Love traveling? You might want to turn your passion into a real profession. From monetization to sponsored posts, there are heaps of ways to earn money while living your best life as an adventure junkie.
However, it’s essential to keep in mind that this is not a get-rich-overnight scheme. But when done right, your blog can become your full-time job, generating continuous income. Check out some of the tested ideas below.
Turn your blog as a portfolio for freelance content writing
One of the easiest ways to showcase your love for traveling is by documenting it through writing. While enjoying your experiences locally and abroad, why not take part-time writing gigs on the side? At first, they might not pay as much, but as you go along and improve your writing skills, you may charge more and use the money to discover more breathtaking destinations.
You could also partner with brands and promote their products and services through your blogs. This will not only get you more cash, but could also earn your website a few backlinks, boosting your ranking on search engine page results (SERPs).
Try venturing into affiliate marketing
The great thing about affiliate marketing is that it’s always there and it can be really profitable when done properly. This means you can start doing it anytime, regardless if you’ve just started your travel blog. But just like blogging, making it in this industry takes time — you might not get results within one or two years. Nevertheless, the waiting can be well worth it in the long run.
Affiliate marketing entails marketing of a product through blogging and getting commissions for every sale generated through your website. You can become an affiliate for virtually anything these days, but the key is to promote products or services you genuinely use. Some of the most popular sources by far include the following:
- Hotel/booking service of your choice
- Travel insurance of your choice
Make money by selling your photos
One thing remains constant when you travel — you take a lot of photos! Since you’re at it, you might as well convert them into cash. You just need to have little photography and editing skills and make use of content aggregators to consolidate all your amazing photos into one social media feed so people can see them. Make sure they are really visually appealing by using editing tools such as Photoshop and Instagram, which is a great marketing tool to date.
Make a portal of must-visit destinations based on your past travel experiences
If you’re an extremely organized type of traveler, you might have done extensive research while planning your itinerary. The good news is you can make money out of the information you’ve collected online and through real-life experiences.
For example, traveler Ken Lau created a portal in 2017, which aims to solve the pains of savvy travelers. To date, the portal has recorded more than 500 activities for tourists and still growing as Lau partnered with tour providers and travel agents.
As you can see, there are myriad ways to transform from being a mere traveler to a full-fledged travel entrepreneur. If you’d like to make this a full-time income generator, try to make use of every resource you have in possession and everything else will follow.