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This week our Featured Blogger is Jess Signet who writes at Tripelio. Jess will give us some fantastic tips for financing our travels
How to Fund Your Big Adventure
The biggest part of any trip is, unfortunately, the money. As much as we’d all love for travel to just be about the unforgettable experiences and amazing adventures, if you can’t find the money to fund it, then it’s very likely that it’s not going to happen. Fortunately, there are many ways to find the cash for your trip, and once you’ve determined a budget—e.g. how much you’re going to need—it’s easy to find ways to pull together the funds to make your adventure a reality.
There are several different options to consider when thinking about travel finance, such as how long you want to travel for, where you want to go and what you want your trip to involve. Once these are determined, you can simply choose from one of the following options and decide which is the best way for you.
Stay at Home and Save
This is perhaps the most common ways to travel as it means you can spend your entire trip enjoying yourself rather than trying to make money. However, it’s a type of funding that definitely lends itself to short-term trips rather than continuous travel. All you have to do is find a job and scrimp and save every penny that you can for a period of time. You can even move back in with your parents, friends or find cheaper accommodation to decrease the time you have to spend saving.
If you want to travel continuously, once you’ve gained experience it becomes easy to set up a system in which you work in the winter and travel in the summer, or vice versa, and therefore get the best of both worlds—travel and home—every year. The one drawback to this is it’s very difficult to build a career as the infrequency with which you work is frowned upon in many career jobs. However if you’re happy to bartend, wait tables, work in retail or call centers, then you have a sure fire way to be able to jet off for half the year and walk straight back into a job when you return.
Start a Blog
Many experienced travelers fund their trips by starting their own blog to document their experiences. There’s a huge market for travel writing both on and offline, so getting a foot in the door of this world is an incredible way to start a career and finance your trips.
Once established, it’s easy to make money from sponsors, advertising and affiliate marketing as well as creating merchandise and maybe even writing for print! Although starting up the blog and getting to the point where you are able to make money off it can be time consuming and may take a while to get things off the ground, once you’ve found your following it’s a great way to make money doing something you enjoy and also a great resource to track your memories.
However, if you are planning to update while you’re on the road—which it’s highly likely you will—it’s essential that you install a Virtual Private Network. Not only is this handy app useful for getting past Netflix geo-blocking, which many travelers use it for, it also protects your data and significantly reduces the risk of cyberattack which is essential to protect and ensure the success of your blog.
Write for Others
If you can’t wait for the time it will take to establish your own blog, writing for other people is a great way to instantly cure your itchy feet and set off on your adventure. There are many online freelancing sites looking for travelers to write about their firsthand experiences on the road; so the more you travel, the more successful you can be! Check networking sources such as Upwork or Fiverr for quick employment and look for long term contracts to ensure you have regular work. However, one off jobs are just as valid to help you fund your trip.
These websites also hire freelancers from other skill bases, so if you’re a budding photographer, filmmaker, script writer or programmer you can easily look for work along those lines as well. This is a great way to fund traveling because all you need to achieve it is a laptop and a WiFi connection; however, the one drawback is that it’s always unpredictable, and there is the very real chance you could end up without work. To avoid disaster, it’s wise to make sure you have some back up savings available.
Harking back to the days of the 1960s and the famed hippy trail to India, an extremely common way to fund the trip was through arts and crafts that you made and sold on the road. Although this is less commonly seen than it used to be, it’s still a great way to keep the income flowing for travelers anywhere. There are many simple designs for things such a jewelry that can be made and replicated easily whilst traveling and sold for a profit.
Or you can get even more creative and try and create pieces from local materials that you find on your travels. Shell pictures and stone sculptures are always sure to go down well with tourists. You can also stick to traditional drawings and paintings if that’s more up your street.
Similarly, for musicians, busking is easy to do no matter which country you’re in and sure to earn you a bit of money; however, be sure to check the laws as some places require licenses for you to play on the street and getting a fine would definitely be counterproductive!
Find Local Work
Finally, and perhaps the most regularly overlooked, is finding a local job in the destination you’re heading. Alongside it being easier than you’d imagine to pick up bar work and waiting jobs in other countries, there are also many organizations that can help you along the way.
Global Work and Travel Co. is a great website that links you up with employers in many different countries. The jobs cover a wide range of professions including au pairing, teaching, manual work and internships. Similarly, doing a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course means you are then qualified to work in one of the many English Language schools across the globe.
Although there are many benefits to funding your travels in this way, such as getting a regular income and contracted work so you can plan ahead easier and be able to budget your money, the one drawback is that you don’t have as much freedom as you might otherwise since you do have to commit to working a full time job.
These five ways to fund your travels all provide very different traveling experiences and each suits a different type of person or personality best. However, no matter which one you pick you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime. If you have any more ideas of how to raise money for your trip or have any experience of those mentioned above, then be sure to leave a comment below!
About the Author: Jess Signet is a travel enthusiast and blogger who uses her knowledge of technology to fund her adventures all over the world.
Knowing there’s more to the world than the bubble she lives in makes her want to travel even further.
Traveling is her drug, and she’s addicted. (Please, no intervention!)