The different methods you can use to travel the world and get paid for it. Some of them require an investment whether it is money, time or the process to learn a new skill...
1. Work as a Travel Photographer
It’s a tough market and the competition is fierce, but if you have the skills it is a great way to travel the world and get paid for it.
We don’t work selling individual photos but we do use our travel photography and make money with it through our blog. Typically when we are invited to some destinations or work with certain companies we offer a set of photos which they can use commercially. The best clients are tourism boards, outdoor brands and large adventure travel companies.
2. Become a Travel Writer
Similar to the photography option, it’s a difficult market and the competition is high. It’s not easy to get paid to travel and write but, if you get to certain level, it’s a great way to explore the world .
We don’t personally work as travel writers as such, mainly because we think we do enough writing with our blog and prefer to focus our writing efforts on it. Although, we know many bloggers who work as freelance writers for travel publications. These magazines normally need stories and travel bloggers are full of them. So it’s a great way to make some money on the road.
3. Start a Travel Blog
Travel blogs are a great way to make money from your trips around the world but it takes time, effort and dedication to achieve a level where it can pay the bills. Being a professional travel blogger is not for everyone, most of us work between 20 and 40 hours per week to maintain a well established blog. When you start, you need a mammoth effort to give your blog the required momentum to take off which means long hours dedicated writing high quality content, being active in social media and promoting your site.
4. Travel & Work on a Cruise Ship
Lots of people spend a fortune every year to go on cruise ships to exotic locations and these cruise companies need crew. What if you could work on one of them? You would still visit those spectacular places, meet interesting people and earn money along the way.
It’s also a job where you can save a lot, as accommodation and food costs are always covered and you can’t hardly spend any money while on board.
5. Work Location Independent
What if you could work from anywhere in the world? Then, you wouldn’t need to have a travel-related job in order to travel. Most people are tied to a location due to their job and that’s the reason why they can’t go traveling as much as they want to.
6. Travel As Scuba Diving Instructor
This was the first way we made money on the road and it’s still one of our favourites. While you don’t earn much, it allows you to live in remote and wonderful places that otherwise are just too pricey to visit. Also the lifestyle of a Scuba Diving Instructor makes it worth it.
If you are interested in traveling the world as scuba diving instructor, we strongly recommend to go past the Divemaster level. As such, you can only guide customers and it’s a job that normally locals do and you don’t get paid much. On the other hand, as instructor you will be able to guide and teach courses. These positions are normally covered by foreigners, as you need some educational background to able to pass the exams to reach this level.
There are different companies you can get certified with. As a recreational diver, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose. But if you want to work in the industry, we recommend you to became a Scuba Diving Instructor within the PADI system. It’s more expensive, but this agency has more dive centers around the world than all of the other agencies combined.