Can you make money whilst you travel?

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THE DREAM of earning money while you see the world isn’t as difficult as you may think.

Thanks to generous visa agreements and the growth of the digital age, working on the road has never been easier and keen adventurers don’t have to spend forever saving up to go on a trip, as the money they earn along the way will keep them going.

We understand that it’s easy to get wrapped up in the “But how?” and “Where do I even start?” questions but there’s no reason to worry yourself into staying at home because as soon as you step foot in another vibrant nation, discover new cultures and try delicious food, you’ll realize the world is your comfort zone.

However, many of the high paying traveling jobs available take commitment, time, specialist skills, and passion.

So here are a few tips on how to earn as you travel, and while it may not always be enough to book a fortnight’s stay at The Ritz-Carlton Bali, it’ll be better than going back to the mundane routine you wanted to escape.

The three categories of traveling jobs are split into “expatriate jobs”, “digital nomad jobs”, and “backpacker jobs” and these are the top jobs in each of the categories to suit every type of traveler.

Expatriate jobs:


Nannying or being an au pair involves living with a family to look after the children and doing general chores around the house in exchange for accommodation, meals, and a wage.

The salary depends on where you’re working and can range from US$400 to US$1,000 per month.

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Language teacher

Teaching a language, mainly English in a foreign school means adhering to term times and only traveling during school holidays. But when you’re earning more than US$2,000 a month, does that really matter?

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Getting a teaching qualification isn’t always necessary but having a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification will help you get the higher paying placements.

With this accreditation, you can teach in 55 countries including Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam.

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Tour guide

The opportunities as a travel tour guide are endless. You can be based in one location or travel the world with a group, take explorers up mountains or into the most vibrant parts of the ocean.

If you want to specialize in tour guiding, you’ll need qualifications in that particular area such as diving or hiking, for example.

But if you want to show tourists Tokyo’s hidden bars or Vietnam’s most delicious pho, all you need is enthusiasm and local knowledge.

Your monthly salary may vary depending on how popular the tour is and whether you work for yourself or an agency. However, you could earn between US$1,000 and US$10,000 per month.

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Digital nomad jobs:


Thanks to the digital revolution, almost anyone with a mobile device, an internet connection, and good ideas can be a writer in the 21st century.

Starting a blog and pitching articles to publications is a great way to make money as you travel and your articles don’t necessarily have to be travel-related either.

If you have knowledge of tech, politics, lifestyle, property, well just about anything really, you can pitch ideas to appropriate publications, wait for the thumbs up, followed a nice paycheck.

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Salaries for freelance writing vary depending on how much work you pitch for. You can expect anything from US$500 to US$3,000 per month.

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Now, this does require a specialized skill: being bilingual.

But you don’t have to know a second language inside out to earn money translating menus, websites, or information brochures.

Obviously, the better you understand a second language, the more you can earn. But if you charge per word and negotiate a good rate, you could earn upwards of US$120 per menu, for example.

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Something as simple as a well-stocked Instagram can kick-start your journey to becoming a freelance photographer.

In fact, any social media platforms are a great way to showcase your work and reach out to paying publications to buy your images.

You don’t need any qualifications, just an eye for what others don’t see.

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As a traveling freelance photographer, you can expect to earn anywhere between US$1,000 and US$10,000 per month depending on the quality and exclusivity of an image.

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Backpacker jobs:

Firstly, you’ll need to acquire a working holiday visa to be eligible to earn while you’re based in a different country. Some of the most traveling-friendly destinations in Asia do, including New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore.

Getting a job abroad without a visa is illegal which could see you deported and blacklisted from the country.

A working holiday visa for New Zealand will last 23 months if you’re a UK citizen and 12 months if you’re not. The same rule applies to Australia. To find out more about getting a working holiday visa for New Zealand or Australia, check out Working In.

Singapore is a little different in that it offers a working holiday program for students and graduates only and last for just six months.

Singapore would be a great place to work for someone looking at a career in finance as it’s one of the economic centers of the world. Find out more here.


One of the most popular jobs to do on a working holiday visa is bartending.

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In some places, such as millennial-strewn Melbourne in Australia, getting a bartending job is as easy as asking “Can I work here please?”

Bar work isn’t going to make you millions, but you can expect around US$500 to US$2,000 a month and the opportunity to meet lots of fun people.

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Hostel worker

If you don’t have a definite traveling plan, then getting a job in a hostel could be a great opportunity for you.

While some hostels might pay, most will give you a room and board in exchange for your services. It means you can stay longer, for free, in a place you love.

If you stay on longer and offer a skill the hostel has been looking for, you can expect to earn US$1,500 to US$3,000 per month.

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If you plan to be on the road for a long time, then working abroad is a brilliant opportunity.

Just apply for as much as you can and make sure you adhere to the country’s working regulations because getting deported and blacklisted would definitely dampen your traveling experience.