A vacation is a big expense, especially when it becomes extended. If you’ve traveled to an amazing destination and found you aren’t quite ready to go home yet, but you can’t exactly afford to stay, then your only alternative is to find work while you are on vacation.
While your situation is somewhat uncommon, you can also be sure that plenty of people have been in the same predicament. After all, when you’re having such a great time, why not take full advantage and stay a while longer. Here are some ideas for helping you to do just that.
- Rent Your Car or Home
One way to make money is to plan ahead. If you’re setting sail on an Italy Greece cruise and already know you are going to love Mediterranean life, then you also may as well plan to stay awhile. One way to afford your extended stay is to rent out your car or home while you’re gone.
Leave someone in charge of collecting keys and doing the cleaning between rentals and share profits with them. Listing your home on a popular rental site will help keep you in business no matter how long you’re gone.
- Translation Services
Speaking a second language can be beneficial to you and other tourists. If you travel to Barcelona, hang out at tourist spots and assist travelers with their translation efforts. Tourists stay near the tourist areas because they know that’s where the English-speaking merchants can be found.
Offer your translation services for hire if they’d like to do more traveling off the beaten path. Not only will you make money, but you’ll also get to share in some new experiences on someone else’s dime.
People love taking pictures when they’re on vacation. They especially love selfies because they want lots of photos of them in that particular environment. Selfies are great moments, but they’re also digital and quickly forgotten.
With a digital camera in hand, set up a portable printer and table to advertise your services. Offer to take photos of couples and groups in front of popular attractions and then sell them prints of their group shots. They’ll have a tangible photo to enjoy in a matter of minutes and you’ll have cash in hand.
- playing music
If you’re talented with a musical instrument, you can prepare to earn money in advance by learning some of the traditional local favorites. Once you reach your vacation destination, get to know the area in which you’re staying.
Once you’re comfortable with the area, set up a place to play within a shopping area with high foot traffic. Be sure you have a hat or other collection container and start playing music. Those passing will express their appreciation by dropping money in your container.
- Sidewalk Painting
If you’re a seasoned artist, you have a talent tourists can appreciate. Cities like Paris are popular destinations for artists to set up their easels and the streets and start painting. As you finish your paintings, hang them for display and set a price.
Expect people to want to stop and just watch you paint. This is an opportunity to showcase your talent, so don’t feel uncomfortable if you build a big audience. You will also certainly sell a few paintings.
Another option would be to paint portraits of people, but you will have to perfect the ability to paint fast, as tourists have a lot going on and aren’t going to be willing to sit for hours. Whether you do caricatures or beautiful oils, people love having art pieces of themselves.
As you can see, you have many options for funding your extended stay. Whether it’s your vehicle, your wisdom, or your artistic ability, it’s likely you have something to offer that someone else can use. Figure out what that one thing is, promote it, sell it, and above all else, enjoy your time away from home.