40 Best Travel Jobs To Make Money Traveling The World

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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. Learn how to land one of these awesome careers!

Not ready to travel just yet? Make sure to read my other post about creative side-hustles to make extra money from home.

Do you wish you could travel more? 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, landing a location independent job that gives you the freedom to travel abroad, or long-term traveling careers — you have options.

There are even travel jobs out there for people without a college degree.

The reason I’ve been able to travel the world for the past 10 years is that I’ve slowly turned my travel blog into a very successful business that earns 6-figures a year.

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

How To Work & Travel The World

First a little disclaimer. If all travel-friendly jobs were easy to get, everyone would have one! Many of these professions require passion, specialized training, time commitment, and talent. For those that don’t, the pay isn’t always great.

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

The truth about becoming a location independent nomad 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 I interviewed for this article below have invested their time to learn how to make these jobs work for them — 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?

Best Travel Jobs for Backpackers
Find Jobs That Let You Travel

Expat, Digital Nomad, or Backpacker?

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

Expat Traveling 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 Nomads

A Digital Nomad works from their computer. 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, hotels, or co-working spaces. Or they can work from home too.

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

Backpacker Jobs

Backpackers and vagabonds do work that I’ll call “alternative” travel jobs. The type of work that may not require a computer or a college degree, but has a more hands-on approach. Think musicians, artists, or manual labor. Pay could be under the table.

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

Travel Industry Careers

Finally, I’ll include a few popular travel industry career options too. These are more “traditional” business travel jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry. Positions like travel agents, local tourism boards, and travel marketing.

Examples: Travel agent, tour guide, tourism marketing, etc.

The Best Travel Jobs For 2020

The following travel jobs encompass one or more of those categories. If you crave the safety of permanent work, 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.

Make Money with Travel Blogging
Working on My Travel Blog in Mexico!

1. Travel Blogging

People who travel a lot while making money as a blogger is a dream job for many. But like most things in life, it’s hardly simple. Earning a living with a travel blog is hard work — and can take a few years.

However, a travel blog isn’t the only option. Other examples include food bloggers, mommy bloggers, fashion bloggers, and lifestyle bloggers. Income generally comes from advertising, affiliate marketing, selling products, influencer projects, etc. But first, you need to build an audience!


Me! Check out my free guide on how to become a travel blogger.


$500 – $20,000+ per month


Jobs that Require Travel
Teaching English While Traveling

2. Teach English Abroad

Do you know how to speak English? Perfect! English teachers are highly sought after around the world — and the pay can be decent. You can get jobs teaching overseas, or even teaching classes online from your computer.

For the online jobs (basically teaching through Skype) a college degree is required, and for the foreign-based jobs, a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is also required (these jobs include accommodation too).


My buddy Drew made money traveling and teaching english in Korea.


$2000 – $3000 per month


Work and Travel Teaching English
Teach English Online

3. Teach English Online

In addition to traveling overseas to teach English at a foreign school, there’s also a demand for online English teachers to tutor kids via video chat, like Skype. A bunch of online English teaching services have popped up over the last few years, mainly based in China.

To apply for a position, you generally need a college degree, be a citizen of the United States or Canada, and speak fluent English. A TEFL certification helps too. Classes are about 30 minutes long.


$1000 – $3000 per month


Yacht Crew Jobs
Travel the World Working on Sailing Yachts

4. Yacht Sailing Jobs

Can you imagine sailing around the world working on some rich guy’s private sailing yacht? This is an awesome job that requires travel! It’s a fun way to see some exotic locations. Your food and accommodation are covered too, which is great for saving money.

It’s ok if you’ve never worked on a yacht before because the job of deckhand or steward(ess) are entry-level positions that pay really well. All you need to do is take a short course beforehand and spend time in a beautiful yachting destination while looking for work.


My friend Katie made money traveling & working on private yachts for almost a decade.


$2000 – $3000 per month


Traveling Bartender Job
Become a Traveling Bartender

5. Bartending Jobs Abroad

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 in this industry 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.


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


$1000 – $3000 per month


6. Remote Work & Telecommuting

More and more businesses are discovering the benefits of hiring remote workers — allowing employees to work from home or anywhere with a wifi connection. Working online or telecommuting is becoming an option for professionals in a variety of industries.

So you may not even need to learn new skills, depending on what your current profession is. But how do you find the companies that pay you to travel or who are hiring remote workers? There are some good remote work job boards that post these types of positions. Jobs like data collection, research, sales, administrative assistants, and more.


Varies Greatly


Traveling Tour Guide Career
Run Your Own Tours

7. Become A Local Tour Guide

You could consider working as a local tour guide or assistant for an international tour company, either at a single popular location or for multi-destination tours. Another option is to become a travel entrepreneur and create your very own custom tours!

Maybe it’s the best unmarked surf spots, an awesome local hiking trip, or showing people the coolest bars and restaurants in town. Becoming a tour guide is a great way to earn money in the travel industry while sharing your love of traveling.


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


$1000 – $10,000 per month


Traveling Translator
Work as an Online Translator

8. Online Translation Jobs

Obviously, you need to know a second language to be a freelance language translator. But if that’s you, there are all kinds of companies out there who need translations done for websites, product manuals, books, and more.

If you’re just starting out, you could even translate restaurant menus, help run bilingual tours for tourists who speak your language or translate websites and blog posts. The more fluent you are, the more money you can make.


My friend Alexandra works as a freelance language translator from English to Spanish.


$25 – $70 per hour


Backpacker Hostel
Work at a Hostel

9. 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 at the front desk to housekeeping or bartending.

If you plan to stay long-term, some hostels offer paid positions too. Actually, I once got paid to work at a backpacker hostel in Hawaii many years ago. It included a small salary and a free apartment to live in.


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


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


Nomadic Yoga Instructor
Traveling Yoga Instructor

10. Traveling Yoga Instructor

Another job that allows you to travel the world while making money is working as a freelance yoga instructor. You can teach classes on pilates, yoga, zumba, dance, or provide services as a personal trainer if you have enough experience.

Some yoga instructors make deals with local gyms, backpacker hostels, or fancy all-inclusive resorts in order to use their facilities with clients during trips. You can also be hired as an in-house yoga instructor to lead classes for guests. It’s a cool career for travelers!


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


$30 – $100 per hour


Digital Nomad Jobs: Writing
Freelance Travel Writer

11. Freelance 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 great with words. 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 and travel the world. Freelance copywriting and other types of writing are also options.


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


$0.10 – $1.00 per word


Traveling Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist Travel Jobs

12. Freelance 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.


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


$50 – $200 per day


Make Money Traveling with Web Design
Design Websites while Traveling

13. Website & Graphic Design

One of the most common travel careers for digital nomads is graphics 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. Building websites for others can lead to new clients, no matter where you are in the world.


My buddy Adam makes money traveling while designing websites.


$1000 – $4,000 per month


Travel Jobs: Cruise Ship Work
Working on Cruise Ships

14. Work On A Cruise Ship

Traveling the world while working on large cruise ships is an awesome way to see some pretty exotic places. Food, accommodation, transportation, and insurance are 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 and careers available like tour manager, ship entertainment, engineer, housekeeping, cooks, and more.


My friend Earl made money while working on cruise ships for a few years, and saving money to travel.


$1000 – $4000 per month


Travel Jobs: Day Trading Stocks
Day Trading and Travel

15. Stock 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. Just be wary, there are a lot of day trading scams out there too. Do your research and learn from someone who knows what they’re doing.


My buddy Marcello makes money day trading stocks while traveling.


$100 – $10,000 per day


Make Money as a Street Vendor
Make & Sell Stuff

16. Traveling Street Vendor

Jewelry is the most popular item to sell as a street vendor, 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 long time in one location, but if you’re going to spend a season in one place it can be worth it. Popular locations with lots of tourist traffic work best.


My friend Sorina sells leather accessories while traveling around Europe.


$20 – $200 per day


Make Money at Festivals
Working at Music Festivals

17. Traveling Festival Work

You don’t have to be a big name performer to work at festivals or events 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.


Free tickets – $12 per hour


Travel Jobs: Professional Scuba Instructor
Scuba Instructor Travel Jobs

18. Scuba Diving Instructor

Scuba diving is a sport that is enjoyed all around the world. From Fiji to Iceland! The scuba diving community travels frequently, hunting for the best dive sites. And scuba divers have money to spend.

The training required to become a dive master can take a few weeks in beautiful places like Utila, Honduras or Koh Tao, Thailand while you get your certifications. Or, with more training become a Scuba Instructor, teaching people to become certified PADI divers.


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


$1000 – $4000 per month


Traveling Au Pair Job
Traveling Babysitter? Yes!

19. Au Pair Traveling Jobs

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. Some countries pay more than others (the Middle East especially).


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


$400 – $1000 per month


Flight Attendant Jobs
Please Take your Seats for Take-off!

20. Work As A 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 employment in the clouds.

The career training is tough, the hours are long, and all the moving around can get kinda lonely. However, for those with a case of wanderlust, it can help you travel the world for a while too.


My friend Mia makes money traveling the world as a flight attendant.


$1000 – $4000 per month


Foreign Service Jobs
Anna Working at an Embassy

21. Foreign Service Travel Jobs

Working for the foreign service (aka diplomats) or an intergovernmental organization (IGO) is one position that allows you to experience life in a different part of the world.

Most of these international government jobs are only open to people with university degrees and knowledge of foreign languages. Applications and tests for these types of positions can be found online.


My wife Anna once worked abroad for the Polish embassy in London.


$500 – $10,000 per month


22. Travel Agent

Travel agents sell vacations to regular people who don’t want to deal with the logistics of planning their own trip. They often organize transportation, lodging, and activities, along with first-hand advice on destinations. You can either work for a large travel agency or work for yourself once you have experience.

Travel agents are expected to know the destinations they are “selling” which means spending lots of time traveling! Often, travel agents get to travel for free on what’s called FAM (familiarization) trips, so they can share their own travel experiences with clients.


$3000 – $6000 per month


Travel Photographer Jobs
Freelance Travel Photography

23. Freelance Travel Photographer

Becoming a professional travel or adventure photographer selling your images from around the world is a dream job, but takes a lot of work too. 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 or selling online photography tutorials are additional ways to make money as a traveling photographer. If you build up your social media audience over time, you can start to get hired for paid “influencer” projects too.


My friend Brendan earns money selling stock images from his travels.


$1000 – $10,000 per month


Make a living while traveling
Selling Your Products Online

24. Drop Shipping / Private Labeling

It has a few names and variations, but buying or manufacturing products overseas and selling through Amazon under your own brand is an increasingly common way to make money while traveling.

Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) means you don’t need an actual storefront location because inventory is stocked at Amazon’s network of fulfillment centers around the world.


My friend Aileen makes money traveling & selling her own stuff on Amazon.


$1000 – $30,000 per month


Examples of jobs that require travel
Job Ideas For Travelers: Busking!

25. 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. You can turn your hobby into a job that allows you to travel.


My friend Nadia earns money playing street music while she travels.


$10 – $100 per hour


Jobs that pay you to travel
Rent Your Place Out to Tourists

26. List Your Place On 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 a decent income. The key is automating the process so you don’t have to be there in person. This allows you to freedom to see the world!


My friend Alyssa makes money renting her apartment on AirBnB.


$1000 – $7000+ per month


Seasonal Jobs for Travel Freedom
Traveling Construction Work?

27. Seasonal Travel 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.


My buddy Brian has worked construction jobs while traveling.


Varies widely


Playing cards for money
Nomadic Poker Players

28. 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 the strong willpower to play for hours, keep your emotions in check, and be able to stay focused on repetitive tasks. There are whole communities of players who sometimes travel together this way.


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


$1000 – $30,000 per month


Working with non-governmental organizations
Work Abroad at the Peace Corps

29. Peace Corps / NGO Work

Want the experience of a lifetime helping others less fortunate than yourself? Try volunteering with the Peace Corps 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.


My friend Danielle worked as Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua.


$314 per month plus food & accommodation


Marketing Travel Careers
Online Marketing Travel Careers

30. Freelance Travel Marketing

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. Or, you can work in travel marketing itself — for national tourism boards or large travel brands like hotels, magazines, tour companies, etc.


My friends Pete & Dalene run a travel marketing company.


$1000 – $10,000+ per month


Working and traveling as a YouTuber
The Traveling YouTube Vlogger

31. Videography / Vlogging / YouTube

Getting paid to travel 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. And of course, this is a job that doesn’t absolutely require travel, but it certainly helps for creating amazing content.


My friend Nadine earns income traveling as a professional YouTuber.


$1000 – $20,000+ per month


Working as a Travel Nurse
Working as a Nurse While Traveling

32. Traveling Nurse Positions

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 nursing staff agencies that specialize in helping you locate a job overseas too.


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


$30 – $40 per hour


Computer Programming Digital Nomads
Remote Jobs: Computer Programming

33. Nomadic Computer Programmer

If you already have the skills & training needed as a computer programmer, then transitioning your cubicle office job into a freelance position that allows you to work remotely 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.


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


$3000 – $10,000 per month


Travel & Work as a Virtual Assistant
Work as a VA from Anywhere

34. Online Virtual Assistant

With advancements in office technology and a desire to reduce employee costs, businesses are increasingly looking to hire virtual assistants who can work from home (or anywhere). There is little that personal assistants can’t do remotely these days.

Social media scheduling, responding to customer inquiries, calendar management, and all sorts of other tasks can be taken care of by a competent virtual assistant. It’s a job that often allows you to work from anywhere in the world!


My own assistant, Jess, travels & works as a virtual assistant.


$15 – $35 per hour


Freelance Consulting Work
Dave Taking a Freelance Consulting Call from the Beach!

35. 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 on how to use social media effectively, or how to become more environmentally friendly. Generally, they are paid to share their specialized expertise.


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


Varies widely.


Working Holiday Visa Jobs
Marta Travels on Working Holiday Visas

36. Working Holiday Visas

A working holiday visa is a special residence permit allowing younger travelers to legally work in foreign countries and 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. Many GAP year students will get a working holiday visa to travel for a while before returning home and looking for a more permanent job.


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


Depends on the type of job.


Ready To Start Working While Traveling?

The truth is there are many ways to work while traveling the world, but many remote positions require some prior skills, a solid time commitment, or previous experience.

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

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 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 travel dreams come true. ★

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The Best Travel Job Ideas For Travelers. Learn how to work and make money while traveling the world!
The Best Travel Job Ideas For Travelers. Learn how to work and make money while traveling the world!


I hope you enjoyed my guide on how to make money for travel! Hopefully you found it useful. Here are a few more wanderlust-inducing articles that I recommend you read next:

Have any questions about travel jobs or earning money on the road? Any others I missed? Drop me a message in the comments below!


Hi, I’m Matthew Karsten — I’ve been traveling around the world for the last 10 years as a blogger, photographer, and digital nomad. Adventure travel & photography are my passions. Let me inspire you to travel with crazy stories, photography, and money-saving travel tips.
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  1. I definitely feel inspired. Getting paid to travel is my dream. I look forward to making this dream come true. Thanks for sharing some ways you know how. :)

  2. Great article! Just what I needed to read. Thank you so so SO much! Sometimes I feel like people around me (family, friends) don’t understand me and make me feel like my dream of traveling around the world is an unrealistic dream or maybe that I’ll be able to do it when I earn “enough” money. Your article makes me feel confidence, you know? Like “I can do that! And that! I would love to do that!” Haha thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  3. Any suggestions for “older” 50+ women? I have a passion for travel and been trying to find ways to make that happen.

  4. Travelling is the dream of mylife and the only goal I want to reach right now ,and living in a country considered from the third isn’t easy to make this dream come true ,so I want some help or advice for things I can do to find a serious job somewhere or an opportunity that could lead me to start my journey,(I live in Morocco by the way) I really enjoyed the article and I had Many views about the jobs here but I would love to receive some help ,thank you so much

  5. Thank you for so many great ideas! I love the work I am currently doing, but I need change every now and then. Being able to travel and work at the same time is something I have been thinking about for a while. I am still figuring it out, and this article really helps. Thank you!

  6. Great article. Most of these seem to be for the single person or couple. Any ideas for those who want to live abroad with families?

  7. Appreciate the read, I’m thinking about trying to utilize my free flight benefits (seasonal airline employee) to make some money somehow, any ideas? Thanks

  8. Thanks so much for this article! I want to start a travel blog and was wondering how successful it could be. This has really helped shape my thoughts. True success takes real time, efforts and persistence.

    I love this phrase that says ” If it were easy, everyone will be doing it”! Very realistic

  9. Thank you for writing this. It was very helpful! Can tell a lot of research and thought went into this article. I hope it inspires many more people to travel & explore the world.

  10. I was making over $100,000 a year and traveling all over the world. And getting that job was much easier than getting a job paying $10 an hour! And I don’t have a college degree and I sure wasn’t any kind of a genius.

    I was first getting paid to be in other parts of the world in the 1980s, but getting paid much less. I was raised on the family farm and when I got old enough, I enlisted in the Army.

    In 2006 I had enough time in to be eligible for some retirement. In 2006 I got with one of the companies contracted by the Military and went back over. I was mainly in the Himalayas. I was over there till 2016.

    I had to go on leave 4 times a year, for about 3 weeks each time. We couldn’t go back to America any more than 1 time a year, so we’d have to pick out another country. After I’d get back to the base camp, I’d start looking to see what part of the world I’d go visiting next.

    Most years, I’d have 40 or more airplane rides, and a short ride would be under 5 hours. Most of the time, when I’d land, it would be in another country. By 2006, I’d been in 25 OCONUS locations. Since then, I’d been in more than double that.

    To get into that kind of travel, check on DangerZoneJobs.com or something similar. And check to see if you have the skills that are needed and pass the medical exam. What is meant by “Danger zone” is war zones and other dangerous, and usually miserable places, where you may have incoming or potshots at you, or IEDs or landmines. When I was in Iraq, I saw it get over 140*, but it was much cooler in the shade, maybe 120*.

    I’m thinking about heading back over. The bad part is, that the pay started going down in 2014, due to competition on the bidding for government contracts.

    The good part is, that medical insurance is much cheaper and is good worldwide, and covers much better than in America, nowadays!

    If you don’t mind the danger and like to travel the world, check it out. And no problem if you were never in the Military. Questions are welcome. Let us know if you’re going over.

  11. Thank you, this really helped me to be able to start thinking about what jobs I could do while travelling :)

  12. Awesome article Matthew, we’ve been traveling around the country in our RV for four years selling our products on Amazon fba. You’ve included so many different options for people!

  13. Hi Matthew,

    Do you happen to know how the whole taxes thing goes on when working as an online translator or any other internet based job, whilst being anywhere in the world and changing countries? Do you have to pay taxes in your country of citizenship or how does it work exactly?
    Thank you so much!

    • American citizens must FILE taxes no matter where they live in the world. It’s called “citizenship-based taxation”, and the only other country that requires it is… Eritrea. Kinda messed up.

      If you become a resident of another country, like for example Mexico, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. You would still have to file US taxes, but if you pay taxes in Mexico living there, you wouldn’t have to pay them in the US too.

  14. Great blog. However, you excluded the highest paying travel career – vacation club marketing and sales representatives. They can work virtually anywhere in the world, in exotic locations, and in five star resorts with free meals and special privileges.

    Companies that typically seek new candidates are Marriott, Hyatt, Sheratan, Disney, and many more. They will even train you for free.

    I did it for 15 years and lived and worked throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands and Jamaica.

  15. Great blog Matthew. Thank you!! Now the research starts on which traveling job to venture into.

    Thanks again 🖤✌🏾🌱

  16. Awesome blog and ideas for working/traveling abroad. Just wanted to let you know as a current PC volunteer that the amount of stipend received depends on the country (based on their average wages) and on size of the site. Just an FYI =)

  17. That’s a very motivating post. I had been reading posts from your friend Rachel who lives in Goa now. This is the first time I came across your sites and your stories are really motivating.

  18. I’m a travel event production tech and I was pleased to see that you included working different festivals (although this can range anywhere from AV production to concert tours to festivals). Your price range is listed as “Free tickets – $12/hour”. This is underestimating the earning potential these positions hold. Most event staff (particularly referring to local and travel techs and travel show management) earn day rates, rather than hourly rates. Speaking in those terms, a local stagehand can earn around $120/day (they mainly do the grunt work like loading/unloading trucks, pushing gear, and assisting the travel leads with set and striking shows), while specialized travel techs and engineers can earn anywhere from $400-$700/day, more or less. The term “roadie” is beginning to go by the wayside as these positions now sometimes require college degrees or specialized certifications and are much more of a professional career than just hiring your buddy to “run sound”.

    • Hi sir my name is Mukesh i am a 3d artist and working in a 3d industry from past 1 year . I am not very much happy with my job the scenario is completely different and didnt expected such job for my self and want to quit . Can i work as crew members in an event or a festival because that whats what I like to do manage things physical work make new frnds . Can you please advise my how can i get into this profession

  19. Hello Matthew, I’m blessed to have found your website today. I have never come across such a well written informative article such as what you have written hear. I am a Nigerian and have this burning desire to travel to a foreign country for work opportunities. I have traveled on behalf of a US top notch Security Company while working as their Nigerian Country Coordinator. I am willing to relocate to work in the private sector. I really enjoyed reading your article and am encouraged even more to pursue a dream job in a foreign country.

    • Hey John! Happy you enjoyed it, and good luck with the job hunt. Sounds like you have some skills that international employers would appreciate.

  20. Hi Matthew, this is a great and informative post I am a lawyer with a hectic 9 to 5 schedule which is in reality a 7 to 8. I love travelling and food and have been to a few places accross the world. I just got back from a trip to the Maldives with a group of friends and was searching for how to start a blog when i stumbled on this. I have been thinking and talking about starting a food and travel blog to share my experiences and also write about the interesting places in my country Nigeria and my City Lagos, for about 2 years now but havent, your post has inspired me to quit making excuses about being so busy and just do it☺

    • Hey Ehi! I think that’s a great plan. Specializing in a particular region can be really powerful, especially when you’re first starting out. Become the “expert” in that topic.

      Then maybe you can branch to cover additional destinations in the future!

  21. It’s really hard to find a job that lets you travel, I was once working as a website developer and realized to build my own travel site with tours on it.. and then it makes money so I continue building it, offering more tours and had some affiliates and business partners which it will grow by itself.. and the rest is history!

    PS. I was once a call center agent before i became a developer. :)

    • Awesome Aldrin, thanks for sharing with us! Ultimately most of us would love to work for ourselves, which is why I love travel blogging. That way any work you put in is directly benefiting you, not someone else.

      Well, you and your customers of course!

  22. Such a motivating and well-written article. Travel is and always will be my biggest passion. I am good at languages and I am a professional translator stuck in a dead end 9-5 office job that I HATE and I am only 24. I have never thought that I could travel the world and at the same time work as a translator. I have already traveled in order to teach English, but for sure working as a freelance translator is far more easy as you are basically fixing your own schedule.

    • You should look into subtitling companies. You can make good money translating from home. There’s no reason to work in an office if you speak English and another language at an expert level. Believe me, I used to work for such a company and dealt with translators located around the world who made a good deal of money. Of course, the more in-demand the language (Mandarin or Japanese for example), the more you can make.

  23. Love these ideas! Especially the more quirky ones like being a street vendor and being involved in the festivals :) Teaching English and travel blogging has served me well – but the truth is that if you have a skill – you can make money from it. You just gotta think out the box a bit! Keep on dreaming adventurers <3

    • That’s the key Alice. Thinking outside the box. We all have different skills, and we’re all capable of learning new ones. You just need to figure out how to turn your skills into a job that allows you to travel more.

    • It depends. If you’re working for a company in the same country you’re visiting, yes you’ll need a work visa for that country.

      However if you work from your computer, and you aren’t stealing jobs from locals in the country you visit, then no.

      For example, if you’re doing freelance online translation for a US based company, while traveling through Europe, you don’t need an EU work visa. But if you’re working at a bar in France, then yes you should probably have a work visa.

      Each country has different laws, and some are not up-to-date with this new nomadic workforce. So many digital nomad types travel on a tourist visa while working from their computers.

  24. Hi everyone,

    So here’s the deal. I’m really passionate about physics, there’s a certain beauty in it I can’t help myself other than just go for it. But also, travel. I think empathy is the best tool we have to shape and understand the world, that’s what I love about traveling and so my heart as if it was in a swing goes between the one and the other.

    Next year will be my first year in university, but, I think about the future. As a physicist, how can I afford to become a world traveler and not a turist?

    -One wanderer of mind but wonderer of heart.

  25. Great article. Very motivating and just what i needed to read to get out there and leave my 9-5 job! I love travelling and just came back from a solo three weeks trip to UK and US. I just want to go travel again but earn money at the same time so I can keep travelling!Very helpful article, I already listed down jobs that I can consider doing! Thanks for this inspiring article!

    • Awesome Melanie! Glad you got something useful out of it. That’s the magic formula we’re all after, the freedom to travel, while making money at the same time.

      Wishing you good luck with your hunt for a travel-friendly job!

  26. wow it’s such a great article, I am money minded person,likes to work everytime whether at office or during travel.

  27. I just signed up for Nomadic Matt’s program so I was really happy to see it on your resource list on this page! I’ve done so much research on working while traveling but this listed everything out so clearly with links to exactly what I was looking for! Thank you thank you!!

  28. I’m very impressed with your article. These are fantastic tips with a good amount of information. My nephew is in need of a change & I think a job abroad would be perfect for him. Thank you for potentially helping him get started on his journey.
    One thought: you might want to change the colors. I’m on an iPhone & wasn’t able to read any of the Resources, websites or friend’s names. I’m not sure what color they were in but it’s just a glaring blur to me.

  29. Than you so much for this article, it really opened my eyes to different possibilities out there to work and travel abroad.

    • That’s about the most unlikely overseas job to find, since every country does their own cleaning. Unless you can get a family to hire you.

      I had a good lady that was an excellent cleaner and organizer, but would have a very difficult time getting a job, because of the competition.
      Pray about it.

  30. I saw cruise ship but cargo ship is a much better option. TWIC, Mariner’s Cert and Safety course is about all you need. Outlay is about $1500-$2000. The good part about cargo ships is that you don’t have to deal with the whiny, self absorbed customers that are on the cruise ship.

  31. For yacht jobs go to yotspot.com for yacht jobs.

    The basic qualifications you’ll need is a STCW95 (roughly $1000) 5 day course and a sea farers medical (1 hour $80).

  32. Hi I am a professional travel and tour guide. And I have some pictures of different attractions. And I want to develope a travel wallpaper app and earn some money. Is that possible? How it works? Any best idea you have please! Thanks

    • Does your company offer remote positions? If not, maybe you need to convince them of the benefits. Or find another who is experienced & comfortable hiring remote workers.

  33. 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 .

  34. How can I get my business global as a brand consultant, digital artist, project /event mgt and interior design. . Which I currently run in Nigeria under my company name?


  35. I am looking for my future job, and I like to travel. This was very helpful. My favorite one would have to be the ‘Work on a yacht\ cruise ship’, or the ‘drop shipping\ private labeling’ . Thanks!! ;)

  36. Wow, this article was so well thought out! I feel like as I was scrolling through I was making excuses like “I don’t want to do that” or “I can’t do that” or “that doesn’t pay enough”…but you basically found jobs to combat each of those arguments! Great article

    • That was the point! Everyone is different, with different skills or comfort levels. I wanted to include a big variety of job types. Glad you enjoyed it.

  37. I liked these tips to make money while traveling … because this is one of the biggest difficulties that most people have when they try to travel the world. When you have an income while traveling the experience tends to be much easier. Thanks for sharing and following the adventures :)

  38. So glad you included travel nursing on this list! I just started as a travel nurse and can’t wait to travel in between those 3 shifts a week along with taking week/month long break in between each 13 week contract. Not to mention it’s a promising career path, and allows for plenty of time to work on my blog!

  39. This is incredible and amazingly inspiring. I am commited to make this real for me in about a year and a half. Though I am an engineer and currently have a job, I also have love and talent for art, so I don’t think I will be able to travel and live of engineering, most of the jobs are located and can let me be a nomad. The article let me open my eyes, there is nothing I can’t at least try.

  40. Still getting there with my blog – hopefully one day I’ll earn enough money to make a sustainable living. Until then, there are always other ways to make a living (just not as flexible).

  41. I guess this article answers one of the most frequently asked question – how to fall in love with my job? It says: there’s always a way how to earn by doing what you like (sometimes there are even 33 ways how!), laziness and fear are the only hurdles we really have to overcome!

  42. Awesome insights! Who knew there were so many options to make some cash traveling and enjoying life at the same darn time. Shout out for the super helpful tips and post.

  43. This is great information! What I use to get some extra bucks is the platform Wobify. If I’m traveling to Argentina, I bring some stuff for buyers and I get a reward. It’s Awesome!

  44. This is an excellent list. Thank you for this.. I run part of a travel club which is amazing, but i need more ideas :) this is lots of info

  45. I enjoyed reading your work. I’m a DAV, who went to work for gov. In the NPS. I was a carpenter became maint. Supv. And did wild land fire fighting in 27 states 1-8 times in each in 22 years. Plus search and rescue. I love traveling, just can’t figure my best course. Would love to find a company who wants someone to deliver something in one country turn around and either go to another or come back home. If ever hear of this type, please contact me. Please! Thank you.

  46. This is quite interesting, but there are many things posted here that won’t let you work or gain any profit unless you have papers, tax documentation, SSN, etc. Not that easy.

  47. i am a photographer , have worked on cruise , but the pay is very low. i also have a degree in photography. tried my luck in all the ways . will be glad to work with some one, explore the world with my help in photography.

    • I want to become a flight attendant. But my eyes are weak, i have spects so can i become a flight attendant? Isn’t it necessary to have good eye sight to become a flight attendant?

  48. Nice to meet you all

    I’m complete greenhorn in backpack travel, so there are many things I need to learn.

    A question, though: I graduated as a network administrator. Most of my knowledge & experience so far resolve around managing network (Windows & bits of Linux) and services desk.

    —-> Is it possible for me to aim to one of these jobs (IT Consultant maybe?) ? -or- Should I go back school & cram my head with codes & software stuffs?

    PS: Excellent & inspiring post. Thank you very much, to give me the leads where my future gonna be :v after 10+ bloody years wandering in life.

  49. Wow, I am surprised you didn’t include International Sales/Business Development as one of the best travel jobs.

  50. It is a great post.I have a bachelor degree in arts.From my earlyhood it is my will to travel and see the world.But i can not afford the travel. Therefore,it is my question how i can fulfill my dream

  51. I guess this article answers one of the most frequently asked question – how to fall in love with my job? It says: there’s always a way how to earn by doing what you like (sometimes there are even 33 ways how!), laziness and fear are the only hurdles we really have to overcome!

  52. Great post!!

    I’m living as an au pair in Ireland now. I think is a cheap form to travel and feel the country as a local.

    If you love children, want to learn a languages and have time to discover every place in a country: living as an au pair is your best option.

    I really need to try more jobs you talked about. I love your blog, keep on it!! :)

  53. Traveling is also a major passion of mine, and I spend a lot of my free-time planning out future adventures. I would love to travel through South America sometime, especially Argentina. Something about the culture just speaks to me… not to mention, they make fantastic wine.

      • Hello Ruth,
        Im reading your comment and would consider living abroad possibly for 5 months, enough time to where I can learn the culture and language. How did you do it? what was the process??


  54. Hey Matthew this is a really nice post, I have started my own blog already at WordPress, , all year long I decided to travel my small country in 2016, and now with this great article you have open my eyes, because I am dreaming to explore not only Central America where I am from, but to other parts of the world as well. My blog is called pasionporlasamericas.wordpress.com Spanish blog for passion for the Americas! Thanks again for the great advise!

  55. I am a civil engineering consultant(Architectural designer) in india. and would like to share my time and profession for a good course which is help for poor and needy.ofcourse i would like to travel internationally.pls let me know any opertunity to serve the poor and needy peoples around the world.

  56. Sounds like a marvelous traveling around of world. I would’ve to see the different places and different countries. What I need to get my new experience before I die.

  57. I really want to do something that involves traveling and seeing the world but I have no idea what my interests are career wise. I want to do something that will take me somewhere new every couple of weeks. I’m just not sure but I have a whole year to figure it out. Is there anything you did to figure out that what you do now was right for you?

  58. Great post as always! It’s my dream to work as a scuba diving instructor one day, but if that doesn’t work out pretty much everything that allows me to travel is okay. Thanks for these tips :)

  59. I’m very interested in trying one of these job opportunitys all my life I’ve wanted to see the world. I been stock in my city for too long I just been scared to step out and try something new I’m a very hard working man very respectful and passionate about seeing and learning new things bout the world. I need help talking the first step to doing wat I really want to do life is short and I truly want to experience the world not just on TV and magazines

  60. Hi,
    Thank you for your valuable post.I like to work as a volunteer around the world and meet different communities. Please suggest me any travel job where I can travel to new places and my accommodation will be taken care. i don’t need income but want to get new experience.

  61. You forgot Archaeologists! Field archaeologists travel quite a lot doing temporary jobs for different CRM firms. Archaeologists who work for universities and other researchers also typically have the opportunity to travel abroad.

  62. Hi,
    Thanks alot to share such a valuable post.Im great fond of traveling to new places.I like to explore new places, try various cuisines, meet different communities and share social bonding.I have made a promise to myself to cover all beautiful places on earth.Can u suggest any travel job where I can travel to new places and my accommodation will be taken care of,i dont need an income but want to experience new places.

    • Hi Pooja,
      I live on the southern coast of Oaxaca and have a small room available in my beautiful home only steps to the beach. I need a trustworthy cleaner who can work 3 days a week each shift being around 6 hours. You would be in charge of cleaning two units and being available for some check ins. This position needs to be filled immediately. It is not a lot of work and you would be able to enjoy a lot of free time in exchange for accommodations. For more information and photos please email me. Thank you

  63. Hey ! This is such an amazing post ! The most important in travelling is to share with other people and inspire them to do the same ! I went through hard times during my travels to make money or explain myself when I couldn’t speak English but it was worth everything ! I can’t wait to go again !

  64. I have worked on cruise ships doing customer service as I have an educational background in Hospitality. It was a great experience, having worked with many people from different countries and seeing many new places. One downfall: away from home at least 6 months at a time on contract! Would love to be able to travel while earning money but with more flexibility. Any tips?

  65. I changed majors in school and regret not going through with graphic design. I noticed one of your posts mentions a friend of yours who does this for a living and travels (Adam). Was just wondering if he would be interested in speaking about how he got to where he is. :)

  66. None of these seem to be for people who live in places Other than US, UK, Europe, NZ, Aus or Canada. Even when Au pair seems to be, the expense enough will make the income seem worthless.

    • Why do you say that? Most countries need graphic designers, writers, bartenders, etc. Anybody can try to become a YouTuber or Blogger. Most cruise ship workers actually aren’t from the US, UK, etc.

  67. 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

  68. 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

    • Hi Maohammad, thanks for sharing! Traveling as a salesman is certainly a reasonable travel job. I bet you get to see a lot of interesting places.

    • 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!

  69. 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!

  70. 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

  71. 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.

  72. 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 .

  73. 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……

    • 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.

  74. 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..

  75. 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!!

    • Hey Bianca! Glad you enjoyed it. Good luck with the language teaching gig! I’ve still never made it to Barcelona yet.

  76. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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 ???

    • 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

    • 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 !

      • 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!

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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!

    • I’m not sure, but he’s written about it on his blog. I think he was the ship’s tour director or something, managing other people. So I’m sure that pays a bit better.

  80. I think Wandering Trader’s job is really awesome: loose, elegant, thrilling and he is not tied to anyone!

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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!

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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 :)

  87. 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 :)


  88. 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.

    • 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

  89. 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)!

    • Ah! Good suggestion Edna. Thanks for sharing your experience! I’d love to watch the Olympics in person one day.

  90. Great list! Hopefully my blog could be great as yours, so I can travel ard the world too like u ;-) *wish me luck!*

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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!

  94. 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.

  95. So really great ideas and info here. Especially the frequent reminders that hard work and dedication are required, just like any other things in life that are worth the effort.

  96. 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!

  97. 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

  98. Amazing list Matthew!
    We can also includ picking fruits $1000-4000. There are no excuses, travel is easier than we think :)

  99. 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

    • 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.

  100. 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… :)

  101. 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!

    • Yes! The more open you are to different types of travel jobs, the more possibilities you have. Picking fruit is how many people fund their travels through Australia.

  102. 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.

    • I was surprised at how many traveling electricians I’ve met. They work for a few months, then travel for a few months. Rinse and repeat.

  103. 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! :)

    • That’s great to hear Ron! So many options for making income while traveling, the key is taking the time to learn about them.

  104. 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. :)

    • I agree, the key is to be flexible and find something that works for you. Difficult is not the same as impossible.

      • hi sir, so interresting what you said. please am an african seeking for job more specially in teaching,Cook , also some little jobs. please i need to. thanks sir Matthew.

  105. 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!

  106. Traveling as a musician can be tough but it’s very rewarding. I just love it. Thanks for including me in your post :).

  107. Great list! I feel like I’ve read tons of these and they typically cover the same jobs, but yours really branches out and covers some new territory. Really helpful!

  108. 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!

  109. 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!