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  • Writer's pictureBriana Ellis

How to pay for Travel in your 20s

Funding travel in your 20s can be challenging, but with some creativity and planning, it is entirely possible. Here are several strategies to help you fund your travels:

1. Freelance and Remote Work

  • Freelance Writing/Design/Development: Platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer allow you to offer services in writing, graphic design, web development, and more.

  • Remote Jobs: Many companies offer remote positions. Websites like, We Work Remotely, and FlexJobs list remote job opportunities across various fields.

me at my wfh job.

2. Working Holiday Visas

  • Countries Offering Working Holiday Visas: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and several European countries offer working holiday visas that allow young travelers to work and travel for up to a year.

  • Types of Jobs: Common jobs include hospitality, farming, retail, and office work. These jobs help fund your stay while allowing you to explore the country.

3. Teaching English Abroad

  • TEFL/TESOL Certification: Getting certified to teach English as a foreign language can open opportunities in countries like China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and many others.

  • Programs and Schools: Look for teaching positions through programs like Teach for America, JET Program (Japan), and private language schools.

I tried these programs before working at Disney.

4. Seasonal and Temporary Jobs

  • Tourism Industry: Work in hotels, hostels, or resorts. Jobs might include roles like front desk staff, tour guide, or entertainer.

  • Agricultural Work: Seasonal farm work, such as fruit picking, is common in countries like Australia and New Zealand.

  • Ski Resorts: Work at ski resorts during the winter season as a lift operator, ski instructor, or hospitality worker.

5. Volunteering and Work Exchange Programs

  • Workaway, WWOOF, and HelpX: These platforms connect travelers with hosts around the world who offer accommodation and meals in exchange for work. Tasks can range from farming and gardening to babysitting and helping with community projects.

6. Saving and Budgeting

  • Cutting Costs: Save money by cutting unnecessary expenses. Cook at home, use public transport, and avoid impulse purchases.

  • Dedicated Travel Fund: Open a separate savings account dedicated to travel and set aside a fixed amount from each paycheck.

7. Travel Hacking

8. Selling Unused Items

  • Declutter and Sell: Sell clothes, electronics, furniture, and other items you no longer need on platforms like eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace.

  • Garage Sales: Organize a garage sale to get rid of multiple items quickly.

9. Crowdfunding and Sponsorships

  • Crowdfunding Campaigns: Platforms like GoFundMe or Kickstarter can help you raise money for specific travel projects. Be sure to offer something in return, like a blog or vlog documenting your journey.

  • Sponsorships: If you have a strong social media presence or blog, you might attract sponsors who are willing to fund your travels in exchange for promotion.

10. Travel Blogging/Vlogging

  • Content Creation: Start a travel blog or YouTube channel. While it takes time to build an audience, successful travel bloggers and vloggers can earn money through ad revenue, sponsored posts, and affiliate marketing.

  • Monetizing Your Platform: Use platforms like Google AdSense, Amazon Associates, and collaborate with brands for sponsored content.

By combining several of these strategies, you can create a steady stream of income to fund your travels and make the most of your 20s exploring the world.

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