Do you wish you could travel more but don’t have enough money?

Then this guide is for you! It will tell you all about the types of epic travel jobs that you can do. Ultimately, this post will help you find work and travel the world… FOREVER.

There are a surprising number of jobs that involve travelling, a few canny ways to make money travelling abroad, and even some jobs where you actually get paid to travel… (The best kind!)

I’ve been travelling the world for more than a decade(!) and have picked up A LOT of different jobs on the road. Over the last several years, I’ve developed and honed my travel career: the evolution from a broke backpacker to a successful online entrepreneur. But before the now-days of Balinese villas and management powwows, I worked all kinds of awesome – and some terrible – travel jobs to make ends meet and prolong my travels.

The life of a working traveller is varied and complex: there are countless tools in your arsenal! In today’s post, I’m giving you the lowdown on some of the best travel jobs for backpackers, expats, and aspiring digital nomads. And realistically, for nearly all of them, you don’t need no tertiary education.

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Will Hatton: a digital nomad at work - the best travel job
Work. Travel. And go home… when you feel like it.

Making Money Travelling the World:
Types of Travel Work

There are lots of different types of travel jobs out there, and they can roughly be broken down into three categories. Let’s take a look at them before we delve into the jobs themselves…

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 jobs or potentially even travel careers, but they still generally require the level of input from you that any regular ol’ boring job would.

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

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.

It takes time to set up a career as a digital nomad career; it took me almost 10 years to go from the OG Broke Backpacker to the booming online entrepreneur I am now! But it’s easy to get started now.

All you need is a laptop plus a few other of the digital nomad essentials, and idea of WHAT you want to do, and a place in the world that you’re content to get some work done from. Well, that and playlist that gets you in the zone!

Beccoming a digital nomad changes how you travel, so for backpackers that want to retain their backpacker-roots, you need a job for backpacker. These travel jobs are job-jobs.

They could be wicked jobs, they could be shitkicker jobs. They could, potentially, also progress into careers, but they wouldn’t be travel careers. You’d just be an expat with a regular ol’ job.

Many of the best travelling jobs for backpackers are super casual affairs – seasonal work or temporary 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 around the world. It’s usually very easy to find some casual work as a backpacker.

All you need is a good smile, good work ethic, and maybe the willingess to be paid under the table for less than minimum wage! (Oops, did I say that? You do you.) 😉

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    No matter which of these awesome career options you opt for, you WILL need to figure out exactly how you are going to get paid. If you’re dealing with clients or employers from across the world, you need a bank account that allows you to send and receive money internationally fast and with minimal fees.

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    The 35 Best Travel Jobs in 2021

    Let’s look at how to work and travel like a BOSS (or self-employed hustler). Ideas range from online trading to teaching yoga; we have something for every CV!

    1. Make Money Blogging

    Wil working as a travel blogger being showered in Indonesian rupiah
    Rupiah rupiah bills, y’all.

    This is a travel job that I am, clearly, in a position to speak. You know The Broke Backpacker? (The blog you’re reading right now.) Yeah, I’m The (OG) 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.

    Blogging offers a great introduction to many different digital nomad careers. You’ll learn more about SEO, copywriting, web design, social media management, marketing and PR… the list goes on! All you need to get started is a decent laptop for travel blogging and loads of patience!

    Full disclosure: The travel blogging industry is competitive, cutthroat, and, honestly, oversaturated. DO expect a long road to the top.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • From $0 – $50,000 per month!

    I have a whole other blog dedicated to working online and the life and times of a digital nomad; bounce on over for a read on my personal top 10 reasons to start a travel blog!

    2. Teach English Abroad

    Work and Travel teaching english
    Is he teaching her or taunting her…?

    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.

    These days, you can teach English in most countries in the world while seeing all the goods they got to offer at the same time! This is probably one of the best travel careers out there: there’s a low barrier to entry and most native speakers can get a travel job teaching English.

    Being a native speaker gives you an obvious advantage, but it’s also possible for non-native speakers to get work teaching English too.  You don’t even really need a degree to teach English in many countries, however, nabbing a TEFL certificate through an online course first will help you hit the ground running. (And hopefully will mean you won’t be a crap teacher too ?).

    It’s a small investment that will help you score more gigs AND better-paying gigs in the long run. Plus, think of the children! Won’t somebody think of the children!?!?

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1500 – $3000 depending on the country.

    3. Teach English Online

    teaching english online is a job that lets you travel
    Unlock your travels and join the digital nomad game by teaching English online…

    Thanks to the power of the internet, the world of teaching English online has opened doors to English speakers everywhere! You can work from 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. Whatever works for you!

    Teaching English online is fast becoming one of the best ways for backpackers to make money online without a doubt. Online teaching platforms like VIPKID connect prospective teachers with keen students. Set your pricing, choose your hours, and market yourself to potential clients.

    The money isn’t impressive, particularly in the early days, but this is a job that you can grow and literally do anywhere.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • About $1500 per month.
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    Teaching English online is a great way to earn a consistent income on the road. Depending on your qualifications, you can work remotely from your laptop and make a positive impact on the world! It’s a win-win!

    Check out this detailed article for everything you need to know to start teaching English online.

    4. Dropshipping

    A diagram showing the process of dropshipping - a method of earning income online as a traveller
    Dropshipping: dickier than it looks.

    Dropshipping is when you ship products to customers, usually in Europe or the USA, from somewhere cheap (usually China). Essentially, you manage the online storefront while a third party handles the logistics of storing and shipping products.

    Now, dropshipping CAN be profitable. It can also be a major headache: you have been warned.

    I wrote a report on my own dropshipping experiments beginning in late 2017. 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.

    The results insofar have been mixed, however, a hustler’s gotta hustle! If you want to be a working traveller, a willingness to make mistakes and, crucially, learn from these mistakes is 100% necessary.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • Shit to bank.

    5. Affiliate Marketing

    Will Hatton playing chesss representing his prowess in enarning passive income online through affiliate marketing
    Gotta be a playa!

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

    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, learning effective affiliate marketing strategies is the holy grail. Passive income is fucking POWERFUL.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • Oodles but you need the traffic to earn it. But then, it all flows in passively. 😉

    6. Crytocurrency and Day Trading

    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.

    The exciting world of cryptocurrency investment has come a long way. You can HODL, stake, mine, generate interest (yup – totally a thing now!), and, of course, trade.

    Day trading is a really exciting – but very nerve-wracking – way to make money while travelling. I have no experience trading stocks but I have been trading cryptocurrency for a while now and seen a rather delectable return on my investments (with some losses along the way).

    These days, I trade less and focus my crypto efforts elsewhere, however, 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.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • The sky’s the limit!
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    7. Volunteering

    Will Hatton in his working traveller days volunteering in India
    Smiles for miles.

    Okiedoke – volunteering! Now, clearly, volunteering ISN’T a travel job, however, it’s functionally the same. You work (hard), you greatly reduce your travel costs, plus you’ll have some life-changing experiences while you’re at it. So it fits the bill!

    Now, while voluntourism has received some flak over the years (and the trade has only become stickier in the COVID-times), volunteering still remains one of the most meaningful ways to travel. A free feed and bed is certainly a win, but it’s the experience and the knowledge that you’re actually making a difference is what makes it, honestly, one of the best travel jobs for backpackers.

    You have a lot of good options for volunteering abroad:

    • WWOOF – An organisation primarily concerned with connecting working travellers with volunteering gigs on organic farms and agricultural projects.
    • Workaway (and the numerous alternatives to Workaway) – As well as agricultural projects, these guys tend to also connect you to volunteering gigs around the board. Hostel work, translation and copywriting, building skate ramps, building backyard dunnies: it’s a wide net.
    • Worldpackers – Our personal fave platform for this bizz.

    Worldpackers is a smashing organisation. They’ve got more of a community focus than many of the alternatives and they run a tight ship too!

    We sent one of our tried and true broke backpackers on a volunteering mission to Vietnam and the results were stellar. So stellar, in fact, that we happily partnered with them to bring Broke Backpacker readers a discount on the signup fee!

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    We’ve also got a review of Workaway you can peruse if Worldpackers doesn’t float your boat. They’re a bit more stuffy (a natural caveat for being the lead of the pack), but they have volunteering gigs coming out of the ears!

    And as one brief little sidenote, it’s worth noting the skills you pick up volunteering can go a LONG way to aiding you in your career as a working traveller. The more you know, the more backpacker jobs open up to you.

    8. Become A Freelance Photographer

    A freelance photographer - another job that involves travelling
    Get snappy with it!

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

    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.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $0 – $5000

    9. Teach Yoga

    A working traveller doing yoga in the mountains
    Peace out in the mountains.

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

    Travellers love yoga and are keen on lessons just about anywhere in the world. Combine that with hostels, cafes, and community centres (among a million other venues) always being on the lookout

    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. Start off with a sesh at a world-class yoga retreat to learn a few Asanas and limber up first and the rest will be easy.

    Alternatively, head over to Yoga Travel Jobs Directory and see if there are any worthwhile postings. The beauty of this one is that the informality allows you to find work on the road in most places without the added red tape.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $5/hour or even less in developing nations. Bounce on over to the northern beaches of Sydney though, and activewear soccer mums eat that shit up for $50+ a pop!

    10. Fitness Instructor

    Traveller lifts rocks for training to keep his fitness instructor job
    Real men lift rocks. Or spotters. They do need gloves, however, to keep their hands soft and luscious.

    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.

    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, rippling muscles.

    11. Tour Director

    A tour group in Pakistan the director having an awesome travel career
    Leading the first-ever Broke Backpacker Tour in Pakistan.

    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.

    This is one of the travel jobs that requires the most work, but if you think you possess the qualities, there are thousands of amazing adventure tour companies looking for new leaders worldwide.

    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.

    These are maybe the best jobs for travel and adventure for those that seek the high life and the pay ain’t too shabby either!.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    $1000 – $3000

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    12. Travel Tour Guide

    A tour guide - a no experience travelling job
    Take people on guided walking tours around cities and improve your public speaking skills!

    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 just a bit more knowledge than the average Joe will suffice

    If you have experience or certification, getting tour guide work will be easy. If you travelling in the EU, you can also find tour guide work within Europe relatively 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.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $500 – $1500

    13. Work on A Boat

    People working on a boat - more jobs involving travelling
    Oi, pass the rum or I’ll gut ya!

    Unfortunately, the days of being a pirate are kinda over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still work and live on a boat!

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

    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 hedonism – excellent!

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1200 – $2500

    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 too, 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 killer job leads!

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1000 – $3000

    15. Making and Selling Jewellery

    Woman selling bracelets as a travelling job with no experience
    Be one of those white people selling overpriced jewellery on the beaches in India!

    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.

    Some critics of budget backpacking might have a go at you for – ahem“begpacking”, but to those critics I say… get a job, ya hippy! If you’re wheeling, dealing, and hustling on the road, you are the literal opposite of a begpacker. It’s fun too!

    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 most places in the world that are kind to street merchants (i.e. not Malaysia). 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.

    It isn’t strictly one of the easiest travel jobs out there if you genuinely care about your craft. Sourcing ethical materials, making the jewellery, and haggling for a fair price can all be a real battle. But damn you’ll have some ten-outta-ten adventures along the way!

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $300 – $1000 per month

    16. Importing Stuff to Sell

    Hippies buying junk of smart working travellers
    Hippies will buy anything with “shamanic healing properties and grounding auras”. It’s all about the hustle.

    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 trinkets and doodads that people back home will go crazy over! Think hippy stuff: chillums, trousers, jewellery, festival belts, etc. These items will be authentic and dirt cheap.

    Then, when you are outside that country and back in the good ol’ inflationary West, 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.

    To make the most money though, you’ll have to frequently hit the road and stuff your backpack (a big hiking backpack is good for this) as well as have a good eye for stuff to take back home. If you can somehow inject something about chakras into the marketing spiel you’ll give to sell it, it’s a winner.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $500 – $2000 per month
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    17. Busking

    A man working as a travelling busker with his dog
    The Dynamic Duo.

    Another of the world’s oldest professions that now catches some flak from the world’s newest crybabies: busking. If you have a talent, you can flaunt it for some cash in the street AND – better yet – make a bunch of people smile too!

    You doen’t have to be a wandering musician with a travel-sized guitar either; magic, acrobatics, juggling, flow, dance – anything that’s impressive enough to score a tip is worth the shot, and you can score some mean tips! (Believe it or not.)

    If the artisti di strada chooses the right location and is talented (or smiley) enough, there’s a pretty good chance they are making some dough! Enough to cover a day’s cost at least… You just need to know how to busk!

    Also, if you are a musician, you should look into giving lessons for work while travelling or even playing some low-key gigs at bars or hostels. It’s a good way to score a feed, and it’s certainly not a bad payoff for a few hours of jammin’!

    How Much Can You Earn?

    The resident in-house dirtbag busker on The Broke Backpacker team had this to say:

    “I’ve had $5/hour days, I’ve had $50/hour days; busking is large part luck, however, there is a hidden art and science to the craft.”

    18. Scuba Instructor

    A scuba instructor at work while travelling
    See some of the most amazing things the planet has to offer AND get paid for it!!

    Get paid for adventure. Underwater adventures no less!

    Becoming a certified scuba diver and instructor takes a bit of investment, but it can be one of the most fun ways to work and travel the world simultaneously. You need a handful of courses and certifications, as well as having logged in a certain amount of hours underwater yourself, and then the world is your… oyster. (Huehuehue.)

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

    Plus, y’know, dive for a living. Not bad, ‘ey?

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1000 – $4000 per month.

    19. Surf Instructor

    Surfing instructors in the waves - more jobs on the road
    Something like this.

    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.

    Plus, let’s be real… you’ll get laid. A lot.

    You won’t earn as much as a scuba instructor, but you’ll be getting paid to surf 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. Surf Travel Jobs is an excellent starting point.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $500 – $1500 per month.

    20. Buy A Place and Rent It

    A dude looking at a street of potential investment opportunites so he can make money wile travelling
    Rent your home back home and make money on the go!

    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).

    You can advertise your place on lots of different websites including Airbnb or one of the many excellent sites like 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 don’t even stay at their own place when they return to their hometown.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $600 – $2000 per month.

    21. Housesitting

    Some cute dogs - housesitting or how to travel for a living
    For travellers who like their travel to include furbabies.

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

    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. As far as travel work goes, this one comes highly recommended – it barely counts as working!

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • A free house!
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    22. Work as an Au Pair

    A kid waiting for his working travelling au pair
    Don’t find kids annoying? Then his may be the dream job for you.

    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, but if you are bubbly, happy, smiley and don’t mind cleaning up the misdirected poopoos, then there are plenty of little ones who need a lovely person like you to help take care of them.

    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 you’re volunteering in Europe. Being an au-pair is a pretty solid way to get paid to travel and live in a new country.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $0 – $5000 per month.

    23. Hostel Work

    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.

    Hostel work is one of the best-kept not-so-secret-secrets of the budget backpacking trade. 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.

    If they are looking for any “help”, they miiight pay a bit of cash, but more likely, you’ll 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 – not to mention free entry into the hostel life shenanigans is a pretty sweet dealer for a lone ranger looking for some buds.

    …And bud. 😉

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • Usually just a free stay. Maybe some weed money (or weed) if you’re lucky.

    24. Bar Work

    Me working my best job to have travelling
    Look at my big grin… good for getting tips!

    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). Alcoholics are everywhere and they need a charming face with a winning smile to pour their drinks dammit!

    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.

    Full disclosure though: the booze and babes of the graveyard shift are fun for a while, but a few too many staffies a few too many months later and you’ll find yourself stuck right in a classic backpacker trap. And hungover.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $800 – $2000 per month

    25. Become a Party Promoter/Brand Ambassador

    Party ambassadors: jobs where you travel (and party)
    Party. Animals.

    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. I’ve met someone who did this for a period; while the money wasn’t always hella tight, the nights of debauchery sure were!

    A good option to break into this field is Stoke Travel. Every year, Stoke Travel gives 100+ regular travellers the opportunity to work and travel by volunteering at events or doing internships in their Barcelona and Byron Bay Office.

    That’s right. Three square meals per day and unlimited booze. You’re basically travelling for free!

    For the right individual, this job promises to be helluva of a lot of fun. (Possibly, too much fun…?)

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • Free drinks – $1200
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    26. Seasonal Jobs

    work and travel seasonal jobs like these construction workers
    Look for seasonal jobs that fit your skills.

    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.

    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…

    Depending on the industry, you can end up both in some pretty off the beaten path destinations as well as touristed ones. Or both! The ski resorts in the summer trekking season is usually a much more peaceful vibe once all the loquacious Aussies have packed up shop.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1000 – $5000 per month

    27. Construction

    A construction worker - another best job for travelling and working anywhere
    Construction is a trade you can take anywhere.

    You can find construction work basically anywhere in the world, however, the right destinations (eg. Australia and New Zealand) pay a mean wage. If you’re operating above board that is.

    Otherwise, asking around for something more informal is usually the way to go. If you have construction experience, jump on those work exchange platforms for some cheap volunteering gigs.

    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. It’ll get you networked too – word of mouth carries!

    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. Also, insider tip: traffic controllers Down Under get paid an ungodly amount for literally doing nothing. They usually pick the cutest girl to man the stop sign though – yay, sexism!

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1200 – $3000 per month but hugely variable depending on your trade and skillset,

    28. Transport a Car or RV

    A car delivery driver - a job that requires travel
    Free transportation!

    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.

    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, but it’s worth it for a free and rocking RV road trip!

    Some transport companies that you may be able to score some delivery gigs with include:

    • Imoova is one of the biggest search platofrms for relocations.
    • Jucy has some nice opportunities on RVs.
    • Cars Arrive Auto Relocation is USA based and has some good options.
    • HitTheRoad.ca is a well-known Canadian company that offers mostly long-distance, one way, one trip driving contracts for cars.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • A free road trip!

    29. Professional Chef

    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 Worldpackers 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. Chefs are primadonnas. Get in and out of the hospo industry as quick as possible, amigos.

    If thou gaze too long into an abyss…

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1500 – $3000 per month

    30. Travel Nurse

    A - the best job for travel that pays well
    She may not look like a well-worn traveller, but you’d be surprised.

    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.

    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.

    Plus, you know, saving lives and all that jazz.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1500 – $4000 per month.

    31. Flight Attendant

    flight attendant - another job that requires travel
    That’s the shit-eating grin of someone scoring free flights

    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. It’s really the OG travel job (right after busker AKA a wandering minstrel).

    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.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1800 – $2500 per month

    32. New Zealand/Australia Work Visa

    A kangaroo photographed by a traveller working in the Outback in Australia
    “You hiring, bruz?”

    Not strictly a top travel job so much as a top place to find a job. Yes, the rumours you’ve heard are true: Australia does have an obscenely high minimum wage (as does New Zealand, albeit not as high).

    Depending on where you are from and if you are able, 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 hospitality, tourism, and agricultural fields. Come Down Under where you can travel and work for a year or maybe two!

    However, both New Zealand and Australia’s cost of living is high, so finding a job that provides you with both a room and food will net you some huge savings. The more remote you go, the better you will earn too. (Sheep shearers make BANK… and then blow it all on cocaine and meth…)

    Watch out though: not all Ozzies and Kiwis subscribe to the “mateship and fair go for all” mentality they’re known for. It’s not uncommon to get paid a fraction of that obscenely high minimum wage.

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1800 – $3500 per month

    33. Ski Resort Jobs

    Ski resort supplying seasonal work for travellers
    Teaching skiing is a great way to make money while travelling.

    While I mentioned resorts and seasonal gigs before, skiing deserves its own holler(back girl). Ski resorts are notorious for hiring travellers and often under the table. Ski resort gigs can be the best seasonal jobs for 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 travel friends along the way! Plus, there will always be the skiing/snowboarding perks which are obviously EPIC.

    You don’t have to be an instructor though. Many seasonal jobs in lodges or working the lifts are widely available. Oh, and the snowbum life is pretty hedonistic – it’s basically working, partying, and picking up Insta-brand vacayers between your shifts.

    Have fun!

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $1000 – $2000 per month.

    34. Tattoo Artist

    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!)

    Backpackers love to get tattoos on the road, so 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. What a way to work while travelling the world!

    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.

    Plus getting paid by people to inflict large amounts of bodily harm on them really isn’t too bad either!

    How Much Can You Earn?

    • $500 – $15000 per month (be prepared to adjust your rates to reflect the country you’re in – ain’t nobody stupid enough to pay $100+ an hour in Mexico).

    35. Join the Peace Corp

    peace corps - a travel job and lifestyle
    Less of a job and more of a commitment – the Peace Corps is pretty intense!

    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.

    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.

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    If you are going to be living and working outside of your home country, you really do need to think about getting health insurance. If you have an accident or get sick, then those hospital bills are going to completely nullify any money you’ve earned and saved.

    Now, there are numerous travel insurance companies fit for the purpose of work and travel. Our usual recommendation for globe-trotters is World Nomads (who do remain the gold standard), HOWEVER, there is a real solid option for long-term movers and particularly digital nomads.

    For long term cover, we recommend SafetyWing. They specialise in covering digital nomads and those working outside of their home country. It’s basically a subscription model – month to month payments – on international health insurance without the need to provide an itinerary.

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    Did You Find Your Dream Travel Job?

    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 and when needed, you’ll find a way.

    Not every travel job needs to be a career. Covering your living costs is a fantastic start, and all the skills and confidence will take you soooo much further in life than one simple job ever could.

    Taking a leap of faith on a new vocation on the road is fantastic. It’s a step outside of your comfort zone and right into the growth of travel. In many ways, that’s what it means to BE a broke backpacker.

    You don’t have to be broke to be a broke backpacker. Nay, being resourceful, willing, and kind-hearted with a good work ethic – that makes you more of a broke backpacker than holes in your undies and lack of consistent showering ever will.

    So get out there and work on the road! Start with a shit-kicker job. Then once you’ve levelled up appropriately (and with some ingenuity), you’ll find a job that involves travelling and where you get paid to travel and live in a new country. Then, you’re not just hunting for the best travel jobs anymore.

    No, that’s a travel career: a whole new adventure!

    A digital nomad works on the road from a mountaintop
    Let the games begin!

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