How To Get Extra Cash For Your Next Trip

September 13, 2022

Everybody loves to go on a vacation. A week along the beautiful beaches in Tulum or to fly over and go surfing on the coasts of Siargao seems pretty exciting. But what is not exciting is the cost that goes with it. 

Sure, saving for it might be a great option, but it would make your trip a lot better if you get some extra cash to spend. And that is exactly what this article is all about. Here are some things you can do to get some extra cash you can use for your next trip:

Buying from garage sales and selling on eBay

Most people would think buying from garage sales is a way to get an item for less, but there is a growing number of people who are making a real living out of buying from garage sales and selling it on eBay. 

From pepper shakers to limited edition hot wheels to baseball cards, depending on how good you are at spotting rare items can make you serious money. 

Do not believe me? Go ahead and check pepper shakers on eBay and sort the filter to the highest price and you will know I am not kidding. 

But who buys a $300 pepper shaker? You might ask. Well, nowadays there are collectors for just about anything. 

Selling your old car 

If you have an old car just sitting in your garage, it might be time to sell them in order to get some extra cash for your travels. You are no longer using it anyway so might as well make use of the extra money to do something fun. 

In order to get the most for your car, follow these tips:

  • Make sure to fix anything that you can fix and will not cost you a lot of money. Surface scratches, flat tires, or a broken sound system may cost you a little but the return on investment is usually higher. 
  • Wash your car thoroughly. Vacuum the inside and use a freshener to sweeten the smell. Car buyers perceive shiny clean cars with a nice and fragrant interior as more expensive than a dirty smelly cars even if they are exactly the same. 
  • Hire an auto detailer to buff the exterior and the interior to make your vehicle as new as possible. 

If, however, your car is totaled and you think you can never sell it as a used car, do not lose hope. You can still profit from broken cars by selling them to car wreckers. 

Car wreckers make money by selling spare parts or selling vehicles for their metal components. And so they are more than willing to buy your totally wrecked car for the price of its weight rather than condition. 

And the beauty of it is they often take care of the job from start to finish. So all you have to do is call them and they will arrange to pick up your broken vehicle and give you your money upfront. 

Do some freelance work

Freelance work is great if you want to make some money doing something you are already good at. Whether it is writing articles, editing videos, designing shirts, building a website, or running ads, there is always someone around the world looking for your skills. 

The beauty of it is finding these people is way easier than it used to. With the help of freelancing platforms such as UpWork, Fiverr, Freelancer, and FreeUp, you can offer your services and charge a one-time price for your expertise. 

Unlike getting a regular job, freelancing is flexible and so you can do freelance work anytime you want. Some people even make their living doing freelance work while they are traveling. 

Rent out your spare room/basement

Are you living in an apartment with an extra room? Or maybe you have a house with a basement? It may be a great idea to rent it out in order to earn some extra cash for your next travel. 

Just make sure you do a good job at screening tenants so you will not have any problems in the long run. 

Selling Your Clutter

Many of us have more clutter than we hate to admit. This might be the time to get rid of them for a little extra money for your travel. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure may sound cliche but it is true. 

From clothes you have outgrown to scuba diving gears you never use or books you have already read, I assure you, there is a lot of clutter in your house that could be sold. 

Flipping furniture

If you have a keen eye for design and a talent for fixing stuff, flipping furniture might be a profitable hobby. 

Buy second-hand furniture, repaint them or add some design elements to it, and then sell them on eBay or other similar platforms for a large profit to fund your trip. 

A side note on flipping furniture, people like rare stuff and if you are good at redesigning things this might very well be a career. 

Final thoughts

Saving some money and doing some of the items outlined on this list to make some extra cash will give you the ability to fund a more expensive vacation. However, do not take these tips as financial advice. Consult with your financial adventure before making any major financial decisions. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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