Jobs for travellers - make money travelling

Discover how you can travel the world and how to make an income at the same time. Make money online, start a passive income stream or try a more traditional travel job.

The possibilities are endless; it is only your willingness holding you back... there is literally so many ways you can make money as you travel around the world. So go on, learn the secrets and live the dream of endless travel!

How to make money while travelling and travel for a living
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Travelling around and only working when I want to is an amazing experience and I am so grateful that I did it.

I cannot imagine my life without having lived this experience - it has made me who I am today. In fact, this website would not exist if I had not done it.

Have I learned a lot along the way? I sure have, and I am happy to share it with you. You too can travel the world and make money at the same time. In fact, with the advance of technology and the Internet, it is easier than ever.

Imagine travelling where you want, when you want... if you like a place, then stay as long as you want! All it takes if for you to grab the opportunities and make the most of them.


What are travelling jobs?

When it comes to making money while travelling, I typically break it into 3 categories: making money online, making passive/recurring money, and what I term as traditional travel jobs. I will quickly explain each category now and then explore them in greater detail below.

If you are looking for a full time travel career have a look at my jobs that require or involve travel page. And do not forget to check out the Backpacker jobs pages for all you backpackers out there, it also has heaps of options for making money as you travel.

Making money online is just what it sounds like - making money by doing some kind of online activity. With a smart-phone, laptop or tablet, an Internet connection and a bit of time you are ready to go. Just picture sipping your morning coffee with your smart-phone and making money. It really can be that simple!

Making passive/recurring money is basically creating something that will make you money month after month, year after year with minimal ongoing effort on your behalf (for example, this website). This generally takes a lot of effort and time to get set up, but passive incomes can change your life if you get it right - it can give you total freedom and control over your life!

Traditional travel jobs generally refer to the type of jobs that travellers have been doing since before the Internet came along. They can involve any number of activities, but generally rely on you having a specific skill(s) and using them to make money. There is something for everyone - I have done a number of them myself.

Oh right, I also fully recommend you check this book out. It has 220 pages of tips and tricks to help make your life of travel a reality! Stuff like how to travel for less money than you spend at home, how to travel long-term even if you are in debt, specific tactics and tricks that will land you the cheapest airfares possible and so much more. How to Live a Life of Travel E-Guide.



Make money online while travelling

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There really are so many ways you can make money online while travelling. I won't list them all here (there are entire websites dedicated to how to make money online), but I will list what I consider to be the very best ones for travellers.

Keep in mind that most companies pay you via PayPal, so sign up for an account if you do not already have one. And remember, no one activity is likely to make you a huge amount of cash, the trick is to find a few that you like and use them together to maximise how much you make.

Online Surveys

Companies love to research their customers' response to new products and services online. And they do this through the use of online surveys, videos, games and other interactive experiences.

All you have to do is sign up to a "survey providing" site and create your profile. When your profile matches the target market of a company you get an invite to take their survey (or watch a video, play an online game or some other activity). When you have completed it, you get paid. What you get paid depends on the length and complexity of the task.

It doesn't get much easier that this. I recommend signing up for these two survey companies (both of which I have personally used and can vouch for). If you decide it is not for you, you can just delete your account.

Just click the on the two images below to get started making some of the easiest money you ever will.


Another few of good survey sites include: www.inboxdollars.com, www.epollsurveys.com and www.surveyclub.com. The more you sign up for the more you can make.


Website Testing

This is another great way to make money while on the road. Typically you will be performing tasks on a website and/or answering questions about your impressions and experience.

This allows the website owners to get real feedback from real people about what they think and how easy it is for users to perform tasks on their websites. And trust me, companies pay you for your feedback. Bad navigation, user experience, site design and other factors can affect how much money companies make from their digital presence.

You will need to be Internet savvy, speak good English and have a computer/laptop (and some do tests on smart phones) with a microphone. Most tests take between 5 – 25 minutes to complete and pay an average of $10 per test.

There are a large number of testing companies out there. These are what I consider to be the best. Just follow the links to sign up as a tester and start making money: Analysia, Enroll App, Start-Up Lift, Try My Ui, User Feel, Userlytics, User Testing, What Users Do and Validately


Online Job Sites

There are a whole lot of sites out there that host job advertisements for tasks that you can complete online.

There really is no limit or scope of what these jobs could involve. I have seen everything from audio transcription, data entry, graphic design, content writing, web-design, social media posts and a whole bunch more.

Check them out and see if there is anything on there that interests you: Amazon/Mturk, Fiverr, Freelancer, Upwork, Guru, One Space, Leap Force, Live Ops and Speak Write


Freelance Writing

If you’re not interested in writing, I would not recommend trying this just for the money, skip to the next section. However, if you do enjoy writing you can make some good money writing online articles. It can take time and patience, but can be well worth it.

You should have some kind of online presence, a blog, an online portfolio, or even just a LinkedIn account. And check out these 50 wiring tips and resources to help your writing along.

Once you are ready, you can check out these sites, all of which pay for your writing: Listverse, A List Apart, International Living, Funds For Writers.com, Ux Booth, iWriter, Matador Network and The Penny Hoarder



Make money travelling with a passive income

Working to make a passive income while travelling

Imagine having money deposited into your bank account month after month, year after year, with only minimal ongoing effort on your behalf.

The section above, how to make money online, is great for making quick easy cash, but it is unlikely to ever make you a huge amount of money and as soon as you stop doing the tasks you stop making money.

And that is why passive incomes are such a great way to make money as you travel - they keep generating money for you once you have got them set up.

Unlike rental investment properties (which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy), there are lots of ways you can make a recurring passive income online. Which is perfect for travellers, as it means you only need an Internet connection and a computer.

These ideas take a serious amount of time and energy to get started, but if you are prepared to put in the hard work they can completely change your life.

So lets see how you can make passive money while travelling...

Websites and Blogs

This website is a prime example. I have literally put 1000's of hours of work into it over its entire life, but it is now making me some serious cash each and every month.

I still put a lot of effort into creating new content and stuff, but I have been known to take several months off from working on the site from time to time. And when I do take a break from it, all I have to do is check my emails once every couple of days. How good is that?

I generally do not use the revenue this website makes to support a life of travel any more, but it does pay the mortgage on my house. That is how big a game changer a successful website can be. I cannot stress this enough, a successful website literally has the ability to totally change your life!

Now, I am not going to feed you a lot of bull about how you can make a six-figure income overnight. However, with a lot of work and a bit of time, you can make some serious cash month after month.

And amazingly, you do not need any technical skills to create a website or blog these days, you just need to be comfortable using a computer and learning a few new skills.

Okay, unfortunately, the "how to start a website/blog" topic is huge and I cannot cover it here (at the moment). I recommend you jump on your favourite search engine and start searching!

Hint: Save yourself days or weeks of research and have a look at Udemy Online Courses - Create a website for a huge range of FREE courses on how to make a website!

Realistically, if you have no experience creating a website, I suggest you spend a good month researching the topic. For every successful website there are 100 that fail. And it is usually because people have failed to do their research first. Some things to get you started:

  1. Keyword Research: You need to have a website about something that a large number of people are interested in. If you target something too specific you just wont get the number of website visitors to make it worth your while. Check out this software package (it is what I use to do ALL of my keyword research). Sign up for the Market Samurai 30-day free trial (which should be heaps of time to research your keywords) AND get access to their awesome training videos, which explain Keyword Research in much greater detail. That link again: Market Samurai: free access AND training video.
  2. Competition Research: Okay, so you have found some keywords that lots of people are search for, great! Well, maybe not. The Internet is a competitive space. Forget about making a site about credit cards or iPhone reviews or how to make money online - there is just too much strong competition. You want to find some keywords that have lots of traffic but low competition. Again, I recommend signing up for the Market Samurai 30-day free trial as they have a Competition Research module AND training videos that cover this topic.
  3. SEO (Search Engine Optimisation): This topic covers how to help your website rank in the search engines. How often have you browsed to page two of the search results? Exactly, if your website is not ranking on page one then you will not get any traffic. Some general beginner knowledge in SEO will help. Just jump on your search engine and search for "SEO beginner guide", there is heaps of information out there.
  4. WordPress: This is a platform that allows you to build beautiful websites with minimal technical knowledge. If you are not a website designer/programmer, this is what I recommend you use to build your website. Again, just search for it online, there are tones of tutorials and information.
  5. Just the beginning: Okay, if you have done some keyword and competition research and think you have a good topic to create a website about, and have not been scared off because of SEO or WordPress, congratulations. However, this is just the beginning. Over time, you will want to learn about things like Google Analytics, social media, hosting, content writing, online marketing/psychology, how to make money with a website, online newsletters, page loading times, and much more. Be prepared to do a lot of work! But remember, this website is paying my mortgage - it truly can be worth all of your effort.

Hint: Save yourself days or weeks of research and have a look at Udemy Online Courses - create a website for a huge range of FREE courses on how to make a website!


Make an online course

Another great way to make passive money is to create an online course. People then pay to take your course and the money rolls into your bank account. Pretty simple!

I am currently in the process of creating several online courses, and will update this page with the results of how they go, but from all my research it is looking promising and I expect them to make a pretty sizeable passive income.

And you can create an online course on just about anything. I have seen courses covering meditation, making fishing lures, time/stress management, travel, pets, gardening, cooking, photography and much more.

There is bound to be some topic you are knowledgeable in - so make a course and make some money from your knowledge!

Have a look at Udemy Online Courses; it is the platform I will be promoting my courses on.

Hint: Creating online courses is a huge topic covering video and sound quality, speech, the content you put in your course and much more. Udemy has some great training videos on how to create your own courses. I highly suggest you check it out: Udemy Online Courses - create a course. They will save you days in research!


Create Ebooks

If you have good knowledge on a subject I suggest that as well as creating an online course (as outlined above) you should also create an Ebook and sell it on Amazon.

This has the potential to greatly increase your revenue. Not everyone searches for online courses and not everyone searches for Ebooks. By creating both you will get more customers, more sales and ultimately more money in your bank account.

I am currently in the process of creating several Ebooks that I will sell both on Amazon and this website. And just like the online courses that I am currently creating, I expect to make a very nice ongoing profit from my Ebooks.

It is a large topic and there is HEAPS of stuff you should consider before creating your first Ebook. I spent close to three days researching the topic and finally I took this Udemy Online Courses - Kindle cash / Ebook success course. I wish I had started there and saved myself three days research - it is full of information you need to know before you start.


YouTube videos

This can be another good way to create a passive income stream, but it is a very competitive niche. There are various different ways you can make money from your videos including having advertising on them, or using them to promote some product/service.

Popular videos that receive many thousands of views can generate a nice revenue stream from advertisements (YouTube places the advertisements on your video and then pays you). However, you need to have videos that are getting lots of views - and that is easier said than done.

Another option is to create videos to help you promote a product/service. Consider the above two topics, creating online tutorials and Ebooks. You could create some short videos about your topic and then encourage your YouTube viewers to take the course or buy the Ebook. You basically use YouTube to promote your product, thus driving more sales.

Again, this is a complex and time-consuming topic to research if you expect to be successful. To save yourself days of research and possibly months of your time creating YouTube videos that just do not make you any money, have a look at Udemy Online Courses - YouTube success for a whole range of free and paid courses.


Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is the term given to the process of you promoting someone else's product/service and getting paid a referral fee for each sale you have promoted.

It is generally easiest doing this with a website (I run some affiliates on this site. For example, I promote a travel insurance company and each time someone follows the link from my website to their website and purchases an insurance plan I get 10% of the sale), a website is not required, there are lots of other ways you can promote affiliates.

You could start a Facebook (or any other social media platform) group or page based around your affiliate, create YouTube videos, pay for advertising, or any other creative method that you can think of to get your message across (for example, if you were promoting something to backpackers in Australia, a good choice could be to hang posters up in youth hostels - obviously with permission of the hostel owner)!

Pro Tip: If you create your own online course and/or Ebook as outlined above, you can use affiliates to help promote them. Each time they refer someone to your course/book, you give them a percentage of the sale - more sales for you, with less work. It is win-win for both parties involved!

Again, this is a complex topic requiring lots of research on your behalf. You need to know how to find the best affiliates to promote, how to best promote them, how to generate more sales, tips and tricks that you generally only learn from trial and error and much more. To greatly reduce the time you spend researching this and to improve you success rates have a look at Udemy Online Courses - Affiliate marketing success. Good luck!


Stock Photography

This is you selling your photographs online via what are known as "stock photography" websites. You may be wondering if there is much of a market for this, and all I can say is "you bet there is".

Think of every website you visit. They are full of images and 99.99% of website owners either do not have the time or the skills to take all these images; they purchase them from stock photography sites. Don't believe me? Have a look at the images on this page! With many millions of website online, this is a huge market.

So, if you are a natural with a camera and digital editing software (Gimp, Photoshop, etc) what are you waiting for? If fact, you can sell more than just photographs. Think creative images, video, sounds, music and more.

A word of warning; this is a competitive business. Do not expect to get rich from this - like any creative art only a rare few make big money. But with some time and persistence you can make a nice revenue stream. Once your images are accepted on a stock photograph site you make royalties on each and every sale.

Oh right, you will need a proper gear. The people you are competing with will be using proper DSLR cameras, tripods and lighting, not an iPhone 4 resting on top of a book with a desk lamp for lighting!

And as always, do your research first. Some types of images sell better than others, there are various laws about selling images of certain artworks, sculptures, buildings, people in public and the use of models.

Here are some of the best stock photography sites to get you started (but there are heaps more, just have a look online): Shutterstock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, Getty Images and iStock.


Get creative...

There are various other ways you can create passive income streams; you just have to discover them. You can have a look online for more ways to make a passive income. But be careful, there are a lot of scammers out there. If it sounds too good to be true, it more than likely is! Make sure you do your research first before handing over your money or investing your time pursuing some activity.

And you can also get creative and come up with your own ideas. For example, I do some freelance web design work. I encourage each customer to bring their website over to my hosting plan (a website needs to be "hosted" on a server, much the same as how a house needs to be "placed" on a piece of land). It is a yearly fee, and they rarely leave because I offer them an awesome deal. It is a win-win for both parties, I get a yearly fee and their website is hosted on a quality server.

Basically anything that you can charge a monthly or yearly fee for, and that doesn't involve too much of your time is absolute gold! That is how many of the big companies are doing it now (think monthly fees for access to music (Spotify), TV (Netflix) and software).



Make money with traditional travel jobs

Girl sitting down with a camera while travelling

If none of the above ideas appeals to you, or you are in need of some money right now, there are some other options available to you.

If you are travelling overseas and have a visa that allows you to work in that country then the best way to make money is to find a job. Just have a look at the local job websites and newspapers.

It should be noted that you legally need to have a work visa to work abroad, but many of the options listed below you may be able to do for 'cash in hand / black money'. While I do not endorse you breaking the law and I do encourage you to check out the potential legal ramifications if you do, many travellers do work without an appropriate visa. The choice is yours.

Teach English: Job opportunities are all around the world and in many cases, you do not need to be certified. You just need to be a native speaker. Have a look at ESL Cafe. The best thing is there are lots of jobs where you teach online, meaning you do not need a work visa for the country you are currently visiting.

Resort Jobs: Resorts require workers of all kinds from cleaners to translators to cooks to scuba diver instructors. Have a look at my Island & resort work page for heaps more information.

Hostel Work: Hostels are often looking for new staff. Typically you will be either at reception, cleaning or driving a mini-bus picking tourists up and dropping them off. Depending on the hostel and how many hours you work you should get free accommodation and perhaps food and/or money.

House Sitting: Look after someone else's home (and maybe their gardens and/or pets) in return for free accommodation. It will not make you any money, but it will reduce your accommodation budget.

Day Trading: If you have a good head for mathematics and risk analysis you could try your hand at day trading on the stock market. Have a look at Marcello from Wandering Trader for more information.

Haircuts: If you have the skills, offer to do cheap haircuts in hostels. Just check with the owner first, and then put a flyer up on the notice boards. If you advertise in a few hostels you can make a decent amount of cash each day for just a couple hours work.

Massages: Just like the above point. Ask hostels owners and put flyers up. It is that simple.

Hospitality Work (bar-tending, cooking, waiting tables, barista, kitchen-hand, etc): Cafes, restaurants, bar and clubs are always looking for staff and it is pretty easy to get a job that pays cash in hand. And I will put my money where my mouth in - I washed dishes 25 hours a weeks to support myself while studying.

Website Design: You will have to spend a fair amount of time learning the skills (have a look at Udemy Online Courses - Website Design for a range of free and paid courses), but once you do, you literally have the potential to make money anywhere you travel in the world.

Teach something: If you have the skills you can teach it to someone else. It could be a musical instrument, yoga, dancing, a language, photography or something else. Look for jobs or set up your own classes by advertising at universities, online classifieds and popular hangouts such as cafes, shopping centres and more.

Instruct something: Very similar to the above point, but generally you find these jobs at resorts and/or hostels. You could be teaching surfing, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, sailing or something else.

Construction Work: If you are young and fit or have construction experience this could be for you. This industry tends to hire people for short-term work and often pay cash in hand - it is a great option for travellers looking to earn some quick cash.

Do not forget...

And do not forget to check out the Backpacker jobs pages for all you backpackers out there, it also has heaps of options for making money as you travel. And if you are looking for a full time job in the travel industry be sure to have a look at Travel Careers.

I also fully recommend you check this book out. It has 220 pages of tips and tricks to help make your life of travel a reality! Stuff like how to travel for less money than you spend at home, how to travel long-term even if you are in debt, specific tactics and tricks that will land you the cheapest airfares possible and so much more. How to Live a Life of Travel E-Guide.


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