The best travel jobs will allow you to get paid and travel. Like us, you’re probably wondering how others can travel the world for years and generate income? While in Chicago, many people took advantage of the opportunity to ask us questions about our nomadic lifestyle.
A few family members wanted to know when this “charade” of ours was going to be over. Another family member asked us, “Don’t you ever get tired of not having a home?” We figured that if our closest friends and family had some curiosity about where we’re headed, then maybe our followers would too!
21 Best Travel Jobs | Positions That Allow You to Get Paid and Travel!
We have always been very open about how we went from living the traditional “American Dream” to becoming nomadic travel bloggers. In fact, one of our most popular blog posts even publicly documents how much we’ve spent to travel the world to the exact penny! However, in the last few years, we’ve experienced a shift in how we see our future and how we want to continue to pursue our nomadic life.
A quick look at social media will reveal a huge surge in “travel couples” and “travel bloggers.” The good news is that quitting your job to travel the world is becoming more common, especially in the United States! Great! How wonderful to see so many folks embark on such a grand adventure or to take time off to see the world.
The bad news is that the internet has been flooded with so many travel blogs, that in some ways, travel writing has lost some appeal for us. Blogging and vlogging have become redundant. Creating content is no longer feels “fresh.” The internet seriously does not need yet another travel blogger’s take on the “Top 10 Things to Do and See in …”
Of course, when we explore an off-the-beaten-path destination or discover a hidden gem, it will always reignite our travel writing passion. Our best articles are created when we find a void in a particular region or experience, and we can’t wait to be the first ones to share about it.
21 Best Travel Jobs to Make Money as Digital Nomads?
In the last few years, our goal has shifted from travel blogging to finding ways to generate income to continue living nomadically. Right now, we primarily accomplish this through freelancing. However, here are the 21 best travel jobs that will allow you to travel and make money:
- Affiliate marketing
- Bar staff
- Cruise ship employee
- Day trading
- Flight attendant
- Freelance photographer
- Hostel employee
- Join the Peace Corp.
- Party promoter or brand ambassador
- Seasonal jobs e.g., ski resort
- Start a blog
- Surfing or Scuba instructor
- Teach English abroad
- Teach English online
- Travel tour guide
- Vehicle transporter
- Work as an au pair
- Work on a private boat or ship
- Yoga or fitness instructor
The 21 best travel jobs above will allow you to make money and travel the world. However, the best travel jobs are always the ones that are interesting to you personally, supportive, can be done on your own schedule, and are sustainable. The typical person most attracted to these types of travel jobs includes aspiring digital nomads, ex-pats, and even backpackers.
How to Get Into Freelancing?
We currently work for American-based companies that pay us to write and create content for a variety of different websites. To qualify, we took an online exam to prove that we could write on a professional level. Typically, everything has to be written in APA-style. Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure is a must! After each assignment, we get graded on our submitted content. Writers who have “higher grades” often get more consistent work.
As freelancers, we have written under the umbrella of a variety of different topics: travel, finance, entrepreneurship, career advice, etc. Freelancers often do a lot of research and wear many hats. If we are not posting much on our blog or social media, we are probably focusing on side projects. One negative aspect of freelancing is that the work can be inconsistent. It also takes a lot of time to build up your reputation as a “good freelancer.”
Why Freelancing Is Working for Us Right Now?
Right now, the idea of settling down still has no appeal to us. The idea of taking on a mortgage, a car payment, and sitting in an office all day gives us the shakes. Slow traveling offers the perfect combination of having the time to explore and the flexibility to work abroad.
What Do You Do All Day?
Do you know that we get this question all the time? The answer is, “Anything we want to do.” Freelancing allows for a lot of flexibility. We set our own schedule: waking up when we are ready and enjoying the daytime hours to hike, sight-see, or exercise.
Since our college days, late evenings are when we do our best writing, so this is when we typically work. Additionally, we have a few entrepreneurship ideas of our own that we are exploring together.
Right now, this is how we are creating the life of our dreams.
If you have any questions about freelancing or would like to learn more about what we do, feel free to reach out to us in the comments section below.
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