5 Apps That Will Make You Money to Pay for Traveling
These apps can even make you money while you travel.
While location-independent lifestyles are more doable and common these days thanks to the Internet, not everyone can have a full-time, salaried job that allows them to travel. Maybe you don’t have paid time off or just can’t quite afford that dream vacation you’ve been needing. From renting your car to running basic errands, make some extra cash to pay for your travels with these apps that offer flexible schedules and the ability to be your own boss.
One of the most popular apps for making money while you travel, Airbnb allows you to list your residence for rent, whether you live in a tiny studio loft, a houseboat or a 10-bedroom house. While you’re away on a trip, you won’t be using your space anyway, so let a fellow traveler make use of your home and earn money to cover costs of your own trip — it’s a win-win. While you can still communicate with your guests remotely, it’s smart to let a trusted neighbor know that you’ll be out of town and hosting an Airbnb guest. Maybe even ask your neighbor to be on-call if guests need assistance since you won’t be able to meet them in person.
Wilton Castle in Enniscorthy, Ireland, is countryside luxury at its finest. Located on the banks of the Boro River, the 19th century castle is meticulously decorated and offers up to 14 guests elegant accommodations starting at $1,189 per night. Those who have stayed recommend exploring the grounds and taking the "Dark Path" off the main road to experience the beautiful Irish landscape.
“An ancient tower, built entirely of stone overlooking the sea of the Amalfi Coast.” If the opening line of this listing doesn’t entice you to book a trip to Italy, then I’m not sure what will. For $452 per night and up, a total of four guests can enjoy private beach and pool access. The property is surrounded by nature and is ideal for those looking for the ultimate relaxing vacation.
Built between 1906 and 1908, Chateau Mercier is a stunning rental located in Sierre, Switzerland. This 23-room property features stunning views of the mountains and was recently updated to include modern amenities while maintaining its original charm. This castle starts at $4,307 per night but with room to accommodate 16 or more guests, this could be the perfect option for those planning a large celebration in the Swiss countryside.
Balvaird Wing at Scone Palace
For those looking for some historical significance to go along with their castle rental, look no further than Balvaird Wing in Perth, Scotland. It was the crowning place of the Kings of Scots and considered by many to be one of the country’s most important stately homes. From $673 per night, up to six guests can view the rare artifacts and antiques indoors, or head outside to gaze upon the gorgeous Scottish landscape.
Get the castle-feel without ever having to leave the United States. Situated on 7 acres in Ellington, Connecticut, this property is available from $175 per night and can accommodate 6 guests. The three bedroom New England castle was renovated in 2000 to include modern amenities but the historical charm remains.
Chateau de Farcheville
If you’re looking for the ultimate French castle, look no further than Chateau de Farcheville. The property, which starts at $22,593 per night, boasts 22 bedrooms, 34 bathrooms, an underground wine cellar, hidden passages and so much more of what you would expect from a 14th-century castle near Paris.
Sitting on a secluded beach in South Africa (20 minutes from Knysna), Craighross Castle is the perfect place to listen to the waves of the ocean during the day and stargaze at night. The six-bedroom/six-bath privately-owned property is part of the famous Noetzie Castles where Nelson Mandela and his family were known to vacation. Starting at $462 per night, this African oasis is perfect for large families or a romantic getaway for two.
Ter Leyen Castle
Located near the quaint village of Boekhoute, Belgium, Ter Leyen is a 15th-century castle fit for a king — or those who want to pretend to be one while on vacation. The postcard-worthy property starts at $1,035 per night and has enough room for up to 32 guests, making it the perfect Belgian party castle.
Gigwalk is known as a secret shopper app where large companies such as Red Bull or Whirlpool hire “gigwalkers” to complete simple tasks such as taking photos of commercial buildings, doing stock checks of items inside stores or taking photos to show how competing brands are placed on shelves. Gigs can pay anywhere from $3 to $20 or more. You probably won’t get rich off of Gigwalk, but why not pick up a few extra bucks on your next trip to Target?
Roadie is a user-generated shipping app, kind of like Uber or Lyft for your stuff. You can use it as a shipper or a driver. As a shipper, you can list gigs of items you need sent anywhere in the 50 states for less than the cost of traditional shipping. As a driver, you can pick up gigs to transport items in your vehicle, earning cash while doing it. Gigs range from quick deliveries across town like bringing cupcakes to a birthday party to cross-country deliveries like transporting a mattress from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Roadie is great for travelers who are already planning on taking a cross-country road trip and want to help offset travel costs. Drivers can pick up a few gigs here and there to help cover the cost of gas or even plan an entire trip around gigs.
Black Hills of South Dakota
For history, scenery and a distinctly American taste of culture, begin your road trip on I-90 and take exit 131 for the Badlands Scenic Byway. As you travel through the Black Hills, make sure to stop at Wall Drug, Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore. And keep your eyes peeled for bison - they’re notoriously bad at following traffic rules, as seen here on the road to Wind Cave National Park.
You won’t be traveling north – at least not according to Mainers – if you head out on Coastal Route 1, also known as the Lobster Trail. Starting in Kittery –where you might drop by Bob’s Clam Hut for a bit of sustenance -- the road hugs the rocky coastline “down east” through quaint New England fishing villages like Belfast and Rockland.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The 469-mile drive that connects two national parks – Shenandoah in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina – is the most visited road controlled by the U.S. National Parks System. Starting at Front Royal in Virginia, travel along Skyline Drive to Luray Caverns and on south to the Natural Bridge and into North Carolina, where you can stop in Asheville before seeing the attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains.
California's Pacific Coast Highway
You can opt to drive California’s longest highway north to south or south to north along the often -dramatic Pacific coastline. Either way, it’s 653 miles from Dana Point in Orange County to Leggett in Mendocino County. Key attractions as you wind your way along the coast include Malibu, San Simeon, San Luis Obispo, Big Sur, Monterey, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Mendocino Headlands. Hardcore road trippers will extend the coastal drive beyond the PCH from San Diego all the way to the Redwood Forest on Route 101 past Mendocino.
Jackson, Wyoming to Glacier, Montana
You could make the drive from Jackson, Wyoming to Glacier National Park in Montana in a single day, but why would you? Take a week and make as many stops as possible in Big Sky Country where you’ll enjoy some of the most stunning and diverse landscape features anywhere in America. Some high points include, the steep cliffs and racing rivers of the Grand Tetons to the geysers and wildlife of Yellowstone and the dramatic falls and glacial formations of Glacier.
The Outer Banks, North Carolina
Take this drive while you still can. North Carolina’s Route 12, also known as the Outer Banks Scenic Highway, has suffered a beating during the past decade of extreme weather, with hurricanes washing away swaths of roadway. The route starts at Bodie Lighthouse in the north and passes the narrow spits of land that make up the barrier islands protecting North Carolina’s mainland from the Atlantic Ocean. Sights along the way include the Oregon Inlet, Pea Island Wildlife Refuge and the historic Hatteras Lighthouse, where the highway continues as a boat -the Hatteras Ferry is part of Route 12 and crosses Pamlico Sound to join up with the road again on Ocracoke Island.
Hana Coastline, Hawaii
The 59-mile highway around the eastern side of Maui between Kahului crosses black sand beaches, waterfalls and 59 bridges. Some stops you may want to make include 'Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools), the Pipiwai Trail, and Waimoku Falls at Haleakala National Park, Hana Lava Tube, and the Ho'okipa lookout where you can view Maui’s famed surfers taking the waves.
Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Set out from Seattle for a 300-plus-mile road trip west across the Olympic Peninsula. You’ll enjoy gorgeous scenery and many stopping points for hikes. Within the Olympic National Park itself, you can drive through the lush Hoh Rainforest, one of the largest temperate rainforests in the U.S.
At over 2,500 miles, Route 66 is the quintessential cross-country road trip. Though travel on the Mother Road peaked in the 1940s and 1950s before the Interstate Highway system was established, you can still follow the tire treads of so many who came before. While there are countless sights as you journey between Chicago and Los Angeles, ending on the Santa Monica Pier, Route 66 may be most famous for its quirky roadside attractions like the Cadillac Ranch in Texas, the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle in Oklahoma, and this giant sculpture of Abe Lincoln on a wagon in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.
Overseas Highway, Florida Keys
This 150-mile drive from Miami through the Florida Keys on an the iconic Route 1 is famous from countless car commercials and movie chases. The Overseas Highway, as it’s often called, crosses 42 bridges, including the Seven-Mile bridge over Pigeon Key, shown here. Though you could complete the entire ride in under four hours, the fun of this trip is taking in the life of the Keys themselves - from the Pennekamp Coral Reef Park to Key Largo’s Dolphin Research Center to the many delicious foods the area has made famous, like fried conch and Key lime pie.
California's Route 395
If you love the great outdoors, U.S. Route 395 is the perfect drive. The California stretch may not get as much hype as the famed Pacific Coast Highway, but it’s a gateway to bucket-list scenic destinations such as Death Valley National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.
Hamakua Coast Drive, Hawaii
While Maui’s Road to Hana gets all the hype, the island of Hawaii’s Hamakua Coast Drive from Hilo to Honokaa is just as gorgeous with jaw-dropping scenic overlooks, such as the Waipio Valley Lookout. Don’t miss a stop at Akaka Falls State Park for photos of the namesake waterfall.
Flint Hills National Scenic Byway, Kansas
No, this isn’t Ireland. This is Kansas. On this scenic drive, you’ll pass lush, green rolling hills dotted with colorful wildflowers. Stop at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve for a ranger-led tour out on the prairie. And don’t miss the Scenic Byway Overlook for a 360-degree panorama of Tallgrass Prairie.
San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, Colorado
Step back in time and visit some of Colorado’s historic mining towns such as Telluride, Durango and Silverton. The All-American Road also passes the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, where you can visit ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings on a ranger-guided tour.
Seward Highway, Alaska
While you can take the train from Anchorage to Seward, driving allows you to stop and take photos. And you’ll want to take a lot of photos. The two-hour drive along the Turnagain Arm shoreline and Kenai Peninsula features incredible views of the Chugach Mountains. While in Seward, don’t miss the adorable puffins at the Alaska SeaLife Center.
Fiverr® (pronounced “five-er”) is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, which is where it gets its name. Whether you want to develop a side hustle to make a little extra cash to pay for your next trip or make a transition to full-time freelance work, Fiverr® allows users to work where and when they want. Charmaine Pocek started offering services to help people write resumes and cover letters in 2011 on the side. Earlier this year, she surpassed $1 million in Fiverr® earnings, becoming the first female freelancer and first American to do so. If that’s not motivation to start a side hustle, I don’t know what is.
Turo, a peer-to-peer car rental service app, has been called the “Airbnb of cars”. Say you’re flying across the country for a friend’s wedding for the weekend, leaving your car parked and unused in your garage. Why not rent out your vehicle to travelers visiting your city for the weekend? Potential income varies based on type of car and how many days you rent your vehicle, but the average monthly owner earnings for Turo users renting vehicles is $720. Think of all the travel costs that could cover!
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