How to make money while travelling

22nd December 2018by Joanna White

The nomadic lifestyle is one that more and more people are aspiring to nowadays and with the rise of the ‘digital generation’, it’s really never been easier to make money while travelling.

This guide contains a detailed breakdown of all the ways that you can make money while travelling, even if you’ve never attempted to make your own money before!

How to make money while travelling

There really are endless ways to make money while travelling; whether you want to work remotely from your laptop, or if you want to be more involved with other travellers and locals. Find an extensive list of ways to make money while travelling below.

Work in a hotel/hostel

One great way to make money while travelling is to work in a hotel or hostel for a little while. Of course, this is probably only feasible if you’re going to be staying in one place for a longer period of time as you’ll probably need to build up a bit of a reputation with the owners.

Some hotels/hostels may offer you free accommodation in exchange for your work, or some may also pay in cash too.

Freelance writing work

If you have a creative background in the likes of writing, web design, illustration, graphic design or literally any type of work you can do online, then this can be a great way to make some extra money while travelling.

There are many ways to find work online; from building up your own portfolio, to applying for freelance jobs on various job boards, you can find yourself making money as you travel.

As long as you have a laptop and an internet connection, you can work from anywhere in the world.

Work on a farm

This method of making money while travelling might not be for everyone but it can be a great way to make a little bit of extra cash.

Sometimes you may work in exchange for free accommodation or food, or sometimes your employer may pay you in cash for the hours you’ve worked.

Oftentimes, this type of work can be quite labour-intensive but if you’re willing to try a variety of different methods of making money while travelling, then this could be a great option for you.

Teach a skill you’re an expert in

Everyone has something they’re good at, and even if it’s just a hobby to begin with, you could soon turn it into a money making scheme while you’re travelling.

Good skills to utilise while you’re travelling could include teaching yoga, karate or even dance or music.

There are millions of people around the world who would love to learn a new skill, and you may find yourself being able to make money from something you love doing!

Bar work

Bar work is yet another easy and effective way to make money while travelling. Similarly to hotel and hostel work, you probably only want to do this kind of job if you’re going to be staying in one place for a prolonged period of time (4 weeks is probably the minimum amount of time you’d want to be in one place to do bar work).

While it might not be the most well paid job you can do while travelling, it can be a great way to get out and explore the local culture, as well as meet people in the area that you’re staying.

Teach English as a foreign language

Of course, to be able to do this you need to have English as your first language. If so, you can make a great means of living while travelling by teaching English to people around the world.

You may get a job in a school overseas for a couple of days or weeks where you can teach English to students. There are also other ways to utilise this means of making money while travelling.

There are many online platforms whereby you can teach foreign languages to people all over the world via the likes of Skype and email.

Start a travel blog

Similarly to freelance writing work, by starting a travel blog, you may be able to make money while travelling.

Blogging certainly isn’t an ‘get rich quick’ way of making money, and involves hours of hard work and determination, but you could find yourself making a bit of extra money to help fund your travels.

Many travel bloggers take years in order to establish themselves via their online travel blogs, so this might not be the best option for you if you’re looking to make a constant stream of income as it can often be quite unpredictable.

Volunteer work

While of course this isn’t actually a way to make money, it can be a way to save money while on your travels.

There are so many volunteer programmes to take advantage of while travelling, and instead of being paid in cash for the work you do, you’ll be rewarded with the likes of free food, accommodation and possibly even activities and transport.

Some types of volunteer jobs include fruit picking, working on a farm or cleaning.

Tour guide

A tour guide can be an excellent thing to consider if you’re wondering how to make money while travelling.

If you have excellent knowledge of a certain city or particular place, then you could apply to be a tour guide for local touring companies.

This is not only a great way to make money, but it’ll also give you the chance to see many different places – that is, if you’re able to be a tour guide in many different places.

Work on a cruise ship

This particular way of making money probably won’t be for everyone as it’s not quite as flexible as some other ways, but it can be a fun and unique method of making money while travelling.

If you’re good at entertaining and would like to explore more of the world via sea, then working on a cruise ship could be an excellent fit for you.

Conclusion – how to make money while travelling

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make money while travelling featured in the list above, and there’s also countless others that you can do too.

If you have a certain skill in a particular industry such as creative writing or teaching English for example, then you can utilise these skills while travelling in order to make money. Travel certainly isn’t a cheap hobby, so you need to find ways of making additional income as and when you can; especially if you plan on travelling for a long time!

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