Ways to Earn Money While Traveling
The most frequent question I get asked is how I can afford my lifestyle. Travelling is mostly considered a luxury expense, something you save up for or you only do it once in a while. On the contrary, as a digital nomad, you are free to choose wherever you work from and where you live. So, for me, it has become plain logic to choose destinations that also offer some sort of value for time that I don’t work on my laptop. People who have followed my blog, know by now that my perfect place is at the ocean and the beach – this means paradise to me.
But there are obviously many more ways to design your lifestyle as a digital nomad. I know a lot of people who prefer the city or they stay in one place for a long time and have a second base somewhere else. Of course, digital nomadism does not necessarily have to be combined with travelling – but in my opinion, it’s a lot more fun to do so! Check out the following guest post to learn about a few options to choose from if you haven’t started freelancing or earn money online and still want to make some cash while travelling…
How to Earn a Little Extra as a Digital Nomad
Guest post by Jenny Holt:
The first time I took a year out, before college, travelling and working meant finding an array of bar and waitressing jobs across America to get myself from Georgia to Hawaii, then on to Australia, and then Southeast Asia. The last leg of the trip was trickiest workwise but luckily there was a lot of demand for teaching English. As I found out on a second trip a few years ago, there are a lot more options now for the digital nomad – you can earn from your hotel from your AirBnB or in a cafe with a WiFi connection.
Turn your Travels into an Income
There are hundreds of ways to earn online while travelling. The simplest is also a way to keep in touch with friends and relatives back home as well as those you meet on the journey – the ubiquitous travel blog. These take time to seed and gain a following, but by using a weekly email blast, affiliate marketing, and advertising you can begin to earn some money toward your travels. The best part is if the blog is your main business any expenses might be tax deductible. Affiliate marketing income can be gained from airlines, hotel sites, and travel rating sites among others.
Filling in the Time While Travelling
While moving from one place to another, I often found myself losing work time. A tour across Europe meant using a lot of buses, coaches and especially trains. This is great for the environment, but a bit more boring than driving or cycling somewhere, so like many commuters I turned to working during the travel times. An easy way to literally fill in the time is to do micro jobs such as taking surveys, posting reviews, partaking in fora – and moderate forums, or even delivering packages en route. In addition to these small tasks – many sites actually pay people to do minor tasks, you can enter contests and sweepstakes. Some people who enter multiple ones do quite well over a year, but there’s naturally no guarantee of a payout.
You can Still Teach and Travel
Yes, it is possible to continue to teach English or other skills while travelling. The wonders of the Internet and communication software like Skype means you can freelance teach people anywhere so as long as both of you have a secure Internet connection. Teaching online is not your only option as a freelancer. In addition to tutoring students, you can become a virtual assistant or be a call centre customer service Rep.
Participate in Surveys
There are tons of companies who pay you to participate in their surveys. Most surveys don’t take much time and ask you for your opinion or expertise. Those questionnaires are mostly multiple choice questions which will earn you either points that you accumulate and get paid out later or some pay you per survey. It’s an easy way to do on the side.
What are your ways to earn money as a digital nomad? Do you work as a freelancer? Let us know, so we can get inspired and follow your example!
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About the author of our guest post:
Jenny Holt is a freelance writer and mother of two. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind.
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