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17 Ways To Earn A Living While Traveling

17 Ways To Earn A Living While Traveling

You look at all the celebrities which get away with travelling and you think they have the best job in the world. And it is true, to a certain extent: Anthony Bourdain gets to taste the cultures and seems to always have a great time, Andrew Zimmern does the same thing and enjoys himself, while motorcycle addict Charley Boorman is always smiling and laughing at something.

All these guys seem to have a great time travelling, but they are all celebrities and earn from making these documentaries.

How can you, the average woman/student/man who wants to see the world before getting married can survive on the road. What are the ways to earn a living while traveling?

First, you need to know there are plenty of options for you, so if you don’t like your country or your city, just listen to that old saying (“You’re not a tree, if you don’t like where you are: move “) and hit the road. Before you do it, read this article and find out the best ways to earn a living while traveling.

Teach English as a foreign language

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    Teaching your maternal language shouldn’t be too hard, so you can earn a living while traveling by letting others know your own culture, by your language. If you are not a native English, things can be a little tougher, but you can still teach English if you really want to; all you need to do is pass some exams or find a place where they will accept you as a non-native. Another way to earn a living while traveling is to teach a popular language as a second language to children. In Asia, for example, you can teach English even f you are a Romanian or a Hungarian, while in African countries you get away by teaching French.

    Teach anything

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      If you have a certain talent, you can teach it to others. For example, you can teach dancing or playing an instrument in a foreign country.

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      Peace Corps

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        Sounds like commitment and it does require two full years of voluntary work, but it gets you there and pays for your accommodation, so it is a valid way to earn a living while traveling. Moreover, you get to play the hero role and can brag about it when you return home.

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        Organic Farms Worker

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          Work at WWOOFWWOOF (World Wide Organization of Organic Farms) provide accommodation and free meals to travelers in exchange for farm work. The working hours are between 4 and 6, so you have the rest of the day for yourself and you can explore, write, blog and do whatever you want to do.

          Work and Holiday

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            Work and HolidayOn the same basis as Work and Travel, the program offers attracting opportunities, but they are only worth a shot if you have a great resume, as the competition is really high.

            Hotel Business

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              Working as a seasonal hotel clerk or anything else in the tourism business can have many advantages, two of them being you get to have paid accommodation and free meals, plus you get to know a lot of other tourists, from all the world.

              Bartender/Hostess/Restaurant Officer

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                Working in a club, restaurant or other catering business can bring you some extra cash – actually, some plenty of cash, as you work for tips. Depending on which country you are, this can be great. And like in the hotel business, you get to know a lot of other travelers while you earn a living while traveling.

                Freelancing

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                  Working from home can let you travel at any time, provided that you make enough money to support the travel costs and you manage to keep up the good work while on the road. There are many copywriters, photographers and social media specialists who earn a living while traveling with the help of a laptop and an internet connection, so give it a try.

                  Travel Guide

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                    You know some people are paid to travel and talk about it in front of others? Yeah, it’s a dream come true and it is called travel guide. The tourism companies will pay you to guide other people. In other words, you will travel free and talk about the country you are in at the moment for your payment.

                    Work on a cruise ship

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                      This is another way to be paid while you travel. Meals and accommodation are included, but so is the sea sickness, so you should first try a short cruise and see how things go, before you attempt to earn a living while traveling.

                      Get sponsored

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                        Remember those guys I’ve talked about in the heading? They get sponsors to sign their bills. If you are really great in your field or really lucky, you can earn a living while traveling by relying on your photography talent or on your blogging skills.

                        Be an Extra at Bollywood

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                          Being an extra might not be really glam job, if you think of Oprah’s audience, for example, but what if you could act next to Aishwarya Rai? Acting in films and commercials overseas is a great way to earn a living while traveling, as many film production houses look for people who look life a foreigner. For example, in Asia, you would make some cash as the only Caucasian to show up at the auditions.

                          Housesitting

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                            Houses also need someone to look for them when the “parents” are travelling, so why not earn a living while traveling by baby-sitting a house. You probably won’t be paid, but you get to enjoy the high life for a couple of days, months, even years. Usually the people who look for someone to watch their house by living inside it, or in the garden are rich and ready to set sail for long periods, so you can turn this into a real lifestyle.;

                            Sitting with anyone

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                              Apart from houses, babies and pets also need a caregiver and in developed countries you can easily find someone hiring. For a baby, you do need some skills and you may be required to have a degree in foreign languages or medicine, but a pet only needs long walks, food, water and love, so you can earn a living while traveling by walking dogs.

                              Pet Groomer

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                                Speaking of dogs, you can also learn to cut them. If you are skilled and can cut a dog for a show, you can make good tips, but average dogs also need to be cut and groomed and many people prefer to call the groomer to their house – all you need is a steady hand and a good cutting machine. And you should be a natural with pets.

                                Massage Technician

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                                  Massagers work for tips and can change their place of work easily, so you can get hired at a hotel or as a freelancer.

                                  Match Two of These

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                                    As I said in the first items, you can manage to find a job which requires you to work on part-time basis, leaving the rest of the day free. So you can also pair a couple of these job opportunities to earn a living while traveling. For example, you can work in WWOOF or house sit and keep a traveling blog.

                                    Featured photo credit: The Travel-House via flickr.com

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                                    Published on September 17, 2018

                                    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                    Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                                    With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                                    So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                                    1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                                    It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                                    You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                                    So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                                    2. When you want something big, wait

                                    Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                                    It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                                    We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                                    A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                                    So, you get the itch.

                                    You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                                    Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                                    Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                                    Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                                    It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                                    The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                                    3. Live smaller than you can afford

                                    You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                                    You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                                    That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                                    Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                                    Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                                    The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                                    But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                                    4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                                    Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                                    But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                                    Create a grocery budget

                                    Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                                    Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                                    I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                                    Make a list… and never deviate

                                    Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                                    You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                                    These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                                    Eat before going grocery shopping

                                    It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                                    If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                                    After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                                    Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                                    However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                                    This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                                    5. Cancel your gym membership

                                    Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                                    The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                                    Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                                    I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                                    Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                                    Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                                    For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                                    Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                                    There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                                    It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                                    I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                                    Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                                    The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

                                    Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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