We'd all like to make money while sipping a cocktail on the beach, but taking a vacation doesn't have to put your earnings on hold.
Whether you want to offset the cost of flights or are planning a sabbatical and wish to top up your bank account as you travel, here are seven ways to make money while abroad with the help of your laptop, phone, and camera.
1. Rent Out Your Home
One of the most substantial vacation costs is accommodation, but renting your home while you're away is a great way to recoup those pennies.
Websites like Airbnb and VRBO let you list your property online to make extra money.
2. Rent Out Your Parking Space
Airport parking is one of the least exciting aspects of booking a holiday, but it can often be cheaper than expensive taxi rides.
Renting out your car parking space while you're on vacation is one way to offset those pesky parking costs.
Did you know that your empty car parking space could earn you up to $200 per month, depending on where you're based?
If you live near a city center or a train station, your parking space will be more valuable than, say, if you are out in the sticks, but many websites allow you to list your parking space for free, so what have you got to lose?
3. Sell Your Photographs
Capturing beautiful photos of your destinations is part and parcel of any trip. However, you could make a pretty penny from your vacation photos. Here are a few sites where you can sell your photos for a small fee.
4. Rent Out Your Car
Don't leave your car dormant while you're away. Websites like EasyCar make it simple to rent out your vehicle to those needing affordable transport, topping up your travel fund in the process.
Related: Ways to Earn Money While You Travel
5. Freelance Work
If your skills make it simple to work anywhere in the world, take advantage of this, and pack your laptop.
Now, spending your vacation behind a screen is no way to relax, but an hour well spent in the morning or evening can help put some money back in the pot.
This option suits travelers who intend to be abroad for months at a time, not a few weeks, but freelance websites like People Per Hour make it simple to earn money anywhere with an internet connection.
Most freelance sites have easy-to-use mobile apps so you can apply for freelance work from the comfort of your sunbed with your smartphone. Sign up for the best freelance websites and watch the work roll in.
6. Auction your Belongings
No summer vacation is complete without those hot weather essentials. A spring cleaning could free up some funds if your budget doesn't stretch to a new wardrobe.
If you're traveling throughout the summer, you won't need those cozy winter clothes for a while.
Having a clear-out before you go and auctioning your unwanted clothes and accessories on sites like eBay or Depop is an excellent way to start your travel fund.
7. Invest in Crypto
For the financially adventurous, investing in cryptocurrency is an ultra-modern approach to making money while traveling. Buy Bitcoin on Paybis based on what you can afford, and either keep a close eye on the market or hold it long-term to see if your investment grows.
So, there you have it, various ways to make money on vacation away from home!
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- G Adventures for small group tours.
- World Nomads for travel insurance.
- Hostelworld for booking hostels.
- Rail Europe for train passes.
Tuesday 14th of June 2016
Smart thinking. Travelling doesn't have to be all about burning though your money.
Tuesday 31st of May 2016
Nice article! There are a lot of people in Australia who purchase car space and rent it out at a profit, seems like a great, low maintenance investment. Although I've never heard the idea of renting out your car, have you had any experience with it?