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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.

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                                    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                    The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

                                    The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

                                    Debt can feel crushing, like a weight that is always weighing you down. Looking at those numbers, it can feel as if you’ll never get out from under it. However, if you really want to learn how to get out of debt, it is possible with a great deal of focus and self-control.

                                    Getting out of debt isn’t impossible. Like any big goal, all that it takes is an action plan to identify where you are and creating a plan to zero out your debt.

                                    Identifying All of Your Debts

                                    The first part of paying off your debt is getting a complete picture of what you owe. When you have everything written out in front of you, it makes it much easier to create an action plan. Depending on how much you owe, it might also help you realize it’s not as bad you might have originally thought.

                                    Here’s how you can get started identifying your debts:

                                    1. Own Your Debt

                                    Before you start identifying all of your debts, take a moment to process that you have debt but want to get out of it.

                                    Forgive yourself for any past mistakes, missed payments, or overspending. It might be painful to accept how much debt you have at first, but you must own it.

                                    2. Make a Debt Tracker

                                    It’s astonishing how few people ever created a tracker to understand their total debts. Most likely, it comes from not wanting to accept the guilt of having debt, but, if avoided, it can make it nearly impossible to get out of debt.

                                    Open up a new Google or Microsoft Excel sheet and list out all of your debts. Start with the name of the creditor, interest rates, total balance, loan term length (if any), and the minimum amount due each payment. This will include student loans, credit cards, and any other type of debt owed.

                                    3. Get Your Debt Number

                                    Once you’ve made your debt tracker and taken the other steps, identify your total payoff number. This is crucial, as you will have a starting point and a clear goal that you are trying to achieve.

                                    Prioritizing Your Debts

                                    All debt is not created equal. It’s imperative to understand that there are different types of debt.

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                                    1. Understand Bad and Good Debts

                                    Bad debts are usually paying for things you want instead of always need. While there might be some emergencies that max out your credit cards, often times it’s excessive spending[1].

                                    There are three main types of bad debt:

                                    • Credit Card Debt: The average American household owes over $16,000 in credit card debt!
                                    • Auto Loan Debt: According to CNBC , the average auto loan in the US is $30,032!
                                    • Consumer Loan Debt: Consumer loan debt isn’t as common as credit card and auto loan debt, but it’s still considered bad as interest rates are usually between 10-28%.

                                    Good debt is identified as investments in your future. Here are three common types of good debt:

                                    • Student Loan Debt
                                    • Mortgage Loan
                                    • Business Loans

                                    2. Decide Which Debt to Pay off First

                                    Once you know each type of debt and their interest rates, you can begin to pay off debt quickly.

                                    Focus on paying off bad debt first, regardless of if it is a credit card or auto loan. Start by paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first.

                                    If you have several credit cards with different interest rates, you want to focus on the one with a higher APR. You will actually save more money by eliminating the card with the highest interest rate.

                                    3. Don’t Pay the Minimum Amount

                                    Paying the minimum amount digs you into a hole as interest rates will offset your payment. Even a small amount more than the minimum can help you pay off debt much faster.

                                    Removing Obstacles to Pay off Debt Quickly

                                    Creating a debt tracker and prioritizing a plan is simple, but avoiding temptation can be difficult.

                                    1. Set a Reminder to Track Your Debt

                                    “If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.” -Peter Drucker

                                    It’s so important to track your debt to ensure that you get it paid off quickly. Similar to working out and measuring your results, you need to track your debt constantly. Start with a weekly reminder, where you sign on and log your updated number. Did you increase, decrease, or stay the same?

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                                    Regularly tracking your student loan balance can be incredibly motivating, as well. You will get a huge confidence boost each time you see your total debt amount decreases.

                                    Set weekly and monthly goals so you can have short term wins and keep the momentum going.

                                    2. Hide Your Credit Cards

                                    If your biggest debt is credit cards, you need to eliminate temptation and remove them from your wallet.

                                    Some people have gone to extreme measures by freezing their credit cards. Why? This would create an ice block around your card, which would require you to chip away at it slowly. This will give you time to think if it’s the best idea to buy that thing you’re about to buy.

                                    3. Automate Everything

                                    Willpower can be a huge downfall to paying off your debt. By automating your bills each month, you will ensure that willpower isn’t involved.

                                    4. Plan Ahead

                                    Getting out of debt will require some sacrifices, but with enough planning, you can make it work.

                                    For example, if you know that you have a friend’s birthday or family dinner coming up, plan ahead for the costs. Whether you need to cut back on spending the week before, pick up a side job, or meet them after dinner, do what is needed.

                                    5. Live Cheaply

                                    The only way to get out of debt is to make some sacrifices on your spending habits. Find ways to save money each month so you can apply that amount to your outstanding debts. Here are some ways to save money each month:

                                    • Live with roommates
                                    • Cook dinners and prepare lunches for work instead of eating out
                                    • Cut cable and choose Netflix or Amazon Prime
                                    • Take public transit or bike to work

                                    Finding the Lowest Interest Rates

                                    The higher your interest rates, the harder (and longer) it will take you to pay off any debt.

                                    If possible, you want to find ways to lower your interest rates to help get out of debt quickly. Here’s how you can get started:

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                                    1. Maintain a High Credit Score

                                    Your credit score will have a large impact on your ability to refinance your loans and receive a lower interest rate. If you have a low credit score, it’s unlikely you will be able to refinance your loans. Use these credit tips to increase and maintain an excellent score:

                                    • Never miss a payment
                                    • Don’t exceed 30% of your credit limit
                                    • Don’t sign up for more than one card at once
                                    • Limit hard inquires, like auto-loans and new credit cards
                                    • Monitor frequently with free credit-tracking software

                                    2. Find Balance Transfer Offers

                                    Start by opening a free account on credit.com. Credit.com offers you the chance to open a free account and see what type of balance transfer offers you can receive. Some of your existing credit cards might already have 0% or lower APR balance transfer offers available.

                                    Contact each of your credit card providers to ask about lowering your rate for a one-time balance transfer offer[2].

                                    If you do take advantage of this option, make sure that you use a balance transfer and not a cash advance. Cash advances have a ton of high interest fees (15-25%, depending on your credit card) and will only compound your debt problem.

                                    How to Get Rid of Debt Forever

                                    Setting up a plan, removing temptations, and getting the lowest interest rates is the first step to get out of debt.

                                    1. Keep Monitoring and Adjusting

                                    Once you have a plan, don’t get comfortable. Track your debt payoff plan and make the necessary adjustments when needed.

                                    Monitor your credit scores with a free site like CreditKarma. The higher your credit score climbs, the more likely you will be to secure a new, lower-interest loan.

                                    2. Earn More Money

                                    There are only so many ways to save money. Instead of clipping another coupon or making sacrifices for your morning coffee, find ways to earn more money!

                                    Think about it…it is much easier to find ways to earn an extra $1,000 per month than find $1,000 to cut from your budget.

                                    Here are some examples of ways to earn more money:

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                                    Talk to Your Boss

                                    Have a conversation with your boss about current salary and/or commission rates. If you’re not satisfied or want a change, don’t be afraid to look around at other positions. Some of them might even have a student loan debt reimbursement plan!

                                    Start a Side Hustle

                                    This could be coaching students on the weekends, driving for Uber, or taking paid online surveys. There are tons of ways to make money outside your 9-5. Now that you have a clear plan to pay off your debts, you’ll be more motivated than ever to figure out creative new ways to earn money.

                                    Build an Online Business

                                    There are so many websites and blogs that earn money from ads, affiliates, and other online products. Find your niche and get started.

                                    3. Celebrate Your Wins

                                    As you progress in your debt payoff journey, don’t forget to celebrate your wins. You need to always reward yourself for the hard work and discipline that is required to get out of debt.

                                    While you shouldn’t celebrate so big that it increases debt, make sure to factor in little rewards to keep you motivated.

                                    4. Set New Financial Goals

                                    Eventually, with a plan and these steps, you can rid yourself of your debt. Once you do, make sure to celebrate your monumental achievement, but don’t stop there.

                                    Now, you can focus on acquiring wealth and increasing your net worth. Set new financial goals so you have a new target to aim toward. Here’s how to set financial goals and actually meet them.

                                    These could be anything now that you are debt free! Think about where you want to travel, buying your first home, or saving for your future retirement. Just like before, make sure that your goals are specific, measurable, and achievable.

                                    Conclusion

                                    Congrats, you can now set a plan in motion to finally pay off your debt quickly (and hopefully forever)!

                                    Remember, if you want to get out of debt quickly, it’s not always easy. Just like any big goal, there will be sacrifices, challenges, and problems to overcome.

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