Funding Your Travels: How to Keep the Money Flowing

Funding Your Travels: How to Keep the Money Flowing

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

Have you ever dreamed of just up and leaving? Travel can seem like a pie in the sky dream for many people because it requires money that many don’t have. Wouldn’t it be nice to just drop everything, hop on a plane, and keep going? A life full of exploration, different cultures, and different people. Well, it may not be as unreachable as you think. In fact, many families are currently travelling the world, with their families in tow. But, how do they do it? Here are some options you may not have thought of.

Real Estate Investment

Investing in real estate could be your ticket out into the open world. If you own property, you have a few options. You can either spend some time upgrading the property and sell it on for a profit, thereby having the money you need to fund your next adventure. Or, if you already own a home, you could consider renting it out. That way, your mortgage is covered while you travel and you may have a little extra spending money too.

Seasonal Work

If travelling is a dream of yours, one of the best ways to do it is to be frugal with your money. You have to save as much of it as possible to make travelling a reality. Seasonal work could give you the income you need to save a significant amount and spend the rest of the year travelling. For example, investing in ski instructor courses in Canada would give you a skill that’s sought after during the Winter months so you’re free to travel during the Summer. It would also mean you would be free to change locations when you want to. There are wonderful ski resorts all over the world.

Sell, Sell, Sell

If you’re thinking about setting off on your travels and never looking back, it’s likely you’ll be able to make some money from the things you can’t take with you. A traveling lifestyle is minimalistic, so you won’t need your expensive sofa or your collection of Blu-Ray DVD’s. Moving from one place to the next means only holding onto items that have sentimental value and disposing of everything else. You may be surprised how much money you could put together from a simple yard sale.

Freelance Work

One of the best ways to keep earning as you travel is to find a job you can do from anywhere in the world. Freelancing is a great option for many travellers because all it usually requires is a laptop and an internet signal. You could do anything, from writing to web design or data entry to administration. Think about the skills you can offer and use sites like PeoplePerHour to bid on jobs.

Outsourcely is also a great yet easy platform for freelance remote workers to search for online jobs. If you have the skills in design and multimedia, content writing, web development, and other online businesses, you can start making real money online to fund your travels. If you are managing a team, you can also create an employer account so that it's easy for you to track your employees even while traveling. 

International Employers

Fancy teaching English in China or Japan? Perhaps you’d like to work for a charity doing work in Africa. There are many job opportunities around the world with short-term or flexible contracts. Do your research and think about where you’d want to go first.

There are so many options for funding your travelling experiences, so don’t give up hope just yet!

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