How to Make Money While Traveling
Guest Post by Lauren Wiseman
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,” wrote Mark Twain in The Innocents Abroad. And indeed, traveling is a great way to broaden your horizons, explore new cultures, and get in touch with your inner self.
Wouldn’t it be great to just pack your bags and hit the road? Sure it would, but such motivational quotes don’t have much in common with how things work in real life. It’s hard to drop everything and travel when you work a 9 to 5.
Before I knock the wind out of your sails, here are a few ways to make money while traveling that I’ve personally learned over the years. Who knows, maybe that can turn one of these tips into a digital nomad lifestyle!
Teach English Abroad
Native English speakers can make a decent living by teaching English in various countries around the world. This is especially true in South Korea, Japan, and China. Some of these jobs include employee benefits such as a furnished apartment, bonuses, and reimbursed travel expenses.
What’s best about teaching abroad is that you can save extra money every month. Although some companies hire native English speakers without any requirements other than language fluency, it’s best to have a bachelor’s degree and an ESL teaching certificate.
Take Online Surveys
If you think that taking online surveys isn’t a method which can generate a sufficient income, you’re wrong. The truth is that you can significantly improve your budget without much hassle if you decide to get paid to take surveys. Since it’s an online gig, you can do it wherever you travel. So, basically, you’re financially rewarded for sharing your opinion on a wide range of topics. Is there a more fun and less demanding way of making some extra cash? I don’t think so.
Become a Freelancer
Become a freelancer or, even better, a digital nomad. You can have a full-fledged career without setting foot in an office.
Being a freelancer means that you can work from the beach or any place on the planet as long as you have access to the internet. As for what you can do, it all depends on your skills and interests. There’s no need to be an expert or have a degree in that field.
For example, if you’re good with words, you can start your own blog or you can write for somebody else. At first, you won’t be paid much, but as you gain more experience and polish your skills, you’ll build your reputation and more lucrative offers will come along. Upwork and similar freelancing sites can help you land a job and connect you with people who need your services.
Sell Your Photos
If you’re into photography, then traveling can be an excellent way to take tons of amazing photos and build your portfolio. Instagram can help you grow your following and spread the word about your collection, but sites such as Shutterstock or iStock allow you to upload your photos and sell them.
If you are productive, you can soon start generating passive income as more people buy your photos. Even though you don’t have to be a professional photographer to make money this way, the quality of your photos will determine how much money you can make. Also, it’s a good idea to do some research and find out what kinds of photography subjects are in demand.
Rent Your Home
Leaving your house or apartment empty while traveling means leaving a lot of money on the table. Instead of going that route, list your property on Airbnb and offer accommodations to people willing to pay for it. Many homeowners have been making money this way, so snap some nice photos of your crib, name the price, and wait your first guests to book your home. If you’re worried that something might happen to your place while you’re away, don’t worry – Airbnb provides you with a hefty insurance policy of up to $1 million in case of property damage.