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How to make money while travelling

I think many of us have dreamt of it at least once or twice, the idea of being able to travel the world all while being able to support our lifestyles while on the move in several different ways. Escaping the mundane 9 till 5 in exchange for beautiful scenery and a whole other level of fulfilment. 

I know it is what I dream of and have worked towards. The amazing thing is, it’s completely possible, you don’t have to scroll through Instagram liking pictures of some aesthetically pleasing couple eating avocado toast of the side of a mountain. 

You can go do all those things yourself! All it takes is a bit of know how and forward planning to be able to support yourself whilst travelling. Here is a truly extensive article about how to make money while travelling. 

For this post I have delved deep. I have covered several different areas in the hope that there will be something for everyone, an option that makes you stop and think “you know what, I could do that!” because I want something relevant, something actionable and something that is achievable. 

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Earning money while travelling doesn't need to be difficult.

Money while travelling - Long haul or quick fix?

This article is going to be geared at two different sorts of people. The people who want to perhaps take a gap year or year away from work and want to travel but also support themselves while doing so, and those who want to make travelling something more sustainable and for the long run.

Of course depending on your plans, some options may be more suitable than others, but it’s important to remember that if you want a sustainable lifestyle, then a bit of work will be required to achieve this. Some options will be executed before you go travelling and others during so take all this information with a pinch of salt and use it to craft something personal to yourself, because, as with everything, it may not all be relevant (or it may all be relevant in which case great!

Make money while travelling - Work for the locals

One great way to make money while travelling is to do local work wherever you find yourself. This one kind of seems a bit self explanatory so bear with me. I’m not trying to insult your intelligence. One thing that is crucial to this, is to try and plan ahead and follow the money. 

Try to reach out ahead of time to pick up odd jobs during your travels. As well as this, don’t be shy. There is more work out there than you realise, and if you’re not fussy with what job you pick up, you’ll find you can be supporting yourself pretty easily if you’re careful with your money. Good areas to look for work are bars and farm hand work.

The possibilities are endless here and you can do really well with any specialist skills you may have, so be inventive and have a real look at any valuable skills that someone will pay you for. 

Bartender work can be really easy to get as well as construction work, even with no experience you can pick up a full days work as a general labourer. Another good job is any form of farm work and fruit pickers, the pay isn’t amazing and the days are long but if you work on your budget travelling, you should be just fine. 

Could you teach English to earn money while travelling?

Teach English

Do you have a good level of verbal and written English? If so then this one may be for you. There are different companies that are reaching out to people to help teach mainly younger audiences English in a classroom based environment. In exchange for this, a lot of the companies offer a competitive salary as well as free accommodation usually within a multi- bedroom shared unit. If you’re looking at taking a year out and have your eyes set on somewhere specific like China and other areas in Asia then this one might be for you. 

There are several programmes available under TEFL which basically stands for “Teach English as a foreign language”. These programmes are usually a year or two long, and as previously mentioned, offer a salary package as well as free accommodation. Working hours can range from 20-35 hours a week but are flexible based on your preferences. The great thing is you don’t have to speak the local language as lots of the teaching techniques are from flash cards as well as other aids. The only downside to this type of programme, is you are generally placed in just one area. 

Other options include teaching English online, this option is good as it allows free movement but doesn’t come with free accommodation so you’ll have to weigh up the pro’s and con’s of this one and see what’s suitable for you. 

Travel programmes

This is a wide area so I’m just going to give you a general overview. The basic idea is you sign up with a company that flies you out to different area’s across the world where you partake in various different activities in exchange for food and accommodation, sometimes even paid, although this is rare as your “pay” is generally in the form of three meals a day and a bed to sleep in. Still not a bad compromise as you still get to see all the different sites and do some travelling, and all you have to worry about is a bit of spending money. 

One good example of this is WWOOF which stands for ‘World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms’ and, as the name suggests, involves general farm work but no experience is needed. There are other programs so it’s worth having a look around, but WWOOF is probably the most well known. Other examples of these types of programmes include  planting tree’s in different locations worldwide, and helping build wells across Africa. 


These travel programmes are good as they are easy to be accepted for and just leaves you to sort out spending money, as well as this, it gives you a good feeling inside as you’re really helping in a more meaningful way, another added benefit of this is that it’s a great way to make friends because generally, you’ll be working alongside other like-minded individuals who are doing the same thing for most likely the same reason. 

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freelancing on the go

Freelance work

Freelance work really is truly amazing. 

This type of work involves picking up work from a client, and working to a specification outlined by your client for an agreed upon price. The one thing I realised with freelance work is that if you work hard and develop a good portfolio, there is always a lot of work (sometimes too much!) and more importantly a lot of money to be made, more than enough to support a traveller, as well as this, it gives the flexibility of picking up work when you want and working what hours suit you, as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection you’re ready to go.

A lot of freelance work can be done on a laptop or computer as I mentioned, and works in line with your skills. Got web developing skills? Make websites for people and get paid. Like writing? Write for people and get paid! Honestly though, there’s a lot of work in a lot of different area’s  and I guarantee that you have got skills that people are willing to pay for. 

I use Fiverr and I think it’s fantastic, there’s a lot of different areas you can work in, from creative writing to brochure creation or even voice over work, go have a look and see what skills you have, if you’ve got a skill in a certain area then you may as well earn some money from it, am I right? 

Work remotely

Working remotely is one of the best ways to make money while travelling as it gives you the benefits of a full time job such as sick and holiday pay, as well as giving you the flexibility to be able to work anywhere in the world. 

There are a lot of different jobs that you can do remotely so it’s worth looking into it. Usually these jobs require you to have a certain skill set or be a certain level within your job, there are however some jobs that are advertised as remotely straight away so it’s worth keeping a look out. Either way it’s a good route to take because of the many different benefits. 

Create a blog or website

This is getting back to the point I was making earlier about how long you intend on travelling and the ways in which you would like to make travelling sustainable by doing something that makes money while travelling. Creating a blog or any other website has the potential to earn money. 

The thing with this one is you can’t just decide one day to make a website and then the following week expect it to be making money, this takes a lot of time and planning. I would say generally it could take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to be earning enough money from your blog or website to be able to comfortably earn enough to sustain your lifestyle, of course there are exceptions to this and it ultimately depends on how much time and effort you put into your site and your different methods of monetisation. 

There’s a higher chance that a website that sells products will make money quicker, than a website that relies on money from advertising or affiliate marketing. With that being said, with proper promotion of your website and regular content creation there’s no reason that your website won’t make enough money to sustain yourself within a year or so. Therefore, if this is the route you want to go down it’s better to start sooner rather than later. 

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Could you be an online coach?

Online coaching or mentoring

When it comes to making money while travelling, all it really boils down to is evaluating your skills, and how to properly utilise them to bring in an income, and it’s really as simple as that. 

Once you sit down and really outline your skills, then its easier to see the area’s in which you can excel and start maximising your earnings. 

Online coaching and mentoring is a way to make money by teaching others skills and knowledge that you already have yourself. The good thing with this, is that although some flexibility is needed, you can work on your own schedule. One important things to remember is to not under value your skills. 

The great things about online coaching, is that depending on the type of coaching, it usually results in repeat custom from clients. 

eBooks and courses

Last but by no means least are eBooks and courses, specifically online courses. The amazing thing about eBooks and courses is that once executed, if done correctly, results in passive income. 

Passive income is the best type of income and is basically a term used for money earned whilst not actively contributing to earning it. Once your initial time is invested into making the product it pretty much looks after itself after that. All you will need to focus on, is product promotion.

If you have a passion or an interest in something and have the time, then why not invest your time in writing an eBook. It can be about anything and requires little to no upfront monetary investing. Once you have spent your time writing your book, you then need to find a platform to sell your book. One of the most popular ones is Amazon and you can find more about it on Kindle Direct Publishing.

Another good way to make money on the road is through courses, this works better if you have a website or other medium to sell the courses. If you have a website that is getting traffic then why not convert some of this traffic into sales. Pick a problem that’s to do with your niche and do an online course that solves that problem, then focus on promoting your product. This solution isn’t ideal for everyone as you will need to have a platform and/or dedicated following to benefit from it. 

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You'll be earning while travelling in no time!

Whatever fits the bill

There we have it, various different ways in which you can make money while travelling. 

They will not all be suitable for one person and you may find that only one thing on this list will help, but that’s just the way it is. It’s not a one glove fit’s all solution which is why I’ve tried to offer various solutions to try to help as many people as possible. 

It’s also very dependent on your current solution and how quickly you intend on travelling. If time is on your side and you’re planning on going travelling in a  year or so, then why not take the time to try and create a website and save up a bit of money first, or perhaps get a job that allows you to work remotely, there are plenty of solutions out there if you’re willing to work hard enough to achieve it. 

If you have enjoyed this article, then please leave a comment down below on what you’d like to see in future articles. Also don’t forget to check out my most recent article about the best vegan restaurants in Rome as well as a guide of what to take backpacking.

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