Three Globally Versatile Things I Did To Earn Extra Money To Travel

I get asked ALL THE TIME, how do i travel so often? Do u have a sugar daddy? Am i living off a trust fund? Do i sell drugs? Lol maybe i went to far…i just found things (or things found me) to help me earn some extra money. Adding on other jobs onto your main source of income isn’t the easiest and for me there were three things I believe you should keep in mind/consider when do make that decision.

1. Location – Where is this new source of income going to be in retrospect to either 1. Your main job 2. Where you are living. Are you spending more in gas and taking that out of what you earn at the new job?

2. Pay – Honestly, is the pay worth the extra time spent getting it? How much are you going to making? When will you get paid? Weekly or Bi-Weekly? Is it cash on hand or direct deposit or check?

3. Flexibility– Do you have to break your neck and do cartwheels just to make it to this job? Do they work around your primary schedule and can you make your own hours?

1. Became a Server/Bartender

Location: Sounds cliché, but it’s actually clutch. When I first moved into my own apartment after doing my big move from Norfolk, VA to Jacksonville I was just making enough to cover all my bills and wanted extra money to see all that Jacksonville had to offer. (This was before I kicked travelling into full gear) So, I was like hmm what’s better than having fast money on hand? I applied to a server position that was literally 0.1 miles away from my house. I could walk there – never did tho, JAX is HOT.

Pay: I am sure you all heard the horror stories of servers getting paid $2-$5 an hour plus tips. But, that isn’t too bad when you work 4-7 hours and walk away with $200 plus in cash. (depending on location and job) When I first started serving, I was a bit pretentious so, I worked there 5/7 days because I wanted to furnish my apartment without doing payment plans. So after 3 weeks, 5 days a week I made enough money to furnish my entire apartment with brand NEW furniture. Now, I only work two popular days and bring in $300-$350 cash a week. (2 days)

Flexibility: The great thing about being a server is that typically most corporate places will hire you without experience and train you up. Even though I had experience, there were people there who didn’t. Most servers are either high school students, college students, people who just love being a server, or people like me who wanted some extra cash. Upon being hired, I told the manager which days I could/ could not work and what times as well and they accommodated it. Also, being that we all do the same job it’s easy to “pick up” shifts for extra money if someone calls out just in case you weren’t scheduled enough.

2. Became a Registered Behavioral Technician

Location: While I was working at my server job, I was offered a position to become a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) – I am always jobs by my tables, yet another perk. I had no clue what that was so I did some research and got to it. Click this to find the basics of becoming an RBT. With being a RBT, you can either hold services in the client’s home or at the clinic. The clinic was 10 minutes from my home and my one in home client was only 12 minutes from my home/15 minutes from my job. COOL. It worked out perfectly.

Pay: Pay for RBT does vary from state to state, city to city and even from company to company. Here in Florida I get paid $15 an hour for my services and 70% of the base pay for any trainings that we may have. RBT’s typically make $12-$22 an hour depending on location. If you have a bachelors and have the appropriate credentials you can become a BACBA/BCBA and make $40-$80 an hour depending on location. I advise that you do not have a passion for helping people/children do not do this for the money.

Flexibility: When I was contacted to do a walkthrough of the center and asked if I would take the position I informed the clinic supervisor specifically of my life outside of work and that I traveled often and needed to know if that was okay with the appropriate notification. She said yes, so I joined the team and was very happy that I did. I fell completely in love with the job and kiddos.

3. Teach English Online

Location: My bedroom. The Coffee Shop. At the dinner table. In Bali at my hotel. Wherever there is a stable internet connection basically. To be able to teach English online you would need a TEFL/TESOL certificate. It is super easy to get and there are various companies that offer them. (Please ensure for validity) Although teachers who have Bachelor degrees or higher are preferred and are offered more money, you can still teach with just an associate’s degree/no degree.

Pay: Being that there are soo many countries pushing their children to learn English there are soo many companies that offer this service. So, generally speaking you can make anywhere from $14-$23 an hour and some places are even higher with the right credentials. For those who do not have a bachelors you can earn from $10-$18 an hour.

Flexibility: This one is probably the hardest jobs to be “flexible with” if you’re living in the U.S. This is rue because if you are teaching English to foreign children (or adults) you will have to be on their time schedule that can vary from 5-9 hours ahead based on the country. The most common country is China and for EST you’ll need to be available Monday-Friday (6 – 10am) , Friday evening (9pm – 12am), or Saturday – Sunday morning from (12am – 10am) For PST, Monday – Friday (3 – 7am), Friday evening (6pm – 12am) or Saturday – Sunday morning (12 – 7am) I say or because you can pick which classes you want and with those classes comes different times.

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These three things you can do all around the world as well as you can do here in the states. Which makes it a perfect fit for those aspiring to work/move abroad or even just to travel there. 🙂

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