Traveling is on the short list of wishes many people have in their lifetime. Dreaming of distant, exotic lands with strange languages and unique foods is nothing new. Keeping it domestic and wishing to explore all the beauties America posses is also part of the travel dream.
What is relatively new is the images of traveling black people everywhere! I can’t scroll for two seconds on my Instagram feed without seeing a black person in some exotic land. We are officially living in booming days of black travel.
Of course, traveling is not new to black people. But technology has enabled us to connect with other adventure seekers and facilitated the birth of many black travel groups and companies that serve this traditionally under served market. Social media, for its part, has helped push this movement to the forefront.
Traveling can be expensive and time consuming, but there are many who have found ways to travel for cheap and even make traveling their livelihood. If you’re wondering how this can be done, we have listed few ways you can make money and travel the world. And if you’re thinking about traveling soon, check out our 14 must visit places in Africa.
No, you don’t need to quit your job to travel the world. As we get more and more wireless and challenge the traditional ways of working, more companies are allowing their employees to work from home. Sure, you might have expected hours that you need to be available to work, but there is no limitation on where you need to be. Take your laptop and work from a different city for a week, a month! If this is not a norm in your company, maybe speak to your boss about the possibility of working remotely.
Teach a language
You probably saw the fliers for this opportunity when you were in college but it can be done at any age! If you can’t get hired by an established company, you can still start up your own business as a private tutor.
Blogging is the most popular way to travel for a living. But in this very competitive online world that’s filled with travel blogs, it might take a while for you to make money off your own blog. In the mean time, you can be a freelance writer and sell your writing skills and articles to other websites, especially niche websites that are looking for stories about the countries you are visiting or issues and stories you’re encountering.
Work on a cruise ship
I have heard very mixed stories about working on a cruise ship. Some love it while others hate it passionately. Working on a cruise ship does offer you the chance to travel, with many of the locations being tropical and most coveted spots.
This is similar to writing. If you’re just starting out in the business, it might take a while for you to establish yourself and make a living selling your travel photography. However, you can work as a freelance photographer all over the world in the mean time. You can sell your photos to stock photography websites and take on photography assignments.
This one doesn’t pay you directly when you’re traveling, but most organizations will accommodate housing and even meals for you. That means, you need to have very little in cash to live abroad for a few weeks to few months and possibly a year.
Work at organic farms
The World Wide Organization of Organic Farms provide you with housing and meals to work their farms for free. Your working hours will range between 4-6 hours and you will have the rest of your time to spend as you please.
Work in the travel industry
This can range from being a seasonal tour guide to being a seasonal hotel clerk. You get to work in one country in their busy tourist season and hop over to another one that’s just starting their busy season.
Be an extra in foreign TV and Film productions
As the entertainment industry booms in many countries around the world, their need for extras is also growing. Many productions will be looking for a specific look of people that you might fit. You can make decent money and be a star in the background.
These are just a few of the many, many ways you can travel while making money. At the end of the day, you just need to make the decision and go for it!