That’s right, after publishing Unique Occupations That Can Earn You Money Abroad, Part #1, we knew that there were plenty more ways for people to make money on the road and keep travelling. Here is part two of this series. Who knows… maybe there will be part 3! There are just so many ways that you can work and fill your bank account while travelling this magnificent planet.
1. Bar Tender
Bar tending is possibly the most common job for travellers to find on the road and they are very easy to find. Simply call or walk into any bar or hotel and ask if they’re looking for bartenders. The salary is generally low in most countries, but depending on the clientele, you could make great money in tips. It’s best to first get certified as a bartender, but it’s not absolutely necessary as many places will hire you and train you on the job.
2. Dog Walker
This is another popular business to open abroad and, like mid-wiving, it’s best to look for work in larger cities or places with an active expat community. Once you have a few clients (pooches) under your belt, you can start to make some good money.
3. Online Business Owner
While a travel blog is often considered an online business, there are other ways to make money on the world-wide web. Selling products, art or even proprietary food blends online can be a very lucrative business. You’ll need to decide what you’re passionate about and what you can sell that will make you money and once you do that, you’ll need to build a brand. Like travel blogging, you’ll want to become a presence on social media and probably open your own website where you can blog about your product and sell it on a sales page. Our friends do very well with their SuperFood brand Bliss and they’ve used it as a great way to live overseas and make money abroad.
4. English Teacher / Tutor
If you’re looking for teaching jobs overseas, you’re best bet is to look in China where there are literally hundreds of schools looking for foreign teachers. In many countries including Korea, Thailand and Japan, a bachelor’s degree in any study will be required to obtain a working visa, but in China, these laws are seldom enforced. It’s a good idea to at least have some sort of accredited TEFL certification and a great company to obtain this certificate is TEFL247. They’ll get you trained and class ready for teaching English overseas.
Jobs in China typically have teachers working 15-25 hours / week at around $1,500 CAD / month. Contracts usually include health insurance, bonuses, housing allowance and a return flight from your home country. Check us out for more about teaching English in China!
5. Cruise Ship Worker
Earl over at WanderingEarl.com is an expert at making big bucks on cruise ships while travelling around the world. This is possibly the most lucrative occupation on this list and it includes housing and continued travel around the world aboard luxurious cruise ships.
“Earn up to $6000+ USD per month, depending on position. And with almost ZERO expenses (room and meals are provided) it’s possible to save $6,000 – $20,000+ in a few short months!”
This is another great occupation to couple with travel blogging, but with the use of amazing online libraries like Amazon.com, aspiring authors can now make money online, wherever they are in the world. Find something that you love and that you know a lot about and get writing. Once you’ve put together a wonderfully captivating guide, novel or story, pay someone on Fiverr.com to turn it into an e-book for you and create an eye grabbing digital book cover. Put it up on Amazon and wait for the money to roll in. Of course, your income will completely depend on the quality of your work and your ability to promote and share it. Contact bloggers and ask them to help you get the word out about your amazing new e-book.
7. Sit In On Time Share Meetings
Did you know that you can make hundreds of dollars just by going out for a free lunch and turning down big business time share dealers? Here in Mexico, there are time share companies that will pay you upwards of $100 for a couple of hours of your time. Sit through a pushy sales pitch and a delicious resort lunch and say “no” a few hundred times and you can walk away with a full belly and a full wallet.
Time shares are extremely popular in Mexico and parts of Europe. To find these opportunities, simply walk down the main street in towns like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Paris and find time share storefronts or just wait until you’re approached on the street by a salesman. They’ll pitch you, tell you how much they’ll pay you to sit through the presentation and then they’ll drive you to the location. As long as you’re good at saying “no”, you can make a lot of money doing this for a few days in a row.
Before you start getting self-conscious, you should understand that just having a foreign face is enough to land lucrative modelling jobs in other countries. We posed for a few photos for a large petroleum country in China and were paid quite well for our time. To find these jobs, your best bet is to hang out in bars that are frequented by local business professionals, or check the local classified ads for postings.
9. Arts & Crafts Dealer
Can you paint, make jewelery, take photos or create anything with your hands that’s worth buying? If so, you can make money selling your work on beaches, stores and in restaurants abroad. We recently met a man from Argentina who funded his entire trip through Europe from selling post cards he made himself. This isn’t the most lucrative occupation on this list, but couple it with one or more of the other jobs and it can turn into a great income supplement.
10. Translator / English Editor
If you can speak more than one language, then you’re open to a ton of translation jobs both online and on the go. Even if you aren’t bi-lingual, you can find jobs at magazines, newspapers and online websites correcting grammar and spelling for non-native writers. FreelanceWriting.com frequently posts jobs for translators and editors so check them out for work. These jobs often don’t pay much, but they also don’t take much of your time if you’re an efficient editor / translator.
Consider Yourself an Entrepreneur!
Earning money abroad really isn’t that difficult and more and more people are supporting their travels using these, and many other methods. Some jobs will require a special trade or skill, but many of them can be done by virtually anyone. Learn on the job and hone your skills, as you become better at your work and gain more references, you’ll be able to find more jobs at a higher rate as you travel the world. Good luck!
These are just a few of the ways that travellers can make money abroad, do you know any more? Please share with us in the comments below!