3 Surefire Ways to Fund Your Travels

You’re sold on the idea of gaining key skills while working abroad, but how do you fund your adventure? International work opportunities do not always pay well and you would ideally have cash on the side for some side trips to scenic sites nearby.

Here are three different ways you can gather money while working abroad:

  1. Strategize Your Blog
  2. A blog is a great way to document your adventures, but it can also earn you a little cash on the side. Before you leave for your trip, start by asking local organizations in your hometown to sponsor your blog as a recent graduate gaining international work experience. Local media outlets, such as newspapers, may also be interested in promoting your cause.

    Set up your blog with pay-per-click advertising, such as Google AdSense, or affiliate marketing in which you are paid every time someone buys a certain product advertised on your website.

  3. Start a Freelance Career
  4. Approach travel guides, in-flight magazines or local newspapers to see if they would be willing to host a series of articles or if they would be interested in purchasing photographs from a recent graduate working abroad.

    Search websites, such as ProBlogger.net, to find freelance writing opportunities online. Your college degree may come in handy for a specific writing job. If you don’t have a knack for writing creatively or promoting products, there are even freelance writing assignments looking for more research-based reports, a writing skill we all pick up in college.

    A perk of freelance writing projects is that they may become a source of passive income. For some websites, instead of or in addition to paying you upfront for an article you write, they will also pay you indefinitely for the number of page visits you have or the numbers of times visitors click on advertisements in your article.

  5. Teach English
  6. If you’re heading to an English-hungry area of the globe, there are usually a multitude of opportunities to teach English in a variety of settings with various clienteles. You often don’t even need to be certified in teaching English as a foreign language. Let everyone know that you’re offering English classes because you can obtain private tutoring opportunities through word of mouth. Also try putting up ads around local schools and colleges for anyone who wants to learn English from a native speaker.

    Resources online can help you organize structured classes if you don’t have a workbook to follow, but you can also advertise that you hold English conversation classes. The goal of these classes is for your students to practice English, so you can talk about anything under the sun. Go on field trips, so you can take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the city and its culture while you naturally converse with your students in English.

Do you have any questions about these strategies? What other methods have you used to fund your travels?

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  1. Posted April 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Great tips! I love reading your writing.

  2. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much, Tere! =) I love reading your writing as well. =) Hugs!

  3. Tammy W.
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    That time right out of college is the time to do it! I haven’t travelled much, but I’m glad I at least did the European backpacking trip while I was young! :) I do wish I’d had the creativity to make some $ along the way, though. Good tips!

  4. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    You’re so right, Tammy! Thanks for the tip and for stopping by! =) I’d love to hear about your European adventures some day. =)

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