Since bucking the nine til five trend, I’m often asked how I make money whilst travelling around the world. Many of these people say they would love to attempt my way of life, but are often unsure as to how they would sustain themselves financially. I will say that it is tough. All the planning, budgeting, and tax implications can get a little overwhelming to say the least. I have since learned about a free tax calculator that helps a bit, but you definitely want to make sure you’re in touch with your inner accountant. Though, I can’t claim to have all the answers, as I find each person’s passion, drive and determination differs greatly from my own, I have come across a few ideas that could earn you some money whilst you undertake your travels.
Create Your Own Blog
I emphasise the possibilities of blogging whilst traveling because it is something I have a vast amount of experience in myself! It is possible to make some money from blogging – although it isn’t a huge amount, rather a little boost when you may need it the most.
Pacing ads on your blog will generate a small amount of income, but it is through creating a unique blog, and spending quality time on its continued development, which will earn you money by hosting some sort of relevant sponsored content. This generally means that if you have built a good reputation in the form of many followers, certain companies will pay you for the privilege of being able to promote content which relates to their relevant services or products.
Take Advantage of Affiliate Marketing
Though affiliate marketing is best done through blogs, because you have the base of which to promote products, you can also find big companies who run affiliate programs, Amazon being just one. You simply promote their product to a wider audience and, once people buy that product through your unique link, you will benefit with payment!
Start Your Own YouTube Adventure!
Once again, if you are already travelling, beginning a YouTube channel shouldn’t be that difficult. Great if you like to showcase your travel journeys, a YouTube channel will allow you to monetize your content. As with blogging, this method works best when you can devote time to it and create content people will want to see more of.
Register on Such Sites as Upwork
Freelancing sites, such as Upwork, are traveller’s best friends when making money. The best thing about them is that they aren’t just for writers to earn from, they are also on the lookout for anybody with website development skills, general administration skills, Accountants, Designers, Lawyers and so many more besides! These websites are designed for those who don’t want to adhere to the nine till five rigmaroles, and can offer a perfect solution for working whilst travelling.
Utilise the English Language!
What better way to earn money than through simply offering the services of your native tongue! Teaching English abroad has always been a popular solution for earning a little bit of money whilst travelling, and the joy it brings connecting you to the locals and their towns and cities is one experience that money just can’t buy! With the increasing demand for English speakers to teach, this could provide a relatively good amount of easy money.
Design and Sell Your Talents
If you have a talent for making and creating things, travelling may be the time to capitalise on this. Hand-made creations are unique, and are always in demand by paying customers looking for something different than the usual high street products that are displayed repetitively in stores the world over. With Etsy and Amazon good starting places for showcasing your talents, this could be your opportunity to do what you’re good at and get paid for making personalised products in the process.
Consider the Hospitality Industry or Try Your Hand as An Au Pair
If you would prefer to work with others, and want to look at seasonal positions each time you travel somewhere new, the hospitality industry may be a good solution. Cruise ships, restaurants and tour guides are always offering seasonal positions. Though this type of work is often long and tough, it creates a great all-round experience coupled with the certainty that you will receive a wage at the end of it. Alternatively, if you have the stamina, becoming an au pair would create a way for you to experience life in a new country as a way of kick staring your travelling experience!
As you can see, this is just a small sample of ways that could make you money whilst you travel. The main factor in all of this is remembering that this is a unique opportunity you have, whereby you will often need to try several things before you begin to see some financial reward. However, if you are prepared to try new things and use your grit, determination and, of course, your personal experience and expertise to sell yourself, the rewards are most definitely worth the added effort! Who knows, you make just learn a new skill or two in the process, building up your resume as you go, thereby passing the way for potential future financial gains!