How to make money travelling as a family

How can you afford to travel as a family? You find ways to make money from it!

My daughters 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 my next post, I’ll show you ways to save money on travel as well. This post contains affiliate links for products and services I use. Read my full disclosure here.

1.) Airbnb – $150+ per night

By far one of my favourite options as it means my home is making money while I am away. My small 2 bedroom unit generated $1,300 in 5 days at Christmas. Our place is only rented out when we go away. I have my calendar set up so it is available at times I want to travel and it’s all so easy through the site. You can check out my tips for Airbnb here.

How much you make depends on if you rent a room or the whole home, where it is located, what is included etc. Many people renting their home out on Airbnb make $10,000+ a year. 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

Since I don’t own a car anymore, this isn’t something I do but I know people who do plus I have used it. Personally, Car Next Door is one I’d recommend to make money from your car while you’re away (or anytime really).

With Car Next Door they pay your insurance (yay!) so you can cancel your own comprehensive insurance saving you money immediately! Next, you can charge $5+ per hour or $25+ per day and $0.33pr km is charged to the user. Currently, the average person renting their car out on Car Next Door makes $300 a month. You could opt to rent your car out at other times too.

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. 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 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.

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 plus get your foot in the door for higher paying freelance 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.


My daughters and a friend on a trip we were paid to do a hot air balloon ride, helicopter ride, swim with dolphins and ride horses! 

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 where you can sell your images (check their requirements first). You can also send images to magazines and websites who pay for them. 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!

5.) Housesit

While some housesitters do it for free, you can also get paid to do it, especially if pets are involved. It is harder as a family but not impossible! Check out this post for more information on it. Establishing a good reputation with client testimonials helps you charge higher prices and get better bookings.

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. What skills can you offer and how?

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, influencer marketing of a location or run workshops wherever I go.

7.) Refer friends

Many travel related services have refer a friend payments. For example, you can get $50 off your first Airbnb booking here, I get $25 too. Plus once you’ve joined you can refer your friends and if they book, you can quickly accumulate enough for free accommodation!

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!

15 comments

  1. Awesome tips !! I’m wanting to write more on my blog and hopefully get it abit more out there for more people to see and even hopefully get paid for doing post but I’m really struggling at the momment because im still new to it and don’t no where to go or who to pitch to ! But thank you for all your tips !!!( it won’t let me write my website below so it is http://www.amummyslove.com

    1. While I do make a fulltime income from blogging, pitching for writing isn’t always related to your blog. I know many 6 figure writers who don’t blog. There are lots of sites and magazines etc you can pitch to and get that income, plus get a link back to your site which increases your traffic etc.

    1. The process and insurance put in place with them is pretty solid. With Airbnb you can set it that only people with reviews and who have been verified with government issued ID etc can rent your place so you can weed out a lot of issues that way.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

    http://www.mumvolition.com.au

    1. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  4. 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

    1. 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?

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