Some jobs come with a built-in requirement for travel, like teaching a language abroad or working in sales. But if you want to travel for fun and earn some extra cash in the process, there are a few options for that, too. You won’t get rich with these side gigs, but they might pay for a fancy dinner or your museum admission.
Sell Your Travel Photos
You’re taking loads of pictures anyway, you might as well try to make a little cash with them. Sites like iStock, Alamy, Shutterstock, and Getty Images make it really easy to sell stock your own stock photography. You just upload your pictures and brands, businesses, or individuals might ask you to buy them if they like them. There’s also an app called Foap (free on iOS and Android) that allows you to upload directly from your phone. With Foap, brands and businesses will also post assignments for specific countries, cities, or regions. You can look for assignments in your destination, snap a few shots, then submit them. Your results will vary, but it’s kind of fun to use the app anyway.
If you have a GoPro, you can enter their daily contests, which include travel-friendly categories like “Unusual Transportation” and “Stories from the Road.” They pick a new winner everyday and give away $500 for photos, $1,000 for raw videos, and $5,000 for edited videos. Photos. It’s a long shot, but you’ll have fun taking pictures in the process and you might even become a better photographer.
Deliver a Package
If you’re taking a road trip, you could make some extra cash delivering packages (or pets!) along the way.
Roadie connects drivers to people who need to ship stuff (um, legal stuff) to certain destinations, some of which may be on your route. Depending on the gig, they can pay upwards of a hundred bucks, especially if you’re traveling long distance. CitizenShipper is a similar service but for pets. As a driver, you bid on different assignments. For example, this customer needs someone to drive her “very friendly” dog from Los Angeles to Georgia. Three drivers are bidding on the job for $400. With both services, you’ll have to verify your driver’s license and car insurance info.
If you’re traveling internationally, you can try WorldCraze, a service that lets you deliver goods from your country of origin to another person at your destination. You just enter your cities and travel dates, and the site will show you any available assignments. You decide on an amount with the Buyer, and WorldCraze takes 10% of the cut.
Rent Out Your Car or Parking Spot
Instead of paying to park your car at the airport, you could try to rent it out instead. Turo will list your car for rent while you keep it at the airport, and it offers $1 million in insurance coverage if your car is rented. At SFO and LAX, they have designated parking lots, and at other airports, they’ll cover the cost of your airport parking, even if your car doesn’t get rented.
And while your parking spot back home is free, you might as well rent that out while you’re traveling, too. JustPark, ParkCirca ParkEasier let you list your parking spot, whether it’s your driveway, dedicated space in a lot or garage, or any other parking spot you own. Depending on your location, you can earn about $5.00 to $15.00 a day. Once you list your spot, the app will take care of everything else for you, and you can see and approve potential parkers. You can even specify the exact hours you want your space available.
Volunteer While You Travel
Depending on your destination, you might be able to work on an organic farm. You won’t earn extra cash, exactly, but you’ll get a place to stay and some free food, which frees up your budget for other travel expenses.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is the easiest organization to search, and they have volunteer opportunities in 120 countries over the world. You get a full day’s worth of food and accommodation and typically work between 4-6 hours, which still gives you plenty of time to explore your destination. The drawback is that you may have to pay a small fee to join (it’s $30 for Hawaii, for example), and that can offset your savings a bit. Most volunteer positions require at least a week’s worth of work, but you can also negotiate this time directly with the host if you’ll only be available for a couple of days. The farm’s description will tell you what languages the hosts speak.
HelpX and Workaway are less popular options, but they still offer the same deal: you travel, you work, you get a free place to stay. With HelpX, some jobs require as little as two hours a day, but then you only get accommodations and have to cook your own food. Depending on the gig, if you work a full day, hosts might throw in activities like horseback riding or sightseeing trips. Again, make sure to check out the reviews and read how each h
With Workaway, you can browse specific volunteer opportunities and apply for them. Some of the jobs are just individuals who need help with various tasks, though. It’s sort of like Airbnb meets TaskRabbit.
These organizations don’t have strong safety policies vetting hosts-it’s all based on trust and reviews, so you’ll want to vet hosts carefully. Most farms come with ratings and reviews from other travelers, so make sure to research them carefully and run a background check on your host while you’re at it.
Walk Around and Donate to Charity
Chances are, you’re going to do a lot of walking while you explore your destination city. While the app isn’t specifically meant for travel, Charity Miles (free on iOS and Android) lets you earn points for various charities, and it will actually tell you how much your habit will impact that charity. For example, walking seven miles might have an impact of 17 minutes of Parkinson’s Research. It’s not cash you can pocket, but if you like the idea of giving back, it’s an easy and fun way to do it for free, while you’re probably walking around a lot anyway. Charity Miles does make money, though (through sponsorships with companies like Humana), and uses ads on its app. Humana still sponsors money to go charity, but still, you want to know what you’re getting into.
Again, you’re not going to strike it rich with any of these apps or services, but they still give you something fun to do on your trip, whether it’s hanging out on a farm with locals or taking beautiful photos of all the spots you visit.