Have you slashed your expenses as much as you can, and you still can’t afford to go anywhere? Don’t worry, we’re going to show you how to make money to travel even if you have a low paying job.
To get you on the road as fast as possible we’ll also look at ways to save money on your travel expenses so you won’t need a huge amount of money.
11 Ways To Make Money To Travel
1. Credit Card
Apply for a cash back or rewards credit card. Used responsibly, these cards can give you hundreds of dollars in cash back, or free flights or free hotel stays. Some of these cards even have bonus money or rewards just for signing up. For a more detailed look at some of the most recommended cards and how to pick the best one read How I Made $400 With My Credit Card.
2. Loose Change
Save up all of your change. Each day put money into a piggy bank, and deposit the money into your savings account when full. Save all of your dimes into a two-liter bottle and when it’s full, you’ll have around $500.
Ask friends and family to give you cash instead of gifts for Christmas and your birthday.
Provide a service to people. You could mow lawns, babysit, be a house sitter, walk dogs, paint houses, the person that fixes things, clean houses, move furniture, bookkeeping, or wash cars. Starting a side business is a great way to earn extra money while working the hours that are convenient for you.
Become an Uber or Lyft driver. Driving in your spare time could be a great money maker. Even small towns are getting on board with Uber. You could announce on a local yard sale board on Facebook that you will be driving locally.
What are you good at that you could teach someone else? How about cooking, sewing, fitness, music or sports? Maybe you could tutor someone by helping them with homework or preparing for a test.
Help people in other countries learn how to speak English. Tutoring online allows you to work from anywhere that you have an internet connection – part time or full time. You can find job openings at places like VIPKid and Qkids and the pay starts at $14 per hour. Here’s a list of online jobs that pay around $20 per hour.
7. Side Job
You may be able to find a side job that could work around the schedule of your full-time job. Maybe you could work at a restaurant, be a bartender, substitute teach, retail, lifeguard, sports referee, or a delivery person.
8. Work From Home
Find legitimate companies that offer remote employment. Working from home would save you money by not having to drive to work, and it might make it easier to pick up a side hustle. Learn ways to make money from home with affiliate marketing.
9. Sell Stuff
Most of us have things laying around the house that we can sell. You might also be able to find things at yard sales that you could repurpose and sell for a profit. Sites like eBay and Craigslist are a good place to start to sell things online. Don’t forget to check out the Facebook yard sale sites. Etsy is a good place to sell homemade items. If you prefer, you could sell things at a thrift store or have a garage sale. You could also sell your blood and plasma.
10. Rent Stuff
One way to make extra money might be to rent out some things that you own. You could rent out your garage, a parking space, or a room in your house. With the oil & gas boom going on in our town, I know a lot of people that have made quite a bit of money by renting out rooms.
You should use eBates anytime you shop online to earn cash back on your purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything, and you just click on the store that you want to buy from and make the purchase like you normally would. They make money when you buy through their link, and they give part of it back to you, no strings attached. You can still use any coupon or discount codes that you have when shopping. Sign up here; it’s free.
Save Money On Travel Expenses
Now it’s time to plan your affordable, yet unforgettable vacation. Let’s look at ways to minimize the cost so you can travel more often.
Search for a flight on Kayak, and check the price predictor. Set a fare alert and watch the price if the flight is over three months away. When you find the price you want, go ahead and book it.
Off Peak Times
Research when the peak travel times are for your destination and book your trip for the off-season. Rates for hotels and airlines are usually highest during the summer and holidays.
Choose a less convenient time to fly, such as Saturday night, red-eyes, or early in the morning. Kayak.com will show you what day is cheapest if you use the +/- 3 days. You’ll be amazed at the price difference.
You may be able to book directly through the airlines or hotel sites and find a better price. It pays to check travel sites as well the company themselves. Sometimes unadvertised deals are listed on these sites.
Want to earn some miles from your hotel stays? Book your stay through RocketMiles.com; this site works with Southwest, United, U.S. Airways, American, and JetBlue to enable you to earn thousands of airline miles.
Check the airline fees before you travel. Most airlines now charge you for every checked bag. The discount ticket you bought may not be such a great deal if you’re paying a fortune to take your suitcase with you. Try to pack your essentials in one carry-on and skip the additional fees.
Buying a travel package is convenient, but it might be more expensive. Price your trip both ways, see what it costs to book each part of your trip individually. The extra work might save you more money than you thought.
Track The Price
Yapta.com is a website that tracks your tickets see if the price changes. You will get an email alerting you if it finds that you can get a lower price on your ticket.
Watch Out For Deals
You can receive fare alerts from airlines and websites by signing up for their mailing lists. AirfareWatchDog.com announces the cheapest routes and last-minute deals.
Driving is much cheaper than flying in most cases, but gas still costs money. To find the best prices along the way use a website like gasbuddy.com to track prices by zip code. Take a cooler, snacks, and water bottles with you to avoid the expense of eating out and stopping for drinks so many times.
Discount prices and better service is available to members of hotel chain loyalty clubs. Rewards programs from some of the more famous chains include Starwood Preferred Guest, Priority Club, and Hilton HHonors.
Don’t have any money left in the budget for lodging? Try CouchSurfing.org; you can crash on someone’s couch for free. This volunteer-based network has a great community that may enrich your travel experience. Staying with a local may give you more insight into the things to do and places to go in the area.
Prefer a homey feel to a hotel room? You can find some sweet deals on Airbnb.com. This site offers lots of pictures of the rooms as well as reviews from previous guests. You could also rent out your place to make some extra money while you’re on vacation. Save money and make money, that’s a win-win.
Are you going to a theme park, water park or some other tourist attraction on your trip? If so, it’s a good idea to purchase your discount tickets online before you go. Check the park’s website, local credit unions, and the local tourism boards websites for deals on these purchases. Sign up for their newsletters before you go, and you might even score a bigger discount than the ones listed on their sites.
Need some time away, but a vacation just isn’t in the budget right now, try exploring some new things close to home. Visit a state park or museum in a neighboring town. Maybe splurge on a fancy restaurant that you’ always wanted to try.
If your willing to pay some money upfront, camping could be a very inexpensive way to travel. The most economical way to get started is tent camping. You can get a small tent for around $45. Campsites can be free for primitive camping or start at $10 a night for a campground spot.
If your willing to spend a little more to start out, you can find used pop-up campers for as low as a few hundred bucks on Craigslist. Most camping spots with water and electric hook-ups will run you around $35 a night or more, but you could also stay in a Walmart parking lot or a primitive campsite for free.
You would also save on food by being able to prepare meals at your campsite instead of eating out.
It’s Time To Travel
With all of these tips, you should be able to find a way to travel on any budget. Whether it’s a cross-country trip or across town, travel doesn’t have to be expensive. So no more excuses that you can’t afford to go, get out there and explore your world.
Share your adventures! Have a good picture from a memorable trip that you could share or a money-saving travel tip? Let us know in the comments.