Travelling the world long term is the ultimate dream for a lot of people, but the number one issue that will put a halt on those goals is a dwindling bank account.
Luckily there’s quite a number of ways to earn money on the road that don’t require international job transfers, university degrees or selling a kidney. Here’s our list of fun travel jobs that will extend your overseas trip.
1) Working At A Ski Resort
If you love the idea of spending your days skiing or snowboarding in a mountain paradise with a bunch of other excited travellers, then working at a ski resort is the job for you.
Hitting the slopes is a favourite pastime for millions of Aussies and Kiwis. There’s plenty of opportunity to get a working holiday visa for a lot of countries in the Northern Hemisphere, so you can take that hobby, and turn it into a way to make money during the winter months.
A lot of ski resorts in Canada, the USA, Japan, France and Austria love having foreign workers. Jobs you might be able to do include lift operator, ticket checker, ski instructor, or a host of other seasonal roles. Prior snow experience not required – you can learn when you get there!
The money isn’t the best, but you can get a free season pass, discounted rates on food and beverages, cheap (or free) rental gear and sometimes even staff accommodation.
Tip – You can apply for jobs at most ski resorts online, or arrive well before the ski season starts to secure positions.
2) Bartending Or Waitressing
An excellent job on the road is working as a bartender or waitress. Fortunately there’s lots of work, even if you don’t have any experience.
In Europe and North America you’ll find lots of restaurants and bars hiring, and this can be an excellent way to sustain your travels.
A huge bonus is you’ll get staff food and drinks, meaning you have more money in the bank to go on adventures when you’re not at work!
3) Working In A Hostel
Hostels are the ultimate place to make friends when you travel, so why not extend your stay and pick up a job in your favourite one?
Jobs in a hostel include receptionists, cleaning staff, activities coordinators and maintenance crew, and along with free accommodation and food in exchange for not-that-many-hours, many of the bigger ones also pay a wage for long-term staff. It will probably end up being the funnest job you ever have
4) Working As A Tour Guide
If you are a people person, have a real interest in history or nature, and love the idea of staying in one place for a while, picking up a job as a tour guide is an excellent way to fund your lifestyle on the road.
These jobs vary from short walking tours right up to full-time expedition guides. You need to have a passion for the role you’re applying for (for example a deep knowledge of street art to do graffiti tours), but previous guiding experience isn’t always necessary.
Feel like really getting paid to see the world? Join the ranks of one of the companies that lead tours in multiple countries, like Dragoman, G Adventures, Contiki and Intrepid.
5) Teaching English
Perhaps the ultimate job to do overseas for those that want to immerse themselves in a new culture, picking up work teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) allows you to make decent money and see the world at the same time.
Most English teaching jobs only require you to work around 20 hours a week, educating young kids in basic language skills. You can easily acquire your TEFL certification online, and then secure a job before you leave home. Many schools will either provide housing or help you find a place to live, and take care of all the necessary visas.
It’s a very rewarding job, and the biggest benefit is that you’ll truly get a grasp of local culture and customs. As you build your experience you’ll also be able to move around to different countries and continue living the dream!
6) Become A Dive Master
If you prefer your job to have a touch of adventure, and you love being in the water, an awesome way to make money while you travel is to become a certified dive master.
Dive masters are like scuba diving underwater guides or assistants, helping instructors look after new divers or showing qualified people around beautiful sites. Getting your dive master certification takes three months at a minimum, but some of the benefits include living in tropical paradises, only working a few hours a day (usually), having a qualification that is recognised around the world, and of course getting paid to go scuba diving!
7) Start A Travel Blog
Travel blogging has come a long way since the days of just being online diaries to keep your friends and family in the loop while you backpack around Southeast Asia. Now they can be fully-fledged businesses.
Creating a travel blog gives you a hobby to maintain while you travel, and with enough hard work and research you can grow your online audience to be at a level that you can monetise your website.
Don’t be fooled, it’s not easy and it will take thousands of hours to build it to the point of earning money, but with enough motivation starting a travel blog could set you on the path to financial freedom and allow you to work from anywhere with a wifi connection.
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Alesha and Jarryd are professional photographers, writers and the founders of Australia’s biggest adventure travel blog, NOMADasaurus. They’ve been exploring the world together since 2008, searching for culture and adventure in off the beaten path destinations.