Travel the world AND make money at the same time. Sounds pretty sweet doesn’t it?
It’s a common dream of a lot of people, which is why in this post I will try to answer a popular question. How can I make money while travelling? I have put together a list with the top 10 ways in which you can have a flexible income while travelling, with links to useful resources.
1. Teach English, or any other language really!
This may sound really simple but there is actually a really high demand for English teachers around the world, the pay is usually good and the hours flexible. If you’re not a native English speaker you can teach your own language, in big international cities there will always be someone that wants you to teach them Italian / Spanish / French / Insert whatever language it is you speak here. You can also use websties like iTalki to teach your native language online.
2. Other language related jobs
While we’re talking about languages, there are plenty of jobs that you can find for example on Europe Language Jobs They are a specialized job board for multilinguals, which offer jobs all over Europe. Whatever European destination it is you want to travel to, there probably is a company looking for someone who speaks your language!
3. Teach a sport!
This will also sound odd but if there is any sport you are particularly good at, be it skiing, scuba diving, surfing, or any other activity that is popular at tourist destinations, they will probably need someone to teach it! I was surprised when I went to Thailand to find out that all the scuba diving instructors were European. It’s also a really fun way to make some money if you’re into that sport!
4. If you love kids you can become au pair!
Being an Au Pair might not be for everyone, but if you love kids, you can make money looking after someone else’s! You obviously have to spend quite a bit of time with the children, but you will also get time off to explore the country you are living in. And usually besides a salary they’ll also provide you with accommodation and food.
5. Do some volunteering!
Ok technically this doesn’t make you money, but usually these jobs can involve accommodation and food, so you’ll be saving money, and you’ll be able to travel for longer. With the added extra that you’re doing something good. There are plenty of websites out there that enable you to find volunteer opportunities, that don’t require you to spend money on it like large global organizations, who then keep a large cut for organisation costs. Some of the best are Grass Roots Volunteering which is the best for small-scale local volunteering, and WorkAway also has great initiatives.
6. Be a tour guide
This might often involve longer term commitments, however it’s also a great way to combine a love of travel with work.
7. Seasonal jobs
These are obviously super varied, and can range from a skiing season in a mountain resort, or working on a boat in summer, or anything similar! Wherever there is a big tourist season, there will also always be demand for temporary labour. Just make sure you get to the destination before the tourist season starts to secure your job.
8. Become a bartender or waiter
In tourist destinations there will always be restaurants and bars, which will always need more staff in busy tourist seasons. It also helps if you speak more languages, most people speak English these days but if you speak another European language you can help a restaurant or bar accommodate for more tourists.
9. Become a promoter
This one is very popular in party destinations, be it Greek islands, Spanish beaches or the Australian coast. It’s very popular amongst travellers, as long as you like being around people and have decent people skills it can also be fun! The pay is usually dependent on sales, which can be an extra incentive to work harder!
10. Work in a hostel
If you know you’ll be in a specific place for long enough this can be a good one. There are lots of different things you could do, ranging from helping at reception, to housekeeping. It might not pay much it will usually involve free accommodation, which means you save money which you can then spend on travelling for longer!
These are just a few of the options available for people looking to make money while travelling. Obviously they are not the only ones, and these type of jobs might not be for everyone either. If you have a specific set of skills or qualifications, and want a more traditional, better paying office job and just want to move abroad to do it, that is also possible, it might just be harder to achieve.
By writing this piece I just wanted to give you some examples of jobs out there that can allow you to make money while travelling. It’s not impossible! So I hope you found it useful and it makes you want to travel more! Do you travel and earn money at the same time? Let me know how in the comments below! Also, I know not everybody can quit their jobs to travel the world, which is why I’ve put together a video and post giving some advice on how you can travel more when you have a 9-5 job, check it out here!
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