“How can I make money while traveling, is it possible?” Or “I cannot travel, I don’t have enough money!”
Chances are that these thoughts have crossed your mind (It crossed my mind too!). Therefore, you are still hesitating to start traveling and as time pass; you begin to wonder if you will ever backpack around the world. How can you make money while traveling?
In this article I will show you that you can make money and that it is much easier than most people think.
This is not a complete list, there a lot of others ways to make money abroad! Sit back, relax and enjoy this list of 15 easy ways to make money while traveling around the world.
Independent Online Work AKA Freelancing – Freelancing is offering your services without having a boss. It can be online with the help of websites like Elance that will connect you with business and independent contractors. If you have experience in web design, programming, illustration design, writing, marketing, copywriting, translating or anything else that can be done remotely, you must give it a try. Even if your background is in something else, give it a try as there is freelance work in a lot of different areas. It is a good way to make money while traveling.
Hostel work – Hostels are sometime looking for new staff that is willing to work some hours each day, either at the reception or maintenance in exchange for a free accommodation. It is a pretty good way to save money while backpacking, imagine you are in Australia and your hostel is 25$ per night. You work there 5 days a week for a free bed, you are saving… drum roll: 25$x5days= you save 125$ per week! Now that’s interesting!
Working in a resort – Resorts all over the world hire staff from other countries for a lot of positions, such as reception, restaurant, the tours or the entertainment department. If you have a background in hospitality (even if you don’t, try it!), you can make money while traveling by working in a resort.
Teach English – Employment opportunities are worldwide and in many cases, you don’t need to have a diploma in any domain. Check out on Google for TEFL or ESL websites, you will see that you can teach English while traveling. You can teach English in Thailand, China, South Korea, Japan, Peru, Belize, Honduras or a lot more locations. If you are speaking another language, give it a try! I’m a native French speaker and I was surprised at how many countries are looking for French native to teach! There is some countries that requires a higher level of education like Japan and some countries in Europe but if you have a bachelor degree in any domain, a lot of doors in teaching are open to you. This is one of the best way to make money while traveling and even make a living of it!
Working Holiday Visas – This is a personal favorite! Countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and a lot more (and I mean a LOT more ) offer these to foreigners, generally for those who are in the age bracket of 18-35 years old. If you’re in that age range, in my opinion the working holiday visa is your best option to make money while traveling the world. Working Holiday Visas allow you to stay in a country for up to one year (in some cases, two!) and allow you to work like anyone else in the country.
Fruit-Picking – This is directly linked to Working Holiday Visas. You pick fruit; put them in a basket, rinse & repeat. This is the favorite option for travelers and backpackers that travel to Australia. Often they pay you by the kilo and offer you accommodation! Not bad at all.
Bartending – If you are staying in a hostel, there is a great chance that there is some bars connected to it. Take your chance! The good thing about this one, it’s the fact that bars that hire traveler or backpacker are paying “cash in hand”. It’s a good gig for quick money!
Restaurant Work – Just like bars, if you’re in a popular backpacking destination, just ask around if someone know of any restaurants that hire backpackers.
Construction – If you have construction experience, give it a try because construction business are all around the world and they pays “under the table”.
Instructor – You have a scuba diving licence? You can give surfing lessons? You can teach how to play an instrument? You can teach yoga? Dance? Photography? Those skills are all in demand. Advertise yourself, go talk to the locals and see where it lead you.
Volunteering – OK you won’t have remuneration for this, but you will have one of the best experience of your life while saving money on accommodation and meals, which is just like getting paid! There are local organizations in every country that hire volunteers. A good website to start out is Independent Volunteer.
Work Exchange – Another favorite of mine! Check out Helpx and you will be amazed to see so many opportunities (At the moment of writing this article, there was 2500 hosting offers just for Australia… ). The concept is simple; you work a few hours each day in exchange for accommodation and meals. The work can vary; it could be gardening, babysitting, construction, etc…
Blogging – This one is not easy, but it’s possible. You can blog about anything that passionate you, you need to be constant and invest a lot of time to rank higher in search engine so can have more clicks and visits.
Affiliate Marketing – If you can dedicate yourself to your blog, you will find your niche and maybe make some money out of affiliates. If you don’t know what affiliate marketing is, have a look at Affiliate Bible, this website offers free lessons on how to get started.
Innovation! – Anyone can make money while traveling, be ingenious! You have a skill or a hobby? Make some profit out of it
As you can see you can make money while traveling, earning money while oversea is not impossible.
Remember if you are going to make money by working abroad to check your Travel Insurance Make sure the policy will cover you for the work that you intend to carry out. Most Travel Insurance policies will cover administrative or charity work, but some specifically exclude any manual work, so its best to check before you travel.