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We all love taking vacations. The sheer joy of escaping your daily routine is often enough to get your average working or school-attending person giddy with excitement. For those of us who enjoy travel, even packing, planning, and walking through the airport is a joy and we’d take vacations every weekend if we could. Unfortunately, vacations aren’t free and most of us save up for months to earn the kind of vacation we really want, so naturally planning an affordable fun vacation is the best way to get the most bang for your buck. While most people are looking for a way to reduce their vacation costs, there’s also another way to look at it. You can also make money while you’re on vacation and still have a great time. Here are four different ways to offset your vacation spend with the rarely-tapped ability to make vacation income.
Photos are a big deal on today’s internet. Tweets with images spread further into the Twitter-sphere, emails with images are more likely to be opened, and blog articles with big beautiful images are more likely to be read. This means that businesses and B2B image providers are always looking for new, creative, compelling, and content-rich images to add to their collections. If you’re willing to sell the creative rights, you can absolutely make a buck selling the photos you take on your vacation to a business or image service in need.
While you’re gone, you won’t be using your house, but someone else could! Whole-home Airbnb listings can make a lot of money, especially if the place is cozy and fully stocked with all the amenities. If you’re ready to do one enormous cleaning and tidying push, and possibly lock away your valuables, then you can let a traveling guest vacation in your home while you get away from it all somewhere else. This can be a great way to come home to a pile of cash and possibly a nice note about how much your guest enjoyed their stay.
If you have an extra parking space, you might also be able to rent this out for a few additional dollars. Especially if you live in an urban area with tight parking.
Of course, renting out your space isn’t the only way to make money through the sharing economy. Not by a long shot! Wherever you’re going, even overseas, there is likely to be a dozen or more sharing economy apps that can serve as a free source of vacation adventures that pay. You can do walking deliveries downtown, walk dogs to meet local dog owners, or even sign up to do a few hours of chores and handy-work for a local elderly person. These are all great ways to get immersed in your vacation destination culture, meet some locals, fill your days with interesting activities, and make a little extra vacation money on the side.
Working vacations are something that the new mobile/remote workforce has figured out. Essentially, you take your work on the road and find ways to clock in hours and enjoy yourself at the same time. If remote work or telecommuting is an option for you, try taking your laptop and your romantic partner on an adventure. Spend a quiet morning putting in work hours that will pay for the hotel room, meals, and tourist fun you have in the afternoon and evening. The best working vacations are ones that never have to end because they are financially self-sustaining but even a little vacation cost offset can make a huge difference.
Looking forward to an off-beat vacation that doesn’t break the bank? These techniques and other opportunities make a great addition to a creative vacation style and a limited vacation budget. You might even earn yourself a few extra treats along the way simply by taking opportunities where you find them.
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