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10 Ways to Make Money While Traveling

Traveling the world is many people’s dream; get up in one country and go to sleep in another. The pain is affording it. While many think it’s impossible to travel and work, others are showing them that it’s definitely doable. Whether you’re looking for a live-in position or temporary cash-in-hand job, there are several ways to make money and travel at the same time. Check out some of the ways below:

Au Pair

There are several websites that you can sign up on to be an Au Pair in many countries worldwide. France is a popular option, as well as New Zealand and Australia. An Au Pair is a great option if you’re looking to spend time with local families, save a bit of money and really live like a local. Many families come from money and take you on their holidays and show you around. If you know more than one language, you’ll be at the top of everyone’s lists.


‘Wwoofing’ is an option to work on an organic farm in exchange for food and accommodation. While there is no money exchanged for a half days’ worth of work, many farms have plenty of other work to offer. And those jobs pay. I’ve had many friends work on farms around the world, learning new skills and meeting new people along the way. It’s one of the best ways to save money too.

Teach English

Teaching English abroad is by far the most popular option to make money while traveling. Destinations like Thailand, South Korea and Japan are favorites, but there are options to teach English in South America, Europe, the Middle East and China. Whether you want to teach young children, teens or high school students, the jobs are there. As English is the most common worldwide language, schools are chomping at the bit to get native English speakers to teach in their schools. Depending on the school and country, you can make good money doing this. And the more experience you have, the more you get paid. It’s a great way to see the world and make a difference at the same time.


This type of job can be done anywhere. A lot of tropical destinations, places along the Mediterranean and islands are all looking for extra help in the summer months. A lot of this work is paid in cash, which can be a good and bad thing. You usually get paid nightly and can work a short amount of time. But more chances than not, you’ll stay the summer and have an epic time. Some of my friends I’ve met along the way have ended up going back to those bartending jobs every summer because of the money and the good times.


If you’re not looking for a live-in situation like an Au Pair, put up signs around the town you’re at or post on a community board that you’re a qualified babysitter. Parents are always looking for a trustworthy individual to use for nights out. Save yourself the hassle and have someone from home write up a persona and professional reference that you can take with you while on the road. It doesn’t hurt to get your CPR certificate either. It gives you an advantage and makes you look like you’re prepared.

Cut hair

Did you cut hair or work in a salon at home? This is a great way to earn extra cash on the road and help others out at the same time. I don’t know how many times while I was on the road that I would have killed to have someone in the hostel offer haircuts. I started to see more and more posters and signs up at hostels lately for services done by fellow travelers. Cutting hair was a popular one and they were reasonably priced. For a traveler, a budget haircut is everything!

General Labor

Depending on where you’re at, general labor can be found almost everywhere. Rural towns and farms are a great place to look. But other jobs like construction, mechanic and electrical work are all jobs that can be found while traveling abroad. Majority of them are great pay too. Just be ready to get your hands dirty.

Work on a Super Yacht

After you take your super yacht courses and are certified, then you can travel the world as you please, working from boat-to-boat saving some serious cash along the way. Did I mention that you get to see the world? Many wealthy yacht owners sail the seas in the most remote and magical locations in the world. Leaving you with your jaw on the floor and money in your pocket.


Are you a writer, photographer, graphic designer or work in IT? There are plenty of ways to make a living on the road by offering your services on freelance websites. Virtual jobs or ‘digital nomad’ jobs are everywhere. You can be sitting on the beach in Bali while working if you have an internet connection. This is a great way to expand your experience and skills but also pay the bills and fund your travels.

Author: Emma

Emma is a Online Marketing Specialist at Mobal. She is responsible for our outbound marketing efforts including planning and executing email campaigns, social media and blog posts. She also works with the Web Designers at Mobal to update the website and to help to create a better experience for the user.

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