As outdoor adventure bloggers living in Canada the harsh winters make it a lot harder to get outside and do what we love – exploring the mountains and taking photos. So last winter rather than hibernating, we decided to try a little something different. For the month of February, Louise and I enlisted as Mentors on two incredible 10-day social media & blogging retreats with the Institute of Code. This took place in the most ideal location we could possibly imagine: the digital nomad capital of South East Asia… Bali.
We were joined by other full-time travel influencers and bloggers, photographers and a whole panel full of social media experts and marketers living the digital nomad lifestyle.
The Institute of Code Social Media course is a 10 day all-inclusive getaway based in the beautiful city of Canggu in Bali, which promises to introduce the students in the wild and wonderful world of full-time digital nomads. It also promises to give the students a chance to safely experience the island of Bali, knowing that everything from the travelling to the food to the excursions, are organized.
For both retreats, we had over a dozen amazing students that were fun, eager to learn and looking to ultimately escape the 9 to 5. We spent hours developing skills with one-on-one breakout sessions, lectures and hands-on workshops, and most important of all, we had a chance to explore the amazing island and put those new skills into practise.
The learning curve to becoming a full-time travel blogger is steep. Courses like this weren’t really around when we started blogging full-time over 2 years ago. We learned everything the hard way and even though the answers seem so obvious looking back now, we really had no idea what we were doing. Watching our students develop during the course and save themselves the months of heartbreak, hard lessons and tears we went through to learn the important lessons was so gratifying… and actually, we learnt a ton as well from the other Mentors! I learnt more about sales funnels, e-courses, posing and videography in 10 days than I’ve learnt in months scouring the internet. I can definitely vouch for the quality of the instructors, even if there were certain days I was overcome with “Imposter Syndrome” myself – a common feeling for those who venture down the path of entrepreneurship (something we actually talk about during the course).
I don’t want to give too much else away, but if you’re interested in taking your social media, blogging, branding and marketing skills to the next level, I would highly recommend taking the leap and giving the IOC social media bootcamp a try! Check out www.Instituteofcode.com for more information.
Here’s a list of some of the amazing things you’ll have a chance to learn about the course:
2. Discovering your WHY
3. Pinterest & Facebook
4. Photography and posing
5. Instagram Growth Techniques
6. Developing a workflow and increasing productivity
7. Social Media Marketing
8. Creating a media kit
9. Working with brands and making money from social media
10. Editing techniques
11. Advanced growth techniques
12. Growing your blog and website traffic
The Institute of Code was formed based on the belief that your environment can unlock your potential and awaken your drive. And they’re right… there are few places I’ve worked that are more energized and conducive to learning, creating, and taking control of your life. Imagine editing your photos under the sun by the pool, sipping a cold drink, and calling it work – it’s experiences such as this that made us never want to go back to the 9 to 5 again. It’s honestly the perfect place to fast track your journey to being a self sufficient travel blogger/photographer. And one huge bonus: you get to experience what living in Bali as a digital nomad is like at the same time (you’ll be surrounded by them!).
The next Institute of Code Social Media bootcamp starts on November 17th, 2018 and runs for 10 days. If the travel blogger lifestyle is something that you’re interested in, feel free to send me an email with any questions you might have – Robin@elitejetsetter.com. Or slide into my DMs on Instagram: @robintuck1. Looking forward to hearing from you. Or even better, seeing you in Bali!
Photo by one of our amazing students who is absolutely killing it after our retreat in February 2018! jacobhestonphotography.com