes, including a number of luxurious New York City penthouses, three houses in sunny Los Angeles, an estate and a condo located in Tennessee, and this beautiful beach house in Rhode Island.
Coincidentally, this beach house just happens to be the place where Taylor also hosts all her Fourth of July parties. We’re still patiently waiting for our invite!
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey can pretty much afford to buy whatever she wants with her estimated net worth of $2.7 billion. In 2001, Oprah purchased this 42 acres of property in Montecito, California.
She then built a 23,000-square-foot mansion with a massive fountain, 10 fireplaces, a huge motor court, a movie theatre, a library, and even a wine cellar. The house is breathtaking, that’s for sure. Oprah even has her own garden where she harvests vegetables!
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
This 25,000-square-foot compound, situated in Calabasas, California is priced at $42 million. It was specifically built for Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. As far as pictures go, the house has been photographed only once in 2011, and that was for Architectural Digest.
Another interesting fact about the estate is that every single thing is handmade. The house was created with a certain concept in mind, so there are no hard edges anywhere.
Beyoncé and Jay Z
Beyoncé and Jay-Z became the lucky owners of this massive mansion in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for the price of $88 million. Their combined net worth is $1.9 billion, meaning the price equals less than a fraction of their net worth.
The house is constructed with six structures with windows made out of bulletproof glass. It also has three pools, and a steel and limestone garage with enough room for 15 cars. Must be nice.
This property in Windermere, Florida has been Shaq’s home since his rookie years in the NBA. The entire house has been redesigned into Shaq’s very own slice of heaven, featuring the Shaq Center basketball court and two custom-made aquariums.
Surprisingly, Shaq’s been trying to sell it for a while, but he just can’t seem to find a buyer. Now that’s not much of a surprise, considering there are Superman logos everywhere.
Known as the second-largest city in Ventura County, Thousand Oaks is also the seventh-richest city in the United States. It’s also home to celebrities like Britney Spears. In 2016, the singer decided to sell her stunning mansion and listed it for $7.9 million.
But before she made the decision to move on, Britney thoroughly enjoyed the comfort of the mansion’s five bedrooms, game room, movie theater, infinity pool, and her chandeliered dressing room.
Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt used this luxurious $55 million mansion in Long Island as their vacation home before the split. The extravagant waterfront mansion has a whopping 25 bedrooms in the main house, meaning there’s also a guest house.
Not one, but two. The house also has a log cabin and a beach cabana. So, naturally, there’s a private beach, and a pier large enough for a yacht or two.
Back when Jennifer Lopez was still married to Marc Anthony, she purchased this Hidden Hills mansion. Aside from having nine bedrooms, the house also has some fun extras, such as a card game area, a professional bar, a large dance studio, a library, a recording studio, and even a 20-seat theater.
Sounds dreamy, right? But it obviously wasn’t dreamy enough – J.Lo listed it for $12.5 million in 2017. Now, she’s on to even bigger and better things!
Former owner of this gorgeous property, Mike Tyson, sold it to none other 50 Cent. The rapper reportedly cashed out between $4.1-4.5 million for this 51,000-square-foot estate situated in white-collar Farmington, Connecticut in 2004. Another $6-$10 million was spent on both renovations and additions.
The house features 52 rooms, including an indoor pool, game room, movie theater, gym, nightclub, and recording studio, making it stick out like a sore thumb in old money New England. In fact, in 2019 the rapper made a loss by selling the property for $2.9 million.
One of our favorite twins, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Olivier Sarkozy, her fiancé, are currently going through nasty divorce. But, before we harp on their split, let’s admire their beautiful $13.5 million townhouse in New York City. The home pretty much puts every other New York apartment to shame.
It’s very spacy and open, but then again of course it would be with 22-foot ceilings. Olsen’s place also features seven fireplaces, an artist’s studio, an elevator, and, wait for it ― a ballroom.
This beauty is located in the very same exclusive gated community of Beverly Hills where celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Riche, and Cameron Diaz live.
Adele joined this exclusive Beverly Hills community in 2016 when she purchased the estate for the price of $9.5 million. The mansion includes four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a treehouse, and even an outdoor train set. And of course, it has a pool.
Gigi and Bella Hadid
The supermodel sister duo’s childhood home just so happens to be a breathtaking mansion located in Malibu. In 2015, their mother, Yolanda Hadid, sold it for $19.45 million. The mansion has nine bathrooms and six bedrooms.
It also extends over 3 floors, one of which is a subterranean level with a screening room, a game room with a wet bar, a recording studio, a massage room, and a sauna. Basically, a hotel in the shape of a home.
Since we already mentioned the Hadids, Bella and Gigi’s father, Mohamed Hadid, is actually a real estate tycoon. It’s only natural that he lives in one of the most luxurious estates, just check out his $85 million mansion in Bel Air.
The home has 10 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, an elevator, a formal outdoor bath, and a Turkish hammam, which is something similar to a communal bath area. There’s also a swan pond and eight rose gardens. Mohamed lives large, for sure.
Season one American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson also scored big on this $8.75 million house in Henderson, Tennessee. The lakefront home has its very own volleyball court, a personal deep water dock, and even a cowboy bar, horse saddle barstools, and more.
Clarkson and her husband sold the estate in 2017. Is it kind of silly to hope that whoever bought it at least kept the cowboy bar intact? We’re just so curious.
This stunning Hollywood Hills home was bought by none other than the Queen of Barbados, Rihanna. RiRi splurged $6.8 million on the home, and it’s more than worth it. It has eight-and-a-half bathrooms and six bedrooms. And here’s the good news…
Right now, the celebrity is looking to rent the place to somebody very lucky. That is of course, provided that the lucky someone just happens to be willing to pay $35,000 each month.
The star of High School Musical, Vanessa Hudgens, purchased this Studio City mansion in California about 11 years ago. Recently, she listed it for $3.15 million. The house is inspired by a Mediterranean style, and it consists of six bedrooms and a home theater.
Another addition to Hudgens’ house is a panic room. While it might be odd, it seems to be sort of a rich-person amenity that’s getting quite popular. Each to their own, we guess!
Just by looking at it, we can tell that Selena Gomez’s mansion in Fort Worth is lovely. But that’s not the only reason why we like it so much. The mansion also has a saltwater pool, with a built-in waterslide. Talk about a fun house!
How cool is that? To top things off, the house also includes five bedrooms, a golfing green, a movie theater, and there’s even a tennis court. This all makes us wonder why Selena put it up for sale in 2018.
This beauty is situated on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, the most populous city in the sunny state of Arizona. In 2016, it was put on the market by Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz for $3.85 million.
Apparently, the house is so dreamy that the couple themselves dubbed it ‘Dreamland.’ Well, obviously it’s not dreamy enough since they decided not to hang onto it. But let’s be real, it is quite impressive.
This West Hollywood mansion was previously owned by the celebrity power couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. So, it was only a matter of time before somebody else snatched it up. Kendall Jenner purchased the said estate for the price of $6.5 million in 2016.
The house really is quite lovely, featuring five bathrooms and six bedrooms. It even has a pool, so it’s safe to say it’s pretty much Hollywood-approved. Don’t you agree?
Kendall Jenner’s sister, Kylie Jenner, bought this $36 million dollar “resort compound” in April of 2020 in Holmby Hills. The 15,350-square-foot property is reportedly the largest one in her real estate portfolio.
Kylie reportedly spent her lockdown here with her daughter Stormi and baby daddy Travis Scott. This mega-mansion seems like the perfect fit for a 22-year-old billionaire. Don’t you think?
Rob Lowe probably isn’t the first person that comes to mind when we think of celebrities who own and purchase extravagant properties. But when you think about it, Lowe’s shows have been on air every year since 1999.
Anyways, Rob and his wife Sheryl purchased this 10,000-plus-square-foot beauty in 2005 for $7.5 million. Rob raised his kids here in Montecito, California, but once they got older, he sold the house for $45.5 million in 2020. Talk about a profit!
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin
Recently married couple Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin packed their bags and moved into this sweet $9 million Beverly Hills mansion. They made the mansion homey by tweaking a few things to their liking, such as adding in an arcade game room.
There’s also a whole bunch of skateboards and lots of strange artwork hanging on the walls, as well as a huge photograph of Hailey and Biebs making out. If the house is a representation of their beloved personalities, it’s bound to be stunning!
Usher’s villa in Sunset Strip, California is all kinds of bold. When we say bold, we mean bold. It’s full of dark rich tones, with pops of color to keep things fresh and break up the monotony.
The villa also sits on a private road near Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. The R&B singer and his wife sold the villa in 2018. The asking price for their humble abode was $4.2 million.
The Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles holds the reputation of being one of the most expensive areas and it’s mostly known for being home to lots of Hollywood celebrities throughout history. It also happens to be where Jennifer Garner’s $13.86 million mansion is.
The traditional mansion consists of six bedrooms, and it has three floors. There’s also a movie theater, a game room, a climate-controlled wine cellar, and even a special room designated for wine tasting. Jen must love her vino!
When it comes to buying houses, one of the most common concerns for celebrities is privacy. This is why Emma Stone’s home is so great. The mansion sits on a little-known lane behind a high wall. This makes it practically invisible for peeping toms and paparazzi.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to make the actress stay, as she listed the mansion for $3.899 million. Quite a shame since the house really is neat.
Ellen DeGeneres is making a lot of changes this year. She’s finishing up with her show and she and Portia DeRossi recently listed their mansion in Beverly Hills for $33.7 million. That’s certainly a lot. Some of us may be wondering what could be worth all that money.
Well, the home features five bedrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also a personal library, a game room, a bar, a home gym, and even a music room.
Lil Wayne’s mansion in Miami Beach is another well-deserved addition to the list of celebrity mansions with oddball features. Said features include a recording studio, a custom-built skate park on the roof, and an indoor shark pool.
Yes, a shark pool. Whether or not Lil Wayne actually had any sharks in his home remains a mystery. What we do know is that he sold the property for $10 million in 2017.
In case you couldn’t tell, Drake is a bit obsessed with huge residential pools. In fact, he bought this place specifically because of this insane residential pool situation. This $7.7 million Hidden Hills mansion was also dubbed the YOLO Estate.
There are even signs saying Yolo Estate all around the property. Unfortunately, the rapper had to stop putting them up since they kept on being stolen. You only live once, right?