With the world currently experiencing what experts call “the great resignation,” more and more people are considering giving up their 9-5 job to start exploring the world. With so many awesome places on this planet to visit, can you blame them? Even before the recent times, remote jobs were increasingly being used, only to be further boosted as global lockdowns began. More people than ever are able to have a remote career by doing exactly what they used to do, or even by completely changing their profession.
In matter you are looking for a way to travel the world and work while doing it, here are 30 travel jobs that will give your wandering heart a little inspiration:
Travel jobs that require little or no prior experience
Whether you want to blog about your road trip experiences or find a specific online niche, blogging is a great way to fund your trips, if you play your cards right. It may not be very lucrative at first while you are still building your audience, but over time you can find more and more opportunities to monetize your blog.
Of course, this requires some writing talent and understanding of the type of blogger you want to be and how you plan to make money doing it. If you’re sure you want to blog about your travels, find out how to do it here.
If you have a knack for this, you don’t necessarily need a full portfolio of perfectly polished articles to start writing freelance. You will need examples of your work, but you may be surprised at how little you need to get started.
If you are serious about freelance writing, I recommend that you get on the Upwork train as soon as possible. When I started, I found the platform useful for finding new customers. You may feel like you’re screaming into a void when you start submitting proposals, but eventually you’ll get your groove on and hopefully start landing a few gigs.
3. Virtual assistant
As the labor market becomes more and more digitized, virtual assistants are increasingly valued. As a result of this change, virtual assistants can earn a living while working from anywhere in the world. All you need to get started is a computer, an internet connection, and decent computer and communication skills, depending on the requirements of the job.
If you have additional skills, such as coding, accounting, or social media expertise, you’re even more qualified to be a virtual assistant. You can find positions on Upwork, dynamite jobs and a variety of other platforms. To learn more about becoming a virtual assistant, click here.
4. Freelance travel photographer
Whether you decide to work for travel photography companies or try your hand at selling photos online, you might be surprised at how lucrative it can be.
Curious to make your own travel photos? Consider taking our Fotomuse course to hone your skills. In the meantime, you can find many travel photography tips here.
5. Freelance graphic designer
You do not need to study the profession at a university to get a remote job as a graphic designer. There are plenty of courses on Skillshare, Udemy, Domestika, and other platforms about creating digital art that sells. Once you’ve learned how, you can simply open a profile on Fiverr or Upwork and start looking for customers. It takes time to set up your business, but it can provide a full-time income once you’ve grown and established yourself in the online space.
6. Traveling With YouTuber
Today, it’s easier than ever to create a YouTube channel and distribute content, another great option for creative travelers who love to document their travels. However, to make money on YouTube, you need to create an audience and show a lot of patience. Sometimes creators work on it for years before they start making significant income from the platform. However, once you’ve made a name for yourself on YouTube, branded offers and other high-paying opportunities can come your way.
Although volunteer programs don’t pay, they can still be a great way to travel on a budget. Some programs offer Board and lodging in exchange for volunteering, which means you can significantly reduce your travel expenses. In addition, you can learn new skills, meet other travelers and have fun doing it!
A fantastic option for volunteering abroad is to sign up for Worldpackers, a platform that connects hosts with volunteers, offering a free place to stay and an immersive travel experience. I was a Worldpacker in the Mayan jungle for a week and I had a great experience that was much better than I could have imagined.
If you are considering a more professional and long-term volunteering experience, consider joining the Peace Corps. There is a 27-month commitment and it is certainly a huge life decision, but it can provide a whole host of opportunities for long-term foreign travel jobs, such as joining the Foreign Service or working for an international NGO once you have completed your service. I was a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mozambique for two years and the experience was both beautiful and stimulating. It’s not for everyone, but if you want to completely immerse yourself in a new culture and get paid (modestly) for it, the Peace Corps can be a great option.