India is easily one of the best countries in the world for tourism. From the snowcapped Himalayas to dense and lush forests of Kerala, it has all kinds of terrains, climates, flora, and fauna for you to discover. Even though it’s also one of the cheapest countries in the world, traveling can be expensive especially if you want to stay in decent hotels and enjoy good food. So, what if you could make some money when you take a break from exploring the land of Gods in Uttarakhand or snorkeling in Goa? Not only it’s possible, but it’s also quite easy.
Here are six interesting ways you can earn money while traveling:
Today, freelancing has become more of a norm and there are hundreds of thousands of self-employed individuals around the world who are full-time freelancers. Now, there is nothing stopping you from quitting your job to take up freelancing full-time, but if you don’t want that, then you can still use your skills on a part-time basis to earn money. For instance, when you are resting in your hotel room, you can write a few blogs or design a professional logo for a client and earn money in exchange for your services.
There are several websites for freelance jobs that cover skills like graphics designing, writing, video editing, etc. and offer good pay depending on the projects. Examples include Freelancer, Upwork, and Fiverr.
One of the best things about traveling to new and exotic locations is that you can take some really interesting and inspiring photos there. While a lot of these photos become beautiful memories that you can cherish all life, some of they can also be sold to make a profit.
Websites like Shutterstock and Etsy are always looking for professional photos in high resolutions. So, if you have a good DSLR camera and a knack for photography, then you can take some quality photos during your travels and earn a small income on the side by selling them online.
3. Casino Games
The online casino industry has become massive today. There are all kinds of platforms and apps where you can play games like poker, teen patti, slots, etc. and win real cash. Not only these games are fun, but they can also be played on your smartphone when you are on the road and made some decent money with.
One of the simplest casino games that anyone can play without any experience with the casino industry is slots. So, you can try your luck at LeoVegas or Lotto247 which are two of the most popular platforms for online slots. The startburst slot, in particular is highly recommended for beginners as it has simple controls and it also offers a free mode that can help you get your feet wet. So, you can play for free as long as you want without risking your money, and once you are ready, then you can start playing for real cash.
If you travel frequently and love trying new cuisines and meeting new people, then you can set up your own travel channel on YouTube. Millions of people in India and different parts of the world are earning decent money with their YouTube videos, and there is no reason why can’t do it as well.
Here is the thing- you don’t need a huge investment to start a YouTube channel. You can just use your smartphone to record the videos and use any decent video editor to edit them before publishing them on your channel. However, it’s recommended that you get an external mic for audio as the inbuilt mic of most smartphones isn’t good enough for professional videos.
Once your YouTube channel starts gaining traction, you can start earning money through including digital ads, influencer marketing, affiliate marketing, etc. Remember, you don’t need a million subscribers to earn money on YouTube. You just need to be creative and plan your actions to achieve tangible results.
Is there a particular subject that you are passionate about or have expertise in? It could be anything including software programming, DIY projects, or a foreign language, but if you have the knowledge, then you can blog about it and earn money through advertising or affiliate marketing. The best part about this is that there are no time constraints as you can write the blogs whenever you are free during your tours and travels.
Blogging is a really practical way of making money online. There are so many popular blogs on the Internet that you can check out for inspiration. However, you shouldn’t expect overnight success. Only if you are able to implement the latest SEO techniques, market the blog as much as possible, and publish interesting blog posts on an ongoing basis, then you can expect to generate some passive income.
6. Domain Reselling
Registering a new domain name isn’t expensive. It usually costs around Rs. 500 to 700 a year or around Rs. 50 per month. However, if you are able to find a buyer that absolutely needs a domain name that’s bought by you, then you can quote a price that’s way higher than what it cost you.
Here’s an example: let’s assume that the domain name www.idrone.com isn’t taken yet and you register it under your name. You wait for a few years and then Apple launches their own drone called iDrone. Now, it wants to register the website www.idrone.com but it’s owned by you. So, an Apple executive contacts you and asks you to sell it to them. Since it’s a big company and it really needs the domain name, you can demand any price: $5,000 or $10,000 or even higher.
Domain reselling isn’t a way of earning money quickly. However, it’s something that you can get into when you are traveling as you have plenty of time on the road to research about the market and buy new domains that you think have a lot of potential.
So, there you have it- some of the most practical and legit ways you can earn money while traveling. Which one calls to you?
The views expressed by the author in this article are personal and do not reflect those of Connected to India.