35 Best Travel Jobs for Backpackers: Travel and GET PAID!
Do you wish you could travel more but don’t have enough money?
Then this guide is for you! It will tell you all about the types of epic travel jobs that you can do. Ultimately, this post will help you find work and travel the world… FOREVER.
There are a surprising number of jobs that involve travelling, a few canny ways to make money travelling Travel abroad, and even some jobs where you actually get paid to travel… (The best kind!)
From freelancing to affiliate marketing, travel blogging, tending the bar at a hip hostel–there are seriously all kinds of awesome – and some terrible – travel jobs you can get to make ends meet and prolong your travels.
The life of a working traveller is varied and complex: there are countless tools in your arsenal! In today’s post, I’m giving you the lowdown on some of the best travel jobs for backpackers, expats, and aspiring digital nomads. And realistically, for nearly all of them, you don’t need no tertiary education.
Ditch your desk, amigos: the world is waiting and the only thing you need to SUCCEED is grit.Work. Travel. And go home… when you feel like it.Making Money Travelling the World:Types of Travel Work
There are lots of different types of travel jobs out there, and they can roughly be broken down into three categories. Let’s take a look at them before we delve into the jobs themselves…
There are some jobs that will pay you to travel the world. This might sound very glamorous at first, but you have to bear in mind you may not get as much of a chance to actually explore as you will be working. These could be travel jobs or potentially even travel careers, but they still generally require the level of input from you that any regular ol’ boring job would.
Jobs that require travel and pay well, such as being an airline pilot, will offer you a chance to save up mega-cashola and to hopefully see parts of the world during your downtime. But to be honest (and in my opinion) these travel careers don’t have the same kind of freedom as being a digital nomad.
Personally, I’m a big believer in making money through a digital nomad job as these jobs allow you to work from literally anywhere in the world, on your own schedule, and often as your own boss.
It takes time to set up a career as a digital nomad career… But it’s easy to get started now and to begin your journey!
All you need is a laptop plus a few other of the digital nomad essentials, and idea of WHAT you want to do, and a place in the world that you’re content to get some work done from. Well, that and playlist that gets you in the zone!
Beccoming a digital nomad changes how you travel, so for backpackers that want to retain their backpacker-roots, you need a job for backpacker. These travel jobs are job-jobs.
They could be wicked jobs, they could be shitkicker jobs. They could, potentially, also progress into careers, but they wouldn’t be travel careers. You’d just be an expat with a regular ol’ job.
Many of the best travelling jobs for backpackers are super casual affairs – seasonal work or temporary labour gigs. I’ve found paying work on goat farms, behind bars, in hostels, on construction sites, on beaches, and in many other places whilst backpacking around the world. It’s usually very easy to find some casual work as a backpacker.
All you need is a good smile, good work ethic, and maybe the willingess to be paid under the table for less than minimum wage! (Oops, did I say that? You do you.) 😉The 35 Best Travel Jobs in 2021
Let’s look at how to work and travel like a BOSS (or self-employed hustler). Ideas range from online trading to teaching yoga; we have something for every CV!1. Make Money Blogging
Starting a blog is one of the best travel jobs out there. You can travel whenever you want and make money out of your adventures to keep you going! However, blogging is not easy and it’s not especially quick to start making money.
Blogging offers a great introduction to many different digital nomad careers. You’ll learn more about SEO, copywriting, web design, social media management, marketing and PR… the list goes on! All you need to get started is a decent laptop for travel blogging and loads of patience!
Full disclosure: The travel blogging industry is competitive, cutthroat, and, honestly, oversaturated. DO expect a long road to the top.How Much Can You Earn?From $0 – $50,000 per month!Finding a work-friendly atmosphere is important – check out Tribal Bali…
Having a job is one thing, but being able to sit down and get some work in is a whole other story. Luckily there are amazing coworking spaces all over the globe. But what if you could combine working and a place to live? Say no more…Networking or Digital Nomad-ing – all possible at Tribal!
Introducing the best Coworking Hostel in the World – Tribal Bali!
A unique coworking and co-living hostel for those that want to travel the world while working from their laptops. Make use of the massive open-air coworking spaces and sip on delicious coffee. If you need a quick screen break, just take a refreshing dip in the infinity pool or grab a drink at the bar. Need more work inspiration?
Staying at a digital nomad-friendly hostel is a really smart way to get more done whilst still enjoying the social life of travelling… Mingle, share ideas, brainstorm, make connections and find your tribe at Tribal Bali!2. Teach English AbroadIs he teaching her or taunting her…?
For backpackers looking to settle somewhere for a year or more to save up some serious cash, teaching English abroad is one of the best jobs for nomads.
These days, you can teach English in most countries in the world while seeing all the goods they got to offer at the same time! This is probably one of the best travel careers out there: there’s a low barrier to entry and most native speakers can get a travel job teaching English.
Being a native speaker gives you an obvious advantage, but it’s also possible for non-native speakers to get work teaching English too. You don’t even really need a degree to teach English in many countries, however, nabbing a TEFL certificate through an online course first will help you hit the ground running. (And hopefully will mean you won’t be a crap teacher too ?).
It’s a small investment that will help you score more gigs AND better-paying gigs in the long run. Plus, think of the children! Won’t somebody think of the children!?!?How Much Can You Earn?$1500 – $3000 depending on the country.3. Teach English OnlineUnlock your travels and join the digital nomad game by teaching English online…
Thanks to the power of the internet, the world of teaching English online has opened doors to English speakers everywhere! You can work from anywhere! (Provided you have a solid internet connection.)
What’s the best part? Depending on the company you work for, you can choose your own schedule and commitment level. Whatever works for you!
Teaching English online is fast becoming one of the best ways for backpackers to make money online without a doubt. Online teaching platforms like VIPKID connect prospective teachers with keen students. Set your pricing, choose your hours, and market yourself to potential clients.
The money isn’t impressive, particularly in the early days, but this is a job that you can grow and literally do anywhere.How Much Can You Earn?About $1500 per month.
Earn $$$ ONLINE Whilst Travelling the World!
Keen to live the digital nomad dream while travelling the world? Who the hell isn’t?
Teaching English online is a surefire method to earn a consistent income on the road. Work from anywhere, change some lives, and earn some dollaridoos while you do it!
Check out this detailed article for everything you need to know to start teaching English online.4. DropshippingDropshipping: dickier than it looks.
Dropshipping is when you ship products to customers, usually in Europe or the USA, from somewhere cheap (usually China). Essentially, you manage the online storefront while a third party handles the logistics of storing and shipping products.
Now, dropshipping CAN be profitable. It can also be a major headache: you have been warned.How Much Can You Earn?????5. Affiliate MarketingGotta be a playa!
Affiliate marketing is very simple. It means that you recommend a product or service to your audience, and if someone on your website uses or buys that product or service, you get a commission!