46 Best Travel Jobs for Backpackers: Travel and GET PAID!

Welcome to the ultimate guide to find work and travel the world! There’s a surprising number of jobs that involve travelling and even some jobs where you actually get paid to travel…

How can I travel the world and get paid in the process? I’m glad you asked!

I’ve been traveling the world for nearly ten years now and have picked up lots of different travelling jobs on the road. For the last three years, I’ve been focusing on my new travel career: evolving from a broke backpacker to a successful entrepreneur. But before that, I worked all kinds of awesome – and terrible – traveling jobs to make ends meet and keep my travels going.

The best travel jobs are the ones that are sustainable, supportive, and interesting. To find these opportunities, I’ve interviewed a whole bunch of backpackers and digital nomads who are travelling the world and earning money. Using our combined knowledge, I can give you the lowdown on some of the best travel jobs for backpackers, expats, and aspiring digital nomads.

A couple people who get paid to travel

This is the ultimate list of travel jobs. Period.


Make Money Traveling the World

There are lots of different types of travel jobs out there and they can roughly be broken down into three categories. Think carefully about what it is that you are looking for.


Jobs Where You Travel

There are some jobs that will pay you to travel the world… This might sound very glamorous at first but you have to bear in mind you may not get as much of a chance to actually explore as you will be working. These could be travel or potentially even travel careers but they still require the level of input from you (usually) that any regular job would.

Airline work usually has jobs that let you travel

Working for airlines is the classic travel career.

Jobs that require travel and pay well, such as being an airline pilot, will offer you a chance to save up mega-money and to hopefully see parts of the world during your downtime but, in my opinion, these travel careers don’t have the same kind of freedom as being a digital nomad.


Digital Nomad Careers: Work, Travel, and Freedom

Personally, I’m a big believer in making money through a digital nomad job as these jobs allow you to work from literally anywhere in the world, on your own schedule, and often as your own boss.

I’ve already covered some of the best digital nomad jobs on this site. I started my own digital nomad career as a travel blogger and this opened up many other opportunities for me. Today, I make six figures a year from this blog but I’m also involved in several other ventures in SEO, dropshipping and even a tour company. I blog about all of my online ventures over at Ditch Your Desk.

a digital nomad at work - the best travel job

Checkin’ ma emails.

It takes time to set up a digital nomad career – it took me almost 10 years before I went from broke backpacker to entrepreneur! However, and, if you’re a wandering vagrant, you may well need to find a travelling job right now so you can replenish your bank balance and keep the travel fun going! In that case…


Backpacker Travel Jobs

These travel jobs are jobs. They could be good jobs they could be shit-kicker jobs. They could, potentially, also progress into careers but they wouldn’t be travel careers. You’d just be an ex-pat.

Some hippy with a reciporacating saw working and travelling

Working for food, bed, or a dash of cash – life of a traveller! | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

Many of the best travelling jobs for backpackers are super casual affairs such as seasonal work or temporary manual labour gigs. I’ve found paying work on goat farms, behind bars, in hostels, on construction sites, on beaches, and in many other places whilst backpacking the world. It’s usually very easy to find some casual work as a backpacker.


The Best Travel Jobs for 2020

Alright! Moving along, these are some of the best travel jobs in 2020 for backpackers, aspiring digital nomads or folks who are keen to quit the normal 9-5 and start a career allows you to travel. In one capacity or another, they all fit into the above categories.

I present the best travelling jobs for backpackers whilst on the road. These are the jobs that allow you to work and travel the world without having to worry about running out of cash.

Man wrestling goats for travel work

Professional goat wrestling is a notable absence from the list.

Some of these are bonafide travel careers whereas others are simple stop-gaps you can do to earn a quick bit of cash before you continue on with your adventure. One way or another, they’ll keep you seeing the world! Let’s do this.


1. Make Money Blogging

This is a travel career that I am, clearly, in a position to speak. You know The Broke Backpacker – you know, the blog you’re reading right now – yeah, I’m The Broke Backpacker.

Starting a blog was the best decision I ever made and is, in my opinion, the best travel job out there. I can travel whenever I want and make money out of my adventures to keep me going. However, blogging is not easy and it’s not especially quick to start making money. Check out this post for ten reasons you should start a blog.

A travel blogger - one of the best travel jobs

Starting a travel blog was one of the best decision I ever made, it literally changed my life. That’s a smile of spiritual fulfilment.

You do NOT have to be a travel blogger; you can blog about whatever you want. Blogging offers a great introduction to many different digital nomad careers. You’ll learn a bit more about SEO, about copywriting, web design, social media management, etc. – the list goes on.

If you’re looking for a career that involves travelling, a successful travel blog really is the golden ticket. If you’re looking to get into the online entrepreneurial space, then that’s why I started my side project ‘Ditch Your Desk’. Alongside with my partner-in-crime (another digital nomad), we’ve developed a blog dedicated to helping people achieve their dream of cyber vagrancy.

I want to start a travel blog!


2. Teach English Abroad

For backpackers looking to settle somewhere for a year or more to save up some serious cash, teaching English abroad is one of the best jobs for nomads.

You can teach English in so many countries these days and see the world at the same time. This is probably one of the best travel careers out there and there’s a pretty low barrier to entry – most native speakers can get a travel job teaching English.

Work and Travel teaching english

Is he teaching her or taunting her…?

Being a native speaker gives you an obvious advantage but it’s also possible for non-native speakers to get work teaching English too.  Taking a TEFL course first will help you hit the ground running and hopefully will mean you won’t be a crap teacher; it’s a small investment that will help you get a better paying job in the long

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3. Teach English Online

Teaching English online is a consistent, very accessible way for backpackers and nomads to earn an online income. You don’t need any special coding, tech, writing, or photography skills to become a digital nomad these days…

teaching english online is a job that lets you travel

Unlock your travels and join this digital nomad game by teaching English online…

Thanks to the power of the internet, the world of teaching English online has opened new doors to native English speakers wanting to work from – well – anywhere! Provided you have a solid internet connection. What’s the best part? Depending on the company you work for, you can choose your own schedule and commitment level that aligns with your own needs.

The point, teaching English online is a bloody dream job for native English speakers (in some cases, non-native speakers too) looking to make extra cash, whether they are on the road or not.

Teaching English online is fast becoming one of the best ways for backpackers to make money online without a doubt. Start looking now at potential agencies to work with – considering a job with VIPKID would be a good place to start.


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4. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is when you ship products to customers, usually in Europe or the USA, from somewhere cheap (usually China).

A prduct of my dropshipping gear venture that I use to make money travelling

Running my own dropshipping business has taught me a lot about making money online.

I began dropshipping my own products in late 2017 as I had been selling products through the Amazon affiliate program for over two years and I spotted an opportunity to make more money by producing my own versions of the products I sold the most of and shipping them from China to an Amazon FBA warehouse.


5. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is very simple. It means that you recommend a product or service to your audience, and if someone on your website uses that product or service, you get a commission!

Earning money through an online travel job affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is my shit!

Affiliate marketing is basically being a middle man and is one of the most popular, proven, and sustainable ways to create income online. I’d say that over 75% of my personal income comes from affiliate marketing. If you are interested in online jobs travellers can easily utilise, affiliate marketing is the holy grail.

Check out my post on Ditch Your Desk – Affiliate Marketing 101 – for a starter on getting into the game.


6. Day Trading

Day trading is a really exciting – but also a very nerve-wracking – way to make money while travelling. I have no experience trading stocks but I have been trading Cryptocurrency for just over a year now and have made a 3800% return on my original investment.

Stylised image of crypto currency - another online job for travellers

Not for the weak of heart – but day trading can make you tonnes of money.

If you have money that you can afford to lose (seriously, this shit carries risk) then day trading is one of the most exciting travel jobs out there right now.

Check out my piece ‘How I built my cryptocurrency portfolio.’ for my story and advice or read about trading bots, which are the easiest way to break into the crypto trading market.


7. Scuba Instructor

We’re moving away from the online travel job space now and into more practical, hands-on ventures.

Being a certified Scuba Diver Instructor takes a bit of investment, but can be one of the most fun ways to work and travel the world. You need a handful of courses and certifications, as well as having logged in a certain amount of hours underwater yourself.

A scuba instructor at work while travelling

See some of the most amazing things the planet has to offer AND get paid for it!!

If you are already certified, get excited! If you aren’t, you can do it at home, or take advantage of many programs that exist in countries like Thailand and the Philippines. Hand’s down this is one of the best ways to get paid to travel and you can pick up paying work in lots of different countries around the world.

This article on how to become a scuba diving instructor is a good starting point if you’re keen.


8. Surfing Instructor

Similar to a scuba instructor, but without all of the need for certifications. You just need to be a badass surfer! Surfing instructors can do well for themselves by travelling, surfing, meeting people who are interested and want to learn, and then offering their services.

Surfing instructors in the waves - more jobs on the road

Battle the waves!

You won’t earn as much as a scuba instructor, but you’ll be getting paid to do surf work and travel at the same time which is probably the coolest thing ever! I’m a big fan of surfing and hoping to spend a year or two getting a hell of a lot better in the future. If you are looking for cool jobs you can do while travelling, this may be for you.

There are lots of resources for finding potential gigs. Use Surf Travel Jobs for a start.


9. Teach Yoga

Yoga continues to grow in popularity around the world, and yoga instructors are in high demand. While not the highest paying travel career, finding work as a yoga instructor is one of the more assured ways to work and travel.

A working traveller doing yoga in the mountains

Peace out in the mountains.

Getting a yoga certification CERTAINLY helps you stand out from the crowd but it necessarily isn’t needed. Talk to other guests at your hostel, or people around any beach, hippy, or traveller town and see what you can rustle up. Or head over to Yoga Travel Jobs Directory and see if there are any worthwhile postings.


10. Buy A Place and Rent It

If you have been working for a while, you may have some savings. Rather than blowing it all on a couple of fast-paced years of travel, invest it into buying a property at home and renting it out whilst you travel (thus living off the rent money).

A dude looking at a street of potential investment opportunites so he can make money wile travelling

Rent your house back home and make money on the go!

You can advertise your place on lots of different websites including Airbnb and it can very easily turn into big bucks. Pretty soon, you’ll be making money while travelling; so much so that some of my friends will not even stay at their own place when they return to their hometown.

They’ll keep renting it out and stay somewhere else. Cha-ching! Airbnb is dope.


11. Work on A Boat

Unfortunately, the days of being a pirate are kinda over but that doesn’t mean you can’t still live on a boat and say “Shiver me timbers!” a lot. Still a bit under the radar, it’s very possible to find travel jobs on boats. Specifically, – yachts, sailboats, and cruises.

People working on a boat - more jobs involving travelling

Oi, pass the rum or I’ll gut ya!

A traveller’s job on a boat is certainly easier to get with experience, but sometimes it’s as easy as just walking on to a dock and asking around. Teach yourself to tie knots first and you’ll be golden.

Want to significantly increase your chances of getting hired on a superyacht or boat? Consider taking a course at the Super Yacht School. The Super Yacht School is an online training company that educates people on everything they need to know regarding how to land a job on a superyacht as a crew member. They offer very helpful online webinars as well as full-on in-depth training courses.

Alternatively, get a job on a cruise ship and live the party working travelling life on the high seas. Drugs, booze, and nights of wanton debauchery – excellent!

Check out: This post on working your way around the world on yachts.


12. Become a Party Promoter/Brand Ambassador

If you are a fun-loving party animal with some social media/writing/promoting skills then you could be a candidate to score a job as a brand ambassador for a tour business specializing in party-based tours. Every year Stoke Travel gives 100+ regular travellers the opportunity to work and travel for free by volunteering at events or doing internships in their Barcelona and Byron Bay Office.

Party ambassadors: jobs where you travel (and party)

Party. Animals.

Interns and festival staff are employed for up to 5 weeks at a time, with free time between summer festivals to travel. Stoke ambassadors earn commissions, have the opportunity to write and have pieces published on Stokepedia, get free accommodation, and get to meet 100’s of new life-long friends. Plus ambassadors get three meals per day and all-they-can-drink.

That’s right. Three square meals per day and unlimited booze. For the right individual, this job promises to be a helluva of a lot of fun (possibly too much fun).

Stoke Travel runs tours/events in places like Prague, Ibiza, and Budapest, along with many other cities across Europe and beyond. For backpackers looking for an awesome short-term travelling job with plenty of sweet benefits, a Stoke Travel Ambassador might just be the thing for you.


13. Work on a Cruise Ship

Already touched on this but now we’re doing it again with more flair! Working on a cruise ship is one of the best travel jobs out there – you just gotta be ready to work (and party)!

Cruise ships span the globe and gigs are easily found. It’s a work hard, play hard atmosphere. You’ll be doing 60-hour weeks, and then partying at nights and exploring ports with your colleagues.

A cruise ship at night - jobs that require travel and pay well

Imagine working on this beauty!

One phenomenal perk to working on a cruise ship is the ability to save money. The jobs usually only pay $1,000-$2,000 a month, but with no car, no bills, no insurance, no nothing to pay for, it all goes in to the savings account.

Cruise ships offer great job opportunities to travelers. You’ll work hard, see the world, and finish your contract with a boat-load of money saved up plus this is a job where you actually get paid to travel so in between your hectic work schedule you should get time to explore some of the ports you visit.


14. Boat Delivery

work and travel

Sail the seven seas!

More boats! This one is a bit difficult to get into as a newbie but if you have some experience working on the high seas, boat delivery has some serious work and travel potential. Typically the pay won’t be very high (if at all) but you’ll get your experience up and get to sail the seven seas for free!

Getting into this travel career could lead to more lucrative gigs in the future so it’s worth considering if the goal is simply finding jobs that let you travel.

Head over to Crewseekers.net or cruisersforum.com for some job leads!


15. WWOOFing

WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) has been budget travellers go-to work and travel job for decades now. The gist is – you work on organic a farm for 20-30 hours a week and are given free food and accommodation in return.

Whilst this isn’t exactly a travel job – since you won’t be paid – this is a great way to cut your costs if you’re on the road. There are tens of thousands of farms spanning the globe, so where ever you wish to travel, WWOOF’s got you!

work and travel indefinitely volunteering a WWOOFer (WWOOFer pictured)

Plus you’ll get dirty – nice!

My buddy Aaron from Nomads Nation (pictured above) spent two months on a farm in Portugal and wrote an awesome post – The Ultimate WWOOFing Guide.


16. HelpX

Similar to WWOOFing, HelpX has been around for a while. You haven’t earned your budget travel stripes until you’ve HelpX-ed somewhere! HelpX and Workaway (next on the list) are very similar… well, more or less the same thing.

A working traveller volunteering in Vietnam

Help X- Do some hands-on work at farms!

As opposed to WWOOFing (which is volunteer gigs exclusively on farms) these two sites have a range of volunteering tasks. Teaching English, translating, painting, hostel work, watching kids, farming – anything!


17. Workaway

Similar to HelpX, Workaway allows you to volunteer for free food and lodging. Workaway is a bit newer than HelpX but has grown in popularity very quickly, becoming the preferred out of the two for many travellers.

work and travel indefinitely using services like this: workaway

Workaway – Find projects all over the world.

I can’t recommend Workaway enough, it’s an awesome platform. Try it out if the goal isn’t getting paid to travel, but simply travelling.

Check out our in-depth review of Workaway if you want to learn more!


18. Worldpackers

Again, like HelpX and Workaway, Worldpackers is an online platform with the end goal being to work, travel, do some good for the world, and have some awesome experiences in the process! I could go into the nitty-gritties but, let’s be honest, this is another platform in much the same vein as the previous two.

Working and travelling in India voluteering for food

Make some kids smile.

The big difference? We’re getting you a discount on signing up – woo! For the record, HelpX and Workaway also have entry fees.

Be sure to read our review of Worldpackers or cut right to the chase and go to the Worldpackers website. Be sure enter the code BROKEBACKPACKER at the checkout and you’ll get a delicious discount. Enjoy making the world a better place, you wonderful human.


19. Housesitting

Sort of a work-exchange-meets-a-job, housesitting while traveling is all the hype right now. Typically you pet-sit for an extended amount of time, and in return are given free-reign over an entire house! Housesitting gigs rarely pay as but you can’t really complain as their still jobs that allow you to travel near-indefinitely.

Some cute dogs - housesitting or how to travel for a living

Pet sit these beauties and have free-reign over the house!

You’ll be getting free accommodation, a big ass kitchen, and the privacy of your own house! This is one of the best ways to travel. As with all good things, it’s challenging to crack into but once you gain experience and a resume, you’ll have your choice of gigs. Highly recommended!


20. Work as an Au Pair

Au-pairing is one of the oldest travel careers around and is still a great option to save some money and see the world. Personally, kids ain’t for me. However, if you are bubbly, happy, smiley and don’t mind cleaning up the sick, then there’s plenty of little ones who need a lovely person like you to help take care of them.

A kid waiting for his working travelling au pair

Don’t find kids annoying? This may be the dream job for you.

It doesn’t always pay, and if it does pay it’s not always much but you can earn up to 5k a month if you’re happy to travel for work (which, you should be) to teach in some more far-flung lands.

You’ll get free lodging and food, and likely some pocket change for the weekend if your volunteering in Europe. Being an au-pair is a pretty solid way to get paid to travel and live in a new country.


21. Be A Translator

Are you a smarty-pants who can speak other languages fluently? Or perhaps you have a knack for learning other languages quickly? You should consider becoming a translator and work online or offline to fund your travels.

Make money while travelling as a translator

Polyglots gather: there’s easy money waiting to be made!

I have fuck-all experience with this as I am relatively talentless when it comes to languages. Luckily, one of our sexy, intelligent, and hyper-sexy dirtbag writers has bit more gift with the gab than I and wrote this killer piece on how to learn a language for (and while) travelling.


22. Hostel Work

Hostel work is one of the best-kept backpacker (not-so-secret) secrets. Once upon a time, it was hush-hush but now not so much. So let me tell you – finding hostel gigs is SUPER simple and hostel work is one of the best travel jobs for backpackers.

Hostel work is one of the easiest travel jobs to get – just ask the hostels you are staying at if they are looking for any help. They will know exactly what this means. “Help” means manning the front desk graveyard shift, sweeping the floors, or most likely minding the bar.

A dude working at a hostel - one of the easiest and best travel jobs

You just gotta have a winning smile! Not like him. He looks like a creeper.

If they are looking for any “help”, they might pay a bit of cash but you’ll surely get a free bed and some food out of it. Hostels are one of the staples for travel work and are a phenomenal way to save money while travelling.


23. Bar Work

Similar to hostel work, bar jobs have kept the backpacker going since basically the dawn of time. Often the bar work will be in a hostel bar (mentioned above) but just as legit is finding work at standalone bars. This is particularly true in seasonal European cities (but I’ve seen it in South America, Australia, Asia… basically everywhere).

Me working my best job to have travelling

Look at my big grin… good for getting tips!

The best way to find a bar job is just to walk around and ask if the bars are looking for any help. Or, if you’re having a pint somewhere, strike up a conversation with the bartender and get the scoop. A simple inquisition can lead to a lot of opportunities.


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24. Seasonal Jobs

This is a large category that encompasses many different travel jobs. Restaurants, construction, hotels, cruise ships, ski resorts, mining, deep-sea Alaskan fishing gigs, the list goes on! While a lot of these jobs are covered elsewhere in this post, seasonal jobs are worth noting.

work and travel seasonal jobs like these construction workers

Look for seasonal jobs that fit your skills.

You can literally travel the world working, chasing the season (which by the way usually equates to amazingly beautiful weather) and making money when jobs are in demand and at their highest paying…


25. Construction

One can find legitimate and decent-paying construction work in Australia or New Zealand. In other parts of the world, asking around can bring also bring a lot of opportunities. If you have construction experience heed my advice – check out WWOOF, HelpX, and Workaway.

A construction worker - another best job for travelling and working anywhere

Construction is a trade you can take anywhere.

Many hostels, farms, and everything in between will advertise their needs in hopes of finding a qualified working traveller. You’ll get food, lodging, and (depending on the project) a bit of money as well.

If you have experience as a plumber or electrician, you can make bank and even land a job where you are paid to travel to and from different world projects.


26. Become A Freelance Photographer

If you love taking pictures, why aren’t you making the most of your skills and being paid for it? Breaking into freelance photography is no easy feat but it is totally possible if you have perseverance and work at honing your craft every day.

A freelance photographer - another job that involves travelling

Snap away!

You can travel the world forever by snapping away… If you get really good at your craft, you can even land a job that pays you to travel as a professional photographer for either the media or, the dream, National Geographic.


27. Transport a Car or RV

Car and RV dealerships or car rental companies sometimes hire people to drive cars to a different destination. Rental companies often find themselves with too many cars in one destination and want to move them to an area where rentals are more in demand. Car dealerships may need a specific car, with specific options or colours that they arrange to get from another dealer.

A car deilivery driver - a job that requires travel

Free transportation!

While most companies work with full-time professional drivers, there may be some opportunities for one time trips. The trick with these jobs is getting a car that’s going where you want to go at the right time. You’ll need a clean driver’s license and may need a speciality license to drive RVs. Transport companies like DAS Auto Shippers and RV Transport hire drivers.

HitTheRoad.ca is a well known Canadian company that offers mostly long-distance, one way, one trip driving contracts for cars, while AutoDriveAway has listings for the USA.


28. Tour Director

Directors accompany a tour group for the entirety of the itinerary and basically makes sure people are having a good time. If it’s a twenty-one-day culture tour through Central America, the tour director is there the entire time, leading the group, answering questions, communicating with the bus driver, and most importantly creating solutions when shit goes wrong.

A tour group in Pakistan the director having an awesome travel career

Leading the first-ever Broke Backpacker Tour in Pakistan.

This is one of the travel jobs that requires the most work, but if you think you possess the qualities, there are thousands of tour operations companies looking for new leaders and you will often be asked to lead different tours in different countries meaning this is one of those jobs where you will travel a lot.

This industry is very competitive, but once you get your foot in the door you’ll be offered work left and right. I’ve got some experience leading adventure tours myself and this is a solid choice of job that involves travelling… You just need to have endless amounts of energy!


29. Travel Tour Guide

As opposed to a tour director, a tour guide usually does shorter tours (think three-hour walking tours). Ideally, tour guides are experts in their niche, but sometimes a bit more knowledge than the average Joe will suffice.

A tour guide - a no experience travelling job

Take people on guided walking tours around cities and improve your public speaking skills!

If you have experience or certification, getting tour guide work will be easy. If you live within the EU, you can also find tour guide work within Europerelatively easy (free walking tours, etc.) without certification. Otherwise, there are lots of people on the web tapping into their entrepreneurial spirit and starting their own tour jobs while on the road.


30. Hitman

A hitman - a job that requires travel

Peace out, motherfucker.

Na, just kidding. Gotta make sure you’re paying attention! Technically, though, a hitman is a job that requires travel and pays well!

…If you’re good.


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31. Fitness Instructor

Similar to Yoga, if you’re in shape and know how to break a sweat, you can get paid to help others do the same! I love finding creative ways to stay in shape while travelling and you’ll find plenty of other travellers who will share this interest.

Dude lifting rocks to maintain his fitness instructor travel job

Real men lift rocks. And don’t need spots. They do need gloves, however, to keep their hands soft and luscious.

See if your hostel wants to organise any activities or events which you can market by word of mouth or by putting a flyer up. Head to a park or the beach and BOOM! You’re a certified fitness instructor… sort of.

Certifications are for losers without glorious muscles.


32. Masseuse

After a long day of travelling and walking and drinking and smoking joints, backpackers might want to wind down with a nice massage! If you are a trained massage therapist this is a great way to work and travel!

A girl getting a massage job while travelling

If you are certified, find work as a masseuse! It’s probably better to have a certification for this one unless you enjoy sexual harassment charges…

Plus, you might get to touch someone’s butt!

Check out: How to earn money as a travelling masseuse


33. Professional Chef

If you have experience working in a restaurant then you’ll know that it’s a very transient industry. Employees come and go in short spurts, only to be replaced by others, who then do the exact same thing. It’s just the way the industry works. But this benefits the traveller and it’s possible to find really well-paying kitchen jobs that will pay you to travel… more likely though, you’ll find temp work whilst already on the road!

Someone cheffing - the best job to have while travelling if you ave the patience

Learn how to cook new cuisines!

If you have some cooking abilities or some legitimate kitchen experience you can find a job by asking around at kitchens in hotels, cruise ships, boats, or retreats. Also take a look into WWOOF, HelpX and Workaway as you can certainly find some cook-work opportunities for a free place to stay.

The downside is that you’ll have to work in close proximity to chefs and chefs are primadonnas.

Check out: This interview with a chef travelling the world


34. Making and Selling Jewellery

Screw travel jobs, be a travel entrepreneur! While you can make and sell anything, jewellery is certainly the backpacker artisans staple and I’ve met lots of people who make and sell jewellery whilst travelling. This is probably one of the easiest travel jobs out there… Usually, you can sell drugs concurrently too!

Woman selling bracelets as a travelling job with no experience

Be one of those white people selling overpriced jewellery on the beaches in India!

Think about it. The materials can be cheap and light to carry, it’s an artsy and fun thing to do, and you can set up shop (busking style) in a city and make some money! Selling handmade jewellery on the street isn’t the path to becoming a billionaire, but if you can make a decent product, it’s a great way to bring in enough to cover a day of gallivanting.

You can also sell your jewellery online using Etsy, eBay, or Instagram.


35. Importing Stuff to Sell

A personal favourite of mine, this is what I sometimes refer to as the ‘stuff your backpack’ method. When in exotic countries you will find awesome nicks and nacks that people back home will go crazy over! Think hippie stuff – chillums, trousers, jewellery, etc. These items will be authentic and dirt cheap.

Hippies buying junk of smart working travellers

Hippies will buy anything with “shamanic healing properties and grounding auras”. It’s all about the hustle.

Then, when you are outside that country you can sell the authentic handcrafted Indian peace pipe that you paid $.75 cents for in Mumbai for $15 at festivals or online! It’s a great way to make 1,000% or more on your investments. The best thing is that if it’s a success you can keep it up by importing directly from the country where you first made contact with your supplier.

To make the most money though, you’ll have to frequently hit the road and stuff your backpack as well as have a good eye for stuff to take back home. This is the very definition of a job that involves travelling as you’ll need to do it again and again to make decent money.


36. Busking

Play an instrument? Tap into your inner performer! While not guaranteed, street performing musicians (aka busking) can bring in some good money! Next time you’re walking by a street performer, take a look at their tip jar.

Two gypsies working and travelling as buskers

What an spectacular duo! | Photo: @themanwiththetinyguitar

If the musician chose the right location and is talented enough, there’s a pretty good chance they are making some dough! Also, as a musician, you should look into giving lessons while travelling for work or playing gigs at bars or hostels. They might give you a free bed or some drinks. Not a bad payoff for a few hours of jammin’!

Check out our guide on busking once again by that sexy, sexy dirtbag with the fine ass and voice of an angel.


37. Travel Nurse

Stop right now and listen to me. If you are a nurse, or if you are thinking about becoming a nurse, being a travelling nurse is one of the single most amazing careers you can get into.

A - the best job for travel that pays well

She may not look like a well-worn traveller but you’d be surprised.

Travelling nurses are usually hired for thirteen to twenty-six weeks in whatever location they choose and all of your travel expenses are usually paid. Housing is usually covered, and due to the high demand and urgency, travelling nurses are paid more than regular nurses. It’s one of the best ways to travel, work and save a stupid amount of money.


38. Flight Attendant

An oldie but a goodie. Being a flight attendant isn’t as glamorous as it once was, but if you are looking to work and travel, this is a fantastic travel career.

flight attendant - another job that requires travel

Free flights

Free flights, long stopovers to explore, and the ability to tweak your schedule to have a few weeks off a month – there’s a lot to like! This is one of the best careers that involve travelling and if you get hired by a quality airline this is a job that not only requires travel but can also pay well.

Be sure to check out the Point’s Guy’ post on how to become a flight attendant.


39. Be an extra in Bollywood

A bit more off the cuff, but more than possible! Indians love casting white (blonde) people in their films; I know this for a fact!

Women making money travelling working in Bollywood

Shake that booty… but don’t kiss! Oops, too late. Now you’re going to prison.

Bollywood is the movie capital of India and puts out double the amount of movies Hollywood does per year. A high quantity of movies means a big need for actors, especially foreign actors to fill foreign roles. India is one of my favourite countries on the planet, and having been there numerous times I’ve met plenty of people that work and travel while living their acting “dream” in Bollywood!


40. New Zealand/Australia Work Visa

Depending on where you are from, New Zealand and Australia are two excellent countries to get work visas for. The visa allows you to be employed in most industries, but you’ll most likely find jobs in the food, hospitality (note from an Australian: AVOID THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY), or farming industries.

Australia is a good place to travel and work for saving money

Get a work visa and earn money in a place like this!

Also, Australia just reduced their visa fee by $50, and upped the age group from 30 to 35! This is HUGE for anyone who thought they were too old to experience a year of Aussie life… Now is your chance to travel and work in Australia and pick up a fun backpacker job that will let you save money for your adventures.

Although Australia’s cost of living is high, finding a job that provides you with both a room and food (and by keeping your drug intake low) will net you some huge savings. The more remote you go, the better you will earn. Watch out though: not all Australians subscribe to the “mateship and fair go for all” mentality they’re known for.

You can learn more about Australia’s working holiday visa over at my buddy TravelTomTom’s blog.


41. Work for a Digital Nomad Travel Program!

Digital Nomad Travel Programs are ALL the hype right now. In a nutshell, they give digital nomads a way to live and work around the world with other digital nomads… and they are popping up everywhere!

Digital nomads travelling for work

Travel and work for Remote Year!

There are tons of companies offering similar services, but Remote Year is by far the biggest as they are currently offering the most employment options. If you want to travel the world and work – this is easily one of the coolest options and could lead to other opportunities down the line.

If you need further inspiration, check out these awesome female digital nomads.


42. Sell Timeshares

Have you ever been told you are a good salesman? Could you sell mud to a pig? Ice to an Eskimo? A rolling suitcase (come on, they’re fucking stupid) to me? Selling timeshares (or anything else) is a great way to work and travel.

Selling these timeshares - a travelling job that requires no experience

Dabble in selling timeshares.

Overseas companies want to sell tourists on timeshares but have found it more profitable to hire the salesman that can relate to the potential customer. Hence, the timeshare company in Greece wants to hire a Brit to pitch timeshares to Brits visiting Greece on holiday. Got all that? This is certainly not for everyone, but it is a pretty good travelling job you can pick up on the road.

For a more lighthearted look at this gig, read this hilarious post by Turner on his experience selling Timeshares. 


43. Ski Resort Jobs

While I mentioned resorts and seasonal gigs before, skiing deserves its own holler. Ski resorts are notorious for hiring travellers and often under the table.

Ski resort supplying seasonal work for travellers

Teaching skiing is a great way to make money while travelling.

As an “unofficial” ski resort worker, you won’t get paid much and you will likely be overworked but it’s a great way to work hard, play hard, and make some friends along the way! Plus, there will always be the skiing perks which is obviously awesome.

It doesn’t have to be as an instructor though. Many seasonal jobs in lodges or working the lifts are widely available.

Check out: This post for tons of resources on finding a ski resort job.


44. Poker/Online Poker

Thrill-seekers, beware! This is not a line of work for everyone. But if you are good at poker and can maintain the discipline required, playing poker can be a great career that travels… possibly even professionally!

A good poker hand about to ear some money for travelling

Fold 90% of hands…

I rented a flat with a random bunch of backpackers in Medellin and one of the lads there was travelling the world, funding his adventures by playing poker online – he had a system that dictated how much risk he took and how much money he needed to make to maintain his lifestyle.


45. Tattoo Artist

There is always a demand for talented artists and I’ve met some amazing tattoo artists travelling the world and paying their way through freelance work in hostels and backpacker hangouts.

A tattoo arist - another of the best jobs for travel

If you are a talented artist this is a great gig for you (just keep your tools clean!)

The better you get at your craft, the more doors that will open up to you. You don’t even need a gun! I’ve met and befriended some phenomenal stick-and-poke artists who earn money working while they travel.

Check out: This tattoo artist’s journey as she cycles across Europe – The Travelling Tattoo Artist


46. Join the Peace Corp.

This is certainly one of the noblest travel jobs on this list and it deserves a mention! Providing a different work and travel experience, the Peace Corp is no joke. It’s a two-year commitment, you have very little influence on where you are stationed, and you only get two days off per month.

peace corps - a travel job and lifestyle

Less of a job and more of a commitment – the Peace Corps is pretty intense!

But if you are serious about helping people, this could be the experience of a lifetime. Also, if you are eyeing a particular career, having Peace Corps experience on your resume can be a game-changer in certain industries. You don’t get paid much but, hell, you will be earning and you will get paid to travel to somewhere new.

Check out: This Peace Corps volunteer’s blog all about her experiences volunteering in Vanuatu.


Did you find your dream travel job?

There are lots of different travel jobs out there. My highest recommendations are along the digital nomad route. Digital nomad jobs can evolve into high-paying travel careers that only require a travel-friendly laptop and a wifi connection – the ultimate freedom!

Otherwise, if the digital nomad lifestyle isn’t for you, you gotta find your passion! Find your craft and hone it! Carve yourself a niche on this planet and then travel working it to your advantage.

There are so many ways to work and travel, sometimes you just gotta get a bit creative! As long as you are cutting the costs of travel and picking up a job where needed, you’ll find a way. Not every travel job needs be a career. Covering your living costs is a fantastic start.

And then one day, once you’ve levelled up appropriately (and with some ingenuity) you’ll find a job that involves travelling where you get paid to travel and live in a new country. A travel career: a whole new adventure!

A working traveller getting paid to travel and live the dream - Will Hatton

The dream!


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