Does travelling the world feel only like a dream to you? It’s expensive, or so it appears when you think about it. You’ve got to pay for flights, hotels and ground transportation as well as food and the miscellaneous costs that add up. With a little creativity though, you can support yourself financially while travelling the world. Here are 7 creative ways you can make money while living your dream.


English Teacher

Believe it or not, one of the most valuable commodities you possess is your ability to write and understand the English language. English is the third most spoken language in the world with just over 330 million speakers. The only languages that beat it are Chinese (over a billion speakers) and Spanish (about 400 million). It’s understandable that foreigners, both children and adults, would want to learn it, which means that teaching English to foreigners is not only profitable, but also needed.

If you want to teach English abroad, you’ll have to get certified, either with a TESOL or TEFL certificate, and you can do that by taking an online course or an in-class program at a local college or university. An online course is cheaper, but you get what you pay for, so finding a great in-class program and doing that will net you better results than going the cheaper route. This is especially true since a better certificate will be accepted in more countries which means you’ll have greater success finding teaching positions as you travel from one country to the next.



Almost every city in every country has hostels, hotels, and resorts that need staff. Should you find yourself in a foreign country, short on cash, you might be able to find work at a local hostel or hotel. The work will be hard and the hours are long, but it’s a great way to get some quick cash to finance your travels. Some hostels will pay you with a free room and food instead of cash. Just be sure to work out these details before you agree to a work contract.



Working online is the most popular trend for those who enjoy traveling for a living. It frees you from having to remain in one place to earn your money. Working online as a freelancer provides versatility and diverse job opportunities while allowing you to be your own boss. Online jobs can include transcription, customer service, remote assistant, research, data mining, SEO copywriting, and website design. All you’ll need is a bank account, a third-party payment processing account, and an internet connection.


Online Craftmaker

If you happen to be gifted at crafting marketable items like clothes, jewelry, costumes or toys, you could use this talent to net yourself enough profits to fund your love of traveling. You can set yourself up on a website that specializes in bringing buyers and sellers together and begin uploading your products. The only logistical challenge you may have is how to ship your products to your customers while you’re in the middle of traveling, but with the help of a friend back home or possibly a logistical shipping company, that shouldn’t be too much of a hurdle.


Travel Blogger

So many people would love to travel, but it can be hard to find a way to make a living while doing so. Should you find yourself lucky enough to save up enough money to begin your sightseeing adventure, consider turning your journey into a travel blog. You can write about the restaurants you eat at, hostels and hotels you stay at, tourist destinations, seasonal celebrations, local culture and nightlife, sightseeing tours, and even what places to avoid as a tourist. A travel blog could easily become your way to finance a living while traveling to exotic locations.


Au Pair

Being an au pair requires you to stay in one place for an extended amount of time, long hours of work, and a commitment to the care and protection of children. If you love children, however, this could be the perfect way to earn a living while residing in a foreign country. Most families offer free room and food in exchange for the daily supervision of their children, but you can always negotiate with them for a weekly or monthly stipend.


Working Holiday Visa

A working holiday visa is a way for you to visit a foreign country with the ability to earn money legally within that country as a temporary resident. The visa regulations and benefits differ for each country that offers it, but if you fit the criteria, it’s a perfect way to immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of a foreign land while working among the locals.

Working holiday visas are intended for younger adults ranging in age from 18 to 30, but sometimes the age limit can be as high as 35. Research the specifics for the country or countries you want to travel to so you know you qualify before you make any more permanent decisions.

I have written a guide on how to apply for a working visa in the UK here.


Making Money Abroad

While this is by no means an exhaustive list of ways to earn a living while travelling the world, it’s a good starter list for people looking for ideas. And if these don’t suit your needs, there are a plethora of other ways you can earn money to fund your travels. Make your dream of travelling a reality.