If you have traveled to South East Asia or other popular tourist locations you have probably came across the elusive “Begpacker” who sits by trains stations with a sign saying something like “Support my trip around the world“.
I always imagine these people head straight to their mac book in their five star hotel after spending a day begging on the streets to write an article about how to travel the world on a budget.
I can see the titles already, “How to Travel South East Asia Without Spending a Dime” or “How to Make Other People Pay for Your Trips Without Doing Jack Shit” and more.
If you’re tired of begging on the streets (and trying to get everyone else to pay for your trip for no reason) I wrote this article for you.
Ways You Can Make Money from Your Travels:
Everyone wants to be a travel blogger, but not many people know how to turn their travel blogs into an online business. For most people, a travel blog is like a diary, and diaries don’t tend to make much cash.
Thankfully, there are a few little changes you can make to your travel blog to start making money from it.
But first I want to clarify a couple of things.
For one, everyone and their cat recommends affiliate marketing as a way to make money from your travel website.
Yeah, affiliate marketing can bring in some nice cash… if you have tons of traffic.
The majority of travel blogs don’t have tons of traffic.
Throwing up some affiliate links won’t suddenly bring in thousands of dollars of cash. It probably won’t even bring in enough for a one-day budget in a new city.
Unless you start your website from the way beginning with the intention to make money as an affiliate marketer, chances of you making a bunch of cash are slim.
So what you need is another source of income.
Get a Service Together:
The absolute best way to make money online – in my opinion – is to offer a service. Do some work. Working online might seem like a huge hassle, I mean, it is, but the rewards are well worth the struggle.
You will have to find your own clients, and that’s hard.
But it’s also very satisfying and fun!
It’s like when you start working out for the first time.
It sucks, it hurts, and your muscles are sore.
But you decide to hit the gym another time, and a few more, and soon you start to see results.
If you’re willing to put in the work and pitch day in and day out for awhile, the results will come in.
What are some services that you can offer people for some quick cash?
Use your imagination. There are tons. Here are some:
- Freelance Writing
- Website Design
- Tech Support
- Virtual Assistant Work
- Voice Over Work
- Social Media Management
- Graphics Design
- Keyword Research
- And Much More
P.S. If you’re interested in hiring a writer, check out my hire me page.
The idea is to have one service that brings in most of your cash. Affiliate marketing is more for side income, and you shouldn’t expect to be earning a full-time income from it right off the bat.
I do know people who make more than $1,000/month from affiliate marketing but it took them a long time to get there.
And they’re in non-travel-blogger niches.
Few travel bloggers have figured out how to make steady income while also traveling the world and writing about their adventures.
You can also set up other side projects too that can bring in some income.
Most successful travel bloggers don’t make all their money from one website alone!
So figure out what type of service you can offer people and put together a package.
Advertise Your New Service:
If you already have a travel website all you have to do is use it to advertise your new service.
Don’t have a website? Well it’s about time you make one. I use Site Ground with WordPress and it works wonderfully.
It can work as an advertisement platform for your new business!
Set up a new page on your site with a title like, “Hire me”, and fill it in with all the details of your new services, a long with contact details and samples (if possible).
If you’re going to take the route of a freelance writer, it’s best to write some guest posts for other sites, under your name, so you can have some live samples to show.
There are tons of websites that accept guest posts, and you don’t need to publish so many anyways. One or two should be enough to get your foot in the door with potential clients.
Your page needs to show people exactly what you can do and how you can benefit their business.
You can also throw up some testimonials too.
Filling in a page with your services is rarely all it takes to bring in clients.
Make a side-bar image. I use Canva to design most of the images on this website.
What you can do is make a simple image for your sidebar that says something like “Hire me” followed by one of your main skills or features.
Link the image to the page you filled in with all your service details and add some sort of link-tracking to track clicks.
Take it a step further and link to your “Hire Me” page at least once from every new article you publish.
Use these three simple tips and it won’t be long until someone contacts you.
Soon You Won’t Need to Beg on the Streets:
You’ll have enough money do what you want and stay where you want.
There’s this stereotype that all travel bloggers are poor and broke, and it does have some truth to it.
Mainly because everyone wants to travel but not many people have the cash for it (even though it’s cheaper than you think) so everyone wants to know how to travel on a budget.
Websites dedicated to traveling on a budget tend to be quite popular.
But with the simple tips outlined in this article, you can travel without being super tight on cash and pinching pennies wherever possible.
You’ll have more money to try new things, travel to new places, eat more food, and have an overall richer experience, rather than sitting on a dirty corner all day with a cardboard sign.
Travel blogs can be a little tricky to monetize but you can do it with a little ingenuity and passion.
I like the idea of writing reviews for different travel-related products I use, such as my trusty Chromebook that I use to write when I’m away from my home computer.
There are plenty of affiliate programs out there too, such as AirBnb, Agoda, and other booking services.
It takes time to get everything sorted out but things tend to fall into place the more time you spend working on them.
Keep at it. I hope to hear your success stories soon.
Leave a comment if you have any thoughts about the topics we discussed in this article!
Good luck and happy travels.