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7 Ideal Ways to Make Extra Money While Living Abroad

Work AbroadOne thing we like to advocate for here is that living abroad is something anyone can do, at all levels of financial security. Sure, a lifestyle on the move can be easier if you’ve got a thick wallet. But the notion of “traveling broke” isn’t the oxymoron that so many people presuppose.

In fact, there are a number of easy ways to make decent money while you’re globetrotting or living abroad which anyone can pick up and do.

And even if you’re already financed, a little extra money on the side never hurts, right? Thus, here’s a roundabout list of 7 ideals ways to earn some extra cash while abroad:

Travel Writing and Journalism

Back home, there are scores of people wishing they were out living somewhere else, aching to live vicariously through you. Help us to inspire expatification by becoming a travel writer. We know you’ve got stories to tell, might as well get paid for telling them.

Photography and Videography

Thanks to modern technology, you don’t have to be a professional to take some stunning photographs. As they say, a picture contains a thousand words– and it takes far less time to produce it too. Coffee shops around the world would love to enchant their guests with images taken in exotic places.

If you’ve got video capabilities, even better. Put together a documentary or a travel guide and publish it online.


Living abroad doesn’t just mean that you’ve had experiences which you could share and teach to people back home. As a foreigner you’ve always got information to offer to people in your host country too. Most notably, you can speak and teach English. But depending upon where you are and what you have experience in, there may be opportunities to teach other skills too, such as business strategy, agricultural practice, or cooking. No matter where you are, there’s never a shortage of people who want to learn.

Au Pair

Au pairing has steadily become a great way for young women (and occasionally men too) to travel and live abroad. Babysitting or nannying are always in need somewhere, and if you like kids it can be a really rewarding way to experience a place and culture. Isn’t that what traveling is all about anyway, keeping young and curious in spirit?

Running A Website

The dot com boom might be ancient history, but there are still an endless array of ways to make money on the internet. The sky is the limit here. If you have an idea for a website that’ll drive traffic, there are few ways of making an easier extra few bucks a month. Of course, there’s also always ebay and online sales. Or better yet, incorporate another skill such as your writings or video journalism and distribute them on a website.

Online Poker

We don’t recommend this unless you know what you’re doing, but playing poker online is something that you can do from anywhere, and for many it has become a steady source of extra income. Poker professionals insist that playing poker isn’t gambling; though of course, they’re also expert bluffers. Regardless, if you think you can play well, there’s certainly no shortage of suckers worldwide who are lining up online to fund your exotic adventures abroad.


Okay, so the spirit of volunteering isn’t about making extra money. In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite of that. But we’re content ending this list by recommending that the best reward is doing something for others. It’s all about making money for your soul. Soul money.

There are always great opportunities for volunteering everywhere. That said, there are often good paying  jobs abroad working in the nonprofit sector too. Do a little good for the world, and it pays. Try it!


One thought on “7 Ideal Ways to Make Extra Money While Living Abroad

  1. Of all the money making methods online, I prefer filling surveys. You don’t have to deal with starting a blog which I find to be more of a pain. It depends on how much effort you put into it you can reach a couple hundred pretty quickly.

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