Meet Annie and Will; a couple based in Sydney who is love’s young dream; travelling the world together and letting us lucky lot have a glimpse into their trips on their Instagram accounts (Annie’s) (Will’s) and blog, ‘Where To Fly Next’.
Annie and Will handpick the most beautiful and romantic spots and trips around the world that will leave you Googling plane tickets in a heartbeat.
I managed to grab a few minutes with Annie and talk about how to travel the world, because whether you’re alone or in a couple, there’s so much more to any country you visit and it can sometimes be difficult really seeing the best parts of your destination, without being dragged into the touristy spots that can feel a little overwhelming.
They’ll have you inspired to travel more, whether you want to visit exotic destinations like Bali, or explore attractions closer to home, like the Jacobite train.
- So, when did you first decide to start travelling full time?
Will and I actually both have full-time jobs and we travel in between. Since 2 years ago when we started photographing together, we’ve been reserving our travel dates to coincide with things like the Sydney Winter and public holidays.
I’m a bit more flexible with travelling because I’m a Digital Manager so my job is predominantly online and Instagram is also a part of what I do so our travelling still counts as “work” so I’m lucky in that sense. However, Will is the one that has to find a balance between work and travel and we’ve been able to manage it (so far).
- Can you tell me about your favourite trip so far and what made it so special?
My favourite trip would have to be in Laos. We spent a few days in Luang Prabang where we visited Kuang Si Falls with Will’s family. This is where Will proposed and it will forever have a special place in my heart!
- Have either of you been travelling before you started your blog, ‘Where to Fly Next?’
Both of us have travelled separately before starting our website together. I’ve mostly travelled with family and friends and Will has travelled with friends and has also taken a solo trip.
After starting our website we have travelled mostly together but we’ve shared a few trips with friends and family also. It’s always nice to share experiences with others too.
- You’re pretty keen photographers, what would you say are the most important things to remember when capturing a moment for your fans?
The most important thing for us is photographing at the right time of day. We like to photograph areas at sunset or sunrise because of the beautiful natural light that adds the magic touch to our pictures. The benefit of photographing at sunrise is that we’re also able to photograph spots that are usually filled with people at its most quiet time of the day.
- Your Instagram account has over 48k followers, what is the difference between the photo from your first trip and your most recent?
When we first travelled together, we were still trying to find our ideal aesthetic and there were a lot of inconsistencies with the images we were sharing online. Now we have a better understanding of the “look and feel” that we’re after so the Instagram content has a better flow and consistency.
- For anyone wanting to make money from travel blogging, what are your top 5 tips?
My top tip is to focus on high-quality content in everything that you do. This includes not just Instagram posts but also stories and videos because it all forms as part of your “brand”.
It is also important to be consistent with the quality of your content, the frequency of your uploads and how you interact with your followers.
Businesses and brands also have a higher affinity with Influencers that can share clear statistics of their followers. Turn your Personal Instagram to a Business Account and really delve into your Instagram Insights to understand your follower demographics, when they’re online and how to utilise that information for engagement.
- You’re living out in Sydney; do you think a good base is one of the keys to being a successful travel blogger?
Unfortunately, Sydney is a long way away from most of the destinations on our wishlist! Our flights are usually more than 20 hours and it takes a lot of energy and coffee for us to get through the initial jetlag. However, Sydney is where all of our friends and family are so we’ll always call it home.
- I ask everyone this, what were your lives like before your blog ‘Where to Fly Next’ and what do you love about it now?
Prior to our Travel Content, I was a Fashion & Lifestyle blogger and worked with fashion labels and luxury goods. At the time, this was where my interests were but over time that changed.
Will, on the other hand, has been working at his full-time job just as he is doing now, except he’s now my plus one on our travels (and the mastermind behind our photos!)
- I’m intrigued, how do you both afford your travels, they look amazing?!
I’ll be launching my IGTV on @anniesbucketlist soon about this topic so stay tuned!
- One of my favourite posts, ‘Iceland, Southern Region with Iceland Go Tours’ featured a video ‘exploring Iceland’, do you think video content is a key part of a successful blog?
Video content definitely adds another dimension to blog posts. They say a picture says a thousand words but videos say so much more! We hope that through our videos it really “transports” you there.
- Well, I have to ask you what’s next for you both?
As much as we love International trips, we have received a lot of questions about things to see and do in our home country of Australia. We’d love to work with more Australian companies to share some undiscovered areas and activities to our Australian supporters and those interested in discovering the land down under. In addition to this, sharing more video content and brushing up on video editing skills is definitely something I would like to add to my list.
Oh.. and the wedding planning of course!
LB: Thank you so much for letting me interview you, you’re an amazing duo, keep doing what you’re doing!