5 Ways to Make Money While Traveling
Long-term travel has become an all-out trend. Some people save enough money to travel for years, but most people need to earn money while they go to live the nomadic life. Thanks to the internet, you’ll find many ways to earn on the go. Check out the following five possibilities for everything from earning a few extra dollars to paying your bills while overseas.
Rent Out Your Home
Many long-term travelers earn a significant part of their income by renting out their homes. If you own your home, you can lease it on Craigslist. If you’re a renter, talk to your landlord about subletting.
Another option is to offer short-term vacation rentals on a site such as Airbnb. This idea works as long as you have a partner back home to meet your guests and clean your space between rentals. Consider how you’ll get paid overseas; if your travels take you south of the border, your tenants may need to send money to Mexico or use PayPal to transfer money to you while you’re in Zürich.
Teach or Tutor English
If you are certified to teach English as a second language (ESL), you can find jobs in international locations, although some employers also require a bachelor’s degree. Even without a certification, native English speakers are in demand as conversational partners for ESL students.
You can also find apps that let you earn money teaching or conversing with English language students from wherever you are when you have the time to teach.
Pursue Remote Work
Some people work a full-time job while traveling. Many jobs and careers allow people to work from home, but home doesn’t always need to be in the United States. You’ll find companies devoted to collecting remote job opportunities — try FlexJobs or Working Nomads.
Think your current job could be done remotely? Talk to your employer about working from home a few days a week, then gradually transition to working from home. Take trips of a week or two at a time and prove to your employer that you can still fulfill your job obligations. Eventually, you might be able to slip away for months or years at a time without disrupting your career.
Many long-term travelers earn their living as freelance writers, graphic artists, web designers, or social media consultants. Entrepreneurship requires a full set of business skills, from marketing to bookkeeping, in addition to your paid specialized skills. Savvy travelers build their business before they load up their backpacks. But the freedom and challenge offered by self-employment is satisfying for those who crave it.
Consider House Sitting
Many websites can connect you with homes around the world. House-sitting opportunities often arise outside of major cities, so you might need to rent or buy a vehicle in the country where you’ll stay. You’ll need references, and you’ll need to market yourself aggressively to get your first few jobs. However, once you gain the reputation and some reviews on the sites, you’ll find getting prospects easier.
Long-term travel is an appealing lifestyle, and opportunities abound for earning a living on the go. Consider some of the ideas presented here, or brainstorm on your own.
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