Love to travel but can’t figure out how to afford that glamorous gypset lifestyle? I feel you. When I first travelled overseas I transformed myself into a money-saving machine. No lie, I saved half of every dollar earned and when that still wasn’t enough my hustler spirit decided to sacrifice sleep in order to work day and night. My day job was modeling and I would go to every casting I could get sent to, my agent said I called her more than anyone ever had. Impressive? Not so much. She told me to slow my roll and she’d call me when she had something for me. At night I would go-go dance and ran my own dance company for two years in South Beach Miami. These two jobs wouldn’t usually go hand-in-hand considering I had to look rested, but somehow being in my early 20’s with such a burning determination, that wasn’t a problem.
Over the years I grew tired of working so hard and saving for months at a time so I started figuring out ways to make money while traveling. I have only done about 4 of the 20 examples I’ve listed below but I was interested to explore other ways to make money while globetrotting.
Here are 20 best jobs for people who love to travel:
20. Teach English
It just so happens that English-speakers hold one of the most sought after skills in the world: speaking English. It may seem simple, but its one of your best traits. Teaching English in a foreign country is just as rewarding for you as it is your students, and it will allow you to travel the world with ease. Jobs are in abundance but you may require certification – thankfully that can be attained in about a month!
19. Work in a Government Related Position
If you love travel but still want a university degree behind you when you wander off into the world, consider studying a degree in International Relations and seeking work in a government related position in foreign affairs and trade. Generally speaking, these positions lead to wide travel opportunities, however you’re likely to be posted anywhere in the world without a say in where it is you will be stationed. But if you’re truly adventurous and up for the challenge, this might be the job is for you.
18. Become a Tour Guide
If you’re outgoing and friendly, this position can make you one of those people who love their job! Imagine living in a foreign country and showing travellers around your new home. As long as you love to chat and are passionate about the new country or city in which you live, you’re bound to love the job of a tour guide.
17. Flight Attendant
This would have to be one of the most obvious jobs for people who love to travel, but its also one of the most attainable and for the right person, very enjoyable. Imagine flying around the world, staying a night or two in a foreign city, only to wake up and do it all over again. You’ll have to love people but as far as qualifications go, most airlines will only expect prior experience in customer service and certification. Expect crazy hours and a crazy lifestyle, it’s not as easy as it looks or sounds, but a good choice for travel lovers. What’s more, you’ll get heavily discounted flights for you and your family. Score. I have a few friends who are flight attendants on private jets, they are well compensated and get to travel, but are often unable to actually experience the destination due to lack of time.
If you’re an explorer who likes the idea of giving back, WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is perhaps your answer! WWOOF offers travellers a chance to travel in an ethical way that will also involve payment — I’d call that a win-win-win.
15. The Import + Export Business
Sound elusive? It kinda sorta really is. You could import and export anything in today’s society. With globalization always on the up, everyone is looking for the ‘next thing’ to latch onto. You’ll have to be entrepreneurial and have a never give up attitude, but it’s a great excuse to travel for work, if you can make it work. I have big plans for the future in this incredible industry. It is one of the more difficult options to reap benefits with but if you’re focused and want to live on your own terms, you can succeed.
14. Digital Consultant
Again, paying close attention to your own personal strengths and interests, a career as a consultant is full of potential. Whether you’re a social media expert or a real estate know-it-all or a lifestyle coach, you can make a living sharing your knowledge from wherever you want to be. This is one of the jobs that I have experience in and although I was more of a middle-man, my business was registered under the consulting industry. It was a luxury travel and concierge service and since I wasn’t offering a service other than connecting my clients with those who could supply their demands, I was in my own way, a consultant. Just goes to show the numerous routes this career path holds.
13. Work as an Au Pair
If you love children, this is the perfect gig for you. It’s a bonus if you speak a second language or want to develop your skills in a second language. As an Au pair you’ll live with a host family in a foreign country, look after the children, and receive a small salary for your efforts. It’s a great way to experience life in a different country, however your free time will be extremely limited.
12. Teach Yoga, Dance or Anything really
If you’re passionate and talented at a niche skill like yoga, tango dancing or anything else you can see there’s an interest in, then why not do something you love AND get paid to do it!? Whether it’s teaching yoga in Bali or becoming a dance instructor in Argentina, the opportunities are truly endless.
Lets get back to basics – one of the most popular jobs for travellers is pretty easy to come by. So long as you have the working visas required, you are almost guaranteed to find a job in a bar somewhere. Leaving home with previous experience will of course help but is by no means necessary.
10. Become a Surf or Ski instructor
Another popular choice for travellers is to take a seasonal job as a surf or ski instructor. Popular destinations include Canada or the French Alps for those who love winter, but if you’re up for a warmer climate consider teaching surf lessons. There are plenty of jobs available in numerous locales, a great resource to start at would be seasonworkers.com.
9. Become a Yachtie
If you’re wondering what its like to live and work on a super-yacht, it is indeed as glamorous and glorified as it sounds. Yachties are paid a generous sum of money to work never-ending hours and deal with crazy demands, it truly is an unreal lifestyle to live. I’ve experienced this first-hand, not by being a yachtie, but by being a guest on super-yachts all over the world. I’ve witnessed these boat pros in action in St.Tropez, Miami, and private islands in the Caribbean. The guys and girls who take on this job work diligently around the clock and they are rewarded for their efforts and often become integrated into the lives of their clients.
8. Work for an International Hotel Chain
Often people forget that working abroad can start with working at home. If you can land a job in an international hotel chain, there are tons of opportunities to transfer to other hotels within the company and work while you travel.
Back to basics again – if you’ve got a talent you can make a living out of just about anything, anywhere. Can you hold a tune? Or have a party trick that is likely to entertain the masses? Busking is one of the simplest ways to make money, though the income can be unpredictable and sometimes dismal. However, if you love your art and freedom…
6. Website Design
We live in a pretty exciting digital era – anyone and everyone can make a living online. One of the areas with lots of potential and scope for employment is website design. It’s as easy as learning to code, being creative, and putting yourself out there! This is an exciting time to start up a small business and offer your skills online – don’t be afraid to give it a shot.
5. Become a Travel Agent
If you love travel so much that you can see yourself booking vacations for others, this job is right for you. Its an added bonus that you’ll be invited on “fam trips” which are sponsored by a destination, you travel for free to make yourself familiar with the place so you can send your clients there in the future. You’ll also receive heavily discounted rates on your own trips and become friendly with important contacts all over the world.
4. Become a Bollywood Film Star
Sounds crazy, huh? It’s no joke and surprisingly common to star as a Westerner in a Bollywood film! According to sources, you merely make your way to India, get spotted, and say yes to star in a Bollywood film! Proceed with caution…
3. Photograph & Film Travel
If you’re talented in the creative department and want to stay on the road full time, a great idea is to pick up a camera, train yourself, perfect your craft, and sell your images/videos online. While it will require an initial small investment, the potential to make this your full time career is for most too good an opportunity to pass up.
2. Write About Travel
A personal favorite of mine that is more attainable than you might think! Just start. Writing, editing, adjust your approach, and over time improve the way you write, what you write about, and how you connect with your readers around the world. Someone once told me that it was worth more in the long run to work for free at something you love until you get paid to do it, rather than to do something until you love it. Those words stuck with me for life.
1. Freelance (anything)
But why stop there at travel writing, photography and videography… you can pretty much freelance anything and travel as a result! In the digital age we live in it is becoming increasingly common to start up a small company, freelance, and live abroad on the road. Many small companies travel full time and work from coffee shops – its some kind of entrepreneurial revolution going on out there!