13 unusual jobs for travellers

Working while traveling is a great way to maintain the adventure, but it’s not usually a path paved in riches. Often you’ll be working for minimum wage or tackling monotonous tasks. So how do you make it more exciting? Get yourself a unique job on your travels…

One of the best elements of traveling is the opportunity to try something new. It’s the time to test your limits, leave your comfort zone and think about what you want to do with your life. While these jobs may not be the kind you want to carve a career out of, they could keep life interesting as you earn some cash.

Human bed warmer

Hotel Bed Warmer

Hotel chain Holiday Inn once took to employing human bed warmers as an extra service for their chilly guests. Not content with an electric blanket or hot water bottle, guests could hire a person to warm the bed to between 20 and 24°C.

Gross stunt tester

Fear Factor

In shows such as Fear Factor, producers need some naive folk to test out some of the most gruesome stunts. Think laying in a bath of cockroaches, or chowing down on some buffalo testicles.

Medicine tester

Medicine tester, Similarly, some travellers make extra cash by signing a waiver and being a guinea pig for a new medicine. It may sound like easy money, but there’s nothing worse than falling ill overseas.

Taxi driver in Antarctica


Being a taxi driver doesn’t sound too hard, but the dynamics change when you’re a driver in Antarctica. In a country where 98% of the landscape is covered in ice, the roads are the highest, driest, windiest, and emptiest on earth.

Bollywood extra


Wander around Mumbai for a couple of days, and you’re bound to be approached by a Bollywood film scout. Bollywood films are big business in India, and playing the role of a tourist is a good way to earn a bit of pocket money.

Portaloo operative


One way to get free entry into a festival is to become a portaloo operative. Not only can you try to keep the toilets clean during the festival, you can also help with the cleaning of the toilets once the festival ends.

Slime line worker


Fishing is big business in Alaska, and teams of workers are required to slice, gut, fillet, pack and clean the fresh catches as they come into the harbour.

LEGO gluer

LEGO structure

Once a designer has created the idea for a spectacular LEGO structure, it’s up to a gluer to painstakingly glue down each and every brick according to the designer’s plans – with many structures consisting of more than 2,000 pieces.


Hello Kitty

Be it as Mickey Mouse at Disneyland or Hello Kitty in a Japanese mall, there are always mascot suits that need a human body.

Sewer guide

Sewer Museum, Paris on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Le Musee des Egouts (the Museum of the Sewers) in Paris has been a popular tour since the early 19th century. If you have a tolerant stomach and can make your way as a translator, you could see yourself guiding people along specially-made platforms that sit right above the sewage.

Dice inspector


Never underestimate the importance of a perfectly aligned die. Your job as a dice inspector would be to look for imperfections or blemishes that could cause the die to roll slightly off.

Coconut safety engineer

Coconut safety engineer With resorts paranoid their guests are going to get a bump on the noggin from a coconut, hotels such as the Ritz Carlton in St. Thomas employ coconut tree climbers to remove ripe coconuts before they fall.

Manners policeman


Unfortunately, you won’t get paid for this but if you feel like doing some volunteer work in Venice, you can become a sandwich patrol officer. Your job would be to stop uncouth people from eating sandwiches with their shirts off. Yes Really!

Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Michael has always been a sucker for an adventure. As a kid he was lucky enough to live for many years in a handful of exotic far flung locations including Hong Kong, Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania and since then he’s developed a taste for seeking out new cultures. So much in fact he now travels the world as a trading digital nomad, exploring sizzling street markets in Bangkok to random back alleys in Sri Lanka and everything in between! He also has a special fondness for Cohibas, street food, playing carrom, and fine wine and knows his clarets from his chiantis. He counts Cuba, Amsterdam, Laos, Cambodia and Italy as his favourite destinations.


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