50 Best Travel Jobs to Earn Money While Traveling – Parade

Sometimes, a regular 9 to 5 doesn’t suit everyone—especially when you spend all your time daydreaming about far-off places! Since borders are slowly opening back up since the decline of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to stretch your travel legs and see what the world has to offer by taking on a travel job you can easily do from place to place.

All of these travel job ideas offer flexible schedules, remote work, and livable wages to make your dream of a jet-setting life and career a reality!

Word to the wise, there are a lot of scam companies out there who claim their employees can work remotely and are given the opportunity to travel. Before you take an offer with any online-based company, make sure to check Better Business Bureau to make sure the company is legit.

Best Travel Jobs

1. Flight Attendant

Perhaps the easiest way of seeing the world is becoming a flight attendant for a major airline company. Starting out, you’ll mainly travel within the United States but once you move up the ladder, you’ll be able to travel on high-end aircraft to countries like Japan and Southeast Asia. Requirements vary among airlines but most require you to be able to reach the overhead bins and stand on your feet for extended periods of time. Speaking another language and past customer service experience is always a plus. According to Salary, the average salary for a flight attendant is $78,147.

2. Athletic Recruiter

Combine your love of sports and traveling and become an athletic recruiter! Many colleges and professional sports organizations employ athletic recruiters to travel to schools and sporting events across the country to look for new talent. You’ll need to know the game inside and out, as well as the specific skills an athlete would need for certain positions on the team but if you love the sport, then that part of the job should be cake! Glassdoor reports that the salary for an athletic recruiter averages $49,592.

3. Au Pair

Do you love kids and want to be fully immersed in a new culture? Try becoming an au pair! As an au pair, you’ll live with a host family and provide childcare services like babysitting and homework help. According to aupair.com, au pairs can make up $195 a week plus get free room and board. If this travel job sounds right up your alley, check out InterExchange to find out more!

4. Teach English Abroad

English teachers are highly sought out for positions around the world and the pay is decent. Even though your salary depends on which country you are placed in, Gooverseas says you can make up to $5,000 per month. A Bachelor’s Degree is required in some cases but a TEFL certification is absolutely required. To see how you can get your TEFL certification, take a peek at MyTEFL to see what steps you need to take.

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5. Cruise Ship Worker

Take to the seven seas and see the world by boat as a cruise ship worker! According to Ziprecruiter, the average salary for a cruise ship worker averages around $48,404. To see current job postings, take a peek at Cruise Line Jobs to see which one is right for you!

6. Diving Instructor

Does your love for scuba diving know no bounds? Luckily for you, there are plenty of diving instructor opportunities in sought-out locations sprinkled around the globe. Glassdoor reports that a scuba instructor in the USA makes $56,658. A great way to get started on your scuba journey is taking a peek at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) website which offers training and courses.

7. International Aid Worker

Is your love for helping others as big as your travel dreams? As an international aid worker, you’ll be able to work for organizations like the Red Cross or USAID, check out their website for recent job postings. Ziprecruiter reports that the average salary of an international aid worker is $39,279.

8. Freelance Travel Photographer

Fun Fact: Big major publications like National Geographic and Time magazine get most of their gorgeous pictures from freelance travel photographers! You can also sell your shots to popular stock photo websites like iStock or Unsplash while you’re in between magazine pitches. According to Ziprecruiter, the average salary of a traveling photographer is $45,581.

9. Bartending Abroad

Becoming a bartender in different countries is not only a great way to immerse yourself in a different culture, but it’s also a great way to meet locals, learn the local nightlife, and earn a work visa! Little to no experience is required prior to becoming a bartender but you should probably know your cocktails from your draft beers. Ziprecruiter reports that traveling bartenders can make up to $42,310.

10. Traveling Housekeeper

If you don’t mind cleaning up a mess or two, consider becoming a traveling housekeeper. According to Salary, housekeepers can make up to $13 an hour but some households may offer room and board. Check out Worldpackers or Workaway to find out more!

11. Member of Geologic or Archaeological Expedition

In order to become an archaeologist, a higher degree is required. However, some excavations hire unskilled workers in addition to scientists and archaeologists. If you get a chance to join an expedition, you should be physically prepared for extreme climates, be in good health, and have excellent stamina. Salaries tend to vary between expeditions but according to Careerexplorer, archaeologists can make $63,670 per year.

12. Remote Social Media Consultant

If you know how to interact with customers on social media while representing a brand, consider becoming a remote social media consultant. All you’ll need is a strong Wi-Fi connection and know all the ins and outs of different social media sites like Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. According to Erieri, social media consultants can make $54,306 annually.

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13. Caption Writer

Take in your Netflix binges while being surrounded by the ruins of Ancient Greece or the sweeping views of the Italian Riviera. As a caption writer, you will transcribe dialogue for television shows and movies, and create a verbal representation of sound effects. If you’re fluent in a different language, you may be able to transcribe and translate captions for foreign movies and television programs into English. Ziprecruiter reports that caption writers earn $57,470 a year.

14. Virtual Travel Agent

Travel agents may seem like a thing of the past, but thanks to the decline of COVID-19, the job is coming back better than ever-—and you can even do it from all different parts of the world! For this fun travel job, your hours will be spent dreaming up itineraries, flight plans, hotels, and fun activities for clients looking to travel far and wide. According to Ziprecruiter, a virtual travel agent makes up to $49,793 annually.

15. Telephone Nurse

If you have a registered nursing degree and a serious case of the traveling bug, take a look into telephone nursing! Many insurance companies like UnitedHealth Group and Humana, hire remote nurses to perform duties like case management, treatment authorization, and patient education. According to Glassdoor, telephone nurses can make up to $69,223.

16. Corporate English Trainer

Professionals in countries like Korea, Japan, and Germany are looking to practice their English skills with someone. As a corporate English trainer, your sessions will primarily focus on making professional small talk and how to run a meeting. For this travel job, you can earn up to $47,463 according to Glassdoor. Think you’re the right person for the job? Apply directly at GoFluent. They are an English training company working with 12 of the world’s largest corporations!

17. Hospitality Work

Even though jobs in the hospitality industry have been put on hold since the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are starting to travel again since the uptick in vaccinations. There are multiple openings for multiple skillsets in any hotel setting. Plus, it’s easy to climb the ladder and a quick way to get a work visa! According to Ziprecruiter the average income for a hospitality worker is $57,176.

18. Truck Driver

If you long to see America’s purple mountains majesty and marvel at amber waves of grain from the comfort of the road, consider becoming a truck driver! Even though the hours are long, you’ll receive wonderful benefits and be able to see the United States from coast to coast. Indeed reports that an annual base salary for a truck driver is $66,175. Want to learn more before you apply? Check out Trucker’s Training to see if the trucker life is right for you.

19. Virtual Assistant

This travel job is perfect for the person who has the ability to multitask and whose planner is like their own personal Bible. As a virtual assistant, you’ll work remotely and perform typical office duties from home (or anywhere in the world) like replying to emails, managing calendars, and appointments, entering data, and assisting with social media. According to Indeed, virtual assistants can start working at around $19 per hour. Start with job posting websites like Upwork, FlexJobs, and PeoplePerHour to find freelance virtual assistant opportunities.

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20. Graphic Designer

If you’re a creative nomad who’s looking to support your traveling lifestyle, check out the graphic design path. This role is also perfect for anyone who has a background or a degree in graphic design and can navigate through programs like Adobe Illustrator. Payscale reports that the average freelance graphic designer makes around $46,369 per year.

21. Copywriter

This travel job is perfect for someone with a marketing background, who is self-disciplined, enjoys sales, and has a passion for words. As a copywriter, your duties are to communicate with clients via phone or email to obtain the details of each project and create content based on those guidelines. According to Indeed, a freelance copywriter makes around $56,487 as an average base salary.

22. Event Planner

When you think of event planning, local weddings and events may be the only thing that comes to mind. Well, think again! Planning large-scale events like festivals and trade shows could be a golden opportunity for those who are looking for something other than an average 9-to-5. According to Payscale, an event planner makes $50,472 annually.

23. Search Engine Evaluator

This travel job is the perfect fit for someone who is obsessed with music, movies, and all other things pop culture. As a search engine evaluator, companies like Google, Yahoo, or Bing will give you information to search for, and you will report back and tell them how closely their results matched what you were looking for. Glassdoor reports that a search engine evaluator makes around $32,468 a year. Want to start job hunting? Most search engine companies hire through firms like Appen Butler Hill.

24. Law Enforcement Transcriber

As a law enforcement transcriber, you will listen to the audio content of criminal investigations, internal affairs audits, and various law enforcement agencies’ verbal communications and type it out. Perfect for the traveler who can’t get enough of true-crime drama!

According to Ziprecruiter, a law enforcement transcriber can make up to $52,911 a year.

25. Car Rental Provider

Have a car that’s just sitting around in the driveway while you whisk off to parts unknown? Make the most of it (and get a little cash) by renting your car with Getaround! By signing up with the company,  you’ll be able to rent out your car to tourists who are visiting your hometown, starting at $5 an hour. But, depending on your car’s market value, you are available to set your own rate. According to the website, the average car rental provider makes $1,000s per month.

26. Transcriber

This travel job is perfect for someone who has little to no job experience and looking for a flexible schedule. As a transcriber, you will listen to audio files and type out what you hear.

According to Ziprecruiter, remote transcribers can make $58,441 annually. You can find entry-level transcription jobs at TranscribeAnywhere, TranscribeMe, and Quicktate.

27. Matchmaker

If you’re all about making those love connections while walking through romantic cities, consider this travel job! As a matchmaker, you can connect with clients, get to know them, and see what they’re looking for in their perfect match– all from the comfort of your laptop! Then, you’ll finish off the task by searching through a database for your client’s perfect match. According to Ziprecruiter, you’ll be able to make up to  $60,185 a year. Think you’re the perfect person for the job? Apply directly with Tawkify.

28. Airbnb Host

Have an apartment, house, or other space that you just can’t bear to leave when you zip up your suitcase? Extend the trip a little more by renting your space on Airbnb or another hosting site! According to Nerdwallet.com, hosts can make on average $924 a month. Visit Airbnb or VRBO to get the deets.

29. Web Developer

This travel job is perfect for a tech-savvy nomad who likes seeing a project from start to finish. You’ll be building websites and maintaining them for various companies and businesses from scratch. Glassdoor reports that a web developer can make $68,705 a year. However, to be a web developer, you will need to learn the basics of HTML, Javascript, and CSS. Luckily, many boot camps and courses are offered online. Check out Switchup to see which online boot camp is right for you!

30. Public Relations Representative

To excel at this travel job you must have good communication skills, the ability to create captivating content, and an understanding of social media. Some small- to medium-sized businesses don’t have the budget for a public relations firm. But they may have the funds to hire a virtual public relations representative to take care of duties like promoting the business or managing a crisis. According to Glassdoor, public relations representatives start out at a salary of around $50,561 a year.

31. Voice Acting

If you can’t stop cracking up locals and tourists alike with your impressions of famous characters and celebrities, try your hand at becoming a voice actor! According to Ziprecuiter, voice actors can earn up to  $76,297 depending on the gig. The fastest way to get a paid voice-over job is by auditioning through one of the many online voice casting websites, like Voices, VoiceBunny, or Voice123.

32. Website Tester

Are you a detail-orientated person who loves surfing the web? Try becoming a website tester! For this travel job, many companies are testing their website’s user-friendliness and how easy it is to navigate. You will be given a set of instructions to follow while checking out the website. By registering with multiple sites and being one of the first 15 people to test their client’s sites they send out, you can easily make $200 a month. According to UserTesting.com, websites that are available for testing usually start at $10 per test. Register with companies like UserTesting.com, YouEye.com, or Userlytics.com and keep an eye on your inbox.

33.  Programmer

If you’re a whiz at programming languages and have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a certificate in Software Development, you can easily become a remote programmer. You will help companies with QA testing, new feature launches, and content creation. According to Ziprecruiter, remote programmers can start at $81,726 annually depending on experience.

34. Brand Ambassador

Do you have a large Instagram following from documenting all your travels? Are you comfortable selling products on social media? If so, becoming a brand ambassador may be perfect for you! Once you sign on, you’ll team up with known brands and build a client-based business by selling services or products on your social media pages like Instagram or TikTok. According to Indeed, brand ambassadors can make up to $17 per hour.

35. Virtual Customer Service Representative

If you don’t mind interacting with customers either online or over the phone, this travel job will come easy to you. You’ll team up with a company and work with their customers to keep them satisfied and answer all of their questions. According to Glassdoor, virtual customer service representatives start at $32,629 per year.

36. Online Teacher

If you long to mold young minds but don’t love the idea of standing long hours in a classroom day after day, maybe online teaching is right for you. You’ll be able to teach school subjects from the comfort of your own home via Skype or a pre-recorded session. According to Ziprecruiter, online teachers make $41,860 per year. Check out teaching job posting sites like K12.com or Connections Academy.

37. Stylist

Have your travels inspired your passion for fashion even more? Take your newly found global knowledge and become a stylist. Whether it’s a complete closet makeover or an outfit for a specific event, an online stylist’s job is to help their clients achieve their desired style. Glassdoor reports that remote stylists can make up to $30,749 per year.

38. Computer Support Specialist

In this travel job, you’ll use problem-solving skills to diagnose technical problems and walk clients through solutions. In addition, the company may also want you to be a point of reference for new software or hardware installment. The best candidate for this position would be someone who is an expert in problem-solving and has skills in IT, electrical controls, and computer software and hardware. According to USNews, computer support specialists make an average of $52,270 per year.

39. Test Scorer

Have you ever wondered who actually grades standardized tests like the ACT or SAT? With this remote travel job, it’ll be you! According to the educational testing site, Pearson Assessments, you can make $13 to $16 an hour working with them though there are opportunities to make much more. Scorers must have a Bachelor’s degree and be authorized to work in the US. Look at job posting sites like LinkedIn, Indeed for test scorer opportunities or apply directly at companies like Pearson Assessments and ETS.

40. Clinical Research Coordinator

The person who would excel at this travel job would be someone who has a full understanding of Good Clinical Practice and regulations. Plus, someone who is able to lead and provide clinical guidance to team members. According to Glassdoor, a clinical research coordinator can make up to $52,889 per year.

41. Content Marketer

If you’re a creative genius who has experience growing brand awareness and can think about the bigger picture, consider becoming a content marketer as your next travel job. You’ll create content like videos, blogs, and social media posts and distribute it online to a target audience. According to Glassdoor, you’ll be able to make $59,606 a year.

42. Editing and Proofreading

As a freelance editor and proofreader, you’ll look over documents for big picture issues, see if arguments make sense and if all information needed to understand a topic is present. You’ll also edit smaller things such as sentence structure, word choice, and spelling. According to Ziprecruiter, you’ll be able to make $67,729 a year at this travel job.

43. Translator

If your travels have taught you well and you can speak and write in multiple languages, consider becoming a translator! At this travel job, you’ll translate audio files or documents for remote clients. Assignments are usually posted with a fixed price with the range starting from $15 to $1,000 depending on the difficulty and the languages needed. Plus, you can easily find work on sites like UpWork. According to Indeed, you can expect to make at least $45,665 a year from various gigs.

44. Data Entry Clerk

As a data entry clerk, you will be responsible for inputting a high volume of data from multiple sources into the company’s database, ensuring that all necessary data is being entered and maintained. In addition, data entry clerks must verify and edit the information as needed. You don’t need a higher degree to become a data entry clerk but a high school diploma is recommended. According to Ziprecruiter, this travel job makes around $39,508 per year.

45. Freelance Interior Designer

Someone who is a freelance interior designer is someone who has an eye for home decor and wants to help others decorate their dream home. Your client will send you a picture of a room through email and explain their goals. Then it’s your job to compile paint colors, furniture, and accessories and submit the plan to your client. Then, between the both of you, you’ll manage and coordinate the project to completion. According to Glassdoor, you can make at least $54,402 per year.

46. Bookkeeper

As a remote bookkeeper, you’ll record transactions, update bank statements, and review financial records for clients from any destination. This travel job is perfect for someone who is extremely organized, has impeccable attention to details, and has a love for numbers. According to Salary, you can expect to bring in an income of around $44.527 per year.

47. Creative Services Specialist

If you can craft a perfect cover letter, have spot-on tarot reading skills, or are able to coach a person through a tough level of a video game, you can post your services on Fiverr. All you need to do is post your services and watch the emails roll in. Even though services usually start at around $5 for every service you provide, you can make up to $56,632 a year according to Ziprecruiter.

48. Remote Salesperson

Big companies, especially online-based companies like Amazon, hire remote salespeople to work for them. You can do anything ranging from selling products to selling advertising space to clients– all from the comfort of your hostel bed! Sales jobs generally prefer a college degree but having past experience in sales is always a plus. According to Ziprecruiter, you can easily make $51,488 a year.

49. Survey Taker

This job won’t make you a millionaire but it’s a good way to pad your pockets with some extra cash to splurge on an extravagant meal in Paris or a canal tour in Amsterdam. Simply search ‘surveys’ on realwaystoearnmoney.com and sign up for as many sites as you can. They’ll contact you when a survey that fits your demographic is ready to take (and be sure to finish it right away). According to Indeed, you can easily make $30.00 per hour depending on how many surveys you take.  Warning: DO NOT register anywhere that has a membership fee or asks you any personal information.

50. ESL Tutor

To become an ESL tutor, all you need is a Bachelor’s degree and to be a native English speaker. Once hired, you will be either assigned a day shift or a night shift. Then, by using Skype or other video conference software, you will be connected to students in places like South Korea or Japan who are working on their English skills. After training, you’ll be able to teach them to speak English. According to Glassdoor, you’ll be able to make $49,663 a year which is more than plenty to fund your travels. Interested? Apply directly with companies like Teach Away and VIPKID.

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