You don’t need a huge savings account or a trust fund to travel and in this post, I am gonna show you the best travel jobs to make money while traveling.
With a little know-how, you can make money fast wherever you are, enabling you to carry on exploring the world as long as you want.
Some people have even taken up a full-time nomadic lifestyle thanks to the money-making power of the internet.
Whether you want to make a few dollars within minutes or put in a few hours and earn enough to pay a week’s worth of accommodation, it can be done. All you need is a little self-belief!
Here’s how you can make money fast while traveling. You can do them anywhere in the world. All you need is a reliable internet connection.
How To Make Money While Traveling (Fast)
1. Online surveys
2. Online focus groups
There are thousands of businesses out there who want feedback on their products from people just like you. The rewards can be generous. For example, Respondent.io pays up to $140 per hour.
3. User testing
Are you good at articulating your thoughts? If so, you’re a perfect candidate for user testing. All you have to do is voice your opinion of a website or app as you’re using it. Try User Testing or Testing Time.
You can expect to make at least $20 per hour.
4. Apps that offer immediate cashback or bonuses
5. Apps that collect your data in exchange for money
Market research companies value data on user behavior, as it lets them refine their services and boost their bottom line. For instance, you can sign up with Qmee to earn rewards for using search engines.
6. Review music and fashion
Slicethepie has long been a favorite paid reviews site. Simply write brief reviews on music, fashion, and more, and earn money for your efforts. The better your reviews, the more you earn.
7. Check for unclaimed money
Missing Money allows you to search for any assets that you or your family might be able to claim. It might be a long shot, but who knows?
It’s free to run a check and only takes a few minutes. You may have a bank account or bonds somewhere you’d totally forgotten about!
The tasks, which include verifying descriptions and photos, aren’t that interesting but they are a great way to pass the time when waiting in a long queue or watching TV.
9. Rent out your home while you’re away
If you own your own home or your landlord gives you permission, use Airbnb or another reputable service to rent it out. Depending on your location and property type, you could earn hundreds of dollars per day.
10. Rent out your parking space while you’re away
Do you live in an area with a shortage of parking spaces? Rent out your driveway. JustPark helps you connect with commuters, tourists, and others who need a temporary place to park.
11. Rent out your house as space if you’d rather not have someone living there
Want to make use of your home, but don’t want to entrust it to strangers? Neighbor lets you act as a peer-to-peer storage space provider. You can rent out your garage, loft, basement, or outhouse.
12. Offer your professional services via a popular freelancing platform
Are you a Virtual Assistant, graphic designer, programmer, writer, translator, or another kind of freelancer? Upwork, Fiverr, Guru, and Freelancer can help you land your first freelance contract and build up a client base. Check out this guide to making money as a successful freelancer.
13. Sell a course
Udemy, Teachable, and other online platforms make it easy to upload courses and teach students from around the world. You don’t have to be a qualified teacher; knowledge and passion for your topic are all you need.
The beauty of selling a course is that it’s largely passive. Once you’ve uploaded it, you simply earn money every time someone signs up.
14. Teach people a skill online
Whatever your skill, there will be someone out there willing to pay for it. You can offer one-to-one lessons via Skype to people around the world.
Promote your services on freelancer platforms such as Fiverr, or approach relevant online publications and forums and ask them whether they offer advertising opportunities.
15. Teach English
Technically this falls under #14, but it warrants its own section because teaching English online is a whole industry in its own right.
There’s always a demand for native speakers to teach English and there are many sites that pay native speakers around $15-$25 per hour to give online lessons.
16. Become an Influencer
Do you have an impressive social media presence? Sign up to Reachbird or another influencer platform and find companies that will sponsor your content. At the very least, you might get some great freebies.
17. Make money uploading your videos
18. Become a consultant
If you have a proven track record in helping people improve their lives or careers in some way, capitalize on your expertise and become a consultant. Set up a professional-looking website with a compelling CV and testimonials. Promote your services via blogs in your niche and on social media.
You can be a dating consultant, a pet training consultant, a fitness consultant – if you can think of it, there’s a market for it.
19. Sign up to JustAnswer and monetize your knowledge
Are you a qualified vet, doctor, solicitor, or another professional expert? Head over to JustAnswer and make money answering questions from the public.
20. Hold a webinar
If you have the confidence and charisma to give a talk or lead a seminar, you can hold an online version instead – a webinar! It may require a bit of marketing and outreach to existing influencers in your niche, but a single webinar can generate thousands.
21. Start a local walking tour with your newfound knowledge
Are you staying in one place for a few weeks? If so, why not make a quick buck off those new to the area? Tourists often take walking tours (or bar crawls!). Make simple flyers advertising your tour and ask hotel lobbies, cafes, and other establishments to display them.
All you have to do is turn up at the appointed place and time and put your knowledge to good use. You can charge a small fee per person, or simply wait until the end and ask for a donation.
22. Become a voice actor
If you have a good-quality microphone and basic audio software, you can make money by recording telephone prompts, audiobooks, and other sound clips. Look on Voices for job listings. It’s a great option if you went to acting school.
23. Write and sell an ebook
This is one of the best paths to recurring passive income. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, it’s possible to make thousands of dollars per year from ebooks. Platforms like Amazon Kindle and Smashwords have made the process easier than ever.
24. Make an app
Got an idea for an app? Even if you don’t have the necessary coding skills, you can still make your dream a reality by outsourcing the work to a freelancer or use a DIY solution like Appypie. Upload your product to an app marketplace and start making money!
25. Sell products and services via a blog
For around $20-$50 (depending on the products and services you use), you can run your own professional-looking blog from which to sell your ebooks, courses, and branded items.
Here is the outline of the entire process on how to start a blog and make money.
Not very good at writing? No problem. Simply outsource the job.
26. Get into affiliate marketing
Want to sell, but don’t have any original ideas of your own? No problem. Become an affiliate marketer and make money by selling someone else’s products and services. Each time someone makes a purchase, you earn a commission.
Lots of big brands have affiliate programs. For example, Amazon has one of the most popular affiliate schemes in the world. Visit their sign-up page to get started. CJ Affiliate is a well-established marketplace that matches publishers with affiliates.
27. Try CPA marketing
Affiliate marketing lets you earn money when someone makes a purchase. Cost per action marketing pays you every time someone takes an action such as opening an account or completing a survey. All you have to do is promote links. Visit ClickBooth’s site for an in-depth explanation.
Best Travel Jobs
28. Drop shipping
Set up a fulfillment business without touching a single item of stock by harnessing the power of drop shipping. Check out this dropshipping guide to this modern business model.
The basic idea is simple: You set up an e-commerce store, a customer places their order, and it’s fulfilled by a third-party supplier. The money is then wired to your bank account. Simple!
29. Amazon FBA
Well, this is a simple, pretty hands-off business. You send your products to Amazon’ fulfillment center and they pack and ship your items once it is sold.
30. Sell items featuring your unique designs
Do you have a creative streak? Printful, Merch by Amazon and other print-on-demand services let you upload your designs, create an online storefront, and sell your wares to customers around the world. They handle customer service, shipping, and handling.
Other Cool Ways To Make Money While Traveling
31. If you’re traveling by car, use it as a marketing vehicle
Are you taking a long road trip in your own car? If so, why not turn it into a billboard on wheels? Carvertise will wrap your car and pay you to drive it around. Easy!
32. Mystery shopping
Great customer service is crucial to a business’ success. Mystery shoppers provide valuable feedback to companies, and get paid to shop at the same time! Start by signing up at International Service Check.
33. Become a rentable friend
Although we are better connected than ever before, there are still a lot of lonely people out there. If you are sociable and happy to hang out with strangers, you can rent yourself out as a friend via Rent A Friend.
Expect to make around $10-$50 per hour, or the local equivalent.
Are you a confident musician or street performer? Set up shop in a busy part of town and collect donations! Do make sure busking is legal beforehand, or else you may find yourself in trouble.
35. Work as a field agent
Field Agent bills itself as offering “International Mobile Solutions” for businesses. What does this mean for you? Basically, they need people to collect videos, photos, and information from stores in eight countries around the world. Just download the app, fill in a profile, and start completing jobs.
36. Knock on doors
This one takes courage, but it can pay off. If it’s safe, knock on a few doors and ask whether anyone needs help with chores or errands. Stick to nicer neighborhoods. Walk dogs, mow lawns, or paint house numbers. Some people might get cranky, but others will praise your initiative!
So, which will you try first?
There’s something for everyone on this list, it’s just a matter of deciding where to start. Whatever you do, don’t get disheartened if you don’t get rich overnight. Keep your expectations realistic. These tips can and do work if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.
If you’re making enough money to fund even a third of your travel expenses, you’re still way ahead of people who aren’t trying! Have fun on your travels, and enjoy learning how to make money as you go.
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Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks and empowers using the magic of a word. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors. Now she had found herself as a freelance writer. She observes with a special interest how the latest achievements in media and technology help to grow readership and revenue and shares her opinion. You can find her on Facebook and Medium.