Stephen Andrew Stepaniuk Adrian Rubin September 21, 2018 Start Ups 211 3 minute readStephen Andrew Stepaniuk is a Boston-based travel blogger. In the course of his travels, he writes about food, culture, architecture, and exciting activities that travelers can enjoy. He is also an experienced photographer who has received acclaim for his work. He speaks many languages and finds it easy to converse with the people he meets in his travels. He is learning Esperanto and plans to learn some elementary Mandarin in the future. Stepaniuk was born and raised in Connecticut. He was a foreign exchange student in Germany in high school, fostering his interest in travel and languages. After returning from Germany, he moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University, where he majored in English. After graduation, he was recruited by a leading consulting firm. He spent several years working in consulting but found the job confining. During his time with the consulting firm, he started his travel blog. Originally intended for friends and family, the blog quickly gained a following. It became so successful that Stepaniuk was able to quit his day job and blog full-time. Stephen Andrew Stepaniuk travels light and often avoids the large chain hotels in favor of hostels and short-term rentals. He believes that a true traveler spends time mixing with the people of the city. He does visit the popular sights in each city, but he also takes the time to wander and discover new things. Through his blog, he has introduced many people to the wonders of the world. He will continue to be an important voice among travel bloggers. How did you get involved in the blogging and travel industry? I started my blog as a way to keep my friends and family updated on my travels. I noticed that I was getting a lot of views as time went by, so I worked on transforming it into a paying business. It took a while for my blog to become profitable, but eventually, I was able to quit my consulting job and start traveling full-time. Did you ever doubt your business idea? I had doubts all the time when I started out. My friends thought I was crazy to give up a well-paying job. I listened to their opinions, but I forged on with my plans. My first few years were tight but I had saved a nest egg so I could continue to travel. I became more financially secure when I began to receive sponsorships for my blog. Did you have a mentor? I didn’t, but I would have loved to have one. I had to learn the blogging business from the ground up. It’s more involved than it looks like: you have to manage not only the posts and images but also the advertising and the search engine optimization. I would have valued the advice of a mentor when I was starting out. Do you have any regrets about your career choices? I’m doing exactly what I wanted to do. It’s a good feeling to know that I can make a living as a travel blogger. Sometimes I miss my friends from my consulting job, but most of them are supportive of my new career. I have no regrets about taking the blog full-time. Which business leaders do you admire most? I have been a loyal reader of One Mile at a Time for a few years. The blog is a great example to look up to. I get a lot of good ideas for my own business from this blog. As far as other business leaders go, I admire Steve Jobs. His vision and innovation truly changed the world. What does the future hold for your company? I hope to continue with my blog and to keep exploring the best places in the world. I am going to China, Japan, Dubai, and India next year, and I am excited to add Asia to my portfolio. For the business, I am starting a new feature with video blogs. I’ve been teaching myself the basics of video production. I’m excited to add this new element to my blog. I also plan to add recipes to my blog posts: I am an amateur chef. What is the most important aspect of your brand? The most important aspect of my brand is inspiring people to travel. I am dedicated to showing people the best ways to enjoy all that the world has to offer. Through my blog, people can learn how to make the most of their travel experiences. When people think of Stephen Andrew Stepaniuk, I want them to feel inspired by my journeys around the world. What motivates you? Like most travel bloggers, I am self-motivated. The world has so many wonderful things in it, and I want to experience as many as I can. How do you unwind? I unwind by cooking. I love to try to make all different types of cuisine. I’ve become a bread baker recently. Kneading bread is a great way to release stress. Do you have any advice for our readers? Believe in your dreams and look for a way to make them happen. Life is too short to have regrets.