If you’re like most working people, the moment you go on vacation, you don’t want it to ever end. The end of vacation means that you’re ultimately having to return back to the reality of work… a reality that was hard for me to accept each time I returned to school as a teacher!
There’s nothing wrong with work… After all, it’s what funded your lavish vacation, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could work in an environment that felt like a vacation? Well, the truth of the matter is that you actually can do that. In fact, people do it all the time… myself included.
You can live a life of travel and make money while doing it. The key is to find the right job. Once you find the right job, you’ll be able to travel and make money during your travels. But the real question is that if you were presented with that unique opportunity, would you take it?
The ten jobs listed below all allow you to work from anywhere in the world, requiring nothing but good internet access, a computer, and possibly a headset. To finally start living your travel dreams, take a look at some of the most unique and lucrative ways to fund your travels.
10 Creative Ways to Start Living Your Travel Dreams
1. Teach English Online
There are many countries in the world eager to learn the English language, and you could be the very person to help students in achieving that goal.
A lot of the online teaching jobs are focused in Asia, such as VIPKid which pairs teachers with Chinese students, but you can look at other countries of interest too.
Depending on the company you go with, they may require you to have a TOEFL, ESL, OR TEFL certificate and degree but not all companies require it.
2. Rent Your House Out
Renting your house is a very popular way to make money while traveling the world.
It will require some work from you on the front-end with making home improvements and repairs and finding the perfect tenant or management company if you plan to be an Airbnb host, but once you’ve handled that, you can start living your dreams with monthly recurring income from rent payments.
Copyediting is a position that’s perfect for the detail-oriented person. This line of work will require reviewing written materials and checking it for readability, grammatical errors, and factual information.
This is what I did before my travel blog started making money! (I wrote about how I did it here.)
Working as a copyeditor can be done in many areas including magazines and newsletters, as well as web copy, textbook editing, and marketing.
4. Start an Online Retail Business
Starting an online business might be one of the easiest ways to make money while traveling the world. The key to success here starts in the very beginning stages of your business. The parts you absolutely need to get right first are the following:
- Choosing the right industry to start a business
- Setting up your online store
- Marketing your business
Those three areas are the biggest areas to get right the first time to give you the best chance at success as an entrepreneur. The good news is that there are services that can help you with all three areas.
Maybe you know the niche you want but need help setting up your store… Shopify.com has a marketplace where you can shop experts by industry. This will ensure you get your entrepreneurial journey off on the right start.
5. Work Locally
To be able to work locally during your travels will all depend on the destination you’re visiting.
Certain destinations have stricter working and immigration laws than others. Australia and New Zealand have great work visas available for younger people from a handful of countries.
If you can snag one of these working holiday visas, immersing yourself in local work will certainly give you a huge dose of the culture of your destination.
Whether you’re working on a farm or in a hostel, it’s important you know that it will most likely involve physical labor and little pay, but it’s the experience you’ll get that’s priceless.
6. Become a Translator
Working as a translator is a skill-based position that many businesses have a demand for.
As a translator, you’ll be translating everything from audio recordings and videos to written documents, it just depends on the industry and setting you’re working in.
7. Work As a Customer Service Representative
Working in customer service means your sole focus is to solve customer problems. If you’ve never worked in customer service before, you’ll quickly find out that there’s never a dull moment.
Everything from handling complaints and taking payments to fixing billing discrepancies and cross-selling products and services, this is the perfect job to help you with interpersonal skills.
Many customer service jobs are now remote, meaning all you need is an reliable internet connection, a headset, and the ability to keep to your schedule.
8. Become a Social Media Manager
As you probably know, since the emergence of social media, everyone has been glued to their phones, businesses included. Social media has become a powerful tool in the world of marketing by increasing sales, building brand loyalty, and growing customer bases.
For many businesses, something as simple as asking a poll question about a new product or simply thanking a customer for their feedback can undoubtedly increase brand loyalty in an instant. According to entrepreneur.com, social media is the most powerful source of marketing – so harness it!
So if you have a large following, know how to influence and inspire people, or are just creative and have a clever way with words, you may have a strong future as a social media manager.
9. Start Writing
As a writer, you, of course, will need good writing, research, and grammar skills, but in addition to that, you need to determine how you can get jobs as a writer.
There are lots of writing positions out there, but there are also lots of people out there claiming to be writers when their skill level is mediocre. To stand out from writing “posers,” determine your skill level and industry niche and build an expertise there.
Once you’ve determined your area of expertise, sites like Upwork is a great platform to land writing gigs specific to your industry — it’s what I used to get writing gigs back before this blog made money, and it’s what I use now to hire local writers for this site!
10. Start a blog!
Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. But one of the best things about blogging is that the sky is limit. You can scale your business nearly infinitely with some creativity and goal setting.
However, keep in mind that starting a blog takes years and requires a large time investment in order to gain the expertise required to become an authority on the topic.
I often compare starting a blog to “doing an unpaid internship for yourself” for a year. It’s possible, though difficult, to monetize earlier, but it will depend on how quickly you build an audience, your niche authority, and your monetization strategy.
You may think that you need to blog about travel to start a blog while traveling, but the reality and beauty of blogging is that you can blog about whatever you want from wherever you want!
In your efforts to live a life of travel, these are ten creative jobs that will earn you a sizable income to fund all your travel adventures.
Combined with saving money to travel before you leave, you can fund your travels for months or even years at a time.
Let me know in the comments — which one seems like a better fit for you?
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Allison Green is a former educator turned travel blogger. She holds a Masters in Teaching and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. Her blog posts merge her educational background and her experience traveling to 60+ countries to encourage thoughtful travel experiences that both educate and entertain. She has been a speaker at the World Travel Writers Conference and her writing, photography, and podcasting work has appeared in National Geographic, CNN Arabic, CBC Canada, and Forbes, amongst others. Now based in San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up, she has also lived in Prague, Sofia, and New York City.