Traveling the world is on many people’s bucket lists. Pearly white beaches, tropical jungles, and vast mountain ranges with gorgeous valleys down below are just a few of the beautiful views you could see while traveling.

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Make Money While Traveling

For most people, traveling the world is done in short vacations once or twice a year. Are you looking for more? Are you up for a little adventure? Then combining work and travel might be something for you. Here is a list on how you can make money while traveling. 

Work Fully Remote

COVID-19 changed the world. Not only during the pandemic but also afterward. One of the good things that came out of the pandemic is that we learned that a lot of jobs can be done fully remote. The world is slowly returning back to normal, but not everybody wants to return back to the office now that people got used to working from home.

People discovered the many advantages of working fully remote, such as no more commute and more time to spend with your family. Some are even taking it further: if you can work fully remote, why not travel the world at the same time? In this way, you still get the benefits of being a (full-time) employee like insurance and a steady paycheck, but now you can combine it with working from different countries all over the world.

Getting this done will probably require some negotiation with your boss and HR, but one who doesn’t take risks will not win. Here are some excellent arguments to convince your boss. 

Work Online

A digital nomad is a person who works online and travels the world like a nomad. They live in different countries to enjoy the local culture and work online to make it affordable.

Digital nomads can work from anywhere in the world because they are location-independent. Working online only requires a decent internet connection, so it doesn’t matter if you do it from your home office or a private villa in Bali.

There is a common misconception that digital nomads must have a large social media platform first, but that’s not true at all. There are several different kinds of jobs that digital nomads can do that don’t require fame or any social media. One common factor is that all jobs are done online via a computer.

Think IT-specialists, marketers, writers, digital artists, but also personal assistants, photographers, and filmmakers like David Attenborough. However, it is a fact that many digital nomads take the opportunity to blog or Instagram about the many beautiful places they visit and so build up a strong social media following, which they in turn use to earn more money. 

The advantage of being a freelancer who works online is that you have complete freedom on where you work when you work, and on what kind of projects you work. The downside is that you never have a steady paycheck and you are responsible for finding new clients every day. 

Apply for a Work Visa or Working Holiday Program

There is a pretty big chance your company won’t allow you to do remote work in a different country and that you don’t have any interest and/or skill to work online. Don’t panic, there is still another option for you to earn money while traveling. 

Traveling the world requires visas and it is a simple fact that you are not allowed to work with a tourist visa. You can’t walk into a coffee shop and ask for a job. If you want to do this, you’ll need a valid work visa.

Work visas are a bit more complicated than tourist visas. They require a sponsor and most often also a signed job offer. With this work visa, you are allowed to live and work in that country. A popular job for people traveling to foreign countries is teaching English. Why not live in Mexico for a year and teach English there? Here is a complete guide on how to teach English in Mexico | How to find English teaching.

Some countries do have a more relaxed policy when it comes to traveling and working at the same time.

For example, Australia has an interesting Working Holiday Visa program. Working holiday visas are programs that allow young people, usually between the age of 18 and 35 years old, to work and travel abroad. Not every country has a working holiday visa though, and unfortunately, not all citizens are accepted.

As mentioned before, Australia has a pretty good Working Holiday Visa program, but so do countries like Canada, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, and Argentina. 

Most working holiday visa programs are very accessible. Unlike a work visa, you don’t need a job offer or a sponsor to qualify.

There are some restrictions to what kind of jobs you are allowed to do, but that also means that a lot of people under the working holiday visa program end up in the same kind of jobs and you get to meet a lot of like-minded people. The disadvantage of the program is that the salary isn’t that great and most jobs require hard physical labor.  

Bonus Tip

Besides earning money while you travel, you could also put in extra effort to save money before you travel. Days of a Domestic Dad has a list of 8 ways to make a family holiday affordable that you can try right now. 

In conclusion, there are more than enough ways to earn money while traveling, as long as you don’t mind a bit of adventure. You can ask your company to go fully remote and work abroad or become a freelancer so you can work for yourself and earn money online while you travel. Another option is to apply for a work visa or a working holiday visa program.