Tips For A Road Trip – Making Money On The Road
TIPS FOR A ROAD TRIP
A road trip in Australia is a great way to get off the tourist track and explore areas at your own pace. Australia has a massive landscape – you can fit in Europe, including the UK and Ireland and still have plenty of room to spare.
Any plans to do a self-drive should take the distance into consideration. You don’t want to spend all of your holiday on the road!
Preparing for your four-wheeled adventure:
Rent or buy a car – car rental prices and insurance policies can vary significantly depending on who you use so spend some time doing research. If you’re under 25 then your choices to hire a car are limited. A lot of people prefer to buy a second hand car, especially if they are traveling in the outback for long periods of time.
Choose a place to stay – there are caravan parks in most towns and cities. karumba Point Caravan Park in karumba is an excellent choice.
Pack the right supplies – Pack PLENTY of water, you’ll need it! Do a shop at the supermarket to top up supplies before taking off. Service stations and road housees can be hundreds of kilometres apart. Also, check that your car has a spare tyre and you have enough fuel every day to get to your next destination during your trip.
Maps and technology It’s always a good idea to get a local map just in case technology fails (you know what I’m talking about) and to help with things buy a car charger. This will help if you need to make any emergency phone calls…and when the local radio stations are out of range and you want some music. Good website are www.mapquest.com or Google Maps.
Driving rules – Aussies drive on the left hand side of the road. This is your number one driving rule. Mixing alcohol and driving is a big NO in Australia. The limit is 0.05 – about one standard drink an hour before driving but it’s not worth the risk. The best option is not to drink and drive and if you’ve had a big night make sure you eat a decent breakfast before hitting the road again. The penalties cost a lot if the police catch you, not to mention the danger of crashing.
Emergency numbers – the emergency number for police, fire or ambulance assistance is 000 in Australia. This will connect you to a local station if you need help. This doesn’t include car assistance. It’s handy to keep the numbers of road side assistance such as RAA (national) or 24/7 Roadservices with you at all times.
Last but not least – have fun! – A road trip in Australia is fun and safe as long as you keep to the road rules and take plenty of breaks. It doesn’t matter whether you’re checking out the gorgeous beaches on the east coast, the national parks in the Top End or the red dusty centre of Australia. One thing’s for sure, you won’t want to stop exploring!
MAKING MONEY ON THE ROAD
1. Travel Writer
Considered by many as the ultimate travel job, writing for online publications can help you buy your next mug of beer. Work your way to becoming the next Hunter S. Thomson by learning about the craft and querying your next inspired idea.
2. Wield that camera
National Geographic may not be knocking your door down, but that doesn’t mean that your photos don’t deserve an audience. Try selling your landscape and portrait shots to travel publications or submit it to a stock photography company such as Shutterpoint.com, Andes Press Agency and Getty Images.
3. Video journalism
With the advent of Youtube amateur videos are in great demand. Become a backpack film maker, set up your own vblog or simply sell it to tourism sites.
National Geographic may not be knocking your door down, but that doesn’t mean that your photos don’t deserve an audience.
You don’t have to cut off your ear to get a painting gig, but you can put your artistic abilities to good use by offering your services for home, office or building refurbishments.
5. Write Content
If you’ve been annoying your friends and family back home with your lengthy emails, then maybe its time to get paid by writing about other things than yourself. Work for a site that pays per hits such as blogit.com, helium.com and Associatedcontent.com.
6. Resell stuff
Don’t quite know what to do with that weird doll you got in Romania? Then sell it in your next location. From convincing your bunkmate to buy your lucky charms to auctioning fleamarket finds on ebay, reselling unusual travel goods can turn into quite the lucrative on-the-road business.
If you’ve got a knack for crochet or can weave a basket at hyper speed, then selling some of your crafts can be used towards funding your next bus ticket. At the very least, you could make yourself something warm for those homeless evenings.
Being on the road with very little or no cash may seem daunting at first, but the challenge of using your imagination to provide for yourself will make the experience all the more exciting and valuable.