7 mindless ways to earn extra cash when you’re on the road

7 mindless ways to earn extra cash when you're on the road

The sharing economy was a hot topic for 2014, and is projected to grow in 2015, allowing travelers to explore like locals, and locals to make some extra cash. While on the road, you can help travelers and make money by renting out anything from your home to your boat. Here’s a guide to make a few extra bucks when you go on your next trip:.

Rent your apartment.

Sites like Airbnb, Wimdu and HomeAway allow you to rent out your space while you’re away, which can help soften the blow of both travel expenses and rent. Lately, apartment rentals are becoming more like hotels, offering upgraded service and amenities like concierge, car service and food delivery through apps, so if you want to rake in big bucks, you might want to step up your game.

Rent your car.

If you can live with the thought of someone else driving your precious baby, FlightCar will rent out your vehicle as it sits in the airport. Bonus: Regardless of whether your car is rented, you’ll get free parking, a free car wash and vacuum, and insurance. If it is rented, you’ll earn between 5 and 20 cents per mile for the first 75 miles, and 40 cents per mile over that.

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Another option, Getaround, helps you rent your car when not using it without having to leave it at the airport. There’s also a sleek app for managing and extending trips. Right now it’s only live in four cities around California and Oregon, but the company is looking to expand.

Rent your camera.

Gear Peers is launching April 1, allowing you to rent out any camera, video, and audio equipment you won’t be taking on their trip. There will be a search function so renters can find what they’re looking for, with owners setting the prices. Just be aware there are membership fees involved for owners. This is also a great way for travelers to avoid lugging heavy camera equipment on long trips.

Rent your boat.

Basically the Airbnb for boats, GetMyBoat has 27,000+ listings in 110 countries, with boat owners setting rates and an insurance options that starts at $29 per day. Make your listing snazzy with complimentary photographers.

Rent your sporting equipment.

Spinlister allows cyclists to rent out their bikes, surf and snowboards when they’re not using them. Set your own prices, include optional accessories, and approve or deny reservations through the app.

Rent your yard.

Hate the idea of having a stranger in your home? Gamping let’s you rent out your backyard to campers to pitch a tent (camping-cars and caravans are welcome, too). If you’re wondering about the toilet situation, offering your indoor bathroom is not required, although it’s a nice gesture to set up an outdoor composting toilet.

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Rent your dog.

Yes, your dog. Well, technically you’re paying for someone to rent your dog, but still. Pawshake gives you the option to have someone look after your dog or pet while you’re away, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of pet ownership for a bit while you make sure your puppy is taken care of.

Jessica Festa is the founder on the solo and offbeat travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and the online responsible tourism and culture magazine, Epicure & Culture. She’s constantly searching for local experiences beyond the guidebook. You can follow her travelers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.