You don’t have to be chained to a desk to do any of the jobs on this list and you can finally find the freedom you have been looking for!
It is an exciting prospect to think that you could make real money while you travel isn’t it? If you are retired and have always wanted to travel this is the post for you!
There are ways to make money while you travel and it doesn’t have to be blogging either.
You can do these jobs anywhere and if you throw in some solid work ethic you can make enough to meet your travel needs.
I am a fan of multiple income streams in case one dries up suddenly but it is up to you as to how secure you want to be while enjoying the perks of not having to clock in.
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How You can make money while you travel the world:
Sell Your Stock Photos
While you are traveling make sure to take some shots of your adventures.
While you can take some decent shots with your iphone the bigger sites want you to have good shots with a quality digital camera. You can check out shutterstock.com if you are a novice.
They make it easy for amateurs to get started selling and building a portfolio.
You could also turn your photos into t-shirts or canvas bags on Zazzle or head over to Blurb and make books out of your adventures and sell them.
Amazon can ship these for you or you can have them drop shipped while you travel.
This is a great option for those who can type super fast and have great listening skills. These jobs are more abundant and earn better pay if you can speak more than one language but it is not necessary.
This is a great option for anyone who can buckle down and get the work done. Do a google search or check out LinkedIn and Craigslist (but be careful with Craigslist because you know, it’s Craigslist and weirdos abound).
Another company that gets great reviews is BAM Transcription, you could end up doing closed captioning for movies, courtroom documentation, or general transcription. TranscribeMe, Rev and Scribie seem to have regular openings but keep your eyes peeled.
You can expect to make anywhere between $16.00 and $25.00 an hour to keep yourself afloat.
3. Virtual Assistant
Flexibility is the name of the game in this job.
You can take on the type of work that you enjoy and are good at getting done quickly and refuse other types of work that don’t float your boat.
Don’t confuse this with cherry picking because we all have to do some things that don’t make us overflow with joy. But for the most part you can skip the things that make you cringe.
This job is ideal for those who are organized and like to arrange meeting schedules, update social media, do research, create newsletters and write task lists. If you own a computer that can travel , you can make some decent money and still have time to check out the local scene.
For some leads on this type of work make sure to head over to LinkedIn, Craigslist, Indeed, and Career Builder for some company reviews and requirements.
You may need to take a short course to start and figure out where your strengths lie. It’ll help you get a handle on the business.
There are plenty of free courses out there so don’t spend any money unless you really feel like it is worth it.
4. Start a Blog or a Vlog
Ok, you knew that was going to be in the list.
It is almost obligatory since it is one of the income streams I have implemented and yep, you are reading this on a blog. So before you roll your eyes…hear me out. Tons of people are making money on blogs. Some of them make a lot of money.
I mean, forget you forever soul sucking, time clock punching, stupid cubicle, I DO WHAT I WANT type of money.
Not everyone can pull this off but it’s worth a shot isn’t it? It’s working for us.
Could your passion for traveling while still being able to afford to eat be a niche idea for you? Maybe. Check out my post on why you should start a blog here if you are thinking about starting your own blogging adventure.
Or, you could take it a step further and become a Vlogger (video blogger).
Film your adventures and throw them up on YouTube. You can do this with your smartphone and with all of today’s editing tools, this is not as hard as it used to be.
If you love social media, like being in the spotlight and have a desire to build a following this could turn into some serious cash.
Do you notice little typos, bad grammar and the like?
Proofreading may be just the ticket for you. If you have any editing experience it will go a long way but it isn’t always necessary. There are a ton of companies out there that need extra sets of eyes.
You can do this almost anywhere and if you like to read anyway it may be a great revenue stream to keep you in Mai Tai’s and Margaritas.
Do a quick Google, LinkedIn , Glassdoor search or check out Cactus Global to get started.
6. Teach the English Language
English is a very valuable business skill and you would be surprised how many people want to learn it.
It may seem simple to you but English is a difficult language to master on your own because of all of our silly rules that keep contradicting themselves.
Don’t worry about being monolingual if you only speak English either.
Most students want to only use English when they start. Or, if you are fluent in any other language you can teach it to your English Speaking students. There are plenty of opportunities if you look around and take a look at VIPKID.com to get started.
7. Social Media Manager
This is a growing field and you will need some skills to pull this off but if you have a knack for photography, persuasive writing and tactical type thinking skills this is an awesome gig that can be done from anywhere.
If you have spent tons of time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and know you way around these neighborhoods you are a natural fit for this type of job.
Monster always has a ton of these posted. This is the type of gig that could really tie into some of the other suggestions here to diversify your income while you are living the dream.
8. Tour Guide
This is a great opportunity if you are extroverted and love meeting new people. And, you can do this locally, all over your native country and while abroad.
If you get good at this and can get some decent reviews you can “take this gig” with you wherever you go. Some research and practice will be involved here.
Can you just imagine how great it would be to show people around your new home base and make new friends while making money?
Sign up and list what you have to offer and your prices. This one may be more time intensive than some of the others in the beginning…but worth it.
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This could become a lucrative career and help you earn citizenship in countries that require you to work before applying for permanent residence (just in case you are looking to go that route).
Make sure to check out each country that you want to work in and their requirements so that you don’t get into hot water with the local authorities.
9. Au Pair
If you love kids this is a great way to live in another city or abroad.
You usually receive pay, room and board and
meals. Your free time will depend on the family you work for but working in a position like this will give you an authentic feel for what it is like to live like a local. Check out Geovisions.org to get a feel for this job.
10. Accounting or Bookkeeper
This one requires some skills but you can make some great money.
Start networking in your area before you start your trip and see if you might find a few gigs near your home-base or check out Glassdoor and Monster.
11. Customer Support
If you are good with people and learning new software, this one might be a good fit. Many companies are ditching the phone in customer support and are offering chat or email only support.
You can do this from anywhere and don’t have to worry about the noise around you. You could do this one from a cafe in Paris or the the lanai at your VRBO in the Florida Keys. Apple, Amazon, Wayfair and Indeed all occasionally have listings for these types of positions.
For this option, you have to know what you are doing.
A degree in computer science will land you a great job anywhere. But so few programmers and app designers take advantage of being able to work remotely that there are plenty of these jobs out there.
You may give up some of the benefits of working in house, but traveling the world while you are young is worth it…even if it only for a little while.
If you have programming experience you already know where to look.
13. Freelance Writer or Designer
Do you have a knack for writing or design? You can check Fiverr for small projects and take as few or as many as you need to stay in your paradise.
There are tons of bloggers and companies out there that are willing to pay for blog posts, short stories, greeting cards and a ton of other projects.
Get your creative juices flowing with this one and it will really help you perfect your craft by exercising those writing muscles.
14. Hostel Work
I have made some of the best friends I have ever had by doing work for a hostel.
Chances are that if you will be traveling a lot you will be making use of some hostels and there are some great ones out there. Many hostels need short term helpers to do work for them and offer a free place to sleep for it.
If you can negotiate some pay for the work in addition to the bed this would be ideal. Websites like Hosteljobs and Hosteltraveljobs can help you check out availability.
15. Rent Out Your Home or Apartment
This is my favorite way to make side income!
You can hire a trusted friend or relative to take care of your rental while you are away. Or you can use AirBnb’s “experienced” host feature to take care of your place while you are gone.
They have listings of trusted and experienced hosts in most areas that can help you with reservation approval, housekeeping and check in.
This will cost you less than a property manager in most cases but you should do your due diligence to see which option is best for you. Check out how it works here.
Renting out space that you are not using is one of the best money making ideas ever because you are covering your overhead at home and saving your cash for your adventure.
You can double your chances of getting reservations if you also sign up with VRBO. I use them all the time and have had some of the most wonderful guests AND my house pays for itself!
Who says you have to be chained to a desk to make a good living?
With today’s technology you can make money while you travel. I hope some of these ideas will inspire you think about the possibilities. They really are endless…
Luck be with you! I know you can do it!