14 Travel Business Ideas to Make Money on the Go in 2024

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Our Favorite Travel Business Ideas of 2024

Thanks to the remote work shift, making money while traveling is now a reality for millions.

And anyone can get started if they have the right travel business ideas.

For example, I’m a full-time freelance writer, and I work on the road at least several times a month.

But writing is far from the only option to get paid while traveling.

Since many businesses these days can be run solely online, you need little more than a stable internet connection and your device of choice.

Plus, of course, some persistence and good research skills.

Even if you’re just looking to try out a new side job, these 15 travel business ideas will serve as a starting point for your future money-making adventures.

Read on to see which ones resonate with you, and which spark some inspiration for even more business concepts.

Travel Blog

If you don’t just want to make money while traveling, but you want to make money from your travels, start a travel blog.

You get to be your own boss, sharing your experiences with curious readers who may want to someday follow in your well-traveled footsteps.

Of course, a lot of work is needed to get a travel blog off the ground.

Most blogs make money from advertising, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing, which will take time to build.

But if you stick with it, you’ll get to write about your trips (and enjoy more of them).

Travel Photography

You need certain characteristics — flexibility, a talent for visual analysis, and communication skills, to name a few — to succeed in travel photography.

It’ll also take time to build a portfolio, but as you do, you’ll get to visit unusual destinations to snap unusual shots.

You can sell photos on your own website or on sites like Adobe Stock.

Having passive income can also help you travel more — my sister, who co-owns a sports photography company, hits the road during her off season to find inspiration and shoot new content.

Travel YouTube Channel

Your friends might be tired of hearing all your travel stories, but you could always expand your audience with a YouTube channel.

Nowadays, countless people draw travel inspiration from social media — you can get in on the trend and share your own insights with viewers.

All of those trips can get expensive (and so can video, audio, and editing gear) but you’ll make money from advertising, affiliate marketing, and your own merch.

As you build up your subscriber count, you can boost your income with some of the other ideas on this list.

House & Pet Sitting

This one has the added bonus of covering your travel accommodations. House- and pet-sitting gigs will allow you to see the world and often stay in cushy digs.

The best part: you get paid to do so, as long as you can take good care of people’s houses and beloved pets.

To get started, check out this guide to becoming a house-sitting pro.

You’ll need a solid resume and profiles on reputable house-sitting websites to find work, but the more gigs you land (and the better reviews you receive), the easier it will be to get future sitting jobs.

Car Rental

While you’re off soaring the skies, why not make some cash from the car you left behind?

Apps like Turo and Getaround allow drivers to rent their cars directly to customers, with a vetting process so you don’t get your car back in worse shape than when you left it.

Depending on your vehicle and its condition, you could make thousands of dollars a year through rentals.

Though I haven’t tried renting out my own car (yet), I’ve seen several friends use this as a secondary income stream, especially while they’re away from home.

Travel Planning Agency

Every family or friend group has a designated travel expert.

If that’s you, put your talents to good use and get paid to plan others’ dream vacations.

Even now, many people need dependable travel agents to help book flights, arrange activities, and set up lodging.

You can either work with an agency or, if you’re ready to venture into self-employment, as a freelancer.

As your clientele grows, so will your opportunities to take trips discounted or sponsored by certain destinations.

After all, you’ll need to do your research somehow.

Travel Tour Agency

The difference between travel tour agencies and travel planning agencies is subtle, but distinct.

Travel planners create service packages for customers, but tour agencies offer the actual services.

A package might have multiple tours from different agencies, for instance.

Planning tours can be more unwieldy than planning trips for smaller groups or for individuals, but the same basic skills are needed.

You’ll need to be flexible, thoroughly research all destinations and potential itineraries, and provide stellar customer service.

Cultural Immersion Language Programs

Studies have shown immersion is the most effective way to learn about a new culture and language.

Those with significant life experience in different areas — places like the Andes, Bali, or the Florida Keys — can guide travelers on cultural immersion language programs.

As a guide, you’ll get to show others around specific cities or regions, going far beyond typical tourist experiences.

Or, you can help craft virtual programs for folks who can’t physically travel.

Learn From Travel is just one company that has both kinds of programs.

Voluntourism Trips

As the name implies, voluntourism might not make you much money.

But gigs in this field will often cover your lodging and travel expenses, enabling you to use your cash for other parts of your trip (plus, you can usually work remotely while voluntouring).

Voluntourism might involve projects like digging wells, building schools, or assisting in animal conservation.

Note that the practice has come under scrutiny in recent years for some questionable ethics, so thoroughly research any organizations of interest before signing up.

Bike Tour Guide

Many bike tours are just a few hours in length — but let’s kick it up a notch.

Skilled, people-oriented bikers can work with companies like Trek Travel or Adventure Cycling Association and get paid to guide outings ranging from a few days to several months long.

Though competitive, this is a dream job for cyclists who yearn to explore somewhere remote and/or pricey, as most companies will cover your travel expenses on top of your paycheck.

As a bonus, you’ll likely get to meet and chat with some fun clients on your trips.

Travel Gear Rental Business

The U.S. outdoor industry is growing in leaps and bounds, and while retail is a big chunk of the market, rental isn’t far behind.

Travel gear rentals have popped up across the country, serving those who want to get outside, but don’t want to buy their own equipment.

Popular rental options include ATVs, tents, beach gear, and more.

Research to find an intersection between affordable real estate (near a travel hub) and gear that you can realistically rent.

After you do the initial on-the-ground work, your business could soon run itself.

Hiking/Backpacking Guide

Those who love to spend their free time on trail could turn that passion into a paycheck.

Much like being a bike tour guide, you could get paid to take clients out on anything from short, local day hikes, to months-long treks through rugged terrain.

Even self-employed guides will struggle to find clients without the proper creds, so get certified by orgs like the American Hiking Guides Association.

Once vetted, you can make money while tackling a variety of different trails, which sounds pretty great to this backpacker.

Medical Tourism Coordinator

The medical tourism industry — in which people travel abroad for medical services they can’t get at home — is booming.

As a medical tourism coordinator, you would connect patients to healthcare providers in other countries, necessitating quite a bit of (paid) travel.

Notably, you’d also be in charge of representing patients’ best interests in all aspects.

Though it might not be the most relaxing way to travel, it does pay well, and you’d have the added satisfaction of helping your clients access potentially lifesaving care.

Start a Campground/Glampground

Starting a campground (or even a glampground, if you have the means) may sound daunting, but it’s pretty similar to starting an AirBnb.

Sites like HipCamp allow you to list your property online, where campers looking to crash for a night or longer can book.

As with an AirBnb, you’ll need to sink some time and money into determining what kinds of amenities and experiences you want to provide campers.

After your bookings pick up, you can manage your campground from afar if you have trusted staff on site (no pun intended).

Turn Travel Into a Living

These travel business ideas offer new perspectives as to how you can make money online and on the road.

If you’re still unsure, though, there are countless other ideas out there that we didn’t have the space to cover.

Do your research and get to brainstorming!

Naturally, running a travel business has its ups and downs.

But to me and countless others who work remotely, the pros far outweigh the cons.

Just think: you could work from a beach in Bali or a cabin in Alaska rather than scrounging up vacation time every year at a 9-to-5.

Better yet, you can try one of the above ideas where you’ll actually get paid to travel.

Even a side hustle will go a long way toward freeing up your schedule (and some extra income).

So, go ahead and book those trips you’ve been putting off — you can thank us later.

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