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Are you interested in learning how to work and travel but think you can’t because you don’t have any skills that you can take on the road?
There are actually lots of ways to make money while traveling. You almost certainly can find at least one way that you can 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 the world. 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 work and travel jobs run the spectrum from requiring an advanced degree to not requiring any degree 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 regular online jobs that you can do 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.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY WHILE TRAVELING
26 WAYS FROM A TO Z
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.
Learn how to become an administrative assistant with a course from Udemy right here.
Earning money blogging is a big thing, but how do you do it?
The way I did it years ago was by reading an e-book with instructions on some of the technical aspects of building a website, then I teaching myself all the rest.
I don’t believe that e-book exists anymore, but I’ve since written a detailed post from which you can learn how to start blogging 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.
Find online customer service representative jobs here.
Data entry jobs include electronic data processors, typists, word processors, transcribers, coders, and clerks. Many data entry jobs are done online.
Find a list of free online data entry lessons and courses here.
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.
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.
Many jobs involving money can be performed online while traveling such as bookkeeper, accountant, finance manager and account manager.
Find online finance positions here.
Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem solving through the use of typography, photography and illustration.
Peruse through 14 free online graphic design courses here.
Believe it or not, online jobs in the healthcare industry exist in the customer service sector.
Find online healthcare jobs here.
Interpreters interpret from one language to another spoken words in many situations: court cases, doctors’ appointments, interviews and more.
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.
Learn how to be a freelance journalist here.
The increase in homeschooling as well as online learning platforms has given rise to a demand for online teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Find online teaching positions here.
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.
Find online life coach positions right here.
Marketing experts help promote and sell products. Marketing jobs tend to be in-house positions. Still, many online marketing jobs are available.
You’ll 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’ll find some good information about how to become a traveling nurse here.
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.
Proofreaders read through a huge variety of written or digital documents and make corrections so that they look perfect in their final form.
Learn how to become a proofreader with the Proofread Anywhere course here.
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’re one of the people who do, you can 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.
Read what VA expert Gina Horkey has to say about the profession of freelance 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.
Learn how you can get scopist training with Internet Scoping School here.
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.
Learn how to become a transcriptionist while traveling by taking a free 7-lesson mini course from Transcribe Anywhere right here.
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.
Find online utilization review jobs here.
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.
VANetworking’s free webinar will teach you about how to become a freelance virtual assistant here.
So many people love to write. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can earn money as a freelance writer.
Read what I’ve written about how to become a writer here.
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’ll find lots of traveling x-tray technician jobs in the U.S. here.
Yoga instructors have a very flexible job (pun intended ;)).
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. Learn more about how you can earn money traveling as a freelancer with my free mini-course right here.
This updated post was first published on April 5, 2019.
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.