Get Paid to Travel: 20 Jobs That Pay You To Travel

By Carrie Wilder | Last Updated: May 14, 2024 

Looking for “get paid to travel jobs”? You're in luck.

Getting paid to travel? It’s a thing. A huge thing, in fact. 

The travel industry is huge – and the opportunities to get paid for a living and make money while traveling are even bigger. 

If you want to learn about jobs that pay you to travel, keep reading.

Can You Travel For a Living? 

Yes, absolutely! Whether you have a job that pays you to travel, or a job that allows you to travel, the answer is yes.

There are so many different ways to travel for a living, you’re not limited to just one kind of job! There are so many possibilities for travel jobs for anyone – even with no experience. 

In this article, we are diving in to jobs that pay you to travel. For more ideas on how to make money while traveling, check out this article. 

How to Get Paid To Travel Jobs

Depending on the type of travel job you choose, there may be training required. The training may be provided or it may be up to you to train yourself! 

It all depends on the type of job. Some of these jobs may require experience and references, and some may be entry level (like resort work). 

While many travel jobs may require some experience or training, working for yourself doesn’t! If you have the drive and ability to learn new things online, you could have a job that you can do from anywhere as a freelancer, entrepreneur, or small business owner. That being said, let’s get into it! 

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Jobs That Require Travel 

These travel jobs not only require you to travel, they pay you to do so. The travel jobs listed here are a really fun and unique way to see the world… and get paid while doing it! 

Work on a Cruise Ship

Working on a cruise ship has to be one of the coolest travel jobs in the entire world. You get paid to be on a gigantic, luxurious ship. Not only that, you get to interact with people from around the world, all while traveling to bucket list destinations! 

Cruise ship jobs can be anything from working as a cashier, server, housekeeper, or even on the entertainment staff. The days and hours can be long – but if you want to travel and get paid… it’s totally worth it!

Even though you work long hours, you still get time off. And you can use that time to explore the different ports you stop at, or just relax!

If cruise ship jobs interest you, check out these websites: 

Work as a Flight Attendant

Do you like flying? If so, has working as a flight attendant ever crossed your mind? Flight attendants get paid to travel all over the globe!

Becoming a flight attendant can be kind of a rigorous process, but once you make it past the initial phases, it’s smooth sailing. Or should I say smooth flying?

Skills like the ability to speak foreign languages or being CPR certified will look very good on you when applying to be a flight attendant. 

As a flight attendant, you’ll be ‘based’ out of a certain city, even if you are rarely ever there. You’ll also receive free or discounted flights for yourself and family members.

To find and apply for flight attendant jobs, look at each different airlines’ website. Flight attendant jobs are typically posted on their websites, and you can find information for becoming a flight attendant as well. 

Work on a Superyacht

A superyacht is exactly what it sounds like: a huge, luxurious yacht typically owned by a billionaire. There are tens of thousands of superyacht crew positions all over the globe. 

Superyacht crew positions range from working on deck, in the galley preparing food, as a steward or butler, and more. 

Working on a superyacht can have long and tiring days, but it can be a really fun and high-paying travel job. 

You don’t have to pay rent when you work on a yacht and you also don’t have to buy yourself food either. So, your main living expenses are covered, plus you’re being paid.

You can save the money you’d typically be spending on rent and food and use it to live off of during the off-season!

Crew on superyachts can make between $2-$3,000/mo for the lower positions and as much as $6,000 per month for the more experienced positions. On charter trips, you can expect tips to be divided among the crew, too. 

If you want to learn more about working on a superyacht, check out this article. This article talks about positions, salary, how to get superyacht jobs, and what it’s like to live a day in the life. 

Drive a Tour Bus/Travel Coach Driver

Driving a big rig isn’t as scary as one might think… and if you’re already used to it, transitioning into a tour bus driver would be easy! Get paid to travel and drive tourists around.

You can apply for tour bus driver positions all over the world and get paid to drive people all over the place. Doesn’t sound like too bad of a gig to me!

Travel Nursing

If you’ve never heard of travel nursing, it’s for registered nurses who want to work in different locations for shorter periods of time. Travel nurses help fill gaps in hospitals when there are shortages, and they get to travel and see many different places while doing so. 

A popular method of travel for travel nurses and their families is in an RV. This allows for bringing your entire family along and having a stable home along the way. Much better than staying in hotels!

Requirements for being a travel nurse are that you are a registered nurse and have at least 2 years of nursing experience. If you want to learn more about travel nursing, check out this article. 

Work as a Tour Guide

Tour guides work in the travel industry, giving tours to visitors and tourists. You can work as a tour guide in a variety of locations, which makes this a pretty cool travel job. 

You can do location tours, city tours, eco tours, and more. 

Tour guides are experts of their areas and as such, you should expect to have to do a lot of research before applying for the job.

Other requirements include being a people person, of course! Being a great storyteller is another trait that will help you find success as a tour guide. 

If you want to learn more about becoming a tour guide, check out this article. 

Work at a Hostel

Working in a hostel is a popular job for travelers. This job gives you the opportunity to not only find paid work in a new location, you often get housing (and sometimes food) covered, too. 

Hostel jobs can range from reception, housekeeping, food prep, and more. If you want to learn more about working in hostels as you travel, check out this article from Hostel World. 

Work at a Resort

Whether it’s a ski resort, a national park lodge, or a huge luxury resort in the caribbean, resort jobs are plentiful at varying times throughout the year. 

You can get any kind of job at a resort: as an instructor, in retail, in food and beverage, in housekeeping, and more. 

Check out the currently open lodging and resort jobs here on Coolworks.

Work with Kids Abroad as an Au Pair

As an Au Pair, you have the ability to travel and stay with a family as a live-in caregiver for their children.

This gives you the chance to experience another country, culture, and language – while having most of your living expenses taken care of. 

The difference between an Au Pair and a nanny is that an Au Pair jobs are typically short-term and compensated by living accommodations, cultural exchange, and a small wage. 

To learn more about traveling and working as an Au Pair, check out this article. 

Teach English Abroad

Did you know you can get paid to travel by teaching english abroad? What a cool way to travel! 

To teach english abroad, you’ll want a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate which you can obtain online.

TEFL isn’t required everywhere, but it will definitely make you more appealing as a teacher. Some countries may require you to have a college degree, but many do not. 

You don’t have to have teaching experience, either, but being good with kids and people is definitely a trait you’ll want to have for this job. 

Here’s an article about the 9 best places to teach English abroad.

Traveling Yoga Teacher

If you’re a Yoga teacher or interested in becoming one, working as a traveling Yoga teacher is a thing! You can fill in at studios or host your own Yoga workshops and retreats around the world. 

There are a lot of possibilities for being a traveling Yoga teacher. Check out this article to learn more. 

Jobs That Allow You To Travel

We’ve went over some of the best jobs that require you to travel… now how about some jobs that allow you to travel?

These jobs don’t require travel… in fact, they don’t require you to be in any specific place. Which is what makes them so great for a traveling lifestyle! 

Travel Blogging

Travel blogging is writing about different locations – as a “things to do” guide, a review of a place like a restaurant or hotel, or just your personal experiences. 

You can work as a travel blogger on your own website or as a freelance travel writer and write for publications. 

This job lends well to traveling because it’s best that you experience the locations themselves! And if you’re writing a review on a particular place like a hotel, restaurant, or experience, it’s possible to get free admission or meals from the location.

Travel blogging pays really well if you learn how to do it properly.

You get paid in the form of advertising, affiliate marketing, creating your own products, and more – if you’re blogging on your own website. 

If you’re working as a freelance travel writer, you get paid by the company. And, you could always do both blogging for yourself and for companies!

Blogging in general is a great job to have as a traveler – you don’t even have to be writing about travel, since blogging can be done from anywhere. 

Learn more about how to start a blog here. 

Travel Vlogging

A great addition to a travel blog or great on it’s own, travel vloggers make videos about the locations that they visit. I’m sure you’ve seen them all over YouTube! 

There is no barrier to entry to becoming a travel vlogger other than the limits of your own mind. 

You can start with something as simple as your phone camera and go from there.

In order to keep your subscribers interested and coming back for more, you have to travel and make videos about awesome places! It’s a type of job that forces you to live an awesome lifestyle. 

Become an Influencer

Whether on social media, from a blog, vlog, or a combination of any of them – becoming an influencer is a great way to make money while traveling. 

You might be thinking influencers happen by accident or by going “viral”… and why that is certainly the case with some influencers, the vast majority of influencers are self built. 

There is a method to becoming an influencer – and it’s just learning marketing, creating engaging content, and growing a following. That’s it! 

You don’t have to have hundreds of thousands of followers to be an influencer, either. A nano influencer has between 1,000 – 10,000 followers.

A micro influencer has between 10,000 and 50,000. Mid-tier is 50k – 500k, macro is 500k-1mil, and mega-influencers have 1 million + followers.  

You can still get brand deals and sponsorships as a nano or micro influencer – not to mention you can monetize your audience in many other ways. You can get paid to travel as an influencer in many ways. If you want to learn more about becoming an influencer, check out this article. 

Travel Photography

Got a knack for taking awesome photos? You can make money as a travel photographer! There are many ways you can make money as a traveling photographer. You can sell your photos – on your own website or stock websites. 

You can also host photography classes in different locations (or online), start a Patreon, start a photography blog, sell photography related products, and more. 

If you want to learn more about making money as a traveling photographer, check out this article. 

Teach English Online

You already know that you can make money by teaching English abroad, but did you know you could also teach English online? 

I’ve met many people who work as online English teachers and they travel all over the place. If you’re traveling abroad to teach English, you can get locked into one location for a bit of time.

But, if you teach online, you’re free to go where you want when you want. 

The requirements for teaching English online are a little more rigorous than the requirements for teaching English abroad. For example, you need to have a 4-year college degree – but it can be in any field or major. 

A popular website for teaching English online is VIPKID. Learn more here. 

Work as a Freelance Virtual Assistant

Working as a freelance virtual assistant is the easiest way to get into making money while traveling. 

I have been working as a freelance virtual assistant since 2017 and I started with absolutely zero experience. 

What does a virtual assistant do? Many things! There are hundreds of different services you can offer as a virtual assistant in many different industries. That’s what makes this job such a great job for beginners. 

You can start where you are with the skills you already have. Examples of a freelance VA might be: a social media manager, an SEO manager, a blogger’s assistant, an administrative assistant, a freelance bookkeeper, a freelance customer service agent, and so much more. 

Virtual assistants are paid really well and can work as many or as little hours as they choose. You set your pay rates and your schedule. 

I have a lot of information about becoming a virtual assistant on my website, and I also have a low-priced course that teaches you how to get started as a virtual assistant for beginners. 

Become a Freelance Writer

Freelance writing is also something I’ve been doing since 2017 and it’s my favorite way to make a living. I classify my freelance writing services under the term “virtual assistant”, but it’s worth mentioning on it’s own. 

If you like writing or are already a blogger, freelance writing is right up your alley. Everything on the internet is content, and businesses will pay to have that content created for them. 

Freelance writing pays really well – getting paid $200 for a 1,000 word article is pretty much industry standard for many niches. This is a great way to get paid to travel!

Become a Traveling Programmer

Do computers, websites, and software interest you? Learn to code! 

There are so many places online where you can learn to code… even websites where you can learn for FREE. 

If you’re patient and detail oriented – this could be a great job for you. As a coder, you can choose to be an employee or work as a freelancer or entrepreneur.

This opens the door up to many job and salary possibilities – but also, the ability to work from wherever, whenever. 

Jobs in web development pay VERY well. If you want to learn more about being a traveling programmer, check out this article. 

Work a Remote Job

Finally we have the ol’ standby – getting a remote job. A remote job opens up the possibilities in your life. Sure, you could work from home… but that gets really boring after a while! Why don’t you hit the road? 

There are remote jobs for literally every job position you can think of, from entry level to advanced. Want to learn more about getting a remote job? Check out this article. 


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Carrie Wilder

Carrie has a passion for location independence and nomadic lifestyles. After traveling full-time in an RV and living the van life, she created Making Money and Traveling to help others make the switch to a remote lifestyle. Learn more about Carrie on the About page or connect on social media below.