Travelling the world is something most of us wish we could do if we had the means to do it. It’s a great opportunity to learn, challenge yourself, network and seek thrilling adventures of a lifetime. But unfortunately, it’s not something we generally have the luxury of. We often have several commitments – to work, to family and also to stay out of debt.
Yes, travelling to shop in Paris, or holiday in Hawaii, can be exhilarating, but it can also be very costly. From plane tickets to food and accommodation, travelling can be extremely frustrating, especially when you are running low on funds. Thankfully, there are several ways make money while travelling the world. Just make sure that you have researched the legalities for working abroad and obtained any work permits.
Find a job that keeps you moving
One way to make money while you are travelling is to get paid to do it. There are lots of options when it comes to jobs that have you visiting the coast of Trinidad and Tobago one week, and the busy streets of China the next. Being a flight attendant or pilot was probably the first thing that popped into your head, but if you have a fear of flying or aren’t too fond of either of those, there are other professions out there. If you fancy travelling by sea, you could opt for being a cruise ship worker. Or, if you want to help people in distress, you could consider a job with the Red Cross.
For the more patriotic people who find fulfilment in serving their country, you could look at becoming a diplomatic service worker. A job as a tour guide is also an excellent way to earn money and see the sights of the city, while sharing the most magnificent places with other travellers. Whatever your preference or motives, several jobs keep you moving from place to place while getting paid. The best part is you get to see different places and engage with people from different backgrounds.
Teach a language
A language is a universal form of connection, each country has its unique language or several languages connecting the people there, and there are millions of people always trying to connect. If you’re bilingual or even multilingual, then you have the opportunity to monetise your skills and help other people connect. Being a language teacher is something that is required almost everywhere and is a great way to earn money while travelling.
Be open to odd jobs
While you may not be able to bank on jobs that come with the benefits of an annual paid holiday or other benefits, there are lots of odd jobs in towns and cities if you know where to look. Bars and restaurants are some of the easiest places to find work. You could make some extra money by waiting tables, washing dishes or serving drinks. You could also seek payment for delivering packages for people too busy to travel themselves. Farms are also great places to find work, such as picking fruits and vegetables. You will find this option attractive if you enjoy the outdoors and you have the physical endurance required.
Find a location independent job
The world is now a global village, which means it’s possible to supply services to people in other countries as well. Don’t limit yourself to your immediate environment; you should peddle your services to people across borders on the internet. A common location independent job is writing. All you need is a laptop, and you can make some extra cash as a freelancer. If you have some photography skills, you could sell the photos you take during your trip. Other location independent jobs include web programming, editor, graphic design and social media manager. All these jobs do not require your immediate physical presence, so as long as you deliver what’s needed, your salary will be able to pay for your travel.
It is important to save
So, this isn’t exactly a way to make money while on the road; it’s more of a much-needed hint. It’s important to have an adequate amount of funds saved up and put away for a rainy day. You might be on the road for days or even weeks, in a certain place or under certain conditions that prevent you from working. Saving to set up an emergency fund before setting off on your travels will always come in handy.
Make money from your home
If you’re a homeowner and you plan on being away for a while, you could rent out your house to travellers while you’re away. This is a great way to make some money using the resources you already have. But it’s not just limited to your house; it could be anything someone else is willing to pay for – a car, a motorcycle or even your lawnmower. Of course, you aren’t just limited to loaning it out, you could also sell it for more profit.
Travelling can be an interesting journey, and a wonderful opportunity to meet people and learn while you travel. Of course, it can also be quite expensive, but with an open mind, money doesn’t have to stop you from travelling the world and seeing the sights. So, don’t waste another minute, sell that fancy china you don’t use, volunteer in another country, take up a location independent job and book yourself a ticket to your dream destination!