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11 Ways to Travel Free, Cheap or Earn Money


So you’ve got the travel bug.

For most people things will now go one of two ways.

You have enough disposable income to travel…. not enough time because you are trading time for money to get that income.

You have plenty of time – but that’s because you are not working… ergo no money for travelling.

(If you don’t fall into either of these two groups – ie you have  the time and the money then good god why are you reading this instead of out travelling!)

For the rest of you – don’t despair – there is light at the end of the tunnel – but you do need to put in time and effort and more often than not it will be a long term proposition to get where you want to be.

Obviously everyone’s travel style preferences are different, everyones income requirements are different

So read may be interested in one, some, all or none of the following suggestions – but just maybe it will get you thinking about how you can achieve your travel dreams.

1. Travel Blogging

So you think you can go on a holiday and write a nice little story and gt everyone on the web to read it and make money?  WRONG! Travel blogging is hard work – but can be very rewarding. Just remember though you are (highly) unlikely to “strike it rich” but you may just mange to get some discounts, paid advertising or sponsored trips – and depending on your preferences this might just be enough for you. If you are thinking of going down the travel blogging path – start at Travel Blog Success

2..  Teach English

This is great for long term travellers and for those of us with English as our native (and very often only) language.  In some countries there ar certification requirements while in others simply being a native speaker will suffice – depending on the type of contract it may include , remuneration, accommodation, travel stipend, medical insurance.  CHeck out Teaching English as a Second Language or Teaching English Overseas to get started.

3. Affiliate or Network Marketing

If you are prepared to put the time and effort in – this can be a great option because of the residual income.  Spend some time researching a niche you are both interested in and is a growing trend (eg for us it’s health products). These days most of this is online, it’s drop ship and the companies usually handle the customer service aspects as well.  Some companies such as EPX Body even allow you to purchase your customrs up front and then collect a residula monthly commission from their purchases. This is the ultimate vehicle for those who want to earn an income that is not location based!

4. Housesitting

Yes you can house sit and see the world for free – well close to anyway. It’s a great way to have a cheap holiday, or to try living somewhere different, and can be a chance to stay in some wonderful residential properties you’d never normally be able to afford.  Several countries have house sitting organisations to get you started.  Try MindMyHouse a global housesitting matching service to start off.

5. Casual work.

Try cafe, restaurant, bar tending, cleaning, selling timeshares, resort work, selling tours…the list is endless  often short term, and often cash in hand.  Check at local hostels as a first point of contact.

6. Volunteer on an organic farm

For all the hippies out there why not try WWOOFING – WWOOF is an exchange – In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. WWOOF organisations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.

So this is only just scratching the surface of what’s possible.

Here’s a quick list of five more to get you thinking

1. Work on a cruise boat

2. Volunteer – eg Habitat for Humanity

3. Become an instructor – eg Surfing, Scuba Diving, Yoga

4. Become a tour leader

5. Freelance writing or freelance photography

Well – what are you waiting for? Earning money while travelling – to pay for or subsidise travelling is possible if you are prepared to put the work in.  So get off the couch – there is a big wide world to see!!!









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I call myself an amateur adventurer. You don't need to be a "professional" backpacker, you don't have to drop out to travel. I'm an ordinary person with a 9-5 job and everyday responsibilities. But I've made a point to have extraordinary experiences. And so can you. Follow me on my adventures and find out how.


  1. Couchsurfing can also be a cheap way.

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