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20 Fun Ways to Make Money While Traveling the World

Selling pictures to stock photo sites is one way to make money on the road.If you like traveling but don’t like the idea of tapping into your emergency cash to fund your travels, you are going to like this post.

Let’s look at some of the best ways you can make money while traveling the world.

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1. Write About It

At first, travel writing may not pay quite a lot, but if you travel in countries where cost of living are cheap, then travel writing may be worth it.

There are tons of people who are actually making a living while traveling the world by simply talking about their travel and experiences on their blog. They make money from ads and affiliate programs.

Need an example?

How about Kiersten from The Blonde Abroad. She quit her corporate finance job to become a world traveler. And she is now making a living doing just that.

What’s the most wonderful thing about travel writing? Well, it’s the fact that you can write it anywhere. An internet connection is all you need so that you don’t need to stay in one place for quite some time.

2. Share Your Experience on YouTube

You could also create a YouTube channel where you upload videos of your experiences.

There are tons of people who are making good enough money doing just that.

A quick look on YouTube for travel related videos and you will know what I am talking about.

Here is an example. David Hoffmann, has more than 1300 videos on his YouTube channel, DavidsBeenHere, and you better believe he is making money from ads displayed alongside those videos.

3. Use Your Editing Skills

Why not offer your editing skills to make some money? Why not consider doing the following and get paid? Proofread translations of signs, menus, and newsletters. Write marketing materials in English.

Go to the local English-language magazine and edit the content to suit their target expats. Go look around and be aggressive in offering your services.

You might end up getting pleasantly surprised on the number of people who are willing to use your services for a fee.

4. Teach English

This is one of the simplest ways of earning cash while working and living in a foreign country.

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If you want a long-term employment, then consider joining a year-round school or university as these are the most stable of the lot. These universities have two months break which you can use for travel. In most cases, the schools even shoulder your round-trip plane fare.

But if you are looking for a short term job, then consider language schools as they get teachers for a few weeks or few months. Why not teach at a summer camp that lasts a few weeks? Then take the rest of summertime to travel.

A great site to find English teaching jobs abroad is Dave’s ESL Café.

5. Consider Resort Jobs

There are plenty of resorts in the world and they often hire their personnel from different countries.

There are various posts you can take such as as front desk, restaurant or the activity/entertainment department. And if you are a little adventurous, you can get a resort job at the IfYouSki.com

You can also look into working for cruise ships. To find jobs on a cruise ship, checkout AllCruiseJobs.com.

6. Do Online Freelance Work

There are plenty of online jobs you can take. There are web design, programming, illustration, writing, marketing, consulting, legal work, engineering or any type of admin work available on sites like Freelancer.com and UpWork.com.

These are avenues which you can check out as they connect freelancers with employers, and companies who offer various work.

There are jobs to be found for different field so don’t’ worry if your background is a little bit different.

7. Sell Stuff Online

And by stuff I mean anything that you think other people might be interested in.

The beauty of this is that while you travel around, you are bound to come across stuff that people in other parts of the world can only dream of, or if they have it available o them it’s just too expensive. As you travel from place to place, use the opportunity to find cool local stuff and ell them on sites like eBay.

8. Sell Your Art Crafts at Local Markets

Or maybe try finding those markets which foreigners frequent, then start renting a stall and sell your goods.

In most places, there are markets that are for tourists and travelers. This has resulted to some enterprising individuals who follow the market circuit-they jump from one market to another all year long to sell their products such as crafts, artwork, clothes from India or other items that are in demand.

9. Take Sell Stock Photos

It’s not National Geographic that’s asking you to use your photos?

So what?

This should not stop you from taking your photos and selling them.

There are tons of places where you can sell stock photos. From travel agencies to stock image sites and even giants like GettyImages.

If you like stock photography sites, take a look at this list of sites where you can sell stock photos.

10. Do House-sitting

Who does not want a roof over there heads for free?

Normally, you won’t get paid for house-sitting, but hey, if you don’t have issues with looking after somebody’s abode while they’re elsewhere, then this is definitely a good option.

These house-sitting rackets can last for a week, a month or even a whole year or any time frame in between.

For a list of site where you can find house sitting opportunities, plus awesome tips and guides, checkout GlobeTrotterGirls.com.

11. Do Some Bartending

You will find many bars in different towns and cities that actually pay ‘ cash in hand’ to tourists who are willing to work in a bar and stay there for a certain period.

Try out those bars that are connected to hostels as they are the ones who are likely to hire you.

12. Work at a Cafe/restaurant

And the same works for cafes and restaurants.

Are you in a known backpacking place? Then go to the hostel staff and ask for cafes nearby which hire tourists.

Or try flipping through local classified ads or coupon travel magazines to search for job openings at cafes.

You can actually find some restaurants looking for people to hire in the magazine or classified ads.

13. Work Exchange

Check out the listings on HelpX.net and then be prepared to pack up your stuff. As long as you’re amenable to a couple of hours of work a day to pay for room and boarding expenses, or even sometimes additional cash, then this should work out for you.

There are a lot of such opportunities out there.

14. Busking

Are you talented (actually it doesn’t matter even if you’re not), then this is a real money-maker. Be sure that you are not getting someone’s “spot”, plus check whether you can legally do performances in certain destinations.

Otherwise, you might need to run away very quickly.

15. Work in a Hostel

A lot of hostels get part-time workers in exchange for discounted room rates.

While it may seem disgusting, to clean up after tourists, this is a good source of easy cash and free bed. Plus you might meet new friends too.

16. For the Love of Science…or Some Cash

Are you the type who are willing to experiment such as ignoring expiration dates of milk to know what will happen if you drink it and its expired? Then this is definitely for you. Be experimented on by those geeky but nervous science students from UK, US and in Europe with Get Paid to Guinea Pig.

17. Donate Blood Plasma

Donating blood is an easy way to get some fast cash. I have written about it before, so I won’t repeat it here.

Check out this post on getting paid to donate blood.

18. Recycle

Of course, helping the environment has its rewards. In fact, in most European cities, you can even get cash for the bottles you gather.

19. Become a Tour guide

If you happen to know and love places around the world, you can actually get paid to give tours.

There are a few ways to do this, but for somebody just starting out, the easiest way would be to work through a travel agency that hires tour guides.

One such company is ToursByLocals.com. And no, you don’t actually have to be a local to get the job. As long as you know the place like the locals, you are good.

20. Au pair

This one is for those long term stays.

With Au Pair program you get paired with a host family in the U.S. or other countries. You get to live with the family and experience the culture for free, in exchange you become a part of the family as sibling, role model, best friend, or co-parent for a minimum of 1 year with the option to extend for up to 2 years.

Check out GoAupair.com for details and opportunities.

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