There are so many articles on the internet about how you can save money for your travels. Most centre around knocking the daily Starbucks double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Non-fat Decaf Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino Extra Hot With Foam Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended, One Sweet’N Low and One NutraSweet and Ice (according to Google this is the longest order ever) on the head. Which yeah would save you 3(ish) pounds a day. However, if you are like me, the fact that you don’t drink coffee means, in fact, you wouldn’t save anything!
Obviously, there are other ways too, like making lunch instead of buying it, walking instead of taking the car or public transport etc. However, these are all ways to save money (and probably not very quickly). Whereas I have looked at ways that can actually make you money. After a lot of research, I think I have found 5 straightforward and doable ways. I have tried to include as much information regarding how to do it to as I am all for people having the funds to travel longer and further. So here they are my 5 ways you can make money for your travels.
Get a part-time job
Regardless of how long you plan to travel for – it could be a long weekend, a two-week break, an eight-month jaunt or a permanent move – every penny you can scrape together before you set off will come in handy. If you already work full time, finding the actual time to fit in some part-time work as well will be tough. The usual bar/shop/restaurant jobs may just not be possible as there are only so many hours in the day.
Therefore, why not try jobs that you can do from the comfort of your own home, in your spare time and accompanied by a big mug of tea and a packet of chocolate hobnobs? Completing surveys or reviews are a good way of earning a few extra quid and obviously the more you complete the more money you earn. Some offer around £20 per survey which if you plan to backpack could be a night or two in a hostel or your food for a few days?
It is important however to look at jobs that you have love, or at least an interest in. Otherwise you will get bored and/or resent it quickly. Therefore, if fashion is your passion then read this blog about executive fashion recruitment on Retail Executives .
Sell Your Stuff
As the saying goes ‘one person’s trash, is another’s treasure’ and I’m sure we’ve all got stuff lurking in the back of wardrobes or in the garage or loft that we no longer need, want or use? If that’s the case why not get it all listed on eBay? As providing it’s in good condition, it’s almost guaranteed that someone will want it. Over the years we’ve sold clothes, homeware, bikes and even a car! The best bit is that you can list the items from wherever you like, providing you have an internet connection. It also means that you don’t have to freeze your backside off at a car boot sale at 6 am on a Sunday morning or have strangers turn up at your house as you can post/ship the items to them. It’s important that you use a reliable eBay courier service to ensure your item(s) gets to the buyer on time and in one piece. Don’t forget to add the cost of delivery to your listing.
If you plan on heading off for a long time, or maybe with the view to not returning and you are a homeowner then selling your house could provide you will a fair chunk of money.
Become An ‘Influencer’
Even the word influencer sends a shiver up my spine (urgh) but I’m sure you know what I mean – blogger, vlogger, Instagrammer. If you have the time to invest in creating a channel where you can share your opinions, reviews, life stories etc. on whatever subject you have a passion for then I strongly suggest you do. It’s important that your main reason for starting your blog/vlog is that you want to communicate with the world and not for the sole purpose of making money as it’ll be extremely obvious and potentially put companies/PRs off working with you.
The more time and effort you put into your outlet the more likely it is that you’ll be approached to write sponsored posts, receive products for review and attend press events. Becoming a paid ‘influencer’ is not a quick process but as with anything, hard work and dedication will pay off.
Sell Your Photos
If you have a camera, you could consider selling your photos. There are a number of sites on the internet that publish them as stock photos which people can then use free of charge/donate a small amount for use. Obviously, the quality needs to be to a certain standard, not just a grainy mobile phone snap. Although some of the newest mobile phones on the market are great for taking photos on – so maybe they would pass the quality test?
Photos of almost anything can be put forward, people need stock images for a range of sites/promotions etc. So maybe get mastering flat lays or taking snaps of sunsets. The ‘better’ the photos and the more you have, the more money you are likely to make. Sites that don’t charge to register an account included Dreamstime, Shutterstock and iStockphoto.com. Therefore you have nothing to lose but maybe some cash to gain.
If you are already a blogger/social media influencer, then affiliate marketing is a great way of earning a few extra quid and there are loads of affiliate networks that you can join. You simply insert deep links into your articles. If a reader then clicks on it and buys something through that link you will get a percentage of what they paid. It is the company that they are buying from that pays you. Some affiliate networks also offer creatives – basically little advertisements that you can add to your sidebar, footer, end of post etc.
You will see a few dotted around our site and they work the same as a deep link. Therefore the more readers you have the more likely they are to click and buy. This results in more commission for you. Affiliate marketing can be quite a slog at first but gets easier the more you do do it. Sites we use include Skimlinks, CJ Affiliate and our favourite Awin.
We hope that our suggestions help you make some money to help you travel. Do you have any suggestions to add? Or have you done anything, short of selling body parts, of course, to help you make money? Let us know!
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