Best Travel Jobs in 2021 – 50 Ways To Make Money While Traveling The World 0 20

You want to work and travel? Pack your bags! Today I’ll tell you how to make money while traveling! Here is one of the most extensive lists of the best travel jobs in the world!

I have to make a confession. This blog post has been a draft for over a year now. I wanted to publish this article for so long, but I always thought I can do better. Originally this was meant to be called ‘20 ways to make money while traveling’, however I felt, 20 isn’t enough. I wanted to turn this article into a massive, valuable resource for everyone, who is looking for ways to make money while traveling the world.

The reason why I wrote this post is, because I owe it to my readers. People ask me all the time how to make money while traveling? Or can you get paid for traveling? The good news is, YES you can!

My best advice: Find jobs that involve traveling, in fact there are many travel careers out there, with plenty of jobs that pay you to travel. Finding jobs that allow you to travel the world will not only fill your pockets, it will also be beneficial for your personal self development. 

Work and travel will help you to understand different cultures. Being far away from home will give you a new perspective on how things work on the other side of the planet.

How to make money

while traveling the world?

My dear reader, stranger, friend, I’m thrilled you’re reading this right now! This blog post is for you. I want to help you to find jobs that allow you to travel! I want to give you plenty of inspiration and ideas on how to make money traveling.

One piece of advice upfront: Create a list with all your skills, talents, interests, hobbies, every kind of knowledge you have. Then go through this list and check what things you can combine with travel, and how you could possibly turn this into a business. Needless to say, it’s easier to make money with something that you truly love to do.

Ready to get inspired? I hope the following 50 travel job ideas will give you some new perspective! I divided all jobs in 2 sections: 

  • Work Abroad (from no. 01 -25)
  • Work Online / Remote (from no. 26 – 50)
    (location independent)

 Let’s get started! Here are 50 jobs with lots of travel!

Work Abroad

Not everyone is comfortable to travel and work remotely on an online business. If you still need the safety of having a « real » job, but you’re craving for a life in a different country, then working abroad in a full-time employment position might be the best for you. Sometimes these full-time employment jobs include benefits such as visas, paid flights and often accommodation. A few of the jobs below are freelance gigs.

Here are my top tips for careers that involve traveling…

01 | Teach English Abroad

Best Travel Jobs

If you’re not a fluent English speaker, skip to the next one. Teaching English abroad is one of the most common ways to earn money and dig into a completely different culture. There are job opportunities almost everywhere, many companies will pay your flights and apartment. South Korea and Japan are well paid countries for English teachers. 

Websites to find English teacher jobs:

02 | Work in Hostels and Hotels

Best Travel Jobs

Many hostels, hotels and resorts are looking for staff, either for short time (during high season) or long-term. Jobs vary from reception staff, house keeping, driver for airport pick-ups, etc. Some of these jobs are paid, others are on a voluntary basis. Work in exchange for a free bed and food is quite common. Not ideal if you want to earn money, but at least a way to save money for travel.

Websites to find hospitality jobs

03 | Scuba Diving Instructor

Best Travel Jobs

If you love diving, you should consider to get a scuba certification! There are incredible places in the world for scuba diving, like Mexico, Maldives, Honduras, Philippines, Hawaii, Egypt and many more where you could apply for scuba diving jobs! Give travelers diving lessons and enjoy a laid-back life by the sea, including free dives. Not too bad, huh?

Websites to find scuba diving jobs

04 | Cruise Ship Jobs

Best Travel Jobs

One of the better jobs for people who like to travel: Work on a ship. A cruise ship is like a massive floating hotel in the sea, with all kinds of entertaining facilities. There are plenty of different jobs on a cruise ship: bartender, shop staff, receptionist, chef, casino staff, DJ, hair stylist, massage therapist, nurse and many more. The list of possible cruise line jobs is endless. Salaries vary between $800-$8000 per month. 

Working on a cruise ship is one of the most popular jobs that allow you to travel. Food and lodging is provided, you have no expenses during that time. Plus, you get paid to travel to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Websites and resources to find cruise ship jobs

05 | Agricultural and Farming Jobs

Best Travel Jobs

If you love working outdoors, care for the environment and don’t mind getting your hands a little bit dirty, look for agricultural jobs. It’s also a great way to escape the big cities and live in rural areas, far off the tourist tracks.

Websites to find agricultural and farming jobs

  • Ag Careers
  • Farm Work Jobs for Backpackers (Australia)

06 | Flight Attendant

Best Travel Jobs

How to make money traveling? Airline jobs like cabin crew is one of the jobs that involve travel, you literally get paid to travel! Plus it comes with generous perks, like 90% discounted flights, cheaper fares for family members and great hotel discounts. 

You don’t need a doctor’s degree to get the job, but it helps to speak at least another language. Dress up in business attire when going to a job interview and make sure to know the key facts about the airline you’re applying at.

Websites to find flight attendant jobs

 07 | Fruit Picking travel jobs

Best Travel Jobs

Picking vegetables, fruits and flowers is a popular travel job among backpackers. It’s mostly a seasonal job and often very well paid. If you can imagine to pick grapes in Italy, mangoes in Australia and kiwis in New Zealand, you should apply for this job before the harvest season begins.

Websites to find fruit picking jobs

08 | Personal Grocery Shopper

Best Travel Jobs

Be a hero to busy people or elderly folks who have no time to get their groceries done. Get paid for shopping for others, at your own schedule. You can offer your services locally on Craigslist, alternatively look at local groups on Facebook.

Websites to sign up as a grocery shopper

09 | Au Pair

Au Pair positions are usually offered to women, and it’s a great travel job if you love kids! Working as an Au Pair is a way to get a taste of living in a foreign country. What is an Au Pair doing? Mostly helping a family with their housework and taking care of the children. Au pairs usually live with the host family, they receive free accommodation, meals and often a payment on top.

Websites to find Au Pair jobs

10 | Surf Instructor

Best Travel Jobs

Similar as a scuba dive instructor, the job of a surf instructor comes with a great location near the sea. It’s not very well paid, but definitely one of the more fun travel jobs! If you have a passion for surfing and the skills to teach people how to ride waves, go for it!

Websites to find surf instructor jobs


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