Traveling around the country, or even abroad is something almost everyone aspires to do at one time or another in their life. The problem that is faced by many is that the cost to travel is simply too much to stomach. Some people will set a goal for an amount of money they want to save up in order to travel wherever it is they want to go. The problem often becomes that even if you managed to save up a good amount of money, you are going to find yourself wishing you had a little more at some point during your travels. There are a number of ways that you can try and make a little extra cash when you’re out in the world but as usual there are some approaches that are going to work better than others.
While some people might think of this as their first option, most are going to have this one way … way down the list of ways to earn some money while traveling. There are a number of reasons why this isn’t the first choice for most people. There isn’t a way to know exactly what you are going to get from one day to another. You also have the pesky problem of actually needing a skill that will bring in money if you are out doing it on the street.
Bars or Restaurants
There is certainly going to be a better opportunity to have a more steady income if you go with a bar or restaurant for your money making needs. If you do go this route, you are going to need to make sure you are 100 percent legal to work in the area you are traveling through. There are a number of different forms that need to be filled out, depending on where you are trying to get work. (Image by Eric Rolph)
Another upside is there are usually a couple of bars or restaurants wherever you’re located that will be looking for extra help, especially if they aren’t going to be hiring you on permanently and just need a helping hand for a couple of days. The downside is you aren’t going to be making much money (unless you are getting big time tips) from working at something like this. These are usually minimum wage jobs in the United States and the pay is usually pretty low elsewhere in the world as well.
Working at a Resort
Working at a resort is much like getting a job at a restaurant or bar, except you have the opportunity to make quite a bit more money if you can show them you have a special skill. One position that it seems all resorts are desperate to get are people who know how to give a good massage. If you have training in this area or have been doing it before, you will be able to get to the front of the line in the hiring process at most resorts around the world.(image by Scott Smith)
Because these professions generally require less work by an hourly wage or salary, the resorts don’t have any problem hiring several more massage therapists than they might actually need. You are going to be an even more attractive hire for a position like this if you are able to bring your own materials. This could mean you are just providing the body massage oil or it can mean you’ve got your own traveling massage office. Establishments that don’t have to come up with the equipment in order for you to do your job are going to be more receptive to allowing you more access to clients as well as a higher cut of the commission.
By doing this, you will be able to come up with a little cash when you need it the most and can continue on your travels, without having to worry about where your next meal is coming from, or how you are going to get home.
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