Everyone knows that travelling all the time isn’t cheap. But like anything you’re passionate about, coming up with ways to fund your adventures is easy when you give a little thought about what you enjoy. The rising trend of digital nomads, like those of us at Flyavel, has birthed a slew of opportunities to help you make a living while travelling the world. Here are some of the best methods for earning your way around the world:
- Writer & Editor
- Graphic Designer
- Virtual Assistant
- Web Designer or Programmer
- Social Media Manager
- SEO Specialist
- Modelling and Acting (voice overs, hold-your-sign gigs, etc.)
As you can see in the list above, being a freelancer opens up a large window of opportunity for you wherever you are in the world. Regardless of your language or proficiency, if you’re good at something, you can easily name yourself a freelancer and offer those services throughout the internet. There are a number of sites, like Fiverr
, People per Hour
, and Sortfolio
to help you get started.
Also, you can market these skills while abroad. For example, if you’re staying at a hostel that has a horrible website, offer to remake their site in exchange for a longer stay.
- Open an Online Store
- Drop Shipping
- Affiliate Marketing
- Any other skills you might have
- Social media influence, reviews, and paid/sponsored posts
- Travel photography and videography
Selling merchandise doesn’t require a physical store. If you have a niche that you are confident about marketing—or that can be paired with a blog that you own—you can easily monetize, offer products, begin drop shipping, and beyond.
Of course, selling your skills and freelancing are interchangeable. However, some skills might not be of the virtual sort. You might want to create Udemy
courses, ebooks, classes, or sell artwork, handicrafts, and photographs from your travels. There are a vast number of sites to help you accomplish these pursuits, such as Kindle (self-publishing), ShareASale
, Creative Market
(excellent for creatives), Webfluential
, Hashtag Paid
(for Instagram users), Shopify
(online stores and drop shipping), CafePress
, Graphic River
, and more.
- Scuba Diving Instructor
- Surf Instructor
- Yoga Instructor
While abroad, if you are a certified instructor or have confidence in teaching your mother tongue, you can become a travelling teacher. The easiest way is to simply tutor learners of your native language using websites like Take Lessons
, Get Study Room
, and similar. It doesn’t matter if you speak French, English, German, Japanese, Cantonese, or something else – someone out there wants to study a second or third language and will pay you to do it.
This applies to other activities that can be taught, such as fitness classes, yoga, dance, surfing, scuba diving, drawing, cooking, and survival techniques. You can post those as experiences on Airbnb, Craigslist, Meetup, and similar sites.
Chances are that many of these options have already crossed your mind, but maybe there are even a few that you hadn’t considered. Either way, this list proves that there are an unlimited number of ways to make money while travelling. All you have to do is get a little creative! So what will it be? Travel blogging? Photography? Modelling? The choice is yours—so have fun and embrace the world!