Summer holidays

Need to make money to go travelling this summer?

There is no doubt that travelling takes money. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make money either before or during your expedition. Here are five realistic ways to boost your bank balance in time for the summer.

Freelance work

Freelance work is one of the most popular ways to make money. Bidding sites like People Per Hour and Upwork give you a way into freelance writing, illustration, web design and more. Some jobs are low paying, with writing gigs offering as little as 2p per word. Yet they still bring in the cash – and every little helps!

Some writers even get paid to write while they travel. In fact, Johnny Ward claims to have earned over a million dollars for blogging about his travels. It’s worth noting that professional blogging requires a lot of planning and forethought. It can sometimes take up to two years of building authority and readership before you start to see a financial return.

Sell your junk

According to the Telegraph, the average house has more than £1000 worth of junk in it. It’s very easy to list your stuff for sale online on sites like eBay and Gumtree. After all, one person’s junk is another’s treasure, as they say. If you have unused specialist items, you may want to try a more niche site. Have a load of old golf clubs in the garage? Try selling them on

Online gaming

If you’ve got the requisite skills, then you can actually made good money with video games today. E-sports already bring in huge crowds both online and IRL, and 2017 may be the year when they turn mainstream – so you can finally start calling those DOTA marathons practice!

Other games you can play online include casinos, such as Play Cosmo, which offers a 110% sign-up bonus, as well as a host of attractive prizes and promotions. It also hosts a wide range of different games, including themed online slots that are fun to play and offer huge progressive jackpots. Play Cosmo also gives you the chance to play for free, which allows you to get used to different games and hone your skills before ever laying down real cash – but do remember to only play with what you can afford to lose – it’s called gambling for a reason.

Apply for a working holiday visa

Countries like New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, France and Singapore offer foreigners (usually between the ages of 18 and 30) the opportunity to take working holidays. If you’re within that age range, this may be the easiest way to pay for your travels. A working visa will usually allow you to stay in your chosen destination for up to 12 months.


Do you know anybody who lives where you plan to go? If so, housesitting could be the perfect way to save – rather than make – money.

Don’t know anyone in your chosen destination? Sites like give you a great way to hop around from one place to another and avoid the expense of accommodation at the same time! Sitting can be for one week, one month, and even up to a year. This is the preferred method of accommodation for travellers across the globe.

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