Get Paid to Travel the World – The Ultimate How To Guide

Recently we have received a lot of emails from people wondering how to get paid to travel the world.

Since we’ve been spending our time answering these emails, we thought it would be better for us to write a post about it. Last week we featured and article by Scott and Megan of BoboandChichi about how they saved $30,000 by moving to South Korea and traveling. It went over really well with our fans and followers. Many people had questions so they wrote a follow up post about how easy it is to get a job in South Korea. You can read it here: Is it Easy to Get a Job in South Korea. It made us think about how we should write a post about how to get paid to travel world. We’ve learned a lot from our friends and colleagues about how it is done. And we have been doing it for the past 7 years.

Ultimate Guide to Get Paid to Travel the World. 

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Get paid to travel like this!

Get Paid to Travel the World

If our inbox is any indication, many people are looking for ways to get paid to travel the world, and we thought that we’d share a few resources and tips with you on how to make your dream a reality.

First of all, let me warn you that the first couple of years of your travel career are going to be difficult. You won’t magically make a ton of money. I’ve had people email me asking how we make money travel blogging when they still have a blogspot account. You need to have an established travel blog and some authority on the Internet before you can make money as a travel blogger. But that is an entirely different post and luckily we’ve written about it several times on ThePlanetD. However, you don’t only  need to be a travel bloggers to make money traveling, there are several ways to get paid to travel and we are going to outline a few of them here. But first, let’s start with travel blogging, because it’s what we know best.

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Get Paid to Travel Resources

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We got paid to do this

There are also two very good references to starting a travel blog. We used Nomadic Matt’s How to Make Money with Your Travel Blog when we first started blogging and it helped us immensely. He has now changed it to the Superstar blogging course and let me tell you, he’s a superstar blogger who knows what he’s doing, so you should check out his course – Superstar Blogging Course.

Super Star Blogging


Cut Your Expenses in Half

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Our money stretched farther in India

While you are building your brand and your blog, you will either need to keep your current job for a while, or if you have a bit of savings, you may want to start traveling. We worked for a year on our blog before taking off for good and once we did, we had about $20,000 in the bank. We had to live frugally for a while so we travelled to Asia where our dollar could stretch the farthest. Central and South America are other great options for saving money while traveling. We feel that it is important for a travel blogger to have experience traveling, so the sooner you can manage to get on the road and share your stories, photos and videos, the better.

We saved our money by cutting our expenses to almost nothing. We didn’t have car payments, we sold our house, and had zero debt. Therefore while we worked full time for an entire year (while building our travel blog at night) we could put away a lot of money for travel.

Read: From Trailer Park to Travel Blog, Our Path to Success

If you are feeling overwhelmed by money, read a few of our articles and guests post on budget travel below.

Plus you can buy Dalene and Pete Heck’s ebook How to Become a House-Sitter and See the World. It gives all the secrets behind their house-sitting success. They’ve had 14 jobs in 9 countries, and saved over $50,000 in the cost of accommodations as a result.

Live abroad on a Budget

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Shopping at the market, living like a local

Become Location Independent

Tim Leffell is a travel expert that has lived in three different countries and travelled the world. He has taken his years of expertise and written a guide called A Better Life for Half the Price, “How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live.” He offers three different packages. 1. the curious. 2. the committed. 3. All in. He’s been getting paid to travel longer than most people in the business and is an excellent resource.

Other Ways to Get Paid to Travel

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Youtube and Instagram travel stars

There are Instagram and YouTube Stars and stars that get paid to travel. These people don’t even have a blog. They have built their social media channels around their personalities and have a strong following and fan base. If you want to put work into either of these social media sites, you too can get paid to travel. Instagram especially is a growing medium where if you put a year or so of elbow grease into building your following while posting excellent photographs, you’ll be able to start charging money for Instagram. Companies may pay you to post photographs, or they may invite you to their destination to show it off to your fans. Even we get paid for Instagram, follow our channel here! 

Read about the Dos and Don’ts of Instagram at Young Adventuress

Work on a Cruise Ship

When I first caught the travel bug, I worked as a singer on a cruise ship in Guam. I then sang in other places like Japan and the US. Now not everyone can sing for a living, but you can work on a cruise line in many capacities. Cruise ships are always looking for people to hire, you just have to have a yearning for travel and a will to work hard. Believe me, you’ll have to work long hard hours on a cruise but it is an excellent way to save money as you’ll have little expenses and the perfect way to see the world while getting paid to travel.

Just ask Wandering Earl, he started out on Cruise Ships. 

To search for a cruise ship job, check out All Cruise

Become a guide

Our Intrepid Travel Group in China


We have many friends that we’ve met on our travels that are travel guides. They travel the world more than we do leading tours from Cuba to Myanmar. Good travel guides are in high demand and you can make a great living. If you are personable, patient and knowledgeable this is your way to get paid to travel.

Places like Austin Adventures Adventure Travel and Intrepid Travel hire guides, but there are many companies out there that are seeking English speaking guides with a good knowledge of a destination.

The people we know who work at these companies, even in the sales and marketing departments, get a lot of travel perks. If you don’t want to become a tour guide, you could always work in their offices and use your corporate skills. The benefits of working with a travel company is that you will have a lot of opportunities to travel while getting paid!

Freelance Writing

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Last minute writing in the Airport

It’s a tough gig these days as magazines and newspapers regularly fold, but freelance writing is still an option. I know many journalists that subsidize their travels by writing for magazines, newspapers and online resources. We even write for many places like Yahoo Travel and BBC Travel ourselves.

Start by writing guest posts for people like us (see our writing guidelines) and Matador Network. As you build your travel writing portfolio, you’ll be able to approach the big guys with a story. Think unique and catchy and before you know it, you’ll be a published writer.

Sell Stuff – Multilevel Marketing

I didn’t have the faintest clue about this way of making money until I went to the TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) Conference in Europe and keynote speaker Katja Presnal talked about how she made a lot of money selling things online. She didn’t have a travel blog and started an online store! She was so successful, she was featured by Oprah!

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Now she is doing multilevel marketing selling essential oils and making a killing. If you have a knack for sales and marketing, this could be for you. Perhaps you could start your own online store. We put one together quick and easy one with Amazon above.

Become a Flight Attendant

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This one could be tough. I had a friend that wanted to be a flight attendant and couldn’t find a job. However, there are new routes and airlines opening up all the time, so there has to be jobs out there. It’s not a job I would ever want, these people work hard, but they get a lot of travel perks and layovers in exotic destinations. Someone like HeatherPoole has turned her flight attendant career into a celebrity status as she tweets about her travels and has even written a book about the life of a flight attendant. If you want to get paid to travel, this is a great place to start.

Buy her book: Cruising Attitude on Amazon

Become an Instructor or Guide with Skills

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Our kayaking Guide Fidel taught in Canada but is from Argentina

We’ve met whitewater kayaking, rafting and climbing guides around the world that travel from place to place teaching wannabe adventurers their skills. If you have a special skill like scuba diving, kayaking, or rock climbing, you can go anywhere on earth to instruct tourists and get paid to travel. From Australia, to China, Central America to Africa, we’ve instructional guides from foreign lands teaching in a different country. It was our first choice when we started traveling, our original plan was to become scuba instructors and teach around the world. If that didn’t work out, we were going to lead our own bicycle tours.

Become a Social Media Guru

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If you have skills in social media, you could work for a company from anywhere. We have many friends that run corporate social media accounts and get paid well to do so. The best part about social media is that you can live remotely. You don’t have to be tied down to an office. We even pay people to help us out with social media. We are constantly on the road and they are located anywhere from Prague to Paris. It’s a job you can do from any continent at any time of day.

Massage Therapist, Esthetician

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Deb getting a pedicure in Nepal

We get a massage everywhere we go. From cruise ships to resorts to everywhere in between. If you have skills to relieve aches and pains or to help people look and feel better, this is an amazing job for travel. And people tend to spend money on these types of services more when they are travelling than while at home. I know that we like to splurge on a good haircut, a facial or a pedicure when travelling. Think about getting into this business and you could find yourself working at Four Seasons around the world or on cruise liners.

Edit Videos

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Editing on Final Cut Pro X

Video is taking over the Internet and if you have skills at video editing, you can offer your services to anyone. People are paying for video content regularly, so why not have them come to you! Geoff and Katy of Wandertooth are editing and optimizing YouTube Channels and spend their time living in Prague while traveling around Europe regularly. We spent a week with them in Spain while they captured our travels on video and edited a couple of beautiful stories. Check them out on our YouTube Channel 

In today’s world, the possibilities of getting paid to travel are endless. If you are in the medical profession, you are in demand. I have a friend that takes blood for a living and she is qualified to work in many clinics overseas. I’ve seen backpackers working in guesthouses and hostels and travellers tending bar. If you want something bad enough, you can make it happen. Once upon a time only National Geographic Photographers and Travel and Leisure writers were the only people that could get paid to travel the world. Now you can take the business into your own hands and make money many ways. The question is, what’s the right way for you?

Do you know of another way to get paid to travel the world? We’d love you to share your ideas in the comments. 


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