Okay boys, girls, young adults, and not so young adults, your friends and family may have told you that going abroad is too expensive. That is a boldfaced lie! There is always money for it, you just have to go find it. We are going to focus on ways you can make some extra money to go abroad. Outside of the typical working extra hours and picking up another job. As well as a few ways you can cut your costs (because a penny saved is a penny earned, right?)
Let’s face it, you probably have a mountains of useless junk lying around at your humble abode. Old clothes, toys, knick knacks that seemed like a good idea at the time, but now are just really cool paper weights. Why let them take up space when they can be productive and fund your next trip abroad? SELL THEM. Trust me, it will make your life simpler for having less junk and more fulfilling for having gone and that trip
Travel / Rewards Cards
These days there are lots of credit cards that can get you rewards points to fund your adventures. Once the points add up you can get free airplane tickets and hotels! Use the card as much as you can. Make your large important purchases with them. You know that new iPhone you wanted? Use the your rewards card! Splitting the bill with friends and family? Use your card and have them give you the cash! (saves you that extra walk to the ATM too!)
Okay, technically you are not always “earning” money while house sitting (although sometimes you can but you can also cut your hotel costs). You get to stay at a local’s place, and 9 times out of 8 it is much more comfortable than a hotel or hostel. Here is a quick and dirty guide to house sitting.
Tutoring / Teaching
If you speak another language (or just speak english), you can pocket some extra money by tutoring while traveling. Hundreds of parents are looking to hire native english speaking tutors to get their kids to practice their english language skills. This is more viable when you are staying for months at a time because people are more likely to hire someone who is staying for a few months rather than a few weeks. Judging from the fact that you can read and comprehend this article you are probably fluent enough in english to tutor.
Rent your place
While you are abroad, why let your apartment or room go to waste? Rent it out short term on Airbnb or some other rental platform. You can earn yourself some extra money to spend on a nice meal or excursion while abroad.
Live on and work on a farm
Once again this isn’t technically “earning money” to go abroad, but lower costs = more disposable income. If you are willing to, there are short-term exchanges all over the world from China to Latin America. Typically you volunteer to work on the farm 4-6 hours a day in exchange for food and a bed. It is an out of the box way to spend your vacation. If you do not mind getting your hands a bit dirty. Learn more here.
There you have it. Looking to fund your dream trip? Here are a few ways to do it.
About the Author:
Richard Huynh is a Global Economics major at University of California, Santa Cruz specializing in China/Africa relations. He has studied/ lived in Hong Kong, Kenya, Brazil and is currently studying abroad in China. He enjoys martial arts, cooking, and climbing up to high places.
You can Internet stalk his travels at: https://huynhhuynhsituation.wordpress.com/