Use your laptop to pay for travel, while you travel.

You might just discover a new career while you're at it.

50 Great Jobs You Can Easily Do While You Travel
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In a posting to the Digital Eve Israel Yahoo Group, a group member asked the following question:

“Any leads on how to find a job that can be done on my laptop, here and there, so that I can still pay my bills while traveling?”

This reminded me of the time when I was still a programmer at back in 2000.

Living in Paris but working daily over the Internet with people in Seattle, I wanted to visit my family in Montreal without taking a lot of vacation time either. Luckily, Amazon's computer systems allowed people to connect from outside the office and that made it easier to convince my boss to let me go.

In the end, I only took off 2 days for traveling purposes and otherwise worked full days from my parents' house, basically paying for my trip and expenses. A side benefit to Amazon was that having me in a middle time zone (6 hours behind Paris but 3 ahead of Seattle) made some projects easier to finish on time.

Working while traveling abroad and telecommuting aren't quite the same thing

People usually associate telecommuting with a full-time job that lets you regularly work from home, but it can also be a part-time job on the road.

To best answer the question above, let's set out some criteria that make more sense regarding jobs for travelers. Those jobs usually need to be:

  • Jobs you can do over the Internet
  • Jobs that can be done over a short time-span i.e. during your travels
  • Jobs you can get on short notice

This last one is important in case you need multiple jobs to pay all your bills during your trip.

So we're dealing with freelance jobs. However, if you choose well and deliver well, a short-term freelance job can become a longer-term freelance job that you continue from home after traveling.

Jobs you can do while traveling

With that in mind, the list below of online jobs for travelers should give you all sorts of ideas. Each job title points at a real job description, and if the description isn't a good match for you, just do a search on the job title to find more open jobs like it.

  1. 3D and Flash Animator
  2. Accountant
  3. Advertiser
  4. Administrative Assistant
  5. Article Writer
  6. Billing and Debt Collection Representative
  7. Blog Programmer
  8. Career Coach
  9. Virtual Assistant
  10. Advertising Poster
  11. Copywriter
  12. Customer Service Representative
  13. Data Entry Provider
  14. Data Specialist
  15. Database Developer
  16. E-book Writer
  17. Email Template Designer
  18. Flash/Web Developer
  19. Graphic Artist
  20. Caricaturist
  21. Marketing & Lead Generation Campaigner
  22. Logo Designer
  23. Online Tutor
  24. Personal Assistant/Secretary
  25. Press Release Writer
  26. Project Manager
  27. Recruitment Researcher
  28. Sourcer (not sorcerer!)
  29. Resume Writer
  30. Sales Presentation Designer
  31. SEO Analyst
  32. Foreign Language Voice Talents
  33. Technical Support
  34. Telemarketing Professional
  35. Transcriptionist
  36. Travel Planner
  37. Typist
  38. Video Editor
  39. Web Content Writer
  40. Web Designer
  41. Website Translator
  42. Stock Photographer
  43. Voice-overs
  44. Cartoonist
  45. Real Estate Researcher
  46. Business Consultant
  47. Legal Advisor
  48. User Guides and Manuals Editor
  49. Game Developers
  50. Travel Writer

Don't think this is possible? Not for you?

See how these laptop warriors have built careers while traveling:

Bonus tip for beginners

Like with any job, having work experience will help a lot compared to a candidate who has no experience. But even having just a little bit of experience will make a difference because it will still allow you to tell potential employers “I've done this online before”.

With that in mind, get experience before your travels by doing some quick, cheap projects. This has the added benefit of getting you familiar with freelance marketplaces, negotiation with potential employers, and actually getting paid with all that's involved.

It would suck to be in a foreign country expecting to receive your pay the next day only to discover that you need to wait a few more days because of some strange policy you didn't know about. Practice before you go!

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Another great success story

Read Simon Frost's answer to What are the best ways to earn money while traveling around the world? on Quora

Question of the article

Have you ever worked while traveling for pleasure? How did you find the job? Tell us in the comments.

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Jacob Share

Job Search Expert, Professional Blogger, Creative Thinker, Community Builder with a sense of humor. I like to help people.

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  3. Kate

    This is how I’ve been living and now that I’m settled, I need to learn a new way to live with consistent hours and income.

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  5. Esther M. Huchel

    I am very interested in a lot of the job choices while traveling and maybe to do part-time at home for extra money to travel with. The freelance job site will NOT let me use my e-mail, name, ect. it keeps telling me that is already in use. DA! Can something be set up for me? and/or sent via snail mail? Maybe a special account or someone can go in and fix the problem. Thank you! Esther M. Huchel, Lake George, MN

    1. Jacob Share

      Maybe you joined the freelance site in the past? Search your email archives. One trick is you have a gmail address, add a +suffix. For example, if your email was, try joining the site with Emails sent to both addresses will arrive in the same inbox.

  6. Bea LaZay

    Word on the e-street (internet) is that has been taking people’s money left and right. Using these titles and searching or any other site is a better option.

    Unless people have had different experiences? I’ve seen negatives reviews more than several times on more than one search. Someone has even recommended contacting Interpol because it’s that bad!

    1. Jacob Share

      Every freelancing site has its fee structure. I’ve been using Freelancer off and on for years and I’ve never had an issue that wasn’t resolved asap, and even then it was rare. Frankly, I wouldn’t recommend it otherwise. But it’s definitely worth checking out other marketplaces too and building profiles in parallel in case one of these sites disappears and takes your business with it:

  7. Sam Fyson

    Awesome article! Lots of great ideas.
    I just wanted to add some quick advice. A lot of startups (especially young ones) are more than happy to hire people remotely. They don’t have an office yet, so remote employees/freelancers are a necessity. It’s pretty easy to find open positions at early stage startups on AngelList and

    1. Jacob Share

      Great tip, Sam 👍👍👍 Thanks for sharing

  8. Paul Minors

    Thanks for the feature Jacob! How did you find my post out of interest?

    1. Jacob Share

      You’re welcome, Paul.

      Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I saw it. Maybe you or someone else mentioned your post on Quora?

  9. Dolly Westover

    My husband is retired Civil Engineer . He wants me to get job on line while we are traveling. However my field is not in computer.

    1. Jacob Share

      Dolly, some of the success stories are about people who funded their travels without computer work, so read those

  10. Joe Hamlin

    Hello, do you know if data entry is a good job for traveling?

  11. Guy

    Great and helpful article.
    Im traveling solo this days in latin america, Im trying to find “work from home” jobs which are easy to learn if you dont have speciality at something.
    Job that I could learn through my computer and start working on it.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Jacob Share

      It depends on your skills and what you like. For example, some things that are fairly easy to start with are being a virtual assistant, voiceover expert or even a travel planner for people who want to visit wherever you are. Read all the traveler success stories for practical ideas.

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