Most people who love to travel would relish the opportunity to be able to hop on a plane and explore a new destination multiple times a year. However, for most, this is not an option; mainly due to money, or more specifically, a lack of it.
Traveling the world is an expensive business, especially if you are prone to exotic destinations and costly expeditions, and who isn’t?
However, there is a way that you can afford to travel to your must-see destinations without having to cut back on those much sought after life-changing experiences.
How? It is simple. Continue to earn money as you travel.
Yes, this can be done with a bit of careful planning and maybe a touch of personal improvement, and isn’t that what travel is all about anyway?
1. Think about what you are good at
More specifically, think about what you are good at that you can monetize. Do you already have a job that lends itself well to freelancing, such as writing, editing, web developing, or anything admin-related? Virtual Personal Assistants are in demand more than ever, and you can offer your services from anywhere around the world as long as you have access to a computer and the internet.
Another advantage of freelancing is that you can take on as little or as much work as you need from one week to the next; just perfect for a spontaneous traveler such as yourself.
If you do consider yourself a talented writer, then you should seriously think about writing for a travel website. The pay can vary massively, but it could mean the difference between a night sleeping in a tent and one in a nearby hostel. Alternatively, take your flair for writing and start your own travel blog; it may take time to build up subscribers and actually start earning money, but at worst, you will still be left with an honest and reflective account of your travels that you can look back on for years to come.
2. Improve your skills before you go
If, after careful contemplation, you come to the realization that you do not have any skills that are transferable to working abroad, then you can always decide to learn a new trade or area of expertise before you travel.
Not as scary as you might think, there are many different career opportunities that you can explore that are suited to those wanting to work on a freelance basis.
For example, if you consider yourself a more hands-on creative, rather than a scholarly one, then why not look into a qualification in interior architecture? You could become a freelance furniture or interior designer. Sourcing local materials to create original and most importantly, sought-after pieces. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
3. Become an Airbnb host
Of course, this relies on you having your own home, but if you do, then this a relatively easy and convenient way to make extra money to fund your traveling.
Airbnb is a massive business with hosts renting out their homes in over 65,000 cities across the world, with the average host earning around $900 per month; although this can vary widely depending on your home’s location and size. To find out what your home could be worth per month, simply enter your location, the number of guests you can accommodate, and how much of your home you are willing to rent out on the Airbnb website, and you will be given an average amount.
It is worth noting that you will have to pay Airbnb taxes, which vary from host to host and can be dependent on the area that you live in and the local laws that apply to that locality, as well as having to incur other costs.
Many feel worried about renting out their home to strangers, but the Airbnb Host Guarantee provides protection for up to $1,000,000 to a host for property damages that are caused by guests, so you are well protected if you are unlucky enough to experience guests who do not respect your home.