Do you dream of traveling the world but don’t think you can afford it? In the age of social media, seeing influencers and digital nomads working from exotic locations all over the world can conjure up feelings of jealousy and intrigue. However, as you’ll see in this list, earning money whilst traveling isn’t as difficult as you may think.
1) Rent out your home
Using services such as Airbnb or HomeAway you can rent out your home or apartment to other travelers while you’re away. If you’re planning on traveling for an extended period of time and don’t have someone to check in new guests, look into getting a long-term tenant using platforms such as local Facebook groups.
2) Freelance jobs
Living in the digital age, more and more companies are looking to hire freelancers regardless of their location. There are tons of freelance jobs available for social media managers, graphic designers, virtual assistants, copywriters and software engineers. As these positions are on a freelance basis they allow for more flexibility – perfect for adventurous travelers who want to explore new destinations and choose their own business hours.
3) Remote jobs
For a more secure income, finding a permanent remote position is another option for aspiring digital nomads. You’d be surprised how many digital companies are willing to employ people from all over the world – just check any of the various remote job boards online to find an open position in your field.
4) Become an influencer
Documenting your life on social media isn’t only a fun way to share your travels with your friends and family back home – you can make money from it too! Growing a large social media following can be monetized through brand sponsorships, affiliate marketing, and instream ads.
5) Teach English
There’s a huge demand for English teachers in countries like China, Thailand, Chile, United Arab Emirates, and even Russia. Getting a qualification to teach can be as easy as doing a TEFL course online, but keep in mind that some countries require you to have a bachelor’s degree too, as well as be an English native speaker.
6) Flight delay compensation
Flight delays are never fun, but the good news is you may be entitled to flight delay compensation with the help of companies like AirHelp! Delayed or canceled flights going to and from Europe may be eligible for compensation, with rewards of up to $700 depending on the length of the delay and the distance traveled.
7) Create an online course
Creating an online course in your area of expertise is a great way to make passive income while traveling. Although it takes some time to set up, once your systems are in place it can run on autopilot, making you money while you see the world!
8) Virtual tutoring
Teaching is no longer limited to the classroom! From music, to highschool maths, to cooking, to art, there are students from all over the world who would love to learn from you, and with the advent of virtual classrooms, you can teach from almost anywhere in the world.
9) Start a blog
Blogs are a great way to make money remotely. If you enjoy writing and are passionate about a certain topic, a blog is a fun way to make money while doing something you love. You can monetize your blog through affiliate marketing, onsite advertising, brand partnerships or even digital products.
10) Publish an eBook
This option takes a lot of work to produce, but once it’s done it’s the perfect way to make a passive income while traveling. After writing your eBook, whether it be fiction or educational, you can use a platform such as Amazon to publish it and earn money on the side.
11) Find work at a bar/restaurant
This is a great option for people looking for a casual job while traveling. Usually requiring no qualifications, it can also be a very lucrative option at popular travel destinations in high-season.
12) Become an Au Pair
Au Pairing is a popular option for young women (and men!) who are looking to travel but enjoy the comforts of home. Au pairs will often stay with their host family and living expenses will be covered in addition to your monthly salary.
13) Street performing
Fancy yourself a musician, performing artist or dancer? Street performance can be a surprisingly lucrative option for talented travelers visiting popular tourist destinations.
14) Work on ships or yachts
Private yachts and cruise ships need crew members to care for and entertain passengers, meaning there is a wide variety of jobs available for anyone from beauty technicians to dancers to stewards.