I want to let you in on a little secret. After 2 years of full-time work, I have just submitted my resignation, with plans to travel consistently for the next 5 years.
I know what you’re thinking, I must be rich to be able to travel for the next 5 years.
I am not rich, nor do I have $100,000 saved, I have simply realised that you can make money anywhere in the world, and I am going to take advantage of this.
So what is the magic method for making money while travelling? The truth is, it isn’t magic at all.
Here are 10 simple ways to earn money while travelling the world.
1. Go on a working holiday
I’m an advocate for working holidays, having done 2 already (and more to come).
During my working holidays, I lived in Canada and explored the US, Mexico, Central and South America in my spare time. Canada was the base for my adventures, I generally worked for 4 months then travelled for 1 or 2 months.
I honestly hardly even noticed the working part. I worked seasonal jobs in fun industries. A day at work felt like a day with friends, planning for my days off, which were never dull.
While based in Canada I saved money that I used to fund my trips.
The great thing about working holidays is you can literally do anything: Au pair, bar work, events work, fruit picking or work in a ski resort etc. Here is some more information about the most Common working holiday jobs.
If you’re low on funds but want to do a year-long trip, a working holiday is the way to go.
Australia has agreements with several countries, find out more here.
Read more about the benefits of a working holiday.
2. Become a blogger
Don’t be fooled, blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. It requires hard work, dedication, blood, sweat and tears – literally all of the above.
You CANT expect to set up a blog a few weeks before your next trip and money.
It takes time to gain followers, but the earning potential is literally uncapped.
Bloggers make money through a variety of sources: sponsored posts, brand ambassadorship, affiliate marketing, content creation, freelancing and more.
As I said, it’s not easy, but if you are dedicated, you can make money through your blog to support your travels.
I have been blogging for almost 12 months now (while working full time) and I have made a dollar here and there, but not enough to support my travels (yet).
3. Freelance/work as a Virtual Assistant
You can freelance in many areas including admin, data entry, social media management, marketing, content creation, writing, web design, photography, bookkeeping, IT, translating, graphic design and much more.
The great thing about freelancing is that you can do it from anywhere in the world, meaning you can earn money while travelling.
Freelancing is currently the way I earn money while travelling. You can view my services here.
Personally, I find clients through networking as I prefer to build a personal relationship with someone and work for them on an ongoing basis, as opposed to project to project.
There are endless freelancing opportunities available so refine your skills and start finding freelancing opportunities either online or through networking.
4. Photography / videography
If you’re a skilled photographer or videographer, you have the potential to work for companies and brands as you travel, producing content for an agreed on fee.
Again, you can do this anywhere in the world and can find these opportunities both online and through networking.
When I travelled to Hobart and Phillip Island with Youth Hostels Australia, I was with a photographer and videographer and both had been getting paid to travel Australia for a total of 10 weeks.
5. Teach English Abroad
You can get paid to teach English in so many countries across Asia, Europe, South and Central America. To make this happen, all you need is a TEFL/TESOL qualification which you can easily pick up online for a couple of hundred dollars. If you prefer to learn in a classroom you also have this option, but it will cost more, approximately $500+.
The TEFL/TESOL qualification requires a finance and time commitment to obtain, but once you have it, you can teach English abroad.
Teaching English Abroad would be a highly rewarding experience and a guaranteed way to make money while travelling.
6. Take online surveys
There are many survey companies that allow you to complete online surveys in exchange for cash. All you need is an electronic device and internet connection, how cool is that?
You won’t make millions, but it is a great way to make a few extra dollars here and there.
7. Airbnb your home
Renting your home to guests has never been easier, thanks to Airbnb. On my recent overseas trip, I rented my home on Airbnb and made $900 for 8 nights. This literally paid my overseas expenses.
If you’re travelling and leaving your home empty, you are missing an opportunity to make some cold hard card.
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So volunteering may not earn you money while travelling, but it can certainly save you money which gives you the same result – more money.
I have done lots of volunteering while travelling, in particular at hostels where I would volunteer for 4 hours a day in return for free accommodation. This can go a long way in helping you stretch your budget.
One of the best volunteering programs is Workaway. Workaway is an online platform of over 30,000 hosts from over 170 countries that provide food & accommodation in exchange for work, usually 25 hours of work each work. Opportunities range from wineries in Italy to resorts in Greece, childcare in Bali and so much more. Read a full review on Workaway here.
Looking for more tips on volunteering abroad?
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Similar to volunteering, WWOOF doesn’t usually pay much / at all, but you do get free accommodation and food in return for a few hours of work on the farm each day. Doing this could help you extend your trip and gives you an amazing experience abroad.
10. House sit
People all over the world are advertising for people to come and stay in their homes and mind their pets while they are away. You don’t necessarily get paid, but you can stay for free all over the world by simply maintaining another person’s home.
As you can see there are many ways to make money while travelling. Granted, these money making strategies aren’t all possible for everyone, but I can guarantee that at least one of these strategies can help you.
Start thinking outside the box and you will discover many ways to earn money while travelling.
If you ask me, saving money is equally as important as making it. Want to know how I save money to travel?