21 JOBS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO TRAVEL
Since the launch of our recent e-book, How To Quit Your Job and Travel the World, we’ve been inundated with messages from you guys. We’ve heard some seriously cool stories from you about how you’re earning money as you travel and so we thought it would be cool to compile a list of the top 21 jobs for people who love to travel.
This list is based on real life peeps who we’ve got to know on our travels and we hope that their stories and ideas for jobs you can travel with will get you fired up and ready to explore more cool places around the world…
1. Work at a Ski Resort
Winter Ski Resorts around the world hire huge numbers of seasonal staff to ensure they have a successful season. In most resorts, there aren’t enough local people to fulfil all the roles making it a great place for people who love to travel to get a paying job.
Some resorts prefer hiring international travellers as they know that they are more likely to turn up to work even if there are epic snow conditions outside. Why? When your visa is linked to your job, you have to go to work otherwise you’ll get fired and you’ll have to leave the country!
There are plenty of third party websites where for a small fee they will help get you a job on the mountain, a ski pass, your work visa, help set up a bank account and secure you your accommodation.
Obviously what job you take will determine how much you get paid but mountain life for people who love to travel and party is awesome! Here are a few of the roles you could do…
- Ski Lift Operators
- Ski and Snowboard Instructors of all levels
- Ski Patrol
- Sell Lift Passes
- Bar Staff
- Admin/Office Staff
- Hotel Staff
- Child minders/day care staff
- Host chalets
- Groom slopes
- Direct traffic in heavy snow conditions
- Run and maintain mountain equipment
- Serve drinks
- Ski Rental
If you want a bit more flexibility and don’t want to be tied into working in a resort, you could get your own working visa and try your luck getting a job in town. If you’re heading to a big resort there will be plenty of jobs in the bars, restaurants and shops in town. If you choose to go down this path, my top tip is stalking the mountain website months in advance. Most ski resorts offer an early bird season pass which can save you hundreds of dollars if you want to hit the snow.
“If the idea of skiing and snowboarding every single day while hanging out with a huge group of likeminded people sounds like it’s for you, consider working a ski season overseas as lift operator!
You won’t get rich, but you’ll make incredible friends and have a winter full of fun and excitement!”
~ Jarryd Salem || NOMADasaurus.com
2. Ski or Snowboard Instructor
Love riding but you don’t have any teaching qualifications? One of the coolest travel jobs I’ve had was teaching snowboarding (or teaching skiing if you’re into that kind of thing).
If you don’t have your instructor qualifications no worries! The mountain takes on intern-like positions where they’ll run you through an induction program, which will equip you with the skills to start teaching. During the season, they build on your teaching and riding skills so you’re ready to take the Level 1 -3 instructor courses. Your pay will increase based on your certification.
This is the perfect job if you love to ride and want to improve on your own skills. Plus, you’ll walk out with qualifications that will help secure you another job the following season if you choose.
If want to enjoy an endless winter, some mountains will be able to hook you up with their sister mountains on the other side of the world so you could go from northern hemisphere winter straight to a southern hemisphere winter, making it the perfect job for travelling the world non-stop!
There’s multiple third-party companies that can help hook you up with your job, visa, flights and accommodation. Or go direct to your desired mountain and look for their international employment options. Working as a Snowboard Instructor was hands-down the best travel job I’ve ever had. Highly recommend giving it a go!
Winter Resorts start the hiring process a few months beforehand, so if you’re keen, lock that shit in your diary!
3. Work aboard a Super Yacht
Ever wanted to live like the rich and famous? Well working on board a super yacht could be the closest thing to the real deal! Unlike most travel jobs, which usually pay a pittance, land yourself a job on one of these and you may feel like you’ve hit the jackpot.
When I was working and travelling through the USA I always heard whispers amongst my fellow travellers that crewing on a yacht was the best job that a traveller could get. Why?
Let’s take look at the pros:
- Your workplace is an extravagant multi-million dollar luxury boat that boasts the best of everything.
- You get to sail around gorgeous locations.
- Live a 5-star luxury lifestyle.
- Get paid well.
- Excellent tips!
There are plenty of crew agencies online where you can research and apply for upcoming jobs. Or simply head to hotspots like Antibes in France or Martha’s Vineyard and Fort Lauderdale in the USA.
Most crew jobs include gourmet meals, accommodation, uniforms, travel insurance and help securing your work visa. Hours can be intense when the owners are on board, but when they’re not there the hours are much shorter. Depending on the owners we’ve even heard you sometimes get to play with some of their expensive toys when they’re not there. Imagine that…cruising around on a jet ski off your private super yacht on your days off!
“Working on the Super Yachts of the rich and famous is an amazing way to travel the world and get paid to do so! It’s a work hard and play hard type of industry, but travelling the world on boats that some people can’t even dream of has its perks!
In the first 12 months we lived and worked or visited the South of France, Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia, Miami, The Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, all while earning great money!”
~ Emma Barr || Honeymoon Hangover
If you have a burning desire to get aboard a yacht in exotic locations around the world, you could check out the available charters here – https://www.northropandjohnson.com/yacht-charter/index.htm
4. Au Pair / Nanny
If you want to travel the world and you love kids, then working as an Au Pair could be your perfect job. You’ll be placed with a family and work as a live-in nanny. The role includes free accommodation with the family, your wage, scheduled time off, and sometimes housework duties. Depending on your family, you could be expected to travel with them!
“I spent a year in Australia as an au pair and loved it. I became part of an amazing family, travelled, and met some really cool people. If you love kids and travel, I highly recommend it! I got paid $180/week, plus room and board. I’d say it would be pretty hard to save money and travel, especially at Australian8 prices.”
~ Trisha DeAnn USA, Au Pair
Photography and travel doesn’t have to be all touristy landscapes. If you’ve got mad camera skills and a little imagination, photography can be a great way to earn money as you travel. You can put your skills to the test anywhere around the world…all you need to do is think outside the box.
If you specialise in food photography, there are many small businesses you could work with on your travels. Hostels, restaurants, cafes, local tour agencies all need photography for their marketing, social media and advertising. Depending on how much you want to work and how many hours you want to put in, you could negotiate free accommodation, meals, activities and even get paid for your skills.
6. Adventure Guide
Adventure Guide is a really broad job description, and so many cool jobs would fall into this category. Dog sleigh, white water rafting, rock climbing, single and multi-day hikes, kayaking, surfing, horse riding, whale watching, boat cruise…the list goes on.
Think of every activity that tourists love doing when they’re away and there’s jobs attached. We know peeps who travel the world as white water rafting instructors. They spend half the year in the southern hemisphere and the other half in the northern hemisphere. Pretty cool hey?!
Our mate Hannah decided one day that she was sick of living in New York, so decided to move to in Alaska to work as a Dog Musher. The person who mushes the dogs attached to the sleigh. Hannah and her boyfriend Jeremias now blog about their adventures around the world living off the grid. Check them out here! A Wandering Life
Another friend of ours, Mel works with an outdoor education company is Asia where she leads 2-4 week long trips for high school students showing them local life in the villages and adventuring around.
“Being a trip leader is a fantastic gig for anyone who loves travel, especially if you find yourself with a company who hires a large amount of local staff to help run its trips (whom I would be lost without). What was most special to me were the Burmese, Thai and Cambodian friends that I made last season. I find when traveling it’s so easy to hang out with everyone except the people from the country you’re actually in, but especially so when their language and culture drastically differ from my own.
I basically get to go on trips all over the world and get paid to get Thai massages, hang out with elephants, cruise on the Mekong, and educate young people about what it means to be a global citizen.
It’s the most meaningful job I’ve ever had, and it’s an insane perk to be able to travel to places and have experiences that most off-the-beaten-track travellers don’t get to see. On the con, it’s a 24/7 kind of job, and I only had a half-day off in almost a 3-month period. Definitely easy to burn out.”
~ Mel Mencarelli || Rustic Pathways Guide
7. Teaching abroad
If you have a teaching qualification and want to travel, then teaching overseas could be for you. Teaching overseas can be super rewarding and a great way to immerse yourself into the local culture. It is also an awesome way to save cash for your travels.
We recently interviewed our Aussie mates Joanne and James about how they ditched their Aussie lives to teach in Singapore. Two years in and they’re loving their new life. Singapore is the perfect location for a quick weekend getaways all over Asia. Plus teachers obviously have numerous weeks off for school holidays, which again means more trips away!
Don’t have a degree, but keen to teach to earn some cash? Think about offering one on one English lessons in your local hostel. Time to get creative peeps!
8. Tour Guide / Bus Driver
For a while I considered becoming a Tour Guide with companies like Top Deck or Contiki but being an introvert it felt like totally exhausting option for me. But if you like the idea of being the social coordinator, can speak a second language and/or you have a bus license, then this type of travel job could be for you.
The perks…lots of travel, you’ll meet lots of new people and obviously what happens on tour stays on tour 😉
There’s heaps of tour companies out there that need quality seasonal staff so if this type of overseas work floats your boat, then get Googling!
9. Work on a Cruise Ship
Working on a cruise ship is an obvious choice if you want to get paid to travel the world. With a wide range skills required, there really is a job for everyone. From entertainment to medical staff, beauty to hospitality, personal trainers to IT staff, cleaning and casino, there’s jobs galore.
Vic’s brother spent 3 years travelling the world on a cruise ship and saw the most incredible places. It can be hard work and long hours but the tax free income and free digs on the water can make it very worthwhile.
If you’re looking to grab yourself a cruise job, check out this global cruise job board.
10. Work in a Hostel
One of the best jobs for travellers who love meeting people and enjoy working in a chilled environment is working at a backpackers hostel.
Every hostel I’ve ever stayed in “employed” backpackers to work there. I use the word employ loosely here as you get paid with a combination of free food, drinks, accommodation, and in some cases a wage. This job is for you if you’re looking to cut your travel costs and are keen to stay in the one location for a while and you don’t mind working for room and board rather than cold hard cash.
Travelling the globe is a lot cheaper if you don’t have to pay for meals or accommodation!
Depending on the size of the hostel you could be working at reception, social coordinator, housekeeping, breakfast/ meal duties, at the bar, or a general all-rounder.
11. Call Centre
Every time I’ve backpacked around the world I’ve found myself working in a call centre. The work is easy to find, they love hiring travellers, and most companies offer flexibility with how many shifts you want to do per week.
The reason I’ve always worked in call centres when travelling is there’s very little responsibility, the work is easy and you make a lot of friends. Plus, if you’re keen to save, you can ask for extra shifts.
Disclaimer: If talking on the phone is not your thing, this travel job isn’t for you!
12. Temp Work
Have corporate office skills? Then securing temp work is your best bet when travelling.
To get work you’ll need an up-to-date resume, a visa that allows you to work in your country of choice and suitable office attire. Scout out some of the recruitment agencies in your area and give them a call to tee up an appointment. Here’s what I love and hate about temp work when travelling.
- You get paid well. The more skills you have, obviously, the more money you can command.
- You can let your recruitment company know exactly how many days you want to work each week.
- Here’s the major one for me… you have to either travel with work attire, or buy clothes on the road. Blah!
Wherever you are in the world you’ll always find travellers working in the hospitality industry. There are usually plenty of jobs around that offer flexibility on a short-term basis.
What you make up in flexibility of hours you lose out with typically in pay. However, depending on which country you’re in there’s can be good opportunities to make tips.
14. Live-In UK Pubs
Have bar experience and headed to the United Kingdom? Why not check out live-in pub jobs. Besides securing yourself a job, you’ll also receive free or super cheap accommodation including your basic amenities (laundry, wifi, fully furnished rooms, and most meals) and a guaranteed wage.
Perfect travel job for bar staff, waiters, chefs, and more. There are plenty of companies that will help place you in a job before you leave home, and they’ll even organise your working visa. Check out these guys.
15. House Sitting
Even though in majority of cases you don’t get paid to house sit we had to include this as one of the best jobs for travel as you can score yourself free accommodation. And we’re not talking cheap chatty accommodation either. We’ve have friends who’ve scored cool beach pads, luxury houses and even a mansion in Spain!
So how does this work? People (usually with pets) need someone to look after their house while they’re away. Sites like Trusted House Sitters and Aussie House Sitters showcase the houses that are looking for trusted people to come in and stay at the property while they’re away.
You’ll need to look after the house, water some plants and mind the pets. In return, you’ll have your very own place completely rent-free while you travel.
As you can imagine, most people don’t leave their beloved pets with any random, so there’s a rigorous vetting process where you’ll need referrals stating that you’re a trusted person who isn’t going to kill the family dog.
“Though typically not paid work, house sitting is an excellent way to save money. In exchange for caring for someone’s pets and sometimes tending to their plants or garden, you get to live in their home for free while they’re away.
It’s a creative alternative to paying for rent or several nights in a hotel or Airbnb that allows you to live like a local. Just be wary of high maintenance or anxious dogs that could have you spending more time and energy than you anticipated.”
~ Lindsay Buckley || FrugalFrolicker.com
16. Flight Attendant
One of the best jobs to travel the world has got to be working as a flight attendant. Perks include free travel, access to discounted flights for family and friends (usually on standby) and a per diem rate for when you’re on the road.
Not sure what a per diem is? Basically, your company will give a lump sum of cash for each night you’re away from home. It’s calculated based on cost of meals and living.
One of my mates was flying around the world with one of the big airlines and she managed to live comfortably on her per diem only. She didn’t even dig into her wage!
- It’s a great way to see the world, you can make great friends, and you get lots of time off.
- You’re constantly adjusting to different time zones, when you’re at home your time off probably won’t match your mates, and you’re always living out of your suitcase.
“Being a flight attendant is a lot less glamorous than it may appear – the bright lipstick and smile are often an attempt to hide the effects of sleepless nights and an inability to regulate your body clock to any time zone let alone the one you’re currently in. Our primary job is the safety and security of those on board but at times you feel like a babysitter, cleaner, personal assistant, teacher.
Regardless of all these and many more challenges of the job, the ability to visit new and exciting destinations each and every month – Seychelles laying on the beach one day, rugged up in the snow in Moscow two days later, followed by a visit to the Great Wall of China mere days later – as well as the experiences we have and the people we meet, make it all more than worthwhile.
We get paid to travel the world, seeing snippets of places most of us otherwise would never dream of visiting. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
~ Alisha Fouhy, AUS || Flight Attendant
17. Travel Writer/Blogger
Have a passion for writing, videography, or taking pics? Perhaps travel blogging is for you. Vic and I fell into travel blogging by accident when we decided to quit our corporate lives back in 2014. I had no idea what blogging was, let alone travel blogging, but since then we’ve travelled the world several times over and have worked with some really cool brands.
We once heard someone say that there are two types of bloggers. Bloggers that get paid, and bloggers that don’t. For a long time, we weren’t getting paid but we didn’t start our blog to get paid so that was fine with us! During that time though, we did partner with some awesome brands which meant free accommodation, flights, attractions and food. Pretty cool right?!
If you’re willing to put in the hours and get creative there are many ways you can enjoy free stays and contra or start charging for your services. It’s all about thinking differently and being prepared to talk to people and find out how you can help them.
This is the perfect time for a shameless plug…in our latest e-book How To Quit Your Job and Travel The World we share how to think differently and earn money while you travel around the world.
18. Scuba Diving Instructor
Dreaming of tropical islands and crystal blue water? Ever thought about getting your certification to become a Scuba Diving Instructor?
Similar to becoming a snowboarding instructor you can either do on the job training and get paid accordingly or you can get your certification before you leave and work as you go.
Sun, sand and island hopping… sounds like the perfect job for travelling the world!
“I’ve lived and dived in some of the best countries in the world including Mexico, Cyprus, Belize, Egypt and Spain. I experienced amazing things with awesome people and have the best memories. I found myself and reinvented myself. It was the best self-development that I could have ever done.
The pay isn’t always great and I’ve slept homeless a couple of times but it allowed me to travel places and have experiences that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.”
~ Garry Bateman, PADI Master Instructor
19. Summer Camp
If you’re looking for a travel job that’s easy to hook up before you leave home, then working at a Summer Camp could be a great option for you. There are a couple of very well established companies to choose from and for around $500 they’ll place you in a job, give you a full debrief and orientation, organise your working visas, bank accounts, and some will even organise your travel insurance.
CCUSA and Camp America are the two big companies that recruit from Australia and around the world. You’ll have the option to work in the USA, Canada or Europe.
Working in a Summer Camp as a Camp Counsellor is something I thought about doing several times when I was travelling. I went to a few of their information sessions and always intended to go through with it but the timing never worked with my travel plans. I do know a bunch of people who did end up doing it and loved it!
“Camp America was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone that fancies a summer doing something completely different, meeting new people and getting out of your comfort zone. It was seriously hard work at times and you have to be ‘on’ 24/7 as you live in the bunks with the kids, but I found it so rewarding. I made some incredible memories and some lasting friendships with people from all over the world.
Everyone’s experience is different as it depends on the age of kids you look after and what job you have there but at the end of the 4-8 weeks, everyone agrees that they don’t want the Summer to end! I also have very special memories of my time at camp as I met my husband there!”
~ Danielle Bellas, Lifeguard at Camp America
20. Freelancer/Digital Nomad
Armed with a computer, wi-fi and a willingness to negotiate you can pretty much work anywhere in the world. Whether you’re a writer, virtual assistant, social media whiz or you’ve got a great relationship with your employer travelling as you work can be achieved easily.
If you’re going to go down this path, my top tip is before you go talk to the locals and find out what the internet speed is. Vic and I have travelled to numerous places expecting to be able to work at our destination and then when we get there, the Internet is pretty much non-existent. The worst two countries so far? New Zealand and Australia! Yep even in South America, or all around Asia we’ve had quicker more reliable Internet than in our home country.
On the South Island of New Zealand, we even struggled to make business calls as we were travelling around. All good if you’re there to chill and relax, but if you’re freelancing at the time then not great at all!
21. WWOOFing AKA Farm Work
A popular job for tourists is farm work otherwise known as WWOOFing, which stands for Willing Workers on Organic Farms. In exchange for accommodation and meals you can pick fruit and vegetables on farms around the world.
As well as your meals and a bed, you can earn cash. Typically, it’s worked out as a piecemeal rate, so pick ‘x’ amount of almonds and you’ll earn ‘y’ dollars.
Farm work can be hard manual labour, but I’ve heard of lots of people having a fun time doing it.
Thousands of tourists per year would commit to 3 months farm work in Australia, in order to extend their visa. As of 2016, the Australian government have changed the rules around it. We asked our mate Jub about it, and it turns out some farms were abusing the system and treating travellers poorly. Here’s his report on it.
“I arrived at the working hostel in Bundaberg with a promise of a job with solid hours picking tomatoes. When I left, I made some friends I’ll meet up with whenever where are close by in the world having spent hours together in the evenings lying in our cramped dorm room. That’s the best part for sure, the worst?
Not getting regular work, getting fired numerous times for speaking up and still trying to get paid for my first day of work (~$85). Oh, and feeling bad for those picking tomatoes, working their butt off for less than $10/hour.
I went as I’ve heard of people making a tonne of money, then also the downsides. Wanted to see what the deal was. Out of maybe 60 people in the hostel, 58 were there to get their 90 days.”
~ Jub Bryant || TikiTouringKiwi.com
So there you have it. A LONG list of jobs for people who love to travel the globe. Who says travelling and making money at the same time can’t be done?!
Want more, check out our 5 Steps to Escape the Desk and start planning your next round the world adventure.