We are six months into our around the world trip. Before we left we set a budget. We knew how much we had and how far it needed to go.
However, we also knew that we could make money along the way too. Back home, I had several side hustles and spent time nurturing those that I believe would be viable whilst we travelled.
What makes a travel-friendly side hustle?
If you want to make money on the road then you’ve got to make sure that you have all the tools you need with you.
Any hustles that require you to manage physical goods is likely to be a challenge on the road. Therefore, eBay reselling and craft goods will not work.
If you are dealing with digital products or have an established production system that runs without you needing to be present, then it is a likely candidate to make you money as you travel.
What do you need to make money while you travel?
For most, it is going to be a laptop and a decent Wifi connection. We have visited places all over the world and only in a few rare cases has it been hard to find a venue with the internet.
If you have these two staples then making money while you travel should be simple. All you need now are a few ideas to get you started. Luckily, I can help with those.
Top 5 ways to make money travelling
This is a fab little side hustle and one that I had been doing for a long time back home. You will need a good internet connection and some peace and quiet for this one though.
You can earn $10 (USD) for each test that you complete. Tests require you to complete tasks that test the usability of apps and websites. You’ll talk through your actions and submit the recording of your voice and screen at the end.
Payment arrives exactly a week later via PayPal. There are other similar companies but I have found Usertesting to be reliable and have lots of work.
If you haven’t already started a blog, then why not? There is money out there waiting for you. Plus if you are about to go on the adventure of a lifetime then chances are you’ve got something worth writing about.
There are lots of ways that you can make money from blogging. Most likely sources are advertising, affiliate marketing and sponsored posts.
If you want to start making money from blogging to support your travel then I would recommend starting at least 6 months to a year before you leave. It will take time for you to establish your website.
It is easy enough to use. You’ll create a profile and then create “gig” which are essentially adverts for your skills.
These gigs are be anything from graphic design, writing, web development or anything else that you can think of. One your gig is live, people will contact you when they want you to complete a job.
All payments are made through the website, so you won’t need to chase people for payment. You can withdraw the money through PayPal or directly into your bank account.
As a teacher, this is a great one for me. However, this side hustle isn’t exclusively for teachers. There are several websites that are looking for tutors to teach English to students in China and other countries.
For many, the requirement is a degree and proficiency in English, but some will ask for teaching experience or qualifications.
You’ll need to complete an application and sometimes an interview to be considered for these positions. But once you have been approved the earning potential is huge. I know many people that claim to be travelling full time on the money they make from this work.
There is huge money to be made here and tax-free too. Again, like tutoring, many are travelling on the money they make from matched betting.
Unlike the other, you’ll need to do a bit of preparation before you leave. For one, you’ll need to purchase a VPN (virtual privacy network) as the betting companies will not allow access to their sites from abroad. A VPN will make it look like you are still back home.
Other than that, you should be able to carry on as normal. Just make sure you keep an eye on the time difference so that you complete the offers at the right time for back home. Sign up now (for free) to make £45 today.
Are there any other travel-friendly side hustles?
Of course! Creativity is all you need. The ones listed above are those that I have tried myself and found sustainable.
Many people can take their jobs from back home and work remotely, so if you think that is something your employer can agree to then go and ask.
For the rest of us, why not give these a try now? You’ll be able to make some extra cash for the travel pot before you go and keep it up once you’ve left.
Disclaimer: Remember the information you read here does not represent advice. Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you. Read the full disclaimer here.