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13 Ways To Make Money While Traveling

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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.

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

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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