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Project: How to make money for travel. This project will demonstrate how to earn and save up the funds to travel the world.

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I often receive a lot of mail from readers asking me how I make money to travel, so I am going to take these next few months and demonstrate how to earn and save money to go on a long term journey around the world.

Pulling weeds for travel

During the course of this project, I will find temp work and day labor as I make up the bean money for our next journey through Latin America. Based in the upper reaches of Maine, I will work as a gardener, a farmhand, a day care provider, a scientific research assistant, an archaeologist, a  freelance journalist, a website designer, and a general day laborer as I do what ever it takes to make money for traveling.

The goal of this project is to save $6,000 in five months. This amount of money would be enough to easily finance a year and a half journey around the world.

On this page, I will list out the various stages of this project with links that are directed towards the full anecdotes about their topic. The following entries will be divided into two categories:

  1. How to make money to travel — This will show the the process of obtaining the funds to travel and will cover the jobs I get, how I get them, what happens while working, and how much money I earn.
  2. How to save money to travel — This will share various tips and advice on how to save money and cut down expenses.

To read the daily transmissions as they are written, go to the travelogue.

Entries from the project

How to make money to travel project completed

How to make money to travel

How to save money to travel

More information about working when traveling or saving money for travel

Work abroad and travel employment

Travel the wold on bank interest payments

Work in Youth Hostels

Archaeology Education and Work

How to find work in Europe

How to find work while traveling

Travel Cheap with Hobohideout

How to Make Money for Traveling


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About the Author:

I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3717 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • mal January 12, 2010, 12:45 am

    I prefer to set up assets that pay me while I’m traveling.

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  • Mirabelle June 5, 2010, 8:36 am

    6k for 5 months is not too bad a goal, but I also find myself being drawn to temporary employment while traveling. It is not just about running out of money, but more a ‘why not?’ attitude.

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  • Phuket Charter September 14, 2010, 2:24 am

    Thanks for providing a great article and one that will be on topic at our next gathering of friends who are avid travelers. Saving money whilst traveling is not a concept I have considered, to conserve yes, but t actually save is amazing. This would possibly mean travel and more travel as opposed to travel and crawl home. I would also like to hear what part of the globe you travel in as I am sure it would depend on your locality and your own country of origin to where you are able to work.

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  • Simon Coleman November 25, 2010, 2:10 am

    Having a degree in any discipline is an added bonus for work and travel. There is little question that anyone can find work if they are willing to explore all possibilities. However, having a Bachelor degree, will support your applications, regardless of the employment task.

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  • samui wedding September 11, 2011, 7:06 am

    Nice tips. Work harder before start traveling. I don’t like to work while traveling, too old for that.

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