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Good entrepreneurs never let a business idea go past them. And increasingly, the modern digital nomad has worked out ways to supplement their travel budget by making money from the road.

As a traveller, you’ve probably got keen senses about you. You’ll know how to put together a travel budget, and how to find the best prices on flights; you’ll know tricks for beating the language barrier, and how to avoid tourist traps, and seek out authentic experiences and sights.

This type of thing might come naturally to you – expertise you’ve built up over time without realizing that you’re actually very skilled. And there’s a business opportunity there – teaching others everything you know.

It’s become a massive trend in recent years; the idea of traveling perpetually and making money from the road. But one untapped idea is actually teaching people how to travel. This could just be the perfect side hustle for making money from the road!

 Why You Should Start Teaching Others to Travel (For a Fee)

Why Would You Want to Teach Others?

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Simply put, it’s a business idea based on something you love doing. If you love to travel and explore new destinations, then making a profit from that is an excellent way to make a living while continuing to do something you love.

Think about how many times people have asked you for travel advice. Do you end up talking their ear off because you just can’t stop talking about how epic it is to travel? Do you passionately ramble off 20 million incredible things they could do?

You’re already travel consultant. You just need to start charging for it!

Travel is a multi billion dollar industry, and this is lucrative enough that you could easily make enough money from it to fund your own travels. There are millions of people traveling every year; you just need to tap into a few.

The number of potential clients are open ended – it’s not just newbie first time travelers who are interested in hiring travel experts – it’s anyone who hasn’t traveled to a specific destination before; ie someone might be a seasoned traveler but have never visited China.

So the opportunities are endless!

What Does Teaching Others Involve?

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The great thing about teaching others to travel is that it can involve almost anything you want it to – there are a million different ways to structure your business, and the possibilities are endless.

For instance, if you want to set up a physical storefront and have people see you in person, you can. More commonly nowadays though, people run this business online, and communicate via email or video conferencing tools like Skype.

When it comes to the service you provide, you can opt for something very hands off, like selling tour guides, or you can opt for actual travel consultancy, where you actually talk people through the process.

Facebook groups have become a very popular way to cultivate a community of clients, and other great tools are promoting your services via a blog or website, and setting up an email list to let people know you’re available.

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While you have an immense amount of flexibility over your business plan, you will however need some experience in how to run a business, whether sole trader or company. This means having excellent communication skills and also marketing prowess.

If you don’t know what a PPC campaign is or how to run one, we suggest looking up the basics of how to market a brand or product on the internet to help you get started. It’s one thing to be able to teach people, but another to then actually find clients.

Why Does Teaching Others to Travel Make Sense?

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One of the biggest advantages is that it allows you to continue doing what you love while getting paid for it. While it’s not the easiest job in the world to write guides and articles on how to travel, you have all of the experience needed for it.

All you need is a bit of basic knowledge on how to run a business and how to create content, and then the marketing prowess for how to monetize it, and you’ve got the perfect side hustle to accompany your travels!

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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