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How to Make Easy Money While You’re Out on Vacation!

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Kanvi

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According to CNN, Americans are taking fewer vacations. It’s a sad bit of news, but totally understandable. Times are tough, and you’ve to be more financially responsible. Time away from work is time away from making money. Vacations are fast becoming a luxury that’s beyond the reach of regular people.

But does it really have to be?

I’ve discovered that there are ways for you to earn money during your vacation… no moonlighting required! Most of these methods let you earn during downtimes on your vacation. And trust me, even if you have the most packed itinerary, there will be a lot of downtimes. You can turn the time you spend waiting in line or taking long plane rides into money-making moments.

To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of easy ways to make money while out on vacation. You may not be able to pay for the entire vacation with these, but they will definitely offset the overall cost. And for me, that was all it took to make vacationing more feasible. Check them out!

1. Foap

Foap is an interesting app. Advertisers and partner brands hold photo and video missions for people such as yourself to do. Basically, they’re soliciting stock photos centered around their brands. Missions will ask you to take specific photos, like summer-themed pics using a brand of sunscreen. While regular stock photos tend to look fake, the brands hope that the photos you create are more authentic and creative.

What’s in it for you? If you go on a photo mission, you can earn $5. If you win the best photo, you can get $100!

Link: https://www.foap.com
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/foap-sell-your-photos/id521142420?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foap.android

2. Adobe Stock (previously Fotolia)

If going on photo missions and promoting brands isn’t your thing, you can just take old-fashioned stock photos. You can then sell them on sites like Adobe Stock. You upload your vacation pics to the site, then brands or designers buy them. You then earn royalties per photo sold, which can go from a few cents up to a few dollars depending on the subscriber’s package.

I recommend you direct your companions to make the best stock photos. Make sure the photos fit an identifiable theme and tells a clear story.

Link: https://contributor.stock.adobe.com

3. Swagbucks

I mentioned a while ago that there’s a lot of downtime during vacations. Even if you’re on a trip with multiple stops, you’ll spend a lot of time twiddling your fingers while waiting in line, or seated in a long train ride. You’ll be doing basically nothing during those times, so why not earn some bucks?

While waiting in line, I usually whip out my phone and watch videos on YouTube or Facebook. That’s when I got the idea to join Swagbucks. The site is a “pay to do…” (PTD) site. As the name implies, you get points for doing certain tasks, such as watching videos, downloading apps, taking surveys, and filling out forms.

You earn points doing these tasks, which are convertible to either cash or rewards cards.

Link: https://www.swagbucks.com
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swagbucks/id640439547?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prodege.swagbucksmobile&hl=en

4. CoSign

Admit it: you love showing off when you’re on vacation. CoSign lets you do a bit of social media flexing, and earn in the process.

This is how it works: let’s pretend you bought a fresh pair of sneakers on your trip. Snap a picture then use the CoSign app to add details such as the brand, prices, and retailer. Share the pic on Facebook and Twitter, and wait for people to click your link. When they do, you earn a sales commission. Your commission starts at 30% and can grow to 60% when you become an experienced user.

How much that translates to depends on the specific product. So go through their site and find ways to make that shopping trip pay off!

Link: https://www.cosign.co
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cosign-secure-digital-signing/id932750932?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arx.cosignapp&hl=en

5. Gigwalk

Currently, Gigwalk is only available on the US. But if you’re traveling within the country, you should definitely try Gigwalk.

The app connects you to quick, easy jobs that are available in the local you’re visiting. These jobs include tasks like doing secret shopping (that is, checking the service quality of a store’s staff). These tasks can take as little as five minutes, and pay from $3 up to $100. Payouts are sent via PayPal.

I recommend doing these jobs if you’re staying at a spot for a few days, but you can still use Gigwalk while you hop from one town to another.

Link: http://www.gigwalk.com
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gigwalk/id391881025?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gigwalk&hl=en

6. Field Agent

Field Agent is similar to Gigwalk. You sign-up, and start taking real-world tasks to do. And like Gigwalk, many of these tasks involve you working as a secret shopper. Tasks are quick and easy, and can pay up to $10. Not bad for a few minutes of work! And the best part is if you’re one of the top 3 that did a specific job, you can get a $50 bonus!

Link: https://www.fieldagent.net
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/field-agent/id364946558?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.fieldagent&hl=en_US

7. AirBNB

You’re already earning while you’re out on vacation, but you can also earn from the stuff you leave behind. When you’re out on vacation, I suggest putting your place up for rent for other travelers who are visiting your city.

The amount you make depends on the size of your house and location. Personally, I was able to make a couple thousand by putting up my brownstone up for rent on AirBNB. That amount paid off a huge chunk of my vacation expenses. I was even able to get an AirBNB for my trip!

Link: https://www.airbnb.com
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airbnb/id401626263?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airbnb.android

Also - if you're looking to use Airbnb to rent, please visit via the following link - http://www.airbnb.com. You'll get $45 in travel credit when you sign up!

8. Turo

Whenever I park my car in those long-term parking spaces around the airport, I get nervous. Not because of safety, since most of those spaces are legit. I get nervous because of the cost! Parking your car for days, or even weeks, at a time costs lots of money. On some vacations, parking was my biggest expense… kinda ironic, since my car didn’t actually go with me!

I discovered Turo, which is just great. You can park for free, but in exchange Turo rents your car out. Don’t worry, you can screens renters, so your car is safe. You’ll make money whenever someone rents your car. In case nobody does, well, you still go free parking! You get a 75% cut from the rental fee, which depends on your car’s make and model.

Link: https://turo.com (Receive $25 in travel credits with this link)
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turo-better-than-car-rental/id555063314?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relayrides.android.relayrides

9. Spot

Since your car is already part at the airport (and, hopefully, making money via Turo), you might as well make money off your parking space back home. Spot is like an Airbnb for parking spaces. You can rent out your space by the hour, day, or week. Spot gets a 15% which is a fair amount.

The app is currently available for iOS users only, but let’s hope the Android version becomes available soon!

Link: http://www.parkeasier.com/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spot-park-easier/id853614064?mt=8

The Verdict: Legit or Scam?

All these sites and methods are legit! They are great ways to earn while you’re out on vacation, and in the process offset the cost of your trip.

Your Turn

My list includes a variety of ways to earn. Now it’s your turn to share. How did you offset the cost of your vacation? Have you found other ways to earn?

Let’s hear your stories!
 

Iroh_Spirit

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According to CNN, Americans are taking fewer vacations. It’s a sad bit of news, but totally understandable. Times are tough, and you’ve to be more financially responsible. Time away from work is time away from making money. Vacations are fast becoming a luxury that’s beyond the reach of regular people.

But does it really have to be?

I’ve discovered that there are ways for you to earn money during your vacation… no moonlighting required! Most of these methods let you earn during downtimes on your vacation. And trust me, even if you have the most packed itinerary, there will be a lot of downtimes. You can turn the time you spend waiting in line or taking long plane rides into money-making moments.

To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of easy ways to make money while out on vacation. You may not be able to pay for the entire vacation with these, but they will definitely offset the overall cost. And for me, that was all it took to make vacationing more feasible. Check them out!

1. Foap

Foap is an interesting app. Advertisers and partner brands hold photo and video missions for people such as yourself to do. Basically, they’re soliciting stock photos centered around their brands. Missions will ask you to take specific photos, like summer-themed pics using a brand of sunscreen. While regular stock photos tend to look fake, the brands hope that the photos you create are more authentic and creative.

What’s in it for you? If you go on a photo mission, you can earn $5. If you win the best photo, you can get $100!

Link: https://www.foap.com
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/foap-sell-your-photos/id521142420?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foap.android

2. Adobe Stock (previously Fotolia)

If going on photo missions and promoting brands isn’t your thing, you can just take old-fashioned stock photos. You can then sell them on sites like Adobe Stock. You upload your vacation pics to the site, then brands or designers buy them. You then earn royalties per photo sold, which can go from a few cents up to a few dollars depending on the subscriber’s package.

I recommend you direct your companions to make the best stock photos. Make sure the photos fit an identifiable theme and tells a clear story.

Link: https://contributor.stock.adobe.com

3. Swagbucks

I mentioned a while ago that there’s a lot of downtime during vacations. Even if you’re on a trip with multiple stops, you’ll spend a lot of time twiddling your fingers while waiting in line, or seated in a long train ride. You’ll be doing basically nothing during those times, so why not earn some bucks?

While waiting in line, I usually whip out my phone and watch videos on YouTube or Facebook. That’s when I got the idea to join Swagbucks. The site is a “pay to do…” (PTD) site. As the name implies, you get points for doing certain tasks, such as watching videos, downloading apps, taking surveys, and filling out forms.

You earn points doing these tasks, which are convertible to either cash or rewards cards.

Link: https://www.swagbucks.com
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swagbucks/id640439547?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prodege.swagbucksmobile&hl=en

4. CoSign

Admit it: you love showing off when you’re on vacation. CoSign lets you do a bit of social media flexing, and earn in the process.

This is how it works: let’s pretend you bought a fresh pair of sneakers on your trip. Snap a picture then use the CoSign app to add details such as the brand, prices, and retailer. Share the pic on Facebook and Twitter, and wait for people to click your link. When they do, you earn a sales commission. Your commission starts at 30% and can grow to 60% when you become an experienced user.

How much that translates to depends on the specific product. So go through their site and find ways to make that shopping trip pay off!

Link: https://www.cosign.co
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cosign-secure-digital-signing/id932750932?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arx.cosignapp&hl=en

5. Gigwalk

Currently, Gigwalk is only available on the US. But if you’re traveling within the country, you should definitely try Gigwalk.

The app connects you to quick, easy jobs that are available in the local you’re visiting. These jobs include tasks like doing secret shopping (that is, checking the service quality of a store’s staff). These tasks can take as little as five minutes, and pay from $3 up to $100. Payouts are sent via PayPal.

I recommend doing these jobs if you’re staying at a spot for a few days, but you can still use Gigwalk while you hop from one town to another.

Link: http://www.gigwalk.com
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gigwalk/id391881025?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gigwalk&hl=en

6. Field Agent

Field Agent is similar to Gigwalk. You sign-up, and start taking real-world tasks to do. And like Gigwalk, many of these tasks involve you working as a secret shopper. Tasks are quick and easy, and can pay up to $10. Not bad for a few minutes of work! And the best part is if you’re one of the top 3 that did a specific job, you can get a $50 bonus!

Link: https://www.fieldagent.net
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/field-agent/id364946558?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.fieldagent&hl=en_US

7. AirBNB

You’re already earning while you’re out on vacation, but you can also earn from the stuff you leave behind. When you’re out on vacation, I suggest putting your place up for rent for other travelers who are visiting your city.

The amount you make depends on the size of your house and location. Personally, I was able to make a couple thousand by putting up my brownstone up for rent on AirBNB. That amount paid off a huge chunk of my vacation expenses. I was even able to get an AirBNB for my trip!

Link: https://www.airbnb.com
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airbnb/id401626263?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airbnb.android

Also - if you're looking to use Airbnb to rent, please visit via the following link - http://www.airbnb.com. You'll get $45 in travel credit when you sign up!

8. Turo

Whenever I park my car in those long-term parking spaces around the airport, I get nervous. Not because of safety, since most of those spaces are legit. I get nervous because of the cost! Parking your car for days, or even weeks, at a time costs lots of money. On some vacations, parking was my biggest expense… kinda ironic, since my car didn’t actually go with me!

I discovered Turo, which is just great. You can park for free, but in exchange Turo rents your car out. Don’t worry, you can screens renters, so your car is safe. You’ll make money whenever someone rents your car. In case nobody does, well, you still go free parking! You get a 75% cut from the rental fee, which depends on your car’s make and model.

Link: https://turo.com (Receive $25 in travel credits with this link)
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/turo-better-than-car-rental/id555063314?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relayrides.android.relayrides

9. Spot

Since your car is already part at the airport (and, hopefully, making money via Turo), you might as well make money off your parking space back home. Spot is like an Airbnb for parking spaces. You can rent out your space by the hour, day, or week. Spot gets a 15% which is a fair amount.

The app is currently available for iOS users only, but let’s hope the Android version becomes available soon!

Link: http://www.parkeasier.com/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spot-park-easier/id853614064?mt=8

The Verdict: Legit or Scam?

All these sites and methods are legit! They are great ways to earn while you’re out on vacation, and in the process offset the cost of your trip.

Your Turn

My list includes a variety of ways to earn. Now it’s your turn to share. How did you offset the cost of your vacation? Have you found other ways to earn?

Let’s hear your stories!
I know of Swagbucks . The others, I am definitely going to need to check out the other sites.
 

June

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Great valid ways to earn money while on vacation mentioned by the OP! However, I would have to agree with the commenter above me. It’s tough for me to think about earning some more on the rare occasion that I get to take a break from working and trying to make a living, haha!

I also agree that collecting receipts and getting cashbacks are some of my favorite ways to “earn” while I’m not working (which is already a vacation for a WAHM). I’ve already written a full length review on My Five Favorite Cashback Sites and Apps on this forum before. But I think it’s worth mentioning their benefits once more, as an added option to the list of vacation-time earning methods. Here are some reasons why I think cashback apps rock:
  • A lot of these cashback apps and sites have a joining-up bonus! For instance, I got $10 BeFrugal and Ebates when I signed up with them, and $5 on ExtraBux. Other sites also give referral fees, such as with Pennyful where I earn $5 for the first $25 purchase of a successful referral.
  • Most of these cashback sites and apps I mentioned in the list have PayPal as a payment method, which makes getting cashbacks easier and more convenient anywhere I might be at the moment.
  • Many of them also feature partner retailers whose products and services I actually use and patronize - and yes, would even recommend with confidence to others! It’s so convenient to actually “shop” at places you like, instead of forcing yourself to get rebates from stuff you don’t have much use of, in the first place.
So I would recommend cashback apps as valid and legit ways to “earn” back some of your shopping money. Consider it a passive income - one that can even grow when there’s a referral system involved!
 

Holden

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Great list, Kanvi. I think people need to realize that just since they’re out on vacation, that doesn’t mean they can’t earn! Personally, I’ve found that being away is the perfect opportunity to use some passive income-generating methods, like renting out my place or private parking space.

I used to travel a lot for academic conferences. What I did was put my parking slot up for rent through Spot. It was pretty awesome since it literally took nothing away from me or my place. Since I usually park my car at my sister’s when I’m away, by spot was pretty much an unused resource. So I decided to use it via Spot.

Renting out your parking spot when you’re out of town is pretty much a no-brainer. However, I tried renting out my space during regular days. That took a bit of coordination with my parking “tenant.” Our schedule was, I would leave the house at 8am to head to my classes, and my tenant would arrive at 8:30am to park in my space.

A 30-minute buffer may seem like a lot, but we sometimes cut it a bit too close. Either I would wake up and leave late (my bad) or my tenant would arrive early, because traffic was magically light that day. What I’m saying is, even if you’ve agreed on X time via the app, you’ll still have to do some person-to-person coordination. And really, that’s okay!
 

fan4da48

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Field agent and Gigwalk are excellent apps to use to make money anywhere! Also checkout Mobee, my referral code is 9TCB you will get a bonus on your first task if you use it, and Easy shift (no referral on that one) both are apps so just search in your app store. I do them full time and make a few hundred a week. It mostly depends on how many jobs there is that week and the pay can range anywhere from $3 a task up to $25 depending on difficulty. Most tasks are taking pics of products and displays in stores near you. Definitely check them out! They have made my life a lot easier since my husband was disabled.
 

Ben_the_Hobbit

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CoSign is pretty good if you like showing off to your friends and social media? (Who doesn’t?) A while ago, I wrote about my work as a online virtual assistant and my sneakerhead client. He was the one who introduced me to CoSign.

The dude fancied himself a bit of a sneaker scene influencer. So he would be often snapping pics – both of products on the shelf, and stuff he was wearing. This looked like a lot of fun, but it did get tiring. If you want to earn a lot on CoSign, you need to put the work in.

My client took multiple “kicks of the day” pics throughout a single day. The reason for that is to increase the chances of people clicking his links (and for him to earn). To understand CoSign, look at it as a sort of affiliate link program for the real world.

Naturally, the stronger your social media presence is, the greater chance you have to earn. So in addition to CoSign, you need to work on having a kickass personal brand – and the following that goes with it. So CoSign isn’t just this one thing you do. You gotta have a great hustle overall.
 

Naomi

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I’ve heard an interesting story, which is pretty consistent with this thread. Taking stock photos (for Fotolia, or whichever stock photo-selling website you prefer) can be costly. Especially if you like doing shoots in exotic or faraway locations. To help offset that cost a bit, I met a photographer who would organize “photography vacations” or road trips with other photographer friends. The truth is, it isn’t really a vacation, since the goal is to take lots of sellable photos. They pool their resources together to make this easier for everyone to do.

They rent a single house where everyone stays, pay for models, transportation, and other logistics. Of course, this means everyone needs to be ultra-coordinated with the type of shots they’re taking. That way, no two photographers take the same photo. (And that avoids any conflict and drama between photographers) For example, everyone pools their money to help pay for a party scene. Photographer 1 can concentrate on wide-angle shots. Photographer 2 can focus on small details and patterns. Photographer 3 can take pics of facial expressions. Photographer 4 can take photos of food and drinks.

So basically, they only pay for one set up, but everyone gets to benefit in their own way. And when the shoot is done, everyone gets to party!
 
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