Work and Play: 4 Ways to Actually Make Money While Traveling

Learn how to make your next trip last longer.

Yep, that’s right, there are actually ways to make money while traveling, and no, you don’t have to sell your soul.

This is an idea that not too many Americans are familiar with, as many of us tend to work for months saving up money just to spend it all on a short vacation. Though the concept of making money as you go might sound strange, it is very possible just the same.

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There are many different options for working abroad, ranging from housesitting to farm work to teaching. Some are in exchange for food and accommodation, and others for actual money. Regardless of which option you choose, working while traveling can help you stretch your dollar further and travel longer.

Here are just a few great resources to get you started.


If you do a quick internet search, you’ll see that there are a lot of different housesitting websites to choose from. Perhaps the most well-known is TrustedHousesitters.

This website allows travelers to look after someone’s home and/or pet in exchange for free room and board. Why not spend a few weeks getting to know a foreign city, that might otherwise be too expensive, for free as you’re also caring for someone’s fur baby? Sounds good to me.

Work Exchange Programs

Work exchange programs let travelers work in exchange for food, board and/or money (dependent on the situation).

Workaway, for instance, is very well-known in the budget travel sector and has lots of different opportunities for programs ranging from family farms in South America to sailing in the Caribbean. HelpX is a similar and popular option, too. They currently have options that range from babysitting in Yukon, Canada to sheep and goat herding in Popovo, Bulgaria.

WWOOFing involves working and staying specifically on organic farms worldwide. These programs might involve helping schools, communities, animals, families and farms.

Yoga Trade is a work exchange system specific to the yoga and wellness sector. Some examples include working and instructing on yoga retreats, massage therapy and helping on permaculture farms all over the world.

Hostel work exchanges are also a great way to trade work for food and board. They simply require a few shifts a week working at the front desk or cleaning in exchange for a bed and oftentimes food. These exchanges are offered directly by most hostels, but are also available via websites such as Workaway or HelpX. As an added bonus, hostels are one of the best ways to meet people from all over the world.

Working and Holiday Visas

Countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand offer working and holiday visa programs which enable people to live and work in the country for a specified period of time (usually a year). These visas enable a traveler to live and work in a country just like its own residents do, just for a more limited time.

Many travelers move to Australia for a year to save up money due to their higher minimum wage (about $14 USD). Taking part in a program like this enables you to really live like a local and get to know a different place as you’re still making money.

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Teach English Abroad

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teachers are in high demand all over the world. If you get your TEFL certification you could get a job (and make money) teaching English to young students all over the world. Some of the most popular places to teach English are Korea, Vietnam, Italy, Spain, Indonesia, China and Thailand.

Another way to teach English from anywhere in the world is VIPKID. This Chinese platform needs English speakers to teach Chinese children via Skype for just a few hours each week. You can make your own hours and make extra money by teaching from anywhere with a WiFi connection.

And there you have it — a quick introduction to working and making money while traveling. Just remember, regardless of which option you are considering, the world can be your oyster if you just broaden your horizons a bit. Do something different and you might be able to really get to know a place.

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