Nowadays, we are witnessing a revolution in a way people make a living. The internet broke down barriers and allowed many people to express themselves more easily, free and earn money at the same time. Today, you can make money by following your passion and your job can be as eccentric and unusual as you want it to be. All you need is an idea, plan and a little courage.
Traveling is appealing for a lot of people. If you like adventures and you are the curious type or you are a photographer and want to explore nature and other cultures, then traveling might be the right thing for you. However, the question most of the people are asking is how to start a travel blog and make money?
We all wonder how some of the big travel influencers on social media are doing it. For instance, how the duo “do you travel” managed to turn their travel stories into success? Was it planned? How do they monetize the content and get budgets for their next adventure?
Most of the successful influencers are aware of what works best on social media and what are the needs of their target audience. They’ve managed to achieve success because they had extremely unique and extremely valuable content to offer. Standing out from the crowd is something that is well received in the social media universe.
Unfortunately, not all of us can and will be that successful on social media. Being able to make money just to sustain your travel adventures is sometimes enough. There are a lot of people that travel all around the world with limited budgets and are still able to make money out of it.
With the internet, there are many ways to make money online today. We have compiled a list of the most effective ways to earn money and travel at the same time.
1. Blog and Display Ads
This is probably the most effective way for passive income travelers use. If you have a blog and you have a good volume of a monthly traffic, then you should definitely register on AdSense. This means that Google will show Ads on your website to visitors and you will get paid for usage of your website as an Advertising Space.
This is a smart and simple way to make money. Many travelers are making huge money with AdSense. If you have a blog or a website that has a high volume of traffic, then it’s time to monetize your hard work with AdSense.
If you are just a beginner, then start with social media. Build your social media presence first and then you can focus on AdSense.
2. Freelance work while traveling
You can always use Upwork or any other freelance platform to make money online. There are endless possibilities. For instance, writing or photography. You can write blogs for many people and sell photos to graphic designers. If you are one of the top freelancers on the platform, you will make from $100 to 500 from a 500 words article.
If you are an expert in a certain area, then use your skills and abilities to make some extra money by doing some freelance work. People are ready to pay experts a lot to get the best piece of content on the market.
3. Use Instagram for advertising
Travelers can produce amazing visual content for social media. The most visual-centric social media network currently is Instagram. Many of today’s travelers managed to succeed thanks to this social media.
You can activate Paid Ads there targeting people for a start and then use this to promote a certain product or a service.
Most of the travelers promote tourist agencies and in exchange, they cover the costs of their trips in many countries such as Bali, Croatia or Greece.
4. Selling eBooks and Guides online
Once you’ve established yourself as an influential traveler, you can share your tips and expertise with the world. eBooks and guides are the best things you can produce to make money online. For instance, you can write an eBook about your traveling experience in Morocco or a complete tourist guide for people traveling to Bali. You can also write articles with a great visual content and sell them to the different travel-related media sources.
5. Photography Sales
If you are a great photographer, you can make a lot of money online. There are a lot of ways you can monetize your photography skills and turn it into a lifelong money source.
Platforms such as Shutterstock and Adobe Stock are great because they provide a simple way to upload and share your best photos and earn money.
Especially photos that have great composition and can be used as a banner on social media. These types of photos are bestsellers and make money.
You can’t probably make as much money with Landscape photography but you can always use it to grow your Instagram profile. Nature photography and animal photography is the best type of content to promote on your Instagram account.
If you change your strategy and post only high-quality nature and landscape photography, you will notice a huge difference in engagement.
Being a traveler is not easy but it’s exciting and pleasurable activity.
Can you imagine waking up and planning your day according to your wants and needs?
Sounds tempting, right? Well, that’s because there is no better way to experience life than traveling.
Novelty and amazing experiences will be an ongoing daily activity for you. We should all thank the internet and the technology for allowing us to make money and still do the things that we love.
In the 21st century, there are a lot of possibilities for monetization. You just need to find the one that is the best for your needs and your target audience and you will make money.
As Anthony Bourdain, a famous American travel documentarian said – “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”