Travel and Earn Money: These 10 Jobs Make it Possible!

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Travel and Earn Money

Location-independent working is the word of the day. The possibilities are fascinating: Traveling and earning money are no longer mutually exclusive; you can virtually swap your office for a hotel room or café. The diversity of the following jobs shows that this is by no means reserved for the media industry.

First of all, I don’t see the so-called digital nomad movement as an anti-movement to traditional work. For many, however, this is a good opportunity to realize the long-cherished dream of traveling without being rich and to try something completely new!

I myself have combined travel with work for several months in South America as well as in Bulgaria and thus had a lot of time to get to know the respective countries.

1) Blogging

Yes, it is actually possible to make money with a blog if you manage to create helpful content. However, a travel blog alone is not the way to happiness – there are far more lucrative industries here, such as those that cater to the mundane.

Nevertheless, it is also possible to start a commercially successful blog in the travel sector, but this is hard work and does not happen overnight. So, in addition to the content, you also have to take care of social media, SEO, marketing and the whole monetization issue. However, if you have the ambition and the content, you can make a decent passive income.

Tips to get started:

You can get started on our site by creating a profile. After that you can start writing. It’s that easy. If you don’t have any experience on blogging, don’t worry. Just click the link below and start writing according to our blogging guide.

2) Teaching

Many countries are desperately looking for teachers who can teach English. In the meantime, there are many who gain valuable experience abroad and work as teachers in areas where education is otherwise rather poor.

In private institutions, it is also possible for non-educators, for example, as a tutor or in language schools to conversation lessons to earn money. 

Tips to get started:

There are institutions that are officially responsible for such exchange programs – you can also contact the Goethe Institute, which is represented worldwide.

3) Translator

A classic job is the work as a translator – of course, appropriate foreign language skills are a prerequisite. If you have these, you can translate websites, flyers or documents for the respective clients.

Tips for getting started:

Since this is a classic freelance job, it is important to keep an eye out for corresponding advertisements on relevant job boards. However, you should not expect too much in terms of pay.

4) Tour guide

It may sound a bit strange for a foreigner to be a tour guide in a foreign place, but this is anything but unusual. However, you should take a language course beforehand in order to have a good command of the local language and not be afraid to be the center of attention.

Tips to get started:

Here it is important to inquire directly with the local tour operators and to audition, possibly to go on a tour beforehand to get an impression. When I was in South America it happened more often that I was asked after tours if I would not like to work there for a while, because I could speak both English and Spanish.

5) Day trading

If you feel at home in the financial sector this could be a good option – as a day trader you are only bound to the opening hours of the exchanges you want to trade on.

I have met several friends in the last few years who are doing this for more than just a living. However, it should also be said that this is an extremely risky plaster, on which you should really only go if you have the appropriate knowledge!

Tips to get started:

Read yourself best in the matter, Marcello is for example at the same time travel blogger. He has also founded the Day Trading Academy in recent years.

6) Developer / Programmer


This profession is almost predestined if you are a freelancer and have no presence obligation in your projects. Especially as a web developer you have the best opportunities to combine traveling and earning money – especially since the wages are usually quite reasonable.

Tips for getting started:

Platforms like Codecanyon (scripts, plugins) and Themeforest (WordPress, HTML, CMS) allow you to offer your own product, for contract work you should use the relevant freelancer exchanges (among others).

7) Designer

Similar to web developers are designers who specialize in the web e.g. logo design, websites, banners etc.

Tips to get started:

A recommended marketplace for your products (e.g. customizable templates, illustrations) is Graphicriver, for contract work you should also use the relevant freelancer exchanges (among others).

8) Diving Instructor

If water is your element and you already have relevant exchange experience this is your chance to work in paradise and turn your hobby into a profession!

Tips to get started:

The lovely Conni from Planetbackpack has worked as a diving instructor herself for some time and has written a great article about this!

9) Photographer

I wouldn’t call myself a photographer, but every now and then I get some decent pictures. If you feel the same way and have the right skills, you can even earn money with it.

On the one hand, you could try your hand as a freelance photographer on location, e.g. in hotels, for tour operators etc.. On the other hand, you can upload your images on appropriate image platforms and distribute them there.

Tips for getting started:

At Envato there is also a marketplace for this: Photodune – otherwise the top dogs here are Shutterstock and iStockphoto.

10) Hostel mom

Natalie from the Hostel Casa del Pueblo in Esquel gave me great tips of what to discover during my time in Esquel, ArgentinaNatalie from the Hostel Casa del Pueblo in Esquel, Argentina. What could be more natural than working in a hostel? In fact, one often has the thought “someday I’ll open a hostel”. But we are still in the mode before that – so this is the chance to try it out! 

Tips to get started:

Of course, it’s a good idea if you already know how things work and are convinced of the advantages of a hostel. Then you simply ask in the hostels whether you can take over a shift – that is often quite loose. Depending on the employer, you get room and board, but usually there is also a salary.

For all other jobs as a freelancer, you should use an online marketplace, but this is quite hard at first and often degenerates into a price war. However, once you have successfully completed your first jobs and have built up a customer base, it becomes easier and you can often match prices. The most popular platforms are elance and odesk.No matter which form you choose, traveling and earning money works best if you speak the local language – so I recommend you to take a language course to start well prepared for your adventure!

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