Remote work is on the rise, and jobs that let you travel are becoming more sought after. If you’re ready to ditch your boring 9 to 5 and start working from anywhere in the world, here’s a list of the best jobs that allow you to travel and make money abroad.
To find the best travel jobs to make money traveling, you don’t need to become a freelancer or digital nomad. You could also choose to work from one foreign location (for example, as an English teacher), or choose a job where travel is part of your work (such as a flight attendant, tour guide, or cruise ship attendant).
Many people are seeking out remote work for more opportunities and a better work/life balance. A recent workforce report predicts that 36.2 million Americans will be fully remote by 2025 – which is an increase of 16.8 million people since the pandemic.
There’s never been a better time to find a job that lets you work and travel!
THE BEST JOBS INVOLVING TRAVEL
Writer, copywriter, and content creator jobs
One of the best jobs that allows you to travel is being a writer. Whether you’re a freelancer or employed by a remote work company, writing jobs can pay seriously good money so you can work and travel around the world easily.
I started my business from scratch in 2016 as a freelance blog writer. Even though I had no experience, I was earning $350 for an article within 3 months. After 6 months, I was earning up to $500 an article (for 1,000 words).
I moved from being a general freelance writer to becoming a specialist business copywriter – which meant I could earn even more and have a bit more free time.
How much you want (or need) to earn per month depends on how much free time you’d like, and where you want to live and travel to. Places like South East Asia are cheap to travel through, so you won’t be under as much pressure to write all day.
Popular remote writing jobs include:
- Travel blogger
- Content creator
- Business writer
Online English teacher
One of the most popular jobs that allow you to travel and earn money is teaching English. You could either travel abroad and work at a school, or simply sign up to an online platform and start your virtual teaching career.
Being an online English teacher means you’ll need to be proficient at both written and spoken Emnglish. While there are many options out there for you to start teaching with no experience, most online platforms require you to have some sort of qualification, such as a degree or TEFL certification. The TEFL certification is globally recognized, and will help you develop a solid foundation for teaching students.
You’ll also need to be familiar with video chat software such as Skype or Zoom to run your teaching classes. Typical lessons are 30 minutes to 60 minutes in length.
There are numerous sites where you can sign up to teach people of all ages how to speak and write in English. The largest global online teaching company is VIP Kid, where you can sign up to start teaching right away.
Virtual assistant (VA)
A virtual assistant another excellent job for anyone that’s looking to work remotely. You can work from literally anywhere in the world, with just a laptop and wifi.
VAs help all types of businesses, from solo business owners to large companies, helping to manage day to day tasks and keep things organized. You can work as a freelance VA and be your own boss, or work for a company and get paid a regular salary.
You could become a social media assistant who writes and schedules posts, a personal VA who handles appointments, client bookings, and calendar management, or any other type of assistant role that can be done online.
Often seen as one of the most glamorous jobs in the world, becoming a flight attendant is one of the most obvious jobs that allows you to work and travel.
While you don’t need any experience, you’ll have to pass interviews and the required training (including CPR and other emergency training). Plus, you’ll need to be mentally and physically fit and healthy – and tall enough to put bags in the overhead lockers!
Flight attendants start out working on local or short-haul flights before moving on to long haul flights and all the exotic travel destinations that the world has to offer. The salary is competitive, there are great perks and benefits, and you’ll get plenty of time off to go exploring and shopping.
While this is a great job, it has its obvious downsides. Jet lag, long hours, rude passengers (and vomiting passengers!) can all take the shine off being a flight attendant. If you can cope with those minor setbacks, becoming a flight attendant is an incredible career that will let you see the world and get paid well at the same time.
If you’ve got an eye for a good photo, you can work on location and sell your pictures to magazines, news sites, advertising agencies, stock image sites like Shutterstock, and more. You could also be a freelance traveling photographer for things like events or weddings.
There are great opportunities for photographers to earn money while traveling. You could even create an online course teaching photography, or take other aspiring photographers to amazing places while you travel, to help them get the shots of a lifetime.
Cruise ship attendant
Want to live on a luxury cruise ship, travel the world, and get paid for it? It sounds too good to be true, but it’s a job that’s fun, pays well, and doesn’t require any experience to get started.
There are all sorts of jobs available on cruise ships, such as deckhands, chefs, entertainers, musicians, waiters, and bartenders. If you love the ocean and want to travel all over the world by sea while you meet new and diverse people from different backgrounds, a cruise ship job might be what you’re looking for.
You’ll be rewarded with a good salary, free room and food, and large blocks of vacation time. Cruise ships depart from ports in almost every country, so you’ll have an opportunity to see some of the best places in the world while you work.
Scuba diving instructor
Another awesome job for ocean lovers is becoming a scuba diving instructor. Discover some of the most beautiful and bizarre ocean life in the world, and help your fellow dive enthusiasts to do the same.
Dive the Blue Hole in Dahab, explore the wild oceans of New Zealand, see the mysterious Mola Mola in Bali, and experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Shipwrecks, underwater caves, and more await you as a travelling dive instructor.
If you already have a PADI dive certification as an open water diver, you’re ready to go. Otherwise, you’ll need to complete this globally recognized diving training, which takes a while and is fairly expensive. You’ll also need to complete the required amount of dives before you start teaching diving to other people.
Diving is fairly seasonal and relies on good weather and visibility. On your days off, you can go adventuring on land, and make up for any downtime by working more when the weather is perfect.
The pay is variable depending on your employer, how many hours you work, and the country you’re teaching in. You can expect to earn anything from $250 to $1,000 per week.
Coders, developers, and product designers all have the perfect opportunity to get jobs that allow them to travel and work from anywhere in the world.
You’ll need to already be skilled in your software engineering field, with either plenty of previous experience or a relevant degree. There are plenty of openings for companies around the world as a remote software engineer, or you can go freelance and find your own clients for a bit more freedom.
Website or graphic designer
If you build and design websites, or you’re a graphic designer by trade, there’s a world of opportunity out there for you to pack your bags and start working while you travel.
You don’t need much experience, as there are plenty of jobs that just require beginner design and web design skills to get started. But the more experience you have, the more money you can make in these jobs.
Pretty much every country in the world runs tours for tourists. Which makes this a perfect opportunity for you to start a career as a tour guide. Whether you prefer showing people around the bright lights of big cities, zooming through the desert on a quad bike, or leading an expedition through the wilderness, there’s a tour guide job that’s right for you.
You’ll get to share your love of travel with other people that are on vacation or enjoying the digital nomad lifestyle. And you’ll get to impart your local knowledge to help people explore and adventure safely.
To be successful, you’ll need to be passionate about travel, be a people person, and have good local knowledge of the place that you choose to be a tour guide in. You can work for an established tour company, or lead your own tours as a freelancer.
With the rise of online self-serve travel bookings, being a travel agent isn’t as popular as it used to be. But it’s still a great job that allows you to travel easily.
You don’t need any specific expertise to start a job as a travel agent. And most jobs allow you to work remotely, which means plenty of time for you to travel and explore.
When you become a travel agent, you’ll need to be passionate about your job, and knowledgeable about what people want when they come to you to book their dream holidays. And you’ll need to be an expert on travel tips for specific countries and cities.
People choose to work directly with travel agents rather than book the unknown online, so your customer service, communication, and sales skills will need to shine!
If you love to ski or snowboard, becoming a travelling ski instructor is the ultimate dream job as a remote worker. Because snow is seasonal in most countries, you’ll be following the snow around places like New Zealand, Japan, and Canada. The perfect lifestyle!
You’ll need a recognized certification for most ski instructor jobs. And you’ll need to decide what your specialty is – will you train beginners, advanced students, or cross-country snow enthusiasts?
Yoga is practices all over the world. It’s a great way to keep fit and healthy, stay calm, and of course – travel!
Many yoga schools accept travelling yoga teachers to help provide specialist or beginner training to students, or even just to help out around the school.
This job requires training, as you’ll obviously need to practice and enjoy the discipline and art of yoga. Ideally you will have also completed the required amount of RYS teacher training at an institute such as Yoga Alliance.
Yacht crew assistant
Getting a yacht sailing job doesn’t require any prior experience. You just need to take an introductory course that gives you basic training on what to expect from the role, the different jobs available for you as a crew member (such as a steward, deckhand, or chef), how to find work, and how to succeed at the job.
The best thing about working on a luxury super yacht is that your basic expenses such as accommodation and food are all taken care of. And also, you’ll be living on a super yacht – possibly surrounded by very rich and famous people! Gorgeous destinations like the Amalfi coast, the Caribbean, and the Greek islands await you.
Customer service and support agent
Working in customer service and support is something that can be done from any location. You don’t need any experience, as most companies provide you with the training you need to handle calls and emails, and solve customer problems.
Customer support is a growing opportunity for both people who want to work from home, and people that want to travel while having a steady income and regular work.
This role does require you to be a certain type of person to be successful. You’ll need to be patient, friendly, understanding – and most of all, helpful! You’ll often be faced with customers who are angry, confused, or stressed, and it’s up to you to keep them calm while you solve their problem. You’ll also need to be good at listening, and an accurate typist.
If you’re travelling while you work, you’ll need to ensure that you have fast, reliable wifi at all times so you can do your job properly.
Foreign services officer
If you’re a United States citizen, a lesser known job that allows you to work and travel is becoming a foreign service officer or working with the peace corps for your country. There are many different roles you can apply for, so it depends on your personal interests and strengths.
This basically means that you represent your home country’s government and travel overseas to a foreign country to help address important social and economic issues. You don’t need any experience, but you will need to complete training and pass the required tests to begin your job as a foreign service officer.
Working visa programs
Many countries offer working holiday visas for people aged between 18 and 35. Each country will have different requirements and lengths of visa stays. Working visas allow you to legally work while you travel in another country, which makes it a great option for a gap year, or to get a taste for overseas adventure.
The best way to learn about working visa programs around the world is to search on Google for “Working visa + a specific country” – e.g. “working visa New Zealand”.
This will help you understand the length of time you’ll get in a country with the visa, how to apply, the age limit, and any other requirements you need to meet.
Working visas are a great option for younger travellers, as most jobs will be at the lower end of the pay scale – such as fruit picking, working in a cafe or bar, or working at a hostel.
Ready to get a job that lets you make money traveling?
I’ve only scratched the surface of all the possibilities for the best jobs that allow you to work and travel. Now it’s over to you. Decide which skills you already have that will translate to remote work, then use those skills to start a new career path with epic travel opportunities.
Whatever you do, make sure you have the right equipment with you as you travel, and stay realistic about what it takes to be a successful digital nomad or location independent worker. It can be a lot of hard work, but you’ll be rewarded by the fact that you’ve designed a lifestyle you love that enables you to see the beauty of our world and meet lots of amazing new people as you travel.
Rachael is a full-time digital nomad and freelance copywriter for B2B and SaaS companies. She’s worked with brands like Unbounce, Biteable, Datacom, Viddyoze, and Owler.
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