The first post from our new Long Term Travel Expert, Alice Ross, of ForTravelista!
When traveling the world on a limited budget, of course, the idea of earning money while traveling is going to cross your mind. Earning money while on the road will give you an opportunity to travel longer and experience more things along the way.
With access to Internet almost everywhere, it has become easier for travelers to earn money while seeing the world. Depending on your skills and how much time you are willing to give, it is not impossible for you to fund your travel expenses no matter how long you want to do it.
As someone who left her high-paying corporate job, I couldn’t stand the fact that, all of a sudden, my income would stop arriving in my bank account.
I also realized that even though I would be traveling on a budget, it didn’t mean I should compromise my comfort. Rather, with comfort comes expense. So, I decided to find ways where I could still work while doing what I loved most.
This article is not at all comprehensive, but it is a starting block to consider the options you have for earning an income while traveling long-term.
Here are some ways you can make money while traveling!
Becoming a web developer is one of the best ways to earn online while traveling. These days, a lot of companies, both big and small, need websites and developer services.
Most companies prefer to hire freelancers online as it is cheaper for them to do so. And, for a developer, you can earn major bucks or trade your services for free hotel stays and travel tours.
These days, many long-term travelers fund their adventures through this online profession.
Write for Travel Websites
Writing for travel sites is one of the fastest ways to earn money on the road. Doing this will improve your writing skills and help you have a better perception of the country you are traveling. Websites such as Boots n All and Matador Network are willing to pay from $25 to $50 for an article depending on the quality and the number of words. That is not a lot but still, it is something, right?
On top of this, a lot more people will get to read about your travel experience.
Businesses and brands around the world are always in need of logos, web design, or other design elements for their companies.
Becoming a graphic designer, or continuing to use your graphic design skills, on the road is a great profession and can be performed anywhere from the world!
Run a Travel Blog
With enough time and effort, you can earn an income from a blog. However, unlike writing articles for other websites, starting your own website requires a bigger investment of both time and money.
But, if you are consistent and are able to grow your audience, you can earn an income. Many successful blogs get at least $1,000 on a monthly basis through ad revenue, sponsored content and online sales.
Open an Online Store
Many people who have online stores start them before they start traveling. You don’t even need to start your own website to start selling! There are websites like Etsy and Society6 that you can use to create your own store and promote your products.
If you can’t manage an inventory while on the road, you can also consider affiliate sales on your own website. Affiliate products are items sold by a third party that you earn a commission on for marketing.
For example, you feature a $100 camera sold on Amazon on your website. You make a sale and Amazon pays you $6 in commission. Most affiliate programs pay out between 4-12%, so you’ll need a large audience to earn significant income.
Travel Photography & Videography
If you’re into photography or videography, it’s definitely a dream to shoot around the world. And, there are a lot of individuals and companies looking for talented photographers.
Consider offering your services for weddings, other travelers, and companies in the destinations you are traveling. Video can bring in some major bucks if you are good at marketing yourself and securing clients.
You can also put up your photographs and video clips on stock websites like Shutterstock and get paid for every download. It’s advisable build out an expansive library and to learn a thing or two about keyword searches and SEO before you go this route, but you can earn a lot of passive income.
If you are fluent in English, then you have a great opportunity to travel while earning money at the same time. There are a lot of non-English speaking countries, especially in Asia, that are willing to pay a lot for teachers.
To get started, the best thing you have to do is to get accredited with online resources such as PremierTEFL. This is more of a long-term option, but if you love it and become successful at it, making it as a career is also possible. Being a short-term tutor is, of course, also an option.
The most common countries that will need your service include China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.
Use Your Own Skills
Many people normally overlook this one. A lot of travelers leave their comfort zone with the money they spent years saving without considering that they might already have the skills to earn money on the road.
Some of the other skills you can offer while traveling include hairstyling, massage, surfing, yoga, customer services, cooking, and others.
More Tips on Earning Money while Traveling
The idea of working while traveling has been developed over time. Before, the thought of earning was severely related to business travel, but now, you can travel while running your own business! But, of course, it’s not always as easy as it may seem.
Here are some things to consider before living the dream of earning money while traveling:
- Ideas for earning
First of all, you need to know what you really want and what suits you best– do you prefer spending part of your day sitting in front of the computer, or would you rather do something physical?
Technology has made it possible to sit anywhere in the world while earning money. There are a lot of ideas you can consider like the ones mentioned above, but there are also jobs that don’t require you to be connected all the time. Do you like being in the water? Work as a lifeguard. Do you like boats? Become a yacht stewardess. Do you like the party scene? Practice your bartending. Do you like kids? Work as a tutor!
- Intention to earn
Are you planning to work while traveling because you are running out of travel funds, or do you simply want to keep adding to your funds? Knowing the purpose as to why you are working on the road will help you choose which job suits you best.
- Fraud alerts
With many options to earn money while traveling through online resources, it is very important to be careful with the websites you’re using. You’ll find both free and pre-paid websites, so I would recommend only dealing with websites that don’t require or only require a minimal fee.
Again, earning money online is not easy for everyone. The job needs to match your interests, talent, and abilities. You have to be realistic when choosing the job you want to do on the road.
It is all about consistency and passion.
Ever wondered how it is like to leave your job to see the world? That is just what I did. I left a 9-to-5 job, saved money for over a year, all to enjoy the benefits of travelling alone. I blog about my travels, my adventures, some useful tips, and advice explore the world on a budget without compromising the experience.
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