How to Profit From the Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse

Photo by supot phanna / Shutterstock.com

Untold numbers of travelers are preparing to flock to a particular stretch of the U.S. to witness the total solar eclipse in August.

For some Americans, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse without having to travel too far. As we recently noted in “13 Best Spots to Watch the Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse,” the Aug. 21 event marks the first time in decades that a total solar eclipse will be visible along such a long path across the U.S.

If you live within or near the path of the total solar eclipse, the event also marks an opportunity to supplement your income by renting out part or all of your home on a vacation rental website.

Location, location, location

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from every continental U.S. state on Aug. 21, but trying to observe one can cause eye damage. So Americans must be within the narrow path of the total eclipse on Aug. 21 if they want to be able to gaze up at the phenomenon safely.

The total eclipse will be visible from within a 70-mile-wide path that will sweep across the country, from Oregon to South Carolina. It will be visible from parts of 14 states:

  1. Oregon
  2. Montana
  3. Idaho
  4. Wyoming
  5. Nebraska
  6. Iowa
  7. Kansas
  8. Missouri
  9. Illinois
  10. Kentucky
  11. Tennessee
  12. Georgia
  13. North Carolina
  14. South Carolina

Check out NASA’s handy eclipse maps to see exactly where the total eclipse will be visible.

Earning extra money via vacation rental websites

Vacation rental websites enable you to list part or all of your home for rent for short-term stays, generally for a nightly fee. For example, these websites help you make your spare bedroom available to travelers who are looking for lodging in your area.

So, if you live in or near the path of the total eclipse, consider listing your couch or spare bedroom on a vacation rental website.

Airbnb is probably the best-known example of a vacation rental website, but it’s hardly the only one. Some such sites are geared toward specific audiences, for example.

Other examples of major vacation rental sites include:

  • VRBO, short for “Vacation Rentals by Owner”: This is a veteran vacation rental website, founded in 1996 — 12 years before Airbnb. As the New York Times said earlier this year, VRBO is among few companies that have “long worked with travelers looking for vacation homes ranging from ski condos in Vail, Colo., to beach houses in Tulum, Mexico.”
  • Homestay.com: This relatively new vacation site has been around since 2013. It distinguishes itself by catering to travelers with tight budgets. Homestay.com “offers a network of accommodations in over 150 countries where hosts offer affordable lodging, breakfast and local intelligence,” the Times reported.

For everything else you need to know to start turning your extra room into extra money, check out “15 Steps to Profit by Renting Your Home to Visitors.”

Do you plan to travel to catch the upcoming total eclipse? Let us know below or on Facebook.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
10 Times You’re Right to Be a Cheapskate
10 Times You’re Right to Be a Cheapskate

Clever shoppers can save money without sacrificing quality. Here is how to do it.

Want a Healthy Retirement? Turn This Device Off
Want a Healthy Retirement? Turn This Device Off

A common behavior becomes increasingly dangerous for those who are 50 or older.

9 Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive
9 Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive

These products from Amazon add elegance to your home without the expense.

8 Things You Should Rent Instead of Buying
8 Things You Should Rent Instead of Buying

You may think you’re looking at a must-have purchase. But do the numbers and think twice.

15 Ways Retirees Can Make Their Savings Last Longer
15 Ways Retirees Can Make Their Savings Last Longer

Study these strategies to make your golden years gleam.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

Whether you resell it for a big profit or add it to your own wardrobe, this type of clothing is a hidden steal.

10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

This Simple Mistake Might Weaken Your COVID-19 Vaccination
This Simple Mistake Might Weaken Your COVID-19 Vaccination

Avoid doing this before you get vaccinated.

10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years
10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years

The cars that owners hold onto the longest have one thing in common, a new study shows.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider
Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider

A new study has bad news for the millions of Americans who spend money on multivitamins.

13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic
11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic

Many goods we take for granted have become tough to find in 2021.

9 Things You Should Never Leave in a Car
9 Things You Should Never Leave in a Car

Thinking of leaving these possessions in a car? Prepare for unexpected consequences.

10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday
10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday

These items are all steeply discounted — but the deals won’t last long.

9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar
9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar can save you a lot of money, but using it like this can cost you.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently
10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently

These habits and characteristics can help put you on the track to success.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021
Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021

More than 700 prescription medications have seen price hikes so far this year. Here’s a look at the worst.

7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50
7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50

As we age, our bodies wear down. Here is how to cut costs associated with some common ailments.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.