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    8 Ways To Make Money While Traveling The World

    8 Ways To Make Money While Traveling The World

    We hear it all the time: “I really want to travel the world, I just have no money to do it.”

    While we always say that traveling is often less expensive than most people think, it’s true that you do need some financial security to make long-term travel possible. But rather than having to cut corners and save before you begin your journey, why not make money along the way? There are plenty of ways to work your way around the globe—here are a few of our favorites:

    1. Teach English

    PHOTO: It’s reading time!

    For those native English speakers, teaching English is probably one of the most popular ways to make money abroad. We did it ourselves for two years in Taiwan, and in many ways, it was this experience that spurred the nomadic lifestyle we live today. While we were teaching, we also experienced Taiwanese culture, traveled extensively around Asia, and made enough money to pay off our debts and buffer our savings.

    Depending on your travel goals and your education experience, it’s possible to teach English just about anywhere in the world. Popular destinations include China, Japan, Korea, Spain and Prague, though I’ve met English teachers in just about every country we’ve visited. If you want to learn more about teaching English abroad, don’t miss this quick guide.

    2. Au Pair

    Enjoy being with kids? Maybe it’s time to consider life as an au pair. Being an au pair typically means living with a family to take care of their home and children. It is especially popular with young women traveling around Europe.

    Sometimes the job is just an exchange for room and board, but often you can find positions that come with a generous stipend as well. It all depends on where you go and what family you choose to work with. You can learn more details about what the job entails here.

    3. Freelance

    PHOTO: Hard at work while waiting for our flights.

    Make a list of all your skills, talents and hobbies. Now can you take any of those services and offer them online? We provide photography, writing and content marketing services, but there are dozens of unique ways to earn an income from anywhere in the world. I’ve met lifestyle coaches, jewelry makers, documentarians and more.

    You can freelance on the side using popular websites like Elance and Odesk, or you can build your own business that attracts high-quality clients around the world. It’s all about dreaming big and thinking outside of the box. And while it might not be easy, there are definitely many pros to earning an income from anywhere in the world.

    4. Blog

    It’s increasingly difficult to build a successful travel blog. In fact, some might even tell you not to consider it. But if you’re willing to work diligently for at least a year before you start earning money—and you have something unique to offer—than blogging might just be for you. Travel blogging is often the first thing that comes to mind, but remember that you can blog about anything you’re knowledgeable and passionate about.

    5. Working Holiday Visas

    If you’re under the age of 35, then you might qualify for a working holiday visa. Especially popular in countries like Australia and New Zealand, a working holiday visa will allow you to travel around the country—and legally hold various jobs while you do it. The idea is that you are working to support your travels, not building a career. Typical jobs might include farm work and bartending. Canadians typically have more choices than those from the U.S., but this handy guide explains many of the different options out there.

    6. Teach Yoga (Or Other Hobbies)

    PHOTO: Who wants a yoga class in Rio?

    As yoga continues to increase in popularity around the world, so do the options for teaching at a studio, hotel or retreat center. Websites like YogaTrade have a small but consistent number of global yoga jobs available. If you’re particularly daring, then use the power of networking to enquire about jobs when you arrive at your destination. Countries like Costa Rica and Thailand seem to always be on the lookout for a passionate and qualified instructor.

    If yoga isn’t your thing, then what about surfing? Or personal training? Or music? Go back to the drawing board to brainstorm your options.

    7. Work On A Cruise Ship

    Like anything in life, working on a cruise ship doesn’t come without its cons. But if you have a stomach for life on the water, then getting paid to travel to stunning ports of call around the world might just be for you. Like teaching English, you can make some serious money on a cruise ship. You’ll also get to network with unique people from around the world. I get seasick just thinking about life on a boat, but you can learn everything you need to know in this eBook.

    8. Be Creative!

    It’s never been easier to make money while traveling the world. But the best way to succeed is to get creative and make it happen! Stop saying why you can’t, and instead make a list of all the ways you can. It might sound simple, but there is a lot of power in positive thought. If we can travel the world, then you can too!


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A Cruising Couple Dan and Casey are the two lovebirds, world travelers and adventurers extraordinaire behind the popular travel blog A Cruising Couple - adventure travel with a dash of class. Their stories and photographs feature that special place where experiential and stylish travel meet. Find out how you can spend less money, live more adventurously and travel more luxuriously on their blog,
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