The question that most people ask me when they see that I am traveling the whole time is “How come you can afford traveling so much?”. My response to that is: “Well, because I end up not only saving through traveling but also earning money, a win-win situation!”.
Yes, it is possible to earn money while traveling. In fact, it is much easier than what most people think. There are a lot of things that you could do to keep filling your pockets while fulfilling your dream and exploring the world at the same time. I share with you the most realistic ways to do so, that would work with almost anyone:
Write for blogs or newspapers
The best way to earn money while you’re on the road is to write about it. You don’t have to be a genius writer to make a living off of it, just write a story that both you and the readers can relate to. Write about the new experiences that you gained, the things that you didn’t expect to see or maybe the underrated places that you recommend everyone to visit…
Many leading magazines and newspapers will pay you for your writings. Few good examples are Boston Globe, New Statesman, The New York Times, Salon and Slate. The Huffington Post doesn’t pay for submissions, but it can still help you build your media kit or your confidence as a writer if you have the time. All publications have different guidelines, which will tell you how to contact them best and what kind article they are looking for. You’ll have a harder time getting things published at first. What would help is to write shorter pieces at first and aim for small to midsized outlets and climb your way up from there.
Start your own blog
This brings me to the next point: starting your own blog. You should probably consider this option if you travel very often or always have stories to write about. As blogging isn’t a thing that just happens in a week or a month, considering this means few years of commitment before it pays off, after that, you will be living the dream.
Take a camera with you
Not everyone is a photographer, but you don’t have to be one to make good photos. Get a good camera and learn how to use it well in different environments and you’re almost there. The next step is to learn how to take an ordinary photograph and turn it into something completely different and extraordinary. Photoshop allows you to get even more creative with the pictures and present your own version of it to the world.
Freelancing is the ideal solution for being able to work and travel and the same time. Since all you need is probably a phone, a laptop and a good internet connection, nothing is holding your back from traveling. As a freelancer, you also get to freely organize your working schedule as you wish which allows you to balance between hard work and free time so you can get a taste of the world. I personally use Fiverr.
Work in a Hostel
Hostels all around the world are constantly looking for new staff and are often very welcoming for travelers who are looking for part-time jobs and don’t want to keep the same job forever.
Be prepared for very manual and repetitive, but also fun work. There are many agricultural jobs available to working travelers planting, peeling, packing and picking fruit and vegetables. Even if you don’t get paid for this, you could at the very least go home with a basket full of fruits at the end of the day and save on a meal.
if you have an entertaining skill (dance, sing, play guitar, do weird stuff…) that you don’t mind to show people, then the corner of the next busiest street is you best friends (and I don’t mean that in a bad way). You don’t have to make up a show that lasts for hours. It’s fine when you perform for 5 or maybe 10 minutes and then repeat the same over and over, most people are only passing by and won’t even notice.
In the end, there are a lot of ways to earn money while traveling. Some might work for you, some might not. Get creative and you’ll figure it out, it is not really hard.
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