42 Ways You Can Make Money and Travel the World

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Have you ever asked yourself, “How will I possibly make money while traveling?” or “How will I survive on the road?” or maybe “How can I can’t start traveling when I don’t have much money?”.

Chances are that these very thoughts have indeed crossed your mind (they cross all of our minds at some point!) and there’s also a chance that you haven’t found any answers. As a result, you’ve still yet to take that first step and start traveling and as time passes by, you start to wonder if you’ll ever achieve your travel goals.

Here on the blog I’m always making the claim that you can make money and travel much more easily than most people think. But yesterday I realized that I should probably back up that claim with some actual examples. So, that’s what I want to do here. I want to help you answer those questions above.

Are you ready? Here’s a list of 42 ways you can make money while traveling (keep in mind this is just a fraction of the opportunities that actually exist!)…

Teach English – Job opportunities are all around the world and in many cases, you don’t need to be certified. You just need to be a native speaker. Check out eslcafe.com, send in a few applications to schools in South Korea, Japan, Thailand or dozens of other locations & you’ll be surprised at how many interviews you land.

Sell Timeshares – If you were born to be a salesperson, then head to Greece, Thailand, Mexico, the Caribbean or any other major resort area and you can find work selling timeshares. These resorts want salespeople who can relate to their potential customers, so they prefer to have Americans selling to Americans, Italians selling to Italians and so on. The earning potential is huge in this line of work.

Resort Jobs – If selling isn’t your thing, resorts all over the planet often hire staff from other countries for a variety of positions, such as front desk, restaurant or the activity/entertainment department.

Work in a Hostel – Hostels are often looking for new staff who are willing to work some hours each day, either at reception or cleaning or maybe both, in exchange for a free bed each night. Not a bad way to save money at all.

Online Freelance Work – Whether you have a background or interest in web design, programming, illustration, writing, marketing, consulting, legal work, engineering or able to do any type of admin work, you should definitely look at websites such as Elance.com and Odesk.com. These are platforms that connect freelancers with people and companies who need work done. Even if your background is in something else, have a look anyway as there is freelance work to be found in dozens of different fields.

Act in Films & Television Overseas – Head to Mumbai, stand on a street corner in the Colaba neighborhood and before long, an industry scout will ask you if you want to act in a Bollywood film. (I once acted in an Indian daytime drama!) You won’t make millions, but you’ll be on the big screen. I also know people who have done the same in Kenya and earned very good money.

Working Holiday Visas – Countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Ireland and Singapore offer these to foreigners, generally those who are between the ages of 18 – 30. If you’re in that age range, the working holiday visa might just be your best option to make money and travel. It allows you stay in a country for up to one year and in some cases, to apply for and work in any position you want. Yes, it is a sweet deal and one incredible way to earn an income while being overseas.

Fruit-Picking – Get out into the sun, grab a basket and start picking fruit. Such an option is quite common for travelers/backpackers passing through Australia and the pay can include payment per kilo of fruit you pick, room, board or any combination of the three.

Travel Blogging – It’s not easy to earn a big income with a travel blog. The amount of time/effort required to do so is much more than most people imagine. But if you’re looking for some extra cash to help fund part of your travels, while keeping the world informed of your adventures, starting a travel blog might be your answer. (Have a look at the useful Travel Blog Success course if you’re serious about earning money from your blog and for inspiration, see my list of fellow travel bloggers out there.)

Work Online

Any Kind of Blogging – You don’t have to start a travel blog just because you’re traveling. Whatever your interest may be, that might be the kind of blog you should start. There are always opportunities to earn some money no matter what you choose to focus on.

Affiliate Marketing – Making money this way is definitely possible even though the competition can be high. But if you’re willing to dedicate yourself to a couple of months worth of research, you’ll find your niche and hopefully a steady paycheck. If you don’t know much about affiliate marketing, have a look at Affilorama.com, which offers an excellent series of free lessons to get you started.

Selling Goods Online – Found some cool product that you think others would be interested in? Have your own handmade product you want to sell? You could set up a website or a shop on eBay or any other type of online sales outlet and start selling. Your success will depend on many factors but again, if you’re willing to learn how to get your goods in front of the right people online, even a few sales each week could potentially keep you on the road.

Day-Trading – It may not be for everyone, but there are people out there earning a living and traveling as a result of their day trading efforts. One in particular is Marcello from WanderingTrader.com.

Housesitting – Who wouldn’t want a free place to stay? While you typically won’t get paid, if you don’t mind looking after somebody else’s house while they’re away, this is a great option. I know many people who just hop around from house-sitting gig to house-sitting gig, essentially avoiding accommodation expenses for years. Gigs can be one week, one month, one year or anything in between. (Jess & Dani from GlobetrotterGirls.com and Pete & Dalene from HeckticTravels.com are the experts when it comes to house-sitting!)

Work Remotely – There’s no rule that states you must quit your current job in order to travel. Perhaps your position allows you to work remotely and all you need to do is speak with your boss in order to make the adjustment. Head down to a place like Playa del Carmen, Mexico and you’ll find foreigners everywhere who are doing just this, able to make money and travel wherever they wish.

Haircuts – Choose a popular hostel, put up a sign (ask first!), charge a reasonable amount and off you go. I remember meeting a traveler who was doing this in Zagreb, Croatia and she was making $40 USD per day by advertising in 3 hostels. She would cut hair for a month, then travel for a month and repeat. Not bad at all.

Massages – Follow the same idea as above but offer massages instead! I’d sign up for sure after a long day wandering around a town or city.

Bartending – There are bars in many towns and cities that pay ‘cash in hand’ to travelers who can work a bar and are willing to stay in one spot for a while. Bars connected to hostels are often your best bet.

Cafe/Restaurant Work – The same goes for cafes and restaurants. If you’re in a popular backpacking destination, just ask the hostel staff if they know of any cafes that hire travelers. Sometimes you’ll find a local classifieds/coupon traveler-oriented magazine lying around the hostel as well. Flip it open and many times you’ll find restaurants advertising for help.

Website Design – Know how to build simple websites, or even more complex ones? Start your own business and look for clients online, through family & friends or even overseas. Staying at a hostel in Turkey that has a crappy website? Tell them you’ll completely improve their site for $50. (When I was traveling in Syria, just because I worked online, I received over a dozen offers from budget hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses who were willing to pay me up to $500 USD to set up a new website for them. And this can be done anywhere.)

Teach Musical Instruments – Piano? Guitar? Flute? Glockenspiel? Whatever you can play, chances are there are people all over the world who want to learn as well. Advertise in local online classifieds or put up signs in busy areas, such as gathering places of college students, and you just might have a few classes lined up before you know it.

Teach Any Language – English isn’t the only language people want to learn. Speak French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic or anything else? Look for jobs or set up your own classes by advertising at universities or popular hangouts such as cafes.

Teach Dance Classes – Again, put up some signs around town, find space in a public park and teach others how to get their tango on. You could also work out a deal with a restaurant/bar where they pay you to hold a class at their location because it will bring them plenty of extra business.

Dance Around the World

Teach Yoga – You could do the exact same thing as above with yoga or any form of exercise!

Construction Work – If you have construction experience, or you can fake it, this is one industry that tends to hire people for short-term work while paying them ‘under the table’. As a result, this makes for a great option for travelers looking to earn some quick cash.

Au Pair – The situations vary but you’ll get room, board and a weekly paycheck for helping take care of a family’s kids, allowing you to explore the country you end up in during your free time as well.

Surfing Instructor – I’d be fired as a surfing instructor in two minutes right now (here’s the video proof), but even after I had practiced for a couple of weeks during a stay in Mexico back in 2008, I was offered a job teaching beginners. You don’t need to be an expert to land a job, you just need to be better than those who have never tried surfing before!

Scuba Diving Instructor – Are you certified? If so, there are dozens of great scuba destinations around the world – Egypt, Mexico, Thailand, Australia, Hawaii – where you could find work. Talon from 1Dad1Kid.com has done just this in Central America.

Tour Escort – Many international tour operators, especially those such as Indochina.com that offer budget tours around the world, hire tour escorts to accompany each group. The pay is on the low side and you usually must sign up for a 1-2 year contract, but the benefit is that you get to explore parts of the world without spending any money at all, while gaining some great work experience in the process.

Sell Your Art & Crafts at Local Markets – There are markets in many places where foreigners can rent a stall and sell their goods. Usually these are markets that are geared towards tourists and other travelers. As a result, there are many people who follow the market circuit, bouncing around from market to market all year round, selling their hand made crafts, artwork, clothes from India or other goods that are in high-demand.

Tour Operators in the Caribbean – When I worked on board cruise ships and we would dock in places such as St. Thomas or St. Maarten or Cozumel, many of the staff working for our local tour operators were from the USA, Canada and Europe. Their job was to greet the passengers coming off the ship, keep the groups organized and lead them to their tour bus or van or boat. The pay was okay and they got to live and work in a tropical location for a while.

Photography – I’m an average photographer at best but for those who know what they’re doing with a camera, it is possible to try and sell the travel photos you take. You could set up your own ‘shop’ on sites such as SmugMug.com and you could try and sell your photos to a variety of travel magazines and to companies that have stock photography collections.

Travel Writing – If you’re a decent writer, there are opportunities out there to write about your experiences and the destinations you visit and then have those articles published on websites or online magazines. It’s not an easy business, but if you can get a couple of articles published and start to establish yourself, your articles might soon become sought after.

Corporate World – Maybe you want to live overseas but you want to have a proper career or are looking for a higher paycheck. Well, there’s nothing stopping you from applying for corporate or other long-term jobs around the world. China has a growing number of opportunities for foreigners, Singapore and New Zealand are very popular and several countries in the Middle East are home to thousands of expats living and working for companies there.

Cruise Ship Employment – I always recommend this option as an excellent way to earn good money while getting a taste of the world, gaining some solid work experience and networking with hundreds of people (both fellow crew and passengers) from around the world. Not a bad list of benefits. If you’re interested, you might want to look at my popular eBook – How to Work on Cruise Ships.

Cruise Ship Employment

Work on a Yacht – Sometimes they pay, sometimes they don’t, but if you look at websites such as DesperateSailors.com, you might find it hard to turn down an offer to work on board a yacht or sailboat, especially one that will spend a few months in the Caribbean or Mediterranean or perhaps even head across the Pacific.

Travel/Tourism Industry – This won’t ensure that you’re on the road all the time, but a job in the travel industry at home might be perfect for some. A steady paycheck, plenty of good networking possibilities and if you end up in the right position, you’ll just have to travel as part of your work. (Work in Travel is a great resource for anyone interested in working in this industry.)

Edit English Signs/Menus – It might sound silly but there are travelers out there earning decent money by wandering around touristy areas all over the world and getting paid to correct the English spelling/grammar on signs and menus of businesses that try to attract foreigners. I met one guy in Thailand who would charge $10 for his editing services and he would have approximately 20 clients per week. Not a bad way to earn $800 bucks per month.

Busking – Do you have some kind of talent? Maybe you don’t have talent but you’re more than willing to have people laugh at you, especially if they’ll throw their spare change in your hat. Many, many travelers are playing guitar, juggling, dancing and singing their way around the world. It may not be legal in some places though, so be sure to check the rules.

Volunteer Work – In most cases, this won’t pay, but you’ll have an unforgettable experience while usually saving money on room and board, which is just like getting paid! You don’t have to spend a lot of money with large global operations in order to volunteer as there are local organizations in every country that would love to have you. Two good websites are GrassrootsVolunteering.org and IndependentVolunteer.org.

Work Exchange – Just check out the listings on HelpX.net and you’ll be ready to pack your bags today. If you’re willing to work a few hours each day in exchange for room, board and sometimes, some extra cash, there is no shortage of opportunities. There’s also WWOOF.org which focuses on organic farm work.

Be Creative! – One of the best examples of this involved a female traveler I met in Central America who had funded over 6 months of travel by using a very simple business model. She would hop from beach town to beach town, contact several local tour operators (who usually offered snorkeling and scuba diving trips) and then worked out a deal. In exchange for bringing them business, she would receive a good commission. Each day she would hang around the hostels and travelers cafes and recommend the tour operators she was working with. Let’s just say she was doing very well. So put on your thinking cap, brainstorm some ideas and don’t be afraid to get creative!

And that’s the list. I really do hope that this has helped you realize that you can make money and travel, that earning money on the road is not as impossible as you once thought. If it were impossible, there certainly wouldn’t be so many people, from countries all around the world, traveling and working as they explore this great planet of ours.

Of course, there are many more ways to earn money while traveling as well, so if you have anything you’d like to add or share, please leave your thoughts in the comments below. The more opportunities we list, the more we can help each other!

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213 Responses to 42 Ways You Can Make Money and Travel the World

  1. Fitri says:

    Wow, Earl. Your post is fascinating and it’s really inspiring me!!

    I’m gonna start my first long term travel this month. I’m from Indonesia. My first step is doing a voluntary work in Cambodia for 3 months. After Cambodia, I plan to keep moving for next 1 year. But I dunno where I should go next. Since I’m not coming from rich country, I prefer to start my travel in inexpensive countries like SE Asia. After that, any other Asia countries and Europe. I just have less than USD 1,000 in my pocket so I should manage to work while in travel. Last time I could hit Europe twice for cultural purpose, even though just for 2 weeks. But you gave me ideas that I could do it again for the longer time. Hope so..

    I’m looking some ways to support my travel. I’m thinking about volunteering, web designing, teaching language, and any other jobs. Your post reinforces me that work while traveling is very possible! All we need is courage and brave. I dunno what will happen to me or what I have to do after 3 months of my travel. But that’s life, we never know till it happens to us. Thanks for this great article, Earl!! :D

    Best regards,

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Fitri – It seems that you have the perfect attitude to turn your upcoming trip into long-term travel. Just stay positive and keep your eyes open for any and all opportunities that might appear!

  2. Konrad says:

    Hey Earl I just wanted to let you know that I have followed you for a while and recently picked up all my stuff and just went travelling. Unfortunately I was unable to generate enough money to support myself for a longer period and just after 5 months had to get back home which kinda sucks. I noticed you have many ebooks and was wandering what would you suggest is the best way to sell them and when writing them is there any basic trend you follow to create these books? I really want to continue travelling but was thinking of creating an online income prior to travelling so I set up a website on which I have documented all my progress. Would you have any ideas or suggestions I could follow?

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  4. Peter says:

    I am a tennis coach and I’ve found it possible to earn money almost anywhere doing this. You just have to be a go-getter.

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  7. Soha says:

    Hey Earl,

    Great advice. But my only problem is that I first decided to do medicine but now even before applying to medical school I had a change of heart. I always loved travelling. Now, what scares me is that I am not good at any things you listed above. I always wanted to be the person who visits different countries talk about how beautiful the place is and tries their cuisines and write or talk about it. I have no idea what they are called maybe travel advisors? or travel journalist? How can I possibly become that? or start my career in it? Also, I did bachelors but I have no job to pay any of these. How can I possibly start?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Soha – That’s what this site is all about…have a look around and you’ll find plenty of posts to help you out!

  8. Dee says:

    This article gave me so much info and hope in escaping these shitty soul sucking jobs. I dont plan to do them forever but while I wrap up school and getting a few books finished… I want to LIVE!!! Thank you for your article!!!! You can sleep easy knowing you saved someone. :)

  9. James Gilbert says:

    Hey Earl, first thing is great ideas on this site! Second is I need some tips. I left my decent salary/easy life in California, for this little country called Portugal(not Spain). I’m sure we all have been in this position before. Anyway, I now live with my girlfriend that is actually from here. I got the residency card that keeps me in the schengen area for at least 5 years. But as you can imagine, the economic state here is quite bad at the moment . There are a lack of jobs. I have money saved up, but I need to start making some form of income no matter how small. Do you have any special advice concerning finding income in Portugal? Anything that is unique here that I can take advantage of?

    Best regards,

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey James – Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately though, despite having been to Portugal a few times, I don’t know too much about the working situation/income opportunities over there. I have always visited as a tourist, traveled around and then left, without having looked for work or having done much research on the matter. Sorry I couldn’t be of more assistance!

  10. Rochelle says:

    Hey Earl,

    Thanks for this post. I am planning to apply as a nurse in a cruiseship so I am wondering if I would be able to explore the world while working at the same time. I am wondering if I would have a “time-off” in a cruise ship. I went to a cruise ship about a year ago and everybody seems pretty busy and didn’t have time to enjoy and bask in the sun.


    • Fran says:

      I answered about this, just check the next post :)

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Rochelle – Regardless of position, no crew member has a ton of free time in the ports. So working on cruise ships is less about full travel than about getting a taste of each place. As a nurse, you would have free time and you would be able to get off the ship in many ports and spend a good amount of time ashore. And in the end, I say that spending a few hours in Rome one day, a few hours in Athens the next, a few hours in Istanbul the day after is not a bad set up in the end :)

  11. Jessica Nelson says:

    Hey Earl! I have never really known what I wanted to do with my life, and with college looming around the corner, I feel even more rushed to decide. The only thing I was definitely sure of was that I wanted to travel the world. I’ve always wanted to do this. So, I tried to think of jobs and careers that would let me do just that. I’ve always liked English and am a native speaker, so I thought I would try that- looking up information about getting certified in teaching English as a foreign language is actually how I found your blog, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Anyways, I read that you taught English for some time as well, and was wondering if you had any tips for me? As in what I may need to be qualified in, or even just things that you learned or picked up while teaching it yourself. I would be grateful for just about anything you had to tell because I don’t know anyone that has done it.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Jessica – Thanks for the comment and to be honest, the main thing you need for teaching English is a university degree. Any degree will do but of course, if you have a degree in English, your chances of getting hired into a better teaching position are higher. Apart from that, you could also get a TEFL certificate which would help your cause even more. It’s not 100% necessary to get a job but again, it will help lead you to a better position. Hope that helps!

  12. Beatriz says:

    Hi Earl.
    I chose not to write my real name for some reasons. First, like everyone else is saying I really like your blog. And have a few questions to ask. I am a model/actress and am quitting modeling because I am getting married, am pregnant and am moving to Europe. I can’t model around with a big tummy and none of my family or the tv stations or bookers I work with have any idea that I am pregnant and leaving the country soon. I do not speak Italian which is a bit hard if you think that I am moving to Italy. But I’m glad I read this article which gave me ideas of how to earn in Italy. Do you think making a small brand of tropical accessories like necklace and anklets made of beads and selling them in Italy would be a good idea to add up to the income I’d be earning in Italy? I’d appreciate your opinion.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Beatriz – That’s hard to say as it involves so many different factors and a great deal of work to get started. You need to do some market research, find out if people are looking for the kind of products you want to sell and on and on. I wouldn’t just start creating a brand without knowing if there is a high chance of it working first. And all that requires to find out is research, research, research!

  13. Kim says:

    Hey Earl,

    Thanks so much for this article, it was really helpful and made me a little more optimistic that I just might be able to live the life I’ve been dreaming of (at least for a little while).
    I am really interested in working as a resort desk/host, or even as a waitress/bartender, or a type of tour guide for cruise/travel excursions. What sites/resources would you suggest for me to look into to be able to get some sort of work planned out before I hop on a plane to who knows where?


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Kim – Thanks for the comment! There really isn’t any good sites that will lead to such jobs. To find this kind of work, you really need to network once you arrive in your destination and start contacting resorts, bars, restaurants, cafes, etc. once there. These just aren’t the kind of positions that are advertised online. As scary as that may seem, if you are determined to find a job and are able to talk to people, you should find opportunities in many parts of the world!

  14. Jack says:

    Earl. You cannot simply teach English abroad. Of all the countries you list, they require at LEAST a BA degree and a TEFL. Most jobs require an MA, and some years teaching abroad.

    You also fail to mention how one goes about getting incredibly hard work visas that Americans with MAs cannot get. Yet somehow you get them without a degree or experience. Another thing is, you get work visa for unskilled jobs. Unskilled jobs generally do not have a visa scheme.

    WHV is another thing. Americans, and most nationals, do not qualify for this visa. It is impossible that you got one.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Jack – You might want to read my post on how I taught English in Thailand first: http://www.wanderingearl.com/how-to-fund-your-travels-with-creativity/

      And also, I do know Americans who have managed to get a job teaching English without a BA degree and plenty who have managed to get a job without a TEFL. Yes, a MA degree is needed in general if you plan to teach English at a university or private high school, but for teaching jobs at language schools, definitely not.

      As for work visas, you get a work permit once you get hired as a teacher. I do not state anywhere that I received a work visa myself as the jobs I’ve done did not require one. And I mention many times on this blog that you get work visas once you get hired (apart from holiday working visas that one can get without having secured a job) and that it is not possible to get a work visa without having a job already secured.

  15. Ben says:

    To be a new nomad, is not so easy, many countries don’t allow you to work there. I think the best option is remote work, but in order to do this you have to study in domain such IT.

    There is a growing paranoid about “others stealing your job”.

    This is due to technological unemployment. I won’t get deeper in this argument but automation and robotics are changing the current paradigm. Although I’m not at all a luddist, I wonder how society can handle those changes without people becoming more and more paranoid, more and more pretending to close themselves in the “nation-state prison”.

    I forgot to mention, I’m from Italy and currently living in France, looking after to going back to study, priority to careers that allows to work remotely with your own pc.

    Yes, the best is not to find a new job everytime you visit a new country, the best option and the easiest is to build a carreer and then take your job with you.

    At age 29, you look for financial (relative) stability not look for job adventures that can’t end up badly sometimes.

    Remote working, would be great to focus on it.

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  17. Akeed says:

    Hey Earl, I read your article and I think its really great because I’ve been wondering how I can be a backpacker and survive at the same time. Your post gives me so many options but I have a problem and I was hoping you could help me out…I was thinking I could be an ESL teacher but I’m not a native English speaker and I heard that you need to be one if you want to be an ESL teacher. Is this the case and if so what can I do about it? I’m from Sri Lanka..

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Akeed – In general, you would be required to be a native English speaker to get a job teaching English. Some exceptions might be if you have studied English at university, have some type of advanced certification in English, etc. It’s still possible to find work even without all of that, but it’s definitely much, much more difficult.

  18. Ralph wallot says:

    I’m 22. Got two buddies. With me on this adventure.2 of us left behind 6 digit jobs. We have my car and are trying to figure out a way to use it as a courier service. So we. Can go from place to place. Let me no if u have ANY ideas thx or advice

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  20. lucky says:

    I’m 19 and I’m from India, I have no experience in any kind of field, I have anxiety about leaving home and i’ve always wanted to travel the world
    I’ve hardly got much of a
    financial income I might have to
    save some money to start my trip off, but
    travelling and earning money for me is better option can you suggest me any kind of courses, which help to perceive my dream’s and make income of it.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Lucky – My best advice is to keep looking at travel blogs and learning how other people are making it happen. Everyone who is traveling has managed to achieve their goals in their own way because there are endless ways to make traveling a reality. And the more you read about it, the more confidence you’ll gain and the more ideas you’ll have as to how you can make it happen as well!

  21. Norman says:

    Hey Earl

    Thanks for the list. I’ve been interested in going to New Zealand or Australia through the work holiday scheme thing. I’m a bit skeptical going through these programs the travel agencies are offering like a start-off thing though. I really want to travel abroad and willing to work to fund my future adventures but I’m a bit apprehensive on how to even start. A few words of advice from you would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Norman – My advice is to simply apply for the working holiday visa on your own through the Australian or NZ immigration website and not use an agency. There is no reason to use the agency. You can get the visa yourself, travel to Australia or NZ and find a job on your own. I have friends who went this method and they saved a lot of money and managed without any problems at all.

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  23. Mister x says:

    I would need some ideas I am only 17 and I am from Slovenia. I would really like to go somewhere for the summer holidays on low budget like last year I went to Portugal to surf but it wasn’t exactly on low budget and also do you know if you even can travel alone to other countries if you are under 18?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      @Mister X – I think that in order to travel when you are under 18, you need a notarized letter of consent from your parents that you must carry with you.

  24. Tati says:

    Earl!!! Why isn’t this page in a big neon flashing banner on top of your website???
    I swear! If I ever meet you out in the big world I will run after you like a fat kid runs after the ice cream truck!
    Awesome post! Thank you!

  25. Stephen says:

    Lots of great ideas to keep the money coming in while travelling, I’m 22 and I have little retail experience, I have anxiety about leaving home and I’ll admit, I have a little social anxiety. i pretty much have generalized anxiety it comes in many forms but I’ve always wanted to travel the world since I was a child I used to take my friends with me on long adventures to places far even for kids, I still want to travel now, I’ve hardly got much of a financial income I’m on benefits, I might have to save some money to start my trip off, but travelling and earning money for me is better than benefits and you earn it :)

    How do you guarantee you’ll make money travelling, how will you know where to go so you don’t get lost, what if you run out of money ? what if you have no where to stay ? who can you turn to for help ? all these questions pop up for me.. pretty much all the “risks” associated with travelling. id like to know your thoughts on this please it will make so much difference getting a response from an experienced traveller, thank you in advance, much appreciated. happy travelling people :)

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Stephen – My thoughts are simple, either ignore those questions or else it will be quite difficult to get out there and travel. First, there are never any guarantees but at the same time, what’s wrong with getting lost? What’s wrong with turning to locals and asking for assistance if you need it? Besides, you can always find a place to stay – hostels, couchsurfing.org, guesthouses, work exchange programs and on and on. As for money, it’s up to you…to earn money overseas you often need determination and a bunch of creativity but at the same time, there are thousands of people out there making it happen, so it’s a realistic goal. You could always teach English as well. Travel is all about going into the unknown, finding your way and learning in the process so in the end, having those questions answered up front, won’t do you any good…you’ll just have to take the first step and enjoy the adventure.

      • Drew says:

        I have to agree with Earl. I’m learning that discovering how you will travel, piecing everything together one day at a time, usually through a lot of preparation and research is the whole point. If there were a cut and dry method for traveling the world as a globetrotter, not a tourist, everyone would be doing it :)

  26. Andrew Dean says:

    I have been thinking about teaching ESL in several countries. I am American, and I will be finishing my undergrad soon, and instead of going straight back to school for a masters, I figured, why not find a way to travel abroad and make enough money to explore without being a tourist. I have family in Brasil, and friends in Sweden and Romania, and I think I would do quiet well as a native English speaker. Obviously I am fluent, and have many English courses under my belt, but how does one contact private/university level schools regarding English positions. For example, in Romania, I would essentially need a job offer before I could even apply for a work visa. Is It common for travelers teaching esl to have a certification of some sort in that line of work?

    I am excellent with languages, and speak 2 fluently, and find picking up romance languages to be very easy, so I don’t think I will have a problem fitting in. I’m just stuck at this point with how to connect the dots from the USA to Europe. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    My email is Denverguard@gmail.com if anyone would like to chat and exchange ideas and information.

    Much love from the US.


  27. Kiran says:

    This list is so helpful!

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  29. Kim says:

    Any leads on websites for overseas corporate jobs? Would love to work/live overseas again in a corporate setting!

  30. Yasmine Ajna Chakra says:

    Thanks for this :) Gave me the boost in confidence i needed to start my backpacking trip, there are soo many ways to earn money, as long as you’re creative and like an adventure. I’m super excited to try some of these out !

  31. Maida says:

    Hey Marie, that is exactly what I was thinking too, that I would love to do that being a teacher in ESL. Was not sure how to look into that but I guess as you said you could just ask them straight up. Other great ideas too.

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  33. lf11 says:

    Hello Earl

    Fantastic blog. What a great adventure.
    I’m thinking of finding work as crew on private boats/yachts and working on cruise ships to save up and travel and wondered if you knew where I could start with finding such positions. Of course I’ve looked on websites but they all seem to require experience working in 5* hotels/restaurants etc. Should I be looking into training of some sort?

  34. Anuj says:

    Hi heena,

    Just came across this blog post and it’s interesting to see another dentist in making like me, planning to travel the world ‘Earl style’…I thought if I am the only one with such crazy ideas….


  35. Liza says:

    Hi Earl !
    Thanks for all your advices ! It’s really inspiring and nice to see we are so many with the same mind-set ! I’m actually leaving in 8 days for Latine Amerca, without any return date. I always enjoyed travel, and I arrived at a point I just needed to really live it ! So let’s go !

    The point is that I’m pretty much in the situation your were when you first left (a few amount of money, but clearly not enough for the no-return trip I’m planning). All your tips are great but I’ve got a question : legally speaking, how does it work ? I guess main “local” jobs are done under the table (sorry I’m french so I dunno the exact expression in english ^^’, but to resume it : illegally). Have you ever had troubles with authorities and all ? What about hostels jobs for example : are they regarding on the legal aspects ? What about the cruise works ? Since it’s delocalized, is it legal ? It would be a shame to get caught and that the adventure end up on such a bad touch (though I would be away again soon enough !)

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Liza – Congrats on your upcoming trip and I truly wish you nothing but a wonderful adventure ahead! As for work, yes, some jobs would be paid under the table and others would allow you to get a working permit depending on the country you’re in. I’ve never had trouble with authorities but you do need to be careful of course. Cruise ship employment is official so it’s perfectly legal as you would have all the paperwork and permits you need to work on a ship that visits different countries. Working in a hostel is usually under the table but in many countries, it’s just an exchange of room and board for a few hours of work, so the authorities probably aren’t going to care too much.

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  37. I smiled when I saw #38: Edit English Signs/Menus. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen mistakes in menus or signs overseas, especially in Asia. But since these were not rich countries, I always assumed nobody would want to pay me to fix their errors. Especially if this meant having to reprint all their menus! However, I may try it next time. :)

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  39. Heena Varma says:

    Absolutely love your post!gave me a lot of amazing ideas.i had a few questions in mind,it’ll be really nice of you to answer.I will complete dentistry in this year, I’m from India.dentistry is a great paying job but my first love will always be traveling. So I wanted to ask you if I being from india have english as a second language so how are my chances of landing a job as an English teacher in a country like Italy since I’m not a native english speaker. Also,are there any options for dentists?

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