You’ve just returned from a holiday of a lifetime and, while you’ve only been back two days, you can already feel your tan fading, your hair darkening and gloom setting in – sound familiar? It’s probably fair to say, therefore, that you’ve got a case of the travel bug. If you’re finding it hard to shake your wanderlust and the idea of only 5.6 weeks of holiday a year fills you with dread, it might be time to consider packing up your suitcase and booking a one-way ticket abroad.
However, before you do so, it’s important to think about how you’re going to make the money needed to fund your next once in a lifetime adventure – and that’s where we come in.
In this article, we’re exploring 5 of the many different job types out there that you can take up while on the move, proving that you don’t have to have a million in the bank to be able to travel the world. These jobs will not only keep you productive but will also help you make extra money that you need to fund your travel.
For as long as the writing profession has existed, writers have traveled all over the world telling tales of their fascinating explorations into the unknown. Nowadays, due to the accessibility of international travel, for those of you who bear a talent for the written (or spoken) word, travel blogging can help you merge your two passions together and see you earn some profit from your travel experiences.
It’s important to note, however, that making money from blogging isn’t an immediate financial fix and, while there is profit to be made, this typically comes from establishing a blog and attracting regular visitors that can turn into sponsorships as a result. So, start by regularly posting tips, advice, and stories from your adventures and don’t forget to utilize other social media platforms such as Instagram to reach out to a bigger, more visual audience where you can turn your written talents in video and image equivalents.
As a quicker way to make money for those of you who have less time to create a fan-base and wait for the pennies to amount to flight tickets, then why not consider copywriting? Copywriting is a brilliant way to earn an income while you travel as many companies worldwide look to outsource their writing, using freelancers to create engaging content for websites, leaflets, magazines and more.
Due to how competitive the copywriting market is, many freelancers are chosen by companies based on experience and reviews. As such, make sure to offer your services at a low cost, creating brilliant content that will make them see your value for money and leave you five-star ratings to entice further prospective work as a result.
In an increasingly digital age, virtual assistants (VAs) are becoming the next big thing. While few qualifications are actually needed for this job, a strong comprehension of the organization and previous experience within areas of this sector are likely to make you a more desirable VA and more employable as a result.
In essence, a VA’s key responsibilities include but are limited to; email correspondence, answering the phone and video calls, website management, content creation, data entry, billing, invoicing and event planning. All you need to do this job is to ensure you have a strong internet connection at all times, as well as a strong phone signal.
As the world’s most lucrative market, the currency market can now be traded on 24 hours a day, 5 days a week – all you need is an internet connection, making it incredibly desirable and adaptable to the spontaneous nature of a traveler’s day-to-day routine.
As such, as soon as you’ve spent some time learning about the forex market – using demo accounts to trial your strategy and strengthen your understanding of how to make a profit – you’ll be in with a chance of securing yourself a source of income to help you upgrade your dingy hostel to a comfortable hotel.
While it isn’t necessarily a profession, there’s money to be made by regularly completing surveys that will ensure you can continue to fund your international adventure. With no associated startup costs, no experience needed to begin and the ability to work from wherever you want, completing surveys is a simple way to earn a bit of income to fund your next scuba diving lesson.
While you’re unlikely to make a million, depending on how many you do a week or a day, this straightforward technique will see you are earning money to the benefit of your income pool.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities out there that almost anyone can pursue in order to earn a little extra cash and subsequently ensure their trip isn’t cut short. By being savvy, doing your research and investing a few hours from your busy day into one of the above, you can earn some money while constantly upskilling and ensuring you’re still equally (if not more) employable on your return home – if you decide to ever go home, that is…
John James is a content writer for Learn To Trade, the foreign exchange education and learning specialists – offering a range of training courses to help people understand the currency trading market, as well as its opportunities and risks.