Without the financial backing, travelling the world is but a dream for a lot of us…
We can spend years saving up for that dream getaway, without even coming close to reaching our end goal.
What if I told you that you could skip the whole piggy-bank predicament and make money while you are living it up abroad?
Here are our top 10 ways to make money while travelling!
1. Teach English
Teaching English abroad might not sound like the most exciting thing to do whilst you are travelling, but think about it this way…
You are able to earn a decent salary by enjoying and learning about a different culture. It is also super rewarding, especially if you enjoy working with young people.
And that’s not all…
Since there are places all over the world that are looking for English instructors, they typically pay quite well and offer some good perks!
It may also be beneficial for you to know which countries offer the highest salaries for teaching English abroad. Recent studies show that the following countries pay the best:
- Gulf Arab States
Travel junkie and media personality Oneika speaks about how she made over $100k a year teaching overseas and mentions that “salaries for teaching abroad don’t get more attractive than in Saudi Arabia and Switzerland”.
To become an English teacher abroad you will first be required to have a bachelor’s degree in any subject, as well as an ESL teaching qualification. You can get accredited by organisations such as TEFL.
2. Online Freelance Work
A common myth about freelancers is that they are broke most of the time.
But this isn’t always true…
If you are organised, motivated, and good at keeping on top of your tasks, then there is no reason you can’t earn a living by freelancing.
Whether you are a content writer, videographer, or a digital marketing expert, there will be employers from all over the world seeking someone of your talents.
However, just be aware that freelancing, and working remotely can be demanding. Writer and traveller Shannon O'Donnell seconds this in her article on How To Become A Digital Nomad And Work Remotely by expressing that “working remotely is not ideal for everyone. It seems like a great idea and an easy life, but being your own boss comes with its own set of challenges.”
Nonetheless, being your own boss can also be very empowering. So, if you’re interested in growing your own freelance business whilst travelling abroad, get yourself signed up, build your own clientele, and watch as the business comes rolling in!
3. Travel Blogging
Who said you couldn’t get creative when it comes to making money while you are travelling?
If you love to write and produce content, then I can’t think of anything more perfect for you!
Social media is all the rave nowadays…
It has blown up so much that people are now earning a living from using it as their own business platform, such as travel blogging.
There are several ways you can become a travel blogger. These are a few:
- Write a travel blog on WordPress
- Start a YouTube channel
- Blog your travel snaps on Instagram
From doing this effectively, you may gain a loyal social media following and therefore build your own influencer platform. You are then likely to get recognised by big companies offering you sponsorship contracts to collaborate with them.
If this is something you want to consider, just know that you cannot simply become a travel blogger or influencer. It takes dedication, hard-work, and lot of pre-planning to make sure you are successful at creating a solid brand. It is best to think of it as a business, alternatively to a hobby. This doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun, but it just means that you have to take it seriously and invest your time.
Travel blogger, Matt, also known as 'Nomadic Matt', mentions that you are required to have some technical skill to make it in the blogger world. If you are interested in how to go about starting your career as a travel blogger, then he gives step by step instructions in his article: How To Start A Travel Blog.
4. Selling Stuff Online
It feels fitting to refer back to the saying: "One man's trash is another man's treasure".
If you’re looking to earn some quick cash on the side, why not sell your unwanted items online? This way, you are decluttering and getting paid for it!
5. House Sitting
If you told me that I would be able to stay in a luxurious accommodation whilst travelling, for free, I wouldn’t have believed you…
But as it turns out, it is actually a thing!
It isn’t exactly a money-making enterprise, but you will definitely be saving a lot of money by having your accommodation free of charge.
So, ditch the hostels and budget hotel disasters, and register online via Trusted Housesitters or Nomador to enjoy the comfort of a home while you are travelling abroad. You may also want to consider pet-sitting, which both websites also offer as a service. This way, you have a fluffy little companion to keep you company!
Everyone wins, right?
Bartending is a great way to meet new people, socialise, and have loads of fun while you are funding your travel adventures.
To score yourself a bartending job abroad, you will have to make sure that you can meet the following requirements:
- Have the correct work visa
- You are flexible
- You are willing to work late hours
- You are a natural people's person
- You have prior bar experience
Alex, who writes a blog called 'Alex In Wanderland' interviews her friend Ian Brown in a recent post, who chronicles his bartender adventures. He also advises that you will need to have "Thick skin, an understanding of music, [and] a personality" if you want to succeed as a bartender abroad. If you would like to know more about his lifestyle and bartending adventures, then click here.
7. Au Pair
Are you always the first person that family and friends contact when they need their child looking after?
If so, there are plenty of au pair job opportunities out there for someone just like you!
Being an au pair has the potential of offering a far lot more than simply adopting the label ‘international nanny’…
Your job role requires you to offer the children a different perspective of the world. They also act as your surrogate family for the duration of your trip, which can be quite comforting when you are so far away from home.
If you are interested to see what au pair jobs are available in a specific country, then Aupairworld can perform a quick search for you and provide you with several host families for you to choose from.
8. Sell Your Photos Online
If you are anything like me then you are constantly taking photos when you are abroad. Everything is always so picturesque and inspiring that you can’t help but whip the camera out and capture it in a photo!
If this also sounds like you, then why not make some money out of it at the same time?
There are several ways to do this, but you first have to ensure that you have good quality equipment and have decent photography skills, so you are able to produce high definition images that are likely to sell.
When you have produced some images that you are happy with, simply go online and search for photo agencies such as Shutterstock and attempt to sell your images.
You can also download an app called Foap which allows you to take photos on your phone or camera and turn it into real money. It is a free app that pays you 50% commission every time you sell a photo.
That’s not even the best part….
You can sell the same photo an unlimited amount of times, which is great if one of your photos is doing particularly well.
9. Be A Tour Guide
If you’re reading this, then I am guessing that you love to travel and want to find the best ways to make money whilst doing what you love, right?
Well, I have just the thing for you!
If you are passionate about the city’s culture and have good knowledge of the history, then you are already half-qualified to become a successful tour guide. You are also required to have good communication skills and be dedicated to making your client’s’ experience the most engaging and entertaining as possible!
Rachel, also known as 'Hippie In Heels' speaks about her experience as a travel guide in her article on How To Get A Dream Job & Become A Travel Guide In Europe. She mentions how sales is actually the most important part of the job as “most tour guides are paid on commission”.
• Indeed Job Spotter
Indeed Job Spotter was designed to support small businesses and to help bring their offline job postings online. For the user, it is a great way to discover the local community and get rewarded for doing so.
It is super straightforward and really easy to use. All you have to do is follow these steps:
- Spot a hiring sign
- Take a picture of the sign and storefront
- Earn redeemable points
- Redeem the points for gift cards
The more photos you submit, the more points you receive. Although you are not earning actual money, you are able to convert those points into an Amazon gift card, which will always come in handy, especially when you are travelling!
Chances are that you are going to be doing a lot of exercise while you are galivanting around the world...
So why not get paid for all the walking and hiking?
Sweatcoin was designed to encourage people to become more fitness-motivated and to reward people who are keeping active!
It works by converting your steps into ‘sweatcoins’, which you can then choose to spend on several goods and services on their marketplace.
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Now that you are a travelling money-making expert, there is no reason you should have to go about your travels with an empty pocket…
So, start earning now to see how easy it can be!