7 Ways to Make Money While Traveling
Thinking of taking an extended vacation or becoming a full-time traveler? There are plenty of ways to earn a little extra to fund your travels while you're out there on the trail. No working a regular job and saving up week after week- these are all valid ways to fund your travels as you go whether you switch cities every few days or every few months.
The first thing that might come to mind is working online. Though it might take a month or two to work up to a full-time income you can start earning in your first few days. This works perfectly for people who have skills that work well online- writing, graphic design, code, and translation are all excellent skills that will let you work with no more than internet access and a laptop.
Lease Your Car
You've probably rented a car while you were on a trip at least once. Why not rent out your car? With several online services, your can easily and quickly find someone that needs a car for a while (as little as a day or as long as you are offering). This can bring in enough revenue to cover your car payment and regular maintenance while you're gone- maybe a little more.
Use Your Skills
Maybe you're a beautician or a massage therapist. You could speak the local language and offer your translation services to fellow travelers. Maybe you have a musical streak and have always wanted to try out busking. (Just make sure it's legal.)
Lease Your House
Just like you can rent your car, you can rent your house if you have one. Alternatively, you can choose to participate in a house swap though that's more likely to save you money rather than make it. If you're going to be gone a while, renting (and having a friend or neighbor check in once in awhile) can keep your home from being robbed or going through the stress of being empty (burst pipes, animals, etc.)
Pick Up Seasonal Work
Farms all over the world are looking for workers. It's usually manual labor, so you need to be in decent shape but the wage is fair, and you just might learn a few things (or get some farm-fresh produce) as a bonus.
Be a Courier
If your idea of travel right now is more "road trip" that round-the-world then a messenger job could be perfect for you. Depending on the type of vehicle you have, you could pick up any number of objects- from cake to furniture. Animal lover? Many owners and even breeders are looking for people to deliver pets cross country as it's so much less stress than air travel.
Offer Tutoring or Lessons
No matter what kind of skills or knowledge you have, sharing it can be profitable. This is something you may be able to do online or could offer as a local, once-in-a-lifetime course set up in a library or community center. If you plan to stay in one place for a while, you could even put ads online to beginner lessons in your subject. Languages, computer skills, music, mathematics- these are all good places to start.
By using the assets you have on hand, it's possible to keep traveling as long as you want- until you feel the urge to head back home. Whether you're renting out your home and car or selling your skills, you might have more to offer than you think.