can you make money from travel videos?

With YouTube, TikTok and Instagram becoming increasingly popular, many people wonder how easy it is to make money from videos. The amount of money you earn depends on a number of factors, including your niche. So, with that in mind, can you make money from travel videos?

Yes, you can easily make money from travel videos. There are a number of ways to do this, the most popular being:

  • YouTube Ads
  • Affiliate links
  • Brand partnerships
  • Blogs

Read on to learn more about making money from travel videos, how much you can expect to earn, and how to get started.

how do you monetise travel videos?

One of the easiest ways to earn money from travel videos is through YouTube ads. Essentially, you get paid every time someone watches an ad on your video. It’s incredibly easy, but not always lucrative. 

But, if your channel is popular, you will be able to start offering channel memberships and merchandise through YouTube’s Merch Shelf to bump your revenue. You could also start offering paid content via platforms like Patreon.

If you’re just starting out with only a few followers and no other channels to piggyback on, you shouldn’t expect to make much money from travel videos unless you create something really special and fully optimise your videos for search. Bear in mind that there are over 50 million active travel vloggers that you have to compete with!

That being said, if you already have an active following, you could quite easily begin to monetise your videos. But, how much could you make based on your following?

how much can you earn with travel videos?

As of 2023, the average youtuber will earn:

Per 10K Views


Per 100K Views


Per 500K Views


Per Million Views


As we said previously, YouTube ads aren’t the most lucrative income source, but they can be a great way to supplement your usual income.

other ways to monetize travel content

licensed content

YouTube and other video sharing sites aren’t the only ways to monetise your travel videos. High-quality videos and images can also be uploaded onto sites such as Shutterstock, where people can pay to download and use your content. Those successful on such platforms can expect to earn anywhere from $100-2000 per month. Just don’t be surprised if you regularly come across your content when browsing the web!

affiliate links & brand partnerships

Video creators can earn money by advertising products and services in their content. The use of affiliate links allows users to click through to purchase these products, whilst the creator earns a small commission.

Likewise, many travel video creators work with brands as a way of earning money, funding their trips or both. In many cases, brands will pay for creators to stay at their hotel, fly with their airline, eat at their restaurant etc. in exchange for being featured in their content. More successful creators may also earn a fee. 

written content

If you’re open to writing content alongside filming content, there are other ways you can monestise a travel hobby, such as a writing travel blog, or by creating downloadable guides that you charge for. Once created, they’re a great low-maintenance passive income. 

how do I start making travel videos?

The best way to start making travel videos is to simply pick up your camera and start filming. That gorgeous sunset? Whip out your camera! Old historical buildings? Whip out your camera! Delicious food? Whip out your camera!

If you’re just starting out, you don’t necessarily need the best, most expensive camera. An entry-level DSLR camera should provide the level of quality and functionality you need. But, if you’re on a budget, modern iPhones and high-spec Android phones have a good enough camera to get you started (you might need to invest in external memory though!).

Once you’ve shot your footage, you’ll then need to edit it into a watchable video. This requires a computer/laptop and software. Most modern laptops will suffice, but Adobe is typically the go-to software for video editing. Alternatively, Apple has their own editing software – Final Cut Pro – which many consider to work well. 

From here, the hard work really begins. Now you have to build and engage an audience. Learn more about this in our blog, How to start a travel vlog in 2024.

travel videos at DOT FILMS

At Dot Films, we can bring your travel story to life, and help you to start earning an income on your videos. Contact us today to find out more.




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