When you need the freedom to take on the next travel adventure but also the capital to make it happen, is it possible to keep your travel dreams alive while holding down a regular job?

The answer is yes but that yes comes with some attachments. Clearly you’re going to need some work that’s as mobile as you are and that you can put down and pick up again at the next destination.

Hard? Maybe, but impossible? Absolutely not. In this guide we take a look at some jobs you can do that combine the best of both worlds and will keep you on the road for many years to come.


Even if you’ve never set foot inside a classroom the chance to teach English to people is a great opportunity to earn while you roam the world.

Many colleges and language schools offer a four-week training course and once you have your Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) you can use it to apply to schools in any country that takes your eye.

You might be able to find some casual work for a few weeks over a busy summer or sign up for a year to somewhere you really want to get to know. Recognised the world over, a livable wage and the chance to learn more about your own language, you’ll also make a lot of new friends along the way.

Course fees range in price but choose a school that is well-established and offers multiple courses throughout the year. It’s also possible to complete the CELTA online but those few hours spent in an actual classroom every week are an invaluable introduction to the work of language teaching.

Movable Qualifications

If you have a regular teaching qualification you may also find you can apply for teaching jobs in language or as a temporary teacher in many schools around the world. There are even organisations who will help you find work, perfect if you want to spend a little more than a couple of weeks in one place.

Other qualifications travel well too, especially those connected to medicine, health and safety, so if you do plan on upskilling before you leave, check out courses such as: https://www.actassociates.co.uk/courses/classroom-courses/nebosh/

Remote Working

Maybe the answer is to take your existing business on the road with you. This is, perhaps, the most flexible option and gives you the chance to move on whenever and wherever you feel like it, not tied to contract or employer.

All you need is your laptop, a decent wifi connection and to make sure your clients can still pay into your accounts while you’re travelling, making sure that you then have access to that money.

If you already have a job that allows you to work away from an office, a freelance writer or designer for example, then what are you waiting for? Hit the road already. For those who are considering taking the plunge, take a good look at what it is that you want to do and consider how portable you can be. Spend a few weeks setting up and working from home or from cafes to make sure that you’re fully comfortable in what you’re doing and then go about making some plans.

Remember you will have to take into account differing time zones and factor in your reliance on working technology and reliable wifi, but if you’re confident you can make it happen, then why not?

Living and working abroad isn’t for everyone. Stepping into a new job, a new career can feel like a daunting process but training for and achieving a CELTA can open up a whole new world of opportunity, while using your current qualifications in different settings can be a surprisingly satisfying experience.

If you’re lucky enough to work in a job that travels with you, then what’s holding you back from packing it up and heading off on another adventure, this time one that doesn’t have to end with the holiday money starts to run low. 

When you’re fed up with the restrictions of having to wait for your next portion of annual leave and just want the freedom to roam where and when you want, try something new, something different that’s going to support your dreams, help you to meet some new people and give you some amazing memories to look back on long after your travelling adventures have drawn to a close.

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