Five Vacay-inspired Businesses to Invest in

Your vacation may be over, but the dream of living your life on perpetual holiday mode doesn’t have to be. Here are five vacay-inspired businesses that you may want to consider pursuing one day!

by Sher Bautista, 03 October 2017

Work at a dive shop and earn a living from diving every day!

Ever dreamed of relocating to the beach or moving to that virtually untouched island you last holidayed in? Do you live in a tourist town and wonder how you can get in on the entrepreneurial action? Perhaps you already have some of the skills and resources needed to start a business geared toward holidaymakers. Here are a couple of ideas that you can use as jump-off points for your future business tourism venture. Just imagine: You’ll be “working” in a beautiful “office” every day doing something you really love! 

Scuba Diving Instructor
If you’ve always been passionate about diving and have plunged into the depths of Anilao, Puerto Galera, and Apo Island, how about taking this glorious “hobby” to the next level? PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified divers who have logged in enough dives can apply for the more advanced courses that will certify them as dive masters. With the right certifications under your belt, you can find work in dive resorts and schools, anywhere in the world. If you live in a town with great dive spots, you can also partner with other divers and set up your very own dive shop. 

Travel Blogging
You may think that there are already too many travel bloggers on the Internet, but there is still more than enough space for writers (like you!) who blog about off the beaten track destinations (like the Eastern Cape) and niche attractions (like pet-friendly tours in Milano) that not a lot of bloggers are writing about. The key is to find your audience and steadily grow your online presence. Soon, sponsors and clients will come knocking, asking you to mention or review their product or establishment—if you have a sizeable following. Some perks of travel blogging? They range from complimentary accommodations and free meals, to coupons for products you review. Not a bad gig if you like being a part-time nomad.

Airbnb or Transient Home Host
This isn’t an activity per se but opening your home up to travelers could be something you want to try out. If you have a spare bedroom or a separate living area (guesthouse, pool house, empty garage that you can convert) that is currently unoccupied, why not consider turning the space into a cozy room that you can rent out to tourists? You’ll make money and regularly meet travelers from all over the country and the world. Who knows, one of your guests could be from a city you plan to visit soon and can give you insider information on the place, or even agree to be your host in return.

Motorbike and Bicycle Rental

You’ve probably tried renting a scooter or bicycle on one of your vacations—a great way to sightsee and get around without having to depend on an impatient driver or expensive taxi service. If you live in an area that sorely lacks these modes of transport, maybe now is the time to set one up. Most independent travelers prefer sightseeing on their own time, with the freedom to stop and go as they please. It doesn’t take much to start. Capital doesn’t have to be huge, if you start off with a handful of second-hand but well-maintained units. Being the only reliable motorbike and bicycle rental in town could prove to be a goldmine for you. 

Watering Hole Owner
Chances are, while you were on holiday, you found a nice local café where you had your daily fix and just sat for a while to watch the world go by. Again, this isn’t an activity per se, but if you know how to create the perfect espresso shot and have a great location available, opening a café or restaurant could be your thing. Start small and offer coffee and baked items. Maybe get a liquor license that’ll allow you to serve alcohol. The point is to make your spot the local watering hole for visitors and locals alike. If you feel unqualified to run a place on your own, partner up with friends who know about the food and beverage industry. There’s always a demand for welcoming spaces where travelers know they can rest a while, order some great coffee, and people-watch to their hearts’ content.