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73 Travel Jobs—How to Make Money While Traveling!

73 Travel Jobs—How to Make Money While Traveling!

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ATTENTION FRIENDS! Who wants an awesome travel job?

Literally, all the best jobs for travel are listed right here.

I don’t think you’ll find a bigger list on the internet on how to make money while traveling.

I’ve been working abroad and remotely for over seven years now and I’ve met people from all walks of life that have discovered the best jobs for travel.

While it sounds hard to get the ball rolling, it’s actually WAY easier than you think!

I’ve found 73 travel jobs that PAY, so you can travel. Forever.

People who travel perpetually, like I do, constantly get asked how they can afford it.

But the answer is simple. They work for it. There’s is hardly a soul on Earth who travels nonstop or lives abroad that doesn’t work.

And guess what? This can be you too.

If you’ve always wanted to travel but didn’t have enough money, that’s no longer an excuse.

You CAN make money and travel. But you HAVE to work for it. So, find the best travel job that suits your skills and interests, then start traveling!

Artistic picture of a laptop, geometric plate and cup of tea - working online is a great way to get a job abroad
There are numerous travel jobs that you can do online!

I have two sections here. There’s remote work, which only requires a laptop and wifi to work anywhere in the world. Then there’s work abroad, which means you physically work in another country.

Travel jobs are the BEST way to explore a country and see the world. I absolutely love this life, and if you’re interested in this lifestyle, I’m here to help.

So what travel jobs are out there?

There are tons!

73 Travel Jobs—How to Make Money While Traveling!

Remote Work Travel Jobs

A travel job via your laptop is the freest you can be while still employed. You could work in Indonesia one day, Hawaii the next, and then jet off to Japan. While I certainly don’t recommend moving around too quickly, the point is, you could if you wanted. Your work follows you everywhere.

I’m a blogger, social media manager, affiliate marketing dabbler, and influencer. I’ve done VA work, copywriting, and teaching English online.

Online travel jobs are THE BEST, and I seriously don’t think I will ever not work online.

1. Blogging (This is My Current Travel Job!)

Duh! Of course, when you’re reading a blog by a travel blogger about finding the best travel jobs, the very first job will be blogging. You can blog about literally anything, and you will find a market of people who love you and your blog.

I blog about traveling because I love traveling (and remote work, of course). You could blog about knitting, and other people who love knitting will line up to read your blog. This is exactly how I make money traveling but it wasn’t my first travel job.

Blogging is sharing your passion with the world.

RELATED: 7 Ways You Can Make Money Blogging.

Here’s the thing to remember: it’s NOT fast and easy money.

You HAVE to love what you’re writing about, work on your writing skills or hire a writer, and build a site that draws a loyal following. You can take courses and hire web designers or do it all yourself.

BUT I will be the first to say, while this is first on my travel job list, it’s not the first thing you should attempt to make money. Do literally any other job since it brings income on your first day of work. Do blogging on the side to start. 

PS—It can, and possibly will, take years to make money from blogging, depending on your skills, topic, and know-how.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Blogger:

A good digital nomad job is becoming a virtual assistant
Getting to work on the blog!

2. Web Designer

Remember I said you could hire a web designer to build your blog site? Well, if you’re an actual web designer, this could be your travel job to work remotely.

There are fantastic online companies, like Fiverr and Upwork, that allow you to offer your freelance services to people looking for great web designers. And you decide the rate you charge.

Remember: The more you charge, the fewer clients you’ll need. That’s how freelancing works. In the beginning, you may charge less to build a reputation for yourself. Then, you can charge more as you become a more experienced remote freelance web designer.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Web Designer:

Where in the World is Nina website screenshot
Oh, look, it’s my website! The website you’re on… That I literally created all by myself. Teach yourself skills and you can make money! My website now makes me money!

3. Writer (This Travel Job Got Me Into Blogging!)

Got mad writing skills but don’t know how to turn them into profit? Just like web design, you can offer your pen (or keyboard) to bloggers, businesses, marketing companies, and other writers who need ghostwriters.

The joy of providing content or copy to others is that you can write about subjects you enjoy. You can charge as much or as little as you want, and you can write from anywhere.

Over time, you’ll find yourself working with more clients you click with and find yourself in long-term professional freelance relationships.

That will increase your income as you work remotely and travel the world.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Writer:

4. Stock Photographer

Just like writing, there’s a high demand for stock images because of this gigantic world of blogging and website design. Sites like Canva and Shutterstock are always looking for new pictures to sell to customers or give away for free.

Depending on your image’s quality and how common it is, you could make pennies or dollars on bundle shots. It’s also a great way to gain experience as an amateur photographer if you’re interested in travel photography.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Stock Photographer:

5. Travel Photographer

You knew this one would be next! So, here’s the thing about travel photography, it’s not an easy gig to land. But, similar to blogging, if you’re passionate about photography and travel, this is a great field of work.

The most important thing to remember for travel photography is being patient, persistent, and always willing to learn. You must know what makes a damn good picture. If you’re thinking your iPhone or DSLR on auto is going to cut it, think again.

Make money and travel as a Travel Photographer

Resources for Working Remotely as a Travel Photographer:

RELATED: A Guide to Finding the Best Long Term Travel Insurance.

6. Proofreader/Editor

Again, because there’s so much blogging and writing out there, proofreaders and editors are in high demand. Some people are super sticklers about writing their own pieces, but they’re self-aware and know their writing could use an extra set of eyes.

So, they hire a proofreader or an editor to work out the kinks. If you have experience proofreading or editing, this could be a slam dunk remote travel job for you.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Proofreader or Editor:

7. Formatter

Yes, there’s also lots of online work for formatting. Plenty of writers and bloggers are beasts with their own content but don’t feel like formatting the text onto their sites.

So, they hire someone to ensure headings and images, links and “buy” buttons, and other aspects are put together into a professional web page. If you’re comfortable formatting web pages on blogs, this job is for you.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Formatter:

Working abroad can be hard but totally worth it.
If you think I’m lucky sitting here, you didn’t see my 10 hours of work before this picture. If I posted pictures of me working, it would be pretty boring. Just know I’m literally never on vacation.

8. Teach English Online (I LOVE Doing This Travel Job!)

If you have experience teaching anything and have a college degree, then give teaching English online a whirl. Many countries recruit online teachers to virtually teach kids in a classroom, business professionals in boardrooms, and adults looking for additional skills to teach English as a foreign language.

The nice thing is, there are even niche markets for this. You can teach business English, American English, or British English, depending on your specialty. You can get extra pay if you have an English teaching certificate, whether from college or in the form of a TEFL certificate.

Make Sure You Choose The Right TEFL Program!

There are tons of TEFL programs out there and it’s hard to sift through which are actually worth it! In fact, I nearly got screwed out of my TEFL certificate! And I paid WAY too much for it too. 😭Luckily I got you covered. Check out the best and cheapest online TEFL programs so you can teach English around the world and travel!

Resources for Working Remotely as an English Teacher:

RELATED: 7 Best Cheap Online TEFL Courses To Teach English

9. Translator

Speaking of foreign languages, people will hire you on Upwork, Fiverr, and other freelance sites to translate their blog, essay, book, or anything else from a foreign language into English. You can also find full-time remote translating positions on FlexJobs. So, if you speak another language, like Spanish, Mandarin, or Russian, use that to your benefit and earn money leveraging your elite language skills.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Translator:

RELATED: How to Start Freelancing for Beginners – Work Online & Travel!

10. Virtual Assistant (VA)

Not only can you be someone’s assistant remotely, handling all their online tasks such as scheduling appointments or dealing with correspondence, but some people are skilled enough to start their own virtual assistant companies. They even manage other virtual assistants and hire them out.

In the gig economy world, this is where you will find a lot of money. You can hire yourself out as a freelancer on Upwork or Fiverr or promote yourself on your own website. Everyone from bloggers to corporate executives needs an assistant today. If you are highly organized, attentive to detail, and punctual, this may be your gold mine.

Resources for Working Remotely as a VA:

If you have great attention to detail, you can get a job online with no experience as a proofreader.
Work as a Virtual Assistant and travel the world

11. Customer Service Agent

Some companies dread having to manage hundreds or thousands of customer inquiries about products or services. If you’re a good people person, offering services as a customer service rep could save companies lots of time or stress.

But this travel job isn’t for those who lack patience dealing with questions or complaints when a customer is frustrated over the phone.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Customer Service Agent:

12. SEO Expert

If you’ve been online for a while managing websites and building blogs, you probably learned about SEO. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, skip this one.

However, if you’re tech-savvy, there are new bloggers and online businesses building sites every day. And everyone wants a competitive edge online. Proper SEO is critical to attracting new website visitors. That is where you can hit the jackpot. Hit the freelance sites and list your SEO expertise. You’ll get plenty of clients who don’t have time to deal with SEO themselves.

Resources for Working Remotely as an SEO Expert:

RELATED: 23 Digital Nomad Jobs: Take Your Desk Around the World.

13. Programmer

While you’ll need some mad computer skills, programmers are in high demand in the digital age. Technology is constantly evolving, and there’s a growing need for programmers on top of the latest coding tricks. If you have a knack behind the computer screen, you can hike the mountains or chill on the beach after coding.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Programmer:

Find a passion project that pays.
Work as a programmer while traveling

14. Social Media Manager

Here’s the life of a blogger (simplified): Get an idea, take pics, write content, format the blog post, and then hit social media. Social media is where most bloggers go for new readers. But this can often be more time-consuming for bloggers than writing the blog in the first place.

A social media manager will, for a fee, handle all of that instead. You would post the latest blog on the big sites, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, tweaking the posts for each one based on the forum. The role could even include designing social content in the form of memes or pins for Pinterest.

This gets your client’s business out there and saves them lots of time. You can put together packages to offer your clients with different levels of exposure. If you’re a social media fan, this may be a perfect fit.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Social Media Manager:

15. Social Media Influencer (This is Tied Into My Travel Job as a Blogger)

Ugh, don’t ever call yourself an influencer. Even if you have thousands of followers who like and comment on your posts, do not call yourself an influencer. Unfortunately, this is “the” word for it, and I am one, but I don’t like the word… It’s kinda tacky, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be one.

If you’re smart and funny on social media and get tons of attention online, capitalize on it (there’s a lot more that goes into it, but we don’t have all day here).

Brand names of all sizes are constantly hunting for social media influencers and people to represent their products to followers. Companies have realized that social media is where everyone spends their time, so they want to dig into that market. And those companies will pay, often quite well, for your influence.

Again, there’s A LOT that goes into this, and there are MANY posers. Please, make sure you fully understand what this job REALLY entails.

And no, it doesn’t only require posting iPhone pics of you in your bikini. Please stop.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Social Media Influencer:

Work abroad and online and travel for as long as you like.
Laptop work is my fav kinda travel job.

16. E-Books

If you’re a dedicated writer, start writing to turn a profit! Instead of sitting in your lonely room and typing your magnum opus, write and publish a short E-Book about the writing process or anything else that could help readers. You can sell it on your website if you have one or on Amazon.

You can even get your blogger friends to sell your book if it matches their readers’ needs and they don’t have one on the same topic. The best thing about E-Books is that they are a prime example of what’s called passive income. Just be sure that it’s a quality product.

Resources for Working Remotely as an E-book Publisher:

RELATED: How To Work Abroad & Travel the World.

17. E-Courses

Got a skill you can teach? Writing, web design, crafting, dog training, knitting, or whatever. You can turn that skill into an E-Course, and people can take your course on a site like Teachable. Again, this is passive income.

You create the course once, people pay for it and gain access, and you generate income in your sleep. As with E-Books, make sure you put together a quality course. You don’t want a bad reputation online if you’re trying to build an audience. You want fans, not haters.

Resources for Working Remotely as an E-course Writer:

18. YouTuber/Videographer

Speaking of teaching people things online, you can start your own YouTube channel for this!

You could teach guitar, a language, history lessons, or anything that people are interested to learn. There are YouTube channels for everything. The primary source of revenue is through advertisement. The more subscribers to your channel, the more you’ll earn. So, make sure your videos are on point.

However, like blogging, this online travel job takes time to generate income. It will have to be a loving hobby until the ball starts rolling.

Resources for Working as a YouTuber/Videographer:

Travel videographer at work
Travel videography requires a lot of work (I mean travel)

19. Website or App Tester

Anyone putting together a new website or app will need people to test it out. Although it’s not a ton of money, these tests provide a good income stream.

You only need a computer where you can download software, a microphone, and a good command of the English language; then you’re set.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Tester:

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20. Online Artist

Just like stock photos, people will buy your art. If you’re a graphic designer or animator, you could sell your art to bloggers and website designers for logos and site art. You could even create prints online for people to put inside their homes.

Find freelance work to build up your reputation on standard sites, and you could ultimately build your website around selling your art to individuals or offices who want prints for boardrooms and bathrooms.

Resources for Working Remotely as an Artist:

21. Affiliate Marketing

If you have a website or are currently building one, you can make tons of money with the proper affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is where you get paid to promote a company’s products. Most people start with Amazon’s affiliate marketing program because it’s easy, and you could potentially make money right away.

Just be aware that the bigger the ticket item, the more commission you will make. So, if you’re recommending a book and linking to it on Amazon, you’re gonna need lots of people to click and buy to turn a profit. But if you’re selling air conditioners, expensive running shoes, or makeup, you may make a tidy profit selling something you’re already using.

It may not be the most consistent income, and more traffic to your website is better (aka if mom and grandma are the only readers you aren’t making jack), but it does bring in cash.

Resources for Working Remotely as an Affiliate Marketer:

I dabble in affiliate marketing! Sometimes, if you buy something from certain links on my site, like an Amazon product, I make a commission (this doesn’t cost you anything more).

22. Day Trader

Okay, some people make literally no money on this. They sit at home all day long to buy and sell stocks that never turn a profit. But if you’re already familiar with the market and have effectively dabbled to your benefit, this could be one of the best ways to make money while traveling the world forever.

Most people start with E-Trade and grow from there. It only takes a small start-up investment in your first stocks, and you go from there. Think of it like mobile Vegas, with way less risk. Most day traders start on Ameritrade.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Trader:

23. Financial Consultant

If you’re good with money and numbers, you could do online tasks for clients such as balancing their checkbooks, paying their bills, cleaning up their credit, or helping them save for retirement.

There’s a high demand for financial consulting and people will love you for managing their finances. And they’ll also bring you a ton of business through word of mouth. Take good care of people’s finances, and you’re set for life.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Financial Consultant:

24. Paid Surveys

You’re not going to make a ton of money doing this, but there are plenty of online companies that will pay you to take surveys on anything from skincare to medical insurance. Some sites will pay you when you earn $10 in survey money.

Just be aware that the work can feel mindless, boring, and tedious. Think of this as an option if you’re constantly on planes or busses and just sitting there with Wi-Fi. You can take surveys from your phone or anywhere around the globe.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Surveyor:

25. Online Tutor

You can tutor virtually anything via Skype. Get to a freelance website, or even craigslist, and offer your services. Promote guitar lessons, Japanese classes, or other skills and wait for clients to come to you. You can then set a rate and time that works for you to have a face-to-face from anywhere in the world.

Want more clientele? Hook up to an online tutoring service that will attract clients for you and pay you an hourly rate.

Resources for Working Remotely as an Online Tutor:

This is some of the equipment you will need to teach a language online.
Tutor online when you are on the road

26. App Creator

Do you know how many fitness apps there are? How many diet apps? Sleep apps? There is an app for everything, and if you are tech-savvy, you could create an app. Why not do it?

Figure out what is missing in the market now or something wrong with it (perhaps you already have an idea?) and create an app. Then, you only have to sell it.

Resources for Working Remotely as an App Creator:

Get paid work abroad easily if you get a job online.
I’ve dabbled in transcription but I’m not an accurate typer (I just bang on the keyboard). Do you type well?

27. Transcriptionist

All you need for this travel job is a laptop and fast keyboard skills. You sit and listen to an audio recording, and you type what you hear. It could be minutes from a meeting or medical or legal documents.

You could find freelance work on the standard sites. Or, you could hook up with a paying company that will provide you with regular work.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Transcriptionist:

28. Tech Support

If you’re a computer whiz, offer your services as tech support for the tech inept. You can present yourself as a freelance support technician and charge per service call. Then, run your business online or via Skype.

For all the people who get frustrated because they can’t figure out WordPress or their software or hardware, you can be the answer to their dilemma. Some people will pay someone to help them figure out their systems instead of doing it for themselves.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Technical Supporter:

RELATED: 20 Online Jobs With No Experience Needed (So You Can Travel More).

29. Sales and Production

No, not that kind of sales. You obviously can’t be a car salesman or an appliance salesman while traveling the world. But if you make something like T-Shirts or jewelry, you could build a website and sell your products from anywhere.

In fact, you could hook up with a manufacturer, find someone to produce your design, and build the prototype for your product. Have the manufacturer produce and ship every item as you make sales from your website.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Seller and Producer:

Are you a budding John Grisham? Did you know that John Grisham was a lawyer for years before he published his first novel? And when he hit success with A Time to Kill, he quit his day job and became a full-time writer.

If you have a law degree but hate the actual practice, you could still capitalize on that degree and all that time spent trudging through the books in law school. Travel the world and offer your services online to people with legal questions. You could be cheaper than a law firm and give specific advice to anyone in a legal jam.

31. Artistic Designer/Graphic Designer

Yep, this is an actual thing. People who have artistic skills or pithy verbiage can design greeting cards and book covers. If you have studied as a graphic designer there are even more options like designing stationery, logos and branding, advertisements, and more.

It could be a long-term career for you while traveling the world. All you need is a program to design your art and connection with a publishing company or other clients.

It’s hard to believe but many people make a living writing the blurbs we read on greeting cards and the backs of books or designing the artwork. And you can do this from anywhere!

Resources for Working Remotely as an Artistic Designer/Graphic Designer:

If you're interested in how to become a graphic designer, you can work on a variety of different projects.
Work on a variety of different projects as a remote graphic designer

32. Personal Shopper

Some people don’t know how to put styles together for themselves. They don’t know what clothes are right for their body, what’s their style, or how to find deals that fit their budgets. You could solve this problem for people around the world.

Market yourself as a personal shopper, have a few phone calls, Skype meetings, get some pics of their bodies and their surroundings, and solve their fashion style problems! You could take their budgets, plus your commission, and make them look fabulous.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Shopper:

I could SERIOUSLY use a personal shopper… I am not at all fashionable. Who wants to dress me!? HELP!

33. Airbnb

So, while you circle the globe to find the best travel jobs, maybe you’re leaving an empty apartment behind? Capitalize on it! That’s a perfect way to travel and make money.

It’s passive income where you do virtually nothing except manage your Airbnb profile and have someone hand over your keys and collect them from temporary guests. Watch the cash roll in on something you’re paying for (or paid for).

Resources for Working Remotely as an Airbnb Host:

34. Coach

No, not that kind of coach. You won’t be showing people how to swing a bat or dunk a ball. The gig economy is welcoming an increasing number of motivational coaches. If you have the edge on a particular lifestyle – fitness, nutrition, positive thinking, business – you could coach people who need help with the steps to follow in your path and the right motivation.

Coaches put together packages for thousands of dollars and could earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to help people stay on track. You get to do good and feel good. Talk about an awesome traveling job to make a living.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Coach:

35. Dropshipping

If you’re a savvy business person, dropshipping can be a lucrative online business while you travel the world. With a dropshipping company, you don’t have to maintain a massive warehouse of products. Shoppers pay the price that you set online for the products you wish to sell. The key to making a profit is selling the items for a higher price than when you purchase them from the third-party supplier that ships them to your customers.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Dropshipper:

36. Podcaster

Have a way with words or have a passion you love to talk about 24/7? Podcasting has soared in popularity in recent years, and it’s a great way to connect with listeners from around the world. What do you love talking about? Travel, sports, music, pet care, beauty tips, or relationship advice? Find a niche you’ll never get tired of and start promoting your brand to a potential audience.

Popular podcasters can have thousands or even millions of subscribers, and you can earn money from running ads. Publish your episodes on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other outlets to attract more viewers. When you’re ready to take your show on the road, buy the necessary equipment to record episodes while traveling the globe.

Resources for Working Remotely as a Podcaster:

Debbie holding an interview
Work as a podcaster while traveling the world

37. Maybe You Have a Travel Job?! Ask Your Employer!

You would be surprised at how many employers are open to their employees working remotely. We no longer live in a job market where everyone has to be in an office from 9 to 5. More and more work is doable from a home office or laptop, thus freeing you to travel the world. You’ll maintain your income and employee benefits while turning your established career into your travel job.

If your employer won’t let you work remotely, but you don’t like the thought of freelancing, you can find full-time remote jobs on sites like FlexJobs.

Work Abroad Travel Jobs

Before I started remote work, I was working abroad! That’s where it all began for me. Realizing there were SO many travel job opportunities, I dove right in, and I have worked abroad as an English teacher, waiter, bartender, retail worker, and even as an extra in a movie!

Don’t forget, many of these travel jobs are a great way to make money while traveling but they will very likely require a visa. You’ll have to do your own homework as there are a zillion rules and they all depend on where you’re from and where you’re trying to work.

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I created the Live Around the World Shortcut just for YOU! It has quite literally everything you’d need to know about living this lifestyle, actually maintaining it, making money on the road, and all of the tips and knowledge that I’ve learned over the last 10 years.

No need to spin your wheels trying to figure everything out for yourself (which takes years btw), I got you! Live abroad like a pro from the start!


38. Bartender or Waiter (I Did This Travel Job Too!)

I put this one first on the work abroad list because it’s what I did. But it’s fun, easy, and you can make great money anywhere. This is how you can make money traveling AND have fun doing it.

There’s a huge turnover for waitstaff in restaurants across the globe, so you’ll likely land a job pretty quickly. It helps to show up at the right time, which is usually before the tourist season starts.

some tips on how to get a job in Australia
As a bartender, you can easily rake in enough cash to save and travel more.

Go around, fill out applications, have your resume in hand, put a smile on your face, and you’re bound to be slinging drinks in no time! You can also check job boards ahead of time to see what’s available for hospitality jobs.

But in my opinion, you’re better off applying in person! You can also use Facebook groups for specific locations to find jobs.

39. Kitchen Staff

You could also apply to work in the kitchen, especially if you have cooking experience.

The same goes here: visit a restaurant near your hostel or Airbnb and chat up the waitstaff. Ask to speak with the manager, familiarize yourself with the menu, and impress them with your knowledge of food prep, flipping burgers, or hotcakes. Then, BAM. You could be in!

40. Retail (I Had This Travel Job)

I worked in a surf shop as a cashier. The work is easy, you usually get decent pay, and it takes no experience. You could be ringing up customers before the dust settles on your backpack. Similar to food service, retail is about face time.

You want to be friendly, open, and express your willingness to work hard. Wander the neighborhood with your resume in your hand and weave your way in and out of retail shops looking for help wanted signs.

41. Teach English Abroad (My Very First Travel Job!)

Yep. I did this one too. I taught English in Thailand. And I had a blast. Teaching English is also a travel job you may be able to land before you leave home. In fact, it may help you decide where to start your travels. It’s where many full-time nomads start.

Pick a point on the map and look into teaching English there. Many countries are paying ESL teachers very well to teach American English.

Make Sure You Choose The Right TEFL Program!

There are tons of TEFL programs out there and it’s hard to sift through which are actually worth it! In fact, I nearly got screwed out of my TEFL certificate! And I paid WAY too much for it too. 😭Luckily I got you covered. Check out the best and cheapest online TEFL programs so you can teach English around the world and travel!

Resources for Working Abroad as an English Teacher:

42. Work in a Hostel or Hotel

Start where you are now. Staying in a hostel or hotel? Ask upfront if they’re hiring. A lot of these places need staff to run the front desk or even clean out the rooms. The pay is usually small or in the form of a free stay and food, but you CAN make cash.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Hostel or Hotel Worker:

43. Hostel Board/Community Boards

Speaking of hostels, check the board where you’re staying, or check the community boards at local community centers or cafes. If you begin your travels with some cash in hand and no job landed, you can start here. You may find help-wanted signs for things even I haven’t thought to put on this extensive list.

44. Barista

Everyone loves coffee! Even in the UK, where tea is king, coffee is still queen. And especially in high tourist areas, you’ll find tons of cafes with a world of international people running through them. It’s a great place to sell your skills as an adventurous world traveler to the manager. You’ll be great with the customers living an experience like yours.

Popular jobs in Australia for foreigners include working in coffee shops.
Get a job as a barista abroad

45. Agriculture

Love getting your hands dirty? You could work for locals as a gardener or help at local farms. Many people don’t have much time to tend to their gardens and lawns. Even if the task is mowing lawns and pulling weeds, this could be a great way to make some quick cash.

You can also talk to farmers about picking fruits and veggies, clearing fields, mucking out barns, or other needed tasks. Be aware that this work will likely be backbreaking, and pay will be minimal, similar to the US. But hey, it’s an experience and travel money!

The best thing to do is find these needs where you’re traveling. It’s not easy getting hired for this travel job online, and few people would fly across the world for an agriculture job.

Resources for Working Abroad in Agriculture:

Get paid work abroad by being an instructor
Yes, you can get a paying travel job as a surf instructor!

46. Instructor

Love yoga? How about scuba diving, surfing, or dance? If you have a skill that you’ve honed to above average, you could offer your services as a freelancer or hook up with a local studio or shop to teach the locals your moves.

Turn your passion into an awesome travel job!

Resources for Working Abroad as an Instructor:

47. Nanny / Au Pair

Love kids? Families around the world need help with childcare. You could offer services as a nanny or au pair, and you’ll likely live with the family. So, you will kill two birds with one stone; employment and housing. Just know that if you quit or lose one, you’re likely going to lose the other. Have a backup plan!

Resources for Working Abroad as a Nanny:

how to be an au pair in Spain
Work as an au pair in many countries abroad

48. Camp Counselor

If you love kids AND the outdoors, this travel job is a steal for you. Parents around the world want their kids to enjoy the great outdoors and send them off to camp. Many countries host established camps that are often in need of counselors to supervise the children or teach them useful skills.

You should search for camp counseling jobs in the country you’ll be traveling and have your resume and references on hand for the hiring staff.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Camp Counselor:

49. Massage Therapist

This is something that you need to have prior experience. If you do, you could make good money working as a massage therapist for locals. You could even hook up with a glamorous resort as their in-house masseuse.

Everyone wants to relax, and if you’ve got the hands and the skills, you could be the answer to their prayers.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Massage Therapist:

50. Working Holiday Visa (The Best Way to Get Travel Jobs Abroad!)

For younger travelers, a working holiday visa is a kick-ass way to live, work, and earn a decent income in another country. Working holiday visas open up a slew of jobs for you when you’re traveling abroad, but you want to hit the ground running. After taking care of the paperwork for your visa, have your resume ready and put that smile on your face to impress potential employers.

A working holiday visa in Australia allowed me to get awesome travel jobs, and I saved a TON of money working in the Land Down Under. Most working holiday visas are typically for individuals from ages 18 to 30, but it could vary by country. Some places that offer working holiday visas include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, and South Korea.

Resources for Working Abroad on a Working Holiday Visa:

Although I liked living in Melbourne better, Darwin was still beautiful.
Get a Working Holiday Visa for Australia and explore this beautiful country

Make Sure You’re Covered Abroad!

Travel insurance can save your @$$ abroad and it doesn’t have to be expensive! Safety Wing is what I use because it’s affordable, perfect for long or short term travelers and covers the important stuff (including COVID-19).


51. Traveling Nurse

Again, you kinda already need to be a nurse. But, you knew that, right? Check websites for more information on how to hook up with a local hospital.

Much like with teaching, you may find yourself choosing your destination based on the job. If you find a solid organization, you’re literally getting paid to travel.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Nurse:

52. Doctor

If you’re a doc and want to travel, this is where to hook up! You could do your good work and see the world at the same time.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Doctor:

53. Peace Corps

This is another travel job that requires a heart of gold. While the pay isn’t great, volunteering with the Peace Corps can save you tons of money on travel expenses. You’ll see the world and help others in need. A win-win for both parties.

Resources for Working Abroad in the Peace Corps:

54. Cruise Ship Jobs/Yacht Steward

Another get paid to travel job! You can work in many capacities on a cruise ship and have fun traveling the whole time. You could cook, wait tables, tend a bar, be the entertainment – singing, dancing, magic shows – clean rooms, and find endless possibilities. Check with the cruise line websites like Carnival. They’ve all got job posting links.

There are also a lot of Yacht Steward/Stewardess jobs out there and although it can be hard work and lots of hours, working on a yacht is a fun way to travel and learn new skills.

Resources for Working Abroad on a Cruise Ship/Yacht:

How to work on a yacht and travel the World.
Working on a Super Yacht is a great way to travel

55. Events

Instead of working the cruise ship, how about a carnival, concert, or music festival? You can travel as a carnival ride conductor, a festival vendor, or a concert roadie. You aren’t going to make the big bucks, but you are still basically getting paid to travel.

You could look into national carnivals, a particular festival or concert venue, and travel with them to help set up and break down.

Resources for Working Abroad at Events:

Anyone want to fly on this plane? 🙂

56. Flight Attendant

More travel pay! And this one provides decent money. You can apply to work for any international airline and travel with the planes for free.

If you’re friendly and interested in customer service, you can decide when to take a few days in Italy or Morocco, all while serving peanuts and vodka sodas on ice.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Flight Attendant:

57. Ski Resort Worker/ Instructor

Love hitting the slopes? Then finding a job at a ski resort can be your ticket to landing sweet perks at world-renowned ski destinations while earning some money. While the pay won’t be the best, you’ll live in the mountains and likely meet fellow travelers who share your love of skiing or snowboarding. Working at a ski resort is typically a seasonal travel job, and this could be a fun way to make money during the winter.

Resources for Working Abroad at a Ski Resort:

boy skiing
Get a job in a ski resort and ski in your time off

58. Construction

If you have any experience with hard labor under the sun, take a construction job with a local contractor. You can put in a good day’s work in a tourist area and party the night away on the weekends. Or, you can read a book at the library. Whatever floats your boat.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Construction Worker:

59. Tour Guide

If you have fallen in love with one particular area and find yourself constantly returning, stay put and become a tour guide. You could build your own website around your services and market yourself at local venues.

You could even get hooked up with local hostels or hotels, cafes, and restaurants, asking them to let you post your flyers.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Tour Guide:

Do like the locals and ride a Vespa for 2 days around Rome.
Work as a tour guide abroad

60. Car/RV Delivery

If you love road trips, then car/RV delivery could be your dream travel job. Rental companies or manufacturers sometimes need vehicles transferred to another location and need someone to drive it there. That’s where you come in, and you could earn a decent chunk of change driving around a country (or continent).

Resources for Working Abroad in Car/RV Delivery:

61. Film Extra

Got a knack for acting? Film companies and independent directors now film movies and television shows all over the world. If you happen to be at a location in need of extras, this could be your chance to appear on the big screen.

Bollywood is a famous example, and they spend lots of money to acquire new talent. You could be an extra or land a starring role in a hit movie watched by millions. Head to India and check out local casting calls or auditions.

Of course, there are plenty of films outside of Bollywood or Hollywood that may need extra help. If acting or working on a film set is something that interests you, being an extra could be your foot in the door.

Side story – I was an extra in a German film filmed in Thailand. It was AWESOME! I literally chilled on the beach all day waiting to be used as an extra and got paaiiiiddd.

Resources for Working Abroad as an Extra:

How to work abroad and travel isn't as hard as you think.
I got to chill on this beach all day waiting for them to need me for my superstar role of being a background beachgoer. I’m uber famous in Germany lol

62. Cleaning Services

There’s good money helping people clean up their space. You could hire yourself out to locals to take care of their windows, their laundry, or even their toilets.

Place ads for your services in local spots, like cafes or hostel community boards, or check out Facebook groups for your city. Put on some rubber gloves, get the job done, and then head out to enjoy the city you’ve chosen to live.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Cleaner:

63. Timeshares

Have you been to one of those meetings where you stay in a hotel for free, eat for free, or get a resort trip all expenses paid as long as you sit and listen? Well, you could be one of the people offering free hotel trips.

Timeshares are a big market, and they need people to do the selling for them. If you’re into sales, this could be a fantastic travel job for you. You’ll be in a high tourist traffic area, like Cozumel or France, urging people to buy a timeshare. In your downtime, you could explore the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Timeshare Salesperson:

64. Fishing Boat Deckhand

If you love the open sea and have experience working on boats, you can become a deckhand for a fishing boat worker in a port town. The tasks for a fishing boat deckhand include handling catch, maintaining fishing equipment, gutting fish, and other physical tasks.

Alaska is one storied location that’s a good spot to search for deckhand jobs. But the job is physically daunting and requires a TON of fortitude. If working on a fishing vessel sounds like your cup of tea, check out places near the water for an exciting job opportunity.

But if you’re prone to seasickness or allergic to fish, this is NOT the travel job for you.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Fishing Boat Deckhand:

65. Teach Musical Instruments or Dance

Here’s another way to hire yourself out to locals. You could teach kids how to play guitar, or teach older people to do the cha-cha. Check out local senior citizen homes or elementary schools. Post your services on a local board or offer your work on the local Facebook groups.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Music or Dance Teacher:

66. Dog Walker

Face it: dogs are the new babies. At least for people who don’t have babies yet. They want their dogs fed, loved, snuggled, walked, and adored in their absence. You could do this travel job, with no experience, for pay.

Getting paid to be with dogs…I’d literally do this for free.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Dog Walker:

Paid work abroad is easy because there's definitely something on this list you can do.
I haven’t personally used Rover yet, but I hear it’s great. I got free rent in Portugal for doggie sitting these two babes. Not a paying travel job but def saved me some money!

67. Computer Tech

If you have mad computer skills, promote yourself as a local computer genius.

68. Transfer

Similar to remote work, many companies offer international transfer opportunities. Thanks to the global economy, there are a growing number of international companies.

If you’re happy at a desk job but would like a different view and new cultural experiences, check your company website for international transfer opportunities. You could jet out by the end of the month.

69. Local Writer or Photographer

Perhaps you want to settle in a small town and enjoy rural life in Prague or Mexico. With decent writing skills or photography, you could get hired onto a local newspaper or magazine or even do freelance work. Check local job listings in the paper or search the internet for the local newspaper or magazine’s website.

70. Travel Agent

Depending on the business you end up in, you could find a good position with a travel agency. You may even find a job as a travel agent in a tourist city. Not only could you live abroad, but you also travel to new places and sell those trips to your clients. Win-win!

Resources for Working Abroad as a Travel Agent:

71. Videographer (My Partner Does This Travel Job!)

There are enough events in each city to keep you busy and well paid if you enjoy using your video camera. You could offer your services at local wedding planner offices or churches. Promote yourself as a videographer on local boards and in local Facebook groups.

You’ll want to be relatively settled and start networking with locals. Much of your work will come from word of mouth—make sure your word is a good one!

Working and traveling as a photographer and videographer.
Getting travel jobs doing photos and video ain’t easy but definitely doable if you’re willing to learn and get the right equipment.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Videographer:

72. Personal Trainer

Got big muscles or lean limbs? Know how to lift weights and which exercises will get you the results you want? Sell that knowledge to locals, especially in tourist-heavy beach towns.

Offer your services at local gyms, hotels, resorts, local boards, and Facebook groups. But find out the required certification at each location.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Personal Trainer:

73. Recruiter

Headhunters and recruiters abound. Every major company is looking for quality talent, and this is where you come in. You could work for a recruiting company that acts as the middleman between businesses and potential employees. Or, you could work as a recruiter for a specific company in a local spot.

If you’re diplomatic, this travel job could be your new calling. Look for job offerings on major companies’ websites in the area(s)that interest you.

Resources for Working Abroad as a Recruiter:

Feeling lost? I have a free guide that helps you choose the best travel job for YOU!

BONUS! How to Travel for Less (“Alternative Travel Jobs”)

Regardless of the travel job you choose, your money will take you further if you can cut your costs. These are a few of the things I do regularly to help me stay on the road for less.

Exchange work for accommodation on Worldpackers. There are opportunities all over the world for everything from social media to childcare, with stays of as little as two days up to several months. Read my Worldpackers review.

Pet sit and get free accommodation with Trusted Housesitters! (That link gives you a discount btw!) Read my Trusted Housesitters review.

Get a credit card that works for you! My Chase Sapphire Reserve card earns me points I can use for flights or hotels and gives me access to Priority Pass airport lounges worldwide.

Get free nights with Their loyalty program means that for every 10 nights you stay, you get the next night free!

More resources for How to Travel for Less:

RELATED: Worldpackers Review: Doing a Work Exchange For Free Rent!

➡️ Digital Nomad Tips

1. Teach yourself new SKILLS!
Start learning—for FREE!

2. Find LEGIT remote jobs!
Start searching for your remote job.

3. Make sure you’re COVERED abroad!
Check out the best travel insurance for digital nomads.

Things to Note About How to Make Money While Traveling:

My apologies if some of these things are obvious, but I think I’m obligated to state some of them for the few special people who stumble on this… 🙂

  • Each job listed here is a REAL job that pays.
  • They are mostly available to anyone but it may depend on where you’re from.
  • The jobs in the “work abroad” section would likely require some kind of working visa, which depends on the country you’re from/going to. Look at the government website of the destination you wish to go to for information.
  • I don’t promote working in countries illegally, and I have had all legit and legal jobs in my years of working abroad. However, yes, it can be possible and comes with serious risks. I don’t have any further information on working without a working visa.
  • The jobs in the “remote work” section likely won’t need a work visa but that’s because remote work is still a gray area. Please look at the country you wish to live in and travel for information regarding visas and their take on remote workers. Here’s info on digital nomad visas if that’s of interest as well.
  • Please note, I’m not a job board, and no, I can’t help you find an actual job. I provide FREE information in regards to how you can find travel jobs and what type of work is available. But I will not help in finding you an actual job.
  • One of the best ways to find a travel job abroad is to simply go. Yes, look it up online and make sure there are jobs and that you’re eligible, but you will more likely get hired if you’re already there as opposed to across the sea.
  • Some travel jobs on this list are temporary, one-off, or side gigs, but most of them are legit part-time or full-time jobs. It all depends on the opportunity you find.
  • Lastly, I have provided resources above for most jobs but the best way to find more information regarding specific jobs or in a certain country is to Google it.

BOOM, there ya have it, 73 ways to travel and make money!

A. Thanks for sticking around on this massive list AND for coming to my blog. Super cool of you. And…

B. Please please PLEASE use Google to teach yourself! Learning is the BEST tool. I’ve had 11 of these travel jobs and guess what? I had ZERO experience in ALL of those travel jobs. You don’t need experience to get work abroad or remotely. All you need is motivation to learn and to teach yourself new skills. You can do this!

Which job are you trying to tackle first? Where will you go for your first travel job opportunity?

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  1. James Frosting says:

    There are a lot of ways to make money while traveling, I’ve tried multiple methods. Recently my favorite way has been to use Glocalzone. I bring products for people who demand products from the places I visit and earn money on the commission. It has been an incredibly easy way to make money on the side while helping people out.

  2. Timothy Gagnon says:

    Some great ideas here. For me, the easier jobs would be ones that involve working with documents because I can’t do much on a laptop. Like, content writing, editing, and what not. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks, Timothy!

  4. Emily says:

    Seriously, the best list I have came across on Pinterest!

    Thank you for putting this list together. I have a TON of research to do on about 6 of these list items.

    Time to dive right in!


  5. Nina Ragusa says:

    YYYAAAYYY! Go, Emily 🙂 Glad this was helpful!

  6. Durgesh says:

    Hi Nina

    This info is very useful for traveler, who want to earn along with it.


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