How to make money while traveling

How to make money while traveling

Do you want to know how to make money while traveling? The most common question i get asked is always about money. How do you afford to travel as much as you do? How do you fund your travels? It’s always about money.

What i want people to understand most is that traveling is not as expensive as you think. In fact you can read my blog post which explains Why the cost of living is actually less when you are traveling. 

Many people have a very inflated idea of how much it costs to live the way we do. I must assure you of two things;

1. We do not live lavish 5 star lifestyles (granted, sometimes we treat ourselves)

2. We do not live like hobos or in squalor. We are not living in shared dorms in hostels (although we try them sometimes and they can be an awesome way to meet new people and socialize when you first get to a city).

There are many ways to make money for travel and whilst traveling. These two categories are vastly different. Making money or saving money to start a life of travel is one thing, as you do need to have some money to start out with. Here you can read How to Save Money for Travel. The rest of this article will help you figure out the best way for you to continue to make money whilst traveling.

There are so many jobs you can get whilst on the road. I have separated them into two categories; Making Money Online and Travel Jobs.

Making Money Online – The Digital Nomad Lifestyle

The world is a very very small place nowadays and I think you would be surprised to find out how many people are traveling and just making money online. There are so many ways to do this. I have experience in some of them, have met or researched people who have done a lot of these types of online work. You do not have to be limited to the 9-5 cubicle life anymore.

1. Web Design

This is no longer a skill for only the geeky super-coder. With a little bit of time invested in learning the basics of web hosting and design, you too can charge people for designing and setting up their website. Thanks to the advancement of templates and themes, web design is easier than ever. With no formal education and very minimal time invested into web design, i have designed two websites of my own. This being one of them. I do not pay a designer for this site.

Many companies will pay a pretty penny to have you help them design a website, and if you do one or two great websites cheaply, they will add to your portfolio and you can start charging the big bucks.

2. Freelance

If you have any kind of marketable skill that can be done remotely, or online, then you can do it from anywhere in the world, right?

Freelance jobs include; copyrighting, editing, web design, proof reading, design or creatives, video editing, accounting or consultancy, marketing, customer service, virtual assistants, mobile developers, etc.

It is much easier than you think to get gigs online and support yourself this way. Many of the jobs listed here under Making Money Online can be done via Freelance websites like Upwork or Freelancer.com, which you can use to find a freelancer for a project, or sign up as a freelancer to accept paid jobs from people looking for help. This site is incredibly popular and there are tons of jobs all the time.

You may need to start out charging a lower per project or per hour fee, but once you have ratings and a proven history on the site you can start to charge a whole ton more. What is also very key to keep in mind, is that many of the skills you can market online for freelance work do not require formal degrees or years of education. Again, many of them can be learnt online in a short space of time, if you do not have one of them already!

3. Vlogger or Youtuber

There are so many people making money off of YouTube. More YouTube hours are watched or consumed every single year than the combined total of all traditional TV hours. Check out the You Tube Black Book if you want to learn how to make money on You Tube.

Your YouTube channel could be based on any of your passions. Maybe you have a channel documenting your travels, maybe you review products in your vlogs, or share your experience in some or other skill like photography, videography, etc. the possibilities are endless. Chances are, whatever your passion is, there is an audience large enough on You Tube to create a great income.

I have always loved my camera and i consider myself a photographer-in-training. This passion has recently overlapped into video, too.

4. Work Remotely

The world is changing and companies are becoming more agile. This means many companies will hire people to work remotely. i.e. you never have to come in to the office!

Chances are (maybe slim, depending on your industry and the type of work you currently do) that your current employer might allow you to work semi if not fully remotely. If you have a good relationship with your employer, chat to them.

There are also plenty of websites that hire people for remote jobs. Either part time gigs or full on jobs. This is an amazing way to be able to travel as much as you like.

We Work Remotely is one of the many sites you can use to find remote work.

5. Trading

Chances are, if you have this skill, you already know that you are not bound to a desk job. But incase you didn’t, here it is! This job can be done from anywhere in the world. It does of course require specific skills and time to start making money.

Henry trades Forex online and makes us some money this way. As long as you have internet, you’re golden.

If you’d like to learn how visit the Day Trading Academy.

6. Blogger

This is sometimes a hobby. But many bloggers make A LOT of money from their blogs. It is common to have a blog and a vlog (You Tube Channel) as well as several other Social Media sites that feed off of each other and channel the maximum number of viewers to your blog monthly.

You can’t really be a travel blogger without a Facebook and Instagram page now can you?

Read How to Start a Travel Blog written by one of my favorite Travel Bloggers, Goats on The Road.

7. Virtual Assistant

A virtual  assistant is somewhat self-explanatory, and refers to someone who performs professional, administrative duties remotely for a company or working professional. Often people who work remotely themselves (like professional bloggers) will hire virtual assistants.

There are many sites that you can use to find work or market yourself as a virtual assistant, such as Upwork, or FlexJobs and Assist Ninja.

8. Drop Shipping

This is one that has become an extremely popular choice for Digital Nomads and can be extremely profitable and relatively passive if done right.

Drop Shipping is basically a way to have an online store selling physical products, whereby you outsource the warehousing and shipping to another company. This means you do not need to invest in warehousing, logistics or massive amounts of stock. Simply find a drop shipper who stocks products you love and are passionate about selling and all you need to set up an online store.

You can use websites like Shopify or you can sell your products using a drop shipper on Amazon.

9. Computer Programmer

 If you have these skills and are unsure whether you can afford a life of full-time travel, let me put you out of your misery. You can. This work is high in demand and almost always requires no face-to-face or office time whatsoever.

10. Digital Marketer or Marketing Content Writer

Many companies outsource the management of their social media pages.

Furthermore, there are several sites that offer projects to individuals to write their Marketing Content for them. Check out Contena to see an example. They pay $16 – $45 p/hour.

11. E-book writer

 Publishing books is no longer a long and expensive process. Nor do you need to print and sell hundreds of books to start making money. Amazon Kindle is a great place to publish your books online, and if you have a blog with a few subscribers, you can sell your books through the traffic generated through your site.

It is also worth noting that you do not need to write long books, or fiction books. Often you can use your expertise or passion to write a short e-book that gives advice to your readers. These e-books sell for a cheaper price, but with enough volumes can make you a lot of extra cash.

12. Online English Teacher 

I taught English online for about a year and made some nice cash. The perks of this job are that you can almost always choose your own hours and work as many or as few hours as you want.

You will need to have good internet speeds to qualify for most Online Teaching sites.

13. Sell and Teach Courses Online

 Teachable is one of the most popular websites you can use to create and host your own online video courses. You will have to have a topic or area of expertise (how to edit videos, how to start a blog, how to afford full-time travel, how to master facebook advertising, etc.), and the real work comes in the content creation.

Once this investment in your time is made there is not too much needed from you in terms of reinvesting time and your course can continue to make you money for months to come.

On-the-Road Travel Jobs

Travel jobs are jobs that will often be either seasonal and/or easier to find with less notice, or for shorter periods. This is great as often no long term commitment to staying in one place is needed. You can also make use of some of the great websites that help out travelers.

14. Pet Sitting

I cannot stress enough how amazing this job is. If you are like us and travel slower, i.e. you’ll spend at least a week or two in one city, then this job could be perfect for you. You’ll also know that the biggest expense whilst traveling is always accommodation.

With this job, you look after someone’s home, feed their pets, water the plants or walk the dog. In exchange you get to stay in, often some of the most beautiful homes, in incredible places. We use a website called Trusted Housesitters. There is an annual fee to be listed on the site, but it is seriously like the Uber of House Sitting jobs. Easy, safe and so worth it.

The site constantly has jobs available all over the world, and each job ranges from 3 days to 4 months in length. Some of the jobs are paid for, but really you get paid in free accommodation for almost no work each day.

What if i told you that you could stay in a luxury home on the beach in Thailand for a month for free? You wouldn’t ask to be paid for it? You’d do it for free. We do, and it’s great. This would normally cost you around $1,000 – $2,000 dollars depending on the location. So you are basically getting paid $1,000 – $2,000 dollars for nothing!

15. Teach English

This one you have probably heard of a million times before, and that is because it is in demand all over the world, and is a great way to earn money whilst traveling. If you are a native English speaker, in many countries this is all you need to get this type of job.

There are also many online courses you can take that will prepare you for and help you secure a job teaching English.

16. Photographer

Whether you are selling stock images, making money on instagram, or photographing events or cities, there is always money to be made through photography.

Selling stock images is a great way to make some money from your photographs. Websites like 500pxiStock and Shutterstock allow you to showcase and sell your work.

Similarly, if you have decent photography skills, you can start a photography blog or You tube channel that showcases your work and teaches others what you know. There is a big market for this and people are willing to pay to learn from their fellow photographers online.

You can also offer to do freelance photography for newspapers, magazines or websites. As well as being an assistant to a photographer at events, etc. These types of gigs can get you major credit in terms of your photographic portfolio, making you even more employable at higher rates. Also, if you love photography as much as i do, this will be a passion project and not feel like work!

17. Au Pair

An aupair is basically a nanny who helps a busy family to look after their kid/s and home.

Many people have used this route to get to travel and see a new country. Every au pair  has different responsibilities, but generally you’d be playing with the kids after school, helping with homework and cleaning up after them until dinnertime.

Most of the time an aupair is given free accommodation with their host family, meals and a nice amount of pocket money.

Not to mention the fact that you get to stay with locals who can help you settle, give you great tips on which places to visit. You truly get to experience their way of life.

18. Bartender/Server

This is an oldie. But a goodie.

This one is great because it’s not too hard to find this type of work and part-time gigs here and there are easy to come by.

It’s an amazing ay to meet locals and other travelers, too.

19. Volunteer

OK, so i hear what you’re thinking, how can this be a job? The very nature of volunteering means you don’t get paid. I get you. However, there are some amazing websites that are well-established, where you can find volunteer work in a place that only requires you to work a few hours a day. Some of them less. And in exchange you get free accommodation and food. If you just want to experience a place, do some good for their local community and live for free, this could be a perfect opportunity for you.

Gy getting free accommodation and food you are essentially being paid a nice sum of money, and you get to fulfill whatever urge you may have to do some good for this world on your travel journey. It’s also an amazing way to meet the locals and completely immerse yourself in their culture.

Workaway.info and WWOOF are great websites with trusted and verified hosts who will gladly welcome you with open arms. Imagine getting to stay and work on a husky lodge in Norway for free for a month? Or live and learn from the people who run an organic farm in Vietnam for a few weeks? If these are opportunities that get you excited, check out the links i put here.

20. Work in a Hostel or Backpackers Lodge

Hostels are run by people who embrace travelers. Many hostels are owned and run by people who fully support your travel goals.

Many hostels will let you stay for free in exchange for light work around the hostel.

Research hostels before you go to a place. You can have a look on Hostelworld.com and go meet some of the teams or reach out to them through the site.

21. Fitness Instructor

If you have any experience as a yoga, pilates, aerobics instructor, fitness coach or personal trainer, there will be work for you anywhere.

22. Work on a Yacht or Cruise Ship

This is a great way to see the world. Especially when you are young.

It is hard work and you will spend many hours on the ship/yacht working long hours. But the beauty is that all your food and accommodation is paid for on the ship.

So, when it is time to dock, your salary is yours to spend as you wish! If you do this job for a year, you’ll get to see a handful of great countries, and you’ll most likely leave having saved up a lot of money!

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