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Unless you’re lucky enough to have considerable savings or assets at home that return a reliable regular income, travelers who are on a long trip need to pay considerable attention to how they are going to make some money while overseas. Generally local casual work can be found pretty much everywhere (check work permit laws!) but many travelers may find that being paid a pittance for often hard graft gets boring pretty quickly. So rather than fruit picking, bat tending or any of the hundreds of possible jobs that may be available locally, why not look instead for opportunities online?
Working online is a great option that every traveler should consider, but not necessarily totally rely upon. The major advantage is that in many poorer countries getting paid even small amounts of USD is far better than the local going wage. It’s easy to get by quite comfortably on just $20/day or less in plenty of places. Plus you can work wherever there’s a decent internet connection, and in many cases pick and choose when you wish to work and when you’d like to hit the road. To put it simply it’s way more flexible than having to find new short term employment at every destination you choose to stop in for a while.
Freelancing is a good way of earning money using your existing skills while also keeping them fresh (assuming you intend on going home eventually!). Content writing is a popular one, but don’t rule out using professional skills too. A word of solid advice is to get established in this field before going overseas. By it’s very nature freelancing is extremely competitive and it can take a while to build up a reputation and established regular client list. Don’t rely on just one broker site – get established on at least half a dozen, especially if you have specific skills (IT/accountancy etc).
It’s essential to measure the income that freelancing should provide relative to the cost of living in your country. As noted above in many – but not all – Asian, African and South American countries it’s easy to get by on a relative pittance. However it will be much more difficult in 1st world countries unless you have skills that are in high demand and are willing to put in plenty of hours. Fact is that most people will find it financially better to actually work a normal job in these locations.
Alternative Online Work
There’s plenty of ways to spin a quick few bucks online. If in dire straights and need literally just a few dollars to get by for a day or two, check out the introduction offers that feature on most online casinos. Royal Vegas Online Casino is a good place to start. Make a deposit that earns a bonus and split the wager on a two outcome bet (back both sides to win). You literally cannot lose – but may need to repeat this many times in order to be able to cash out the winnings. Performed with dozens upon dozens of casinos (make sure they’re reputable!) this can eventually bring in a little cash for not much effort. You can even check out situs poker online.
Blogging is a highly competitive yet also incredibly rewarding option – but it’s more work to make it successful than you may think. Prepare the website as far as possible in advance and ideally give the site a specific theme. There’s thousands upon thousands of competing travel blogs, and fact is that not many people are going to follow a travelogue unless it has a standout pitch. When done right advertising revenue and link referrals can generate a decent income – but once again it requires constant daily effort.
App development is an increasingly popular choice for those with the appropriate skills. There’s development software out there that doesn’t take years to master, and the good thing is that much of it can be done offline. The app could be about anything – stress relieving coloring book apps for adults, music synchronization, photo sharing, games – you name it. If apps and software are your thing, then make sure you take the tools you’ll need (as well as understand what you’re doing) and it’s possible to do very well indeed.
If staying in an area for a while and you know your way about, are confident in public speaking and ideally have good local contacts then why not advertise a tour guide service online? Walking tours have basically no start up costs, and can be lucrative not just in fees but also in tips. Make arrangements with local businesses to take your group to their establishments for meals, and get friendly with local hostels/hotels to earn commission on referring them new guests. All that needs to be done is make sure you have a well targeted web presence that will be accessible to your audience.
All in all the internet is a great way of not just working online while traveling, but also in advertising your services to locals and other travelers.