How to make money while traveling

When you think about the potentials of ‘traveling the world’, you’ll probably be dreaming of hopping on a plane to a paradise island to meet fellow travelers and have the most joyous care-free time of your life. And for some travelers, that experience isn’t wrong. But to do that, you need a fair bit of money, and that bank balance won’t last forever…

This is where the idea of having a job while traveling can pop into your head. And although the sole purpose of traveling the world may be to escape the mundanity of working 9-5, making money while traveling is a whole different ball game. Here are some of the best ways you can make money on your travels.


Work on a cruise ship

Not many consider the option of cruising when they start to plan their travels, but going by cruise ship is one of the best and cheapest ways to see the world. So if this is a bit of you, then working on the ship could be a fantastic way for you to get the best of both worlds. There’s a variety of different on-board job roles for you to take on, so why not consider being a crew member? This is also a great opportunity if you want to get into the performance and entertainment business.

Find your niche

If you have a particular skill in a specific hobby, then consider whether you can take this hobby on your travels. If you’re a keen horse-rider, why not work as an instructor on a horse-riding excursion? If you want to get into scuba diving, why not train as a professional scuba diving instructor? The world is a big place with a whole host of opportunities, so be brave and have some belief in yourself.

Teach English

There’s one way that’s become a popular choice in recent years, and that is teaching English as foreign Language (otherwise known as TEFL). Working as a foreign language teacher is actually easier than you think to get into, and boy is it a rewarding experience! A certification can take just weeks to get, and then the world is your oyster. Asian countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea are particularly viable places for TEFL.


Work in your hostel

Sometimes the simplest way to make money is the best. If you really don’t want to leave behind the pleasures of the traveling lifestyle, why not work alongside it? This could be working in a bar or club, or it could simply mean working at one of the hostels you particularly loved. Although money is not often great, it does mean you’re still mixing with fellow travelers and still being fully immersed in the fun.


We wouldn’t usually promote vlogging or blogging as a means of earning a sustainable income, but if you have the social media following to accommodate it, then why on earth would you not? Travel blogging is one of the most popular forms of vlogging, and let’s be honest, it really doesn’t take much effort, does it? All you need is a personality, a decent camera, access to wifi, and you’re all set. Oh, the joys of 21st-century technology!

If you’re seriously considering going traveling, then we suggest you have a long, hard think about whether your plan is sustainable. Earning some money alongside your travels can be a fantastic way for you to prolong your experiences and learn some new life skills along the way too!