It goes a little something like this: You watch that movie The Beach starring Leonardi Di Caprio, and you instantly decide you want to quit your 9 to 5 and travel the world. Or something to that effect. On the one hand, you know it’s going to be one of the best decisions you ever made. You will learn far more about the world and yourself then you ever would if you stuck with that office job. But, you’re also rightly worried about how you are going to keep your finances going while you do so.
Not to worry as there are plenty of realistic ways of earning extra money while traveling. Here are our top picks.
The pen is mightier than the sword and these days, said pen is your laptop keyboard that can be tapped away at from any corner of the globe. Freelance writing can involve writing for your own website using affiliate links and Adsense to generate cash. Or, you can write the likes of blog posts, landing pages, and other general marketing content for clients instead. It’s also possible to self publish your own books on Amazon too, which can be a great source of passive income. Either way, there is a lot of opportunity for freelance writers to earn money, especially if you are great with SEO.
Have you always wanted your own online store, but don’t have the cash to buy stock or even the room to hold it all in? Stop right there! Dropshipping cuts through these hurdles, as it makes you the middle-man instead. How it works is that a customer will place an order through your website, and you will forward this to a third party supplier. You pay for the wholesale price of the item but keep the markup profit. The supplier is then responsible for shipping the order to the customer. While there is some admin work involved, dropshipping is a valid income source for millions of entrepreneurs.
If you plan on traveling long-term then it’s worth getting a work visa so that you can pick up some local work. The type of work will differ depending on what country you’re in. But the likes of hospitality, retail, and even agricultural work is usually easy to find in most places. The advantage of picking up physical work instead of earning money online is that you get the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. It’s also a great way to make connections which will come in handy as you travel to unfamiliar places.
Are you fluent in another language besides English? Often those with language skills want to put their second language into use by traveling to the same speaking countries. If that’s you, then there are various ways you can earn money through translating. For example, working as an interpreter or even teaching English. Another plus is that translating can be done online or you can work locally. You can also pick up freelance work translating texts into different languages which can be quite lucrative. Languages such as Spanish and Mandarin are particularly in demand, though it’s possible to earn money by translating in any dialect, especially if you can both speak and write in another language.
To Sum Up
It’s a myth that you can only earn money when working in a ‘regular’ job. Sadly, this is often what holds people back from getting out of their comfort zone and making the best memories they’ll ever have through traveling.
With the right attitude and a willingness to develop new skills, earning money while traveling definitely can be done. It could even make the experience a whole lot richer too, especially as you’ll meet people you never would have otherwise if you pick up local work.