5 Unique Ways to Make Money While Traveling in France

Traveling internationally is something people spend their whole lives dreaming of and sometimes never achieve.

Either the plane tickets are too expensive, they can’t find a suitable place to stay or they never get the courage to just spend the money and finally go. Traveling abroad can be expensive and a bit intimidating, but you don’t have to let it be that way.

Like with anything else, you’ll be less intimidated by the idea of something after you jump into it and get going.

When it comes to money, there’s always a way to earn a little extra cash. When you’re visiting a new town or even a new country, you’ll have to think outside the box to see how many ways you can make some extra money to make traveling a little easier and a lot more fun.

For anyone traveling to France soon, there are great ways you can earn money while you’re there. Some of them don’t even require you to speak French, so don’t sweat it if you don’t already know the language.

Just look at your budget and figure out how much money you need to earn, and then start looking into what options there are for you to have the trip of your dreams.

  1. Make Vlog Posts

Depending on what your interests are, you may already have a YouTube or other video channel set up. Even if you don’t, why not vlog about your travel experiences?

It’ll be great for you to have videos to watch when you get home so you can relive your greatest moments, and it’ll be even better if those moments let you get paid.

The key is getting views. This means posting your video to a good amount of active subscribers and sharing that video on multiple social media platforms.

Every million views gets a $1,000 paycheck, so if you get 40 million views a year, you’d be making a full time income. For the purposes of a vacation, use it as the springboard to show off your personality to viewers so you can keep them long term and get paid for the views.

  1. Baby-Sit in Your Free Time

This job opportunity will be much easier if you already know people in France who might need someone to watch their kids, but you can always baby-sit in the evenings to get extra cash.

Take some time to look up great websites for baby-sitting gigs to see if any are available near where you’ll be visiting. Pay close attention to postings that advertise a bilingual family, in case you don’t speak French fluently.

  1. Collect French Coins

You’re going to be spending cash anyway, so why not save those coins you get in return? They may be worth more than you think.

Particular kinds of coins — French gold coins, for example — could be sold online for a profit of thousands of dollars, depending on their make and what year they were produced.

Keep that change in your pocket and check it every night before you go to sleep. You never know what you might end up holding in your hand.

  1. Do Odd Jobs Through Your Phone

Never underestimate the power of the app. There are millions of apps that do all kinds of things for people now, and some of them provide job opportunities for people on the go.

If your visit to France is going to require a lot of driving or biking, you’re in luck. There are multiple apps with shipping jobs that will alert you when someone needs something driven in the direction you’re already going. You’ll get paid to drive that distance, so why not give it a shot?

  1. Get Paid To Walk

You may have planned a trip to France where you don’t know anyone, don’t know the language and won’t be able to drive yourself anywhere on your own. That’s OK! There are still ways you can make money without requiring any extra knowledge or skills.

Sometimes all it takes to get more money is a step in the right direction. More specifically, you can download an app that will ensure that you get paid while you walk.

There are so many kinds of walking apps that put money in your pocket. You’ll have to try multiple ones out to find what’s right for you.

Sometimes the apps pay you in cash through websites like PayPal or Amazon, and others will donate the money you make to your favorite charity. Some will let you redeem your walking money in the form of electronics or other items you might want. What do you want your money to go to? Your answer will help decide which app you should use, so once you download it, it’s time to get walking!

It can take anywhere from a couple years to a lifetime to save up enough money to travel to your dream destination.

Even if you save up the money you’ll need, it can be jarring to actually spend that amount you’ve worked so hard to put away. Sometimes you’ll need to overspend, either because of something you overlooked or for a reason you can’t control.

Don’t let your visit to France intimidate you with both cultural and financial shock. Get used to the new world around you once you arrive and make money at the same time, so when you get home and look at your bank account, you don’t have to worry about not being able to pay the bills that month.

What you do during your trip will influence what your temporary job options are. Collecting coins, baby-sitting and being someone’s personal delivery service are great things to try to see what’s right for you.

By the time you’re getting on the plane back home, you’ll be counting your money and reflecting on the fantastic memories you made at the same time.


About the Author:

Kayla Matthews is a productivity and life-improvement writer who loves working remotely from her Pittsburgh, PA home. To read more posts by Kayla, subscribe to her blog, ProductivityTheory.com.


  1. There are a lot of ways to make money while traveling, I’ve tried multiple methods. Recently my favorite way has been to use Glocalzone. I bring products for people who demand products from the places I visit and earn money on the commission. It has been an incredibly easy way to make money on the side while helping people out.

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