50 Ways To Make Money While Traveling The World


01 | Teach English Abroad


If you’re not a fluent English speaker, skip to the next one. Teaching English abroad is one of the most common ways to earn money and dig into a completely different culture. There are job opportunities almost everywhere, many companies will pay your flights and apartment. South Korea and Japan are well paid countries for English teachers. My friend Audrey wrote an excellent guide on how she saved US$17,000 teaching in South Korea for one year.


Websites & resources to find English teacher jobs:



02 | Work in Hostels and Hotels


Many hostels, hotels and resorts are looking for staff, either for short time (during high season) or long-term. Jobs vary from reception staff, house keeping, driver for airport pick-ups, etc. Some of these jobs are paid, others are on a voluntary basis. Work in exchange for a free bed and food is quite common. Not ideal if you want to earn money, but at least a way to save money for travel.


Websites to find hospitality jobs


03 | Scuba Diving Instructor


If you love diving, you should consider to get a scuba certification! There are incredible places in the world for scuba diving, like Mexico, Maldives, Honduras, Philippines, Hawaii, Egypt and many more where you could apply for scuba diving jobs! Give travelers diving lessons and enjoy a laid-back life by the sea, including free dives. Not too bad, huh?


Websites to find scuba diving jobs



04 | Cruise Ship Jobs


One of the better jobs for people who like to travel: Work on a ship. A cruise ship is like a massive floating hotel in the sea, with all kinds of entertaining facilities. There are plenty of different jobs on a cruise ship: bartender, shop staff, receptionist, chef, casino staff, DJ, hair stylist, massage therapist, nurse and many more. The list of possible cruise line jobs is endless. Salaries vary between $800-$8000 per month.


Working on a cruise ship is one of the most popular careers that allow you to travel. Food and lodging is provided, you have no expenses during that time. Plus, you get paid to travel to some of the most beautiful places on earth.


Websites and resources to find cruise ship jobs



05 | Agricultural and Farming Jobs


If you love working outdoors, care for the environment and don’t mind getting your hands a little bit dirty, look for agricultural jobs. It’s also a great way to escape the big cities and live in rural areas, far off the tourist tracks.


Websites to find agricultural and farming jobs

06 | Flight Attendant


Get paid to travel! Airline jobs like cabin crew are one of the jobs that involve travel, plus it comes with generous perks, like 90% discounted flights, cheaper fares for family members and great hotel discounts.


You don’t need a doctor’s degree to get the job, but it helps to speak at least another language. Dress up in business attire when going to a job interview and make sure to know the key facts about the airline you’re applying at.


Websites to find flight attendant jobs



 07 | Fruit Picking


Picking vegetables, fruits and flowers is a popular job among travelers. It’s mostly a seasonal job and often very well paid. If you can imagine to pick grapes in Italy, mangos in Australia and kiwis in New Zealand, you should apply for this job before the harvest season begins.


Websites to find fruit picking jobs



08 | Construction Work


This is mainly for hard working people. To be honest, I have no experience in construction work and do not desire to get some anytime soon. I tried to find some websites that would focus on construction jobs around the world, however it seems this is a typical job that’s paid under the table. A quick way to make money, but also risky. I do not recommend to work illegally.



09 | Au Pair


Au Pair positions are usually offered to women, and it’s a great job if you love kids! Working as an au pair is a way to get a taste of living in a foreign country. What is an au pair doing? Mostly helping a family with their housework and taking care of the children. Au pairs usually live with the host family, they receive free accommodation, meals and often a payment on top.


Websites to find au pair jobs

10 | Surf Instructor


Similar as a scuba dive instructor, the job of a surf instructor comes with a great location near the sea. It’s not very well paid, but definitely a fun and adventurous job! If you have a passion for surfing and the skills to teach people how to ride waves, go for it!


Websites to find surf instructor jobs



11 | Bartender or Waiter


Finding a bartending job is actually quite easy, if you stick to touristy areas during high season. Rather than applying online, just show up at bars and cafés and ask if they are hiring. Your chances are even better if there is a new bar opening. Arrive before the peak season starts and you might be able to score a job for the entire season.


Websites to find bartending jobs



12 | Massage Therapist


Are you a certified massage therapist? If not you can easily obtain a massage certificate while you travel. Fellow blogger friend Kach did a comprehensive training in Rishikesh (India) and paid around US$200 to become an Ayurveda massage therapist. She later on offered massage therapy to clients while traveling in Peru. Alternatively you could reach out to spas and resorts in order to get a job for a season.


Websites and resources to find massage therapist jobs

13 | Yoga Teacher


You have been doing yoga for some time and it became an important part of your life? Why not teach yoga and inspire others to do so? Yoga is more popular than ever and studios are all around the world. You could teach at a yoga retreat (so many of them in Bali!) or just apply for a yoga teacher job at a resort.


Websites and resources to find yoga teacher jobs



14 | Chef


You love to prepare dishes? How about cooking your way around the world? There is a high demand of season workers in resorts, restaurants, cruise ships and more. You can use the resources below to find jobs, or you just visit nearby resorts and restaurants while you travel and ask for job openings.


Websites to find chef jobs

15 | Local / Tour Guide


How to travel and make money? Work as a tour guide! I worked a couple of times as a tour guide and it was a lot of fun. This is a great example of a job where you get paid to travel and share your favorite places.


You can apply as a (freelance) guide at travel agencies that sell tours to travelers. Specially during high season there is always a higher demand for tour guides. Sometimes they require a licence, however I was able to get a few tour guide jobs without having a licence. If you show your passion for travel and have a great knowledge about the history of the region, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a tour guide job.


Tip: A much better and more effective way is to advertise yourself online as an independent local tour guide. Offer your own tours in a place you love and know very well. This can be your home or a place you have lived for a while. If you’re passionate about your city, sign up as a guide, it’s one of the easy ways to make money. You don’t have to be an expert, just share the passion and show travelers what and why you love the city you’re living in.


Websites where you can register yourself as a local/tour guide:

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