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.
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!