Earning money while you travel can seem daunting. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. In fact, there are a lot of ways to earn money while you are traveling…and I’m not suggesting anything goofy like becoming a street-juggler.

The trick is to be have some savings, be open minded and look for opportunities. When you first set out on your trip, you should have at least $2,000. Never wait until you are out of money to start looking for ways to make money. That is poor planning and irresponsible. If that happens, you should go home, live with your parents and start fresh.

Anyway, with your little pod of cash you can be somewhat confident. Now, start traveling and on your travels look for ways to make side cash. Instead of relying on your $2,000 backup supply, try earning your way while you travel. Talk to business owners and see if you can earn a few bucks. Think creatively about ways you can make some money.

Focus on your strengths and your passions.

What can you do? What skills do you have? So many people underestimate themselves. The fact that you speak English is an asset alone. You can use that in so many ways, simply because English can be used at a lot of positions to offer premium travel services to other travelers or vactioners. Here are some simple ideas to get you started

  1. Kayaking Tour Guide – A lot of beach properties have Kayaks. Can you rent them for an hour and get paid to show other travelers around?
  2. Subject Content Writer – Surely you love something. Can you write about it and put it on other people’s website?
  3. Photo Editor – This may take some practice, but then all it takes is a computer and some special software.
  4. Nanny & English Teacher – You would be amazed at how many parents will pay to have their children properly taught English.
  5. Photographer – Self explanatory.
  6. Salesperson or Marketer – What are other people selling? Can you get a commission if you sell it?
  7. Bartender & Waiter – Self explanatory.
  8. Translator – Can you get paid to write English for organizations? Surely there’s a business, hospital, town or hotel that could use your help.
  9. Website Specialist – Even if you don’t know how to program a website, you can still make suggestions and hire out the work. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Your job is just to communicate with the business and ensure everything goes smoothly.
  10. Prostitution – Everyone loves sex. Why not?? I’m kidding.

I just came up with these off the top of my head. The point is, there are many options and you just have to be a little creative. If you think about it, most jobs and businesses that exist aren’t that complicated. The main reason they exist is because someone decided to put them into motion and then pay someone to do that work. You can do that too, but on your own terms.