Traveling can be expensive. What if you could cut the cost AND make money from it? It sounds like a dream come true, and for many, it is. Luckily, it's possible, and becoming more accessible every day. I've put together 5 jobs that not only allow you to travel the world, but also make some money while you're doing it. The examples below are from my upcoming book, 100 Ways to Make Travel More Affordable, which will be available as both an e-book and a paperback September 16, 2019 - so mark your calendars!
1. Cruise Ship Employee
Most cruise ship positions are based on hourly wages. Some employees make minimum wage, and others can make up to $13/hour. There's a variety of positions - cooks, shore excursion leaders, hosts/hostesses, housekeeping, nurses, retail salespeople, deck crew... the list goes on. The point is - it's fun, it's pretty good money, you get to create really close bonds with coworkers, and you'll have the opportunity to travel without breaking your bank.
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. This job will require some research. There are certain states and organizations that require you to become a licensed educator, or at least get a certificate in TESL.
Before considering this job, decide if you want to move to a new country (for a set amount of time, usually 6-18 months). If you're down for the adventure, you can expect to make a similar amount of money to a U.S. teacher. It's important to remember that many of the locations are cheaper to live in than the United States, so your money will stretch further.
If you'd rather stay in the United States, consider this being a part time job. You can find plenty of online remote TESL positions. However, these typically require working at "odd" hours, because you'll be working according to those learning. Which means, it might be 4 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.
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.
4. Flight Attendant
Being a flight attendant requires long hours, working on holidays, and often times being away from family regularly. But on the bright side, flight attendants receive epic travel deals on flights, hotels, cruises, car rentals, and more. Some even fly for free. The benefits and pay vary between airlines, but most make around $30,000 - $40,000/year.
Whether you call it a nanny, manny, babysitter or Au Pair, it's a great way to see the world. There are plenty of organizations where you can sign up as a nanny, and (hopefully) a host family in another country will contact you about coming to live with them. The terms of each deal is different, and usually based on the family's wants/needs, but sometimes this can mean living with them for free. And what better way to travel than actually living with locals? You'll end up being there for 6 months or more, so this is more for people who want to fully immerse themselves.