It can be surprisingly easy to earn money from your home while you're travelling. From online blogging and tour guiding, to renting out your home, these simple steps will fund your global adventures...
Ever thought about taking a well-earned sabbatical? Or quitting your job, packing up and travelling the world? Or maybe you have retired and now want to hit the road. You’re not alone. Whether you dream of beaches in Bali or hikes through the Himalayas, everyone has their own personal bucket list. If you’re thinking of satisfying your wanderlust but are worried about how to earn money while you’re away, relax – we’ve got you sorted with these simple steps.
Companies around the world post for freelancing jobs all the time, offering anything from copywriting to website development. So, if you know your way around a computer or know how to create engaging content, you can earn good money offering your services while abroad. Two of the best sites for this are Fiverr and Upwork, where you can filter jobs by industry or category.
Sites like Newsflare and Videoelephant pay for viral video content, so you can earn money selling your content to news and entertainment outlets via these sites. Be sure to check out sites like Picfair, Fotolia, Dreamstime and Shutterstock when you want to sell photos. They offer a percentage whenever your photos are used or downloaded; just watch out as some websites require exclusive rights to your work, so be sure to read all the terms and conditions first.
Blogging can be hit or miss, but brands will pay for sponsored content if you have a good and engaged following, so giving it a clear purpose can really help you connect with the brands you want. Don’t have a blog yet? Don’t worry. It can take a while for a substantial following to build up so you’re not losing anything by starting one now. Be clear on its purpose and why people should read it. Establish your credibility, build your value and build a community.
Teaching English is one of the most accessible ways to travel overseas. Whatever your motivation and wherever you go, the two most important things you need are enthusiasm and fluency in the English language. The next step is getting qualified with a TEFL course, which covers everything from lesson planning and classroom management, to teaching techniques and practising lesson teaching to an audience. Volunteers should time their applications with peak hiring times – generally at the beginning of the academic school year and new term. Courses are available to people of all ages, but older and mature volunteers can enable both themselves and students to draw more out of the experience.
There are many things that it takes to become a tour leader, but some essential qualities include selfless commitment to travellers under your guidance and a cracking sense of humour for when things don’t go accordingly. Your friends and family will see your ‘job’ as one long holiday, but the reality of tour leading demands long hours (expect to be available on call 24/7) and can be exhausting when you’re faced to deal with everyone else’s problems before your own. However, tour guiding provides a whole new way of life and one of purpose, while exploring fascinating parts of the world.
Whether you’re experienced in shaking up cocktails behind the bar or satisfying the palates of restaurant-goers as a chef, there are endless opportunities to put your skills into practice in bistros and bars around the world. Waitresses, bartenders, baristas and other skilled workers in the hospitality sector should ask local hotels in the area, as well as food and drink outlets for employment opportunities. Those seeking their first experience in the art of beverage making can take a course with the European Bartender School, while culinary schools offer courses for aspiring foodie experts.
One of the easiest ways to earn money while travelling is to rent out your home while you’re away. Sites like Airbnb allow you to rent your property on a flexible, short-term basis, giving you the freedom to rent out your home on your terms. Setting this up isn’t as time-consuming as you think either. Property management companies like Airsorted take care of everything while you’re away, including cleaning, laundry, guest communications and on-site maintenance. They also vet guests too, giving you peace of mind that they are taking care of your home as if it were their own, earning you a tidy sum at the same time.