How to Travel the U.S. Full-Time Without a Car (Working Seasonal Jobs)

Updated on May 6, 2020
timothyjward profile image

Timothy travels the U.S. full-time with only a small backpack and a suitcase. He spends his evenings writing and filming Youtube videos.

Hiking near Rocky Mountain National Park
Hiking near Rocky Mountain National Park

Two years ago I realized two things about myself:

  1. I really didn't like owning a car, and
  2. I wanted to travel and see more of my country (U.S.) full-time.

So I set out to find a way to travel the United States full-time without a car.

It took a few months but I stumbled across a method that worked for me and I having been using it ever since.

The way I travel America full time with no car is by doing seasonal work. Seasonal work is when you work at a job for a short amount of time, usually one season, which typically equals out to 3 or 4 months.

Seasonal jobs are usually in the tourist industry. Some examples of the places that hire seasonal workers are ski resorts, National Parks, cruise ships, seafood processors, amusement parks, hunting camps, hotels, lodges, etc.

I suggest checking out the website if you want to see the full range of seasonal jobs that are available in the U.S. There are literally hundreds of them!

On the Megabus headed out on another adventure!
On the Megabus headed out on another adventure!

You might be wondering how I get to these seasonal jobs without a car. Well, most seasonal employers will pick you up either from the nearest airport or Greyhound bus station.

If they don't pick you up directly, then they will usually get you in touch with a shuttle, train, or car service that will pick you up from the nearest major city and bring you to the property. In most cases the best way to arrive at the job will be discussed in your phone interview or in you hiring paperwork.

So once I get hired for a new seasonal job all I have to do is book a flight or hop on a Greyhound or Megabus and get to the nearest pickup point. From then on, I'm good to go as far as transportation is concerned.

Most seasonal jobs are in kind of remote places and because of this they usually provide housing. So once I get to my seasonal job I have a place to stay while I'm working there and in some cases meals are provided as well.

The housing that is provided is usually close to where I'm working, in most cases in walking distance, and if not then there is some form of shuttle provided to get employees to work.

Even in the more remote places I have worked, there has also been a way to get to the nearest town a least once a week to buy supplies and groceries. Most seasonal employers know that a lot of their employees will be carless so they try and provide company transportation when needed.

I also always end up becoming friends with people who have cars at my seasonal jobs and they don't mind giving me rides when I need them.

Near the top of Mount Marathon in Alaska
Near the top of Mount Marathon in Alaska

So where are some of the place I've worked? Well I spent a summer working in Yellowstone National Park, I experienced my first real winter in Montana working at Big Sky Resort, and I got to spend four months in Alaska working at a roadside lodge right next to Trail Lake near Seward. These are just a few of the places I've been able to work and the list keeps growing every season!

I can truly say that my life has changed since I started doing seasonal work. I love being surrounded by nature, and being able to spend my evenings hiking, watching wildlife, taking photographs, and meeting other seasonal workers.

I wanted to write this article to tell others out there like me who have a desire to travel but don't want to lug an RV, van, or car around the country that there is a way for you to see the U.S.

Every winter and summer (and sometimes fall and spring) employers are looking for good workers to fill a variety of positions. And in return they offer you a place to stay, food to eat (either included or at a discount) transportation to places you need to go, and a unique chance to live and work in some of the most beautiful and exciting places this country has to offer.

If seasonal work sounds like something that might interest you head over to Youtube and do a search about it. That's where I initially learned about this exciting way to travel and I'm sure those same videos will be informative to you.

Celebrating the completion of another successful in Las Vegas
Celebrating the completion of another successful in Las Vegas

Words can't really describe the level of freedom I feel as a travel. I usually just have a backpack and a small suitcase. When one job is up I pack all my things and head to the next one.

Sometimes I might take a break and head home for a few weeks, or I might treat myself to a trip to somewhere like Las Vegas or another city I like. Then I go to my next job and the fun starts all over again.

One final thing I really like about seasonal work is that it allows you to really be able to immerse yourself in the place you are working. Instead of visiting Alaska for a week or so like most people, I was able to live there for 4 months and really get to experience it. And I got paid to do it!

So if you are a person who has a desire to travel but has been stressing over the cost of gas, blown tires, oil changes, and all the other headaches that come with a vehicle, please take a moment a do some research on seasonal work. I think it's a great way to travel the U.S. full-time without a car, and it also takes care of the problem of how to make money on the road.


If you could visit any state in the U.S. for three months, which would it be?

See results

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Submit a Comment
  • GeckosTrails profile image

    Billy W Mitchell 

    18 months ago from San Marcos, Texas

    I love this article and your YouTube channel. I've applied at a few places for this next season and right now Bryce Canyon, UT and Yellowstone are interviewing me. I have the Bryce Canyon one but I'm holding out for Yellowstone!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)