Whether you blew through your budget halfway through your trip, or just want to pick up a little extra spending money, there are good ways to find a day's pay on the road.
: Be careful about accepting work that isolates you from others.
Step 1: Check out free listings Check out the employment gazettes that can be found among the free newspaper stands in big cities. They often advertise short-term positions.
Step 2: Visit a temp agency Sign up with a temp agency that specializes in day work.
Step 3: Find seasonal work Look for seasonal work, either on farms during harvest time or with merchants who might be overwhelmed during holidays.
Step 4: Investigate big events Check with the Chamber of Commerce or Tourist Information Center to see if there are any upcoming events, like a county fair or a music festival, that might require extra help.
Step 5: Swing by swap meets Stop by swap meets and flea markets and offer your services helping vendors set up and break down.
Step 6: Head to a resort area Check out the nearest resort area. Hotels and restaurants in those areas often need help because of the transitory nature of their employees.
TIP: If you’re in an area that’s popular with boaters, arrive at the docks early in the day and see if you can pick up some cash helping to wash down a boat.
Step 7: Spread the word Strike up conversations wherever you go and mention that you’re looking for day labor. You never know who may need a hand—or knows someone who does.
FACT: Route 66, popular with U.S. road trippers before the Interstate highway system was built, crosses eight states and three time zones.
You Will Need
A temp agency
The Chamber of Commerce or a Tourist Information Center