7 Easy Ways to Make an Extra $500/month for your Travel Fund
Unless you are independently wealthy, have a high paying job, run a successful online business or have a job that pays you to travel, you basically have two options to increase your travel budget and save some additional travel money:
cutting expenses & generating additional income
In this report, we will explore 7 amazingly simple ways to make an additional $500 per month for your travel fund.
Ready? - then, here we go:
#1 - Become a Local Tour Guide
Almost every town or region offers tours - and some major companies even offer tours of their facilities. You can usually work on weekends to create some part-time income without quitting your day job.
Contact your local tourism office or any tourist attractions in your area as a starting point.
You can also become an independent operator, advertise your services locally or online and make a nice extra pay-check that way.
Try to find a niche that is unique to you - that no one else offers - and tour offices and operators will be happy to work with you and send some business your way.
Chances are, if you are local, you know someone who knows someone who knows someone…..so getting started shouldn’t be too difficult.
Otherwise, create a nice looking flyer - or have a professional do it for you - and introduce yourself at local hotels and guest houses - as well as the local AirBnBs….
The internet has created even more options to get paid as a tour guide and meet some interesting people along the way. You can list yourself on these 4 sites and start making some extra travel money in no time:
Trip4Real (high end)
Having some prior tour guiding experience will also make it a lot easier to get tourism jobs abroad, which can be a great - and inexpensive way - to travel….
#2 - Local Pet Sitting
If you work full-time, you can offer over-night & weekend services that are usually high in demand. Pet owners frequently look for local house sitters to keep their pets company while they are away - and it pays very well (in California up to $70/ night!)
There is also the option to pet sit in your own home - see DogVacay.
Otherwise, Craigslist is a good way to connect - or put up an ad on local bulletin boards (supermarkets, libraries, coffee shops etc.).
#3 - Turn your Home into a Micro Restaurant
Another P2P service: If you are a good cook and love sharing a meal, you can get paid through the following services - and - meet interesting new people and possibly make friends from all the around the world:
#4 - Become a Tutor
In my Budget Travel ("Travel for FREE") book, I am describing various online options for teaching languages (Chapter 2 “Get Paid to Travel”) and other skills (Chapter 3 “Becoming a Digital Nomad”). You can also use them to create some additional travel money prior to your travels.
Check the listings and find a skill that has a high demand and is easy for you to do - and then start!
Here is a list of tutoring sites where you can list your services:
TEACHING LANGUAGES ONLINE
ITalki - all languages
Skype English Classes - English & Spanish
Verbling - all languages
Myngle - Business English
Of course, becoming a local tutor can be another excellent option. Connect with your local schools and community colleges or put up flyers on bulletin boards.
#5 - Get a roommate or rent out a room on AirBnB
Obvious, yes - but I’m always amazed at how many people are still not considering this option - even when they are desperate for cash.
AirBnB has an excellent reference system in place, ensuring safety and pleasant experiences, so why not give it try? - you might actually make some new friends whom you can visit on your travels….
and…..you are building up references which will be important later when you want to stay with someone yourself…. (speaking of which - use this link to get $20 off your first AirBnB Booking)
You can also add your home to the following services and create even more income opportunities:
And….. if you have a garden or backyard - or large drive-way - try these:
#6 - Rent out your car
Staying with the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) theme: there has been quite a rise in P2P car rental services in recent years - and not just in the US, but many other countries worldwide.
Check the full list in the rental car chapter of my Budget Travel Book or google “Peer-to-Peer car rental (Your Country)”.
Like AirBnB, these services work with a reference system and also usually provide insurance.
In the US, several of these companies will even do the renting for you if you leave the car at the airport (free parking included) and even screen all renters’ driving records - also a great way to make extra money while you are traveling, by the way….
#7 - Become an UBER driver
Speaking of your car - becoming an UBER driver is another easy way to create some extra income with total time flexibility. You will need to pass a criminal background check and have a clean driving record - and then you are good to go.
A smaller, US based alternative is LYFT
There you have it! - 7 simple ways to boost your travel budget and help you save more for your travels.