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13 Ways To Make Money While Traveling

13 Ways To Make Money While Traveling

Considering portable working or a ‘workation’? There’s nothing so good as traveling and working at the same time. Not only will you make money as you go, but you’ll get an opportunity to experience travel in a way most others won’t. And you won’t have to worry about spending your savings. Never let work be a barrier to travel: if you do it right, you can take your job with you.

Before you go

Before you dive into the list of quick-money fixes, take stock of what your job entails. How much of it is mobile? If you reshuffled tasks, could you make an entire day or week solely a computer job? With Wi-Fi and the right communication tools, working from your laptop is one of the easiest way of taking your job with you.

When it comes to getting paid, a good tip is to make sure you have a PayPal account set up. Quite a few places in Europe and around the world use this for once-off payments (if it’s not in cold, hard cash).

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And if you want to keep it really sensible, offer to house-sit. This is a great way of avoiding hotels, which can be a distraction. A house gets me more focused. House-sitting will save you the cost of accommodation and eating out, and usually only entails taking care of some animals and basic household duties (hot tip: try not to get sucked into watching renovations).

Skeptical? Think that there’s no point if you still have to work? Not so! Because after you’ve finished your emails, reports and spreadsheets, you can wander down to the beaches of some gorgeous Greek island to watch the sunset, or head to a Broadway show in New York, or take a walk around Edinburgh.

A few creative tricks will get you money, but so will some other more standard methods. Here are 13 tips for making money while traveling:

1. Street performing

Dance, music, art: whatever skills you have on the side — or weird body parts that you don’t mind showing off for money — the right corner on the right street will get you a few dollars. Busking your skills topped off with painting yourself in silver may earn you enough to get a meal and a room in a hostel for the night. Try not to break any local laws regarding public decorum, or you may earn a fine or worse! Research in advance for this one.

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2. Freelancing or Tutoring

Depending on your job, something like web developer or engineering consultant is a great way to earn cash as you go. Have access to your portfolio online so you can grab opportunities as they arrive. Or, put your profile up on Upwork and go get ’em! Tutoring can include dance, singing, languages, math and other school subjects. Make connections through Facebook groups and get referred by local ex-pats for a better rate of success with temporary tutoring placements.

3. Fiverr or Odesk

If you’re not too worried about when you will be picked up for a job, set up profiles here to earn pocket money. Try to make your profile niche-specific so that you don’t get lost in the thousands of other similar profiles.

4. Guest lecture

This one’s a challenge, but why not try it? If you are in a more remote part of the world and you have a skill or knowledge the local college or university might be lacking, then you might be able to contact them in advance and set up a class. In a few parts of the world qualifications are fuzzy and confidence will pull you through. Or, if you truly are a professor, you have every right to do such a thing and might be able to negotiate a placement in advance.

5. Get a job with an international traveling show

Join a circus, music band, dance show, or theater performance … there are all kinds of jobs going at these types of touring organizations. Sure, it’ll be tough and you’ll have almost no free time, but if your goal is pure travel then it’s worth a shot. The interesting people you are sure to meet along the way will be worth it!

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6. Work in a dispersed team or flexible job

Be the outsourced person, so to speak. If you can arrange to get a job where you can work from home, there shouldn’t be any reason why “home” can’t turn into Kuala Lumpur. You might be able to make your manager happier about this if you negotiate to work for what your income would be relative to the salary of the local exotic location you happen to be traveling to (and no, I wouldn’t recommend scaling up to a more expensive country…!)

7. Seasonal work

Picking vegetables, fruit, flowers: if you can handle being outdoors for long stretches and don’t mind getting dirty, you can bounce from the northern to the southern hemispheres in search of farms in need of a helping hand.

8. Resort work or summer camp work

Resorts and summer camps are often held in gorgeous regions, be it beach or mountains. These jobs require tons of energy and often the contracts have limiting stipulations such as not being allowed to leave the camp area or cruise ship, but you can save good cash for free travel time later.

9. Sales

If you’re a real go-getter, unafraid of setting out in new cities, then spotting sales jobs around regions you want to travel in could be a lucrative opportunity. Some travelers cut a deal with a surf equipment rental shop by getting a commission for each tourist they bring by the shop. There are many middlemen jobs you can pick out through your observations. Just take on what many people are too lazy to do on their holidays — think and make decisions.

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10. Hostels, bars, restaurants

If you stick to very touristy areas, it’s pretty easy to land a bar job or table-waiting job in high season. Competition gets more tough in the low season but being multi-lingual will give you an advantage. Also, having a seasonal work permit/working holiday visa will encourage the local business owners to choose you over those less organized (and less legal).

11. Beauty and hair

If you have the chance to carry the basic pieces of equipment with you, it is not unknown for some travelers to offer hostel guests a quick shave or massage for a few bucks. Manicures, pedicures, haircuts, make-up, face-painting for carnivals and parties … if you can build a rapport with a chain of hostels around a region it will be even easier to get clients.

12. Au pair

Au pair has its limitations of age, but is still a nifty way of getting around with free bed and board plus money on the side. Be careful what you get roped into in the contract: there is no joy to being an au pair if you are required to be with the children seven days a week. Stick with a trusted agency as well.

13. Tour guide

And last but not least — give people tours of the places you know and love well. Blag it if you will (I know of a colleague who gave “English” tours of Lisbon in the ’80s when the only phrase he knew was, “Come on!”), but make sure your tourist group has a laugh. There are a couple of agencies who look for guides for a couple of weeks’ spot work. And the other option is to gather a casual group of people, take them around, and request a donation for your endeavors.

Got any other tips? Let us know in the comments below. Happy work-traveling!

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How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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