20 Cool Business Ideas for Those Who Love Travel

Make Money Traveling - 20 Cool Business Ideas for Those Who Love Travel

You don’t have to choose between traveling regularly and running a successful business. There are plenty of different businesses that you can run while traveling. And there are even some that require you to do a fair amount of traveling. So if you want to start a business that supports your love of staying on the move, look no further! Check out this list of travel friendly businesses below.

Make Money Traveling with These Business Ideas

Travel Blogger

Having a love of travel is definitely a plus if you’re going to be a travel blogger. To build a travel blogging business, you can start your own blog about all of your traveling adventures or put together guides and tips based on your experiences.

Public Speaker

Public speaking can be a lucrative gig if you’ve got some valuable expertise in a given area and the ability to share that expertise at various conferences and events. You can offer your speaking services to people in different parts of the world, and then use those engagements as opportunities to travel to new and exciting locations.

Telecommuting CEO

You can even serve as the CEO of your own company — even if that company does have a physical location — while you yourself are traveling. Telecommuting is becoming more and more common thanks to things like video conferencing and project management apps. So there’s no reason you can’t telecommute regularly — or even live in a whole different place while you run your business from afar.

Wedding or Travel Photographer

If you have some experience in photography and the right equipment, you can make a living by photographing weddings and similar events. And if you enjoy traveling, you can offer your photography services to couples around the world and then travel to those different events for each assignment. You can also use the opportunity to take travel photos of the places you’ve been and sell downloads or license their use from your website.


If you’ve had the opportunity to travel to different countries and learn other languages, you might be able to start a business as a translator. You can translate anything from books to documents in a variety of different languages. And that’s something that you can often do remotely, so you can work from anywhere.

Language Teacher

Knowledge of another language could also give you another kind of opportunity to offer your services — this time as a teacher or tutor. You could teach or tutor students of the English language in other countries. Or you could teach other languages you may have learned during your travels around the U.S.

Travel Consultant

Big travel agencies have struggled to stay afloat over the last several years. But that doesn’t mean there are no consumers out there who could use a little help booking their trips and finding the best deals. If you’re an experienced traveler, you likely have some valuable expertise that you could share with other travelers. So you could offer up those services as a travel consultant.


Many people prefer to have someone watching their homes or pets when they travel. So if you want to visit different areas while getting paid to do so, you could offer your services as a housesitter in all the different areas you’d like to visit.

Online Coach

You can use the internet to teach basically anything to people online. You can set up online courses in things like marketing and social media. Or you could get even more specific and teach people something like how to save money on travel. But even if your topic of choice doesn’t have anything to do with travel specifically, you can set up and monitor your online courses from pretty much anywhere.

Social Media Influencer

Social media is another tool you can easily access from basically anywhere, especially with the prevalence of mobile apps. And if you’re able to build up a fairly sizable and influential presence on certain social media platforms, you can offer your services as an influencer and work with brands to share unique content with your audience from a beach in Hawaii or a ski lodge in Aspen, Colorado.

Handmade Shop Owner

Thanks to online platforms like Etsy and Amazon, it’s easier than ever to sell handmade goods from basically anywhere. But you can also sell handmade creations at various craft fairs and events around the country and the world. So in both ways, travel could work very well with your handmade business. Think about it.

Vintage Reseller

Vintage is another product category that you can easily sell online from basically any location. But you can also sell at flea markets and events. Plus, you can travel around the country or around the world to scavenge through antique stores, markets, fairs or bazaars to find unique treasures to sell online.

Remote Freelancer

If you’re skilled in things like writing, design or social media, you can offer your services to companies on a contract basis and work from basically anywhere. You can even become a “digital nomad” with no home base — just working from where ever you are as you travel the world.

Personal Trainer

If you’re athletically inclined, you can offer your services as a personal trainer or coach to clients in your area. But you could also take your business on the road to visit clients in other locations, or even offer online training sessions or video chat with clients during your travels.

Traveling Event Planner

True some event planners specialize in creating events  close to home — in their own city or region. But event planning is another business where you can work as easily with clients across the country and around the world as in your own home town. You can even work with clients remotely through most of the process and then just travel to their location for the actual event itself.

Mobile DJ

You can offer your services as a DJ for weddings, parties or other events. But you can also offer your services to clients around the world or specifically seek out clients in areas where you’d like to travel. DJs have gone international in recent years attracting a following once reserved for musicians and other performers. You can use that fan base to attract audiences — and gain gigs — anywhere they have a dance floor.

T-Shirt Designer

Online platforms like Redbubble and CafePress allow you to create your own designs and have them printed on tshirts, mugs and other products without requiring you to take care of the actual manufacturing. So you can run a business selling those products without needing a lot of supplies or a fixed location. Create designs during your travels and market them online no matter where in the world you might be.

Website or App Developer

You can design and launch mobile apps from your smartphone or websites from your computer whether you’re at home in your own kitchen or chillin’ in the Caribbean. So long as there’s an internet connection or WiFi you’re good to go. There’s no need to be tied to a specific location. So you can start a location independent business designing your own mobile apps or websites even contracting with other companies to develop apps for them.

Travel Vlogger

This is a variation of the first suggestion on this list and owes much to the popularity of sites like YouTube. YouTube channels devoted exclusively to travel have exploded in recent years. Whether you attract sponsors or have a product of your own to sell, a YouTube travel channel could be an excellent way of creating a massive audience while you share video of your adventures.


Finally, writing books has always been a job you can do from anywhere. But with the dawn of the internet, even the publishing and promotion of your book can  be done from almost anywhere. Some writers even find that traveling can be inspirational or therapeutic. And certainly, if you specialize in travel books or other titles drawing from a certain place, traveling may even be a necessity for research and to get a sense of the places and things you are writing about.

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Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. Almost any job that allows remote working can be done while traveling. You just need a reliable internet connection and device.

  2. Having your own business is the best. It is better if you can manage it online or through other forms of technology.

  3. Some of these jobs need formal training and experience. You can’t become a travel photographer just because you travel and have a camera. You shouldn’t offer translation services (at least a professional ones) just because you speak languages, because translation takes much, much more than speaking languages. The same goes for writing. Speaking a languages doesn’t make anyone a writer, let alone, a good one.

  4. Great ideas, thank you for the inspiration, Annie! This really helped me jumpstart my brainstorm. 🙂

  5. I think these are some good idea that i can try. Thanks for this.