Ah, the honeymoon phase of a new relationship: spontaneous dates, late-night conversations... exploring Balinese waterfalls, piggy-back rides through the jungle, and breakfasts with giraffes on safari.
Okay, so some of those perks only come with a budding romance if you're Jack Morris, 26, and Lauren Bullen, 24, two travel bloggers who met in Fiji just over a year ago and have already traveled to more than 20 countries together. On top of that, they're earning six-figure salaries doing it.
Go ahead, send your significant other that passive-aggressive text message. We'll wait.
Morris, the face of the travel blog Do You Travel, recently hosted a Q&A where he gave his 2 million Instagram followers travel and money tips and answered their burning questions about his beautiful Australian girlfriend and how they turned everyone's dream life into a reality.
In the post, he reveals he didn't go to college, cleaned carpets for a living, lived out of a backpack for four years, and got a house with Bullen in Bali last October after meeting her in March. (So basically, yes, your mother's advice on everything might be wrong.)
“We met in March 2016 whilst on a job together in Fiji. We got on so well from day one and were inseperable throughout the whole trip,” Morris writes of Bullen, who goes by @gypsea_lust to her 1.2 million Instagram followers and also has a blog of her own. “On our last night in Fiji I asked her to come to Bali with me, she said yes and we've been together ever since!’
The pair has since traveled to more than 20 countries, and recently celebrated their one year anniversary with some PDA under a turquoise waterfall. (How else?) Right now, Morris and Bullen make up to $9,000 and $7,500 per sponsored Instagram post, respectively, according to Daily Mail Australia.
Want to become an Instagram star in your own right? Morris gives some tips: He uses Lightroom to edit his photos, not Instagram filters. “I also look at the grid and try to plan the next image to make sure it works well with the rest of my recent feed,” he wrote.
To avoid crowds, he said he shoots at popular spots around one hour after sunrise. He also said he takes all photos of Lauren, and she takes all photos of him. When they're pictured together, they usually use a tripod and timer.
Morris' feed is filled with jaw-dropping destinations, which he says he finds via “word of mouth, Instagram, and research on Pinterest.” The couple aims to travel to at least one new country every month (for pleasure; that's not counting work), which they select last-minute.
To learn more about his favorite (and least favorite) places, pros and cons of being an influencer, and the Instagram photo he loves most, check out Morris' post on Do You Travel.