Want to get paid while traveling the world?

Of course everyone wants to travel, but for most people limited money prevents them from going to all the exotic places they want. For those who are short on money, the typical advice is to skimp on your expenses and save as much as you can before leaving. This is awful advice which will never help you travel for extended periods of time. You can now take advantage of easy internet access all over the world to work remotely while traveling at the same time. In this post I will give you some examples of how you can make money while traveling.

1. Online Freelance Work

Would you like a job where you can pick your own projects, choose your own hours, and work from wherever there is wifi? Then doing freelance work online may be the job for you. Using sites like Upwork and Freelancer, you can bid on thousands of posted jobs that need to be completed. All it takes to get paid is Internet access and a Paypal account. There are so many different fields of work on these websites. If you are a skilled writer, programmer, photographer or graphic designer then there will be no shortage of jobs for you.

These sites aren’t perfect though. There is lots of competition, which drives down the price of wages. And since you aren’t dealing with employers in person it can be difficult if problems arise. Don’t let that concern you too much though. These sites should still be staples for any person looking to make money while traveling.

2. Work Remotely

If you currently have a job that you enjoy where you work entirely from home, you can pack everything up and start traveling immediately. As long as you are still able to complete all of your work to the same quality as before most employers will not care where you are. Just as with freelance work, as long as you have an internet connection you can do this.

If you are not currently working from home, why not ask your boss if you can for one or two days per week. If you are still as competent as you were before then you can potentially expand this to five days per week. After that you are free to work from wherever you want. Tim Ferris goes over this plan in much more detail in his famous book “The Four-Hour Workweek”. This book is a must read for any traveler looking to make money.

3. Affiliate Marketing

This option is slightly more difficult as it requires you to have a well-known blog or website that receives lots of traffic. However, if you do have such a way of speaking to people, affiliate marketing can be very lucrative, without much effort. Affiliate marketing is a deal usually set up with Amazon, where you receive a percentage of a sale if a reader buys a good after being redirected there from your site. It’s a simple as that. Once you set it up it is good forever, and you don’t have to do any more work. But as I said, this technique requires you to have enough readers who will buy something you recommend, which is an extremely difficult task by itself.

4. Tour Guide

Anyone who has ever traveled through a European has been exposed to the free tours offered in every capital. These tours are often lead by English natives who have chosen to stay in that city for an extended period of time. This means that they have an in-depth knowledge of the area that your average traveler does not. Since most travelers speak English as common language, these companies are always looking for English natives to work as guides.

This can be perfect if you want to stay in one single city for a long time. It can be difficult though because you must really entirely on tips since you are not paid a wage. This means you must be good at your job, or you will not last long. But if you are a people-person and are planning to stay in a city for an extended period, you should look at this option to earn some cash.

5. Working Holiday Visa

This has traditional been by far the most popular way that young people are able to make money while traveling. If you live in an English speaking or western European country, then you will have the choice to apply for a working holiday visa to a large number of countries. These visas allow you to legally work in the country for up to one year, and some countries allow you to renew for a second year.

Normally the jobs people get are low-skilled, minimum wage types in customer service. Bartender, cashier, or cleaner are typical examples. While these jobs are not flashy, they pay you enough that you can travel without having to dip into your savings. Since there are so many countries that offer working holiday visas, you can pretty much legally work your way around the world by using them. They may never help you get rich, but you won’t have to worry about running out of money.

If you have any more questions click here to read our post on the frequently asked question of working holiday visas. The FAQ´s should be able to clarify the entire process of applying for and working with a working holiday visa.

6. Teach English Abroad 

There is a growing demand around the world for the ability to speak English, and thus there is also a growing demand for English teachers. If you have a university degree and are a native English speaker, you have a good chance of being accepted as an English teacher abroad. If you want to increase your credentials than you should take a TEFL or the more prestigious CELTA certification. Completing these courses not only prepares you for teaching English in a classroom, but also give you access to higher quality, and thus better paying, schools.

South Korea and South East Asia have always been hotspots for foreign English teachers. S.E.A for its ease of getting a job, and S. Korea for its high pay. The need for English teachers in China has skyrocketed in the past decade, and many recent graduate are going there instead. If going to the far East intimidates you do not worry, because many European countries, such as Czech Republic, and even Span and Portugal, have a growing need for English teachers.


Here is an infographic about 200 ways to make money online. This should give you even more ideas on how to make money on the road.


These are some of the most popular ways that people make money while traveling. Let me know in the comments if you have ever used one of these methods, or if you know of other ways to make money while on the road. 🙂



  1. These are great! I would love to travel more. These get complicated when you have a husband in medical school and a little baby girl, but maybe one day we can put these tips to use. I love the holiday working visa tip. Great thoughts!

  2. This is an amazingly helpful post! I’ll pin that for later. I’m still working on growing my blog, but in a couple of months I will definitely make use of your list. Thank you so much for sharing

    x, Juliet

  3. Hey, thanks for sharing your thoughts! I keep reading about it but just can’t get down to actually trying it:) I did international volunteering… but I guess I am too lazy to work when I travel:) But I need to try for sure!

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