Have you noticed an increase in the number of people who decide to travel the world and at the same time write it off? Take a look at The Traveling Guys web site for a brief moment. Ok? Did you see the sponsors section? No? Well, they have more than a hundred individual sponsors and a good dozen companies sponsoring their trip. Here is a writeup about this site.
Why didn’t I think about that? I want to travel, too!
10 mph is another one where three guys are riding across America on a Segway. They’ve been sponsored by some big companies. They’re doing a movie, too. There’s a good idea. Get a movie done at the same time and sell the rights to it.
The Fat Man Walking is another one that has sponsors. Not as exciting as he’s only walking from San Diego to New York and his web site is ugly, but it’s amazing! He has sponsors. By the way, he’s all the way to New Mexico.
Another guy who hiked across America and has a ton of sponsors. Andrew Skurka. Insane.
Here’s what it takes to make this a success… Of course, I have zero experience with this, so it is just my take.
- Story. You have to have a great story. I think the Fat Man site is perfect for story. You feel sorry for the guy because his life is in the pits and he decided to do something about it. So you wish him success.
- Frequent Updates. If you want any following, and sponsors to sponsor you, you have to have some following. All of these sites get a lot of traffic.
- Pictures. Everyone wants to see what you are doing and hear stories about what happened to them today.