Have you ever wanted to make long travel last longer? Who hasn’t! Financial considerations can bring your round the world adventure trip to an early end, mean that you can’t volunteer for as long as you would like, and limit the activities you can do while abroad.
But there are ways you can extend long term travel and delay returning to the Real World for as long as possible. What you earn probably won’t be enough to make a long term living, but can certainly prolong your holiday adventures. In addition, if you choose a country with a low cost of living, your pound will go even further.
So what are the top ways of earning on-the-go? While you’re settling in one country and travelling around the world, one of these options could suit.
Everyone and their dog have a blog these days, but if you choose an interesting enough preposition then you can rise above the online noise. If you’re volunteering, why not write about your personal experience, or about how to volunteer abroad, or volunteering in one particular country? Or if you’re travelling around the world, you could choose one particular activity and write comparative accounts of it in all the different countries that you are visiting- think of an activity that you enjoy, that appeals to a niche market but that isn’t too unattainable. Travel bloggers thrive because people love living vicarious adventures from behind their desks, while also feeling that it is something that they could do one day. Making money from a blog generally takes time but you could also consider writing guest posts about your experiences for other sites, and even local magazines and newspapers.
#2. Teaching English
There are currently more people are learning English than there are native English speakers, so the opportunities here are endless. If you are settling in one country for a few months, then look into the requirements for teaching English. Some countries require a degree and a TEFL qualification, some countries require one or the other, and some require neither. However, if you are volunteering, ensure you check with your host organisation that this type of ‘extra-curricular’ activity is allowed.
Plus, if you are travelling around the world or just need to be able to choose your own hours, then there are now many sites where you can teach English online. Generally, you can choose your times and number of hours, and a computer with a web camera and headphones.
#3. Stock Photography
You don’t have to be the next Helmut Lang to make money from photography. Online photo agencies are ten a penny these days, and by their very definition, require simple, stock photographs, not heavily processed artistic shots. Today, even the most basic point-and-shoot camera is capable of taking stock-worthy shots. Of course, you’ll have to put in the groundwork beforehand – the pictures still need to be high quality.
Best of all, you don’t have to concern yourself with trying to build up a reputation or direct traffic to your own site. The online agencies do all the work for you. In addition, agencies can sell the same image over and over again, so potentially you could build up a passive income while you travel. Whether you’re settling in one far-flung location or dashing around the world on adventure tours, you’ll have plenty of photo ops. Micro stock photography may not be the most glamorous of career choices, but it is certainly worth consideration.
#4. Online Admin
Nowadays, there is a proliferation of jobs websites that specialise in working remotely. In particular, many focus on freelance, one-off jobs or projects, meaning that you are free to take on as much or as little work as you want, at times that suit you- perfect if you’re travelling around the world or volunteering during the day. What’s more, many of the jobs offered don’t require a specialised skill set, so you can jump right in. Among the biggest sites for jobs like these are Freelancer, UpWork, People Per Hour (PPH) and Fiverr. Another popular site is SpeakWrite, where users upload an audio file to be transcribed. Because it is a global market, prices can be extremely low, but by digging around you can find some reasonably well-paid jobs. It’s not a path to riches, but is a great way to earn “pocket money” in your own time while abroad.
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#5. Local work
If you’re taking a year out in one location or perhaps volunteering for a few months, you could try and secure some evening work in a bar or shop. To maximise your chances, pick a location that isn’t totally remote, and do your research beforehand on how the service industry works. In addition, try to learn as much of the local language as you can- while speaking English will not necessarily preclude you from getting a job, especially if you’re in a tourist hotspot, being able to at least get by in the local language can only help your chances. However, if you are on a volunteering program, ensure you check with the organisers that taking on supplementary work are allowed.