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How To Make Money While Traveling the World

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Do you think it’s possible to make money while traveling the world? The millions of digital nomads you will find in almost every country are living proof of this.

The life of a digital nomad is not for the faint of heart, though. Should you find yourself heeding its call despite all the possible challenges, allow us to share with you the best jobs you can do while traveling.

Best Income Opportunities for Travelers

Thanks to the internet, you’ll have no shortage of income opportunities you can do with just your laptop and a stable connection. Here are the most common gigs that digital nomads make a living out of:


One of the perks of traveling is picking up different languages along the way. Being immersed in a specific culture will also give you the linguistic understanding that only constant interaction with native speakers can provide.

Undoubtedly, it’s going to be a different learning experience out there. Nevertheless, it beats traditional classroom instruction every single time. For this reason, you might want to give translating projects a try. Even better, you can always ask a local friend to help you out with more challenging terms.

Traditional translating jobs will require a degree in the foreign language to be translated. However, plenty of jobs available through online job marketplaces, such as UpWork and Fiverr, don’t ask for anything else save for proficiency.

Content Writing

Take advantage of the inspiration you get while on the road by creating written content for others. It is an excellent way to practice your writing skills as well, especially if you’re planning to start a travel blog later on.

There are endless content writing job opportunities in online job marketplaces. We recommend being selective in the job difficulty rating of the projects you take to match your current skill level. Accepting projects way beyond your current proficiency can lead to negative reviews, which can impact your chances of being accepted for another one.

how to make money while traveling the world

Affiliate Marketing

Speaking of writing your own blog, here’s a way to earn money with it. With the right niche and enough SEO techniques, you can attract online visitors and entice them to click on the links of products and services you highlight in your web content. This is called affiliate marketing.

Each click and every purchase allows you to earn money through advertising and commission.  We also like the fact that affiliate marketing can be a source of passive income. As long as you keep your content (and their affiliate links) online, the possibility of someone stumbling upon them, clicking your links, and purchasing is always present.

You also increase your chances by posting new and relevant content regularly. The more content you produce, the better the chances of your affiliate marketing efforts and, of course, potential income.

Travel Consultancy

Are you a full-time traveler and digital nomad? If so, you have the experience and expertise needed to serve as a consultant for other people looking into giving this lifestyle a try. Do not underestimate the demand for it right now, especially in a world where thousands of travel goals are made daily.

Fiverr is an excellent platform where you can post services like this. However, we always recommend building your online reputation and attracting your clients naturally and through your website or social media channels.

By the way, don’t limit yourself to the niche of traveling. Feel free to offer this type of service with any other skill you are an expert in.

Social Media Management

Speaking of social media, you can choose to be a social media manager too. If you feel that you can recognize upcoming digital trends and utilize them to attract online followers, this is the perfect job for you.

Don’t know where to start? Instagram is a good place, especially for travel-related content. We recommend growing your personal account first. It will serve as proof of your proficiency and will help attract potential clients.

You will also find social media managing projects in online job marketplaces. They can be under job titles like “social media associate” or “social media specialist.”

Online Course Creation

In relation to providing consultancy services, you can consider creating online courses. If you have a field you specialize in, you can turn that knowledge into lessons and sell those online.

Doing this takes a lot of effort, though. You will need to record lectures and demo videos, plot out an engaging syllabus, develop written content to serve as resources, create worksheets, and more. Nevertheless, the income potential makes everything absolutely worth it.

Feel free to work with online learning platforms like Udemy and Skillshare. However, we recommend putting up your own website and offering your lessons from there. In this way, you will be able to take all the income for yourself.


Don’t have the creative juices and energy to put out the effort required to create online courses? You might enjoy transcribing instead. It is a pretty straightforward gig you can literally do anywhere.

Of course, you’ll need to have access to a reliable internet connection and a word processor. Knowing the topic in the audio or video file you’ll be transcribing is a plus, but it’s not required.

Another tip is being aware of the format your client wants the transcription to follow. Other than that, all you have to do is transcribe the given file by putting the spoken words into written form as accurately as possible.

Data Entry

Like transcription, data entry doesn’t require a lot of creativity and effort. Both transcription and data entry jobs are available in online job marketplaces, like Upwork and Fiverr.

So, what does a data entry job entail? Basically, you will just be typing in information on the computer. It would be best if you take the time to hone your attention to detail and typing speed. These skills will help maximize your earning potential.

Online Selling

One of traveling’s biggest and most exciting charms is the access you have to the most interesting stuff money can buy. Even better, you’ll find people from other parts of the globe willing to pay for these unique treasures.

Etsy is an excellent platform wherein you can sell handcrafted and vintage items. On the other hand, eBay is perfect for rare and antique pieces. Alternatively, you can put up your own online shop, especially if you have already established a good online reputation.


There are definitely other job opportunities out there that can match the type of digital nomadic lifestyle you want to live. The ones that we did feature are those we have already tried and tested for ourselves.

Also, we encourage you to pursue any profession you wish to do. Don’t let the distance work against you. With a bit of research, you will find plenty of online platforms that support remote working to take advantage of.