Typical backpacker jobs

So you’re on the road and spent all your money, so how do you make some to continue travelling? It would be easy to call home and get some sent to you however, many of us are more resilient than that and fall back on finding a job – and fast – here are some classic backpacker job suggestions:

Accommodation touting
Agriculture – farm hand
Au Pair, nanny
Barista
Bar work pulling pints
Busking or Street Performing
Cleaner
Cook
Cruise ship jobs
Deck hand on a yacht
Digital nomad
Door knocking for charities
Dropshipping
Film extra
Fruit and vegetable picking
Gardening (mowing lawns, garden maintenance)
Hairdressing – offer cheap haircuts to travelling backpackers
Hostels
House sitting
Labouring
Modelling
Odd jobs – handyman
Pet walking and grooming
Selling souvenirs and duty free
Teach English
Temp office work
Tour guide
Translater
Travel blogger
Waitress/Waiter
WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms)
Yacht crew – work your passage

Tip: if you can, get some skills before you leave on the road: pulling pints, making coffee, etc. or undertake a course such as English Teaching or social media, as these skills can come in very handy.

Sharyn McCullum travelled the world doing different work to keep her travelling. Jobs included office temp work, nannying, picking fruit and vegetables and now travel blogging. She currently calls Melbourne home.

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