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Travel bloggers who built their dream home from money made off Instagram reveal how they did it

Travel bloggers who earn six-figure salaries posting scenic photos on Instagram have shown how they built their dream home in Bali – and why their main requirement was that it was well photographed.

Jack Morris, from Manchester, UK, and his three-year-old Australian friend Lauren Bullen, who has nearly 5 million Instagram followers, bought the property in 2018.

“It took about a year to build the house and it was a lot of work. We wanted it to be photogenic so that we could include content there, ”Jack told The Cut.

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Manchester-born Jack Morris, who has 2.7 million followers on @doyoutravel, and three-year-old Australian friend Lauren Bullen, who has 2.1 million fans on @gypsea_lust, bought the property a year ago

“I never thought I’d build my first home with the girl of my dreams on a tropical island 7,000 miles from home,” wrote Jack on Instagram, sharing incredible photos of the property

Much of their wooden furniture was custom made and imported, with much of their ideas coming from villas and resorts where they lived while working abroad.

The sunken seats in her living room were inspired by the famous Mandala House in Indonesia, and tiles in her bathroom and outdoor shower were adopted from riads in Morocco.

“I was very careful that our house was properly photographed,” said Lauren.

“When I’m doing an Instagram story job in the bathroom, talking about teeth whitening or something like that, I want the background to look good.”

There were plenty of windows to let sunlight in and lots of greenery to add dimension to your photos.

“We keep the cost of the house private because we want to rent it out after all. But it’s on par with the nicer houses in Canggu, ”Jack said.

Prime real estate in Canggu, Bali can range from A $ 350,000 to A $ 1 million.

“We keep the cost of the house private because we want to rent it out after all.  But it's on par with the nicer houses in Canggu, ”Jack said

Much of their wooden furniture was custom made and imported, with much of their ideas coming from villas and resorts where they lived while working abroad

“I never thought I’d build my first home with the girl of my dreams on a tropical island 7,000 miles from home,” wrote Jack on Instagram to announce the purchase and share incredible photos of the property.

The 29-year-old confirmed to FEMAIL that the entire property was purchased as part of sponsorship deals and the creation of branded content on Instagram.

The Lovebirds previously said they won’t be making a sponsored post for less than $ 3,000 (A $ 3,948).

Most of what Jack paid for a post is $ 9,000 (A $ 11,846) while most of Lauren has ever gotten from a Snap is USD 7,500 (A $ 9,872).

“I did a job for a phone company where I flew out for three days. There were two days of shooting and then I had to take five photos on Instagram and that was $ 35,000, ”he said.

“We even showed up to jobs that we charged thousands for and we got there and they said,” Their prices are so low “”.

The 29-year-old confirmed to FEMAIL that the entire property was purchased as part of sponsorship deals and the creation of branded content on Instagram (the master bedroom is shown on the right).

The 29-year-old confirmed to FEMAIL that the entire property was purchased as part of sponsorship deals and the creation of branded content on Instagram (the master bedroom is shown on the right).

Welcome to the kitchen!  The Lovebirds previously said they won't be making a sponsored post for less than $ 3,000 (A $ 3,948).  Most of what Jack paid for a post is $ 9,000 (A $ 11,846) while most of Lauren has ever gotten from a Snap is USD 7,500 (A $ 9,872).

Welcome to the kitchen! The Lovebirds previously said they won’t be making a sponsored post for less than $ 3,000 (A $ 3,948). Most of what Jack paid for a post is $ 9,000 (A $ 11,846) while most of Lauren has ever gotten from a Snap is USD 7,500 (A $ 9,872).

“I did a job for a phone company where I flew out for three days.  There were two days of shooting and then I had to take five photos on Instagram, and that was $ 35,000,

“I did a job for a phone company where I flew out for three days. There were two days of shooting and then I had to take five photos on Instagram, and that was $ 35,000, “he said (sunken living room in the picture)

However, the financial limitation on their participation has clearly paid off. Jack and Lauren, 26, now live permanently in their dream home, which has a sunken living room, a luxurious lap pool, a cinema screen and a restaurant for 10 people, a room table and plenty of space on the kitchen island.

Jack credits Lauren for designing much of the interior, which features the signature bohemian style that she and her sister Ellie Bullen became known for on social media.

He took a leap of faith seven years ago and quit his job as a carpet cleaner after deciding he needed an adventure in his life.

“It literally woke up one morning and I wanted to try something different. I flew out on my own with no plan and just wanted to see what was coming my way, ”he said at the time.

He took a leap of faith seven years ago and quit his job as a carpet cleaner after deciding he needed an adventure in his life “It literally woke up one morning and I wanted to try something different.  I flew out on my own with no plan and just wanted to see what was in store for me, ”he said at the time

Jack credits Lauren for designing much of the interior, which features the signature bohemian style that she and her sister Ellie Bullen became known for on social media

After two years of constant travel, Jack began struggling with his finances and decided to buy a camera and start his travels under the brand name

After two years of constant travel, Jack struggled with his finances and decided to buy a camera and document his travels under the brand name “Do You Travel”.

After two years of constant travel, Jack decided to buy a camera and document his travels under the brand name ‘Do You Travel’.

“I basically created it to share my experiences. It wasn’t about making a lot of money. I wasn’t expecting to make money or blow up. But that’s what created my new career, ”he said.

Lauren also runs her own blog – Gypsea Lust – and the two of them sell Lightroom presets to fans and comrades that they can use to edit their photos.

Global brands like Royal Caribbean Cruises, Disney, Air NZ, AirBnB, Tiffany & Co have approached the duo with work.

On the side, Lauren runs her own blog - Gypsea Lust - and the two of them sell Lightroom presets that fans and other photographers can use to edit their photos

On the side, Lauren runs her own blog – Gypsea Lust – and the two of them sell Lightroom presets that fans and other photographers can use to edit their photos

But Jack insists that the two only make sponsored posts if they support the brand, company, or tourism agency.

‘I was contacted by brands before I started taking offers. I didn’t care about making money, it was always just a project I did for fun. As I grew up, some of the offers were too good to be turned down, ”he said.

“I only advertise or post about the things that I really like or believe in, what is very important to me and why my posts resonate with so many.”

Jack admitted that the job can be overwhelming at times, and that sometimes they travel to places just to: a But you won't find any of them complaining about the life Instagram could afford them

But Jack insists that the two only make sponsored posts if they support the brand, company, or tourism authority (their outdoor pool is pictured).

Jack admitted the job can be overwhelming at times, and that sometimes they travel to places “just for the sake of a” gram-worthy “shot.

But you won’t find any of them complaining about the life Instagram could afford them.

‘It’s almost a dream. It’s nice to be able to do what I want every day, ”he said.

“It’s ideal, I never expected to find someone to share this with, so it worked out really well.”

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