“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you’re a wanderlust with your heart set on traveling the world, you’ll likely be wondering how you’re going to earn an income during weeks, months or even a year or more on the road. The truth? Nearly anyone can make money while they’re traveling the world as long as they adhere to a certain set of strategies.
Considering that you’ll likely find a relatively stable internet connection in just about any corner of the earth these days, actually making money (both online and offline) isn’t too complicated no matter where you might end up. However, there are certain things you must understand and adhere to before you set out for so-called greener pastures.
The truth? Most people settle on a job abroad doing some type of menial work while they travel just to make ends meet. For example, you might decide to teach English in a foreign city or help do walking tours in some tourist destination. You might also opt for making online by leveraging social media, blogs or even informational products.
What most people have to understand is that there’s a big difference between generating an active income and passive income no matter where you might be. If you’re serious about traveling the world and having the income to sustain yourself while you’re jetting off to far-reaching destinations, then you should certainly focus on passive income.
How To Make Money While Traveling The World
If you’re serious about generating an income while jetting off from country to country, be prepared to get organized at first. You’ll also need to follow some tried and true financial trips. The problem? If your expenses back “home” are too high, you’ll find a difficult time trying to make ends meet while you travel, especially if you’re faced with an unexpected travel expense, medical emergency or have to deal with some sort of theft of property.
It sounds unpleasant. I know that. But you have to take into consideration things that could go wrong while you’re roaming around the world. When you’re in uncharted territories, and especially if you’re a trusting person by nature, it’s easy to get taken advantage of. Be wary of who you befriend and what their intentions are. You should also do your best to link up with other like-minded travelers and form groups.
Traveling solo is okay to do, but it does pose risks. Simply put? Be prudent no matter where you go or what you do. It’s also important that you do your due diligence before you set out. Get to know the area that you’re traveling to. What’s the primary language? Where are the medical centers or hospitals? What will you do about an apartment, a phone or having internet service? These are all critical elements to consider.
#1 — Write Articles
If you’re a mildly-talented writer, you could always opt for writing articles. You can ghost write, create articles for other blogs, or even opt for writing copy if you have some compelling sales-copy-writing skills. Create an About.me page with a portfolio and market yourself on websites like Upwork and Freelancer.
#2 — Do Walking Tours
If you’re heading into tourist destinations, you could always opt to give walking tours. There are loads of companies that you could easily work for as an English-speaking native. Or, you could be entrepreneurial about it and start up your own tour and advertise it on a site like Viator, build your own website, place flyers in local hotels, and so on. Sure, there’s some legwork involved, but it’s well worth it.
#3 — Teach English
You could easily teach English as a second language. That doesn’t take much effort to do if you’re a native English speaker, and people around the world are always looking to enhance their knowledge of the English language. You could approach local schools, place ads in local online publications, or even go the route of Facebook ads to help spread the word. You could even opt for the traditional in-person marketing approach through meet ups on sites like CoachSurfing.
#4 — Graphic Design
Another option you could easily turn to in an effort to make money while you’re traveling is graphic design. You could easily use a variety of sites to advertise your services, or you could build out a professional website and open up shop. Finding clients might take some work but you could source them on Upwork and Fiverr rather easily, or simply place ads on popular ad networks like Facebook.
#5 — Write Code
Want to learn web development? Coding is a terrific way to make money, no matter where in the world you might be. You can use popular platforms like Udemy to learn how to code if you don’t already know. You could easily make a full-time income, travel as a digital nomad, living a location-independent lifestyle by understanding how to code. This is one of the best skills you can have today.
#6 — Social Media Management
Social media is a hotbed of activity. Today, businesses know that they need to work on reaching their target audience on social media. At the same time, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for companies to find the time to devote to social media, albeit it could lead to a dramatic rise in sales. For that reason, becoming a social media manager could turn into a highly lucrative profession for you.
#7 — Take Surveys
There are plenty of survey sites you can use to make money on the road. You can take surveys on your laptop or even on your mobile phone. Sites and apps like SwagBucks and Inbox Dollars will pay you simply to take surveys. This is really useful to do on the road or from your phone when you’re trying to make a few extra bucks.
#8 — Start Blogging
Want to make some serious cash while traveling the world? With a blog, you have the potential to earn 6 and 7 figures annually. That’s not to say you will. But it’s certainly possible. Find a profitable niche for your blog, then start your blog and research different ways you can make money blogging. If you play your proverbial cards right, you could reap a significant profit from this endeavor.
#9 — Do Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online without all the fuss and effort of building out your own products and services. However, one thing you’re going to need is an audience. If you don’t have an audience, you might find some difficulties ahead. Find offers on sites like ClickBank, CJ.com, Rakuten LinkShare, Impact Radius and others.
#10 — Email Marketing
If you build up a marginal-sized list, you could easily make money by sending out a couple of emails every single month, invited your subscriber base to purchase from you, donate some money, or towards another good cause. You can use email systems like ConvertKit and others to help with your list-building efforts along with sending out email sequences. This often means you need some way to build up that list first such as through a lead magnet.
#11 — Sell Ecommerce Products
Start an ecommerce store using Shopify or WooCommerce and start selling online. You can also use sites like Etsy, Zazzle and others to give you a small audience that you can market to. It doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy, but it will be well worth it to travel the world while making money on autopilot. Plus, if you build a drop-ship store or an FBA store, you won’t have to deal with the extra headache and overhead of warehousing, shipping and so on.
#12 — Build A Sales Funnel
Sales funnels are automated systems that help to sell whatever it is that you’re peddling on autopilot. You can use funnels for books, ecommerce products, membership sites, professional services, courses, and so on. You can easily build a funnel through ClickFunnels, and quickly get up and running within days and be selling your products online. But be prepared to spend money on ads to drive traffic into your funnels. But if you can create a converting offer, the sky is the proverbial limit.
#13 — Write An Ebook
Ebooks are a great resource for making money while traveling, or doing anything else for that matter. They’re a low-friction way to get your message out there to the world. If you have expertise or knowledge in a particular area, why not write an ebook? Use Amazon’s KDP platform to publish. You can also use CreateSpace to sell print on-demand books once you’ve published your digital version and even ACX to create an audiobook version after that.
#14 — Do Video Tutorials
Video tutorials on sites like YouTube, which is the world’s second largest search engine, give you access to the world’s consumers. To make money properly using this method, you need to deliver free information that’s of real value, and only after can you place a soft offer to whatever it is that you’re peddling. Do the time to research the proper keywords and see what the pain points are, and do your best to address that in a series of video tutorials.
#15 — Virtual Tutoring
Thanks to the high speed of internet connections these days, you can easily tutor someone over Skype or Facebook Live or other platforms like GoToWebinar. Why not do a live tutoring session or invite a large group and hold a webinar. You can charge a flat fee or do it for free and sell a product or service at the very end of the session. You can tutor languages, musical instruments, technical skills, and so on.
#16 — Find Seasonal Gigs
Seasonal gigs are available all around the world while traveling. You could make money while harvesting grapes for wineries during the harvest season. You could also engage in other harvests such as apple picking or even work in a tourist hotel during the high season in some jet-setting locale. You could also do ski season jobs such as teaching people how to ski, snowboard, and so on. You get the picture, right?
#17 — Create Online Courses
One thing that I’m very passionate about is creating courses. I love to build courses. And even though they take a tremendous amount of time and effort, they’re by far one of the best passive income sources that you can find. You need to find a great topic you can teach in your courses, and ensure that you go above and beyond the so-called call of duty to really make a stellar course filled with golden nuggets of valuable information. Use Teachable, Udemy and Kajabi as your platforms to market these courses.
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