How to Get Paid to Travel the World

Get paid to travel

Travelling the world full-time used to be absolutely unheard of. And yet, we now live in a world where people are doing the impossible. They're quitting their jobs, selling their stuff and giving the word 'nomad' a whole new meaning.

Travelling full-time is THE dream for travel-lovers like us. I'm sure it's nowhere near as glamorous as it sounds, and I know for sure it's not easy – but it's there and it's finally possible.

Now, I'm realistic. I know most of you can't quit your job for a life on the road selling your creative skills. Because let's face it, not everyone is creative. I know in my extended family of 13 children (that's cousins included, I do not have 12 siblings!), only 3 of us live and breathe a creative life. That's me and my two brothers. I've recently come to notice this, and realised that creative fields are less common than I thought.

So, what do you do when you can't travel full-time calling yourself a digital nomad?

You work.

The absolute best way to travel full-time is to work. It creates a slower pace for your travels. It allows you to truly live and breathe like a local. Your career may not take you around the world, but whoever said you had to stick to that boring old rule book for adulting?

I'm not saying you have to completely change your career or speciality. You just need to shake it up a bit. These are my top job opportunities to help you to get paid to travel.

So, if you've always wanted to live overseas, if you're desperate to make a change in your life, if travel is your one true love – then it's time to make it happen! No more excuses. Make your dreams come true.

How to get paid to travel the world?

Teach English

They say anyone can teach. It might be true considering how simple it is to teach English abroad. The best and most recognised program is TEFL, a certification that gives you the knowledge you need to teach English overseas. The great thing about teaching English is that more often than not, you don't need to be fluent in the local language to get by. Often the schools want you to exclusively speak English to the children to immerse them in the language. Boy, did I wish I had that style of teaching when I was young. Instead, I've got 5 years of French under my belt, and very little to show for it.

Some teaching positions will need you to have a Bachelors Degree as well as your TEFL certification. Some need prior teaching experience. It really depends on the school and the position.

This website will not only give you the TEFL certification but will also help you find a job overseas.The courses start are $227.50.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

If living and learning from locals outside of the major cities and tourist hot-spots is more your style then you'll love WWOOF. WWOOF is a community of organic farmers looking for a helping hand in exchange for a warm bed and food. Imagine what you could learn! Nothing gets more local than this.

Working Holiday VISA

Many countries allow you to get a VISA to work while travelling. So you could get a casual bar, cafe or retail job to pay for your life while abroad. Hell, if you truly love what you currently do, you could get a job doing that in a different city.

Every country have different rules with this. It even depends on what country you come from. So make sure you do your research first.

Au Pair

Perfect for someone who gets along well with kids, is a homebody at heart and is keen to learn a new language (or improve on one). Au Pairing is basically nannying, with a fancy French name. An Au Pair's responsibilities vary from job-to-job, but more often than not you're working for a wealthy family who need an extra hand with the kids. Outside of English-speaking countries, they usually want the kids to improve their English skills as well – talk about two birds, one stone.

Au Pair's usually work around 30 hours a week in exchange for a bed and food. But you also get a bit of pocket money too. So during your time off and your extra cash, you can get out there to explore.

You can find a family on Au Pair World or Great Au Pair. Or you can pay an agency to do the work for you on International Au Pair Association.

Work on a cruise ship

Living and working on board a cruise ship – sounds like a dream. And what's better, the job types are vast. You could be a housekeeper, bartender, chef, life saver, waitress. Or you could be in childcare, entertainment, working in the gift shop. It's surprising who's on board a cruise ship.

What's best is you get paid a wage on top of a room and food on board.

Try the following to find jobs: All Cruise Jobs,  Cruise Lines Jobs, YA Crew

Ski, snowboarding, surf or diving instructor

Turn your hobby into a job! Get qualified or simply ask around – you'll be sure to find a friend of a friend who's done a season in Canada. You've got two options here. You could instruct or you could work a job in town to help the locals with the high season and tourist influx. Either way, during your spare time, you can get out there and do what you love.


Do you want to travel full-time? Or are you more of a homebody and prefer to travel in your own time? Share you story in the comments!


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