How to Make a Living While Travelling


Trekking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand

Trekking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand

For many, it’s the ultimate dream: spending months on end trotting the globe but, instead of draining the bank account, being able to replenish the balance in the process. If it sounds too good to be true, think again. Instead of endless debits, there are some clever ways you can credit your account while on the road. Furthermore, if you live within your means, you may be able to live the good life for many months to come. Here are some of the ways others who have gone before you have managed to make a living while travelling the world.

Freelancing/Online Tutoring


The best thing about the digital economy is that it allows you to work from anywhere with just an internet connection and a computer. Depending on your skills, this opens up a wide scope of freelance work. You can provide written content, web design or graphics, or data entry and bookkeeping work. If you’ve got a teaching background – or can teach a skill – tutoring can provide a lucrative income, especially in the era of video calls.

Teaching English Abroad


Many countries recognise the value of having English language skills, which is why native speakers who are willing to teach in schools are consistently in demand. If you’ve got the right attitude, a college degree, and an eagerness to help, there are plenty of opportunities for those who have Teaching English as a Foreign Language qualifications to earn a decent pay packet in places like Cambodia, Guatemala, and throughout Eastern Europe.


Swimming at Lake Mckenzie, Fraser Island

Swimming at Lake Mckenzie, Fraser Island

Seasonal Work

For those wanting to chase an eternal summer (or winter), ski resorts, farms, and orchards are always looking for extra sets of hands to help get through the busy periods. Sure, work slows down at the end of the season, but this usually suits footloose folk perfectly fine. It’s on to the next destination and probably a new hemisphere chasing the next adventure.

Trading Currencies


If you think you need to have years of experience to become a financial trader, the good news is that, through reputable online education providers like Learn To Trade, you can understand the ins and outs of the foreign exchange markets in no time. With ongoing monitoring and the right strategy, you can build your confidence and develop the potential to create a worthwhile revenue stream, which can go a long way towards helping you fund your time abroad. This option is best suited to risk takers though, since it’s impossible to guarantee profits in any type of trading.
There’s also always plenty of bar, café, and restaurant work abroad. Plus, for those not afraid of hustling, sales positions can also make an ideal arrangement for travellers. It’s a myth that travelling abroad means you’re only spending instead of making money. Before you decide you can’t chase the better life, don’t forget to consider the work experience and skills you already have and how these could be applied abroad in your destinations of choice! Any other tips you could share with would-be travellers? Share them on the comments.

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