10 Creative Ways to Make Money While Traveling

You want to travel, but you keep asking yourself, "How can I survive on the road?" or "How will I manage long-term travel?" Take a look at these 10 easy, creative ways to make money while traveling for some ideas on how to stretch your cash and your vacation time.
March 17, 2022 | 17:24

Before you begin traveling, you will have likely spent a significant amount of time-saving money in preparation for your experiences. However, have you tried making money while on the road?

You'll have fewer budget-related worries, be able to do all you want, and possibly even stay away longer than you expected if you earn some additional cash. Below is a list of ten unique ways to earn money while traveling the world (both online and off).

1. Online freelancing

Freelance - Illustrative Photo. Photo by: Mona Media
Freelance - Illustrative Photo. Photo by: Mona Media

Do you want to live a "digital nomad" lifestyle? It's easier than you think, owing to freelancing services like Upwork and Fiverr, which allow you to apply for tasks from clients all over the world.

All you need to get started is demonstrated expertise in a sought-after field.

Winning projects can be difficult at first, especially if you don't have a track record, but once you've had a few tasks and had great feedback on your profile, you should be able to locate a constant stream of employment.

Web design and development, internet research, data input, graphic design, content writing, and translation and editing are some of the most lucrative freelancing areas.

Consider undertaking a job exchange with Worldpackers if you wish to travel the world full-time as a digital nomad. Choose from thousands of volunteer opportunities all over the world, and work a few hours per week in exchange for housing and other perks. This is a fantastic way to travel on a budget while also establishing a sustainable freelance business and learning how to work as a digital nomad on the road!

2. Language classes

Teaching. Photo: Nyack College
Teaching. Photo: Nyack College

If you're fluent in English, teaching English as a foreign language is a terrific way to supplement your income while traveling — English tuition is in high demand all around the world!

If you're a native English speaker, you're in luck because employers and schools prefer to hire teachers who speak English as their first language. To improve your chances of obtaining a job, you might want to consider taking a course like TEFL.

Do you want to learn a new language? There's also work for you! Do you have a perfect command of the French language? Find the Alliance Française in your country and see if they can assist you.

Do you speak German fluently? Check with your local Goethe Institute to see if they are aware of any openings.

Universities and libraries are also wonderful venues to inquire about language tutoring positions. Otherwise, you can start teaching online by registering your services on sites like tandem.net or verbling.com.

3. Share your knowledge with others

Collaborative Teaching. Photo: Understood.org
Collaborative Teaching. Photo: Understood.org

People don't just desire to learn languages, of course. Do you have a unique ability that you believe you might assist someone in learning?

Then why not ask around and/or advertise your skills in your neighborhood (on supermarket notice boards, on social media, or in the newspaper) and teach your talent?

a Musician. Photo: iStock
a Musician. Photo: iStock

Maybe you're a pro at playing a musical instrument or editing photos; whatever it is, there's undoubtedly someone out there who wants to learn how to do what you do so well.

This is not only a terrific way to generate money while traveling, but it's also a great opportunity to meet new people, become more connected to the local community, and make friends.

4. Create items to sell

Photo: The bead shop
Photo: The bead shop

If you're artistic and know how to manufacture jewelry (which may be very successful if you use materials you find rather than buy), sketch portraits, or paint, it might be a good idea to bring some of your handicraft supplies with you on your travels and sell your works.

You may sell your items to fellow visitors looking for unusual mementos at a local market, at independent boutiques, or even at your lodging.

5. Volunteer in a hostel and provide your services

Photo: Free Volunteering
Photo: Free Volunteering

Hostels are an excellent way to supplement your income because they (and the people who stay there) are often laid-back and open to new ideas. One of the numerous ways you might generate money while staying in a hostel is to sell things you've manufactured.

Photo: Bulgaria Volunteer
Photo: Bulgaria Volunteer

You might also offer to plan events, teach yoga, prepare meals, or provide massages. Use your skills to your advantage and earn some money while meeting new people and improving other people's trip experiences as well as your own!

6. Make money from your photographs and writing on your experience

Photo: Entrepreneur
Photo: Entrepreneur

If you have strong photographic talents, consider working as a freelance photographer and selling your photographs on sites like Shutterstock, 500px, and Etsy (where you may sell anything you've made yourself).

These sites do take a cut of what you make and you'd have to be selling a lot of images to make decent sums of money, but it can still be a quick and easy way to make a bit of extra cash. Every little bit helps, right?

As a new freelance writer, you'll generate most of your income by writing articles published in print or online. Magazines, newspapers, commercial blogs, and informational websites are always hungry for fresh, original content.

7. Street performances

Photo: Music Industry How to
Photo: Music Industry How to

Singing, playing an instrument, dancing, juggling... how you choose to entertain passers-by is up to you. Whatever your skill, performing on the street can bring in some serious cash if you are in the right place, at the right time.

However, before you begin, check the laws of the city/country you are in to make sure you won't be breaking any!

In most cases, you can't just start performing on the street and asking the public for money without some kind of permission beforehand. Once you know you are legit though, you can get started.

8. Seasonal work

Photo: European Labour Authority
Photo: European Labour Authority

If you're planning to travel long term and stay in an area for at least a month or more, you might be able to find seasonal work.

Fruit picking, working at summer camps for young people, being a ski instructor during winter or a dive instructor in warm destinations, selling goods at Christmas markets... these are just some of your options, depending on location and time of year.

Some seasonal jobs come with the extra benefit of covering your lodging and at least one meal, allowing you to save even more money.

9. Dog walking and sitting

People frequently relate owning a dog to owning a child. Like newborns, these creatures are fully reliant on their owners to look after them. However, people

Photo: Daily Sabah
Photo: Daily Sabah

these days are so busy that finding time to walk one's dog three times a day might be a challenge.

This is when dog walkers and sitters come in handy. Do you enjoy dogs and are seeking for a simple method to earn money while on vacation?

Look online to see what options are available in your current location. Surveys and market research are the tenth and eleventh items on the list.

While you won't be making a lot of money, you can make some extra cash by taking online surveys and trying out new goods (with the added bonus of being able to keep all of those samples).

Because this type of labor takes very little time and effort, you can concentrate on what you truly want to be doing: enjoying your trips!

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