It’s exciting, isn’t it?
The thought of working travel jobs that let you earn money from anywhere in the world.
Moving from country to country as you please.
Not depending on anybody.
Breaking free from the office, from wasted time in traffic, from having to “earn” a measly 2-week vacation each year.
Shall I go on?
Location independence is a dream many have, but few achieve. Why? Well…
Thankfully, that’s not you, is it?
You crave freedom. Excitement. Adventure.
And you’re in luck, my wanderlusting friend, because I’m about to show you how millions of people are making money traveling the world as we speak.
Maybe you’re thinking, “Earn money while traveling? You mean without a boss breathing gnarly coffee-breath down my neck telling me exactly what to do? But…but…I don’t have a college degree or any special “travel job” skills. Can I still do it? What if I run out of money? What if I fail?”
Relax, young padawan.
I’m about to put those excuses to rest once and for all.
If a “travel life” is what you’re after, this gargantuan list of best travel jobs is a smart place to start. Let’s jump in…
Traveling Jobs Come in Four Fizzy Flavors
So you’ve decided this whole work-while-traveling-the-world arrangement sounds pretty neat-o. But where do you start?
Well, the first step to learning how to make money traveling is understanding the different types of travel jobs out there. There are four (often overlapping) categories—backpacker jobs, expat jobs, digital nomad jobs, and jobs that require travel.
These travel jobs consist of in-person work done while moving from destination to destination. They’re typically odd-end jobs done to keep your travel fund topped up (and to avoid having to ask mom to send money to buy you a flight home).
These jobs are generally short-term money solutions. They’re great for young bloodz trying to keep the adventure alive (or to get paid to travel and party), but eventually, you’ll need to “graduate” to something more sustainable.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m not discouraging backpacker jobs. But there’s a time and a place. And once you get to be an old fart like me, you’ll want something more stable.
Examples: Hostel worker, farm work, volunteering, etc.
An expat (or “expatriate”) is someone who leaves their home country to live and work abroad. Expat jobs offer a different type of travel experience.
Instead of moving around every week, an expat will settle in one country for a set period of time. This allows them to “live like a local” and truly soak up the culture. These travel jobs can last from a few months to several years.
Examples: English teacher, house sitting, scuba dive instructor, etc.
Digital Nomad Jobs
Digital nomad travel jobs allow for ultimate flexibility. All you need is:
- A digital nomad laptop
- A mobile wifi hotspot for travelers (to ensure you always have an internet connection)
- A plan for staying productive
You’re essentially “location independent” and can travel as much or as little as your heart desires.
If you’re looking for how to make money traveling long-term—this is one of your best options.
While most can be done completely online, some need to be started in person and then managed virtually.
If you already have a job that lets you work from home, taking that job with you around the world could be easier than you think. All you have to do is figure out some logistics. There are even companies, like Remote Year, that organize everything for you and make the process dead simple (you’ll have to pay for the convenience though).
This isn’t just for world travelers, either. These days, #vanlife is more popular than ever, and these are all jobs you can do living in a van.
Examples: Blogger, online freelancer, consultant, e-commerce, remote worker, etc.
***If you want some hand-holding, here’s the internet’s most comprehensive guide on how to become a digital nomad, step-by-step. (Or here’s the video version):
Unlike the other three types of travel jobs that focus on working on the road, “travel-required jobs” actually pay you to travel. Sounds amazing, right? The downside to jobs that require travel is limited time and flexibility to go out and explore each destination.
Examples: Flight attendant, pilot, cruise ship worker, etc.
How This List of Best Travel Jobs Can Change Your Life
So, which one sounds best? Still not sure?
Good news. Approximately NO ONE knows exactly what they want from the get-go. Most full-time travelers do a mix of everything. It’s a journey.
The biggest mistake you can make?
Failing to take action because you don’t know if your plan will work.
The number of ideas on this list is dizzying.
Before diving in (and potentially feeling overwhelmed), this video will give you a 5-step process to strategically narrow down which job is best for you:
And there you have it. A foolproof plan. You now know exactly what you need to do, now let’s do it!
How Much Cash Can You Make?
Your potential earnings will depend on many factors—job type, experience level, hours worked, country, whether you use a good bank for travelers that doesn’t rob you in fees, etc.
Don’t automatically discount the low-paying jobs though. Remember, you choose where you work. In San Francisco, you’ll be lucky to find yourself a nice cozy cardboard box earning $2000/month. But in Thailand, you’ll live like a king.
Staying in countries where your money goes further cracks open a fresh can of new opportunities. It gives you the freedom to thrive off a “low-paying” job while you build the skills needed for higher-level projects.
That said, whether you want a full-time income or you’re just looking to earn an extra $50 a day online to travel through cheap countries, this list will give you tons of options.
So, without further ado…let’s jump in!Want to travel forever? Check out the internet's most GINORMOUS list of ways to make money while traveling the world.
The Most Obvious Travel Career
Before diving into backpacker jobs, let’s kick things off with the most obvious (and powerful) way to make money traveling…
#1 – Blogger
Let me tell you from experience—blogging is not for the faint of heart. Yes, anyone can be successful if they put in the time, follow a proven strategy, and don’t give up. But most people fail.
Blogging can unlock ultimate freedom, but it comes at a high price. You may work thousands of hours without seeing a penny, wondering if it’s all a gargantuan waste of time. But if you stick to it and show up consistently, you will find success.
That said, money isn’t the only reason starting a blog is a smart move. It’s also the perfect “training ground” for building up the digital skills needed for other traveling jobs. (Note: Your blog doesn’t have to be about travel).
#2 – Waiter/Waitress
Every country has bars and restaurants, and landing a job can be done with no prior experience. You’ll probably have to start in a “normal” restaurant and work your way up to a fancy one (where the “big bucks” are made).
#3 – Bartender
If you know how to bartend, you can find a job pretty much anywhere. Similar to waitressing, if you don’t have any experience, you’ll have to start at the bottom and work your way up.
#4 – Street performer
Got a cool magic trick? Play music like Beethoven? Know how to juggle fireballs while riding a unicycle blindfolded? If so, consider yourself a mobile money-making machine. If not, there’s no shame in painting yourself silver, turning into a statue, and praying your allergies don’t act up.
#5 – Street vendor
Arts and crafts in your blood? Why not earn some money with it? If you’ve traveled at all, you’ve probably crossed paths with street vendors selling their crafts. If you go this route, avoid setting up shop next to locals who are trying to make a living.
#6 – Freelance videographer
Becoming a highly-paid freelance videographer doesn’t happen overnight. These highly coveted travel jobs require dedication and a passion for filmmaking. But if you master your craft, companies will be lining up to give you money.
(Sidenote: In addition to travel videos, I’ve heard of professional wedding videographers being flown all over the world making serious bank as well).
#7 – Volunteer teacher
A great way to support a good cause, build teaching experience, and (likely) receive free food and accommodation at the same time. Volunteering to teach English is the most common option, but it’s possible to teach other subjects as well.
#8 – Hostel worker
These travel jobs are super easy to find. Oftentimes, you volunteer a few hours a day in exchange for free accommodation (and if you’re lucky, some beer). This is a great opportunity to make friends from all over the world. Social butterflies will love party hostels where they can get paid to travel and party. Introverts might want to stick to quieter, less popular places.
#9 – WWOOFer
WWOOF is a worldwide movement (in 120+ countries) that connects volunteers with organic farmers. Volunteers are called WWOOFers and live for free with a host family in exchange for their help on the farm.
#10 – Miscellaneous Volunteer (WorkAway, HelpX, etc)
WorkAway and HelpX are two of the most popular volunteer and cultural exchange platforms. These sites are goldmines. There are all different kinds of travel jobs available—from construction to farming to hanging out and speaking English with someone’s kid.
Just make sure to pay attention to the reviews of previous volunteers to see if they had a good experience.
#11 – Sailboat or yacht volunteer
I once met a personal trainer who landed a job training a mega-rich yacht owner one-hour per day while sailing to remote tropical islands. Not a bad gig, eh? The kicker is, you’d be surprised how easy it is to land opportunities like this.
#12 – Masseuse
Can you give a killer foot rub? Time to earn some money with those magic fingers. Getting certified as a masseuse can be quick, cheap, and lucrative. India and Thailand are two popular places for certification—get trained in less than a week for a couple hundred dollars.
#13 – Holiday Work Visa (Australia/New Zealand)
A holiday work visa allows you to find short-term travel jobs in New Zealand or Australia for one year (can be extended). There are tons of well-paying short-term positions available. And they’re easy to get. You can work and save for a couple weeks/months in one city, travel a bit, move on to the next city, and repeat.
#14 – Yacht delivery
You’re not gonna land this job overnight. And you probably won’t get paid much. But you will get some crazy life stories and a passport full of stamps.
Depending on your experience, you could transport new yachts from a manufacturer to their dealers, bring recently purchased boats from dealer to buyer, our sail vessels to the Caribbean for winter storage.
#15 – Car/RV delivery
Similar to yacht delivery, but easier to get into (albeit, less exciting). It’s as simple as it sounds. Earn money—or at least get your travel expenses paid—to transport cars and RVs from manufacturers to dealerships (or from one rental company location to another). This can be a full-time gig or just a travel hobby.
#16 – Model
How cute are you on a scale of 1-10? If you’re above a 6 (or have nice hands), you’re in luck. Why? Because I’m a 6 (according to my mom), and I’ve been sought out to be a model in Colombia—twice!
If you actually put together a portfolio and hunt down opportunities, you’ll be surprised at what you find—especially if you look “exotic” in the country you’re in (not many blue-eyed boys in Colombia).
#17 – Bollywood extra
Want celebrity status? If you find yourself in India, you’re in luck. You won’t get rich, but you will be able to introduce yourself as a movie star for the rest of your life. And in the end, that’s all that really matters, right?
#18 – Timeshare seminar attendee
This one isn’t a travel job, per se. Moreso a way of scoring free (or heavily discounted) travel deals. All you have to do is sit through a timeshare sales meeting in exchange for valuable “freebies”. Sounds easy enough, right? Don’t be so sure.
These meetings can be brutal. The salespeople are known to be extremely aggressive and manipulative, so prepare yourself for some psychological warfare.
#19 – Stagehand
Earn money while traveling the world with your favorite bands. It’s hard work, but can be an amazing experience. Jobs with traveling bands include stage technicians, audio mixers, riggers, lighting technicians, cameramen, projections, etc.
#20 – Freelancer for local businesses
Many options here—website designer, social media promoter, videographer, photographer, etc.
These are typically digital nomad travel jobs, but they can be set up as backpacker jobs as well—just offer your services to hostels, tour companies, restaurants or other businesses in each destination you travel to.
I met a girl in a hostel who arranged a free one-week stay in exchange for setting up the hostel’s social media accounts and taking some professional photos. She finished all her work in one morning, then had a week to relax.
#21 – Language teacher
If you’re a native English speaker, you have a skill millions of people will pay to learn. Why not take advantage of that?
It’s the most popular “gateway travel job”. You can quickly beef up your bank account while teaching, go traveling for several months when your contract ends, then repeat.
Others use teaching as a stepping stone—a way to make a living immersed in another culture while they master other “digital skills” in their free time.
#22 – Language tutor
This is a popular option for those who go the TEFL route. By taking on private students in your spare time, you can seriously boost your income. A full private tutoring schedule can easily become more lucrative than your main teaching job (which you’ll need to keep for you visa).
#23 – Au Pair
An Au Pair is a temporary live-in nanny responsible for taking care of kids and household tasks. It’s an opportunity for complete cultural immersion—you become part of the family. (Just pray you don’t get stuck with a bunch of lil’ brats).
#24 – Travel Nanny
A travel nanny is similar to an Au Pair, but instead (or in addition to) settling in with one family at their house, you actually travel with them.
Also referred to as a “holiday nanny” or “vacation nanny”, your job is to help parents have a stress-free vacation by entertaining the kiddos.
As you can imagine, this can get exhausting. So when you get time off to explore by yourself, you better take advantage of it!
#25 – House sitter
Kids not your jam? What about pets? There are tons of people around the world who want to travel, but don’t have anyone to look after their pets (or house) while they’re away. That’s where you come in. It’s a perfect opportunity to live rent-free while working on building other jobs that allow you to travel.
#26 – Property manager
The rise of Airbnb has brought with it many new job opportunities. Many real estate investors buy multiple properties to rent out on Airbnb. They then hire people like you to take care of check-in, check-out, and cleaning in between guests.
#27 – Open a business overseas
Travel for any extended period of time and you’re bound to find a spot you just “connect” with. Why not set down roots for a while and start your own business?
I’ve seen travelers start hostels, restaurants, cafes, motorcycle rental shops, dance clubs, tattoo parlors, yoga studios, scuba dive shops, and tour companies (to name a few). Once you’re up and running, find someone you trust to manage the business while you continue traveling.
#28 – International shopper
Each country has its own specialty goods not found in other countries. There are loads of people around the world—oftentimes immigrants—who want to buy products from their home country.
If you live in said country as an expat, you can work as their personal shopper (and shipper).
This is basically a smaller, simplified version of an import/export business, which we’ll look at later.
#29 – Diplomat or Foreign Service Officer (FSO)
Diplomats are the official representatives of a country abroad. They are in charge of implementing foreign policy and managing relationships with other countries. These aren’t temporary traveling jobs. They’re competitive, highly sought after careers.
#30 – Tour guide
Have extensive knowledge of a certain country or region? Becoming a tour guide is a great opportunity to travel to your favorite places and meet cool people from around the world. Perfect for a social butterfly. Keep in mind, it can be stressful being responsible for the well-being of many people. Leadership skills are a must.
Giving tours can be done at any age, so it’s one of the best travel jobs for seniors and youngsters alike.
#31 – Pool boy (or girl)
Pretty self-explanatory. Learn how to take care of pools (Youtube). Find out where the pools are. Think of a creative way to convince the owners to hire you. Viola! Note: This combines well with #25 (property manager).
#32 – Hairstylist
Whip out those scissors and start making people beautiful. As an expat, set up shop and start marketing (word of mouth is clutch). This could also work as a backpacker travel job. Just have your hostel dorm-mates imagine how many Instagram Likes their #NewHairdoo will get them in their next travel photo.
#33 – Teach your skills
Have a skill that others would pay to learn? You don’t have to be an expert, just better than your students. Ideas: teach a sport, instrument, drawing, painting, sculpting, crafts, cooking, dancing, a language, computer skills, accounting, etc. Options are really endless with this one.
#34 – Seasonal worker
Lots of ideas here: commercial fishing, ski resorts, construction, forest fire fighter, hotels, ships, oil workers, school teachers, etc. If you’re willing to work long hours in harsh conditions for a few months, you could save enough to travel for an entire year.
#35 – Tree planter
Planting and harvesting could be considered a seasonal travel job, but I feel it’s fascinating enough to have its own section.
I once met an intriguing Canadian couple in Nicaragua. For several years, their life has consisted of planting trees during the summer, raking in wads of cash, traveling the world until their savings run out, then repeating.
I love the simplicity. No need to overcomplicate things. Plant trees, go traveling, repeat.
#36 – Seed Stealer
Speaking of trees, here’s another crazy story. I don’t advise this, but it is technically a way to make money.
While crossing into Costa Rica, I bumped into a 65-year-old Canadian living in Nicaragua. He was decked out in full camouflage and appeared to be on some sort of mission. Curious, I asked him his plans for the day.
He casually explained how he was about to sneak into a Costa Rican National Park and camp in the jungle under the radar.
To search for a rare tree, steal the seeds, and plant them on his farm back in Nicaragua. Apparently, the wood from these trees is used to make fine instruments. It’s worth a ton. An adult tree can sell for $10,000, and he already had a couple hundred trees planted on his farm.
After some quick mental math, I wondered if I’d just stumbled into the investment of a lifetime. Should I get in on this seed-stealing scheme?
Then I found out it takes 20 years before the trees are ready to sell. I suppose it could be a worthwhile (albeit very illegal) investment for a youngin’, but I doubt this grandpappy will be around to see his precious trees sell.
#37 – Scuba diving instructor
Live on a tropical island and get paid to go scuba diving every day? Uhm…yes please! And it gets even better.
When you get bored with your island paradise, just go find a new one. There are scuba shops in amazing locations all over the world looking for quality instructors. And who knows, maybe you’ll even end up opening your own shop someday.
#38 – Pet daycare
People love their pets. And they hate the thought of leaving them alone cooped up all day. If you can find a handful of people to pay you to take care of their pets every day, your income can add up quickly.
#39 – Dog walker
An alternative to pet daycare is a simple pet walking service (great way to stay in shape too).
#40 – Hotel worker
Hotels tend to have high turnover rates and many job opportunities available. Best of all, many do not require experience (although some countries require a license).
You can work on a short-term basis or make it into a career—working for international brands and requesting to transfer overseas.
#41 – Traveling medical professional
If you’re already a nurse, doctor, physical therapist, etc., this is an easy way to incorporate travel into your life. National travel assignments generally last 2-6 months, while international assignments are commonly 1-2 years long.
#42 – Peace Corps volunteer & NGO work
As a Peace Corps volunteer, you’ll help local communities around the world overcome the different challenges they face. This might mean working with farmers, implementing community economic development, solving environmental issues, providing healthcare and education, or creating youth development programs.
#43 – Fitness instructor
Wanna know how to make money traveling while staying fit? This one’s for you! You can get paid to train people all over the world. Start a group fitness class, make it fun, and let the recruiting begin. No Gym? No problem! That’s what parks are for.
Getting clients can be as easy as going to the gym and doing cool creative exercises. Curious people will come and start asking you questions (this happens to me all the time—even when I am purposefully anti-social). Invite them to your class and close the deal.
(Backpacker version: Give a free class in your hostel in exchange for accommodation)
#44 – Yoga instructor
Same as the fitness instructor idea. I once met a girl who combined this with #35 (dive instructor) and opened a popular (and highly recommended) dive & yoga school in Thailand.
#45 – Surf instructor
Make surfing into a lifestyle. Once you have a destination in mind, there are several ways to go about this—work for a surf school, start your own surf camp, advertise with nearby accommodations and restaurants, or simply walk around the beach offering lessons.
Whichever route you choose, you should be certified and trained to handle emergencies.
#46 – Kayak/Canoe Guide
If you love paddling through nature, this could be the best travel job for you. A good instructor is not only an expert in the water, but also has strong leadership skills and knows how to handle emergencies. It’s an intense job and requires a lot of responsibility.
#47 – Kitesurfing instructor
Kitesurfing is a hard skill to master. A high barrier to entry means quality instructors are in demand all over the world. It shouldn’t be difficult finding work as you travel from place to place.
#48 – Ski instructor
This could be another seasonal travel job unless you’re somewhere with year-round snow. If you love extreme sports, you could combine this with a “summer sport” and alternate each season.
#49 – Dance instructor
If you love to get jiggy wit it, this one’s for you. Living in the Salsa Dancing Capital of the World, I’ve thought about creating an online video course to prepare gringos for Colombia’s dance scene (maybe someday!). You could also pair this with #40 (fitness instructor) to create hybrid fitness/dance classes.
#50 – Sailing instructor
If you love to sail, this could be your ticket to earning money around the world. These travel jobs are typically found at private sailing schools, yacht clubs, and universities.
#51 – Other instructor
As you can see, some of the best jobs involving travel are simply teaching other people to do awesome things. It’s a simple way to make money traveling that anybody can do. And your options don’t end with this list. If you can find a small group of people willing to pay to learn a skill, you can earn a living anywhere.
So take a moment and think—what’s a skill you’re passionate about that others might be interested in learning?
#52 – Chef
Guess what? People need food cooked every day, all over the world. If you can whip up a delish meal, you’ve got options. You could work short-term in restaurants, get hired as a private chef, or work on a cruise ship (and get paid to travel).
#53 – Timeshare seller
Remember those timeshare travel “freebies” I mentioned earlier? The ones that require you to attend high-pressure sales presentations? Well, now we’re flipping the tables.
If you like toying with emotions and manipulating people to pull out their wallets, this could be your dream job. Successful sellers work short hours and make bank off commissions. Unsuccessful sellers go hungry.
#54 – Sell imported goods (in your expat country)
I often rave about how cheap it is to live in certain parts of the world. But there’s one caveat. Name-brand stuff (electronics, clothes, watches/jewelry, makeup, perfume, etc.) can be insanely expensive.
I once bought a Bluetooth speaker in the US for $60 and later saw it in Colombia going for $100. Macbooks cost nearly double. Luxury watches? Don’t even get me started. I smell an opportunity here—the trick is doing it legally.
Digital Nomad Jobs
#55 – Freelance content writer
Another one of the best jobs for travelers.
Companies know how important it is to engage, inform, and build relationships with their audience. One way to do this is through blog posts and other written material. That’s where content writers come in.
Keep in mind, there are two types of content writers out there. Those desperate and willing to work for peanuts. And those who craft quality content, make a name for themselves, and get paid what they’re worth. Which one are you?
#56 – Copywriter
The terms “copywriter” and “content writer” are often confused. In my book, copywriters write material compelling readers to take an action that moves them down a sales funnel.
This could be a sales page selling a product or service, an email selling a “click”, Facebook ads, product descriptions, catalogs, video sales scripts…the list goes on.
It’s the highest-paid form of writing because its value is tangible and easily measurable. This makes it one of the best online jobs to do while traveling.
#57 – Digital marketer
Digital marketers are experts in creating marketing campaigns using social media, search engines, email, paid ads, websites, etc. to grow businesses.
I once met a super successful digital nomad in Chiang Mai who just launched a new venture offering digital marketing services for doctors in Latin America (great example of niching down!)
#58 – Customer service rep
There are tons of remote customer service jobs out there. There are also tons of people who want them. This low-barrier opportunity to work in your underwear is a recipe for high competition. Better find a way to stand out.
#59 – Web developer
If I could go back in time and change my major, it’d be this. If you have solid web development skills, you can easily make a good living from anywhere on the planet (with wifi). This is hands down one of the best online jobs that allow you to travel.
#60 – Web designer
If web development isn’t your thing and you’re more of an aesthetics person, web design is another one of the most lucrative travel jobs for digital nomads (especially freelancers and agency owners).
#61 – Affiliate marketer
These clever creatures get paid commissions for recommending other people’s products and services to their audience. There are lots of ways to go about this, but most require influence, trust, and/or traffic.
Still confused? Think about those product review websites you go to before making a purchase. They earn a commission every time someone buys a product/service through the link on their site.
Or here’s another example. If you click this link and buy anything from Amazon in the next 24 hours, I’ll get a commission at no extra cost to you (see what I did there? *wink wink*)
Affiliate marketing also plays a big part in many other jobs that involve traveling on this list.
#62 – Accountant
In today’s digital age, the opportunity to work remotely is easier than ever. Many companies have gone fully remote. This means they hire team members from all over the world—including accountants, CPAs, and even lawyers. “Regular” jobs are quickly turning into travel jobs, and there are more opportunities to make money online than ever before. How could you leverage your profession to make money traveling?
#63 – Editor
Calling all OCD Grammar Fanatics! Did you know you can use your love for pointing out people’s mistakes to fund your travels? It’s true.
Over 2 million articles are published daily on the web (not counting social media). That’s a lot of editing work. Editing work that can be done from anywhere.
#64 – Translator
Translating can fall into any of the four categories of travel jobs. For digital nomads, this would take the form of translating documents online. If you’re fluent in multiple languages and specialize in a certain industry, this could be your ticket to location independence.
#65 – Transcriptionist
Listen to an audio file. Type what you hear. Do it fast, and don’t make mistakes. It sounds simple, but that’s not always the case. Imagine trying to type a technical conversation between a group of foreign doctors with heavy accents…who are constantly interrupting each other…on a poorly recorded audio file. Fun fun!
Hint: By specializing in one area (like legal transcription), you can charge higher rates.
#66 – Graphic designer
Logos, product and package designs, 3D models, social media ads, and much more. There is a never-ending demand for graphic design services. Combine design skills with creative marketing and you’ve got a recipe for location freedom.
#67 – Social media management
How’d you like to get paid to surf Facebook, craft clever Tweets, and post beautiful Instagram pics all day? Big companies are realizing the value of social media marketing, and they need social savvy people like you to manage it for them. Just don’t forget to look up from your screen every now and then to engage with the real world 😉
For social media lovers, this is one of the best online jobs you can do while traveling.
#68 – Ads manager (Google, Facebook, etc.)
The average small business spends thousands of dollars on Facebook and Google ads each month. Large companies spend millions. If done correctly, these ads bring in new customers and grow the company. If you can help do this, they’ll throw money at you.
#69 – Pinterest account manager
Similar to a social media manager, but specialized specifically in Pinterest. Pinterest can be a huge traffic generator for bloggers. It’s also a time suck. That’s why successful bloggers are quick to hire someone to take care of Pinterest for them. That someone could be you!
#70 – Fiverr
Fiverr is cool. It’s one of the simplest ways to start freelancing. You can sell any service imaginable (like seriously weird stuff). A quick and easy way to dip your toes into the world of travel jobs.
At first glance, it might not seem like a profitable business model. After all, most jobs start at $5 each—how much could you really earn?
Turns out, some people have “cracked the code” and make a full-time income with Fiverr. Or they start on Fiverr to build their portfolio, then graduate to bigger and better projects.
(Note: Fiverr isn’t the only freelance job site in town. Here’s another 64 sites to find freelance work.)
#71 – Agency owner
So you’ve nailed the whole independent freelancing thing. Now what? Well, one of the next natural steps is to start your own agency (AKA drop servicing).
As a freelancer, you trade your time for money. You’re limited by the number of hours in each day. But if you put together a team of freelancers trained to do your work for you, your earning power suddenly becomes limited only by the number of clients you can land. Done correctly, this is one of the best travel jobs out there—you make money traveling while others do the work.
#72 – Day trader
Obvious inherent risk involved with this travel job. But done correctly, this risk can be minimized. There are plenty of knowledgeable people around the world making a living this way. Don’t get into this if you don’t love math.
#73 – Ebook writer
Want instant respect anywhere you go? That’s what you’ll get when you can start introducing yourself as an “author” to everyone you meet. Not only does writing an ebook build mad street cred, but it can also be a nice passive income generator (write it once, sell it forever). The key is solving a problem people are willing to pay for.
This is best combined with other travel jobs that expose you to large audiences (blogger, Youtuber, Instagrammer, etc.).
#74 – Online course creator
Like ebooks, this is another passive income stream. It can be as simple or complex as you’d like—just make sure it provides real value.
Don’t be one of those “gurus” who reads a book, thinks they’re an expert, and creates a course promising unproven results. Instead, create something that will truly help people. If you want a business that lasts, trust is everything.
#75 – Professional consultant
If you’re an expert in a particular field, people will pay to access your brain. The trick is networking and building a reputation as someone who can solve problems.
#76 – Online tutor
Here’s another way to leverage the skills and knowledge you already have to make money traveling. Do you know a foreign language? Math whiz? Computer geek? If you went to college, what was your major? There are hundreds of different subjects people will pay to be tutored in. I bet you can find one that suits you.
#77 – Online Teacher
Similar to online tutoring, this can be done with any subject. Teaching English is the most common route. Tons of travelers fund their adventures this way. It’s one of the best traveling jobs out there—teach for a few hours each day, then go out and explore.
Due to its flexibility, it’s also one of the best travel jobs for couples (assuming you’re both native English speakers).
#78 – Blog manager
Running a blog can be exhausting—a never-ending to-do list. That’s why most successful bloggers don’t do it alone. They hire someone to take charge of content creation and technical aspects. This allows them to focus on high-impact work.
If you know the ins and outs of blogging, marketing, social media, WordPress, etc, this travel job is right up your alley.
#79 – Community manager
Whether it be a Facebook group, forum, or other place where online communities hang out, someone is working behind the scenes keeping the community engaged and making sure everything runs smoothly. This can be a time-consuming task. If the owner is short on time, they’ll hire a community manager to take over.
#80 – Sell photos
If you’re a skilled photographer, you can make a good chunk of change selling your photos. Just upload your best work to the microstock sites listed below and see if people are willing to pay a small fee to use them. You may not make a full-time income, but it will definitely help with travel expenses.
#81 – Sell videos
Here’s one of the best jobs that involve travel for those who love making videos: Create a documentary of your travels, sell your footage to travel sites, sell stock footage, monetize a Youtube channel, or sell video services to businesses. No matter which you choose, beautiful and captivating videos are a must.
#82 – Virtual Assistant (VA)
VAs help bloggers, business owners, and other busy people by taking time-consuming tasks off their plate. It’s a travel job that comes in many shapes and sizes. You could specialize in one in-demand task (social media, research, email, data entry, etc) or be a jack of all trades.
#83 – Online fitness coach
Thanks to technology and automation, personal training is now one of the best travel jobs for fitness fanatics.
Online fitness coaching is exploding in popularity. It’s a flexible and economical alternative to hiring an in-person personal trainer. As a coach, you provide detailed training, nutrition, and health advice through email, Skype sessions, or whatever works best for your clients.
#84 – Online yoga instructor
Similar to a fitness coach but focused on yoga and spirituality. One option is to start your own business—find students or sell videos of your yoga classes online. Another option is to work for a digital fitness/yoga company and give classes virtually.
#85 – App developer
Coding skills combined with a “problem solver” mindset is a recipe for unlimited business opportunities. As you go through everyday life, think to yourself, “How could an app make this easier?”
Once a travel job for experienced coders only, this is no longer the case. Nowadays, app-building tools make it easy for anyone to create simple apps. And oftentimes, simple is better.
#86 – Travel vlogger
Travel the world, make awesome videos, become a Youtube celebrity, and get paid. Sounds like a dream travel job to me. It’s not easy, but it’s possible.
The cool thing about travel vlogging is that, whether you make money or not, you’ll have cool videos to remember your adventures for the rest of your life. Like this one 🙂
#87 – Youtuber
While travel vlogging may be the most obvious choice if you’re gonna be out exploring the world, there are many other ways to be successful on Youtube.
Whether that’s making funny videos, art videos, inspirational videos, educational videos, news videos…basically anything that’ll attract eyeballs.
If you want to make money from ads, just make sure the kind of eyeballs you’re attracting (i.e. your audience) has money to spend.
#88 – Video game streamer
Love playing video games? Time to earn some money with it. On platforms like Twitch and Facebook gaming, you can stream yourself playing video games, build a following, and start earning money.
There are several different ways to earn, including, ads, donations, subscriptions, affiliate marketing, and even selling your own products. My Colombian step-aunt-in-law (is that a thing?) does this and earns a couple hundred dollars per month. And from what I understood, she was still getting her account off the ground.
Not life-changing money, by any means. But if you’re gonna play anyway, mind as well earn from it!
#89 – Instagrammer
Yet another way to make money with photography. Take beautiful pictures of your travels (or whatever industry you choose), create a brand, and tell your story. Earn through sponsored posts and trips, affiliate marketing, or by selling your own product.
#90 – Podcaster
It’s never been easier to start a podcast. You can use it as a standalone business, or just one piece of your overall brand.
Either way, it’s a great opportunity to connect with and interview impressive people who’d otherwise be difficult to start a relationship with.
#91 – Online poker player
The first time I heard about this travel job, I thought it was a joke. Turns out, it’s real. In fact, there are even “Poker Refugees”—banned from playing in their home country—whose sole motivation for travel is to be able to continue playing poker. Crazy, right? But just one big win pays for months of travel.
#92 – Watch online ads
It doesn’t get much easier than this. You’re not gonna get rich, but you can make a nice side income. You might even get paid for videos you were going to watch anyway. In my opinion, you’re better off using your time on more profitable and fulfilling travel jobs on this list—but to each their own!
#93 – Take online surveys
Similar to watching ads, this is not how millionaires are made. But if you’re bored, it’s an easy way to gather some extra beer money. And if you know the secrets to cheap travel, it could go a long way!
#94 – Website and application tester
Companies pay sites like UserTesting to gather data and feedback about their websites and apps. UserTesting collects this data by hiring “testers” to go to a website (or app), complete some tasks, and give oral feedback.
#95 – Search engine evaluator
Google algorithms are smart, but they still make mistakes. That’s why human evaluators are needed to analyze search results and ensure the most relevant, high-quality content shows up on top.
#96 – App downloader
Instead of wasting time scrolling through social media, why not turn your phone addiction into a travel job? There are several market research apps that’ll pay you to offer opinions, play games, take pictures, share content, test services, write diaries, download apps, or participate in free trials.
#97 – Real estate investor
I fell into this business by accident/marriage. It’s turned out to be shockingly lucrative, and I now consider it one of the best travel jobs out there.
It helps to have a “home base” (for me it’s Cali, Colombia), but it’s not necessary. All you need is a property manager to take care of things while you’re off traveling the world. If you want to start small, you can invest in a real estate portfolio with as little as $500.
#98 – Rent your place
Don’t have a place to rent? Buy one! It’s obviously not an option for everyone, but something to think about. Instead of saving thousands of dollars for a trip, why not put it towards a downpayment on a house you can rent out to help pay for your trip.
If you use Airbnb (sign up free here), you’ll need someone to clean in between guests. Too much hassle? Another option is finding longer-term tenants before you leave. You can rent the entire place or individual rooms.
I have a relative whose mortgage payment for a 4-bedroom house is $450/month. He rents each room individually for $400 ($400 x 4 = $1600). That’s over $1000 in his pocket each month (minus taxes and other expenses).
If you already have a place, don’t let it sit empty while you’re gone—put it to use!
#99 – Sublease an apartment
If being a homeowner isn’t your thing, here’s an alternative. Sign a long-term lease agreement at a discounted rate, then rent it out as a short-term, premium vacation rental.
This is a popular business model in tropical Southeast Asian countries like Bali, but it could work in touristic areas of your hometown as well.
#100 – Sell t-shirts online
This is the perfect “intro business” to learn the ropes of online marketing and e-commerce (key skills for many other travel jobs). You can start a store in a day for almost no money down. No need to buy inventory either. Just hook up with a t-shirt printer/drop shipper, connect them to your store, and they’ll ship directly to your customers as shirts are purchased.
#101 – Etsy seller
Etsy is an e-commerce platform for selling handmade and vintage gifts, jewelry, clothes, and crafts. You can also sell digital items like printable stationary, stickers, and designs.
Digital products are obviously easier to manage while traveling. But with some creativity and a solid system, physical products could work as well.
#102 – Drop shipper
Dropshipping is an e-commerce strategy requiring no inventory. You partner with a manufacturer who ships directly to your customers.
The trick is working directly with manufacturers (not “middle-men” posing as manufacturers). This way, the products you sell have enough profit margin to make it worthwhile.
As far as travel jobs go, drop shipping tends to get a bad rap. Oodles of “gurus” take advantage of desperate travelers by promising overnight riches to those who follow their simple “proven” systems. Just remember: If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Drop shipping is a legit travel job. But don’t expect it to be easy.
#103 – Amazon FBA seller
FBA stands for “Fulfilled by Amazon”. This means you store your inventory in Amazon warehouses and pay them to handle order fulfillment, shipping and returns.
This is the first online business venture I started. It went amazingly well until I made a crippling, rookie mistake (I’ll save that story for a future post). Despite my failure (which was totally preventable), I still believe it to be one of the best travel jobs out there.
#104 – Run a physical business remotely
You don’t need to re-invent the wheel or start a multinational corporation here. The simpler it is, the easier it will be to manage from afar.
#105 – Sell imported goods (in your home country)
Here’s a twist on the expat import/export business described above (#52). While traveling, you’ll likely come across cool products that could be marked up and sold in your home country. Figure out how to do it at scale, and you’ve got yourself a business.
I’ve seen this done with handmade hammocks, alpaca sweaters, and indigenous artwork. It’s also a great opportunity to make a positive impact on the local community.
Again, some of the best travel jobs are those you stumble into by accident. Opportunities you can’t see unless you step outside your comfort zone. This is a perfect example.
#106 – Import/export “middleman”
Similar to sourcing your own product abroad and selling it in your home country (or any country with high demand), this travel job is more focused on being the middleman.
For example, one Colombian traveler I met works for a company that sources all different types of socks in China and supplies them to stores in Colombia and Ecuador at a mark-up. Right now she’s learning the ropes so that in the future, she can start her very own “middlewoman” business.
This would probably have to start as an expat job while find a supplier and get everything set up. Once everything is streamlines, it could become a digital nomad job you manage from remotely.
#107 – Rent your clothes
Don’t let your closet full of stylish clothes go to waste. Instead of packing them in storage while you travel, you can rent them out to generate extra income. Right now, most services focus on women’s clothing (Guys, do I sense a business opportunity here?)
#108 – Rent your car
Instead of letting ol’ Betsy rust away in your driveway back home, why not rent her out instead? Doing so could pay for most of your trip! If that’s not one of the easiest travel jobs, I don’t know what is.
#109 – Independent travel agent
I hate spending time hunting for cheap tickets and arranging flights. My wife loves it. If you enjoy putting together itineraries, this could be right up your wheelhouse. Keep in mind that this travel job is actually a sales role. The more you sell, the more you’ll earn.
#110 – Remote Worker
This one is so obvious it’s often overlooked. Instead of venturing out and starting a completely new job, why not set up a remote arrangement with your current employer. After coronavirus forced most people to work from home, this should be easier than ever.
If you have some responsibilities that require your presence, find a way to get someone else to take over those responsibilities (sometimes you have to get creative!).
Another advantage to working remotely is you’ll probably be able to keep all your benefits.
Jobs That Require Travel
#111 – Cruise ship worker
Cruise ships are stock-full of careers that travel. Daycare, fitness instructors, DJs, chefs, bartenders. You name it.
This is one of the best entry level jobs that require travel because you don’t need experience to start as a deckhand, waiter/waitress, housekeeper, gift shop clerk, or customer service worker!
#112 – Yacht sailing
Looking for a job that travels by sea?
I’ve met multiple travelers who’ve worked on private yachts that sail to remote tropical islands. Many sailing families just need an extra hand cooking, playing with kids, or steering the yacht while they sleep. This is a great way (maybe the only way) to visit some of the hard-to-reach islands with no airports.
#113 – Traveling personal shopper
My wife once met a fellow Colombian woman who started a side hustle as an “international errand runner” for rich Colombians.
Her clients order luxury items not found in Colombia (and too risky to ship)—purses, shoes, exotic Asian dogs, etc.—ya know, standard baller life stuff. Then this girl would fly around the world to pick them up.
Apparently, her side hustle is going well…because she now owns a second fancy apartment in downtown LA.
#114 – Flight attendant
The perfect travel job for those who’d rather be flying around the world than stuck in an office all day. Pros: Free and heavily discounted travel. Cons: Erratic schedules and little time to explore.
#115 – Pilot
Maybe instead of ensuring seats are in the upright position, you’d rather fly the plane? If so, you’re in for a long, but rewarding process. A pilot is one of the ultimate jobs that requires travel.
#116 – Travel Writer
Travel the world, write about it, and get paid. Everyone and their mom dreams about making a living this way, so you better find a way to stand out. These traveling careers include writing for magazines, websites, guidebooks, hotels and tourism boards.
#117 – Journalist
Similar to travel writing, but more focused on news stories.
I recently met a fascinating gentleman who once was a journalist in Colombia in the 80s. His job was to suit up with the local police, chase around the Cali Cartel, and write about the war on drugs for an English newspaper.
If journalism interests you, there’s plenty of opportunities to travel the globe and report on world events. Just realize that—depending on what you’re reporting on—this could potentially be one of the most dangerous jobs requiring travel.
Where Is Your Ladder Taking You?
WHEW! You made it! I thought I almost lost you for a second.
As you can see, you’ve got options. Travel jobs are everywhere.
This list is only the beginning. Once you begin your journey and start putting yourself out there, you’ll be shocked at the unexpected opportunities you’ll stumble into. (I never dreamed I’d go on a backpacking trip and end up investing in Colombian real estate…yet here I am).
Whatever you do, don’t cage yourself in.
It might feel like you’re trapped in a career that no longer excites you. Like you only have a handful of life paths to choose from. Like it’s too late to start in a new direction…
But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In reality, your opportunities are virtually endless. You create your future. You’re in the driver’s seat. You get to steer life where you want it to go.
Nobody else is gonna do it for you.
If your ladder is leaning against the wrong wall, stop climbing. Continuing will only get you further from where you want to be. To achieve your dreams, you need to change walls. The sooner you accept this, the faster you’ll get there.
So, which travel jobs caught your attention?
Any of them spark your excitement? If so, here’s my advice…
Don’t let that spark die. Fire the flame. Continue investigating. Build momentum.
Your dream life is within reach. Now go get it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do travel jobs require a visa?
Working in a foreign country generally requires a work visa. However, I’ve never heard of a digital nomad who works from their computer having any issues (you probably shouldn’t shout it from the rooftops though). On the other hand, it is technically illegal to do paid “in-person” work without a visa—so proceed at your own risk!
Do you have to pay taxes on money earned abroad?
Tax requirements differ from country to country. If you are a US citizen, you must file taxes and report your earnings worldwide (this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll owe taxes though). Digital nomad taxes can get confusing—with heavy consequences if you do it wrong—so your best bet is to work with a tax preparer who specializes in expat taxes.
What jobs allow you to travel the world with no college degree?
Believe it or not, most travel jobs do NOT require a college degree. The majority are entrepreneurial in nature and involve trading some kind of value for money. As long as they get their value, the people paying you generally don’t care what degrees you hold. The exception to this would be jobs like pilots, flight attendants, accountants, traveling health professionals, and English teachers (in some cases). Most other skills can be learned online—oftentimes for free!
What are the best paying travel jobs?
The highest-paying travel jobs are those that involve running your own business (digital marketers, bloggers, course creators, eCommerce store owners, etc.). Many of these jobs are scalable, meaning there is no income cap. That said, building a mega-successful business is easier said than done—only a small percentage of business owners fall into this category. As far as more traditional jobs go, software engineers and experienced pilots usually make bank. Lastly, if you’re just looking to save money fast, you can’t go wrong teaching English in South Korea or China, where you earn a decent income with super low living expenses.
What are some flexible part-time travel jobs you can do on the road?
One of the most flexible (and stable) part-time travel jobs is teaching English online. Many platforms allow you to set your own schedule and work less than 10 hours per week. Other than that, any type of freelancing job can be done part-time because you choose how many clients to take on.
How to make money traveling with no technical skills?
If you have zero technical skills, you can do in-person jobs like bartending, teaching, volunteering, Au Pair, tour guiding, etc. If you have basic tech skills, you can do freelance writing, editing, translating, and basic virtual assistant work. And if there’s something you don’t know how to do, you can learn just about anything online by signing up for two free weeks of unlimited Skillshare classes (Youtube works too!).
Can you work abroad with a tattoo?
Tattoos are becoming much less taboo than they were in the past, but in some countries (especially in small villages), they are frowned upon. Odds are you’ll be fine. But just to be safe, it’s a good idea to research your target destination. Depending on where you go, you may have to cover them up.
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Mitch is your typical nomadic backpacker. Or at least, he was. But after stopping in Colombia to take “one week” of salsa lessons, his life took a sharp left turn. He met a cute Colombian girl in dance class, fell in love, and got married. Over half a decade has passed since he left his career to travel the world as a digital nomad, and he’s never looked back.
Nowadays, he’s the blogger behind Project Untethered—where he runs an awesome email newsletter and Youtube channel teaching adventure-craved wanderlusters how to escape the rat race, earn money from anywhere, and build an “untethered life”.
Mitch's Travel Recommendations:
Safetywing Insurance - This cheap travel insurance has saved me over $15,000 in medical bills.
Booking.com - Book accommodation without adding your credit card (in case you need to cancel).
Skyscanner - Find cheap flights.
Trusted House Sitters - Take care of pets in exchange for free (sometimes luxury) accommodation.
Flexjobs - Find remote jobs without having to sift through crappy ones.
Skillshare - Free trial to take unlimited classes that teach digital nomad skills.
Anytime Mailbox - Virtual mail service that can handle your mail while you’re away.
Wise - Send and receive money abroad cheaply (great for freelancers).