The Best 10 Jobs For Backpackers

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If you’ve always wanted to backpack around the world, but you don’t have the funds to support yourself, there’s no need to give up on your dream.

Many long-term travelers make money on the road through a variety of travel jobs and working online.

If you need some inspiration and ideas for jobs to keep the money coming in while you’re out seeing the sights, these 10 ideas are a great place to start:

1. Tour Guide

If you’re sociable and you plan to stay in one spot for a while, you can develop some local knowledge and use it for the benefit of other travelers.

Adventure travel tour companies such as Intrepid and Geckos Adventures are always on the lookout for enthusiastic tour guides, and you could also set up on your own as a freelance guide. Sites like Withlocals and ToursByLocals allow you to advertise your own unique tours to their audience in exchange for a cut of your fee.

You could earn: $10 per hour or $1,000 per month.

2. Bartender

Bartending and other casual hospitality work has always been a popular employment option for backpackers, and it can also be an excellent way to meet new people and have fun while you’re working.

Even in very touristy areas, it’s a benefit to know some of the local language, so make sure you have the basics down. Having previous experience working in bars or restaurants can help get you hired.

You could earn: from $5 per hour, plus tips.

3. English Teacher

If English is your native language, you’re lucky enough to have a skill that is in high demand in most of the world.

Being fluent in English is the key to greater career success in many countries, and so there’s a huge demand for good English teachers.

You could work for a government school or private English school, or set up on your own as a freelancer. You can even teach English online over Skype. Most schools will require you to have a TEFL certificate before you start.

You could earn: $1,000 - $4,000 per month, sometimes with accommodation included.

4. Telephone Sales Representative

Many businesses reach out to potential customers via phone calls, and if you can master the art of persuasive telephone selling skills, you could make a lot of money in this job.

Sales reps usually work on commission and may or may not have a base salary. Because this job is telephone-based, it can be done from anywhere in the world via Skype. Many sales companies have bases in Asia for reduced running costs, and you can also find work as a freelance sales rep.

You could earn: $1,000 - $10,000 per month.

5. Blogger

If you’re already thinking about making a blog to document your travels, why not make some money from it too?

There is big money to be made in blogging these days through sponsored posts, advertising, and affiliate marketing. You could also get freebies like hotel stays and air tickets.

While it takes time to build your audience to the level needed to monetize your blog successfully, you can always make money writing for others. Freelance bloggers are in high demand, and if you can write well, this could be a good option to get you started.

You could earn: $500 - $20,000 per month.

6. Sport Instructor

If you’re skilled in a specific sport such as diving or yoga and have the appropriate certification to teach it, you can easily pick up work in areas where these activities are popular.

You can find work at gyms, hotels, and companies that specialize in sports such as rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, surfing, etc. Going freelance is also an option.

You could earn: $1,000 - $4,000 per month.

7. Amazon FBA

If you’ve dabbled with selling goods on eBay or similar sites but find the logistics of packing and shipping too much hassle when you’re traveling, you might want to check out Amazon FBA.

This system allows you to buy products in bulk from overseas and send them directly to Amazon for them to be distributed through the site. Amazon will take care of packaging, shipping, and returns so that you can manage the business remotely.

You could earn: $500 - $20,000 per month.

8. Social Media Manager

If you can’t stop checking your Facebook or looking for that perfect Instagram shot, working in social media could be the perfect career for you.

Many brands need someone to manage their online presence and regular posting on social media, so there’s no shortage of opportunities. This is usually a location-independent job, so it’s ideal for travelers.

You could earn: $1,000 - $4,000 per month.

9. Hostel Receptionist

Backpacker hostels are always a good place to look for work as they’re frequently in need of a spare pair of hands to deal with guests and other tasks such as cleaning and maintenance.

In some cases, this may just be in exchange for free accommodation and meals, but paid positions are also available.

You could earn: $5 - $10 per hour.

10. Freelance Photographer

If photography is your passion, you could also make it your career. Freelance travel photographers can sell their work to magazines, websites, and other clients. Selling stock images is another option that can bring in some residual income.

You could also offer photography tours in the city you’re staying in, or set up online classes and workshops to make some extra cash.

You could earn: $500 - $2,000 per month.

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