Getting paid while traveling is one of the most rewarding jobs because you can combine leisure and career into a sustainable passion. Although shoestring travels are possible, it takes skills, tons of preparation, and experience to be able to stretch your budget. Working while on the road is the best way to sustain your needs and at the same time save for the next destination. Fortunately, there are a number of remote jobs you can do that pay decently to afford accommodation, food, and even flight fares.
Set up a travel blog
Blogging is the authority of traveling today. This is also the best way to share your experiences and promote local or international destinations. Monetizing travel blogs depends on web traffic and online following. This can be done only if you have at least a year’s worth of posts. Activate Google Adsense to keep track of visits and clicks so your blog can be promoted up to the first page of the search engine. Companies would offer compensation relative to the number of clicks on their banner ads.
Maximize your social media reach
Social media an efficient and cost-effective alternative to blogging in terms of expanding reach and online network. Travelers would share videos or photos and then build the social medial following through likes, comments, and shares. Companies compensate you for the promotion of their products or services, sponsor your next adventure, or give away freebies or limited items.
Work as an au pair
Working as an au pair is a convenient and quite lucrative way to earn while traveling. This may not be an ideal job on the road but many au pair employers are generous enough to sponsor accommodations, food, allowance, and even education. You may have your weekends available to explore the area while living like a local.
Work on a cruise ship
Cruise ships require long hours of work but it is a great way to sail the world and move from one country to another. Jobs on board is also a great way to save money while you prepare for the next inland destination. It is also an opportunity to learn a new skill like bartending, massage therapy, and housekeeping among others.
Become a tour guide
What else could be a better way to travel and earn at the same time? Becoming a tour guide lets you explore places, learn about the local culture and heritage, and socialize with people from all walks of life. The only requirement is that you are personable, has great desire for learning, and has passion for travel.
Do freelance writing
Freelance writers charge by output piece or by the hour. It can be a lucrative source of income as long as you have stable internet connection. Most full-time or part-time writing jobs do not employ fixed hours, so you can still finish tasks even when you are at the airport, the beach, or anywhere in between your destinations.
Engage in multi level marketing
Multilevel marketing (MLM) utilizes people to create a network of marketer who will promote or sell products. If you are good with sales or personality development, MLM may be a good way to earn profit or commission.
Work as a flight attendant
Working as a flight attendant is not as glamorous as it may seem; however it pays fairly huge and you get free business class flights with your loved ones, if you are lucky. This job makes you earn passport stamps as easy as you are buying bus tickets, though you may have to bid or earn miles to get access to some flight routes.
Become an instructor or skilled guide
Are you a yogi or a massage therapist? Do you fancy cooking or are you fluent in English? Earn and save money working as a waiter, a cook, or an English teacher at a local community. You may be offered free accommodation and food plus your compensation enough to jumpstart your next adventure. People tend to spend more on massage, tattoo, or manicure and pedicure when they are traveling rather than at home. They are also inclined to give reasonable tips and may even refer you to friends.
Work as a travel photographer
Many people know how to shoot a camera but not all of them have the eye for subjects. Competition is tough in this industry but if you have got the skills, your photos might end up published in travel magazines or you can sell it online. Companies hire photographers to take photos for publication use.
Promote accommodations or restaurants
Hotels, bed-and-breakfast, and vacation houses may offer free lodging or compensation to promote their business online either through blogs, photos, or backlinks.
Join adventure competitions and win the grand prize
Similar to TV shows like Amazing Race, airline companies open adventure competitions to travel enthusiasts which involve tests of wit, endurance, and survival skills. There are also free vacation packages as prizes for online photo, slogan, or essay contests.
Work as a fruit picker
Fruit pickers have high demands in countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. These jobs pay by the hour and there are other incentives like free lodging or food. Fruit picking is an ideal way to enjoy the backcountry and get away from the busy cities even just for a little while.
Publish a travel or self-help books
Do you consider yourself an authority in a specific field? Writing an e-book may come out fulfilling and rewarding than you expect it to be. Expect that income will pour in a couple of months after your publication date considering you need still need to establish readership and fan base. If you are lucky enough,
Despite the increasing airline fares and exorbitant hotel fees, you can still travel frugally and get paid at the same time. However, you need to cut off luxury and may work longer hours than the usual as you save money prior to your next trip. Take it as a rare opportunity to actually live in a place and socialize with the locals, learn their language, and appreciate their culture. Expand your horizon and travel through land, sea, and air while maximizing your skills to earn.