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26 Ways to Make Money While Traveling

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(UPDATED 12/23/20)

Tired of being cooped up for so long, more and more people are wanting to know how to make money while traveling.

You may be interested in learning how to work and travel as well but feel like you can’t make it happen because you think you don’t have any skills that you can take on the road.

Actually, there are so many ways to make money while traveling that you almost certainly can find at least one way to earn a living while seeing the world. Chances are, you already have at least one skill that you can use to do this.

For 10 years on and off I’ve earned money doing several different types of freelance jobs while traveling. Now I’ve compiled this list of 26 ways to make money while traveling, from A to Z, in order to show you the wide range of ways that you can earn income from anywhere in the world. These jobs run the spectrum from needing an advanced degree to not requiring any formal education at all.

Most, but not all, of these types of jobs are freelance jobs. Most do not involve traveling as part of the job. Rather, they are online jobs (also called remote jobs or virtual jobs) that you can perform from anywhere in the world.

For each of these 26 types of jobs I’ve included either information about online courses or resources so you can learn how to do the job, or information about current job openings. So here are 26 ways you can make money while traveling.

How to Make Money While Traveling - 26 ways from A to Z


Administrative Assistant

An administrative assistant is someone who supports an executive, group, department, or organization by performing administrative tasks like data entry, correspondence, filing, and scheduling appointments.

Many administrative assistants work online. You should learn how to be an administrative assistant before looking for a job in this field. You can find learn how to become an administrative assistant with this course from Udemy right here.


Earning money blogging is a big thing, but how do you do it?

I read an e-book years ago with instructions on some of the technical aspects of building a website, then I taught myself all the rest. I don’t believe that e-book exists  anymore, but you can read what I’ve learned in my 11 years (so far) of blogging that followed.

Now there is another helpful e-book written by Carol Tice, a super-successful writer and blogger at How to Be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger will teach you how to make money writing blog posts for other bloggers, how to grow more of an audience for your own blog and more. You can get the free ebook here.

Customer Service Representative

Customer service representatives typically answer product and service questions, suggest information about products and services, process orders, prepare correspondences and fulfill customer needs to ensure customer satisfaction. Many customer service reps work remotely. You can find online customer service representative jobs here.

Data Entry

Data entry jobs include electronic data processors, typists, word processors, transcribers, coders, and clerks. Many data entry jobs are done online. You can find a list of free online data entry lessons and courses here.

Email Management

Email management jobs are just what they sound like – handling email for a person or company. Email management is one of the many great ways to earn money as a virtual assistant. You can learn how to earn money as an email management virtual assistant – plus learn five other in-demand virtual assistant services – with the Fully Book VA package of online courses right here.

Gina Horkey of Horkey Handbook virtual assistant and writing courses
Gina Horkey, creator of Fully Booked VA


Many jobs involving money can be performed online while traveling such as bookkeeper, accountant, finance manager and account manager. You can find finance online positions here.

Graphic Design

Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem solving through the use of typography, photography and illustration. Here are 14 free graphic design online courses.

Healthcare Worker

Believe it or not, online jobs in the healthcare industry exist in the customer service sector. You can find online healthcare jobs here.


Interpreters interpret from one language to another spoken words in many situations: court cases, doctors’ appointments, interviews and more. You can find online interpreter positions here.


If you’re interested in journalism, you probably already know that it’s common to freelance online as a journalist. You can learn more about being a freelance journalist on the Freelance Community of the Society of Professional Journalists website.

K-12 Teacher

The increase in homeschooling as well as online learning platforms has given rise to a demand for online teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade. You can find online teaching positions here.

3 apples atop 4 black books for teachers who want to make money while traveling

Life Coach

A life coach is a person who counsels clients on personal and professional issues in their lives and helps them tap into their full potential. You can find online life coach positions right here.

Marketing Expert

Marketing experts help promote and sell products. Marketing jobs tend to be in-house positions. Still, many online marketing jobs are available. You can find a list of 17 different online courses to teach you how to work in the marketing field here.


Traveling nurses can work and travel around their own country or internationally. You can find good information about how to become a traveling nurse here.

Office Assistant

A virtual office assistant is a freelancer who provides the same type of administrative, creative and technical services as a secretary or office manager. Udemy has a great online course that will teach you how to become an office assistant right here.

How to make money while traveling - Laptop and coffee cup on a table in front of a glass wall overlooking a mountain and sea


Proofreaders read through a huge variety of written or digital documents and make corrections so that they look perfect in their final form. You can learn how to become a proofreader with the ultra-successful Proofread Anywhere course here.

QuickBooks Specialist

QuickBooks may be a fairly easy way to keep track of finances, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows how to use this software. If you do, you could get a job as online Quickbooks expert here.

Real Estate Virtual Assistant

Real estate virtual assistant is a new online VA niche for people with an interest in real estate who don’t want to become full-fledged real estate agents. I interviewed Gina Horkey of the super-successful Fully Booked VA online courses about her real estate VA online course. You can read what she has to say about the freelance profession of real estate VA here.


Scopists create final transcripts of legal and non-legal proceedings which are typed onto a steno machine by a court reporter. You definitely need to know what you’re doing before you dive into this online job. You can learn how to get scopist training with Internet Scoping School right here.

Scoping is a growing job field where you are your own boss and work while traveling


Transcriptionists listen to audio files on a wide range of subjects such as legal matters, interviews and academia and then type up the audio into text. You can learn how to become a transcriptionist while traveling by taking this free 7-lesson mini course from the very popular Transcribe Anywhere online courses right here.

Utilization Reviewer

Utilization review is the process of making sure health care services are being used appropriately. This job is usually but not always performed by a nurse. You can find online utilization review jobs here.

Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant is a freelancer who handles certain aspects of online work for a business such as social media, content creation, editing, email management and customer service. You can get 10 free resources which contain a huge amount of information about many different aspects of being a virtual assistant right here.  

Free ebook for freelancers, The Recession-Proof Freelancer by Carol Tice


So many people love to write. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can earn money as a freelance writer. Carol Tice of Make a Living Writing fame will teach you the essentials of earning money as a freelance writer in her e-book The Step-by-Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success: How to break in and start earning fast, which you can get right here.

X-ray Technician

X-ray technicians need not be tied to one spot. In the U.S. anyway you can get short-term contracts around the country and work as a traveling x-ray technologist. You can find lots of traveling x-tray technician jobs in the U.S. here.

Yoga Instructor

Yoga instructors have a very flexible job (pun intended 😉 ). You can read some good advice on how to become a traveling yoga instructor here.


If you love animals and are really smart, you could become a zoologist. 20,000 zoologists exist in the world today, and many of them travel around the globe for their work. You can learn more about being a traveling zoologist here.

Now you know how you can make money while traveling! I hope this list will help you find your dream work and travel job. If you want more ideas about how to earn money online, read my post on 15 ways to freelance online without any experience or degree.

Sabina Lohr is a lifelong freelancer turned entrepreneur who created World of Freelancers to help others discover how to work for themselves online and live the freelance lifestyle. She’s always really enjoyed the freedom that freelancing brings, including several years on and off of working online while traveling and living abroad.

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