10 Ways to Get Paid to Travel Around the World

Do you find that your bucket list is growing a lot faster than your bank account? A number of people find themselves putting off their travel plans because they’re tied to a job. If you are one of those people who doesn’t want to sacrifice a steady stream of income in order to be able to travel, here are a few jobs that will actually pay you to see the world.

Flight Attendant

UnknownAir stewards and stewardesses strike a balance between padding their bank accounts and seeing the world. Their duties include enforcing safety and security measures, customer service and hospitality, boarding particulars and ensuring a safe and pleasurable ride.

The pay: $3,000-$4,000 per month.

The credentials: first aid certification, a second language

Cruise Ship Employee

MSMajestyOfTheSeasEdit1Because a cruise ship is just like a microcosm community, there are jobs in demand for all skill sets. From chefs and food servers to swim instructors and tour leaders, there is a role for everyone. Cruise ship employees work long hours and the pay is less than amazing, but the chance to see the world from coast to coast is invaluable.

The pay: $1,200-$1,500 per month.

The credentials: immunity to sea-sickness

ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher

esl1This method is the most popular means of travelling while working, especially for young people. The type of workvaries greatly depending on where in the world you are teaching, but your purpose is to teach English to speakers of other languages.

The pay: $2,000-$5,000 per month (South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan tend to pay the best).

The credentials: TESOL certificate (or equivalent)

Tour Guide

snowshoeingAlthough on the lower end of the pay scale, this job is perfect for the action-loving adventurer. If you have a destination in mind that you know a ton about and are willing to spend a significant amount of time in, then you might as well capitalize on it.

The pay: $10-$15 per hour (guides sometimes also receive tips)

The credentials: training and certification are optional but not necessary. It’s also a good idea to be a knowledgeable, enthusiastic people-person.

Travel Writer

beach workerThe role is pretty self-explanatory, but there are a few ways to do this job. Sometimes you are paid to travel to a location selected by the company you are working for. But if you freelance, you have to pay your own way and do the leg work of finding publications to buy your stories.

The pay: Depending on how well you manage your time, $3,000-$5,000 per month.

The credentials: strong self-descipline (the piña coladas will call your name, so you have to be able to block out temptation)

Travel Nurse

iStock_000012050555XSmall_crop380wAlthough this occupation is not for the faint-of-heart, a travelnurse has the opportunity totravel the globe while still pursuing a career. And they get to feel good about helping people to boot!

The pay: $50,000-$70,000 per year

The credentials: nurse certification, 1-2 years experience

NGO Worker

ngo-workerAlthough this is not the most materially rewarding, working for a non-governmental organization is another way to feel great about what you are doing. Travel the world and make money while making a difference. NGO experience looks fantastic on a resume. That being said, the positions are quite competitive.

The pay: $40,000-$60,000 annually

The credentials: learning the language of your chosen location will definitely give you an edge

Tree Planter

TPE2007bentessierIf you want to get in great shape, earn some good cash and spend a few months roughing it in the backwoods of Canada, then tree planting is the trip for you. Although thework is hard and the pay is nothing to write home about (literally), you meet some amazing people, help MotherEarth and you’ll see all the beautiful wildlife Canada has to offer.

The pay: $1,600-$2,800 per month

The credentials: a strong back, camping gear, SPF 50, and about 20 pairs of gloves

Au Pair

978x420_aupair_003An au pair moves into the home of a host family and helps thefamily by taking care of thechildren and helping with housework. The details of these positions are often negotiable, but an au pair usually receives free room and board and a stipend, has weekends to themselves, and is sometimes even provided with a travelpass, language courses, or a car to use. Being an au pair in a foreign country is not only an excellent way to travel, but also experience a new culture and learn a new language.

The pay: free room and board plus $150-$350 per week in spending money

The credentials: 18-30 years old, typically females are in higher demand

Digital Nomad

RTW_digital_nomad-2Also called “white collar nomads” or “extreme telecommuters,” these people have given up their desk jobs(and their houses and cars in some cases) to take their business on the road. If you have skills that can be done online — web designers, photographers, consultants, writers and artists are among these — then there is no reason why you cannot keep the same job while travelling. The white collar nomad is becoming very popular in the digital age, and without the cost of a mortgage, it allows one to actually savemoney while travelling.

The pay: save $10,000-$15,000 per year.

The credentials: digital skills, a solid laptop computer with an impenetrable lock

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3 Responses to 10 Ways to Get Paid to Travel Around the World

  1. Jean says:

    I wondered who I personally knew face to face with such jobs and realized I have known people:

    flight attendant – a cousin for Pan-American Airlines
    au pair- a friend who was an au pair to 2 children in Paris. It upped her French. She’s a French teacher in Canada now.
    cruise ship nurse- It was not an easy job, because really you are confined and have to deal with ill people.
    ESL- A good friend was one for 1 yr. in Japan. She returned to Canada.

  2. superdarka says:

    LOVE this article. With the way things are going in terms of house affordability vs. salary, it makes sense to see the world BEFORE you’re 60. AND, time to think, and work, outside the box.

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