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

  1. Nasrullah Ahmad says:

    Hi Earl

    Americans. Europeans , Aussie nd new Zealand people’s are the luckiest people’s they can travel anywher anytime .they can explore the world . No need visa no need to stand in the line no need interview by visa officers in embassy nd then interview by the immigration at the arrival destination .just take passport ticket nd go tats all ….

    Wow I love travelling I wish if I had tat powers to travel . I was recently in Thailand just back this 22nd april …for us to get Thailand visa was like asking for a million dollars loan ..submitted passport with 2kg worth of documents nd visa approved after 4 weeks lol ….

    I love travelling I wish if we just have entry ( NO VISA NEEDED ) to Asia only would be more then enough .but sadly it wont happen. ..well this site is really amazing I have European friends wil forward it to them coz for me even I ask in Cambodia embassy in Bangkok to give me visa I wana tour over ther nd they reject it hahaha ..

    Well best wishes to all European Americans aussies new Zealanders you guys are having nice beautiful life ..may you be exploring more nd more nd be on the road to see the world …

    Nasrullah Ahmad from Pakistan .

    • Cristina Cáceres says:

      I totally relate to what you are saying, i would love to buy a one way ticket to the land of oportunities but that’s just not possible since they just give me a 3 month touistic visa IF i manage to prove that I’m not a threat as in… having a job, an account with money, a return ticket, a sponser job… and it goes on an on. I really wanted to do a working holiday but that is not possible for peruvians. Be can not afford to be so free, spontaneous and not planned ahead like other young people….Maybe one day we will have the same oportunities…. but you can still travel and accomplish your goals… it’s just gonna take a little more time effort and money!

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  5. nitin dubey says:

    I want traval whole the world dis is my dream

  6. Kelsey says:

    Hi Earl!
    Your blog is truely inspiring! Traveling this beautiful planet is a big dream of mine and reading this blog has made it feel closer to becoming a reality, so thank you! But I would love to bring my dog with me wherever I go (I could never leave her behind) and I fear she would complicate things, such as finding a places to stay that allow pets and having to leave her there while I’m off giving surfing lessons or serving drinks. Do you think it would still be possible to travel the world, lugging around a border collie?
    Thanks so much,

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  11. Jess says:

    This article puts me at ease. I am planning my first overseas trip, to Thailand/Cambodia and I am want to make it long term, but I have been terrified that I may not be able to make any money while there. This has given me a few ideas, and I will definitely be borrowing some of these! Thanks Earl for giving travelers the confidence that they need to succeed!!!

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  13. Tim says:

    Hi everyone,

    My name is Tim and I’m finishing up my last year of college and looking to travel around the world. I just want to see as much as I can, but I don’t have a lot of money and no majorly notable skills, other than I am an EMT and hoping to become a firefighter fulltime. So I was just curious of what is a good successful way to try and travel the world or what ways to your k owledge typical have the best success.

  14. Carla says:

    @Lisa – Yes, it is very possible to be a single mom and travel with children. I met a single mom who traveled around the world for a year with her 7 year old daughter. She said she had saved $18k but only ended up spending around $14k. They had an adventure of a lifetime and when they came back to the U.S., her daughter had the best grades in class and asked when they could do it all again!!

  15. Lisa says:

    Dear Earl,

    Is it realistic for a single mother to dream of extended travel abroad with her children?

  16. Ngoc Boi says:

    thank you so much for this entry. i think it’s quite good for me and everybody.I really really admire you. can you approve for me tranlate it into Vietnammese,and sharing on my facebook? thanks again. hope your answer,best wish for you.

  17. Smritilekha C says:

    Wow! Boy, do I love this article!!!!

  18. Gill says:

    Hi Olivia, I’ve just came across your comment from a while back so hopefully you see this. Like you I’m a single mum to my 2 year old girl, I’m a nurse and leave in 7 months for Indonesia. I’ve travelled a lot in the past but have never worked while away. Like you I couldn’t imagine working as a nurse due to having the little one but I have the idea of offering informal childcare/babysitting services to other tourists or expats or even Au Pairing could be an option?? It would be great to hear from you if you do ever go away or if you have any other ideas :-)

  19. Coral says:

    Wow. These are great! Thanks so much for the wonderful suggestions. I wrote a handful of them down! I am 24 (25 New Years Day) and just moved from Nashville to Colorado, although my roots are in Iowa. I am currently jobless (but searching avidly) and staying with a family friend. I want to build a tiny home and renovate and live in an airstream and TRAVEL. I am overwhelmed by the amount of other people out there doing what I so badly feel like I need to be doing. I have a four year degree, a minor in Spanish, a blog and it’s just me myself and I! With an entire world of opportunities out there how is it that I remain so stuck?! You’ve got to start somewhere though right? It’s a daunting task, but the end result will make it all worth while. After all you can’t put a price on happiness. Thanks for your advice Earl and I look forward to starting my journey while making an income asap!!

  20. Michael says:

    Hey Earl!
    This was always a major concern for me was how to sustain my travels while out in a foreign country. I am 27 years old and was thinking about getting an education in massage therapy or something that enables me to travel and still have a stable income. On the other hand I am getting older and would like to start my traveling now.
    What is your opinion should I wait and get a degree or start my new adventure!
    Thanks in advance and have a safe journey!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Michael – That’s a tough one for me to say because it depends on so many factors. But I can say that 27 isn’t too old of course and plenty of people start their travels much later in life. I would just think about all of your options and determine which one feels most right for you at this time…that’s generally the best option!

      • Michael says:

        Just asking the questions gave me the answer I was looking for.
        I am going to start with a one year plan and find out exactly how necessary and useful the additional education would be.
        I really appreciate your response and your blog!

        • Fotios says:

          Hi Mike – I’m 47 years young and planning my world travel. You’re are only as old as you think…Wish I was 27 gain…LOL

    • laura says:

      27 is “getting older” ? NO , it it not.

  21. Karyn says:

    I stumbled across your blog and the more I read the more excited I got I am 25 just started my career and not say I don’t love it but I don’t feel as satisfied as I thought I was going to being 25 starting a career and doing well l felt like I was following the steps and typical lifestyle everyone around me was and It’s not exactlying what I want. I took a solo trip to Greece and absolutely loved it met a ton of locals and friends and since then all I’ve wanted to do is to continue travelling my biggest fear was running out of money and hearing people tell me “I told you you couldn’t afford it”. Every one thinks I’m crazy but I really want to travel and learn different cultures even if it’s just for a year or two. I just need to get started it’s still kind of scary and I have a bit of hesitation even though I know I’ll be fIne.

    • joe says:

      hi there karyne im 24 and been working since 18, its not easy to travel while preparing for the future you know, wow you’re lucky u been to greece, its been my dream to travel as much as i can im gonna start in asia for now maybe 1 or 2 destination per year, but damn i wish we can find ways to travel while saving enough for the future.. anyway goodluck on your travel :) oh one thing im gonna try bringing a folding bike and a tent when i travel so i don’t need hotels for cheaper travel i hope itll work fine,, take care :)

    • Andrew says:

      Karyn, I’m in the same exact position. I’m 25 and have a great steady job that I love. Fortunately this job lets me travel all over the US, but I just feel so unfulfilled. I’d love to be able to drop everything and become a nomad working remotely, but I’m a little uneasy about taking the plunge.

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  24. Stephanie says:

    Hey earl,
    I’m just a high school student but I’m going to start college real soon. My passion has always been to travel the world. I always wanted to be in a country for 6 months to a year or more and work at the same time with good pay. I also want to learn different martial arts.Any suggestions on what I could possibly do? Thanks I would really appreciate it if you reply thanks!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Stephanie – You have to get creative! There are infinite ways to earn money out there and you just need to read as many posts like this and examples of others who have achieved their travel goals. This will help you start thinking creatively and figure out what would work for you!

  25. Mikey says:

    How do you just, “head out” with $200 in your pocket? I live in Canada, that seems so far away from the rest of the world and so expensive just to get anywhere!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Mikey – You just need to figure out where you want to go and how much it will cost to get there. Figure that out, earn/save that amount of money and make it happen. There are countries you could travel to where you could find work (Australia), so getting there is the main thing. Once you can do that, you’re on your way.

  26. Martin says:

    Before Earl comes, I just wanted to let you know that you don´t need to save for year on a new job just to travel. If you want to travel, just head out! As soon as you start you will realize that it is not as scary as it sound… =)
    But if your problems come from social or family pressure, then you will have to decided if you can live without following you dream to travel, so you can keep everyone else happy about your life.

    See you around the world!
    Good travels!

  27. Victoria says:

    Hi wondering Earl. I am in the United Stated and I have always wanted to travel to West Africa to volunteer with children and woman. I also would love to help build and help under developed countries built homes etc.. How can a kind hearted person provide help in Africa for little or no money??????

  28. Femi says:

    Hi Akeed, I am a programmer too who loves to travel around the world, I really have passion for traveling and work over the Internet but I haven’t got any opportunity. Kindly hook me up if you get any openings.. Thanks

  29. Swastik Chakraborty says:

    Hey Earl.. I’m (21) a Graduate from India… always dream to travel the world… but never ever got any great idea to start that…. I’m too much confused about my career… did History Graduation (2014:July), but after that I found that my dream is to travel the world… My plan is to study Law for next 3 yrs… & establish myself in that field…. and after saving a good money… I’ll travel for atleast 2 months per year….. apart from that I’m good in PhotoJournalism… wanted to travel on basis of job in Reuters, AP, AFP etc.. but because of my finance I was unable to choose that risky career…………….. According to u… which decision would b great for my dream?????????

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  31. Akeed says:

    Hey Qian,
    I have the exact same idea as you.
    The only thing I know is that I want to travel the world (permanently)
    I’m 18 years and I too am thinking about going to college and I’m not sure what I should study but recently I have thought about being a traveling programmer and so I have decided to study for a Computer Science degree in college.
    What I plan to do is to get a job as a programmer and then travel the world while working over the internet.
    Tell me if you have any ideas of your own.

  32. Margaret says:

    Hi Mallory,

    I am starting my travels soon as well…

    Where are you from and where are you going?



  33. lucy munday says:

    Thanks for the post Earl. I found your site after reading Just One Way Ticket. I’m trying to break in to the field myself, it’s been a work in progress for about a year now! Thanks for the tips. Check out my site.


  34. Mallory says:

    Hey Earl
    Thank you for the great post… I’m getting closer and closer to starting my travelling adventures. Do you have any tips on how to get started?
    Also, is anyone looking for a travel friend:)?


  35. Kendal says:

    Hi, Steve! I’m curious to know what it is you do… :-)

  36. Pujan says:

    Hello Earl,

    Im so excited to stumble upon your blog , travelling the world to experience the natural beauty was my childhood dream, for a long time I was searching for free volunteering work abroad from websites like freevolunteering.net,seveninterchange etc., and in fact they did gave me some good responses but most of time the work or destination was not very accessible for me. Im from India, and from a lower middle class background ( I earn only $500 a month out which I could save only $250 pm).

    I really liked the work oppurtunties you mentioned to finance ourselves while we travel abroad.
    Hey how about selling some fruits or self made snacks to the locals? You will amazed to know the variety of Indian snacks that can be made from simple food grains oil and spices. Just a thought!

    I would keep coming here to search for some advices on how to finance our vactaions abroad :)

    Wish all the travelers for a wonderful experience on their respective journeys !

  37. STEVE says:

    Hello Earl, awesome tips, advice and stories, truly an amazing read, found you through an internet search seeking info on how to live this lifestyle, tired of living in one place and have now an online business that allows me the freedom to operate not only wherever there is internet, but also in 24 COUNTRIES and growing, offering all kinds of services that people are already using each and everyday for wholesale up to free !
    What i am looking to do is research and follow my dream of exploring the world without the burden that so many of us like minded ppl have of how do we fund our travels.
    Maybe i can start by offering a way and learn some of the ins n outs of traveling (“_”)

  38. Qian says:

    Hey there Earl :) I’m 17 and going to college soon so I need to figure out what course do I want to study ASAP and so I started asking myself what really interest me and there’s a list of them but the one tat rly excites me was to make travelling as my job and so I started to do research on it and came across to ur blog which I thought was INCREDIBLE but I still have no idea which course I should study so tat it is related to travelling around the world! I wish u could help! Thx!


  39. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m 24 and in need of escaping secluded life. I wanna travel for a year or so and see what’s out there, and hopefully discover my place in it as I go. The one thing I was worried about was how to earn money as I go. I work with children and there is some good ideas up there that I could look into. Thank you

  40. Bill says:

    A good way to earn money would be to work as a chef at local restaurants ir hostels, emphasizing your home country’s foods. Im 17.5 yo and I have heard of many people from my country( Greece )making a living via offering souvlaki and gyros abroad. That is what I was initially thinking too but you have given me a lot of great ideas! Thaks a lot. I hope i meet you someday and make a souvlaki for you 😀

  41. Joseph says:

    Hey Earl, I just stumbled across your blog by mistake. I was browsing for a way out of my current boring routine. I’m still young (23) , and overly excited to consume the world before my life comes to an end. I’ve lived a pretty straight forward , boring , chilled life. I’ve traveled around a lot , but never bag-packed or just followed my feet to anywhere. I guess uve been on the road for more than 14 yrs now and loving it.. I don’t want 14 yrs , i just want maybe 1 yr and since i’m young it might open my eyes to what i rly want to do. I’ve studied alot of entrepreneurship and that’s my focus ( running my own show). Hate being underneath someone or at the bottom of the damn food chain.

    I like what ur doing and i completely support u man!

    Got any suggestions for a guy like me ? :)


  42. Abigail says:

    I am new to this blog. I am also a tourist and love to explore new places. You have provided a long ques of opportunities to earn money while traveling. I have the grip on the writing. It will prove beneficial for me to earn money through my writings whenever I am traveling abroad because money is the biggest necessity of the human beings.

  43. Jonny D says:

    I love your “anything is possible” attitude. It is re-inspiring me to get back out into the world. I moved to NYC one year ago at the age of 32 because I felt that I needed to “grow up” and figure out a way to work and save enough to buy a home/plot of land out west. I went to college in the High desert of AZ and used to spend all my free time on the road. Now after one year of living in NYC all I want to do is run! Don’t get me wrong, their is plenty here for people, but I need nature. I have two dogs and a pickup truck, so I am pretty well equipped for domestic travel. There are so many questions to ask and topics to raise in relation to this….. Has anyone ever come out the other end of the wondering bliss with a place to call their own? I know at some point I will want to settle into a nice little plot.

    – Jon

    • Pujan says:

      Hello Johnny,

      Its a fact that there are many beautiful, colourful and naturally wonderful places in this world.
      From my little experience I found sometimes you don’t get the right kind of job in the place you want to spend your entire life since its so beautiful – lush green meadows,bluish lakes and colourful flower fields…
      For example no skilled Software Engg can find an IT firm to work on java technology in Kashmir valley , India! 😀
      And other times you will find you have nice friends,good job and other nice engagements but you don’t really like the crowded and dirty roads and the slum outskirts of the place you are living.
      So in my opinion we have got to find a balance. We need our loved ones,family and engagements and also you want the peace and serenity of beautiful nature.
      I would just find a clean and decent environment to settle down as my base location for job/family/friends/social engagements and from time to time (may be 2 months in a year) save up money and travel the world on a vacation to find your inner fulfulfillment and serenity…
      I guess thats what most people does :)
      What do you say?



  44. stephan says:

    hi earl, I am a new subscriber to your site and am very interested in the whole experience of a “digital nomad” (assuming you are familiar with the term!). I was interested if you can tell me of good paths to take in terms of a degree for living abroad. To be more specific I am interested in learning more about how I can take advantage of my years of college to be a “global citizen” i hope that the question is clear enough for you!

    Stephan E.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Stephan – My advice is to study what you love in college as these days, almost any kind of knowledge or skills can be turned into an opportunity to live/work overseas. And if you don’t study something that you are truly interested in, it doesn’t matter if you’ll be traveling…if you don’t enjoy your work, you’re not going to enjoy the lifestyle. So, just think about what interests and excites you the most and that’s what you should study. There isn’t any one right path to this kind of lifestyle!

  45. Yaniv says:

    awesome list – thanks!

  46. Olivia says:

    Hi Earl,
    I spent hours reading your blog after I found it by being recommended to your book.
    I would love to travel with my 3 year old as a single parent and finding a job seems to be a bit difficulter to me. I work as a midwife, but can’t imagine working as a midwife abroad as I can’t take my child along and he is still too small to leave him somewhere else.
    I read about single parents travelling, working online sounds as a good option, only problem I have no single clue about that.
    P.s. I loved your video series live from here!
    Safe travels and best wishes!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Olivia – Great to hear from you and there are plenty of people out there in similar situations making it happen. My advice is to contact such single parents and ask them what they are doing to earn money and live this lifestyle. The more ideas you hear about, the more you’ll start to figure out a way for you to turn your idea into reality as well!

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