Travel Funding Bootcamp: How to get PAID to travel

It would be nice to be paid to travel; not only are you able to globe trot, sightsee and soak in new cultures but all expenses are covered and you are even earning at the same time! There are many jobs that allow you to make travelling part of your career and luckily I know experts in many fields. They have imparted their invaluable advice so that you can start earning money whilst travelling.

If you need more advice, sign up for a free 30 minute coaching session. In the call we can review your situation and see how you can incorporate more travel into your life by saving, earning money, travelling for free or being paid to travel.

two pilots in the cockpit

  1. Airline Pilot

Adil has been flying for over twenty-five years. He has flown cargo and passenger aeroplanes throughout North America, Africa, and Asia.

Adil loves the freedom being a pilot gives him, being able to work in any country around the world. He also loves the views from his ‘office’ window! To be a great pilot Adil advises that you need good communication and spatial awareness skills, plus you should be able to think quickly and make decisions in stressful situations. If you can memorize large amounts of data and are good at maths, that’s a bonus.

You must have certain qualifications in order to become a pilot. At a minimum, you are required to hold a secondary school diploma and be proficient in English, Maths and Science subject before you can apply to flight school. You need to be medically fit to obtain a Class 1 medical certificate.

After graduating from flight school pilots usually begin their careers flying smaller aircraft and then gradually move their way up to larger planes, such as jets. Accordingly, the starting salary can be very low, around $1000 per month but can rise to as much as $30,000 every month, depending on the location and pilot’s experience.

Aside from the frequent travel, the perks of being a pilot can include being paid for a lot of time off and good health insurance. However, there are some downsides too. Being a pilot can mean being apart from your family for long periods of time, unpredictable job security and if you have any medical issues this may cost you your career. Additionally well-paying jobs in aviation in developed countries often only come with very high experience and seniority. You have to stay with a company for the long-term to reap these benefits. To circumnavigate this you can seek opportunities in developing regions that have less than desirable living conditions.

If you fancy being an airline pilot then check out Professional Pilots Rumour Network and for more information.

flight attendant on a plane

2. Cabin Crew

If you do not fancy piloting the plane but do want to work in a job that involves a lot of flying then becoming a flight attendant might be a good option.

Heather has over 16 years of working in the airline industry and has some great insights into what working as cabin crew entails.

Heather advises that for flight attendants’ salaries are low, but they do get topped up with per diem payments for every day that the crew works. Applicants are sent on thorough training courses, but having customer service experience, first aid qualifications, being able to swim and being multilingual is advantageous.

Flight attendants are entitled to a hefty discount on flight, hotels and car hire, which means travelling on off days is very reasonably priced. Whilst working, you will be flying to lots of different and unusual destinations, places you may have never considered visiting before. However, you do end up working unsociable hours and often through the night, which can mean a lot of jet lag to be dealing with.

Heather’s best advice is to start scouring the airline’s websites for vacancies. Companies such as Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Etihad post positions that are available and have online applications. The sites also give more details on what is required from you and what kind of attributes you need to have. There are some specific restrictions, including height, age and visible tattoos, which you need to check for each airline.

pen and paper

3. Travel Writer

Another seemingly obvious choice but being paid to write about your travels appears to many to be a dream job.

Peter Carty’s illustrious career includes being the founding father of the travel section of Time Out magazine and his travel musings are regularly featured in major British newspapers.

The aspect of his job that he loves the most is telling everyone about the most enjoyable destinations the world has on offer. He says that you need just two things to get started as a travel writer: a passion for travel and the desire to write about your experiences. The amount of money he gets paid varies depending on the publication he is writing for, but he is well rewarded.

The main benefit of being a travel writer, apart from travel itself is that Peter gets to meet lots of lovely people from different cultures. Fortunately, he has never come across any downsides! Peter recommends taking a short course because it will really help you to develop your writing: you can learn a lot from an experienced travel writer.

Luckily, Peter offers such a solution for those who are keen to turn their passion into prose. His one day workshops are held monthly in London or can be taken remotely through a distance learning option. They come highly recommended, and the major benefit is unlimited post-course coaching and feedback, which is invaluable. You can find out more and sign up here.

boat racing through the ocean

4. Sports Instructor

If you are into your sports and have qualifications for teaching then the world is your oyster. There are positions available in tourist destinations for instructors in activities such as scuba diving, windsurfing, swimming, skydiving, kitesurfing.

Penny is the senior sailing instructor at the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club. She provides her thoughts and experience on life as a sports teacher.

There are many things Penny loves about being a sailing instructor, including being on the water, teaching people a skill which she grew up with and appreciates having, as well as seeing kids and adults develop their skills and become good sailors. 

Her top tip to become an instructor is that you need to know your own sport very well. There are various instructor courses to help you to have a foundation to teach people from the absolute basics, but for higher levels you need knowledge in your own sport. Patience is a big part of teaching and it’s important to understand that all people are different and learn at different speeds and learn in different ways! Also, in sailing the weather can play a big factor so you need to be flexible and stay safety conscious at all times. It helps to have a first aid qualification.

The salaries vary where you live, with higher wages in more developed countries. There can be additional benefits, including free housing and food allowances. Penny loves the fact she starts work later than most people, so she has time for her own exercise in the mornings, however, she does work weekends, which isn’t so great. She advises looking online to find accredited facilities or contact sailing clubs in your area to become qualified in instructing.

Model in white dress standing in ruined building

5. Model

If you have a ‘look’ then signing up to become a model is one way to travel the world and be paid.

Lily has a popular fashion-focused business that regularly hosts special designer events and she blogs about the fashion scene in Tanzania online at Maridadi.

What models love about their job is wearing beautiful clothes, getting their faces made up and being photographed. There are no official qualifications required to get started so anyone can become a model if they have confidence, are photogenic, patient, accept rejection, have a happy demeanour,  ambition, a strong personality and a face that can tell a story. Skills such as swimming, dancing and any form of aerobatics are an added bonus.

Earnings vary by country, but in Tanzania, you can be paid anything from $50-2000 per ‘job’, depending on the campaign.

It can be quite a glamourous job, and once you run a few campaigns you can become famous therefore attracting more work. This can lead to working with internationally well known designers and photographers, free entrance into nightclubs, potentially movie roles and a lot of travel.

Unfortunately, there are some unsavoury elements to working in the modelling industry. You may be subjected to sexual harassment, there is fierce competition, and you can be easily replaced. Early in your career, the earnings can be very low and as a new ‘face’ portfolios are difficult to build.

Luckily there are plenty of online sites where you can teach yourself some of the skills you need for modelling such as catwalks and posing. YouTube videos are a great place to start, and magazines often give tips.

teacher in classroom with students

6. School Teacher

Many schools around the world required qualified professional teachers. If you are looking for a career that involves a passion for a subject and helping children learn then a teaching position could be the way to earn and travel at the same time.

Lyndsey has been a certified teacher for over ten years. She has taught as a primary school teacher in public, charter and international schools throughout Canada, United States, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Lyndsey finds that every day is different as a teacher, you never know what the children are going to say which keeps the job fresh and interesting. There is great job security, as good teachers are in always in demand and the holidays make it easy to travel.

To start teaching you need a bachelors or masters degree in Education, or you can take an additional one to two year conversion course if you already have a degree in another discipline. In addition to this, you need to have patience, kindness, be a good listener and communicator. It helps to work well in a team, to be organized and have good interpersonal skills.

Salaries can vary according to location and experience but can range from around $30,000 to $100,000 net annually. In addition, a good reputable international school will often pay for your housing, health insurance, at least one flight per year and give you a shipping allowance for your personal effects. If you have children, they will also attend the school for free or at a very good discount, which can be very useful.

There is never a dull day working as a teacher, and you have the freedom to make it as exciting as you wish, which can be really fun and rewarding. During term time the hours can be long, plus costs for travel during school holidays can be expensive.

Lyndsey advises looking at reputable universities to find a good teaching qualification certification courses and to acquiring two full years of teaching experience before applying to international schools. Once you have your certification and experience visit Search Associates, Council of International Schools and International School Services.

DJ at his decks using vinyl records

7. DJ

There are plenty of bars and clubs across the planet that are looking for someone to spin some tunes. If you love music then becoming a DJ is another avenue to being paid to travel.

David works for a music technology company and co-founded a non-profit music platform in East Africa that connects musicians, DJ’s and performers from around the world. He is also a DJ himself.

He loves working with music despite not being a musician, he is still passionate about hearing fresh music and discovering new artists, even after 20 years. David started DJing after he left university and ended up working for a non-governmental organisation in Cambodia, where he was able to spend money on records and arrange a lot of parties. After leaving the job in Cambodia and moving to Berlin and then East Africa, he was DJing more and more.

David’s advice for those looking to become a DJ is to have a strong passion for sharing music and appreciating art and culture. He also recommends that you have additional skills to complement the performance, for example, experience and expertise in copywriting, project management and communications all help with promoting the events you are playing at.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of DJ’s do not get paid much more than beer money, but there are a few multi-millionaire vinyl spinners out there. Those who are in demand do travel a lot but also face working very late nights. For David, the rewards include meeting amazing people and building, from scratch, a collaborative community of like-minded people.

However, there is a lack of job security, the scene changes, opportunities come and go, but that is something that David finds part of the attraction too. He advises that if you want to get into the business then there are a million different ways to achieve this; get some software, get on the internet, listen to other DJ’s and experiment. He recommends getting some experience in the music industry, which may involve being an unpaid volunteer or intern to start.

If you want to check out David’s work head on over to Santuri Safari and Bush of Ghosts.

Yoga poses on the beach

8. Yoga Teacher

Whether it is for weights and training or classes such as circuits, zumba, aerobics, Pilates, yoga, boxercise etc. they all need an enthusiastic instructor to get everyone motivated, committed and exercising correctly.

Nina Saacks opened her own yoga studio with her mum in 2003. She loves the flexibility that teaching yoga offers, if you want to settle down, or explore the world or teach online, they are all that’s doable. Teaching yoga has become so versatile, the options of what one can do with it are endless. Nina loves the freedom teaching yoga gives her to meet amazing new people.

In order to become a yoga teacher Nina recommends that you have passion, an inquisitive mind and a desire to continue learning, practicing and exploring. She suggests that if you want to make yoga your career spend the money and the time to do a proper full in depth year long training course and to keep topping up your practice with regular workshops, especially in areas that you find challenging.

A yoga teacher’s salaries varies from country to country, but can include additional benefits like housing and food that is included. There are so many different options out there when travelling, from teaching at ashrams, NGO’s, at Yoga retreat centres, joining an existing studio or teaching on cruises.

Nina really appreciates how yoga gives you an easy way to meet people and make new contacts whilst teaching. It can be hard to get into a studio and some places want someone who can teach many types of fitness classes, offer massage and more. It can be a challenge to keep busy in between classes, as work hours can be spaced out with limited large blocks of time off.

To get started try the Academy of Yoga and Ayurveda for teacher training courses, YogaUonline for online resources and YogaTrade, YogaTravelJobs for travel inspiration.

You can connect with Nina at

Hopefully, these experts have inspired you to make travelling part of your career and to earn money whilst seeing the world. Good luck!


Annie has more tips show you how to save money and make extra cash to fund your next travels, as well as travelling for free. Imagine how many trips you can take!

Want a personalised, in-depth review to start earning whilst you travel? Get a FREE 30 minute coaching session with Annie by signing up here.

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