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Have you ever been on a vacation and wished you didn’t have to go back home? Well for many travel enthusiasts, they don’t.

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Have you ever been on a vacation and wished you didn’t have to go back home? Well for many travel enthusiasts, they don’t. The idea of backpacking has evolved into permanent travel for many. People set out for years at a time to explore new countries and cultures. These adventurers aren’t necessarily wealthy, either. Many have to work while they’re traveling the world to keep their journey moving on. Here are five jobs you can land while seeing the world:

Teach English

You don’t have to speak another language to be able to teach English all over the world, but you do have to be a native English speaker. Depending on your program, your living arrangements and/or expenses may be taken care of in addition to a salary. Some programs require certification.


If you’re planning on sticking around a country for a while and have previous childcare experience, you can apply to be a nanny through an agency. Having a close relationship with a native family can give you an in-depth view of the culture, while time off can give you a chance to explore on your own.

Freelance Writer or Photographer

The income from freelance writing and photography can vary greatly, but if you work hard, you can earn money from anywhere in the world. Pitch various publications, sell your photos online, and although it can take time, try starting your own blog to generate money from advertisers.

Waitress or Bartend

Waitressing or bartending is a common job travelers seek. It is flexible, has decent pay, and allows you to meet people where you’re visiting. However, you may want to have a firm grasp on the language if you’re not a native speaker for this kind of job.

Tour Guide

If you’ve gotten to know a certain area pretty well, and can communicate fluently, you can earn money by becoming a tour guide. Even if you’re not fully familiar with the area, you can still give tours based on a topic you are knowledgeable in, such as architecture, wine or art.

A few tips on finding the right job one the road:

• Find out what’s required. Depending on the type of position, you may need to apply for a work visa before leaving home. Each country has different regulations on how you can be qualified, so do your research.
• Set up an online resume. Create a website or simply sign up with LinkedIn. Having a detailed resume online with recommendations, up-to-date contact information and what you’re looking for is easier than dragging around your resume wherever you go.
• Network. 
Just like you would do at home, network to find any leads on jobs. Finding groups of people who are also traveling can be a good lead to finding an opportunity.
• Have a back-up plan. If travel plans change or the job doesn’t work out, try to have options for a plan b.

Traveling is a great way to learn and experience other cultures. With a job lined up, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be generating income without blowing through any savings you may have built up.

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