Most people would choose to holiday all the time if they could – That’s why so many choose this path once they’ve reached retirement. But for anyone aged 60 or younger, the thought of travelling long-term probably seems like a far-flung possibility.
However, it doesn’t need to be. While travel can no doubt be a money drain, there are ways to counteract a rapidly decreasing bank balance while on holiday.
The most obvious way is to pick up odd jobs. That being said, the options of what sort of job to get vary greatly. From freelance designer to Airbnb host to musician and more, here are a few positions you should consider if you want to make some extra money while on the road.
- Pick up remote work
These days, there are all sorts well-paying jobs that can be done remotely from wherever you happen to be. Freelance writing or editing, social media management, graphic design or web development are four very popular options. But if you use your imagination, I’m sure you can come up with even more great ideas! If you’re stuck, try scouring sites like Fiverr or Upwork for opportunities.
- Teach English (or another language)
Language teachers working abroad tend to get paid pretty well and accommodation or food stipends are sometimes even included in their contract! Some countries or schools require you have an TEFL certificate while others simply want you to be a native speaker to land the job.
- Airbnb Your House
If you are currently renting, you may be able to make that rent back plus some by posting your room on Airbnb. And if you own your home, your potential for profit is even greater! Whether you’re renting out just your bedroom or the entire property, this is a great way to make some passive income while travelling.
- Work in a Hostel
Getting a job in a hostel will not only save you on accommodation, but will also provide some additional pocket money to fund your adventures. Jobs may vary from receptionist to cleaner to event facilitator depending on the nature of the hostel. Just note that most places are looking for mid to long-term employees.
If you’ve got a talent such as singing or dancing and aren’t wary of the spotlight, busking (i.e. performing in the street) can be a good way to make some extra cash while travelling. But be sure to check the busking licenses in your destination beforehand so as to avoid legal complications.
- Become an Au Pair
Anyone who loves children and is planning a long-term holiday in one location should consider becoming an au pair while you’re there. Au pairs are basically live-in nannies, meaning you’ll receive free accommodation in addition to your pay. Hours will vary depending on the family, with some wanting full-time carers while and others only needing help in the mornings and evenings while the parents are at work.
- Get a Job on a Cruise Ship
This is yet one more option where your accommodation costs are covered and also receive standard pay plus all-you-can-eat food. Some cruise ship jobs are casual (such as performers, spa attendants or gym instructors) and others are full-time (such as housekeepers or waitstaff).
Have you tried any of these money-making ventures? Which have been most successful for you?