5 Jobs Where You Can Earn Money While You Travel

Are you ready to start traveling abroad, but your bank account isn’t? These jobs will help you pay your way to travel.

Does traveling around the world sound like an amazing – but unaffordable – dream? The thought of spending all your savings on hotel rooms and train tickets is enough to make many people put off the idea of traveling at all.

But if you’re at the right place in your life, you can make traveling affordable by working while you’re abroad. Just graduated college and itching to take a gap year before you settle down? Working and traveling is a great option. Maybe you just went through a divorce and you feel like escaping for a while. Why not turn a new leaf and travel?

Once you know what jobs are out there, you can start looking for positions that will allow you to work and earn while you travel. Take a look at these five and see if any sound like the right fit for you!


Freelancing is one of the best jobs to have while you’re traveling. Depending on your skill set, you can look for work as a freelance writer, graphic designer, software engineer, app developer, or other position. There are different websites that can connect you with clients, and you can always network in your home city, too. 

Freelancers often work on their own schedule, which means they can be in any time zone in the world! Work from a beach in Greece or from a mountain cabin in the Alps. As long as you deliver quality work on time to your clients, it doesn’t matter where you’re living. 

Au Pair

Au pair reading a book to two young children

If you love working with kids, why not look for a job as an au pair? An au pair is similar to a nanny, as the job is dedicated to childcare. Au pairs live with the families they serve and are even considered to be part of the family. An au pair is typically responsible for childcare but can sometimes be responsible for light housework as well. 

Typically, in Europe au pairs study part-time and help the family part-time. That also leaves time for travelling on the weekends. However, your travel schedule will depend on the needs of your host family, so it could be limited. 

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Farm Hand

Woman with a crate of red leaf lettuce standing in front of a field

Do you like being outside and getting your hands dirty? Think about applying for a job as a farm hand in a foreign country. According to Go Abroad, “The great thing about farm work abroad is that it doesn’t require previous experience, you’ll likely get food and housing with most programs, and there are opportunities to do it for a good cause

“You can get involved in organic farming abroad, ranching abroad, cheese-making abroad… you name it.” With many different agricultural areas to explore, you’re bound to find something you’re interested in. 

Farm Work New Zealand and Farm Work Australia are two options. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) offers the opportunity for interested people to work for farmers; however, the payment can vary considerably depending on location.

Farming schedules can be intense, so it’s important to keep that in mind. Just like au pairs, farm hands are more limited in their time off for traveling than others.

English Teacher

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Working as an English teacher abroad is one of the most popular ways to earn money while you travel. A job as an English teacher can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be extremely difficult. 

Decide where you want to live first, and then start looking for jobs. Do you want to work for a specific school or organization? Contact the HR department to find out if positions are available and how the application process works. Of course, you’ll need to find out what qualifications are required to teach English in that country. 

Keep in mind that teachers usually have set holidays that would allow you to take off more time to travel in the region where you’re teaching. Those extra holidays could make the hard work of teaching all worth it!

Work at a Hostel

Long view of a modern hostel

If you’re interested in all things travel, why not look for a job at a hostel? You’ll likely receive free or heavily discounted lodging, which is an amazing perk. A hostel is also a great place to work if you’re interested in meeting people from all over the world. 

Some hostel jobs are dedicated to working the desk, while others are housekeeping roles. You should definitely be comfortable sharing a room if you want to work at a hostel! Check out websites like Worldpackers and Hosteljobs to find opportunities.

Whether you’re a free spirit seeking adventure, or after years of the daily grind you want a change of scenery and pace, a job abroad could be exactly what you need. As you research, remember to look up visa requirements for working in the countries that you’re interested in exploring. 

Take plenty of time to think through your options and choose what’s best for you before you take this major step – and start living your life your way!

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