Top 15 jobs you can do while travelling

Jobs you can do while travelling

The best jobs you can do while travelling

Travelling is the best experience that money can buy. But long-term travel can be expensive and as that number on your bank statement begins to decline, you will definitely be in need of a job you can do while traveling. So to make sure you get the most out of your next adventure abroad we have compiled the top 15 jobs you can do while travelling.



Teach a language

            Teaching a language online is one of the most consistent jobs you can do while traveling. As the demand for language teachers, especially in English and Spanish, increases, so does the amount of jobs. And with the increase in development of online teaching platforms, more companies are looking for teachers to teach their native language via Skype or on specially developed platforms like the one used by the popular chat company Cambly. All you need is a TESOL/TEFL certificate and you can start immediately. Get your award-winning TESOL certificate here.


Teach a class online

            With the wonders of modern technology, creating an online class to teach one of your skills is a great way to earn money while traveling. Basically, you create video tutorials of yourself teaching your chosen skill using a program similar to Photoshop CC. Then you upload it to sites like Udemy and you will be paid for every student that watches your class.

Online travel agent

If you are or have been traveling, chances are that you have had to plan your flights, accommodation, and activities along the way. So why not make some money off of your planning skills? Being an online travel agent is a great job you can do while traveling. Make sure to get certified and licensed as a travel agent in your home country before leaving to travel the world. Once you are abroad, you can access the GDS booking services remotely and can use tools like email, social networking, and Skype to keep in touch with your clients. Travel agents also receive exclusive discounts on accommodation and tours, so this job will not only earn you money, but it will save you money along the way too.

Online shop

There are many great products you can sell online while traveling. Unique souvenirs or handcrafted items are in high demand around the world. So, start a simple online eBay or Etsy store, buy the items in bulk (making sure to bargain for a good price), and start selling from anywhere in the world. If storing inventory is a problem, then creating, marketing, and selling an eBook on sites like Amazon is a great product to sell in an online store.

Freelance jobs

Freelance jobs are becoming increasingly popular, as the demand for skilled online workers is extremely high. Search for positions on sites such as Freelancer and apply for positions where you have previous work experience and strengths in. Many of the positions are suited to travellers who are flexible with working hours and have access to reliable Internet.


The blogging market is very competitive but if you do it right blogging can be a fun job you can do while traveling. It is best to do research about your chosen blog niche before starting your blog to see if you will have interested and engaging readers. Also, choose a topic that you are truly passionate about so that your content is authentic and unique. Since you are traveling, a travel blog is a good blog niche to get started with but there are many more to choose from. A great place to start and practice blogging is WordPress. Once you have a decent following, strategically place advertisements on your site and voila, you have a passive income source.

Online surveys and website testing

            So you won’t become a millionaire overnight by participating in online surveys and testing, but doing them is a simple way to earn a little bit more spending money on the side. Endorsed by many large American corporations, Swagbucks is a website where you get paid in cash or gift cards to participate in online surveys or shopping online. If you have some spare time on your hands then testing out new websites is a good job you can do while traveling. Website creators will pay you for testing a website for 20 minutes and providing constructive feedback.


Sell your photos

Making money out of your travel snaps couldn’t be any easier. You’re already on the road and are probably documenting it along the way too, so why not combine both and make a little spare change out of it. Sign up to Shutterstock, snap some unique angles of the places you are visiting, upload them, and watch the dollars roll in.


Jobs you can do while travelling


Destination specific

ESL Teacher

Being an ESL teacher in Asia, South America, and Europe, is one of the most reliable jobs you can have while traveling overseas. Demand is high, the salaries are great compared to the local costs of living, and in most Asian countries your accommodation and flights are included after completion of a one-year contract.

To become an ESL teacher, you will need a TESOL or TEFL certificate that can be easily obtained online or in your country and either be eligible for a working holiday visa or hold a bachelor’s degree to apply for a working visa. Get your award-winning TESOL certificate here. Many travellers and expats teach ESL abroad so it’s a great way to get paid to travel and make some great friends along the way.

Working Holiday Jobs

Working holiday jobs are the best way to make money while traveling abroad. The most common professions are bartender, nanny, au pair, cleaner, and the list goes on. To be eligible for working holiday jobs, you usually need to be between 18 and 30 years old and reside in an eligible country. You can either research for your own local jobs on sites like Gumtree or apply to be a part of a working holiday program through private companies.

Seasonal work

Seasonal work includes jobs that are only available during peak times of the year. Seasonal work includes, fruit picking, summer camps, resort work, and holiday retail work. It is best to apply when you are in your chosen country as each position will have its own requirements and interview processes that are usually conducted on-site.


Rent out your apartment

If you aren’t traveling full time, renting out your apartment or room while you are out of the country is an easy way to make some extra cash on the side. Popular sites like Airbnb provide a safe and convenient way to list your property and manage your rentals, even when you are abroad.


Tour Guide

If you have lived abroad for a long time or have extensively travelled through your destination, then being a tour guide is a job that you can do while traveling. Before you start, make sure to research the certifications needed to be a tour guide in your chosen destination. You can either start your own private tour company by creating a simple website on free website creators like Wix and then marketing your services on social media. Alternatively, research local tour companies and contact them to find out about their application processes.

Cruise line

Jobs that pay you to travel are hard to come by. That is why working for a cruise line is such an attractive job for aspiring travellers. There are many opportunities aboard a cruise line such as, in hospitality, housekeeping, entertainment, and as part of the deck crew. Plus you will get to cruise to stunning beach destinations around the Caribbean and South Pacific with little to no living expenses. It is best to apply online for positions through major cruising companies.

Flight attendant

            If you are flexible with your schedule, do not have many personal commitments, and want to see a lot of the world in a short period of time, then being a flight attendant is the best job you can do to travel. Being a flight attendant is tough and not as glamorous as it seems, but the travel rewards are worth it. As well as heavily discounted flights and airline discounts on accommodation and tours when you are not on duty, flight attendants also receive accommodation and some paid expenses while they are on layovers. The application and interview process is very competitive but as they say, you have to be in it to win it, so why not give it a go.

Modelling and acting

Many foreigners are trying their hand at entering the entertainment fields in destinations abroad. Work may be infrequent in this area but it does pay well. Most available jobs are as models, extras in movies, or for short English speaking roles. It is best to contact local agencies or research online for jobs.

What jobs have you done while travelling? Leave your comments below.



  1. February 13, 2016 / 12:47 AM

    This is a great list! I’m a blogger, etsy store owner, freelance writer, and freelancer on Upwork. it’s a crazy existence managing it all, but it allows me the ability to travel and work for myself which I’d say is pretty priceless! 🙂

  2. February 13, 2016 / 7:14 AM

    Thanks Liz. Yeah, we also are travelling bloggers and freelance writers so we understand that sometimes it’s a juggling act but worth it for the travel. xx

  3. February 23, 2016 / 3:00 AM

    Traveling full-time seems like a dream, blogging + selling my photos seems to be the one that resonates the best with me. Maybe someday I’ll also move to a new country just to teach English!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • February 26, 2016 / 8:11 AM

      It seemed like a dream to us too Joyce. But then we took the plunge and it really isn’t as scary as it seemed. We definitely recommend teaching English. And if you want to explore a country that already speaks English, you can easily tutor ESL students from anywhere in the world online. Follow your dreams xx