Last Updated on June 24, 2021 by Christine Kaaloa
If your dream is to travel and/or live abroad, then you’ve probably wondered how you can make money traveling. How can you get paid to travel?
Travel is not a traditionally-painted road of right and wrong resumes. In this second part of my series on How to make money traveling, we’ll be looking at more travel jobs from digital nomads to volunteering.
Table of Contents: 7 Ways to Get Paid to Travel: Digital Nomads to Volunteering
- 1 7 Ways to Get Paid to Travel & Live Abroad
- 1.1 1. Volunteer work exchange programs
- 1.2 2. Be a Digital Nomad (aka Location Independent)
- 1.3 9 Top Jobs for Digital Nomads:
- 1.4 Where digital nomads find work
- 1.5 3. Be an Entrepreneur
- 1.6 4. Be an Expat working the side hustle
- 1.7 5. E-marketing & Online Stores
- 1.8 6. Crowd funding
- 1.9 7. Be a travel blogger or travel vlogger
- 1.10 Recommended e-books:
7 Ways to Get Paid to Travel & Live Abroad
1. Volunteer work exchange programs
Work exchange programs are a great way for travelers to work on farms, bed and breakfasts, lodges, sailboats, or house sit … in exchange for room and board. You won’t get paid but you get to live and work abroad for as long as your contract.
Some hosts might contract two hours of work a day; others, longer. Some travelers choose to stretch out their traveling by getting jobs working at hostels or bed and breakfasts. When you’re on the road, accommodations soak up a large part of your budget.
Volunteer Work Exchange Resources:
- WWOOF your way around the world by volunteering to work on farms in exchange for room and board.
- HelpX Volunteer to work in B&B’s, farms, ranches, homestays, etc..
- Peace Corps (Volunteer and get a stipend for expenses)
- Peace Boat – Cruise the seas and explore each port, while teaching Japanese students. Read my friend Chance’s EPIK Adventure: Volunteering and applying for Peace Boat
- TrustedHouseSitters.com and HouseCarers.com (Volunteer to housesit. Sites require an annual fee to join) See Housesitting 101 Tips
If you haven’t watched my video yet, do it now!
2. Be a Digital Nomad (aka Location Independent)
Many digital nomads have successfully learned how to get paid to travel, creating a freedom-based lifestyle doing work they enjoy anywhere there is an internet connection. A digital nomad is a traveling freelancer, whose online office can exist in whichever country they rest their luggage in. Many digital nomads prefer to live in inexpensive third world countries such as Mexico, Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, India, where rent and the cost of living is sustainable during dry months. But depending upon how much in demand your skills are, some will live in first world countries as well, Jobs range from anything which can be done online. Top jobs for digital nomads range, as well.
9 Top Jobs for Digital Nomads:
- Programming & IN
- Web design
- Graphic design
- Translation Services
- Virtual Assistant
- Social Media manager
- Travel Blogger/ Content Creator/ Travel Vlogger
Where digital nomads find work
- Check out travel sites seeking contributing writers for hire and which offer jobs boards.
- Research virtual assistant staffing sites like virtualassistantjobs.com
- Haro aka Helpareporter.com – Helps journalists find expertise so they can include it in their articles.
- Want a steady paycheck? Work with companies back home, who are willing to hire you freelance and can pay industry standard rates. Communication will be in your language, resulting in less misunderstanding and your money can be deposited directly into your bank. However, whether you make money at home or abroad, you still have to pay taxes in your country!
3. Be an Entrepreneur
Part location independence – part freelancer, you’re thinking outside-the-box about what people need and what you can deliver. Gone are the old days when you needed to either, rent a shop or have a commercial store sell your product. If you’re traveling or living abroad, money needs to be made from resources you can manage on your own.
4. Be an Expat working the side hustle
Okay so technically, you’re not supposed to work in another country (other than your home) without a work visa. If you are given said work visa, you can only apply it to the job you are sponsored through. That said, many expats still work side hustle jobs to earn extra money. Teaching English or tutoring outside your job is illegal and risky because someone can always tattle on you. But expats do this anyway. Providing services to your expat community is also a slightly safer way, because you’re offering it to your friend community and doing it as a sorta favor; and in return you get paid cold, hard cash.
When I was an expat living in Korea, I knew expat friends who started their own business~ creating tours for tourists, subletting their apartment during travels, starting an expat magazine (and getting local businesses to advertise). One group of expats started a moving company to help expats; basically helping friends move their belongs and furniture for a little extra cash. Brilliant.
5. E-marketing & Online Stores
If you can think of a product people need and an innovative way to sell it, build an online store.
Before you needed to afford rent to open a store or get a vendor’s license. Now, you just need online access, a Paypal account, a laptop and an idea. Some nomadic travelers write and sell e-books online, photographers and designers can sell their photos, designs and/or services by opening their own online store.
Amazon/Kindle and e-junkie – Sell e-books
SmugMug- Sell your photographs
iStockPhoto.com – Sell photos to stock photos
Etsy.com- Sell your fashion
Zazzle.com – Sell your artwork designs on clothing
6. Crowd funding
These days, crowdfunding isn’t only for the poor or struggling artist or those who want to fund their films. It’s for anyone who’s likability can attract a following. Actor Zack Braff got his second film funded by asking his fans to donate to the production of his film. He made his film then sold it to the studios for an even larger sum! Eat your Kimchi, a cute and off-beat expat couple vlogger-blogger team turned YouTube stars got their studio in Korea funded by their fans.
Top two crowdfunding sites:
7. Be a travel blogger or travel vlogger
Like any other business, starting an online blog or vlog is like starting up a company. Many folks think blogging makes money overnight and this simply isn’t the case without a good amount of work put in and like many companies, it can lead to overwork. The hours I don’t spend traveling, I spend in my bat cave on my blog and vlog, diligently writing posts, editing photos and videos. I’m spending hours researching tools and learning about the business of blogging (from some of the online teachers mentioned above). No beach, no margherita. Know your niche market and what you can offer people in terms of information. Be willing to put time into researching how to make your blog/vlog more effective. I read Matt Knepes’ ebook, How to Make Money Blogging and highly recommend it. Yes, there are dark sides to the business of blogging. Yet there are also bloggers in a variety of fields, making an income from it, through various means like affiliate links, advertising, e-books, selling travel products and services, such as their own tours, workshops, consulting, etc… You won’t make money instantaneously. Like everything, it will take time and work. For blogs:
- Open a WordPress (I prefer WordPress to Blogger, because it’s more intuitive, time-efficient to navigate, offers more professional-looking free templates and what a lot of professionals use).
- Get a self-hosted site (My site is currently on Hostgator).
- I also recommend signing up with Travel Blog Success if you’re serious about learning how to be a professional travel blogger. What Matt Knepes’ book starts, this site continues with tips and step-by-step training on how to turn your blog into a business, approaching tourism boards, etc… as well as, you get access to a secret forum on Facebook, where you can ask money-making questions and gather insight as to how others are doing it.
- Open a YouTube account
- Learn how to make videos, shoot, edit, upload.
- Empire Building Kit: Create a Lifestyle Business in one year by Chris Gullibeau
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