Creative Ways To Make Money While Travelling

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[:en]What skill can you use to make money while on the road? Have a look at these creative ideas.

Travelling brings out the best of you, I like to think. What I see happening with travellers all around me, is that their skills and talents start to show as soon as they go abroad. And they make money with it as well. How they do that? Simply by doing what they know already – and love to do.

 

What Personal Skills Do You Use On The Road?

Is there something you love to do as a hobby? Do you have a specific skill set? Are you creative or inventive in a way? I bet you do! You might not think it is realistic to make money from a hobby, but while travelling the world you’ll be amazed at what people would pay you for.

When I worked in a hostel in Sydney, I spoke to many travellers about the types of work they found as a backpacker. Have a look at some of the ideas below. Maybe you’ll discover a whole new skill set you can use to make money abroad.

 

 

Get Paid For Partying On Your Travels

Are you a party animal? Love to socialize with other people, promote events and entertain crowds? Good news for you, there a many jobs available in this industry. Especially suited for travellers!

You can work in promotion, along beaches, talk to backpackers in their hostels and look for people who are up for a party in shopping malls. Most bars also have their own promotion team (not just for girls!) that will do tasks such as managing the guest lists, handing out drink vouchers and flyers/posters to hostels (and backpacker travel desks) every day, to have a chat to staff and guests about coming activities and promotions.

Some hostels will have their own entertainment manager, that organizes activities for the guests and takes them out for free/cheap drinks and meals. You usually stay in the same hostel as well, so you’re around 24/7. You are the link between the hostel and the bars, will receive lots of free drinks and at the end of it all, you’ll have a ton of new friends.

Not so much into dancing, but still loving a bit of a party? Can you handle a camera and do you know some basic tricks to make people look good in a photograph? Become a party photographer and go around clubs to take happy shots of the party people. You can work at your own pace, talk as long or short with someone as you want (‘have to get back to work now!’), get a free drink here and there and give people a lasting memory (hopefully in a good way) of their night out. You won’t just meet travellers, but a lot of locals too.

Are you more of an entertainer? How about showing off your juggling, poh, fire breathing, cord dancing, ballooning, dancing, singing or instrumental skills when you’re abroad. There is always a live venue, party or festival looking for people who can put up a good show.

 

Making Money With Art While Travelling

When you’re good at drawing or painting, there are plenty of options to make money when you travel. How about making portraits of people, whether it’s accurate or in caricature or cartoon-style. Simply check out local fairs and markets, sit on the promenade of a beach or ask people in your hostel/tour group. Of course you can also try to sell your other artwork (paintings, sculptures, jewellery, photo’s or other products) in a similar way.

A lot of travellers are looking for a more permanent memory of their adventures, so if you happen to be a tattoo artist, here lies a change to get creative. Whether it’s making just a design or giving them the actual tattoo (provided you have the right equipment and a clean workspace available), there are plenty of ways here to inspire people and to make an extra buck.

Good with paint or a spray can? You would be amazed at how many hostels, restaurants and funky bars are looking for someone that can spice up their walls, doors and fences with a cool design. Painting murals is something I did myself in a hostel in Australia and it’s a lot of fun!

 

Here I’m making door murals in a hostel in Sydney 

 

Talented But Unschooled? You Can Still Find Yourself A Skilled Job Abroad

You wouldn’t believe the amount of jobs available for people with a certain skill. And you don’t always have to be officially trained to do it as well.

Have you always cut peoples hair but never studied to become a professional hairdresser? Don’t worry. Hostels are full of people looking for a good, but cheap haircut.

Do you know how to unplug toilets, fix leaks, lay down carpets, paint walls, repair windows… (this list can go on and on)? You can probably land yourself a labour job in no time. In some countries, such as Australia, you will need to get yourself a Health & Safety Certificate, but it’s a small investment and it will cost you only one day to be able to work on any building or construction site you’d like. Don’t forget that there is lots of work to be found in removal work as well.

Do you have green fingers? Why not look for a job as a gardener. There are lots of people looking for a pair of extra hands to trim their roses, look after their herb garden or even just to mow the lawn. You will find that there are a lot of elderly people unable to take care of their beloved gardens, so helping them is not just a job, but a way for them to get social and share their personal stories as well. Double win if you love that!

If you love writing, you don’t necessarily need a degree in journalism to work in that field. There are plenty of blogs and websites looking for copywriters. Choose a topic you know a lot about and work in that specific niche to make it more fun for yourself and easier to write as well.

Have you always loved working with children, but are did you never get into teacher training college? It’s not to late to become a skilful nanny/au pair. You help the families with cooking, cleaning, bringing the kids to day care/school and bed, help them with their homework, play with them and are often invited to come along on family outings and parties.

 

Even More Ideas To Work Abroad Using Your Talents

There are so many possibilities for making money while traveling, that I cannot list them all here. To finish off, here are some ideas for those of you that like to use their teaching skills in their jobs.

There are many sportive hobbies that can also be turned into cash. Most popular jobs on the road are: snowboard/ski instructor, diving instructor and staff on (sailing) boats. But with pretty much every sports goes: if you ever liked learning how to do it, there will be someone else too!

Are you fluent in a certain language? Then teaching a foreign language might be something for you. You can either meet people for face-to-face lessons (go to the market together, get on a bus, etc.) so you can learn in real-life situations, or you can give online help. There are many websites looking for tutors and with the use of Skype teaching language has become more easy than ever.

 

Did you get some good ideas for jobs you can find while on the road? Please share this article! As you can see, there are some many possibilities and this is just the beginning. Have a look at your own skill set. Is there something you love to do but never thought about asking money for? Might be worth looking into next time you go on a trip!

With what personal skills did you make money while travelling?

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What skill can you use to make money while on the road? Have a look at these creative ideas.

Travelling brings out the best of you, I like to think. What I see happening with travellers all around me, is that their skills and talents start to show as soon as they go abroad. And they make money with it as well. How they do that? Simply by doing what they know already – and love to do.

 

What Personal Skills Do You Use On The Road?

Is there something you love to do as a hobby? Do you have a specific skill set? Are you creative or inventive in a way? I bet you do! You might not think it is realistic to make money from a hobby, but while travelling the world you’ll be amazed at what people would pay you for.

When I worked in a hostel in Sydney, I spoke to many travellers about the types of work they found as a backpacker. Have a look at some of the ideas below. Maybe you’ll discover a whole new skill set you can use to make money abroad.

 

 

Get Paid For Partying On Your Travels

Are you a party animal? Love to socialize with other people, promote events and entertain crowds? Good news for you, there a many jobs available in this industry. Especially suited for travellers!

You can work in promotion, along beaches, talk to backpackers in their hostels and look for people who are up for a party in shopping malls. Most bars also have their own promotion team (not just for girls!) that will do tasks such as managing the guest lists, handing out drink vouchers and flyers/posters to hostels (and backpacker travel desks) every day, to have a chat to staff and guests about coming activities and promotions.

Some hostels will have their own entertainment manager, that organizes activities for the guests and takes them out for free/cheap drinks and meals. You usually stay in the same hostel as well, so you’re around 24/7. You are the link between the hostel and the bars, will receive lots of free drinks and at the end of it all, you’ll have a ton of new friends.

Not so much into dancing, but still loving a bit of a party? Can you handle a camera and do you know some basic tricks to make people look good in a photograph? Become a party photographer and go around clubs to take happy shots of the party people. You can work at your own pace, talk as long or short with someone as you want (‘have to get back to work now!’), get a free drink here and there and give people a lasting memory (hopefully in a good way) of their night out. You won’t just meet travellers, but a lot of locals too.

Are you more of an entertainer? How about showing off your juggling, poh, fire breathing, cord dancing, ballooning, dancing, singing or instrumental skills when you’re abroad. There is always a live venue, party or festival looking for people who can put up a good show.

 

Making Money With Art While Travelling

When you’re good at drawing or painting, there are plenty of options to make money when you travel. How about making portraits of people, whether it’s accurate or in caricature or cartoon-style. Simply check out local fairs and markets, sit on the promenade of a beach or ask people in your hostel/tour group. Of course you can also try to sell your other artwork (paintings, sculptures, jewellery, photo’s or other products) in a similar way.

A lot of travellers are looking for a more permanent memory of their adventures, so if you happen to be a tattoo artist, here lies a change to get creative. Whether it’s making just a design or giving them the actual tattoo (provided you have the right equipment and a clean workspace available), there are plenty of ways here to inspire people and to make an extra buck.

Good with paint or a spray can? You would be amazed at how many hostels, restaurants and funky bars are looking for someone that can spice up their walls, doors and fences with a cool design. Painting murals is something I did myself in a hostel in Australia and it’s a lot of fun!

 

Here I’m making door murals in a hostel in Sydney 

 

Talented But Unschooled? You Can Still Find Yourself A Skilled Job Abroad

You wouldn’t believe the amount of jobs available for people with a certain skill. And you don’t always have to be officially trained to do it as well.

Have you always cut peoples hair but never studied to become a professional hairdresser? Don’t worry. Hostels are full of people looking for a good, but cheap haircut.

Do you know how to unplug toilets, fix leaks, lay down carpets, paint walls, repair windows… (this list can go on and on)? You can probably land yourself a labour job in no time. In some countries, such as Australia, you will need to get yourself a Health & Safety Certificate, but it’s a small investment and it will cost you only one day to be able to work on any building or construction site you’d like. Don’t forget that there is lots of work to be found in removal work as well.

Do you have green fingers? Why not look for a job as a gardener. There are lots of people looking for a pair of extra hands to trim their roses, look after their herb garden or even just to mow the lawn. You will find that there are a lot of elderly people unable to take care of their beloved gardens, so helping them is not just a job, but a way for them to get social and share their personal stories as well. Double win if you love that!

If you love writing, you don’t necessarily need a degree in journalism to work in that field. There are plenty of blogs and websites looking for copywriters. Choose a topic you know a lot about and work in that specific niche to make it more fun for yourself and easier to write as well.

Have you always loved working with children, but are did you never get into teacher training college? It’s not to late to become a skilful nanny/au pair. You help the families with cooking, cleaning, bringing the kids to day care/school and bed, help them with their homework, play with them and are often invited to come along on family outings and parties.

 

Even More Ideas To Work Abroad Using Your Talents

There are so many possibilities for making money while traveling, that I cannot list them all here. To finish off, here are some ideas for those of you that like to use their teaching skills in their jobs.

There are many sportive hobbies that can also be turned into cash. Most popular jobs on the road are: snowboard/ski instructor, diving instructor and staff on (sailing) boats. But with pretty much every sports goes: if you ever liked learning how to do it, there will be someone else too!

Are you fluent in a certain language? Then teaching a foreign language might be something for you. You can either meet people for face-to-face lessons (go to the market together, get on a bus, etc.) so you can learn in real-life situations, or you can give online help. There are many websites looking for tutors and with the use of Skype teaching language has become more easy than ever.

 

Did you get some good ideas for jobs you can find while on the road? Please share this article! As you can see, there are some many possibilities and this is just the beginning. Have a look at your own skill set. Is there something you love to do but never thought about asking money for? Might be worth looking into next time you go on a trip!

With what personal skills did you make money while travelling?

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  • Hi , Nienke
    thank you for a great blog and some fantastic ideas. I do have a variety of skills that I could implement whilst on my travels and never really gave it any thought at putting them to use while out and about. To be perfectly honest, I guess when your out travelling, making money is something that really doesn’t come to mind. Preparation and planning before travelling is probably the best way forward in my case..

    Thank you once again for sharing these great ideas with us.
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  • You can also become a tour guide where you are travelling if you get a license and after that you can promote your tours for free on GuideBubble.com to get access to a lot of international tourists.

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