How to Travel the World and Make Money – Best Travel Jobs

Do you want to know how to travel the world and make money at the same time?

Three years ago, I was in the same boat too. I was stuck in my office job looking out the window wishing I was eating tapas and questionable hip shaking in Barcelona

The majority of people spend money while traveling, how incredible would it be to say that you were able to travel and make money?

I finally did figure out how to  travel and earn money.They say a magician never reveals their secrets, but luckily I am not a magician and I believe in sharing. 

Keep on reading for the best travel jobs and how to make money while traveling the world.

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Summary of all the Best Travel Jobs

  1. Teach English Abroad
  2. Teach English Online
  3. Freelance Proofreader 
  4. Freelance Travel Writer
  5. Personal Grocery Shopper
  6. Cruise Ship Jobs
  7. Blogging
  8. Traveling Photographer Job
  9. Sell your Photos
  10. Be A Tour Guide
  11. Street Performing
  12. Seasonal
  13. Work Exchange
  14. Traveling Festival Work
  15. Freelance Online
  16. Home-based Travel Agent

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Best Travel Jobs

It’s no secret that I love to travel and save money. I’m a big believer in living your best life, having amazing experiences, and not going broke doing it. 

Living an independent lifestyle and pursuing my dreams of traveling seemed like a fantasy but in fact, it became a reality. 

I want others to be able to do that too and if you, like me, need to be prepared with facts before jumping into anything, then here is a whole bunch of creative ways to show you how to travel the world and make money doing it:

Without further adieu, here are some of the best travel jobs so you can travel and earn money:

1.Teach English Abroad

Can you speak English? Great! Why not teach it?

 English teaching while traveling is one perfect example of how travelers earn money. All you need is a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate) and you’re ready to start teaching English Abroad. 

I particularly like and recommend this teaching provider because they provide support with job placements, and help you negotiate teaching packages with free accommodation, reimbursement of airfares, and work visas. 

I have also completed the qualification myself and it’s really really comprehensive. 

Here are some of the job placements you can get : 

English teachers are highly sought after all over the world. 

Imagine taking a trip to Bali or Thailand and making money on that trip with the money you made by teaching English. The pay is decent, so that picture I painted for you, could be your reality 🙂

2.Teach English Online

Don’t want to teach in a classroom? No problemo. That TEFL did not go to waste -you can teach English online whether you’re a native speaker or not.

Check out my article, “How to become an online English teacher” for more information if this is something you’re interested in.

3.Freelance Proofreader 

Are you a wordsmith? Do you have a way with words? Or are you the grammar police? 

There are a ton of opportunities online for you to get paid to edit. You could look on job boards like Upwork for editing and proofreading jobs, or throw a cold pitch to companies and magazines looking for content. 

The options are limitless -you can edit anything from university papers, blog posts, newsletters, ebooks, copywriting, brochures, etc. 

Here are some websites to find writing and editing jobs:

Here are a few articles that will help you get started as a proofreader.

4.Freelance Travel Writer

You’re traveling and you have all these amazing stories to tell. Why not become a travel writer and get paid to tell those stories?

People want to be inspired and they want to hear about stories that give them wanderlust. 

Maybe your next trip could get hoards of people flying to Peru or Mexico. Newspapers, magazines, bloggers, websites, and travel guides are a few examples of people that would pay you to write about your travels.

If you want to learn how to become a travel writer within a few weeks, you can take this writing course. 

I secured three new clients in three weeks after taking this course. It’s incredible!

Here are some articles that can get you started as a freelance writer.

5.Personal Grocery Shopper

I don’t know about you but I like grocery shopping. Why not do it for some cash? Be a hero for the busy, elderly, or those who hate grocery shopping. 

Get paid to do the shopping for others by offering your services on Craigslist or the local equivalent to that wherever you’re traveling to. Join local Facebook groups located in your travel destination and post ads there.

If you’re going to the USA or Canada, you can advertise your services on Instacart. They operate a grocery delivery service and are always looking for people to hire.

Ever wondered how to get paid to travel? Who hasn’t? Well think no more here are even more jobs that will pay you to travel:

6.Cruise Ship Jobs

 Don’t run off and join the circus (or do, that might actually pay), hop on a cruise ship, and get paid for it too! If you don’t get seasick easily or have a fear of the ocean, this job could be for you.

Cruise ships are essentially massive floating hotels and hotels need staff. There are plenty of different jobs on a cruise ship: housekeepers, DJ’s, hair stylists, massage therapists, chefs, casino staff, waitresses, nurses, and many, many more.  

Working on a cruise ship not only allows you to travel but allows you to save money. Food and lodging are provided and because you’re on a ship, you have virtually zero expenses. 

Sounds great right? Here are some websites where you can find cruise ship jobs:

If you’re serious about getting a job on a cruise ship, have a look at this guide –Wandering Earl’s Guide

The book has everything you need to know about working on cruise ships. It even includes an extensive contact list to numerous cruise lines. 


 How to travel the world and make money, you ask?

 Blogging is one way to do that. It’s not for those of you looking to make a quick buck though. For a blog to make money, you need to nurture it, and like anything that needs nurturing, it’ll take time.

 If you have the time and then this could be a way for you to earn money while you travel.

I did this travel blogging course which changed my life. It is the sole reason I knew how to set up a travel blog without any tech knowledge.

Here is a: 

8.Traveling Photographer Job

Are you a great photographer? Have you got a creative eye? This is the job for you. 

Like Margeret Bourke-White, you could travel the world capturing beautiful (and maybe historical) shots that could be featured on the pages of a magazine. 

Imagine being a National Geographic photographer! If this is something you’re passionate about or even have a smidge of interest in, why not go for it? 

This course will help you become a travel photographer using your Iphone. Alternatively, you can learn how to start a photography business using this course. 

9.Sell your Photos

 So maybe you’re not too keen on becoming a traveling photographer but you’ve got all these amazing pictures from your trip. You can sell those images but not to stock image sites. They pay peanuts and your pictures are worth more than peanuts. 

Have a look at the websites listed below for companies that will actually pay you for your pictures. Some of these websites let you set your own rates too:   

10.Be A Tour Guide

If you’ve got a thing for leading groups of confused tourists through unknown terrain, this job is for you!

All you need is a megaphone, a flag on a pole, and an outgoing personality but the last one is optional. 

Tour companies are always looking for tour guides for day trips, city tours, walking tours, cycling tours, and various adventure activities. And you don’t even need to have experience. 

Interested in becoming a tour guide but not sure where to start? I’ve got you covered. 

Here’s a quick guide on “How To Be A Tour Guide” from National Geographic.

The next few jobs are for you vagabonds or anyone with a can-do attitude willing to get their hands a little dirty. Below are jobs that will show you how to make money on the road:

11.Street Performing

Do you want to know how to travel the world and make money if you have special talents?

This one’s for you talented artists and performers.Dance, music, art, a weird yet entertaining skill? All you need is the right street corner and whatever money-making skill you’re going to showcase and tada!

 With the right location, you could make some money. 

I’m not asking you to douse yourself in silver body paint and start yodeling (you could do this and get internet notoriety) but the world is your oyster. 

Just try not to break any local laws or violate public decorum while performing because you might end up getting a fine. Research your audience and laws beforehand.

12.Seasonal Work

How to be a traveler and earn money? If you like gardening or don’t mind frolicking through fields while picking fruits, then that’s one way to travel and money. 

There are farms that will pay you to pick vegetables, fruit, and flowers.

If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and can handle being outdoors for long stretches of time, you could potentially make some money working on farms. 

What’s great about this is when the season ends in the northern hemisphere, you can travel to the southern hemisphere and pick up your fruit, vegetable, or flower picking journey there.  

Here are some website where you can find seasonal farm jobs:

And if you don’t want to work on a farm, there are other seasonal jobs you could do to get paid. 

You could move with the seasons and work as a camping guide in the summer, in the winter you can work at a ski resort -whatever works for you. 

You can plan your next ‘paycation’ (I might trademark this) wherever there’s a tourist season because wherever there are tourists, there’s a demand for jobs.

Tip: Get to your destination before the season starts to snatch up those high paying jobs -if you show up midseason, then all the good jobs will be taken.

13.Work Exchange

Work exchange is where you exchange your time and abilities for accommodation.

 So similarly to house sitting, you may not be getting paid for this but you’ll save money. Some places offer other benefits like meals, transport, and discounts.

 If you’re willing to work a few hours a day for a room, board, and maybe even some extra cash, there are a ton of opportunities out there.

Have a look at the listings on these websites for work exchanges all over the world:

14.Traveling Festival Work

Festivals are made up of more than just the headliners. You don’t have to be a big shot DJ or performer to work at festivals or events around the world. There are a plethora of jobs such as event staff, crew, stage staff, side-stage acts, and even drivers. 

It isn’t a glamorous job but it has its perks -you could be driving Beyonce or have a great backstage view of her performance.

Festivals bring on lots of staff before, during, and after the events. And if you’re not keen on this line of work, you could alternatively set up a food stall or sell water (and charge a luxurious amount for them as per the festival experience).

You can festival hop your way all over the world. Interested? Here’s a little guide to help you get started:

15.Freelance Online

Upwork, Fiverr, Odesk, and Elance. There are so many job boards and platforms out there for you to explore. 

Whatever your background or interest, there are plenty of people looking to hire freelancers online. These websites connect freelancers with potential employers and companies who need work done. 

16.Home-based Travel Agent

Gone are the days where travel agents are bound to tiny cubicles. 

You can be a travel agent from home with a few easy steps. You’ll be responsible for finding the best accommodations, planning the trip, and making the bookings.

 This is great for someone who is efficient, has excellent communication skills, and doesn’t mind being strapped to the computer. All you need is your laptop and your own website and you’re done.

Here are a few websites for home-based travel jobs:

A little money saving tip during your travels:

House sit. You won’t be making money for it but you won’t be spending it either! 

House sitting will save you the cost of accommodation and it really only entails some basic household chores or caring for some furry friends. 

And if you want to make money while you’re on that trip, rent your house on Airbnb.


There you have it, fellow readers, how to travel the world and make money along the way. 

Even if you’re strapped for cash, I hope this article shows you that you don’t necessarily need thousands to go on a trip. 

You make money while you’re on holiday and maybe even save some while you’re at it. How many people can say that, right?

Hopefully, you’ll be one of the few that do! 

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