Is your budget stopping you from planning a holiday? Worry not. There are several ways to earn a little cash to make holidays work for you depending on how far you’re prepared to go to get it. Definitely you would not like to work on vacation as it is meant to be fun and stress free, but by thinking smart you can make money while on vacation. And in fact, some of the ways may help you get your old passion back. So, here I am going to share with you some of the ways to make money while on vacation.

1. Sell Photographs.

If you consider yourself a creative photographer and think you can capture magical moments that are worth selling than making a little cash would not be difficult for you while travelling. You can sell your photos to a stock photography site or a micro-stock agency that buys low-cost stock photographs. You can also sell your snaps to sites such as and other image banks which allow you to upload your pictures and share them with the world. If you’re a skilled photographer, sell photos as framed art prints or printed cards. Wherever you will go, beautiful scenery or photo-worthy moments are bound to come across. All you need is a good eye for what makes interesting travel snaps. This is one of the best ways to make money on vacation that is a pretty earner if you are able to take quality pictures.

2. Use your entertaining skills.

If you can sing and dance, or crack jokes on stage, or if you can play an instrument then you can make money by either entertaining passers-by or performing at small cafes or restaurants. Selecting the right place is the key. Look for the places that offer guest appearances and sign up. If not then you can choose places which offers a high footfall over rush hours. You can earn good amount of money, at least you can buy dinner, depending on how good you are and where you are in the world. But make sure you don’t break any local laws or you may end up behind the bars.

3. Blogging.

People who love travelling often look for information regarding places on Internet. With blogging you can share your experiences and information regarding the places you have visited. Make sure you keep your blog going while you are away. Offer travel tips which you have learned along the way or suggestions you would like to recommend your readers before they travel to that place. You can earn money based on the number of visitors your blog attracts and the number of posts you upload. Building on a blog, you can try publishing your adventures, including your mishaps, for a newspaper or magazine.


4. Look for part time and temporary jobs.

Schedule your vacation in holiday shopping season and look for department stores and other retail businesses that are often short-staffed during the holiday shopping rush. If you think that it’s not your cup of tea then you can also check out for the jobs you are interested in like Graphic designing or teaching quick paintings. Long vacations mean you get to try out your hobbies and passions, which is harder to do when you’re working full-time. Contact the local agencies for a temporary or part time job prior to your vacation at that very place.

5. Sell your unneeded items.

If you have stuff that is of no more use or if there is something like jeans or shirts that you bought and swore you would wear but still has tags on it than you can sell your unneeded items to either a local shop or on websites like Ebay. You can also buy merchandise cheap at tag sales, and then resell them at higher prices online. However, be careful that these purchases don’t become attic-transfer sales. View prices and sale terms of merchandise on online auction sites beforehand to get an idea of market prices. You can set a timer so the auction ends when you want it to, and you won’t have to worry about it while you’re away. When you come back, you’ll be able to cash in on all of your offers.

6. Get Crafty.

If you’re artistic, create artwork from items you find on your travels, perhaps developing a theme based on your destination. Sell your crafts online, perhaps through an online store that specializes in sales of handmade items. You could also buy local items cheaply then resell them. Antiques, found by scouring flea markets and yard sales, are great items to buy then resell at home.

7. Freelance.

Nowadays, it is very common to carry a laptop while travelling. If you know how to create a website or have a good programming skill then you can search for clients who are in need of freelancer and help them out in exchange of some handsome amount. You can find such projects on Websites like Or if you are avid blogger than some sites like Written will pay you for your content, and others, like Blogsvertise, will pay you to sponsor their ads on your blog. If you love to share your experiences through words or photos, this is a great way for you to make some money.

8. Sign Up For a Travel-Related Credit Card.

Before you jet off to your next vacation, sign up for these travel-reward credit cards. Some will give you sign-up bonuses and points during your travels. When you come back, you can still continue using the cards to accumulate more points, which will lead to cash back (that you can use for your next trip!).

9. Become a Translator.

If you’re vacationing at an exotic locale or another country where you can speak the language, consider becoming a part-time translator. You get to practice your second language and help someone with their English at the same time. Translators have flexible schedules (you can translate via email or fax), which means you won’t have to sacrifice all your vacation time working.

10. Rent Out Your Home.

If you’re taking more than two weeks off, think about offering your cozy space to other travelers. Websites like Airbnb not only let you save money by avoiding stays at hotels, but they also allow you to rent out your place when you go on a long vacation. You get to approve and control who stays at your place and make some extra money while you’re traveling. If renting out to strangers is not your ideal option, ask your friends and family if they know anyone who needs a place to stay.


11. Rent Out Your Car.

You know about renting out your apartment, but have you heard of renting out your car. This program lets you list your car for others to rent. If you’re going away on vacation and won’t be in need of your car, this option will help you make some quick money.

12. Join a Volunteer Program.

Joining a volunteer program is a great way to be on vacation and give back to the place you’re staying in. Programs like the Voluntary Service Overseas connect places around the world where you can use your skills to help a community. All your expenses are paid for, and you are provided with a living allowance. This is perfect for those who dream about traveling to places not many have gone to.

There are many possibilities to earn a little extra money on your vacation, from working for a business, helping a friend or neighbour, or selling merchandise on your own, especially if you’re flexible and resourceful. While others are using their time off to spend, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re earning a little extra income. But make sure you learn about the laws of that country very well. Something legal in your country may not be necessarily legal in any other country. Just make sure you don’t end up with disappointment.

Earning money on vacation is fun and the best part is traveling is good for health too.

If there is anything that you have done to earn that extra money than do share with us by commenting below.