Seven formulas to travel the world while working


Vacations are not the only way to see the world and it is not always necessary to have saved a lot of money to travel. People from all countries travel the planet working to pay for part of their trip. The Internet is full of opportunities to travel cheaply, as long as you are willing to give something back.

Thanks to formulas such as the Working Holiday Visa, the Wwoofing, work on cruise ships or in hotels and volunteering in exchange for accommodation, you can travel and work at the same time without spending a fortune. We tell you how you can travel in a totally different way.

Working Holiday Visa

The Working Holiday Visa is an agreement that exists between different countries that allows its citizens to settle in another State with a temporary work permit, that is, a way of getting to know a country by working in it.

You can have more information on this type of visa at the embassies and on the websites of the immigration departments. Not all countries have agreements with each other to enjoy the Working Holiday Visa.

In general terms, the conditions are: be between 18 and 30 years old, do not bring children with you, have medical insurance that covers the stay, have a round trip ticket or prove that you have money to buy the return ticket and demonstrate that you have a certain amount of money in your bank account.



Wwoof stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, that is, opportunities to work on organic farms around the world. It involves working part-time in exchange for accommodation and food, a trade for labor agreed between the traveler and the organic farm.

The formula is flexible and allows you to know the country while you work. There are farms of all kinds and a wide variety of jobs, from picking apples to making honey, cheese and bread or helping to tend horses and cattle. They also offer the opportunity to learn how the local people live while staying with a local family.

This formula is used mainly in the antipodes (New Zealand and Australia) but also in other European countries such as Germany. To do Wwoofing you have to register and pay a small fee to access the list of all the farms and the type of work they offer. The system provides a reference number that will be requested by the farms you go to for work. This is a way of traveling while working even in countries where foreigners are not allowed to work without permission.

Au Pair Course

At par

Working taking care of children in exchange for accommodation, food and, sometimes, a salary, is a great opportunity to get to know another country and discover how people live in other parts of the world.

Typically families are looking for people between the ages of 17 and 30 (the legal age range for Au-Pair contracts). In addition, the Au Pair must have a minimum knowledge of English to be understood and understood. The hours of work at home depend a lot on the family and the salary they usually pay is also highly variable.

There are websites that provide information about this activity such as Aupairworld o New Au Pair.

To reforest


Working reforesting trees in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the United States or Canada allows you to get to know these places as a traveler and also earn some money. The work is hard but it is worth it because it is well paid and allows you to see incredible landscapes. On the Internet there are several websites to search for this type of work such as Tree-Planter o Planting The Planet.


pool cruise

There are websites dedicated to offering employment on the high seas, that is, joining the crew of a cruise ship or even a private ship. The jobs available are very varied: waiter, maintenance entertainer, masseuse, guide, etc. The days are usually not too long and there is always free time to enjoy. So you can travel the world on boats and also earn money. The positive part is that you save practically everything you earn, so it can be a good seasonal job to travel the rest of the year.

On websites like Cruise ship jobs, Costa Cruises, Wind rose network o JF Recruiting interesting offers can be found.

Seasonal jobs

Another option of traveling for work is to take advantage of the tourist season to earn money that makes it possible to continue traveling. It is a good way to get to know a place well without spending a lot. In addition, you can meet new travelers who may influence your route. On websites like where you can see what kind of offers are available.



Without schedules and with all the freedom to discover new places around the world. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. This modality is perfect for creative professions such as journalists, bloggers, designers ...

And you, what other ways to earn a living while traveling do you know?

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  1.   Jamila said

    Thank you very much for the information, I did not know about Wwoof. There are always options to travel, and if it is working better. You save on accommodation and transportation, and it is also an incredible experience. Personally, I recommend reading the working conditions well, because sometimes they can be a bit harsh. Do you know if there is any type of age or language restriction for this type of job? I know that for example, for Au Pair they usually ask for an intermediate level of English.