5 Job Types That Allow You to Earn as You Travel the World

5 Job Types That Allow You to Earn as You Travel the World

It has been almost two years since I quit my corporate job in the Philippines so that I can travel the world and work remotely. Looking back, the start of it all surely involved a lot of changes and spurts of fear on my part… but right now? I don’t regret the decision that I’ve made and I never will, because I have secured my future, I’m living my dreams, and I’m enjoying every second of it!

» READ: How to Start a Life of Travel

Besides, this is exactly the kind of lifestyle that I have always wanted. And working a 9 to 5 job — often, even more hours! — cooped inside an office setting with a very low wage? Well that didn’t fit me, nor did it motivate me at all…

Okay, I have to admit that at first it looked great because of the ‘sense of security’ that it gave me as well as the whole idea of achieving ‘success’ in the corporate setting of an investment bank at the age of 19. But as time slowly passed, I realized that I wanted to…

  • Take control of my time (who doesn’t?) and not trade my 20’s for a job that I didn’t love
  • Earn what I actually deserve with my set of skills (fresh graduates, in my opinion, will always be undervalued anyways); and,
  • Get rid of unnecessary time-wasters (hello, horrible traffic and humongous stress!)

…in order to develop the career or business that I have always wanted while I venture out to see the world, meet different people, and experience various things all at the same time.

So after I did quit my job, I worked as a freelance graphic designer, web designer, SEO manager, and marketing assistant in order to earn and travel at the same time. Lately however, I mainly manage my Amazon businessm Adalid Gear (established last 2014 together with my business partner and best friend: Jonas) while also running this travel blog. After the success of this venture, most of my days now involve around 4 hours of working — not consecutively — which leaves me a lot of hours for traveling and things that I’ve never managed to do before (like playing the piano, learning how to swim [yes I never learned how!], learning a new language, singing in a band, etc.)

With all of this blah-blah, I guess what I just want to say is that: YOU can do the same thing!

And wth the help of this post, I will give you some ideas on how you can jumpstart your ‘life of travel’ that’s filled with financial + job location independence. Other than my own experiences, I will also share other jobs that my friends and travel bloggers have done or are doing.
★ To make the list easier, I’ll group related jobs in one number/heading.

#1 – DIGITAL NOMAD JOBS

This was how I started after I resigned in 2013. Being a ‘digital nomad‘ simply means making full use of the technology around you (ta-dah: Internet!) in order to work remotely and earn an income whenever and wherever you are — much like a nomadic lifestyle. (Truth be told, if you’re creative enough, you can convert any existing profession that you have into a digital nomad job!)

MY STORY: I first started out with oDesk to offer my services of: graphic design, web design, SEO management, and marketing. (Mind you that I didn’t know much about these areas at first. My course in college was about business anyways and none about marketing, design, or SEO — I just learned these skills by myself online which you can do too; there’s just sooooo many free resources on the internet that there’s no need to really enroll yourself to a school). With the work I’ve done in oDesk, I controlled my time and I accepted/applied for paid projects that I wanted right in the comfort of my own apartment or as I traveled and hopped to different countries. [In short: working remotely through the internet = digital nomad life]

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I eventually grabbed a stable high-paying online job with a Swedish brand and that went on for almost a year (I first started as one of their Customer Service Staff, advanced to being their Product Line Supervisor, and eventually their Head Marketing + Social Media Manager). It lasted only for a year because come May 2014, I thought that it would be great to adapt their kind of business — I pitched the idea to Jonas and he agreed. So, after a bit of prep (and a bit of guidance from the CEO of thee said Swedish company), we set up our own online Amazon business: Adalid Gear. The best thing about this business is that I can run it from anywhere in the world since Amazon does all the inventory-handling and shipping processes for me.

Aileen Nomad

For more types of ‘digital’ jobs that you can do with the help of an internet connection (see the top 33 helpful websites you can use), just read through the list below (because one or more could fit you!):

  • Consultation or Coaching
    If you are a professional or an expert on a certain field (let’s say: financial management, events management, real estate, relationship + dating [pick up artists and so on], etc.) then this is something that you can offer online. This is because most companies (individuals too) often need the help without the need to permanently hire someone in their physical office. Other than building your own website to market your services, you can even sign up for sites like www.SkillShare.com where you can make passive income from prepared courses that you will make.
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  • Online Entrepreneurship
    For my case, we do e-commerce retail or also called as ‘private labelling’ (different to drop shipping) on www.Amazon.com, but other than this kind of start-up (which you can also do on www.Etsy.com and www.eBay.com), you can try selling digital products like eBooks, games, and apps, or set up your own website and build a brand for your services (on programming, website development, tour organization/trips, etc.) Sure, it doesn’t always have to be something ‘online’, you can still be a business owner of a different kind but it’s just that most of the time, online-based businesses give you more freedom to move around. (To know more about other websites where you can sell digital products, see this article.)

    NOTE: I just found out that there are Amazon courses online that can already teach you the basics of selling on Amazon. Check out these Udemy courses: “How to Private Label Products for Amazon” and “How to Sell Online on Amazon FBA“. Good luck!

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  • Online Poker Player
    Aside from being an entrepreneur waaaaay before me, Jonas was also a professional online poker player ever since 2008 and that enabled him to travel to different places like the Maldives, Prague, U.S., etc. and eventually landing in Asia. This of course requires certain skills like bankroll management, number crunching, probability forecasting, etc. so it might be a bit of a hard start. But if this is something you want, once you learn the game, the return is enormous. I’ve tried to learn it before but decided not to really commit because it was just not my thing LOL (I hate dealing with numbers and probabilities). Plus: the plays here are just intense. If you’re in the U.S., online poker laws are a bit cloudy that’s why it’s best that you check www.LegalUSPokerSites.com. If you’re interested in learning the game, www.PokerStrategy.com is a good website to start and www.PokerStars.com is one of the best places to start playing poker online.
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  • Online Sports Betting
    It’s exactly what it says and it can definitely help in funding your work-and-travel lifestyle. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about this and have never tried it at all BUT I know a couple of my friends who succeeds with it (one is on basketball and the other is on football) and they did say that there are a lot of resources online to help guide you. So if you’re into sports, as a start, check by http://Sports.Bovada.lv/betting-guide/ that has a very comprehensive introductory guide for online sports betting.
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  • Trading (Arbitrage, Foreign Exchange / Forex, Stocks, etc.)
    If you have a strong background on these areas, make full use of it (otherwise, it can be learned). A LOT of money can be made through this, but then again, a LOT of money can be lost too; hence, it’s always best to really know what you’re doing. I have a background on this since I worked in an investment bank before but I don’t really enjoy it; but my best friend, on the other hand, enjoys it (since for him, it’s much like poker anyways plus he also holds a related degree that he got from university) so he does this on the side.
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  • (Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle, etc.) Blogging + Vlogging (YouTube)
    This takes work, but once you’ve established yourself online, paid opportunities can be really good. Companies or brands will pay you for features and reviews, or give you a free stay/flight/meal. You can even make use of advertising and affiliate marketing opportunities that can really rake in some money. As for ‘vlogging‘, it’s one of popular things nowadays because the return can be enormous once you become a partner of YouTube. Most people do makeup and fashion videos or just make funny skits online. Whereas if you’re into gaming, you can do commentaries or compilations (yes, people actually earn millions just by recording themselves while playing a game — I know, it’s crazy, go to www.Twitch.tv and you’ll see what I’m talking about), or record yourself singing/dancing, or your cute pet moments. Simply put, the choices are almost endless that it’s likely that one of your hobbies would make a perfect YouTube channel and following.

    » READ:
    How to Start a Travel Blog
    Make Better “Vlogs”: Videography for Travelers and Bloggers

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  • Virtual Specialists or Assistants
    With the help of online websites (like these) and depending on your skills and interests, you can do:

    • Administrative Work
      • Customer Service, Data Entry, Data Processing, Management, Online Research, Secretarial, Transcription, etc.
    • Specialist Services
      • Content Writing / Copywriting / Editing / Proofreading, Finance (Bookkeeping), Legal, Medical, Marketing/Marketer, Social Media Management, etc.

      » READ: A Guide to Freelance Writing

    • Technical Services
      • Graphic Design, HTML, Programming, Web Design, Web Development, Video/Audio Editing, etc.

      » READ: Top Picks: 33 Best Websites to Make Money Online & Work from Home

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TIP: Some countries are open to granting self-employment visas such as Germany. To learn more about this, read my article ‘How to Legally Stay Longer in Europe

» REGARDING VISAS: While traveling abroad, work permits don’t apply to us digital nomads since we don’t really work for a ‘physical business’ in the country’s territory. However, it’s your responsibility to research the laws of the country that you are in since some countries might have different laws that goes against this general rule. If I may add, it is also your responsibility to file your taxes appropriately in the country of your origin.

Do you want a detailed guide on how YOU can become a digital nomad? Come read below:

» READ: The Ultimate Guide on How to Become a Digital Nomad

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#2 – COUNSELING, TEACHING OR TUTORING JOBS

  • Teach English Overseas
    Countries that don’t have English as a first language should be an instant destination for you especially if you don’t mind teaching or if you already have previous teaching experience. Don’t worry as well because some schools or language centers would just require you to have a Bachelor’s degree + knowledge of the English language. Still, most of them would still expect you to have a TEFL (or TESOL/TESL) certificate. There are a lot of courses and certifications online where you can get this, and one good site is Premier TEFL. As for the pay, it can be really good and it becomes better if you do freelance private classes or one-to-one (doing it private won’t necessarily make you need a TEFL certificate) as compared to teaching in language centers or schools. You can also choose to work long term or just short term. Now, where are the best places that you can go to…?

    • ASIA
      Japan, China, Korea, and Thailand are the hottest countries right now that needs English teachers (with Japan, Taiwan, and Korea paying the highest). Just type your search in Google for this (keyword is usually ‘ESL teacher’) and a LOT of resource websites will show up for availabilities, applications, and more. (For starters, you can try: www.ESLcafe.com)
    • SOUTH AMERICA
      If you are from the Philippines like me, you can definitely go to the high-paying Asian countries that I mentioned above, but most of the time these specific countries would require a Visa from you (if you’re from the US or Europe, such would not be the case). So other than going to visa-free Thailand as an alternative for an Asian destination, the next best thing that you should do is head to South America (SA) given how they have several countries that are visa-free for Filipinos. Just take Brazil and Colombia for example and those are already the highest-paying countries for English teachers in SA. If you ask me, this is such an awesome ordeal (especially because I have developed a certain hatred towards Visa applications). If you’re planning on heading there to become a freelance English teacher, other than ESL Cafe, try www.VolunteerLatinAmerica.com
    • EUROPE
      Spain, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, to name a few are typically in need of English teachers and ESL Cafe also lists openings for this. Also try www.GoAbroad.com/teach-abroad.

OTHER WEBSITES: www.TIEOnline.com and www.SearchAssociates.com
TEFL

  • Online Teacher or Tutor
    (This also qualifies as a ‘digital nomad’ type of work) Websites like www.Tutor.com, www.Verbling.com, www.Kukuspeak.com (more here) are great websites to begin with. It’s important to note that there are application processes for this and most websites require years of experience.
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  • Summer Camp Counselor
    If you like kids, camping, and outdoor activities, being a summer camp counselor can be a really fun thing to do! Other than the fact that you get paid, you also get to have free meals and accommodation. To start looking for opportunities on this, try: www.SuperCamps.co.uk, www.PGL.co.uk, www.EuroCamp.com, or www.ActionQuest.com
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  • Translator
    (This also qualifies as a ‘digital nomad’ type of work) Self-explanatory. Therefore, if you’re fluent in Chinese (as an example), there are a lot of clients out there that would need your service.
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» NOTE: Teaching jobs that require you to physically work in one of the institutions in a foreign country would mean that you need to operate with a working visa. You should NEVER work and receive a salary if you’re on a tourist visa only since that’s illegal. Anyhow, getting a work permit should be easy once you are accepted by a school or institution abroad that wants to take you in as their ESL teacher. Nevertheless, I have heard of a few countries in Europe and South America that won’t require a work permit for ESL teachers; still, as always… do your research!

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#3 – AU PAIR JOBS

Au Pair

If you love dealing with kids, an au pair job is the best thing for you! It’s basically like being a nanny where you might also be expected to do some light housework. I haven’t experienced this yet, but it’s very common in Europe wherein most au pairs are female. I even know several travel bloggers who are doing this while doing their freelance work (or studies). For this arrangement, the family would of course provide the accommodation and food and they would also pay you. (Other countries where au pairs are common: US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).

Unfortunately, if you want something short term, this might not be ideal since most au pair contracts need you to do it for 6 months and more. But that aside, it’s worth a shot! Besides, the organizations that handle au pairs would even help you get your visa.

WEBSITES TO CHECK: www.GreatAuPair.com, www.IAPA.org, www.Europa-Pages.com/au_pair/, or www.TransitionsAbroad.com
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#4 – NON-PAYING JOBS/ACTIVITIES (But with Free Accommodation and/or Food)

The jobs that I’ll be listing below will NOT pay you… BUT in exchange for the work you do, they will give you FREE accommodation and/or food. In my opinion, that’s still a great deal if hotel costs for example are digging too much into your wallet. Besides, with these kinds of set-ups, you can also mix in your freelance or digital work like the ones I mentioned in #1!

  • Blogging
    I actually already mentioned this in point #1, but it also applies here because though some companies or brands pay you for a feature or review, some of them prefer NOT to pay as well since they consider the feature/review (of experiencing their establishment, tasting their food, or having a free stay) as their ‘payment’. As a blogger, this no-payment arrangement often applies if you’re still a newbie; but as you go on and gain authority, you can certainly start to chaarge for your services.

    » READHow to Start a Travel Blog from Scratch: Your Ultimate Guide!

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  • Couchsurfing or Home Stay
    I love the website: www.CouchSurfing.org when searching for couchsurfing hosts! This is because each profile will show people’s testimonials about them. So, what’s couchsurfing? It’s basically a ‘coined term’ that refers to the act of letting a friend or a stranger stay and sleep in your house for FREE, using whatever space available: may it be the couch, floor, or if you want someone to be lucky, a whole room. As a couchsurfer, you will enjoy that perk and you will also get the chance of meeting new local people as you experience the country/city with the host that can serve as your tour guide. (In a way you can also call this a ‘home stay’ too if you specifically search for families and not just individuals in CouchSurfing.org; however, there are actually other sites online that focuses on family or home stays such as www.HelpX.net or www.HomeStay.com. And oh, if I may add, if you want to find another community like couchsurfing.org, you can try www.StayDU.com)

Aileen Adalid

  • Home Swap
    If you’re leaving your house/condo/apartment behind, why not swap with someone else’s residence from another country? This means that you will let someone (a family or an individual) stay in your residence for X amount of days and then you get to stay in theirs as an exchange. (Good website for this is www.HomeExchange.com — it even seems like some people in the site exchange children too for cultural immersions, etc. Sounds a bit risky to me, but I guess if the references/testimonials are good for the host, it will already give you a sense of security. Moreover, you would also know their complete address, identity, and details.)
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  • Hostel Work
    Most hostels will let you stay for free and in return, you have to do some ‘light work’ for them (such as cleaning, running errands, etc.) So the next time you try to book into a hostel, try emailing them first to ask if they are open to this kind of set-up. Otherwise, you can try these websites: www.HostelTravelJobs.com or www.HostelJobs.net

    » NOTE: Some hostels can actually hire you formally and pay you in cash, but be reminded that in this kind of exchange, you would need a proper work permit — NEVER do work and take in cash if you don’t have this. Informal ones like working in exchange only for food and bed is a different matter. It depends on the country you’re staying in, but it’s generally a gray area. So technically speaking, you still need a work permit; but in reality, no government institution will care that much if you managed to stay for free by doing a bit of work for a hostel or hotel. Some establishments and travelers though still do paid work even without a work permit; it’s a rampant practice and you can do it too, but I am warning you that it can be very risky.

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  • Volunteering
    There are volunteering opportunities in most popular charity groups (like WWF etc.) but unfortunately, those tend to have expensive registration fees (which will defeat the purpose of trying to gain financial freedom). There are even stints (such as being a volunteer for the Olympics) wherein you won’t get accommodation nor pay in return — only the experience, which is still appealing, but not really ideal if you are tight on a budget and you want to continue ‘living’. So what you can rather do is look for volunteering jobs (work exchange) that have NO fees and which still provide something in exchange for your effort. These are usually the kind of jobs that you can get at hotels, restaurants, bars, fruit farms, etc. wherein in return for the help that you give them, they will give you free accommodation or food. To search for these, you can try searching at www.WorkAway.info, www.AnyWorkAnywhere.com, www.OverseasJobs.com, www.FruitfulJobs.com,
    or www.PickingJobs.com

    » NOTE: Much like the hostel jobs, volunteering jobs can be also done in a paid manner, and again it is considered illegal if you don’t have a work visa or permit on you. Still, most establishments freely offer paid jobs ‘under the table’ even if you don’t have a work permit. (In fact, they know that it’s illegal that’s why some of these sites even put up a tip saying that you shouldn’t mention that you’re going to do volunteer work when going through immigration). As for those who simply offer free accommodation and food for the labor that you do, like I said, it’s a gray area and still very possible to do.

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  • House Sitter / Pet Sitter
    It’s just like what you think: you get to stay and have a whole house to yourself for FREE (sometimes to take care of the pets too) while the whole family is away on vacation. The biggest site so far is www.TrustedHouseSitters.com and then there’s also www.MindMyHouse.com. (If you want to look for a longer commitment, go to: www.HouseCarers.com)

Trusted House Sitters
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#5 – TRADITIONAL JOBS

These are the commonly known ‘conventional’ careers that will make you see more of the world, but the downside is that some of it would still require a lot of hours (fixed). Of course my aim for this article is to give job ideas that not only allow you to travel, but it should also allow you to control your time and the amount of work that you put in. However, I thought that I would just enumerate these jobs nonetheless because they can be your options too! (And if you’re lucky, the hours can still be flexible!)

  • Artist (Art, Crafts, Fashion, Makeup, Designer, Music, etc.)
    Depending on your skills and reputation, you can go a long way as an artist. Some bloggers make collaborations with the establishments in the country they are visiting in exchange for money or accommodation. The profit you can earn becomes greater if you mix it with an online presence; like I’ve mentioned above, YouTube for instance is home to many artists. You can do hair or makeup tutorials online, painting or drawing tutorials or time-lapse videos, and more. Other than these, if you’re a musician, you can work in bars or hotels; if you’re more into crafts, you can sell your work overseas and more!
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  • Busking (Street Performer)
    This, in my opinion, is the most basic thing that you can do while you’re on the road. In exchange for money or even food/drinks, you can perform in public by singing, dancing, making street art, etc.
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  • Biologist / Geologist
    If you have a degree related to this, the chances of traveling the globe is highly likely since you can be stationed in places like Hawaii or in more remote ones (which would prove to be an adventure!)
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  • Film, Creative or Camera Crew / Director / etc.
    Back in 2012, I met several people abroad who worked for the Survivor U.S. camera crew (yes, that American show) and naturally, they told me tons of crazy stories from their travels to many remote places (it’s Survivor anyways). It follows then that this is definitely another option for you especially if you’re into the showbiz or creative industry; besides, with the rise of independent (indie) films, you might even make a name for yourself as a director. Though it’s important to point out that this kind of work often requires loooong hours of work.
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  • Cruise Ship Crew / Yacht Crew
    A few of my cousins do work as entertainers or bartenders in a cruise ship but it’s important to note that they operate on a contract that can span for months or years. (You can go to www.AllCruiseJobs.com to look for opportunities related to this). If you want something temporary, like just helping out in a yacht for a brief time in order to go from one place to another, you can use this awesome site that I found: www.crewseekers.net or www.findacrew.net/
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  • Flight Attendant / Pilot
    Starting can be quite tough because new employees almost always have no chance of choosing their own shifts or destinations. But you can still get to travel around while being paid; you might even get a few free flights or huge discounts (not only for you, but your family too).
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  • Freelance Photographer
    At least for this one, you can control your time but be mindful that it’s becoming insanely competitive out there and it might be a bit hard to start.
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  • I.T. Technician
    I’ve been told that I.T. people tend to travel and move around a lot; and it’s true. It made me remember some of my friends who manage to go to other places because of this kind of work. Though I think I should point out that the downside to this is that it usually requires intense and long hours of work and you’re cooped inside the office — this is why I give mad respect to them.
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  • Scuba Diving or Surf Instructor
    If you have the certification AND if you love diving or if you simply love to surf, why not share your knowledge and earn from it? There are a lot of places in the world where you can apply for these kinds of jobs, some of which are the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Hawaii, Maldives and more! Check out www.DiveZone.net and www.SurfTravelJobs.com
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  • Travel Agent / Tour Guide / Tour Organizer
    This was one of the usual dream-jobs before that is deemed to give you the highest chance to travel the world; but, with the advent of the internet, the industry is slowly waning (what with people booking their own trips). But this could still be a viable option for you especially if you have a degree in tourism and you would want to put that into use. Otherwise, you can be a ‘digital nomad’ by setting up your own tourism business online wherein you create and organize trips for others.
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  • Yoga / Dance / Exercise Instructor
    It takes work to start because often times you need to build a reputation and a network; you can’t just show up in a resort or studio and offer your services when you can’t back up who you are. Once you got those things covered, it will be a bliss to do and share an activity that you love while traveling around.
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FINAL NOTES

Nomad Jobs

I hope this post helped give you an idea on what types of jobs you can do in order to travel the world, and leave the job that you are not happy with! I also hope that I helped inspire you into adapting this kind of lifestyle, because it’s one of the things that I would absolutely recommend to everyone.

(Do imagine that at that time when I  was starting, I had little to no guidance — I stumbled through and picked things up all by myself. Yet, here you are, reading this article as a start-up advise, with me as one of your ‘guide’! Therefore if you think about it, this is already a ‘stepping stone’ for you: so take advantage of it!)


Remember: I have listed these jobs as a start to launching a travel lifestyle so that I can help you launch your dream! But take note that it is still and always important to think long term in order to secure your future even more. So while you are doing one of the jobs above, try to think of other ways to attain an even more sustainable travel lifestyle. (Example: try being an online entrepreneur like me, try setting up a resort in a more affordable country abroad, etc.)

TIP: Much like what you have learned before in school, it’s a wise choice to ‘diversify your portfolio‘ — meaning that when applied to this kind of lifestyle, make the most of what you can do or what you love to do. Don’t just settle on one job for your earnings, go mix and match! Example, you’re great on lettering and calligraphy, other than selling your services while on the road (to hostels, restaurants, galleries, etc.) also build your digital nomad opportunities by building a website of your own, selling your prints, and more. There are just so many opportunities out there! And once you find the best fit for you, start thinking long term because (for instance) you wouldn’t to keep working for somebody else (bars, hostels, etc.) for all your life, right? So try to find a business or profession that will secure your future; may it be a stable online company, a tutoring school, a dance studio, etc.

LAST TIPAre you under 35 and planning to stay abroad for a year? If yes, consider the possibility of getting a youth working holiday visa! Some countries allow travelers to work (and look for work) during their vacation which can last up to one year — this would act as some sort of residence permit. To know more about this, simply check this article to see which countries have reciprocal agreements (if you’re from the Philippines, we have an agreement with New Zealand so it’s worth checking out).

How about you?

  • Do you want to travel the world and earn at the same time? What steps are you trying to make in order to do this?
  • Or are you already working remotely? What do you do and how has it been? Do you have other jobs in mind that are not included in this list?

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163 comments

  1. Lots of people now a days wants to do something different than usual careers like (doctor, engineer), they want something that is they are passionate about or interesting things and this article provides immense help for those people who are looking for something new so kudos to this article and i am going to suggest it to other people too.Thank You.

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  2. This is such an amazing post ! The most important in travelling is to share with other people and inspire them to do the same ! I went through hard times during my travels to make money or explain myself but it was worth everything ! I can’t wait to go again !

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  3. Really nice post, enjoyed reading it! I am also a novice to this field, will be enjoying your posts.

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  4. thank you!.. :)

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  5. I work as a freelance copywriter and creative director and I can do that in my home base Berlin as well as anywhere else in the world. I one worked remote from Bali for an agency in Germany, which worked just fine. Good summary here!

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  6. This was surprisingly comprehensive, I think a lot of these require a bit of dedication before you start receiving a living wage, but it's all very much possible.

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  7. It`s dificult, but is possible.

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  8. this is my second time landing on your site. very precise and informative. thank you for sharing this.

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  9. I really love to read your blogs ate interesting lahat, tapos super pa helpful ate Aileen salamat po. Na momotivate ako lalo .

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    1. Aw, thanks Abigael! I'm very happy to hear that <3

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  10. I just love this post because as a travel lover all the above jobs perfect to me thanks and keep share these type of perfect jobs

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  11. i really enjoyed much reading your posts... it spiced up my interest on quitting my job too.. heheheh

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  12. hello i love your article, thanks for sharing with us!

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  13. I really like you going back to your blog :)

    Its awesome..the design is good, clean.. comfortable to read :D

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  14. You're truly inspiring, aileen. Thank you for all the tips you've posted online. Would love to meet you someday and learn more about your travel exp :)

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  15. At such a young age, you are inspiring. I was able to become a freelance consultant in my own field of pharmacy and is starting to travel. Thanks to you ☺

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    1. You humble me, Cezar! Thank you so much! All the best in your journeys <3

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  16. Inspiring article. I was lucky enough to land a freelance gig as a programmer/developer and traveled for a couple of years. I learned a lot about SEO while working on my blog so I might explore that oDesk option like you have.

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    1. Cool! All the best to you Adonis!

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  17. Your article is very helpful omg

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  18. Great post. So many other blogs have posts like this but yours is so in depth!

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  19. Love this! so inspiring

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  20. hy .
    i love u post .
    orriginal post and verry great places to travel in this world .
    congratulations for u work .
    i have the same hobby like u.
    im from Romania Europe.
    i have seen u success story in bussiness site from Romania .
    is so great u blog .
    a lot of work ..
    congratulations .
    u are young .
    diana

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  21. Really great post!! Lots of gold nuggets in here to pick out and apply!

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  22. Thanks for the great insight, we're hoping to work during our next world trip to keep us traveling longer and this has given us a great start into preparation.

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  23. What a beautiful blog! Hi. I am a fellow Filipino teenager ☺ In two years, I'll go to college and I'll take education and I am planning to be TEFL in different countries soon. Aside the things you mentioned about TEFL are there still advices or guides from? You're definitely helping and thank you in advance, ate!

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    1. There surely are lots of other resources online for being a TEFL teacher! I'll try to come up with a guide in the future for it. All the best!

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  24. Hi, Aileen.

    You're such an inspiration. I'm glad I found your blog. This article is awesome and very informative. Very detailed. I would also like to be a graphic designer or video editor. How did you practice your graphic designs especially when you were just starting out? I love graphic designing and video editing, I was doing this a lot when I was in college. But when I entered the corporate world, it's gone. I would also like to try blogging especially that I love traveling but I'm doubting my writing skills. :)) And also, I'm afraid because that it will be hard due to increasing number of bloggers out there. Oh, I wanted to share all my thoughts with you and ask for your tips but I think this is already really loooong. Just wanted to thank you for sharing this. Safe travels and good luck!

    -Unica. (pinay din. :D)

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    1. Hey Unica! Thanks for your kind words. Regarding your question, you can find all the answers here:
      - GRAPHIC DESIGN: https://iamaileen.com/how-to-become-a-digital-nomad-guide/
      - BLOGGING: https://iamaileen.com/how-to-start-a-travel-blog-from-scratch-ultimate-guide/

      I self-learned all of this and I believe you could too! As for blogging, I started at a time when bloggers are already at a high number but I think what just really matters is the content or story that you share to your readers. Give them a reason to follow you too, etc. I put all the tips that I know in the articles above and I hope it would help you!

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  25. I'm just starting to read your blog post, still not finished on reading it, my itchy little fingers can't wait but types what's on my mind ;)
    actually it inspires me.. because I am planning to let go of my long-term plan in corporate world after graduation and focus on what I can do to survive and succeed at the same time while doing what I want freely... you are awesome! you inspire me!

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    1. Awww... it makes me very happy to hear this — thank you! I surely wish all the best in your journey. Keep in touch!

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  26. Hi Aileen, I am a fellow Pinoy. I'm glad I found your site. I am now in the process of becoming an online entrepreneur (I started a month ago). Please remember this comment. After exactly 1 year (Jan 4, 2018), I will come back here as a fellow digital nomad. :)

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    1. Woo-hoo! Awesome to hear, Mark! Keep on at it :D I wish the best for you!!!

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  27. Your blog is amazing Aileen. I would love to learn more from you. - Filipina and a Seafarer

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    1. Awww thank you Charlaine! Yours too!! <3 All the best in your journey! And feel free to message me if you have any questions.

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  28. Awesome post! There are so many possibilities for remote work. Are there any specific websites you used for learning graphic design and the other freelance work you started out with? I'm trying to get started with Upwork so I can keep my blog and YT channel going. :) thanks

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    1. Hey Lance, yes I have :D You can read all about the relevant resources here: https://iamaileen.com/how-to-become-a-digital-nomad-guide/

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  29. Hi Aileen! Your blog is just amazing & very inspiring. I am also a banker, form Croatia, who wants to get her freedom back. I have stumbled upon your blog and find it very very useful for finally starting to make my dreams a reality. So I just wanted to say - thank you. :)

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    1. This makes me very happy to hear, Sun! Thank you — I'm also glad that you stumbled into my blog and I surely wish nothing but the best for you and your plans! Keep in touch :D

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  30. Thank you Aileen for sharing that with us!
    You are so inspiring for me!
    I am a travel blogger from Germany and I love reading about you and your adventures!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ina! I'm happy to have reached people in Germany through this blog. I wish all the best for you and your travel blog! Keep in touch :D

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  31. Hi Aileen, thanks for the article! Surivor film crew must be quite something)) Otherwise yoga teacher on the go seems nice as well. I would have not put trading as any viable alternative of sustainable income especially so as unfortuantely it can typically end up negatively for people's savings.

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    1. Hey Denis, I know what you mean but I have certainly met successful traders during my travels. It's all about managing your assets carefully and having safety nets in place. :) I think that every job anyway can be risky, it's just the varying levels and the various ways one can minimize that.

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  32. Hello madam.. Exactly your life before 2013 is now occuring in my life. I read you first in a newspaper. And i serch you in the site. I am from India. I also a banker. I have to be a digital nomad. English is my main problem. So any advice for me?

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    1. Hey Sarath! Wow I'm happy to hear that! What newspaper was it? Anyhow, what you can do first is to identify what you really want to become as a digtal nomad since there are various types of online jobs out there. If the job you picked really requires English then take the initiative to take classes and improve. I hope my guide here too can help you: https://iamaileen.com/how-to-become-a-digital-nomad-guide/

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  33. I admire your perseverance and persistence in reaching your dream. Congratulations! you just found the reason why you were born! Continue with your advocacies and dreams in life. You are inspiring me!

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  34. Great blog and truly inspiring. A lots resource there! Thanks for this great sharing.

    Let me know if you are visiting Indonesia, especially Blitar. A small town where i living :)

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    1. Aw thanks, Pandu! I was actually just in Indonesia days ago :D but for sure, I'll be back — so thanks for the offer! ^^

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  35. Great blog and truly inspiring. A lots resource there! Thanks for this great sharing

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    1. I'm glad you like it, Pandu!

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  36. Very impressive writing skills yo have.
    Self motivated after reading about you in times of India.
    Thanks.

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    1. Aw thank you! :D I appreciate that

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  37. Hi Aileen! Thanks for sharing all these useful things! I've been wanting to work online--did some research, but have not really jumped into it yet. Currently, I travel 4-6 hours (traffic) and work 8 hours a day, and squeeze time with family, friends, volunteer, and read (and other various personal projects) on weekends. -_- I'm curious, just how does your schedule go as a digital nomad? I hope you can share about it here as well! Thank you!

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    1. Hey Elle, your life right now is similar to my life before! When I quit my job, I worked as an online freelancer and I think I worked more than 8 hours a day but that includes freedom to work anytime I want and anywhere — I worked that hard because I really wanted to score more clients, etc. When I finally landed a stable employer, I think I only worked less than 8 hours a day. And when I finally have my own online business now, I work less than 4 hours a day. :D It really depends on what level you already are in the digital nomad life. :D

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  38. I will be giving up health insurance when I quit my job. Did you have any ailments/injuries during your travels and how did you handle it? Thanks for the good reads!

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    1. I also gave up my health insurance when I started traveling full time. I never had any injuries or serious ailments while I travel, but things like missing luggage and delayed flights happen a lot. AND it's always safe to be prepared — so yes, I still get travel insurance. Right now I use World Nomads because of their coverage and especially of the fact that I can renew/extend at any time without having to go back to my country.

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  39. Thanks for this very comprehensive list! I've been considering looking for a job that will allow me to travel more, and digital nomad is on the top of the list. I just have to grasp my courage and take that plunge.

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    1. You're welcome, Alyssa! I wish all the best in what you do <3 Hope my guides can be of help!

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  40. Thanks a lot Aileen for such a detailed informative post! It's true that nowadays there are many ways to travel and work at the same time, surely there must be one which fits each one of us!
    I traveled for one year on a sabbatical leave and the experience was so great that I decided not to go back. Now I'm planning to become a digital nomad, finding my own way :)
    Thanks again for the information - and inspiration!

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    1. I'm happy to hear that Laia! <3 I wish all the best in what you plan to do! I actually have a dedicated post as well on how to become a digital nomad. I hope that helps you out too!

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  41. Great article! Very helpful Aileen, thanks for sharing! :-)

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  42. Great blog and inspiring.Right now, I want to quit my job coz I'm not happy anymore until I searched your blog and enlightened me.BTW,my name is Aileen too.God bless your journeys

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    1. Great to meet you too, fellow Aileen! :D It's already a great first step that you realized what you truly want and what makes you happy or not. I wish all the best in your journey, dear!

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  43. Fantastic read Aileen,

    I found your site today and have been reading non stop. It's amazing to me that you've discovered what you want out of life and are getting it at such a young age, well done. The irony is I currently live in your home country. My family and I moved here at the end of last year from Miami and are loving it thus far.

    I'm in the process of setting up an online training and nutrition business and have picked up great ideas from your site.

    Thank you

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    1. Hey Mthoko — I'm so glad that you stumbled into my blog. I'm even more glad that you're reading non-stop ;) That surely made my day. Thank you so much! And oh, that's great! I hope that you're loving it there. :D

      I wish all the best for you (especially on your new business!)

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  44. I am inspired :) thank you! Nice blog!

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    1. Thanks as well, Carl! All the best. :)

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  45. It's a great Blog. Aileen, you are great.

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    1. Thank you! :) That makes me happy to hear!

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  46. Hi Aileen!
    Just like you, I am also
    a filipina doing my travels here in Europe. I couldnt just find a way how to get started until I read your blogs. You inspire me!
    Pwede b kitang makita sa personal?

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    1. Hey Rei! Awesome to hear from you :D Where are you now? I'm currently in Antwerp but soon heading to Poland.

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  47. You inspire me!

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    1. Thanks :D and you guys keep me going!

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  48. I'm absolutely speechless about what you have achieved in such a short period of time! Your blog is incredible! And the amount of effort you put in is truly amazing! This list is really really helpful! Thank you for putting this together! :)

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    1. Aww, you humble me, Tess. Thank you!! I was really desperate to reach my dreams so I did all I could. You're welcome and I hope this can be of help to you. I wish you all the best!

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  49. Great post!! Very useful info. Just found your site and am really digging it!

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    1. Aw, thanks Davina! Hope you'd stick around :)

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  50. Hi Aileen! I'm also a Filipino and a graduating college student and you know.. I'm in this time of my life that I'm a bit confused on what I really wanted to do after college. Really..thank you for your helpful tips and inspiring words! I thought this kind of lifestyle is impossible. Thank God for the internet!! HAHA. Keep inspiring people! Love lots!

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    1. Aw, this makes me so happy Kate! I'm glad that I have been of some help to you. I hope all the best for whatever it is that you plan to do! Keep in touch :D

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  51. Your story, blog and all the articles you shared inspired me and my partner to have our own business, we are now about to start what we have been thinking of doing. Hopefully we could work in the future, or meeting you would be nice first as we are planning to base it in Belgium as he lives in Liege. I will keep on eye on what you've been doing and working on and use it as my inspiration and goal.

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    1. WOW, that's awesome James! And sure thing, I'd love to meet. All the best in whatever it is that you guys are doing. Cheers!

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  52. This is the most comprehensive article about travelling jobs and you're really great Aileen. Keep it up!

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    1. Aw, you flatter me, Taksim! But thanks, I really tried to make this as comprehensive as I could :D

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  53. Hey!

    I am working on understandin all the seo and such logistics. My ine question for you is how to market myself as a freelance writer/ copy writer/ editor etc. that is the skill i can utilize but other than checking sites like craigslist.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hey Anastasia! I think you're the same one who left a comment on another post? Anyhow, glad to hear that you're taking the steps to learn these things. For marketing yourself, it helps to develop your portfolio at first to show how credible and trusted you are. Sometimes, it helps to offer free services at first if you don't have any experience yet so that you can garner testimonials. As for the sites that you can use, check out my post here: https://iamaileen.com/top-picks-best-websites-make-money-online-work-from-home/

      Hope it helps!

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  54. Hey Aileen. First time reader and commenter here. Stumbled upon your blog from some website that list down all the top travel blogs.

    I have to say - your blog really stood out from the pack! Design and content wise is entirely different standard. I am from Borneo and yet I saw you're a Pinoy blogger, some how I felt awesome. Hahaha.

    Also I scanned your top blog posts... you are nailing all the top SEO keywords in travel niche. You... are... GOOOOOOD!

    All the best in your blogging endeavour! I just started my new website pathfindercity.com 3 weeks ago, still building content ;)

    Regards,
    Daniel

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    1. Hey Daniel! I'm happy that you stumbled into my blog, and I'm really, really, flattered by your compliments. Thank you! That really makes me glad. How's Borneo by the way? Do you live there now? (I hope to visit that place in the future!)

      Again: thank you! And I wish the best to you as well in your blogging journey. Keep in touch!

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  55. Hi Aileen. Thank you for all the useful information.
    I am in my mid 50s from the north of England and currently living in Florida i recently left my job and plan to travel again as i did a lot in my 20s.
    I just returned from a tbex conference about travel bloggiing i am very interested but i get overwhelmed with the technology side of it .
    So perhaps i will just travel and write a blog for a joirnal photography is a passion but like you mentioned very competitive now since digital cameras. I was just today trying to figure out how to post photos from my mac laptop to instagram but i couldn't do it . So blogging would be even more difficult I'm sure.
    You are a sweet clever lady.
    Cheers
    Paul Culling

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    1. Hey Paul, I'm happy to hear that you're planning on jumpstarting your travel dreams. And indeed, the tech side of blogging can be really overwhelming but it's nothing that resources on Google can't fix. If you ever need help in setting up a blog, I have a guide somewhere on this site to help you set it all up. As for Instagram, try to search Google for a how-to and you'll be set in no time. Let me know if you ever have any other questions or feel free to message me privately so I can try to help you out personally!

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  56. You are a very clever girl. Everything you've done seems so well thought-out. Your writing style is also real and authentic. Great job. You are an inspiration...

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    1. Hey Shirley, I am very humbled by your words! Thank you :) I really like to help others so I try to keep it a point to be as detailed and precise as possible. Much love from Belgium!

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  57. Wow, that's an in-depth list!
    Now, nobody has an excuse for not traveling the world :)

    I think most people struggle with letting go of their belief-system of HAVING to work a 9-5, and NEEDING to have a house, car, blah blah. Let go of your belief system - and start your life! :)

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    1. Haha thanks Brock! I like to encourage others with all the possibilities out there, especially if traveling is really their dream. We really don't need to hold ourselves back by following conventional paths :)

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  58. Great list! Getting paid to travel was always my dream. I spent time volunteer teaching abroad and trying to make my dollar last so that I could travel the world during school holidays. Now, I work as a flight attendant and never looked back! Aside from being a digital nomad, I doubt there is any job in the world that offers the same flexibility and opportunity for discovering the world both at work and during time off.

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    1. Great job Erika for making your travel dreams come true as well! Actually, kudos to the both of us for making our dreams a reality :)

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  59. It's a dream of mine to drop everything, pack my bags and see the world. I've always been trying to think of possible ways to sustain myself if ever those plans materialize and this article absolutely helps! Thanks Aileen, you don't know how much your advice means to me!I love, love, love your site!

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    1. Hey Samantha! Thank you so much for your kind words. You flatter me, and I'm absolutely overjoyed to hear that I have helped you jumpstart your dreams! I wish nothing but the best for you! If you have any more concerns, feel free to get in touch with me :)

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  60. This is one of the most thorough travel work/digital nomad I've seen to date! Thanks so much for sharing, Aileen!

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    1. Happy to hear that! Hope it helps you, Allison!

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  61. This is great! I'm always trying to find ways to sustain my lifestyle away from the 9 to 5. Thanks for the tips :)

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    1. I hope this helps you! Wish you all the best :D

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  62. Hi Ms. Aileen! Can I ask if only English subject are been offered in tutoring jobs you're referring? Thank you in advance for the response.
    And thank you very much for sharing this. Your words has just uplifted my soul (hoping as I am to embark new journey of my life).Please continue inspiring dreamers like me. Stay safe and God speed!

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    1. Hey Hanii, I believe that the links above have resources for teaching jobs that are at another language. ESL cafe focuses on English as the main language, but if you check by: www.TIEOnline.com and www.SearchAssociates.com, you could find some other opportunities there. Thanks Hanii, I'm glad to hear that this has helped you!

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  63. You're blog is beautiful and inspiring. I really want to travel, but I have lots of 'buts' 'ifs'.. I'll continue to read all your post and looking forward to gain lots of courage to step out 'there'.
    Keep on blogging!
    Thank you!

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    1. Hey Xyza, thank you so much for your kind words and I can totally understand where you're coming from. I had those thoughts too before and I guess the determining factor to this process is that sometimes you just need that 'push' and drive. I hope that you find that force at some point in your life. I wish you all the best, Xyza and I hope my blog helps you too!

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  64. Great post! Very detailed. Thank you soo much for the info Aileen. I would like to ask what website can get FREE tutorials like social media marketing, SEO etc.

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    1. You're welcome Jastine, and thank you! Regarding your questions, I actually learned social media marketing, SEO, and the like by reading just about any resources that I can find on Google. Though for a start, try SocialMediaExplorer.com for social media marketing, and check out MOZ for basic tutorials and guides about SEO. :) I hope this helps you, Jastine! Let me know.

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  65. Great post! I'm a lawyer that lives as a digital nomad. I set my practice up specifically so I could live this lifestyle - I do mostly contract drafting and trademark/copyright registration work, which can all be done virtually. I work with clients who generally work with remote teams (video game and board game developers). I've done 100% of my advertising and client building through my website and other Internet-based organic advertising. It has been an awesome year and a half since I started, and I don't see it stopping anytime soon.

    I think there are many jobs out there that people don't realize can be converted to a digital nomad lifestyle. It just takes some creativity!

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    1. That's great to hear, Zachary! Indeed, I totally agree with what you said, that with a little bit of creativity, you can convert any job into something digital!

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  66. Hi Aileen! No need ba ng working visa to do #1 and #2?

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    1. Hey Allan! For #1 - work permits don't really apply to us digital nomads since we don't really work for a 'physical business' while we are in a foreign country. However, in immigration, it still applies that we don't mention this digital nomad thing (I just typically say that I'm self-employed and registered in the PH and that i'm just in that foreign country for tourism or vacation). Why? Because not a lot of people understand this term yet even if most laws have explicitly mentioned that digital nomads don't need a work permit or visa. (Imagine saying that you work online to an immigrant officer... they would at first be confused but since the keyword 'work' is something that you mentioned, that might send off alarm bells to their mind and assume that you're going to find work in their country).

      As for #2 - to work as an English teacher abroad, you always need a work permit or visa because unlike being a digital nomad, being an ESL teacher abroad makes you work on one of the country's physical institutions in exchange for money or salary. So definitely, working as such on just a tourist visa only will be an illegal act. Anyhow, getting a work permit should be easy once you get to be accepted by a school or institution abroad that wants to take you in as their ESL teacher. There are some countries however that won't require a work permit but you have to research which countries those are -- sorry I can't help you on that since I've never tried being an English teacher abroad. I mainly worked as a digital nomad right from the very start of my travel lifestyle.

      Hope this helps answer your question, Allan! :)

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  67. YES!! I love this! Great post!

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    1. Thanks Alyssa! Glad you liked it and I hope this helps you out :)

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  68. Thank you, what a great inspiring post!

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    1. And thank YOU! :) Glad that this inspired you in some way.

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  69. This is a great resource for travellers out there. We are working on becoming Digital Nomads but also want to spread our wings a little and try other things out to see where our passions can really take us, Teaching English or instructing climbing for example!

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    1. That's awesome! I hope you get to find your niche, guys! Safe travels! :)

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  70. This is such a constructive post (instead of all the quit your job and travel kinds). It's important to still have a career even if you're on the road because money doesn't exactly grow on trees.

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    1. Exactly. Like what I say, one should have a sustainable traveling lifestyle :)

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  71. Great list of tips! I have used some of them myself while travelling but nothing has provided me the funds to travel, only a bit of help...I guess I have to dedicate more time to that topic :)

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Elena. Pretty sure you can find a way (like you said) if you put some focus on it. I relied mostly on my online jobs and it worked well in funding most of my trips :)

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  72. I like the ‘diversify your portfolio’ tip best. Get out an try a little bit of everything so you get a ton of cool experiences on top of the cash in your pocket.

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    1. Thanks Stephen! Indeed, it’s one ‘life hack’ that really helped me when I was starting out :)

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  73. Thank you so much for this! I've been thinking of travelling for a while now but I feel like I'm too young for it. I'm currently in my first year in university and as much as I want to pack my bags, I want to finish studying first. Moreover, right now, I think I don't have the courage yet to go out there. When I finish uni, I'm planning to be an English teacher and save up money to pay for my loans first, then go from there.
    Anyway! You are such an inspiration!

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    1. Hey June, I totally understand what you mean. Well at least the important thing is: you know what you want and you have resources now (like this) to later on figure out what you would have to do. I wish all the best for you!!! And thank you; I am very glad to hear that.

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  74. I think it's so scary, but at the same time I think it's rewarding. I wanted to pursue my passion in writing without leaving my future profession. I wanted to experience the world while still having both. Is that even possible? Haha. I wish I could be like you, though, free as a bird. Your story entails so much that I want to experience it myself. :-)

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    1. I understand what you mean... but you know what? It's a lot less scary than you think :) I hope you can find a way to do the things that you like to do! It's VERY possible. You can be 'free'. Believe me! All it takes is a bit of preparation, sacrifice, and determination!

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  75. This article just opened my mind to various opportunities. I've always wondered if I would be more effective elsewhere. I've chosen a very traditional career path in the hopes that it can provide me with security and such but there are times when I wonder if my diverse skills can take me elsewhere.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that, Penda! :) I'm pretty sure you can use your skills in a lot more other ways; your graphic design abilities for example can take you a long way :)

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  76. Now that I have three kids, I think it's gonna be impossible to just pack and travel anytime I want without disrupting my family life. However, I did leave my corporate job too. I'm a digital worker now too, working as a freelance writer (although I've also done virtual assistant and social media management). I love the freedom to be able to control my time! I will never go back to corporate again. :)

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    1. I totally understand, Janice! And like I said, to each his/her own. You find what you're currently doing as enjoyable and that's awesome! Because that's my aim in this article; it just so happened that this was is geared more to those around my age (or even older) and are not happy with their office jobs.

      Yeah, and indeed: time + freedom + control = AWESOME mix! Kudos to the both of us!

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  77. Hi Aileen, Thank you for sharing your post. I'm also a designer that can take my work nomad eventually. If you don't mind sharing, what method do you use to collect your payments from multiple international clients while you're on the move. Also, granted everyone is different, but living frugally and simply, what minimum monthly income range are you personally discovering works well for life on the road? Cheers, Lori

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    1. Hey Lori! Thanks as well for commenting. :) Currently, I accept payments through my Skrill and PayPal (Skrill is what I love best because it gives me the chance to have a debit card under MasterCard and remember that in PayPal money can only be withdrawn through your bank account).

      As for the income range, considering that you mentioned frugally, I will take into account that you will have free accommodations through CouchSurfing, Volunteering, or Home Stays. So of course the expenses left are for food, etc. so I think if you go to the low cost-of-living cities, then $300 a month is already enough. Naturally, this amount would go higher if you opt for higher cost-of-living cities and go for rented apartments etc. [Example: In Chiang Mai, you can live for $500 a month with a $200/month rent—usually a rate for a shared apartment.]

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  78. This post is indeed very helpful and I would definitely like to try. Working in the digital world typically should not allow you to always be at the office. Kudos to you!

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    1. Thank you David! :)

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  79. I have not thought about all these jobs available while traveling. This is a good read especially for young people who are just starting to live their life.

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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    1. Thanks Mrs. Martinez! :)

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  80. Really interesting article! I actually plan to study in Japan starting next year and I'm hoping to be an ESL teacher on the side too :)

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    1. That's awesome! Good luck to you, Ari! Let me know how it goes :)

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  81. You are very aware of your passion to work independently. More jobs are available when you know the ins and outs of your abilities.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Fernando :)

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  82. Awesome recommendations! Especially on the Digital Nomad section. Very few travellers would recommend jobs that would still appeal to those with a corporate soul (hoping that part of them dies!) things like trading or plying professional consultation are cool ideas.

    As for online poker, I have seen my friend make an incredible amount of money off of it, but I feel like it goes against the tenant of doing it to travel the world since he was mostly in a catatonic phase just staring at his computer mumbling "fold fold fold" for hours on end...

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad that you found that helpful! I find it a waste to not make use of it if it's something that they're very knowledgeable about or at least enjoy doing. :)

      And yeah, I understand what you mean by online poker! I did meet some other people who are in that 'catatonic phase' but most of them (including my bf) loves playing it and only play several hours a day and the rest is left for partying and traveling. So I still think it's a viable option or an added strategy. :D

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  83. Nice story and very inspiring. Such a great courage for someone who wants to explore the world.

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    1. Thank you Jojo! ♥ I will actually write a separate article to really explain how I started and managed to do what I do today. Hope you stay tuned!

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  84. Wow! So glad i've stumbled upon your site. Especially this post. The universe is really conspiring to make me quite the corporate world already. :) i'm still clueless though so i'll have to backread on your posts.
    Continue to inspire! ;)

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    1. And I'M glad you stumbled here! ♥ Haha! I wish all the best for your travels. Also about my past posts, it might be a bit hard for you to find things chronologically since I tend to not update much about my travels LOL I always get caught up with travelling that I forget to post online :))) But I'll be posting more articles soon to explain how I started so I hope you stay tuned!

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  85. Love this! Well said, I actually would like to ask you about Website design!! If you can email me your rate, we are newbie bloggers and checking out different options to advance our blog to the next level! yay =)

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    1. Thank you Kach!!! :)
      And I'd love to help you out! I'll send you an e-mail in a while ♥

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  86. This is so inspiring! This is tempting but I just can't leave home. I'll miss my family so much.

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    1. I understand and I totally respect that Stacy!
      Nevertheless, thank you! I'm glad to hear that I helped inspire you at least :)

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  87. I've always wanted to travel (and get paid for it LOL) and I think all the examples you have here are really good.

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    1. Then you should do it, Donah ;) I know it's easier said than done, but everyone can, with the right preparation (y)
      And thank you!

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  88. Lots of great ideas here! I also made the transition to home-based work. I still haven't gotten to the part where I work from a beach or while on vacation. This article inspires me to do just that. :D

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    1. Thanks! I hope you get the chance to do so! :)

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  89. I absolutely love this post! I'm at the point in my life where I'm trying to figure out what career I should take. This will make me think a lot more and is a huge help in my current situation!

    I'm so envious that you were able to find your niche. Your photos with Jonas are really cute <3

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    1. Thank you Sara! I hope the best for you at this point of your life. And aw, you humble me but I'm pretty sure you'll find your niche! (Actually up till now I don't know what my niche is--sometimes, I tend to lean on being more of a web/graphic person but then sometimes I go for being an artist LOL) I guess it all boils down to just doing what you want or love to do! :)

      -- and hehe, thank you! He says thanks too! Haha!

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  90. Great article, Aileen! You forgot about IT (most IT people I know travel a lot for work) , but it depends on the company you work with. ;)

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    1. Hey Mich! Oooh, that's actually a good tip! I was thinking that they are under the Virtual Specialists but I guess it's one of the traditional jobs out there. Thank you!!

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  91. So brave of you to decide to take control of your life, Aileen! I'm sure the road was quite rough, but I'm really happy for you. You seem happier now and seeing the world is definitely something everyone should do, especially when still young. ^^

    How I wish I can also do the same thing! :D Though I'm on flexitime, I still can't leave the family business to travel for really long periods. Anyhow, I'm happy that I don't have to work on a 9-to-5 job though, 'cause it might just pose a problem when the time comes that I'll have to settle down. >.<

    Thanks for this really informative post! I'm sure this will be a lot of help, especially now that a lot of youngsters also want to take control of their own life. :)

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    1. Hey Sumi, thank you! Yeah, there were times that I cried mostly because of the stress from work and how uninspired I was >_< But I'm glad I managed. Thank you for your kind words, dear! I think the 'job' you're doing now is already a step. (y) I'm pretty sure you can do more things in the future!

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  92. Bookmarking this because !!!!!!! Haha! The idea of traveling and still be able to earn excites me.

    P.S. I love how informative your blog is. <3

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    1. Aw, thank you Kisty! ♥ I'm really glad that this helped inspire you!!! That really means a lot to me.
      I am actually lagging behind on blogging about my travels, but I thought that these things might be helpful first. I'm glad I did the right choice! ♥

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