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How to make extra money online, while doing a gap year

Gap years are a wonderful way to embrace life before university. But of course, an amazing experience such as Gap Year adventure comes with a price tag. It is wise to save up as much as possible with a part time job, beforehand. But, if you really want to try and extend your trip and make the most of a year abroad, you might also want to consider attempting to make some money online.

Luckily, gap years also inspire creativity and experience, which can help you to be entrepreneurial. Through the wonder of the Internet, making money while you travel really could be an option.
And, the real beauty is, you can earn in British Pounds, while being in a much less expensive country, meaning that a few hundred pounds could buy you food and accommodation for a month!

For most online income streams, you only need an Internet connection, meaning that you can do them in hostels and cafés all over the world. Read ahead for some of our favourite options.


One of the best ways to record your gap year experience is by blogging. Once you build up a niche and an audience, you can earn money just doing what you love. It's not a major source of income and takes a lot of time and commitment. But how better to make money than sharing your gap year story with the world?

Writing is only one form of blogging. Video blogs are becoming even more popular – and even more lucrative. YouTube programmes give profits to uploaders. Plus you can make money from advertising for every 1,000 views. Create some original content, and you can make decent earnings from this technology age form of income.

Successful bloggers make money from affiliate marketing. Especially if you are social media savvy, you can promote organisations, services, and products online, in return for some extra cash. A 2014 study showed that a typical blogger could make over £900 per year in this way. So go ahead - enjoy your gap year and make money off your stories!

Online Tutoring

Alternatively, combine great work experience with earning extra cash by online tutoring. Take your skills as a student and pass on knowledge through teaching. For many sites, like Superprof or UK Tutors, you don’t need special qualifications or experience to help GCSE and A Level students. All you need is a Skype account and enthusiasm for the job. Prices vary, but you can earn about £10 an hour online this way – enough extra cash for extra gap year adventures.

Online Surveys

The easiest way to make money online is probably by completing online surveys. You help companies with customer research and product reviews, and they reward you with a couple of pounds. Try out MySurvey or YouGov to get started. There is only a small time investment, and it’s easy money. A similar online job is reviewing websites and apps. UserTesting is a platform that pays $10 for a short review. A quick earning for just 20 minutes of work can go a long way while travelling!


Freelancing is another popular way to make money online. Research shows that about 1.9 million people in the UK are freelance workers. Look at major sites like Upwork, Freelancer or Guru, or smaller ones such as iFreelance or Behance. You just set up a profile and start applying for jobs. Then you set your work hours, just as long as you complete the project in time. You have all the control – perfect for the spontaneity of gap year travels.

Many websites are looking for writers to create content in the travel niche. If you’re feeling full of inspiration travelling the world, this can be a perfect way to outlet it. Decent websites pay for decent writers. You can earn a significant amount of extra money if you find the right jobs, and all you need is an internet connection.

Writing isn’t the only freelancing option. Consider your interests and expertise - and capitalise on it! Whether you have a flair for graphic design, are good with languages or type quickly enough to be a transcriber, you will find someone online willing to pay for your skills.

Selling Photographs

Travel inspires photography in almost everyone. You will probably take a camera with you anyway to record your gap year, so why not make some extra money with it? If you’ve got an eye for a great picture, online stock libraries are willing to pay you for it. iStockPhotos, Getty and SmugMug all sell images online and give you a percentage of their earnings. Get paid to capture your favourite gap year moments!
Look at websites like Student Money Saver for more advice on how to make money online. The above jobs are specifically perfect for gap year travellers. Blogging and photography engage you with your travels. Online surveys are ideal for those long journeys when you have nothing to do. Jobs like tutoring and freelancing turn your life experience into valuable work experience.

Becoming a digital nomad is a rising trend. More and more companies are outsourcing jobs to internet workers. So jump on the trend - and start earning that extra cash to fund your gap year!