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How to Make Money Travelling as a Family

How to Make Money Travelling as a Family

7 Ways to Make Money Travelling as a Family

My kids and I love to travel, try new experiences and see different places.

Over the years I have worked out a variety of ways to make money from our travels which anyone can do! In another article I share ways to save money on travel as well.

Being able to travel has enriched our lives, taught my kids how life is elsewhere and expanded their knowledge in a way school couldn’t.

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1. Rent Out Your Home – $150+ per Night

I previously did this whenever we travelled but the rules for some of the platforms have changed and you need someone local renters can contact if there are issues.

Some companies do that for you or you might have a neighbour willing to help.

In Melbourne, my small 2 bedroom unit generated $1,300 in 5 days at Christmas a few years ago.

My place has only been rented out when we go away as I have kids and if I was renting a spare room, it was to people I knew.

You can check out my tips for Airbnb here, it’s a fairly easy process you can follow step by step so you don’t make any of the common mistakes.

I have my calendar set up so it is available at times I want to travel and it’s simple to do on different platforms.

How much you make depends on whether you rent a room or the whole home, where it is located, what is included etc.

Many people renting their homes out on Airbnb make $10,000+ a year when renting it regularly.

Where we currently live, the homes go for $7,000+ per week in peak season and they are nothing fancy.

Your home won’t be rented all the time, but if you list it when you go away it can be a great way to offset the cost of your accommodation elsewhere.

2. Rent Out Your Car – $300+ a Month

I haven’t personally rented out my car but friends have and they found it to be easy.

Remember, people renting it will not treat it as well as you do so you are likely to get more scratches, dents and minor damage doing this.

The car needs to be cleaned thoroughly between bookings and the petrol always needs to be at least 1/4 tank full, if not totally full.

One way to rent your car out is with Uber Carshare (previously, Car Next Door). It is simple to get started but if you want to try it as a customer first, you can with $50 off your booking here.

3. Write Articles About Your Trip $50 to $2,000

Can you write an article about your trip or offer an article with tips for the places you are visiting?

Pitch ideas to magazines, websites, blogs and other publications you know include travel or personal experiences.

Check if they pay first by searching for the submission guidelines on their site and follow them properly.

You can do this before you go and then pitch to places you are staying for a discount or free accommodation or other perks as well by letting the locations know you are writing a piece for a specific publication.

Be aware though there are rules around the free accommodation and disclosing it when you write about it.

Some places won’t publish articles from ‘free’ trips at all.

Freelance writing rates are much higher than $50 but some sites don’t pay much (many don’t pay at all) and it can be a great place to start so you can establish a portfolio.

Writing for smaller publications when you start out can be a good way ot get some practice, improve your skills from pitching to editing and network to get higher paid gigs.

If you have something funny or amazing happen during the trip then pitch it to That’s Life or Take 5 with photos.

They pay well for first-person experiences which are weird, different, funny or have a strong human interest.

Other magazines pay for pictures of their magazine in various locations or for jokes and short stories too. Find out more about freelance writing here.

4. Sell Your Photos

Whether you are a professional photographer or not, you can make money with your holiday snaps.

Travel photography is notoriously competitive, but you don’t have to be competing with professionals.

Instead, if you have some great images you can look at stock photo sites to sell your images (check their requirements first).

You can also send images to magazines and websites that pay for them, you’ll get more if you are writing an article too.

Check their submission requirements, most magazines select a photo of their magazine somewhere in the letter to the editor section.

Also, check the local hashtags for tourism boards and attractions.

Some have giveaways and competitions happening for photos on social media which can include cash prizes!

Our photos have been featured in various magazines, including the front cover of Air Vanuatu’s in-flight magazine which was wonderful for us as my in-laws are Ni-Vanuatu.

5. Housesit

While some housesitters do it for free, you can also get paid to housesit, especially if pets are involved.

It is harder as a family to get accepted for jobs but it’s not impossible.

Check out this post for more information on it, join Facebook groups (there are house sitting groups, house swap groups and I have seen this in other travel or worldschooling groups too).

Establishing a good reputation with client testimonials helps you charge higher prices and get better bookings.

To do that, you need to be clean, tidy, have excellent communication skills, keep the clients privacy and have excellent records.

I’ve housesat a few times for people I know and it worked well for everyone.

6. Offer services

Some locations pay you to do farm work, groundskeeping/caretaking at campgrounds, berry picking, run workshops (depending on your skills) or you can offer other services.

For example, hairdressers and beauticians do well in caravan parks when travelling.

Think about the skills you have or things you are interested in and how you can get paid for them.

Personally, I have done the hairdressing and beauty option as I am qualified and had a registered mobile hairdressing business when I was younger.

Now, I mainly get paid to do public speaking, marketing of a location (articles, photos, training businesses etc) or run workshops wherever I go.

7. Refer friends

Many travel-related services have refer a friend payments that enable you to accure credit to use and travel for free or get paid.

Often you get a discount when you use them for the first time and can share a specific discount with friends and family.

When they use it, you get a payment as well, generally in the form of credit to use on future bookings with that company but sometimes it is cash.

Check out our freebies section for more discounts plus programs you can possibly join then refer friends to as well. We only recommend services we personally use!

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Monday 21st of May 2018

Love these tips! We've been travelling as a family for almost a year now and are always looking for new ways to make money - I'm doing a bit of freelance writing so am heading over to read your article for more ideas! Side note - the links for the discount off the Airbnb and the Car hire don't seem to be there (might be just me!) Thanks again

The Thrifty Issue

Monday 21st of May 2018

Freelance writing is a great one for travel. That's odd about the links. I double checked and Airbnb has 3 links (two to an article, one to Airbnb), plus Car Next Door has 4. May I ask which browser you're using?

Amy @ HandbagMafia

Sunday 20th of May 2018

I didn’t know about the stock photo sites that pay- what a great idea!

The Thrifty Issue

Monday 21st of May 2018

I have a few friends who do it. Not a huge money maker but it makes some money here and there. All they have to do is upload it once and it's passive after that.


Saturday 19th of May 2018

I never knew that renting out your car was a thing, and it’s definitely something I’ll look into after reading this post.

I’m already dreaming of our next family trip, and am especially lured in by the possibility of funding it by putting our home and car up for rent!

Thanks x

The Thrifty Issue

Monday 21st of May 2018

It is so popular where I live (Melbourne CBD). We have a high volume of international students because of the uni so many hire cars short term like this plus loads have family come visit at some point so the places listed get booked quickly and are well taken care of. Let me know if you have any questions :)

Life At 101

Saturday 19th of May 2018

Fantastic tips!

Helen K

Saturday 19th of May 2018

You are full of good ideas (which I mean seriously - I'm impressed). These are good tips for consideration - and anything that can help with the cost of travel is great to consider, thanks!

The Thrifty Issue

Monday 21st of May 2018

Thank you, Helen! Glad you found it useful.

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