If you’re really passionate about traveling then you already probably asked yourself: "How can I travel and make money at the same time?” Well it’s definitely possible and today you can choose between a wide variety of jobs you can do on the road.
Last year I quit my 9-5 job and decided to step into the world of freelancing. Being stuck behind a desk in a cubicle was tedious and wasn’t how I wanted to spend my time. I know I’m not the only one. There are a lot of people around the world who want to combine their area of expertise with a love of traveling. It’s never too late to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Becoming a Marketing Freelancer was honestly one of the best choices I made so far.
So what are some of the best jobs you can do while traveling the world? Here is the quick overview:
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1. English Teacher
Teaching English will definitely allow you to travel the world with ease and it’s probably one of the most sought after skills. You can do it almost anywhere. Some places require a specific degree, while others only need you to do a certification like TEFL or CELTA.
You will get a reasonable pay, flexible schedules and also the possibility of living expenses covered.
2. Au Pair/Nanny
Working as an Au Pair or a nanny is one of the most famous travel jobs. Only requirement is that you need experience with children, so if you’ve ever worked as a babysitter before or cared for your siblings then this is perfect for you. Au pairs live with a host family in exchange for childcare. Some host families will also give you an additional salary on top of giving you accommodation for free. Being an Au pair means you will have steady and reliable work for a set amount of time.
Before relocating you will have a Skype call or interview with a prospective family and this will give you a chance to ask important questions about hours, pay, and accommodation.
In the past few years it has become increasingly common to open up a small company and offer different kinds of services to clients. As a freelancer you can literally work from anywhere in the world. All you need is a laptop and good wifi connection. You can work as a Virtual Assistant (providing various services to entrepreneurs or businesses, from digital marketing tasks, scheduling appointments and managing events to personal errands), Social Media Manager, Web Developer or Graphic Designer.
Starting as a freelancer can be tough, especially at the start when you don’t have a lot of experience but once you complete a few jobs and there is positive feedback on your profile, you will be able to secure yourself a steady stream of work.
4. Travel Writer/Blogger
If you love writing about traveling in general like I do then you can totally become a travel writer or travel blogger. As a travel writer you can cover popular new destinations, write about travel tips and prepare travel guides. You have 2 options. You can either start your own blog or write articles for journals and publications. If you choose to become a reporter for a larger publication, you’ll be able to travel on company’s expenses while highlighting best travel destinations.
One thing you have to be aware of is, if you’re choosing the blogging path it can take months if not years before you can start making some money out of it, so you’ll have to be patient and look for a side business that will support you in the meantime.
If you’re proficient in multiple languages, then translating and transcribing jobs are something you should consider doing while exploring different places. Companies all around the world are always searching for professional freelance translators offering reliable service. If you decide to become one, the one thing that is really important is to specialise and translate a topic matter that you already have some experience in. It will be easier for you.
If you’re good in the creative department and you have an eye for photography or videography then it’s time for you to pick up a camera, train yourself and start selling your images/videos online while traveling the world. You can also use your skills for getting project-based work. Use social media platforms to showcase your photos/videos as this is also a perfect way to potential clients.
7. Dropshipping Shop Owner
Dropshipping became insanely popular in the last 2 years. What dropshipping even means?
It’s basically a business model that allows entrepreneurs to start an online shop without ever stocking inventory. You will have suppliers who store their products and will ship them once you make a sale. Your main task is to make sure your online shop is working flawlessly and also providing customer support if needed.
What are some of the things you need to know before becoming a dropshipping shop owner?
It’s better to pick a niche store (as it’s easier to find an audience and then target it)
There are some products you shouldn’t dropship (for example: Copyrighted products, fragile products and Technically complex products)
Choose a proper eCommerce platform for your online shop (WordPress is easy to use and it’s free)
SEO is essential (it remains the cheapest and the most efficient way to drive traffic to your online store)
Check out this article from Entrepreneur to find more information about dropshipping.
It’s time for you to get on a road!
Becoming a location independent employee means you’ll have the chance to visit all of the most beautiful places while building your career. What’s better than this?
Now that you’ve seen all the best job possibilities, you can start exploring what type of work would suit you the best and which skills you already possess. You also have to remember that travel jobs don’t have to be permanent. You can always return home if you find these nomad lifestyle not suitable for you.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! I’m always happy to help.