How I make money while traveling the world (and eating)

How I make money while traveling the world (and eating)
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The number one question I get asked is how I can afford to travel, while making money, and blogging. I’m going to answer how I make money, and also how I can afford to travel and eat in this video. Also, I’ll share how I think you can do it too!

There are many many ways to make money while traveling, and I have friends that are working on cruise ships, blogging, affiliate marketing, freelance writing, and even skydiving, while earning money to be able to maintain a lifestyle traveling. But instead of sharing all the ways on how to make money traveling, I’ll first share the ways I make money.

First I want to say that all of these ways that I make money while traveling are all the result of initially starting a blog back in 2009 and committing to writing quality and useful information on it on a regular basis.

If you want to make money while traveling, I’d highly recommend you start a blog on whatever you’re passionate about and begin blogging high quality useful information to show your expertise, and also connecting with others. (If you’re just starting a travel blog, Travel Blog Success is an excellent course that I recommend: [affiliate])

1. Affiliate recommendations – This basically means earning a small commission as a referral. There are many companies (places like Amazon and for hotels) that offer a commission if you refer someone to a purchase. As an example, on my website I give away a lot of free useful tips about visiting Bangkok ( And I also recommend a few hotels which, some of which I’ve previously stayed at, and others which I’ve just visit and highly recommend. So if you were to click one of the links and book that hotel, I would get a small commission as a referral. I only recommend things that I use myself or trust.
2. My premium travel and food guides – The biggest way I make money while traveling is by selling my premium travel and food guides ( Right now I have the Bangkok 101 things to do guide, Eating Thai Food Guide, Vegetarian Thai Food Guide, and the Delhi travel guide, and I’m working on more. I prefer to sell my own guides than doing advertising on my website, because I can trust in the quality of my own guides.
3. Freelance writing – As a result of first starting my travel blog back in 2009, I’ve had the opportunity to do numerous freelance writing projects, some big and some small. I’ve written for a few inflight magazines, as well as CNN Travel, and various other newspapers, magazines, and websites. I used to dislike writing, but the more I started blogging about thing I really enjoyed (like food) the more I enjoyed it. And after committing to it and blogging, I’ve been able to connect with so many others and had chances to write for many places. A blog is a great way for you to have a public profile of your expertise.
4. Video, YouTube – Finally, the fourth way of how I make money while traveling and blogging is through videos. I made the decision to start making videos and I have committed to it. Ads on some of my videos is another chunk of my monthly income.

Along with how to make money while traveling and blogging, it’s also important to say how I can afford to travel? Most of the money my wife and I make now goes back into our traveling and eating. However, it’s all about your priorities. We don’t own a car and pay for gas, and instead we choose to buy plane tickets and eat street food. You have to set your own goals and priorities and live intentionally to pursue them.

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Getting a job on a cruise ship: [affiliate]
(Some things listed here, if you invest in it, I will get a commission, but these are all things I personally stand behind and recommend)

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  1. Wow, very genuine guy and shocked that he would share that. Thank you and I can easily see why you have become so popular.

  2. Mark, I truly admire and appreciate your humbleness, truthfulness and niceness beyond par. I really feel inspired to see you smiling and talking happily all the time. God bless and Good luck, gentleman!

  3. I appreciate your honesty, simplicity and politeness. If you ever come to Bangladesh, it would be an honor taking you to places where they've amazing food and will love to treat you with some mouth watering homemade dishes.

  4. Not to forget, Mark's wife is a God send. He is so lucky to have found such a strong woman tha shows him unlimited support and enjoys her role within their family. This guy has figured it out.?

  5. Mark and family great tips but how directly to start before travel with no income of less than 200.00 i guess save???
    How to blog if cant travel? Love your style and work. HELP

  6. Do you pay for your friend Joel's food and motel and air care everywhere that you travel to go eat? Or does he pay his own way? Or is this his job? I started watching you a long time ago but I don't care to watch Joel eat. If he is going to be on every vlog now then I will unsubscribe. But I will miss seeing you Mark Weins.

  7. I've seen many guides on this subject, most of them designed to make money off the people hoping to learn, and not providing much useful info. You however have shared very useful information, and I feel encouraged to try based on your suggestions. I especially like that you emphasize committing and making effort. Thank you!

  8. Hey Mark
    Thank you so much for this insight, for being ao open and honest and sharing these tips with us! My whole Family lives your videos. Sometimes we sit at the Dinner Table with the whole family and watch your videos . My 5 year year old loves you so much he actually tells me he wants to "watch Mark Wiens eating"! It is too funny! Bless you and your Family! Much love and greetings from your fans in Corpus Christi Texas!❤??

  9. i follw u always why u no travel to Egypt its amazing specially near pyramids or luxor ,many nice resturant around the nile i can guide u for free if u love ,im Egyptian but live in danmark,hope hear from u

  10. I watch you everyday mark, you should feed the kids in Pakistan they really look hungry when they are staring at you…that would be awesome

  11. Hi Mark,
    I am from Papua New Guinea. I absolutely love and respect you and your content and will continue to support you. God bless you and your family man. Mad love for yall. ??

  12. Good on you Mark. You’re honest, unpretentious and so giving. Love watching your food life!! And I watch even though I am vegetarian. I would be so grateful if you show a few vegetarian possibilities in your videos. Come to Mumbai and be my guest. My country is beautiful and has a very strong food culture.

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