Traveling the world is one of the most exciting things an individual can choose to do in their lifetime. The experiences, the people, the memories — they’re priceless. Sadly, the cost of travel isn’t.
Whether you stick to a strict budget or have a few more dollars to work with, the trips you take almost always manage to cost a bit more than planned. Usually the experiences you take away from your travels outweigh any monetary overextension. But what if you could eliminate some or all of your travel expenses?
The idea of making money while you travel seems almost too good to be true, but today with so many options out there for flexible work spaces, self-employment or shared marketplaces, you don’t have to be an expert to fund your wanderlust-filled adventures in this beautiful world.
Here are eight easy ways you can make a little extra money while you globetrot:
Rent Out Your Wheels or Your Place While You’re Gone
Take advantage of the fact that your vehicle is sitting in an expensive airport parking lot, unused. The company FlightCar lets you park in the airport for free in exchange for its use as a rental to fully insured and approved members. If you rent your vehicle, you’re paid. If by chance it isn’t, you’ll still get free parking — they even throw in a carwash! Seems like a win-win, especially when regulars users make upwards of an extra five hundred dollars a month.
You can also take advantage of your extended absence by renting out your digs on AirBnb. What you’ll make weekly or monthly depends largely on where you live and how big your place is. Some have been known to make hundreds to thousands of dollars per week. It’s definitely worth looking into, even if you only make enough to cover your monthly rent.
Pick Up Work Wherever You Are
Perhaps one of the coolest apps out there for finding quick paid work (for shopping no less) is Gigwalk. The money is sent directly to your PayPal account, and you can pick up anywhere from a few dollars to a hundred bucks for a few minutes of your time. The only downside is that it’s only currently available in the United States. Why not give it a shot on your next weekend road trip, and then add it to the travel fund?
Write or Blog About Your Many Adventures
Like to write about your personal experiences as you travel? Consider putting these thoughts together in an ebook or a travel blog.
You may find the idea of a book intimidating, but one site out there actually puts together a book from your existing content! Hyperlink takes anything from tweets to blog posts, edits them and publishes the result on their platform — for a share of the profits, of course. You can also look into Kindle Direct Publishing or Gumroad, both popular self-publishing platforms for those up to the task of writing a complete book themselves.
Blogging may be more your style, and if so, there are various ways to monetize your words through advertising, sponsors or selling your own products.
Teach a Skill You Already Have to Someone Else
Turn your teaching skills into income through TakingLessons.com, a great online marketplace for finding or offering lessons on anything from science to Spanish. The lessons are taught via Skype (so location only requires an internet connection), and you’re paid directly via PayPal.
Transition to a Mobile Workplace
Like the idea of working from no matter where you are in the world, but not big on teaching? Offer any type of skill or service you have as a freelancer. You can write, edit, translate or offer web design services or photography.
Fiverr.com, Freelancer.com or Outsource.com are just a few of the sites out there available to you to help transition your office from one physical location to anywhere in the world.
Get Paid for Your Opinion
While the process may get tedious at times, filling out surveys or writing reviews is an easy way to get paid cash or have access to discounts, gift cards and even airline miles. e-Rewards or Amazon Mechanical Turk are just a couple of examples that let you make a bit of money simply by telling them what you think of products you already use.
Don’t Just Be a Tourist
If you’re one of those people that likes to glean all they can from the places they visit, look into becoming a local tour guide. You’ll not only learn a ton about where you are, but you’ll get paid to share that knowledge with others — enriching their travel experience too.
You’ll want to make sure you check out any work restrictions for the countries you are traveling to, though. Depending on where you’re going, a tourist visa doesn’t always give you the option to work in the local economy.
Make Use of Your Photo Memories
You’re already taking a million photographs of that amazing Buddhist temple anyway. Why not post them to one of the photo stock websites out there — Flickr, Getty Images or Fotolia? You can share what you’ve seen and sell some prints for extra income in the process.
Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way
If you’re like most individuals with insatiable wanderlust, these options will allow you to do what you love and make sure you have food to eat, as well as a roof over your head. No matter what option you decide to dive into, if you have the drive and passion to make it happen, you will.
To make sure you set yourself up for success, put together a detailed budget of weekly or monthly expenses for your travels. Figure out how much time and money you will need to make it become a reality. Finding a way to achieve your desired work/life balance will be more than worth it in the end.