Anyone wants to find a career that they’re passionate about. Who doesn’t? However, we also want to earn money for a living as well. The problem is, what if your passion is traveling? Is there a way to monetize that love for travel and turn it into an actual career or business?
That’s what we’re going to talk about in this article. We’re going to share with you the best business ideas, even some tips on business financing. We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started.
The Best Business Ideas for Travelers
1. Digital Nomad
The first (and most popular option) is being a digital nomad. This is the term used for jobs that pay you to travel, like travel bloggers, vloggers, and other types of social media influencers. They usually get financing through sponsors and advertisements. You don’t have to exclusively create content within the travel niche. In fact, you can create content about anything and everything under the sun as long as you have a reliable internet connection to share it with the world. Here are other related career paths:
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There is certainly other work you can do as long as it allows remote freelancing. In this way, you will be able to take your work anywhere with you. There are online job portals like Upwork and Fiverr that you can sign up for to apply for these jobs immediately.
2. Travel Agency
This is probably a given, but another viable option is to put up your own travel agency. You don’t have to go all out immediately. You can start small by working as the middleman between other travelers and travel and hospitality-related establishments. What’s great about running a travel agency is that you can even expand and combine it with other business ideas later on.
Traveling around the world means exploring different cultures as well, and sometimes, that includes learning new languages along the way. If this is your thing, then you could put it to good use. Here are some jobs that you can do as a linguist:
The best part is, you can do all of them online and they earn great too!
For those of you who have the creative streak, then you might want to dip your hands into making handmade goods. Accessories and footwear are in demand. You can even incorporate cultural elements into your work such as locally sourcing your materials and employing a more bohemian aesthetic. You can then sell your works on countless online marketplaces, although Etsy is the most popular choice for products like these.
Moving on with our list of business ideas, you can also work as a photographer. Most travelers have already invested in a good camera to record the experiences and wonderful sights they see. If you’re one of them, then you can put this investment to work and hone your photography skills as a photographer. There are many ways to earn money this way. You can be a travel photographer for magazines and travel content creators. You can sell your works online as stock photos, or take credit for them through your travel blog and social media accounts. Finally, you can also be a wedding photographer for those who do destination weddings.
6. Destination Wedding Planner
Speaking of destination weddings, you can also work as a wedding planner as well. You can scout your prospective suppliers and business partners beforehand, and get to travel around the world on trips that your clients will pay for themselves. Don’t worry about coordinating your tasks, you can communicate everything online. However, this is the only path we’ve shared so far that requires you to actually meet your clients in person.
Do you know what else weddings need? Musicians. Plus, don’t you think it’s easier to create music while you’re inspired during your travels? You can get to explore various musical cultures and genres as well. You can perform as a busker on the travel spots you go to, create and publish music online as royalty-free songs can also be monetized, and even offer your services as a mobile DJ. Feel free to explore other music-related business ideas while you’re at it.
8. Vintage Reseller
Do you know what comes to mind when talking about music? Vintage vinyl records. They’re not the only treasures you can stumble upon while traveling. There are a lot of vintage items out there (or newer, yet still uncommon items like works of art) that you can buy and resell at a higher price. You can resell them in one of the various online marketplaces, or better yet, you can include them in your Etsy shop together with your handmade goods.
Aside from selling handmade goods and artworks done by other artists, then why not create and sell your own as well? We’re sure that you will be able to source quality materials along the way, and the road offers a lot of inspiration. We enjoy creating mixed media art, art journaling, and watercolor when we’re out traveling.
Speaking of inspiration, we understand if there are some of you who can’t express themselves with a brush. If so, why not try with a pen? You can use your travel blog as a testing ground for all your travel writing. The best part is, you don’t have to research anymore. Your material will come to you naturally during your travels. You don’t have to restrict yourself in travel writing as well. You can write novels, historical pieces, and even cookbooks if you’re up for a challenge!
That’s it! These business ideas are not the only ones you can do. There are other possibilities you can explore out there. The ones we have listed above are simply those that we have tried and tested already.
We hope that you have found our ideas interesting, and most importantly, you’ve found one that speaks to you. The modern world has given us all the chance to live our dream lives. Take advantage of it and follow your heart. Good luck!