The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the World When You Have No Money
Wanderlust. My favorite word and I have been under its spell since I can remember. Traveling the world is a unique and magical experience that should be available for everyone who decides to get to know our wonderful planet and our colorful cultural heritage.
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
Unfortunately, there are still plenty of people out there who can’t go on these kinds of adventures.
Maybe the most frequent question we are asked is; how can we afford to travel?
It didn’t come easy, took a few years to find our way around the globe. First, we moved to the United Kingdom from Hungary to learn English and to get some working experience abroad. I learned everything online, how to find a job, which city to move, and all the rest. I didn’t even know how to write a CV then but more about this is for another post…
Then we began traveling while working to then start advancing our social media management skills. We are now working as freelancers to fund our travels. However, we held many jobs over the past 7 years. We worked in retail, hospitality, customer service, and marketing at all levels. We both waited tables and eventually got higher management positions.
Do not worry, if you feel lost and don’t know where to start! It takes longer than a day for you to do the same but we’re here to help you achieve your goals easier.
We are recommending reputable and trusted websites used by travelers seeking jobs worldwide including us and our friends.
There are a couple of similar guides already existing but I felt like there could be more information included.
So, here I collected not just the job options you can have and the places where you can find them but our extra tips and tricks are also included. We used these travel hacks from the start and still using them these days and we hope they will help you to start your next adventure sooner and will help you to experience more for less money.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do.
The biggest problem is making a decision of leaving a safe home, a secure career and of course everything that comes with it. Family and friends. Although, if you decide that you do want to go on this journey then get ready to get your hands dirty because you’re going to work for it.
There are thousands of ways you can make money while traveling the world. First comes first. If you’re reading this post you probably already speak at least basic English. BUT let’s not kid ourselves. If you want to travel and work you’ll have to step up your English game.
If you need a little help with that, check out our post on How to learn languages quick & easy.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake.
The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Secondly, you should get a nice new notepad and start writing down every single skill you have. And all the jobs you would be able to take while traveling.
Not to forget you have to decide what type of traveler are you?
Also, do you plan on working or traveling full time?
How much money do you want to earn?
Here, we collected a list of the best traveling jobs in the world! You just have to choose one and go with it!
We divided the options into four groups + added one little extra help group:
– Work abroad
– Work abroad – freelancer
– Work online – remote jobs
– Tips & Tricks
Let’s make this happen!
Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.
If you don’t feel ready to work on the road or try out remote jobs. Or you would rather just take it slowly and stay longer in one place? Then you better find a job abroad.
Doesn’t matter if you want to move to an English-speaking country or not, you will use English. You can always google ” English-speaking jobs in … (your chosen city)” because there are more and more opportunities every day. There is a new website popping up every day or so that helps you find your dream job.
These are the go-to options.
You don’t even have to be a native speaker. Although, you do have to be fluent. TEFL is the most reliable site, where you can start your search.
You can choose to work in schools, as a private teacher or even teach online.
Or check out Oneika’s post on how she made over $100K a year teaching overseas. Don’t only think of English! Your native language may be more useful than you think.
You can work as a bartender, waiter, housekeeper, kitchen porter, chef, hostess, driver, receptionist and the list is neverending. You can even use your creative side and teach Yoga, or look after children at the hotel’s day care. You can go online and visit the bigger hotels’/hostels’ career page. Apply there. Even the smaller ones are very often stating on their website if they’re looking for someone.
Or you can just send out emails to hotels and try your luck. We got hired to jobs this way multiple times in the past.
These are the best sites to look around for hotel or hostel jobs:
Not all those who wander are lost.
You can apply for about the same type jobs as if you would apply for working at a hotel. Only you get to cruise on the turquoise blue waters, visit some beautiful places and probably save up a lot more money than you would be working in the middle of a big city.
FLIGHT ATTENDANT / PILOT
I think most of us dreamed of becoming a pilot or a flight attendant as we grew up. Now is the best time to make those dreams come true! It is pretty easy to find these jobs online and after a short period of training, you’re off to go!
– Pilot Career Centre
– Pilot Career Centre
– Flight Attendant Career
– Airline Career
If you’re an all around bubbly and fun person who likes to socialize, then maybe this is one of the best options for you! You don’t really need any papers or experience for this one. But you can earn pretty good money while having the best time!
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Augustine of Hippo
If you love to work outdoors and get your hands dirty then this is the option for you! You probably find plenty of jobs in Australia and New Zealand.
Are you good with kids? If the answer is yes you should try your luck as a babysitter. You’ll have plenty of free time and you can earn nicely as well.
This one requires some skills and certifications, however, it is considerably easy to earn them and without a doubt, this job will bring some epic days into your life while getting paid for what you do and love.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
WORK ABROAD – FREELANCER
RENT OUT YOUR OWN PLACE
Do you have a room or a flat that you could rent out while traveling? You should! Just go on Airbnb, FlipKey or any other rental agent and register! You can ask a relative or a good friend to help you out with guests for a small percentage.
Can you take dreamy shots? You can make a blog or just a portfolio for yourself on one of the photography sites such as Shutterstock.
Or you can look for hostels, bars, and casinos for Photography gigs. Visit Job Monkey if you’re looking for job listings.
STREET PERFORMER | ARTIST | VENDOR
Do you have some awesome skill? Can you dance, paint, sing, play an instrument, or make beautiful jewelry, perhaps make some tasty waffles?
Look for a touristy place, name your price and start selling your goods!
Visit BUSK for info, tips, and tricks or if you want to read some really awesome and interesting posts!
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
You can work of course in hotels or spas. But you can also visit local cafes, beauty salons or gyms and start promoting your business.
Read Kach’s story who earned money as a massage therapist while traveling.
The Yoga craze is well and alive and if you are a fantastic Yogi you should use it to your advantage. Apply online or walk around in your neighborhood and ask businesses, if their customers may be interested in Yoga classes.
Have you ever considered travel nursing? It is a great way to travel, make good money and make long lasting and important change in other people’s life.
Travel nurses typically are hired to work in a specific location for 13-week periods in one area.
You should look around on Wandering Nurses, a really cool site, where you can learn about travel nursing from how to be one to actually finding a job.
If you are interested you can check out this post on the top 5 nurse blogs of 2016.
WORK ONLINE – REMOTE JOBS
We already wrote an article on how to find real remote jobs online. Feel free to check it out to find some inspiration and to see what are your options.
Travel far enough, you meet yourself.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Do you know your way around social media sites? Do you know what makes people’s heads turn? Then you should try and apply for social media management jobs. Or you can try your luck at hotels and hostels, you may just be what they are looking for.
They just don’t know it yet.
Are you good with words? Have no problem writing down a couple hundred words that people would actually enjoy reading?
You definitely should try and send a couple of articles to Freelance writing jobs.
You can also register to UpWork, Freelancer or Fiverr and start selling your expertise. Don’t forget that you will need a couple of customers to build up a reputation by completing jobs and getting (good) reviews.
Can you speak more than one language fluently? Then try translating jobs.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER | PROGRAMMER
Or basically, any tech related jobs that don’t require you to be location based. These jobs are the easiest to find online. And most companies are getting more and more flexible and making every single position available for remote workers.
BLOGGER | VLOGGER
Who doesn’t dream about traveling the world and earning money for it? Even if you will never make millions you can probably earn a decent wage. Of course, blogging is a serious business and takes a lot of time and energy to master it and become an actual blogger who makes actual money. The good news is that it is only you who can decide if it is worth the while.
Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.
Are you really good at what you do? Do you think that others would benefit from your expertise? Why not sell it!
This one probably requires you to have plenty of free time and will ask you to be flexible. However, you can earn a nice sum of money even if you work part-time.
Can you make nice jewelry? Or can you make beautiful paintings, pictures? Or do you have some fun ideas for t-shirts or coffee mugs?
Let your creativity flow and start selling it!
Volunteering is probably the most satisfying way of travel.
In case you are in that lucky position that you don’t necessarily need to earn money while on the road then volunteering is probably the best thing you can do with your time.
If you want to visit some special opportunities, we are more than happy to tell you that we wrote a post Guide to special volunteer opportunities.
However, if you are looking for more information and options you should check out these places. We guarantee that you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Is probably one of the coolest sites created. You can find here basically any kind of volunteer work all around the world.
It is reliable, the community is fun and it’s only $29 for a year.
Grassroots wants you to truly connect with the places and people where you travel. You can go and do the traditional volunteering or you can visit restaurants and organizations in new cities to patronize with an underlying social mission.
If you want your hands to get dirty, work on farms and make a connection with nature, WWOOF is probably what you’re looking for.
You can volunteer on a variety of organic properties and make some change with your two bare hands.
Peace Corps is always looking for real change makers who are ready to work alongside communities to achieve goals.
Of course, with this one, you will have to make a long time commitment. In exchange of once in a lifetime of memories and a well-deserved self-satisfaction.
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
TIPS & TRICKS
I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.
CROWDFUND YOUR TRIP
Have you ever heard about Patreon or Kickstarter?
If you have a fun idea you think people would invest in, these are the places to try to sell them. Are you a writer? Try to sell your novels or music. But the list of good ideas is truly endless.
These two projects were also started with Kickstarter.
House sitting | Pet Sitting | Couch surfing | Camping
Try and think about alternative ways of accommodation because that is one of the three things you’ll spend the most while traveling. Next to food and travels (train, bus, flights, etc…)
Or you can try out Van Life for a while. Foster Huntington one day decided to quit his job, buy a Van and live his life more freely.
Do you like camping? On this site, you’ll find all the information you need to travel the world and camp free.
You can also check out these sites for free stays.
DEALS | CHEAP AIRFARES
You should always be on a lookout for deals and coupons that can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Also, spend some extra time finding the best price when buying a flight ticket. In some cases, a few more clicks can save you couple hundreds of dollars.
Favorite booking sites
Deals for tours, cruises, holidays and flights
START SPENDING LESS & SAVE UP MONEY
This one is obvious. Still, most people don’t actually live by it. However, this is one of the most important steps you can take towards your traveling goals. You have to become fully financially responsible.
I mean you have to start to compare prices when you buy something. Even more, you have to start thinking about what you buy and if that thing is really necessary or not.
Start tracking your spendings, just get a notepad and write them down.
Stop Going Out that much.
Most people spend their money on the weekend parties.
Take a hard look in the mirror and ask yourself if that couple of drinks every weekend worth the price of an epic travel adventure!
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
How do you fund your travels? Did we leave anything out?
Thank you for reading and good luck on your adventure!