The number one question I get asked is how I can afford to travel, while making money, and blog ging. I’m going to answer how I make money, and also how I can afford to travel and eat in this video. Also, I’ll share how I think you can do it too!
There are many many ways to make money while traveling, and I have friends that are working on cruise ships, blogging , affiliate marketing, freelance writing, and even skydiving, while earning money to be able to maintain a lifestyle traveling. But instead of sharing all the ways on how to make money traveling, I’ll first share the ways I make money.
First I want to say that all of these ways that I make money while traveling are all the result of initially starting a blog back in 2009 and committing to writing quality and useful information on it on a regular basis.
If you want to make money while traveling, I’d highly recommend you start a blog on whatever you’re passionate about and begin blogging high quality useful information to show your expertise, and also connecting with others. (If you’re just starting a travel blog, Travel Blog Success is an excellent course that I recommend: https://travelblogsuccess.com/?ref=18 [affiliate])
1. Affiliate recommendations – This basically means earning a small commission as a referral. There are many companies (places like Amazon and Agoda.com for hotels) that offer a commission if you refer someone to a purchase. As an example, on my website I give away a lot of free useful tips about visiting Bangkok (http://migrationology.com/bangkok-thailand-travel-guide/). And I also recommend a few hotels which, some of which I’ve previously stayed at, and others which I’ve just visit and highly recommend. So if you were to click one of the links and book that hotel, I would get a small commission as a referral. I only recommend things that I use myself or trust.
2. My premium travel and food guides – The biggest way I make money while traveling is by selling my premium travel and food guides (http://migrationology.com/travel-guides/). Right now I have the Bangkok 101 things to do guide, Eating Thai Food Guide, Vegetarian Thai Food Guide, and the Delhi travel guide, and I’m working on more.
3. Freelance writing – As a result of first starting my travel blog back in 2009, I’ve had the opportunity to do numerous freelance writing projects, some big and some small. I’ve written for a few inflight magazines, as well as CNN Travel, and various other newspapers, magazines, and websites. I used to dislike writing, but the more I started blogging about thing I really enjoyed (like food) the more I enjoyed it. And after committing to it and blogging, I’ve been able to connect with so many others and had chances to write for many places. A blog is a great way for you to have a public profile of your expertise.
4. Video, YouTube – Finally, the fourth way of how I make money while traveling and blogging is through videos. I made the decision to start making videos and I have committed to it. Ads on some of my videos is another chunk of my monthly income.
Along with how to make money while traveling and blogging, it’s also important to say how I can afford to travel? Most of the money my wife and I make now goes back into our traveling and eating. However, it’s all about your priorities. We don’t own a car and pay for gas, and instead we choose to buy plane tickets and eat street food. You have to set your own goals and priorities and live intentionally to pursue them.