Updated: Oct 19
You have just had an amazing week or two away and before you have even left the destination you’re already dreaming of your next trip. Sound familiar?
Welcome to the travel bug club! This was me back in 2015 I worked a stressful job that took over most of my life, I was great at my job and loved my colleagues but I felt like I had no real passion for what I was doing. I had been dreaming of travelling the world since I was a teenager, the freedom and the care free life that came with it.
Unfortunately once you begin to make a life, earn a salary and move out of the family home those dreams can sometimes become a very distant unrealism so I was living for those 28 days a year holiday that I could escape and for most that is enough to supress the travel bug but for me I needed to do something more about it.
When I finally took the plunge and quit my job to take a year off to travel the world it was the best feeling ever, I am living proof that you don't need to be a millionaire to travel the world but there is a few things you can change to make these dreams manifest. The first being your budget travel mind set and I have a whole other blog post on this subject 'Travelling on a budget'
The second and something I am learning more and more about now is to earn money whilst travelling, using your skills and experience and utilising them. Here is a list of 10 travel jobs that I think anyone could be capable of doing.
#1 - Writing/Blogging
Something that most travellers can get into; all you need is a passion for sharing your knowledge/experiences, a laptop with internet and an engaging message. As travellers we gain a lot of our travel plans, places to go and what to do by simply googling and then reading peoples blogs they are such a great source of information now. Monetising a blog can be difficult, it takes a lot of work and effort to begin with and a social media presence is also ideal but once you finally gage a loyal audience the rewards can be amazing. It doesn't even need to be a travel blog you could be a guru in anything; parenting, fashion, food or books there is a market for any type of blog.
#2 - Teach English
English teachers are highly sought after around the world especially in non English speaking countries; and If you are fluent then the pay can be really good. You could work in a classroom situation or even online in a virtual class. Check the requirements for the country you want to work first to ensure you don't need a particular degree or qualification however there are many countries that don't require these.
#3 - Virtual Assistant
The way the world is moving now virtual is the way forward and being a virtual assistant is a great job that you can easily do from a hammock in the Philippines. Some experience in office work or showing your organisational qualities will help but companies with a lower budget will look at non experienced people too until you can work your way up.
#4 - Bar/Restaurant Work
Whether its on a strip or in a hotel/hostel, most hospitality places will offer travellers work for cash or a free bed/board. There is normally no set hours so you can work flexible however it needs the guts to put yourself forward to begin with in approaching the managers.
#5 - Graphic or Website Design
One of the most common travel careers for digital nomads is graphics or website design. You will need an eye for design, a laptop and the knowledge of software programs and online platforms to carry out your work such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, WordPress etc.
#6 - Au Pair
An au pair is a professional live-in babysitter or nanny hired by a family to help with the care of their children and homes. Duties include household chores, running children around and maybe teaching them English, in exchange you receive a room, board, and a salary. Jobs for au pairs are available all over the world, some pay more than others. It is a less flexible career path as you will normally work longer hours, less freedom to just travel when you want but you get to experience real life in the countries you work and earn a real wage.
#7 - Freelance Travel Photographer
A very sought after profession and one that is more difficult to get into but if you know your way around a camera and a photo editing site then you stand a great chance of earning great money from your travels. You can sell these images onto companies, through websites and even earn money through social media on influencer projects.
#8 - Become a Host on Air BnB
Another specialist job but if you own a property in your home country and plan to be away for long chunks of the year then why not rent your empty property out using AirBnB? Prices are dependant on your location and property type but you could earn enough to supplement your travels by hosting other couples/families.
#9 - Videographer/Vlogger
Similar to blogging but more visual, if you love the camera and are not shy to get in front of it to talk to your audience then Vlogging is great. You can Vlog your travels and build a loyal audience all you need is a camera, laptop and a video editing software. Youtube works really well for this and growing a social media presence is also great for building a following.
#10 - Instructor/Teacher
There are so many opportunities to share your qualified skills around the world, whether you are a yoga teacher, teach people how to edit photos, like running and want to set up a running club, teach football to kids the list goes on and on. Share your passion with others and you could start earning before you know it.