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20 Jobs you can do to fund you while travelling the world

So here's the scenario - you've been travelling for a couple of month's having a whale of a time - you've also been spending a little more of the old moolah than you imagined, you have family members on the phone (mum) telling you "enough now come on home, back where it's safe" but you're not quite ready yet. You've been travelling with a group of amazing people you met in a cheap (ish) hostel, or you're just thoroughly enjoying being on your own, absorbing every single new smell, sound and sight. Well here at ,
MyMantra we don't want you to go home either, we support and want to help you keep your adventure going, unfortunately we can't donate £100 to everyone but we can give you a few ideas of how to make some extra cash to prolong your journey. 
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Please note - almost half of these examples are based on my own experience. Owning 2 brands means I have to outsource a lot of the work. So I've got a good mix in there for you. I hope you like it & find it useful. 
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1. Bar work - Not only will this free up your day's to explore, it's a great way to meet  new people and tipping is usually a given. Just make sure you smile a lot ;)
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2. Fruit picking - Now this seems to be more commonly found in Australia and isn't always necessarily well paid, however it does usually come with free accommodation and occasionally free food, which in Aus would save you a boat load of cash.
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                                      3. Teach English - There seems to be more of a demand for this in less developed countries, Asia is constantly in need of English teachers without requiring any qualifications from you - besides speaking English obviously. 
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4. Hostel work - Now again this may not be paid work but it will be guaranteed free accommodation and some great experience. If you're after free accommodation, you can also do housesitting (usually people that go on holidays need someone to housesit, a lot of them have pets. Who doesn't want a free home and a furry friend?). 
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5. Blogging / Writing - It's definitely not the easiest way to make money but what creative freelance job is!? It has the great of advantage of being able to sit in a coffee shop and "work" (ahem) too. I have personally hired a Blogger before, so I'm sure if you reach out to brands, you can find a job too.
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6. Translator - If you speak more than the one language, this would be a perfect job to get online and also translate in foreign bars/restaurant etc. Merci Beaucoup...
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7. Fitness/Yoga instructor - Let's be honest, everyone wants to stay healthy and look good. When I travelled to Thailand for the first time, I landed a job in a gym on a small tropical island Koh Tao. I even got my work permit paid for by the owner. I got to work at reception and meeting loads of travellers looking for a quick gym fix, I used to make protein shakes, I used to Personal Train and then I go so bored I decided to add fitness classes. I have definitely been productive out there.
Being on this island, has resulted in launching 2 businesses and working fully for myself. So what are you waiting for? Go to those yoga studios, gyms, cross fit centres and see what you can do for them. Always ask questions, that's how I got the job. 
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8. Instagram Influencer - If you have an eye for photography, you can now build yourself a kick ass Instagram account of your travelling.  I know of a lot of travel Bloggers who get paid to travel and review hotels like this guys we met in the gym on Koh Tao @traveltomtom / or they get all expenses paid for. For example this travelling couple @doyoutravel & @gypsea_lust have have each got 1million + Instagram followers and they can earn a minimum of $3000 for 1 Insta post. They get invited all over the world and get to collaborate with awesome brands. The most the couple admitted to having made was from a video shoot over 3 days which made them $30k. How about that? So get onto that Instagram account and share your journey with the world. My instagram is pretty kick ass too ;) @inamantra - (I'm not trying to become an influencer - I just share my life journey through travel, health & fitness).
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9. Web/Graphic Designer - Now let's be honest, this job is so broad that you could easily do loads of types of work. Back when I used to live on the island, I started fitness classes to keep myself busy and challenged. I used to use the services of a girl who lived there and did Graphic Design for the entire island. If you're not based in one place, you can find loads of online work. Just keep looking until you find a website where you can get hired as a freelancer. (OR ... spam your personal Facebook Page until you start to get some work, from there on - It's word of mouth).
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10. Day Trading - As much as I have 0 knowledge when it comes to Trading, I also know that a lot of people who travel also TRADE. One of our friends is currently testing his Trading business to make sure it will be sustainable enough for him to move to Thailand. It's not something you need to study at Uni, just start asking Google a bunch of questions and learn how it's done. 
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11. Diving Instructor - If you have a qualification already it shouldn't be hard to find a job. Get on a flight and get yourself to a hot diving spot. If you don't have a qualification but you have a budget to start with, go out there somewhere and qualify, chances are that once you get qualified, you'll get to know a lot of the locals and find a job easier. On Koh Tao for example, which is a hot spot to learn diving, most of the islanders are either there to work as a diver or are there to qualify. I was probably the only person there who wasn't diving (had fear of water - am going to sort myself out this year and do my open water;) - PROMISE...
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12. Photographer - I will speak about this from my own experience. Being the owner of 2 brands I am in constant search for photographers that work in tropical locations. Because both of my brands share the same vibe, it means all of my shoots have to be done on a beach, or a tropical jungle. How do you find clients? Simply offer a brand to do a free photo shoot for them and ask them to send you a FREE product in return. I know it works because I received an email from a photographer who asked to shoot for free which later became my favourite photographer. She was based in Spain and that was a location that worked well with me. Also when I used to live in Sydney, someone reached out to me via Instagram. We met up & spent about 3 hrs just chatting life. Did he get the job? ABSOLUTELY. So email and reach out to brands via social media, because you are bound to get work.
P.S - If you are a photographer based in South East Asia - email me ;) I'm always looking for new collaborations.
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13. Content creator for brands (Social media, blog writing) - Here is another personal example. I used to pay someone in the UK £10 per Blog post and also had to hire a different person to run social media for My Mantra. How did I find her? I am a member of a Digital Nomad group. I reached out on there as I knew everyone was working remotely and got a ton of replies. I then narrowed it down to 1 person. I had professional agencies and just simple travellers applying for this position and I decided to go for the one that could relate to me the most. Her name is Jona, she has her own blog, is currently travelling for a year and has the same life values as myself. So make sure to relate to that person on a more personal level, I am not interested in official emails. WE ARE HUMANS...
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14. Marketing/PR - If you're in this industry I don't need to say much. You know the types of jobs you need to land and you know you can do it while you travel. Being out here in Thailand, we are currently working with a PR girl who works for herself in the UK. Just make sure to impress your potential clients ;) We chose this particular PR girl because she has proven work with someone who does really well within the wellness industry & she's always in health magazines. 
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15. Vlogging/Video projects - So wether you're a Vlogger who chats about their lives or an actual videographer who loves to film while you travel, there are plenty of opportunities for you too. I'm going to give another real example of people I've hired or am in the process of hiring. 
Example nr 1 - We have another business www.newhorizonescapes.com, which is active escapes in paradise. For that we have hired a professional photographer 3 times in a row, all expenses covered and paid him for the job. 
Example nr 2 - We are in the process of bringing along a famous fitness Vlogger for the same business. She will be Vlogging her daily experience with us in exchange for a FREE holiday. All expenses paid for. 
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16. Website developer - You know what you're doing. Start working in a niche and offer your services to the world. Become a member on different types of groups and find your victims online ;)
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17. Virtual Assistant - A VA is someone who can do random bits of work. It could be anything from booking a flight for someone to writing a BLOG. So get out there and tell the world you need a job.  
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18. Professional consultant - Are you an expert in your field? Sell your services to the world. Make sure you get out there and tell the world YOU CAN HELP THEM.
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19. Sell Ebooks or courses online - If you have something to share and your content is a hot topic at the moment, you can just design these and sell them on different platforms. 
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20. Create your own brand - This is my favourite and I guess you know why? I love creating businesses from scratch and developing them. So if you've had a dream of creating your own products or buying and selling online, here's your chance. So far I have 2 brands; 
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1 - My Mantra Active - active lifestyle wear. 
2 - New Horizon Active Escapes - fitness holidays in paradise. 
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Even though these 2 businesses are within the same industry, they are totally different from each other. My Mantra is a product business and can be run solely online - as long as you have the right team in place to outsource to. New Horizon - is a service business. We provide fitness holidays in tropical locations like Thailand and Bali. For that we've had to relocate to South East Asia and use Thailand as our hub, as we run these ourselves. So as much as we have to be based here, we still have plenty of opportunities to explore SEA. Travel never stops ;)
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If you're already travelling and you aren't quite done with travelling yet, or you're someone who wants to travel long term - you have a chance to be on the road. Simply explore the options and THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX a little. Take some time out, be alone for a while and simply think about what hobbies/passions/skills/degrees you have. I left my country when I was 15 and never even done my GCSEs, as I didn't speak any English at the time. Throughout the years I've collected different qualifications and followed different passions like; Personal Trainer qualification, a Black Belt in kickboxing, A Yoga Teacher Training qualification, I was always good at ART and that's helped me be very visual about my dreams. I've always been into fitness, hence why I have so many qualifications under my belt, which eventually gave me the chance to live and work in Thailand. Everything starts with small steps, and as long as you are prepared to put in the hard work and push forward, YOU WILL MAKE IT. 
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So always keep learning, keep reading, keep watching, keep listening... Ask a lot of questions, make loads of friends, go for coffees with strangers and create loads of opportunities. One thing will lead to another, and before you know it, you will own your business and will be working from anywhere in the world.
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ALWAYS SPEAK TO STRANGERS WHEN YOU'RE ALONE - IT MAY BE THE BEST CONTACT YOU'VE EVER MADE. 
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I hope this helped.
Keep dreaming. 
Keep perusing. 
Keep going.



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Andreas Callander
Andreas Callander

February 04, 2017

Hi!
Very interesting article, thank you for posting it and congratulation for succeeding with your businesses :)
I have been traveling back and forth for 7years and I have used multiple tips that you gave :) And I have to say that one of the worst things I always experience is coming back to my home country and see that nothing has changed, I always want to turn around at the airport and fly away again :)

But now I’m pursuing my nomadic lifestyle by starting up my photography business and educating myself in digital marketing. I will do what it takes to be an explorer for the rest of my life and you inspired me to see opportunities when they are in front of you, see people as an opportunity to learn, help or a new friend!
So if you ever are in need of a photographer I would love to talk to you about that :)
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Thank you!!!

Rimu Atkinson
Rimu Atkinson

February 03, 2017

Great post.

I’m a photographer and web developer in Cebu, Philippines (mostly. Other parts of SEA quite often). I’m rimuatkinson on instagram.

Let’s chat if you are ever in Cebu. :)

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