How to Make Money When Traveling
Being able to travel and live your life on the road or visiting other countries is a lifestyle many people wish they could have. Too many people are stuck in their everyday 9 to 5 routines and unable to break away from that life to live a more adventurous one. Your average job gives somewhere between 1 week to 3 weeks vacation time each year, so if someone wants to just get away for a while and travel, it's pretty much impossible if they want to keep their job. That's why you should familiarize yourself with other ways to make money, independently, so you don't have to ask for vacation time or worry about losing your job.
There aren't as many ways to make money while traveling as there is to make money when staying in one place, but there's at least a few. So while it's possible to have income coming in while traveling on the road, you need to be realistic and realize that it's going to be a lot harder to get the money rolling in or to stay afloat than it is for someone living a normal life. But often, once you figure out a way that works for you, it can become easier and easier until it's much easier than working a normal job. Persistence and being careful is the key to making it all happen. So with that said, here's a few different ways that people make money while they're traveling abroad. Just remember to check the local laws for any countries you're visiting to make sure it's legal for you to do these kinds of jobs.
Making money online is probably the best way for you to sustain yourself while you travel. There's literally thousands of ways to make money on the internet. The only problem with this method is that it can often take months for you to actually build up a steady stream of income coming in, and also the fact that the internet is constantly changing. Sometimes you'll find a great way to make a living on there, but then a website or company will change their policies, or your website won't rank quite as well as it used to. There's tons of factors that can affect your income and this can leave someone in a pretty bad situation if they're on the road or in another country and the income suddenly stops coming in.
That's why I suggest that you learn as many different ways as you can to work online, and then focus on as many as you can so you don't end up putting all your eggs in one basket. So if one way fails because of something unforeseen, you'll have backup sources of income. It may even be best to get started with everything long before you actually leave home, that way you can be more familiar with the stability of your business or source of income, and you can save up some extra backup money just in case. Now when it comes to what you can do to make that dough, as mentioned already, there's thousands of different ways. Here's a brief list of some of the different options you have available that people commonly do.
Your Own Website
Having your own website, or even multiple websites, can be a good option because then you're mostly in control of how you make your money. You can generate income a number of different ways with your own site. For example, you could choose to sell products, such as physical items and ship them to customers or even digital items and allow customers to download them. You could also choose to sell products for other people, by joining affiliate programs. This is where you place links on your website and actually get paid to refer people to those links. The referral itself usually won't make you much, but if someone purchases something from the site you referred them to, you'll usually earn some type of commission pay for that.
If selling your own products or referring people to other websites doesn't sound too interesting, another option is placing ads on your website. This is somewhat similar to affiliate programs, except you'll usually get paid simply from people clicking the ads on your website, whether they buy a product or not. These types of programs are called pay-per-click programs and there's many legit companies that run them. You'd typically get paid once a month with most of them, through the form of a wire transfer into your bank account or a check sent in the mail.
Selling things on eBay or similar websites can definitely help you pay for your trips while you travel, because certain goods are just cheaper and easier to find in other countries or even states. So as you arrive in a new place, you may want to look at the demand online for a certain product that the local area has in abundance. For example, there may be a certain brand of cookies or snacks that you can only buy in Belgium. So when you visit Belgium for a week or so, you may want to stock up on that particular brand of cookies and then sell them as quickly as possible on eBay. It's pretty simple to sell things on there, all you have to do is setup a Paypal account, and then list the item as soon as you have it and then ship it out from any post office wherever you are.
But one disadvantage that you may want to take into consideration is the fact that you may have to worry about tariffs or certain fees when you ship from a certain country or territory. But many people do actually do this on a regular basis so they can stay abroad as long as possible. Just keep in mind that eBay is constantly changing their policies and it doesn't take much for a buyer or a few buyers to ruin the business of a seller on there. So be very careful and have a backup plan in case you want to try all of this and it doesn't work well for you.
If you can get enough people to subscribe or watch your videos on Youtube, you can apply to become a partner and get paid for making videos and getting viewers. Even if you can't apply to be a partner, you can choose to put Google Adsense ads on your videos and get paid when people click on them. Plus, even if this doesn't work, you have a third option. You can actually just use the videos to advertise your website and then lead people to your own website, and from there, sell things to your visitors or make money from renting ad space with your website. There's tons of things you can do with a Youtube video that gets lots of views, so if you're skilled at getting people to watch you and you're entertaining enough to keep growing your fan base, the sky is the limit when it comes to making Youtube videos. This can be easy to do while you're traveling because your surroundings can give you things to talk about and film, and all you really need is a digital camcorder and an internet connection while you're traveling.
Many call center companies employ people online to take incoming calls and orders for their products, or to assist customers in other ways. They don't always pay too well, but this is still a good option if you're traveling and want a steady job that you can do every day. Basically, you would apply in your home country, and handle the workload while you travel. So once you're hired out of your home country, you can then travel wherever you want and take incoming calls using a laptop and a headset, or even internet cafes if you can find some that offer privacy.
The downside to this is that these companies fire or lay-off people out of nowhere sometimes and it's easy for them to let you go since you're pretty much expendable and there's English-speakers all over the world that are often willing to work for peanuts. So if you do land a job with an online call center company, make sure you have some back up sources of income in place before you get too far from home. Also, be careful of scams, since many fake companies scam people out of their personal information by advertising themselves as internet call center businesses.
If you have some sort of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training, then you may be able to find work as a substitute English teacher in many different countries. Say for example, you visit the Philippines. If you send your resume to many different schools across the country, eventually you may start to receive calls every day whenever English teachers call out sick. The downside of being a substitute means that you'll probably have to travel to wherever in the country they need you, but if you're in a big city, you may be able to stay there. For instance, there's many English schools in Manila, so in a large city like that, you may be able to just stay there as there might be enough teachers calling out each day for you to find daily work without having to venture out of the city.
Of course, you could always apply for a regular full-time or permanent teaching job, but for someone who wants to keep traveling, this probably isn't what you're looking for. As a substitute you could find daily work if you arrive in a particular city or country and only want to stay a few days. Just make sure you've checked what the requirements are to be a foreign teacher in whatever country you'll be visiting. Some only require TEFL certification while others want to see some form of college education.
People often make money finding local, under-the-table type jobs as they're traveling as well. If you visit Japan or Brazil, you'll see many foreigners in some areas standing outside local nightclubs or venues handing out flyers for the clubs. They may not make a lot of money, but it's just one way that may help them pay for some of their traveling expenses. In Thailand you may see foreigners get into the rings at some clubs and "throw fights" by allowing themselves to lose boxing matches against local boxers. They often get paid to do this by those who own the bar or arena where the boxing match takes place, to bring customers in and keep them entertained.
There's all types of jobs like these that are available in some places, but you need to know who to talk to or where to apply. With these types of jobs, you can get paid on-the-spot instead of waiting for a check, which is a plus for anyone who wants to keep traveling while doing these jobs in different places. The main problem with this is that many of them are illegal to do, since you will usually need some type of work permit to do any kind of work-for-pay in most countries. So be sure to check local laws before taking any assignments or jobs from anyone when you're abroad.
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