How To Travel The World While Making A Living

Do you ever wonder how you can explore exotic places and pay for it? 

Do you wish you could make back the money you’ve already spent while on an excursion?

Do you want to change jobs so that you can trek the globe and experience a variety of cultures, but wonder how you’d survive?

If you answered yes to any of these, there is good news! The world is constantly expanding with amazing and unique opportunities to travel and make a living while doing it! 


Here are the most common methods to do just that:


Photography or videography is a great way to fund your adventures. With the constant improvement of camera capabilities on mobile phones, freedom has been granted to a huge population to capture a moment during a trip and sell it or post it on a monetized blog.

Facebook Live is a fantastic way to ‘bring others with you’ as you experience an attraction or adventure in real time! Live streams can also be done on Instagram. (Just be sure to announce when you plan to go live because once the stream has ended, it cannot be viewed again. However, this is a great way to build excitement and promote once-in-a-lifetime events you’d like others to see as they happen.)

There are all kinds of sources looking to pay photographers for images: travel related websites, vacation planning agencies, hard copy and online magazines, and tourism boards, to name a few. If you’re a shutterbug, selling your memory-inducing photos can add padding to your expense budget and provide you with the flexibility to work and play anywhere you can download your photos.

Pro Tip: Remember to make images high resolution and do a thorough check of any agreements or contracts for payment terms and rights of use or image ownership.

Create A Monetized Blog

Creating a blog that incorporates your personal writing about travel as well as your photography or videography can be a great source of entertainment and income as you globe-trek.

Chances are, you are journaling about your experiences anyway, why not add a photo with a live video and post it? Blog readers are very interested in the personal side of the writer’s life. If you can write in such a way that you are revealing parts of your adventure in a story format, followers will engage, making it easier to attract affiliate advertisers to your blog and begin generating income. The more you explore and blog and the more engaged your audience becomes, the more your blog’s value increases. 

Pro Tip: If you can provide something of relevant value to give the reader, the more appealing your blog will be. Perhaps you can create a guide of do’s and don’ts from your experiences. Maybe you’ll make a list of tips for how to connect with locals for an authentic cultural experience. The possibilities are endless. 


Content Writer

If the idea of potentially unstable or inconsistent income makes you uneasy to become a freelance writer or blogger, consider becoming an independent contractor with firm contracts for a handful of strong industry leaders looking for web content. 

Big travel-related companies are looking for content to fill their sites without all that goes into hiring full-time staff. Get creative about who you pitch your writing ideas to: hotels, travel agencies, seasonal resorts, or cruise lines are a few good places to start.

Pro Tip: While negotiating the terms of your potential contracts, request the style or voice in which you prefer to write, destinations you would like to visit, or topics and attractions that you would like to explore. The content world is your oyster.

Get A Job

If you want to move out of the cubicle life, but are drawn to steady income, consider getting a job in an industry that sends you around the world. There is a plethora of options available to you. For example, you could work as an au pair, importer/exporter, or an instrument, dance, or language teacher. 

Granted, these jobs may have you in one location for an extended period of time - but imagine how deep you could dive into that region’s culture and attractions before you move to another assignment!

Other options might include becoming a yoga or workout instructor. You can visit locations around the world and create workout videos on site. Then, you can post it on your monetized blog or sell it as a workout package on your website. You could also sell it to app companies who use video to add variety home workout systems.

If you are looking for seasonal work and enjoy working with people, consider becoming a surf or ski instructor, cruise ship or resort service employee, tour guide, bartender, or docent. 

Pro Tip: Look into becoming an international house or pet-sitter. This is a rapidly expanding industry for the trustworthy animal lover. Imagine getting paid to go anywhere in the world, love on furbabies, and giving pet owners the freedom to travel as well. It’s a win-win!

Making a living while you travel is not as daunting as it may seem at first glance. The key is to know what you love, be creative in how you apply your passions, and begin reaching out to those already doing something similar, then make it yours. Financed adventure awaits – go find yours!

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