The truth about travelling is that it’s still going to be very expensive, no matter how much budgeting you do. There are costs for transportation, lodging, food, and even for the clothes you’ll have to bring. In any case, you’re already spending even before you get to your actual vacation—imagine the other unexpected expenses once you actually arrive! Bye, 13th month pay.
To soften the blow, here are some fun, travel-related gigs you can do so you can have extra funds for your getaway needs. This way, you’ll keep your savings account intact without having to give up on your wanderlust. The best part, you can do these part-time!
1) Monetize your blog
If you love to write, then why not put up your own blog? The secret to having a successful online diary of your adventures is to churn out relevant, creative content, so that your readers will come back for more. Build your follower base and work your way to being a credible (and of course, creative) source of information.
Aside from your travel stories, feel free to feature anything else under the sun that interests you. If you want to do PC or console game reviews, go ahead. If you want to share your kitchen adventures, then do so. The important thing is that you are able to establish an online presence enough to be recognized by advertisers. This is where the monetizing bit comes in.
Some of the ways you can monetize your blog is through Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising, Text Link and in-text, Ads, product reviews, advertising widgets, and so much more. For one, GoogleAdSense is a free service that lets you make money online by placing ads on your website. When ads are clicked on your site, you’ll automatically earn money. Just sign up and register your blog and that’s it! Learn more by clicking this link, or learn how to activate your account below:
2) Sell your travel photos
Do you think you have a knack for photography? If you have a lot of photos that you think are worthy enough to be sold, you can upload it in microstock sites such as Shutterstock and iStock. Just keep uploading those gorgeous photos you’ve taken during your travels. Check out the video below for an easy tutorial on how to sell pictures on iStock:
3) Sideline as a courier
If you’re abroad and a friend wants to buy or deliver something there but the shipping fee to the Philippines is just too expensive, why not do the shopping or delivering for them? Services such as Kiilo allows travelers to earn from their extra baggage space during flights. Kiilo sources the services of folks who travel abroad so the items ordered online can be sent to their travel locations instead. All you have to do is sign up with Kiilo.com, indicate your destination of travel and the dates covering it, and wait for someone to tap you for your personal courier service. Think of it as a LinkedIn of sorts, but between online shoppers and travelers. If you agree upon the specifications of the transaction (weight and size of package, shipment to your location, turnover of the item to the online shopper upon your return), then congratulations! You’ve earned yourself a fine courier gig!