5 Ways You Can Make Money While Travelling

How to find gigs as a digital nomad

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In 2016 when I left New Zealand and set off the explore the world I decided I liked this lifestyle so much that I wanted to learn how to make money while travelling.

Fast forward a few years, and I’m now a full time travel blogger making money while I travel. Sometimes I get paid to travel too!

I tried many different ways to try and make money on the road; some successful, some not, and now I’m sharing my secrets with you.

Here are 5 different ways you can make money while travelling. For most of these all you need is a computer and an internet connection!

Start a travel blog

There are so many different ways you can make money blogging: placing ads on your site, affiliate marketing, working on campaigns with brands and sponsored posts.

Want to learn how to start a profitable travel blog? Read my guide.

Work with a company that shares remote work

Fiverr is a business that was created with digital nomads in mind. They recruit travel bloggers, freelance writers, influencers, marketing specialists, graphic designers and creative workers to work on projects for their clients.

The downside is that most people that hire ‘Fiverrs’ don’t have a huge budget, but it’s a foot in the door and a great place to start when building your portfolio. 

Read: What’s in my camera bag

Run social media accounts for businesses

Business owners want to focus on running their business rather than spending time on social media promoting it. This is where you come in!

Identify businesses that lack a social media presence and offer to set this up for them at a cost. This could lead to ongoing work for you if you offer to manage their channels for them. It’s a win-win; they get more business and you get more work too!

Pitch articles to publications

I first started my freelancing career by approaching publications I was familiar with and pitching an article idea to them. Most publications will have an email address for the editor or a section on their website where you can submit your story ideas.

The secret to pitching to a publication is to do your research about the publication first. Are they lacking content in a specific area? Perhaps you are pitching to an online travel magazine and they are lacking content on Idaho which you are an expert on. Let’s say Idaho was also named ‘Destination of the Year’ by a huge travel company. That makes your pitch topical.

Make your pitch short and sweet- editors are often very busy. Include your story angle, and why this would be interesting to their readers. If they like your content this may lead to more work in the future.

Read more: 5 common misconceptions about Travel Bloggers

Back yourself

As a digital nomad you are working without the company of others, which can often lead to procrastination; you don’t have people to show your work to, bounce ideas off or seek validation.

If you master your mind, you will have no problems becoming a successful digital nomad.

I hope this gave you some ideas on how to land gigs as a digital nomad. Did you land any work from the advice given in this article? Comment below!



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Hello, I’m Yvette and I’m from New Zealand. In 2016 I left home to travel the world; I met my husband after hiking the length of Scotland, and now we live in a wee Scottish village with our pup, Angus. I’m a full-time blogger and travel Scotland for a living! Read more about me here.



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