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5 easy ways to make money while traveling

5 easy ways to make money while traveling


Plane tickets. Hotels. Rental cars. Travel can get real expensive, real fast. But there’s hope! When you travel you don’t have to only spend money, you can make money too. There are tons of ways to earn while you travel.

Working while you travel can decrease your total bill and make it possible to travel longer. You won’t have to worry about running out of funds or coming home to big bills. While you jet set, you’ll still making that money, honey!

I’ve got a list of ways to cash in while you travel. The great things is you could do one of them or all them at the same time. Check out these 5 ways to have plenty of adventure even when you don’t have plenty of money.

#1 Sublet or rent your stuff while you’re gone

If you’ll be traveling for for a few weeks, this is a great option for all your things that will sit gathering dust. Consider subletting or renting out your home or car.

You could look for a full time tenant for your apart or rent it out on a site like Airbnb. And, since you would sublet your apartment with all your furniture you can ask for some extra cash. If you’re not sure where to start, you can use a property management company to help with logistics.

You can rent your car out on Turo or HyreCar. This way you rid yourself of an expense and make some extra dough.

#2 Sell your photos

Cash in on your photo addiction by selling your photos. There are lots of sites that will let you cash in on your beautiful vacation pics. If you have a quality camera and some basic editing skills you can become a stock photographer.

Once you sign up, you’ll upload photos and the agency helps you sell them. The agency markets your images in its database, and if anyone wants to use it, they have to pay the agency. You get a share of that—sometimes a hefty share, if the terms are right.

Here are five sites where you can make money with your photos:

Each site has a different payment structure. For instance, SmugMug Pro lets you keep 85% of the markup for your images. But you have to buy a Pro subscription, starting at $12.50 per month. In comparison, Shutterstock pays you more if you have higher lifetime earnings.

#3 Freelance

Explore working as a freelancer while you travel. Since contractors often don’t have to be at a desk, you can do your job from anywhere in the world.

The key things you need to be successful are a great internet connection and discipline. Working remote means you’re in charge of yourself, and staying on task.

Once you’ve decided to freelance, here’s how you can market yourself to find more work:

  • Direct outreach / Cold e-mailing
  • Job listing websites such as oDesk & eLance
  • Staying in touch with friends and past colleagues
  • Social media
  • Partnerships with agencies or other creative professionals
  • Asking for referrals
  • Online networking in forums and industry groups
  • Blogging / Content marketing

For more on freelancing opportunities check out FlexJobs.

#4 Work remote

You can extend your vacations by putting in some time working while you take a break from the office. I have tons of clients and colleagues who worked remote at home so they used that freedom to travel.

Remote working doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice job security, pay or seniority. There are perks for you and your boss with remote work. For your benefit, remote workers are happier than office bound workers. For your boss, remote workers start earlier, take shorter breaks and work longer hours.

These wandering workers are “digital nomads.” There are online and in-person communities around the world connecting there travelers together. to use co-working spaces and make new friends.

With tons of jobs that are doable with only a laptop and Wi-Fi, it’s easy to travel and work at the same time. This is about making the most of you time and staying true to your own core values. So embrace what you love and create balance between your career and your personal growth.

For more you can also check out Remote Year.

#5 Housesit

What could be better? You stay in someone’s home while they’re away free of charge. In return they have the peace of mind knowing their house is in good hands.

You can housesit in your home country or use it as a way to travel across the globe. While they are gone, you may also asked tend to some tasks in exchange for your stay. This could include feeding pets, watering plants or collecting mail. Jobs can last anywhere from two weeks to six months and give new meaning to the term culture immersion.

You can sign up on the below sites for a fee, which you should think of like an investment. Set up accounts on several sites to increase your changes of getting a job.

Planning ahead is the key. It can take a few days or a few weeks to  flesh out the details of a contract. And if you’ll be staying abroad check the visa requirements for countries you plan to apply for. You’ll want to ensure you know how long your visa allows you to stay.

Keep reading…find out the best jobs for people who want to travel. I’ve created a COMPREHENSIVE, free list of 50 jobs that let you travel for work…

Your dream of traveling the world and getting paid while you do it can be a reality. Download the list here!

Natasha co-hosts the No Foreign Lands podcast, and has yet to meet a carb she didn't like. She hails from the Pacific Northwest, a.k.a., home of the best seafood, the best apples and the best ode to booty ever. Natasha doesn't believe in snow or too much hot sauce. While she's usually too busy living inside a moment not taking pictures to save it, you can sometimes find her on the net @heynatashaboo.


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