​Tips For Making Money While You’re Away

Posted on 22nd May 2018 in My Gap-Year, Advice

Taking a gap year can lead to some fantastic opportunities that you might not otherwise be able to have. But while you might have saved up to pay for your trip you might still be thinking about how you can make money while you’re actually away.

Teach English

No matter where you go in the world, there will always be people who are looking to learn English. And you’d be surprised how many people there are even in an English speaking country. So even if you happen to be in Australia or the US, there will still be people wanting to learn English to get better jobs or to improve their conversational English skills. Look around the cities and larger towns, as you will often find language schools that you could approach to offer your services, or advertise on your own in local libraries or noticeboards.

If you have a TEFL qualification, which is good to have, you can often earn more money than teachers without one.

Work in Resorts

Whether it’s a summer beach retreat or a winter ski resort, there’s always resort work. Most of these resorts are only open for the season and therefore tend to only require seasonal staff. But it can be a fun way of earning extra cash while being surrounded by luxury. Often, resort staff are put up within the resort (usually a dorm-type room with other staff) and the resort usually also provides your meals, which could mean you’re eating better than you would if you were left to your own devices. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people! And if you’re in the US, you’ll probably make more in tips that your salary, so it can be a good way of saving up a little extra to put towards more travelling fun.

Summer Camp Fun

We’ve all seen various examples of American summer camps in movies and on TV but the reality is, they are indeed part of American culture - all across the US. And one thing that these camps are always looking for, is camp counselors (or counsellors to us Brits). These jobs are working with kids of all ages, depending on the type of camp you go for, but they tend to have separate camps for younger kids and teenagers.

It can be a fun way of earning some extra cash while gaining valuable experience that will also stand out on a CV. There are lots of different companies that offer summer camp jobs to Brits but Bunac is one of the original and can also offer you different work abroad packages, including in US resorts.

Working in a summer camp is not just about being a camp counsellor. There are lots of other jobs you can do there too, such as sports instructor, lifeguard, arts and crafts teachers, and a few others. If you’re particularly skilled in an activity this could be a good way of getting into teaching it.

Be a Blogger

Almost anyone can do this. And being on a gap year can mean you’ll have lots of interesting stories to tell. People love to read about people having adventures in far-off lands and if you have a knack for telling stories then your blog could become pretty popular. Get some adverts up and running on your site and the more people who read your blog, the more money you’ll get. Boost interest by taking photos of everywhere you visit, as this will help provide good images for your narrative.

You never know, this could be the start of a new career for you. And you could make so much money that you’ll be able to travel for life if you want to.


If you’re backpacking your way around the world, you’ll probably be staying in hostels. While these homes from home can be excellent places to meet new friends, they can also be the source of employment. It doesn’t hurt to ask at reception if they’re in need of any staff. You never know, they might need a part-time receptionist or a cleaner, or even a handyperson. You could also offer your skills as a language teacher and use the hostel to help you advertise. Or sometimes the hostels can help guide you in the right direction for employment elsewhere in the town, so it’s always a good idea to check with them to see what’s available.

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