What You Need to Know About Making Money While Traveling the World
It’s likely that every traveler’s dream is to be able to travel all (or most) of the time, but also to be able to make money while doing it. Traveling costs money, so if you want to be able to spend the majority of your time traveling, you’ll need a way to make money while doing it. Fortunately, there are several ways to do this. However, there are also other things you should be aware of when thinking about working and traveling at the same time.
Types of Jobs That Allow You to Work and Travel
First and foremost, you should figure out which types of jobs allow you to travel and which one you think will be the best fit for you. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many jobs have gone and still are remote, so you may be able to continue working the job you already have. If not, here are some common (and not so common) jobs that allow you to travel while you work, or at least allow a decent amount of time off for traveling.
An au pair is a live-in babysitter in a foreign country. You’ll be provided with a room, meals, and weekly pay in exchange for helping out a family with their children. However, you can’t be married and/or have your own children, and you have to be between the ages of 17 and 30.
Cruise ship worker
This can be any job, from a waiter/waitress in a restaurant to an activity director. With so much going on aboard a cruise ship, it’s likely to find a job that fits your skills and expertise.
This can be any type of job that allows you to complete all of your work online. Common types of digital nomad jobs include:
- Customer Service
- Freelance Work (Blogging, Designing, Photography, Writing, etc.)
- Information Technology (IT)
- Project Management
- Software Development
- Virtual Assistant
- Website Design
Your office could be on the balcony of a beautiful hotel, or a secluded cabin in the mountains. All you need is a reliable internet connection or hotspot to be able to complete your work tasks.
As a flight attendant, you will literally be traveling the world because it’s your job. Most airlines require that you have experience in the service industry, can lift heavy items over your head, and can stand for long periods of time. You may also have to work a certain amount of domestic flights before you can work on international flights.
These types of jobs only have you working a certain time of the year, leaving those other times left up to you to do whatever you please. The most common type of seasonal job would be a traditional school teacher, who works during the fall, winter, and spring months and has summers off. Other types of seasonal jobs include:
- Commercial Fishing
- Construction Workers
- Holiday Retail Workers
- Oil Workers
- Ski/Beach Resort Workers
Keep in mind that some seasonal jobs still don’t pay enough to allow you to travel as much as you’d like.
There are jobs available where you can teach English abroad in foreign countries. For most jobs, all you’ll need is a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification. Jobs like this are also available online, still allowing you to travel.
What to Consider Before Working Abroad
Before you decide to work abroad, there are some minor monetary details that need to be worked out. For example, if you have any memberships that require you to be in person, you should cancel those before you leave. You don’t want to be charged any unnecessary expenses while you’re away.
It’s also a good idea to have extra money stashed away, like in a savings account— just in case. This is especially true if you’re thinking about doing freelance work. A steady income isn’t always guaranteed with this type of work, so it’s smart to have something to fall back on.
One of the most important things to have when traveling is travel health insurance— especially if you’re working abroad. Remember, you can still get sick or injured while traveling or living abroad. You’ll want to get regular physicals and checkups like you normally would in your home country. It’s also important to make sure that whatever health insurance plan you choose is valid in every country you’ll be traveling to.
Traveling around the world and making money at the same time is possible; you just have to figure out which way works the best for you. Just remember to plan carefully so you’ll be able to get the most out of your experience.