Work from laptop anywhere

Work from laptop anywhere

There are many travel jobs that allow you to travel for an extended period of time. Be my guest, Google it. You’ll find lists upon lists, from Au Pairs, Wwoofing and volunteering to work as a bartender, waiter, and scuba instructor.

Whilst these are all great ways to make money as you experience a new country, they require you to be in a specific location for a length of time. Sure, many travelers enjoy this as theyre able to soak up the culture. Others prefer being on the move and not having to worry about finding a job because they have a job they can carry with them.

Well, with the explosion of the internet and content marketing, many are doing this and others are awakening to the opportunities. If youre starting out and want a few ideas, here are 18 awesome travel jobs that let you work from anywhere. Bear in mind that to make a serious living from these will require hard work.

1. Freelance Writer and Blogger

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Im not only talking about travel writing. Sure, for some this is the case, but for others like myself, I write and blog for a variety of websites and magazines about different topics. And the best part about it? I get paid a healthy amount to do it!

With the proliferation of content marketing, there is increasing demand for freelance writers and bloggers. There are over 1 billion websites in the world today, with the number growing daily.

I know the enjoyment that stems from being able to work anywhere (as I edit this, I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Franschhoek, South Africa). I get to write about a wide array of topics, from Law and marketing to business and entrepreneurship (to name a few).I also get paid in dollars. Living in South Africa, this translates into a healthy sum of money. So, Imagine traveling South East Asia, working for clients in the USA or the United Kingdom? Well, you dont have to imagine it, if you want to get started, head over to this post to learn how to become a freelance writer.

And Im not talking about writing for content mills, earning peanuts. Im talking about earning well e.g. thousands of dollars a month. Of course, if youre traveling youll have to balance work and play. In life, theres always a trade-off, but its well worth it in the end.Also, if you have visions of sitting on a beach with your laptop, get that out your head. W

ith no internet connection and the glare of the sun, theres a reason people dont do this. It doesnt work!

2. Editor


If youre a freelance writer and blogger, youll be ruthlessly self-editing (or should be anyways). It’s important that the work you deliver to your clients is of the highest quality. So, why not offer editing services?Not sure how to get started? Well, I came across a comment on Facebook. Someone mentioned how they visited websites, analyzed the web copy, made edits, and sent the new copy to the website owner, as part of their pitch. Thats a great way to showcase your skills whilst giving them value before they’ve even paid for your services.

3. Start Your Own Blog


Many people have started their own blogs, becoming digital nomads in the process. With the many WordPress themes, website builders, cheap domain names and hosting providers, setting up a blog is easy. The hard part is growing it. You not only have to focus on the blogging itself but market yourself and grow your email list. If youre willing to stick it out, theres huge potential to make money from blogging.

Creating a travel blog is a good place to start as you can document your journeys. But If you want to become the best, you need to learn from the best.

Here are 50 of the top travel blogs to kickstart those creative juices.

4. Online Language Teacher

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Online language learning is thriving, and with affordable language learning platforms, there is more demand for teachers than ever, especially English teachers.According to a Ted Talk by Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter, despite Mandarin being the most spoken language in the world, there are more Chinese people learning to speak English, than English people learning Chinese. So teaching English as a second language is a staple for many travelers. I have a friend from the UK who is living in Japan and has over 7 years experience as an ESL teacher.

Why not give it a go? Visit language learning platforms like Rype and Babbel.Make sure you have the right certification, though.

5. Web Designer


With websites popping up left right and center, theres no shortage of demand for web designers. As long as you have your laptop and an internet connection, you’re good to go

.Even if youre not an experienced designer, you can get a job setting up websites for people. Use the many website builders on the market. I make use of Divi and can create a website in a few days. A place like Upwork can be a good place to get clients, but I wouldnt suggest it in the long term as they take quite a large cut.

6. Social Media Manager


Theres always businesses – small and large – looking for social media managers. The good part about is you don’t have to be a guru. I mean, you manage your own social media profiles, don’t you?

Use online tools like Hootsuite and Buffer to automate workflow. Using these tools means you dont have to be in the office to manage social media profiles. You can set up the schedules in advance. Shhhh. They dont need to do know this. Also, consider using CareerBuilder and SimplyHired to find travel jobs.

7. Day Trader

Heres a travel job that I hadnt thought of but came across whilst researching. Matthew Karsten, traveler and owner of Expert Vagabond mentioned how hes met people doing day-trading on his travels.But, it does require you to have prior experience and takes a few years before you start reaping the rewards. A background in finance is a plus!

8. Online Poker Player


There are people who make money from online poker. Dont fool yourself, though, its hard work. Sure, theres luck involved, but you need to read people, be patient for hours, and not let your emotions affect rational thinking.

One of Matthew Karstens friends, Konrad plays poker online. Be wary though as its illegal in some countries.

9. Freelance Marketer


Freelance marketing is not something you can learn in a week. But if you have a marketing background, why not leverage this and start looking for freelance marketing and PR work? Many of the clients I write for need help with their content strategies (content calendars, topic ideas, ways to drive traffic, guest posting etc).

Through navigating this landscape over the past year, this is something I have experience in, and its something I mention to my clients to provide extra value. So, why dont you give it a go?


Vlogging or video blogging has proliferated. There are different ways to vlog, from posting videos on Youtube to creating more in-depth documentaries for Tourism boards. For example, my friend from South Africa who lives in Argentina recently co-founded the Twelve 01 Project which focuses on making documentaries make a difference. Did I mention he also has a column in a newspaper down in South Africa?

11. Computer Programmer


It will take a few years to develop your computer programming experience, but the demand for freelance programming is on the rise. If youre thinking about starting out, why not start with a basic learning tutorial from Linkedin Learning?

12.Virtual Assistant


Number 12 on our list of travel jobs is virtual assistants. Virtual help covers a range of activities. Data entry, email correspondence, updating websites and managing social media feeds are some of the activities.

In a post on, Johannes Volkner mentions that it was one of the first online travel jobs he had. It allowed him to quit his full-time job as he earned the equivalent of a months wage in two weeks.

13. Internet Affiliate Marketer

With affiliate marketing, you generate commissions by recommending products. This is usually tracked by having a special link. However, the profitability of affiliate marketing will depend on the traffic on your site so if youre starting out dont expect a lot of initial sales. But if you have a thriving blog and already use many products from companies that offer affiliate programs, why not include these on your site for extra revenue.

14. Online Translator


Speaking two or more languages puts you in the perfect position to offer online translation services. Not only can you offer your services online, but you can reach out to local restaurants or tour companies. If its something youre looking to get into but only speak one language visit online platforms like Rype to get started.

15. Freelance Photographer


One of my friends mothers is a freelance photographer and web designer. I chatted with her recently and she told me how she gets to travel – all expenses paid – on top of her agreed fee. She recently ran a promotion where she offered 50% off her services and shes now traveling to Croatia to take photos at a wedding after a couple reached out to her.If youre considering this Id say invest in a good quality second-hand camera and spend money on the lens. New cameras are a large investment if youre considering doing this part time.

16. Traveling Fitness Instructor

Whilst the internet is a wonderful thing many people dont enjoy sitting in front of their laptops. By becoming a traveling fitness instructor you can teach classes like yoga, pilates or even dance. There is a certain certification that you will need – so be sure to check that out.

17. Transcriber


Many businesses would rather outsource transcribing. Converting audio to word can be a time-consuming process. You can find jobs by visiting of Upwork and Fiverr. You can also advertise on Google and Facebook.



Finally, if you like music, why not carry your music with you? Whilst I lived in New Zealand for a year, I had an 18-year-old Canadian friend who busked for extra money. I remember him returning one night with $250 NZ dollars for an evening’s work. Not bad right?

You can even give people one-on-one lessons. Advertise your services in the local newspapers or Facebook groups whilst traveling.

Final Thoughts

So there we have it, 18 awesome travel jobs that will let you work from anywhere in the world. Each of the 18 travel jobs listed are a viable means to make money whilst traveling and the best thing is you can “carry” them with you wherever you are. But as with anything in life, if youre starting out, you need to put in the hard work. But as you start taking micro-movements toward your goals youll be surprised at what you can achieve.

Now, I’d like to hear from you. Are there any other travel jobs I’ve missed?

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