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If you love to travel and explore the world, there are actually many ways to travel and make money at the same time. There are job opportunities that pay you to travel. There are also cool jobs that let you work overseas and experience different cultures.
Of course, you can also become a digital nomad by working remotely to earn a living. And if you are the entrepreneurial type, you can start a profitable business online to make money while travelling.
Jobs That Allow You To Travel
One of the most commonly known ways to satisfy your wanderlust is to become a flight attendant or pilot.
If you have a layover of more than 24 hours, you can use this time to travel around your destination with your hotel stay all paid for.
Plus, there is normally a daily allowance on the destination that can be used to cover your expenses such as food and shopping.
Another huge perk of becoming a flight attendant is that you get to fly for free (economy class) to anywhere in the world and get huge discounts for your hotel stay at many hotel chains.
Cruise Ship Worker
As a cruise ship worker, meals and accommodation are provided for free on the cruise. Plus, you will also get to see some very exotic places such as Alaska, Carribean and Antarctica for free.
There are many job positions available on cruise ships such as bartender, cook, waiter and security guard. And a lot of them don’t require any experience or a degree.
But, the downside is that most of the time you will be working at your travel job.
International Aid Worker
If you have a big heart and loves to help people, you can combine your love for travel with this job role as an international aid worker.
As an international aid worker, your job is to provide aid to people in different places around the world, covering issues such as healthcare, housing and education.
However, it is not so easy to get your foot in the door unless you have highly technical skills in fields such as medical care, environmental engineering, and linguistics.
If you want to apply to become an international aid worker, working experience with the Peace Corps or Voluntary Service Overseas will help because they offer good training and are well recognized.
Useful resources on how to become an international aid worker:
As a tour guide, you get paid to travel to many interesting tourist destinations. The traditional tour guide works for a tour company and gets paid to take tourists on local or international tours.
To become a tour guide, you don’t necessarily need a college degree. But, you do need to be personable and outgoing and have good communication skills.
Today, you can choose to create and sell your own tours and travel experience on platforms such as Airbnb. As a host (or tour guide), you can organize historic site visits, scenic strolls, nature hikes and food tour.
Being a freelance tour guide gives you the freedom to travel around while making extra money.
Consultant (Management/IT Consultant)
If you work as a consultant, you are often required to travel a lot both nationally and internationally, depending on your client’s location.
For some consulting firms, they even have very generous employee benefits of allowing their consultants to extend their stay for a few more days to travel around.
I have a few friends who are management / IT consultants. They get to travel regionally to work with their clients on projects that range from a few short days to a few months.
So, when you are working overseas, you not only get paid very well, but you also can sightsee and experience different cultures in your free time with food and accommodation all paid for.
But consulting jobs are not easy to get. You need to have at least a college degree from a reputable university. The interview process is also very long. And there are also a lot of people competing for a limited few job positions.
Work From Home Jobs That Allow You To Travel
Work from home jobs are also good options if you want the flexibility to travel at any time you want.
Here are just some in-demand work from home jobs:
- Facebook Advertising Specialist
- Social Media Marketing Specialist
- Telemedicine Jobs
- Writer (copywriter, blog writer, technical writer, curriculum writer, etc)
- Virtual Assistant
- Software Developer
- Graphic Designer
- Medical Coder
- Recruitment Specialist
- Course Instructor
With a work-from-home job, you can perform your job duties from anywhere in the world.
One good thing about a 100% remote job is that you can travel during off-peak season to enjoy much cheaper flights, hotel stays and avoid large crowds.
Jobs That Allow You To Work Overseas And Explore Different Countries
So, what is an Au Pair?
Au Pair is someone above 18 and under 30 years old, who goes overseas to live with a native family in a foreign country of your choice and learn a language in exchange for childcare.
As an Au Pair, you receive allowance from the Host Family and get free meals and accommodation. Your job is mostly related to childcare and light housework around the children’s area.
On your off-days, you can go travelling around and explore the foreign country.
There are many Au Pair agencies that provide job placements to people who are interested in becoming an Au Pair.
Teach English Overseas
You can teach English as a foreign language overseas. There is a high demand for native English speakers to teach English to children in school all around Asia such as China, Thailand and Korea.
As an English teacher abroad, you can make money teaching and then travel around during weekends and school holidays.
Become A Foreign Service Officer
If you’re passionate about public service, love travel and learn about other cultures, then becoming a foreign service officer( i.e. diplomat) is a perfect job for you.
You are normally rotated to a different country every 3 to 5 years. So, you really get to spend a lot of time to really experience different cultures and traditions
To become a foreign service offer, you might need to have at least a bachelor’s degree because more applicants have at least a degree if not higher educational qualifications.
There will also be tests, assessments, interviews and medical and security checks that you need to pass.
Find Odd Jobs As A Traveller
Of course, if you don’t want to get tied down to a full-time overseas job, you can always find part-time jobs while travelling.
For example, you can work in a bar as a waiter.
Or you can find a receptionist job at a hostel where you stay.
If you are an expert in teaching Yoga, scuba diving or even skiing, there are also work opportunities at popular holiday resorts where you can work on a contract basis.
Sometimes, resort management might not actively advertise such job openings. What you can do is to approach them directly and negotiate a flexible work arrangement with them.
Become A Digital Nomad
So, what is a digital nomad?
According to Wikipedia,
“Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces, or recreational vehicles.”
Being a digital nomad, it is all about being able to make money while being location independent.
There are many skills that you can turn into a service that you can offer 100% remotely as a freelancer.
Here are some of the services that you can offer online as a freelancer:
- Writing (Content, copywriting, technical writing and etc)
- Graphic design
- Digital marketing
- Virtual assistant
- Website design
- SEO specialist
Even if you don’t have any, the good news is that you can learn and pick up new skills if you are willing to put in efforts and hard work.
Start An Online Business
Email Coaching Business
Email Coaching is nothing more than simply providing coaching through emails.
And how Email Coaching works is simply you providing your training modules through PDF files, and then providing support, guidance and coaching over emails.
So it’s basically like a simplified version of an online course (no videos or fancy website needed), but with the added support of your coaching through emails whenever they have questions.
It is simple to get started and can generate consistent revenue for you every single month.
You can read this case study here about how Davis Lin grew his email coaching business to $30K per month in less than 12 month from scratch.
Online Course Creator
Starting an online business creating and selling courses is a proven way to make money working from home or from anywhere else you want.
It requires very little capital to get started.
Unlike selling physical products, you can keep your cost to literally zero to create your online courses.
And you don’t need to worry about inventory and shipping.
Once your clients make the payment, they can access it instantly.
Also, you only have to do the work once – creating the course.
Then you can sell it over and over again and sell to as many people as you can.
So, it’s a very scalable business model.
Blogging (Epecially Travel Blogging)
Blogging is a popular way to make money online. If you are new to the online business world, blogging is actually a good starting point for you for a few reasons.
Since you love traveling, starting a travel blog is a very good choice for the following reasons:
Reason #1: It’s easy and quick to get started. All you need is a domain name and web hosting. Even if you are not tech-savvy, you can set everything up with a few clicks.
Reason #2: You can build and grow your blog on the side without quitting your job. It’s extremely flexible. If you have other commitments, you just need to fit your blogging schedule around them.
Reason #3: There are many ways to earn money from your blog. Most of them are truly passive income such as advertising and affiliate earnings.