7 Handy Ways To Make Some Money While Traveling

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*Disclosure* This is a guest post with Jessica Cooper of Blue Anchor”

Traveling the world is something many people want to do in their lifetime. Whether you are planning a gap year after school or you are a little more mature we all have a desire to discover new places and new cultures. Doing so however, can often be a challenge to fund. However, with a little bit of background work before you go, you can make sure that you are likely to make some sort of money on your travels. This article will help to get you started.

Street Musician In Copenhagen

Photo Credit: Jenny Lingstam

Street Performing

Before you consider this one, it is important to consider local laws as well as cultures in the place where you intend to street perform. Make sure that you are not going to end up in jail for your efforts! A little research online should help you decide if you are able to do this one. Perhaps you have a talent such as singing, dancing or even public speaking. Maybe you are a gymnast. These are all talents that other people love to watch and you could consider sharing in the hope of a generous donation from passers by.


Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk

Hotel or Bar Work

This may seem like an obvious one, but again you need to make sure that you are not invalidating the terms of your visa (if appropriate) to do it. Many bars and hotels are looking for temporary workers around the world. Shifts are often flexible, but also long. It is likely that you will only be receiving very little in terms of wages and the conditions could be tough. However, that said there are also some great businesses to work in throughout the world. Just be a little bit cautious.

Teach English Abroad

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If your first language is English then you could be onto a winner! Teaching English abroad is certainly big business. Many agencies across the world are looking for well educated, native English speakers to take on the role. It will help if you complete a TEFL – Teach English as a Foreign Language course as this is the gold standard in many countries worldwide. Have a quick search online and you will be able to find a course relatively local to where you live. This can be a lucrative job idea if you can get it.

Lomas Travel Reps at Atlanta Travel Event

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Seasonal Work as a Travel Rep

Working for a travel company as a representative can be another great option where you can combine living abroad with a great career. Many people do this year after year. It is likely to involve you living away in the same area for six months of the year. Many of these roles offer living accommodation as a perk of the job. They are not likely to pay much more than the minimum wage but if you are able to secure a role with a well known travel company then conditions are generally very good.

Online Trading

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Online Trading

Almost all stock trading and investment is done online at websites such aCMC Markets these days. With an internet connection and computer or mobile device, a person is able to keep up-to-date with the world of investing and trading on a real-time basis. An important thing to note is that a person does not have to be rich to become a stock trader or investor; small amounts of money and the right investments can turn into enough to be able to sustain someone whilst they travel. This type of work can be done from anywhere with a reliable internet connection.


Photo Credit: Picklefish

Farming and Agriculture

Many large and small farming operations across the world look or seasonal workers to help pick fruit and vegetables. Days are long and it can be quite labor intensive but it is a great opportunity to give something back to the environment. The southern hemisphere particularly has an abundance of work for travelers to get involved in.


Photo Credit: Keppet

House Sitting

Working as a house sitter is another possible option. While many of these roles will not pay you very much, if any money, they will at the very least provide you with accommodation during your stay. This of course can really help you to save money on your travels and can potentially be a lot more fun than staying in hotels!

There is an abundance of work available for travelers across the globe. However, to find it and make a success of it, you will need to do some research before you go and possibly make contact with potential local employers. This will help you to get started. Just make sure that you do check was it legal for you to do as a traveler in the country you are visiting.







14 thoughts on “7 Handy Ways To Make Some Money While Traveling

  1. These ways are really practical and useful! It is possible to earn money while travelling!

  2. I love the idea of a seasonal travel rep, that would be fun and travel related. I think I saw something on social media for pet sitting, that would be a great way to make some cash as well (if you are an animal lover).

  3. A nice range of ideas there to suit different people. For me, I think the teaching option, possibly trading / investments (after a lot more learning), or even house sitting may appeal.

  4. I’m noticing more people performing on the streets in my travels as of late. It has never occurred to me that they may be traveling and need to make a little bit of money. This is a great list for the avid traveler that is looking to make a little money while traveling.

  5. I have house sat for friends to save money in London and it was a life saver financially. I just signed up for several house sitting sites and hope to experience a “legit” house sitting gig. Online tutoring is another great way since you can work from your laptop anywhere

  6. Megan Jerrard

    Really great tips – I’ve seen street artists and performers really take off throughout much of the world, I know that in some countries, like here in Australia, you do need to seek permits to be able to play in public places, but it’s definitely a great way to pick up some extra cash if you have a skill or talent you carry with you. I personally like freelancing online though this does make it difficult to keep working when you visit remote locations with no connection 🙂 Great post!

  7. Chrysoula

    These are some very good tips to make money while traveling. House Sitting, does save you a lot of money.Can I add being a VA too? You can work from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection/

  8. I love the idea of working as a travel rep. Minimum wage with housing isn’t bad pay if you are traveling full time!

  9. NIce article. I´m trying to be only a travel blogger, so this information is very useful for me. Wish me luck 🙂

  10. These are great tips on how to make money while traveling. May have to give trading a try!

  11. Online trading seems completely confusing to me, good on you if you can do that! I’ve done some tutoring or work at a hostel while on the road and it’s definitely a great way to make a few extra bucks.

  12. Thanks for putting together such a varsaile mix of ideas how to sustain travel on a long run. I would love to try house sitting one day, it sound fabulous!

  13. The tips are so practical and I like the fact that they require human interactions! Make them a lot better! There are a lot of ways to earn while traveling. One must just know their skillset and look for jobs that they can pull off.

  14. Great tips! Making and selling itineraries to places you’ve visited, pet sitting and freelance photograph/social media management/ writing are some of the tips you could add to the list

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