What is Patreon?
If you haven’t heard of the site before: it is a way to pledge a monthly sum to support independent creators, and in return get to be a part of a community of fans/ like-minded individuals & connect more with creators. Pledges are categorised into Tiers with varying monthly subscription prices and increasing benefits and opportunities as the tiers increase.The big takeaway is that even a small pledge can be meaningful with this grassroots approach to crowdfunding.
Why we joined Patreon
In the last few months we have had a number of people reach out to us on Facebook and in person (a few, having seen us on Finnish news have trekked all the way up through Finland to the North, to knock on our door) to ask us questions about our travelling way of life. We love this interaction, and we want more of it! We needed a platform that we could gather everyone together on & safely converse with our tribe, allowing everyone who wanted to, to decide the level of communication that suited their needs (whether it be a chat room, or a live 1-1 video call) and Patreon fulfilled these needs & more!
We have been loving growing our subscribers on YouTube, followers on Instagram, Facebook, and we love putting out great videos, but we feel that we can do better, with Brett working full time to cover costs of living and equipment for filming we are unable to create and upload videos on a consistent basis. We have a huge list of equipment we need to improve our audio and visual quality and a long list of epic experiences that we want to immerse you, our audience in, this is where the monthly pledges will really help us bring these to you.
So what has got us all excited then?
As Brett & I were delving into brainstorming what we could give back to our loyal tribe followers on Patreon we realised the opportunities were limitless and so exciting!!! We came up with 4 tiers and we hope you are just as excited about them as we are!
Without doubt, what our fans want the most, is information from us; first hand.
With a Patreon pledge you can access our chat community; on the second tier you can chat to us on Discord and ask those burning questions; on the 3rd tier you can speak to us on a video call.
As a thank you for your awesome contribution we will put your name on the end credits to a video and on our 3rd tier we will send you a personalised thank you video too! 🙂
Who wouldn’t want a postcard every month?
On our 3rd tier we will write and send an old fashioned postcard to your home every. single. month. from whichever country we happen to be in. I love this one so much, I think it’s my fave, I promise to send them every month from wherever we are.
Mum, if you’re reading this, I’m really sorry I don’t send postcards to you, but if you do want a postcard from us regularly, I recommend you pledge on Patreon – guaranteed to get an update then!!! 😛 (I even included a link for you!)
Get to influence where we go
Long before Brett and I had embarked on this journey and we were at discussion stage, as to whether we should or should not document it on YouTube, we discussed the possibility of allowing our viewers to decide on which country we should go to next. Not least because we are so good at procrastinating over big life decisions (and small ones), but also because immersive video content is far more entertaining – and if it all goes wrong – hey, it’s not our fault, it’s YOURS! 😛 So when creating our new Patreon page we had to include a polling option as to what country/city we visit & film in. If there’s a country you want to see us navigate with our fifth wheel and feedback on, then this is the tier for you!!!
Get the Merch!
FREE exclusive hoodies and stickers – need I say more? I have to peel Gabriel’s hoodie off his back every week to wash it and it’s back on him the very next day. To be fair the same goes for all of us! We just love them so much & we hope you will too 🙂 Watch the space for new merchandise releases as well.
Wish you were here?
During our brainstorming session Brett & I had a moment of epiphany – what if our most loyal fans, the sort for whom the 1,200km trek from South Finland to our fifth wheel was worth it, on the off-chance we would be in and willing to answer all their questions (which we were, and we did) wanted to actually join us, in person, for a 2 day experience; accommodation, food & activities all covered, be a part of our video and get to experience it all first hand, and what if, they pledged every single month, and joined us on 4 adventures per year?! How awesome would that be?! That is where our 4th Tier comes in – it also works out to be a really great way of saving for short breaks throughout the year, and offers you opportunities to experience things money can’t always buy. We guarantee that these experiences will be amazing and memorable and worth every penny. 🙂
We cannot wait to meet you all and welcome you to our tribe on Patreon.
Thank you so much for all the support you’ve given us, we couldn’t have achieved this much without your encouragement. Here’s to the next 12 months and onwards… we are so excited to have you along for the ride.
Amelia, Brett, Gabriel & Grey (not forgetting Lola & Skye) xxxx