Some of the best travel jobs allow you to travel the world and earn a full-time income.
We’ve been on the move full time for the past 5+ years and now can’t imagine our lives stuck in 9 to 5 jobs.
If you wonder how to get a job travelling the world, or how to travel for free, we have you covered!
We went through all sorts of travel jobs and wanted to share with you some of the best options out there.
We decided to keep things slightly different and put together a list of the ten travel jobs almost anyone can get and start travelling the world.
Many travel jobs allow you to earn money while exploring the world, many of them, however, will require a lot of commitment and sacrifice.
If you wonder how can I travel and make money, this post covers all the best travel jobs.
Most if not all travel jobs fall into specific categories. You can distinguish here digital nomads, expat jobs and backpacker jobs.
Let’s look at them and see what category might suit you best.
In our opinion being a digital nomad is the best job one can have. You can work from any location around the world as long as you have good wifi.
It is not easy to become a digital nomad, and it doesn’t happen overnight.
Many people do not realise how much work digital nomads put in before they can make money and become successful.
Everyone sees amazing pictures plastered across all social media, but not everyone knows what it took to get there.
We think that being a Digital Nomad is the best and most flexible travel job one can have. We love being DN’s and all the work that comes with it.
If you think you want to become a Digital Nomad and start your blog, read our ‘how to start a travel blog’ guide.
I first became an expat in Ireland. After a few years, we both moved to Australia on a working holiday visa, before becoming DN’s.
Whether you are looking for travel jobs for nurses, teachers, nanny etc., you may live in one country for an extensive amount of time.
Expat jobs aren’t nomadic, yet there are some of the best paying travel jobs out for grabs.
If you want to learn more about our working holiday visa experiences and how to apply for them, we cover all the details in our Australia vs Canda WHV posts.
Backpacker travel jobs
Another job category we can relate to.
We’ve gone through a hotel, hostel, bar work, traffic control, horse farms, … you name it.
These kinds of jobs allow you to make money when travelling and you do not need a lot of experience for the job.
We found a lot of work placements that suited our lifestyle at the time. We found backpacker jobs to be perfect travel jobs for couples.
It’s generally effortless to get a backpacker job if you need a bit of extra cash.
DN, expat or backpacker jobs include some of the best employment options.
So if you are tired of your 9-5 job and lacking ideas of travel jobs you could do, this list is for you.
We decided to change our lives a few years ago and can’t be happier with the decision. Although our journey wasn’t all easy, there’s no point where we look back and regret our choices.
Although moving to a new country can be scary, one of the biggest regrets we hear from people over the years is that they stayed in the same place and didn’t travel.
They get stuck in a job or “get comfortable” as people would say.
Don’t make the same mistake, and if you want to explore what is out there, go for it and enjoy the experience.
Landing a job while travelling the world at the same time can be pretty easy.
It is all a perspective and the way you see things, not others. So if your friends and family are telling you not to do it, don’t listen to them and follow your heart instead.
Let’s begin our list of the best travel jobs in 2019
1. Earn money blogging while exploring the world
This might seem crazy, and a lot of people who blog gave up to quick without realising the potential blogging has to offer.
Let us tell you, blogging is not the easiest job, but if you want to set your own rules and be your boss, this option is the best.
We love our lifestyles and are delighted to have travel jobs for couples that earn good money.
It is not easy, and there is a lot of work, sweat and sacrifice involved in the entire process, but once you start seeing the results, you won’t look back.
It is very easy to start a blog, but many people give up too quickly and decide it’s not for them.
If you wonder ‘How can I travel and make money blogging?’ the income comes from several different sources.
Affiliate marketing, ads placed on our blog, e-book sales etc., they all bring a decent income on our blog.
When you are starting, it might be hard to realise how you can make money online, but once you start getting the first payments into your account, you quickly understand just how much potential there is.
If you are unsure how to get started, read our post on how to start a successful travel blog.
2. Work teaching English
If you want to teach English in a foreign country, you most likely will require to have an appropriate certification like TEFL.
Teaching English doesn’t have to be location-specific, and you can teach from almost every corner of the world via Skype.
There’s a lot of volunteering options out there too.
If you are passionate and don’t mind volunteering instead of trying to earn teaching rich kids, you might not only help communities but in the process find something that adds fulfilment to your inner self.
3. Work at ski resorts
4. Rent your own space and travel the world
Instead of trying to find a suitable travel job, you might rent out your space on Airbnb and spend your income travelling the world.
If you have a small apartment or a large house, you can always list it and earn a decent income from it.
We recently travelled to New York and managed to get a lovely 3-bed ground floor apartment in a house.
The house, divided into three floors and rented out separately makes $450 a night!
If you want to become a host, we recently put together a great guide on how to become an Airbnb host.
If you want to experience Airbnb and stay in a unique place, get $55 off your first booking with Airbnb and learn some great tips.
5. Work on a cruise ship or a sailing boat
We did consider this option ourselves at one stage.
If you have a hospitality background, it is usually pretty straightforward to land a job on a cruise ship.
Your accommodation, food, transportation costs are all covered by the cruise company, so all you have to do is work and earn money while also travelling to some exotic destinations.
That being said, you are not guaranteed you will be able to spend much time exploring some of the excellent places the boat gets to.
The great thing about getting a job on a cruise ship is that there is always a variety of positions available.
As long as you have the right experience, you can get your dream job and travel the world.
6. Become an instructor
Be it yoga instructor, gym instructor, scuba diving instructor or even something as crazy as a photography instructor.
If you are good at what you are doing, chances are someone needs your service.
Think about all the destinations where you can go and teach yoga or show people how to take quality pictures.
You can not only create your course and set your price but also decide on the location you want it to happen.
Think about a location and google what services they have that you can be a part of and add to the experience.
The opportunities are there, and all you need to do is go and find them.
7. Become a Vlogger, YouTuber or Instagram influencer
It is not hard to pick up your phone and start vlogging.
A lot of vloggers do not earn any income for a good while after just starting.
You don’t have to limit yourself, and as long as you are an expert in your field, you can easily share your knowledge via YouTube or Instagram.
Being it beauty hacks, health/ nutrition advice, or you are merely creative, funny and have something interesting to say; you can become successful.
YouTube can quickly become your source of income when travelling the world and sharing your experience with others.
If your thing is pictures, become Instagrammer.
Companies love Instagram, and they are paying influencers with a large following to come to their destination, hotel or tour and take photos.
You can make a great living as an Instagrammer by posting your photos through brand ambassadorships, sponsored posts or giveaways.
8. Become a house or pet sitter
You can’t even imagine how many people struggle to find suitable sitters for their homes and pets.
Save on accommodation costs and earn money while staying at someone else’s home!
You get the entire place for yourself and at the same time explore the location like a local.
It adds to the experience, staying at one place for longer and being able to explore it truly.
We housesit in Australia and not only had a free accommodation close to a beach but also got to explore some of the best off beaten track places.
There are a lot of people searching for the right sitters to come and look after their place. And it could be you!
We can’t hide that its easier to land this kind of ‘travel jobs’ for couples. People tend to trust you more like a couple for some reason.
9. Work at bars and restaurants
Seriously it can’t get easier than this.
As long as you have some general knowledge of how things work, you can quickly learn to wait or to bartend.
We went through a fair amount of this kind of jobs before deciding that its time to move on.
Funny thing, Steve was fired from an Irish bar in Mandurah, Australia by not collecting glasses seriously enough!
How serious can you take that kind of job anyway if you are there to earn and move on…
On the other hand, if you are a skilled bartender who makes great cocktails, you are most likely going to get well paid.
10. Sell stuff
Sell timeshares, electricity, jewellery, swimwear, etc.
You can work in any sales job as long as you have a positive attitude and are not afraid of hearing ‘no’ over and over again.
Many travel jobs are related to sales being it online via your e-shop or having a physical, location-specific shop.
These are quite popular travel jobs for those who are business-savvy and know how to sell items.
If you are a good photographer, you can travel the world, take pictures and sell them online.
The potential is limitless!
Here are some popular websites to find travel jobs:
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Steve and Sabina
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