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Travel Jobs – Traveling the world while earning money is a dream for many people, but the thought of actually making your dream travel job a reality can be discouraging.

However, if you are willing to do a little research and work hard, you can build not only a job but a career and truly make a living while traveling the world.

There are many travelling jobs for people who have an unquenchable wanderlust, and lets face it, we all want to get paid to travel. I’ve done a some of research for you, so let me try to break this down into bits and show you a few ways to make money while traveling.

10 Best Travel Jobs that Pay While Your Traveling the World

Travel Blogging

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Have you noticed the increase of travel blogs while surfing the net?  With so many people entering the travel blog business, the market has quickly become over saturated.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love being a travel blogger, but it is work and I must warn you, it is much harder than most people initially realize. Travel Blogging takes a lot of imagination, organization, research, patience, negotiation, and an insane amount of time. And it’s a good way to earn passive income

Everyday you are fighting to stay ahead of the game and all with the hope of just a little growth and recognition. Oh, did I mention bull-dog determination? When starting out, you do all this for little to no pay. Yes, you need determination.

One of the things I like best about travel blogging is that I work for myself. I make my own schedule, find my own freelance work, and report to no one.

That being said, I work a lot more than 40 hours a week, therefore I must love what I do.

In truth, I’m obsessed. A few years ago, I told people that traveling was my obsession, but over time that has changed to including blogging and sharing my travel adventures like visiting Hobbiton or running with the bulls.

Overall, very few people are lucky enough to make a sizable income by writing while traveling. 

Please understand, I’m not trying to discourage anyone from starting their own travel blog. I’m simply telling you how it is. 

Be prepared; it takes blood, sweat, and tears. 

But luckily there are some great resources on how to start a travel blog.

I love blogging and I think it is the best of all the other travel jobs listed here, but it is tough.

Always remember, “good bloggers are busy bloggers”.

Pros and Cons of Travel Blogging

Pros of Travel Blogging

 Easy to find work with companies

 Travel Deals

 Set you own Hours

 Build something for yourself

Con’s of Travel Blogging

Hard work

Long hours

Little to no pay for at least the first six months

Over saturated market

For those interested in becoming a travel blogger I highly recommend taking a course.

I used superstar blogging when I first started and it save me a lot of time, and instilled with a the precious knowledge I needed to get my blog off the ground.  You can check out my full Superstar blogging review here

Online Freelance Work

I love freelancing because I can do it anywhere. Are you great at writing? Don’t mind deadlines? Know how to research? And looking for a job that permits you to travel the world without being stuck in an office? Then freelance work is the job for you.

Freelancing online doesn’t pay the best and filing taxes is a slightly different process, but it is a steady source of income for a travelling job. Popular freelance jobs include data encoding, article writing, researching, blog article writing, and running websites. Using companies like Odesk and Freelancer will provide paid work that can you do almost anywhere in the world.

This travel job lets you make money while travelling across the world.

However, you must remember you are bidding on these jobs and at times you are bidding low just to win steady contracts for your future. 

Basically, you work hard, show your stuff, and then ask for a raise. Employers pay for these jobs via paypal or direct deposit into a bank account. But you can earn enough money to see the most beautiful places in the world

Pros and Cons of Freelancing

Pros of Freelance Work

-Basically all you need is a laptop and internet connection.

Can obtain and full-time travelling job from anywhere in the world.

-Work at your own pace.

Cons of Freelance Work

Competitive Field.

Pay isn’t great at the start.

Wesbites like Odesk take a commission from the people who hire you which means your rate is lower.

Social Media Management

Social Media is only getting bigger and being skilled in social media management can lead to some high paying jobs. Social networking is crucial to both small time businesses and major companies. 

Many companies look for people that know what they are doing, think outside of the box, and have the motivation to work hard.

Skilled social media managers know what content gets shared, how to read analytics, and how to mange mulit-social media accounts. 

All this can be done online from anywhere in the world and the pay is decent at the start and only gets better as your skills increase. You need great internet for this job so what not base yourself in one of the 21 most beautiful cities in the world.

Pros and Cons of Social Media Mangament

Pros of social media manegment

High paying

All you need is a laptop and internet connection

-Good job market if you know what you are doing

Cons of Social Media Manegment

Competitive Specialized skills needed

May need to stay in the same area for extended amount of time.

Cafes, Restaurants, and Bars

Of course, cafes and restaurants are located all over the world and many long term travelers work in them. You can live in some pretty extraordinary places like one of the best islands in Greece

Why?

Because it is fast pay, good pay, and just temporary enough for traveling. Plus, you learn a lot about a country and its people while working in the restaurant business.

A lot of cafés like hiring foreign help under the table, but you can find legitimate jobs as well. 

If you are in the same area for an extended amount of time and looking for some extra cash, it is worth your time to visit the local eateries to see if you can get a few weeks work. 

It might not be the most glorious work but it is great for people looking to extend their travels when backpacking Europe or anywhere else in the world.

Pros and Cons of Service Industry

Pros of Service industry

Often tax free

Experience can get you a job anywhere.

-High demand for foreigners.

-Moderate pay

Cons of Service industry.

Have to stay in the same areas or at least a month or so.

Hard work Long hours

Risk of working under the table

Drop Shipping

Drop shipping is a modified online store that does away with inventory problems.

Basically, you sell products online, and are the middle man between the customer and retailer.

Pros and Cons of Drop Shipping

Pros of Drop Shipping

Can be done by a laptop with internet connections.

You can do anywhere you have an internet connection.

Cons of Drop Shipping

It is a lot of work in the beginning but once you get it running, it takes a lot less time.

Scuba Diving Instructor/Surf Instructor

Being a scuba diver instructor, becoming a dive mastersurf instructor is one travel jobs that is a passion in itself.

Many countries all have scuba diving adventures for tourists. Australia, United States, Brazil, and Thailand are just a few of the major scuba diving havens.

Getting your scuba diving instructor’s license can open doors all over the world for many full time travelers to live and work. 

However, most companies will only hire you if you commit to at least one or two seasons.

Pros and Cons of Drop Shipping

Pros of being a dive instructor

Scuba dive for a living.

Do it almost anywhere legally.

-Live in beautiful, exotic areas.

Cons of being a dive instructor.

Mid range pay based on location

– Commitment for at least one season

-Long hours ( But let’s be honest, you’re scuba diving)

Cruise ship/yacht crew

Having your scuba diving instructor’s license makes it easier to get a job as a forgiener, however, if you have experience as a stewardesses, waiter, or deckhand, you have even a greater chance of getting a job. 

Cruise ships, as well as the newest Super-yachts, need large crews to ensure that their long lists of daily tasks are completed.  This is one travel jobs that almost anyone can do.

This jobs truly allows you to travel the world. However, there is a catch. You only get to see the world in between your shifts. Nomadic Matt has a great article talking to Wandering Earl on this subject.

Pros and Cons of Ship/Yacht Work

Pros of working on a yacht

Pretty good money – Cruise Ship Jobs pay average though.

Travel to some beautiful, exotic places.

Since you are not spending $ on hotels, airfares, etc., you save money while seeing parts of the world.

Relatively easy to get a job.

Cons of working on a yacht

Long hours Not free to explore all the areas you might want to.

-Limited time spent doing your own thing.

Must commit for certain amount of time.

Working on a cruise ship has almost all the same pros and cons however, a cruise ship isn’t the highest paying job in the world.

Salaries average between $600-$1000 per month.

Travel Photographer/ VideoGrapher

A travel photographer gets to see the world while taking pictures of countries, culture, people and beautiful scenery. 

Some photographers work as freelancers while others are attached to a magazine, newspaper, or social media company. Today you can even make money with food photography

However, being a travel photographer means you have to make a name for yourself. Therefore, the pay isn’t great until you do.

Pros and Cons of Travel Photography

Pros of travel photography

-Work for yourself.

-Travel the world while working in a field you are passionate about.

-Takes you to exotic places and off the beaten path.

-Many companies are eagar to work with Photographers

Cons of travel photography

-Career usually starts at a slow pace.

-Freelancing means finding your own work.

-Camera equipment is expensive.

-Everyone is a photographer these days so you need to really know your craft to stand out in this highly competitive field. One way to stand out from the crowd is to master your craft by taking a travel photography course

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English Teacher

English happens to be the most spoken language in the world and being a native speaker already gives you an unique advantage.

Non-English speaking countries pay well to have a native speaker teach them the nuances of the English language. Depending on your contract, the pay can be very well.

Plus, you normally receive free accommodations and an allowance for food. This is a traveling job that allows you to travel to just one area of interest. Teaching English is one of the best travel jobs for backpackers.

Learn more about travelling with a TEFL here. 

Pros and Cons of Being an English Teacher Aborad

Pros of teaching English Abroad

Allows complete immersion in the culture

Depending on the country, the pay is very good

-Save money while living in and exploring a country in depth.

Cons of Teaching English Abroad

-Must commit to stay in the same place for a year.

-40+ hours a week

-Waking up super early

Traveling Nurse

The short supply of nurses in almost all areas of the world, make you not only desired but highly sought out. A walk in job can be had in many hospitals with many giving a sign-on bonus. However, one must keep in mind that this type of job will tie you down for an extended period of time.

If you want to only spend a couple of weeks in the country, private practice might be a better choice. Many travel nurses basically tour the world while getting unique experience and great pay. This might be a great job to see some of the best places in Europe, or travel to some of the best places  to visit in the United States

Pros and Cons of Travel Nursing

Pros of being a travel nurse

Nurses are in high demand almost every where in the world.

-Nurses are paid well while traveling

-Nurses can move to different countries relatively easy.

Cons of Being a Travel Nurse.

It is a highly specialized field; at least a bachelor’s degree is required.

-Nurses might be asked to commit to stay in the same place for at least a year.

These are just a few of the many travelling jobs that allow individuals to explore the world while making some cash. Some restrict your freedom, some pay little at first, and some are highly competitive.

The truth is all of these travel jobs are…..hard work.

These are just a few of any number of travel jobs. If I have learned on things about working online it is that if you are determined to make money on the road you will find a way.

You just need to find the travelling job that is right for you, the one that meets your needs, and furthers your goal of finding a high paying jobs that travel.

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26 thoughts on “10 Travel Jobs That Give You the Freedom to Travel The World”

  1. I have never heard of drop shipping before…I am going to look into it! I am currently going the teaching english route…we will see how the next year goes!

  2. I think it would be good to also add Au Pair to the list. The international nannys get to stay in the countries for free, learn the language, often travel with the families or during their free time and also get paid for it. It is not much, but considering that all your expenses are already paid you get pocket money to spend on whatever you want, and that could be a trip! I have done that for 2,5 years in the US and few months in Germany and loved it! It is a great way for young people to get into travelling.

    1. Yes, I know about Au Pairing and I think it is a great way to earn money. The reason I did not include it are because most jobs are only limited to females. I wanted jobs that both genders could do easily.

  3. I love how you talk about travel blogging from a very real, honest perspective. To most, OK all really, travel blogging sounds like an absolute dream, but blogging is work and it is hard, and sometimes, like you, you get obsessed and it’s amazing and it works out. Love this post!

  4. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    These are some great ideas on travel-related work. I’ve heard the same thing from most travel bloggers about it, by the way. It’s a lot of work!

  5. That’s what I noticed lately too. Many bloggers are opening up a travel blog in their list of many blogs to manage. Can’t handle that. I really wish I could travel again outside US someday. Kudos to your travel and blogging achievements!

  6. This is a great list. I’ve gotten some nice off the board jobs/steady work from ODesk, but that initial low-pay to start period was tough for me!!

  7. I can see my stepson living the life you lead! He loves to travel and loves to write—I’m sharing this for inspiration for him!

  8. This is great! I do a couple of these and am thinking about expending into social media management once I graduate with my degree. 🙂

  9. Motivating Mommy

    All of these wonderful options! I can’t wait to get some ducks in a row and really pursue one of these so I can see the world too! 🙂

  10. Anne-Laure Chorro

    Hi Stephen,

    Have you already done Drop shipping? I’m planning to try but I have no feedback so I don’t know if it worth it.
    Cheers,

    AL

  11. Anne-Laure Chorro

    Hi Stephen,

    Have you already done Drop shipping? I’m planning to try but I have no feedback so I don’t know if it worth it.
    Cheers,

    AL

  12. Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack

    I would love nothing more. I wish I could travel full time and just work these jobs. But I have kids at home still so it just isn’t an option

  13. Another nice post.

    If you had to start from 2015 and aim for the lifestyle you have now. Would you still be a travel blogger? Or would you focus on something else i.e. Drop Shipping (hard work)?

  14. When I was consulting (mostly between 2004-2013) I often checked for travel jobs. No luck!, but I didn’t have benefit of many of the links this post includes.

    So I’ve stayed in Orlando… something of a travel destination, yes?… for the 25+ years. For the past few of those years I’ve been running a blog for job-seekers and people who believe in career governance. This month, for the first time, I produced a newsletter, “The Work Life Journal”. As a first edition, it has my own blog posts… but the intent is to have no more than one of my own.

    That leaves me looking for readable, relevant content… posts which would be valuable to those job-seekers and career developers. One of the six sections is “Professions”, and this post on travel jobs would work well…with your permission.
    If you have any interest in that, you can download the September edition (all my posts) from the Newsletter menu at WageScope (dot com). I won’t stick a link in here… this is NOT an attempt to SPAM you! Again, if you are interested, I would be pleased to include your photo, profile, and links to the URL of your choice. You can reach me through the contact widget (on the Home page and a few other places).

    Anyway, thanks for considering this, and thank you for sharing the many links within the travel jobs article! You’ve got me dreaming again!

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26 thoughts on “10 Travel Jobs That Give You the Freedom to Travel The World”

  1. I have never heard of drop shipping before…I am going to look into it! I am currently going the teaching english route…we will see how the next year goes!

  2. I think it would be good to also add Au Pair to the list. The international nannys get to stay in the countries for free, learn the language, often travel with the families or during their free time and also get paid for it. It is not much, but considering that all your expenses are already paid you get pocket money to spend on whatever you want, and that could be a trip! I have done that for 2,5 years in the US and few months in Germany and loved it! It is a great way for young people to get into travelling.

    1. Yes, I know about Au Pairing and I think it is a great way to earn money. The reason I did not include it are because most jobs are only limited to females. I wanted jobs that both genders could do easily.

  3. I love how you talk about travel blogging from a very real, honest perspective. To most, OK all really, travel blogging sounds like an absolute dream, but blogging is work and it is hard, and sometimes, like you, you get obsessed and it’s amazing and it works out. Love this post!

  4. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    These are some great ideas on travel-related work. I’ve heard the same thing from most travel bloggers about it, by the way. It’s a lot of work!

  5. That’s what I noticed lately too. Many bloggers are opening up a travel blog in their list of many blogs to manage. Can’t handle that. I really wish I could travel again outside US someday. Kudos to your travel and blogging achievements!

  6. This is a great list. I’ve gotten some nice off the board jobs/steady work from ODesk, but that initial low-pay to start period was tough for me!!

  7. I can see my stepson living the life you lead! He loves to travel and loves to write—I’m sharing this for inspiration for him!

  8. This is great! I do a couple of these and am thinking about expending into social media management once I graduate with my degree. 🙂

  9. Motivating Mommy

    All of these wonderful options! I can’t wait to get some ducks in a row and really pursue one of these so I can see the world too! 🙂

  10. Anne-Laure Chorro

    Hi Stephen,

    Have you already done Drop shipping? I’m planning to try but I have no feedback so I don’t know if it worth it.
    Cheers,

    AL

  11. Anne-Laure Chorro

    Hi Stephen,

    Have you already done Drop shipping? I’m planning to try but I have no feedback so I don’t know if it worth it.
    Cheers,

    AL

  12. Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack

    I would love nothing more. I wish I could travel full time and just work these jobs. But I have kids at home still so it just isn’t an option

  13. Another nice post.

    If you had to start from 2015 and aim for the lifestyle you have now. Would you still be a travel blogger? Or would you focus on something else i.e. Drop Shipping (hard work)?

  14. When I was consulting (mostly between 2004-2013) I often checked for travel jobs. No luck!, but I didn’t have benefit of many of the links this post includes.

    So I’ve stayed in Orlando… something of a travel destination, yes?… for the 25+ years. For the past few of those years I’ve been running a blog for job-seekers and people who believe in career governance. This month, for the first time, I produced a newsletter, “The Work Life Journal”. As a first edition, it has my own blog posts… but the intent is to have no more than one of my own.

    That leaves me looking for readable, relevant content… posts which would be valuable to those job-seekers and career developers. One of the six sections is “Professions”, and this post on travel jobs would work well…with your permission.
    If you have any interest in that, you can download the September edition (all my posts) from the Newsletter menu at WageScope (dot com). I won’t stick a link in here… this is NOT an attempt to SPAM you! Again, if you are interested, I would be pleased to include your photo, profile, and links to the URL of your choice. You can reach me through the contact widget (on the Home page and a few other places).

    Anyway, thanks for considering this, and thank you for sharing the many links within the travel jobs article! You’ve got me dreaming again!

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