Want to earn money while on the road and get paid to Travel!?
The truth is however much you travel cheap and even travel for free eventually if you want to travel forever you will need to earn some money. Luckily there are many ways that you can actually earn money while on the road and get paid to travel.
Travel doesn’t have to be expensive and, in fact, travelling can be cheaper than maintaining a life in the UK, US or Australia so you don’t actually need to earn as much money as you did at home to keep you comfortable in some of the cheapest places to travel like South East Asia, India and Central America where you can travel comfortably for as little at US$15 or $20 a day!
It’s totally possible to travel more than you work ( I’ve been doing this for over 3 years now) and there are numerous ways to make money abroad with a little creativity.
Whether you work a job abroad, work online as a digital nomad, set up your own business, teach a talent or skill you have or just do odd jobs there are many ways to make money all around the world.
Plus, if you travel slow by working, volunteering or living abroad it’s likely that you will spend even less on a daily basis and get a deeper immersion into the local culture and make connections with local people leading to a more affordable and more meaningful experience!
I’ve also been interviewing people who have done just this. Check out the interviews for their expert tips and a fascinating insight into their exotic lifestyles. If you’re working abroad and would like to be interviewed contact me for your chance to be featured here!
Ways to Make Money While Traveling:
#1. Teach English
English is still the language of the world and so many people want and need to learn English. If you are native English speaker with a degree and a TEFL certificate you can make decent money teaching abroad, especially in Asian countries where ESL teachers are in high demand but even if you don’t met these requirements you could still enjoy the rewards and challenges of teaching English. A great resource to find out more about teaching English overseas and look for jobs is Daves ESL Cafe or check out How To Teach English in China and Save $21,000 in a Year.
#2.Be a Tour Guide
If you’re an experienced traveler and have good people skills then you could be paid for leading a group of travelers around your favourite countries, inspiring them with your knowledge, bringing the destination to life for them and making sure they have the time of their lives while you get paid! Read on to see Would being a Tour Guide would be the right job for you?
See more in an Interview with a Tour Guide
#3. Work on a Cruise Ship
Working and living on the high seas on a cruise ship, making sure the guests are satisfied and exploring the exotic locations that the ship docks almost sounds too good to be true. Find out if life working on a cruise ship is really as glamorous as it seems in this interview about working on cruise ships.
#4. Get a Working Holiday Visa
Many countries have reciprocal programs where young people (usually 18 – 30) can travel and work in another country for 1 or 2 years giving you plenty of time to really explore whilst also topping up your travel funds. Eligibility depends on nationality but popular destinations are Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK.There is even a working holiday visa scheme for Hong Kong!
If your thinking of going to work and travel in Oz then download my FREE guide for a working holiday in Australia now.
#5. Pick Fruit
Fruit picking is perhaps the stereotypical backpacker job, From picking wine grapes in France or Italy to picking veggies in England, working on a farm in New Zealand or picking fruit in Australia, there are many options if you don’t mind repetitive work and getting your hands a little dirty.
#6. Work as an Au Pair
If you love children then working as an au pair could be a really rewarding job. Spend time as part of a local family looking after the children, helping around the house and getting to know the local culture.
#7. Bar or Hospitality Work
Hospitality jobs are available all over the world – people always need somewhere to sleep and someone to fed them. Work with tourists in holiday resorts in house keeping and slick city hotels or get to know the locals from behind the bar in a country pub. See my experience Working in a Rural Aussie Pub.
#8. Work Remotely as a Digital Nomad
Grab your laptop and take your job on the road working freelance and remotely in web design, programming, freelance writing and social media management, graphic design, illustration, marketing and consulting just to mention a few. Check out UpWork for freelancing opportunities.
#9. Become a Travel Writer/ Photographer or Blogger
Often thought of as the dream jackpot travel job where you get paid to travel the world for just a few hours working from a tropical beach. The reality is alot harder work than it seems, you need to wear a lot of hats and put in a lot of work but it can be immensely rewarding if you can make it worthwhile. Here’s a great guide on How to Become a Professional Travel Blogger.
Find out how to travel the world and get paid as a travel blogger in this interview with Goats on the Road about How to become a Travel Blogger and check out a Day in my Life as a Travel Blogger in Goa.
#10. Resort or Travel Rep
Live and work in a summer holiday resort making sure the guests have everything they need from front desk to entertainment, house keeping to customer service or restaurant and bar work.
#11. Work a Ski Season
If you love the white stuff and the fresh mountain air then working as a ski or snowboard instructor is an amazing chance to get paid to be out on the slopes all day, if you’re not an expert skier yet then work in a chalet – cooking, cleaning and looking after a group of guests is a popular ski season job.
#12. Teach your Talents to others
If you have a talent then get creative – other people want to learn and you could earn money by teaching skills like yoga or massage, surfing or cookery, or dance and musical instruments. You could also try to sell your photographs online, paint or make crafts to sell online or at a market, If you don’t have a talent there are plenty of courses where you can learn, often for a reasonable price abroad, from yoga in India to Thai massage to the Tango in Argentina or even the Aussie didgeridoo.
#13. Sell Stuff Online or at the Market
If you’re always making your friends jealous of all those funky accessories, one off pieces of jewelry, crafts, clothes and trinkets that you buy at bargain prices in the markets of Asia then why not start selling unique items at local markets or online – start with ebay or gumtree and see how you go. Or even get creative and try making items yourself.
Got musical talent? Take your guitar, pick a street corner and lay out your hat, if you can entertain the masses their loose change could really add up. Or ask restaurants or resorts if they need any entertainment staff.
See more in an Interview with a Busker
#15. Scuba Diving Instructor
Base yourself on a paradise island, get qualified as a PADI scuba instructor and spend your days swimming with the fishes under the seas and helping other travelers explore the wonders of the underwater world.
See more in an Interview with a Scuba Diving Instructor
#16. Ask for a transfer with your current company
If you love your current industry then why not look to work for an international company and, once established, ask for a transfer to the Sydney, Hong Kong or Singapore branch..
#17. Work anywhere in Europe
Don’t forget that if you’re a citizen of the European Union you have the amazing oppotunity to live and work anywhere else in the EU without having to go through any complicated visa processes – you can work any job and live anywhere in Europe. The hardest part would be deciding where to go!
So now you’ve got some ideas of ways you can travel for free and how you can make money while traveling the world. So what’s holding you back now? Stop Dreaming, Start Living, Go Gallivanting!
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