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Jobs abroad for Travellers

When you go on the adventure you can find lots of jobs abroad for travellers. We have a selection of interesting jobs you can take on the next trip.
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Working while travelling is something that many long-term travellers do to help fund their adventures. When you go on the adventure you can find lots of jobs abroad for travellers, just do some research and you will discover the most adequate for your type of travel.

We have compiled a list of possibilities that you can use to find your perfect job abroad.

Selection of jobs abroad for travellers

Bellow, you can find the most interesting job opportunities, keep in mind this is a shortlist, there’re plenty of opportunities around the globe.

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Teach English or any language

The most popular way of making money while you are travelling is by far teaching English or any other language. Normally people in foreign countries want to learn another language. Sometimes you don’t need any qualifications to teach, only depend on where exactly you want to do that. A certificate of some kind is certainly helpful and may help you find a job more easily and with higher pay.

Check out eslcafe.com if you want to know more how to teach English.

Work in a Hostel

The hospitality industry is always in need of new staff that is willing to work some hours each day. You can you work in hostels in exchange for room, is not good for earning money but you will save in accommodation.  It can be a good job; you only have to do some hours of cleaning or at reception and going to meet lots of people. Worldpackers have jobs abroad for travellers on hostels and much more.

Working Holiday Visas

There’re a few countries that let you stay in and work on holiday visas such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada… The working holiday visa could be a good option to make money and travel because it allows you to stay in a country for up one year. In most of these cases, you can even apply to work in any position you want, so this could be an incredible way to earn income while spending some time overseas.

Fruit Picking

This can be a common source of work for travellers, especially if you are in Australia. Fruit picking can be one of the easiest jobs to get and the pay can include payment per kilo of fruit you pick, room, board or any combination of the three.

So is time to start picking some fruits, go to jobsearch.gov.au if you’re in Australia.

Travel Blogging

If you want to become a travel blogger this isn’t an easy job, don’t expect big income at least when you are starting. This is not like other jobs, it’s required an amount of time/effort, much more than most people imagine. It can be a very satisfying job because after all you’re showing your adventures to other people and this can be inspirational for them.

Affiliate Marketing

Internet affiliate marketers create websites that sell other people’s products and then take a percentage of sales. While the industry has a smooth reputation, it is possible to make money through affiliate programs. You don’t need formal education, but a strong entrepreneurial and tech-savvy are required.

Making money this way is definitely possible even though the competition can be high but, if you are willing to dedicate yourself to a couple of month’s worth of research, you’ll find your niche and hopefully a steady paycheck.

Selling Goods Online

The online market is full of opportunities, so if you find a cool product and think others would be interested in sell it. You can also sell your handmade product, setting up a website or shop on ebay.com or any other type of online sales outlet. This is not a simple market, depending on many factors but, if you dedicate yourself and spending time doing research about online markets, this can be ‘easy’ money.


Who wouldn’t want a free place to stay? Housesitting can be a good option if you want to stay for free in a house that isn’t yours, this can take a huge amount on the travel budget. Go to MindMyHouse or Trusted Housesitters you can find great places to stay and gigs can be one week, one month, one year or anything in between.

Also check for caretaking jobs, which generally involve a longer time commitment and increased responsibilities, like taking care of someone’s motel while they’re on vacation. Usually, this pays a stipend in addition to free accommodation. To know more go to Caretaker-Jobs or Housecarers.

Tour organiser/guide

If you can build trip itineraries, plan visas and stay arrangements, group tour organising might be for you. Adventures Abroad is a good website to check out for more information.

You can also be a tour guide if you frequently heard groups of confused people and you love to help. Tour guides don’t just drag people around museums, you might score a job as a wilderness guide.


Everyone that is on holidays as a good massage, so make the most of your idea and put the massage business on. Place some advertisers signs in most crowded areas and ask for a reasonable amount. You can also do some deal with local spas or even hotels/hostels, people will sign up for sure after a long day wandering around town everyone wants a bit of time to relax.


Most of the towns you travelling are full of bars that pay ‘cash in hand’ to travellers who can work there and be willing to stay in one spot for a while. Bartending is a very popular job for travellers, if you going to do this kind of job choose bars connected to hostels, they are often your best bet.

Coffee/Restaurant Work

Like bartending working in coffee/restaurant is very popular especially if you are in a trendy backpacking destination. To find jobs in coffee/restaurants ask the hostel staff if they know any coffees that hire travellers, also check any advertising asking for help on local classifieds.

Website Design

You don’t need to be a web designer to know how to build simple websites, you can be autodidactic. Start a business online and look for potential clients through family, friends or even overseas. Look everywhere for business, for example, ask in restaurants, cheap hotels or hostels if they need to improve their website, you can be well paid for doing this job even if you don’t own a degree in web design.

Au pair

First of all, let me explain what an au pair job is. Au pair is normally a young person spending some time abroad learning a language and experiencing a new culture with a host family in exchange for a few child care and domestic help. You will get a monthly pocket money amount for personal expenses during the time of the stay and can work in many locations. This is one of the most search jobs for females, go to International Au Pair Organization and start today.

Teach Yoga

This one is a more specific job but, remember you can teach almost anything if you know about it, it’s like passing knowledge to the others. For teaching yoga you can advertise in local classifieds or place some signs in busy areas, people will notice this. You can teach yoga in a public park or work out a deal with a local gym, this will bring them plenty of people so they not going to refuse your idea.


Photography can be one of the best jobs abroad for travellers. We love taking pictures but, most of the time we don’t get paid for that because we aren’t professionals. Recently we found a way to earn money with our hobby, there are a variety of travel magazines and companies that have stock photographies collections you can try to sell yours to them.

The most popular way is to sell it online in different places, try iStock Photo, GettyImages , Dreamstime or Shutterstock.

Travel Writing

Do you like to write? You can have lots of opportunities if you are a decent writer, your experience and the destinations you visit are an inspiration. Although writing isn’t an easy business, because publishing articles on websites or online magazines are very competitive, you always can start to put out on a social network and establish yourself. Soon your articles will be noticed and you will become a reliable source of interest.

Work on a Cruise Ship

There is no better option for getting to know the world while travelling like this. Working on a cruise ship is one of the most excitant jobs, you going to earn good money while getting a taste of the world, gaining some solid work experience and networking with dozens of people (crew and passengers) from around the world.  In fact, there are lots of cruise companies that ask for people to work with them.

Volunteer Work

This couldn’t be the most reasonable option if you need money but, in the other way is an unforgettable experience, which in most of the cases is better than getting paid. In every country, are local organisations that ask for volunteers, so you just need to check that.

In order to help if you want to do this, I find these two websites: GrassrootsVolunteering  and IndependentVolunteer.

You can do volunteering work on an organic farm, WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), these are a great experience because you don’t need previous farming experience. As you going to stay with local people, getting to know their culture and costumes, you’re going to be linking to organic farmers and promoting cultural and educational experiences based on trust.

Work Exchange

If you are willing to work a few hours each day in exchange for room, board and sometimes, some extra cash, just go check out listings on HelpX.net or Worldpackers. Most of these jobs abroad for travellers are from every type of farms, backpackers hostels, sailing boats, teaching organisations, etc…

There are many opportunities to work while you travel, it’s a matter of choosing what is best for you, for more financial advice or travel resources, in general, follow the respective links.


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