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HOW TO TURN YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCES INTO COLD HARD CASH!

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1. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru, 516 posts) 11 Mar '10 02:10

Picked this report from vancouversun.com, written by Sharon Harvey Rosenberg and Myscha Theriault.

"We wanted to extend a Middle East tour, but a shrinking budget threatened to halt our plans. An international teaching position in Kuwait solved the cash crunch with paid housing and utilities, annual roundtrip airfare, a relocation allowance and an attractive salary. Additional regional travel opportunities and numerous freelance tutoring offers sweetened the deal.

The lesson plan: Whether you’re flying over local or international borders, it’s possible to make money while travelling. Here are a few strategies:

Photos: Web-based micro stock companies such as Shutterstock and Dreamstime provide royalty earning opportunities for travelers with digital cameras and creative eyes. Images from your journeys can earn fees ranging from lunch money to full-time wages, depending on your skill and portfolio.

Second-hand cash: Treasure hunt while you travel. Thrift shops and outdoor markets can be a source of unusual souvenirs and cash. Hand-made crafts, antique jewelry and vintage clothing can be purchased, packed and resold through online auctions, including eBay and ShopGoodwill.com, the online marketplace for Goodwill Industries. We have friends who have made money hunting for antiques, books and music during vacation trips.

Writing: Start a travel blog to document your trips. Passive income can be earned from advertising networks such as Chitika or Google, affiliate sales programs and paid advertisements for high-traffic blogs. Online writing samples can lead to freelance assignments.

Network: Whether you are in sales or customer service, you can develop profitable leads during an out-of-town trip. Seminars, retreats and industry conferences offer opportunities to acquire new contacts or to spend face time with customers from other markets. Check in with industry trade associations or local civic groups.

On the fly: Pick up paying gigs as you go. The International Educator (www.tieonline.com) features classified ads from schools around the world offering tax-free salaries, relocation allowances, plane tickets and paid housing for certified classroom teachers. Native language speakers can teach business and conversational English with job leads from the ESL Cafe and seriousteachers.com. Not a teacher? Not a problem. Anyworkanywhere.com lists jobs around the world for nearly any type of work, including management, driving and delivery, resort staff, tour guides and more.

Telecommute: Worldwide Work at Home provides online listings of telecommuting positions such as telemarketing, customer service, and online tutoring, making it possible for long-term house sitters and full-time RV folks to stay on the road while earning money."

2. Posted by Seany (Respected Member, 267 posts) 11 Mar '10 04:43

That's some handy info you added. Thanks

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1113 posts) 11 Mar '10 22:13

I watched the film, Julie and Julia. Who ever made cash with their travel blogs???

Is reading travel blogs, kind of a spoiler?

4. Posted by dkornblit (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 11 Mar '10 22:25

Nice, thanks for the info :)

5. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru, 516 posts) 11 Mar '10 23:45

He who has never tried, never knows !;). I posted it for those who want to give a try (travel blog is just one of the areas these writers have mentioned!)...and not for those who are out to seek re assurance! :).

anyway Swept Away: your question Is reading travel blogs, kind of a spoiler? is stand alone... as it could generate a lot more comments than cloud this thread..No malice intended ! ;)

6. Posted by Rambler333 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 15 Mar '10 00:35

Thanks for the info:
"Writing: Start a travel blog to document your trips. Passive income can be earned from advertising networks such as Chitika or Google, affiliate sales programs and paid advertisements for high-traffic blogs. Online writing samples can lead to freelance assignments."
I have been a traveler for over 25 years and feel I have something to say. This is something I have been thinking about doing for awhile this has encouraged me to go ahead. I will never know if I don't give it a try.:)

7. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru, 516 posts) 15 Mar '10 00:51

YES.. YOU ARE RIGHT...

We have to make a start somewhere...! Nothing to lose, right..? Just dont think of the money as yet - establish first!.

good luck..!;)

dana

8. Posted by Sparkle222 (Budding Member, 10 posts) 17 Mar '10 09:28

Thanks for the tips! There are some great ideas here!

9. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 17 Mar '10 14:14

Not to poo poo this article too much, but the only person that made any real money was the freelancer that put this pretty stretched article together.

unless you have big boobies and are going to show them off on a daily basis, you will never drive enough traffic to a travel blog to make any money more than a free cup of coffee.

Be careful with the picture one, do you really want to give away all your rights for your best ever photo to a company that will use it to make hundreds and you got paid 25cents.

Second hand cash. Exporting antiques in most countries is a pain in the ass with the paperwork at best and illegal in others.

But hey there are opportunity's there, and travel broadens your horizons and gives you ideas. I knew a girl that started the first smoothy bar in the Key West Fl and made a fortune after seeing it in Hawaii on her holiday, and a guy that started a laundry mat in some eastern European country.

10. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member, 623 posts) 17 Mar '10 20:51

Quoting Dodger

Not to poo poo this article too much, but the only person that made any real money was the freelancer that put this pretty stretched article together.

X2

Quoting Dodger

unless you have big boobies and are going to show them off on a daily basis, you will never drive enough traffic to a travel blog to make any money more than a free cup of coffee.

Yup the numbers just don't add up.

Quoting Dodger

Be careful with the picture one, do you really want to give away all your rights for your best ever photo to a company that will use it to make hundreds and you got paid 25cents.

I've heard that more times than I can count from two (2) of my photographer friends.

Also-I live in Vancouver and am familiar with the two authors of the story-they are small time hustlers with little talent and less travel experience.