Updated: May 29
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Traveling may not be happening now, and it might not happen for the next few months, but it will eventually make a comeback. And now more than ever, people want to see the world. But traveling can be expensive and getting time off of work can be a hassle. Not to mention that the travel industry is hurting right now due to COVID-19, so jobs aren't as readily available as they were a few months ago. Cruise companies, tour companies, airlines, and other travel vendors have had to doll out millions of dollars worth of refunds in the last few weeks, while making significantly less than they did last year. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, over 75 million jobs in the travel industry could be lost in the pandemic.
What does that mean?
It means more competition for less jobs. It means you might have to get creative when looking for a job that allows you to travel. Here are some ideas:
Start a drop-shipping business on Shopify or Amazon. It's more complicated than it sounds so you'll want to do your research before jumping in. But theoretically, you would be able to live off of passive income meaning you would have the time, freedom, and money, to travel as you'd please.
Blogging is another possibility. It's much harder to make money blogging than you'd think (just like drop-shipping) so make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. But once you've gotten to a good place with your blog, you'll have the time, freedom, and money you're looking for. If your blog is travel related, you also might score some sweet deals with sponsorships or partnerships.
2. Teaching English as a 2nd Language
The job description and requirements vary depending on what company you're planning to work with. Some TESL companies are geared towards kids, others are focused on adults, and some cater to both. There are certain states and organizations that require you to become a licensed educator, or at least get a certificate in TESL.
You can find plenty of online remote TESL positions. However, these typically require working at "odd" hours, because you'll be working during the hours that your student would typically be in school. Which means, it might be 3 in the morning here, but you'll be awake and teaching because your class is on the other side of the world. Also, with many of the remote TESL positions, you won't be allowed to exceed a certain number of hours each week. So you can make $16-$25 an hour, but you might only be allowed to work for 5-10 hours. Some websites have changed this policy due to COVID, but check it out before you sign up for anything.
3. Freelance Writer
Don't quit your day job just yet. If you're interested in becoming a freelance writer, save up a few thousand dollars (or more... more is better) to have as fallback money. You'll see a lot of rejection in this field, but if you can handle it and hold your own, it can give you the freedom you want to see the world. Look into job sites such as UpWork, Freelancing, etc. and start applying to freelance projects before you leave your stable job. This will show you what you can expect in terms of pay, hours, and how many applications you'll need to send in daily. It's not for everyone, but if you're self-motivated and dedicated to writing, you'll be just fine.
Being a transcriptionist is like being a salesperson. You can either make virtually no money at all or lots of money, or somewhere in between, and it all depends on how hard you hustle. If you're someone who likes project work, likes to work by yourself, and likes the potential of traveling while you work, transcription is a great option. A transcriptionist is someone who is sent audio recordings of interviews, 911 calls, broadcasts, podcasts, etc. and they type out what is being said with 100% accuracy.
NOTE: This job is for perfectionists. You won't make very much money if you are not detail oriented.
5. Remote Customer Service Representative
FlexJobs is a great place to look for jobs like this one. Working for a call center may not be glamorous, but for $14/hour and steady remote work - it's not too bad. The only problem is that you'll need to request time off to travel just like you would any other job, unless you become an online customer service representative that only has to answer chats.
6. Virtual Assistant
Being someone's personal assistant can be intimidating, but it's a pretty easy job - depending on your boss. You'll be setting up travel plans, booking and cancelling appointments, organizing schedules, etc. The duties will vary from boss to boss, but that's the gist of it. Virtual Assistants salaries depend on how often they'll be working, who they're working for, etc.
7. Social Media Manager
This one is becoming more difficult now that there are degree programs and certifications available, but it's still possible to become a social media manager without technical training. You'll just need to prove that you can grow a brand's social media accounts. Start by creating an entire new account and growing it as fast as possible. Keep track of your progress and when you send your resume out, send a copy of that as well (keep it short - one page).
Being a social media manager is great for those who love to travel because you can be on social anytime of the day. You can be working on your account 24/7, or you can take a break for a day or two without dire consequences.
8. Destination Wedding Planner
Being a destination wedding planner won't be easy - you may want to team up with a travel agent. You'll need to not only organize the ceremony and the reception, but the travel plans for the entire group also. Destination Wedding Planners make around $45,000/a year on average, but they also get to travel around the world to different gorgeous locations to watch two people in love tie the knot. So I'd say it's totally worth it.