Newest Occupations for Travelers

For those who want to travel long term, one of the hardest things to do is figure out how you’ll support yourself abroad. Because eventually couch surfing and eating canned spaghetti just won’t cut it.

Here are some interesting ways you can make money while traveling:


Tour Guide

If you’ve recently fallen in love with a country and you speak the language, why not work as a tour guide? There are plenty of tours which need guides, and it gives you an excellent opportunity to make some money while exploring your region of choice.

Working as a freelance tour guide is also a good option, especially if you have a specialty area or can offer something a little different than the typical tours.

Au Pair

An Au Pair is a babysitter or nanny who will usually also do light housework (cleaning up after the kids). This has seen a huge surge in popularity recently, and Au Pairs can choose a year-long contract, or maybe just a summer in a country in Europe.

You won’t be paid much, but you’ll be given food and board in exchange for a few hours a day. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore the region and travel, while making friends with locals and other Au Pairs.


Flight Attendant

Working as a flight attendant is an excellent way to see the world, and the longer you work, the better the destinations and perks. As long as you’re not too short to reach the baggage compartments and you can deal with long days and jet lag you’re good to go, and with so many airlines available, you’re bound to find one that suits you.

Working in a Casino

If you know how to deal blackjack, or you’re simply up for an adventure, working in a casino could be just the job for you. There are plenty of cruise ships and hotels needing staff, and you’ll meet people from around the world.

For those of you who can’t visit a casino right now, why not spend some time playing casino games online? Just as fun and you don’t even have to leave your house-plus you could strike it big and end up with more money for travel.



If you’re fluent in a language you may be able to work as a translator (translating written languages) or an interpreter (translating for speakers) overseas. Government agencies often need interpreters and translators, as do community organizations, hospitals, and NGO’s.

Host or Hostess

Basically if you’re outgoing, decent looking, and know how to flirt, you can work in a bar and convince people to buy drinks you’ve got this job down. You dance with customers, feed their egos, and pocket some great money. Although the downside is pretty obvious.

Travel Agent

Travel agents need to know what they’re selling, which means if they meet their targets they’ll usually be sent on “Famils” which are the chance to tour through a few hotels in an exotic location, make new friends and party abroad. If you’re looking for a job which will give you plenty of opportunities to travel as long as you work hard, this could be the best option for you.