Traveling costs are escalating, even with discount airline sites and fare bargaining. Food, accommodation, medical insurance, transport and incidentals are costlier than ever, given the vagaries of global economy and inflation. The only recourse open to people is to earn money while traveling, to abet costs. Here are 15 simple ways to do just that.
1. Start a Travel Blog
Another great way to use you travels to make money is to start a travel blog, or even write for a travel blog. It’s not tough – just watch out for great tourist spots and landmarks on your route, observe the culture, and post your travel articles on your blog. If you set up your blog and get the advertising going before you start your backpacking adventure, you can make quite a bit of money.
2. Submit Articles
Many blog owners, corporate companies and affiliate marketers need quality articles to generate traffic to their sites. If you’re a good writer, you can write for individual clients, companies, blogs, and writer groups and so on while traveling to different places. You will get to write on different topics that are assigned to you.
3. Use Your Skills To Make Money
What skills do you have that you can use to earn money while traveling? Are you a good hairdresser, a good masseuse, a good cook, web designer, home builder or photographer? Use your skills to earn your spending money.
4. Work Freelance through The Net
Use wifi hotspots along the way to connect with online clients and freelance your content writing skills, web design skills, programming skills and so on. You can get paid using an e-wallet such as PayPal, and withdraw your funds anywhere.
5. Take Up Affiliate Marketing
Sign up with Commission Junction or ClickBank and set up an affiliate product blog. You’ll be paid each time a user clicks a product from your website. You can do this while traveling and all your earnings will be delivered to you via PayPal or similar method.
6. Resell Items
If you are good at selling, you can be a sort of traveling salesman by buying products that are in demand and selling them at a profit. However, for this, you must know what products are in demand in your next place of visit.
7. Sell Pictures
Are you a skilled photographer? Do you know how much professionally taken pictures cost these days? Take pictures of wonderful sceneries and landmarks on your travel route, blow them up and laminate them. You can sell them as you travel.
8. Take Up A Summer Job
Take up a summer job to pay for your travel, such as bartendering, waitressing, working at gas stations, entertaining, ushering and so on. You’ll need a valid visa, work permit and the right credentials and references.
9. Take Up Internship
If you are a recent graduate, you might try for an internship abroad. Look for corporate and non-profit organizations that look for interns, and find out what the eligibility criteria is.
10. Work As A Consultant
If you’re traveling within the States, you can take up contracting jobs in different places, no matter what your skills are. Put up your skill set on Monster.com to know if there’s a market for your skills.
11. Do Handywork
People pay handymen to fix anything from their carpentry, electricity, plumbing and gardening needs. If you have any handyman skills, write up your skill set and see what jobs you find. You can make lots of money on referrals alone.
12. Write Reviews
Write reviews on the hostels and guesthouses you stay at while traveling. Study the facilities and get some feedback from people who’ve stayed there. Take a couple of pictures, and send your review off to travel sites such as BeforeYOUBackpack.com. You can earn anywhere from $5 to $20 per review. This is a great way to make some extra money while traveling.
13. Teach the English Language
If you have a zest for teaching and if your English is of teaching standard, then here’s a good way to make money. Take up English teaching jobs along your travel, at schools, clubs, summer camps and so on. Be sure you get accredited by TOEFL; you can get longer term jobs, perhaps as long as 6 months at a time.
14. Write Travel Articles
You’ll find many online travel communities requiring quality travel articles. If you’re not sure how to write a travel article, take the Travel Writing Course at Matador.com. You’ll get paid for your work and see things freshly.
15. Join Volunteer Groups
Volunteering positions are usually not paid, but some of them do offer a stipend, bed and board. If you are not sure of where your skills lie, volunteering is a good way to learn more about yourself and earn money.