Ever wondered how to make money on the road or what types of jobs you can do while traveling the world? In this post “We Work Remotely” we have asked a variety of people what it is that they do to travel and work abroad.
You may be surprised on the number of jobs you can do from anywhere in the world. Most of the people in “We Work Remotely” tend to be involved in some sort of online work which allows them to work while traveling any where in the world. Jobs such as remote social media jobs (social media content manager, social media assistant or Instagram management services); virtual office assistant roles (live virtual receptionist or virtual executive assistant jobs); remote web design jobs, freelance photography or writing are just a few of the jobs you can do while travelling.
So let’s get into it and see how others work remotely and travel.
1. Instagram Agency
The many digital nomads and long term travelers that you see and follow online are usually still working and making money on the road as they travel. We all have found a way how to channel our passion for continuous travel and use it as source of income and business. And for us Gamintraveler, it is the Instagram Agency that we run while travel that has let us travel continuously, in addition to the growing Instagram collaborations that we are having.
While we travel to continuously develop our personal travel brand, the Instagram Agency is where we provide Instagram Management Services to various Instagram accounts for other personal brands and small to medium sized businesses and soloprenenurs (SMBs). This is how we earn thru blogging. We basicaly act as an Instagram Account Manager by creating to curating content, growing their followers and engagement and getting leads to their businesses using the Instagram platform. We mostly offer full time Instagram services.
To do this, we need to structure our days, and yes, even the hardcore traveling days to always have time set up for work. We work insane hours usually, from 8-hour days to 12-16 hour days, especially when traveling. We also have a team of assistants working with us, to support our work. We easily earn a solid 4-figure monthly income from our Instagram agency.
Rachel & Ruben from Gamintraveler
2. Travel Coaching
I opened the travel coaching sessions in the hopes that I will not only get income from it but become closer to the people who are reading the blog. I do private sessions for different categories like how to become a digital Nomad, finding volunteering gigs, teaching English abroad and long-term travel. Since it’s a private session, it started at $50 USD per hour.
28% of my readers are from the Philippines and I never expected the weekly sessions will be fully booked. Upon inquiry, I tell them the session won’t make sense if they don’t have the willingness to do what they want yet – it’s a total waste of money so I put them to some mini tests before approving the booking. More and more people started booking through third party referrals because they know that the session will really focus on the type of individual they are. It’s not about the money I will be earning.
In this business, trust is one of the powerful words that got me through. I think we, as bloggers should value our services on a personal benefit to the other party as opposed to thinking about the amount of money we will earn.
Trisha from P.S. I’m On My Way
3. Virtual Travel Assistant
These days, more and more people around the world are deciding to pursue an independent location lifestyle. I decided to take advantage of that and start working as a virtual travel assistant for digital nomads alongside my main freelancing work.
Many digital nomads find booking their own travel annoying and time-consuming. That’s where a virtual travel assistant comes in. Rather than sit and compare flight prices or look for the perfect AirBnB, they can outsource this to someone else and concentrate on doing what makes them money!
I love booking travel and sometimes look at flights for places I have no plans to visit just for fun. This is the perfect side-hustle for me! I also work as a freelance writer so the logistical side of my travel planning job is a nice contrast to this.
I have a few travel clients who I help with all aspects of their travel: I find them cheap flights, car rentals, book their accommodation, research visas and even make them custom itineraries.
I got my first client on a Facebook group and have since gotten more from word of mouth. I charge my clients an hourly rate and invoice them at the end of the month. I wouldn’t rely on this type of work as a main source of income unless you can find yourself a huge client base. But, for some extra pocket money, it’s an easy way to make money on the road and work from anywhere in the world.
Nicole from Wee Gypsy Girl
4. Managing Social Media for companies
One of the easiest ways to travel and earn money is offering social media management services for companies in your field. Let’s say you love travel – who doesn’t! – well, then you can look for companies in the travel business that aren’t doing great or that could easily improve their social media game and pitch them your services.
I have been running a google+ account for a company that I cannot disclose for about six months now. The job is really simple. You just need to find interesting stuff to post on their google+ page three times per week and answer any comments their followers leave in there.
It only takes to be connected three times per week and understanding what the company is about and what its audience requires.
Thanks to that, and many other little jobs here and there, I can afford to live a life of travel. And I promise you, it is a very exciting one! Check out what we were up to in 2016 here to get an idea.
Inma from A World to Travel
5. Publish a book
These days, it’s fairly easy to publish a book either in e-book format or as a paperback. I recently published a tongue-in-cheek guidebook to German culture: German Men Sit Down To Pee And Other Insights Into German Culture. It hasn’t made me rich, but does provide a monthly income.
Publishing a book is very time-consuming. First, you have to research the book. Then, you have to write the thing. Then, there’s proofreading, corrections, and re-writes. And, that’s all before you get into marketing the book and finding people to review it.
However, if you have an idea for a book that you think will sell, it could end up being a very rewarding passive income. Making it available in print or on Kindle is fairly simple thanks to Amazon’s KDP and Createspace Publishing Programs – with Kindle, for example, it’s as simple as uploading the manuscript and a cover.
If you have a blog, you have a huge advantage over most writers. A blog gives you a direct line to your readers, allowing you to get an idea of what they want to see in the book (for non-fiction). It also allows you to find beta readers who can provide feedback on early drafts or who might be interested in a review copy (a copy in exchange for a review).
Got an idea for a book? Get writing, and add book royalties to your income stream.
James from Portugalist
6. Teach English Online
One of the most common questions I am asked about my vagabond lifestyle is how I manage to financially support it! Flights, hotels, AirBnb stays – they all add up, and although I am very much on the thrifty side of nomadism, putting in semi-regular work hours are an absolute must to keep my journey always moving. After teaching English in Thailand and Mexico for a combined 3 years, my yearning for nonstop travel compelled me to jump from the classroom to cyberspace, and start to teach english online.
Overall, teaching English online has been the perfect job for me as the scheduling is really (really) flexible, classes are only 25 minutes, there is no lesson preparation, testing or exams whatsoever, and the majority of the students are eager and happy to learn. Nearly all of my lessons are with children ages 5-10, making for very fun and enthusiastic lessons. Lots of jokes, drawing, and games fill my lessons, and I even use my ukulele to sing songs too! After working for my current company for a year and a half, I have built up a solid student base that will book me exclusively, even with only 24 hours notice. As long as I have fast enough internet, a quiet room, and the time zone is manageable, then I can work – from anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in online English teaching jobs, all you really need is a newer laptop with a webcam, a good headset, and a Bachelor’s Degree (in any field – it does not have to be in English or in education!) and you are good to go! Check out how you can get started and learn.
Craig from Vagabond Disposition
7. Affiliate Marketing
Considering you’ve raised the traffic of your blog to a decent number, affiliate marketing can become one of the best ways how to make money from your blog.
No matter what’s your niche, there’s plenty of companies who offer an affiliate partner program. Do your research, register for their affiliate program, and after their approval, you’ll be able to use their affiliate links in your blog posts.
Every time a reader clicks or buys a product through your link, you will receive a commission.
Not all affiliate programs pay well, some pay on a percentage of the sale, some on leads (how many people clicked on your link) and some on a fixed rate that can increase according to the number of sales. A good affiliate website you can start with is Awin and of course, Amazon.
The other way to make money from the affiliate marketing is to sell your own product and create a unique partner program. That way the other fellow bloggers can register for it, and insert the links to your product in their blog. This is a win-win!
Naturally, the more products you create, and more partners will use your program, the bigger your passive income will be.
Ivana & Gianni from Nomad is Beautiful
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8. Freelance Writing
I’ve found freelance writing to be the best way to make money while traveling. I love the ability to have clients around the globe where I can write about a variety of topics while basing myself out of anywhere that has wifi.
I mostly write about topics that interest me – food and travel but I also occasionally take on topics for clients that I’m not as familiar with, and I love that challenge. It allows me to learn about new topics, some of which even help me improve my own site. For example, I was recently hired to write a piece about the best plugins for websites. In researching this article, I found valuable new plugins for my own site.
Getting established as a freelance writer can be difficult at first. In the beginning, I was writing articles for free or for as little as $10. Once you have bylines in several publications it makes pitching larger, better paying publications easier. I’ve found that if you consistently deliver high quality material on time editors are happy to work with you. And if that particular editor doesn’t have current work for you they will often refer you to a colleague. Most of these people in the industry understand the hustle of being a freelancer!
Nathan from Foodie Flashpacker
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9. Creating Websites for Clients
Web design has changed a lot in last decade and to get a fully functional website done within a few days, is not a “rocket science” anymore. Thanks to various tools, content management systems or page builders you can build a website without coding skills. There are also pre-designed themes which you can easily install just by few clicks. They will save you plenty of time and will cover almost all your graphic design efforts. All you need to do these days is to fill up the content, information, pictures and of course learn how to use one of the tools.
When it comes to small businesses, most websites are done this way, whether it’s a PRO agency, freelancer or “freelance traveler”. Template websites meet required quality when it comes to design, user experience, SEO and they are affordable. Since, lots of traditional “older” businesses are just getting their websites done, re-designing for a modern look or catching up with mobile & tablet growth, there is a huge demand for web designers. Therefore, it’s quite easy to find clients that are willing to hire people for remote webdesign jobs.
Few examples: WordPress (CMS), WIX (Page Builder), Magento (eShop CMS)
Viktor Vincej from Traveling Lifestyle
10. Stock Trading
Lots of people save up before taking a big trip. Instead of spending that money, make it work for you. Let’s say you save up $20,000 for your big trip. Don’t put that money in a savings account earning 1% interest a year. You should consider trading stocks, specifically covered calls to make 1% on your money a week.
Let’s say you own a stock. You can sell someone the option to buy that stock from you at a certain price on a certain date. So, our stock is currently trading at $20 / share. And you sell the option for this Friday at $21 for $.30 / share. Options are always traded in contracts of 100 shares. If you invested all of your money in this stock, you would have 1000 shares or 10 contracts. When you sold the option, you would get 1000*.30 = $300 immediately.
If the stock goes up to 21, you would lose it on that Friday. But you would have made the $1 / share in cost different, plus the $.30 option fee that you were paid. That would be a profit of $1300 for the week or $1300 / $20000 = 6.5% for the week. If the stock went up or down, but didn’t hit $21, you keep your stock and the $300, or 1.5% for the week. If the stock goes down a bit, no big deal. You have insured yourself against that loss to the turn of $.30 per share. Your cost basis of that stock is now $20-.30 = $19.70.
The best part about these methods is that you can do it week after week earning money to fund your travels without touching your savings.
Nicole from Family with Latitude
11. Making Drone Videos
Last year we invested in a DJI Mavic Drone, and let me say, it’s been a real game changer for us. Up until that point my husband and I offered content creation as part of our freelance services, and that usually included a word and pictures package. We started dabbling with video, but never really got into it, mostly because we felt that our video quality was still quite low and not good enough to be offered professionally. With the drone, we are able to capture great footage that makes our travel videos so much better. We have also noticed that there’s increasing demand for drone videos, and we have managed to score a few jobs on account of being able to offer drone footage/edited drone videos.
Our advice to someone that wants to get into drone video making is to practice flying before offering their services for pay – flying drones is pretty simple but some things like learning to go around corners smoothly takes a little practice, not to mention you definitely don’t want to be crashing your drone in the middle of a job!
Margherita from The Crowded Planet
If you had the privilege as a child to learn how to play an instrument or an entertaining skill, it might be time to pick that up again as a traveler. Busking, or street performing, is still one of the favorite low-tech ways to make your travels work for you. While the income is tip-based and therefore will always vary, you can make a living if you have the determination. Of course having talent helps, but it’s not as much a requirement as persistence.
Even if the internet has been destroyed and the world is on fire, people will want to be entertained, and people will be willing to pay for entertainment. You can perform anywhere in the world where people live, especially those where people are stuck in the daily grind and could use some entertainment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small town or a big city.
One best practice is to always let your audience know why you’re here doing that thing you do. Writing up a message like “making music to eat a famous local dish” or “juggling for early retirement” can give people a good laugh and make you less suspicious to them. Busking comes with all kinds of side perks: people will want to know more about you, will invite you for a drink, give you a place to stay, or even offer you other jobs.
There’s really no downside to doing something you like and the size of your comfort zone will never be the same again.
Iris from Mind of a Hitchhiker
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13. Provide Virtual Assistant Services
If you have some administration skills, a great way to make money travelling is to provide Virtual Assistant Services. A Virtual Assistant usually does tasks such as admin work, typing jobs, transcribing, arranging schedules and other clerical duties. You can start by advertising your skills on websites like Upwork or on various Facebook groups set up specifically for those working as a virtual assistant.
Within six months Gina was earning $4,000 per month on the side of her full-time job. In her course “30 Days Or Less To Virtual Assistant” she teaches you everything you need to know about becoming a Virtual Assistant.
14. Sell Articles Online
If you enjoy writing than there are various ways to write for others online. Websites like iWriter or Upwork enable those looking for great content to advertise their projects and writers with all kinds of experience can apply. All you need to to do is open up a profile and start applying for the roles. Rates for first time writers can be quite low, but the more experience you have and the more great reviews are left for you the more projects you will receive.
15. Graphic Designer
Do you have a flair for design? Working online as a graphic designer is another way you can make money while travelling. There are various individuals and companies looking for graphic design work. Projects include creating Pins for Pinterest, Media Kits, e-books, logos, invitations, business cards and stacks more. Websites such as Upwork and Fiverr allow companies and individuals to advertise their projects and freelancers can apply for the roles. Similar to freelance writing, you are unlikely to receive top dollar for your initial projects, but with experience and great reviews you can receive a good income from this sort of freelance work.
16. Travel Blog
More and more people are turning away from large organisations for their travel advice and looking towards individual travel bloggers to help with their travel plans. Anyone can start a travel blog, but only the most determined can make a steady income from it. As you heard above, most travel bloggers combine their blogging with some sort of other remote work such as affiliate marketing, social media management, freelance writing and various other remote jobs. However over time, with a lot of hard work and persistence it is possible to make an income from working online as a travel blogger and have the ability to work from anywhere in the world.
17. Online Survey Jobs
Large organisations pay marketing companies to do online surveys for them. There are various marketing organisations that do these online surveys and it is a way to make a few extra dollars here and there. Usually you are paid in the form of vouchers and on the odd occasion cash, but this is an easy way to make some extra money whilst you travel.
18. Work Remotely as an Employee
More and more organisations these days are encouraging their employees to work remotely. Employees who work remotely saves companies on expenses such as building and office equipment and gives employees the flexibility to work from wherever they like. If you already have an office job, before resigning to start a life of working online – check to see if your current employer is open to the idea of you working remotely.
It is also possible to apply for remote positions, just look on any job search website and use the keyword “remote” to see what comes up in your field.
Do you speak two or more languages? Being a translator is a great job, usually at a fairly good rate of pay that you may be able to work either remotely or in various destinations around the world. Many organisations are in need of people to translate documents from and to English which may be possible to do remotely. There are also many organisations across the world that require translators in the physical workplace, so this is an option if you are interested in working in various cities as you travel.
20. Work On A Cruise Ship
If you are not computer savvy, a fun way to see the world and work is on board a cruise ship. Cruise ships require a variety of different jobs to be done by people with all sorts of different skills and experience. So whether you have a profession or no experience whatsoever there is a bound to be jobs that you are suited to on board a cruise ship.
21. Tour Guide
Being a tour guide provides a great opportunity to combine work and travel. There are plenty of tour operators across the globe you can work with. Whether you want to explore locally or internationally, working as a tour guide will bring you to various destinations.
22. Bar Tending
A very common job to work and travel with is bar tending. If you do not already have experience, before you leave home do a short course in bar tending, get some experience if you can and you are sure to be able to get a job in various destinations around the world.
23. Sell your Photographs
If you are a talented photographer, then you may be able to sell your travel photos. Pitch to various magazines, hotels, restaurants and attractions with examples of your work. In some cases you may be able to trade photographs for free accommodation or meals as well make some cash on the side.
24. Rent Your Apartment Through AirBnB
While you are travelling, if you have an empty apartment at home, why not rent it out on AirBnB. If your place is located close by to a popular tourist attraction or city you could be making a decent income while you are travelling.
25. Au Pair
Do you love children? Then travelling the world whilst working as an Au Pair could be a great option for you. It is very popular for European families as well as families in the USA and Australia to engage an Au pair to look after their children in exchange for free board as well as a basic weekly wage. Some families are even looking for Au Pairs to help with the children whilst they are travelling – so you can travel for free with them!
26. Yoga Teacher
It is becoming quite popular in resorts and hotels across the world to engage Yoga Instructors as part of their onsite activities for guests. There are also a variety of Yoga retreats popping up in various locations, particularly Asia. This is an great opportunity if you are a qualified and experienced Yoga Instructor looking to travel and work. Some resorts will provide board in exchange for your work, whilst others will provide a weekly wage.
27. Surf Instructor
Similar to Yoga Instructors, various resorts, hotels and tour operators across the world are often looking for experienced surf instructors to teach tourists how to surf. If you are an experienced surf instructor and keen to work whilst you travel the world, this would be a great job.
28. Work In A Hostel
Many hostels are willing to offer travelers free accommodation in exchange for some work around the hostel. Work may include working on reception, behind the bar, organisng tours and a range of other tasks. Some hostels may provide meals as well as accommodation. Whilst not technailly a way to make money while travelling, it’s a great way to have your accommodation and meals provided for free of charge.
29. Working Holiday Visas
Many countries enable travellers to obtain a working holiday visa so you can work as you travel around the country. Requirements differ between countries, but generally you are required to be between the ages of 18 and 30 and can work in a specific country for up to a year. Countries that offer working holiday visas include Canada, Singapore, France, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Be sure to do your own research on working holiday visas in your chosen destination to ensure you can comply with the requirements.
With more and more families travelling on a regular basis, it has become common for people to have a house sitter whilst they are away. This is particularly so if the family has pets. Whilst you are not usually paid for house sitting you are provided with free accommodation. House sits can be in some pretty amazing destinations and in some pretty luxurious houses. House sits vary from a few days to a few months. You could quite literally plan your entire trip by house sits so that you always have free accommodation.
31. Work As A Flight Attendant
Becoming a Flight Attendant has been a popular career choice for decades for lovers of travel. With days off in exciting cities across the world, it is a great way to see a variety of places without having to pay the hefty cost of airfares and accommodation.