Travel around the World: Making Money on the Way
Aside from the safety factor, another discouraging topic is money. Being limited by finances is never fun. Thus, earning money on the road may just be the key to initiating a more extensive, exciting trip. Of course, this is often nothing like your average 40-hour job in a corporate office. But really, only so many enjoy the 9-5 cubical lifestyle 😉
After working at a desk at a nuclear energy company, I realized that sitting on a chair doesn’t run well with my system. I loved the stability of the job itself. That bi-weekly check always came in at the right moment- straight towards my student loan. Yet, those days I’d go home exhausted from doing absolutely nothing.
I was keen to explore my career options while visiting Google image locations. So, I took on several internships near and far. Since these works are generally unpaid, I opted for random side jobs that helped support my travels abroad.
Hope this list will help you as much as it did me!
1. Teaching & Tutoring
There are all sorts of teaching jobs abroad now. Apparently, Saudi wins the game with the highest pay out for those qualified few. But in Southeast Asian countries like China and Thailand, new grads will be happily hired to teach English. From my understanding, average monthly wage can range from $1500 upwards with accommodation and 1-2 round trip flights. However, these companies tend to gravitate towards those of a specific racial background since there still exists a perception that links race with English teaching skills. Another thing to keep note of is your location when signing the contract- placements range from big cities to remote suburbs.
With digitization, it’s not too hard to get a job online teaching a skill. In this instance, I taught English to children in China using Skype. All sorts of online tutoring companies have been popping up lately and the pay isn’t all too bad. $25 dollars for an hour, much higher than your typical minimum wage. Yet, spots are competitive and needs aren’t too high. I taught 1-2 classes per week, just enough to cover my weekly grocery needs. It can be rough to make a livable wage off of one site.
It might be playing the guitar or doing yoga, a massage license or photography. If you can market yourself, it will be fun to take on a few clients near and far. While licensing in the West is often needed, a lot of countries aren’t too strict on qualifications and certifications.
2. Consulting & Digital Nomad Jobs
Since most services can be accessed online nowadays, it is possible to take your desk job abroad. Offering consultation services to firms and individuals through an online platform is difficult. Motivational coaches and life coaches can simply set up appointments and deliver content via skype.
Remoteyear is a program I’ve always thought be fun to join. It takes on a group of remote-working professionals and goes on a year-long venture around the world while providing the needed co-working space. Though they will assist in getting your employer on board with a remote work arrangement, the fees are just too high for nomads like myself.
You may not have experience with consultation but run a 1 million follower Instagram account. Great! Apply to be a social media strategist and use your wizardry to help build brands and businesses. I know a number of people who have successfully turned their social media platforms into a profit-making operation. From branding to content promotion, this may just be the job for you!
3. Event Hosting and Public Speaking
There are tons of event hosting jobs with an hourly wage ranging between $20-$30. In India, I was hired to host weddings and different functions. To be honest, you do have to be prepared for long days and rather strange roles, but it is a lot of fun to work with other foreigners while tending lavish events.
For one, I know a lot of clubs look for foreigners to spice up its night life or do relevant promotional work. This line of work definitely caters toward those who love the nightlife and some extra cash.
Public speaking gigs are harder to come by. This requires far more background qualifications as opposed to event hosting’s simplicities. However, if you’ve an engaging topic at hand, there are lots of opportunities to collaborate with schools and other institutions in providing you with a stage to facilitate discussion.
4. Make Money Online
Similar to that of a digital nomad, if you have a specialized, in-demand skill, there are a number of ways to earn money online. Not going to lie, these days, computer engineers and designers take the cake for flexible working locations. But for us liberal art students, there is light at the end of this tunnel 😉
From writing to programming, internet marketing to graphic design, being a freelancer can easily earn you enough while on the go. However, the world of freelancing can be incredibly competitive. As a freelancer, some possibilities include writing articles, brochures, newsletters, and blog posts. Web designing, packaging, logos, data entry, virtual assistance, web research, and website conversion optimization to name a few.
Some great sites to dabble freelancing opportunities are:
Textbroker: Provides great gigs for writers, but the pay isn’t too appealing.
Envato Studio: For those skilled in design and web-development, this is perfect you!
Fiverr: Everything on this site costs $5. It is definitely quite fun if you have a skill that can be mass produced online, e.g: music sheets, sound effects etc.
PeoplePerHour: These tasks can be done within the hour at a predetermined rate.
Upwork: Great platform for freelance projects that with decent pay.
Sell Handmade Pieces, including Arts & Crafts
In recent years, eBay has become a near household name. With numerous products on the site, there are no fewer success stories that come with selling items online. However, Etsy is not the only platform for online-business purposes.
Etsy: One of the most popular sites for DIY and handmade products.
Cafe Press: You can upload a design that will undergo approval. Once it’s accepted, it will be printed on shirts, posters and so on.
Art Fire: Another platform that will help get your work in front of thousands of buyers within minutes.
Folksy: Great place to sell handmade gifts and other arts and crafts.
Question & Answer
I’m one of the many that would hop onto a Q&A site when Google can’t do me right. There are a number of popular platforms that help personalize an answer for those in need. If you have expertise in a few areas, this might be a great way to earn a couple extra dollars while traveling! Some sites you can sign up to help those in need can be Web Answers, JustAnswer and LivePerson.
I became interested in paid surveys while attending high school. Without any school work or a real job and loads of free time on my hands, I signed up for a number of sites and completed surveys for fun. However, I soon found out that I was unqualified for most due to a lack of-well, everything- education, property, vehicle and so on and so forth. For those at a different stage, paid surveys may be just the side-job to make some money fast. Some reliable sites to look into are Mysurvey, Tellwut, and MyView.
Disclaimer: These are three big categories with various little branches of opportunities to their own. I’ve only listed a few options, some of which contain affiliate links, but there is so much more to this fiesta. Travel blogger Aileen has a comprehensive list of other money-making tactics while on the road.