Make money while you travel the world

Work in a cruise ship while seeing the world. Photo Courtesy Dale Frost (Port of San Diego) | Flickr
Work in a cruise ship while seeing the world. Photo Courtesy Dale Frost (Port of San Diego) | Flickr

Great tips to make money while on travel

No matter where you are planning on traveling or how you are planning on doing it, money will always be an issue. Without enough money not only won’t you be able to travel, but it will also affect what you can do traveling, how long you can travel and the quality of your holiday. Don’t worry about money now though.

This MANAGING YOUR MONEY series is sponsored by Western UnionBy following some tips and ideas, you’ll be able to have more fun while you travel, see more places and experience more things. You will also be able to do it for longer and meet some great people along the way. What is traveling really for after all? It is to create memories that will last you a lifetime.

If you are currently planning for your trip, no doubt you are asking yourself a few important questions;

  • How will I make enough money to live on while I travel?
  • How long will I be able to travel before I run out of money?
  • What will I do to supplement lost wages?
Work in a cruise ship while seeing the world. Photo Courtesy Dale Frost (Port of San Diego) | Flickr
Work in a cruise ship while seeing the world. (Photo Courtesy Dale Frost (Port of San Diego) | Flickr)

If you have asked yourself any of these questions, then this is the article for you! There are options you can do online which can be your cash cow while on travel and job choices which you do on-site while on holiday on the side.

Teach English around the world

You don’t have to be a native speaker or even get any special certificates. You will just need to send your CV and cover letter to an English language school you would like to work for. This opportunity is great in non-English-speaking countries.


Start your own blog

Don’t kid yourself, this move isn’t easy at all. Blogs are hard work at the beginning, the middle, and the end. Your blog will require a lot of your time and devotion, but in the end it could be a way to make money wherever you are as long as there is an internet connection.

Starting a blog needs to be done many months before you travel because it takes a while to make money from blogging. After all, it takes some time to build a huge following, which translates to massive internet traffic. You can’t bring in the dough without the hits and people seeing you as an authority about which you are blogging.

One of the best online sources for bloggers is You’ll find a lot of free tips about blogging on this site.

Do freelance work

If you don’t feel like working in a regular job, then you can always work online as a freelancer. There are some great freelancing sites that will require not much more than an internet connection and a laptop computer. Just make sure that even while on holiday, you can still comply with deadlines of clients.


Work on cruise ships

The best advantage to this job is that you will be able to visit some of the most remote and beautiful places on the Earth, all while having a full-time job and a pretty decent salary to go along with it. Remember this isn’t just laying around drinking cocktails on a luxury cruise ship. You’ll need to do all your homework before you sign up and find out exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

(Read our related post on How to get a cruise ship gig)

Sail away and become a sailor

If you don’t mind hard work then becoming a sailor could be exactly what you always dreamed of. It is not simply navigating a ship, but also cleaning, doing maintenance work on the ship, some welding and even carpentry.

Most companies will require you to sign on for a certain amount of time so make sure you read up on it. If you the smell of the ocean drives you, then sailing can be a job for those who on the side can see many sights around the world.

Get back to nature and become a farmer

If you are not afraid of hard work and getting dirty then working on the land may be the right choice for you. The farmers will require you to do a certain amount of work per day, but overall the jobs are a lot more flexible. Most farming positions will include accommodation and meals. Farming opportunities will also enable you to travel and work on seasonal farms and crops around the world.

Do volunteer work

If milking cows and picking fruits isn’t exactly your idea of a great time, then you could consider volunteer work. There are some great volunteer sites that will enable you to get free accommodation and meals in exchange for hours as a volunteer. The travel is a bonus, but the important perk here will be the life transforming experiences you get along the way.

If travelling around the world is in your bucket list, make sure you have the means to go about without getting hungry or broke. As this article shows, you can make ways to fund your travels, or travel and work at the same time. As a saying goes, life is not meant to be lived in one place.

Did you find this article useful? Do you have some ideas of your own that you can share to our readers? Share your experience by leaving a comment below.

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