Backpacker Jobs | What Are They and How To Find One

by | Jan 20, 2018 | Live Work Play Travel, Work Abroad Backpacker Jobs | 0 comments

So you are travelling the world and while on the road you discover you have spent all your money. How do you make some quick money to continue travelling? It would be easy to call home and get some sent to you however, there are backpacker jobs that you could find. Here is a list of some typical backpacker jobs and how to find them.


Typical Backpacker Jobs


Accommodation touting
Agriculture – farm hand
Au Pair, nanny
Bar work pulling pints
Busking or Street Performing
Cruise ship jobs
Deck hand on a yacht
Digital nomad
Door knocking for charities
Film extra
Fruit and vegetable picking
Gardening (mowing lawns, garden maintenance)
Hairdressing – offer cheap haircuts to travelling backpackers
Hostels – reception, cleaning
House sitting – not actually a job, but a great way to save money
Odd jobs – handyman
Pet walking and grooming
Selling souvenirs and duty free
Teach English
Temp office work
Tour guide
Travel blogger
WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms)
Yacht crew – work your passage


How to find a Backpacker Job


There are a number of ways to find a backpacker job while you are travelling.

  1. Look at the area you are in and adapt your skills accordingly. Are you in a tourist town, then there will be waiting work in cafes and restaurants, bar tending in bars and work in hotels on reception or cleaning. Are you in a farming area, work may be available as a farm hand or picking fruit and vegetables.
  2. Ask at your accommodation if any work is going, particularly if staying in a hostel. You may be able to work for your accommodation. Caravan Parks may also need casual staff for maintenance work and cleaning cabins.
  3. Register with an agency of the type of work you are seeking, ie. nursing, accounting, farming, office administration, etc.


Tip to finding a Backpacker Job


The biggest tip I can offer you so you can find a backpacker job as you travel is to gain some skills before you leave on your trip, or pick them up on the road as you travel. I suggest having skills pulling pints, making coffee, typing, etc. You may also want to do some courses such gaining a TEFL (Teaching English Certificate).  


Work Online as a Digital Nomad


Another options is to work online as a digital nomad. There are many jobs you can do online to make money to help you travel. They include but are not limited to: data entry, translating, teaching English, website design, content creating, etc. Read my post How To Become A Digital Nomad + 18 Digital Nomad Jobs.

If you are saving madly to travel around the world that is wonderful however, you can always pick up a backpacker job while you travel the world to help you keep travelling.


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