33 Best Travel Jobs To Make Money Traveling

Fun Traveling Jobs to Make Money

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The best travel jobs allow you to earn income while exploring the world. Here are real-life examples of people living the dream – making money traveling abroad.

If you love traveling as much as I do, but can’t afford to completely quit working, you’re in luck. There are actually many different travel job opportunities to make money traveling the world.

Whether it’s seeking opportunities to trade work for accommodation, or landing a location independent job that gives you the freedom to travel abroad — you have options.

The reason I’ve been able to travel the world for the past 5 years is because I’ve slowly turned my travel blog into a business.

However that’s certainly not the only path to long-term travel.

Make Money Traveling

First a little disclaimer. If all traveling jobs were easy, everyone would be doing this. Many of these professions require passion, specialized training, time commitment, and talent. For those that don’t, the pay just isn’t great.

There is no magic way to instantly make lots of money traveling.

The truth about becoming location independent is that it takes years of hard work and sacrifice behind the scenes — something too many people conveniently ignore.

That said, it’s not impossible to work and travel either. The people who have fun travel jobs invested their time and resources to learn how to make it work — which means you can do the same if you make it a priority.

We all have the same 24 hours, how will you spend yours?


Expat, Digital Nomad, or Vagabond?

Not all “travel” jobs are created equally. The wanderlust opportunities listed here fall under one of the following categories — expat jobs, digital nomad jobs, or what I’ll call vagabonding. What’s the difference you ask?

Expat Jobs

Expat stands for “expatriate”. Meaning while you are a citizen of one country, you choose to live/work in a foreign country. Expat jobs are only related to travel in that you’re working in a different country from your own. You may live in that country for months or years at a time, so you aren’t exactly nomadic.

Examples: English teacher, nanny, foreign service, etc.

Digital Nomad

Digital Nomads work from their computers. This makes them location independent. As long as they have access to the internet, they can earn a living. Blogging falls under this category, so it also describes my lifestyle. Digital nomads are free to travel at will, working from coffee shops or hotels.

Examples: Online business, freelance writing, social media, etc.

Vagabonds

Vagabonds do work that I’ll call “alternative” travel jobs. The type of work that may not require a computer, but a more hands-on approach. Think musicians, artists, or manual labor. Access to the internet or owning a computer aren’t mandatory requirements. Pay could be under the table.

Examples: Street vendor, musician, farm work, etc.

Best Travel Jobs (2016)

The following travel jobs encompass one or more of those categories. If you crave the safety of a permanent job, but you also want to live in a different country, then working abroad in a regular full-time type position might be best.

Keep in mind not all of these jobs are suitable for everyone. If you have a university degree, you might not be as willing to pick berries on a farm as someone else might be. Or maybe you are! I won’t judge.

We all have different backgrounds, skills, and comfort levels.


Traveling Bartender Job

Bartender / Server

Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are located worldwide and the job description is pretty much the same everywhere. It helps to speak the language, so you may need to invest in a few weeks of language classes. Touristy places will be easier to find work and there’s no minimum or maximum time requirement. Plus the more experience you gain as a bartender, the more job opportunities will open up, with a potential for higher income.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Jeremy traveled and worked as a bartender in Australia.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

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Run Travel Tours

Travel Tour Guide

You could consider getting a job as a local tour guide or tour assistant for an international company, either at a single popular location or for larger multi-destination tours. Or you can think entrepreneurial and start your very own tours! Maybe it’s the best un-marked surf spots, an awesome local hiking trip, or showing people the coolest bars and restaurants in town.

EXAMPLE

My friend Lauren started a successful food tour business in Spain.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Traveling Translator

Freelance Translator

Obviously you need to know a second language to be a translator, but maybe not as much as you think. Sure you probably won’t be working at the United Nations, but the opportunities are as open as your imagination. You could charge a restaurant to translate their menu, work for a tour company selling tours to tourists who speak your language, or offer freelance translation services online. The more fluent you are, the more money you can make.

EXAMPLE

My friend Maria translates English websites into Spanish.

INCOME RANGE

$0.10 – $0.40 per word

USEFUL RESOURCES


Backpacker Hostel

Work At Backpacker Hostels

Backpacker hostels frequently hire travelers to fill positions on a short term basis in exchange for free room and board. There are many different types of jobs, from working the front desk to housekeeping or bartending. If you plan to stay longer term, some hostels offer paid positions too. Actually, I once got paid to work at a backpacker hostel in Hawaii many years ago.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Dave worked the front desk at a backpacker hostel in Singapore.

INCOME RANGE

$7 – $10 an hour, possibly with accommodation included

USEFUL RESOURCES


Traveling Jobs Yoga

Traveling Fitness Instructor

Another job that allows you to travel the world while making money is working as a freelance fitness instructor. You can teach classes on pilates, yoga, zumba, dance, or provide services as a personal trainer if you have enough experience in these fields. Some instructors make deals with local gyms or backpacker hostels in order to use their facilities with clients.

EXAMPLE

My friends Brandon & Anne make money teaching yoga while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

$30 – $100 per hour

RESOURCES


Make Money Teaching English

Teach English Abroad

Do you know how to speak English? Sweet! You may not realize it, but professional English teachers are highly sought after around the world — and the pay can be decent. However just understanding the language isn’t enough, you generally need a college degree and a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

EXAMPLE

My buddy Drew made money teaching english in Korea.

INCOME RANGE

$2000 – $3000 per month plus accommodation.

RESOURCES


Traveling Massage Jobs

Massage Therapist

Massage therapy is in demand worldwide as an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Trained therapists can offer their skills to weary travelers or expatriates near popular tourist destinations. Work for a larger company or strike out on your own as an entrepreneur. Find clients by teaming up with hotels and giving them a cut for referring customers. Print flyers to hang up around gyms, coffee shops, etc.

EXAMPLE

My friend Kach made money traveling working as a massage therapist.

INCOME RANGE

$50 – $200 per day

RESOURCES


Make Money Traveling Webdesign

Web / Graphic Design

One of the most common jobs for traveling digital nomads is graphic or website design. All you need is your computer, an eye for design, and knowledge of certain software programs and online platforms. Things like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, WordPress, Illustrator, etc. Talent for writing code helps too — specifically HTML, PHP, and CSS. School is great, but it’s also possible to learn on your own with tutorials.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Adam makes money traveling while designing websites.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $6,000 per month

RESOURCES


Cruise & Yacht Jobs

Work On A Yacht / Cruise Ship

Traveling the world while working on private yachts or large cruise ships is an awesome way to see some pretty exotic places. Food, accommodation, transportation, and insurance is covered too — so it’s a great way to save money. Many jobs also provide plenty of vacation time to travel on your own. There are different types of positions available: deck-hand, stewardess, chef, tour manager, entertainment, engineer, and more.

EXAMPLE

My friend Derek made money traveling & working on a cruise ship.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $5000 per month

RESOURCES


Make Money Traveling Chef

Professional Chef

Working in the kitchen as a traveling chef gives you the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. However the hours are long, irregular, and stressful. Traveling chefs can land jobs at traditional restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, private yachts, food trucks, or even work for private households. Being well-rounded with past experience helps your chances too. Jobs vacancies are often listed online, either in classifieds or company websites.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Daniel makes money traveling as a professional chef.

INCOME RANGE

$9 – $20 per hour

RESOURCES


Day Trading

Day Trading

Like many of the jobs in this list, you can’t just jump into day trading on the stock market without any prior experience and expect to become rich. However I’ve met quite a few people who make money traveling and day trading. It usually takes a few years, and losing some money, before it starts to pay off. A background in finance and spare cash to invest helps too.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Marcello makes money day trading stocks while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

$100 – $10,000 per day

RESOURCES


Make Money as a Street Vendor

Street Vendor

Jewelry is the most popular item to sell, but it could also be art, clothing, leather goods… anything where you can source materials locally in bulk to make a product yourself. Setting up as a vendor requires supplies, possibly meaning a longer time in one location, but if you’re going to spend a season in one place it can be worth it. Find a location with lots of tourist traffic like walking streets or public beaches.

EXAMPLE

My friend Sorina sells leather accessories while traveling around Europe.

INCOME RANGE

$20 – $200 per day

RESOURCES


Make Money at Festivals

Festival Circuit

You don’t have to be a big name performer to work at festivals around the world. There are side-stage acts, installations, event staff, and food vendors too. Festivals always bring on lots of staff before, during and after the events. You can time southern hemisphere Australian and New Zealand festivals between Canadian, American and European summer circuits.

EXAMPLE

My friend Kellie makes money traveling working at festivals.

INCOME RANGE

Free tickets – $12 an hour

RESOURCES


Make Money Scuba Instructor

Sports Instructor

Are you exceptionally good at a particular sport? Share your knowledge with others and get a job as a professional instructor. Surfing, kitesurfing, skiing, scuba diving, skydiving, rock climbing, fly fishing, kayaking, tennis, sailing, mountaineering, etc. Earn an income doing what you love while traveling.

EXAMPLE

My friends Antonio & Amanda make money as scuba diving instructors.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

RESOURCES


Traveling Au Pair Job

Au Pair

An au pair is a professional live-in babysitter or nanny hired by a family to help their kids learn a new language and do some household chores in exchange for room, board, and a weekly income. The job allows you to live in a foreign country, learn a new language, and experience the culture first-hand while making some money.

EXAMPLE

My friend Ashley made money working as an au pair in France.

INCOME RANGE

$400 – $1000 per month

RESOURCES


Flight Attendant Jobs

Flight Attendant

The life of a flight attendant may seem glamorous. Constantly jetting around the world, partying it up in different cities, experiencing different cultures, 90% off airline tickets, hotel discounts, cheap rent, and working above the clouds. But it’s hard work too. The training is tough, the hours are long, and all the moving around can get lonely. However for those with a case of wanderlust, it can help you travel the world.

EXAMPLE

My friend Mia makes money traveling as a flight attendant.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

RESOURCES


Foreign Service Jobs

Foreign Service

Working for the foreign service (aka diplomat) or an intergovernmental organization (IGO) is one travel job that allows you to experience life in a different part of the world. Most of these government jobs are only open to people with university degrees or knowledge of foreign languages. Applications and tests for these types of positions can be found online.

EXAMPLE

My girlfriend Anna worked for the Polish embassy in London.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES


Travel Photographer Jobs

Photographer

Becoming a professional travel or adventure photographer and selling your images from around the world takes years of hard work. You can upload photos in bulk to micro-stock sites or sell images to clients directly for use in magazines, books, brand campaigns, or websites. Running guided photography tours and selling online tutorials are additional ways to make money as a traveling photographer.

EXAMPLE

My friend Brendan wrote an eye-opening article about working as professional travel photographer these days.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES


Traveling Writer Job

Travel Writer

Writing about travel seems to be a dream job for many, however it’s not something most people can just jump into. First, you have to be a great writer. Next, you need to learn about networking, pitching to editors, and all the other business stuff involved. Once you have those down, then it’s possible to write for magazines, newspapers, websites, or travel guidebooks. Copywriting and other types of writing are also options.

EXAMPLE

My friend Jodi earns income on the road as a travel & food writer.

INCOME RANGE

$0.10 – $1.00 per word

USEFUL RESOURCES


Make Money Amazon Store

Drop Shipping / Amazon FBA

It has a few names and variations, but buying products overseas then re-branding them and selling through Amazon is an increasingly common way to make money while traveling. Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) means you don’t need an actual storefront location because products are stocked at Amazon’s network of fulfillment centers around the world.

EXAMPLE

My friend Aileen makes money traveling & selling products on Amazon.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

RESOURCES


Make Money Travel Blogging

Blogging

Making money as a blogger while traveling is a dream job for many. But like most things in life, it’s hardly simple. Earning a living with a blog is hard work — and can take years. A blog about travel isn’t the only option, other examples include food bloggers, mommy bloggers, fashion bloggers, and lifestyle bloggers. Income generally comes from advertising, affiliate sales, books, influencer projects, etc. But first you need to build an audience!

EXAMPLE

Me! Check out my resources below about how to become a travel blogger.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $20,000+ per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Make Money Traveling Musician

Musician / Street Performer

Also known as busking, use your best talents to make some money from tourists. Create an act, grab an instrument, pick a spot with lots of foot traffic, and drop a hat. Many cities require a permit for busking, so make sure to do your research first. Do you have any special talents? Acrobatics, painting, fortune telling, music, break dancing, henna art, it could be anything.

EXAMPLE

My friend Nadia makes money traveling and playing street music.

INCOME RANGE

$10 – $100 per hour

RESOURCES


Make Money Traveling AirBnB

AirBnB

I’m sure you’ve heard of AirBnB by now, the holiday apartment booking site that lets you stay in other people’s homes rather than hotels. Well some enterprising individuals are renting out their flats while they travel, making decent income. The key is automating the process as much as possible so you don’t have to be there in person.

EXAMPLE

My friend Alyssa makes money renting her apartment on AirBnB.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $7000+ per month

RESOURCES


Make Money Traveling Seasonal Jobs

Seasonal Jobs

I’ve met many travelers around the world who work seasonally, spending part of the year earning money and then traveling for months in the off-season. The number of jobs in this category are countless. Construction, school teachers, commercial fishing, oil workers, electricians, ski resort staff, etc. These jobs depend on what skills you currently possess or are willing to learn.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Brian has worked construction jobs while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES


Travel Jobs Poker

Internet Poker

It almost sounds too good to be true. Playing poker for a living, online or at real tables, from anywhere in the world. But like anything else, it requires lots of hard work to make that lifestyle sustainable. You need to be good with numbers, possess strong willpower to play for hours, keep your emotions in check, and be able to stay focused on repetitive tasks.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Konrad makes money playing online poker for a living.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

RESOURCES


Peace Corp

Peace Corp / NGO

Want the experience of a lifetime helping others less fortunate than yourself? Try volunteering with the Peace Corp or a Non-Governmental Organization. Just keep in mind that volunteer work is a full-time job. While it makes your life rich with experiences, the money isn’t great. You’ll build confidence to handle any challenge — because the work itself is challenging.

EXAMPLE

My friend Danielle worked as Peace Corp volunteer in Nicaragua.

INCOME RANGE

$314 per month plus food & accommodation

RESOURCES


Marketing PR Jobs

Marketing / PR

Again, not something you can just learn in a week. There is a reason people go to school and get a degree in marketing. However if you have a business/marketing background, there is no reason why you can’t freelance this type of work from a hammock in Bali. In fact it’s becoming much more common — I’ve met plenty of people helping authors or brands get their name out to a wider audience while traveling.

EXAMPLE

My friends Pete & Dalene run a digital influencer marketing company.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000+ per month

RESOURCES


YouTube Travel Job

Video Work / Vlogging

Traveling around the world making videos is another dream job, and some people make a very good living with it. There are a few different paths too — shooting and selling stock footage, becoming a popular YouTuber, or producing highly polished marketing films for tourism boards & travel brands. A strong knowledge of video, editing, networking, and marketing is highly recommended for this type of work.

EXAMPLE

My friend Nadine makes money traveling as a professional YouTuber.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $20,000+ per month

RESOURCES


Travel Nurse Job

Travel Nurse

To become a travel nurse, you must first get a degree as a registered nurse (RN) which takes 2-4 years. Once you have that, it’s possible to apply for temporary travel nursing jobs which can last up to 13 weeks. Depending on the assignment, sometimes these jobs include tax-free income, free housing, medical coverage, rental cars, and more. There are travel nurse staffing agencies that specialize in helping you locate a job overseas too.

EXAMPLE

My friend Rachel worked as a travel nurse for a while.

INCOME RANGE

$30 – $40 per hour

RESOURCES


Computer Programming Travel Job

Computer Programmer

If you already have the skills & training needed as a computer programmer, than transitioning your cubicle office job into a freelance position with location independence would give you the freedom to travel. There are special freelance programming websites where you can bid on jobs, or you can try to launch a company to build your own products like iPhone apps or custom web applications.

EXAMPLE

My friends Simon & Erin develop smartphone apps as they travel.

INCOME RANGE

$3000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES


Virtual Assistant Travel Job

Virtual Assistant

With advancements in office technology and a desire to reduce employee costs, business are increasingly looking to hire virtual assistants who can work from home (or anywhere for that matter). There is little that personal assistants can’t do remotely these days. Social media scheduling, responding to customer enquires, calendar management, and all sorts of other tasks can be taken care of by a competent virtual assistant.

EXAMPLE

My friend Katie travels & works as a virtual assistant.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $3000 per month

RESOURCES


Consultant Work and Travel

Professional Consultant

Are you an expert in your field? Working as a professional consultant for companies may give you the ticket to location independence. Consultants work on short term projects, helping businesses grow by training staff how to do something better. For example, instructing a business how to use social media effectively, or how to become more environmentally friendly. Generally they are paid to share their specialized expertise.

EXAMPLE

My friend Dave travels and works as a consultant for oil companies.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely.

RESOURCES


Working Holiday Visa Jobs

Working Holiday Visas

A working holiday visa is a special residence permit allowing travelers to legally work in foreign countries to supplement their travel funds. They are generally intended for people between the ages of 18 to 30, and requirements differ based on the country. Some popular destinations for working holidays include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Ireland, and Singapore.

EXAMPLE

My friend Marta has lived in 3 different countries on working holiday visas.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES


Work Abroad With Travel Jobs

The truth is there are no easy ways to make lots of money while traveling without prior skills, time commitment, or experience. It’s just not how the world works.

No one is going to pay you thousands of dollars to do something easy.

Dream jobs often take years to materialize, and include unimaginable effort & sacrifice that the average person just can’t understand until they experience that same journey for themselves.

While I make a good living with my travel blog — it didn’t happen overnight. It’s the same for most of these other jealousy-inducing travel jobs.

But I hope this article has demonstrated that there are plenty of people out there working hard and “living the dream” who manage to make money while traveling. It’s not impossible!

So get out there and start making your own dreams come true. ★

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Do you have a travel friendly job? Any others I missed?

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100 Comments

  1. Love this post. I would say that this one blog post gave me way more options for traveling jobs compared to a lot of other things that come up on the internet. Thanks

  2. hello matthew,thanks for your good informatins,im a iranian traveller that i not only i travel but also sell different kinds of home appliances in each cites that I travel there

    1. Hi Lita, I have traveled a lot & also love it, so I understand your dilemma! I was a single mom for 11 years (my daughter is now married & has a child) it depends on how old your child is, but maybe you could find out about au pair jobs that the family you work for could accommodate you & your child? Or advertise baby-sitting where ever you go & when the clients contact you, explain that you will be bringing your child with you… Most importantly, the time we have with our children flies past & if you want your child to respect & love you when they are adult, you need to work on emotionally intelligent reactions to every daily challenge. Love & Light on your path always!

  3. I really enjoyed this article. I have seen a lot of lists of ways to make money while traveling and most of them only list the job and move on. This is super helpful having first-hand experiences and links with more information on the jobs! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is so amazint,reading this article and all those comments.Makes me so ahppy to know that there are many people around the world who thinks like me and sees life the way i see it.Hope to meet you all someday,somewhere while travelling lol.Love and peace.Danyal

  5. Hey
    Such an inspiring stories you have. I am a student of software engineering. Please let me know there are opportunities of travelling around the world with my job or any other job i can take. Travelling jobs or i need to switch any other. please let me know.

  6. Hi, i Graduated completing Business management & marketing studies, I am mostly looking for a job where i get to travel and share my experiences while i explore a particular place, so that my experience can be used to make people aware about that place and it can be developed as a famous tourist destination .

  7. I am African female of 31 yrs working in an oil industry as an MRP but I have discovered that I would love to travel the world maybe as an oil consultant , please can someone hook me up……

    1. HI Nokwazi,
      You should look into NDT. All the oil and gas pipelines, pressure vessels and storage tanks get NDT inspections on a regular basis and you get to travel to different locations doing these tests.

  8. Hey nice list.. very cool jobs. But what about long haul truck driving.. there you get to travel around whatever continent your on taking loads from one place to another out on the open highways with home comforts in your truck..

  9. Dude!! This is an awesome post! Thanks so much for all the insight, links and information. I’m going to teach espanol in Barcelona this October and my measly Spanish gov’t income isn’t gunna give me the flexibility to do what I love- t r a v e l. (Duh) 10/10 Would recommend your blog to everyone I know! Inspired me to start my own blog. ( Hope I get your blessing haha)
    Enjoy your next travels!!

  10. Hey!
    My names Shelby, I live in Indiana in the States, and I’m only 14 although I’m saving up to travel around the world for when i get older. My biggest dream is to be able to make money by traveling. I went to Amsterdam and Paris last year and it was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever experienced. The air smells different and everyday it feels like your waking up as a new person. My biggest dream would be to wake up everyday and feel that feeling. Although i can’t decide what i would want to do, which job do you prefer? My plan is to also travel abroad in collage although it would be truly amazing to travel the world and see everything before I die and enjoy every bit of the world. It is truly inspiring that some people can do that.

    1. Hi Shelby! My name is Cassy. I thought I was truly alone with this thought, but I guess not. I feel the exact thing you do, but I just haven’t travelled to other countries. I like going new places and when I do I love it. I love taking in every place I go and learn about it. My plan also is to travel the world when I get older and I am also saving money now too and I am your age. My biggest dream is to wake up everyday and go somewhere new and find adventures. I want to see everything before I die and enjoy every part of the world also. I hope I can find a job to have while traveling, and many study abroad for a year in college. You’re not alone! If you ever figure out a job let me know. From a fellow dreamer.

    2. Hey Shelby!
      I am a fellow dreamer. I am 19 years old, and about to start my third year in Hospitality and Tourism Management. This program will give me a lot of knowledge of how places work, and also allows you to travel when your older. My program is 4 years, but there are courses that are 1 or 2 years. It gets you involved with people, and opens your mind to what other possibilities are out there for you. You get to hear a lot of amazing stories and gives you an idea of what you want to see. Working in the hospitality power house has endless opportunities and can branch off into many different things. If you work in a hotel, there is a high chance there is a hotel of the same brand you can transfer to anywhere in the world. I can work in hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, casinos, airlines, you name it! Not only I can work there, I can manage them too! You just have to set your mind to your goals and love life while on your journey!

    3. Hi i wanted travelll job anywhere anytime i don’t care how much selery but travelling my dream. So plzzz can you give me some tip how can get job ???

    4. life is a gift .. It would be sad to die in such a beautiful life, and did not see the beauty .. It’s like you stand at the threshold of a large palace and can not progress … and when you lie down on his deathbed … regret so much on the things that you did not do…travel is my life..te world is mine.the world is mine..i can do everything.and everything for me is travel

    5. Hey kid, my name is Alexandra, i’m from Romania, Eastern Europe. I got the chance to travel a bit around Europe when I was your age and I think that made me crave for more. Now I work as a copywriter and hope to do the same thing as you and be able to inspire others as well. My advice is to study as much as you can about the things you’re interested in and then go for it.
      Never give up your dream, it will be so much more than you expect !

      1. I almost forgot, I’m waiting for all of you to visit Transylvania, the home of Dracula, as well as one of the most unique natural bird and flora habitats in the world, The Danube’s Delta.
        The prices are really low and people are great!

  11. Hy..Matthew this is Harshita from India.I love to travel alot I passed my 12th grade this year.I want to build my career in travelling field but my parents thinks this there is no scope and security for a girl.But I can’t let my dream be dream only.Thanks for motivating me.One day will live my life the way i wanted.

    1. i have just started with part time travel videos i am thinking of making atleast 50 videos in future

    2. Work to become a Pilot. It doesn’t require you to go to college, can be done straight after 12th. It will be financially costly to train and it does take a lot of hard work. But as the blog says…no dream job is easy.
      In addition, you travel with a full unit so you’re comparitively safe.

  12. Great info. My wife is a travel nurse and I am a traveling doc. We travel the world 3 months at a time and love our jobs. Our two babies love traveling and discovering new places all year long.

  13. Wow! What ship company is your cruise working friend with?! I work seasonally on large cruise ships as a Youth Staff and I only make around $1,000/month! Great list by the way!

  14. Excellent list, I was able to break free from the corporate world back in 2011 once my tour company took off. People are really happy when they travel and most days don’t seem like work at all.

  15. I travel around the world now for free or very minimum cost. I always wondered how I could make money while traveling to all these places. This was very educational. Thank you so much for insight. If I could just break it down now to what I want to do that would be great. Its definitely a lot harder than it looks.

  16. Travelling around the world would be a dream come true, however a huge problem is money. Not only the transport and accommodation cost a lot, but once in another country you want to make most of it. Working in an events promotions company where we list trips and travel related events in various cities, I know first hand that people are thrilled at any opportunity they get to travel. That is why this is such a helpful article! Travelling and while making money, the best of both worlds. Good stuff!

  17. HI Matt,
    This is a wonderful resource. I am learning German and was thinking of bagging some translation stints. Will check out the resources you have mentioned.
    Cheers:)
    Nimish

  18. I looked at that photo at the top and cringed. I couldn’t get in that hammock with a laptop on my lap.

    None the less, this is a very inspiring article. Hopefully, one day I’d like to do a few of these.

  19. I guess it’s making a travel job sustainable that is the hard part. Sure, anyone can earn some euros here and there, but making a “living” out of it is something else.. I’ve heard many people say that it’s wise to have several income streams coming in, to not ‘bet only on one horse’ (is that a saying?).

    I’m on my way in the “Travel blog” and “Computer programmer” category, but it’s great to have an overview of what other field there are so cheers for that! Last but not least, I saw quite a cool thing on another travel blog which I think could go in this list too: Plansify. I think (Wandering) Earl founded it, you basically get paid for Skype or phone sessions in which you give travel advice. Not too shabby, right :)

  20. Digital Nomad has served me well for over two years and 15 different countries!

    The only downside is sometimes I forget I earn while I travel and that others don’t, so when I suggest something that’s a little over budget it takes me a second to realise the quick shut-downs of the idea.

    Absolutely incredible article though mate, going to Buffer this one up :)

    James

  21. Great list! I know at a couple points when I have been hurting for money I have taught English to Chinese Kids over Skype. Pays pretty well, and you can do it from anywhere.

    Awesome picture of Jeremy by the way.

    1. I would love to teach English to Chinese children via Skype. I was teaching Chinese children in Spain, and we had a great time together. If you have any contact details, I would be pleased if you would pass them on. Thanks

  22. Really creative list Matt! Another one worth mentioning is sports journalism/communications — I’ve traveled for years by working the Olympics/FIFA/etc circuit, and as a sports journalist I’ve been paid to go to Azerbaijan, the UAE, Sochi etc for month-long events. Plus you don’t have to pay for tickets and get the best seats in the house (hello, Opening and Closing Ceremonies)!

  23. Salary ranges are quite a bit off, but great list regardless! It’ll force folks to think outside the box to make living overseas a reality.

  24. This list is amazing! I don’t see any reason why any of the jobs won’t work while traveling. Really inspiring. btw like the quality of all the pics. Thanks for sharing the list.

  25. Great post! I am waiting to hear back about a job to be a fitness instructor abroad!! I would love to be able to keep traveling and teaching fitness classes, it is definitely a goal of mine! Thanks for the tips!

  26. Hey Matthew, great list! I see you have online poker on the list but not live poker. I have managed to help fund parts of my travels by finding various easy live poker games around the world. You won’t find them in every country, but when you do they tend to pay good enough to keep you going.

    For instance in Nairobi I pulled in over 1500 euros in 10 days of gaming after discovering how bad some of the expat players were in the casinos. The same in Cebu City in the Philippines, Quayaquile in Ecuador and many others.

    You can even find illegal games that certainly can add some adventure. Imagine standing in a dark parking lot at 2 in the morning with a few hundred dollars of other players money from the illegal game you just played in a garage with a load of dodgy looking blokes where they had a baseball bat by the door, waiting for a taxi to come. Yeah…

    It’s kind of part of the road adventure that many fantasise about… However I read a lot of books on poker and played a lot of cheap home games to improve my game. So as you said it still requires a lot of work to initially get good.

  27. Such a fantastic list and great variety too! I’ll definitely be checking out a few of these links for research. Thank you so much for all the info Matt!

  28. WOW – this is just great!
    we have recently turned back from 7 months in Asia and decided to live for 1-1,5 years in Vienna. (my boyfriend is from Berlin, i am from Budapest). We started a culinary and travel blog in german last year when we left Europe. It was learning by doing – but i am pretty proud of my “baby” :) I have an event/marketing/sales background (15 years) and yoga teacher (6 years) – but our blog still does not bring any money, but learning, joy and experience :) I guess i am tooo impatient (imagine how i was before i started to practice Yoga ;) ) but reading your article gives me hope and it encourages me to continue to spend hours infront of my mac, reading, learning, writing, investigating…! Thank you for this amazing article and for the precious tips! Greetings from Vienna, Katalin and Alex

  29. That is probably the best-detailed list I’ve ever seen!!!! I was almost wishing the article was over because I had already so many links to check!! Question for you: checking all these jobs some of them include doing work in the country where you are, like hostels, tour guide, festivals, etc. This might be a silly question, but If you are in a tourist visa , how can the restrictions of “no earning money” can be handled, some countries get very serious about this

    1. Good question Jhon. The reality is many people do some side work “under the table” and don’t report it. Others apply for a special working holiday visa which I described a bit in the article. Some companies will also “sponsor” a working visa for you if you’re hired by them.

  30. This is a great list Matt!

    I worked as a tour guide in Zambia and Malawi for a while and it was hard work, but amazing at the same time. Maybe I need to do it again… :)

  31. Absolutely brilliant post.

    I can confirm that even with a degree, you can most definitely still be willing to pick fruit. I actually can’t wait to pick fruit. Any kind, just give it to me. Looking forward to the next one!

  32. Loads of new ideas I’ve never considered. Totally possible to work and travel at the same time. Endless possibilities. Like the diversity in the post, really something for everyone. Thank you for putting this together Matt.

  33. Great post Matt – you can’t forget those who collect passive income from selling products on platforms like Amazon. I’ve been getting into it and the money isn’t too shabby! :)

  34. There are some great ideas for ways to earn an income from the road. We use a combination of things to keep our travels going and it works well. At the end of the day you need to be flexible and motivated, there are always ways to make some cash if you look hard enough. :)

  35. This is an awesome list Matt. I’ll have to link people to here from now on when they ask about making money on the road! :)

    I hope people know that blogging is a difficult path to generating revenues. You have to be smarter than most and stick with it for longer than most. Blogging is a very visible method but less visible ones (like Amazon FBA) can be profitable more quickly. Definitely consider all the options!

  36. Huge post! You can always combine a couple of these jobs to suit your needs.

    For example, we teach yoga while traveling but also earn an income from our blog.

    And they don’t even need to be related! Why not run food tours in Madrid while building a portfolio of Airbnb rental properties!

  37. Who knew there were so many jobs available while traveling? The world is changing fast and more & more jobs can be done remotely. There is definitely no reason to ever go back to my 9-5 that really was a 7-7!

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