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Top 10 Ways To Make Money While Traveling

Hands in the air if traveling more is your dream of life, but you don't have enough money to make it coming true.

That's what I thought. How annoying is that?!
Here’s the idea:
Most, if we don't say all travelers, don't have only one source of money.
The cash flows using more than one stream at once. These few dollars here and there add up to enough money to upgrade your lifestyle as a traveler.
The most important part?
If you're serious about it, with time, it will grow into more than just a small budget allowing you to start by.
Many travelers earn a comfortable  figures revenue every year! Dream come true, right?
That's why I chose this checklist of 10 ways to make money while visit your favorite traveling destinations, based on proven recommendations from experts living the dream.
You will discover some different ways to diversify your sources of income no matter what your skills, with tips and links to resources that can help you to start.
Are you ready to learn how to make money while traveling the world?
Here we start!

1. Tour Guide

If you have already visited an interesting destination, and if you stayed there enough to know your way around, then you can sell your knowledge about it by becoming a tour guide
The first possibility is to ask for a job at the local tourism office.
But if there is a salesperson in you:
Go around, spot the tourists and offer to show them around. This way, you won't have to pay a commission to an agency and you'll get your almighty dollars (or other currency) right away!
Reveal your favorite spots along with your tips and hacks for them not to be scammed like typical tourists.

2. House-Sitting

An alternative way to make ends meet while traveling is to avoid paying for accommodation.
House-sitting lets you do just that. In exchange for looking after someone else's house (and maybe their pets as well), you get to stay at their place for free!
Here's the deal:
Keep watch on the property for the time indicated in the contract and in exchange, sleep in a fully furnished house that will make you feel like home even abroad. You can still go around, it's not a prison!

How to become a house-sitter?

House-sitting is part of my guide to find a free or cheap place to stay when traveling.
There are several websites that can put you in touch with owners looking for someone to keep an eye on their house, but the most popular ones are MindMyHouse and TrustedHousesitters.

3. Manicure / Haircut / Massage

You wouldn't believe how tempting it is to get a massage after a long day of travel. A friend of mine offered massages during her trip across Europe and was able to pay for accommodation and food every day!
I'm not suggesting that you open a salon on the road (although, if you have an RV...). For massages, you don't really need a formation by the way: anyone who's not a brute can give a decent massage I think. Having one will be appreciated of course and justifies your prices.
Well, you wouldn't want me to give you one. Don't offer haircuts if you can't deliver. Obviously.

How to offer your services?

Instead of opening your salon, get in touch with the hostels in town and ask them if you can put a sign to let people know that they can get a haircut, massage, shave or anything else related to well-being.
There's a party in town?
Offer your services for makeup and face-painting! You could even do it in the streets, kids would love that.
Hostels might ask you for a commission: try to negotiate a room for the night then.

4. Model

I'm sad to say I've never been offered to become one. Yet, particularly in countries where you stand out from the crowd, you might get asked to model.
Here's the thing:
Abroad, when you look different from the locals, you are perceived as exotic. Use that to your advantage! Even if you never considered yourself particularly handsome or pretty at home, it might be your moment of glory when you travel.

How to become a model while traveling?

You can either inquire if the local modeling agencies need a good-looking foreigner like you or hope to be spotted by someone in the street.
Here's a funny story:
When I was traveling in China with my friend, people were often amazed by his blue eyes. Back home, it was rather normal, but there... Women in the countryside actually wanted to touch them with their fingers!
It was the same in Tanzania with two blond friends. There was just no way to walk down the street without them being put under the spotlight.

5. DJ

Music addict, you never travel without your equipment? Good for you, clubs and bars might be looking for someone to make their customers dance and stay longer.
If the managers are not too exigent, they might even let you play as long as you have a cool Spotify playlist.
The good part about it is that it will keep you busy for the evening only, leaving you the whole day to travel and explore around. Plus, you'll probably get free entry (and drinks) at the bar!

How to get some money as a DJ abroad?

Again, there's no secret: go talk to bar and club owners. Provide references if you can and expect to be asked to do a demo.

6. Overseas job as an expat

Maybe you love your current job but have the impression that something is missing, and that's why you feel this need to travel.
Have you considered working abroad doing the same job? Sometimes, all you need is a change of scene. Millions of people work overseas as expats.
What you can bring to a company as a foreigner is very valuable, especially for international ones. You have an understanding of your country that they don't have.

How to work overseas as an expat?

If you already have a job in a company that also operates overseas, get in touch with your HR department and let them know about your plans to live abroad. They might have opportunities for you!
But you can also find job offers online on Indeed or directly on the website of a company you'd like to join.
Asia is also constantly looking for English teachers, so that can always be an option as well, even a temporary one.

7. Volunteer work

True, volunteer work won't get you much of a pay, by definition. But you can still do more than just subsisting by joining social projects: most of them offer housing and food for your help.
If your goal is to make some money while traveling, it might not be the best option for you. But a free place to sleep and food to eat are about as good as earning hard cash, right?
But here's what great about it:
Volunteer work is not just a great way to save money. It's also a travel experience that lets you build a network and do some good. I cannot name one person who has volunteered abroad and came back unchanged and thrilled about it.

How to find volunteer work overseas?

There are several websites to find volunteer work, one of them being Grassroot Volunteering.

8. Work exchange

The alternative that is so close to volunteering that they are often not differentiated is to enroll in a work exchange. Again, a salary isn't guaranteed but you might enjoy additional benefits. Contrarily to volunteering, a small pay can still be expected.
There are opportunities to work abroad pretty much everywhere in the world, and the contract duration varies from one host to the other.
How does it work?
Choose where you want to go, check out the offers available, contact the host and if you're accepted, book your cheap flight and go work while traveling!

How to find work exchanges?

The most popular organizations is HelpX. They offer a wide panel of opportunities, from farm stays to hostels, or ranches and even sailing boats.

WWOOF is specialized on work exchanges in organic farms, for the most environment-aware travelers.

Get a location independent job

Have you ever thought that you don't really need more than a laptop and an internet connection to put your skills to use? Then consider becoming a digital nomad for a minute! Ok, actually, think about more than just a minute. As I wrote in How to Make It as a Digital Nomad, it's not a life for everybody. But it can be really amazing.

9. Freelancing

The option praised by many digital travelers is to become a freelancer. Set up a profile on some of the most popular platforms, Upwork and Fiverr. Describe your skills, if possible provide an online portfolio and get ready to receive job offers!
Any talent you have can be turned into money for your trips. Believe me if you will, people even get paid on Fiverr to break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend for you!

Pro tips from successful Digital Nomads

Try to start as a freelancer while you are not yet traveling, to build references and earn some money before your departure. As you might realize, it's not always so easy to find a job if you don't have past references.
Get in touch with the growing community of remote workers: check out Nomad List as well as Facebook groups. You'll find plenty of useful tips and support there.
And here's the most important advice:
Don't expect it to be a life of rainbows and unicorns only: earning money as a freelancer while traveling requires a lot of work and is far from permanent holidays. Check out the Digital Nomad survival guide to be prepared.

What kind of jobs can I do as a traveling freelancer?

Popular sectors for remote workers include the following:
  • Webdesign, Programming and Illustration
  • Writer, translator and transcriptionist
  • Marketing and social media manager
  • Legal and accounting
  • Consulting

10. Become an Influencer

An influencer is a title (job?) that became popular with the development of social media. It is someone that people listen to and who can influence their mindset and action.
And you could become one. Easier said than done, I know. But not impossible.
Here's why:
During your travels, you will need equipment: clothing, gear, transportation... How about contacting brands providing these and offering to be ambassadors for them?
They will be more inclined to sign a deal with you if you already boast a decent audience on social media. Consider contacting smaller brands who need exposure just as much as you, they'll be easier to convince.

Any tools to become an influencer?

Some of the most popular platforms that will put you on the path to becoming an opinion leader include IZEAFameBit and OpenInfluence (previously InstaBrand).
It goes without saying that it requires a ton of work and that you don't become an influencer overnight. If that's something you want to do, you'll have to work hard before being able to convince brands to partner up with you.