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How to Earn Money While Traveling?

How to Earn Money While Traveling?

Living from one journey to the next is seen by many people as a dream come true. But others often ask themselves how one can even afford such an exciting lifestyle? Digitalization alone, however, offers unimagined possibilities today with which you can finance your life while traveling. But even if you're not a fan of cell phones, cameras or laptops, there are other options for you. Below are some of the best ways to make money while you travel.

Offline jobs

1. English teacher abroad

One of the most popular options is teaching English as a Foreign Language ( TEFL ). You'd be surprised how many people travel the world and do just that! Especially in Asia, you can easily get a job teaching English in countries like Vietnam , South Korea, Thailand and China.

Another possible region for this is Latin America. Working as a teacher is a great lifestyle here as you can work between 10 and 40 hours a week and earn a decent salary. Most contracts even include accommodation, so you have one less thing to worry about on your trip.

However, before you can work as an English teacher, you must have excellent command of the language and be properly certified. You can easily get this by completing a usually four-week course in the country where you want to work. It is best if you earn the certification online at MyTEFL . The offer ranges from 40-hour basic courses to 120-hour certifications for specialists. 

The staff can also help you find jobs after you complete your course. So all you have to do is book your flight and start exploring! If you are qualified and have experience, you can also teach the language online. So you will teach students from all over the world while you spend the remaining days hiking or relaxing.

2. Work in a hostel

Staying in a hostel offers a lot of joy as you can network with other backpackers or just have some fun. You will feel at home working here, as most of your employees have a similar path in life and will therefore understand you very well.

The tasks in a hostel can range from working behind the bar or reception to being a tour guide or entertainer. However, it is also quite possible that you will have to clean the rooms there. That's why you should clearly discuss your tasks with those responsible in advance so that there are no misunderstandings.

You are most likely to find such jobs via online portals, social media or through recommendations from other backpackers. Otherwise, there is also the option of simply walking by a hostel of your choice and speaking to the staff directly. All you need is an open personality when talking to them and the managers. Or you can just drop off your resume and be notified when they have something for you.

On the other hand, if you want to work as a hostel manager, you can take a course before you travel.

3. Tour guide

If you are an outgoing person and have a great passion for travel, then working as a tour guide should be ideal for you! This varies from place to place, as you can accompany travelers on bus tours lasting several weeks or lead a group of backpackers to top destinations. Of course you can also specialize in city tours, day trips or adventure activities.

The best part is that you usually don't need to take a course as a tour guide, you just need experience in the respective field. For example, if you want to be a tour guide in Madrid , you should have a good knowledge of Spanish history. However, you may have to go through a lengthy interview and orientation process before you can make money abroad this way.

4. Diving instructor

Scuba diving is one of the best activities you can do while traveling! Many work as divemasters and instructors during their stay . They're basically being paid to do something they love. If you also enjoy diving, you can do a certification course. The first professional level is Divemaster, with a little more experience and time you will become an Instructor .

Although this job may not make you rich, it allows you to live anywhere in the world by the sea while earning enough money to support yourself. For example, there are various shops in Honduras, Thailand or Egypt that hire interns and trained diving instructors and where you receive certification in return.

5. Public Conferences

Are you very knowledgeable about a certain topic like finance, fitness, travel, marketing or technology? Then you can easily find a conference or event that is right for you during your trip. If you can be invited as a keynote speaker at numerous events worldwide, you will easily earn a good income.

Once the conference is over, the event usually even organizes tours or excursions to nearby cities of the respective country. This is one of the best ways to make money while exploring the land! All you have to do is do good research for conferences around the world and apply to be a speaker.

Online jobs

1. travel blogging

Blogging is one of the coolest ways to make money while traveling. However, you have to invest a lot of time and energy before you can make money from it. But then you will be able to live and work anywhere in the world without any problems, provided that WiFi is available. Blogging also takes off from coffee shops and rental apartments while you travel around the world. There are many ways to make money with a travel blog. Some of these are listed below.

AFFILIATE MARKETING: You earn a commission here when someone buys a product or service that you recommend on your blog. For example, when other travelers buy insurance, rent a car, book a hotel, or do anything else through your blog. You will then be paid for this by the relevant companies or organizations.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT: Social media management allows you to create content for other websites and manage their social media accounts. Here it pays off if you are already familiar with the platforms and have a little experience in marketing.

MEDIAVINE ADVERTISING: Mediavine is an easy way to make money if you have a website with more than 25,000 page views. Then you can easily earn over €300 per month! To do this, you simply allow relevant ads to appear on your website. Best of all, the more views your page gets, the better your earnings will be.

MEDIA AND PRODUCT SALES: This is another excellent way to fund your life while traveling. All you have to do is create a product that you can sell to your readers. This can be books, t-shirts or other tangible things. But digital information products such as e-books or webinars now also work very well and bring in money.

2. Freelancing

If you have a penchant for the virtual, you can easily make a living online while working around the world. There is a plethora of activities that you can do as a freelancer. These range from low-paid to high-paid jobs. Some of these works are web development, videography, graphic design, blogging, SEO, photography, marketing or translation.

Freelancing allows you to be hired for your skills from anywhere in the world. Best of all, you can freelance while doing different jobs. All you need for such a job is skill, passion and an internet connection. Portals such as Fiverr or Upwork are ideal for job hunting .

3. Work as a Virtual Assistant

Nowadays there are many online companies that hire a virtual assistant. If you're very good at social media, you simply turn to an online business. This will tell you if they need reinforcements in the area right now.

Some aspiring influencers may need help with editing videos on YouTube , with search engine optimization ( SEO ) or with marketing and contacting potential affiliates. There is a wide range of work that you can do as a virtual assistant.

The payment depends on your skills and the upcoming tasks. Some companies may even offer you the opportunity to travel while you work.


In today's digital age, there are hardly any reasons not to be able to afford to travel. There are now countless ways to make money from anywhere in the world. All you have to do is use them, in the words of Mark Twain : "You have to travel to learn!"

Rudolfus Kikkert
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