When it comes to making extra money to use for travelling there are a number of things you can do. Naturally, the first thing you can do is ask your boss for a pay rise. In most cases, they won’t agree to that. Another option is to consider getting a second part-time job. But that now leaves you with less time and you will be paying more in tax, too. The best alternative to these options is to start doing some small side hustle jobs. In this blog post, I’m going to list 5 ways to make more money for travel.
First of all, I’m going to be upfront and say that you aren’t going to make a whole lot of money. But the small amounts you make from doing all of them build up over time. I also recommend going travelling, only if you have the money to support yourself. If you don’t have enough money then you really shouldn’t be travelling, YET. But after reading these tips and applying them you will have more than enough.
Please note that the figures I put within this post are just averages and used as examples. The figures are not representative of everyone, some people may make more or less.
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5 ways to make more money for travel
Rev.com is an online vendor offering audio transcription, video captioning, subtitling and a language translation service. I personally use this site to make a bit of money transcribing audio. In other words, I listen to audio and I type out what I hear. With Rev, you sign up as a freelancer, fill in your details, answer a couple of questions and then start transcribing. The rate for transcribing audio ranges from $0.36 to $0.65 per audio minute transcribed. You will be paid weekly into your PayPal account. An average Revver earns about $245 per month. As I said above you aren’t going to be making thousands upon thousands of dollars each month, but if you keep it up and do it consistently you could possibly make a couple of hundred dollars.
Approximate total after one month = $245
After three months = $735
Six months = $1,470
12 months = $2,940
2. Fill out surveys
This is something I have mentioned on this blog a few times before. A really easy way to make a few dollars here and there is to fill in surveys. I use Pureprofile and also Octopus Group Surveys. Just like transcribing you will be paid quite low per survey and the length of the survey varies from between about 3 and 20 minutes. In October 2018 I made about $70 AUD between the two sites. This was just by doing a couple of surveys a day for about 20 days of the month.
Approximate total after one month = $70
After three months = $210
six months = $420
12 months = $840
3. Freelance writing
This is something I have really just begun to do on a regular basis. A great way to make money while travelling is to contribute to online blogs and websites. There are plenty out there that will pay you for your work. I often scour through sites like Problogger, LinkedIn and Hubspot for freelance positions. I have also set up free accounts on several freelance websites like Freelancer.com and Upwork.
You can often find other bloggers looking for guest contributors to their blogs and companies looking for copywriters. Many will pay between 0.15c and 0.40c per word for a 1000 word article. For this article let’s say you were paid 0.20c per word for two 1000 word articles, that is $400.
Approximate total amount after one month = $400
After three months = $1,200
Six months = $2,400
12 months = $4,800
4. Selling old items online
We all have items at home that sit in our wardrobes or in our garages collecting dust, not being used. These items are taking up space and provide no value in our lives anymore. I think we should all take a more minimalist lifestyle and just get rid of old stuff. Flipping stuff online is a great way to dispose of your unwanted things and also make a bit of money in the process. You often hear about people who pack up, sell all their stuff and then go travelling or move overseas permanently. Why not apply this to your own life, even if you only want to go on a small holiday? If you sell just 10 items at only $20 each, take $10 out for shipping and fees, then there is about $100 extra in your pocket.
Approximate total amount after one month = $100
After three months = $300
Six months = $600
12 months = $1,200
Create a blog for your personal brand or business
The next thing is specifically for those who blog or who have or want their own website. I love to express myself creatively through writing and photography and that’s why I created this Wanderwalkers blog. This blog has been one of the best things I have ever done, it hasn’t been easy, but I love it. I would highly recommend creating a blog. Whether you want to write about travel, photography or any other hobby or interest you have. You can create a blog about anything, reading, surfing, plates and cutlery, collecting watches, it doesn’t matter.
If you are interested in creating your own website or blog then you can read about how to do it below. Here, I have a detailed step by step process to help you set up a website from choosing your domain name, all the way to writing your very first post.
5. Affiliate links
Using affiliate links are a great way for those with a website or blog. You can also use this on your Youtube channel, podcast or if you have a big social media following. Affiliate marketing is when you recommend products from companies and brands you use and love. You provide a link to their website for your audience to purchase that same product. When someone buys an item through your special link you get a small commission for initiating that sale. With most affiliate programs your followers don’t have to even purchase the item you recommend. If they click your link but decide to buy another item, you will still get the commission because you sent them to their website.
The most common affiliate program is the Amazon Associates program and they pay about 3% per sale. That might not sound like a lot, but it also depends on the item purchased and how many sales come through your links. If you promoted just one item worth $50 and you sell 50 of them in a month at 3%, you will end up with an extra $75.
Approximate total after one month = $75
After three months = $225
Six months = $450
12 months = $900
If you started doing all of these things and made the same amounts as I mentioned above you would make an extra $890 per month, an extra $2,670 after three months, an extra $5,340 after six months and an extra $10,680 a year. Congratulations, as a result, you just gave yourself the pay rise your boss won’t give you. You also have enough money to go travelling with.
5 ways to make more money for travel
Thanks for reading this blog post on 5 ways to make more money for travel. There are so many other ways to make money but these are all fairly simple to do and easy to start doing straight away. These 5 ways to make more money for travel are all very practical and may help you in saving for your next trip. Many of these can also be done on your laptop and smartphone while you are travelling.