Anyone with wanderlust can agree that while travelling the world is a must on their bucket list, it carries a hefty price tag along with it!
So, what if we told you that there are actually plenty of ways you can make money while living out your travelling dreams? Well, here are five hacks that can help you make some extra cash while being a globetrotter!
1. Sell your Insta-worthy holiday photos
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If you’re a budding photographer who loves taking scenic snapshots while on holiday, this is a great way to earn some money!
With the help of a service called FOAP that allows you to create your own web portfolio, interested buyers can purchase your photos. What’s more, this service also helps distribute your photos through partners like Getty Images, to attract more potential buyers. Sounds like a great way to earn money from your holiday, if you ask us!
So, how much does FOAP pay you? Well, each photo is sold for USD$10 (approx. RM42). FOAP takes a 50% commission, so you can earn USD$5 (approx. RM21) from EACH photo sold.
On top of that, you can also earn more by joining FOAP missions. If your entry is the winning image, FOAP pays a prize starting from at least USD$50 (approx. RM209), so you could earn hundreds from this!
Plus, it’s still a win-win situation, because even if your photo has not been selected as the winning image, other buyers usually purchase entries for FOAP missions.
2. Earn extra cash while shopping for other people
If you love visiting local shopping districts while on holiday, why not make some money out of that by signing up as a traveller for Jetspree?
This Malaysian-based service helps buyers purchase an item that can only be found overseas by getting a traveller to do the shopping for them. Here’s how it works;
1. After signing up as a traveller, post where you’re headed to and when you will be returning to Malaysia.
2. A list of buyers’ requests matched with your trip can be accessed. You can choose to claim whatever request is easiest for you to buy.
3. Purchase whatever request you have claimed (you can claim as many requests as you want)
4. Bring the item back to Malaysia with you, and a representative from Jetspree can pick up whatever you’ve bought at your convenience! You will get reimbursed for your purchases once your items have been collected.
Sounds super easy, right? Plus, on top of getting reimbursed, you also get to earn pretty rewarding tips as a traveller. The more you buy, the more you earn!
So, if you’re interested to earn extra cash while shopping around in another country, be sure to sign up as a traveller for Jetspree on their website here!
3. Rent out your home while you’re away
While hotels are still widely in-demand, a lot of people are turning to alternative types of accommodation while on holiday to get a different experience, but how about hosting your own home while you go travelling to earn some extra cash?
Apps like Airbnb and HomeAway are great options for people who want to rent out their homes for brief periods while they are out of town. This way, not only can you get someone to house-sit for you, but you’ll also earn some money on the side, too!
4. Work at a hostel
If you’re planning a long backpacking adventure, why not make some money out of it or save cash on accommodation by helping out at the hostel you plan on staying during your trip?
Websites like hosteljobs.net help you narrow down backpackers hostels where you can work and apply for a job right before your trip. All you have to do is key in the location you plan on visiting and you can check out a list of available hostels in that area. Some of the jobs you can apply for include;
- Getting free stays by working 4-hour housekeeping shifts in the United States
- Free stays at a hostel in exchange for becoming a party promoter in Prague
- Paid hostel duty manager jobs in Hong Kong
- Part-time hostel receptionist jobs in the United Kingdom
- Paid hostel manager jobs in Sri Lanka
Not sure where exactly you want to travel to yet? You can also browse available hostel jobs from different countries to give you some ideas!
5. Sign up for work & travel programmes
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If you want to soak yourself in a different culture and make the entire travelling experience more enriching, why not sign up for a Work & Travel programme?
Travellers have the option to work in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, The United States, Canada, South Korea, and Italy just to name a few. So, money definitely will not become an issue while travelling if you sign up for this!
Some of the jobs you can apply for include;
- Au pair
- Teaching jobs
- Working holiday
Teaching English overseas is definitely one way to make extra cash while travelling, too. Those who are TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified can even earn between USD$2,000 and $3,000 (approx. RM8,300 and RM12,500) a month!
See? There are plenty of ways to earn money while travelling! Perfect way to fund your holiday without breaking the bank, don’t you think?
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