Get Paid to Travel! 10 Money-Making Apps to Start Using

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As vaccines are rolling along, it’s time to start thinking about traveling if you haven’t booked 3 flights already. After a year of feeling cooped up and restricted, it’s exciting to think about the next destination!

Of course, travel costs money, and even if you saved a travel fund (or not), it doesn’t hurt to earn a little more. We’re going to look at some ways that you can earn (as well as save!) some money before your trip and while you’re on vacay during any boring downtimes you might face. It’s like getting paid to travel and all you need is your phone and Internet!

Waiting at the Airport? Get Paid Playing These Games

When you’re traveling, you’ll have downtime at the airport, in line for an attraction, wherever. So if you don’t have anything else to do, play these games instead that you can win cash on!

Solitaire Cube: Like regular Solitaire but fast-paced and you get to play for cash. Even casual players like Amanda, a stay-at-home mom from IL, won a 55″ TV, $6,000, and more!

21 Blitz: In 3 minutes, make as many 21s as you can within that time or until you run out of moves. Currently, players are invited to play in a guaranteed $23,000 prize pool tournament. Plus, get up to $30 for each friend you refer.

Cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, FL, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN for the above card games but you can still play for prizes!

Blackout Bingo: This definitely isn’t the same bingo that grandparents play. 2 minutes. That’s all you need per game to play fast-paced bingo & cash game winners can win up to $1,000 or more in mini-tournaments!

Cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, FL, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN for Blackout Bingo but you can still play for prizes!

Get $5* to Invest in Airbnb, Disney, Expedia, JetBlue, and More

Office Manager Sarah investing with $5 / Danny Guinta /*Photo for illustrative purposes only

The travel industry is gearing up to be back in action again so if you’ve been thinking about getting a share of well-known brands like Airbnb, Disney, Netflix, JetBlue, etc. you can. And you don’t have to be rich either.

That’s because Stash, an investment app, lets you start investing with just $5.1 You can choose where to put your money in and they provide guidance and tools to help you along the way. You can invest in major companies that you use or buy from regularly to make the investing process custom to you. Plus, Stash offers three simple plans, starting at a flat fee of $1.2

As a bonus, Stash is giving new members $5 for any first investment so create an account to get started.3

Get Paid for Your Opinions on Layovers

There are a lot of survey programs out there, but none as popular as these three free rewards programs where you can earn cash for your time and opinion, even when you’re bored during your layovers. You’ll even get paid for the everyday stuff you do online.

Swagbucks: You get rewarded for doing surveys, searching the web, reading articles, and playing fun games but the one activity that earns you the most points is actually watching videos! These range from Entertainment, Health, Hobbies, Parenting, Tech, News, and more. New members can get a free $5 just for signing up!

Inbox Dollars: Watch their TV and Videos section that ranges from Trending News, Entertainment, Food, Health, Tech, and even the latest World News to earn some cash. It’s possible to earn up to $200 per month and they also have a $5 sign-up bonus.

SurveyTime: Instantly get paid $1 after each survey completion. No waiting around to accrue at least $15 to cash out, you can get paid right after! And there’s no limit either, so you can take as many surveys as you want available. You can choose between Target, Amazon, or Walmart gift cards, PayPal, or Bitcoin via Coinbase.

Switch Car Insurance to Rates Like $29/Month Before You Take Off

Before you go on that flight or road trip, take a few minutes to potentially lower your auto insurance! On average, you’re probably spending $800+/year more than you need to. Below are 3 different options you can get free quotes from!

QuoteWizard is an auto insurance matching service provided by LendingTree. It’s just one form, and they’ll search through providers that include known companies like State Farm, Allstate, Farmers Insurance, and more. Rates can go as low as $29/month!

EverQuote matches you among dozens of regional agencies and insurance carriers to filter the best matches to save on your car insurance. It takes less than 4 minutes to fill out the form and drivers save an average of $610 a year*

Savvy has no forms to fill out since it uses your existing insurance info, and the system will instantly check for a better deal. It literally takes 30 seconds and they protect your phone number and email from spam. When you decide to switch, they’ll help you cancel your old policy, enroll you in the better one, and get a full refund on the unused portion of your prior payments.

Rack Up Points on Food and Shopping

The best part about travel is all the new food and shopping you’ll get to experience. Remember to use cash back apps to maximize your spending and you’ll get money back to use on other parts of your vacation!

Fetch Rewards – A free receipt-scanner app that pays you for any receipt you upload! Collect points on any receipt on your trip and redeem for free gift cards. Connect your email inbox and it’ll count your email receipts too from Amazon, Instacart, Shipt, and more! Be sure to grab 2,000 welcome points on us when you use promo code REWARD before scanning your first receipt!

Ibotta – $860 million dollars is how much free money members have gotten back so far just by using this free app that pays you real money on your purchases. It’s super simple, just check Ibotta first before shopping at stores, online shopping, or ordering groceries/food delivery services. It’s free to download and you’ll also get up to $20 in Welcome Bonuses when you sign up! It’s like you’re getting paid to shop.

Banking That Has Your Back Wherever You Are in the World

It’s important to have access to your money when traveling.

Instead of charging any foreign transaction or overdraft fees, Chime, has your back. It’s an award-winning (and free to use) mobile banking app that lets you overdraft up to $100 with no fees1 via their SpotMe benefit wherever you are in the world. Plus, you get a sleek-looking debit card that you can use wherever VISA® is accepted.

Combined with no hidden fees, the ability to get paid up to 2 days earlier,2 and auto-savings starting at 0.50% APY3 makes Chime a stellar online banking option that doesn’t focus on profiting off of you like traditional banks. Chime is free to use, give it a shot and see how you like it.

Earn Up To $40,000 (!) A Year By Renting Out Your RV

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Do you or your family have a dormant RV? Earn up to $40,000 a year by renting it out when you’re not using it with RVshare! List for free on their marketplace and people looking to rent can connect with you. It’s kind of like an Airbnb but for RVs.

The marketplace is completely free to use. Only when your listing is booked that they’ll take a small portion to keep the site up and running.

Your RV is protected. There’s nationwide (plus Canada) insurance for both parties along with 24/7 roadside assistance to ensure your RV is taken care of while on the road.

So take that dormant RV and start turning it into cash while you’re out doing something else! Since it’s free to list, just add your make and model and RVshare will show you how much you can earn this year.