10 Ways You Can Earn Money While Traveling

Posted January 17, 2020 by in Lifestyle
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Travel is on a lot of people’s bucket lists, but traveling for an extended period isn’t cheap. Many young people planning to spending some time abroad will need to work while they’re away in order to fund the rest of their travels.

If you’re planning to go traveling and will need to earn money while you’re traveling, here are some ideas for you:

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Rent Your Home

Instead of leaving your house empty, rent it out. If you’re going to be traveling for an extended period, you could rent out your house as a home. List your property with a real estate agent who will manage the rental process and the property for you while you’re away.

The other option is to list your home as a vacation rental on a service like Airbnb. If nothing else, you can use this income to pay the mortgage while you’re not at home. 

Teach English

Take a TEFL online course to learn how to teach English as a foreign language. Teaching English is a classic way to earn money while you’re abroad for a good reason. Demand for native speakers as teachers is high, and it can be a great way to meet local people and integrate with the local community of wherever you’re staying. 

Rent Your Car

If you’re not planning a road trip, then you won’t be needing your car. Instead of leaving it sitting in the garage, earn some extra money by renting it out. There are several online services that can help you to do this in a safe, secure way. It’s essentially Airbnb, but for your car. I have personally rented through Turo in the past and it was a great experience. 

Sell Things Online

Are you staying somewhere with great local markets that sell cheap goods that would be in demand back at home, like beautiful local crafts?

You could buy some of these items cheaply and then list them online to sell to people at home looking for some local culture. 

Sell Your Photos

Are you good with a camera? If you’re taking great pictures of tourist sites or landscapes, then you maybe to be able to sell them. Offer them to travel magazines or list your photos on stock image sites to earn some money from the pictures you’d probably be taking already. 

Publish An Ebook

The dream way to make money is with passive income. If you can write a great ebook and list for sale before you go traveling, it can earn money for you while you’re away without you having to do anything.

Write about something you know, like a guide to your business expertise, a travel guide, or recipes. Schedule some marketing on social media and sit back and let it earn for you while you enjoy your trip. 

Become An Influencer

Travel bloggers are very popular. If you take a good picture, write good copy and are savvy on social media, you can set up a travel blog or Instagram account to share your adventures. If you can build an engaged audience you can make money by partnering with travel companies to showcase everything from luggage sets to package vacations.

Don’t expect this to come easily though; competition is fierce so you’ll need to work hard to stand out. 

Flower or Fruit Picking

Seasonal work can be a great option for extended travels. If you’re away for a few months, take on a seasonal job like picking flowers, vegetables or fruit. This will be hard work, but you should be able to find flexible hours, and it’s a great way to earn some money and meet new people.

Some seasonal work even offers their workers somewhere to stay, giving you somewhere to use a base for free while you explore the local area between your shifts. Consider trying a website like WorldPackers to find opportunities like this. 

Work in Bars or Restaurants

The hospitality industry always has openings for casual staff to wait tables or serve drinks. You won’t need any specific qualifications to do this, and you should get plenty of hours to yourself to enjoy your travels too, as you’ll likely work only in the days or only in the evenings.

You’ll meet other young people, some of whom will probably be traveling too. At peak tourist season, there should be plenty of jobs and you can top up your income by earning good tips. For opportunities like these, sign-up for a site called WorkAway. You may even land a short-term gig working at a fun hostel. 

Resort Work

Help other people have incredible vacations by taking work at a resort. There are lots of options for jobs in resorts, including bar work, reception duties, cleaning, giving tours and entertainment. You could work in the Kids Club if you have experience working with children, or if you’re a fitness instructor back at home, work in the resort gym or teach aerobics in the pool. 

If you want to travel the world, don’t let anything stop you. It is possible! If you do decided to travel, especially for a long period of time, we highly recommend you consider travel insurance. I personally like the travel insurance plans from World Nomads.


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