40 Best Travel Jobs To Make Money Traveling (They Really Exist!)

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Fun Traveling Jobs to Make Money

The Best Travel Jobs of 2019

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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 9 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 coworking spaces.

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 2019

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!

Travel Blogging

Making money as a blogger while traveling the world 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!

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$500 – $20,000+ per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Jobs that Require Travel

Teaching English While Traveling

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).

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$2000 – $3000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Work and Travel Teaching English

Teach English Online

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.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $3000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Yacht Crew Jobs

Travel the World Working on Sailing Yachts

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.

EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$2000 – $3000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Traveling Bartender Job

Become a Traveling Bartender

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $3000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


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 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.

JOB INCOME RANGE

Varies Greatly

USEFUL RESOURCES


Traveling Tour Guide Career

Run Your Own Tours

Traveling Tour Guides

You could consider working as a local tour guide or assistant for an international tour company, either at a single popular location or those multi-destination tours. Or you can think entrepreneurial and create 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. Becoming a tour guide is a great way to earn money in the travel industry while sharing your love of traveling.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Traveling Translator

Work as an Online Translator

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$25 – $70 per hour

USEFUL RESOURCES


Backpacker Hostel

Work at a 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 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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

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

USEFUL RESOURCES


Nomadic Yoga Instructor

Traveling Yoga Instructor

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!

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$30 – $100 per hour

USEFUL RESOURCES


Digital Nomad Jobs: Writing

Freelance Travel Writer

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.

USEFUL EXAMPLE

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

INCOME RANGE

$0.10 – $1.00 per word

USEFUL RESOURCES


Traveling Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist Travel Jobs

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$50 – $200 per day

USEFUL RESOURCES


Make Money Traveling with Web Design

Design Websites while Traveling

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

My buddy Adam makes money traveling while designing websites.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4,000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Travel Jobs: Cruise Ship Work

Working on Cruise Ships

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Travel Jobs: Day Trading Stocks

Day Trading and Travel

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

My buddy Marcello makes money day trading stocks while traveling.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$100 – $10,000 per day

USEFUL RESOURCES


Make Money as a Street Vendor

Make & Sell Stuff

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

My friend Sorina sells leather accessories while traveling around Europe.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$20 – $200 per day

USEFUL RESOURCES


Make Money at Festivals

Working at Music Festivals

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.

JOB INCOME RANGE

Free tickets – $12 per hour

USEFUL RESOURCES


Travel Jobs: Professional Scuba Instructor

Scuba Instructor Travel Jobs

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Traveling Au Pair Job

Traveling Babysitter? Yes!

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).

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$400 – $1000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Flight Attendant Jobs

Please Take your Seats for Take-off!

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Foreign Service Jobs

Anna Working at an Embassy

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$500 – $10,000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


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.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$3000 – $6000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Travel Photographer Jobs

Freelance Travel Photography

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES


Make a living while traveling

Selling Your Products Online

Drop Shipping / Private Labelling

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

AMAZON RESOURCES


Examples of jobs that require travel

Job Ideas For Travelers: Busking!

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$10 – $100 per hour

USEFUL RESOURCES


Jobs that pay you to travel

Rent Your Place Out to Tourists

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!

WORKING EXAMPLE

My friend Alyssa makes money renting her apartment on AirBnB.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $7000+ per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Seasonal Jobs for Travel Freedom

Traveling Construction Work?

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

My buddy Brian has worked construction jobs while traveling.

JOB INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

USEFUL RESOURCES


Playing cards for money

Nomadic Poker Players

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Working with non-governmental organizations

Work Abroad at the Peace Corps

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

My friend Danielle worked as Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$314 per month plus food & accommodation

USEFUL RESOURCES


Marketing Travel Careers

Online Marketing Travel Careers

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

My friends Pete & Dalene run a travel marketing company.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000+ per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Working and traveling as a YouTuber

The Traveling YouTube Vlogger

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

My friend Nadine earns income traveling as a professional YouTuber.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $20,000+ per month

YOUTUBER RESOURCES


Working as a Travel Nurse

Working as a Nurse While Traveling

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$30 – $40 per hour

USEFUL RESOURCES


Computer Programming Digital Nomads

Remote Jobs: Computer Programming

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

$3000 – $10,000 per month

USEFUL RESOURCES


Travel and work as a Virtual Assistant

Work as a VA from Anywhere

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!

WORKING EXAMPLE

My friend Katie travels & works as a virtual assistant.

JOB INCOME RANGE

$500 – $3000 per month

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT RESOURCES


Consult while you Work and Travel

Freelance Consulting Work

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

Varies widely.

CONSULTING RESOURCES


Working Holiday Visa Jobs

Traveling on Working Holiday Visas

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.

WORKING EXAMPLE

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

JOB INCOME RANGE

Depends on the type of job.

WORKING HOLIDAY RESOURCES


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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  1. 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.

  2. 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”.

    1. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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☺

    1. 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!

  5. 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. :)

    1. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

    1. 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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).

  15. 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

  16. 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 .

  17. 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?

    Thanks.

  18. 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!! ;)

  19. 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

  20. 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 :)

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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).

  24. 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!