Most people want to travel the world but will readily quip that they do not have the time or the money to do so.  What it really takes to fulfill that dream is to get out of one’s comfort zone, make a steely resolve and plan a bit.  All you need to do to make time is to quit your 9 to 6 job. All you need to do to make money is to figure out a skill you love that will help you earn even while travelling.

And here is a list of some of the jobs that we  think that will help you see the world, and still keep you above poverty line.


1)  Become a Destination Guide Speaker on a Cruise Ship

Imagine travelling on a luxurious liner, across the seas, to different lands and being paid for doing so. You can do so by becoming a destination speaker on a cruise ship. It helps to have a tour guide certification, but it isn’t mandatory.  What you do need and lots of it, is a natural ability to be able to talk to people (public speaking skills), a ready wit, showmanship skills and of course a thorough knowledge of destinations.

This is one of the best websites to initiate the process of becoming a destination speaker on a cruise ship.


2) Become an International Teacher

All over the world (especially in the developing countries), there is a huge demand for education, especially English Language, and that is the route taken by most people who want to quit their jobs and travel the world.  A TEFL Certification goes a long way in getting you a teacher’s job in the country you are heading for. India does not have a full-time TEFL school yet but you can easily take the 3 month online certification course. It is not uncommon of employers to pay for the airfare to reach the country.  Most of these jobs involve kindergarten and primary school children, so you need to be have a flair for handling children, being attentive and sensitive to their needs and learning patterns, if you really want to create a difference.

On an average, an overseas English teacher earns over $1000 per month. Not just that, it is a fulfilling experience – where you learn more than you teach. Plus, the work hours aren’t long, and you’ll get enough time to explore your new country!


3) Become a Digital Nomad

A digital nomad is a person who uses digital technologies to  do their work, and work out of remote locations.  Some of the popular digital nomad profiles if you are planning to travel the world are freelance writers, web designers, photographers and affiliate marketers.  The key is to be really good at what you are doing and to pursue jobs in the regard, so that you can maximize your earnings even while you are on the move!  In the words of digital nomad Kelly Dunning, “One of the reasons that I love my job is because the view from my office is always changing. Sometimes it is palm trees swaying in the breeze on a street in a small coastal village in the Algarve region of Portugal. Sometimes it is trees and rivers and tranquil lakes rushing past the window of a train speeding through the wilderness of Northern Ontario, Canada.


4) Become a Diving Instructor

If you love the sea, and its coastal destinations, islands that you want to travel to, you might want to become a diving instructor.  A certification by PADI is the easiest route to employment. Stage one, you become a dive master (which involves completing 60 dives in the ocean and a rudimentary certification). After dive master, the next step is dive instructor followed by master instructor. You can easily find jobs as a Dive Master, but being a dive instructor or higher will give you more job options and better income.

Dive experts are not in demand just in tropical islands, they swim in the Chilean mountain lakes,  the mysterious Galapagos islands,  in the laidback Caribbean Islands and around the wrecks and large waves of the English Channel.  Not just in resorts as instructors, but also on cruises, also as underwater photographers and treasure hunters.  Just imagine,  your office being the ocean, your uniform being a pair of underwater goggles and flippers, and seeing something new every day. It really is a beautiful world out there.


5) Work on an Organic Farm

Growing rapidly in popularity, this is a convenient option. Though it doesn’t pay, but you shall get a home to stay in and food during your travels.  WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is an organization that pairs up volunteers with farms all over the world. In exchange for room and board, as well as meals, you’ll work a set number of hours on the farm.  This is especially popular in Australia and New Zealand, so if you plan to go down under, you might really end up down under.. maybe a farm cow sweeping away its excreta.


Or maybe, you could just become a Bollywood hero and go to all the lovely Swiss, Spanish and Czech locations our Hindi film makers so love. Simple.

Neeraj Narayanan

At WeAreHolidays, Neeraj Narayanan is Head of the Content and Digital Media Team. He has a Masters in Advertising & Media Communication, has had experience as a Communication Consultant to the Government of Gujarat, and as a Brand man in the IT giant firm - Cognizant.

On weekends, he conducts Heritage Walks in Delhi.

Neeraj Narayanan – who has written posts on WAH Blog.