How many times have you thought of saving enough money from your 9-to-5 job, pack your bags, grab an RV off Craigslist, and just hit the road?
Of course, you cannot just hit the road without working on a source of income that can come from a job like:
- Look for Jobs at Camping Sites
Several campsites have some job listings for travelers. You can check out their bulletin or inquire around for local jobs and businesses offering posts temporarily.
You can also work at a camping site, like cleaning the campsite, cooking, welcoming new campers at front desk, and emergency services. Your job can get you a free stay at the site, or hourly pay, or both. Some of the works might seem challenging, but you can always learn, adapt, and grow!
- Freelance Writing and Blogging
Freelancing is a brilliant option for earning from the road. Most freelance writing jobs are remote and allow you to make money while traveling. You need some time to know the market and strike the best deals.
You should keep pitching your ideas to magazines, blogs, and newspapers. If they like it, they will contact you to write for them. They mostly pay you per article, you can make $150 per day or more if you type fast. You can also try guest blogging at some e-portals. Do not worry about ideas, your traveling experience gives you loads of content that can take its place on the Travel section of these media houses.
You must be thinking that sponsorships are only for the insta-famous, popular YouTubers, and established bloggers. Not necessarily. Many brands sponsor independent travelers to provide travel content like articles and pictures, or feature in their bulletin. You need to find the right brand that will be interested in your travel story. So try to pitch everywhere possible, it is a numbers game.
- Start your Blog or Website or Channel
Firstly, this is not a way to make quick money. But if you are consistent and determined, it can open up lots of opportunities for you. You need to keep creating quality content, and slowly but surely, you can grow a base of loyal followers. It is easy to start with and requires almost no cost to maintain a good blog. In due time, you can monetize your blog or website by writing reviews, displaying ads, or through affiliate marketing.
It can be a blog where you write about your journey and travel experiences or photography. You can write articles about any technical stuff that you are good at. It might not be your only place to earn from, but a little money on the side always helps.
- Work Remote Freelancing Jobs
We understand that not everyone is the best with words, but there are many more types of jobs that might be made for you. Freelancing is a broad area of opportunities, and there will always be something that you can do. Many travelers or RVers work as freelancers to support themselves. Here is a list of opportunities you can find in the freelancing field:
- Graphic Designing
- Proofreading, writing
- Dog Grooming
- Website Building and Designing
- IT, Programming, and Software
- Tech Support
- Data Entry
- Sales and Marketing
- Business, Accounting, Human Resources, and much more.
You might find a work from home or remote working opportunity of your previous job, only more flexible. Could that get any better?
- Look for Work in the area
If you are free and are planning to stay at a place for some more time, then working at a local job can be a good choice. You can look for small jobs like bartending, nails, food delivery, back-office jobs, working part-time at a hotel, motel, lodge, or restaurant. You can also work as temporary staff at a local store, and tutor students. There’s a lot you can do. You only have to look around and apply. You may need to apply to 10 jobs to get one, but it is worth it.
- Sell Handmade Products
It is another way to earn some extra money. It is an assured and safe way to earn. If you are good at art and craft, designing, printing, or have unique ideas to create new things, you should as well make money out of it. You can make hats and knit sweaters. You can sell your products on Etsy or eBay or any other place you think is secure.
The life of a traveler comes with challenges, but your journey and experiences always make it worthwhile. In the off season you can make money renting your RV.