5 Jobs That Allow You to Work and Travel Long Term

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

5 Jobs That Allow You to Work and Travel Long Term

The ideal life of a traveller is to live on the road, away from the responsibilities of the 9-5 job and a gigantic mortgage, to explore every inch of this earth we live on, all 195 countries, to experience a culture so rich your mind gets lost in translation.  Life on the road is a dream for some.  The question always comes up, how the heck can you afford to keep travelling and moving from place to place?!  Work and travel is the answer if you want to travel long-term.

These jobs might not be exactly what you would call your ‘dream job’ but take into consideration that you are able to travel the world and by doing a little work, you’re earning your money to pursue experiences of a lifetime.


Here are 5 Jobs That Allow You to Work and Travel Long Term


1. Teaching English Abroad

One of the most common jobs you may have heard of is teaching English.  It’s one of the most powerful jobs you can have abroad and probably the one with the best incentives.   A lot of people I met in Europe had some sort of qualification towards teaching.  There may be a lot of people with this, but let me just tell you there are plenty of jobs to go around!

Job offers are everywhere, such as India, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Colombia, the list goes on and you only need a TEFL qualification to apply.  It’s such a small investment compared to the kind of money you can make teaching English.  You can save thousands of $$$ whilst only working 30 hours a week, living in a nice apartment and eating out at restaurants.  Some jobs will come with 3 month which is a fantastic amount of time to get to know the place, the locals and all the secret hideouts, and it’s the perfect answer to how you can travel long-term.

If you use my code ANITA35 then you will get a whopping 35% off your TEFL course so make sure you sign up TODAY.  I also have an article about how you can teach English in India!


5 Jobs That Allow You to Work and Travel Long Term

2. Working in hostels

This is a great option if you want to get your accommodation free whilst you travel.  You may only work a few days of the week which gives you plenty of time to find another job to buy food and save for the next upcoming trip.  Plus, the hostel is a great home base for you to start looking for work.  I have stayed in hostels where they advertise one-off jobs for backpackers so it’s a great place to find one and meet loads of people.  For example, I’ve worked at hostels for part of the day and worked on my blog from a nearby coffee shop for a few hours after.  Just make sure you use a VPN when connecting to public WiFi to keep your information safe.

Also, ask them if you were able to work a few more hours for some cash in hand if you couldn’t find another job to supplement your food.  The perks of working in this environment are you get to meet like-minded travellers and share your knowledge and listen to theirs.  It often means you always have a big bunch of fun people you can do day trips with or go partying with too!  You may also meet some potential lifelong friends and future travel buddies!


3. Au Pair/Nanny

This is the job I did for my entire UK visa.  Although when I first arrived I was certain I would be an Au pair for only a few months then move onto being a nanny (more hours, more pay) but I enjoyed being an Au pair because of the flexibility.  I worked 25 hours for £100 a week.  Food and accommodation were free so your weekly wage is yours to spend, to save, whatever you would like.  If I needed more money for holidays coming up I got extra cleaning for household homes, ironing, babysitting or walking the dog.  Only working 25 hours means I had been able to do lots of trips and to hang out with my friends a lot more than if I was a full-time nanny.

You do hear of the odd nightmare job so be safe and don’t be afraid to do some research on your own.  

I wrote a big blog post on how you can get an au pair job and what to expect and look for when searching for one.  Being an au pair has it conditions though as families usually seek workers from age 18-30 and predominantly females.  If you want to take it a bit more seriously and become a nanny earning the big money then usually a qualification in childcare is a must and another way you can travel long-term.


5 Jobs That Allow You to Work and Travel Long Term

4. Fruit picking or working at the local farms

Plenty of people do this as it’s a great way to get outside and make some easy money.  You get to spend your days in the sunshine (most of the time) while getting paid for it.  Australia and New Zealand always are on the lookout for fruit pickers at the right time of the year.  Check out Nomads world to do a bit more research as to what seasons are when and what fruit can be picked where.


5. Work on a cruise ship

This job is becoming popular very fast.  You earn a lot of money and get to holiday in some of the most beautiful places in the world while working!  You might have contracts that range from 3 months to one year.  This is a great option if you wanted to save a good amount of money and holiday on the way.  Working on a cruise ship can be very hard work as some jobs require you to work 6 days a week and some ask for 7 days a week.  There is a great E-book by Derek Earl Barton called Working on a cruise ship and get paid to travel.  It’s a great place to start if you are seriously considering this type of job!


If all else fails then become a digital nomad! Okay, this may take a long time as you usually have to build up an audience but it is possible with lots of hard work and patience!


So what are waiting for?  There are plenty of options for you to work and travel at the same time so there are no excuses!  If you have any questions make sure you leave them below and I can help point you in the right direction.




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The Comments

  • McCool Travel
    July 2, 2016

    Dang, I was hoping international model or television host would be my choices.

  • Visit Ecuador and South America
    July 2, 2016

    Great suggestions! I guess working at a cruise ship will offer also the advantage of travelling and visiting new destinations while getting paid for it! Love the article!

  • erikastravels
    July 3, 2016

    Teaching English is a great way to live abroad. But you forgot flight attendant 🙂 Considering the incredible flight benefits and flexibility of the job, there is no better opportunity for those who want a semi-nomadic life!

  • anna
    July 3, 2016

    Good suggestions! The digital nomad thing is working well for me, but it is a lot harder than how it looks! Most people think we just laze around in hammocks writing all day.

  • Carmen's Luxury Travel
    July 3, 2016

    I was an aupair when I was younger in London and it was a great experience. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  • John Morris
    July 3, 2016

    I suppose one needs to decide what type of travel experience they are after. Jobs that set your location in a specific place and allow you to travel on your days off are one way. Working for an airline is another option, with lots of perks. The digital nomad life is perhaps the most extreme, with the least security.

  • Laura Lynch
    July 4, 2016

    It’s really great that there are choices for everyone out there – whatever lifestyle you choose, you can make it happen with a little effort.

  • melody pittman
    July 4, 2016

    Great suggestions. I would pick working for a cruise line, which I have thought about many times but I think I am too old for them to employ me. Would be awesome seeing the world on someone else’s dime though.;)

  • Mags
    July 5, 2016

    All great suggestions! If I didn’t have dogs I’d be doing these jobs in no time!

  • Jennifer @ Made all the Difference
    July 5, 2016

    Good suggestion. I have thought about the teaching things but then remember that I hate kids in large groups. I could handle adults but not kids.

  • Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    July 6, 2016

    I was an aupair for a year in England and it was such an amazing experience! I’d love to teach abroad too, possibly in Spain. Thanks for sharing!

  • Global Mimi
    October 19, 2016

    I have nearly done all of these haha! Apart from tefl although I have recently been thinking about taking the course!

  • Agness of aTukTuk
    August 2, 2017

    I’ve been teaching English in China and I can say that it is a unique and amazing experience! This post is so motivational!

  • Katie Saxon
    September 11, 2018

    I love your blog and I find it very inspiring. I’m hoping to start my own blog soon, I just haven’t found the right niche. I have a lot of hobbies and things I’m passionate about.

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > Katie Saxon
      September 14, 2018

      Thank you reading and good luck with your own blog 🙂

  • 9 to 5 Voyager
    October 10, 2019

    My girlfriend is seriously considering taking the TEFL and teaching abroad. I’ve reached that point where I don’t really want to throw too many more years away in an office somewhere, and so I’m ready to do the same, as long as I can teach adults or older kids. Having said that, I would prefer to work on a cruise ship, and so I’m glad you included that ebook!

  • 9 to 5 Voyager
    October 10, 2019

    Having said that, what’s it like to get back into the traditional work force once you’re done traveling? Would I have to get with a temp agency, or am I pretty much locked into the overseas life? Not that I would mind that, but it does seem like you have to choose how you want your life to go…