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5 Ways to Fund an Extended Vacation

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Joanne Poh

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Inveterate travel junkies already know that travel, even for an extended period of time, doesn’t have to be so expensive that you need to sell your internal organs on the black market to pay for your accommodation.

If you’re in between jobs, have just graduated or are about to embark on a well-deserved sabbatical, travelling for an extended period is not impossible. Here are some tips for funding your travels so you can stay on the road for a longer time.

 

1. Freelance Online

Sure, I'll help you with your website design if... you let me work from your place?
Sure, I’ll help you with your website design if… you let me work from your place?

The great thing about freelance work such as writing, editing or translation is that you can do it anywhere with an Internet connection. Let your holiday pay for itself by pitching to travel publications before you leave. Contributing one or two articles and a bunch of photos might be able to pay for your air ticket, or at least subsidise your trip a little.

 

2. Teach English

I got them to help me write a plea to my landlord in exchange for English classes
I got them to help me write a plea to my landlord in exchange for English classes

If you’re a native English speaker and are planning on being in one place for more than a month, teaching English can be a great option. Show up at one or two universities and put up a couple of flyers offering English lessons with pull-out tabs containing your email address and phone number. Get a native speaker to translate it into the language spoken at your destination.

 

3. Work in Hostels

Working in a hostel is great! Well, unless you watched THAT movie.
Working in a hostel is great! Well, unless you watched THAT movie.

Many hostels hire travellers to man the bar or reception, so drop by a few and ask if they need help. If the hostel you’re staying at agrees to hire you, they might even subsidise your stay in exchange for your efforts.

 

4. Busk

If you don't have the musical talent of John Mayer, better brush up on looking like a poor thing.
If you don’t have the musical talent of John Mayer, better brush up on looking like a poor thing.

If you can play a musical instrument in a tolerable manner, set up shop on a street corner and busk for a bit of spare change. While guitars are a popular choice, they are also a pain to lug around when you’re on the road and might not be allowed on the plane. Ukeleles or harmonicas, on the other hand, are a lot more convenient.

 

5. Save Like Crazy

You'll be banging your head too if you go on your trip without saving up enough.
You’ll be banging your head too if you go on your trip without saving up enough.

If you’re adamant that your holiday be just that, no work involved, that just means you’re going to have to save as if your life depends on it. Moneysmart is chock full of tips and tricks that can help you to save more than you thought possible, so have a browse through the archives! 

Do you know of any other ways to make money on the road? Let us know in the comments!

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Jeremy Lim, Brian Yap, Luca Rossato, Alfonso, Jeremy Lusk, Henti Smith

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.