Many people dream of being able to travel to multiple destinations, but they’re afraid of not being able to afford it. To travel long-term, you’ll obviously have to do some planning and have money for emergencies, especially if you’re not in your own country. However, you can also earn some extra cash while you’re on the road to help with the expenses or even make a living remotely. Here are seven ways to make money while traveling:
Have you ever heard about digital nomads? They don’t have a fixed work location, which allows them to work and travel at the same time by being a freelancer. If you also want to do that, you can offer many services such as editing, writing, translating, programming, etc. You can work whenever you want and make your prices. However, you should remember that it might take a while to start receiving money since you should create a portfolio with past experiences and write great proposals to get clients. It’s not fast money if you’ve just started, but as you build a network and reputation, you will get more clients and be more likely to earn more.
Teach a Language
If you’re a native English speaker or speak other languages fluently, you can teach a language remotely. There are platforms like iTalki you can sign up to or advertise in Facebook groups, in order to start getting clients. With these websites, you can set up your rates and hours.
Become a Translator
Alternatively to teaching another language, you can also become a translator. You can start by applying to online agencies like Gengo, OneHourTranslation, Unbabel, and Textmaster. Or even create a CV, Google “translation agency work with us,” and start sending it to these companies. You don’t necessarily have to have experience, and most places will hire you if you pass a grammar and translation test.
Do you know how to create things like jewelry, painting, knitting, etc.? You can earn money by selling your art while you’re traveling. You can find buyers by advertising your products on the Facebook marketplace, Etsy.com., taking your items to independent street stores, or even at hostels if you’re staying there.
Perform on the Street
If you aren’t shy and like people, you can also perform on the streets. You don’t necessarily have to play an instrument or sing. You can also dance, juggle, do magic, and much more. Ideally, you should find a place that is usually crowded, that way, you can increase your chances of getting tips and making good money. However, you should pay attention to the laws of the place you’re staying in, see if you need a license or something, so that you don’t get in trouble.
Online surveys won’t exactly give you a living wage, but it’s a great way to make some extra cash without much effort. The more websites you sign up to, the more the earning potential is. Some options include Swagbucks, LifePoints, Inbox Dollars, Survey Junkie, and Opinion Outpost.
Sell Your Photos
As a traveler, you’ll probably be taking lots of photos anyway, so why not sell them? Nowadays, you don’t need a professional camera to earn money with photography. You can simply use your smartphone. You can start by signing up to stock photo websites such as Shutterstock, iStock, Dreamstime, and Fotolia.