3 Totally Unique Side Hustles to Finance Your Next Trip Abroad

Globetrotting is an incredible experience.  There’s nothing more satisfying than finding yourself in a new community, location or environment. For each of us, it opens us up to discovering ourselves in a whole new light.  There’s nothing like it.  The problem is that it can get very expensive. Even the most frugal and budget-conscious travelers can find their resources dwindling over time.  

If you’re someone on the go who would like to stay on the go, here are a few totally unique ideas for how to earn money from your travels without having to go home, get a job, or sell your soul.  Get ready to think outside the box. Because with a little bit of hustle, you can make enough money to extend your trip, level up your accommodations, and if you’re really committed, find an entirely new business and change your life.

Another idea is to create surprise boxes with a series of clues for each item so that your subscribers can guess where each item is from. 

Create Souvenir Boxes

So here’s a new idea.  Like all enthusiastic travelers, I’m sure you keep an active profile on social media.  If they’re anything like me, your friends, family and followers follow you on social media because, in some way, your updates vicariously whisk them away.  Every photograph, every vista is an escape.  Well, why not bring them along in a more tangible way by selling souvenir boxes?

You could do this in a number of creative ways.  Think about interesting little trinkets, items, candies or other small treats that are unique to the locations you visit.  Why not package them in cute little boxes and offer them for sale?

People are tired of the same old ads-disguised-as-posts. So get real and bring some originality and authenticity to your followers

Another way to do this would be to curate themed subscription boxes. You could do a short series with a box of unique items from a trio of places you plan to visit.  Another idea is to create surprise boxes with a series of clues for each item so that your subscribers can guess where each item is from.  The possibilities are as boundless as your imagination. And the more interesting and fun you make them, the more you can earn from them.  

Host a silent auction

Find something truly unique?  This one requires a bit of investment, but it could pay off big time.  Engage your friends and followers by hosting an auction for truly unique items you find on your travels.  Set the initial bidding price and maybe add to the item as the auction goes on.  

Make it fun for your followers.  If you’re building a following, hosting an auction generates great content, and you’ll make a few extra bucks to boot! 

You’ll be surprised at how many of people will find that to be a breath of fresh air and are willing to pony up a few bucks for premium content.

Curating items for auction is also a great way to get involved in the community where you are visiting. It’ll get you out into local craft fairs and events, and will really help you to engage more deeply with every location. It is well worth the effort.  

Sell Premium Content

Listen.  People come to your Insta to see the pics. They listen to your podcast to get your unique perspective on issues of the day.  But, to be honest. Your followers want more than that.  They’re rooting for you to win!  They want you to be successful. So now’s the time to get real and be honest.  Your journey costs money, and the content you provide has value.  People understand that.  So start creating some premium content and charge a little bit for it.  So, if you’re into food, reverse engineer delicious meals you’ve enjoyed on your travels and make them available for purchase.  You could even do a series on recipes featuring a particular spice from your travels.   Another option is to write up a few lessons you’ve learned or hilarious anecdotes into a mini ebook or guide available for purchase.  The opportunities are endless!

In truth, social media has been so overrun with large brands and marketing ploys, that there’s no authenticity anymore. People are tired of the same old ads-disguised-as-posts. So get real and bring some originality and authenticity to your followers by declaring that your most compelling content does have value.  You’ll be surprised at how many of people will find that to be a breath of fresh air and are willing to pony up a few bucks for premium content.

Now. That’s a handful, I know.  And it’s just a few ideas to get you thinking about how to finance your travel in a fun and engaging way.  But, now, perhaps you’re wondering how, exactly, you’re going to do this. 

Don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be hard, or expensive. You don’t need a whole website storefront with hosting, design, a webmaster, blah blah blah.  Just open a shop with Cuebey and you can be up and running less than 2 minutes.  Check out this article here for how to do just that.  Additionally, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get more tips and tricks for how to turn your content into commerce.  And, above all else, HAPPY TRAVELS!

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