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Traveling is a passion for many of us yoga teachers. We are all trying to find ways in which we can afford to travel and share our passion for yoga-without completely breaking the bank. But it doesn't have to be as difficult as you might think. There are numerous ways to make extra cash and save money on your travels, as long as you're willing to be creative. These odd jobs may not be careers, but the following ways to make money on the road will have you teaching and traveling in no time!
Option 1: For the Writer – Blogging
Do you already have a blog with a decent following?
If so, then a great way to continue to fund your travels while you spread yogic joy across the world is to use advertisements on your blog. Contextual advertisement avenues, such as Yahoo Publisher, Adbrite, and Google AdSense, are great examples of easy-to-use contextual ads.
Have a super-popular blog? Try being picked up by an advertising network such as Blogads or BuzzMachine.
Don’t have a big enough following for context or advertising networks? Try using these methods:
Affiliation Advertising - Are your blog visitors apt to make online purchases? Sites like Amazon offer affiliate sales-anytime someone makes a purchase from your website, you get a commission!
Linking - Use websites such as LinkAdage to change the hyperlinks in your blog to advertise for specific companies who will pay you to have their site come up if a reader clicks on the link.
Don’t have a blog but enjoy writing?
Try your hand at writing some creative and unique articles for companies such as Yoga International and Strong Whispers. These blogs have great online traffic, which in-turn, can link back to your site or blog to create a larger following. They will even pay you for your article!
Option 2: For the Analyst – Transcriptionist
If you’re a skilled typist and don’t mind sitting at a computer for a couple hours, then this option might be good for you.
As someone who grew up in a generation of computers, I consider myself to be a skilled typist, which definitely comes in handy with this line of work.
There are a ton of sites out there that offer transcription services. As a volunteer yoga teacher at a yoga retreat center in Costa Rica (Blue Osa), I have a lot of work that needs to get done. I also want to experience the beautiful place that surrounds me, so my time to make money can be very limited. That’s why I chose the site Scribie. Not only did they have good reviews, but they also give me the flexibility to work on what I want, when I want. Scribie allows me to work around my own schedule and pick up transcriptions as I have time. Now, the pay isn’t the highest, but it’s extra cash for work that is not too demanding and I can usually find some extra time to do one or two before bed.
Each transcription site varies on how they assign work, so when you’re researching for places to apply, make sure that you are able to fulfill their requirements while you’re traveling.
Option 3: For the Creatively Talented
Websites such as ODesk and CreativeCircle offer options for the wanderlust soul to work as a freelancer, offering your skill sets remotely for various businesses. Skill sets vary from customer service, writing, graphic design, web design, data entry and more. All you have to do is set up your profile and start applying!
Hint: Pay attention to what you are applying for. Although many of the jobs offered allow you to work remotely, some businesses prefer you to be on-site, so be sure to apply for a job that you know you can commit to.
Option 4: For the Crafty Cat – Jewelry Making
Who doesn’t love to pick up some unique souvenirs and jewelry while traveling across the world? Why can’t you be the one making those?
During my yogic volunteering experience at Blue Osa in Costa Rica I met this amazing individual who funded an entire year of living in Costa Rica simply by making cool looking bracelets. I’m sadly not the crafty type, or else I would totally do this too!
If you know how to make bracelets or necklaces then bring that skill with you on your travels! Things such as string and rope are relatively easy to come by while traveling—and inexpensive. For example, a spool of one color of thread in Costa Rica is about $2.50 and you can make a few bracelets out of this and charge $5 per bracelet. After your first sale you’ve already doubled your investment and have extra thread to make more!
As a traveling yoga teacher, you can end up having a lot of free time, either at the place you are working or traveling between different destinations. Use this time while you’re sitting on the beach, laying in the hammock, or taking a bus ride, and start putting together a few different bracelets & necklaces.
After you have a couple made, give one to your host. See if the place you are staying at has a store or small shop that you can sell them at. Negotiate with them for commission for being able to sell your bracelets/necklaces at their place.
Hint: A great way to add some special local flavor (and enhance your sales) is to collect things from the area, such as seashells from the beach, and add them as charms to your jewelry.
Making jewelry is a ton of work, but it also can be very meditative and rewarding. So think of it as a expanding your meditation practice while making money on the road!
Option 5: For the Jack-of-All-Trades
Sometimes while you’re traveling it’s not about making money, it’s about saving it. Think of all of the wonderful skill sets that you have and see how you can cleverly use them for trades.
Here are a few ideas:
You are a traveling Yoga Teacher! What is cooler than that? If you’re taking a break from volunteering and traveling the countryside, see if you can trade a private yoga class for a free night and some food.
Did you study Massage? Reflexology? Chakra Balancing? See if you can trade a special skill set that you’ve learned for a ride to the town you’re headed towards!
How about photography? Offer to take pictures for their website in exchange for a night or two.
Handy with a computer or publisher? Offer to trade some computer work, like inputting data, designing flyers, etc. for a couple free yoga classes.
The most important thing to remember is to be creative with your skills. Everybody has something unique and special to offer to the world. Utilize your skills, pursue some acts of karma yoga, and don’t be afraid to show off that Wanderlusting Yogi Spirit!
Teach for Yoga Travel Tree!
Elizabeth Arnold is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, certified Thai Bodywork Practitioner, and world traveler. She left her corporate life in 2014 to explore the meaning of life through yoga, natural healing & travel. She is currently writing from Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa in Costa Rica where she serves as a volunteer. You can find out more about Elizabeth on her site at www.bethanneyoga.com