Taking a break: how to make money while you travel

We asked Niamh Walsh, Senior Editor at leading travel search company HolidayPirates (www.holidaypirates.com) for her top tips.

Get paid for holiday snaps

If you are handy with a camera and take plenty of snaps while you are on holiday, you can become a contributor to a stock image website, such as Shutterstock. The prices for photographs for these sites vary, from a few cents to hundreds of pounds, so if you have a keen eye you can make plenty of cash on your holiday photos alone.

Rent out to other travel lovers

While travelling, you could always rent out your room to other travel lovers. Platforms like Airbnb are great for this, but make sure that you do your research beforehand, as rental prices vary on where you are in the city and the standard of accommodation. Additionally, if you don’t want to rent out your home, you can always rent out your car space. In cities like London, car spaces are hard to find and renting them can bring in a few pounds!

Use your skills – Work and Travel

Working holidays are a trend that is becoming more and more popular, allowing travel enthusiasts to earn money, or at least save them from having any expenses. If you have any teaching qualifications or previous childminding experience, you can travel with families as an au pair, which will normally cover all expenses like accommodation and meals, and even some attractions. If you have a performance talent, like singing or dancing, you can also use these to your advantage, by busking as you travel, or joining the swelling ranks of street performers.

Build a community

With the growing power of social media, it is possible to earn money as you travel through your Instagram, especially if you are good at taking photos and building a follower community. Various brands are willing to pay significant amounts of money for a sponsored post which is aimed at their target audience, so if you have a solid Instagram following and good photos on your feed, utilise them!

Earn while saving the world

By either joining a program such as VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), you can not only do great things for the world, but also see it for free. VSO is a charity program which sends volunteers to some of the poorest areas in the world, in order to improve a local community, which can range from digging wells to teaching students in the local schools. VSO will cover your accommodation, flights and even pay you an allowance. 

University, LifeWeb editor