I recently wrote a post on how I earn money on the road, and was curious how other bloggers do it. What better way to find out than to ask them?! So from some fellow travellers, here are a few more awesome suggestions on how to fund your travels without working the 9 to 5!
Editing and Proofreading by Eternal Arrival
I earn money on the road as a freelance editor and copywriter. I found some clients who need steady work through Upwork, and I’ve been working with different companies and agencies on tasks including proofreading, editing for clarity and flow, and writing marketing content for new products that are about to launch. You can gain similar work by signing up on Upwork and looking for jobs in these categories. On average, I would estimate I make about $800 a month working for my three clients, almost completely enough to support myself traveling full-time (I have savings as well that I use to supplement what I don’t earn or if I have a worse month). Not bad considering I work about 15 hours a week from anywhere in the world I want!
Volunteering and Working in Jamaica by See Her Travel
I have found one of the ways to satisfy my wanderlust while being of some use to world is to volunteer internationally. I am currently living in Mandeville, Jamaica, working as a Gender and Youth Advisor with a Canadian non-profit’s agriculture project. In my role with the World University Service of Canada, I am here in Jamaica for a year working with the Jamaican country team, as well as the teams in Guyana, Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica to increase the implementation of gender and youth initiatives.
I have been in country for over two months now and I am loving it. Not only do I get to live in and see Jamaica (and miss the Canadian winter!) but I will also travel to the other project countries in the Caribbean. It’s not every job that will fly you to St. Lucia for free!
I applied for this specific position on the WUSC website, a portal with opportunities all over the world open to Canadians over the age of 18. In my training group, there were like minded people heading to Ghana, Peru, Nepal, Vietnam and beyond. Job descriptions and host organizations varied, but many were working in health, community development, gender, or tourism.
I am paid a modest living wage (in Canadian $); it is enough to keep me comfortable in country but not enough to go crazy on. That being said, with a little thrift, I am able to save enough for a few mini vacations around the Caribbean and I joined a really nice gym! Because I’m here for as year, I really feel like I can make an impact for my organization and with my colleagues. I also like that I am making a life here: I’m training for a half marathon, I know which taxi drivers are the good ones, and I adopted a super cute kitten. Experiencing the Jamaican culture beyond the all-inclusive resort and the jerk chicken is a privilege not afforded to all, so when an opportunity like this came up, I jumped at the chance!
Travel Blogging by Where’s Sharon?
I usually get some weird glances when I tell people I am a professional travel blogger but it is possible to make a great income from travel blogging. The best part is that it travels with us so we can do it from the road and when we want to go back home to Australia, it comes with us there as well. I make over $10,000 a month from travel blogging.
I’m not going to lie, travel blogging is hard work. I also had to work hard at it for about a year before it really started to pay off at all. Anyone can start a travel blog – don’t be scared off by the tech part, it’s not that hard – but it does take a lot of effort and persistence if you want it to make good money.
There is a lot to it – article research, trip planning, writing, social media marketing, SEO, photography, graphic design, WordPress skills, replying to a zillion emails from readers and brands and optimising everything. I thank my success to working hard and smart. I work hard to stay focused on what tasks will help me meet my goals quickest as otherwise it’s easy to get bogged down in blogging. Still, my to do list is always very long.
I focus on earning money via affiliate marketing on my blog. This means I put links to things that I recommend, such as hotels and travel products, and when my readers follow my recommendations, I get paid a small commission. I love this way of earning money as once you have it all working, it’s largely passive. I have just taken 4 months off after having my third baby and the money is still coming in. It’s great.
There are lots of other ways to earn money from blogging too but i concentrate on this as I find it a win/win for me and my readers and I don’t want to trade money for time as it’s hard to increase your earnings to the levels I want that way.
Working at Campgrounds by Travelling Book Junkie
Many people have a desire to travel, often selling all of their possessions in order to pack a bag and live the dream. However, I was not one of those people. I wanted a base, somewhere that I could still call home so that, should I ever want to, I could once again settle down and live in comfort.
Therefore, I needed the ability to make money whilst travelling and what better way than finding a job doing something you enjoy.
Two years ago, along with my husband, we decided to quit our normal 9-5 London commuter jobs and head for mainland Europe. With no real savings to speak of though, we needed to find work that we would both enjoy in a place that we wanted to explore.
Thankfully, having spent years camping abroad, we knew that each season, several different campsite holiday providers would be looking for staff.
Camping and glamping holidays have become increasingly popular in recent years and therefore, it is not surprising that new campsites are popping up all over Europe. This is great, as it means we could find work doing what we enjoyed whilst exploring a new place.
The key to this type of role though, especially if you have a certain country or area in mind, is to apply early. The camping season generally runs from April-October and therefore, as soon as the application process opens up you need to consider applying.
For the last two years we have worked for Canvas Holidays. This is a company that provides mobile homes and tents already erected on a site so that guests can simply turn up and enjoy their holiday.
As a campsite courier, you are tasked with making sure the accommodation is ready for the customer when they arrive and provide them with knowledge about the local area so that they can make the most out of their stay.
For this, Canvas Holidays will give you a monthly salary and a place to stay. This is ideal for those that wish to explore an area at a slower pace whilst still wanting to save money. The fact that all living expenses other than food are covered means that over the course of the season you could end up saving a few thousand pounds. This in turn, means that you have the winter months to put your bag on your back and head off in search of a warm climate or a new adventure.
During our time off, we are able to enjoy the area around us, which this year is Lake Garda in Italy. A place that is often considered to be an expensive place to visit and here we are, enjoying it whilst getting paid – what could be better?
Last year we worked in the South West of France and next year, well who knows.
It is a job that I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys an outdoors lifestyle with the security of a monthly pay check.
How do you apply?
As I mention there are many companies out there offering roles like this but we have opted to work for Canvas Holidays as they have more openings for couples. If you would like to know more you can head over to their recruitment site where you can find out about the role and the skills required.
The monthly wage also varies from company to company, country to country, so if you have a certain wage in mind, then remember that France for example, has a minimum wage of around £1200 per month, whereas Italy and Spain have no legal requirements meaning that, with some companies you will get paid around £700 per month.
Finally, there may also be some language requirements on certain campsites, depending on the customers that visit. So for us this year, the majority of our customers are German-speaking and therefore, in order to provide good service, at least basic German is expected of us. For other campsites however, there may be no languages requirements at all.
If you enjoy spending time helping others get the most out of their holiday then this could be the job for you. It also gives you the opportunity to explore the country around you, make new friends and potentially helps you to improve your language skills as well.
And don’t forget the importance of budgeting while keeping it green!