If you’re in this article, then there’s a big chance that you’re fresh out of college or primary school. Before you have to jump into the “real world” everybody has been so intent on warning you about, you’d like to explore the real world out there. There are so many sights to see, but realistically speaking, you’ll need to find a way to sustain your travels financially lest you turn into one of those “begpackers” that both locals and police have come to detest.
If you want to travel on a budget and find a sustainable way to fund your adventures, check out these possible options that could yield you the profits you need.
Joining a gap year program
There are many gap year programs readily taking on young hopefuls seeking a profitable and rewarding experience for their gap year. There are indeed jobs for gap year students, which enable individuals to work in institutions with remuneration, including food, boarding, and a weekly payment. That’s a really cool option if you’ve ever wanted to explore the land down under and go surfing, check out some reefs, and explore the great outback we all hear about.
There are actually a lot of programs like this that offer young individuals to join up in a working program that trains them, helps them develop skills, and gives them the opportunity to do so in a different country and dive into that culture. You can map around your own plans on what you want to do in the country yourself, and you won’t have to worry about loafing around because you know you have an actual responsibility to attend to that pays.
Offering online services
Because of the internet, a lot of limitations have been knocked, and we can feel connected to everyone beyond the borders of land. A good way to keep earning on the go is if you put up some services online. This has many variations, depending on what you can do. Arguably the most manageable one is to do some freelancing gigs for writing or digital art since you can do this just by bringing your laptop around with you wherever you go, and you get paid via online payment portals like PayPal or the like.
You can also keep up an online store, though that may be harder to keep up if you’re going to be hopping from place to place. Online marketplaces are in great bounty these days, though, so that shouldn’t stop you from trying it as a viable source of income on the side either.
The important part here would be knowing your product, marketing it enough so that you can gather clients, and making sure that you’ve got internet service wherever you go (since that’s pretty much the most important component that actually connects you to your clients). Some studies actually revealed that freelancers doing skilled services are earning more than regular employees these days, so you can bank on that if you have the know-how and strategy. This option also offers some flexibility though it’s completely reliant on your client building and work ethic.
Rent out some assets
Since you’re not going to be at home and you won’t likely be able to bring your car along with you (unless you’re going on a road trip, in which case this won’t really apply), then you can actually try to rent out your assets safely. At least it will keep a stream of income going into your pockets while making use of your things that would have just been sitting there collecting dust while you’re gone.
For this to work, you can either make use of a service that helps with secure transactions. But if that takes too much effort or investment, simply get a friend you can trust and ask them if they can help you out on that front. If you have a place, you can put that up for Airbnb and have your trusted pal handle the clients. If it’s your car that you plan to rent out, it’s better if you sign up for a service to make sure that everything’s screened, you have access to an existent pool of customers, and security measures against theft and damage to your vehicle.
These are just some of the interesting options you can try out if you want to go out and see the world for a bit after college. Simply pick what seems most accessible to you and take the time to enjoy it.