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Earn Money While Travelling

Many people think that a life spent travelling the world is a dream come true. Others often don’t understand how anyone can afford it. Now, thanks to digitalisation, there are so many unexpected ways to finance your life while travelling. Even if you are not a fan of phones, cameras, or laptops, there are still other possibilities to earn money while travelling. Let us tell you about some of the most popular options.

Offline Jobs

Work as an English Teacher Abroad

One of the most popular possibilities to earn money while travelling abroad is teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). You will be surprised how many people travel around the world and teach English. Asia is one of the best places to get a job as an English teacher, and you will easily find work in countries like Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, and China. Another region where you can find a job as an English teacher is Latin America. Working as a teacher is a great way of living because you can work between 10 and 40 hours per week while earning a decent salary. Many contracts already include accommodation, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Before you start working as an English teacher, your English has to be excellent, and you’ll need the proper certifications. Get a certification by absolving a four-week course in the country you want to work in. It’s best to get certified online on MyTEFL. MyTEFL courses can be 40 hours of basic courses to 120 hours for professional certification. After finishing, they can help you find a work place. You just need to book your flight and start making enquiries. If you are qualified and already have experience, you can teach English via Skype which means that you can teach students all over the world, while you spend your free days relaxing and hiking.

Work at a Hostel

Staying in a hostel can be lots of fun because you can socialise with other backpackers who are looking to party or just have fun. Working at a hostel can make you feel like you are right at home because many of your co-workers are on a similar life path and understand where you are coming from. The tasks in a hostel can range from working behind the bar or at the reception, to activities as a tour guide or entertainer. It is also possible that you have to clean the rooms. You should talk with the people in charge beforehand, so there are no misunderstandings.

You will find these jobs via online job portals, Facebook groups, or recommendations from other backpackers. Otherwise, it is also possible to just go to any hostel and ask the staff. Be open while talking to the co-workers or when you meet the managers; alternatively, just give them your CV and wait until they contact you. If you want to work as a hostel manager, then just absolve a hostel management course before travelling.

Work as a Tour Guide

If you are an outgoing person and have a great passion for travelling, working as a tour guide might be the best for you. Working as a tour guide varies from place to place, as you can easily do bus tours lasting several weeks or take a group of backpackers to top destinations. You can be a tour guide for city tours, day trips, or adventure activities. The best is, you don’t need to do a course before becoming a tour guide, but you need experience in this area. For example, if you want to be a tour guide for hiking tours in Madrid, you need to know Spanish history. Be prepared to go through a long interview and orientation process before getting a job like this.

Work as a Diving Instructor

Diving belongs to the amazing activities you get to do as a traveller, and you will fall love in love immediately. You may be surprised to learn that many people work as master scuba divers and instructors and get paid for doing what they love. If you like diving, then take a certification course. The first professional level is the master scuba diver, and with more and more experience and time you can become an instructor. Although this job won’t make you rich, you will have the opportunity to live by all the seashores worldwide, while you earn your living. There are many different diving shops in Honduras, Thailand, and Egypt where interns and trained diving teachers work while getting a certificate.

Work at Public Conferences

If you are well-informed about a particular topic such as finances, fitness, travelling, marketing, or technology, you can easily find a conference or event that is right for you. If you manage to get invited as a speaker to several events all over the world, you can potentially earn a good salary. Once the conference is over, the event usually organizes tours or trips to nearby cities. This is one of the best ways to earn money and discover a new country. If this seems like something you can do, look for conferences worldwide and apply as a speaker.

Online Jobs

Work as a Travel Blogger

Blogging is one of the coolest ways to earn money, but you have to invest time and energy. You can live and, if you have a good Wi-Fi connection, work from wherever you want. Blog from coffee shops and rented apartments while you travel around the world. There are numerous ways to earn money with a travel blog. Check a few of them out below:

Affiliate-Marketing: You earn a commission if someone buys a product or service which you recommend in your blogs. If, for example, tourists are taking out a travel insurance, renting a car, booking a hotel, or doing anything via your blog, you will earn money in the form of a commission.

Social Media Management and Content Writing: You can create content for other webpages and manage their social media accounts.

Promotion of Mediavine: With Mediavine you can easily earn money if you have more than 25,000 page views on your webpage. Earn 400 US-dollars a month by giving relevant ads space on your webpage. The more views you get, the more you earn.

Media and product sale: Another idea is to create a product that you would like to sell to your readers. You can create products like E-books and t-shirts. Note: Digital info products like E-books or webinars work very well.

Work as a Freelancer

If you like the online world, you can easily earn money online working as a free-lancer all over the world. There are many jobs you can do, ranging from poor or well paid. Some of the work you can do as a freelancer include web development, videography, graphic design, blogging, SEO, photography, marketing, and translating.

The best thing about working as a freelancer is that you can do different jobs. All that you need for a freelancer job is skill, passion and an internet connection. Portals like Fiverr or Upwork are helpful when you’re looking for a job.

Work as a Virtual Assistant

Nowadays, there are many online companies who need virtual assistants. If you know how to handle social media, you can talk to an online company to find out whether they need help. Some influencers might need help with editing their YouTube videos, with search engine optimization (SEO), or with marketing and contacting potential partner companies. There is a great selection of virtual assistant jobs available. The salary depends on your skills and the tasks. Some companies might offer the possibility to travel while working.


There are no excuses for not being able to afford to travelling in our modern world. There are already many possibilities to earn money while travelling, so check them out and hit the road. Just as Mark Twain once said, one must travel, to learn!

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