The 20 Best Jobs for People who Love to Travel

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Love to travel but don’t own a money tree? I feel you. When I first travelled overseas I transformed myself into a money-saving machine. No word of a lie, I was about as close as one could get to a human coin detector. I’d sift through the pockets of my parent’s jeans, search underneath the couch for loose change and celebrate small wins with a victory dance on the way to my piggy bank (I seriously had an actual piggy bank in the shape of a pig, too). 

But over the years I grew tired of saving for the entire year, only being able to enjoy myself for a few weeks on the road before I’d be running out of funds. So I started a travel blog in the hopes that one day in some distant world I could make a career out of travel writing. It happened just a few months later. But there are many other ways to make money while you travel, to pay for your travels. Here are 20 of the best jobs for people who love to travel:



20. Teach English

 It just so happens that English-speakers hold one of the most sought after skills in the world: speaking English. It may seem simple, but its one of your best traits. Teaching English in a foreign country is just as rewarding for you as it is your students, and it will allow you to travel the world with ease. Jobs are in abundance, however you may require a certification – thankfully that can be attained with ease in around a month!

19. Work in a Government Related Position

If you love travel but still want a university degree behind you when you wander off into the world, consider studying a degree in International Relations and seeking work in a government related position in foreign affairs and trade. Generally speaking these positions lead to wide travel opportunities, however you’re likely to be posted anywhere in the world without a say in where it is you will be stationed. But if you’re truly adventurous and up for the challenge, perhaps this job is for you!

18. Become a Tour Guide

If you’re outgoing and friendly, this is perhaps one of the best love-your-job’s in the world. Imagine living in a foreign country showing travellers who, like you love to travel, around your new home. S’long as you love to chat and are passionate about the new country or city in which you live, you’re bound to love the job of a tour guide.

17. Flight Attendant

This would have to be one of the most obvious jobs for people who love to travel, but its also one of the most attainable and enjoyable. Imagine jet setting around the world, staying a night or two in foreign cities, only to wake up and do it all again. You’ll have to love people but as far as qualifications go, most airlines will only expect prior experience in customer service and certification. Expect crazy hours and a crazy lifestyle, its not as easy as it looks or sounds, but totally perfect for travel lovers. What’s more, you’ll score heavily discounted flights for you and your family. Win-win!


 If you’re an explorer who likes the idea of giving back, WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is perhaps your answer! WWOOF offers travellers a chance to travel in an ethical way that will also involve payment — we’d call that a win-win-win.

Brooke the ONA bag

15. The Import + Export Business

Sound elusive? It kinda sorta really is. You could import and export anything in today’s society. With globalisation always on the up, everyone is looking for the ‘next thing’ to latch onto. You’ll have to be entrepreneurial and have a never give up attitude, but it’s a great excuse to travel for work if you can make it work!

14. Work on a Cruise Ship

Jobs on cruises are in abundance, but they’re also highly sought after. If you do manage to land a gig, you’ll be delighted to learn its exactly as it sounds – you’ll make a living travelling the world! As if that doesn’t sound amazing enough, you’ll also receive free meals and accommodation.

13. Work as an Au Pair

If you love children, this is the perfect gig for you. It’s a bonus if you speak a second language or want to develop your skills in a second language. As an Au pair you’ll live with a host family in a foreign country, look after the children, and receive a small salary for your efforts. It’s a great way to experience life in a different country, however your free time will be extremely limited.

GoPro Brooke

12. Teach Yoga, Dancing or Anything really!

If you’re passionate and talented at a niche skill like yoga, tango dancing or anything else you can see there’s an interest in, then why not do something you love AND get paid to do it!? Whether its learning and teaching yoga in Bali or becoming a dance instructor in Argentina, the opportunities are truly endless.

11. Bartending

Lets get back to basics – one of the most popular jobs for travellers is pretty easy to come by. So long as you have the working visas required, you are almost guaranteed to find a job in a bar somewhere. Leaving home with previous experience will of course help but is by no means necessary!

10. Become a Surf or Ski instructor

Another popular choice for travellers is to take a seasonal job as a surf or ski instructor. Popular destinations include Canada or the French Alps for those who love winter, but if you’re up for a warmer climate why not consider teaching surf lessons!? There are plenty of jobs available, a great resource to start at would be

9. Become a Yachtie

Yachties are paid a generous sum of money to work crazy long hours and with crazy demands, but it does indeed sound like an unreal lifestyle to live!

8. Work for an International Hotel Chain

Often people forget that working abroad can start with working at home. If you can land a job in an international hotel chain, there are oodles of opportunities to transfer to other hotels within the company and work while you travel. 

7. Busking

Back to basics again – if you’ve got a talent you can make a living out of just about anything, anywhere. Can you hold a tune? Or have a party trick that is likely to entertain the masses? Busking is one of the simplest ways to make money, though the income can be unpredictable and sometimes dismal. However if you love your art…!!

Brooke Romania

6. Website Design 

We live in a pretty exciting digital era – anyone and everyone can make a living online. One of the areas with oodles of potential and scope for employment is website design. Its as easy as learning to code, being creative, and putting yourself out there! This is an exciting time to start up a small business and offer your skills online – don’t be afraid to give it a shot!

5. Become a Travel Agent

If you love travel so much that you can see yourself booking holidays for others, this job is the right one for you! Its an added bonus that you’ll be invited on famil trips where you’ll travel for free, as well as receiving heavy discounts for your own holidays.

4. Become a Bollywood Film Star

Sounds crazy, huh? It’s surprisingly common to star as a Westerner in a Bollywood film! According to sources, you merely make your way to India, get spotted, and say yes to star in a Bollywood film!

3. Photograph & Film Travel

If you’re talented in the creative department and want to stay on the road full time, a great idea is to pick up a camera, train yourself, perfect your craft, and sell your images/videos online. While it will require an initial small investment, the potential to make this your full time career is for most too good an opportunity to pass up!

Milan Brooke Saward

2. Write About Travel 

A personal fave (as a full time travel blogger) and let me say this straight off the bat – more attainable than you might think!!! I get tonnes of emails about where to start as a travel blogger and the best piece of advice I can give is to just start! We all have to start somewhere. When I first began travel blogging I knew I wanted to make it my full time career, but I had no idea how. So I just started writing, editing, adjusting my approach, and over time improving the way I write, what I write about, and how I connect with my readers around the world. Someone once told me that it was worth more in the long run to work for free at something you love until you get paid to do it, rather than to do something until you love it. Those words stuck with me and after a few months writing for free, I was starting to make (small amounts) of money from travel blogging. Over time I have been fortunate enough to make this my full time career! 

1. Freelance (anything)

But why stop there at travel writing, photography and videography… you can pretty much freelance anything and travel as a result! In the digital age we live in it is becoming increasingly common to start up a small company, freelance, and live abroad on the road. Many small companies travel full time and work from coffee shops – its some kind of small revolution going on out there!

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    Fabio Virgi
    April 26, 2016 at 4:09 am

    I’m blessed in that my career in digital marketing means that I’m able to work from anywhere. Especially now that I’m a freelancer rather than in-house. Throw in my couple of blogs, and it’s a relatively decent source of income to fund my travels 🙂

    Good list of jobs here Brooke!

    Delphine Gorlé
    April 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I loved your post! You make it look not so impossible to travel the world full time, which is my dream since I first traveled solo when I was 14… I’m still studying right now but I’m leaving in Erasmus next year to Italy, so if you pass by, say so 😉 I’d love to grab an ice-cream and talk about your travels !!!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Wide Eyed Koalas
    March 28, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Love this post. We love travelling too and some of the things that you have mentioned above are actually the things that we are doing: teaching yoga, writing, life coaching and working in digital which is a massive sector and the future for many of us who want to travel. Also I think that so many people want to start giving up the typical 9-5 job and to do that there are so many opportunities to discover…Love your blog!

    keiko kitagawa
    February 25, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Good advice for everyone.Thanks.

    February 23, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Georgina, someone told me there was an age limit to go be an au pair. Is this true?

    February 23, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Great tips. Working and living in a new country as an au pair is the best!

    February 2, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Great suggestions here!

    I Left Home
    January 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Becoming a SCUBA Diving instructor is another good way to work and travel! However, lately we have been enjoying writing about travel as well as the travellers we meet on the road!

    Blondes & Bagels
    December 30, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Awesome article! I would LOVE to see a post about how to start monetizing a blog to actually fund travel!

    December 27, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I love this list and every possibility on it–but as a lover of writing and photography, I know what I would love most! I’m hesitant on if it could be a full time job or not. I still might go for my degree for English teaching as a backup (I just spent the last 6 months in Japan; first time outside Minnesota AND on a plane.) Japan’s always been the main country on my heart but I’m very interested in all the East Asian countries and then, well, the whole world! Thanks for the optimism:)

    December 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Love it! I think generally we have to rethink opportunities… there is much more these days you can do if you really want to and make use of the skills and education you have. I work as a Life and Career coach (, meeting clients via Skype while travelling the world- perfect!

    December 16, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Great post! Glad you left of travel reps! I managed to visit 50 European cities and a dozen more in USA whilst working for NatWest and Citibank in their international division. All my clients were travel related like cruise lines, hotel groups, airlines and car rental companies. Great days. Nowadays I have to satisfy myself with Cardiff and Edinburgh!

    December 13, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Love those ideas and might want to add another one for the people who are familiar with horses!
    Ive worked a few years as a groom for an international competitionrider, in my case it was a showjumpingrider. you can do it as fulltime job or freelance.
    your duties are plus minus to load the horsetruck (maybe drive if you have a license), take care of the horses, braid, clip, tack, assist with vet and assist the rider during competitions.
    if you find a nice rider to work with it’s really fun , friday and saterday is party day during the competitions :D, and its a giant booster for your social skills as you interact with riders and grooms from all over the world! (note: it is quite hard work though)
    i’ve travelled mostly to competitions all over europe, but there are a lot off options in canada and US too!
    if you’re intrested the fb-page ‘grooms, jobs and riders reply here’ is an easy way to find one!


    Alex Spearing
    December 13, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Great article Brooke! Thank you for the advice 🙂 I’ve been trying to think of a way in which I can make my travel last longer than 2 months without coming back to work for another year, with the only knowledge of wanting to travel and keep it going for as long as possible (don’t own a car, girlfriend, house etc haha). These tips will help, I think a combination of a few would keep me going for a year..but photography and travel blogging would be perfect for me, I just need to be strict with actually starting to write down as I go along. I know you’re veryyy busy, but it would be great to have a quick chat to bounce some ideas off of you 🙂

    December 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Become a Bollywood star! Haha. I remember this from An Idiot Abroad.

    Jocelyn Mejia
    November 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    How do I become a travel blogger? I’m in my first semester in college and undeclared. I like to travel and it would be very nice to travel and get paid. How do I become a travel blogger? What classes should I take for this career?

    Rahul Kakkar
    November 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    hi annie
    i was just reading about getting a job in spain cz i love it because of its football. i researched on the jobs available and there were barely any but there was this job of ‘teaching english’ which is widely vacant beacuse people of spain wants to learn english despereately, and same is the case with germany, france, scotland etc. i think u shud give it a try.

    November 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I’m taking your advice and starting a travel blog! Also, great post on Israel! Your inspiring. 🙂

    November 13, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Hi Brooke, Great tips on here. There are definitely many ways to work as you go to pay for travel, or as you mentioned get paid TO travel. I myself chose that way, I worked for Emirates for 2 years and saw the world, now I work on a private jet, which means less destinations, but also more free time for my blog and other interests (and a higher salary to go traveling on my own). For anyone thinking of applying for a job as Cabin Crew with Emirates check out this blogpost I wrote about my experience with a few tips

    Varun Tyagi
    October 21, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Well to be honest i did try building website and travelling at the same time. This works for sure. You can earn money from your website and travel with that money. This is fun and better than working for someone else.

    October 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I recently started my travel blog (it needs work ! LOL) to document my journeys to the Middle east. I’m not the best writer and not too tech savvy but I’m trying to improve. Feel free to pay a visit guys !

    October 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Hey Brooke!
    Inspiring article! Me and my boyfriend are currently doing a long trip around Asia and Asutralia but are thinking about what will happen next. We know that it will be difficult to go back to a ” normal life”. We didn’t consider the Bollywood option but, yeah why not! 😀

    October 17, 2015 at 7:09 am

    you forgot one of the most mobile professions out there – registered nurses (& doctors too actually )- I have worked& lived in England, Canada, Israel, Guyana & US – could have worked in many more as well

    Jason Andrew burley ( Thorburn )
    September 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Hi there all I want to do is travel and earn big . I come from almost nothing I’m 28 and I’ve worked since I was 15 from shopping shelves to furniture moving boat building voluntary at a garage to fishing trawlers and bottle factory a lot of different skills built with no qualification all I want is the real opportunity to do something positive and helpful. Nothing is holding me back except I live in New Zealand. No partner no children.

    Aaron Serbu
    September 10, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Another Great Industry is the storm damage industry. You can travel and spend time in places like Boston where we are now and hiring. Plus make over 6 figures in 6 months if you work hard.

  • Angelic Abbie
    August 17, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    so jealous and excited that they are leaving on their first year of full time travel.

    Samar Misra
    August 7, 2015 at 9:25 am

    You need to do it girl as would love to see you in one and I a big fan of Bollywood films as they the big thing of my country 🙂

    July 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I agree with tip #5. One of the best ways in the world to enjoy travel is to become a travel consultant. In this way you learn all about the rudiments of travel so you are able to recommend travel to others, take trips at much discounted costs and be paid for your efforts.

    May 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Tiffany,

    May I ask what it is that you do?

      May 18, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Hi Jen!

      I think you are replying to me. I can’t tell exactly from the format on here. I am a librarian at a university. I happen to work at an American university, but know some people who don’t. Let me know if you have more questions!

    Vibhu Goel
    May 12, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I am inspired….

    May 12, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Hello Brooke!
    This is Vyshalini from India, I appreciate your blogs – Very Inspiring!
    I would like to share with you that very recently I made a solo-trip to Thailand (Ayutthaya and Bangkok). It was The Best trips in my life till date.

    Kind Regards

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    April 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

    These pics are amazing. i will share them on my blog here:

    April 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Great list and summary! I’ve looked into a ton of these. I think my next big thing is either going to be to Teach English somewhere, or I actually really want to work on a yacht. I hear I would be good for the yacht life…but I mean…who wouldnt ?

    March 30, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Great list! By far the most economic way to travel is to work abroad.
    I’m working as an au pair, if anyone would like to read about my journey or has questions feel free to contact!

    Sally Munt
    March 27, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Great list! I always dreamed of being a flight attendant until I realised I was petrified of flying. Not the greatest fear to have when you are an aspiring travel blogger and writer haha. Sales and teaching horse back riding have also taken me abroad!

    March 18, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Great Post!! I absolutely love to travel and actually just enrolled in a project that allows me to get a commission on trips i was planning to take anyway. so far so good as i book for others now too!! For those who travel a lot, is a good place to explore getting money back for your travels. Check the join us for details and if you’re not interested in that, just compare deals to other websites, you might find cheaper trips!!

    March 13, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Become a Ambassador – best traveling job ever!

    February 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Where is The Driver??????

    February 19, 2015 at 3:01 am

    I think being a flight attendant or pilot would be cool!

    February 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Great post! Most people are unaware that they can still do what they love, wherever they want! I am currently trying to learn website design to one day be able to work abroad!

    Thanks for being so inspirational!

    Hotels in Hyderabad
    February 17, 2015 at 2:20 am

    I really impressed from your posting. I love it.

    February 16, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Hey Brooke, That is an awesome post. In my opinion photography& film travel and free lancing is the best option if you want to travel a lot..

    Graham Franklin
    February 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Brooke
    I can tick off the teaching whilst travelling, but there is another one for your list. That is working in a office in Bangkok selling SEO packages, all legit with work permit too.

    Francesca @onegrloneworld
    February 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I think I’ve considered all of these at some point!! And even done a few… except the Bollywood thing haha! That’s a funny one

    February 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Oh this is such a great post. And I love that my job’s on here too… I’m also a Yachtie!! I spend 6 months working and get enough money to travel the next 6 months…. it’s a dreamy life for me!

    21 year old backpacker currently roadtripping in New Zealand

    February 13, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Is blogging your main source of income?

    February 12, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I think you forgot one important career sector, humanitarian aid and development! It has led me to work in many countries and finds me going on trips up to 7 times a year to different countries!

    February 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Edith,

    I recently studied in Malaga/Spain for half a year and I have to say ‘Go for it’ if you think about living in Europe to teach english there. Especially if you’re already a teacher!! I met soo many people from english speaking countries from all over the world who moved there for a year to teach english. The great thing is, apart from the possibility to travel around europe, that you get to know the people and the culture from spain. You’re living there and aren’t ‘just’ a tourist. And if you’re good in languages or motivated you can even think about learning a new language yourself!! And Malaga has also nice beaches and great weather all year 🙂
    I hope you find your way with your husband! I wish you the best. Muchos saludos de Alemania 🙂 Bernhard

    February 12, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I think being a bartender would be so much fun in another country!

    Victoria (Girl Tries Life)
    February 12, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Great list. I’d also add being an engineer! So many major companies have locations all over the world and engineers are in demand. It’s how my family ended up in Canada, thanks to my Dad’s job as an engineer, and I know other families who have been to Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea and more!

    Adventurous Appetite
    February 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Great list! For those who want more information on how to teach English abroad, or teach something else at an international school, check out my latest post:

    Nathy J
    February 11, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Nice list!! I know already some of them and already done some of them too! As I’m graduated and working now in tourism industry, travelling has always been my passion but I didn’t have enough budget to travel when I was a student and nor when I was a kid.

    Now I’m working, I always look for opportunities to get away till I become addicted to it! Lol The more I travel, the more I wanna see other places and meet other people! I can’t stay one month without going somewhere now, I go as much as I can and as much I have the budget to! But it’s a bit difficult when you have a full time job and you can’t go away anytime.. (even I work in tourism) But lucky enough living in Europe make travelling easier with a reasonable price and that’s why I always use my weekend (2 days!) to getaway (Milan, Prag, Barcelona, etc) once in 2 weeks and also to avoid waiting a long time for your annual vacation.

    What I want to say with this and besides all of these dream jobs you have mentioned above is to not demotivate other people who already have their dream job and still can’t afford travelling. They need to look for every opportunity, like check for cheap flight or bus tickets, lowcost companies can be found everywhere now! Also look for your neighbourhood and your country, before you know there are lot of thing to explore as well!

    Why I’m saying this is because many people (a lot of my friends) want to travel but they don’t wanna look for opportunities (flight, destination, period) so they always come with an expensive price and end up with travelling only once a year!

    I think the best is I’m gonna follow your path! Travelling and writing!

    Edith Rodriguez
    February 11, 2015 at 5:18 am

    This motivated me so much! My husband and I have plans to live in another country for 6 months within 5 years. Probably Spain so we can travel Europe while we are there. But I would love to keep traveling longer than that. Knowing that I’m already an elementary teacher I see that I can teach English in other countries. I also hope to start a blog about traveling. Thank you for the inspiration! Loved this post.

    February 11, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Blogging!<3 Tourguide seems nice too, for a summer or so

    February 11, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Nice tips some I wouldn’t of thought of…..I started with teaching English.

    February 11, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Hi ! I also teach my native language (french) and it is a good opportunity to travel BUT, as you said, you need some formation (also for teaching sports or arts). You need to learn how to teach.
    Some places offer a short formation (like you said), which is the minimum, and it’s better if they also provide books and teaching material, because it’s hard to teach with only one month formation.

    Also somebody said it’s not always well paid according to the country, and most of the time they pay only teaching hours and not preparation.

    If you are a traveler before being a teacher, try to teach conversation or civilisation classes, it’s easier than teaching grammar and it will give you the possibility to discover a lot of your students’ culture as well 🙂

    February 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Your blog is soooooo hard to navigate recent posts but I love this one… Hopefully I’ll figure out where the rest are soon haha

    • Brooke Saward
      February 10, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Hey Rosie! There is a picture on the homepage that links to recent posts – it says “Read the latest posts” 😉

    February 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Wonderful list, I hope I get the chance to do at least some of them. I am currently studying to become a teacher in Germany, so maybe in the nearer future I can teach children abroad, too… Have a nice day 🙂

    February 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    ok. thats right.

    February 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Busking is interesting to me.
    Actually, I’ve done it myself! It was not very serious as a “job,” but my music really brought me some money and I bought some souvenirs. I was so proud of it!

    February 10, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Great advice!
    I think teaching English is one of the best possibilities to travel around the world, especially to far-away places like Japan, or China, or South America. It’s a difficult road, though, in my opinion, because not all countries pay equally good money. In Ecuador, for example, they pay very little, like 8 dollars per hour.
    I like the idea of working for a governmental institution, e.g. for the EU. That’s be excellent!

    Sabina Im
    February 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Hey Brooke this was incredibly useful. As a pianist I hope to work on a cruise ship in the near future. I like the various options you provided ! The Bollywood one sound especially intriguing! Cheers 🙂

    February 10, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Really inspiring post! There were a few ideas in there i’d never thought of and it makes you realise that travel is more accessible than you think. I don’t work in any of those areas but with a bit of shuffling and relocating have still managed to see a lot of the world. If you have the drive to travel then I think you will always find a way.

    February 10, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Hi Brooke,

    Thank you for this inspiration! I would love to travel all over the world, through seminars and hoping my blog can be an inspiration for the youth! I’m just starting up myself and trying to find my own product and a way to use my creativity productively! This has just opened up my eyes even more, thank you so much!

    Lots of love,


    February 10, 2015 at 8:23 am

    A lot of great ideas here Brooke, give people a variety to see what suits. I know myself that I’ve tossed up a lot of these occupations as to how to prolong my own travel ( I lucked out with the tour guide. For now anyway!) However no mention of working in hostels and meeting tons of other travellers?
    Love your work, keep it up!

    Stephanie Rogers
    February 10, 2015 at 6:29 am

    These are all amazing!!! I feel much more confident about having a career in travel knowing that I have all these options! Thanks for the great post 🙂

    Marie @ Marie Away
    February 10, 2015 at 4:17 am

    I think I’ve considered nearly all of these at one point or another–it’s funny how the desire to travel can make you consider options that you’d never dreamed of before.

    Right now, I’ve settled into saving and travelling in intervals (saving while working now for travels to come). But, I’m definitely still looking for that sustainable life of travel–like many 🙂

    February 10, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! There are some really good ones! I would love to have a job and have time to travel around the world!
    Claudia x

    February 10, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Yes, there are many ways to work and travel if you really want to make it happen. Another good one for non-US people is to work at an American summer camp. I did this during university holidays, and it was amazing spending a summer in beautiful Vermont. After camp we took our earnings and did a cross country trip (LA, Vegas, New Orleans, New York…!)
    As for teaching English, you don’t necessarily need extra qualifications. In Korea, as long as you have your Bachelor’s, you can get a lucrative job fairly easily.
    I’ve done both of these and next I will be doing one of your other suggestions.. being a tour guide in Europe this summer 🙂
    It can be hard to take these kind of jobs, when there is so much pressure to start a ‘normal’ career, but the benefits are amazing and you never know where they may lead.

      Samar Misra
      August 7, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Thanks for mentioning of Korea as I have always been interested in Teaching ESL abroad and earning living from it. I just have a BA with work experience, but never taught before. Also, I am from India.

      Any feedback and what to look into would be appreciated. Thanks!

    February 10, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I’m actually about to begin Au Pairing in Australia this coming Sunday! Initially I dismissed the idea because I’m here exploring the country with my boyfriend, but many families are open to taking in a couple. Our living situation is ideal, with both of our accommodation and food covered by the work I undertake (if travelling alone, you usually get given a small sum of money each week as well). I used a UK Au Pair website, which was recommended to me by several people; it was very handy and I found a family that suited me in no time. I can’t wait to start! Wish me luck 🙂

    February 9, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I completely agree with what you said about working for free at something you love until you get paid for it. I’m going to continue writing for free until it becomes my job. One day it WILL be.

    February 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    it’s Sound Amazing.. I start my Own Blog for do this experience.. I’m a Freelancer and i Hope to become a Travel Blogger Too….

    Jake Ryan
    February 9, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Good post Brooke 😀

    Free lancing is probably the easiest way to make money right off the bat. But the others are great too 🙂


    February 9, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Love point 4 haha – was not expecting that! It is very true about it being fairly easy for westerners to be spotted, especially in trendy bars etc. Giselli Monteiro is a good example – she’s a Brazilian model but has Indian-looking features, so she fitted in perfectly.
    Teaching English is an excellent plan…that combined with my ability to write websites might just work!

    February 9, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    You definitely forgot: Winemaking
    Basically every nation from Georgia, Germany, France, India, China to Vietnam produce wine. Great producers as well in Tanzania, Uganda and Namibia- and they all are always looking for work and help because most of them want to grow in sales or production!

    February 9, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you, very inspiring! I am enjoying your posts and I am looking forward to future posts of yours! 🙂

    February 9, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I loved this article and LOLed at the Bollywood tip 🙂 It’s truly easy for anyone white skinned to work as an extra on a Bollywood Film Set!

    You’ve inspired me. I would also like to add that picking to just one or two things and sticking to it is rather important. You have to persist a long time for something you love to work economically. Which clearly I haven’t been doing.

    February 9, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Does anyone here have experience with teaching abroad? I’m almost done with uni (as a teacher) and I want to start traveling!


    February 9, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks so much for these lovely tips – I am really trying to break into some type of travel field while still maintaining my day job as a digital product designer at the moment, so this post came at a great time.

    Rae |

    February 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    hi Brooke,
    Loved this post that makes me think about getting back on the road!
    But i just wanted to say that you dont get paid as a wwoofer! You get food and board in exchange for your work! Not money!

    Happy trails,

    February 9, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Really good ideas! Teaching languages or any other skills is perfect as an experience and also as a means to finance travelling.
    There’s another job missing in the list. Consultancy. Working for a consultancy firm will most likely represent a lot of travel. I had friends who moved as expats to Germany or Australia. For many of us it means weekly flights, constant packing but not necessarily sightseeing at all! But it’s an option 🙂

    February 9, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I spent a couple of years as a travel agent – it is hard work, and long hours at times, but the benefits are worth it! I got an all expenses trip to Australia, free flights to Hawaii, ridiculously cheap flights to Singapore and a half price tour around Europe!

    bell santiago
    February 9, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    This makes me want to travel even more, the teaching english idea is genious! Love it ♥

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    February 9, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Nice list! I’m a freelancer and realllly enjoy my lifestyle as a nomad :))

    Lily Earhart
    February 9, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    HI Brooke
    I suppose anybody who can find a job doing what they love is dying to be Wealthy, not necessarily in a pecuniary way, I count myself exceptionally lucky to be in a business where I get to speak and think and write about travel every day.

    Claire-Line's travelogues
    February 9, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Bali… it looks like a dream. Wonderful pics.

    Claire-Line's travelogues
    February 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Great post! “4. Become a Bollywood Film Star” makes me laugh! Thx for your advices.

    February 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve been a website designer and developer for nearly 20 years and have never been asked to go abroad. They tend to give that to the analysts or client – facing roles and not the developer.

    February 9, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Brooke! You’ve left out a big one…Consultants!!!

    Consultants are one of those industries in which living out of a bag, accruing points/status and constantly on the road are the norm. In addition to the travel perks, the salaries are usually pretty high as well. I spent two years in management consulting and got to live in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Velencia Spain, and Vancouver for 4 months at a time.

    Christie of The Butterfly Editions
    February 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Haha being a Bollywood Film Star is totally one of my ultimate life dreams! Being able to do one of those awesome choreographed dances would be amazing. So many great ideas in here!

    February 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    All great ideas! I became an ESOL teacher and ended up teaching in my home state, ha!

      Samar Misra
      August 7, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Does anybody know of any programs similar to Peace Corps or VSO where you don’t have to pay a penny to do International Humanitarian work and they pay you instead with room and board? Also, I wonder ones like PCorps and VSO that are secular with no religion base? Thanks!

    Neysha Bauer
    February 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    My dream!!! Gotta make it happen 🙂

    Christina Richards
    February 9, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Love this list. It would be a dream of mine to be a travel writer. Currently going to backpack across Europe starting in March. I CANNOT WAIT. Great post! It was really inspiring.


    February 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks for all these suggestions, Brooke! I would love to be able to write and travel for a living. That’s the dream, and thanks to you I’m trying to make it a reality. Hopefully I’ll be teaching English somewhere by the end of the year. After that I’ll have to refer back to this post for my next wanderings!

    Bec the Travel Agent
    February 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Actually family trips still require a small participation fee which gets deducted from your wages if you can’t afford to pay it upfront, so they’re not completely free trips but hey, a measly $350-$500 for a 5 day to 2 week work holiday isn’t bad by comparison! But you do still have to participate in hotel inspections, lectures, etc on famils so it’s not entirely a holiday. They’re also known as “educational” trips for a reason. They also require lots of hard work to be invited on! I’ve been with my company for nearly 2 years and not received an invitation, and I have colleagues who’ve worked with the company for 7+ years who’ve not received one either.

    February 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the guide list, If I get it before!!

    Michelle @ Lights Camera Travel
    February 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

    nice list! I know you said working for an international hotel chain but I would also include hotel reception. As long as you follow the seasons there’s plenty of work up for grabs, and bonus – they often allow famils so you can explore your new city/area on the cheap!

    Jaymee-Lee Scott
    February 9, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Hi Brooke!
    Loved this post, I definitely have the itch at the moment, but, as you mentioned, am saving my pretty pennies before I take the plunge (Hopefully at the begging of next year).
    I wanted to ask, re: freelance work – would you just get an ordinary working visa for your country of choice? Sounds a bit silly, but I’m a MakeupArtist, and as this is a service and would require insurance etc etc, I’m curious as to whether or not the same visa would apply?
    Thanks for some inspiration 🙂

    February 9, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Love this list! I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching lately about what to do with the rest of my life, and this list gives me a lot to think about! I hadn’t heard of the Bollywood idea before. Sounds fun!