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How Can I Make Money Online and How To Afford Travel



We have been travelling the world together for the past three years and the questions we are now asked the most are:

How do you make enough money to travel the world?
How do you make money whilst travelling?
How can you afford to travel?
What's your job?
How do you make money online?

Or something similar, so this post will answer these questions and, more importantly, give you some ideas as to how you can start weaselling your own way out of the rat race!

What you will get from this post

  • How we are currently making money
  • How we got to this point
  • Ways we've made money in the past 
  • Ways you can make money online 


How we make enough money to travel the world
The answer is pretty simple: we are social media influencers

We basically use our blog (travellingweasels.com), our YouTube channel (youtube.com/travellingweasels) and our Instagram (instagram.com/travellingweasels) to generate enough income (and more) to finance our travels.

How do you make money from your blog?

We work with brands who want to build a relationship with our followers. We could be making ten times the amount we are making, but we only ever work with brands we have personally tried and love otherwise we'd have no integrity. 

Ways we make money online:

  • Sponsored Campaigns - promote a brand/company on our website, YouTube channel and/or social media channels
  • Instagram takeovers - take over a brand/company's Instagram account for a few days to increase their engagement
  • Photo and Video Sales
  • Brand Ambassadorship - similar to sponsored campaigns, but involves a free product or two as well. 
  • Affiliate marketing - through awin/affiliate window we link to websites we believe in, and if the website makes a sale we get a percentage of the profit (at no extra cost to the customer)
  • Adverts - on YouTube and our website

Live broadcasting - this is our latest project, broadcasting ourselves live on YouTube and YouNow. It's a great way for us to connect with our fans and we get paid to do it too! 

We also make a passive side-income by selling our own ebooks. I wrote a house sitting guide and Tanbay wrote about how to move to England (for Germans). 

Making money as Social Media Influencers is a dream come true for us - we work how we want, when we want, we get to travel and we get to spend all our time together.

Travel bloggers and social media influencers can make a lot of money. We've even met a millionaire whose does what we're doing (though admittedly he's doing it a lot better than we are)!

But we would be lying if we pretended this happens overnight. It took us two years to get to the point we're at now. 

So how did we get here? And more importantly, how can you get there? 

How to make a living travelling the world
First things first, and something people are very surprised to find out:


Travel is (often) cheaper than living at home

Of course this depends a little bit on who you are, where your home is and where you're travelling to. 

But generally speaking, for people who are from the USA, Canada, the UK, Western Europe, Australia or New Zealand life will be a lot cheaper for you if you live in South East Asia, South America or Eastern Europe. It's just a fact. Living costs are soo much cheaper there! Keep that in mind. 

And even if you are travelling to more expensive countries, I've got another tip for you: house sitting reduce your accommodation costs to zero by looking after people's houses and homes whilst they go on holiday - not just a great way to save money, but also a great way to have the peace and quiet you need to start building your own online businesses. We don't house sit that much anymore, but this is how we started travelling. 

Becoming a Social Media Influencer
We recommend starting a blog, a YouTube channel and social media channels immediately. 

Immediately because there's always an excuse not to start: not the right time/don't have the right equipment / don't have enough content etc etc, but trust me everyone's first attempts are rubbish and embarrassing - you need those first attempts to learn from and the sooner you start, the sooner you can iron out the kinks. 

Some people start with just a blog, or just a YouTube channel or just social media, but we recommend all three. You'll find you'll enjoy one the most and this will be the one you should focus on in the end,  but for now it's good to have your options open. 

As for making them successful, this takes a bit of patience, a lot of trial and error and lots of networking with other people in your field. But more on that in another post. 

Whilst becoming a Social Media Influencer/ Blogger /YouTuber is a great goal to have, you will need to finance yourself for the first year or so as no one makes money overnight doing this. Here are some ways to finance yourself initially:

Other ways to make money online:
Think of a skill you have, or better yet something you enjoy doing. Know that someone, somewhere, is willing to pay you for that skill or passion. 

Luckily we live in a time where it's easier than ever to connect to those buyers, thanks to the internet.

Many, many websites out there like fiverr, upwork, craiglists and more are just waiting for you to sign up and show your skills.

But what can you actually do on there? Pretty much anything, here are the ones we've had success with: 
  • Teaching English
  • Translating
  • Helping with maths homework
  • Reviewing music
  • Proof reading
  • Reviewing products
  • Modelling
But our main two were translating and English teaching - the latter can be done by anyone who is a native English speaker, and the former can be done by anyone who is NOT a native English speaker, but does speak English...

The point is utilise your skills. The majority of jobs can be done online as freelance nowadays, if yours can't what about your skills - what do you like doing? If you like doing it your probably good at it and there's probably someone out there waiting to buy it from you. 

Conclusion
Use your skills online to make enough money to cover your accommodation costs (if there are any), travel costs, insurance and food. Spend the rest of your time focussing on finding your way to become financially and geographically independent! 






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We're Laura and Tanbay, a British/German couple who have successfully weaselled our way out of the rat-race and want you to do the same!

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