Written by Michael

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Hey, you greedy little so and so! You want to keep on travelling forever don’t you?

Well, you can’t.

Ha I joke, sure you can. Here’s 4 ways to do it.

1. Teaching

Look at you fancy pants. You’re teaching and inspiring (or cursing at under your breath) the leaders of tomorrow. Being a teacher in pretty much anything gives you a pass to travel the world. This is especially true if you’re from a country with a highly regarded education system such as the USA or UK. You could be a school teacher, a sport teacher/coach, or a teacher of a musical instrument. Even if you’re not a teacher but have a degree you can do this great course called TEFL. This stands for; Teaching English as a Foreign Language. And yep you guessed it, once you’ve completed this internationally recognised qualification you can go and teach English to little munchkins across the globe.

You’ll be better than him, maybe.


If you have a relatively successful blog that you can make money from, this can fund your travelling. Many bloggers travel around the world writing about their experiences and get paid for this. It dosn’t just have to be about travel. It can be about food, health, trains, or ruddy marshmellows for all I care. I personally use WordPress. The great thing about blogging is that you can take your work with you anywhere in the world where you have internet and a little inspiration.  You won’t be able to do this as soon as you set up your blog. But find your passion, find what gets your juices flowing (that sounded weird I know), put in a couple of hours a day, and over time it will build. You never know what can happen.

3. Cruise ships

These floating cities hire a myriad of staff ranging from lifeguards to pianists. What’s great about working on a cruise ship is that you get to go everywhere the holiday makers go, even though you’re not on holiday. You still have a job to do, so it won’t all be holiday mode, but you’ll get time off to explore and be a tourist. Cruises literally go all over the world; the Carribbean, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, even Antarctica with the penguins, or is that the one without the penguins? I digress. So bag a job on a Caribbean cruise and you’ll be sunning yourself in the Bahamas on your time off.

Damn that’s a nice boat right there.

4. Working holidays

These are a great way to travel whilst keeping the bank balance healthy. The length of these can range from a few weeks to a couple of years. The premise is this; you’re given a visa that allows you to stay in the country for a period of time and during that time you are also given rights to work there. What you’re allowed to work as varies by country but you could find yourself being a door to door salesperson one week, a grape picker the next, then a club rep the next. You have to be proactive – the work won’t come to you, but if you put in a bit of effort you can happily travel around a country hopping from one job to the next. If you have enough money – take a couple of weeks off and just enjoy yourself. It also means you don’t have to worry about that dreaded ‘I need some money’ phone call to mum and dad. No one wants to be that person.


See, it’s more than possible for you to keep up the wanderlust whilst also earning money and not becoming a skint hobo. These are just four of the main paths that allow you to travel for work. There are going to be countless others, so if none of these appeal to you, have a search and I’m sure you can find something. Stop moaning that you can’t travel, there are endless possibilities.

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68 thoughts on “4 Ways to Travel for Work.

  1. Great ideas! Do you have any advice for getting used to a different lifestyle if you are used to the salary and perks that come from a full time job and switching to a travel based job?

    1. That’s interesting! I guess f you were witching to a travel based job you wouldn’t be doing it for the money, you’d be doing it for the experience and to travel. But i guess it would be hard to adjust!

  2. You could add: Work for an airline company! I have friends that are always traveling and enjoying different sites because of their airline job.

  3. I’m trying to travel for work, but thinking more of careers that mean I’m location independent. Did you meet any people like this on your travels? Not just bloggers, as I think generally it seems hard to make money that way. But other types of jobs.

  4. HI Michael ! – Cool Blog. Another way to travel, is as an artist – there are artist residencies all over the world. One has to be a proven artist, musician, dancer, or writer to apply to these with evidence of one’s work, to apply and competition can be stiff. But then one can explore one area or little village somewhere, while doing one’s art. I have not traveled anywhere as much as you, but have done month long residencies in Dominican Republic, France, Vermont, and Wyoming.

  5. Love your blog, and really enjoyed reading this post. Ive just started blogging so I’m still figuring out how this whole thing works lol. It’s my dream to travel non-stop! Your post has definitely sparked a few thoughts on how I can make it possible πŸ™‚

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  7. Loved this one Michael. Great ideas, I have worked and lived in Canada USA New Zealand Australia Germany and Panama on either working holiday visas or though companies or school. It is a great way to see the world and really immerse yourself in the culture. I’d love to know how you promoted this post too as it’s got loads of likes… good piece http://www.awanderingmemory.com

    1. Wow, you sure have been around, what type of work were doing? I agree, working visas are and awesome way to see the world I plan on getting one to Australia soon! I tagged it up under travel and wanderlust and sent it out to the WordPress community and linked it on my Facebook and was received pretty well!

  8. Thanks for sharing! There’s so many co-op and traveling programs emerging that mix travel and work. Such a cool thing to see πŸ™‚

  9. Hey dude, I’ve been travelling a full year now and my blog is still small fry. It’s an answer to a question that has eluded me so I’ll ask you. How do you make money from your blog? I know I can write and as such believe in myself but I have no idea how to do it? Cheers!

    1. Hey man i don’t actually make money from my bog atm, its still building up, but soon hopefully! But i can say i think you need to keep writing quality posts at a reasonable pace that’ll help readers, engage with your community, do reviews on places you’ve stayed and utilize social media. People/businesses will eventually invite you places and pay you to do certain things. If you want to link exchange man and feature any posts you can if your interested!

      1. Yeah I get you thanks man. I think I’ll do some of the Tips articles and stuff too as they normally receive the most readers. Yeah dude totally I’d be so keen, one of the main reasons for starting a travel blog was to become part of and learn about the travelling community of all of us nomads!

  10. Teaching is a great way to see the world, but you do need to find the right job… It’s easy to find yourself working too much and saving too little, and never seeing much beyond the school you’re working for.

  11. Trust me im in love with ur write ups….
    No wonder if u see my name in ur comment box on regular basis. Coz i cant do anything more than this hahahaha
    I wish to b in personal contact with u

  12. Great ideas Michael! I started by teaching and now my international travel is paid for by work! Perks of working for a global tech company πŸ™‚ Good luck following your passion! xo Kelly

  13. Hi there! I just had to stop by and thank you for this post… I came upon it through Danny’s Dream Big Dream Often link.

    Sometimes, I feel like life is sending me hints and I can’t help but follow them. Since my return to motherland, after 3 weeks spent backpacking in Denmark in May, I was looking for a new dream to pursue. After reading you, I just had a major flash, putting together 3 of my passions; Denmark, writing and traveling.

    It will be a long journey to get there, and I might sound crazy to some people, when I announce my project to my family and friends, but the train is already on the rails… and I sure hope it gets to the station someday…

    So thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

    1. Wow that was awesome to read. Thanks so much! It’s great to hear posts are helping people! Denmark sounds awesome I’ve never been but have met Danish people of my travels and they’re sweet as pie! I wish you luck and know you can do it if you really want to!

  14. Great post! But what about working in the travel and tourism industry? That’s what I do, and I get to travel with work regularly creating and designing new holidays, contracting hotels, tourist board fam trips etc. Milly X

  15. Good points! I’m planning to keep teaching in France, hopefully for a few more years as I get my TESOL/Masters in Education, hopefully to take my teaching around the world!

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