10 Jobs You Can Do While Traveling The World
Looking for a side-hustle or full time job to fund your living while travelling? The good news is that there are quite a few options; the digital nomad lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular, and we worked online during our family gap year in Bali, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Some travel-focused jobs can be done in the peaceful solitude of a hotel room or a beach house; others will having you mingling with other travellers and locals, so there really is something for everyone. Here are 10 easy ways you can earn an income while seeing the world!
This one makes the most sense to start the list with, as it’s what I do and what I know the most about. I’ve written for magazines, newspapers, websites and my own blogs since I was 14 years old- it’s what I’ve always loved to do. If you have a way with words and a passion for writing, it can be channelled into many different jobs. Freelance writing, content writing for companies, blogging and journalism are all careers through which you can travel – and what better way to get inspiration for your next story?
If you’re serious about writing as a career you will need a portfolio- samples of your work- and you’ll need to take some lower paid jobs at first to prove your capabilities. Good freelance sites for getting your first gigs include Upwork and Freelancer- or reach out to companies to ask if you can offer them some written content in return for a testimonial.
Besides content writing, SEO writing or academic writing are other options that are increasingly in demand. Many companies are looking for talented writers to create content for their websites and they benefit from using location-independent freelancers and professional essay writers by saving money on employment expenses. Academic writing also provides an opportunity for you to expand your knowledge about new subjects, allowing you to pitch your services to a greater range of companies.
Cruise Ship Worker
Enjoy working in an active holiday environment with other like-minded people, and benefit from stopping at locations all over the world. There are countless cruise ship jobs, from chefs to beauty therapists, childcare workers and engineers, so whatever your area of expertise there is likely to be a role suitable for you.
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) is an extremely popular option for those of us fortunate to be native English speakers. Students around the world and particularly in Asia are keen to learn English, and opportunities for teaching ESL range from running Skype-based online lessons to living and working in a school abroad. There are many companies that offer ESL (also known as TEFL) training and many of these also offer help to get your first placement.
Becoming a sports instructor provides endless possibilities for all seasons and climates. Choose from water sports such as snorkelling, surfing and diving; snow-based jobs like skiing or snowboarding, or team sports coaches in activity resorts. Skiing and scuba diving instruction require qualifications whereas kids’ football coaching or leading surf lessons are often personality based, so pick a role that is suitable for your skills and experience. Along with the sports instructors, other seasonal work includes travel reps and chalet hosts so it’s not just for the super active!
Kids’ Camp Worker
Many summer camps need enthusiastic workers to lead activities, maintain the campsite and look after the young residents, and it is a great way to build confidence, responsibility and skills. There is also the benefit of being able to book flights to leave time before and after your placement to explore the area. My brother was a counsellor at Camp America for several years and had the time of his life, walking the Appalachian Trail after finishing his work placement, so I know how much fun these roles can be!
If there is a location that you are particularly knowledgeable about or interested in, why not consider becoming a tour guide and showing tourists the highlights of the area? You can even go freelance and start your own tours based on niche interests- street art, chocolate tasting, historical figures and whisky tours are just a few examples of the tours available in our home city of London.
Photography is a very competitive field, so firstly gain some experience while building up an impressive portfolio. Offering free photoshoots or working as an assistant to a wedding photographer are great ways to sharpen your skills and learn the business before you launch your career.
If you are able to speak more than one language, one can make a good living as a high-demand interpreter. Business conferences often take places in big cities or at resorts and frequently require interpreters to ensure that things run smoothly. Hospitals and courts may be interested in hiring a savvy freelancer to interpret for them too, and of course there is always online and telephone translating if you would rather be location independent.
Beach clubs and hotels have a high flow of tourists during certain seasons, which of course means hiring extra employees. To get a bartending job you may simply need to ask around, do a trial shift and take it from there!
Massage & Beauty Therapist
If you enjoy the serenity of beauty and massage parlours and love to make people feel pampered, consider getting a certificate in massage or beauty therapy and apply to work in any hotel or spa in the world! These jobs have a high turnover, like most jobs in the leisure industry, so there are often vacancies on hotel and resort websites.
If you want to see the world while earning an income at the same time, the above list of jobs is a great place to start. This is by no means an exhaustive list and whatever you do, I would recommend speaking to your employer to see if there is flexibility to take your work remotely. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know!