Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Ways To Make Money Whilst Travelling The World

Make money whilst travelling the world. Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn't it but people do this every day, combining their love of travel, whilst funding it through working abroad.

Before you go off to wander the world, there are three important things you should do - Plan, Prepare, and Save.





If you have a lust for travel you can make money doing what you love

Plan - where you are going to go, how long for, any injections and visas required and how much money you will need. 
Maybe you want to sell some of your possessions to raise money for the trip, if you don't you may need to put them in storage.

Prepare - think of your skill set and how that will help you find a job. Are you good with computers (programming, website tester) communication (guide, TEFL, PR), people skills (hospitality work), languages (interpreter, guide), childcare (au pair, nanny)? 
You may want to have a job lined up for your first destination so do some searching online and apply.

Save - it's important to have that financial safety net behind you, so start saving now. Depending on how long you are travelling, it's essential to have a few months savings in the bank until you become established in an area and this will help if you have difficulty finding work.

Not sure where to start? Here are my top ways of making money whilst travelling the world below.

Blogging

You can make money from blogging. I know as I do. 
Typically bloggers make money from sponsored posts, affiliate advertising, and social media promotion. 

It helps if you are an established blogger but why not set up a blog about your travels around the world? You do need to put the time and effort in though, writing on a regular basis, promoting your blog and building your following. It's not as easy as some people think but it can be done. You also have the added bonus of documenting your travels along the way.

If you travel blog, you may be invited on press trips. This has the bonus of free travel and accommodation and you may even get paid for it. You will be expected to write about it, sharing your trip on social media too so it's not an easy job.

Vlogging

If you have skills behind a video camera then set up a YouTube channel and post your Vlogs online. It's important to think about your style, your unique voice and who your audience will be, then build up your following.

You can monetize your Vlogs through YouTube advertising, and sponsored content. The more views you get with YouTube advertising the more you will make and generally, brands will look at the numbers following you, the quality of your Vlogs and if you are a suitable ambassador for the brand.

Teaching English As A Foreign Language




You can make new friends teaching English abroad

Teaching English abroad is a viable career choice if you have a good command of the English language. It also helps to integrate yourself into an exciting new country and interesting new culture.


It is, however, advisable to get a qualification to teach English abroad such as the T.E.F.L. (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification. This will help you get a well-paid job in a country of choice and many of the best schools do not consider teachers that aren't T.E.F.L. qualified.

To study for the T.E.F.L. qualification does not require any formal qualifications and age is not a barrier either as students are from the age of 18 to retirement age.

Virtual Assistant

A Virtual Assistant  or V.A. provides professional administrative, technical, or creative skills to clients remotely at the end of a computer. In this day and age, it's possible, with good wi-fi, to do this almost anywhere in the world.

You could be updating websites, answering emails, posting on social media or any number of tasks required by your clients.

If you want to find work like this, check out sites such as Elance, Upwork, and People Per Hour.

Work In The Travel Industry


Working on a cruise ship will give you the opportunity to travel as well as earn money

Whether this is with an airline, cruise ship or tour company, working within the travel industry can have the added benefit of free transportation and accommodation too. 

It will depend on what role you are applying for, to what skills you need. Jobs on cruise ships including chefs, shop staff, fitness instructors, entertainment coordinators, security officers, plumbers and engineers. Cabin crew aboard an airline will need a good standard of education and have excellent customer service and organisation skills and have undergone training on safety, and security.

Creating A Passive Income

Many long-term travellers are entrepreneurs and have more than one income stream.  Creating a passive income, e.g. income that comes in with little effort on your part, can be a very useful addition to your bank balance. 

If you have a blog, advertising can be a great passive income, and many companies are happy to pay for sidebar ads on a quality blog. If you own a property that you are leaving to travel, renting it out can cover your bills. You may not be a millionaire overnight but writing an ebook or online course can create an income stream that will trickle in nicely.

There are many other ways to make money whilst travelling the world, and this post doesn't even cover traditional methods such as bar work or waitressing. As you can see making money whilst travelling can be done, and if you are off on your travels I wish you all the best on your adventure.

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35 comments

  1. These are all great tips. You can absolutely use travel to your advantage like this. People love to see and read about trips to beautiful locations.

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    1. They do indeed Stacie. I also find some of the best up-to-date information on a tourist destination is given by bloggers too

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  2. This is a great post. I would love to travel the world more and get paid while doing it. I need to start Vlogging more.

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  3. This is an awesome post and I was just talking to a friend about this very topic. I'm going to be sharing this with her because this is something she is really interested in doing. :-)

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  4. These are great tips. One of the things holding me back from travel is the cost and not being able to make money.

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  5. I LOVE blogging and being a social media consultant because I can do anywhere, anytime! I would love to work in the travel industry!

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  6. This is such a great list for anyone looking to make money when out of the country. I think the idea of teaching English would be a smart idea.

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  7. It's really nice that there are so many great options for people who love traveling. These could all be fun!

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  8. This is my ultimate goal. I want to travel and make money doing it. Thanks for showing me how to do it!

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    1. There are plenty more ideas, but hope this has been a starting point for you.

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  9. Some great ideas! People don't realize that traveling doesnt have to be expensive and if you go about it the right away it can pay you!

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  10. I would love to be able to travel and make money at the same time. It's probably not as easy as the ones doing it make it look, but I'm sure it's totally worth it!

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    1. It's definitively not easy but if you work hard you can do it.

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  11. Seeing the world is something I am so glad that I can experience with my family. Blogging has allowed for us to make so many great memories as a family.

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  12. It's good to be able to travel while also making money from it! If I was given that option, I would totally go. These are great suggestions and it wouldn't hurt to give them a try.

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  13. Really wonderful tips! I think it would be awesome to make money while traveling! Would love to be able to see the world! - Jeanine

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  14. Being a Virtual Assistant is a great way to make some money while traveling. As long as you have an internet connection you are good to go.

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  15. These are wonderful income earning suggestions, especially for those that love to travel. I have heard a lot of great things about teaching English abroad.

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    1. Me too Marcie, age isn't a barrier either. In fact the older and more experienced you are in life in general, the better you could be working with a diverse group of people.

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  16. Wow, I envy you! I want to travel but no time and budget for it, I wish I can do it soon!

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  17. Oh, how I wished I could, but I have a son in school now...I would totally do this in the summertime though.

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  18. My husband and I talked about working on a cruise ship before we had kids. We thought it would be a fun way to see the world and meet lots of interesting people. These are such great tips for people who want to make money while traveling!

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    1. Maybe when your children are older it's something you can consider.

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  19. I do blogging in order to be home for my kids. I know many friends who are VAs. Very informative post!

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  20. These are such great tips. I do blog now and make money traveling but there are some other good ideas that I'm going to check out! Thanks

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  21. My dream job! I would love to see the world and get paid for it. My youngest son is in the hotel industry and dreams of finding a job onboard a cruise liner. I would love to see my dream come true in him.

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  22. My sister-in-law did the TEFL course and used it to make money and travel in Japan. It's a great idea.

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    1. I think a TEFL course is such a good idea if you have a good command of the English language.

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  23. I love this post! It is possible to travel and still make a living while you do it.

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