110 Top Travel Hacks and Ways to Make Money Abroad

110 Top Travel Hacks and Ways to Make Money Abroad

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Today there are dozens of travel hack tips for global travelers. Instead of spending hours researching top travel sites for these tips, we did the work for you. Below is a list of the top curated budget travel hacks and money making schemes. Comment and let us know if we missed anything!

Travel Hacks Before You Leave

  1. Complete travel sweep stakes for companies in the travel industry by googling campaign, contests 2016 under Expedia, HostelWorld etc….Keep in mind these travel industry leaders need to drive traffic to their site every year in different ways and usually have giveaways or prize money for travelers.
  2. Check for niche programs for students, bloggers, photographers etc. Student Universe has a free summer trip offer for students who can capture their experience in social media etc during the summers. Netflix and NatGeo had one for travel photographers.
  3. Don’t pay for your next hostel booking. Go to the hostel and ask if you can work for free in exchange for free accommodation and food.
  4. Instead of a hotel, look into reserving a home if traveling with a family, or a single room if alone. Websites like AirBnB can provide homes and private rooms from home owners who are renting them out, usually offering better accommodations than hotels.
  5. Roll your clothes when packing. Instead of creating a folded pile in your suitcase, rolling allows you to fit more things in. Plus, you can even roll underwear and socks within your clothes for optimal space-saving.
  6. Scan your passport, identification card, and itinerary and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft. As an iPhone user, once I email the documents to myself, I usually open the email on my iPhone and save them onto iBooks. This provides me with an offline record.
  7. It’s important to remember to call your credit or debit card company before you leave to ensure that you have your card authorized for your foreign destination. This prevents them from suspecting suspicious activity.
  8. Mark your baggage as fragile. This is a tip I learned a while ago from a friend who found it to be a great way to ensure that your baggage is handled correctly. Your luggage is kept at the top because of this, which will make it one of the first bags to be released.
  9. Bring your own water bottle. Depending on the airline’s own policies regarding drink costs, the amount of times water is offered may not be to your liking. Having your own water bottle ensures that you have water when you want it. When they do come around, top off your bottle with what they give you.
  10. Never underestimate the value of a fanny pack. Yes, they can be embarrassing and seemingly out of the mid-to-late 1980s, but trust me—every time I travel, even domestically, it has ensured that my valuables are safe, and it expedites security checks.
  11. Splurge on Internet serviceif your flight is more than six-and-a-half hours long. You’ll thank me when you find that sparking conversation with your seat partner is harder than pulling teeth. Plus, you can complete work for the last time before you hit your destination.
  12. Ensure that you have a pen before leaving home so you can complete customs forms. Fill the forms out when you get them, and ensure that your family members have theirs filled as well. People will clamour for your pen; flight attendants rarely have them.
  13. 20 minutes before you land, sprint for the bathroom. Usually when the seatbelt light comes on, I’ve found that you still have 15 minutes of leeway until you truly haveto be seated. Use this opportunity to relieve yourself to prevent fighting for restrooms when you land. 

Travel Hacks When You Arrive

  1. Dart directly for baggage claim. It is amazing how many people seem to lollygag after landing. Save that for someplace else to save yourself time and to prevent any arguments with fellow travelers.
  2. Use ATMs to get local currency. Using money converters in the airport usually come with their own fees and the exchange rates are a rip-off. ATMs always dispense local currency, of course, so use your debit or credit card and get your money there.
  3. Ensure that you have Yelp downloadedfor domestic travel in the US. This is a great city guide for both travelers and locals alike, and is best way to find the most amazing places to eat and sightsee.
  4. Shop for groceries when you arrive. You don’t have to shop for a feast, but getting basics like water and a few snacks in local stores instead of at the hotel can save you a ton.
  5. When in your room, remove only the necessities from your luggage. Trying to make yourself at home by taking out every pair of shoes and all of your toiletries will only make repacking a living hell, and it increases your chances of forgetting something when it’s time to go home.
  6. Create a separate email account and subscribe to travel hacker tips from the top 50 travel bloggers on this list: http://www.theexpeditioner.com/the-top-50-travel-blogs/
  7. When booking flights and hotels online enable private browsing. Travel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you’ve visited before.
  8. When reserving seats for two people, choose the aisle and window seats. If no one takes the middle seat, then you get the full row, and if someone does, then just ask to switch seats so you can sit next to your partner.
  9. Use Google Maps offline by typing “OK Maps” and the visible area will save for future access.
  1. Roll your clothes when packing. Instead of creating a folded pile in your suitcase, rolling allows you to fit more things in
  2. Fold your soap in a wash cloth.
  1. Scan your passport, identification card, and itinerary and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft.
  2. Wrap headphones around a binder clip to prevent them from tangling.
  3. Bring a power strip
  4. Mark your baggage as fragile. This is a tip I learned a while ago from a friend who found it to be a great way to ensure that your baggage is handled correctly. Your luggage is kept at the top because of this, which will make it one of the first bags to be released.
  5. Use belts to line collars to keep them crispy.
  6. If you forget your wall plug, you  can charge devices through the USB slot on a TV.
  1. Shop for groceries when you arrive. You don’t have to shop for a feast, but getting basics like water and a few snacks in local stores instead of at the hotel can save you a ton.
  2. Refill travel-size containers instead of buying new each time.
  3. Put underwear and socks in shoes to save space.
  4. Get WiFi passwords by checking comments on FourSquare
  5. Glass cases are perfect for chargers and cables.
  6. Use guidebooks sparingly. Guidebooks only presents you with tourist spots;
  1. Use the local language as much as possible. It reflects well not only on you, but also on Americans/your nationality in general.
  2. Have a souvenir list prepared, and stick to it.
  3. Eat locally only.Trying the local cuisine will save you more money and allow you to experience new and flavorful meals.
  4. “When in Rome, do as the Romans” is a general saying that I like to translate it as, “don’t be a stubborn traveler, and get out of your comfort zone”. If a country advises modest dress, for example, follow through. It can even ensure your safety as a foreigner.

Travel Hacks for Returning Home

  1. If you are a frequent traveler, live out of your toiletry bag and keep it packed. This will allow the packing process to be a bit easier and will prevent you from having to make expensive toiletry purchases if you forget something.
  2. Use IFTTT when sharing traveling photos to make it seamless and easy. “Recipes” like sharing automatically to Dropbox or Evernote will allow you automatically to have a copy of your precious photos.
  3. Unpack immediately when you enter the door. You may be tired out of your mind, but you’ll be glad you did it in the morning. Plus, it saves your luggage from smelling like soiled laundry.
  4. The travel hacks above have helped me on my busy travel year this year, and I hope they will provide some assistance to you. Let us know in the comments below which travel hack was your favorite. Also, let us know if there are any travel hacks, not mentioned above that have proved successful for you.
  5. Throw the hotel bar soap into your dirty laundry bag so it doesn’t stink up your suitcase for the rest of your trip. Don’t have any bar soap lying around? Use a dryer sheet.
  6. Wear a night moisturizer on long flights because it’s extra hydrating and you’ll have plenty of time to let it sink in and do its job (you know, like fighting wrinkles and brightening skin).
  7. Pack items like your laptop in smaller bags so you have options when you’re out and about. You don’t want to have to lug your carry-on bag with you everywhere, do you?
  8. Store your power cords in an old sunglass case. It’ll keep you from losing your damn mind. We promise.
  9. Ditch the blush, brightener, and lipstick in favor of an all-in-one makeup product (likeW3LL People’s Universalist stick). Major space saver, and you now have an excuse to pick up a beauty souvenir while you’re away.
  10. Make your own awesome travel beverage. Bring a thermos with lemon, honey, and your own tea bag. Then have the flight attendant fill it with hot water—it makes the flight a tiny bit more relaxing.
  11. Use your mascara as an eyeliner—just press the wand as close to your waterline as possible. It won’t approximate a cat eye but it will give you an effortless, smudged look.
  12. Wear your heaviest shoes on the plane as well as your heaviest coat.
  13. Hot tools take up precious suitcase space. Spritz damp hair with sea salt spray, use a towel to tie it up “genie-style,” and sleep on it. Unwrap in the morning to reveal beachy waves.
  14. If you bring some sort of hot styling tool, tuck it into a potholder to protect the clothes in your suitcase.
  15. Infinity scarves give you infinite options. Use one as a blanket when you’re cold, or fold it over your face to block out the light for a nap.
  16. Leggings are a safe and comfy bet for traveling. Wear them under dresses and skirts, or for a workout (if that’s your thing).
  17. Use a pill container to store and sort your jewelry
  18. Holiday overindulgence equals dull skin. Mask the effects of that eggnog with a brightening sheet mask, like this one.
  19. Just traveling for the weekend? Put your foundation or powder into contact cases to bring small quantities.
  20. Pack clothing items around a color scheme (denim/black/white/gray) so that it’s easy to mix and match. Dress up your outfits with scarves or jewelry.
  21. Stash your bobby pins in a Tic Tac container to keep from losing them.
  22. Bring several pairs of underwear in your carry-on—just in case your luggage winds up lost.
  23. Collect travel- and sample-size items so you’ll have them when you need them.
  24. Pre-pack what you can.
  25. Place a cotton pad in your blush or powder compact to ensure that it won’t break while you’re in transit.
  26. Wear something with preferably deep pockets on the plane—it’ll prevent you from having to dig through your bag for your phone, wallet, and boarding pass every five minutes.


Travel Hacks and Making Money Abroad

  1. Make a list of the top travel tips you have per country, per topic, per season etc. And sell the PDF/PPT download for $5.
  2. Blog about your experiences, build an email list and sell ad space.
  3. Monetize your travel insights via podcasts, webinars, ebooks.
  4. Make travel videos and monetize a youtube following. Keep them short- 3 minutes or less and share on social media networks. How to videos or top secrets are the most searched for topic openers.
  5. Monetize Your Photos! Take photos of exotic places/people/food; Do edits on Photoshop/adobe. Upload to several photo stock websites. Commission sales are forever. Top platforms include: FotoliaGettyImagesand ShutterStock.
  6. Freelance write for other travel bloggers. For some ideas visit MatadorU and Travel Writers Exchange. Websites that pay you for content are: Yahoo VoicesHelium,myLotSuite101iWriterEzine and probably the best ones –BrightHub and Squidoo.
  7. Hassle free e-shops: Once you have lot of pictures and inspiration from traveling around, you can upload your art on products at Zazzle and create your very own eshop. You then just relax and watch people ordering your t-shirts, iPad covers and other stuff and get paid.
  8. Create an E-Book on Amazon or other self publishing platform.
  9. Buy unique cheap souvenir items abroad and sell them on ebay, amazon, etsy etc. Buy light items like scarfs, clothing, accessories etc.
  10. Freelance your talents: There are several jobs one can do almost anywhere in the world: headhunter, writer, graphic designer, copywriter, marketing consultant, photographers, artist, translator, virtual assistant, english teacher, dancer, website designer, coach, travel guide or journalist. Look at websites such as fiverr, freelancer, odesk etc.
  11. Start an online business- build an app and monetize, build a content site, offer a unique service etc.
  12. Rent out your apartment. Airbnb unused space in your home.
  13. Teach English abroad- go to local schools and programs and offer your services as soon as you arrive.
  14. Offer your time at local bars and restaurants in exchange for cash/free food
  15. Build a following somewhere (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest – then get paid to post)
  16. Housecarers:care for kids.
  17. WWOOF:Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms – an amazing platform to find opportunities to work at an organic farm – live the countryside and see the raw world. Food and accommodation would be take care by your farming host.
  18. Escape The City:Escape the city offers on the go jobs with a difference based on the location of travel across various industry/domains of expertise.
  19. Flip Websites on Flippa
  20. Buy & Grow Profitable Online Businesses
  21. Re-Sell Hot Products on Amazon via FBA (or eBay, Overstock.com, Bonanza.com)
  22. Launch a Drop Shipping Business
  23. Create & Sell Digital Files on Etsy
  24. Launch a YouTube Channel
  25. Private Label Products & Sell on Amazon via FBA
  26. Create E-Course & Sell on Udemy
  27. Create Software & Sell on Warrior Forum (JVZoo etc)
  28. Create & Launch Niche Websites & Sell Ad Space (+build email lists)
  29. Build A Niche Site Focused On Physical Products And Hook Up With Amazon
  30. Create Valuable Content & Sell Memberships
  31. Create a Blog & Sell Ad Space, Sponsorship etc
  32. Launch a Dating Site & Charge a Membership Fee
  33. Launch & Sell a Niche Magazine via Issuu, MagPile, Blurb, MagCloud)
  34. Get Involved with Affiliate Marketing (Clickbank, Amazon Partner, CJ)
  35. Create & Sell T-shirts via Teespring, CafePress, SpreadShirt, Zazzle
  36. Create & Sell an App via Apple App Store or Google PlayStore
  37. Repackage Your Content Into A Structured Product
  38. Peer-To-Peer Lending
  39. Offer Virtual Consulting Services
  40. Sell Digital Services for Small Businesses
  41. Charge for Professional Advice on Clarity
  42. Freelance on Elance, Guru, Freelancer, Amazon Mechanical Turk or Upwork.
  43. Own an Automated Car Wash

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