Ever wanted to earn money whilst you travel? Or just want to earn extra money online? We have shared 35 ways to make money while traveling, so you can earn and travel the world.
For some people, travel is what we live for. The 21 days holiday isn’t enough to quench your thirst to travel and explore the world. That is when you may wish to reassess and plan a new lifestyle that allows you to travel and live elsewhere in the world. Or become ‘location independent’.
It can be done and you can get a much better lifestyle elsewhere in the world, depending on where you want to live and how you want to spend your days. Here are some of the best jobs you can pursue to become location independent and travel the world whilst you earn.
How to make money while traveling
This is our route. I love working with children and decided primary teaching was the best route for my career. Once qualified, I used my degree and teaching qualification to get a job at an International School in Tianjin, China and now I am working in Bangkok, Thailand.
There are hundreds of international schools that are dotted all around the world, so this is one great way to make money while traveling; read about these teaching abroad experiences for more ideas. Contracts are generally 2 years, so we can move from one country or even continent to another every 2 years.
Plus, with teaching, you get a lot of school holidays that give you the time to explore the nearby countries whilst the wage at international schools is fairly high and jobs often include accommodation or accommodation allowances; meaning you have more cash to explore.
This is definitely one of the ways to make money while traveling but you are restricted to traveling in the school holidays.
Again, if you enjoy working with children then this is a great choice; we have a full guide about Online English Teaching here. Similar to qualified teachers, you can take an online TEFL course and use this to get jobs all over the world.
The pay is reasonable and contracts can vary from 3 months to a year; meaning you can travel and teach TEFL in different locations if and when you choose. If you are a couple, you may both need to teach in order to support yourselves comfortably and save for travel trips.
There are two options for English teaching; you could choose to find English teaching jobs in one destination and explore that country during your time off, or you can make money while traveling by finding online teaching jobs.
Online teaching companies include:
3) Virtual Assistant
There are lots of different websites that connect organized, computer-savvy workers to companies who need bits of work being done. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection and you can work from anywhere in the world and make money while traveling.
As a Virtual Assistant, you can leverage your skills and remote work opportunities to make money while traveling.
Consider allocating a portion of your earnings towards building a savings fund with the help of top national banks, which offer reliable financial solutions and competitive interest rates to help you grow your savings while enjoying the freedom of a location-independent lifestyle.
Other useful websites:
4) Online Business
Growing your own online business is perhaps the hardest but the best option for those wanting to build a long-term lifestyle and make money while traveling. Whatever your passion is, you can create an online business from it.
Blogging is one option (look below for more options) but you can also create a service to offer others – whether it is content writing, social media management, accounting, and the list goes on. If you are particularly good with computer software, you may wish to teach yourself and offer mobile app work, and web or graph design.
Begin small and take the time to grow your online business, remembering the sky’s the limit! Think big to achieve big and earn big.
5) Work on a cruise ship
From a performer to the bartender, children’s entertainment to welcome host; cruise ships are always looking for young, fresh faces throughout the year, with 3-6 month contracts available.
You get whisked around the world and get paid for it, whilst meeting new people and saving money to continue traveling on your time off between contracts. This is a great position for those with no ties at home and for those looking to see the world; get yourself a decent job with your chosen company and work your way up the ranks if you love the role.
Possible positions include waiters, entertainers, performers, bartenders, photographers, housekeeping, child care roles, admin, guest services and spa & beauty positions.
For those with a creative flair and a decent DSLR camera, try stock photography. You can upload pictures of anything to some of the more popular websites (as long as they are good quality) and earn money every time someone buys the image for their own website or advertisement.
This means you can photograph the world, upload pictures, and earn from where ever you are in the world. istockphoto.com is the best website to get you started.
7) Group tours
For those more confident travelers out there, why not set up group tours? Save up some money and head to your chosen destination, get to know the local area, and set up tours for fellow travelers and tourists. Speak to local hostels and smaller guesthouses to see if you can form a partnership where they can recommend you.
Every few months, when you have saved enough and want to move on then you can just catch a flight and start over in a new place.
Travel blogging is a niche in its own right but you don’t have to stick to just traveling blogging. Think about what you love and try writing something about it. If you enjoy writing, then you should start to build a blog.
This is the long game though – don’t expect to earn thousands straight away but just know it is possible!
My best advice for starting up a blog is;
- Find your niche – Choose a topic you love to write about and niche down; Travel? Beauty? Tech? Gaming? Whatever the choice, stick to that niche and find a name that reflects this.
- Get your own domain – this will help you rank better on Google and really helps you build your brand.
- Write consistently and well – Everyone tells you that it is quality over quantity, which is true BUT you also need to find a balance. You should begin to aim for a blog post or two every week and make sure you are consistent.
- Learn SEO – Invest in courses or use the wonderful Google to learn about SEO optimization. Join Facebook blogging groups to learn tips from others and invest in Keysearch to help you find the best keywords for your blogs.
- Aim for 50K page views – This number doesn’t happen overnight, but it is a great target! Once your site hits 50K page views a month, you can sign up to Mediavine (an advertising company) and start earning some serious ad revenue.
- KEEP GOING!
9) Freelance writing and ebooks
Another great way to make money while traveling is to write. If you do find that you are a natural writer, then perhaps try your hand at ebook writing or freelance writing. Freelance jobs often come to you but it may be worth keeping an eye out for opportunities on smaller online websites. Focus on writing for your blog and freelance jobs may come to you in time. This is less sustainable and should be done alongside other options.
Websites like PeoplePerHour.com may be a good place to start and practice your freelance writing skills whilst bloggingpro.com and journalismjobs.com offer some better-paid work.
Youtube has taken over the world. Film your days of travel and make money on youtube by monetizing your videos. What better way to remember your trip and share your experience with your family whilst earning? Make money whilst traveling by filming, editing, and sharing your experience as you go.
Don’t fancy filming your travels? There are so many different types of youtube channels you could create – stock footage is available to help add interest to videos but using the camera on your iPhone and sharing your knowledge and passion is a great start.
So this is an unusual one but incredibly rewarding. Although it is a 2-year Volunteer program, your travel to and from the country of service is paid for, as is a monthly living and housing allowance, full medical and dental coverage, and a ‘re-adjustment allowance at the end of your contract.
12) Remote work
There is a selection of websites that offer remote jobs and careers that are worth taking a look at. They are often related to programming or marketing as well as customer service and support roles. Best websites to look at: weworkremotely.com, http://jobs.remotive.io, https://remoteok.ioand https://www.wfh.io.
13) Run a course
What skills do you have? Could you offer a course for it? There are numerous websites that can help you create your online course as well as advertise it. This is a great way to get creative, share your skills with others, and earn money while your travel. This does take some time to create, market, and build an audience for but it is worthwhile putting the time in if you are serious about building passive income.
For those that love a bit of countryside, head to WWOOF and sign up to their network. Simply put, you work 4-6 hours a day on an organic farm in exchange for accommodation and food. Not the most glamorous choice but good for those who want to escape for their office jobs. Read about an experience with WWOOF for more info.
15) Volunteer Abroad
There are lots of different ways you can volunteer abroad. You aren’t earning money most of the time but you are given free accommodation and food in return for your time. Websites like GoOverseas, GoOverseas, and WorkAway offer various opportunities for volunteering positions in all areas of the world.
16) Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
Similar to PeaceCorps, this is another organization that covers the travel and living expenses for volunteers. They also offer a Youth Volunteering program for those younger people with less experience but all routes offer free travel and a chance to experience and live in a new country and culture whilst making a difference.
17) Hostel to hostel
Some hostels around the world offer free nights in exchange for shift work at the reception, bar, or as a cleaner. It is not always reliable but if you have any experience behind a bar or reception desk then perhaps ping a few emails to hostels in your chosen destination and get a few nights or even up to a month of free accommodation.
18) Au Pair
For those who want to get away and love children, have a look at Au Pair opportunities. You get accommodation and food included as well as days off and pay. A friend of mine snagged herself a year lengthy job in Washington and was able to explore North America during her time there.
You can find jobs all over the world on Great Au Pair.
19) Resort Work
There are hotel resorts all over the world and they are often looking for staff who can speak English well and clearly. Whether it is a front desk role, waitress, bar staff, or children’s entertainer, resort jobs are ideal for those looking for some sun, sea, and sand whilst saving some money.
20) Online Sales
This could be your own items that you create, a collection of things you buy or find on your travels, or cheap-priced wholesale items. There is a lot of money to be made by selling things on websites such as eBay and Etsy.
21) Working Holiday Visa
Some countries including Singapore, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland offer a working holiday visa; which allows you to stay in the country for up to a year and allows you to apply for jobs whilst you’re there. This is where any bartending experience and customer service skills come in useful.
22) Sports and Scuba diving instructor
Get yourself a PADI qualification and find a job as a Scuba Diving instructor. Particularly good at water sports, then you can teach it to tourists and families across the world. There are some great opportunities with locals or with hotel resorts who wish to offer sessions.
23) Freelance translator
If you know two languages or are even just excellent at English, translating menus, posters, and adverts for local bars, restaurants, and hotels can earn you quite a bit. It is possible to find work online but you can also find work on the move; simply ask local businesses if they have any work whilst you travel. Look out for those dodgy signs that don’t use correct standard English and charge them something for correcting it.
24) Tour Escort
International tour operators offer tours around the world and hire tour escorts to accompany the group. Budget companies such as indochina.com and cosmos courts and cruises offer 1-2 year contracts and finance your trip. However, the pay is fairly low but the experience is worth it.
25) Fitness/Yoga instructor
Fitness instructors are in high demand all over the world, particularly in top resorts and beach towns. You can travel and run personal training classes or small classes or snag a job at a 5 star resort if you are looking for a longer stay somewhere.
26) Cooperate World
If you have a career or years of experience in a chosen cooperate sector, there is nothing stopping you from applying for international roles abroad. China and Hong Kong often have numerous cooperate positions available whilst the Middle East and Singapore are popular choices for those looking to expand their career abroad.
27) Massage Therapists
For those with training in massage therapy, you are also in high demand at many five-star resorts and hotels across the world, as well as airport lounges. Find short-term contracts, contact resorts in your chosen destination, or set up your own business.
28) Matched Betting
This one is doable in some countries but not all. Head to a country where online gambling is legal and you can make money by betting on all outcomes using the offers from bookies and betting against it on an exchange.
29) Stock markets
For those who have an understanding and knowledge of stock markets, or for those who are good with numbers, try out stock market betting. Start small and build your knowledge of it over time before heading out traveling the world. Not a risk-free option but a choice some choose to go with.
30) Festival and event staff
You may not be a rockstar but you can still work for and tour the world with festival groups or tour and event companies. Festivals always bring staff with them, including side-stage acts, backstage teams, installations, food vendors, and event organizers and staff. For a long-term position and career route, this can be a good option for those festivals and outdoor lovers.
31) Flight Attendant
That well-known choice – a flight attendant. It goes without saying, make sure you don’t mind moving about on flights and bag yourself a job at a decent airline. Check airline companies’ policies and schedules before accepting a position, if you want to travel it may be best to go with long-haul flights.
There are some airlines that provide overnight stays at hotels across the world whilst other companies will send you to and from somewhere with just a few hours in between. The plus side is that you also get massive discounts on flights to use in your time off.
32) Travel Nurse
A harder route, but if you have a degree and are a registered nurse, you can apply for a role as a temporary travel nurse, with jobs lasting up to 3 months depending on the assignment. Sometimes you may get a tax-free income or free housing and a rental car, it all depends on the job.
33) Design clothing
So this is something Calum loves to do as he can use his creativity, imagination, and graphic design skills to design clothing that not only we would love to wear but others would love to wear too. Websites such as Zazzle, Dizinga, or Bonfire Fun offer simple options for you to upload your designs and take a commission on sales.
34) Job Search
If you love the idea of moving abroad and staying somewhere for some time then look for roles in anything you are good at. Use http://www.overseasjobs.com, http://www.workaway.info, and http://www.anyworkanywhere.com for lists of jobs available around the world.
Perfect for those who have saved to travel but want to earn a bit extra, Gigwalk is an app that allows you to search for quick jobs available in your area with payment being made into PayPal. It is currently only available in the US but is promised to be expanding. Similar websites include Task Rabbit or Craigslist.
Earn money whilst traveling FAQ
How can I make a lot of money while traveling?
There are various ways you can earn money while traveling, including freelancing, teaching online, teaching abroad, creating digital products to sell, writing ebooks, creating courses and taking on seasonal work.
Can you make a living while traveling?
There are ways to make a living while traveling but like all good things, it can take time to build. Building an online business or brand like blogging, YouTube or social media can take many hours and effort, so don’t expect to make a lot of money online quickly. But, it can be done!
What is the highest-paying traveling job?
High-earning traveling jobs include airline pilots, hotel managers, and geologist roles as well as marine biologists.
What jobs allow you to travel a lot?
Popular jobs that include travel are traveling teachers, cruise shop staff, train conductors, flight attendants, those that teach English abroad, travel nurses, and bloggers.
These are some options you may wish to look into to get traveling. Some jobs pay enough straight away to get you abroad asap whilst others may take some time. We find that my teaching wage abroad is enough to live off comfortably and supports both of us.
However, we choose to do a few of these to earn extra cash whilst traveling but also to make our blog as interesting and varied as possible. There are very very few travel jobs that are easy, most require quite a bit of work and are highly competitive but are so worth it!
How do you fund your travels?! Share your tips and suggestions in the comments below!
- We LOVE this camera for our travel photography.
- For a cheap, easy, and compact camera, we use this to vlog and take photographs.
- We use this microphone for all our Youtube voiceovers.
- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
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What to pack
- No matter where we travel, I always take these trusty hand sanitizers and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.