Love to see new places, but don’t have the money to take a traditional vacation? You should know that some jobs are perfect for people with wanderlust.

These jobs are ideal for retirees, college students, teachers able to take summers off, and those who are under-employed and not worried about an extended break. In fact, most of these jobs require little experience and simply a commitment to spending a few months away from home.

Will they pay enough to cover rent? Sometimes. Some include housing, in fact. In other instances, they’re simply side hustles that operate in exotic (and not-so-exotic) locales. You’d need to cobble together two or more jobs to call it a living.

Here are a baker’s dozen — four that provide full-time work; and another nine flexible part-time options.

Full-time options:


If you’ve ever yearned to spend a season teaching kids to swim or a giving ski lessons, CoolWorks can help you find that job. With part-time and seasonal job listings in almost every state, the site provides free access to a wide range of possibilities. You could work for the National Park system, a Colorado ski resort, or snag a hospitality position on an island or lake. Want to work on a farm or ranch? They’ve got you covered.

To be sure, the jobs are generally labor intensive and not highly paid. You might be a parking attendant, lift operator, housekeeper, cook or dishwasher, for example. But the locations and perks — some jobs come with housing, unlimited horseback rides or lift tickets — may make the positions worth considering anyway. Where seasonal work is often considered a young person’s game, Cool Works also encourages athletic retirees with a yen for adventure to apply.

Yellowstone Jobs

As the name implies, Yellowstone Jobs offers seasonal positions working in resorts located in Yellowstone National Park. The jobs themselves are pretty standard –reception, kitchen staff, cleaning or laundry crew. It’s the location that’s cool — one of nine lodging facilities, restaurants or campgrounds operated by Xanterra Travel, Yellowstone’s primary concessionaire. Xanterra wants you to work at least 40 hours a week and will pay overtime at time-and-a-half, if you exceed the 40 hours. The main complaint from workers is that you are likely to exceed a 40 hour week during the summer peak season by a lot, which leaves little time for leisure. The bright side? The resorts offer a laundry-list of perks, such as subsidized housing, food, and medical care. 

Season Workers

Like CoolWorks, SeasonWorkers aims to find temporary positions for people who want to work at resorts, restaurants, ski-slopes, summer camps, sports camps and the like. It is not the final employer. It’s simply a job board that aims to find seasonal work outside of the UK (where the company is headquartered). Many of the advertised jobs are in Australia, Austria, Greece, France and the United States. Wages run the gamut from good to just room and board. In fact, the biggest concern about this job search site is that it allows listings from a few  “jobs” that require you to pay them, making these positions more low-budget travel than actual international work. These pay-to-play options appear to be in the minority, however, so it didn’t sour us on the site. Still, be aware. The value of the job you get will vary widely based on the company that offers it.


TeachAway serves a matchmaker between prospective teachers and the schools and online platforms that are willing to hire them. The site represents both international schools, such as Abu Dhabi Education and Training Institute, and online platforms such as Gogokid, that recruit for teachers who want to work at home online. Most jobs require a college degree; some also require teaching experience or the ability to communicate effectively in another language. Not surprisingly, the pay varies widely based on both the position and the country that it is located in. Online jobs pay less; in-person jobs in countries with a high cost of living pay more. There is no cost for teachers to sign up. TeachAway charges recruiters instead. Perhaps the best thing about this site is that it requires employers to help workers get bank accounts, work permits, visas and, if they provide housing, a safe place to live.

Part-time side hustles…

…in tourism

WithLocals is a perfect side hustle for gregarious U.S. expatriates, who have established a life in England, Europe, Asia, and the United Arab Emirates. The site connects tourists looking for unique experiences  with local guides — that’s you. Prospective guides set the agenda for the tour; price it; state the dates and times it’s available. The site then books travelers to fit your parameters and pays you for the bookings three days after the tour is complete. Cost: 20% of the tour price. If  you’d like to be a guide, but don’t have a tour idea, you can opt to be a guide for a pre-existing itinerary set by WithLocals. This works much the same as the tours you arrange, but you pay a 30% commission on the booking. 

Viator and ToursByLocals offer similar services. However, you don’t have to be overseas to work with these sites. All of them operate both in the U.S. and overseas and will allow you to advertise your tours wherever you happen to be.

…for roadtrippers

If your gut tells you that what you really need is a road trip, you may be able to make it pay – or at least defray your costs — by picking up packages and pets along the way. You also could potentially rent out space on your car to serve as a rolling billboard while you make your way across the U.S.

Roadie is an on-the-way delivery service. You sign up, download the app, and then check to see if there are requested deliveries on the way to wherever you are going. If there are, the app will tell you what you’d need to pick up, where and how much the gig will pay. These jobs are generally not highly paid, but you can pick up as many or as few as you wish. And, if they’re truly on your way, you have nothing to lose.

Citizen Shipper, which moves everything from pets to furniture, is a bit more formal, but works on the same concept. Consumers who need something shipped sign up and post their job. Truckers and shipping companies review the jobs and bid on the ones that they’d like to accept. Truckers use the site as a way of filling a half-empty bed with additional on-the-way deliveries. That makes the service more cost effective for customers and truckers alike. The site also creates delivery “stacks” that show other on-the-way deliveries.

Don’t want to pick things up? What about emblazoning your car with advertising? Five different companies offer to wrap cars with advertisements and pay you somewhere between $50 and $450 per month for being their rolling billboard. Payments are based on the advertiser, how much you drive and the size of the advertisement. (Some are magnetic placards that fit on a door; others are full wraps that cover the car.) Car-based advertising campaigns are not an every-day occurrence, but there’s no harm in signing up. Highly-rated platforms in this space are PromotocarCarvertise, Wrapify, and MyFreeCar.