Everyone seems to want travel long-term, but they always say that are short on one thing, which is money. But one of the many awesome things about long-term travel is that you’re able to pick up jobs as you go to fund your trips. Here are a few major ways that you can make money travelling the world by only working part-time and being able to spend the rest of the time traveling.

1. Teach English

This is one of the better ways to stop and make cash for long-term travel. Getting English jobs isn’t that hard and many travelers take advantage of the good cash you can make. This is very common in Asian countries especially. If you’re interested there are a ton of great references and eBooks out there.

2. Work At a Hostel

Hostels are always looking for part-time help where they can use someone to do cleaning or mind the desk for a few hours a day. Picking up a few weeks of work at a hostel could fund another few months of travel and the extra time you spend in that area you can use to learn the more intimate details about the areas you’re staying in.

3. Freelance Writing

If you’re a backpacker, vagabond, traveler, or nomad you know travel amazingly well and people love reading travel stories and getting travel advice, so you might as well spend a few hours a week writing and getting paid for it! There are tons of online and print publishers that are willing to pay you for your work and you don’t have to be the best writer either since there are editing teams who can help you out.

4. Work On a Farm

Through companies like WWOOF you can pick up a 4 to 6 hour shifts on a farm and can even get a free place to crash and a free meal a day. This method is becoming more and more popular lately. Just make sure to do a lot of research on the people you will be going through to make sure they have your best interests in mind.

5. Sell Goods Online

The chances are that you know at least one thing better than most people and because of that you can create a product to sell. If you feel that you don’t, you can always learn something new. Creating digital products is the best way to go since there are not hassles and no production costs, but you can also sell physical products and pay warehouses to store and ship your product for you.

6. Have a Blog

Setting up a blog takes a lot of work but it’s worth it in the long run. I don’t just mean a Tumblr either, not that there is anything wrong with them, they are just hard to monetize. With blogs you can run affiliate links to products you love and sell your own products like books and merchandise. You can also run ads, but I avoid them on my blog because they make me feel icky.

7. Work Remotely

If you’ve read “The 4-Hour Work Week” or anything else by Tim Feriss, you definitely know that working away from the office and on the beach in some pristine paradise is possible. It’s all about taking that lunge and telling your boss that you want to work from a computer. It won’t work with every job, but it should with most office jobs.

8. Bartending

Working at a bar can be a cool way to spend a few weeks as you’re trying to increase your savings. They make great tips, you’re able to meet a ton of locals, and with so many bars in the world finding a job at one is definitely possible.

9. Cruise Ship

This is a great way to travel the world from a unique perspective. Cruise ships are always looking for new employees to man their massive ships. There are also other ways to travel on water by working on people’s personal vessels through crewseekers.com

10. National Parks

If you’re interested in traveling by RV, working at parks is a great way to fund your trip. You’ll get a small wage and you may even be able to park your RV there for free with hookups. Many parks will want you to work there for the entire season though, so this working at parks may not benefit everyone who wants to travel by RV.


  1. Great tips Clay. Try to make money on the road it definitly a great way to try and prolong your travels as much as possible. I’ve done a few of these myself. Another option is to get a nanny job every now and again for a few months at a time. It gives you the opportunity to get to know a place a bit more in depth and earn money at the same time. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  2. All great tips, Clay! I had an ex-boyfriend who used to work in the national parks each summer. He went to a different one every year, all over the country. He had some awesome experiences doing that – I was always jealous!

  3. Hi Clay, these are great tips. In particular the teaching English and bartending seem to be pretty popular with people as well. As much as we all love to travel it’s a good idea to put roots down for a few months at a time to work hard and save up (whilst of course exploring the beautiful location you’re in!)

    There are some other really great options out there in terms of on-the-ground work. For example, teaching scuba diving.

    Online there are even more options. We’re so lucky that we live in this day and age where technology is so advanced that so many jobs can be done from anywhere. For example, I’m a medical transcriptionist as you know, and a few years ago I would have had to do that from a hospital or doctor’s office. Now, I can do it from anywhere as long as I have an internet connection.

    • I completely agree with you, when you’re able to spend a few months at a place, it stays with you far longer than only spending a week or two.

      I think about that everyday about how lucky we are that we can work from a beach as easily as working in an office back wherever home is. So fortunate! Thanks for the response. 🙂

  4. These are some great tips! I’ve thought about trying to teach English abroad but haven’t really pursued it yet. I’m going to look more into it now. Could be a fantastic way to travel and earn money 🙂

  5. Great read here.

    And just to add a little bit. After traveling, I would also suggest blogging about your travel, all with tips and features. This will not only get the attention of the readers, but might give you a nod for free stuffs and great deals from the establishments you’ve featured.

    Who doesn’t want that right?