20 Remote Jobs for Van Lifers and Travelers

Looking for more freedom in your career? Here are 20 remote jobs that allow you to make money from the road.

Looking for more freedom in your career? Here are remote jobs that allow you to make money as a van lifer or traveler, so you can stay on the road longer.

If you’re wondering what options there are for making money on the road, you’ve come to the right place. As a fully remote team here at Bearfoot Theory (including 2 full-time van lifers), we often get asked about options for remote jobs for van lifers and how to transition from working a 9 to 5 in an office to a remote career with more flexibility.

There are more options than ever before for remote work and working while traveling. Studies are showing that employees are more productive and efficient in their own space and on their own time.

Today, working from home is evolving – people want more freedom. And that means, freedom to work from anywhere. In most cases, all you need is a laptop, a good Wi-Fi connection, and motivation, and you can work while you travel.

Fortunately, no matter what your education, background, or skill set is, there is likely some type of remote work that’s suitable for you so you can make money while traveling. Nearly any skill, with the right combination of learning, experience, and determination can become a doorway into working remotely.

Whether you want to do van life, go on an extended international trip, or just want a little freedom and flexibility in your life, here‘s a roundup of remote jobs that you can do from anywhere. 

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1. Digital Marketer

Digital marketing is basically the marketing of products and services online. It’s an umbrella term for a whole group of specializations and jobs covering every aspect of marketing in the online space. For example, digital marketing includes things like:

  • social media marketing
  • search engine optimization (SEO)
  • email marketing
  • content marketing
  • affiliate marketing
  • paid advertising

If you have any marketing experience, remote marketing jobs could be a great fit for you. Many bloggers like me and other small businesses are looking for people to help them with social media and other important marketing tasks.

If you’re interested in the digital marketing field but don’t have experience, you’ll be surprised how much you can teach yourself with free online resources and with affordable online courses.

Solid writing, computer and organizational skills, and a keen attention to detail can go a long way. Once you’ve taken the time to educate yourself, contact a company or website you like and see if they need help. Eventually, you’ll land your first gig and start building your clientele base.

A woman works on her laptop while holding an iphone. she's sitting in the doorway of her camper van
BFT team member Courtney works remotely as a freelance digital marketer while traveling in her Ford Econoline

2. Writer / Editor

If you have solid writing skills, you can 100 percent find a way to apply them to a remote career. Good writing skills are in high demand since they’re so important for nearly any type of work or business. And in the online world, there is an ongoing demand for new content, and this won’t be going away anytime soon.

Think about writing blog posts for websites, articles for news outlets, website copy, social media copy, email copy, landing page copy, and even eBooks and online resources.

If you have really good writing and communication skills, someone will be happy to hire you. If you can learn how to write persuasive copy that sells, you’ll be especially valuable. Look for remote proofreading jobs, remote editing jobs, and remote writing work.

3. Virtual Assistant

Getting a remote job as a virtual assistant is a great way to enter the world of working remotely. A virtual assistant is kind of a jack of all trades, so this could especially be a good fit for you if you don’t have a specialized skill that some other remote positions require (like graphic design or web development).

If you’re on top of it, organized, detail-oriented, a good communicator, and have basic computer skills you could thrive as a virtual assistant. There are lots of businesses and entrepreneurs out there who could use some extra help and support. While VA responsibilities can vary widely from job to job, think responding to emails, making travel arrangements, scheduling meetings, and more.

4. Online Teacher

Online teaching is a newer field that’s rapidly growing, creating lots of opportunities to work remotely. If you’re a native English speaker, look into teaching English online. You’ll likely need a Bachelor’s degree and you may need to take the TEFL exam to qualify, but then you can work from anywhere!

If you have expertise in a certain subject or are a teacher at home, you may be able to apply that knowledge to teaching a course online as well. Many schools, even larger well-known colleges, offer online classes nowadays so there are lots of opportunities here.

5. Photographer

Got photography skills or an interest to learn? You can work as a photographer from anywhere if you set your business up right. And with the internet, it’s easier than ever to showcase your work via a website and social media channels.

If you’re an event photographer, think about booking event gigs in the places you plan on traveling to. You can also explore working with DMOs (destination marketing organizations) and visitor’s bureaus that are looking to expand their reach.

Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be selling your work to magazines, organizations, and websites looking for content. And in the meantime, consider selling your photos to stock photo sites to support yourself and get your name out there while you work to secure bigger clients and gigs.

Looking for more freedom in your career? Here are remote jobs that allow you to make money as a van lifer or traveler, so you can stay on the road longer.

6. Graphic Designer

If you’re interested in graphic design and are thinking about going into this field, this is a great remote job option that allows for flexibility and independence.

Graphic designers are in high demand because visuals are so important – think logos, branding, web design, print materials, event designs – there are lots of different niches out there.

And if you happen to be a graphic designer, you’re in luck. You’re perfectly positioned to be able to work from anywhere with a remote design job. Start by seeing if your current job will allow you to work remotely.

If that won’t work or if you’re ready for something new, consider going off on your own to do freelance graphic design work or find a company that needs a graphic designer that will allow you to work remotely.

7. Web Developer

Ditto for web development. Whether you’re a developer, a programmer, or a project manager, you’re perfectly positioned to work remotely because this type of work can be done from anywhere. As you do some searching online, you’ll find tons of remote job openings for web developers, coders, and programmers.

If you’re not on the technical side of things but you have experience partaking in, or even better – overseeing, web development projects, you could also look for project management roles in the web dev field.

8. Project Manager

If you’re a project manager in your current work life, there are opportunities to take your role remote. Being a remote project manager for a team and for projects has a unique set of challenges because rather than communicating face-to-face in an office, your team may be spread across the entire country and in different time zones.

Clear communication is key and so is having a solid project management system in place. If you do some searching for remote project manager jobs online, you’ll find a variety of project management roles looking to be filled.

9. Blogger

Blogging is by no means a way to make money quickly, but it is an option if you’re interested in starting your own online business. If you embark down this path, you’ll want some serious savings in place to tide you over or another job you’re working simultaneously until you get your business up and running.

It can take a year or more to see any income (and that’s if you work your butt off), and it takes a lot of hard work upfront to learn the ropes of all aspects of digital marketing needed to set up a successful blog, like social media, SEO, writing for the web, email marketing, website management, and more. But the payoff is being your own boss and being able to work from anywhere on your own schedule.  

Looking for more freedom in your career? Here are remote jobs that allow you to make money as a van lifer or traveler, so you can stay on the road longer.
I’ve been running my blog since 2014 and spend 7 months a year living out of my van

10. Accountant/Bookkeeper

If you’re good with numbers, becoming a virtual accountant or bookkeeper might be right up your alley. If you’re already an accountant, CPA, or bookkeeper, then you’re well-positioned to transition into working remotely.

Look for a job with a company that allows you to work from anywhere or consider going out on your own as a freelance accountant/bookkeeper or starting your own business that you can run on your own terms.

11. Customer Service Representative

Remote customer service work usually requires just a phone and the internet. Many industries have customer service departments, especially sales-driven businesses. People skills are essential for this sort of job.

If you’re comfortable talking with people, helping resolve issues, answering questions, and making efforts to leave them a satisfied customer then this is a good job to consider.

Speaking English fluently, as well as any other languages, will set you apart from the crowd. They might even appreciate that you travel through different time zones so this is a job you can do from anywhere. Amazon periodically has “Amazon Jobs Day” to hire work-from-home employees, so keep an eye out for that.

12. Traveling Nurse

Working as a traveling nurse or healthcare provider is a growing field. There are several staffing agencies across the world that will link qualified healthcare providers with jobs as you travel.

I’ve met some people on the road that work as traveling nurses and remote pharmacists, and it seems like a great remote work option. It affords them the freedom to travel without cutting ties with their career, plus they get to help the communities they travel through. 

13. Data Entry Assistant

Remote data entry jobs are applicable to industries around the world. There are specific types of remote data entry jobs, like medical transcription and coding, performance measurements, and inventory.

While some employers will prefer you to have experience or certification, it’s not always a requirement for this flexible job you can do from anywhere.

14. Yoga Teacher

If you’re a yoga teacher or are interested in getting your teaching certification, this is a flexible job that you can essentially do from anywhere with the right planning, especially with so many yoga classes now taught online.

You could even coordinate ahead of time with local studios in the towns you plan on passing through to teach a few classes or workshops. Or you can post up in places for a few weeks or months at a time and pick up a regular class or sub classes at yoga studios. Be sure to check out sites like YogaTrade that offer work-trade opportunities too.

Looking for more freedom in your career? Here are remote jobs that allow you to make money as a van lifer or traveler, so you can stay on the road longer.

15. Sales Rep

In the past, it was hard to find sales jobs that didn’t require a lot of travel, but today you can find remote sales jobs in nearly every industry. The outdoor gear industry, for example, is growing rapidly, and if you land the right gig, you might be able to use your van as a homebase as you travel to cool mountain towns selling outdoor gear. You don’t always need experience or a degree, but you will need a computer and reliable phone service.

16. Pet/House Sitter

You don’t have to be a digital nomad to work remotely! If you love animals, this is a fun, flexible job without commitment. You should feel comfortable taking good care of people’s pets, but otherwise, pet sitting is about as relaxed as it gets in the remote work world. There are many pet and house sitting websites that list jobs nearby, so check out the listing for towns you’ll be traveling through.

*Note: many pet/housesitting gig websites are unpaid, but it’s an amazing way for van lifers to balance travel and the stability and comfort of staying in a house

17. Consultant

The options for remote consulting jobs are endless. Remote consulting work is needed in nearly every industry because you can consult companies on every part of their business. Working from home as a consultant allows you the option to work remotely full-time, part-time, or freelance. It’s a flexible job that you can do from anywhere with anyone.

Some industries to consider are healthcare, insurance, tech, sales, banking – the list is limitless. If you’re good at developing strategies, solving problems, and creating solutions for productivity it’s a good field to get into.

18. Lawyer

This one may be a surprise but legal remote jobs are on the rise. In fact, there are many online services, such as Legal Zoom, where you can hire legal help over the internet. These are some of the options within the legal field: contract manager, paralegal, general counsel, administrative assistant, and data entry.

Whether you have experience or not, reach out to law firms directly and inquire about job opportunities. Get creative about ways you can support the firm from afar.

19. Seasonal Employee

Besides some of the more digital/technical remote job options on this list, another option is to move slowly and get seasonal or temporary jobs in the places you want to travel to. Think seasonal retail work or seasonal guiding jobs, or work at restaurants, bars, or ski shops that are looking to increase their workforce during certain times of year.

Looking for more freedom in your career? Here are remote jobs that allow you to make money as a van lifer or traveler, so you can stay on the road longer.

20. Discuss Options with your Current Employer

If you’re already employed, consider discussing the opportunity to work remotely in your current role or another role within the company. You may be surprised to find that a lot of employers are willing to work with you on this. They want to know that you’ll still be a reliable, valuable employee so it’s worth pitching a fair proposal to them. Maybe you start a couple of days a week and then go from there. You’ll never know unless you try.

I hope this has gotten your gears ticking about remote job options that might work for you! If you have any questions about remote jobs, leave them in the comments below.

Bearfoot Theory | Calling all van lifers and travel enthusiasts! Discover the ultimate guide to 20 amazing remote jobs that will keep you on the road and fuel your wanderlust. Whether you're exploring breathtaking landscapes or embarking on epic adventures, these flexible careers will ensure you can work from anywhere. From digital nomad opportunities to creative freelancing gigs, find your perfect remote job and live life on your own terms. Unleash the freedom of van life while earning a living with these inspiring career options for the modern nomad. Get ready to embrace the open road and embark on the ultimate work-travel lifestyle!

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  1. The only one realistic for most people is online teaching and even this is fast becoming over saturated. I’m a digital nomad but only by luck and desperation.

    1. There are plenty of options out there in addition to online teaching, especially now that covid has started to somewhat normalize remote work. Kristen, myself, and many others we’ve worked with are a testament to some of the different ways people can create remote careers for themselves. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts 🙂

    2. Travel nursing/ nursing assistant is realistic. In most states you do not have to be certified to be a nurses assistant.

  2. I wanted to find out how to keep your drivers license if you have no permanent address and no relatives whose address you could use. I am a 70 year old widow who would like to try the van life for a few years but don’t know what to do about my driver’s license. Also are there any websites to advertise free dry camping or boondocking on my land in Maine in exchange for some light help?

    1. Hi Lee. I imagine this varies by state but some drivers licenses are valid for 5 years from the time of renewal so if you’re traveling for a few years this might not be a problem but I’m not entirely sure. You might find some helpful additional information on getting mail in this Van Life Roadmap lesson: https://bearfoottheory.com/van-life-establishing-residency-getting-mail/. Your question about advertising space to camp in exchange for help is a great one. I know of websites like this for yoga (Yoga Trade) and farming (https://wwoof.net/) but haven’t heard about anything like this for van life. If we find anything we’ll be sure to let you know.

    2. Hey Lee! Love love love that you’re considering the lifestyle. I am a vanlifer full time and started out in maine, van from maine, the whole bit. You should REALLY really look into WWOOF as I have done it on the other end (worker not hoster) and loved it and made many friends doing so. Theres also Work-Away which I have never used but heard many good things from good friends of mine about it. In regards to the license, maybe ask a friend if you can use their address? This is what I have done for a while for the same reason. Drivers license requires an address.

      They try to keep people like us down these days (:

    3. Depending on State regulations, attaining a Post Office Box is one modality of mailing address for folks who travel. General Delivery is another access point, where it is still available. A post office box at a private entity is another option, and often has less glitches in mail system processing. Sometimes, the mainstream private companies will allow regular customers to receive mail, if you can build repoire with the manager, and it is a smaller operation. Other options are senior centers, homeless shelters, community centers and recreation centers, and places of educational institution as well as small business or civic organizations.
      There had been a bulletin board system that specifically had that [travel] scope of population, but it had been mostly eradicated with much “urban legend” and “wives’ tales (also known as ‘wise tales’)” during shifts of mainstream technology, needful to say, a lot of it had been such described non-p.c. and a bit wobbly on the “mixed company” communications side. Today, searching for oneself at a public library, or other public access info point, is a more viable option, until you find entity (website or other leading info) You are more comfortable employing. There are many RV publications and Camping information, in books, magazine, and other. If you are able, a job in the park systems may be a decent fit for your social networking needs. There also are adventure tourism for seniors, as well as senior-based field studies and senior based “experiential education” travel programs. It could be best to stay local, in which non-profit organizations who have a large threshold of your age and interest bracket, may help steer you toward your favored path.
      As you maybe can tell, I am not a senior myself, but have some scope of knowledge toward the category, or interest in sociology/history as it pertains.
      I hope the information I provide is viable and healthful, and inspires you to live of your daydreams to one extent or another.

  3. Very good suggestions but would be helpful if you included how you go about finding these jobs i.e website you can apply to or information of how you got into your role.

  4. Hi, I’m signed up for “Travel, Tourism & Hospitality” major for college. Will it be beneficial for me once I’m ready for the van life? Will being a travel agent be enough? I don’t know what other work options would work for me once I graduate with that major & try the van life. I hope this makes sense to you, hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

  5. I am a sales rep and am quite interested in selling gear on the road. Do you know what companies are ideal for this kind of role?

    1. Hi Ian, we aren’t personally familiar with any companies. If you’re looking for sales rep jobs in the outdoor industry, check out Basecamp Outdoors – they have a weekly job newsletter & a very active Facebook Group where job postings are listed, and we’ve seen several sales rep jobs on there.

    2. There are currently (on a long-term scale) major fluctuations in the gear sales market due to social and technogical trends, which had not existed before. Generally speaking outdoor gear, like all specialty shops, had specific industry and market.