How to Travel and Still Make Money

Do you have people in your social media feeds who always seem to be traveling? Have you ever wondered how they’re able to constantly foot the bill for these experiences and not run out of money? Well, contrary to popular belief, the majority of these people are actually working – it just looks different from the standard 9-to-5 desk job that most people have.

6 Ideas for Earning an Income While Traveling

If traveling the world is something that you’ve always wanted to do, you can find a way to make it work. Here are some ideas for how you can make an income and bounce around from country to country without going broke:

  1.     Develop Passive Streams of Income

The best thing you can do for yourself is to begin developing passive streams of income that allow you to generate money without having to be directly involved all the time.

There are plenty of ways to earn passive income, but real estate investing is one of the preferred methods. Specifically, you can generate a lot of money through the purchase of rental properties.

The key to buying rental investments is to select the right rental properties. You want properties that are located in a good area of town (where housing is in high demand), have plenty of profit margin, and are free of major risks and concerns (such as swimming pools, flood zones, old appliances, etc.).

Don’t want to put your name to such a large investment? You could always try smaller investments with a website like Lending Club – a peer-to-peer lending platform where people pool their money together to fulfill needs.

  1.     Perform Seasonal Work

Some people choose to perform seasonal work, which allows them to hold down a job for a portion of the year and then travel during their extended time off.

For example, you could charter a fishing boat during busy fishing seasons, serve as a whitewater rafting guide during the summer months, or even latch on with a big band while they tour for a period of a few months at a time.

  1.     Teach English

If you speak English as your primary language, you have an advantage that millions of other people around the world don’t possess. Because English is such a high-demand language, there are always jobs for teaching English as a second language – particularly in East Asia. The ESL Café website can help you find different opportunities.

  1.     Do Online Freelance Work

If you have a particular skill that’s conducive to performing online work, you might be able to work full-time while traveling the world. Content writing, photography, web design, SEO, and e-commerce are all examples of industries and niches that you can build a career in while working remotely.

  1.     Become a Social Media Influencer

Do you have a gregarious personality, an eye for photography, and an adventurous side that you want to share with others? Many people have found success with building up their own personal social media brand and becoming an influencer. In doing so, they’re able to attract sponsorship’s from brands, as well as travel credits from companies in the travel and tourism industries.

  1.     Use These Apps

Because of the number of people that love to travel and share their experiences with others, a variety of apps designed to help travellers make money have emerged. Here are a couple of examples:

  •     Roadie. If you find yourself travelling within the United States, this app will pay you to transport items in your trunk from one city to another. While local deliveries only earn you $8 to $50, long distance travels can net you as much as $650 or more.
  •     Field Agent. With more than 1 million members, the Field Agent mobile app is one of the most popular secret shopping apps on the market. Log in and see if there are any opportunities around you and earn between $2 and $12 for quick tasks.

You won’t get rich with these apps, but you may be able to make a few extra dollars to fund your adventures. For most people, this is a good tradeoff.

Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds

You don’t have to choose between working and being rich or traveling and being broke. It’s possible to travel and make some money at the same time. While you probably won’t become exceptionally wealthy as a result of your wanderlust, there’s something to be said for being rich in experience and culture.