When I mention to people that I’m a digital nomad, they believe that I have somehow unlocked the magical golden gate that allows me to get paid to travel.
Their eyes glimmer with enthusiasm and hope because they also want to be a digital nomad.
They dream about a life where they can travel at-will while still earning money, but they can’t seem to figure out how to get paid to travel themselves.
I mean, you have to be a programming genius or travel blogger to make money while traveling, right?
Umm … actually, nope.
The truth is that there are numerous ways to get paid to travel. The possibilities are endless as long as you keep your skills sharp and use a little creativity along the way.
To help inspire you, we put together this list of 52 ways to get paid to travel.
Before you dive in, though, be sure to check out our packing list for digital nomads to help you prepare for what to bring on your journey around the world.
Ok, introductions officially over!
Here it is: 52 ways you can get paid to travel ….
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Online Jobs You Can Do While Traveling
Anyway, here are some popular online jobs that pay you while you are traveling:
1. Online English Teaching
Teaching English online is definitely the quickest way to get started with a digital nomad life (not to mention one of the most popular ways to get paid to travel).
Why is it so popular?
Well, you can make $20+ per hour fully remotely from anywhere in the world, and you can start earning in as soon as a week!
Most of the time you are tutoring kids in English, but sometimes you will also work with adults.
VIPKid is a popular online English teaching program.
To qualify, you need to have at least:
- a bachelor’s degree,
- eligibility to work in the US or Canada,
- and at least 1 year of teaching experience.
If this is you, then click here to learn more about applying for a teaching position.
If you don’t have the experience yet, then we’ll talk later on how to get that teaching experience.
2. Customer Service
Remote work for customer service is becoming more and more common these days.
Popular remote companies like Later and HelpScout often have customer service roles that can be done remotely. You often help customers with software issues, troubleshooting, and helping them understand products better.
The one downside is that this kind of role usually means the company wants you to work certain hours in certain time zones, so it’s not always the best option if you want to travel the world. You may end up working weird hours or having to settle to only traveling in a certain part of the world.
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Flexjobs is a job posting site dedicated solely to remote-friendly work (read our full FlexJobs Review here). It’s the go-to jobs board for digital nomads. And you’ll get a discount if you use our code SAVE30.
Click here to learn more.
3. Podcast Editor
I don’t know about you, but it feels like a new podcast series is coming out every day. This is good news though if you know anything about audio editing.
Podcasts need editors to help with post-production. All you need to be successful in this role is a laptop, headphones, WiFi, and audio editing software (there are plenty of free options).
You can even expand on this and offer show notes as part of your services. Show notes are basically the blog version of a podcast episode and can include resources mentioned in the show. Sometimes they are a transcript of the show or covers only the highlights.
4. Video Editor
Video marketing is a huge deal for businesses. 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day. A lot of businesses and influencers are cashing in on this trend which means a lot of them are looking for great video editors.
Being able to edit the footage to tell a story is a much-needed skill, and businesses are willing to pay for it.
Since you’re not filming, you don’t need to be on-location for this role. Video editing is a job that can easily be done abroad.
Behind every online business is a great bookkeeper. A bookkeeper basically keeps track of the income and expenses of a business.
You don’t necessarily need to be an accountant to do this role, but you’re going to need to know the best accounting practices. An eye for detail and accurate data entry are going to be important skills to succeed.
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Recruiters help mediate companies and people to find the right person for the right job.
Sometimes you can find companies hiring for recruiters in a remote role. However, you can become a remote searcher.
It’s basically stalking, I mean, searching, online to find people who may be the right fit for a job. If you do find someone, then you can interview them using Skype.
You don’t need to do this job in-person or in an office. It can all be done remotely.
7. Online Business Manager (OBM)
Online business management falls into a wide variety of tasks. A lot of people confuse OBMs and VAs, but they have different responsibilities (We’ll talk more about VAs further down in the post!).
Responsibilities can include things like hiring and managing a team, setting up systems and processes, project management, landing & sales page creation, scheduling, social media management, and other things needed to keep a business running.
Basically, if you love organizing and automating tasks, then this could be your dream job. It’s also possible to do this remotely and make money traveling.
8. Community Manager
Community management is basically monitoring a community and ensuring everything is following guidelines.
Facebook groups are big business these days, and Facebook group management is a popular service. Community managers help approve posts and new members, enforce rules, and engage with the group.
Community management can also be regulating a company’s social media accounts. You could respond to comments and direct messages from customers.
Knowing how to handle an angry client is a great problem-solving skill to have if you want to do community management.
9. Digital Marketing Specialist
There are many facets of digital marketing including SEO (search engine optimization), PPC (pay per click) ads, social media ads, email marketing, social media marketing, and more. Every company needs digital marketing if they want to succeed.
Learning digital marketing skills can help you find clients. If you want to be successful as a freelance digital marketer, then you will need to niche down your services.
If someone is looking for help with Facebook ads, then choosing someone who is specifically a Facebook ads specialist is more desirable than someone who also does email marketing and SEO.
10. Pinterest Manager
Pinterest management is actually a highly competitive skill, and companies will pay a lot to see results on this platform. People who need Pinterest management services include eCommerce companies and bloggers.
Tasks include scheduling pins, joining group boards, creating pin graphics and captions, curation of boards, and SEO optimization (Yup, Pinterest is basically a huge search engine like Google).
There are a lot of online courses and articles about Pinterest marketing, so it’s easy to find resources on how to successfully use Pinterest for business.
11. Social Media Manager
Social media management is one of the most popular online skills. After all, pretty much every business needs to be on social media, and it’s easy to find new clients and pitch them your services.
Social media management is more than just posting every once in a while though. You can get higher-paying clients if you understand hashtag strategy, writing engaging captions, photo editing, and social analytics.
Popular platforms for social media management include Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (those links are to Travel Lemming’s profiles by the way – why not hit that follow button as long as your here?).
12. Web Designer
Let’s get one thing clear:
A web designer is not the same as a web developer.
Usually, web design refers to only the layout and design of a web page and doesn’t always include building out the website on platforms like WordPress.
A web designer should know how to make a website functional and easy to use while still maintaining as aesthetic appeal. Since every business should have a website, this is a freelance position that can bring in lots of work.
13. Online Psychologist
If you’re trained in counseling or psychology, then you can consider giving your services online.
Apps like BetterHelp allow you to connect with people who need your services without heading to an office.
You could also offer video and email counseling sessions. If you go this route, you will want to assure potential clients that you are a person who is credited to offer counseling services.
14. Music Instructor
Want to teach your music lessons on the road? It’s totally possible to get paid to travel doing this.
You could offer music lessons over video.
I know of a woman who offers violin lessons in an online course. There are recorded lessons and live events to practice and get feedback.
Her business gives her location independence while still working in a field that she loves. And she’s getting paid to travel through it all!
You can offer similar services as long as you have WiFi access that covers live video streaming.
15. Personal Trainer
You don’t need a gym to be a personal trainer. You can run your own online programs to guide people through fitness and nutrition.
An online personal trainer usually will offer personalized training programs for the person to do on their own time. They offer check-ins and are available for any questions or feedback about the training program.
Some people also offer nutrition programs and support. This type of personal training can be done all online which means you can travel and make money.
Coaching seems to be one of the more popular online businesses in the world. There are a variety of different coaches from a life coach, business coach, mindset coach, and more (I’ve even heard of a relationship coach).
A coach is someone who guides you through various developments and works on your strengths.
You don’t need an office for this position since coaching calls can be held over video streaming programs like Zoom or Skype.
A consultant is an expert in a certain field and offers their expertise to businesses.
There are various consultant positions depending on your expertise. There are marketing consultants, organizational consultants, launch consultants, hiring consultants, and more.
Often you may be able to find remote consulting jobs, but you could also offer your expertise remotely as a freelancer.
Take your art on the road by offering illustrations. Illustrators sell their work to magazines, independent brands, and more.
You might see more success if you have an agent or work with an illustration agency, but you can find clients on your own time too.
Your art studio can fit in your travel backpack, and you can travel and make money this way.
19. Graphic Designer
Graphic design can lead to lots of deliverables like websites, brands, logos, books, brochures, and other printed marketing materials.
Businesses need graphic designers, and this is another job that can easily be done remotely while traveling.
You don’t need a formal education in graphic design to be successful. There are a lot of online courses and programs to help you gain design skills and learn how to use PhotoShop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
eCommerce is an online store where people can buy products from you. Dropshipping is similar, except the retailer doesn’t keep the products in stock. Instead, a manufacturer has it and delivers it to the customer on your behalf.
A dropshipping model means you can focus more on marketing and customer service.
Opening an online store seems daunting, but if you are willing to put in the effort to research the market and sell the right products, then this could be a great option to make money and travel.
21. Etsy Entrepreneur
Etsy is a place where homemade or vintage products get sold.
You could open up your own shop within the Etsy website and sell products. If you want to be nomadic, then you will want to sell digital products.
A digital product is something that the customer can download and use. Some examples include printable wall art, coloring book pages, knitting patterns, planners, budget spreadsheets, invitation templates, greeting cards, and more.
This could be one way to travel and earn money.
22. Web Developer
Web development is a classic remote job. Creating web applications is much-needed in the workforce.
You could find remote jobs, but if you want more flexibility to travel, then you could also freelance as a web developer.
If you don’t have a programming background, then there are a lot of free or cheap classes to see if it’s a good fit for you.
If you’re lucky enough to have fluency in more than one language, then consider doing translation work.
Businesses need to translate their content into local language to better reach their audience. You could translate anything from blog posts to technical manuals.
Even if you don’t want to work strictly in translation, there are a lot of remote positions that benefit from people who know many languages due to the various locations of a business. Flex your language skills and let them help you get a remote job.
Freelance writing is another common digital nomad job because there are many ways to use writing skills as a way to work and travel. You could work remotely for an agency or find businesses that need your services.
Some copywriters like to specialize in niches. For example, writing only for real estate or technology companies.
Others like to specialize in a specific form of content like blog post writing, podcast notes, or email funnels. The possibilities are endless!
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25. Copy Editor
Get out your red marker because this is another opportunity to travel while making money. If you think the book “The Elements of Style” is the greatest book ever written, then you might thrive in a copy editing position.
Clients can be writers, students, agencies, businesses, and authors who need their documents edited or proofread.
You honestly only need a laptop and WiFi to complete this kind of work.
One way to travel and earn money is by starting a blog. Blogs earn money through ads or affiliate links.
A successful blog isn’t necessarily about your personal life but rather focused on a particular subject that people want to read.
It may seem like the easiest option is to start a travel blog, but you can start blogs in other subjects too. Blogs can center around food, personal development, fashion, health & fitness, or whatever you happen to be passionate about.
27. Affiliate Marketing
If you have an online audience, then you can utilize affiliate marketing. If you refer your friend to a product and they purchase it, then you get a commission for the referral (it’s a major way that this site makes money!).
You can use blogging, YouTube videos, or social media to share products and make money from purchases.
This is definitely a long-term strategy and you need a large audience to make a significant amount of income. You have to be dedicated to the content you create and promoting items that you know your audience will actually enjoy.
28. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant (VA) normally does administrative tasks for a business. There are a lot of tasks that a virtual assistant can do including managing calendars, email management, preparing reports and invoices, customer service, and more.
There are even some VAs that are more specialized and offer services like blog writing and social media management.
If you ever worked a job where you supported a business in an administrative capacity, then you should look into becoming a virtual assistant.
29. Software Development
We talked about web developers earlier, but software developers are a little different. Software developers make things like Spotify or Gmail run properly.
However, web and software development are similar in the sense that it’s more likely to find remote jobs in this field.
Even though software developers are common in the digital nomad community, it’s hard to get remote jobs. Not only do you need excellent programming skills, but you also need to work with a team remotely.
30. Branding Strategist
Branding is more than a logo; it also includes brand positioning, goals, tone of voice, strategy, and visual collaterals like logos, colors, and visual identity. It’s like a mixture of design and strategy for a brand.
You may work with start-ups or existing brands to create a brand that matches their company and appeals to their audience.
You could travel and make money this way. Simply make all of your consultations over the phone, and you can have a nomadic lifestyle.
31. Content Marketing
Content marketing is a specific kind of marketing that aims to create and share content meant for a certain audience. It involves various mediums like blog posts, videos, social media, infographics, and more.
The idea is to create content that an audience wants to see and will interact with online.
You could specialize in content marketing in either creation, strategy, or both. Content marketing is a growing field, and there are many ways to do this work remotely.
32. Sell Courses
Many people like courses because it gives them passive income. I’ve seen everything from productivity hacks, how to write web copy, and organizing your business.
Courses are usually offered online with videos, workbooks, or audio for you to learn the material. You could offer these types of courses yourself or put them on platforms like Udemy to share and earn money there.
So if you are skilled in one area and can teach it in an online course, that’s one way to travel and earn money.
Creating courses is easy with Thrive Apprentice, a WordPress plugin that let’s you create and sell courses directly from your blog or website.
Or if you really want to go the easy way, making a course with Teachable is the fastest way to get set up (though of course they take a cut).
Tip: Most of these positions can be done as a freelancer, but if you’re more comfortable looking for a remote job, then you should check out FlexJobs.
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Getting Paid to Travel By Working in the Travel Industry
Working online isn’t the only way to get paid to travel.
You can also find a career path that naturally lends itself towards travel by working in the travel industry. Here are some ways to earn money while traveling that you might not have considered:
33. Sell Tours
I once met a guy who was traveling South America in a van. He paid for his travels by stopping in popular tourist destinations for a few months to sell tours. Each tour he sold gave him a commission which he would save for traveling.
This job worked for him because he knew multiple languages including Spanish and English which made it easy for him to talk to tourists and the locals. After a few months of working, he would be on the road again to continue his trip through South America.
34. Open a Hostel
In Albania, I learned that most hostels there are only open for the summer and close during the winter because there were no tourists. One of the hostel owners took advantage of this and spent the winter months traveling on the money earned by running a hostel during the summer months. It’s a great option if you want to travel for only part of the year and still have a home base.
35. Travel Agent
If nothing makes you happier than planning the perfect trip, then you should consider becoming a travel agent.
Travel agents make money with commissions on the arrangements they book.
Some people might think travel agents are on the road to extinction. The Internet makes it easy to research and plan your own trips, but people still enjoy the luxury of getting someone else to do it for them.
Most travel agent contractors work for a host agency, especially if you are just starting out. You can work in specific areas like cruises, Japan tourism, or family vacations.
36. Cruise Ships
Joining a cruise ship line is one way to earn money while traveling. Since cruise ships schedule varies by season, you will get offered a contract for a certain amount of time (Princess Cruise offers 4-10 month contracts).
Since a cruise ship is always running, you will probably end up working every day with the possibility of long hours.
However, it’s still possible to visit the ports of your cruise route and enjoy exploring just like the tourists. You essentially get paid to travel and visit cool new places.
37. Yacht Help
Some yachts often need help to run. If you have any experience sailing or with engineering, then you may want to look into working for a yacht.
One place that you might want to start looking at if you want to join a sailing crew is CrewSeekers. There are lots of opportunities from around the world, and you can get paid to travel and move yachts to a different port.
38. Flight Attendant
Becoming a flight attendant is one way to see the world. Keep in mind that you will work weird hours and have to deal with flight delays and cancellations.
I once met an Australian flight attendant who would work non-stop for weeks and then have lots of time off for traveling. Even while working, you could possibly have long layovers in a new city to explore. It’s like you get paid to travel to a new destination.
Obviously the biggest perk is the airline discount. It’s not exactly free, but you save a ton of money on international flights by having an employee discount. You can even get discounts for a travel partner.
Working in a hostel is usually a work exchange situation (which I’ll talk more about later), but it can be a convenient way to save some money while traveling.
The most requested jobs at hostels I see is a receptionist. You’ll check-in and check-out guests and take care of any issues they may have.
You could also get seasonal jobs at hotels. Often during peak season, hotels need to hire more staff to accommodate the influx of tourists. It’s a great temporary job, and if you’re smart with your money, you could save up to travel once the high season is over.
Learning how to make a good alcoholic drink during college could actually turn into a useful skill to make money and travel.
Just like working in a hostel or hotel, this could be a work exchange or temporary job position. If you enjoy making drinks and tending the bar, then could be a great way to save or earn money while traveling.
41. Tour Guide
If you know more than one language and love learning about a city’s history and culture, then you may want to consider becoming a tour guide.
People love taking city tours in their native language, so if you’re in Hungary and can offer a tour in Spanish of all the best things to do in Budapest, then look for tour guide companies who may be looking for that language and people skills.
It’s also a great way to meet other travelers.
42. Sell Street Food
I met a couple in Guatemala who funded their travels by selling street food. They would spend their mornings making empanadas and sell them on the street in the evening for a profit.
This strategy would probably only work in countries where there are no regulations on food service.
Still, if you have great cooking skills and access to a kitchen, this could be a way for you to make money while you travel.
43. Yoga Instructor
Yoga instructors who know English are needed in places like Chiang Mai, a popular digital nomad destination.
There are also a lot of work exchange options where you trade yoga classes for accommodation or food.
However, staying in one location may not be what you have in mind.
The good news is that you don’t need to teach yoga in-person to earn money from it. I know someone who had a successful online yoga business and taught classes with video calling programs like Zoom.
44. Scuba Diver Instructor
I once heard of a guy who spent the winter months as a scuba diver instructor in places like southeast Asia and Australia and then spent the summer back in the U.K. working as a paramedic.
If you can teach a skill and take up job offers abroad, then this is a fun way to get paid while exploring new places (and oceans).
Volunteer Instead of Getting Paid to Travel
45. House Sitting
House sitting is one way to travel. You don’t necessarily make money, but you do get free accommodation which is almost better.
House sitting means that you live at a property and take care of it while the owners are away. This could involve cleaning, garden and lawn maintenance, and any other tasks that may be needed.
There are a lot of websites to help you find house sitting jobs, but the most popular one by far is Trusted Housesitters.
You normally have to pay to sign up, but you can offset the costs by saving money on accommodation when you get a house sitting gig.
For more information on how to get started, check out our Ultimate Guide to Housesitting.
46. Pet Sitting
Pet sitting is just like house sitting with the additional responsibility of taking care of pets.
Owners prefer to keep their pets at home instead of putting their pets in an animal boarding center. You could be taking care of dogs, cats, horses, and other animals.
It’s a fun option to get free accommodation and spend time with some adorable animals.
Just like house sitting, there are websites to help facilitate these exchange jobs. It’s a paid membership, but in the long run, you will save a lot of money on accommodation.
47. Volunteer/Exchange Programs
Volunteer or exchange programs are usually offering services in exchange for room and board. One popular position is to volunteer to work at a hostel and then the hostel will give you a free bed.
This isn’t a way to make money traveling as much as it is to save money, but it will still have an effect on your wallet at the end of the day.
There are several websites that you can sign up for to start doing exchange work. Some of the more popular ones are:
48. Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is a volunteer program that is run by the US government. here are volunteer positions in over 60 countries, and you could work in fields like agriculture, education, health, and more.
It’s a two-year program that covers the costs of travel with a living and housing stipend during your volunteer time. It’s a great opportunity to volunteer, gain work experience, and learn more about a country’s culture.
Learn more about the volunteer positions here.
Work Abroad and Get Paid While Traveling
49. In-Person English Teaching
Teaching English abroad is one way to earn money while traveling. Popular countries to teach English include Thailand and South Korea, although you could find many opportunities in different countries.
Check out Dave’s ESL Cafe to check out the international job boards to see if there is anything that piques your interest.
Qualifications vary with different positions, but generally speaking, you may need a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate, be a native English speaker, have a bachelor’s degree, or have some teaching experience.
50. Au Pair
An au pair is similar to a nanny except there is a cultural exchange involved instead of a traditional salary. An au pair helps with housework or childcare in exchange for room, board, and a personal allowance.
An au pair opportunity will let you live in a foreign country for a year and get involved in learning the local language and culture.
It’s not always an easy world if you end up with a host family that you don’t like. Remember to interview host families the same way they are interviewing you.
51. Study Abroad
If you’re still a student, then studying abroad is one way to satisfy your wanderlust while also getting valuable educational experience.
Study abroad programs might seem like an extra expense, but there are ways to make it more affordable without taking an additional student loan.
If you’re eligible, you could use financial aid to pay for it. You should also see if there are any scholarships, grants, or fellowships available.
Another way to offset costs is to choose a cheap country to spend your semester.
With a little creativity, you could easily spend a few months abroad.
52. Working Holiday Visas
There are a few countries that allow foreign citizens to work in their countries.
For U.S. citizens, a couple of countries that allow this are Australia and New Zealand. For both countries, you need to be 18-30 years old and the work visa will last for at least 12 months.
If you’re a student or recently graduated, then you can also look into going to Singapore, South Korea, and Ireland.
Getting a work visa in a different country depends on your citizenship, so you should do your own research on what work visas might be available to you.
Tips on How to Get Paid to Travel
How can I learn online skills that will help me travel?
Maybe you already know that freelancing is the best option for you to travel the world full-time. After all, it does give you full control of your schedule and you can go wherever the wind takes you (as long as there’s WiFi).
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to do coding to work remotely. There are a lot of skills that you already have that can be transferred to remote work.
Even if you still think you don’t have what it takes, you should consider learning new skills. You can find anything you need to know with a quick Google search.
How do I get started freelancing?
Even though some people thrive on buying a one-way ticket to Thailand with only $100 in their bank account, it’s not the right choice for everyone. However, if that’s you, then go for it. You have my permission to buy that one way ticket.
Start by taking it slow with a side-hustle and make sure that you love what you are doing. There’s no sense in jumping from a corporate job you hate to a freelance business that you hate. We’re trying to make your dream life happen here.
Some people choose to save up enough money to live in a cheap place like Bali for 3 months while they start freelancing and earning a stable income.
There’s no one answer that is right for everyone. You’ll have to decide what you are most comfortable with to get started freelancing.
How do I find a remote job that will pay me to travel?
If you don’t want the flexibility of freelancing or prefer to have coworkers somewhere in the world, then a remote job is the next best thing to make money while traveling.
Remote jobs are pretty competitive since they may also have additional benefits that make them lucrative. It’s not impossible, but you should be prepared to work a little harder to get a remote job compared to a traditional office job.
I started my digital nomad journey with a remote job that I found on Indeed. However, there are a lot of specific online job boards that focus purely on remote jobs.
Here’s a few of them:
How do I know which is the best option for me?
As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities to get paid to travel.
Even though this list contains 52 different ways to make money while traveling, there are a lot more ways to make the digital nomad life happen for you.
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