work abroad

Working and living abroad is a dream for many wanderlusters, especially for the millenial generation. I’m a great example of someone who took their own job abroad and am now a Digital Nomad traveling through Southeast Asia with my laptop, passport, and love of exploring new corners of the world.

If you’re ready to earn a living while living internationally, work abroad with these remote jobs!


Teaching English as a Foreign Language or English as a Second Language is a popular option for travelers in their 20’s and 30’s who want to see the world, experience new cultures and enrich both the lives of themselves and their students. There are thousands of opportunities for TEFL, and the best part? You do not need an official degree in teaching to be eligible.

Of course, you will need to complete the necessary certification and be able to demonstrate that you will provide a high-quality educational experience, but if you meet those expectations, go for it!

Learn more about the TEFL program and get certified or view the top 10 TEFL job markets and salaries.


Interexchange’s motto is “Uniting People Through International Exchange.” The program features several different varieties of jobs and opportunities in many different fields including being an Au Pair, Volunteer, Teaching English, or working in travel and hospitality such as a restaurant, hotel, or tourist attraction.

Interexchange promises to guide you through the application process, match you with an employer, and answer any questions along the way.

FreelanceDigital Nomad Jobs

One of the most common avenues for travelers and Digital Nomads is being a professional freelancer. If you hustle and have the talent, you can make more than enough to survive by becoming a writer, social media manager, marketing consultant, coder, graphic designer, or any other computer-based profession that can be done remotely while you live and work abroad. And the best part? You can travel as often as you like and visit many cities in a short amount of time.

If you don’t have a steady client base just yet, check out Elance, Fiverr, UpWork, and for work.

Digital Nomad Coordinator

Remote Year is currently hiring  for a Videographer and Program Leader and with the Digital Nomad lifestyle exploding, it’s likely that several other travel + work programs will be expanding steadily. If you don’t see any open listings, contact Coliving and Coworking facilities and inquire about possible employment possibilities. Or, perhaps organize a trade exchange. Such as offering to work 15 hours per month in exchange for a free desk at the coworking office, likely saving you around $100 – $200 per month.

Other Remote Work programs include:


Remote Experience

Hacker Paradise

We Roam

Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is an incredible U.S. program that sends volunteers across the world for making a difference hands-on through health and education initiatives, agriculture, community building and more. At the end of your 27 month journey, you will be given a stipend to help you re-acclimate and the Peace Corps can also help you pay off some student debt.

Is Peace Corps Right for Me?

I know a young woman who is currently serving in Swaziland and I am so moved by her dedication and thankful she posts photos to social media. This option truly allows you to make a difference while assimilating into local culture.


Photo Credit: Samantha Snodgrass, PC Swaziland
Photo Credit: Samantha Snodgrass, PC Swaziland
Photo Credit: Samantha Snodgrass, PC Swaziland
Photo Credit: Samantha Snodgrass, PC Swaziland

Startup Founder

business startup digital nomad

If you want to take your business idea to the next level, becoming a founder as a Digital Nomad is as popular as ever. Once you launch, I highly recommend 2 things: sign up for as many presentations and business development seminars as possible. This is what makes Chiang Mai so desirable for business owners to work abroad.

The second thing is to grow your online presence and social media. Check out this Social Media Academy. It’s a self-paced online “course” that teaches you everything you need to know about professional use of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Linkedin and Pinterest for your new business. I see, time and time again, businesses who think they don’t need to invest time and money into their online presence, and they are so wrong.

Cruise Employee

International cruise companies like Norweigian and Carnival are always actively recruiting young adults to live and work at sea. Job openings include kitchen staff, maintenence, housekeeping, day care attendants, and so much more. You can find almost any type of job aboard these vessels – even performing! Audition to be an entertainer on board and it might be your first step to becoming a star.

Royal Caribbean Career Opportunities

Disney Cruise Line Careers

Princess Cruise Line Career Opportunities

Carnival Career Opportunities

SilverSea Career Opportunities

If you’re from the United States, check out the State Department’s website for a list of helpful programs and legitimate ways to work abroad.


Hi, I'm Chelse! I am a Digital Nomad obsessed with traveling the world and seeking adventure beyond the 9-5 office life. When I turned 25 I decided that I was going to stop making excuses and do what I've always dreamed. I went from having 0 stamps in my passport to 15+ countries in one year. I encourage anyone who wants to live a Digital Nomad lifestyle to buy the ticket first, and figure out the rest later!


  1. Chelse,
    You blogs are always well written with lots of good information. You make me want to be a digital nomad … now to figure out what I would do to make a living …….

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