If you aren’t planning a holiday because of budget constraints, you might be able to think again when I share with you some ways to make money on vacation. Let me just say that you go on holiday to get away from the humdrum of everyday life and that includes work, so making money on vacation should be nothing like a 9 to 5. And, it’s important to think creatively and outside the box. The ways to make money on vacation all depend on how much taking a holiday means to you and how far you’re prepared to go to get it.
Table of contents:
- sell your photos
- work at a summer camp
- fruit picking
- plant trees
- work a ski season
1 Sell Your Photos
If you are pretty handy with a camera then you might well be able to make a little cash taking pictures while you are on your travels. You can sell your snaps to sites such as istock.com and other image banks which allow you to upload your pictures and share them with the world. This is one of the ways to make money on vacation that is a pretty high earner if you are able to take quality pictures and lots of them – but you do need a good eye for what makes interesting travel snaps.
Can you sing or have you got an instrument that you play well? If you have then you can make ends meet by entertaining passers-by. Choose the right areas to play, preferably ones which have a high footfall over rush hour. The amount of cash you make from this depends on where you are in the world and if you are any good! Playing well in a busy spot could earn you a fair amount of money – enough to buy dinner at least. (And remember – don’t break any local laws!)
3 Work at a Summer Camp
There are lots of summer camps all over America for children to have their own fun-filled vacation. At these camps they learn arts and crafts, play sports and take part in lots of different activities. The summer camps offer lots of different opportunities for work too. You could take a job in the kitchen, as an activity leader, office helper or a camp counselor. You’ll have a great time while you are earning money at a summer camp. You won’t make a fistful of dollars but you will get your accommodation and board for free, and an unforgettable experience.
Make sure you keep your blog going while you are away. Offer travel tips which you have learned along the way and write about the places you have been. You can earn money based on the number of visitors your blog attracts and the number of posts you upload. You might even be able to sell a couple of your pieces to magazines or newspapers, which is actually a much better proposition. No matter what you read about making money from a blog, it takes an INCREDIBLY long time to establish yourself and get an income.
5 Fruit Picking
If you need a little cash while you are away then look into picking fruit for a local farm. The pay will be minimum wage, but picking fruit under the sun with your traveling friends will probably be a pretty good laugh. There is still a lot of seasonal harvesting work – remember the seasons are different around the world.
6 Plant Trees
Forestry companies are always on the lookout for people to plant seedlings. This trade is particularly rife in Canada and is named as the ‘tree planters’ capital.’ Travelers often opt for this as one of the ways to make money on vacation because you can earn lots in a short amount of time. Many companies pay per tree that you plant, so the faster the better. It isn’t easy work; you’ll get hot and sweaty and will probably have to sleep in a ‘bush camp’ for a few weeks. You can earn around $200 a day, but once you have had a little practice and are up to speed, you might even be able to make more!
7 Work a Ski Season
Ski resorts are full of jobs for travelers and they usually have lots of great perks, such as discounts on food and free accommodation. If you have an instruction certificate then you could find a job as an instructor. If you haven’t got those skills you could work in the bars, dishwashing and pretty much anything else. You can earn anything from minimum wage to around $60 an hour for instructing. Being a chalet girl is also one of the most fun ways to make money on vacation – you have a lot to do for work, but there’s plenty of time to hit the slopes too.
Other options where you can work and still have a holiday include TEFl and being a member of a yachting crew. Of course, you could just get a visa and go and see what you can find when you get there – if you’re felling more brave than adventurous. Have you ever funded your vacation by working through it?
Sources: campamerica.co.uk, tree-planter.com, natives.co.uk, yachtcareer.com
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