4 Ways Every Traveler Can Make Money From Their Travels

by Guest Blogger on June 1, 2010 · 28 comments

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There are many articles addressing how travelers can make money while traveling, such as consulting from the road, creating niche marketing websites, or even working in a hostel.

This article will not discuss any of those, but will rather focus on ways a traveler can make money from their travels.

#1, A Travel Blog!

They’re easy to start and hard to monetize! (There’s help though.) We’ve all read and seen the success stories — people who started a travel blog originally just for their friends & family and now it’s their full-time job and fully funds their travels. The keys to a successful blog are many, so I’ll boil it down to these three bullets:

  • Save your absolute best content for guest posts, It’s a win-win situation and one of the best ways to gain new traffic.
  • Interview one travel blogger a week and then post the interview to your blog, Ask good questions and learn the keys to their success.
  • Be Generous, Subscribe via RSS and follow as many travel bloggers on Twitter as you can, and then retweet their links and post links to their best articles on your blog.

#2, Sell Your Travel Photos

You’re taking a lot of pictures already, why not see if someone’s willing to pay you a few bucks for your shots? Here are some sites to get you started:

  • iStockPhoto, The most popular choice.
  • Kombu, Their model is different and simple. Every photo sold is $5.00 for you.
  • Shareapic, They pay you based on views to your pictures, rather than sales (they share their ad revenue with you).

#3, Write and Sell Travel Itineraries

You’ve accumulated a lot of knowledge on a particular destination, figured out the best ways to use the city’s public transportation, you know how much things cost, the local customs, found some good restaurants — why not package this information together and sell it for a few bucks?

This is a new way for travelers to make money while traveling, one of which I’m particularly excited about–I created the site. It’s called UnAnchor.com, and it’s a place for writers to create travel itineraries for sale. Help your fellow travelers find the information they need faster, all in one location.

#4, Freelance Travel Writing

Get paid to write about your travels. This is a broad subject, rather than give generic advice, here is a guaranteed way you can make money with travel writing, write something people are already willing to pay for. Here a few good resources to find such articles:

  • Elance, Do a search for “travel writers.”
  • Online Writing Jobs, They seem to simply scrape Craigslist, but it’s still helpful to see the different Craigslist jobs all in one location.
  • Freelancer, A resource for finding freelance writing jobs. New travel writing jobs seem to be posted almost daily.

Have you ever sold a travel photo? Landed a gig as freelance travel writer? Found an even better way to earn money from your travels? Let us know in the comments!


About the author: Jason Demant left his Silicon Valley job in 2009 to see the world and try his hand at the entrepreneurial thing. Are you interested in earning extra money while you travel? Write and then sell travel itineraries on UnAnchor.com. You can catch-up on Jason’s travels at LifeAfterCubes.com and on Twitter @LifeAfterCubes.

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Nando Tampubolon June 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

aw…i'm about to doing all those things, thanks for sharing with us..


Celeste June 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Thanks – This is a great post. Very informative.


Alicia June 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I've recently started my first travel blog on my Aussie Adventure and it's led me to become a freelance travel writer for various online magazines (and get paid!) Not to mention it's opened up my eyes to a whole new world of awesome travellers!


Dave June 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm

That's awesome to hear Alicia!


Carlo June 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Good tips and information, but this is geared only to those travelers who have the ability and drive to write/blog/photograph. There are lots of travelers who are not interested in these things. But that doesn't mean there aren't other ways to make money. My wife got a gig helping out at an engagement party in Tribeca in NYC and made some serious cash for just a few hours work. There are lots of odd jobs and sods out there…you just have to wade through all the crap to find them.


Jason Demant June 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Good luck Nando, let us know how it goes!


Jason Demant June 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Hi Alicia,

Any tips or recommendations on landing those freelance gigs? Where did you find them?



Joya June 3, 2010 at 3:03 am

Thanks for these tips! I hadn't thought about selling my travel photos and UnAnchor sounds cool. I'll check it out.


Andy Hayes June 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Great tips – lots of interesting stuff too. I also like http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com for their job leads (disclosure: I am a columnist, but not for job leads) – there is often a 'travel writing' section a couple of times a week.


Andy Mesa June 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Hostel reviews. Hostelz.com offered $10 per hostel review and I did about 40 of them on my last trip through Europe.

I have no association with them, other than having written reviews.


Normz March 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm

How do you get paid for this, I’ve looked at the website, but it says nowhere that you can get paid for posting new hostels.


Jason Demant June 5, 2010 at 5:31 am

Wow! That's amazing! Any tips on getting involved with something like that?


Jason Demant June 5, 2010 at 5:32 am

Thanks Andy! And thanks for sharing about freelancewritinggigs, looks like another great option.


Jason Demant June 5, 2010 at 5:32 am

Great! Let me know if you have any questions.


Hildergarn June 11, 2010 at 1:00 am

Kombu is a piece of crap. I just registered, but i'm unable to sign up since day 1. I contacted the owner of the site to see what's going on, but still no answer yet.


Jason Demant June 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

That's really disappointing. Let us know if you don't hear from them. Thanks for the heads up.



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Sonia December 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Augh … I’ve got so much to learn!


mattoftheworld March 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

fantastic post and great advice, I’m going to keep this in mind the next time I travel for sure.


Normz March 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thanks for all this awesome info. Great things are on the way for me. Hopefully all these tricks might help me travel for longer then I actually planned to do. Thanks Again.


Seattle March 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Really great post.. lots of helpful info, thanks :]


Dave March 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Hi Seattle, thanks for stopping by and glad you liked the article!


Dave June 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Thanks Marilia, and for sharing that freelancer social network site — first time I’ve heard of it!


Roberto July 27, 2011 at 2:16 am

Thanks so much for sharing, I am now working in a travel agency so have not too much time for travel, but soon I will cycle around the country and sure will have lots of photos and travel experiences, then I can try to get little money maybe…lol..


Marianne July 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

Pocketstock is a new stock photo agency and unlike most other agencies we actively accept photos shot on mobile devices and pocket cameras as long as the files are 5MP+. So, no matter how expensive the camera you’re travelling with, you can potentially make money from your images.

Also, if you’re interested in some handy tips about how to get the best images, check out our video tutorial:

Happy shooting!


Cassie March 13, 2014 at 5:55 am

Hey I want to start back packing around Australia and I was wondering how you guys started back packing


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