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How do you make an income while you are traveling?

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1. Posted by Nirosha1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

How do you make an income while you are traveling?

2. Posted by MollyFitz85 (Inactive 3 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Where are you traveling to? Or are you looking to quit your job and travel?

3. Posted by Vorion (Budding Member 19 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Nirosha1

How do you make an income while you are traveling?

Hi, Nirosha

That can be done. I am a freelancer and it provides the liberty of travelling while working. All you need is a skill set and a platform to provide that service to the clients. I am doing it for years after I quit my job and started as a freelancer.
Freelancing is not suitable for everyone. It has its share of pros and cons. But the pros outweigh the cons.

I don't know if mentioning some links would be considered as a spam. Google is your friend.

My best wishes.


4. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 837 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Most countries take a dim view of visitors working, so usually a visitor visa won't allow you to work. It depends where you are but you can typically expect to be deported for working illegally.

A way around this is to do work for an employer back home via the Internet maybe.

Some countries give working holiday visas to young people for a limited time, but this depends on your nationality and destination?

The usual way to fund your travel is to save up at home beforehand.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Jun-2016, at 09:03 by Andyf ]

5. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It might make some sense to ask such a question IF you gave enough background information for people to understand just what you are talking about.

There are some general comments that can be made but some things depend on just what you mean by 'making an income while travelling.'

First, NO ONE can both be working and travelling at one and the same time. That is simply physically impossible. Either you are moving or you are sitting somewhere working.

You can however have an income coming in while you travel. That's not that difficult to do at all. Interest from money in a bank is income made while travelling as a simple example.

IF what you are talking about however is working in BETWEEN travel times, then that is a different story. Someone who can qualify for a WHV (working holiday visa) for example can stop to work for a while and then continue on travelling.

You need to take the time to explain what you are really talking about if you expect to get relevant answers. A one line question won't do.

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 744 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Writing may be one of the few income-generating activities one can actually do while physically travelling. The dawn of mobile roaming, internet, tablets and the like means that it is possible to write a journal, write a travel blog or write absolutely anything you want when you're on a plane or train or a passenger in a car. In fact you can even write using a pen and paper while travelling sitting down although submitting your work for publication takes a little more effort. There are several problems with this though; firstly you need to have a talent to write, secondly you need to have a publishing outlet and thirdly you need to cultivate a readership. And, after all that, you might not even be bothered!

7. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Yes, there are some things that can actually be done while sitting in a train or plane seat Borisborough although I think the principle of you can't 'work' while 'moving' does hold true otherwise.

As for writing, I happen to have been published and paid for writing from time to time and even on the subject of travel. But the reality is that very few ever earn any money and even fewer can earn any significant amount of money doing so.

Did you know for example that the average travel guide writer working 50 weeks per year (actual on site research time, sit down and write time, re-write after submitting to the publisher for editting, etc.) earns less than $50k per year. That is a full time writer! They may have spent 12 weeks out of that 50 in locations doing research but even while in those locations, they weren't lying on the beach sipping Pina Coladas. They were WORKING 8 hours a day.

I always remember the story/joke a guy I met in a bar in the Turks and Caicos islands told me after we had exchanged the usual, 'so what do you do' etc. chat.

Two guys meet in a bar in a tourist area. The first guy says, 'so what do you do?' and the second guy answers, 'I'm a travel writer'. The first guy replies, 'oh really, you know I've always thought I would like to do some writing after I retire'. The second guy responds, 'so what do you do?' and the first guy replies, 'I'm a brain surgeon.' The second guy then says, 'oh really, you know I've always thought I would like to try my hand at a little brain surgery after I retire'.

The point being of course that any job is like any other job, you need to actually know what you are doing to do it at all well. Anyone can scribble a few sentences about' what I did on my vacation'. School kids regularly stand in front of their class and read 'how I spent my summer holidays' out loud. That doesn't mean any of them can 'make money writing while travelling'. ;)

8. Posted by Vorion (Budding Member 19 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


That's hilarious. LOL. I second your thoughts.

Let me tell you something about writers in India. Since the OP is from India (assume), it is relevant to mention the state of writers in India. Even the 'good' writers are exploited. They get paid with peanuts. They write for anything between 0.005$ and 0.01$ a word. Such writers are partially responsible for it. Some of the clients may even go overboard by demanding a catchy image for free or for a fee of extra 1$. Seriously? Copyrighted image? High-res? Yes.

So being a writer for hire is not a good profession in India. Even if you sell your service to foreign clients, there's a high possibility that you would be offered with a similar or a 'slightly' better pay. Running a blog, driving traffics, and earning through them is a different game.

More than 90% of the good writers are in a very bad side of the earning spectrum.

Hey, I am not discouraging anyone. Anyone with a good writing skill and juicy creativity can become a good writer. It is up to them how they pitch their sales.

Just my two cents.