Do you love to travel, but are not blessed with an infinite money supply? Join the club. If you don’t want to work tirelessly and just want to enjoy yourself for a few weeks abroad, you need to find a job that will be easy to do on the road. There are many lucrative ways to earn money while traveling, so you can stay on the road all the time, or at least take more frequent trips.
Probably the most obvious career for travelers is a flight attendant (it’s also one of the easiest to attain). You have to be friendly and good at communication, have a tiny bit of customer service experience and easy-to-get certification. When you get everything in order, expect a wild adventure in front of you. Flight attendants work crazy hours, but you’ll also get to jet-set around the world, spend some time in foreign cities and meet a ton of new people. Plus, you and your family will score some crazy discounts on flights!
Cruise ship crew
If you’re not comfortable being in the air all the time, you might enjoy the ocean more. Cruisers offer an abundance of job opportunities, but the competition is strong. If you get the job, you’ll most likely live your dream life on the ship and travel the world while making money. Free meals and accommodation are included—how amazing is that!
Speaking fluent English is one of the most important skills you can have in the world. If you’re a native speaker, this might seem too simple to be true, but you really do have a skill that can be turned into money easily. Teaching English abroad is a rewarding experience, both for your students and you, and it gives you the flexibility to travel the world. There are many teaching jobs available no matter where you go, especially if you have a certification (which is also easy to acquire in a month or so).
When it comes to certification, most schools require a TEFL or TESOL certification as the primary qualification to get a job and work with students. If you get certified in translation, you will quickly get a job teaching English as a native speaker wherever you go. Make sure that if your documents and requirements are in another language, they should have a certified translation so that you’ll be good to go.
If you use your computer to perform your job, you probably know that your job can be done from basically anywhere in the world. IT workers are some of the most sought-after and well-paid people out there, so if you have some IT experience, you might want to try doing it remotely. It’s more than possible to find remote IT work, especially if you acquire ITIL certification before your trip that allows you to manage IT service delivery globally. There are different levels of qualification in the field of IT service management, so choose one depending on your skills. With your certification, you can earn a nice paycheck and travel the world without having to always choose budget options.
If kids seem to adore you, being an au pair is a great gig for you. As an au pair, you’ll get to live with the host family, take care of their kids and receive a salary for your services. It’s a great way to truly experience the life and people of a foreign country and perfect your second language skills. However, there are pros and cons to this job, so expect limited free time for exploration and adventures.
If you’re skilled, passionate and talented at a certain fitness activity, especially yoga, pilates and skiing, you can practically travel the world and pay off your trips by instructing people on these activities. Coaching is always sought after, especially if you have certification, and you’ll also be able to maintain your fitness level and health while traveling which is often quite tricky for many.
This is a basic gig for all world travelers. Bartending is easy to learn and there are jobs available at every corner. If you have a working visa, there’s a 99% chance that you’ll land a bartending gig in a matter of days, especially if you have some previous bartending experience (it’s not necessary though).
Who says that you can’t have your cake and eat it? If you choose one of these jobs, you can both travel and maintain a positive balance on your accounts. The world is too beautiful not to be explored so pack your bags, create your CV and hit the road!