11 FEBRUARY, 2019


They say we should travel as much as possible while we’re young because once we start a family, we may never be able to enjoy it fully.

However, there is one dilemma — many young people don’t have enough money to travel.

It’s easier said than done — but it is not impossible. In fact, a study shows that millennials travel more than any other generation and it shows their capability to fund their trips.

There are a number of ways you can earn money to fund your travel and some of them can even be done while traveling! Be it weekend side jobs or online freelancing gigs, be sure to keep your eyes open for opportunities.

Read these tips if you wish to learn how millennials make money for travel and how you can do the same.

Be a social media expert

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An average person spends approximately 2 hours on major social media platforms per day, wandering aimlessly, communicating with friends, or looking for the latest memes.

What if you can turn your social media habits into something profitable?

Businesses need social media to survive in today’s market and not everyone has the time or expertise to use it to grow their business.

This is a great millennial side hustle that you can take advantage of. You can offer your services to manage their social media accounts with tasks ranging from posting statuses and photos, creating a social media calendar, or even creating ads. It all boils down to your knowledge and willingness to learn.

You can browse Upwork for work offers related to social media, or pitch your services to local businesses.

Write for the web

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Freelance writing is one of the best side hustles you can take since it’s relatively easy and is always on demand. Many businesses maintain their blogs as a way to reach and communicate with their audiences, as well as to be visible online. You can provide them with articles that can help them achieve these goals.

The best part is you don’t even need to have a degree in journalism or literature. As long as you can write in a clear and concise fashion while providing value, you’ll make your clients happy.

There are several freelancing sites and job boards you can go to look for potential clients such as Upwork or onlinejobs.ph.

Create your own blog

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Instead of writing for someone else’s website, you can create your own blog and write for yourself. It may take a bit longer to monetize your blog since you will have to build your audience but once you gain traction, blogging can be a source of passive income so you can earn while you travel.

Become a virtual assistant

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Tim Ferris’ best-selling book “The 4-Hour Workweek” encouraged many business owners to embrace the usage of virtual assistants to free up time to work on more important matters or to simply enjoy life.

Take advantage of these opportunities since more and more digital business owners are seeking trustworthy VAs that can help them compile data, manage their schedules or even organize their emails. Some even need a team of several VAs for bigger businesses. As usual, most freelancing sites offer these types of gigs and can be a good source of money.

Teach English

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If English is your native language or you are well versed in the language, consider teaching English online and make money out of it. There are several platforms online such as VIPKID that will allow you to do it from anywhere such as your Alta Vista De Boracay hotel room and have flexible hours.

Some might need you to pass certain certifications, but once you get that out of the way this can be something you can do while you travel.

Be a photographer

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Do you have a good eye for captivating shots? Photography may be suited for you!

Since you are already traveling, you can offer your services to businesses in your destination before you visit or even while you’re already there.

Restaurants, hotels, and other tourist attractions constantly need eye-catching photos that can entice more visitors to their businesses. Depending on your negotiation skills, this may even land you free accommodation or meals.

Answer surveys

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Who says your opinion doesn’t matter? There are websites that will pay you for your opinion simply by answering surveys!

While you may not rake in a lot of cash, it is fairly easy to do during your spare time or while relaxing in your hotel room.

You can visit websites like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks or Nielsen to look for surveys you can answer in exchange for cold cash you can use to experience Boracay!

Be an affiliate marketer

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If you’re wondering how to save money as a millennial, you’re probably not thinking about living within your means. Instead, you’re looking for ways to increase your income through other sources.

One way people achieve this is through affiliate marketing. This is by promoting products on their website, including a link to the product on their posts, and if anyone who clicks on the link buys the product, the blogger will receive a commission.

Many affiliate marketers do this as a side hustle while working full time, while some make this a full-time business instead of being employed or creating their own products.

While this may take some time and a lot of effort to be profitable, it can be a good passive income once the money starts coming in.

Ride-sharing app

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Traveling using your car? Why not use it to earn extra cash?

Ride-sharing apps such as Grab allows you to accept passengers and take them to their destination in exchange for cash.

Take note, you need to be registered with the ride-sharing company before you can start.

Use Fiverr

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Wondering how to make money for a trip fast but still unsure about these options? Or are you looking for other ways to earn money?

Lucky for you, your imagination is your limit. There is plenty of work to do but some people don’t have the time or skill to do so. From poetry writing to doing voice-overs, you’ll find plenty of opportunities online.

One platform that is popular with odd or unusual jobs is Fiverr. Browse the website to see jobs you can do which can earn you $5 easily. If you’re quick and good enough, you can do multiple of these in a couple of hours, and earn enough money for a travel budget for a day or two.

Opportunities to earn money while traveling is all around you. All you have to do is to know how to spot them and how to prepare yourself to catch these opportunities.

By embracing the gig economy, you can achieve your travel goals in no time, and enjoy it fully while you’re young.

Start your life as a freelancer today and make your Boracay getaway dream a reality!