Travel Niche Site 001: Let’s Get Started

If you want to make money and travel the world, you gotta put in the work.

Making those first dollars is always the hardest part, too. And when you’re looking at covering monthly expenses, the figures can seem big.

But it’s important to start small.

That’s what I did with This Is Trouble.

3 years ago it was just a little blip on the radar. A journal. But then I wrote a book. Then another. Then another. I put a few product recommendations into posts. Made a course. Made another.


So as I’ve begun to tackle a new niche site, with the hope of making $300-$500 a month (relatively) passively, I figured…why not share it with you guys.

Any and all of you are capable of doing this. It’s incredibly simple.



As I mentioned in this post, it’s a small travel based site.

Simply put, I’ve been living in one country for a good chunk of this year. I have a lot of photos, videos, and knowledge about the place. And actually, I’ve gotta give props to Robert from 30 Days to X for giving me the idea with this post.

I’m sure you can guess by now what this country is.

The point is, why not make a little bit of side money off of writing about my experiences here? It’s a fun and cool creative outlet. I’ve found that writing for various topics actually helps me to write more content here on Trouble.

In addition, the other bonus is that a niche site like this actually gives me content that directly helps you guys (like this post), and at the same time…

I get to make more money.


A mistake too many people make when they get into the blogging game (and here are 32 more mistakes) is keeping it more of a journal than a solution.

People want their problems solved, not to hear about your problems.

For example, many guys have problems with online dating. I’ve had them before, as well. Do you think people prefer to read about my problems, or to hear my problems and then my solutions on how I solved them?

Hint: All those solutions are in this book.

It’s an easy answer: People want solutions.

So first you gotta ask yourself–what the hell is the problem?



Well, if you hadn’t guessed it already, the country I’ve built this site around is Ukraine.

A far, far Eastern European country, with a history of corruption, beautiful women, and Soviet past.

Do you think information regarding this place is easy to find? Especially for Western people who can’t speak, understand, or read Russian?

It’s not at all.

Further compounding the problem is that most Ukrainian sites targeting Westerners are actually written by native Russian or Ukrainian speakers. Meaning the English is poor, and doesn’t give an accurate representation.

If I’m researching a country, I want to know about other Westerners experience because that’s likely to be an accurate representation of the problems I may face while in that country.

In fact, it’s incredibly difficult unless you know exactly where to look.


  • Is the food good?
  • Can you drink the water?
  • How is the level of English?
  • Will I get hustled down by a policeman in the street?
  • Is the “war” over? Is it safe?
  • Are the girls pretty? (Yes.)


The site is built on Thrive Themes.

As of now, there are 23 published posts. I’ve written three guest posts on other blogs, two of which are live. The link was given to my email list but has not been posted publicly anywhere else.

Here’s some stats since it went live:


No sales as of yet, but you can rest-assured you’ll know when they do.

As for the public reveal?

Probably next week 😉

Keep hustlin’,

Kyle Trouble

PS: If you’d like to start your own niche site, click here.

  • September 25, 2016
  • Yeah talking about problems is a flaw I’ve been working on. I know that ‘journal’ feel can work, but like you said there still has to be some sort of solution. Hell, the solution could even be entertainment if the problem is boredom (90% of YouTube), but it depends on who you’re trying to attract.

    Either way, I’m looking forward to your progress. Keep up the great work!

    • It’s something I did for…honestly, probably two years.

      Yes, entertainment is definitely a selling point. You’re right-on regarding that. But you have to have high quality stuff to be entertaining.

      Thanks! The niche site got it’s first comment tonight so that was rad.

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