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How to make money while travelling [#YourBigBreak Day 2] - YQtravelling

How to make money while travelling [#YourBigBreak Day 2]

YQ answers your travel questions is part of the #YourBigBreak campaign. Send in your travel questions about quitting your job to travel and YQ will answer them in a video.

Today’s travel question is from Cherry

How can I make money when travelling?

YQ answers

Good question but here’s another way to think of this.

Do you really want to work when you’re travelling?

Because of the misconception that travelling around-the-world is expensive, some people might think that they need to work when they’re on their Big Break. Or just the thought of being jobless with no income freaks them out.

The truth is, long-term travel isn’t that expensive. I survived on $100 a day. You can even do it for $50 a day!

And if you do your travel planning and saving well, you will have enough money to cover you on the trip. For me, I chose not to work during my 130-day trip. So the trip was funded by my savings. I knew I had limited funds so I set my trip for four months instead of a longer period.

Other ways to make money on the road

If you are still keen on working when you travel, you can check out this post.

There is always freelance work that you can do remotely. I haven’t given this a try because I have very bad time management issues.

But I’ve read many blogs of full-time nomadic travel bloggers (Steph from 20-something travel; Liz from Young Adventuress; Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps) who share that part of their income comes from freelance writing.

Even if you’re not a writer, there are many other freelance work around: translating, web design, photography. Anything that can be sent through the internet can become freelance work to pad up your travel funds!

How to know if you should work when travelling

To decide if you want to work while you travel, just think if you want to spend the time on the road working or spend that time travelling and seeing the world.

For example, if you’ve decided to work as a hostel receptionist. You’ll be in the hostel for X amount of time. That is time that you can use to sightsee or experience life.

If you’re not travelling indefinitely, I would recommend travelling with enough savings to get you through. Enjoy life before jumping back into the rat race.

Would you work when you’re travelling? Let me know in the comments


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More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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    1. You can also become a tour guide where you are travelling if you get a license and after that you can promote your tours for free on GuideBubble.com to get access to a lot of international tourists.

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