Traveler’s Guide to Making Money Abroad

Tonight we are so excited to have a guest post from the well traveled Steve Marin, founder of Good Travel Young. Not only is he a foodie and world traveler but he has experience in an area we are still attempting to understand, making money abroad.

Traveler’s Guide to Making Money Abroad
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How often have you thought about quitting your job and spending your time traveling the world while you still can?
The idea itself isn’t foreign to everyone. There are plenty of ways to accomplish this whether working for yourself or someone else; the possibilities are endless.Let’s dive into 7 possibilities below:

                                                                         7 possibilities for making money abroad
1. Teach! Teach a language overseas

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A favored option by many, teaching a language abroad has opened the door for many travelers who wish to spend time in a particular city for an extended period of time. One language that has experienced great demand in cities all over Latin America, Western Europe and Asia is English.
Some links for seeking opportunities in teaching a language are:
• interexchange.org/working-abroad
• goabroad.com/teach-abroad
• teachaway.com/
Why it’s worth it: Not only will you make money while abroad; you’ll get to meet many people while teaching. You might even pick up the local language as well.

 
2. Freelance your skills online

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Are you skilled in graphic design? Maybe you’re a great online marketer or know coding. Any type of transferrable skill online can help add to your funds. The advantage is that you can work without being location dependent.
Some resources for online freelancing:
• odesk.com
• fiverr.com
• 99designs.com
• elance.com
Why it’s worth it: Any skills that can be leveraged online is a huge asset for the traveler, unlike traditional “jobs” abroad, you’ll be able to explore more than one city as you’re not bound to any in particular. The only thing to be aware of is time zones.

 
3. Work in a hostel

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While you may not actually make money doing this, volunteering for room and board is a fair trade. This is also a great way to meet other travelers.
Where to find work in a hostel:
• workinhostels.com
• hosteltraveljobs.com
• Check with your individual hostel as well
Why it’s worth it: Simply put, the people. Staying and working in a hostel is an enormous hub for mingling with travelers from all over the world. More connections equal more opportunities, and possibly more money to be made.

 
4. Sell goods online

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It’s no secret that ecommerce is a huge market to jump into. Selling goods online is a great way to make money while traveling abroad. You are also not limited to physical goods, digital goods are a viable option as well.
Have something to sell online? Use these sites:
• Ebay.com
• Shopify.com
• BigCommerce.com
• Etsy.com
Why it’s worth it: For the entrepreneurial, this source of income doesn’t leave you at the mercy of a boss. You’re in full control of your financial and location independence. If done right, this can lead to passive income while you travel.

 
5. Taking incredible pictures

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One item that travelers love to show off during and after their trips are photos. If you have a knack for photography, get paid for your breathtaking shots by selling them.
• Fotlia.com
• GettyImages
• Shutterstock
Why it’s worth it: Taking pride knowing you captured a moment in time that is likely to be used and seen by many is a great feeling. It is a greater feeling if it can supplement your travels.

 
6. WWOOFing

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World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is an international network of farmers who allow volunteers to work for room and board, possibly some food thrown in for good measure as well.
Meet friends, work on an organic farm, earn your keep:
• wwoof.net
Why it’s worth it: Know that you’ll be doing a great service to farmers around the globe by volunteering on their organic farms. Meet altruistic people who want to provide a service if you share it in come.

 
7. House sit your way around the world

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A bit unorthodox, occupy someone’s home while they’re away — with their permission of course. A free house to stay while you travel in exchange for feeding the pets or keeping the lawn clean is a small price to pay.
• HouseCarers
• MindMyHouse
Why it’s worth it: Live in the comforts of a home for doing a few chores while the homeowners are away for a few weeks, a month, possibly a year? Totally worth it.
Making money abroad isn’t the easiest thing to achieve but with these 7 options; they’ll serve as a means to fund your travels!

 

About the Author: Steve Marin is the founder of GoodTravelYoung.com, a travel, food, and culture blog that focuses on highlighting a genuine cultural experience in cities all over the world and not just the touristy stuff.

Follow GoodTravelYoung on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: @GoodTravelYoung.

 

 

 

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