Do you dream of exploring the Swiss Alps, letting your hair down at a Spanish fiesta or cruising the majestic Norwegian fjords, but find your wanderlust dampened by the thought of dipping into your savings to pay for your trip? Don’t put off planning your adventure any longer – there are ways to keep the cash flowing while on the go.
Monetise Your Talent
What skills do you have? If you’re a talented musician or an accomplished juggler, busking can earn you enough local currency to keep you on the road. (Be sure to know the local laws before proceeding!) And if you can cut hair, give a massage or a manicure, paint faces or do makeup, you could be getting enough clients to pay for your bed and a ticket to your next destination. Or perhaps you’re a whizz at website design or would describe yourself as a grammar guru? Local businesses targeting foreign tourists might well pay you to improve their websites or edit their English menus and signs, so ask around.
Become a Travelling Teacher
For native English speakers, becoming a language teacher while exploring Europe can be a lucrative way to finance your travels. Having a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification will enhance your chances significantly. There are opportunities for speakers of other languages too – lots of people want to learn basic French, Spanish and so on, or need to brush up on their skills. Tap dancing teachers, yoga instructors and violin tutors likewise can run classes wherever they are. Put up posters in popular cafés and other busy parts of the town to find your students and fund the next leg of your journey.
Get Into Sales
Are you confident and chatty? A sales job could be an easy way for you to cover your travel expenses. From selling timeshares in Greece to bringing paying customers to equipment rental shops and tour operators, you could get handsomely rewarded with commissions. Look for opportunities as a middleman in major resort areas and heavily touristy places, especially where there’s stiff competition among businesses.
Bag a Travel-Friendly Service Job
For anyone with a bit of experience and sufficient language skills, landing a position in a bar, a restaurant or a café is often a good option, especially if you’re willing to stick around for a while. Ask your fellow travellers and hostel staff if they know of suitable places and keep your eyes peeled for local classifieds. Working in a resort, a summer camp or a hostel is another travel-friendly employment option. You can find opportunities through sites such as www.hosteljobs.net, or target hostels directly by contacting the manager. In the best case scenario, you will not only bank a salary but get free accommodation too.
Bring Your Laptop To Earn Money On The Go
Making money online is perfectly suited to travelling – all you need is a laptop or a tablet and access to wi-fi. Numerous websites from UpWork to Fiverr match illustrators, writers and designers to clients who don’t care whether you’re working from an office or a café in Vienna as long as you return quality work. Think also of getting into online trading and investing through sites like CMC Markets, or look into blogging and affiliate marketing as potential sources of income on the go.
Go For Seasonal Work
Does a summer picking grapes in a French vineyard sound romantic? The work may be dirtier and harder than it sounds, but on the bright side you’ll be getting plenty of fresh air as well as those extra funds for further travel. Many farms and vineyards take on foreign workers to pick their fruit, veg and flowers, so check out http://www.pickingjobs.com and get to know the charms of the European countryside while you pocket those euros.
Sell Your Wares At The Local (Or Online) Markets
Like making stuff? Many people have generated cash on the road by selling everything from artwork and clothes to handmade jewellery and juggling balls. Rent a market stall at your current location or sell your stuff on sites like eBay and Etsy. If your travel snaps are particularly high quality, consider setting up an online shop (e.g. on SmugMug.com) to sell your photos.