It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Are there really jobs that pay you to travel the world? We’ve been working our way around the globe for over fifteen years, and yes, they’re out there. It’s time to show you guys that our travelling lifestyle isn’t a pipedream and that it’s totally possible for you too.

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We get emails and messages every week from readers who want to work and travel, but don’t know where to start.

One of the most common questions we’re asked is how do we afford to just keep travelling the world. Find our best tips to save cash for travels before you leave home. And don’t miss our 6 Best Travel Hacks to save you money.

Many of the jobs listed below have been the main source of income to support our travels.

Here are 20 Jobs that PAY YOU to Travel the World

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1) Trip Leader/Tour Director

Energy, patience, and great organisational skills are some personal attributes you’ll need for this job. A trip leader or tour director accompanies a tour group for the entire itinerary. It’s your job to make the trip run as smoothly as possible and ensure that everyone is having a good time.

Some daily tasks include arranging bookings, leading walking tours in cities, answering passenger questions (often the same one many times each day), speaking about the history, and communicating with other crew members or the coach driver. When things don’t go to plan on the trip, it’s also your job to try and fix it.

This is a job that requires a lot of hard work, especially in the beginning or at least until you are used to the destination that you’re working in. Once you’ve got the hang of it, it gets much easier and more enjoyable. Generally, you’ll be working in one continent for a season (for example, Europe or South America), depending on the company you work for.

If you possess the above qualities and you think a life on the road might be for you, there are hundreds of tour companies always looking for new Trip Leaders and Tour Directors.

Did you know that Marty and I used to work as Trip Leaders in both Europe and Australia? It was seriously the best job we’ve ever had.

One of our favourite Group Tour Companies is Expat Explore. They offer AWESOME tours in Europe and around the world. Get a 5% discount on any trip if you use our promo code VERYHUNGRYNOMADS at checkout.

Some of the tour companies we recommend applying for this job are listed below. Go to the Work with us page on their website and find out how to apply.

To find a range of other tour companies that you may be interested in, see Tourradara booking website to find and compare the best group tours around the world.

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Marty used to work as a trip leader in Europe (Tallinn, Estonia)

2) Tour Guide

This one is a little different to trip leaders and tour directors, as a tour guide will usually do shorter tours or commonly day tours. This may be a full day or half-day tour and often the guide is an expert in what he/she does. It could be a full-day tour of a city talking about the history or it might be a half-day food adventure in Bangkok. I’ve listed our favourite companies below – check their websites for available positions.

3) Host

Want to earn money by hosting food tours, cooking classes, or creating dining experiences?

Eat With is a platform to share your passion for food with people from all over the world? You just need to sign up as an Eatwith host and earn money from working from any destination around the world.

4) On-Road Chef

I worked as an On-Road-Chef for Topdeck Travel for many years in Europe. It was honestly the best decision I ever made in my life! It allowed me to travel all over Europe and cook for groups of up to 46 passengers at a time. In between the cooking, I got to see the most incredible parts of such a beautiful continent.

I’ve made some amazing friends with passengers and crew and the best part was that I was getting paid to do so!

This job was seasonal work, so once the Summer season in Europe finished, I’d travel the world for the other six months of the year.

Check out the Topdeck Travel website.

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5) Site Representative

A Site Representative is another option for seasonal work. You would be based in one location for a few weeks or months at a time. You might be helping out in the kitchen preparing food for tour groups passing through, perhaps working in the bar on-site or maybe cleaning rooms.

It’s common to be stationed in a gorgeous location somewhere in the world too. Another bonus is that these random jobs can often include free accommodation.

This job is seasonal, so you could work the Summer season in Europe and then work in a ski chalet or village in the Wintertime. Either way, you’ll have plenty of activities to entertain you when you’re not working.

Check out for real-time vacancies for Summer and Winter jobs around the world.

Some of the companies I’d recommend contacting directly for these jobs are below.