Living your life on the road is the stuff dreams are made of, but at some point reality has to catch up.
Where does the money come from to keep paying the bills, and how can you ensure a regular cash flow so you never find yourself in a sticky situation?
There are a number of cheap travel hacks to help you get the most out of your money while traveling. However, even living the frugal lifestyle won’t keep you sustained forever.
Finding a job that is as flexible and transportable as you are is important, meaning you have the luxury to take it up whenever funds start to run dry.
Here we take a look at a few of the options open to you, which can help you get the spare cash you need.
Short-Term Work That’s Suited To The Travel Lifestyle
Work in Hostels
Working in a hostel can be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences you have while traveling.
It will normally start with you being a resident at the place and just falling in love with the culture and people there. Taking a job at a hostel helps cement friendships you make and build your intimacy with the location.
While hostels don’t tend to pay an awful lot, they do remove most of your outgoing expenses, namely accommodation, transport and, in some instances, food as well.
Photo credit: Barnacles Budget Accommodation
Sell Photographs Online
If you are a diehard travel fan, it’s more than likely that you have a pretty sweet camera on you and an eye for a good shot.
After all, spending your time 24/7 in amazing new places is a good reminder to always cherish the moment. If photography is your passion, then why not turn it into your livelihood too?
The options for making money from pictures are numerous: sell the license for them to stock photo sites, or even build your own online shop using one of the many super simple and affordable online services out there.
With your own shop all set up, you never have to worry about staying on top of other companies’ admin or worrying about whether you’ve been paid.
A great way to make a regular income wherever you are staying is to teach. Whether you do this via webcam to people located all over the world or to local people, it’s really up to you.
A popular subject for many travelers is teaching English classes: you can apply for a TFEL certification in order to teach at schools or you can simply offer to help people with their language more informally.
If this doesn’t appeal, many people are very successful running yoga or massage classes, which simply require you to find a space to hold the class in.
Volunteer for Local Jobs
No matter where you are in the world, there are a number of schemes out there designed to pair people seeking one-time work with odd jobs to be performed.
Fiverr is a well-known app that specializes in matching freelancers with web and design skills with those looking for help and assistance with their business marketing.
Task Rabbit operates on a similar model but spans out to also include more labor-based work such as cleaning, mowing the lawn, and even painting and decorating.
Photo by Jim Holmes for AusAID
Become An Au Pair
One of the best known and long-standing vocations for those seeking to explore the world while holding down a job is to take on an au pair position.
The immersive experience of living in with a family is not only beneficial for you to become better acquainted with a country’s language and culture, but to develop close relationships with people too.
It is common for au pairs to receive a salary, weekly days off along with free food and board, giving them the freedom to enjoy their own time as well as that with the family.
Although this option requires you to stay put in a location for at least a few months, it can be incredibly rewarding.
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